26 January 2009 / Broadcasting To The World
Demonstrating the sort of confidence that they maintain is one of the many products of being educated in a girls' school, students from year 11 and the sixth form debated the issue with people from Mumbai, Washington, Egypt, Mozambique, Kuwait, Lagos, San Francisco and Turkey during the hour-long broadcast.
Teachers and parents also took part - spontaneously sharing their strongly held beliefs in the benefits of single sex education with the world.
'It was an incredible experience and one which we all thoroughly enjoyed,' said Truro High School headmistress Jane Abbotts. 'I was very proud of the way the girls happily expressed their views - despite the huge size of the audience. That in itself was an excellent example of the confidence that learning in an all girls environment inspires. No-one feels embarrassed about speaking out and voicing an opinion.'
The broadcast took place in the school's new and very comfortable boarding house sitting room, where participants huddled together on sofas whilst the BBC World Service team passed microphones around.
'It all went very well,' said World Have Your Say presenter Ros Atkins, who was a pupil at Truro School when it catered only for boys. 'The girls did such a good job.'