Old Girls’ Recent Events

Our Old Girls' Association holds events including lectures, reunions and 'Back to School' days which offer members the opportunity to catch up with old friends, see how much has changed and maybe learn something new.  
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Take a look at our Facebook page, Truro High Old Girls’ to see the photos and who has been back to School for these reunions!

Amy Key Lecture 2018 with Gillian Burke

This year’s annual Old Girls’ Association Amy Key lecture offered a fabulous insight into our country’s incredible wildlife as we welcomed biologist, filmmaker and BBC wildlife presenter Gillian Burke as guest of honour.

The latest member to join the BBC’s Springwatch team, Gillian joined Old Girls, current sixth form pupils, parents and staff for a four course dinner before delivering a fascinating talk about a career which has taken her from lawless frontiers in the heart of the Amazon to the Canadian Arctic and the rainforests of Borneo.

With a call to remember that you really can make a difference, Gillian shared stories of her incredible adventures which have given her the opportunity to share the joy of the beautifully complex fabric of life on earth.

She said: “It was a fantastic evening and, for me, it’s been wonderful to share my stories with the young women here. They are so engaged and switched on and I’m delighted to say that, having spoken with so many of them, I’m coming away from this evening with something to feel inspired about too.”   

It was an incredible honour for our guests to meet such an inspirational female figure and proved a fitting way to welcome our Sixth Form leavers into the Old Girls’ Association as they prepare to embark on their own adventure to university and beyond.

 


Back to School day 2017

Some of our Old Girls who didn’t get enough the first time round came back to school and took the rare opportunity to experience first-hand what has changed since they were last here.

Amongst the crowd were best friends returning to school for the first time in 30 years and mothers whose daughters have followed in their footsteps to Truro High – all past pupils of Cornwall’s top girls school.

Best friends Alicia Sullivan (nee Sowell) and Rachel Siviter hadn’t visited the school since they left in the mid-eighties, and were delighted to experience life and learning at Truro High 30 years on.

Alicia said: “I’m been very impressed by the quality of education and especially the focus on individual learning – it certainly wasn’t like that in our day.” Rachel said: “The atmosphere of the place hasn’t changed, it feels just like it did when I was here. I had such a good time at school and it really feels like the girls are still having that same experience.”

 


25th Anniversary Reunion – Summer 2017

Catching up with old school friends over two decades down the line is always an exciting prospect, so former pupils who left the school between 1990 and 1992 were overjoyed to join us for a sensational summer celebration for their 25th Anniversary Reunion.

Our Old Girls travelled from near and far to take this rare opportunity to catch up with their former classmates and there was plenty of laughter and smiles as they rekindled fond memories of their schooldays and got up-to-date with everyone’s news.

The reunion was organised by Emma Pott (nee Brock) and the school’s Development Officer Fiona Osman.

 


Amy Key Lecture 2017 with Steve Backshall

Our annual Old Girls’ Association Amy Key lecture was a real walk on the wild wide as we welcomed BAFTA award-winning wildlife presenter and international conservationist Steve Backshall as guest of honour.

One of the country’s most recognisable explorers, Steve inspired his audience of nearly 200 guests with a fascinating talk about his adventures around the world. He also proudly spoke about his fundraising work alongside his wife, Olympic gold medallist Helen Glover, which aims to protect a section of rainforest in Malaysian Borneo.

It was an incredible honour for our guests to meet such an inspirational figure and proved a fitting way to welcome our Sixth Form leavers into the Old Girls’ Association as they prepare to embark on their own adventure to university and beyond.

 


Class of ’64-’70 – 50th Anniversary Lunch – Michaelmas term 2016

With former pupils travelling from near and far, Truro High pupils who left the school between 1964 and 1970 had the rare opportunity to catch up with old friends, rekindle fond memories and see how much had changed at their 50th Anniversary Reunion.

Amongst the crowd were four pairs of sisters and grandmothers whose own families have followed in their footsteps to Truro High – all past pupils at Cornwall’s top school.

Former classmates and retired members of staff assembled in the school’s foyer before taking the opportunity to look around their old classrooms and enjoy a celebration lunch in the dining room. 

Ann Werry, a Truro High pupil from 1953 – 1966, said: “My sister Susan and I really enjoyed every bit of the day. It is fascinating to hear how we have all fared during our lives and I know that our formative years at the school have a lot to do with that.” 

Those who sent their apologies for being unable to attend included Veronica Crick (nee Brown) who is Mayor of Torfaen in South Wales and Margaret Lanxon whose varied musical career has taken her from the Royal Academy of Music to be Director of Music and Head of Lower School at Queen Elizabeth’s School in Faversham. 

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

 


Amy Key Lecture – Summer term 2016

TV and radio presenter Judi Spiers entertained and inspired at this year’s annual Old Girls’ Association Amy Key Lecture.

One of the South West’s most recognisable personalities, Judi joined Old Girls, current sixth form pupils, parents, staff and Governors for a three course dinner before delivering her highly entertaining talk.

