At Truro School Prep, Drama and Music make a significant contribution to the co-curricular life with the performing arts regarded as an important opportunity for children to have fun, gain confidence and develop their talents, whether working together or as individuals.
All children in Years 3 – 6 receive two lessons of class music per week. In Year 4, all children learn an instrument as part of these music lessons. Specialist instrumental teaching staff lead these lessons with small groups of pupils focussing on strings, woodwind, brass and percussion. Instrumental tuition is also available on a large range of musical instruments and voice.
Young musicians at Truro School Prep take great pride in playing for one of our many instrumental groups, including the Orchestra, Brass Group and Samba Band. Vocalists of all ages can enjoy singing together in our choirs and soloists from across the year groups have a chance to perform at our many concerts. The choirs regularly achieve success in music festivals and sing in concerts throughout the year.
We are also very proud of our relationship with Truro Cathedral; the Boy Choristers of Truro Cathedral Choir are all educated at Truro School Prep before completing their final two years in the choir at Truro School. The Boy Choristers have earned an international reputation for outstanding quality, performing not only in Truro Cathedral but beyond. Directed by renowned professional musicians, they regularly undertake foreign tours, broadcast on national radio and television, and record CDs for international release. To find out more about our Boy Chorister Scholarship programme, please visit our Boy Chorister page.
Drama is highly valued at Truro School Prep, with lessons taught by experienced drama teachers; pupils are also given the opportunity to take LAMDA speech and drama examinations.
All pupils in Years 3 – 6 receive a 35 minute drama lesson each week as part of the curriculum. Annual drama productions for each year group allow all pupils to explore their performance skills and learn confidence and key communication skills.
Each year, many pupils perform an adapted Shakespeare play in a professional theatre, and all pupils often take part in workshops with outside companies.
A highlight of the year is the Year 6 Play, in which the whole of Year 6 perform on the Burrell Theatre stage in front of a large audience; the standards of acting and singing are always highly praised.
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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.