Truro And Penwith College News April 2015

The Girls’ Netball team with their bronze medals.

The Girls’ Netball team with their bronze medals.

Medal haul at National Championships

33 Truro and Penwith College students competed at the 37th Association of Colleges National Championships which is one of the largest annual sporting events in England and celebrates the best of college sport. The College’s team won medals across 5 different sports during the successful weekend.

Hosted by Bath University, the competition saw nearly 1800 students compete against each other in 14 sporting disciplines across three days. As well as competing in their chosen sport, students were competing for points for their region to win the Wilkinson Sword trophy.

The opening ceremony brought all the students together to see urban sports entertainment troupe SBX showing off their football and basketball tricks, and an inspirational speech from Pamela Cookey, captain of England’s netball team.

Golf was the first competition of the Championships and saw Harry Hall, Niall Hutton, Emily Toy and Gemma Marsland represent the College. As last year’s winner, Harry was under pressure from the start. He completed the first 18 holes in 72 to be placed in second position and had everything to play for in round two. Niall Hutton shot a solid round along with players from Exeter College and SGS College to give the Boys’ South West Team a silver medal in the team event. Emily also recorded a second place after the first round to help the South West Girls’ team win a silver medal in the team event. Day two saw 50mph winds and rain which hampered many; however Harry used all of his experience to retain his individual gold medal by one shot.

Success was also seen in the racket sports where Truro and Penwith College were well represented within the South West Team. Amy Johns and Nick Peters were unbeaten in the Tennis mixed doubles competition to win the Gold medal. Ben Lakeman and Ben Vulliarmy were rewarded with a bronze medal. On the Squash court Jared London won the gold medal after a fiercely competitive final match which went to match point.

The Netball team were delighted to beat Hartpury College on day one to top their pool; however Oldham proved too strong in the semi-finals which meant they had to play Hartpury again in the bronze medal match. Having lost to them all season, they managed to pull off the double to beat them for the second time in the weekend to win the Bronze medal.

The Swimming team travelled to Millfield School for their competition and the swimmers gave some excellent performances. Courtney-Lee Reid, Emily Hoey and Lydia Schenk from Truro College made up half of the South West Girls’ team who won the Bronze medal in the team event.

It was not just the medal winners who had a successful weekend as all positions were vital to the South West region winning the coveted Wilkinson Sword trophy for the second consecutive year. Ciaran Rutherfurd (Trampolining), Noah and Milo Semonin (Badminton Doubles), Caitlin Eddy (SW Girls’ Rugby), Dale Triggs and Sam Gibbons (SW Cross country) all were placed 4th in their competitions which gave the region valuable points for the overall trophy. Even the 6th placed girls cross country team of Kim Jacka, Deneka Duguid, Martha Carlise and Bryher Freight earned essential points which meant that the South West beat the South East region by just 5 points.

Truro College students also helped to make the weekend a success through their work as volunteers and officials. Lewis Pascoe and Lauren Nancarrow were selected to act as volunteers for the weekend; they were responsible for the organisation and smooth running of the weekend alongside the AoC staff and volunteers from other colleges.  Jo Spooner, who is studying Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science, acted as a hockey umpire for the weekend.

Truro Team Manager and Sport Academy Coordinator, Julie Penprase, was delighted with the performances from the Truro and Penwith College students: “The competition is the highest standard that most of our students will play in their sporting careers and it is a great experience for them to see the first class facilities at Bath University. The whole event has an Olympic feel with 14 different sports being played across the three days, with an opening and closing ceremony where all performers come together.”


 L-R: FdA English Studies students Emma Burke (from Canada), Zoe Dennett (from Derbyshire), Emma Pollard (from Helston), Joshua Johns (from Penzance), and Wayne Peplow (from Birmingham) enjoying a field trip around Carn Brea led by Cornwall Councillor Mark Kaczmarek as part of their Creative Writing module.

L-R: FdA English Studies students Emma Burke (from Canada), Zoe Dennett (from Derbyshire), Emma Pollard (from Helston), Joshua Johns (from Penzance), and Wayne Peplow (from Birmingham) enjoying a field trip around Carn Brea led by Cornwall Councillor Mark Kaczmarek as part of their Creative Writing module.

Publication for Creative Writing students at Truro College

Three degree students studying English at Truro College have been selected for publication in this year’s University of Plymouth’s Creative Arts Journal, Ink.

Open to all Plymouth University students, including those studying in partner colleges, the three fought off strong competition, were highly commended and have each had a poem chosen for publication. Caro Bushnell (Poetry Editor) praised the students’ work and said, “Your English lecturer is obviously doing a good job as this was a good result amongst tough competition!”

