29 October 2008 / Boarding House Opening Is Greeted With Delight
Giggling happily they showed guests around their large open plan living room with its comfy sofas, widescreen TV and fitted kitchen, their study room, their laundry room and, of course, their bedrooms - all with en suite facilities.
Girls also explained how boarding life is one big adventure - with plenty of activities laid on to ensure that their stay, whether nightly, weekly or termly, is always far from dull.
Amy Shaw, 7, from Helston, is the school's youngest boarder. She boards three nights a week but, although, she only joined this term, already loves the whole experience so much that, according to her parents Stuart and Catherine, she'd be happy to stay longer.
'She wouldn't let us take her home the other week because there was something on that she badly wanted to do,' said Stuart, who is a trainee helicopter pilot at the Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose. 'Even phone calls home tend to be short because she doesn't want to miss out on one of the activities.
'We're really pleased. The Navy helps with boarding fees so we thought it would be irresponsible of us not to give Amy the best education we could. She's gone from being in a class of 32 to being in one with 11 pupils in it so she really does get individual attention. What's most important, though, is that she's clearly very happy.'
BBC Radio Cornwall Breakfast Producer Katy Young cut the ribbon to officially declare the new boarding house open with Amy and seventeen year old Lizzie Phillips from the Isles of Scilly.
Katy, who boarded at the school for seven years, said: 'These new facilities mark a new era in boarding at Truro High School for Girls but I am sure that the sense of a boarding family, which was so strong when I was here, still remains.
'Boarding meant that your friends became part of your family and those relationships formed at a young age progressed as you got older. My best friends are still the people I lived with for the seven years I boarded here. I hope every girl who comes here will be as happy as I was.'