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Highlights 2016 - 2017

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contents Highlights issue 2016 - 2017

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For the love of reading

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Habits of mind

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A big adventure away from home

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From farm to fork

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Celebrating our past with a challenge for the future

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Prize winners

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Our board of governors

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The sky’s the limit

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Get on your dancing shoes

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Flying the flag for language learning

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Speaking up for language learning

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Continental connections

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Enriching learning

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Spotlight on theatre

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The sky’s

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Letter from the Headmaster

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Come outside

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Hitting the high notes

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Making scientific dreams a reality

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In tune

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Operation medic

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Hitting the slopes

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Inspiring the engineers of the future

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Making a splash

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Life in the fast lane

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Fine art and high praise

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Inspiring young scientific minds

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Learning to break the rules

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Dial 999

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Diary of a Prep 6 kid

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Time travels

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Explore Cornwall

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There’s life in the Old Girl yet

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Best foot forward

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Getting in the community spirit

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A quartet of county champions

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Offering a helping hand

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Record breakers

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Social pages

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Pitch perfect

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Backchat 112

On your bike

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Hot topics

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Thinking outside the box

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Time

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Out on the water

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Letter from the

Headmaster

It is hard to believe another year has passed. Life is so busy at Truro High School that the time seems to just fly by. The School has made excellent progress over the past few years. The pupil roll has increased significantly and we have seen a great deal of investment in the estate. The feel around the School is one of a buzzing place, where the pupils enjoy what they do and are determined to succeed. One of the things which made 2016/17 stand out for me was the giant strides forward the School took in terms of encouraging parents to feel part of our community. The highlight was of course the Spring Ball, but there were so many others as well, the dinner at the Idle Rocks, the Gin & Jazz evening, our Sports Day barbecue . . . I have been delighted by the enthusiasm with which parents have embraced these opportunities and I believe the School is much stronger for this. During the year we heard some tremendous news which reinforced what we already knew: the School is achieving its aim to do the best by each in every girl in their academic studies. Department for Education league tables placed us in the top 1% of all schools and colleges in England for value added at A Level. This is a fantastic achievement by the pupils and their teachers, and we are immensely proud of this. There is just so much I could mention. As you flick through the magazine, I am sure you will be as amazed, as I am, by the range of events and by the enthusiasm and energy with which the pupils at Truro High School engage in them. The School is such a special place and this magazine encapsulates some of what it means to be a member of the Truro High community. Enjoy.

Dr Glenn Moodie BA MA PhD Headmaster

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For the

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loveof reading

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The library is a place where anything is possible. Take a book from the shelf and you can be transported to locations beyond your wildest dreams whether you’re sailing the seven seas with Long John Silver and his swashbuckling crew or creeping through the corridors of Ghastly-Gorm Hall alongside Goth Girl.

girls’ imaginations fired up and encourage them to become avid readers.”

At Truro High, we believe that imagination is key to learning so we have been celebrating the joy of reading with a packed programme full to bursting with tall tales and plot twists that aims to set our pupils’ imaginations alight and encourage them to become avid literary fans.

The chance to meet internationally renowned authors is an exciting one so we have been delighted to welcome a whole host of writers for a series of inspiring lectures this year. Speakers have included science fiction and fantasy author Joseph Delaney as well as acclaimed novelist, translator and journalist Charlotte Hobson offering an expert insight into the cultural leaps made during the time of the Russian Revolution.

Prep School kicked off the celebrations in scrumdiddlyumptious style with a whizz-banging day dedicated to the timeless tales of Roald Dahl which have delighted children and adults alike for years. The day was fit to burst with activities galore, including learning how to draw an Oompa Loompa, inventing Dahl-esque words and designing a 3D version of the Enormous Crocodile. Many of us also dressed up as our favourite characters with among others, Matilda, Fantastic Mr Fox and Willy Wonka himself to celebrate national Roald Dahl Day. The celebrations marked the centenary of the beloved children’s author who would have been 100 years old on September 13. Always keen to help our young readers make storybook characters leap off the page and into the classroom, later in the year the girls swapped their usual uniforms for inventive outfits once more as part of our annual Book Fair week. With enchanting outfits ranging from Peter Rabbit and Paddington Bear to an impressive array of characters from the wizarding world of Harry Potter, the girls looked utterly fabulous and the Prep School teachers also got in on the fun dressing as our favourite phonics heroes from the beloved children’s book series ‘Biff, Chip and Kipper’. Head of Prep, Miss Annabel Ramsey said: “Days like this are so inspiring for our young readers and make learning truly spring to life. Forming good reading habits starts young and sharing the stories they love really helps our girls develop fantastic language skills and advanced reading levels. We have a very high standard of reading in the Prep School and we want to get our

There’s nothing better than settling down with a good book and sharing a story with friends so our Prep School pupils regularly take part in buddy reading sessions to help improve their literacy skills and indulge in the joy of reading together.

Head of Humanities & Enterprise, Mr George Ford said: “Lectures like this are a fantastic platform for our pupils to engage with their lessons from a radical new perspective and be inspired by experts in their field. We’ve had some absolutely fascinating talks this year which have certainly inspired the girls, many of whom have left carrying signed copies of the author’s book under their arms.” Learning goes far beyond the confines of the classroom and our literary fans have also enjoyed a huge array of outings to enrich their studies and follow in their favourite author’s footsteps. Year 10 headed to Bath to bring the world of Regency high society to life and become even more enthusiastic about studying “Pride and Prejudice”. The girls took in the sights most famously associated with the author with a walking tour of the spa town before visiting the Jane Austen Centre and the Fashion Museum to take a look at the writer’s historical context and clothing first hand. Our Sixth Form drama lovers went in search of the Bard in Stratford-Upon-Avon to take a closer look at how his extraordinary work continues to shape our lives today. Perfectly timed to coincide with Shakespeare’s 453rd birthday celebrations, the girls enjoyed a fascinating time-travelling tour which included exploring his childhood home and going behind-the-scenes at the Royal Shakespeare Company to gain a rare glimpse into the inner workings of a modern production.

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Habits of mind Thinking about your thinking and understanding the best ways in which you learn can often be the key to success from the youngest of ages. Because everyone is different, we know how important it is for our girls to be self-aware in order to make the most of their time at school and have lots of fun along the way.

Following an in-depth investigation of the indigenous structures found in the Rainforest and Mediterranean biomes, shelter construction expert Bran challenged our explorers to put their research into action by designing and building their very own shelters using only tarpaulin, rope, bamboo and wooden crates.

The Habits of Mind provide a fantastic means to empower this all-important creative and critical thinking helping our youngest pupils to identify with a set of sixteen problem-solving skills essential for getting the most out of learning. From Curious Cat to Observant Octopus, our pupils are introduced to a range of exciting characters to help them put these attitudes into practice and thrive both in the classroom and beyond.

With each team assigned ownership of one of these materials, the girls also had to negotiate and trade with one another to get their structures off the ground.

Class assemblies throughout the year prove a wonderful way for the girls to explore exciting topics in depth and take centre stage to tell us all about what they’ve learnt. Using our furry and feathery friends from the Habits of Mind as their focus, this year our classes have put in some fabulous performances to help explain a little bit more about these essential skills ranging from choreographing wonderful dance routines to researching the American Civil Rights movement. This spring, Prep 4 & 5 headed out on a terrific team-building day in order to firmly put the Habits of Mind into practice with a special den-building workshop at the world-famous Eden Project.

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Prep School teacher, Mrs Yvette Simpson said: “Today’s STEMrelated workshops have provided a fantastic opportunity for our girls to take the Habits of Mind out of the classroom and put them to the test in a situation where the stakes are high. The girls have shown great resilience, flexibility and determination when facing these increasingly complex tasks and best of all came away with big smiles all round.” Inspired by their adventure into the unknown, the girls headed back to school brimming with excitement and ready to channel the lessons learned on the day into their work in the classroom. Pupils in Prep School are challenged to consider the Habits of Mind in everything they do being a Persevering Penguin when a concept in class proves hard to grapple with to remembering the importance of Teamwork Terrier when they’re having fun with friends on the playground.


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A big

adventure away from home We aim to inspire, motivate and challenge our girls to break out of their comfort zone, build their confidence and support their independence. Prep School residential trips provide a wonderful opportunity for our girls from Prep 3 – 6 to explore their sense of adventure outside of the classroom as well as the invaluable experience of staying away from home. This year’s exciting exploits have been filled with team building, boundary pushing, friendship forming, memory making and a real sense of achievement for our young explorers. Each day brought a new adventure and the chance to try something new with the encouragement of their friends. Prep 3 & 4 absolutely loved their action-packed week in the Somerset sunshine at Hill House. For many this was their first school residential and an exciting opportunity to jump into an incredible adventure away from home. With glorious weather, delicious food to keep up energy levels and lots of amazing activities it was smiles all round for the girls as they headed home happy, if a little worn out. It was also a rollercoaster ride of fun and adventure when Prep 5 & 6 headed to Barton Hall in Devon. Our explorers were more than up for the challenge of four days full of adrenalin-pumped activities which included braving the zip wire, jumping on to quad bikes, trying out fencing, building teetering crate stacks and much more. The girls rounded off the week strutting their stuff on the dancefloor before heading homeward bound with big smiles and many wishing they could stay for even longer.

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From farm to

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Learning can happen in surprising places, none more so than in the kitchen. Food engages all the senses transforming an idea into something meaningful and memorable for pupils. In a world of processed foods and ready meals, we know just how important it is for our littlest learners to understand where their meals come from and understand the incredible journey our food takes to get to our plate. This year there have been a huge number of opportunities to sniff, touch, taste, make and discover more about the things we eat every day - a delicious reminder of what food can bring to the table. The investigations started during the harvest season so it was wellies on for Prep 1 & 2 as the girls went down on the farm to find out more about the incredible ways we grow our food. Everyone was very excited to get behind-the-scenes at Carharthan Farm in Tresillian and there was so much to see. The girls were shown around the imposing combine harvester, explored the cow shed and even got to see the high-tech robotic milking parlour in action. Great to make on a blustery day, apple crumble always goes down well with everybody. Prep 1 & 2s culinary adventures continued as they ventured outside to make their own version of the autumnal favourite with apples picked from the school grounds.

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Returning to the classroom with armfuls of juicy fruit to fill their delicious desserts, the girls then donned aprons and set to work chopping, measuring, sifting and stirring (with a little help from Mrs Bateson and Mrs D). There were some very tasty smells wafting down the Prep Corridor as the girls packed their bags for home time and there were some very happy families that evening with such a special pudding on the menu. As the final flourish to their exploration of all things seasonal, the girls spent a morning learning how to bake bread from scratch before taking the lead in assembly with festive songs, harvest poems and much more.


The fantastic show was rounded off with an autumnal afternoon tea where the girls had the opportunity to share their freshly baked loaves with family and tuck into some tasty fall fare. With spiced hot drinks and lots of proud parents, it was the perfect way to celebrate all the girls’ hard work collecting in nature’s bounty. Inspired by their investigations, the girls were keen to put their lessons into action. Knowing that there’s nothing like the taste of produce picked straight from the garden to make your midmorning snack extra special, growing their own was high on the agenda this spring. Our green-fingered Reception class enjoyed the fruits (or rather vegetables) of their labours for elevenses when the girls harvested their first crop of peas from the Pre-Prep vegetable patch. Our young gardeners had learnt so much about where their food comes from in their science lessons and were so excited to watch their little plants shoot up with the help of lots of sun and rain.

There was something very fishy going on in the Great Cornish Food Hall at Waitrose later that year as our Reception explorers investigated the incredible array of fish that come from our local shores. From kippers and mackerel to scallops and mussels, Dave the Fishmonger had an amazing selection of Cornish produce to show the girls before answering all their questions about seafood. After taking in all the sights, sounds and delicious smells the county has to offer, there was even time for the girls to practise their counting and communication skills by ordering and paying for their own drinks from the lovely staff at the Great Cornish Food Café. Inspired by their exciting outing, the girls headed back to the classroom to share their findings with Prep 1 who were very keen to identify the sea life found in their brand-new wooden fishing game. Hoping to hook a whopper, the girls studied the game as part of their investigation into old toys and what life was like for children in the past.

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One of only three cathedrals in the UK with three spires, it is perhaps appropriate that three times a year Truro Cathedral opens its doors to welcome our school and join its celebrations. From the Christmas Carol Service to Founder’s Day and Speech Day, the magnificent cathedral never forgets its roots as Truro’s parish church, nor its strong links to Truro High School which was, of course, founded by the cathedral’s first bishop, Edward White Benson.

Celebrating our past with a challenge for the

future

Every Spring, Bishop Benson is remembered at Founder’s Day and this year was no exception with former pupil Olivia Lowry joining us to celebrate 137 years of Truro High School. Olivia left the school in 2008, completing a Masters degree in English at Bristol University and has since returned to Cornwall and founded her own theatre company. She wrote and crowdfunded her first play, ‘The Coastguard’s Daughter’. As a result of the production’s success, she spoke at Cornwall’s first TED X Talk before touring her play this Autumn.

“Founder’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to pay tribute to our long and distinguished history,” said Headmaster Dr Glenn Moodie. “Today we reflect on what Bishop Benson’s foresight of 137 years ago has led to. The school has educated and nourished many thousands of girls, who have gone on to make a positive and lasting impact in the world and it’s always a joy to welcome them back and find out where their journey has led them.” The celebration ended with a moving rendition of Harry Glasson’s ‘Cornwall my Home’, performed by Prep Choir. The girls were lucky enough to be invited to record

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the song for an album of Cornish Folk Songs at Falmouth University earlier in the year.

us and it might be better if it reflected what our whole society looks like.

A few months later the school was back in the cathedral to round off the academic year in style with Speech Day. Our guest of honour was Old Girl and BBC Chief Political Correspondent, Vicki Young who used her speech to inspire the leaders of tomorrow.

“There’s a saying that you can’t be it if you can’t see it and this is where I think schools like Truro High make such a difference. Things may look a little different since I was here at school but some things never change in particular an atmosphere where young women can learn, thrive and be inspired to follow their dreams.”

Vicki left the school as Head Girl in 1988 before heading to Cambridge University and has, for many years, been one of the BBC’s best known, and most respected, faces reporting on the comings and goings of Westminster. She inspired the audience with a fascinating address in which she talked about the inner workings of Parliament, its traditions and the importance of breaking gender stereotypes in the world of politics. She said: “At the Election last month, 208 women were elected – a record high but this still means that only 29% of the House of Commons is female. MPs are sent to Parliament to represent

“I’ve been checking the history books and I’m pretty sure this country has never had a Cornish Prime Minister so my challenge to the young ladies here today is: make it happen.” Seventy seven prizes were awarded in total for a range of achievements. Old Girl Diana Smeath was posthumously awarded the Lynn Green Memorial Cup for her service to the school. A former pupil, whose career saw her inspiring young women in the school’s chemistry labs as well as looking after its boarders as house mistress, Mrs Smeath sadly passed away this spring.

