Headmaster’s Blog Wednesday 13 November 2013

This new half term seems to have started in a similar manner to how we finished the previous one; with energy and positivity. The Work Experience evening on the first day of term got us off to a flying start. The Lower Sixth have begun the search for their Work Experience placements. Those students not involved in the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award will spend a week in July with employers from around the county, across the Tamar and even abroad! The week provides students with the opportunity to experience their chosen industries first-hand, either confirming their intention to pursue such a route, or clarifying that it isn’t what they had expected. We’re always looking for interesting and varied placements, so if you feel able to host our students, please contact Ms Jo Shaw.


Last Wednesday we hosted the final rehearsal for the Last Night of the Schools Proms – welcoming over 600 pupils from 27 schools and musical organisations from across the country. It was incredible to see a plethora of talented musicians making use of the Old Sports Hall and it really did sound outstanding. The big night is tonight (Wednesday 13 November) in the Royal Albert Hall and we’re looking forward to hearing all about it.


Today is also a big day for two of our Sixth Form students and potential future leaders. They are taking part in a mock meeting of the Council of the European Union alongside schools from throughout England, and will be making decisions on some of the most pressing issues facing the European Union. It is a fantastic opportunity to explore the challenges that face the European community, to build on their debating and language skills and to experience global diplomatic scenarios. I wish them all the best.


On the theme of talent, this term sees the latest dramatic brilliance from the Burrell Theatre – Shakespeare’s The Tempest. The production by Truro School students from all years boasts an amazing set and I have no doubt there will be acting and atmosphere to match its quality. There was great news in the rugby, too; Truro 2nd XV recorded their second victory in four days with a comfortable 24 – 10 win against rivals Plymouth College. Fantastic effort from the boys.


We held a 1st year parents evening last week, including a talk on e-safety to discuss how best to ensure safe practice online. It was so nice to see such a super turnout of 1st Year parents. I know the talk was well received, even if a little alarming. I made the point to one mum that if all parents take steps to establish online controls and appropriate settings with their digital devices, it is perhaps comparable to inoculating your child against smallpox. There are positive external benefits that we all enjoy the more people who do it. This will continue to be one of our PSHEE themes this year.


On Monday we held a service in remembrance of the men and women who lost their lives fighting for the freedom of our country. Our Sixth Form students did a wonderful job laying crosses at the front of the hall, symbolising our gratitude for the sacrifice made by the Truro School boys. It is a tradition that I am sure will continue for the duration of the school’s life and I was proud to be a part of it.


Andrew Gordon-Brown