Friday 24th April 2015
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Penrice Students Lead
Election Hustings!
Local Candidates Grilled by Students in Panel Event

On Thursday 23rd April, Penrice Academy invited parliamentary candidates for Saint Austell and Newquay, to take part in a panel event in front of an audience of over 70 students.
Following a tour of the school by student representatives for each party, the Conservative, Labour, Green, Lib Dem and Mebyon Kernow candidates took turns explaining their party’s policies and addressing questions such as their plans for NHS in Cornwall, and what each party can do for the good of the students at the school.
David Parker, Principal, told the students: “You have had an opportunity I wish I had had when I was your age. One of these people will be your next MP, and you have sat in a room with them and you have questioned them – an opportunity which is very precious. You have been brilliant.”
The visit forms part of Penrice’s Mock Election, which is in full swing, and will see the school’s party representatives talking in assemblies to different year groups about what they have learnt during the hustings. A mock vote will then take place on May 7th, to find out which party had the biggest impact on the students.

Mrs Stevens, who is leading organisation of the election events alongside Mr Johnson, said: “It’s so important that that our students understand how this election process works, how they, as young adults, can change and influence what really goes on. I hope our students will be positively influenced over the coming weeks through meeting Parliamentary Candidates, Counsellors and having the opportunity to influence our community here at Penrice. We’ve heard from parents that many have been discussing politics over breakfast – which is fantastic!”

Pictured: UKIP deputy party representative Freddie Dunn in the audience
Meet your political party representatives!

L-R: Owen Thomas (Lib Dem), Connor Bolt (Mebyon Kernow), Ryan Taylor (Green Party), Daisy Devlin (Conservatives), Bella Taylor (Labour), Kordelia Majer (UKIP)

They will be speaking to students across the school next week, sharing what they learnt at yesterday's hustings and thinking about what issues affect students at Penrice. All students will then get the chance to vote in the Mock Election on Thursday May 7th.


Pictured: Students listen to Dick Cole, Mebyon Kernow, at the hustings in the Drama Studio (above left), Mr Johnson leads the discussion (above right) and students question the candidates in The Core (below left and right)

"It was a privilege to meet them!"

Nikita Jenkins from Year 11, who put a question to Conservative Candidate Steve Double (pictured) regarding improvement of accountability in the healthcare system, said: “The event was compelling – it’s given me an enriched perspective of each party's prospects and I was able to ask the candidates a question that I personally feel is a real issue. I feel I have gained a higher knowledge of political issues within my local area and it was a privilege to be able to meet the candidates and hear from them about what their party stands for.”


As May 7th fast approaches, the representatives for each party have already begun to feedback to other students – starting this morning with Year 11! Mr Sutcliffe, Head of Year 11, said in assembly: “It is a difficult thing for Year 7 and 8s to stand in front of the older years and talk about politics – they have done an excellent job!”

Pictured: Bella explains Labour's main policies to the Year 11s

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg visits Penrice
On Monday 20th April, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg visited Penrice Academy to speak to staff about issues facing the public sector and discuss education. The visit was in support of the election campaign from Saint Austell and Newquay candidate, Stephen Gilbert, in the run up to next month’s General Election. Mr Clegg spent time with a number of members of staff and spoke to Head Students Billie and Toby about their chosen subjects and their futures.


Following the hugely successful Enterprise Day last term, 9AS took full advantage of their first-place prize with their visit to Proper Cornish, in Bodmin.

The team was met by Mark Muncey, Marketing Director at Proper Cornish, Kate Whetter from Cornwall Learning and Harry, the Health and Safety Operations manager, and taken into a ‘very structured environment’ with stringent questionnaires about their health and a full briefing on Health and Hygiene.

Mrs Stevens said: “We were given hats, shoe covers and protective clothing and followed their hand washing protocol – any rules we didn’t follow could have a huge effect on the production line. To say that we all wished we had worn more clothes was an understatement as the whole factory was kept at a very cool temperature; the coldest part was by the cylinder freezing unit which blast chills the pasties  at  -30 degrees!”

They experienced the pasty making process with a team who had started at 3am that day, from a metal detecting sieve to the mixing room, where the various ingredients for each type of pasty are mixed together. The students learnt how important it is that each variety is made separately and fully cleaned before the next batch can be made. Then came the Pasty line, where pastry meets filling and the talented hand crimpers make their mark. Sophie Skipiol said: “It was really interesting; I learnt that team work takes a key role in making pasties!”

Mrs Stevens said: “9AS had a great time and were fully immersed in the world of Proper Cornish, and hopefully we can visit again when their brand new factory is up and running.

Mya has made a fantastic start to her maths lessons at Penrice.  Every week she works to the best of her abilities, produces well thought out pieces of work and is making great progress.  What makes Mya stand out is the work she has produced outside of lesson time.  She has taken an interest in mathematical concepts of a high level and independently worked on these to increase her understanding. 