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Prize

winners

FORM AND YEAR PRIZE WINNERS Year 7 Academic Prize

Charlotte Haynes

7A

Poppy Marsh

7 Alpha

Tiana Platts

Year 8 Academic Prize

Emily Thomson

8A

Katie Day

8 Alpha

Maddison Lewis

Year 9 Academic Prize

Sophie Johns

9A

Vivienne Carveth

9 Alpha

Iris Nicholls

Year 10 Academic Prize

Isabella Arthur Austin / Perryn Halse

10A

Charlotte Brown

10 Alpha

Anarosa Edwards

11A Form Prize

Kayleigh Lam

11 Alpha Form Prize

Sarah Pun

SUBJECT PRIZES Art

Rebecca Winn / Sophie Rowe

Biology

Hannah Barlow / Ezgi Aldemir

Business Studies

Martha Jones / Tania Bradford

Classical Civilisation

Naomi Hart

Chemistry

Alice Barry / Dorothy Squibb

English

Naomi Hart / Elena Salvoni

French

Eugenie Nevin / Rosie Smart-Knight

Geography

Jasmine Dickson / Tamsin Knowles

German

Iris Nicholls

History

Eugenie Nevin / Sophie Johns

Food and Nutrition

Hannah Barlow / Olivia Riley

Computing

Sage Newby-Jelliffe

Latin

Rosalind Williams / Eugenie Nevin / Emily Brewer

Mathematics

Charlotte Andrew / Eliza Hole

Music

Karen Chan / Helena Jones

PE

Hannah Barlow / Elma Ng

Physics

Charlotte Andrew / Kitty Piccin-White

Psychology

Lucy Thatcher / Lucy Jewell

Religious Philosophy

Elena Salvoni / Isobel Hammock

Spanish

Lucy Thatcher / Emily Williams

Textiles

Rebecca Winn / Sarah Pun

Theatre Studies

Olivia Riley / Emily Williams

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SPECIAL PRIZES M R Scott Prize for Written English

Ezgi Aldemir

Jenny Richards Prize for Creative Writing

Maya Cowans

Debating Prize

Lucy Marshall

Senior Drama Cup

Charlotte Rutherfoord

Junior Drama Cup

Hollie Jennings

Buckenham Cup for Speech and Drama

Miriam Leyshon

The Oates Art Prize

Alice Chuter

Hutton Cup for Most Promising Junior Linguist

Rose Hallam

Year 9 Cup for Progress in French

Daisy Katz

J H Engledow Prize for Spoken French

Alice Barry

Singing Cup

Madalena Larkin

Instrumental Cup

Isabella Arthur Austin

Composer’s Cup

Karen Chan

Simmons Music Shield

Elaine Inayat

Simmons Music Plaque (Helpfulness in Department)

Olivia Harvey / Liesl Lingham

Joy Perry Cup (Loyalty, Achievement in Music Department)

Eve Michell

Orchestral Cup

Rose Hallam

Performer’s Cup

Eleanor Hood

Year 10 Food & Nutrition Cup

Charlie Barnecutt

Junior Business Prize

Olivia Rimmer

Maclay Cup for the most promising young historian

Madeleine McLeod

Cup for Senior Games

Amy Shaw / Emily Williams

Keeler Cup for Junior Games

Reilly McCormick / Sage Newby-Jelliffe

Cup for Best All Round Swimming

Charlotte Drew / Hannah Stephens

Cup for Swimming Achievement

Maddison Lewis

Games Captain’s Prize

Charlotte Hodgson

Rashleigh Boarding House Cup (Helpfulness in the Senior Boarding House)

Zoe Jenkins

Margaret Kiddle Prize (Years 7-9 general Progress/Helpfulness)

Katie Day

Monica Williams Cup for Service (Yrs 10-13)

Zoe Jenkins

Corin Cup (Sustained effort – any year Group)

Chesten Trevail

Farleigh Rice Cup for Senior Geography

Jade Wildgoose

Cooper Cup for Chemistry (Junior)

Lowena Olver

Gill Cup for Chemistry (6th Form)

Matilda Lee

Ogden Trust Year 10 Physics Prize

Dorothy Squibb

Batteries Unlimited Junior Engineering Award

Charlotte Haynes / Isobel Datson

Andretti Engineering Award

Dorothy Squibb

Brewer Cup for Progress in Mathematics (Junior)

Lucy Day

THSOGA Prize for Outdoor Pursuit

Alice Barry

Headmaster’s Prize for Head Girl

Olivia Riley

Headmaster’s Prize for Deputy Head Girl

Mary Lau / Sophie Jones

House Cup

Hedley

Lynn Green Memorial Cup (awarded for her service to the School as an Old Girl)

Diana Smeath

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Our Board of

Governors

As a school, we are extremely privileged to have a hard working and expert board of governors, who offer support, guidance and a friendly face to our community’s team of academics. From attending board meetings to popping by to chat with our pupils, it’s been a busy year for our dedicated governing body who regularly head into school and are always on hand to offer their expertise. Chair of Governors, Mrs Anna Corbett said:

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I suppose it’s really about contributing something to the community I live in and am part of. Giving children and young people the skills they need to become informed, articulate and educated adults is really the best way to allow them to be the people they wish to be. For me, education changes lives every single day and it’s the potential behind that individuality that inspires me.

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We are delighted to introduce the Board… Chair of Governors - Mrs Anna Corbett It has been 20 years since businesswoman, Anna Corbett, offered to help out on the cake stall at her daughter’s school fete. Little did she realise, but that first foray with the PTA would lead to a lifelong involvement in education. With a professional background in the voluntary and education sectors, she believes that supporting young people as they develop into young adults is as important for governors as it is for parents and staff.

Vice Chair of Governors Mrs Suzanne Bennet Following a degree in Mandarin and several years spent working in China, businesswoman Suzanne Bennet led the way with her family’s group of manufacturing companies based in Hayle and Wisconsin. A former Head Girl of the School (1985/86), Suzanne – who holds the position of Vice Chair of Governors – now lives locally in Devoran.

Revd Canon Dr Lynda Barley Canon Pastor at Truro Cathedral, Revd Canon Dr Lynda Barley was educated at York University, University College, London and holds a professional doctorate in Practical Theology from Cambridge Theological Federation. Ordained for nearly twenty years, she previously worked as a Statistician responsible for a small team of researchers at the Bank of England and as a social researcher for Bible Society and other charities. Prior to moving to Cornwall she served for eleven years as Head of Research & Statistics and coordinating chaplain at the Archbishops’ Council based at Church House, Westminster. The Very Rev’d Roger Bush was educated at King’s College London, Leeds University and the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield. He was ordained in 1987 and was a curate at Newbold, Derbyshire before becoming a Team Vicar of the Parish of the Resurrection, Leicester and then Rector of Redruth. He was a residentiary canon at Truro Cathedral from 2004-2006 when he became Archdeacon of Cornwall. He accessed as Dean of Truro in August 2012 and serves as an ex-officio governor to the school.

Mr Andrew Johnson graduated from Durham University and taught Classics in two independent schools before becoming Deputy Head and Senior Master of Ashville College in Harrogate. A local Preacher in the Methodist Church and ISI Inspector, he retired to Cornwall in 2016 and sits on the Education & Pastoral, Child Protection & Safeguarding and Governance & Nominations Committees as a nominee of the Methodist Independent Schools Trust. Andrew is also the Governor with responsibility for Safeguarding and Chair of the Child Protection & Safeguarding Sub Committee.

Mrs Sarah Hall is a parent of one daughter at the school and one who left after Sixth Form. Sarah is a practising veterinary surgeon and was also educated at the High School. Sarah is on the Board as Cooptative Governor and sits on the Education & Pastoral and Governance & Nominations Committees of the School. Mrs Honor Alleyne graduated from Queen’s University Belfast and holds a post graduate diploma in Education. She has taught in a variety of schools in both in the state and independent sector; her final post was as Headmistress of Tormead School for Girls in Guildford, Surrey where she spent nearly a decade in this lively and exciting role. At the end of her period as Headmistress she worked part time for two charities: one working for peace and reconciliation and based in Northern Ireland and the other as County Ecumenical Officer for Berkshire.

Mr John Keast governs on the Education & Pastoral committee, of which he is the chair, and the Governance & Nominations committee as a nomine of the Methodist Independent Schools Trust. Mr Edmund Waterhouse After graduating from St John’s College Cambridge, Edmund joined the Department of Health, leaving in 2004 to set up his own consultancy company. He is currently Chairman of Governors at Kent College Pembury, an independent girls’ school near Tunbridge Wells. He has just completed a 3 year term as a ‘chair trustee’ for the Methodist Independent Schools Trust.

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sky’s

The

the limit!

Our young scientists have been reaching for the stars with a key role in the successful bid for Royal Astronomical Society funds to showcase the best of the county’s geology and astronomy. Led by Head of STEM, Jon Dean, the School was instrumental in the ‘Cornwall – Sea to Stars’ funding bid in partnership with Europlanet, Goonhilly Earth Station, Institution of Marine Science, Technology & Engineering, King Edward Mine, Roseland Observatory, Royal Institute of Naval Architects, Camborne School of Mines and the University of Exeter. The funds will be used to create an interactive, mobile science outreach unit to engage with remote and hard-to-reach communities taking astronomy and geophysics directly to people all over the county. Meanwhile, back at school, the girls have been linking up with students in Egypt to conduct an ancient experiment on a truly global scale.

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Using the sun’s rays in a 2000-year-old science experiment, the girls worked with 100 students at the library in Alexandria using the shadow angle of the sun and some basic trigonometry to estimate that the circumference of the earth is 37,960km. Mr Loosley said: “Eratosthenes was librarian of the Great Library in Alexandria – the centre of science and learning in the ancient world. His experiment was one of the most important of the period and the figure he calculated is very close to the figure we can reach today – pretty impressive given his lack of technology or modern tools.” As well as studying astronomy as part of their Physics lessons, the girls also get the chance to attend our popular afternoon Astronomy club. Year 9 Lowena Olver and Year 10 Maddie McLeod are both members and this summer banked grades A and B after electing to take a GCSE in the subject early.


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Get on your

dancing shoes

From plies and pirouettes to Broadway sequins and sparkles, dance has been taking Truro High by storm this year with girls from across the school relishing the opportunity to dust off their dancing shoes and get in the studio to perfect some truly dazzling routines.

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Our young movers and shakers have taken to the dancefloor with a huge number of glittering performances throughout the year and the burgeoning talent that the school has to offer was celebrated in show stopping style as more than 100 girls took to the stage for our first ever dance show spectacular. Dance Show LIVE! kicked off the party season with some real pizzazz as girls aged 4-18 showed off their moves in two sell-out performances. From ballet to Bollywood, tap to lyrical, the girls wowed their audiences with a packed programme put together in only half a term. The vast majority of routines were choreographed by pupils themselves under the expert guidance of dance teacher Miss Amy Veall whilst professional instructors Clare Meardon and Jason Thomas were also involved in the show which promises to be the first of many at the school. “For many of these girls this will be the first time they have ever danced in public,” said Headmaster Dr Glenn Moodie. “We are incredibly proud of what they have achieved in a very short space of time and we hope to build upon their work in the future.” Dance is an important part of life at Truro High with Prep pupils given the chance to learn ballet, street dance and lyrical as part of their everyday curriculum. Senior girls are encouraged to pursue their dreams with dance teacher, Miss Amy Veall, helping them learn new skills and choreograph their own routines in both classes and extra-curricular clubs throughout the year. Keen to get the county’s young creatives moving lyrically, the school also opened its doors for an intensive day-long interpretative dance course in which our dancers joined pupils from five local schools to create a stunning piece for the Grand Opening of the Combined Truro Schools Art exhibition.

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Flying the flag for language learning The entire school took on a global perspective with pupils of all ages dressed in internationally-inspired ensembles for the day. From a Bahamian marlin to the Chinese flag and a pack of endangered Senegal lions to traditional Thai dress, pupils transformed themselves with a vast array of outfits inspired by countries ranging from Iceland to Nepal. Classes also had the opportunity to broaden their cultural horizons by investigating the traditional pastimes, customs and cuisine. The European Day of Languages is annually celebrated across Europe every September. It aims to promote the 6000+ languages spoken around the world and raise awareness of the importance of lifelong language learning for everyone. As part of the day’s celebrations, traditional language lessons were swapped for taster sessions in Mandarin, Portuguese and Thai to raise awareness of other languages and promote cultural and linguistic diversity. Senior school pupils spent their lessons investigating these lesser studied languages before sharing their new found knowledge with younger girls in the Prep School. Head of the Ancient and Modern Languages, Mrs Sue Murley said: “Our girls are always so enthusiastic to celebrate European Day of Languages and this year they have really surpassed themselves. Today’s celebrations are all about sharing and it’s been wonderful to see our community embrace so many new cultures and get talking about the world around us.” Assembly saw the whole school sharing fascinating facts about other cultures while lunch brought a mouth-watering array of foods from Latin American to the Welsh borders. Even the Pre-Prep classes joined in with teacher, Miss Helen Mills, swapping their usual elevenses for a Brazilian-inspired snack.

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As you walk around the corridors at Truro High School and catch glimpses of animated conversations between girls of all ages then you will quickly start to see that our community has a decidedly international feel. Pupils who travel each day from all across the county to study at our school form firm friendships with girls whose homes are often many thousands of miles away and with this comes the exciting opportunity to engage with other cultures, celebrate different customs and learn to speak another language with confidence and conviction. Bucking the national decline in high level language learning, our pupils relish the opportunity to step outside their linguistic comfort zone and this year celebrated an outstanding crop of exam results with an average of 76% of all GCSE passes graded A*- B and a phenomenal 100% pass rate achieved at A Level. Figures published by the Joint Qualifications Council show that the number of students taking modern foreign languages nationally have plummeted over the last decade and have fallen by more than 7 per cent per cent overall in the last year alone. Headmaster Dr Glenn Moodie said: “We have become used to reporting our excellent results in STEM and the Creative Arts but this year our Modern Languages pupils have outdone themselves. The ability to communicate in other languages will

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be increasingly crucial over the coming years as Britain finds its feet outside the EU and I am extremely pleased to see the very high percentage of top grades achieved in modern languages by our girls.” The language of the ancients is also certainly alive and kicking at school and the good news was spread across the curriculum with straight A*s at GCSE Latin – a subject taken by almost a quarter of the year group. As the only school in Cornwall that offers this fascinating ancient language right through to A Level, it is a matter of considerable pride that our pupils continue to excel in this subject which is highly regarded by universities – especially when applying for competitive courses such as medicine and law. A good school is one that not only prepares the girls for great things academically, but one that sends them on to the next stage of their lives happy and confident to tackle whatever comes their way. Girls at GSA schools are 2x more likely to study a language at A Level and, with this in mind, we have an expansive languages enrichment programme to support our pupils’ language skills. Conversation classes with foreign language assistants, oneto-one clinics, overseas work experience opportunities and


our highly popular language exchange programme offer girls the opportunity to immerse themselves in other cultures and enable them to speak, read and write their second language with confidence. Head of the Ancient and Modern Languages Faculty, Mrs Sue Murley said: “Our girls always really throw themselves into language learning opportunities and this year they have been really reaping the rewards of their hard work. Whilst there

continues to be a concerning decline in the number of students in the UK studying languages to GCSE and beyond, we’re delighted to see our girls show such enthusiasm when it comes to pushing their linguistic boundaries. At Truro High we firmly believe that foreign language learning is an essential life skill which not only enables us to communicate with others but fosters understanding and tolerance for cultures and societies around the world.�

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We said au revoir to our budding linguists this year as they headed off on the first of our brand-new French exchanges to Brest. It was an exciting trip that offered girls from Year 10 upwards the chance to immerse themselves in continental life as they spent a week staying with a French family. From getting to grips chatting in French over the breakfast table to exploring the region’s rich cultural heritage in Quimper and Brest, the girls got a fantastic flavour of life en français. Inspired by their adventure, they returned home far more confident in their French conversation and excited to continue forging their continental connections.

