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139 years of developing bold and ambitious women celebrated at Founder’s Day

Truro High School celebrated nearly 140 years of developing bold and ambitious women as it welcomed international scientific advisor and former student, Ruth Stringer, as guest of honour at our annual Founder's Day service in Truro Cathedral today.

An Old Girl of the school, Ruth’s work is focused in developing regions, especially Asia and Africa, advising on how to safely treat infectious waste, avoid pollution, plastic waste, and prevent climate change. Prior to this, she co-founded Greenpeace International’s Science Unit at the University of London, and, with them, spent over fifteen years exploring the world’s most polluted places.

Ruth inspired the school community with a fascinating insight into this ground-breaking work which has seen her do everything from protesting on the frontline to lecturing world leaders at the UN and analysing statistics in the Jordanian desert, the setting of the world land speed record.

She said: “When I was at school I never set out to be an environmentalist but I am immensely grateful for the world class education I received and to all those teachers who taught me to think independently and to have courage in my convictions.”

“My work means spending many months away from home every year but I never thought I would have a chance to make such a positive difference in the world. I’ve learnt that the trick is to turn your weaknesses into strengths and to keep trying no matter what, when you know that what you’re doing is the right thing.”

Our students also inspired the congregation with a showcase of their own talents during the service. Performances included the Prep and Chamber choirs as well as duets and solos from a number of students.

One of the most important dates in the school diary, Founder’s Day is marked every year with a special service in Truro Cathedral including music, readings, prayers and speeches. This year marks the 139th anniversary of the school’s founding.

Headmistress Mrs Sarah Matthews said: “As we remember the foundation and formation of our school today we sit on the cusp of a very important year. Truro High will be 140 years old next year – how far the school has come but also how far we are yet to go.”

“Just as I feel proud every single day of the mighty young women before us, I’m sure Archbishop Benson would be proud and satisfied that today we remain a school where girls’ talents are celebrated and they are emboldened to have ambitious goals – a dream that he had for his own daughters too.”

Published by: Grace Kennard

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