It has been a real pleasure to receive and look through the work Mya has produced.  She has a positive mind-set, which I am sure will enable her to do incredibly well in Maths along with all her other subjects at Penrice.” (Mr Thomas, Maths Teacher)

Talking eSafety with Rich Cottell

On Monday 20th April, aspiring pop star Rich Cottell spoke to Years 7 and 8 about internet safety. Rich discussed the importance of thinking about what you post online, who can see it, and how to be in total control, using stories from his personal experiences. He also performed a number of songs – many of which the students knew - so the Hall was alive with cheers and singing.

Maisie Nile and Chloe Thornton, Year 8, have been shortlisted for the BBC Radio 2 500 words competition, hosted by Chris Evans. “With over 120,000 entries, the girls have done an incredible job to get through to this stage and should be very proud of their work. They just need to wait a further few weeks to see if they have made the final 50 and will be invited to St James Palace for the awards evening!” (Miss Trerise)

It’s been another fantastic week in PE, with the pinnacle being the Year 8 Football team winning the Under 13 County Championship, to add to the Under 12 County Championship they won last year. This makes it three County Championship victories in a year for Penrice after the victory by the Year 10 Rugby Sevens team last term.


The Year 8s first had to beat Wadebridge in the semi-final on Monday, which they did comfortably 3-1 with goals from Rubin Wilson and Aiden Lees. The final at St Blazey Football Club was a fascinating one, pitting the boys against Penryn - the team who agonisingly beat Penrice in extra time of the 5th round of the National Cup back in October.


Despite having the better of the first half, the boys found themselves 2-0 down. However, they staged a dramatic recovery playing some fantastic football to win 3-2, with Jenson Smith getting the winning goal 8 minutes from the end. The final minutes were nail biting for all players, staff and supporters, but the boys held out to win another trophy for the school.


Also in football this week the Year 7s lost their semi-final at home against Callington 3-1 with, the goal coming from Tyler Lewis.


Football Results

U12 County Cup Semi Final

Penrice 1-3 Callington (MVP Loui Hill)


U13 County Cup Cup Semi Final

Penrice 3-1 Wadebridge (MVP Rubin Wilson)


U13 County Cup Final @ St Blazey FC

Penrice 3-2 Penryn (MVP Aiden Lees)


On Wednesday, the Athletes of Years 7 and 9 went to Par for the first Athletics meet of the season.  There were some admirable performances from many of the participants including Megan Challis (1st 100m), Ruby Brooks (1st High Jump), Sam Robins (1st Shot Putt), Loui Hill (1st High Jump), Maddie Lewis (1st Shot Putt), Emma Westlake (1st Long Jump), Kaya Cairney (1st 200m/High Jump) and Jack Parr (1st in the discus). All the relay teams were successful, winning their races comfortably. We are still awaiting full results to find out our final position as a team.  


To conclude the week, last night the Years 7 and 9 Cricket teams travelled to Penair and the Year 8 team played at Penrice. The Year 8 and 9 teams recorded good victories, the Year 8s winning by four wickets after chasing down 49. Star performers were Jack Hoskin, who scored 16 not out, and Kit May and Ben Chapman who collected two wickets each. The Year 9s performed strongly, scoring 125 with Gabriel Connolly, Oliver Watson and James Evans all getting into the twenties, Eve Rosevear was the top bowler with 3 wickets. The Year 7s were defeated by 20 runs; star performers included Rowan Bird and Joe Llewellyn.


Cricket Results

U12s - Penair (A) Penair 80/5 beat Penrice 60 all out (MVP Rowan Bird)

U13s - Penair (H) Penair 48 all out lost to Penrice 49/4 (MVP Kit May)

U14s - Penair (A) Penrice 125/2 beat Penair 100/6 (MVP Gabriel Connolly/Eve Rosevear)


Next Tuesday the Year 8 and Year 10 Cricket teams have their first round cup matches against Wadebridge and Poltair respectively at Home. There is more cricket on Wednesday, when the Year 7s and 8s are at home against Brannel and the Year 9s and 10s are away. Also on Wednesday is the next round of the Athletics with this week the Year 8 and 10 teams competing at Par.

Ethan and Jack play for Cornwall for the very first time!
Ethan Pearce-Cowley and Jack Hoskin, from Year 8, played for Cornwall for the first time last week against Plymstock Oaks RFC - and won! Ethan has been playing rugby for St Austell Rugby Club since he was just five, starting early as his dad is an ex-player and head coach. Ethan plays Loosehead Prop and Jack is Second Row. The boys, amongst other students from Penrice, are part of the Cornwall Developing Programme, which will form the basis of Cornwall Schools Squads. However, they are the only two from Penrice Year 8 to be chosen for the England Developing Player Programme.
Pictured: Jack and Ethan in their Cornwall tops


SEAL: I understand why feelings sometimes ‘take over’ or get out of control.

Diary Dates
Wednesday 29th April
Year 7 & 8 Awards Evening
Thursday 30th April
Year 9 & 10 awards Evening
Friday 8th May
Year 11 Final Assembly

Friday 22nd May
Year 11 Ball (Start time TBC)
Core Opening Times:
Mon - Thurs 8.00am until 4.00pm
Fri 8.00am - 3.00pm

Changes in Foodbank Hours
The PAR distribution centre is changing their opening times with immediate effect 1:30-3:30pm on Monday and Wednesday.
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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