Newsletter
Friday 22nd May 2015
Everyone Included | Everyone Challenged | Everyone Successful

Message from the Principal
It was brilliant news this week that our boys junior athletics team has got a place in the SW finals. The South West covers a large area from just outside London, all of the south coast and right up to Gloucestershire and we will be one of the final eight schools from the 1200 secondary schools in that region. It is a huge achievement. The boys will go to Millfield School for this event and have a chance to compete in the national finals if they do well. Huge congratulations to them all and they go with our best wishes for a top four finish – given the ‘semi -professional’ teams they are up against, that is a big ask.
 
Next half term we have the Cornwall School Games to look forward to, hosted here and at Poltair, one of the many ways that Poltair and ourselves work together. We have more teams qualifying for the Games this year than in any other year.
 
It has also been a week when girls trousers have dominated conversation with a lot of online discussion both for and against our reasonably strict uniform rules. We are reading the comments made by parents and students (and a range of other people) and thinking about them – we know that our high standards on dress lead to high standards everywhere else, manners, politeness, expectation of work, grades achieved, aspiration for jobs and work after leaving school. The highest performing schools in Cornwall all have a strict dress code; the lowest performing do not. There is not a direct link but a series of indirect links that are all about expectations. We are going to look at our suppliers and cost in response to parents questions – but not change on high expectations.
 
All best wishes for a peaceful and sunny half term break for those lucky enough to have one and welcome to the ‘season’ starting properly for those who work in the visitor economy. Year 11 May Ball tonight, which should be great fun for everyone involved. The dance practices have gone well and Mr Sutcliffe knows his steps this year.
(David Parker, Principal)
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This year’s production of the Wizard of Oz is a classic take on the popular children’s story, which promises to be ‘full of colourful costumes and fabulous music.’

Described by Mr Tew – who is directing the performance alongside Miss Nance and Miss Tellam – as “a piece which combines high quality drama, natural singing ability and the personalities of some incredibly talented students…”, the Wizard of Oz tells of the adventure of Dorothy, a young girl who finds herself swept away in a storm to the Land of Oz.

Mr Tew said: “It’s coming along really well. Every scene has been blocked out so now it’s just a case of running through the show – we also have a matinee and dress rehearsals planned. It’s going to be big.”
 
Wednesday 1st July, 7pm
Thursday 2nd July, 7pm
Friday 3rd July, 7pm


"I'm incredibly proud of the cast and crew and the efforts that they are going to. This show is going to be superb and tickets are already selling well. Make sure you get yours for what is going to be the big event of the Penrice calendar this year. I can't wait!" (Mr Jones)

IF ONLY I HAD A BRAIN...
 
Liam from Year 8 landed the role of Scarecrow - a character known for being both kooky and resourceful. Described as ‘hilarious’ by the Drama team, Liam is tackling the task singlehandedly, calling it ‘great experience’ for his future career….
 

What’s it like being Scarecrow?
"It was amazing when I found out, because I just didn’t expect to be given such a big role! It’s really fun doing the rehearsals and because I’m not double cast I’m always on stage so I get to act all the time. Which is great because it’s what I want to do when I’m older.”
 
So how long have you been performing on stage?
“Ever since Year 6 really when I did the school play in Mevagissey! That’s when I first decided I wanted to be an actor.”
 
What do you like best about this particular musical?
"I like the weirdness! And the fun. I’ve watched the films, I’ve seen the performances – I know what it’s all about. It’s one of my favourites so im so happy to be a part of it."
 
What part of the three nights of performances are you most excited about?
"Having my parents see it - I think they’ll love it! And just performing in front of a crowd really, it’s such good experience for the future and I really enjoy the feeling of being on stage.”
 
Are there any particular roles or parts you would like to play in the future?
“I’d love to, of course, play some main parts. I could be a good guy playing the friend to someone as a supporting role, I can see myself doing that. I love the idea of playing villains! That’s exciting. So we’ll see…”
 

Weekly Rehearsals 

“I was absolutely over the moon to be given the part of Dorothy after auditions. Singing, dancing, performing… it’s my absolute favourite thing. Everyone is so passionate about it and when this production all comes together.... it’s going to be amazing.” (Daisy Devlin, Dorothy, above)

Every great production needs a great Special Effects team – and the boys working behind the scenes on The Wizard of Oz have got it covered.
 