Head of Ancient and Modern Languages, Mrs Sue Murley said: “It can often seem like English is spoken everywhere; our pupils hear it in the media and often don’t have the chance to encounter the vast array of other cultures and native tongues which exist on a regular basis. Stepping outside their linguistic comfort zone really broadens our girls’ horizons which is so important in a world which is becoming increasingly international.” The linguistic adventure continued in April as they welcomed their French pen pals on to Cornish soil as part of the next step in the programme. It was an enlightening visit for the pupils from Collège Sainte Anne in Brittany offering the chance to sample life in Cornwall as they spent a week staying with a Truro High family. As well as heading out and about to get a flavour of all the fantastic things our county has to offer, pupils spent a few days getting a taste of what life is like at Truro High and immersing themselves in the English language. Following the success of our French Exchange Programme, this cultural exchange will be the first of many and pupils will soon have the opportunity to experience life en español as we launch our brand-new Spanish Exchange Programme.

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Enriching learning

Learning goes far beyond the confines of the classroom. We firmly believe that every individual’s capacity for learning and exploring their own talents is limitless and, whether girls dream of being a fashion designer, a professional athlete or a rocket scientist, Prep School’s bespoke enrichment programme offers pupils a huge selection of exciting extra-curricular opportunities based on their personal interests and aspirations. This year has seen some high-flying new additions to our packed programme as well as many firm favourites keeping our girls very busy and inspiring them to think big whilst having lots of fun along the way.

The girls were thrilled to get air-borne each week and learn fabulous, death-defying moves under the expert guidance of professional aerial artist, Naomi Lewis.

The year saw an explosion of moving and shaking amongst our young dancers as they created dazzling routines in their classes with Miss Clare from Savvy Dance Studios and strutted their stuff at Dance Show LIVE! Many reached some truly dizzying heights as we introduced a series of brand new courses teaching aerial dance and circus skills.

Getting back down to earth, it’s been a particularly productive year for our green-fingered gardeners who have been enjoying the fruit (and vegetables) of their labours as they expertly tend the Prep School garden.

Run by Air Fish Aerial Academy, the sessions provided an adrenalin-pumped introduction to Cirque de Soleil style skills including static solo trapeze, duo static trapeze, solo aerial hoop, aerial silks and aerial rope.

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The Prep School catalogue of extra-curricular opportunities is constantly under review with the girls regularly consulted to find out what more we can do to enrich their learning. Other exciting additions this year have included fencing, Bikeability training, Greenpower racing and much more.

An excursion for a rare look behind-the-scenes at Trelissick Gardens provided fantastic inspiration for their own plot as they explored this horticultural jewel in the National Trust’s collection – the perfect place to find out what it’s like to be a top-level gardener.


Following a whistle-stop tour of the grounds, our young horticulturalists were lucky enough to step through the gate into one of the garden’s many private orchards. They were fascinated to find more about how Head Gardener John and his team help the trees to grow delicious fruit with techniques such as grafting and pruning. There was then the opportunity to have a taste for themselves and take a bite from a Cornish Gillyflower – according to John, “the world’s best tasting apple”. Over the course of the year, the girls have really gotten stuck into all things green-fingered from selling hand-made seed bombs to raise funds for plants to adding an extension to the ‘Bug Hotel’. Their hard work certainly paid off and speckled onions, soilflecked potatoes and handfuls of deep-purple beetroots were lining the footpath by the gardening patch when the girls gathered their delicious summer harvest. Everyone was especially pleased with their harvest of 155 waxy potatoes and a surprise strawberry growing up on the playground. Our gardeners were also delighted to win a podium place for their blooming marvellous flower beds when the judges from Truro City Council visited the school to take a closer look at their entries for the city’s annual gardening awards. It’s also been an award-winning year for our ever-popular chess club as an outstanding run of successes resulted in one of our talented players moving up to compete at a national level. One of Truro High’s youngest competitive players, 7-year-old Ornela Mallick stormed to victory in the Regional Megafinal of the UK Chess Challenge proudly taking home the Cornwall Under 7 Girls Suprema title. The Prep 2 pupil was joined at the championships at Penair School by teammates Victoria and Leela, who both proved themselves as formidable opponents in this regional level of competition. Prep 3 Victoria even headed home clutching a highly commended medal for all her hard work. As a result of the competition, Ornela headed to Twickenham in July where she proudly represented the school and Cornwall in the competition’s national Gigafinal.

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Spotlight on theatre

Theatrical pioneer Sanford Meisner once said that “acting is behaving truthfully under imaginary circumstances” and at Truro High the stage provides a space where girls are encouraged to take the lead, use their imaginations and express themselves freely. Drama is not just an academic subject, but a life experience. In addition to offering the GCSE and A Level, we offer LAMDA lessons, dance tuition, drama clubs and a major production which this year saw spells, suspicion and Salem the order of the day as the curtain rose on our arresting production of Arthur Miller’s seminal classic, ‘The Crucible’. The all-female cast of actresses aged 10-18 were greeted with many rounds of applause throughout the impressive three-night run of the production. A haunting dance number opened this atmospheric piece of theatre.

Set against the backdrop of the Salem witch trials and written in response to the McCarthyism of the 1950s, Miller’s masterpiece is a timely lesson in the dangers of insular societies and religious persecution.

“From lead parts and chorus to backstage runners and technicians, girls of all ages have worked incredibly hard to create an extremely professional production. I couldn’t be more proud.”

The Crucible is a powerful play that covers a number of adult themes. To prepare the cast and crew for the language used, and issues dealt with, in the play the director held PSHE sessions to ensure all girls were comfortable with the script.

Always keen to get in the spotlight, our young performers also staged an utterly whizzbanging performance of Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s classic ‘Matilda’ this year.

“The Crucible is a historical, modern tragedy that owes its longevity to its continuing relevance in an imperfect world. Miller’s timeless parable is an ambitious, complex piece and I’ve been so impressed by the girls’ mature handling of the hardhitting issues it explores,” said Mr Ian Tutin who directed the production.

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Led by Sixth Formers Savannah Hall and Eugenie Nevin, ‘Matilda the Musical in 20 minutes’ told the tale of an extraordinary girl who is determined to change her own story, even if it means being a little bit naughty. Adapted from the Royal Shakespeare Company’s multi-award winning musical currently showing in the West End, the


production starred girls from Year 7-11 and played to a packed theatre. Even more impressive, the entire production was put together in under four weeks including learning lines, costume fittings and rehearsing several complex musical numbers. “Eugenie and Savannah represent the independence and inspiring leadership that Drama encourages. Our Performing Arts pupils have set a fantastic example with this production and I hope the ensemble will lead the way as our pupil ambassadors programme develops,” said Mr Tutin. Savannah and Eugenie led this impressive project as part of the Arts Award. The Arts Award challenges our young women to get

involved and take the lead in the world of creative arts helping them to develop into the cultural innovators of the future. Our creatives have chosen to develop their artistic skills in a number of exciting ways this year from creating an impressive mural for the Prep School to designing costumes for school shows and learning how to play jazz. It’s been an exciting year on the stage and screen for our young actresses which has also seen Savannah and Eugenie receive five-star rave reviews for their compelling performances in “If not now, when?” at the prestigious St Ives September Festival and Year 7 Hollie Jennings debut in her first film acting role.

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Nothing makes learning more exciting than heading out into the big wide world to see what you can discover. From experiencing the heat of the rainforest to jumping on board a real-life fire engine, our Pre-Prep explorers have been on some truly incredible adventures this year as their lessons moved out of the classroom and sprang to life before their eyes. The year began with the classes embarking on a very special educational adventure as the girls got out of the autumnal mist and felt the tropical heat in the Eden Project’s incredible Rainforest Biome. The fascinating world beneath the rainforest canopy had been the inspiration for many of the girls’ lessons that term with a particular focus on Science, Maths and Geography. Reception and Prep 1 teacher, Miss Helen Mills said: “Trips like this are an invaluable opportunity for our girls to get hands-on with their lessons and we are so lucky to have such a fantastic resource on our doorstep. Today we’ve been able to experience the tropics first hand and give the girls a little idea of what it’s like to be there for themselves: a magical experience that traditional classroom teaching could never impart. We can’t wait to get back to school and see the wonderful work which their adventure has stimulated.” Prep 1 & 2 had to wrap up warm for their next adventure which saw them making their way to Idless Woods to create their very own dens as part of Outdoor Learning.

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Pulling on their wellies for a lesson full of creativity and collaborative thinking, the girls spent an exhilarating afternoon getting extremely hands-on with the natural world and imagining how they would fare if they lived in the wild. With many enormous sticks carefully arranged into brilliant shelters, everyone was just in time to take cover as another raincloud came to put their structures to the test. Safe to say the girls were very pleased with their handiwork and headed back to school fairly dry if a little worn out. The girls continued to get creative with the great outdoors throughout the term including crafting one-of-a-kind Christmas tree decorations with reclaimed natural materials collected from the school grounds. Following a fantastic foraging session and keen to put their DIY skills to the test, our nature lovers grabbed goggles and glue guns and got to work sawing and sticking their finds together in the STEM room (under the careful supervision of Mrs Bateson and Mrs D!). The wellies were back on in the spring and it was clipboards at the ready as the girls made a special trip to Malpas Duck Pond to take part in the RSPB Love Nature’s Big Schools Birdwatch. As the final flourish to their exploration of all things avian, the girls spent a fascinating afternoon spotting and identifying some of the Truro’s most feathery visitors. From a paddling of ducks

to some beautiful red-breasted robins, our young ornithologists discovered a wonderful array of species bobbing on the water, flying through the air and nestling in the treetops. With nearly fifty birds spotted, they couldn’t wait to report their findings back to the RSPB. Over the course of the term, PrePrep’s exciting investigation into avian wildlife saw them learn about seasonal migration, investigate flight patterns and even create a flock of stunning papier-mâché garden birds. There’s nothing our youngest pupils love more than the chance to mess around in the mud so our Reception explorers have spent some fantastic mornings at Forest School with our friends from Naturally Learning. Every week, our youngest pupils have the opportunity to discover nature, explore the wild and develop a love of all things natural at Forest School with Naturally Learning Nursery. Building their confidence, improving their communication skills and encouraging their creativity, these lessons are a real adventure helping our girls embark upon a lifelong journey where learning never ends. Want to find out more about how the adventure starts at Truro High? Take a look at our Pre-Prep blog, where class teacher Miss Mills will be exploring the wonderful world of little learners throughout the year.

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Whether your daughter dreams of donning overalls and getting under the bonnet of a race car or grabbing some goggles and setting her imagination alight in the laboratory, Truro High School has its sights set on inspiring the next generation of scientific minds to follow their dreams and break the glass ceiling. Head of STEM, Mr Jon Dean is a firm believer in the adage from professor of biochemistry, and highly successful writer, Issac Asimov that “today’s science fiction is tomorrow’s science fact.” It reminds his pupils that imagination is the key to scientific endeavour and that the future is what they make of it – this rings particularly true when it comes to defying gender stereotypes in this all too often maledominated subject. According to the Women in Science and Engineering (Wise) campaign’s latest analysis, women make up just 23% of the workforce in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). Meanwhile, according to the Institute of Physics, only around 20% of A Level physics students are girls and this has not changed in 25 years.

Truro High School for Girls is aiming to redress this imbalance and has set its targets high: to be one of the country’s leading girls’ STEM schools by 2020. One thing in particular should stand us in good stead: “One piece of research highlighted how much more likely girls are to take sciences at higher level if they attend an all-girls school,” said Headmaster Dr Glenn Moodie. “It shows there are still gender stereotypes – the same with boys and, say, modern languages. It’s not that the schools are pushing them into those subjects, but that there is perhaps more peer or social pressure in a co-ed school than you would experience in an all-girl or all-boy school. One of the big advantages of being an all-girl school is that we’re able to relieve that pressure.” Bucking national trends, research from the Department of Education has shown that girls at GSA schools are more likely to study – and perform well in – maths, science and languages and nearly 96% of pupils go on to higher education. This has certainly been the case at Truro High, with nearly half of our Sixth Formers gaining places to study STEM-related subjects at some the country’s top universities. From Charlotte Andrew who achieved three A*s in Maths, Further Maths and Physics and is now studying Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College London to aspiring vet Eliza Hole who achieved an A* in Maths A Level a year ahead of schedule, our girls follow their passions and achieve outstanding results because they know that gender is never a barrier to success. Dr Moodie said: “Yet again our Upper Sixth have made us all very proud with a fantastic set of results and we are delighted that they are heading off to study everything from Equine and Environmental sciences to Politics and International Relations. We are conscious of the important role girls’ schools play in breaking the gender stereotypes that still surround many of these subjects and therefore the need for us to promote these career paths where women are still underrepresented.” This year we have hosted a huge array of events and activities to support this ambition. From the launch of our Aspiring Medics programme and the everincreasing success of our Greenpower race team to interactive Prep School STEM workshops supported by the RAF and hands-on sessions with engineering consultant WSP International, our girls have relished the opportunity to take the lead when it comes to scientific discovery. This next generation of STEM ambassadors are inspired and inspiring – a wonderful reminder to young women everywhere that their scientific dreams really can be a reality.

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Operation

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You wouldn’t expect to see students

donning scrubs and stethoscopes in a school hall, but that’s exactly what happened at Truro High this year. Injecting anaesthetic, limb amputation and carrying out a heart transplant were just some of the fascinating activities on offer as pupils from across the county joined us to get a taste of life as a surgeon at Operating Theatre Live. This inspiring event, part of our bespoke Aspiring Medics Programme, was a huge success. 120 pupils from Launceston to Penzance joined us for two oneday workshops which gave them the chance to follow an in-depth medical course, set in a mobile operating theatre. It was the first time in Cornwall for this unique experience which offers the next generation of physicians the chance to get hands-on with medicine and learn invaluable information about the learning journey on which they are about to embark. The reality is that this is a journey that will see them having to overcome all manner of hurdles in order to achieve their goal. On average, for every ten students applying to study medicine at university, only one will be offered a place. Those other nine will all have achieved superb A Level grades but these days, the grades alone are not enough.

