05.06.2017

First Prize for Poet Ava

On Saturday 13th May, Year 7 Poet Ava Mounsey was awarded First Prize in the Secondary Poetry category at the Fowey Festival of Arts & Literature! Ava was awarded her certificate at the Prize Presentation Event in Fowey Parish Church for her poem The Silence of the Quay, with an opportunity to perform it to an… Read more »

01.11.2016

Year 7 Get Extreme with their Reading

Last term our English Department set Year 7 the challenge of submitting a photo reading in the most unusual location, position or situation, as part of the national Extreme Reading initiative. And we have been wowed by the response. Mr Johnson said: “Year 7 – your imagination is truly inspiring! We have seen some fabulous… Read more »

08.06.2016

Year 8 in a Haunted House

On Wednesday 25th May, Year 8 had an awesome day at Praa Sands, Helston, visiting Europe’s most haunted residency – Pengursick Castle. The 20 students were given a tour of the castle and were told stories of paranormal activity and the history of this very special home. They were allowed to handle Tudor weapons and… Read more »

03.05.2016

Kernow Youth Book Award 2016

Last week, the winner of this year’s Kernow Youth Book Award was announced at the annual Award Ceremony, which this year was held at The Eden Project. Penrice Academy Librarian, Mrs Stark, explains: “The idea of holding Cornwall’s own book award started nine years ago with a small group of enthusiastic School Librarians. The aim… Read more »

24.03.2016

Student Reviews: Midsummer

This week, Year 8 students were given the task of writing their own reviews for this term’s Whole School Play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. They had to think about all the elements of a good review – from forming an opinion and picking their favourite parts, to being fair, descriptive and interesting for the reader…. Read more »

04.03.2016

World Book Day 2016

On Thursday 3rd March, the world celebrated all things books, with World Book Day 2016. Penrice embraced the day in every way, with Year 7s and 8s depicting characters from their favourite books – including Katniss Everdeens, Mad Hatters and a whole load of Wallys. English’s Paul Johnson led the celebrations dressed as Gandalf the… Read more »

23.11.2015

Year 8 Study The Hunger Games

Last week the fourth and final installment (part two of book three) of The Hunger Games Trilogy was released in cinemas worldwide. The films, starring Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, were based on the books written by American author Suzanne Collins, which and have become one of the most popular adventure epics of recent years…. Read more »

03.11.2015

Year 7 English: Goodnight Mr Tom

Last term in Year 7 English, students produced some fantastic pieces of art, creative poems and fact files, based on Goodnight Mister Tom, the novel set during World War II, which the students have been studying. Year 7 student Michael said: “I enjoyed this project because it was really fun and I learnt a lot… Read more »

30.09.2015

Creating a Buzz about Reading

This week our Year 7s were presented with the books they had chosen as part of Bookbuzz, a reading programme from Book Trust, which supports schools to encourage reading for pleasure, independent choice and develop a whole school reading culture. Mr Johnson, English Teacher at Penrice, said: “The Bookbuzz scheme is a great opportunity to… Read more »

30.09.2015

Inside Poetry Club

“I really like Poetry Club – it’s a chance to be creative in all sorts of ways. I love English, and Poetry Club is like English lessons but with no limitations at all!” (Maria, Year 8) Poetry Club, run by Mr Jackson and Mr Larham, is an opportunity for students to be creative without boundaries…. Read more »

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