Old Girls go back to school
Twenty two ‘old girls’ took up the invitation to spend half a day going back into lessons – some of them several decades after first leaving. The event was organised on behalf of the Old Girls’ Association by two of its members, Claire Harris and Liesel Polkinghorne.
“We thought it would be a fun thing to do,” said Claire, from Constantine Bay, who was at the school from 1975 to 1984 and who now runs several companies. “I think meeting current pupils has been a very educational experience – both from their point of view and ours.”
Judith Mott, from St Kew, was a pupil from 1952 to 1960. After Truro High, she read languages at university before moving on to a career in the travel and tourism industry.
“I decided to sit in on German and Latin lessons,” she said. “I have some very fond memories of the school and not a day goes by when I don’t thank God for having learnt Latin because it’s always proved so useful as a basis for other languages.
“The teaching I experienced today isn’t as rigid as it used to be and I think the idea of encouraging pupils to think for themselves is very good.”
For John Brand, Truro High’s Business Studies teacher, having some old girls in his lesson proved particularly challenging.
“Sheila Murphy was my Head of Department when I was here teaching maths and economics from 1981 to 1983,” he said. “The girls thought it was very exciting to be sitting alongside someone who used to be acting headmistress and who was on the staff for 32 years but I have to admit to finding it all a bit nerve-wracking!”
The old girls joined classes on Breast Cancer Awareness Day so pupils were in their own clothes.
“I think initially they must have thought that our uniform policy had become much more relaxed but they soon realised that it was all about raising money for charity,” said Fiona Osman, the school’s Development Officer who helped organise the event. “The general consensus was that the school has progressed in the right way and that lessons, thanks to new teaching styles and technology, are much more dynamic and interesting.”