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9 July 2009 / Prizes Presented By Olympic Medallist

Kate Allenby won an individual bronze medal in the Modern Pentathlon at the 2000 Olympics Games in Sydney and finished 8th at the 2004 Games in Athens. Now retired as a pentathlon competitor, she became national fencing champion in 2005. She has also been awarded an MBE for services to sport.

After presenting prizes, Miss Allenby told her audience in Truro Cathedral about the many ups and downs of her sporting career, pointing out how important it is to make the most of each and every experience along the way.

'Being successful is not just about achieving your goal it's about getting there and experiencing life,' she said. 'Success is a journey not just a destination.'

That journey was much in evidence at the event with more than 100 prizes being awarded. Pupils, parents and staff were also treated to outstanding examples of musical ability from Year 9 student Lauren Bose who played 'Intrada' on the violin, Year 12 student Georgina Sherriff, who played 'Toccata' on the organ, Year 8 student Maisie Tooley who sang 'Pie Jesu' and the school choir who sang 'Bless this House' and 'Rhythm of Life'.

The event also provided new Headmistress Caroline Pascoe with an opportunity to sum up her feelings about the school after her first term in office.

'I've been very impressed with all that I have seen and how happy everyone is,' she said. 'The school is going from strength to strength. As well as being top of the academic league tables for both GCSEs and A levels in Cornwall, Truro High has also beaten more than 3000 schools throughout the country in achieving the best sports A level results, it is officially recognised as one of England's top 20 girls' boarding schools and, at the beginning of the year, we had an outstanding inspection report.

'Einstein said that education is what remains after everything one has learned at school has been forgotten. He was right. We may not remember all the facts and figures but we do remember the environment, the experience and the inspiration we got from our teachers. Truro High's teachers are exceptional - none more so than Neil Fee who is retiring after 30 years in the school. According to him, job satisfaction comes with the knowledge of potential fulfilled. There can be no more fitting tribute to the Truro High experience than that and I feel very proud to be the school's headmistress.'

BBC Radio Cornwall producer Katy Young was amongst this year's prizewinners. As a former pupil and Deputy Head Girl, Kate's hard work in helping to establish the Alumni Association were recognised with the brand new Lynn Green Memorial Cup for services to the school.

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