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Head of STEM, Mr Jon Dean said: “It’s really important that we do all we can to help our aspiring medics to stand out from the crowd. At Truro High School, we are keen to create an environment where our pupils have the opportunity to gain unique medical experience and get a real feel for what the profession will ask of them.” To achieve this, we have launched a bespoke, two year programme to support girls who wish to further their studies in a wealth of medical professions including medicine, dentistry and veterinary science. Officially launched in January, Truro High Aspiring Medics offers a tailored calendar of specialist lectures and workshops with industry experts in numerous disciplines, as well as providing invaluable contacts to find work experience and providing additional one-to-one tuition for the challenging entrance exams demanded by many medical schools. Mr Dean said: “Standards for applying to study medicine are incredibly high so by offering the chance to become part of a medical family of specialists, academics and leading professionals, we aim to inspire and fully prepare our young women to fulfil their dreams of becoming the next generation of medics.” Top medical professionals from across the county have been called upon to help with work placements, resulting in many at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, and an extremely popular evening lecture series has been running since November. Speakers have included government ‘heart tsar’ Sir Roger Boyle CBE and former Truro GP Dr Hasnain Dalal, now honorary clinical associate professor at the University of Exeter, discussing his ground-breaking research in heart disease rehabilitation.

activities from learning how to suture with fifth year medical students to an in-depth tutorial on the humanity behind general practice with Dr Katharine Stephens GP and a Q&A with veterinary surgeon Dr Martin Firth whose specialisms include dog acupuncture and horse osteopathy. Mr Dean said: “Specialist lectures and talks offer our girls a fantastic opportunity to engage with up-to-theminute research from experts in their field and perfectly complements the hands-on workshops and one-to-one mentoring they are also receiving.” Our Prep School pupils have also been getting involved by learning life-saving basic first aid skills with Nurse Dawn at a special lunchtime club each week. The programme is already gathering momentum for another busy year ahead with the return of Operating Theatre Live, the brand-new VIVIT Experience from “Anatomy Lab Live” and a raft of specialist lectures and workshops from leading medical professionals. Our medics have even had the chance to quiz Old Girl and Cambridge undergraduate Amy Purohit on the ins and outs of medical applications. Amy fulfilled her lifelong dream of studying medicine at one of the world’s top universities in 2016. A lasting testament to her daughter’s medical ambition, Amy’s mother Dr Kathy Purohit believed the competition for getting students into medicine was so fierce that she decided to help by introducing an award to be included in the Aspiring Medics Programme. Each year, recipients will receive one-to-one mentoring with Dr Purohit alongside extra access to expert support and handson work experience to help make their medical dreams a reality.

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Inspiring the engineers of the future In June, our school became a hub of engineering activity as almost 200 young women from schools across Cornwall took part in special workshops to celebrate International Women in Engineering Day 2017. From testing model barrage ships in the school pool to getting under the bonnet of a professional rally car, girls from all over the county took part in a range of interactive sessions designed to excite their interest in engineering as a career. To help them discover the many opportunities on offer, representatives from a number of different businesses and organisations were on hand to chat about their own experiences and demonstrate what their jobs involved. Hands-on activities included welding with chocolate, stepping into virtual reality, investigating 3D printing, constructing model wind turbines and much more. Dr Rachel Nicholls-Lee, director of Falmouth-based Whiskerstay, gave the day’s keynote speech before joining pupils to build and test model barrage ships in the school’s swimming pool. Now running her own business in the naval architecture sector, she explained that she had wanted to become an architect before careers advice when she was seventeen inspired her to do a degree in Ship Science (Yacht & Small Craft) at Southampton University instead. She said: “Women in Engineering Day gets bigger every year both across the world and at Truro High. There has been so much to get hands-on with at school from rally cars to subsea ROVs and it’s been brilliant to see so many companies inspiring girls to see the incredible places engineering can take them.” Year 8 Olivia Harvey from Truro High School, said she had found the day incredibly insightful. “It’s been great fun trying out so many different activities with girls I didn’t know and making new friends. Engineering seems really interesting and it was so inspiring to see that there are so many ways you can get involved: today has definitely made me consider the possibility that I might be an engineer someday.”

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Never did we imagine that a small wooden shed could be the source of so much excitement. But this is no ordinary shed, this is the home of the Truro High School Greenpower racing team. When Head of STEM, Jon Dean, started his after-school club, no-one could have anticipated just how quickly it would capture the imagination of girls young and old. The last year has seen our fleet of senior school cars grow to five with a further three cars added in Prep School thanks to the support of parents and our engineering friends at the RAF. It’s been another busy year of activity that began with the girls taking the cars back to the drawing board and ended with them lining up on the start of the Rockingham Motor Speedway International Final. Three of the school’s eight-strong fleet of cars were out in force for the prestigious finale to the racing season following their stupendous performance at the qualifier at Castle Combe. Speeding round Europe’s fastest motorsport circuit for the first time was the Kernow Kitts which earned its place after shooting

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Truro High School’s Greenpower teams drive onwards to success 120 places up the rankings to end this season placed 68th in the UK. The ‘11th Hour’ and Silver Shadow also flew around the track much to the delight of their proud makers and Head of STEM, Jon Dean.


He said: “It’s been an exceptional season for the girls and I have been so impressed by their dedication and determination to make their mark on the national racing circuit. It’s a real honour to qualify for the international finals and a testament to the continued improvement of this slick and highly professional team to finish the season on such a high – I couldn’t be more proud!” It was a big year too for Prep School. New to the Greenpower scene, our girls and their loyal parental supporters took part in the Goblin series of races for the first time. Against tough competition from nearly 600 pupils from primary schools all over the South West, the school’s brand-new Goblin cars – Quicksilver and Lightning Green – flew round the track as their budding engineers and Lewis Hamiltons competed in slaloms, drag and sprint races at St Mawgan. The school’s Lightning Green team were particularly impressed by the day’s efforts storming past the chequered flag with a bronze in the Drag Race Challenge category. The IET Formula Goblin project aims to inspire children aged 9 – 11 years old to take an interest in engineering in a fun and innovative way. Each

school is supplied with a kit car which has to be built by the team in the months leading up to race day. Cars are then entered into various categories for the chance of winning a Greenpower award. “There has been a huge appetite in Prep School to match the success of our senior Greenpower teams and the results speak for themselves,” said Head of Prep Miss Annabel Ramsey. “Engineering can often be seen as a very male-dominated environment so it’s been incredibly inspiring to see the enthusiasm from our girls to get stuck in and support each other through every stage of the process. It’s been a real hit!” Currently only 7% of the engineering workforce in the UK is female. With the aim of redressing this imbalance, the school is a firm believer in educating girls about the many STEM careers available regularly hosting special workshops and Greenpower race car events throughout the year.

It’s a real honour to qualify for the international finals . . .

Among those leading the way was Year 10 Dotty Squibb who so impressed ex-McLaren and Williams Engineer, James Robinson, with her huge commitment to the school’s Greenpower race team that he recommended the young driver to the talent acquisition team at Williams F1. Earlier this year, Dotty headed to the Williams headquarters in Oxfordshire where she was given a fascinating insight into the diverse range of skills and occupations required by the company to produce a Formula One racing car.

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Inspiring young scientific minds Whether you’ve taken a shine to the sciences, are marvelled by maths, have a calling for computing or are enthused by engineering, from the very youngest of ages there is nothing quite as exciting as pulling on a lab coat and making science happen. From engineering to astrophysics, we are firm believers in educating girls about the huge variety of STEM careers available to them and making these subjects spring to life in the classroom. With exciting day-long workshops, fascinating hands-on lessons and the meteoric rise of our Greenpower Goblin race team, this year has seen an explosion of scientific enquiry amongst our youngest pupils inspiring them to investigate, experiment and think big when it comes to the possibilities STEM holds.

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There were quite a few additions made to the Prep School last year which included our brand new STEM classroom to help teachers introduce the girls to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at an early age. Step into this haven of scientific endeavour and you will have hours of fun in store with the opportunity to do everything from tinkering with engineering contraptions to programming your very own robot. Over the course of the year, the room has been kitted out with a wealth of specialist equipment thanks to a new partnership with the RAF.

data, the girls were challenged to precisely weigh their favourite healthy treats before taking a closer look at their findings by plotting graphs with the results. Maths lessons in Pre-Prep were also made extremely memorable as our girls brought the classic nursery rhyme “The Queen of Hearts” to life for some very special sums. To find out more about adding and subtracting, the girls solved a whole range of mathematical problems involving

Inspired to match the success of our senior Greenpower race teams, girls aged from 7-11 now have the opportunity to get behind the wheel of their own Greenpower Goblin car. Goblin cars are specifically designed to give children the chance to build their very own functioning and drivable electric car providing the opportunity for younger pupils to get hands-on with engineering. A second car has also joined the Prep School fleet thanks to donations from the school’s generous parents. Over 40 Prep girls now take part in the project which challenges them to design, build and drive their own electric race cars. It’s been a phenomenal first season in the fast lane for the girls which culminated in their winning a podium place at their competitive racing debut at the Goblin racing championships held at Newquay Airport. Against tough competition from nearly 600 pupils from primary schools all over the South West, our brand-new Goblin cars – Quicksilver and Lightning Green – flew round the track as our budding engineers and Lewis Hamiltons competed in slaloms, drag and sprint races. The RAF has also funded a number of Lego We-Do sets and Bee-Bots which aim to introduce children to the intriguing realm of computer science. Sgt Craig Ainslie said: “We are absolutely delighted to be working with a school which takes such pride in encouraging girls to take the lead in engineering at all ages. STEM careers can often be very maledominated environments and we hope the girls will be inspired to aim high and break the engineering glass ceiling.” Special day-long workshops, such as this year’s Prep STEM day, have proven to be a fantastic way to make this ambition a reality and build on the knowledge gained in exciting, action-packed lessons. Our mathematicians have been in for a real treat with a whole host of hands-on lessons to help our girls visualise mathematical concepts truly making numbers real. Prep 4 swapped their calculators and exercise books for armfuls of fruit and weighing scales for a maths lesson with a difference. To find out more about collecting measurements and analysing

delicious jam-laden treats. Joined by our Chair of Governors Mrs Anna Corbett, who had popped by for a flying visit, our mathematicians were challenged to count the correct number of berries to top their tarts before they could tuck in. Head of Prep School, Miss Annabel Ramsey said: “Seeing all the STEM opportunities which our senior school pupils have, we’re not at all surprised that the Prep girls wanted to get in on the action. Every one of our pupils has already been getting really stuck in and their enthusiasm says so much. As a school with a strong reputation for STEM subjects we believe it is important to inspire young women to aim high no matter what their dreams are.”

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Dial

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From bravely tackling towering infernos to keeping our streets protected out on the beat, our emergency services do an amazing job making sure we’re safe and sound. Our Prep School pupils are always fascinated to find out more about how these incredible people protect and serve so it’s been a real honour to welcome so many into school this year and to learn about the vital work they do. The year began with a very curious incident in our Pre-Prep so the girls knew there was only one thing to do: dial 999 and ask the police to help them out. Our young detectives were very excited to investigate a mystery straight out of a storybook as Devon & Cornwall Police Community Support Officers Phillip and Avril helped the girls examine the evidence at a crime scene in their classroom.

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The morning’s investigation kicked off the girls’ study of all things ‘in the woods’ in fantastical fashion, challenging them to find clues and figure out the facts behind one of their favourite fairytales. Over the term the classes explored the spellbinding worlds of wild woods and fabulous forests in order to stimulate a wide range of work from investigating real-life wolves to creating fairy-tale etchings. The morning’s investigation proved extremely enlightening for our youngest pupils with Avril and Phillip providing plenty of expert knowledge on detective work (there was lots of talk about fingerprints and crime-solving technology!) and answering the girls’ questions about the incredible work they do.

from glass, sharp objects, and hotspots that may remain after a fire. There was even time to meet Archie’s soon-to-be deputy, 15-month-old Woody who is currently in training to join the fire investigation team. There was just as much excitement (and thankfully no smoke!) in the air when our Pre-Prep classes were treated to a surprise visit from the whole team at Truro Fire Station. Greeted in Rashleigh Car Park by the crew’s impressive fire engine, the girls were so excited to hop on board and find out more about this incredible machine alongside firefighters Ray, Kyle, Mike, Colin and Matt. There was even a chance to try on the crew’s brightly coloured (and extremely heavy) helmets on for size and see the hoses in action. Everyone was fascinated to find out more about what the team get up to on a day-to-day basis, the incredible kit they use and how everyone should stay safe during a fire. The girls were particularly impressed by the team’s thermal-imaging camera which helps them navigate dangerous scenes and save people’s lives.

The whole Prep School were delighted to have the opportunity to meet the officers again later in the term when Avril and Phillip returned to school to tell the girls all about the life on the beat across Cornwall. The Community Support Officers were joined by PC Andy from Truro Police to give them an insider’s perspective on policing and answer all of their questions about their work. Everyone was fascinated to find out more about what the team get up to on a day-to-day basis, the incredible kit they use and how they work with other police departments and emergency services to keep our community safe. There was even an opportunity for a few budding officers to don the officers’ hats and duty vests for themselves as well as Miss Ramsey trying on their handcuffs for size. The girls were even more surprised by their next visit from the emergency services as they met the furriest member of the Cornwall Fire and Rescue Team: Archie the Fire Investigation Dog. The firefighting hound works alongside Cornwall’s emergency services helping solve unexplained blazes. His handler, Watch Manager Mark, explained that, to Archie, it’s just a game but he’s using his unique skills to do some very important work. Trained to identify minute traces of accelerants, Archie can detect a variety of substances, including petrol, paraffin, diesel, methylated spirits, acetone and BBQ lighter fluid when on patrol at cold, post-fire scenes. The girls were amazed by his incredible sense of smell watching as he sniffed out a paraffinsoaked cotton bud, carefully hidden in the Prep Hall, in no time at all. The girls were particularly impressed by the young dog’s special kit including his operational fire boots, which protect his paws

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The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there. We firmly believe that getting hands-on with history is the key to bringing the past to life for our pupils. Role-play, handling artefacts, historical discussions and creative cross-curricular projects fire up a passion in our girls to explore yesterday’s world introducing them to places far away in time and full of amazing, and very real, people. This year’s adventures into our phenomenal past have certainly shown that with bags of enthusiasm and a little bit of imagination time travel really can be possible. The year began with some truly ancient travels as Prep 3 swapped their usual uniforms for togas and sandals and recreated life and learning as it would have been over 2500 years ago.

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The girls got hands-on with their history lessons becoming Ancient Greek scholars for a morning of time travel. Alongside dressing in ancient costume, the classroom was transformed into the Platonic Academy with traditional lessons given an ancient perspective. The girls studied maths with hand-made abacus, learnt how to write their names in Ancient Greek and created their own versions of Hellenic folk melodies using modern-day instruments. The girls had spent weeks preparing for the event including creating their own abacus with wool and beads and decorating their costumes with traditional Greek ‘meander’ motifs in art. Their history lessons had been spent researching education in Classical Greece to find out how schooling differed for their ancient counterparts. There was even the chance earlier in the term to handle genuine ancient artefacts from the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro. Our young historians have also been getting in touch with the ancient past this year by becoming archaeologists for the day at a series of workshops at the Royal Cornwall Museum. Prep 4 got their white gloves and thinking caps on as the girls spent a morning investigating what life was like at home in Roman Britain at the Royal Cornwall Museum - Truro. They had a fantastic time as they took a closer look at household artefacts and made some replicas of their own. There was even the chance to try a toga on for size! Prep 5 also spent an illuminating morning learning about the world of Ancient Egyptian religion as they too explored the collections at Cornwall’s answer to the British Museum. The girls had great fun unwrapping the past from examining ritual objects to reenacting scenes from the afterlife. There was even a chance to see the mummified body of Iset-tayef-nakht – an Egyptian priest, craftsman, husband and father who lived more than 2500 years ago. Back at school, our historians were inspired to create their very own interactive ‘Sacred Secrets’ museum filled with fascinating exhibits including living statues and canopic jars.

