Students enjoy great start to the year

As the summer holidays came to a close, students across Cornwall prepared to start their journey at Truro and Penwith College.

A group shot of the new IB students at the Tomperrow Campsite Induction Day

Before classes officially started, students were given the chance to familiarise themselves with the College through an Induction Day. While for some these days were for the acquisition of student cards and bus passes, students new to the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma were given the chance to get to know one another through a series of fun and challenging activities.

Held down at the Tomperrow Scout Camp, the Induction Day gave the new students a chance to bond with their new classmates while taking part in team activities such as three-legged river racing, blind-folded obstacle courses, bush crafts and puzzles that tested both logic and balance.

The day, which is held every year for the new IB students, is a fantastic way to break the ice, with students finding it a fun start to the year and a great way to make friends on their course.

Two IB students competing in the three legged river run. They are laughing as they run down the river.

The new cohort of IB students were put to the test in the three-legged river run

Two students guiding a blind-folded students as they try and walk over some vertically placed logs.

The blind-folded obstacle course is always a great way to boost teamwork

With the Induction Days over, it was on to the first day of term for all first-year students. Lecturers across the College worked hard to provide a great first day through fun activities that both introduced students to their subjects and to each other.

Art and Design students were tasked with getting creative with paper and tape, an activity that encouraged teamwork and creativity, two very important aspects of the subject area.

Students work on a 3D shelter made out of paper.

Testing their creativity, this team-building exercise is always a great way to start the year

The group of students and staff are gathered to look at the creations of the morning

Staff and students gather to view the morning's work

Students starting on their journey in the Music department were treated to a live performance by former College students Bailey Tomkinson and Tom Holland. Bailey has spent the summer touring festivals and has recently celebrated being added to Spotify’s Very Nearly Nashville playlist and charting in the top 10 on iTunes’ Country chart.

Throughout her performance, Bailey explained to the students how her time at the College helped with her progression, saying: “I had the best time at Truro College. I would come in on days I wasn’t even needed just so I could write in the piano room. You really discover yourself while you’re at College and discover your sound and it sets you up and prepares you for when you go off and do your own thing.”

With such a varied and exciting start to the term, Truro and Penwith College is looking forward to another outstanding year.

Bailey performing with her acoustic guitar under a red stage light

Bailey gave blew the students away with her country songs and stories of her time at College

Tom Holland performing with his acoustic guitar

Performing solo, Tom's set hooked the students from the first chord