As I have been reading school reports and crafting messages of my own, I have a commissioned a band of pupils to be guest bloggers on my behalf. I promise that I handed over complete editorial freedom and that Poppy, Campbell and Jessica are not ghosting for a forty eight year old headmaster.
Enjoy the reflections of three of our youngsters.
“My first year at Truro school has been amazing. My favourite part is the music because there are so many different opportunities for all abilities, for example the junior charity concert is open to everyone and it is also run by the pupils! There are so many instruments to try in music lessons too, and if you already play something then you have the choice to play in a jazz band with Mr. Latarche which is very fun and gives you the chance to play with lots of other musicians as well as making lots of new friends!
The junior charity concert was so amazing because I joined in with my friends and we got to do a live performance in the Burrell Theatre with microphones and everything! There are so many clubs and activities for anyone to take part in so anybody can get involved and have fun.”
Poppy, 1st Year
“My first two terms of being a boarder at Truro School have been amazing. Being a boarder, I view school in a slightly different angle. Instead of going home every night, I stroll down to the boarding house, for some time to chill out, before we head up to the main school, where we enjoy a hearty dinner and finish uncompleted homework.
Slash on your trainers, whip on your headbands (or just put them on like a normal human being) because most of us 1st to 4th Year boys do sports after school. Andrey heads off to fencing almost every night, Chris and Bosco are the basketball players, Sammy enjoys badminton and Philip, Will, James and Fahed, are the tough rugby players. I tend to stick to acting and public speaking over sport. Us boarders also have access to the Sir Ben Ainslie gym and the school swimming pool, in case we ever feel like something different. Our house master and mistress (Mr Nicholas and Mrs Mulready) are always there if we ever need help or assistance.
Weekends are the best. Not just because we get two whole days off school. Because we get the chance to take part in mind blowing activities. I don’t stay every weekend, but the weekends I have stayed include activities like: beach trip, flow-rider, bowling, restaurants, go-karting, bubble football, paintball, quad-biking, and an inflatable assault course in the pool! And that’s only the weekends I’ve stayed in the boarding house.
Over all, my time here has been brilliant, and I am excited for my last term of being a 1st year.”
Campbell, 1st Year
“Truro School’s motto is ‘esse quam videri’ which is Latin for ‘to be and not to seem to be.’ When it comes to schoolwork I have always tried to aim high. One of the things that Truro School does best is supporting pupils who want to succeed. But don’t get me wrong, it’s not a luxury cruise (although the food’s very good!)
The tools for learning have been provided for me, but it is up to me to use them. There are inspirational teachers; lunchtime support clinics; a fantastic library; outstanding equipment and plenty of opportunities to explore and discover talents. (I am still trying to build up the courage to go and dissect an eel at the science club!)
This has probably been the most important thing I have learnt in my two terms here- my future is up to me… No one is going to do the work for me, but guidance is always here if I need it.
So far I have been invited to a lunch with the author of Horrible Science, Nick Arnold; I have represented my class in an evening of poetry performance in the Burrell Theatre and I have joined a book club and signed up for creative writing.
To be and not to seem to be sums up my school life pretty well, there’s not enough time to pretend I am doing homework, I actually have to get on with it!”
Jessica, 1st Year
As I complete my blog, I will gather my academic gown and hood and make my way to the Truro Methodist Church for our end of term service. In my short message of introduction I will speak of the privilege we have at Truro School of presenting the Christian message to our students in all its mystery and splendour. So, today, as much as we are excited about our imminent three weeks of freedom (no one more so than me!), let us use this time to think, let us open our hearts to the messages we hear, let us in a moment of quiet invite the spirit of God into our lives, let us reflect on possibility that Jesus was who he said he was and what that means for us.
When Sunday comes I wish all Truro School families a very happy Easter.
Andrew Gordon-Brown, Truro School Headmaster