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Friday 12th June 2015
Everyone Included | Everyone Challenged | Everyone Successful

Message from the Principal
Parents and carers will know that I have a deep concern over road safety and the at times rash behaviour by students walking to and from school. It is very easy to just follow your friends across the road without looking or to take risks with oncoming traffic in the mistaken belief that you are invulnerable.  

We have had a number of near misses this term - and then this week we have had a student hit by traffic. Please emphasise to your children that taking risks and being careless with traffic will result in serious injury at some point. It is just ten minutes each day where our students need to be a bit more alert and bit more careful as they approach the busy roads around the school. WE will continue to give out road safety messages at school.
(David Parker, Principal)

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On Tuesday 9th June, we welcomed some excited Year 6s from local schools, who are joining us in September, for an additional Transition Day of team building games in the sun. The day included a Treasure Hunt and making ‘spears’ and Goblins with the Forest School.
 
Mrs Macdonald, from the ELC, said: “The transition to Secondary School can prove to be an anxious time for some students. At Penrice Academy we recognise this and strive to make that transition a positive experience.  Our Extra Transition Day provides our new students with a fun filled day, boosting team building skills and familiarising them with the school and staff.  This day has always been a successful one which is helped by our fantastic relationship with our Primary Schools – and today was no different!"
 
The Treasure Hunt was designed to help students learn their way around the school - with prizes for the winners. The pupils also made ‘spears’ using atlatl, a spear-thrower design that has been around for 20,000 years.
 
Mr Matthews, from the Forest School, said: “Learning about atlatl gave the visiting pupils a chance to try something new and to throw further than they ever had before. The Forest School is now also covered in clay faces looking out from the trees! The day was a great success and we can’t wait to work with the students come September.”
 
Pictured: Students work on their clay Goblins (below left and right) and learn ancient throwing techniques with Mr Matthews (below)

Transition Video

This week, the Year 7 Council spent a morning adding finishing touches to this year's Transition Video. On their agenda? A tour of the school and some sneaky teacher interviews...

Watch out for the full video later this term.

 



SPORTS NEWS

 

Athletics​ 

Cornwall Schools Year 7 and Year 8 Championships
 
Achievement of the week goes to the Year 7 girls who added to the ever growing silverware cupboard at Penrice, by finishing as County Champions on a glorious day of Athletics at Par Track.
 
There were some outstanding performances throughout the day, including Letitia Tucker coming first in the 70m hurdles, as well as Shola Harrison in the 200m and Alicia Rowe in the discus. Star performers from the other age groups included Elsie Bennetts who won the javelin throwing 21.08 metres, Loui Hill who came second in the high jump and Drew Burley who won the 80m hurdles in 15.4seconds.
 
Cricket
 
Another busy week of cricket - the Year 10s were not tested and ran out comfortable winners against Liskeard and now take on Callington, champions last year, in the cup semi-final on Monday. The Year 8s were also successful on Wednesday comfortably beating Brannel by 30 runs.
 
Under 15 East Cornwall Cup

Year 10 - Liskeard 32ao (M Dalby 4-2, A Bone 2-4) lost to Penrice 35/1 R Dixon 10 not out, A Bone 10 not out)
MVP - Matt Dalby

Year 8 - Penrice 101/7 (Z Rodgers 29, D Hocking 20) beat Brannel 70/3 (A Kelvin 2-6)
MVP - Z Rodgers
 
Rounders
 

There was a fixture reversal from last week in the Rounders with Brannel this time coming to Penrice. 2 out of the 3 teams competing were winners, making it 5 victories out of 6 against Brannel in the past fortnight. Star performers included Millie Bray, Evie Hicks and Megan Wenmouth.
 
Year 7 - Penrice 18.5 - 9.5 Brannel (MVP - Millie Bray)
Year 8 - Penrice 7.5 - 7.5 Brannel (MVP - Evie Hicks)
Year 9 - Penrice 12.5 - 8 Brannel (MVP - Megan Wenmouth)
 
On Saturday various students are competing in the Cornwall County Athletics, to attempt to earn a spot in the County side. Also next week in the Athletics there is the English Schools Regional Athletics at Millfield School, a prestigious event in which our students have excelled to gain a spot. There is more cup Cricket as mentioned, the Year 10s are at home against Callington and also the Year 8s and Year 7s are in cup action against Launceston and Tretherras respectively. To complete the sporting week the Rounders teams are at home against Bodmin on Tuesday and are away at Fowey on Wednesday.
 
Please note the day for Sports Day has now changed -  the event will now take place on Wednesday the 8th July with the reserve day being the following day.  
 


Countdown to Cornwall School Games

Preparations are being made across Penrice for the Cornish Sporting event of the Year, The Cornwall School Games. Year 9 and 10 GCSE dancers pare ractising hard every Tuesday for the Cultural evening on June 25th. Made in Cornwall are an elite dance group, who rehearse every Friday and will be performing an animalistic contemporary dance on the night.

Performing to The Bird song by Florence and the Machine, the dance is a fusion of jazz and contemporary. The Cultural Evening will be their first performance together as a newly formed company and, with bird cages and feathers galore, this performance will soon be soaring!” (Miss Nance)
 

Meet the
       Senior Prefect Team
 

This week, the newly appointed Senior Prefect Team met with Mr Parker for lunch, to discuss the upcoming academic year and the challenges and experiences that come with being a Senior Prefect.
 