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Hitting the

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Appreciation of our girls’ musical talents goes far beyond the confines of our school community and our gifted musicians are very honoured to be frequently invited to perform with renowned choirs and take home top prizes at prestigious competitions across the county and beyond. This year has been no exception. Against tough competition from some of the country’s top performers, Prep 6 Bryher Gemmill’s and Year 11 Lucy Peek’s talent and hard work resulted in their being selected to sing with the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain. Auditions for these acclaimed choirs take place all over the country, with thousands of youngsters hoping to gain a place in groups of just over a hundred singers. Prep 6 Bryher was selected for the choir having been offered a place a year ago, only to discover at the last minute that she was still too young to take it up. Spots are usually open to girls from Prep 6 to Year 10. The audition process has been daunting and rigorous consisting of an intensive one-day trial in front of a panel of expert judges. Against thousands of the country’s top performers, the girls were challenged to demonstrate their understanding of music theory, perform two pieces to perfection and even prove their ability to pitch a note after only hearing it once.

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The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain meet twice each year for residential courses and the girls were thrilled to attend these rehearsals during the spring and summer holidays. The ensembles perform both independently and collaboratively with other NYCGB choirs at venues around the UK. Recent highlights include appearances at Southbank Centre’s Chorus Festival 2015 in the Royal Festival Hall, the world premieres of Steve Goss’s Songs of the Solar System in Coventry Cathedral and Shlomo’s She Crossed My Lost Heart at Leeds Town Hall in 2013 and performances in 2015 at Coventry, Truro and Lincoln Cathedrals, as well as contributions to NYCGB’s criticallyacclaimed 2013 recording of choral music by Benjamin Britten. A few months later, our performers were proving their musical prowess once more as girls of all ages came out on top in the annual Cornwall Music Festival with a dozen first place prizes going to our pupils. Sixth Former Karen Chan stole the show in the Piano Recital Class proudly returning to the boarding houses with the M&E Radford Shield. Her impressive repertoire included ‘Prelude and Gigue from Suite No. 1’ by Bach and ‘Sonata in F major: 2nd Movement’ by Mozart. Following this performance, the young pianist continued to go from strength to strength scoring an impressive 85 out of 100 marks in her Piano Recital Diploma to gain a Distinction in the exam set by Trinity College London.


Her classmate Savannah was also celebrating having just achieved top marks in her Grade 8 singing exam to be awarded a Distinction in the exam set by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. Winners also included Year 8 Liesl Lingham in the Grade 7 Flute Class, Year 7 Charlotte Haynes in the Guitar Class and Year 7 Lilly Pinkney in the Folk Song Class. Sisters Felicity and Eleanor Hood were celebrating having won the Clayton Memorial Cup in the Instrumental Duet Class. Year 11 Esmee Loughlin Dickenson’s hard work also paid off with the violinist winning the Orchestral class as part of the Penzance Youth String Orchestra. Also a talented violinist, Prep 6 Bryher’s performance of ‘Chanson de Nuit’ by Elgar saw the young musician storm to victory in the Grade 6 class. Even more impressive, Bryher was up against musicians significantly older than herself in this hotly-contested category. Our choral verse performers also shone on stage with prizes going to Prep 5 Beatrice Coode for her eloquent rendition of ‘Chocaholic’ by Carol Ann Duffy and Year 7s Saffron Harris and Lucy Marshall in the Poetry Duologue category. It was a runaway victory for our Prep School in the group verse speaking category with both Prep 5 & 6 taking both top spots. Prep 6 won the Barbara Fairhurst Trophy with ‘Everything Touches’ by Roger McGough narrowly beating Prep 5 who placed second in the category. Director of Music, Mr Rob Norman said: “The standard of music played at Truro High is extremely impressive from our youngest performers through to our most accomplished musicians. Results like this are a testament to the girls’ talent and dedication and I am incredibly proud that they continue to surpass themselves year on year.”

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In

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There is nothing like the sound of little girls singing their hearts out to bring a smile to your face (and occasionally a tear to your eye) so it’s no surprise that our Prep Choir have been extremely busy this year. Every Prep School pupil performs as part of this joyous ensemble, offering girls the invaluable opportunity to build their confidence on stage and have lots of fun with friends as they wow audiences across the county with their repertoire of songs. The year got off to a melodious start as the girls joined ensembles from all across Cornwall to raise their voices and warm hearts out on the steps of Truro Cathedral as part of the celebrations for World Peace Day To mark the day, created by the United Nations, there was singing, readings and prayers at both the cathedral and Truro Methodist Church. Groups including Cornwall Faith Forum and Amnesty International were also involved in the event. Director of Music, Mr Rob Norman said: “It was a great honour to take part in such a special occasion, especially considering how young our singers are. The girls’ performance was confident and heart-warming to say the least - a real testament to their talent and maturity.” Our choir takes centre stage at a number of prestigious events, such as this, which this year have included carols at Truro

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Cathedral, our Lent term concert and receiving resounding applause from crowds at the Royal Cornwall Show. Our young songstresses were even given a taste of life as recording artists this year as they sang their hearts out in a professional recording studio. The girls were invited to take part in a new project at Falmouth University to produce and record an album of Cornish Folk Songs written by Harry Glasson that tell the tales and inform the listener of Cornwall’s history and culture. The girls were welcomed with drinks and biscuits as they arrived at the university’s performance centre to begin their vocal warm up. Director of Music, Rob Norman, was at the piano as they burst into song with a beautiful rendition of Harry’s anthemic song, “Cornwall my Home”. A songbook written and produced alongside the CD and both products will be distributed free of charge to every primary school in Cornwall as well as being sold to the general public. The song will feature on an album being put together by singer/ musician Will Keating whose three young daughters today joined our choir just for the occasion. Following the release of the album this winter, the song and stories behind them will be performed in a show that will tour throughout Cornwall via Carn to Cove venues.

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There’s nothing quite like the sensation of standing at the top of a snow-capped mountain ready to ski down the slopes with the sun on your face and the wind in your hair so our pupils and families have relished the opportunity to pull on their salopettes for some incredible alpine adventures this year. The spectacular scenery and mountain air at Salzburger Sportwelt provided the perfect mid-winter getaway for the families who took part in our annual Michaelmas Ski Trip last Christmas. Our intrepid skiers had a fabulous week filled with winter sun, glorious snow, spectacular sightseeing and lots of family-friendly fun in this beautiful part of the Austrian Alps. From first-time skiers to seasoned professionals, everyone really got into the holiday spirit improving their technique under expert instruction and taking advantage of the enormous ski circuit that the area offers including 350km of piste and ten interconnected resorts.

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For those looking for a rest from all the excitement, there were plenty of mountain restaurants serving delicious Austrian fare and it was a real treat for many to plan their day around regular terrace stops, with panoramic views, glowing fires and a sip of Gluhwein for worn out parents! Evenings were spent enjoying the hospitality of the group’s Austrian hosts, Elsa and Franz, whose incredible cooking (and second helpings) became a favourite feature for many during the week. The trip was topped off with a magical New Year’s Eve spent in Salzburg where everyone was utterly blown away by the fabulous architecture and atmospheric ‘old town’. With the snow fluttering down and everyone celebrating together, it truly was a night to remember and the perfect end to an enchanting Alpine adventure. Keen to experience the thrill of a slalom for themselves, Easter saw many of our girls hitting the slopes in Claviere, Italy for another taste of alpine life. Proudly sporting their sky blue ‘ski hoodies’, nearly forty girls from Year 7 – 12 set off bright and early for an action packed week en piste full of fabulous fun with friends in this beautiful part of the Italian Alps. Whilst the alarmingly mild conditions on their journey through France didn’t bode well for a snowy adventure, the group was delighted to see snowclad scenery as they reached their destination in the charming Italian village of Claviere. Even better, on drawing the curtains the next morning the girls were greeted by half a metre of crisp snow. It fell heavily all day long and the beginners did very well to negotiate this ‘tough baptism’ on the slopes whilst the more experienced skiers relished the powder conditions.

This welcome spring snow laid a secure base for the week and the skies cleared to an Italian blue with glorious sunshine appearing. From skiing beginners to experienced pros, the girls had great fun honing their technique under the expert instruction of their local instructors, Anthony, Marco and Antonio. This splendid team were the group’s constant companions for the next 7 days and ski trip co-ordinator Mr Mothersole praised their “great skill, charm and no little patience as they supported our fumbling attempts to master the Alpine skills”. Topped up by another modest mid-week snowfall of 15cm, the group also visited the area’s main resort Sestriere which hosted the 2006 Winter Olympics. With plenty of sightseeing, the day proved a great success. The final day came all too quickly for our skiers who, having mastered their skills on the slopes, headed over the border into France to the delightful resort of Montgenevre. In this utterly spectacular setting, the group enjoyed a fabulous picnic lunch surrounded by the awesome mountains of the Haute Savoie. Bidding a fond farewell to their hard-working instructors, who joined the group to present some special awards and receive quite a few thank you presents, the girls headed home tired, toned and (for some) just a little bit tanned after an extremely exciting Alpine adventure. Our intrepid skiers showed great skill, determination and a real can-do attitude throughout the week and Mr Mothersole was particularly impressed that from Carlo, their gracious hotelier, through ski instructors, coach drivers and fellow plane passengers all remarked on how well behaved and delightful our girls were. Plans are already in motion for this year’s Ski Trips so get your salopettes ready.

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From first-time water babies learning the basics in armbands to seasoned professionals perfecting their technique with hard core lengths, our swimming pool is always a hive of aquatic activity come rain or shine. Diving in at our pool is a sure fire way for girls of all abilities to make waves at school and, as so many have this year alone, prove their aquatic prowess across the county and beyond. It’s been an impressive year for our young swimmers who have proved a force to be reckoned with taking home countless prizes and titles from a whole host of competitions. Success was in our girls’ grasp before the year had even begun as four of our of our talented pupils returned to school from Truro City Swimming Club’s annual championships last August laden with medals and each carrying a special award. Prep 6 Celeste Woodall, Year 9 Hannah Stephens, Year 8 Maddie Lewis and Year 9 Charlotte Drew proved their skills against nearly 50 of the club’s top swimmers scooping an impressive haul which included eight gold medals, five silvers and a handful of bronzes.

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Hot on the heels of their summer success, Celeste and Maddie were out in force at the Cornwall Schools Winter Games alongside Year 7 Libby Kingston and Year 8 Katie Day winning a podium place in the Year 8 team swimming challenge. Even more impressive, the team’s two youngest swimmers were up against competitors two years their senior. Spots in the race are usually reserved for Year 8 pupils. That winter also saw an incredible performance from our Prep 5 & 6s at the Primary School Link swimming gala heading home proudly sporting 15 medals – one for every member of the team!

With so many talented swimmers amongst our ranks, the girls were in for a particularly exciting surprise when this spring we welcomed an Olympic and Commonwealth swimmer for a series of motivational hands-on workshops. Commonwealth medallist and Team GB Olympian, Antony James, joined girls from Reception – Year 9 for sponsored workout and fitness circuits as well as heading to the pool for a special intensive training session with our most promising swimmers.

Our girls made a real splash in the New Year as our Year 7, 8 and 9 teams all won top spots at the PPS Swimming Gala. Our highly experienced Year 9 team stormed to victory winning first place in their age group and heading home with gold medals. It was a particularly proud moment for Year 9 Vivienne Carveth who also took top spot in the 25m Butterfly. Not to be outdone, our dedicated Year 8 team finished in 4th place against the competition’s ten schools whilst our talented Year 7 team took silver podium places in their age group. Even more impressive, three out of the Year 7 team’s four members are actually in Prep 5 and 6. Prep 5 Camilla Kingston, Prep 6 Ella Jeffery and Prep 6 Celeste Woodall proved themselves more than up to the challenge alongside Year 7 Libby. A massive well done was also in order for our Prep School swimmers who returned triumphant from the semi-finals of the Cornwall School Games this January. The girls were named overall winners in both the Year 5 and Year 6 Girls categories after they saw off competition from group winners of the sports partnerships from Camborne, Richard Lander, Penair, Helston, Redruth, Mullion, Penryn and Falmouth. The Prep 5 team consisted of Camilla Kingston, Bella Roberts, Sophie Michell and included an astonishing performance from Prep 3 Anna Huddy who stepped in at the last minute to support the team, winning herself a second place in the butterfly in the process. Prep 6’s team was represented by Ella Jeffery, Celeste Woodall and two girls from Prep 5, Ella Huddy and Heather Todd. Six of the eight girls also picked up individual wins as well as the team titles.

He said: “All the girls have been so enthusiastic to get stuck in this morning and I’m so impressed by the level of motivation amongst these young athletes even when the going gets tough. There are clearly some really talented sportswomen here so I’m definitely planning to come back soon to build on what we’ve done today.” The session was particularly instructive for Prep 6 Celeste, Year 9 Hannah, Year 9 Charlotte and Year 8 Maddie who continued their county swimming success at the ASA Cornwall County Swimming Championships the following weekend. Alongside Year 9 Vivienne and Year 8 Katie, the swimmers took three county champion titles and won nearly ten podium places.

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Fine art and high

praise… Truro High sweeps the honours board at Falmouth University’s CreatEd Awards.

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writer seemed to really understand her medium… her stage directions were just fantastic [and] you could really imagine this being realised on stage.” Fellow Year 13 Alice Chuter received a commendation for her experimental photography created using the sun to expose prints whilst her classmate Rebe Winn received a record-breaking two commendations – no other entrant achieved such success – in the ‘Fine Art’ and ‘Photography’ categories for her high concept installation pieces. Rebe’s innovative portfolio has won plaudits over her time at the school and was even featured in the ‘Future Now’ Exhibition at the Tate Modern last summer.

For the fifth year running, Truro High School has achieved a stupendous level of success at the county’s most prestigious annual arts showcase. Competing against students from nearly 20 schools and colleges from across the county, Truro High’s pupils scooped two top-level awards and ten honorary commendations – a haul unmatched by any other institution in the competition. Hundreds of students from Year 11 and 13 showcased a range of high profile creative work at the prestigious event, including Fine Art, Fashion & Textiles, Graphic Design, Film & Animation, Journalism, Photography, Product Design, Creative Writing & Poetry, Music, Game Art, Dance and Drama.

Pupils who also received sought-after highly commended prizes included Year 11 Sophie Rowe for her fine art sculptures entitled ‘Trapped in Chains’, Year 12 Eugenie Nevin for her short story entitled ‘Wanders of Nature’ and Year 13 Karen Chan for her classically-inspired music entitled ‘Wonderland’. Year 11 designers Rose Hastings and Megan White also headed home with honorary commendations in the hotly contested ‘Fashion & Textiles’ category for their 60s and 20s inspired dresses. The CreatEd Exhibition is the only show in the UK which exhibits the creative talents of students from schools and colleges together. Judges are invited in from leading industries to award prizes in all categories alongside the award-winning university’s department heads. Truro High’s Head of Creative and Performing Arts, Mrs Judith Tutin said: “Our pupils’ incredible success at the awards has certainly made this a year to remember; they’ve truly outdone themselves! Creativity is at the heart of everything we do at Truro High so we were particularly proud to be complimented on our interdisciplinary approach to the exhibition and, especially, on our pupils confidence in transferring their skills between art, photography, literature and textiles so fluently.” “I would like to say a huge thank to all of the teachers and support staff who create the right environment for our girls to get inspired, creatively flourish and develop into the cultural innovators of tomorrow.”

