Headmaster’s Blog, Saturday 21 November

The annual Truro School Remembrance Service is always such a dignified event in our calendar.  The extent of the sacrifice of the 137 Truro School old boys who lost their lives in the two world wars was brought into sharp focus as the same number of sixth form students processed to pin a cross to the board to mark each fallen hero as the roll of honour was read out.


I felt compelled to talk to the school during my assembly on Tuesday about the horrific attacks in Paris and how part of our response must be to remind ourselves about the things we stand for, particularly the right of people of different beliefs and none to share the same living space without oppression or intimidation.


For the first time in Truro School’s history, the Music Department hosted a Mazurkathon on Saturday 14 November involving around 30 pianists playing all of Chopin’s 51 Mazurkas in a four hour marathon.  It was fantastic to welcome so many talented pianists to our Chapel, several current pupils among them, and others who were returning to Truro School, having been music teachers here in the past.  The event was supported by dancers from Jason Thomas Dance School performing traditional Polish dances and Truro’s Polish food shop Janosik serving refreshments. I suspect another first for our music department is to boast the Principal Oboist in the National Youth Orchestra. Congratulations to Upper Sixth Form student Ellie who has achieved this honour having been selected for the NYOGB for the third year running.


There have been some excellent sporting achievements so far this term. At the inaugural Independent Schools’ Surfing Competition – Ella and Ben won gold medals in the first ever independent schools’ surfing championships, competing against other local schools, as well as some further afield such as Hurst College and North London Collegiate. Both the Under 16s netball team and the Under 14s girls’ hockey team became County Champions in their respective sports. Our three man golf team defeated Stover College in the Independent Schools Golf Association matchplay and now go onto play Millfield in the next round.


My thanks must go to our former pupil and current parent Andrew Chilcott who recently donated a new electronic scoreboard to the School which now sits proudly on the 1stXV / 1st XI sports field. It is great to have such generous and ongoing support from our Truro School community.


I hope that many of you managed to get to the City of Lights this week. A fantastic annual event that marks the beginning of the Christmas countdown as the Christmas lights are switched on across Truro. Truro Prep and Truro School joined together again in workshops to create the lantern Saint Senara which was our contribution to the parade based on the theme of ‘Lost Stories’.


Next week sees our annual drama production, and this year it is A Midsummer Night’s Dream. With a cast of over 70 pupils and a set based upon an 80s theme, the production has involved many across the school giving a huge amount of dedication and commitment – I would recommend you book your tickets soon as they are selling fast – please visit the Hall for Cornwall website for details.


Finally I wish all the best to our eight swimmers who are off this weekend to the English Schools Swimming Association Nationals competition held at the London Aquatic Centre.


Andrew Gordon-Brown, Truro School Headmaster