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3 December 2013 / 40TH REUNION FOR TRURO HIGH SCHOOL OLD GIRLS

For many, forty years may seem like a long time. For former Truro High pupils who left the school between 1971 and 1975, it seemed like the blink of an eye.

Forty two ‘old girls' and 8 retired members of staff assembled in the school's foyer before taking the opportunity to look around their old classrooms and enjoying an anniversary lunch in the dining room.

Maggie Darke (nee Hoskin) had travelled from Guildford especially for the occasion. She had been at the school from 1966 to 1973 and was delighted to meet up with not only old friends but also Mr Shelton, her former German teacher.

"I did A Level German and coming back to the school has brought back memories of climbing up what we referred to as 'the tower' where our German classroom was," she said. "The stairs are just the same and it's been lovely seeing Mr Shelton again."

Helen Terry (nee Trethewey) lived at the family farm in Ladock when she attended Truro High from 1960 to 1971. She was last at the school for a reunion fifteen years ago and particularly enjoyed seeing the art room during her tour.

"I worked for an international mural artist and still paint," she said. "When I was a pupil here one of my textiles was entered into a competition and won. The prize was that it was exhibited in the National Gallery. I've never forgotten that."

Former actress Susie Davies and visual artist and theatre maker Sue Hill were also amongst the event's old girls. Susie has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company and appeared in TV and films whilst Sue has been a leading light with Kneehigh and, for six years, was Artistic Director at The Eden Project. Both attribute their career success to teacher Laurie Lewis who was also at the reunion.

"Mr Lewis ran the drama club and directed the annual school plays," said Susie. "He was brilliant and generated an atmosphere where everyone felt able to have a go and enjoy themselves. It gave us confidence without anyone realising what was happening."

The reunion was organised by Marianne Inskip (nee Petersen), Secretary of Truro High Old Girls' Association and the school's Development Officer Fiona Osman.

Ends 3 December 2013

 


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