Year 12 Alice Barry received the ‘Fashion & Textiles’ award for her high fashion pieces inspired by Kafka’s absurdist satire ‘The Metamorphosis’ and the socio-economic tensions in Mexican culture. The judges praised the young designer for her multilayered approach to both fabric and ideas which “really invite you to investigate them… and find more the closer you look.” Year 13 Emily Elwell-Deighton took home the ‘Creative Writing & Poetry’ award for her hard-hitting script ‘Rapture’ which explores domestic violence through a metaphysical lens. “To be writing plays at the age of 17 or 18 is such a skill,” said Amanda Harris, industry judge and Director of Kernow Education Arts Partnership. “This

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To enter the art department at Truro High School is to enter a new world, a world where there are no boundaries, a world where creativity is King, a world where artistic talents of all ages are encouraged to thrive and to grow. Never more was this inspirational spirit more obvious than at the annual Summer Exhibition which saw the classrooms transformed into a stunning exhibition of work to rival the masterpieces hanging in the Tate Modern. The two-day exhibition showcased a stunning portfolio of work which has been created by pupils throughout the year ranging from high concept installation photography to the revolutionary cry of Les Miserables.

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For the first time, work created by pupils as young as 4-years-old was displayed alongside pieces made by the school’s brightest and best young creatives. Among the work on show was a painting entitled “My Dog Minna” by Prep 5 Bee Coode. The painting saw Bee named The Society for All Artists’ Junior Artist of the Year for 2017 beating a tough field of 5,000 other entrants. Head of Creative and Performing Arts, Mrs Judith Tutin, said: “From our very youngest pupils to girls heading off to the country’s top art colleges, the creativity and imagination of our artists and designers never ceases to amaze me.” “Inspiration often comes from the most unlikely of places so we believe in creating an environment where girls of all ages are given the freedom to try something new, let their imaginations


run wild and create some spectacular artwork along the way.”

Drama to Dance. It’s Art for everyone with no stones unturned.

Pieces included life-sized camera-less photography, inventive mixed-media portraits, one-of-a-kind ceramics and a collection of dance ensembles created for the school’s production of Arthur Miller’s seminal classic ‘The Crucible’. The Religious Philosophy room was also transformed for the exhibition showcasing a stunning cross-curricular piece depicting scenes from the life of Christ in stained glass effect.

Mrs Tutin said: “I love traditional drawing and painting and I am a painter myself. We teach the rules first, then allow students to break them by looking at things differently. By the time they are older, they are hungry to do so.”

The exhibition provided the final chance to catch a glimpse of the work created by our Upper Sixth pupils including Year 13 artist Rebe Winn. Rebe’s impressive portfolio has won plaudits over her time at the school and was even featured in the ‘Future Now’ Exhibition at the Tate Modern last summer Mrs Tutin said: “Art is about being open-minded and taking risks; if you think you’re not good at something, try it in a different way and it might just work.” It’s this inter-disciplinary approach that is paying dividends for the school with the Creative Arts Faculty now the broad umbrella covering everything from Textiles to Fine Art and from

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Diary of a Prep 6 kid

The tables were turned at school this year as our Headmaster, Dr Glenn Moodie found himself thrown out of office and replaced by one of our pupils. Whilst 10-year-old headmistress Senna took the hot seat, Dr Moodie found that there’s a lot to be learnt from swapping his diary full of meetings and PA for a Smiggle pencil case and dance kit.

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Here’s what he had to say about it… “Last winter, Truro High School held a fundraising dinner at the Idle Rocks in St Mawes. A few weeks before this, Sarah Lillicrap, our Director of Marketing, suggested to me that one of the auction lots should be the chance to be Head for the day. I couldn’t really see it attracting much interest, but I agreed that she could offer it, crossing my fingers that it wouldn’t go embarrassingly unbid for. I should know by now to always trust Sarah’s instincts on these sorts of things. The lot attracted a number of bids and Senna, one of our Prep 6 pupils, became Headmistress for the day. She had a fantastic day. I’m very pleased for her, but this isn’t what made the day so enlightening for me. It was that at some point, I’m not sure when, I decided that if Senna was going to be Headmistress, the logical thing for me to do would be to become a Prep 6 pupil. And so that’s what I did. Wow, how glad am I that I chose to do this! I have to admit at first I thought it was just going to be a bit of stunt, but in the end it turned out to be one of the most illuminating experiences of my time at Truro High. The day started with whole school assembly, led by the Headmaster (yours truly) as usual. However, by the end of

assembly I was sitting cross-legged on the floor amongst the Prep girls, Smiggle pencil case clutched in my hand, while Senna handed out certificates to Sixth Form pupils. From assembly we were marched straight into an English lesson with Mrs Simpson. First it was a spelling test (24/25 – very annoying), and then we worked in groups on a choral verse piece, which we later presented to Headmistress Senna. I was impressed with how well and how efficiently Vivian, Ella, Amelie and Rachel worked in my group, and I was pleased that I was just about able to keep up. At break there was little chance for playing – I had to get changed into my dance kit. Then, looking like Leroy from Fame, we strolled across school for the lesson which I had been dreading but for which everyone else seemed to be waiting – lyrical dance with Miss Clare. Unsurprising many pupils and staff lingered for a minute or two longer than normal outside the large windows of the dance studio that day. I like to think I held my own. I’m sure there have been better leaps, tighter twirls and more technically-correct floor slides in the history of modern dance, but I felt I managed to impress with my off-beat and charming arrhythmic timing. After this, there was just time to quickly gobble down fish and chips while Gigi tried to explain to me the properties of the magical suitcase of Newt Scamander – I’m none the wiser I’m afraid. Afternoon lessons started with Cookery with Mrs Van der Lem, where I was honoured to partner our very own Headmistress. It may have been that the wake and shake (yes, I’d been required to do this too) as well as the lyrical dance which caused it, but it did seem very hot to me in the cookery classroom. Surprisingly, all the pupils looked as cool as cucumbers. Nevertheless, Senna and I undoubtedly produced the best cupcakes in the class. Ours were both tasty and tasteful (think restrained use of the pink icing and sprinkles), and had there been a competition I’m sure we would have been rightfully crowned champions. Well, they do say two Heads are better than one. Next, it was prep assembly (yes, there’s still more!), where Zoe in Prep 1 led the Chinese New Year celebrations, teaching us all how to count in Mandarin. This was followed by making origami cats and dogs in house groups. And finally, we (or at least I) trudged wearily back to the classroom so that Miss Ramsey could round off the day and the week. What a day it was! What did I learn? A lot. I knew what Prep 6 pupils did, but it is different when you actually experience it. I didn’t expect it to be quite so physical. I felt drained at the end of the day. I didn’t expect it to be quite so busy either. The girls fit an awful lot into their day. I also didn’t expect it to be quite so exciting. The variety of content and approaches, the focus on allround education made it so rewarding.

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The experience left me wondering what OFSTED or our colleagues in the state sector would make of such a day, constrained as they are by DfE demands. Could a primary school risk this approach to the curriculum, with the shadow of the looming Keystage 2 SATs darkening their classrooms? I am absolutely convinced that the sort of day I experienced is the sort of day pupils should be having at school. There was lots of collaboration, there was lots of thinking, there was lots of trial and error, and there was lots of challenge. This is what is important; this is what we want for our children; this is what is going to prepare them for the world outside. But most importantly, I had fun. School should be fun. I’d go back to Prep 6 again tomorrow if I could.�

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Explore Cornwall

There’s a great sense of getting involved in our boarding houses. With so many exciting activities and opportunities on offer, it’s not hard to see why.

It’s been a jam-packed year for our boarders who travel from all corners of the world to make Cornwall their second home. From exploring the county’s cultural heritage to making the most of our fabulous watersports, there have been plenty of things that have allowed our girls to make the most of our superb location as part of our close-knit boarding house community. Keen to keep a balance of healthy body and mind, the girls are always happy to work up a sweat when they’re not hard at work. This year’s adrenalin-pumped programme has included early morning Zumba classes, bouncing around at Jump4 and has even seen the girls regularly taking part in 5k park runs around the grounds at Trelissick Gardens. When the sun’s shining in Cornwall, there’s no better place to go than the seaside so everyone has thoroughly enjoyed their regular trips to the county’s stunning coastline from running through

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the sand dunes at Gwithian to paddling in the sea at Gylly. Watersports are also often top of the agenda with highlights including surfing at Perranporth beach, kayaking at Loe Beach and splashing down at Retallack Aqua Park. The girls love getting active at the weekend so following a hearty breakfast they will often head out ready and raring for fun-filled days around the county. One weekend saw them working off the delicious pancakes they’d tucked into on the indoor climbing walls at Granite Planet. Whilst some of the climbs were really challenging, everyone braved some dizzying heights with Year 9 Milly and Year 10 Alina the stars of the show as they helped to get everyone trained in the art of belaying. The pair climb regularly and were swiftly up the walls using the hardest holds like monkeys!


Later in the year saw the girls taking on another high-octane outing when they buckled up for an exhilarating day of extreme sports at Adrenalin Quarry, Liskeard. From soaring across the flooded quarry at speeds that really got their blood pumping to braving high altitudes in the giant swing, our thrill seekers had a wonderful time getting their hearts racing with all the awesome activities on offer. There was even more excitement to come when everyone battled it out in the foggy passages and dark recesses at Bombadingas and Skullduggery indoor laser tag in Redruth. Pitted against each other in an exciting game of wits and cunning, stealth and strategy, the girls really got in the competitive spirit with the blue team storming to victory. It can be very tempting to snuggle up inside during the colder months but with such stunning views on offer it’s no surprise

that the girls often head into the great outdoors. House Parent Kate Roberts says that getting out in the Cornish countryside is always popular amongst the girls, whether it’s regular walks with their favourite furry friend, Meg the dog, or special day trips to places such as the Lizard Peninsula. This outing proved a real treat and everyone enjoyed exploring the grounds of the iconic Lizard Lighthouse in the autumn sun. Cornwall’s most southerly land lighthouse, this beacon has been shining a light for over 260 years, guiding ships safely home. After snapping plenty of selfies on the cliff tops, the girls headed onwards to enjoy the scenery at Kynance Cove and sample some tasty ice creams. Many agreed that it was one of their favourite beaches in Cornwall and were quite reluctant to head off home in time for tea.

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The winter also saw everyone wrapping up warm for a very special trip to Godrevy Point. Godrevy is famous for its seals and the girls enjoyed walking around the coastal path and watching the seals playing and snoozing on the rocks. A round of restorative hot chocolates at the beach’s cafe proved a delicious and welcome end to a fantastic trip. There were a few aching limbs after the girls took to the saddle for a ride along the Gannel Estuary one weekend. They took advantage of the glorious weather, collecting their horses from Trenance Riding Stables before trotting off down the estuary. The experienced riders even enjoyed a gallop on the sand and all returned home without a fall. The girls have had the opportunity to explore our county’s rich heritage and stunning scenery many times this year visiting villages and historic sites which date back hundreds of years with tales of smuggling, shipwrecks and tin-mining. A particularly spine-chilling adventure saw the girls taking a rare opportunity to explore the centuries-old cells at Bodmin Jail. Originally built in 1779, this fascinating building is steeped in both social and architectural history and offered our intrepid explorers an amazing insight into Cornish penal life over the centuries.

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Roaming the dimly-lit corridors and atmospheric exhibits proved a truly hair-raising experience and there was even a chance for the girls to try on the stocks for size. Thankfully, with everyone on their best behaviour, no one had to spend a night in the cells. An exclusive behind-the-scenes tour to learn about Cornwall’s fascinating industrial past at Geevor Tin Mine Museum also proved a real highlight. The girls were very excited to investigate how the mine used to work and explore underground with Site Manager Mike. There was even the chance to sieve for some sought-after treasure (sadly Ross Poldark was nowhere in sight!). Many also ventured out for a cultural afternoon exploring the Barbara Hepworth Museum in St Ives. They were fascinated to learn more about the artist’s life as well as her incredible contribution to Cornwall’s artistic heritage and everyone enjoyed admiring the wonderful sculptures in the garden. As with many of their adventures, the day’s fun was topped off with delicious ice creams which were gobbled up whilst enjoying a stunning view of the sea - the perfect end to any Cornish day out!


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Out on the

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As the only county to be surrounded on three sides by water, Cornwall is famous for its watersports. Our pupils certainly make the most of the county’s amazing beaches, rivers, lakes and estuaries and take part in a huge range of the fantastic aquatic activities on offer. This year has been no exception as the girls dived headfirst into a programme of exciting activities.

It’s been ships ahoy for our young sailors this year with girls from Prep 6 – Year 10 setting out on the water at Mylor to experience the thrill of skippering a boat for themselves. Over the course of the year, the girls have been getting afloat and mastering their vessels under the expert guidance of instructors Meg, Matt and Stu from Mylor Sailing & Powerboat School who have been extremely impressed by everyone’s determination to jump on board no matter the conditions.

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From absolute beginners to (a few) salty seadogs, the girls have had fabulous fun getting to know the ropes and learning invaluable skills which range from getting to grips with their rigging to mastering tacking out in the estuary.

Year 9 sailing supremo Roisin has also been on hand to help our girls find their sea legs and get sailing like pros. Roisin regularly sails with Mylor Sailing School and volunteers during their busiest seasons by assisting the instructors. A team of our budding young boaters also got the wind in their sails at Mylor once again as they competed in the Cornwall School Games Regatta organised by Restronguet Sailing Club. It was the first time out on the water in a competitive championship for Year 7 sailors Rose Hallam and Evie Ferris


who showed great perseverance and camaraderie working as a strong and highly capable team. Mrs Ferris was particularly impressed by the girls’ determination to jump on board despite tough weather conditions and is looking forward to seeing their progress over the coming year. From stand-up paddle boarding to splashing down at Retallack Water Park, our boarders can never resist the chance to pull on their wetsuits for a day out mastering the waves so this year’s packed programme of watery weekend excursions has proved extremely popular. Their first weekend at school proved a perfect introduction to Cornish life and was spent riding the waves at Perranporth Beach. From our seasoned professionals to first-time surfers, nearly twenty girls donned wetsuits to try out the North Coast’s famous surf and everybody had a fantastic time before heading back to Truro worn out but extremely happy. The sun continued to shine as they took to the water later that term for a much-anticipated outing to Loe Beach. The weather was lovely with a light breeze – perfect for learning new skills in kayaks and on paddleboards. The fun continued when everyone headed to Retallack Aqua

Park for an exhilarating session on board Cornwall’s biggest ‘total wipeout’ style floating inflatable playground. The girls had great fun negotiating their way across the giant trampoline, climbing wall, slides, blast bags and a particularly challenging balance beam. Unsurprisingly there were quite a few soakings. The group then made their way to Watergate Bay to enjoy fun and games on the beach as the sun went down. Everyone returned tired but happy and spent the remaining weekend having a well-earned break ahead of another busy week ahead. Our Sixth Form adventurers also set out on an exciting voyage this year as they dived on in to a series of funfilled sessions out on the water at Falmouth Harbour. A fantastic opportunity to learn a new skill, get an action-packed workout and soak up the sea breezes, the girls had been honing their rowing skills in Europe’s deepest natural harbour since Lent half term and their hard work really paid off. Always a popular choice on our Sixth Form Enrichment Programme, the girls were thrilled to be to learning this exhilarating sport and showed great camaraderie working as an extremely capable team.

