The first few days were dedicated to welcoming the College’s new students. With induction days and the first full day on campus, the students were able to ease into life at the College. For first year vocational and A Level students, the induction days were a chance to hear a welcoming speech by David Walrond, Principal of Truro and Penwith College and a chance to meet their programme team leaders and tutors.
The International Baccalaureate (IB) students, however, took to nature for an induction day with a difference. Students were able to meet and get to know each other while taking part in team building activities such as blind-folded assault courses, three-legged river races and problem solving. This fun-filled day is an important part of the IB programme as it gives the students, who will be working closely with one another throughout the year, a chance to bond.
With the induction days over, it was on to the eagerly anticipated first days. The College used a staggered start to the year so as to give new students a chance to get settled before second year students returned. Many courses utilised the first days to welcome students with a show. The Music and Performing Arts department was one such case as they literally welcomed new students with a gig performed by former students Sennen & Megan and The Rezner.
Toby Seth, lecturer in Popular Music, said of the event: "It was great to welcome back Sennen & Megan and The Rezner. Live performance is a huge part of the music course and it’s a great opportunity for the new first years to see two amazing acts that have just finished what they are about to start. We're always really proud of our former students and the music they produce, and I know that Sennen & Megan and The Rezner will have inspired our new students to emulate their achievements!"
Another department that welcomed their students with something a little different was Art & Design. Students were given the chance to get to know one another while designing and building shelters out of paper and tape. The task not only afforded students the chance to get imaginative with a little bit of nostalgic paper-based building, but also enabled them to bond while being creative and having fun.
Of course, just because the College officially started in September doesn’t mean students haven’t been hard at work throughout the summer. The College’s rugby team were training hard throughout the summer months in preparation for the new season.
Vicky Pearson, Programme Team Leader for Sport, said: “We are delighted to welcome all our new Sports students to Truro. Staff and students have had a great first week with a number of the sporting academies playing fixtures. We are looking forward to the year ahead.”
Indeed, with such a varied and exciting start to the term, Truro and Penwith College is looking forward to another outstanding year.