Newsletter
Friday 17th April 2015
Everyone Included | Everyone Challenged | Everyone Successful

Message from the Principal
 
It has been great this week to see students (and staff) looking refreshed and happy after a fantastic Easter break. Over the Easter holidays we had our snowboarding trip to Austria and I was relieved and pleased that they made it through the week with only minor injuries and enjoyed bountiful snow and good conditions. I had the pleasure at the end of last term of joining the Duke of Edinburgh Award group on Bodmin Moor and saw first hand the grit and determination it takes to carry a heavy pack in slashing rain and high winds when you have had a damp and uncomfortable night camping out; your feet hurt and your clothes are getting damper and damper – and they all seemed to really enjoy it. The group that have gone out today will have much better weather fortunately.

This term we are really focused on making sure Year 11 can achieve their best – but also starting the last three full terms with Year 10 before their examinations, now a scant year away too. As well as that this term we have the Wizard of Oz, our latest production and one which is taking shape in the rehearsals now. We are hosting the Cornwall School games which will see over 750 competitors descending on the academy for a day, there are a host of visits, field trips, the Ten Tors competition, a packed summer sports programme and ,at the end of the term, our activities week and Year 10 Work Experience. We also have a full term’s learning to get through.
Whatever this term brings, it will be action packed, busy and exciting.


(David Parker, Principal)

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“After 27 long hours in a coach crossing Europe, the snow-capped Austrian mountains came into view and the excitement started to build as the annual snowboarding trip finally arrived in the Austrian resort of Matrei. The weather was perfect, with a mixture of blue skies and sunshine with regular snow - which helped to cushion the regular falls. A proper winter wonderland! The students did amazingly well developing their snowboarding skills over the week and were a real credit to the Academy. A huge thank you to Mr Baker, Mrs Baker, Mr Tucker and Miss Trerise for making it happen." (Mr Banfield, English Teacher)
Year 9s Experience Worship with
The Five Senses
On Wednesday 15th April, the RS department welcomed speakers from Truro Cathedral, to help Year 9 students understand more about the different stages of worship. The lesson was part of a unit on religious and spiritual experience, focussing particularly on Christian services in the High Church, discussing how the five senses are used during worship in the Cathedral every day.

Truro Cathedral Education Officer, Kirsten Gordon, and Jake Barlow, an adult member of the Cathedral Choir, spoke about the Cathedral's history and importance today, as well as how worship takes place on a daily basis. The students were also treated to a short song verse by Jake, who dressed in the Choir’s robes to show the daily dedication of the choir’s members.

Mrs Brittain, RS Teacher, said: “It’s important for students to understand the religious history of their county and to have a deeper understanding of spiritual aspects of Christianity.  The visitors brought Christian worship to life through role play, dressing in vestments and using relevant artefacts and video technology to set off short clips about aspects of life at Truro Cathedral.  It is an interactive and kinaesthetic way of learning that appeals to many students.”

Pictured (above): Finn Corney (Priest) Casey Coyte, Finn Pearce and Jasmine Strickland
Pictured (below): Jake from Truro Cathedral Choir sings for the class
Embracing the Cornish language with Young Enterprise

Before the Easter break, the Young Enterprise team attended the Saturday Spring Fair in Falmouth, with the aim of selling products they had created at school. Year 11s Sam Arnold-Parra, Louis Lob, Stephen Bartlett, Ellie Taylor and Lewis Jackson, aka Strive Cornwall, sold plaques with phrases written in the Cornish language, made by using the laser cutter and other equipment in school. This was the second Young Enterprise project the team has taken on, following the hugely successful Christmas Fair.

Ellie Taylor, Managing Director of Strive, said: “We liked the idea of the Cornish theme. It’s a way of educating people of Cornish language and heritage. We initially thought of making personalised gifts but it seemed a bit specific, so this way the product can appeal to tourists too. It’s been a really interesting experience and so helpful for the future, whatever we do.”

