Principal’s Blog: Inspirational Students

Today marks the end of my first week in the role of Principal and it’s been quite the week. I’ve continued to fully appreciate the hectic life of the school. There have been three big events this week for students of all ages.

On Tuesday some of our Year 10s visited Sandy Park, not for rugby, but for a conference on aiming high into further education. I have heard that our students, first to arrive, filled the front rows and listened eagerly to the speakers from Oxbridge and Kings. University is just one of the avenues that our children choose but it’s an exciting one, and one that often takes them the furthest from home and the longest to prepare for. If university is on their mind right now then hearing from industry experts about how they can ace their exams, prepare for interviews and build portfolios – starting today – is a great way to spend a Tuesday.

Thursday saw the BBC parked outside the front door for World Book Day. We invited Years 7 and 8 to dress up as their favourite characters and we were blown away by some of the imagination on display. Matt from the BBC was keen to talk to some of our students about their costumes and Paul Johnson, dressed as Gandalf, led the way with his staff made by the guys in the Forest School. “You shall not pass!” is not something you often hear from teachers in a school! Another real team effort, topped with five of our Year 7s being interviewed LIVE across Cornwall. See more pictures from the day in our gallery.

As Matt left, another BBC journalist named Matt arrived to talk to our future reporters about next week’s BBC School Report. Matt Shepherd is a former student and Prefect and he spoke so fondly of his time here and was a real inspiration to the students – many of which, again, are in Year 7 and 8. I’m looking forward to being interviewed by some of them next week – I will be taking my media interview tips from our Year 7 pros I think!

I’m also beginning to understand the power of social media. I’ve never used it myself but I have seen the speed at which our Facebook and Twitter channels have grown – we’ve now been ‘online’ for just over a year. Parents, students, staff, local businesses all interacting with us and talking about our school. Looking at the stats, our post about Maureen Clarke last week reached over 33,000 people. If you get a chance, do read some of the wonderful messages that her friends and colleagues left.

Great success in Hockey this week – read all about it in Mr Jenkin’s Sport Report.

We had an unprecedented amount of requests from parents in the run up to next week’s Year 7 Parents’ evening. Year 7 is such an important year and it’s only right that all parents get to meet teachers. Therefore we have added a second Year 7 Parent’ Evening on Thursday 17th March, 3.30pm – 6pm.

Year 11 continue to be really busy, both with studies and in preparing their Year Book and the Ball but they seem focused and professional in both.

Next week alongside School Report, our whole school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a go; Wednesday, Thursday and Friday night. A huge shout-out to the Drama, Music and Sound Teams for their relentless effort – and of course our future stars of the stage who just get better and better.

Mr Baker, Principal