Following on from the highly entertaining and educational performance of “Trevithick!” at Newquay Tretherras last week, year 10 students were invited to Truro College for the launch of a brand new educational website, “Cornwall Forever” (established by The Cornwall Heritage Trust), and were one of only three schools from the whole of Cornwall to watch a world exclusive performance by Kernow King.
The inspiration for the website was ‘The Millennium Book for Cornwall’, produced by the Cornwall Heritage Trust and launched in 2000 by HRH The Prince of Wales. 17,000 copies of the Book were given freely to schoolchildren in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Lt Col Philip Hills, Chairman of the Cornwall Heritage Trust, said: “The Millennium Book introduced a whole generation of young people to Cornish history. However, we know that young people today learn in different ways, particularly online, and we wanted to create a resource that could help with that learning”. Col Edward Bolitho, Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall and President of Cornwall Heritage Trust, read out a message from HRH Prince of Wales (Patron of CHT) in which he congratulated all those involved on the new “Cornwall Forever” website and reflected on the changes Cornwall has seen since the book was published in 2000.
Newquay Tretherras students were then treated to a new performance by Ed Rowe (Kernow King) in which he entwined elements of his critically acclaimed play “Trevithick!” with appearances by some of Cornwall’s historic figures; which included Dolly Pentreath, John Couch-Adams and Humphry Davy as well as Richard Trevithick of course! The students were also delighted to meet Cornish sporting heroes Ed Coode, Jack Galsworthy and Tassie Swallow who, along with Ed Rowe, presented them with commemorative booklets.
Ellis Macey, the Newquay Youth Town Mayor, who was interviewed by BBC Radio Cornwall said, “I think this will be an amazing resource for students. As a GCSE History student, I think this will be the “go to” website to learn about Cornish history and culture.”
Grahaeme Jones, who is Lead Teacher of SMSC at Newquay Tretherras, said, “It was an excellent opportunity to visit Truro College, and learn more about the importance of important Cornish historical figures, especially following on from the fantastic performance of “Trevithick!”, which these students had previously seen at Newquay Tretherras. This experience solidifies our commitment to ensuring that our students learn about their unique culture and history as the future generations of Cornwall.”