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Friday 13th March 2015
Everyone Included | Everyone Challenged | Everyone Successful


Message from the Principal

We enter the final two weeks of what has been an action packed term. This week we have been particularly proud of the Year 8s competing in the Mock Trials against much older competition (and doing really well) and the amazing success of our sports teams who are getting through to County and Regional competitions. Our students have worked very hard this term and will deserve their Easter break. Year 11 will have a range of revision and catch up classes over Easter. Their break comes at the end of the examinations!
(David Parker, Principal)

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           Year 10s fight fire with
The Phoenix Project 
 
This month, ten Year 10 students were handpicked to participate in the Princess Trust Phoenix Project, run by St Austell Fire Station, with the aim of building self-confidence and community spirit.
 
Carlos Whittle, George Bolt, Bethan Paige, Daisy Snelgrove-Chandler, Tia Mellor, Chelsi Gale, Liam, Westpfel, Lewis Hambly, Ashley Skinner and Lewis Macdonald spent the week at St Austell Fire Station with the Fire Service’s Charlie Philpott, who runs the Phoenix Project in St Austell.

The Phoenix Project, which has been going since 2002, is a leading deliverer of community engagement in Cornwall.  It utilises the Fire Service to achieve positive goals, working on raising aspirations, improving teamwork and communication and motivating students to achieve their full potential. The first meeting began with an opportunity to discuss hobbies and interests, what they’re good at, things they can work better at and what they plan for the future.

Charlie called it an ‘investment’ for the school and for the students. He said: “This project is 20% care and guidance from us, but 80% effort from the students. What we do is aim to fill their toolbox for the future.”

The week at the fire station saw the students engaging in sessions in health and safety and first aid, learning about the fire service, problem solving in teams and practicing real-life scenarios, in order to develop transferrable skills to take back to school. It ended with a ‘Passing out Parade’, where the students showed family and friends the drills and skills they had learned during the week. Deputy Mayor of St Austell, Brian Palmer, then presented the students with certificates and spoke of how impressed he was, calling it ‘the best example of a drill he has seen yet.’

Pictured: Performing first aid at the scene (above), Charlie inspects the line-up (below top left) Carlos during the drill (below top right) Lewis receives his certificate from the Deputy Mayor (below left) and simulating a fire scenario (below right)
Charlie said at the parade: “To achieve what they have done in such a short space of time is incredible, they are a credit to the school, their families and themselves.”

Richard Cardigan, Assistant Principal at Penrice, said: “It is been an absolutely outstanding week developing our students with their leadership skills and raising their aspirations. They should be very proud of themselves.”

The project includes further mentoring for the students over the coming weeks, to check on progress and ensure those incredible skills they have developed continue to be used.
Careers Week
Computer Science
For Careers Week, Year 9 Computer Scientists investigated their own strengths and weaknesses, skills and their knowledge to determine which jobs they are best suited to. They then investigated top figures in the world of Computer Science, creating research documents to support their findings. They also took part a LIVE Computer Science Lesson broadcast by the BBC across the country on Friday 13th March (below left) as part of British Science Week. Hosted by Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo, this lesson was designed to get students thinking creatively with code and engaging with some of the fundamental concepts from the UK's Computer Science curriculums.

Art
Year 9 Art and Design students went to a Glass Workshop at Cornwall College, where they learnt what can be made from recycled glass and using glass crystals. The students spent the day making their own glass coasters, out of glass crystals, where their designs were based on natural forms. Mrs Elliot, Art Teacher, said: “It was a great opportunity for our students to visit Cornwall College, meet and work with one of the art tutors there, have a look around their Art Department and experience some of the facilities they have to offer.” 

Pictured below right: Emma working on her glass coaster

SPORTS NEWS
Pictured: The Year 9  Football Team beat Truro School 4-1 on a foggy Wednesday

Netball
On Friday 6th March, our Year 8 Netball team truly did us proud. It was our aim to finish first in our section which would result in us going into the finals of the following section - and we did. The girls played some amazing Netball and won all of their games (16-0, 8-0 and 7-2) So it was a case of bring on the "Big Guns": Truro High, Penair, Truro School and Richard Lander (County Champs).

