I hope our Truro School families have had a happy Easter and enjoyed some R&R over the holidays. The G-Bs have been on a bit of a road trip, visiting family and friends around the country.
Our final stop before returning to Cornwall was London, where I was involved in the annual pilgrimage of Old Blues to watch the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race last Saturday!
Former Student Takes Part in The Oxford & Cambridge Boat Race
Aside from my obvious delight about multiple victories for the Dark Blues, this year’s event was special for a number of reasons. It was a momentous milestone for women’s sport with the Women’s Boat Race being contested on the Tideway for the first time. I am pleased to have been able to play a part in bringing this about during my time as a trustee of the Oxford and Cambridge Rowing Foundation. When I consider the thriving co-educational environment of Truro School and the opportunities our girls and boys get to excel in sport, it is very good to now have equality in the Boat Races.
The second exciting fact (subject to final verification by our archivist), is that one of our former pupils has made history by being the first Truro School student to take part. David Grant (CO13) was selected to row for Isis, Oxford’s reserve boat. David is reading Physics at Pembroke College and I guess when they saw his 6’7” frame walk through the door, the Boat Club would have been onto him! David took up rowing and made it into his college 1st VIII in his first year, and it was a proud moment for me to watch his Isis crew coming from behind to beat Goldie, the Cambridge reserve boat.
I caught up with David at the Boat Race dinner afterwards (featured image) and was delighted to hear that he hopes to win a seat in next year’s Blue Boat. His is a fantastic achievement, more so because two years ago he hadn’t set foot in a rowing boat.
Proud Performances at The World Fencing Championships
It’s also worth pausing to reflect on the fact that four students from Truro School have just returned from Tashkent in Uzbekistan where they have been representing Great Britain in the World U17 and U20 Fencing Championships. Not one, not two, but four talented young fencers. Many congratulations indeed to Will Deary, Yvonne Chart, Caitlin Maxwell and Maria Chart. The strategic partnership that we have with Truro Fencing Club certainly seems to be paying off.
Looking Ahead to the Summer Term
I’m back at my desk now for a few days of planning and preparation. The coming term will of course race by, as we power our way towards the summer holidays. For our students in the 5th Year and Sixth Form, I feel sure that they will approach the imminent exam hurdles with their customary focus and dedication.
I look forward to welcoming everyone back on Monday.