The team, which also included Stephanie-Grace Hill, Megan Garrett, Aimee Rickson, Emma Bull and Jack Farley, sold ‘shares’ to family and friends, in order to raise money for materials and generate business.

Mr Adams said: “The Penrice team were fantastic as always. It was great to see the progression they have made - particularly in terms of their confidence and sales skills in talking to members of the public. I have left it to the team to calculate the finances, but it looks like a profit of over £30 has been made.”

Pictured: Sam, Louis Lob, Stephen, Ellie and Lewis
You've Got a Friend in Me:
Year 7 Videographers Set to Work on the

Transition Video
A huge well done to our talented Year 7 council for their work on the Transition Video this week. They spent all of Thursday planning footage, interviewing staff and students, filming and brainstorming an incredible range of ideas to help show the Year 6s what they love about Penrice Academy. Their enthusiasm and confidence was truly inspiring. Watch this space!
Penrice Showjumping
Last term, the Showjumping Team at Penrice was rewarded for all of their hard work and fantastic success so far this year, with stylised saddle cloths for the next competition season. “The girls - Millie Juleff, Melissa Hull,
Emily Powell and Jasmine Sleeman  and Christiana Dean (pictured above) have worked really hard training their ponies and committing weekends to competing!” (Miss Trerise)

Jasmine in Year 7 sent us a picture this week (below) of her competing recently at Bicton Arena. She competed against over 80 riders and came 16th! Well done Jasmine.


Summer Term Sports Clubs
The following clubs are currently active for all year groups; there are plenty of opportunities available to all students of all abilities.

Monday - Cricket - 3:15pm until 4:45pm
Monday - Rounders - 3:15pm until 4:45pm
Tuesday - Athletics  - 3:15pm until 4:45pm
Tuesday - Kayak/Canoe Club - 3:30 until 4:30pm
Thursday - Fitness Club - 7:45am until 8:15am
Friday - Cricket - 3:15pm until 4:45pm
Friday - Rounders - 3:15pm until 4:45pm

The Year 8s are playing Football in their cup semi-final at home against Wadebridge on Monday, should anyone wish to attend the game it is due to kick off at 4pm on the fields.

Also next week our summer programme of fixtures starts on Wednesday, athletes froms Year 7 and 9 are competing at Par in the first Athletics meet of the season. On Thursday our first Cricket fixtures of the season are scheduled with the Years 7 and 9 teams travelling to Penair and the 8s and 10s playing the same opponents here.

There is currently Duke of Edinburgh training taking place both today and into the weekend where various Year 10s and 11s are completing expedition training.

 
Good luck to our resident Year 8 footballer, Charlotte Whitmore. She has been selected to travel to Oxfordshire on Tuesday 21st April to represent Cornwall Schools Girls U14s! Charlotte she’s been playing since the age of 6 and is loving the opportunity to pursue her passion: “I’m really excited for what’s to come and I always look forward to the big games!"
 
Art Trip to Falmouth University

On Wednesday 18th April, Art students from Year 9 attended a workshop day held by Falmouth University graphics department at the woodland campus. Penrice students and some students from Bodmin College took part in an Introduction to Media and Graphics, which included a short presentation of the media and graphics courses at Falmouth and a tour of the facilities.

They then had the rest of the day to produce their own booklets to create narrative using simple graphics. A combination of lines, simple shapes and various lettering was used as well as some hand illustrated aspects to represent the story of Little Red Riding Hood. They were given some templates but had the creative freedom to design their own typography book.

Penrice Art Trainee, Miss Shapely, said: “The students loved the day. It was lovely for them to experience the university and an area they are interested in. Some first year students were present to help with the day and tell them about the vast courses available.”

Congratulations to Casey, who won an award for one of the best booklets made during the day, and received a graphics book as
a prize.

SEAL: I can express my emotions clearly and openly to others in ways appropriate to situations

Diary Dates
 
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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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.
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Enjoy your weekend!
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