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A cathedral service to celebrate Truro High School Founder’s Day

From a rousing and enthusiastic performance of 'Chattanooga Choo Choo' to wise words from a former Head Girl, now a school governor, it was a memorable, entertaining and at times moving Founder's Day Service for Truro High School last week.

There was an element of sadness amongst the hundreds of staff, students, parents and governors who attended the service at Truro Cathedral as it was the last official function as Headmistress for Caroline Pascoe. Mrs Pascoe is leaving the school after five years to take the position of Headmistress at Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls.

After a welcome from the Dean of Truro, the Very Reverend Roger Bush, and a rendition of The Lord Is My Shepherd by the Chamber Choir, opening prayers were led by Head Girl, Megan Vanstone.

More musical entertainment included the Senior Choir singing Handel’s ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ and the String Ensemble performing ‘All I Ask of You’. There were readings from Daisy Penrose, Prep 6 and Deputy Head Girl, Harriet Winn. Prayers were also led by Deputy Head Girl, Jamie-Lee Job.

The highlight of the ceremony was an address by Suzanne Bennet, a former Head Girl, now a school governor. Mrs Bennet reflected on her own days at the school, reminiscing that the last time she’d spoken at the Cathedral was as Head Girl in 1986. She outlined her memories about life at Truro High, her subsequent successful and challenging career working in China, Hong Kong and Tokyo before she moved back to Cornwall to join her family’s manufacturing business that now operates in this country, the USA and India.

She said: “Happy is a word that I will always associate with Truro High School. The atmosphere in school now feels very much the same as it did when I was a pupil. I consider myself very fortunate to have been educated at Truro High and I am grateful to my parents for making that decision. It taught me never to give up and never to stop trying and I was inspired to get out into the wider world to see just how much I could achieve. I left well equipped to deal with life and feeling equal amongst my peers both female and male.”

Rounding off the ceremony Chair of Governors, Roger Hygate, thanked the students for their outstanding musical performances and Mrs Pascoe for her passion, commitment and determination whilst leading the school. Mrs Pascoe made her own thanks to the governors, PTA, staff and parents.

She said: “What defines this school is the quality of relationships. A key one is with parents. Thanks to you, I have shared your pride in your daughters.”

Mrs Marcia Smith has taken on the role of interim Headmistress until September when new Headmaster Dr Glenn Moodie arrives.

Published by: Darren Stevens

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