Newsletter
Friday 27th March 2015
Everyone Included | Everyone Challenged | Everyone Successful

Message from the Principal
 
It’s the end of the Spring Term and we are now more than two thirds of the way through the school year, with just 65 days in school left before the summer holidays and a lot of work to be done yet. This has been another busy week with the Awards Evening for Year 11 last night, sport, fundraising (students choose which charities they want to support – this was an epilepsy charity) and with one tutor group (10VH)  in particular making a huge contribution to the CHICKS Easter egg appeal.

On behalf of all at Penrice, I wish you a Happy Easter.

(David Parker, Principal)

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Students make the news with
BBC School Report
 
On Thursday 19th March, students from Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 at Penrice took part in BBC School Report, a nationwide school initiative that gives them the opportunity to experience journalism and media for a day. In its ninth year, over 1000 schools from all over the country took part.

The 15 students spent the day planning, writing, editing and submitting news stories, covering issues that mattered to them. Topics ranged from marriage equality and depression, to road safety, animal welfare and local football success. They worked incredibly hard throughout the day, tackling issues with technology and organising interviews with the public. In the morning, older students Connor, Chloe and Annie interviewed Mr Parker on the issue of gay marriage, while Year 7s Kordelia, Lily and Conor contacted local vets to find out how attitudes towards animal cruelty have changed.

Mr Pickles, English Teacher, said: “The pupils taking part in BBC School Report were fantastic. They gave up their time to attend meetings before the day and worked hard to overcome difficulties. The reports that were produced showed flair, imagination and a keen interest in issues that affect young people and our communities. I'm so pleased that they grasped this opportunity with such enthusiasm; they were a credit to the school and, hopefully, thoroughly enjoyed the day!”

Pictured: Mr Pickles discusses the days events with the school reporters

You can read the students’ work on our website.
http://www.penrice.org.uk/index.php/news/189-bbc-school-report
This week was the Annual Year 11 Awards Ceremony, where students who have excelled in specific subjects are awarded for all their hard work, as their time at Penrice comes to a close. The evening's Guest Speaker was Mrs Jane Black, who was once Deputy Head at the school. 

 "It is important that you always do your best. But it's just as important that you enjoy every second of everything you do." (Mrs Black)

Congratulations to you all, and thank you to everyone who made the evening possible.
Last week was British Science Week, which saw the Science Department running a range of exciting activities for all year groups, including a poster competition, Marine Biology in Plymouth, a science quiz, a live online genetic research session, making rockets and egg timers and viewing the natural wonder of the eclipse on Friday.
 
Marine Biologist for a Day

On Monday 16th March, 11 students attended a Marine Biologist for a Day experience at the Marine Biological Association in Plymouth, to kick start Science Week. Students considering a career in Marine Science were able to take a tour of a working Marine Lab, meet Scientists, participate in CSI Plymouth, learn about caring for and breeding marine animals and explore the amazing world of plankton. “It was a great experience for all involved and will allow them to consider what working in Marine science involves – it’s not all whales and dolphins! A massive well done to our future Marine Scientists.” (Miss Loddington, Science Teacher)

Making Egg Timers
Some students embraced their creative skills for Science Week – by constructing egg timers. The aim of the challenge was to use their imagination, creativity and scientific understanding to invent an egg timer that would last exactly 60 seconds. "They had a range of resources at their disposal and needed to use trial an error to fine tune their invention. The mix of creativity, imagination and challenge created an atmosphere of engagement and suspense as they tested their final creations.” (Mr Gilbert, Science Teacher)

Pictured: Ben tests his egg timer (below left)

Penrice and the Eclipse
On Friday 20th March the UK was treated to a solar spectacle – a total eclipse of sun. The day of the eclipse coincided beautifully with the end of Science Week at Penrice and, following advice from the Roseland Observatory, the Science Department suggested several ways to safely view the eclipse; from pinhole cameras to colanders! “The whole school came together to view the phenomenon and the atmosphere was fantastic - all pupils were brilliantly behaved and a credit to us.  Mr O’Brien and the IT team also managed to rig up a projector to show the eclipse occurring on the side of the science block!” (Miss Chandler, Science Teacher)

Pictured: Melissa and Eleanor with their eclipse viewing equipment (below right)
Pictured: Mr Rogers rigs up the projector (below)
SPORTS NEWS
Tennis Leadership
On Thursday 26th March, some of our sports stars were selected to be trained as 'Tennis Leaders' in preparation for the upcoming Cornwall School Games. This was an amazing opportunity for the girls to develop their leadership skills, and will also be beneficial with the practical element of their GCSE PE qualification.  

Results

Another busy week to end the term with various sports, fixtures and competitions taking place.
 
Last night the Boys Football season concluded with a mixed set of results against Newquay Tretherras.  The outstanding age group was Year 7, who had 39 students spread across three teams representing the Academy. The season finishes with every year group having played at least 12 matches, the majority of which were victories. There is still more football to play after Easter, as the Year 7 and Year 8 teams have home cup semi-finals against as yet unspecified opponents.
 
On Tuesday the Year 8 Boys Rugby Sevens team could not quite emulate their Year 10 counterparts by winning the tournament but finished as quarterfinalists. The boys played admirably during the day producing some excellent Sevens Rugby with Kit May one of the star performers.

