Truro And Penwith College News Oct 2014

Truro College student was UK flag bearer at International Youth Conference

A Level student Cora Griffin won a fully-funded place for the prestigious annual London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF) after her application to the Royal Society of Chemistry. She spent two weeks this summer at this exceptional event and said it was difficult to put into words how amazing the experience was and the great friends that she made from around the world. Cora, from Falmouth, describes her rewarding experience:

Cora Griffin

Cora Griffin

“This summer I was incredibly fortunate to gain a place at the London International Youth Science Forum at Imperial College in London. It gave the 425 participants from around 65 different countries the opportunity to attend loads of scientific lectures about diverse topics, as well as visit scientific establishments around England.

“Before I set off for London I was pretty nervous, having never met anyone who was going, and being faced with the idea of staying by myself in the university halls of residence. But just a couple of days into the programme had seen me make so many good friends and I was completely won over by the experience.

“The first full day of LIYSF was already packed with events to go to and places to be. The opening ceremony in the morning introduced us all in a very grand way to the prestigious course, complete with flag bearers from every represented country and a talk from the president, Professor Richard O’Kennedy, himself a participant many years ago. As a flag bearer, I was even invited to speak with guest lecturers and scientists after the ceremony, which was an amazing way to get to know people.

“From then on followed a series of fascinating lectures which had a high level of participation from us: there was always time for questions, which challenged us to think more about the topic. One which stood out to me was about manipulating mosquito DNA to prevent the spread of dengue fever. We also had visits to scientific laboratories and establishments, where I saw cutting-edge technology working on very current and applicable stem-cell research and managed to talk to scientists about their jobs and experiences. The trip to Cambridge was great, as after spending a few hours learning about some of the medical departments we also got to go punting!

“What makes LIYSF unique is the emphasis on the social aspect. There were loads of organised social events, like the parties, ‘Olympics’ and theatre nights. I didn’t just learn about science, I learnt a lot about other cultures too. I met so many people from around the world – we became one big LIYSF family and they helped make it such an amazing experience!

“I’m really grateful to Truro College for providing me this opportunity and to the Royal Society of Chemistry for making it possible for me to go: it really was a life-changing and invaluable two weeks and I would never have been able to participate without the support provided.”


What is love?

The International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge day took place recently, where both first and second year students of the IB programme at Truro College came together for a whole day of discussion on the question: “What is love?”

Theory of Knowledge

Ian Kavanagh from the Ashoka Buddhist Meditation Centre.

Theory of Knowledge is a core element of the IB programme for students to engage with different types of knowledge and debate the relative merits of them.  On the day the students were split up into seminar groups where they chose a particular stance on the question of love and then undertook independent research to find evidence for this position.  The choices for seminar groups included:

  • What do the sciences have to say about love?
  • Cultural differences in love
  • Depictions of love in the performing and visual arts
  • Can animals fall in love?
  • Is love an individual state of mind?

The students then came back together in the afternoon to present their research findings.

Guest speakers on the day included Robin Dowell for visual arts, Catherine Clarke for sciences, Dan Huntington for Social and Cultural Anthropology and Ian Kavanagh from the Ashoka Buddhist Meditation Centre in Plymouth who spoke about the Buddhist understanding of love.

A question and answer session in the afternoon included a vote from the students on which subject answered the question of what love is mostly effectively on the basis of the research that had been presented.  Theory of Knowledge Co-ordinator Clive Sutton said: “love is fundamental but we know so little about it, in the words of Clive Wearing ‘It’s nothing in tennis but everything in life’. As such it’s a great topic to discuss in Theory of Knowledge as it is something we all relate to and all know something about. This session has enabled students to understand different answers and be more tolerant and reflective. Assumptions and views have their own bias so questions are answered in a measured way.”

International Baccalaureate Co-ordinator Caroline Keech added: “Theory of Knowledge days give the students opportunities to build their critical analysis skills in subject areas that often have no clear answer and they learn to analyse the limitations in different ways of knowing.  Engaging with opportunities like this give our IB students fantastic higher order thinking skills that are so important in Higher Education.”


County Hockey Triumph

Truro College Ladies Hockey team took on local competition as part of the Cornwall U18 County Tournament.

They breezed through their pool matches with comfortable wins of 6-0 against Truro High School and 3–0 against Budehaven School. Qualifying as the strongest team, they went on to play Helston School in the semi-final, once again winning by a convincing 4–0. This meant they were to meet Truro School in the final.


The triumphant Truro College team! Back row (L-R): Hannah Bowman (GK), Cody Burdett, Liv Maskell, Tegan Cockcroft, Tatum Godwin, Molly Walsh, Chezzie Waters, Nicole Harding Front row (L-R): Selin Sevinc, Jo Spooner, Tamar Hoskin, Emily Osborne, Katy Parkinson, Rosie Taylor-Jones.

Truro College started confidently but Truro School were determined to put up a strong fight. Truro College’s passing, which had been slow to kick in throughout the tournament, peaked at the right time and through accurate and well-timed distribution from defence and midfield along with strong and determined runs and movement from the forwards, they were rewarded with goals and the match ended 2–0 in their favour.

A total of 14 goals were scored by the team during the tournament: Cody Burdett – 4, Molly Walsh – 4, Tamar Hoskin – 2, Rosie Taylor-Jones – 2, Selin Sevinc – 1, Tatum Godwin – 1. Player of the tournament was voted as Tamar Hoskin and Coach’s player went to Jo Spooner. The whole squad worked well together throughout the whole afternoon, especially in the final.

Truro College now go on to represent Cornwall in the U18 National Schools West Preliminaries at Clifton College on 6th November.