Jan Hobbs’ poem, ‘Bitter Salt’, Adam Kheroura’s ‘Gwrys yn Kernow’ and Helen Draper’s ‘Matter’ can all be read on the Ink website ( )

As part of their Creative Writing course students had a field trip on Carn Brea led by Cornwall Councillor Mark Kaczmarek and were inspired by local poet Bob Devereux who led them in a writing workshop and performed some of his own work. Their poetry, with a mineral theme, will also be published in an e-book as part of the Royal Cornish Geological Society bicentennial celebrations.

Programme Leader Jackie Harding said: “Most of our students progress to Plymouth University to study for a full BA (Hons) in English or English with Creative Writing. Many former students have gone on to have careers in publishing, tourism, teaching and other related areas.  One of our recent graduates, Rory Fong, is now a researcher for the BBC. He recently appeared on The One Show cooking a Chinese breakfast!”

When former student Clare Dwyer sent her poetry collection, Snowing Diamonds, produced as part of the second year of the course, to various celebrated writers, she was delighted to receive a reply from Bill Bryson who told her that he had enjoyed reading her work. Clare commented, “The Creative Writing module impacts in several ways; it improves essay writing skills, engenders a sense of self-confidence and creates a sense of achievement. How do I know? I gained all three from this module which was one of the highlights of the course.”



The group outside the Cathedral and Mosque in Córdoba.

The group outside the Cathedral and Mosque in Córdoba.

‘Invaluable’ Spanish exchange experience

27 A level and International Baccalaureate students from Truro College have recently returned from an exchange visit with Almenara secondary school in Vélez-Málaga in the South of Spain. Students spent their time experiencing Spanish home life and improving their language skills while staying with their exchange partner and their family.

The students attended some lessons at the Spanish school and during the week-long stay also visited places of cultural and historical interest while enjoying beautiful sunshine and blue skies. These included Córdoba with its magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Cathedral and Mosque and fascinating Jewish quarter, the small coastal tourist town of Nerja and a typical white washed mountain village, Frigiliana. They also visited the nearby city of Málaga and the famous Picasso museum.

On the last day, the Spanish parents prepared a huge lunch at the school which included an enormous paella and a fantastic array of other delicious typical Spanish dishes. The students were then entertained by several of the Spanish students who danced and sang flamenco. Two A2 students, Taylor Williams of Hayle and Lauren Thompson of Stithians, then bravely took to the floor to thank the Spanish hosts and teachers in impressively fluent Spanish. Taylor said: “It was a great experience for all of us, the Spanish families were so welcoming, the food was amazing and I feel that everyone had the chance to significantly improve their language skills.” Lauren added: “Living with my Spanish family gave me an in-depth look into many parts of Spanish culture from the political situation which we study at college to paella. I’m looking forward to returning in the summer to see my partner, experiencing more of Andalusian life and further improving my Spanish.”

“The exchange was a huge success and an invaluable experience for our students on so many levels,” said Helen Clarke, subject leader for Spanish. “Their confidence improved vastly during the week which will be of great benefit for the speaking exams in April and May. Additionally, they experienced at first hand Spanish family life and were able to observe the enormous Arabic influence in Andalucía which is the region studied as part of the Guided Studies option at A Level.”

The Spanish group and their teachers spent a week in Cornwall at the start of February where they too were able to improve and practise their English. They spent time with their exchange partners in a range of lessons at college, visited local places of interest such as the Maritime Museum in Falmouth, The Tate Gallery in St Ives and The Eden Project.


Secretarial students past and present celebrating in Spires Restaurant.

Secretarial students past and present celebrating in Spires Restaurant.

Celebration of Secretarial Success

Students from the Level 3 Secretarial Diploma course at Truro College organised and hosted an event to celebrate the successful one year course and highlight the career progression opportunities available following its completion.

The celebratory lunch took place in Truro College’s Spires Restaurant and emphasised the flexibility of the College’s secretarial and administration qualifications by allowing current and high achieving former students to network and share their success stories. Discussions began following an introduction from Cheryl Mewton, Director of Studies at Truro and Penwith College, who praised the prospects the course offers its students: “It’s always fantastic to see current students and what they’re up to but also the destinations of previous students. There are all kinds of opportunities available for you – we have a range of students taking vocational courses who progress on to an amazing variety of destinations!”

Clarissa Jacobs passed the course in 2009 with the range of valuable skills and knowledge from the course, landing a role at Age UK as a Transport Booking Co-ordinator. Clarissa has now been in the role for three years and is responsible for arranging transport for the charity’s four day centres, liaising with drivers and hospital staff and processing transport orders. She said: “I really enjoy my job and it can be very rewarding! My path is now changing to go into radio with Pirate FM through their Programming Academy, but without the course and the skills it gave me, I doubt I would have got into it as it shows my experience and organisational skills.”

Two successful graduates from the Secretarial Diploma are now in important support roles at Truro College. Jenny Roberts is now the Curriculum Secretary for Media and Laura Hunkin is the Curriculum Secretary for Science as well as a part-time lecturer.