Mr Parker said: “Every year I ask the Senior Prefect Team to make sure they leave a legacy. This year the Head Boy and Girl and their deputies have set two challenges for themselves: to make sure every Year 7 settles into Penrice well and to try to raise more than £3000 for charity during the year. They seem to be a great team and are already planning events and meetings for next year.”
 
Pictured L-R around the table: Deputies Connor Bolt and Maddie Wood, Head Boy Jack Lawther, Head Girl Isabel May and Deputies Harriet Hickling and Tom Perry

 

Last week, Girl Guides from 6th St Austell and 1st Mevagissey Guides represented the school at the Royal Cornwall Show, as part of the Messenger Service.
 

The girls spent three long days working extremely hard and carried out a variety of responsible tasks including being ‘Show hosts’, collecting and delivering results, showing VIPs to their seats and running the flower crèche for the public.
 
Mrs Avery, Leader 1st Mevagissey Guides and Mum to Alice Avery in Year 9, said: “Over 1000 plants were taken in for safe keeping whilst the owners enjoyed the show and all were safely returned to the owners - despite some plants being large and prickly! The girls received many plaudits for their polite and efficient manner throughout all their duties.”
 
Pictured left to right:  Zoe Taylor (Year 10), Sophie Langan (Year 7), Daisy Devlin (Year 8), Chelsea Tinnion (Year 10), Alice Avery (Year 9), Sam Kendall (Year 10) and Marisa McCormack (Year 10). Not in the photo who participated are Evie Hicks (Year 8) and Holly Johnson (Year 7). Thank you to Mrs Avery for the picture.

 

Penrice Published!
Some of our talented writers will be published in a national anthology called Grim Tales in August, following being recognised by Young Writers Publishing for their hard work and commitment to creative writing. Miss Trerise, English Teacher, said: “It's a huge achievement for the Year 9s that have been successful. They deserve real recognition for entering the competition - they have really worked hard and it's paid off.”

 

Penrice School Production 2016

Next year, Penrice will be producing a performance of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night's Dream - a comedy full of action, costume and intrigue. We're looking to cast this before the beginning of the next school year, so that things are ready to kick off in September!
Students who are interested in auditioning can come along to the first meeting in the Drama Studio on Monday 15th June at 3pm, to discuss ideas and script with Mr Tew. Auditions will be held the following Monday, 22nd June.

 

eSafety Talk
 
Next Wednesday we will welcome national e-safety expert Peter Bower, to talk about how to ensure maximum safety for you and your child, when using the internet.
 
Do you have questions about websites and social media? Are you concerned about young people using the internet? Do you want to encourage and support your child being online, but what to know more?
 
Come along for a brief talk in the Hall, Wednesday 17th June, 6.30pm - 7.30pm, to find out about benefiting from the use of the internet, while keeping your child safe.

SEAL: I understand the way I think affects the way I feel, and that the way I feel can affect the way I think, and know that my thoughts and feelings influence my behaviour.

Diary Dates

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 
 
Pop Up Night
June 19th
The first of our popular outdoor themed feasts will feature Sangria and Paella, plus music from a Spanish guitarist. Tickets £12 to include a plate of food and one drink. There will be drinks for donations on the night or you can BYO.
 
Merlin’s Free Fall Fridays
Friday June 26, Perranporth Airfield
See the beauty of Cornwall from 15,000ft in a tandem parachute jump!
 
For more information please see Sarah, Lucy or Ruth in Fundraising Office or call 01726 885530

Children's Hospice South West 

 
Charity Open Garden
Saturday 13th June 10am to 5pm
Pencarn, Gonvena, Wadebridge, PL27 6DL
 
Supporting Children's Hospice South West. Pencarn is sited on a tree covered, south west facing hillside. The garden extends to approximately an acre and has Mediterranean theme. Admission: Adults -£3, Children - Free. Refreshments all day – light lunches, teas, cream teas and more courtesy of Piknix Dining. Take-away items (biscuits, etc) also available. Plant Sales. Dogs welcome on leads. Car parking in road or town car parks just 5 mins walk away. Space for up to 5 cars in courtyard - ideally for disabled drivers. www.pencarn.org.uk
 
CHSW St Austell Friends' Group Craft Fayre
Bethel Chapel, St Austell
Saturday 13th June 2 pm
 
Tables £5 (payable on booking/non-refundable). Cookery Competitions: Best 8" Pasty and Best 8" Victoria Sponge.  Plus Raffle & Stalls. Everyone welcome. For more info call Pearl Allen 01726 65461
 
'Donate it Day'
Monday 22nd June, 10.30am to 3.30 pm
Wall (between Carnhell Green & Reawla)
 
Have a Spring clear out and take your unwanted good quality items along to Wall Hall. Donations welcome of good quality clothes, toys, bric-a-brac and more. Collection can be arranged for large quantities or bulky items by calling 01726 871800

 A Question of Thought
Fun Quiz Night
Saturday 27th June, 9 pm
Holywell Bay, Newquay

 
£1 per person, no restriction on team numbers! Trophies for the Winners and a raffle on the night.
 

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Enjoy your weekend!
The Penrice Community


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