Principal’s Blog: Star Students

This week has been a phenomenal one for our students. There have been so many candidates for ‘Star Students’ that I don’t know where to start.

On Tuesday we welcomed seven primary schools from around St Austell to take part in a Skills Festival, ran by Miss Hocking. She has listed a number of Year 9 and 10s, who spent the morning leading, advising and inspiring these young students in a whole range of activities. It’s always a pleasure to see our students influencing younger children in every way. Read about it here.

On Wednesday we had Go Jute return following our competition before Christmas. They presented bags with winning designs to our students, so a big well done to the girls who created powerful images that will be seen, literally, around the world. Thank you to Gary Warren for not only providing a bag to everyone in our school, but for giving our students the opportunity to be so creative while thinking about environmental issues.

Also on Wednesday during Year 9 assembly Oliver Drew, Year 9 Academy Council rep, presented Make A Wish Foundation with a cheque following their fundraiser earlier in the term. Their effort was incredible, and I have no doubt this will make a huge difference – Sheri from Make a Wish was really touched.

You won’t have been able to escape the fact that this week was both BBC School Report and the school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I have to mention our Performing Arts team who have once again put on a show that won’t be forgotten in a hurry. You can read more about it here and see a whole load of pictures in the gallery and on Facebook.

Two different casts over two nights performed to hundreds of people – with one more to come tonight as I write this. I saw the performance on Wednesday and was absolutely bowled over. Shakespeare is not easy – but the acting and performances, the music, the production and the comedic timing was of star quality.

Yesterday was BBC School Report. 32 students planned, wrote, filmed, interviewed, researched and produced their very own news stories – and some even featured on two slots on BBC Radio Cornwall throughout the afternoon. Over half of our School Reporters are in Year 7 and their enthusiasm and confidence was unshakable. I must thank Matt Shepherd for once again returning as an industry expert to help lead the day. Well done to all of those who took part – it is an amazing thing to be a part of. You can read all their stories from the day here.

Another great week in Sport – Mr Jenkin’s Sports Report is on the way, but I’d like to mention the B and C teams who battled this week. Our sports students always give 100% and this week has been no different.

Year 7 Parents Evening was also this week. It may be a normal calendar event for schools around the world, but this night left a mark. The turnout, the feedback, the conversations – we could not have hoped for better. We’ve created another Parents Evening (Part Two) next week so please take this opportunity to come and see us.

Good luck to Madi Cole, our Future Chef. She’s off to London with Miss Andrews on Monday to take part in the final and represent her town, her school, her county and her region.

And to finish the week, a Gig in the Garden from Penrice Music, as if there wasn’t enough high spirts this week. And somehow Mr Jones managed to get the sun to join us!

Mr Baker, Principal