The celebratory event was organised by the current students as part of the ‘Organising a Business Event’ unit to gain their qualification. The Diploma provides students with the essential skills and knowledge to succeed within an administrative role. Successful alumni of the course have progressed to work in legal secretary, medical administrator, senior secretary and support advisor roles.

Truro College is hosting an Information Evening on 13th May for anyone interested in professional office, secretarial and administration qualifications, including the Level 3 Secretarial Diploma, which will take place in the Percuil building between 5pm and 8pm.



The visiting students experienced the world famous Carnevale.

Italian language study and cultural visit to Venice

Truro College A Level Italian language students enjoyed a lively study and cultural trip to the city of Venice, staying with host families to experience the Italian local way of life and their cuisine.

Students attended morning Italian lessons taught by experienced Italian teachers in the accredited International language Institute “Istituto Venezia.” Throughout the visit, accompanied by Teresa Amalfitano, subject leader for Italian and lecturer Rebecca Dunstone, students relished the opportunity to put their acquired knowledge into practice on a daily basis. During the afternoons and evenings they participated in guided tours of cultural and historical interest of this enchanting city and the Islands of Burano and Torcello.

Not only did the students benefit from visiting a city that is listed as a World Heritage Site, they also experienced the first week of the world famous Carnevale, when the magical city becomes a unique occasion. It is a great time to see the city in a new and exciting light; Venice sloughs off the winter gloom and bursts into life, with participants in elaborate masks re-inventing a great 11th-18th century Venetian tradition.

The innumerable language and cultural assets of this visit was an incomparable learning experience for the students. Eliza Reed commented: “This trip has been an amazing experience: the people were very welcoming, lovely and helpful and the food was incredible! The Istituto Venezia with its staff was very supportive and the lessons were very enjoyable, improving our Italian. During the afternoons and evenings we practiced conversation skills in an informal environment daily. It has been an invaluable opportunity that we would never have experienced at home.”

Ellie Roberts added: “This trip has enabled us to have an insight into the Italian life and understand more about its culture. All the excursions were brilliantly done. It was a wonderful opportunity and an amazing experience that we thoroughly enjoyed. I can’t wait to return!”


Work from A Level Textiles student Wenna Symons.

Work from A Level Textiles student Wenna Symons.

Celebrating ten years of creativity on show

‘TENTh,’ the 10th annual exhibition of work by Truro College Art and Design Students, will showcase this year’s students’ achievements and celebrate ten successful exhibitions over the past decade!

This anniversary show will present a huge variety of work made at the college and illustrate what possibilities are available to creative individuals.

Visitors will have the chance to see who is striving to reach their goals now and in the future! It will prove that the creative experience is worth celebrating as we look back at some of Truro College’s art and design alumni and illustrate the active part some of our students are now playing within the national and international creative industries.

This annual event promises to illuminate Truro Piazza with a stunning array of talent from students of both full-time and part-time, Further and Higher Education courses, representing all art disciplines and creative scope offered at the college: from Textiles to Graphics, Silversmithing and Jewellery to Fine Art and Ceramics to Life Drawing.

“The aim of TENTh is to celebrate ten years of outstanding art and design produced by Truro College and ten years of exhibiting in Truro,” comments Mark Dunford, Deputy Team Leader for Art and Design. “The large white marquee provides a highly visible temporary gallery, right in the heart of our community; giving everyone a unique insight and opportunity to enjoy the highly creative and individual work made by the college’s students. An exhibition of this kind can have a dramatic impact upon students’ future careers within the creative industries.”

TENTh is open to the public from 9am to 6pm on Tuesday 19 – Friday 22 May and 9am-3pm on Saturday 23 May 2015. Admission is free and staff and students from Truro College will be on hand all week to answer questions about the work, or help those looking to find the right art and design course for them.


L-R: Mark Wardle, Director of Curriculum; Jennie Gill, Physics at Pool Academy; Matt Bennett, Deputy Team Leader for Science; David Cameron, Stimulating Physics Network Manager at Institute of Physics; Bill Gott, SW Regional Teaching & Learning Coach at Institute of Physics; Jon Grey, Programme Team Leader for Science; Richard Clarke, Physics at Roseland Community College.

L-R: Mark Wardle, Director of Curriculum; Jennie Gill, Physics at Pool Academy; Matt Bennett, Deputy Team Leader for Science; David Cameron, Stimulating Physics Network Manager at Institute of Physics; Bill Gott, SW Regional Teaching & Learning Coach at Institute of Physics; Jon Grey, Programme Team Leader for Science; Richard Clarke, Physics at Roseland Community College.

Leading the way for Physics education

After a competitive application process, Truro and Penwith College has become one of five schools in the first wave of “Link Schools with Adviser” as part of the national Institute of Physics: Stimulating Physics Network (SPN).

