As I came on duty this morning the weather was beautiful – crisp blue skies and no sign of Storm Lorenzo that battered most of the UK at the end of the week – and I was reminded of one of my most favourite childhood school songs. Some of you might know it:
“Autumn days when the grass is jewelled, and the silk inside a chestnut shell, jet planes meeting in the air to be refuelled, all these things I love so well, so I mustn’t forget, no I mustn’t forget, to say a great big thank you, I mustn’t forget.”
And so it is with a thankful heart (harvest festival is upon us) that I update you on all the wonderful experiences the girls have been enjoying.
There are so many things to tell you about. This week Lowenna and her drama colleagues performed their A-Level devised piece – Taboo. It was a circus nightmare inspired piece which was very well received. Well done Lowenna! We are very proud of Holly this week who started her weekly volunteering at a charity shop in town and of Helena P who played with the Chamber and Symphony Orchestras this week at a Concerto Concert held in St Agnes Methodist Church to raise funds for Cornwall Air Ambulance. I was very fortunate to attend this concert and I have to say that here at Truro School we have so many seriously talented musicians. It blows my mind every time I hear them. Helena P also sang at the Truro Diocesan Choral Union Festival where around 350 singers from across the county came together to sing pieces such as Hallelujah Chorus.
This week saw the School hold its biennial whole school photo operation. It took nearly 45 minutes to get all the students and staff (teachers and non-teachers) on to the stand. It was a little touch and go as to whether the weather would play fair, however it stayed dry although it was a little windy. There were a few attempts to get it done without someone having their hair whipped across their face!
On Thursday we had an external speaker come to school to talk about mental health. Jeremy Thomas held a lunchtime session for students, and I was pleased to see so many of our Malvern girls there, to talk about his own experiences with mental health issues and how he dealt with them. The talk was honest, insightful, and often humorous giving our students practical coping mechanisms, and an idea of what good mental health looks like. He encouraged us all to look out for our friends and colleagues and to “check our dials”.
The weekend has been pretty busy for the boarders. A number of the girls have had a weekend away from the boarding house, enjoying time with day student friends and family. Those that stayed with us helped out at Open Morning showing prospective students and their families around our beautiful site, introducing them to our teachers and running classroom activities. Thank you to the girls for tidying their rooms and the boarding house just in case we received any prospective boarders!
Our main activity this weekend has been a trip to The Plaza (Truro’s very own little cinema). The girls were able to sign up to watch movies such as Toy Story 4, Downton Abbey (I so wanted to go and watch that!), Joker (I saw this and wished I hadn’t – I’ve decided that I really don’t like clowns) and Wise Children.
Saturday evening’s activities were organised by Codi. The girls had a fantastic time creating water colour pictures – what a great calming activity – and eating a yummy chocolate fondue.
Next week rapidly approaches and we have music competitions, staff and students well-being week, harvest festival and non-uniform day to look forward to.
I hope you enjoy the photos below. I’ve included some of our fired ceramics that were painted a couple of weeks ago. Until next time..
Mrs Joanna Wood
Resident Tutor – Malvern