Newsletter
Friday 20th March 2015
Everyone Included | Everyone Challenged | Everyone Successful

Message from the Principal
 
It has been another action packed week at Penrice and the pace will continue right up to the end of term. We are planning next term's activities now - including bringing back end of year examinations for most year groups as we prepare our students for the new style GCSEs which are more like the old O levels. Thank you for your support in making sure our students cross roads safely - it has had a big impact. May I now request that parents who are parking in Penrice Parc when picking up their children use Charlestown Road instead. The residents in Penrice Parc are very unhappy with the road and drive blocking that occurs in the afternoon. 

(David Parker, Principal)

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           A 'record number' visit for
Maths Olympics Day 
 
On Friday 13th March, Penrice held its fourth Year 6 Maths Olympics' Day with a record number of seven local primary schools participating. In total 12 teams were entered, with 47 Year 6 pupils tackling a variety of events to test their maths skills and team work. The teams from  Bishop Bronscombe, Luxuylan, Pondhu, Carclaze, Mevagissey, St Mewan and Treverbyn were judged on their efforts and participation in three events:
 
Round 1: Greek Plate Design
Round 2: Practical Team Challenges
Round 2: Team Relay Race
 
Mrs Johns, Teacher of Mathematics, said: “This is a day I look forward to every year and this year truly exceeded my expectations. It was lovely seeing all the different primary schools working together on the challenging activities.”
 
Thirteen Year 10 students were also on hand throughout the day to give advice and ensure the day’s success: Rhy Johns, Alex Pearce, Charlotte Breee, Freddie Harrison, April Talbot, Isabel May, Teri Trevains, Abi Semmens, Flo Strookman, Jess Satterwaite, Emma Blandford, Alice Bonds, Kate Jenkins, Jay Fenn and Ellie Chiswell. 
 
Mrs Johns continued: “I was so proud of our Year 10s; they ensured all the visiting Year 6 pupils were made to feel welcome and motivated them to achieve. So a massive thank you for all your hard work!”
 
Congratulations goes to Pondhu Primary School, winners of Maths Olympics' 2015!
 
Pictured: Pupils from Carclaze Community Primary School work on the Greek Plate challenge (above), Pondhu working as a team (below left), Rhys helping Bishop Bronscombe with problem solving (below right) and big smiles and certificates for a group photo (below).
Year 10 Historians
Explore Pendennis Castle
On Wednesday 18th March, 60 Year 10 historians travelled to Falmouth to study Pendennis Castle and the stunning Fal Estuary, as part of their controlled assessments. The assessments were based on exploring how history has moulded a site of local historical interest, with students looking at the history of the castle from its birth to what it represents today. “The students enjoyed learning about Pendennis' tremulous past; from Tudor stronghold to its role in World War Two guarding Falmouth's precious docks during the Battle of the Atlantic. We all greatly appreciated the impromptus tour of the docks that Topper, from King Harry Ferries, gave the group on learning the purpose of our visit.” (Miss Oldrieve, History teacher)
Pendennis played an important strategic role in defending Falmouth Docks – the 3rd deepest natural harbour in the world - during the Second World War.

Pictured: The students approach Little Dennis (above), Ellie, Ellie, Molly and Chloe in the Castle (below left) perfect weather for exploring (below right).
History Workshops

On Tuesday 17th March, Dr Catriona Pennell, Senior Lecturer at University of Exeter, led the second round of workshops with Year 10 historians looking into the First World War. Six undergraduates worked with students on a variety of tasks, from discussing the shape of the world in 1914 to international relations in the years following. The university students will now be assessed on how well they communicated the information to Penrice Students.
 
Pictured: Charles from University of Exeter working with Charlotte, Toby, Jay, Caitlin and Patrick

SPORTS NEWS
Sevens County Champions!

A fantastic week for the PE faculty this week as the sportsmen and sportswomen of the Academy won their second county championship of the last 12 months, adding the U15 Rugby Sevens title to the U12 County Football title won last May. The boys won a pulsating final against Truro School with Fraser Nottle (10JO) scoring and converting with the last play of the match to win the title. A fantastic achievement and reflection of the hard work that has been put in by the rugby boys.
 
Boys Rugby 
Year 10 – Penrice are Sevens County Champions!
Score in the Final: Penrice 22-19 Truro School
George Bolt (10PJ) was voted player of the tournament by members of staff from the host school Redruth.
 
