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130th Anniversary celebrations

Truro High School's 130th anniversary celebrations have ended with a special 130th Speech Day, the chance to meet the crew of a helicopter that had flown in from RNAS Culdrose and an opportunity to learn circus skills.

Speech Day took place in Truro Cathedral which shares a very close relationship with Truro High having both been founded by the same man – Bishop Benson who went on to become Archbishop of Canterbury.

Guest of honour was Helen Fennell, a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineering and a past winner of a prestigious Women in Science and Engineering award. She presented form, subject and special prizes to pupils and then went on to give an inspirational address in which she talked about the importance of knowledge and the fact that career opportunities for women have never been greater.

Interspersed throughout the proceedings were examples of the wonderful musical talent for which the school is well known. Soprano Nancy May (Year 12) gave a spine-tingling performance of Ave Maria, pianist Ida Au Yeung (Year 12) played Liszt’s Consolation in D, organist Georgina Sherriff (Year 13) played Vierne’s Finale and soloists Maddie Bowe (Year 10), Lydia Mee (Year 10) and Aimee Bowe (Year 9) performed with the choir.

The following day, the last day of term, a helicopter from 849 Naval Air Squadron at RNAS Culdrose landed on the school’s sports field. As well as being able to have a look inside and sit in the cockpit, pupils were able to chat to the crew – including Observers Lieutenant Serena Davidson and Lieutenant Daisy Adams and the Squadron’s Deputy Air Engineering Officer Lieutenant Laura Dietz.

After that, it was time to do some acrobatics, walk a tightrope, learn how to breakdance and spin some plates with Swamp Circus.

“We wanted to make our 130th anniversary memorable and hopefully we’ve achieved that,” said Headmistress Caroline Pascoe. “From the pomp and ceremony of our Annual Prizegiving to the excitement of the helicopter landing and the thrill of trying out some circus skills, there has been plenty to enjoy and remember. Not that in looking back, we forget to look forward. Truro High continues to go from strength to strength and, with many new developments on the horizon, our future looks very bright indeed.”

The school’s parents weren’t left out of the celebrations either. Actress Jenny Agutter was guest of honour at a 130th anniversary ball held at The Atlantic Hotel in Newquay.

Published by: Darren Stevens

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