Oliver Pearce and Brett Barnes, from Year 9, have been working on production since they started Penrice. Brett explained: “We do the lighting and sounds for loads of productions – dance shows, celebration assemblies, awards evenings – sometimes even discos. I’d love to work on this sort of thing in the future, perhaps at the Theatre Royal or even Eden!”
 
“We just love getting involved,” Oliver said. “We get to see all the productions; we get to know what goes on around the school outside of lessons. We also get asked by teachers to step up and help, which is great.”
 
Mr Brown has worked with the boys during rehearsals each week and said they’ve been a ‘fantastic asset’. They also have a few tricks up their sleeves. Brett said: “Mr Brown keeps us on track, gets us organised and helps us with kit – he’s great, and has stage experience from his time in music so he knows what he’s doing. Huge thanks to him for his help!”
 
"We rely on these boys a fair bit. They take control, they’re alive with ideas and they’re training up Year 7s to be the future. They’re brilliant.” (Mr Brown)
 
Pictured (below): The Light and Sound team (with Brett, front)

"Maddie's commitment to Drama has been incredible - working hard in Wizard of Oz and The Mermaid of Zennor after school. On top of this she assisted with the Year 11 moderation, having a positive influence on everyone within the group. I cannot emphasise how committed Maddie has been; she is a credit to the school." (Mr Tew)

Back in March this year, 12 students from Year 9 headed to Warner Bros Studios for a tour of the Harry Potter set – to help fuel skills, experience and ideas for their part in making the set for the Wizard of Oz.
 
They took part in a tutorial about Production Design with ‘behind the scenes’ access to props and parts of the film set.  The students learnt about various jobs within the film industry and how sets are created, from simple sketches, to card models, to full size rooms.
 
Mrs Lewis , Teacher of Product Design, said: “It was amazing to see the set up close, with the attention to detail incredible, even down to the cutlery used in the great hall – all hand-made. There was an opportunity to learn some ‘wand’ techniques, ride on a broomstick, sit in the magical flying car, board the Hogwarts Express and not forgetting the tasting of the Butter Beer!”


Abi Tamblyn said it was great to learn outside the classroom: “It was such an exciting experience. The workshop was especially interesting and opened my mind to new ideas about a future related to product design or film making.”
 

Can you help with props?
Bags of straw (for stuffing the scarecrow suit)
Bale of hay (two would be ideal)
Broomstick (for the witch to ride around on)
Stuffed chickens (toy ones will do!)

 



SPORTS NEWS
 

Athletics​
The big story of the week is the resounding success in the Athletics at the Cornwall Schools games qualifier, following on from success the week previously at the English Schools Track and Field Cup. All teams have qualified and all apart from the Year 10 girls (who came second) qualified in first place after a fantastic performance by all the Athletes on Wednesday afternoon at Par (pictures above and below)
 
Boys Cricket
Various games of cricket have been played to finish the half term. The Year 9s lost their second round cup match against reigning champions Brannel by 63 runs. The Cricket finished positively however on Thursday, with the Year 7s, Year 8s and Year 9s again in action against Tretherras. The Year 8s playing at home were successful by 4 wickets with Archie Kelvin being the star man. The Year 7 and Year 9 team playing away were successful by 8 wickets and 144 runs respectively. Adam Thomas and Ash Gilder were the star performers.
 
Under 14 County Cup
Brannel 162/2 (O Watson 1/35, E Rosevear 1/23) beat Penrice 99 all out (G Connolly 35, O Watson 15) by 63 runs.
 
Year 7 - Tretherras 81/6 (B Horner 3/15, C Reynolds 2/12) lost to Penrice 82/2 (A Thomas 24ret) by 8 wickets.  
Year 8 - Tretherras 49/6 (A Kelvin 2/7, J Hoskin 2/12) lost to Penrice 51/6 (E Morris 10, Z Rogers 10) by 4 wickets.
Year 9 - Penrice 200/6 (A Gilder 45, G Connolly 33) beat Tretherras (56/6) J Taylor 1/4, C Taylor 1/1) by 144 runs.
 
Many thanks for everyone's support throughout the half term.

 


Penrice Academy 
     Mock Election Results!

This term saw our hugely successful Mock Election take place, during which the whole school community got involved in what was a hugely exciting time for people across the United Kingdom.
You can now see a breakdown of the results and statistics from the day below.

Youth Kernow are coming to Penrice on Tuesday 26th May, during Half Term - see the poster below for details.

