16 July 2012 / SPECIAL DAY FOR PUPILS
The second event, for the Senior School, took place in Truro Cathedral. Guest of honour was Claire Smith, a career diplomat who has worked all over the world and who, in her role as Political Counsellor for the British High Commission in Islamabad, was involved in negotiating with the Taleban when an Afghan plane was hijacked on its way to Stansted airport in February 2000. Following the distribution of prizes, she told a packed audience of girls and their parents to disregard negativity and to define themselves not by their gender but by what they aspired to do.
"I was advised in the hijack situation that the Taleban won't talk to a woman or, if they do, they won't take you seriously," she said. "I did not define myself as a woman, but as the senior political officer - the person in the High Commission with the most extensive experience of dealing with hijacks and thus the best person for the job. The Taleban officials did talk to me and we resolved the hijack."
A formal vote of thanks was given by recently elected Head Girl Amy Chandler. Deputy Head Girls Tess Norejko and Hannah Pearce did readings, Year 11 pupil Maddie Wilshire performed her own GCSE composition ‘The Sad Man of Averey Road' and the school choir sang ‘Cantique de Jean Racine' and ‘Laudamus Te, Gloria'.
Ends July 2012
Photo: Senior School prize winners with centre (l to r) Judith Hancock who was awarded the Lynn Green Memorial Cup for service to the school as an old girl, Headmistress Caroline Pascoe and Guest of Honour Claire Smith
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