Non-School Uniform: Heroes and Heroines


Former pupil and long-time friend of the school, Miss Laura Penhaul, has spent more than 120 days rowing with 3 friends across the Pacific Ocean. Many of you may have seen coverage of their world record attempt in the press or on television. Together they are known as the ‘Coxless Crew’ and they are rowing from San Francisco to Cairns, Australia in ‘Doris’, their pink rowing boat. They are doing it to raise awareness of two charities that are close to their hearts: the first is Breast Cancer Care, the second is for female soldiers supported by Walking With The Wounded.


In order to support them and their charities with their efforts, on Friday 16th October, all children are invited to take part in a non-uniform day and rowing challenge. We will all take it in turns to row on rowing machines provided by Redruth School and keep a record of how far we manage to cover during the school day. The highlight of the day will be when Laura takes a break from rowing and joins us for a live satellite conversation during our school assembly. We hope that members of the local press will attend in order to capture the moment and help to raise awareness of the crew’s efforts as they reach the end of leg 2 of this epic journey.


Please can I ask that children make a voluntary contribution of 50p to take part in the day’s events? The theme of the non-uniform is ‘heroes and heroines’. All children who wish to take part will have the chance to row for 2 minutes as part of a relay. We will also run a cake stall at break time and would welcome any contributions that you feel able to make. Any money raised will go to the Coxless Crew’s chosen charities. However, the effort of our children will be of bigger impact in terms of the positive effect it will have on Laura and her team. For the last 4 months they have been inspiring us. In return, I hope that you will be able to support us as we try to inspire them. Thank you for your continued support.

Yours sincerely,


Daniel Simons

Director of Teaching and Learning


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