Congratulations to Year 11's Chelsea Bryant, who was last week awarded her certificate at the Business Space, Truro, for achieving the ILM Level 2 Award in Leadership and Management. She also received an individual award for gaining the highest score in the St Austell district. The Young Leaders Academy is a partnership between Cornwall College and secondary schools within the county. Working to identify, support and develop outstanding individuals, equipping them with leadership and mentoring skills that will help them now and prepare them for the future: https://www.cornwall.ac.uk/young-leaders-academy
 

Notice on the School Uniform

Thank you everyone for your communication this week on Facebook. We’d love to clear up some of the points that were raised.
 
The petitions that went up this week were not banned or removed by us. However, we are unhappy about the personal abuse on them, from people who are not connected with the school, aimed at our school community, and therefore asked the students involved to remove them- which they did. Defamatory comments are just not acceptable and have no place on social media. The fact that the petitions continue, shows that they have neither been banned nor have the students involved been punished or had any sort of privileges suspended.
 
That is a big point we would like to make – none of the students involved this week have been punished, or threatened with punishment, or blackmailed in any way, and none of them will.
 
Regarding comments that this decision is ‘sexist’. The boys wear regulation trousers and have, for some time, commented on how unfair it is that the girls don’t follow this policy in the same way. We are simply asking that girls – and, too, the small number of boys who don’t follow the rules- support the policy of smart, tailored trousers. We also have a strict dress code of smart, appropriate dress for staff and we tackle staff in the same way over their presentation. We work hard to keep the uniform smart because it has been shown time and time again that maintaining those standards and knowing how to dress and follow rules  improves the life chances of students after they leave school.  
 
There is absolutely no link between the school and Screenprint. We would fully support another supplier or suppliers stocking our uniform and would give them the same access as Screenprint currently have. So far, no other shop has wanted to stock the uniform. We would much prefer competition between suppliers. If girls are currently wearing tailored black trousers, then of course they can continue to wear them until they need replacing – but at that point we’d like to request that parents purchase from an agreed source.
 
If parents can buy the trousers we are looking for (not skinny, not jeans) somewhere else, that is fine. We offer the Screenprint version as a model, so that parents can see what it is we are looking for and ultimately for ease. We are trying to avoid arguments between parents and children over what is allowed.
 
The Academy Council are an elected group of students – voted in by their peers – who take on the task of speaking to their year groups and running decisions by them. Staff at the school do naturally have an input when working with the Council, but we highly value their opinion and we listened.
 
We will talk to any student or parent who has a view and we will listen, so please continue to get in touch.

 

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Diary Dates

Monday 25th - Friday 29th May
SUMMER HALF TERM

Monday 22nd June
Year 7 Target Review Day

Friday 26th June
Penrice hosting Cornwall School Games
(non-competing students working at home)

Monday 29th June - 3rd July
Celebration Assemblies

Monday 6th July
Welcome Day and Evening

Tuesday 7th July
Welcome Day

Wednesday 8th July
Student Reports Issued
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Core Opening Times:
Mon - Thurs 8.00am until 4.00pm
Fri 8.00am - 3.00pm
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Merlin MS Centre 
 

Walk on the Wild Side
Saturday May 30th
An afternoon and evening in the delightful Pinetum Park and Pine Lodge Gardens, St. Austell; a talk by wildlife expert Peter Stafford; a chance to view and purchase works by highly regarded wildlife artists. Tickets to include parking, garden entry, canapés and wine £12
 
Help Merlin win funding for outreach service
 
Merlin MS Centre is fundraising for an outreach project to support people with MS in rurally isolated parts of Cornwall – and you can help. To give your 10 votes and help them secure £25,000 in funding, simply follow this link:  https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/Project/View/605. Voting closes May 30th
“Merlin MS Centre is the only place in Cornwall that offers clinical support and therapies to people with MS and other neurological conditions. It is mainly staffed through the commitment of its volunteers and manages to provide outstanding support to people with MS in the local community.”

 
Minions on the Run! Saturday 30th May
Take part in a 2 mile fun run at St Austell Rugby Club and support Children’s Hospice South West. “Come dressed as a minion and help make the most of short and precious lives!”

All ages welcome. BBQ (weather permitting) or Indoor refreshments available to buy.  You can register from 11am on the day or on Facebook -https://www.facebook.com/minionfunrun There is no registration fee but participants are asked to either make a donation on the day or raise sponsorship. For more information, contact Brandon: 07514476708 or Little Harbour: 01726 871800.
 
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kreed@penrice.org.uk

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We will never divulge email addresses or personal details to third parties.


Enjoy your weekend!
The Penrice Community


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