On Thursday 20 March, the ACHE Banquet was held at the school, where staff and members of the Sixth Form came together to celebrate the completion of 16 weeks of ACHE training.
Rev Aubin de Gruchy introduced former pupil Alice Jefferson, Guest Speaker for the night, who spoke about her experiences since leaving the school: “While at school, Alice never really knew what she wanted to do with her life!”, Rev Aubin said. “She was a keen sportswoman and loved anything racquet and ball related! It is great that she can be with us tonight.”
Alice was Head of Smith House and Netball, Hockey and Badminton captain, Senior Prefect and ACHE counsellor. She took part in South African Exchange and completed Duke of Edinburgh. She was also involved in setting up and helping with the Truro School Disaster Days at the end of last year.
After taking an internship opportunity at ShelterBox in September 2010, during a placement year from the University of Bath, Alice went on to become the charity’s youngest response team member and now holds the position of ‘Operations Coordinator’ within a busy HQ in Cornwall. Whilst completing her degree which was transferred to the University of Plymouth, Alice has been deployed to multiple disasters within Africa, South East Asia and the Middle East; more recently working on responses relating to the Syrian Refugee Crisis and coordinating ShelterBox’s response to damage caused by Super Typhoon ‘Bopha’ in Mindanao, Southern Philippines.
Her largest challenge to date has been in managing ShelterBox’s response to the Typhoon Haiyan for the first six weeks after the disaster. This was the strongest Typhoon ever recorded and hit the Philippines in November last year.
The 49 students who completed the training received their certificates and ACHE badges from the Headmaster and now take up the challenge of providing this peer mentoring service to the school for the year ahead.