Headmaster's Blog Thursday 19 September 2013

The new school year is well underway and we are enjoying the enthusiastic buzz that emanates from impressionable young minds engaged in learning. The prefect body of Upper Sixth leaders has impressed me with their proactive and innovative approach to building a dialogue with the rest of the school. It so adds to the sense of community when the school’s role models reach out in with such openness.


The Sir Ben Ainslie Sports Centre is now a hive of activity. These fantastic facilities were always destined to be more than an arena for modern sports. You are all invited (or the first 500 to request tickets!) to the centre’s inaugural music concert on Saturday 28 September. The Choral and Orchestral Concert is a charity event in aid of Voluntary Action for Development and admission is completely free (retiring collection voluntary). It will feature 300 performers from all around Cornwall and will see the school’s debut performance of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.


As you already know, we are hosting a Gala dinner on Saturday 12 October in the run up to Sir Ben’s official opening. Any money raised will support the school’s water sports strategy – gig rowing is the latest addition to the list of activities! Thanks to some generous sponsorship for the event, we are now pleased to offer tickets at £40 each. After a champagne reception and look around the centre, we will celebrate with dinner and dancing. Why not team up with some other parents or friends and come along?


Tomorrow we have 100+ coming to school for a welcome BBQ, sponsored by the Friends of Truro School. All families are invited so do come along for a jolly evening. I sense that the BBQ season is coming to an end (painful as this is for a South African to admit) so do take advantage of this chance to meet and get to know other parents in the beautiful grounds of the school.


Although we are looking forward to some exciting events in the coming month, it is worth mentioning the truly excellent news that continues to emerge from the summer’s A Level results. Oliver Katz, one of our budding Geologists, attained the highest marks ever awarded by the WJEC examination board in A Level Geology since their inception in 2002. He achieved full marks, 600/600, over six modules. This is a phenomenal achievement for Oliver, the Geology department and the school and we couldn’t be more proud. Oliver commented that his success was down to a combination of inspirational teaching, meticulous revision and a passion for the subject that began with his very first Geology lesson back in the 4th Year. He was presented with an Estwing geology hammer and holster by Head of Geology Ian Kenyon in recognition of his spectacular examination performance this year. We wish him all the best for the future.


I hope to see many of you soon, as we continue to enjoy this exciting term at Truro School.


Mr A S Gordon-Brown