Girls Netball
Year 7 - Penrice A 11-23 Truro A (Most valuable player (MVP) - Rachel Biggs 7TP)
Year 7 - Penrice B 8-14 Truro B (MVP - Imogen Phillips 7EM)
Year 8 - Penrice A 9-19 Truro A (MVP - Danni Rouget 8DO)
Year 8 - Penrice B 5-12 Truro B (MVP - Tess Mounsey 8DO)
Year 10 - Penrice 54-14 Truro School (MVP - Leah Dooner 9RK)
 
Boys Football
Year 7 - Penrice 1-2 Brannel (MVP - Jack Pomeroy 7EM)
Year 8 - Penrice 4-0 Brannel (MVP - Archie Kelvin 8MA)
Year 9 - Penrice 5-4 Poltair (MVP - Jordan Roberton 9AJ)
Year 10 - Penrice 4-2 Brannel (MVP - Rory Dixon 10PJ)
 
Boys Cricket
Semi-finalists in the County Indoor Competition at Truro College.
The boys beat Richard Lander, Wadebridge and Camborne on route to the semi-final, before losing to Truro School by 12 runs.
 
Next week the Year 8 Rugby Sevens team travel to Penair for their County Sevens tournament and on Wednesday the netballers are at home to Wadebridge. On Thursday, boys football is at home to Newquay Tretherras with all age groups playing.Also on Thursday the Year 10 cricketers are off to their County indoor tournament at Truro College.

Pictured: Huey setting up a corner during the Year 8's 4-0 win (below)
Spanish Theatre

On Thursday 19th March, Penrice welcomed a Spanish Theatre Company, following the success of January’s French Theatre in the Hall. “Today’s Spanish Theatre was fantastic – the story was relevant and funny, and the students really understood what was going on and they could relate to the story too. Well done to Margarida, Jack and Bethany for getting involved – they loved getting on stage!” (Miss Oddy, Language Teacher)
 
Pictured: Bethany, Margarida and Jack practiced their Spanish live on stage
 
The Penrice Blazer
The Penrice blazer was introduced in September last year for Year 7 students. As you know, this was at the request of students and our Year 7s have been widely praised for how smart they look. With the exception of those currently in Year 10, all students will be required to wear blazers from September 2015. The jumper will become an optional item, but students may wear both the jumper and blazer if they wish. Cornwall Screenprint hold a stock of our blazers in the full size range. So, if you are considering buying new uniform before the summer, buying the blazer now would mean that your child would be able to start wearing it now. We would suggest that you buy a size slightly bigger than required so that it lasts longer!

Pictured: Imogen and Elliot model their school blazers
Charlotte Whitmore in Year 8 is excelling in girls’ football, following being selected for part of a 20 player representative squad for Cornwall Schools Girls U14’s. She plays on the wing for Charlestown Girls and Boys, Cornwall under 14s and attends Cornwall FA’S South West Centre of Excellence in Taunton where she receives high level coaching.

“Charlotte is doing phenomenally well considering she is only in Year 8. Her talent and passion for football has really placed her above many in her age group, and she is a natural when it comes to Football. She also has great technical knowledge and ability, and often helps to lead lessons and share her experiences with the other girls.”
(Mrs Scott-Hammond, PE Teacher)
SEAL Objective
I know and accept what I am feeling, and can label my feelings.
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Diary Dates

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.

 
Thursday 26th March 10am to 12pm
HOLMBUSH INN, ST AUSTELL
CHSW St Austell Friends' Group invite you to an Easter Coffee Morning for Children's Hospice South West

Raffle & £1 stall plus Easter Bonnet Competition.
 
Thursday 26th March 7.30pm
THE ACORN, PENZANCE
Charity Concert in aid of Children's Hospice South West

featuring The Blazing Heart Chorus, Tom Dale, Campion (Bluegrass, Country & Blues Music)
Plus a Raffle.  Tickets £5 in advance available from The Dog & Rabbit Cafe, St Just & The Honey Pot, Penzance or £6 on the door.
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Core Opening Times:
Mon - Thurs 8.00am until 4.00pm
Fri 8.00am - 3.00pm
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Enjoy your weekend!
The Penrice Community


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