This week has been both a busy and a poignant one for the Truro School community. During our annual Remembrance Service our Sixth Form students processed to the front of the hall to place crosses on a remembrance board while the Roll of Honour was read out listing the names of former pupils who made the ultimate sacrifice during the First and Second World Wars. In my address to the school, I spoke about Eldred Banfield, a boarder at Truro College, as the school was known then, from 1909 to 1911. As far as we know, he was the first of our former pupils to give his life. Having joined the London Scottish Regiment in August 1914, he died in the battle on the Messines Ridge on Halloween 1914. He was 19. I reflected that, with British troops now having left Afghanistan, 2015 may be the first year since at least 1914 that British soldiers, sailors and air crews are not engaged in fighting somewhere. Since Britain’s declaration of war against Germany in August 1914, not a year has passed without its forces being involved in conflict. We pray for peace.
The week began in a very different way, as we welcomed families from around the county to our Open Morning. We do try and roll out the red carpet on such occasions, and the hundreds of visitors seemed genuinely enthused by what they saw. For a proud Headmaster the feedback is heart-warming, hearing of our ‘impeccable’ school and of how our pupil ‘guides were an absolute credit to the school and their uniform.’ I would like to thank everyone involved in making it such a success.
On Thursday night I attended the West Briton’s Community Awards in Falmouth, honouring people across Cornwall for their selfless efforts. We were proud to sponsor the Charity Hero category. The winner, Annette Montague-Thomas, a farmer’s daughter from Cornwall, has devoted her life to helping South African HIV/AIDS sufferers and orphans. She is affectionately known as ‘The White Angel’ by the thousands of people she helps.
Back on campus, Mr Fisher, my talented Deputy Headmaster, who is both an excellent physicist and a lover of the creative arts, gave an evening lecture on Where Art Meets Science. The Heseltine Gallery once again proved an excellent venue for the dinner event and it was super to see visitors from other schools in Truro.
Next week is a big week for Truro, as the annual City of Lights parade sees an array of marvellous creations floating seamlessly down the cobbled streets. Sticking with the theme of Remembrance and Heroes, this year will commemorate the First World War Centenary. Our scholars and art enthusiasts are busy creating our own tribute, so come along next Wednesday if you have a chance. Also, on Tuesday, Truro School Art Teacher Lucy Joines and lead lantern designer Patrick from the Sixth Form will be interviewed by Tiffany Truscott on BBC Radio Cornwall, at 4:30pm, about the school’s involvement in City of Lights 2014, so listen out if you can.
Andrew Gordon-Brown, Headmaster
Hot off the press – Many congratulations to Yvonne Chart who has just won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Fencing Championships as part of the England Women’s Foil Team!