Headmaster’s Blog Monday 7 October 2013

I hope you like our new website. As well as being a useful source of information, it aims to tell our story in a rich, multi-media way with plenty of great photographs.  I suspect you will get to recognise James Ram, professional freelance photographer, who has become somewhat of a ‘photographer in residence’, as he captures key school events, and guides our Art students who are studying photography as part of their A Level programme.  The website has a new calendar feature which we will continue to enhance.  Thanks go to Tessa Nichols and her team for overseeing its construction.  Please let us have feedback about what you like and what you don’t.


The Sir Ben Ainslie Sports Centre is proving to be a versatile space indeed.  Last Saturday, Martin Palmer, our Director of Music, masterminded a superb charity concert. Musicians from our orchestra and choir teamed up with the Truro City Orchestra and Choral Society; a combined force of over 250. In the first half we were treated to Vivaldi’s Gloria, a well-known favourite.  This was followed by Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, written by the Russian composer for the 1913 Paris season and performed in Cornwall for the very first time one hundred years later.  Congratulations to the orchestra who mastered what is clearly a fiendishly difficult orchestral concert work. Grateful thanks go to the audience who helped us raise over £1500 to support the work that Voluntary Action for Development (VAD) is doing in Africa.


I have just watched some very competitive rugby matches.  It’s our block fixture against Blundells and six of our junior teams were at home on Saturday.  It’s terrific to see so many boys out representing the school and fighting the good fight in what were very competitive matches.  We won some, we lost some, but both schools are to be commended for the spirit in which the games were played.


I expect a good turnout at our Sixth Form Open Evening this coming Wednesday. Each year we recruit new pupils into our 16+ programme, and the evening is an important opportunity for our own 5th Year pupils to hear about life in the Sixth Form, alongside the programmes that in place to ensure we are a highly effective springboard into great universities, colleges or jobs. Plotting the right course, and continuing to develop personal qualities and skills over the forthcoming two years will have a huge influence on prospects after that, and I strongly encourage you to come along.


Andrew Gordon-Brown