Final Scores:
Truro High 6 - 5 Penrice
Penair 5 - 5 Penrice
Truro School 6 - 3 Penrice
Richard Lander 8 - 1 Penrice

The girls totally deserved to be part of this section and were not outclassed in anyway shape or form.  Three out of the four games could have easily gone either way!  Our girls impressed a number of schools on the day and I for one am totally proud of their achievements. Bring on next year! (Mrs Razzell, Coach)

County Netball Tournament
On Thursday 12th March, the Year 7 girls finished an incredible 3rd out of 22 teams at the County Netball Tournament!

First round results:
- Redruth: Won 9-4
- Wadebridge: Won 7-1
- Richard Lander: Won 4-3
 
Second round results:
- Truro School: Lost 12-1
- Humphrey Davy: Won 3-0
- Penair: Drew 2-2
- Falmouth: Won 6-3
 
An excellent result which the girls have worked really hard to achieve (Miss Fisher, Coach)

Football
Wednesday 11th March saw some fixtures in the fog against Truro School

- Year 7 lost 3-1
- Year 8 won 3-2
- Year 9 won 4-1
- Year 10 drew 0-0

Next week boys football have home fixtures against Poltair and Brannel, as well as the Year 7s and Year 8s upcoming cup semi finals.
A dozen Year 8 students ended up at Bodmin Magistrates' Court on Monday- but it was a good outcome for all as the group participated in a 'mock trial' organised by the Citizenship Foundation, taking on various legal roles in a case regarding a stolen mobile phone and threatening behaviour. “We were very proud of our students, who performed admirably against strong and older opposition. It was a true learning experience, with some outstanding performances. Having just celebrated Careers Week, it was interesting how many students expressed a wish to learn more about the workings of the legal system and would consider studying towards a career within this. They are also very keen to take part next year.” (Mr Larham and Mrs Kiernan)
 
Students from left to right (back row): Katherine Lee; Ruby Rowe; Georgie Soper; George Hutchinson; Liam Hayes; Rhyanna Friday; Rebecca Gregory (front row): Jay Manning; Tess Mounsey; Morgan Squire; Joseph Barker; Todd Jones
SEAL Objective
I know and accept what I am feeling, and can label my feelings.
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Diary Dates

Saturday 14th March (10.00-12.00)
Information Event - Duchy College (Stoke Climsland and Rosewarne)


Monday 16th March
Celebration Assemblies this week
 
Wednesday 18th March
Year 11 Parents Evening


Friday 20th March
EXPRESS YOURSELF 2015: Drama, Music and Dance Showcase
(Doors open 6.30pm)


Saturday 21st March
Information Event - Cornwall College (Camborne/Saltash/St Austell/Newquay)
and Falmouth Marine School


Wednesday 25th March
Year 9 target Review Day
 
Thursday 26th March
Year 11 Awards Evening
(Reshreshments 5.30-6.00pm.  Awards 6.00-7.00pm)
  
Friday 27th March
END OF SPRING TERM  
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Children's Hospice South West


Wednesday 18th March 10.30am to 12.00pm
RESTRONGUET POINT, FEOCK
Coffee Morning

Teag Eth, Restronguet Point, Feock, Truro. TR3 6RB.
Cake Sale & Raffle. Admission £5 includes Coffee & Scones.
For further details call: 07816 048332
 
Thursday 19th March 7.30pm
FALMOUTH HOTEL
Charity Quiz Night

Quiz Master - Rod Allday.  Teams of 4 - £16. Pre-registration of teams essential
Contact 01326 374698 or email budockwater@yahoo.co.uk for a booking form.
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Mon - Thurs 8.00am until 4.00pm
Fri 8.00am - 3.00pm
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Enjoy your weekend!
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