The College is the lead partner with Pool Academy and Roseland Community College and will take a lead in providing support and sharing best practice in physics teaching and learning across Cornwall. This accolade complements the College’s recently awarded status as a Mathematics Hub and a centre for the Royal Society of Chemistry Educational Co-ordinator.

The objective of the SPN is to improve the quality of pupils’ physics experience in schools and to reinvigorate a culture of physics in schools, as indicated by an increase in the uptake of physics at post-16 level. This will be led regionally by Link Schools, which will provide free support and training for local schools and teachers.

Instrumental to the successful bid was the demonstration of high quality provision alongside the College’s Cornwall Teaching School, with a remit to work on improvement and best practice across Cornwall. Jenny Blunden, Director of Cornwall Teaching School, said: “This prestigious accreditation reflects our team of expert practitioners in Science and Mathematics, which through the Cornwall Teaching School will help develop the availability and quality of STEM provision throughout the Cornwall.”

The bid was led by Matt Bennett, Deputy Team Leader for Science at Truro and Penwith College, who commented: “The efforts of the SPN are really parallel to the work we do here at the College and through Cornwall Teaching School, and we feel very proud that Truro and Penwith College, along with our partners Pool Academy and Roseland Community College, has been selected by the Institute of Physics to lead on this within Cornwall.”

The other four schools awarded SPN Link School with Adviser status in this first wave of the development are: Skipton Girls’ High School in Bradford, Darrick Wood School in Bromley, St Joseph’s College in Staffordshire and Wildern School in Southampton.


Truro College students behind the scenes with the Cornish Pirates’ Medical Support Team (Image with thanks to Simon Bryant).

Truro College students behind the scenes with the Cornish Pirates’ Medical Support Team (Image with thanks to Simon Bryant).

Students gain insight from the Cornish Pirates

A number of Higher Education students from Truro and Penwith College, who are currently completing a Foundation Degree in Sports Rehabilitation, greatly appreciated an opportunity to visit the ‘home’ of the Cornish Pirates.

During their time at the Mennaye Field, Penzance, they were welcomed by various club personnel, including members of the medical support team and coaches, plus they benefited from a tour of the facilities and saw the players in training.

The aim of the visit was to enable the students to get a feel for the industry by seeing trained professionals in action, and there was no better place to visit than Cornwall’s leading sports team.

Daniel Lawrence, Chartered Physiotherapist and a Lecturer at Truro and Penwith College, commented on the opportunity for the students: “We were made to feel very welcome and the staff all took the time to speak with the students and answer questions. The students now feel more certain about their future aspirations following what was reported as a very inspiring insight into working within a professional support setting.”


Celebrity Stylist Andrew Barton with Truro College’s Hayley McKinstry and models showcasing his work.

Celebrity Stylist Andrew Barton with Truro College’s Hayley McKinstry and models showcasing his work.

Top stylist Andrew Barton headlines Salon Cornwall 2015

Celebrity hair stylist and creative consultant Andrew Barton was the centre of attraction at Salon Cornwall 2015, Cornwall’s only Hairdressing, Beauty Therapy and Complementary Therapies trade show, hosted by Truro and Penwith College.

The show featured demonstrations from leading barber MK, media make-up specialist Jennifer Lenard, advanced nail art by former Truro and Penwith College student Victoria Perkins, who was the WorldSkills silver medal winner in 2013, avant-garde hair styling by Truro and Penwith College apprentices, and creative teams from L’Oreal and Gordon studios.

Son of a miner who started as an apprentice in Yorkshire, leading hair stylist Andrew Barton said anything is possible for others too. He worked at Toni and Guy in its formative years, had his own salon, and has now been recruited to take the lead at the Harrods salon. He stressed the importance of learning traditional hairdressing techniques, no matter how time-consuming, or laborious, as you can make these basics modern, providing practical skills and versatility.

Andrew Barton’s live demonstrations showcased hair styling, with no cutting. Andrew showed his own mood-boards that he uses in his salon for customers, and talked through some of the key current trends in hair styling, including vintage rolls for a 30s-50s look, 1960s style, ballerina buns, and plaits.

Of the event Andrew said: “Everybody has made me so welcome at the College and have organised a fantastic event, inspirational for everyone involved. I got inspired by seeing the creative energy of the students.” He also endorsed Apprenticeships as a route to future success: “I work with the government and business groups to promote Apprenticeships as they are a fantastic way to learn, as they give you a real solid foundation of skills and experience to build on.”

Hayley McKinstry, Programme Team Leader for Hair, Beauty, Complementary Therapies and Catering at Truro College, added: “Salon Cornwall 2015 has been the most successful event to date. It enabled us to showcase the amazing talent within our industry from celebrity stylists to apprentices. I am so proud to have developed such a successful event in Cornwall.”