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8 May 2009 / Kate Adie Opens New Language Centre

As a journalist, Miss Adie has travelled the world to report on stories like the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, the Gulf War, the Bosnian War and the Rwandan genocide. That experience, she said, had made her even more aware of how important it is to be able to communicate in languages other than just your own.

'People in this country tend to be very lazy about learning a foreign language,' she said. 'They try and overcome the problem by talking more loudly but language skills not only give you the ability to communicate, they also provide an extraordinary insight into how other races use language.'

Warming to her theme, Miss Adie went on to tell her audience of senior pupils, staff and governors that she had always found Latin, which the school teaches, to be immensely useful too.

'Far from being a dead language it is the root of many of our own words, as well as those of other countries,' she said.

Having talked about her own career highlights - including being hit by shrapnel and ricocheting bullets - Miss Adie advised students to read as much as they could and to go out and make the most of themselves. She then went on to unveil the plaque at Truro High School's Helford Language Centre and to declare the new state-of-the-art building officially open.

Boasting a large IT language suite with an ultra-modern teacher's console able to deliver interactive tuition, three teaching rooms with their own Smart boards and further rooms dedicated to sixth form studies and exam rooms, the new centre is fully equipped to provide the very best language training available.

Two of the classes have satellite television so that pupils can tune into news and soap channels broadcast in French, German and Spanish - the three main languages taught at the school.

'I am delighted that Kate Adie was able to join us for the official launch of our new language centre,' said Mrs Caroline Pascoe, the school's headmistress. 'We firmly believe that languages should not just be regarded as add-on qualifications. They are an essential part of the education that Truro High provides and this groundbreaking facility is testament to the importance we attribute to them.'

For more information about Truro High School for Girls or the Helford Language Centre, call 01872 272830 or visit

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