Star Students: Penrice in Bloom

On Tuesday 14th June, Penrice students from both The Pegasus Award group and the Forest School cohort were selected to take part in a community gardening project in St Austell.

“Young people these days can get a bad name sometimes but these students have done a wonderful job and their effort and attitude today has been very impressive. It’s lovely to strengthen the link between this community and Penrice Academy and they’ve done the school very proud.” (Councillor Brown)

Miss Seberry explains: “Ros Wherry had contacted the school with regards to some issues with students accessing the residential area of Buckler Village after school. Issues had been resolved, but we wanted to rebuild the school’s links with the community, to promote our students, to give them experience and to reassure the residents of Buckler Village. It was great chance for the students to meet the residents and prove what a friendly, hardworking and helpful school we are!”

The school arranged for the students to help plant flowers in preparation for St Austell in Bloom. Met by residents and Bethal Ward Councillor Malcolm Brown, the students were keen to shake hands and introduce themselves before getting their hands dirty by planting flowers into pots and delivering them around the neighbourhood door to door. The students then renovated a flower bed and an elderly couple’s garden.

Miss Seberry continued: “The gentleman was very poorly in hospital and the lady was now in a nursing home. The children were keen to make the garden as colourful and eye catching as possible – to put a smile on the couple’s faces.”

“Their behaviour was impeccable and they delivered themselves in an extremely respectful and hardworking manner. I was so impressed. Some of them even suggested that a gardening club should be set up in school!”