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Best foot

forward

Getting outside your comfort zone, building your confidence and trusting in your independence are lessons which can stay with you for life. We can think of no better way to push your boundaries and explore your sense of adventure than by pulling on a sturdy pair of hiking boots and heading out into the great outdoors. Girls who take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award at Truro High are always in for an amazing adventure and masses of fun – culminating in the achievement of different levels of award recognised by universities and employers alike. Whether pupils were first-time explorers or expedition aficionados, this year’s cohort have really proven that – with dedication, determination and a dash of daring-do – you don’t need to be Ray Mears to prove yourself in the wild. Our intrepid explorers put their best foot forward in May as they packed their bags and headed out for their first expedition of the year. Five teams of girls packed up their backpacks and set off to test their skills ahead of their bronze and silver assessments. The trek started in glorious sunshine in Tehidy Woods before heading towards St Agnes and setting up camp at Mount Hawke. Our hikers walked an impressive 12km each day and, despite the wet and windy conditions on Sunday, headed home tired but very proud after two intensive days of walking, cooking, camping and navigating.

Duke of Edinburgh co-ordinator Mrs Christine Goodright said: “It was a fantastic weekend which has really helped build our expeditioners’ confidence and trust in their independence. The girls worked incredibly hard on what was, for many, their first ever expedition and we were so impressed by their dedication and determination. We can’t wait to see them flourish in front of the assessors this summer.” The girls made the most of the following weeks to rest their feet before setting off again for their assessment expeditions in June when our adventurers had an action-packed couple of days as they navigated their way around the stunning Lizard Peninsula. Having spent months training and route planning, nearly 30 girls pulled on their backpacks and set off to test their skills amongst some of Cornwall’s most famous picturesque coves and beaches. The trek started at Kennack Sands in heavy rain with staff extremely impressed by the girls’ hard work and determination to remain in good spirits despite the challenging weather conditions. By Thursday night the girls were all back home, tired but happy after a tough two days. It’s an exciting time for our Duke of Edinburgh programme which will this year be offering our Sixth Formers the opportunity to explore the incredible waterways surrounding Stora Le, Sweden. Scheduled to begin in July 2018, the trip offers an invaluable opportunity to our young explorers combining both their practice and assessment expeditions into a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that culminates in the achievement of a highly regarded award.

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A quartet of county

champions

Sportswomen at Truro High School pride themselves on standing out from the crowd and proving themselves as formidable opponents out on the pitch. Following a season of outstanding sporting success, this year saw a quartet of our teams proudly heading home as a hockey county champions.

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Against tough competition from Cornwall’s best young players, our under 11, 13, 14 and 15 teams were all crowned as the top hockey teams in Cornwall. The phenomenal series of successes began last November when the under 14 hockey team stormed to victory in their County Championship Cup finals. The team convincingly took the title after a 3:0 win against Richard Lander and a 1:0 victory against Penryn College. The championships deciding goals were scored by Reilly McCormick, Lucy Day and Vivienne Carveth. Even more impressive, almost none of their competitors scored any goals against the team. Spring saw a flurry of sporting successes once more as our under 13 team remained undefeated throughout the entire Cornwall Schools Girls In2Hockey tournament held at Truro School and Penair. The girls went on to play in the regional finals at Clifton College and put in one of their best performances in years. Against 14 of the region’s top school teams, the girls finished the day in 5th place overall and just missed out going through to the semifinals by only one goal.

Over the course of the season, the girls had beaten off formidable opponents to claim this prestigious title. The first round saw the team beat Bude School 3-0 followed by a resounding 4-0 semi-final victory against Truro School. The young players were crowned county champions as they stormed to victory in the knockout final with a 2-1 win against Helston College. Director of Sport, Ms Kat Barbery-Redd said: “We have our fair share of sporting stars at Truro High and we’re absolutely thrilled with the teams’ successes! The girls have worked incredibly hard this season to up their game and the results speak for themselves. With the girls returning from the regional finals having put in some of their best performances in years, we’re sure it won’t be long before our players are also raising the South West trophies above their heads.” Our Year 7 hockey heroes were also on fine form this season and were justly rewarded for their hard work. The girls put in an impeccable performance at the Peninsular Hockey Festival and, with their competitors only scoring two goals against the team in the entire tournament, proudly headed home with first place medals.

With four wins out of the six matches played, the girls proudly racked up victories against Cheltenham Ladies College, Plymouth College, The Elms and Sherborne.

Our netball courts have also been the site of much celebration this year and a special mention should go to our Year 7 netball superstars who were crowned silver medallists in the U12 County Netball Tournament.

Our under 11s were also jumping for joy this March when they triumphed as county champions for the fifth year running. Even more impressive, the team won every match they played in the county championship by an average of eight goals.

With the promise of regional competition, if our players reach the same stage this time next year; the future looks very exciting for this dedicated and hard-working team.

The season was rounded off in style by our under 15 team who claimed the County Knockout Cup late this spring.

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Record

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Last summer, the country was gripped in a sporting frenzy as Team GB’s phenomenal performance at the Rio Olympics inspired athletes up and down the country to make their mark as the next Jessica Ennis or Mo Farah. Our young sportswomen certainly stepped up to the challenge and this year has seen podium places, county wins and national qualifications galore – the champions of tomorrow have really raised the bar. June saw an impressive show from our Year 7 & 8 athletes who took a huge number of podium places at the County Schools Athletics competition and returned with a silver team win for our youngest competitors.

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The Year 7 team stormed to victory to win 2nd place in the competition overall with the Year 8 team swiftly following behind in 5th place. Gold medals went to Year 7 Hollie Jennings in Hurdles, Year 7 Milly Osman in Javelin and Year 8 Katie Day in Discus. It was an especially eventful day out for Hollie who also won silver in the Long Jump whilst Katie took 9th place in the 200m. Year 7 Tillunah-Belle Waters and Year 8 Keira Jeffery proudly took home bronzes for their efforts in the High Jump and Shot. Tillunah-Belle also won 5th place in the 100m with Keira placing 7th in the same event.


Top ten spots also went to Lucia Harrison who came 4th in Javelin; Lily Harvey who came 6th in Shot, Libby Kingston who came 4th in Discus; Emma Day who came 6th in 200m; Hollie Quick who came 6th in 1500m; Georgina Skitt who came 8th in Hurdles; and Lucy Day who came 10th in Long Jump. The school’s winning streak continued later that month when our Prep 6 athletes proudly raised the Mount Kelly Trophy above their heads. This outstanding regional win saw Prep 6s Ella Jeffery, Celeste Woodall, Arabella Smithson and Emma Day proving their prowess against top athletes from nine other schools and also saw a stellar performance from Prep 4 Poppy Turriff. Arabella finished 6th in 100m hurdles, 3rd in 100m sprint and 2nd with the relay team. Emma finished 2nd in 200m, 4th in 800m, 1st in long jump and 2nd with the relay team. Pitted against sportswomen far older than herself, Prep 4 Poppy finished 4th in 1500m and 2nd with the relay team. Ella won

silver medals in the High Jump, Shot and with the relay team whilst Celeste took gold in discus and 4th place in Javelin. Hot on their heels was the under 13 athletic team finishing 2nd overall. The team consisted of Hollie Jennings, Kiera Jeffery, Lucy Day, Katie Day, Katie Mayall & Milly Osman. Hollie finished 4th in Hurdles, 5th in 200m and 2nd with the relay team. Kiera finished 3rd in 100m, 2nd in shot and 2nd with the relay team. Lucy finished 4th in 300m, 2nd in 1500m, 2nd in long jump and 2nd with the relay team. Katie Mayall finished 6th in 800m and 2nd in high jump. Katie Day finished 1st in discus and 2nd with the relay team. It was a particularly exciting day for six of our girls whose athletic prowess qualified them for the National Preparatory School’s Athletics Championships. Prep 6 Emma Day, Prep 6 Celeste Woodall, Year 8 Keira Jeffery, Year 8 Lucy Day and Year 8 Katie Day were invited to compete against the best athletes from all over the UK as a result of their impressive performances.

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Pitch

perfect

Imagine a place where girls are put first in everything they do, a place where ballet tutus and textiles creations hang alongside racing driver’s overalls and football kit. At Truro High School we firmly believe in the mantra that ‘this girl can’ and this was the year that football made its mark on our community with our ever-growing team getting kitted up and putting their best foot forward on pitches all across the county. Twice a week, come rain or shine, our keen footballers pull on their boots for lunchtime practice sessions to make sure they’re match ready when they head out to competitive matches against some of the county’s top teams.

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Alongside them is team coach Mr Mothersole who, when he’s not discussing the meaning of life in a Religious Philosophy lesson, can always be found standing at the side-lines offering helpful tactical advice and words of encouragement to his evergrowing team. The season was kicked off in style as our under 14 team proved their ability on the pitch with a resounding victory in their very first cup match. Pitted against a significantly more experienced and larger team from Redruth School, the girls were overjoyed to win the first round match of the U14 County Cup. The victory was made all the sweeter as Redruth had knocked the team out at the same stage last year. Team coach, Mr Peter Mothersole said: “Winning against such tough competition is a fantastic achievement for this fledging team and a just reward for all the hard work and training that they have put in over the last year. Results like this bode extremely well for the future and I can’t wait to see our players continue to flourish on the pitch.” As they continued to put in such professional performances on the pitch, it seemed only right that this fledgling team looked the part too. Whilst our award-winning textiles department is usually setting trends,

our players has also been turning heads this year thanks to a new partnership between our PTA and Estate Agents and surveyors, Savills. The estate agency, which specialises in selling some of Cornwall’s finest homes, this year joined forces with our dedicated PTA to provide stylish sports kit for our ever-growing team. Team coach, Mr Peter Mothersole, said: “We are delighted that the PTA and Savills have chosen to support our talented young players. Truro High pupils enjoy their sport at the very highest levels in Cornwall and beyond and I am very pleased that the girls’ kit now looks as professional as their technique on the pitch.” The team’s success has certainly attracted the attention of football aficionados and the girls were absolutely delighted when former international football player and Prep 6 parent, Keith O’Neill cheered our young footballers on ahead of joining the girls for specialist training sessions later in the term. As well as representing the Republic of Ireland, over the course of his career Keith has played for top clubs such as Norwich City, Middlesbrough and Coventry FC. With a wealth of experience and expertise, Keith had plenty of tactical tips and helpful advice to offer. The footballer was extremely impressed by the team’s skilful game play which saw them storm to a 4-1 victory against Penrice School. Over the course of the term, Keith worked with our Year 7, 8 & 9 players to help improve their performance on the pitch and continue, hopefully, all the way to the top. With another impressive season under their belts, football coach Mr Mothersole has high hopes for the fledgling team and can’t wait to see them continue to flourish under Keith’s expert guidance. We can’t wait to see how our girls fare in the beautiful game.

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Being able to traverse the highways safely and with confidence in your cycling skills is a lesson which will stand you in good stead for many years to come. Our young explorers are always keen to head out on adventures on the open road so this year we have added to our packed programme of enrichment activities with Bikeability – cycling road safety training for the modern world.

of Truro and it was clear that our young cyclists really got a handle on how to safely make the most of this fantastic way to get about.

These hands-on cycling sessions proved a big hit with our Prep 6s who keenly built their confidence and skills in the saddle throughout the year.

Pre-Prep also grabbed their lessons by the handlebars as our cohort of Prep 2 cyclists jumped into the saddle for the second instalment of these sensational road safety sessions. Throughout this intensive half-day workshop our girls learnt how to control and master their vehicles, learning key road safety skills and having lots of fun along the way.

It was a real challenge over the course of these two-day workshops as our girls worked on controlling their bicycles before heading out onto the road under the expert guidance of our Bikeability instructors Mark & Liz.

For many it was the first time in the saddle and, whilst there were a few wobbles to start off, under the watchful eye of our dedicated Bikeability instructors everyone was confidently zooming around before the morning was out. On your bike!

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After mastering the basics on our Astroturf, the girls put in a very impressive show of their new-found skills around the streets

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Hot topics

It’s been a year of great change not just at Truro High but on a truly global scale. Never ones to shy away from a heated debate or lively discussion, our girls have proudly stood up to talk about the ever-changing world and the issues that matter to them inspiring us all to think critically, share opinions and spark debate.

Our budding journalists were on the hunt for the hot stories as they became roving reporters as part of BBC School Report News Day 2017. Girls interested in journalism spent the day reporting on exciting news from around the school and local community, joining 30,000 pupils from across the UK. Reporters were held to a tight deadline and were required to post stories to their school websites by a 14:00 GMT deadline, when the BBC linked the nation’s news together via its interactive map. Over the course of this year, our young news team have been on the trail of some fascinating stories from within our school community and the big issues facing the world today. As part of this exciting enrichment project, the girls were also lucky enough to visit BBC Radio Cornwall to see first-hand

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how our news happens, offering them a rare glimpse of the inner workings of a real newsroom in action. Later that spring we were delighted to be linking up with the BBC once more as we played host to one of the most prestigious live radio programmes in the UK: BBC Radio 4’s ‘Any Questions?’. The snap general election, Cornwall’s Brexit vote and Truro’s application to be EU Capital of Culture were all up for debate as over 200 people packed out the school’s main hall to weigh in on the week’s hot topics with broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby. The flagship political panel programme, which is heard by more than 1.5 million listeners from across the country each week, goes out live on Friday evenings at 8pm on BBC Radio 4. It is repeated on Saturday afternoons at 1.10pm.


It was the programme’s first broadcast since the Prime Minister, Theresa May, called the 2017 snap General Election and proved a lively affair with much heated debate between the panel of high-profile guests. Panel members included the President of the European Movement and Liberal Democrat peer Lord Ashdown, Labour Whip Thangam Debbonaire MP, Farming and Fisheries Minister George Eustice MP and the Express columnist and former Conservative minister Ann Widdecombe. Headmaster Dr Glenn Moodie said: “Tonight’s broadcast has been an absolutely fantastic evening with an animated and diverse audience really joining in the full spirit of debate. At Truro High, we encourage our girls to think critically, formulate opinions and question the status quo so the opportunity to engage in debates of national importance is truly inspirational. We very much hope the programme will join us again.” Whilst they might not be have been quite old enough to be heading to the polling station this year, our budding young voters also got a taste of democracy in action for themselves as they exercised their right to vote in our very own mock elections.

The girls had been hot on the campaign trail for some weeks with Sixth Formers Nell, Sophie, Bennath, Calypso, Alice and Rosalind busily strategising, canvassing and garnering support for their chosen parties. Girls of all ages showed their support in the ballot box with a real buzz of political engagement around the school. Prep School also got in on the democratic action with their own mini house election. Always keen to get their views heard, our girls have relished the opportunity to stand up and discuss the issues that matter to them this year. This spring, our Sixth Formers were delighted to welcome two of Cornwall Council’s most senior figures to talk about democracy in action and exercising our right to vote whilst our Prep School debaters were on fine form as they discussed ‘What gets you further ahead in life – beauty or brains?’ at this year’s Youth Speaks competition. Mr Crump’s form group 7Alpha even put their opinions into action with a powerful and thoughprovoking piece of performance art inspired by politics, protest and people power.

