We Launch Penrice Plus! On Thursday 29th September, over 500 students at Penrice Academy stayed behind after school for a whole range of extra-curricular clubs, from learning ukulele and mastering origami, debating important issues and planning how to improve the gardens of the school, to taking to the gym, sports hall and the fields for all kinds of sport with their friends. Our Student Media Team, also part of Penrice Plus, spent the hour visiting as many clubs as they could to find out more. Ethan from Year 9, who has also taken part in BBC School Report with Penrice, said: “I think it’s been excellent. It’s great to be able to see all the different clubs and activities and to talk to the teachers and students, to find out what’s so great about the clubs.” Mr Hopkins, who led Origami in a near full classroom, told our Media Team: “I find origami fun and challenging but also relaxing, and it looks like everyone agrees!” Other creative clubs, including Italian Cookery, spent this first week researching for future culinary creations. Gymnastics with Mrs Hole and Miss Cox was, as it was last year, full to the brim with young gymnasts. Mrs Hole said: “This has always been a really popular club but today it is more than ever!” In the Music Department, electric guitars, pianos and drums rang out as part of the beginnings of School of Rock with Mr Watson. Mr Tew, who has organised Penrice Plus, said: “This has been a great success! Penrice Plus is the perfect opportunity for our students to learn outside the classroom, learn new skills, get to know their teachers and help develop in confidence. And it’s only going to get better!” Our comments from students included: “It’s been brilliant!” “Really fun!” “I love meeting new people.” Thanks to our Student Media Team, Ethan and Adam from Year 9 and Sam from Year 7, for taking some great pictures and finding out more about the first week of Penrice Plus. In the coming weeks they’ll be visiting more clubs and hope to put together a promotional video to show future students. Watch out for more next week.