Headmaster’s Blog, Tuesday 5 May 2015

The bank holiday weekend felt rather luxurious coming just a fortnight after the Easter holidays. I hope our Truro School families enjoyed a happy day off.

Cathedral Choir

Last week our chamber choir sung evensong at the Cathedral. As I sat in the choir stalls enjoying a moment’s reflection, I was struck by the fact that so many of the young men in our choir are only too familiar with this routine. From new joiners into our 3rd Year to Upper Sixth leavers, we are fortunate to have so many talented fellows who started life in the cathedral choir as treble choristers at Polwhele. Together with the girls our choir, many of whom have won places to join the chorister programme for girls next year, they sounded wonderful.

Methodist Independent Schools Trust Conference

Truro School is one of 10 schools which are owned by the Methodist Independent Schools Trust (MIST). Last weekend I attended the annual MIST conference, hosted this year by Ashville College in Harrogate. The schools each have their own distinctive character and traditions, but they also share a common set of Christian values and an ethos seeking to be places of unpretentious excellence. Getting together with other Heads, governors and chaplains is an affirming experience.
This was my fourth MIST conference and I have come to expect some interesting speakers. It was a joy to listen to Rev Prof David Wilkinson, Principal of St John’s College, Durham University, who gave an enlightening talk, bringing his considerable intellect to the question ‘How can you be both a scientist and a Christian?’ He spoke about the conflict model promoted by the new atheism movement (picked up and reinforced by the media), that once there is a scientific explanation for something, this cannot exist alongside a more nuanced debate between science and religion.
His pitch was for the need to engender an ability to talk across disciplines e.g. science and faith, and to guard against the risk of becoming increasingly specialist and therefore possibly parochial. The church needs to affirm scientists and rejoice in science, just as the new atheist movement needs to realise that there are complimentary ways to describe the same event or phenomenon.
There was also a bit of free time for R&R and by some minor miracle (or a handicap of 24), the trophy following the Heads’ golf competition is now back in Truro, having been first won by Mr Smith many moons ago. We are hosts of the 2016 conference so I’ve begun planning a programme that shows off the best that Cornwall has to offer.

Friends of Truro School Barn Dance

Friday night’s Barn Dance was great fun. What’s not to like about a hog roast and some dancing to Mr MacQuarrie’s band? Many thanks go to the Friends of Truro School for their hard work in arranging such an enjoyable social.

Exams Season

Study leave is fast approaching for many of our students. I have challenged each one of them to put themselves in a position that in those moments before they are given instructions to begin, they are literally itching to turn over the paper, excited about the chance to show the examiner just how well they know their stuff, confident that they have revised in a way that simply eliminates the possibility that they will not achieve their full potential.

My advice is for students to come to school during study leave, to stick to the routine, and to make the most of contact time with teachers who are offering revision lessons.