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Thinking outside the box Impressive profits and prestigious

prizes at Cornwall Innovation Awards

Young business minds at Truro High School saw their hard working paying dividends this year with all three of our Young Enterprise Teams picking up prestigious awards at the finals of the annual contest to encourage young business minds and their ideas. The school entered three teams – Sea Lights, Scentz of Cornwall and Our Edible World – who worked tirelessly over the last year to perfect their products. The finals of the competition saw our girls taking on teams from across Cornwall with Business Studies teacher, Mr Tom Elliott, incredibly impressed by their performance. He said: “Sea Lights won Best Trade Stand with their impressive, decorative display. It certainly caught the judge’s eye and set the standard for other teams to aspire to.” The team’s innovative, ocean-inspired merchandising has proved a big hit with the competition’s judges this year and also saw them take home this coveted prize at the annual Young Enterprise Christmas Fair. Scentz of Cornwall also headed home with their heads held high as they were crowned winners of the award for Carrying on in the Face of Adversity having overcome a number of unforeseen difficulties and challenges throughout the process. Mr Eliott said: “Despite the changes in personnel over the course of the year the girls have showed great resilience and perseverance to produce the quality candles that they have developed. It has given them a real insight into the need to communicate and how to bounce back when the chips are down.” There were plaudits too for our aspiring chefs at Our Edible World who have created a cookbook packed with top Cornish chefs’ favourite recipes. Contributors include No 6’s Paul Ainsworth, Head Chef at Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant Stephane Delourme, Guy Owen from The Idle Rocks and many more. The girls were awarded the prize for Best Presentation on the day and were lauded by the judges for their slick professionalism.

Mr Elliott said: “A stunning and impressive performance wowing both judges and audience alike with an innovative scrolling cartoon and passionate presentation. It was the highlight of the awards and certainly was the most memorable of the last few years. Sea Lights were unfortunate that in any other year they would have also won this prize with their fantastic, polished performance.” The Young Enterprise company scheme offers participants the opportunity to start a real business with the advice and support of industry experts. From management and finance to market research and product design, the scheme encourages entrepreneurship and teamwork offering pupils a fantastic opportunity to innovate, lead and make a profit.

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There’s life in the Old Girl yet…

Picture the scene – it’s a sunny afternoon and, as you sip a glass of something special, you’re surrounded by women who have travelled from all over the country (some from around the world) to be there. Doctors, lawyers, writers, engineers and even an opera singer or two are all talking about the incredible journeys life has taken them on, and are laughing like 11-year-old girls out on the playground once more – this is what happens when our former pupils, known as Old Girls, get together and head back to school.

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Being a Truro High School pupil certainly doesn’t end when you leave our halls and our Old Girls’ Association is a thriving and vibrant body through which past pupils keep in touch and find out the latest news from their school friends. From emotional reunions to an inspirational welcome to the association’s newest members, this year has been packed with exciting events to bring our pupils together long after their schooldays have finished – a wonderful reminder that there is, undoubtedly, life in the Old Girl yet. Catching up with old school friends over two decades down the line is always an exciting prospect, so pupils who left the school between 1990 and 1992 were overjoyed to join us for a sensational summer celebration for their 25th Anniversary Reunion. Organised by Emma Pott (nee Brock), the reunion saw our Old Girls travelling from near and far to take this rare opportunity to catch up with their former classmates and there was plenty of laughter and smiles as they rekindled fond memories of their schooldays and got up-to-date with everyone’s news. It was also a particularly momentous year for pupils who left the school between 1964 and 1970 as they returned to school for a very special celebration at their Golden Anniversary Reunion. Amongst the crowd were four pairs of sisters and grandmothers

whose own families have followed in their footsteps to Truro High. Ann Werry, a Truro High pupil from 1953 – 1966, said: “My sister Susan and I really enjoyed every bit of the day. It is fascinating to hear how we have all fared during our lives and I know that our formative years at the school have a lot to do with that.” A fantastic welcome to the next generation of Old Girls, this year’s annual OGA Amy Key lecture was a real walk on the wild wide as we welcomed BAFTA award-winning wildlife presenter and international conservationist Steve Backshall as guest of honour. One of the country’s most recognisable explorers, Steve inspired his audience of nearly 200 guests with a fascinating talk about his adventures around the world. He also proudly spoke about his fundraising work alongside his wife, Olympic gold medallist Helen Glover, which aims to protect a section of rainforest in Malaysian Borneo. It was an incredible honour for our guests to meet such an inspirational figure and proved a fitting way to welcome our Sixth Form leavers into the Old Girls’ Association as they prepared to embark on their own adventure to university and beyond.

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Getting in the

community spirit A school is more than a place to learn, it’s a community where girls, staff, parents and Governors come together to make things happen and have lots of fun along the way. Our PTA is a huge part of making this a reality and this wonderful network of parents regularly plans and organises fundraising events, discusses issues and encourages all parents to be part of our buzzing community. This year, the team has been working especially hard to raise funds for our fabulous Court Gardens Project. A collaboration between the school, PTA and Chelsea Flower Show award-winning garden designers John and Rachel Ruttledge, the Court Gardens Project aims to create a space where our girls can play, learn and grow. It combines an exciting adventure playground with a stunning outside space where girls of all ages can be inspired by the natural world and learn amongst it.

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Mary Hodgson, co-chair of the PTA said: “It was quite a challenge for the PTA to top the magic of last year’s market but everyone pulled out all the stops and the results were utterly spectacular. It’s been a real team effort and huge thanks go to everyone who was involved, especially the hardworking team of parents who gave up so much of their time to transform the school into a winter wonderland.” From selling tea and cake at school events to helping stage our magical Christmas Market, it’s been a phenomenal twelve months of fundraising and the PTA is absolutely delighted to see its work paying dividends. There’s nothing like mulled wine, carols and seasonal goodies on sale to get you in the festive spirit so our PTA elves cast quite a spell when they helped transform the school into a traditional German-style market. Fourteen handmade log-style cabin fronts lined the main school hall filled with pupils and retailers selling locally-made festive treats and gifts. 2000 baubles and over 150m of fairy lights strung from the ceiling added to the spectacle whilst a snow machine completed the school’s metamorphosis into an enchanting winter scene.

Always on hand to make a fun-filled day out at school go off without a hitch, the PTA also put in sterling service on the refreshments and ice-cream bar at our Sports Day this summer with hundreds of cups of tea consumed. Many families made a day of it with lunch on the lawns and the PTA was particularly impressed by the entries in its Posh Picnic competition. Huge congratulations went to Claire Hancock whose incredible spread really got us in the spirit of English summertime. There has been no rest for this dedicated team of mums and dads who have given up a huge amount of time and effort to support our ever-growing calendar of events including our inaugural Spring Ball, Gin & Jazz, Family Fun Open Day and so much more. If you would like to offer your support in any way, everyone is always welcome.

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Offering a

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As a lively and buzzing community, we know how important it is to give back and take the time to offer a helping hand to those in need. From fun-filled fundraising to taking part in awareness campaigns, the school supports a number of charitable causes and this year has been packed with opportunities to get involved and help change lives. According to government figures, the number of rough sleepers in Cornwall is the highest in England outside London. St Petroc’s Society is one of the charities supporting the many hundreds of single homeless people in Cornwall and when temperatures plummet it’s not hard to see why their work is so vital. This year, Truro High School has focussed its charitable efforts on this worthy cause. The girls offered their support to the charity in a number of ways from performing at the St Petroc’s Advent Service to wrapping presents for their Christmas Appeal.

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Community Manager at St Petroc’s, Corinna Langford said: “We’ve been going for 30 years thanks to the generosity and support of the local community from fundraising donations to giving up your time to help us with our vital work. This time of year is particularly tough for those who are sleeping rough; it can be very lonely and the cold weather really takes its toll. Gifts like these are truly special to the people who receive them; the time and care put into every present is something which money can’t buy.” Our Sixth Formers were particularly honoured to be invited to perform a series of special readings at the launch of the society’s 30th Anniversary book last winter. Comprising of personal stories from the many single homeless people the charity offers support to and its dedicated team of staff, volunteers and Board Members, the book celebrates the vital work which the Truro-based charity has been undertaking for three decades. The group has houses across Cornwall to offer safe environments for 50 individuals to have a place they can call home. It also has a street outreach team which aims to reduce rough sleeping, support people with multiple issues, contribute to community safety partnerships and help people adopt less harmful lifestyles. Following inspiring speeches from the team behind the book, the girls were delighted to help the charity’s words leap off the page and read some very moving excerpts from the publication. October saw Truro High turning all shades of pink in aid of Breast Cancer Now’s annual fundraiser, wear it pink. Girls aged from 4 -18 swapped their usual green uniforms for pink outfits ranging from fuchsia to salmon in return for a donation to the charity. The UK’s biggest and pinkest fundraiser calls for supporters to ditch the day to day dress and pull on the pink to raise money for Breast Cancer Now’s life-saving breast cancer research. Now in its 14th year, wear it pink raises over £2 million every year for world-class breast cancer research. The school has supported this worthy cause for nearly a decade.

Christmas is always an important to remember others and, for the sixth year running, Truro High families kindly donated shoe boxes to Operation Christmas Child UK, the global appeal to provide disadvantaged children around the world with a little Christmas joy. More than 170 festive-wrapped shoe boxes filled with a mixture of toys, stationery, soaps, flannels, letters and photos were loaded aboard the delivery van by some our Senior School helpers who generously gave up their morning break to send the parcels on their way. The boxes were be shipped to refugees in Syria by the charity, Samaritan’s Purse UK. Our girls also supported Pudsey Bear with his efforts for BBC Children in Need by bringing their own furry friends to school for the day. Girls throughout the Prep School invited their favourite teddies to join their class today in return for a donation to the charity’s 2016 appeal. Never ones to miss an opportunity to get people filling their tummies for a good cause, some of our dedicated mums headed up an extremely popular after school snack station offering home time goodies ranging from lip-smacking hot dogs to gooey chocolate cake. The pieces of the puzzle really came together at the end of the year as our Prep School pupils posted their ‘Send my Friend to School’ jigsaws to Sarah Newton MP. Thousands of young people from across the UK took part in Send My Friend to School 2017 to mark the start of the global campaign’s ‘Week of Action’ and make a stand for the 263 million children missing out on school worldwide. To get the attention of MPs, the girls created paper jigsaw pieces to represent the fact that financing is the missing piece of the education crisis puzzle. Their aim was for Mrs Newton to deliver these messages to No 10 in order to urge the UK government to increase its investment in international education.

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Prep STEM day challenged our girls to think like professional engineers

Reception class make a very important appointment with Dr Moodie to meet our Headmaster for the first time in his private study.

Reception & Prep 1’s maths lessons brought the classic nursery rhyme “The Queen of Hearts” to life for some very special sums.

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Reception & Prep 1 explored their brand new hi-tech classroom and garden

Reception, Prep 1 & Prep 2 celebrated St Piran’s day with a helping of homemade scones, jam and lashings of clotted cream

Reception, Prep 1 & Prep 2 learn out the meaning of Christmas with a special trip to Truro Cathedral

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Prep 1 & 2 have been busy bees in their computing classes as they master the basics of robotics

Prep 2 perfected their pliĂŠs and pirouettes in the studio with Sixth Form prima ballerina Rosalind

Prep 1 & 2 got a taste of life on the pitch with Director of Sport and top regional player, Ms Kat Barbery-Redd

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Prep 3 received a very special parcel from Team GREAT Britain as a thank you for their support during the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

Prep 3 spend an enlightening afternoon learning about Christian rites, rituals & robes in Truro Cathedral

Prep 3 experienced the heat of the Rainforest Biome as their geography lessons sprung to life at the Eden Project

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Prep 4 found inspiration around our blossoming school grounds to create artwork ‘en plein air’

Prep 4 transformed their classroom into a greengrocers for a maths lesson with a difference

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Prep 5 got their binoculars at the ready to take part in the RSPB Big Schools Birdwatch

Prep 5 kicked off their study of the world’s second most populous country in style with a dazzling celebration of all things Indian

Prep 5 investigated the traditions and customs of the Jewish faith including Shabbat, Sukkot and Hanukkah

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Prep 5 & 6 got a creative surprise when internationally renowned artist Christine McArthur sent them an original piece of artwork

Prep 6 set their imaginations alight with some truly explosive lessons

Prep 6 celebrated the start of the festive season at Truro City of Lights

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The Bananagram Challenge had our Prep School linguists going wild with words to be crowned best of the bunch

Prep Choir sang their hearts out in the professional recording studio at Falmouth University

The Pet Show saw plenty of squeaks and squawks with an impressive array of animal-inspired art, creative writing and family pets on show

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Our Christmas Family Ski Trip provided the perfect mid-winter getaway on the spectacular slopes at Alpe D’Huez

‘Ebenezer’ & the Nativity got even the biggest humbugs in the Christmas spirit with two magical productions from our Prep School superstars

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Cornwall Junior Disco set our young movers and shakers in a spin as they boogied alongside friends, in our marvellous marquee

A taste of Cornish cheese and wine provided the perfect chance to catch up with old friends and meet new parents over a glass of the county’s finest.

Gin & Jazz brought Cornwall’s gin producers together under one roof for an evening of tantalising tipples, swinging sounds and brilliant botanicals

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GCSE Results day celebrated another fantastic year of GCSE results with almost half of all passes at the top grades of A*/A or equivalent.

A Level Results day saw laughter and tears of happiness as our girls achieved an impressive 100% pass rate at A Level once again

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The Great Truro High Bake Off saw Angus McDonald from Constantine School rise to the challenge against over 200 children from fifteen local schools

Whole School Sports day got our girls in the spirit of competition and camaraderie as they were cheered on by Olympic gold medallist Heather Stanning OBE

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The inaugural Spring Ball kicked off the summer season in style with pupils, parents and staff dancing the night away as our lawns transformed into a fairytale paradise

The Prep School Spring Concert showcased the blossoming talents of our young performers

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Our afternoon recital series offered a delightful musical interlude from performers of all ages

Our Lent term concert celebrated the musical excellence of our gifted musicians

Carols at the Cathedral carried on a Christmas tradition at the home of ‘Nine Lessons and Carols’

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Backchat

Head Girl Savannah and her deputies Nell and Karen know the school inside-out so Highlights got them talking to find out a little more about what makes our community the place they want to be. If you could relive one moment at school what would it be?

Three words to describe the school

Savannah: “Dancing with my closest friends at the School Ball and singing our hearts out to The Killers.”

Nell:

The thing you’ve done that you’re most proud of Karen: “Setting up the new House system in school – it’s a great way to get everyone to come together and have fun.” Nell: “Gaining the confidence to go to half way round the world and find out how the school can make a difference to underprivileged communities in Cambodia.” The best thing to do at school on a summer’s day Savannah: “Sprawl on the beanbags in the Sixth Form garden and read a good book.” Favourite extra-curricular club Savannah: “The school play – you get to work alongside girls of all ages and really get to know them. It’s a real team effort and always an amazing production!” Favourite event Karen: “Greenpower racing day. It’s so much fun to get out on the track.”

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“Happy. Nurturing. Community.”

Why? Nell: “Because it definitely has always had a very strong family atmosphere to me. When I started at school, our family had only just moved to Cornwall but I felt at home really quickly. Truro High has not only brought me on academically but many of the teachers have helped me to realise my full potential far beyond school as well.” The most important lesson you’ve learnt here Savannah: “That you really can be and do anything if you believe in yourself.” Nell: “Never to tell myself that I can’t do something.” What will you miss the most when you head off to university? Karen: “Going for walks on the beach with Meg the boarding house dog.”


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Truro High School Highlights Magazine 2016-17  

Imagine a place where girls are put first in everything they do, a place where ballet tutus and textiles creations hang alongside racing dri...

Truro High School Highlights Magazine 2016-17  

Imagine a place where girls are put first in everything they do, a place where ballet tutus and textiles creations hang alongside racing dri...

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