Principal’s Blog: Recognising Success

It’s been another phenomenal week for Penrice and our students – one in which we’ve really celebrated achievements.

The week started with news of Ten Tors 2016 – our Team of Jack Hoskin, Bella Nash, Brett Barnes, Aron Snell, Niall Blackbeard, Josh Barden Waters and reserve Josh Eycott-Marton had completed this year’s challenge, placing 3rd out of 16 teams on their route. This is an unbelievable achievement. I’d like to say thank you to Mr de Villiers and the staff for their commitment and to the students for their determination.

On Monday, our five representatives from last year’s Mock Election headed to London to represent their constituency, their county and their school. They toured Parliament, they saw Chambers in action and they even quizzed local MPs on their views on the EU – right in the heart of Westminster. This trip was a reward for the hard work they put in to last year’s Penrice Election event and they truly deserved it.

We’re holding a Mock Referendum next month to continue the buzz of politics around the school and we are talking to the students as much as we can about these issues and the impact the decisions will have on their futures.

On Tuesday and Wednesday we held our Awards Evenings for students who are excelling in areas of school life. It’s important these students and their parents remember that they are chosen out of 270 students, by over 100 members of staff, based on real ability, enthusiasm and talent. These are really special events here at Penrice that we hope inspire students to realise their potential in particular areas – be it in academic or creative subjects, in sport or in things like politics or Ten Tors – and to pursue them with passion and enjoyment. It’s also lovely to see so many parents and carers showing support.

This week I’ve been working with Wadebrigde and Treviglas schools on the OfSTED agenda. Later in the year we will be hosting a member of staff from one of the schools in our Science Department, with one of our staff spending the same time teaching in another school. A great opportunity to share ideas and skills.

I am also delighted to announce that we’re working closely with the Eden Project and the BBC over the next couple of weeks to have over 200 students from Years 7 and 8 involved in BBC Music Day. Another brilliant opportunity for our students.

Richard Baker, Principal