On Wednesday two Year 7 Girls Hockey teams participated in fixtures against Wadebridge with the results both being positive and some excellent hockey being played.
 
The Year 10 cricket team were semi-finalists in their County Indoor tournament at Truro College on Thursday. They beat County Champions Callington and Camborne before losing to Truro School by 4 runs. Outstanding performers were Rory Dixon and Archie Connolly. In other cricket news, Alex Bone recorded a score of 68 for Cornwall Under 15s in their second match on their tour of the West Indies.

Finally this week all pupils have been back in their respective "beach teams", taking part in their end of term tournaments in Football and Hockey following the Rugby and Netball in the Autumn Term. These tournaments are all building towards Sports Day in the summer. A full programme of results for pupils will be available from Mr Brown after the Easter holidays.

Boys Football
7A - Penrice 2-2 Tretherras (MVP - Ewan Knight 7EG)
7B - Penrice 3-1 Tretherras (MVP - Jake Shillaber 7GP)
7C - Penrice 5-2 Tretherras (MVP - Cody Turner 7VM)
Y9 - Penrice 2-4 Tretherras (MVP - Bailey Smith 9AM)
Y10 - Penrice 1-3 Tretherras (MVP - Liam Gennis 10PJ)

Year 8 Boys Rugby Sevens County Tournament

Group Matches
Penrice 43-7 Camborne
Penrice 12-24 Mounts Bay
Penrice 29-14 Fowey
 
Play Offs for Final
Penrice 19-19 Mounts Bay
Penrice 29-14 Penryn
Penrice MVP - Kit May (8DO)
 
Year 7 Girls Hockey
7B - Penrice 7-5 Wadebridge (MVP - Loren Ratcliffe 7JT)
7C - Penrice 10-5 Wadebridge (MVP - Ruby Brooks 7VM)
 
The summer term sees the start of the Athletics season. The first meet of the year is at Par on the first Wednesday back for Years 8 and 10. Also starting will be Cricket, Rounders and Netball will continue for the girls.

Pictured: Year 9 Football MVP, Bailey Smith (below)
Donating Easter Eggs for the
CHICKS Appeal
 
This month we’ve been supporting the CHICKs Easter Egg appeal, and as always we’ve seen a wonderful effort from our students. More than 70 eggs have been donated by the school community, and will be collected during half term.

CHICKS provide week long respite breaks for disadvantaged children from across the UK and a variety of backgrounds, who would not otherwise have a break in that year.

Pictured above are 10VH with their superb donation. “10VH are an incredibly generous bunch and always have been. We have a 'slummy' jar that the students donate to and this term seemed the perfect time to donate to CHICKS just before Easter. We are able to donate 27 Easter eggs to the cause - well done them.” (Mrs Hadida, 10VH Tutor)

Pictured below are Jasmine, Phoebe, Alisha, Bradley and Ewan from 8AH, with Year 11 Prefect James, Mr Buse and their donated chocolate eggs. Thank you to everyone who donated to this great cause – you can read more about it on their website: http://www.chicks.org.uk/
Bon Voyage, Val

This week we said farewell to Mrs Val Hadida, our wonderful French teacher who, after 20 years at Penrice and a long and distinguished career in teaching, is going to retire to France in time for the spring flowers and early summer weather. She is not only a remarkable form tutor and language teacher, but she’s also widely popular with staff, students and the wider school community. She will be missed and students past and present will wish her all the best for her new adventure in France.
 
Fundraising for Epilepsy

Emily, Emma, Maddi and Ellie from Year 9 were inspired to raise money for The Epilepsy Society through a cake sale, as Maddi's younger brother suffers with epilepsy. “It is great to see a group of students taking an idea to raise awareness of a charity, and plan and organise a cake sale to raise money for the cause.  These girls have done a fantastic job and have raised £68.40.” (Mr Thomas, Head of Year 9)

Read more: https://www.epilepsy.org.uk/purple
 
Express Yourself

On Friday 20th March, the Penrice community was treated to the Express Yourself Performing Arts Showcase – a night of Dance, Music and Drama all performed by our talented students. 

The audience, sat in cabaret style seating to create ambiance, were bowled over by the sheer variety and quality of the acts. Well done and thank you to everyone involved.
 
Wizard of Oz Competition Winner

Congratulations to Bailey in Year 11 – her design has been chosen as the winner for The Wizard of Oz poster, flyer and ticket competition! Watch out for more news and pictures from rehearsals for this year’s play over the coming weeks.
Diary Dates

Monday 13th April
Start of summer Term
 
Tuesday 21st April
Year 9 Parents Evening
 
Wednesday 29th April
Year 7 & 8 Awards Evening
 
Thursday 30th April
Year 9 & 10 awards Evening
 
Friday 8th May
Year 11 Final Assembly
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Children's Hospice South West


Roche Satellite is changing their opening time and is now open
Monday and Fridays 12pm-2pm.

The foodbank in St Austell will be open for normal hours Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 1pm-3pm, but will be closed in St Austell and Roche for Good Friday and Easter Bank Holiday Monday.
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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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