A Letter from the Head, SLT and Chaplain
“In our bulletin last week, we thanked the pupils, including from our Amnesty group, who, on the day we returned to on-site learning, helped us reflect on the importance of International Women’s Day, and of choosing to challenge prejudice. It was a theme taken up in Tutorials across last week and is integral to the education offered at Truro School. One week later, the importance of the issues raised have been amplified following the murder of Sarah Everard. Aggression, violence, intimidation, and the harassment of women or girls, are abhorrent and have no place in a civilized, modern society.”
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“My message today is very brief, after a week of many words in writing. In so much as today marks an end, Monday is a beginning. We will balance the excitement of this with the ongoing need to be careful, and I look forward to that greatly.”
Mr A Johnson, Head
“It is now time for us to support the pupils back into the classroom physically, educationally, socially, and emotionally, which we are fully committed to doing. Please do look through the various support documents provided in today’s bulletin guiding you initially through next week’s plans, with more to follow for the week after. Thank you once again for your support and patience, in so many ways, over the last days and weeks.”
“Today, I choose to look ahead, with confidence… I am confident of the pupils’ exciting futures, therefore, but also for our school. We are fortunate to be part of and backed by the wider Methodist Independent Schools Trust, with its collective wisdom, experience and resources.”
“You are central to all that we do, we miss you on site and we look forward to welcoming you back just as soon as we can.”
Mr Johnson reflects on confidence in his weekly address.
“The courage I urge us all to have now is to know that some uncertainty is okay and that it doesn’t stop us believing in the personal or collective journeys we are on… I am deeply proud of the courage being shown by all in this community amidst that uncertainty.
“My challenge for you this week, therefore, is to be like the lion from the Wizard of Oz, and to realise all the ways in which you are already being so resilient and courageous, because you are.”
Mr Johnson reflects on courage during this week’s video message.
“To be compassionate is to champion the needs of others. Empathy is a start, where we seek to understand the feelings or situations of others. But compassion is more, it is about choosing to act on that understanding.”
Mr Johnson reflects on compassion in his weekly address.
“This week, I want to reflect on creativity. I am going to start by sharing with you what I think is one of the most important skills you can ever learn, the skill of knowing what to do, when you don’t know what to do.”
Mr Johnson reflects on creativity in his weekly address.
This week’s message from the Head reflects upon ‘curiosity’, introducing the plans for the additional lockdown opportunities designed to stimulate curiosity and an enjoyment of learning during lockdown, emphasising the importance of curiosity as a driver of understanding, and challenging pupils to ‘choose to be curious’.
Our school motto, Esse Quam Videri (to be, rather than to seem to be), captures the essence of our identity and is defined by the 5 C's below. Underpinned by strong Christian principles, we are a caring and inclusive community which values, nurtures and develops each individual.
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Curiosity to always want to discover and learn more, academically and more widely too.
Because we believe that academic excellence is an important part of human excellence. Every child is an individual and we celebrate and develop their uniqueness, helping them to become an independent learner and encouraging each child to explore, understand and cultivate their talent and abilities, whatever they may be.
Compassion to understand and champion the needs of others, in our community and beyond.
Because our mission challenges us to be a vibrant community which enables people to live their lives to the full and transform society for the better. Located in the heart of Cornwall, our distinctive, serene location supports the development of balanced, unpretentious and reflective children who understand their role as global citizens.
Confidence to build resilience by learning from both successes and failures alike.
Because we want every pupil to be comfortable in their own skin, celebrating the uniqueness of each individual in the school community. Through drama, presenting and public speaking opportunities, as well as appearing in productions and concerts, pupils learn key communication skills and gain the confidence to prosper in the real world.
Creativity to be imaginative in how we express ourselves and approach new challenges.
Because we value the development of pupils’ imaginative and creative dimensions as well as their characters. Through a broad curriculum and wide range of co-curricular activities, pupils discover the important balance between creative and logical thinking. These opportunities are fundamental to ensuring your son or daughter discovers their hidden gifts, developing a sense of individuality and a confidence in their own abilities.
Courage to enjoy becoming the very best of who we are, with integrity and ambition.
Because we believe that essential life skills are often best taught outside of the classroom, balancing an academic education. Through a wide-ranging co-curricular programme, we offer every child the chance to participate, perform and lead in the fields of their choice. In a competitive world these opportunities are fundamental to ensuring your son or daughter develops essential life skills and an ambition for life.