Inspiring her audience to embrace opportunity even in the face of adversity, she talked about her dream to be Hollywood actress and how her promising career was cut short when she broke her back after sleep-walking out of a bedroom window. Judi said that her year in recovery consolidated her belief to make the most of everything that came her way.

Her can-do attitude set Judi on a path to the bright lights of the big city to present many of the UK’s top daytime TV programmes including Pebble Mill and her own chat show ‘Judi’. She presented an afternoon programme on Radio 2 and more recently returned to her home county to present a popular local radio programme.

There was even a surprise appearance from her most famous co-presenter Gus Honeybun. The puppet was her sidekick and the Westward television mascot when Judi got her first job on air as a continuity announcer with the ITV regional franchise holder 38 years ago.

Over the years Judi has interviewed a host of celebrities and politicians and had many an entertaining tale to tell. She proved an inspiration to the Year 13 girls who will shortly be leaving school having been one of the few female television presenters to earn her own eponymous show.

The Amy Key lecture was first established by the Old Girls’ Association (OGA) five years ago and takes its name from the school’s first headmistress. It is intended to inspire the pupils who are leaving and welcome them into the OGA.  Each of the leavers is presented with a badge by the speaker.

“Judi’s story is truly inspiring,” said Sue Dowding, Chairman of the OGA. “Everyone thoroughly enjoyed her talk and left feeling uplifted. This may have been our best lecture yet.”

 


‘Back to School Day’ – Lent Term 2016

Former Truro High pupils took the rare opportunity this year to head back to school and sample a top class education many years after leaving the establishment’s corridors behind.

Amongst the crowd were best friends who hadn’t seen each other for 25 years and mothers whose daughters have followed in their footsteps to Truro High – all past pupils at the award-winning independent school.

After meeting over coffee and catching up with former classmates, the Old Girls joined present pupils for regular classes in which they got a chance to brush up on their Maths, Spanish, History and Physics. There was even the opportunity to try out some new subjects with A level Psychology and Business Studies on offer.

Judith Mott, a Truro High pupil from 1952 – 1960, found her Business Studies lesson so enjoyable that she will be returning to offer her entrepreneurial expertise to our Sixth Form pupils.

“Our Business Studies session was thoroughly enjoyable, a real insight. I’ve already offered to attend the occasional lesson to help out the girls with particular projects they may have.”

Rebecca Thomas, who attended the school for 1980 – 1991, was overwhelmed at being reunited with friends she hadn’t seen for 25 years.

“It’s been amazing to catch up with people who I haven’t seen for so long, I actually cried when my best friend from school walked into the room this morning. It’s been wonderful to catch up and have experience the fantastic education my daughter is now having here.”

Rebecca’s daughter Tiana has been a Truro High pupil since 2013 and is looking forward to creating more wonderful memories as she joins the Senior School in September.

After their lessons the Old Girls gathered in the dining hall for a school lunch, a meal quite different from – and a huge improvement on – those many were describing from their own experiences.

Marianne Inskip, who runs the Old Girls’ Association database, said: “I’ve become a Truro High pupil at the Old Girls’ Back to School Day for the last 4 years and I will definitely be coming again. It’s been incredibly special to see friends, many of whom have seen each other since their schooldays, catching up and swapping memories. So many of the Old Girls like to keep in touch with the school and days like this give us the perfect opportunity to experience first-hand what has changed since we were last here and maybe even learn something new.”

 


Class of ’76-’80 – 35th Anniversary Lunch – Summer Term 2015

With former pupils travelling from as far as Dundee and Dubai, Truro High pupils who left the school between 1976 and 1980 had the rare opportunity to catch up with old friends, rekindle fond memories and see how much had changed at their 35th Anniversary Reunion.

45 Old Girls and 4 retired members of staff assembled in the school’s foyer before taking the opportunity to look around their old classrooms and enjoy an anniversary lunch in the dining room.

Renowned Opera Singers, Naomi Harvey and Rachel Hallawell, both attended the school before going on to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. They reminisced about the influence that Music Teacher, Joy Perry had on their school days and their future careers.

Naomi said: “I truly believe that the school was the making of me. I was a very shy, quiet little girl when I started at 8 years old. Joy was a big influence on our lives; she was the one who encouraged me to start singing.”

Rachel said: “The school gave me tremendous confidence because it helped me foster a deep love of music. I was supported enormously and encouraged to find the thing I loved and run with it. In a lot of ways, Truro High helped me to form my identity.”

The Joy Perry Cup is awarded annually to pupils for their loyalty and achievement in the Music Department, in recognition of this incredible teacher’s work.

Helen Corrigan, Vice Chair of Truro High School Old Girls’ Association, said: “These reunions are so important for keeping our close-knit school community in touch. We love hearing the exciting stories about our past pupils achievements and sharing in the memories of times that have perhaps been pushed to the back of our minds.”

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