Green thumbs up for residential

Every year, first year students on the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma at Truro College go on a three-day residential trip to bond, help the community and get some fresh air in the Cornish countryside.

This year, the students travelled to Penwith where they stayed at the Penzance YHA. The evenings were spent cooking and, on the second night, putting on a talent show.

During the second day, students made the most of their walking boots as they set out into the mud-filled woods to take part in a variety of bush crafts and survival skills with the help of Nature Workshops. After splitting into smaller groups, they learned how to light campfires, create paracord survival bracelets and shelters out of fallen branches.

The other half of the day was spent at local National Trust garden, Trengwainton, where students put their green thumbs to the test while helping members of the National Trust team. They fertilised 100-year-old rhododendrons and helped to cut and clear bamboo.

Staff and students ended the residential by walking to and from local fishing village Mousehole, where a mixture of rain and shine added to the Cornish atmosphere.

Caroline Keech, coordinator of the IB Diploma at the College, said of the residential: “As part of the IB diploma, all students complete a full programme of Creativity, Action and Service (CAS). The IB CAS residential is the beginning of this part of their course where the students live together, work together and form bonds that last for many years to come. We were so proud of our IB group this year for demonstrating their resilience, enthusiasm and collaboration in all their tasks.”