Friday 1st May 2015
Everyone Included | Everyone Challenged | Everyone Successful

Message from the Principal
It has been another busy week for Penrice students with visitors from all over and visits to other places, including the Kernow Book Awards.  We always know when the examinations are about to start when we see Year 11 having ballroom dancing lessons in preparation for the May Ball, and their final big academy event until they come back in August to get their results. The boys are picking it up slightly slower than then the girls! 

Can I appeal to all parents who drop their children off in the morning to remember that the path outside the academy is a public path and can be very busy. This week a lady with a pram complained that on several mornings she has been nearly run down by cars crossing the path to drive into the academy. As you know, pedestrians have right of way and waiting 10 seconds will not hold you up on your journey to work. Please be as considerate as you can of pedestrians both on the path and inside the grounds.
(David Parker, Principal)
Local Primary Schools Visit for Science Day

On 24th April, 35 pupils from local primary schools visited Penrice for a special day diving into the world of water bugs, dissection and giant snakes!
The pupils, from Sandy Hill, Pondu, Carclaze, Charlestown, Luxulyan and Mevagissey Primary schools, took part in a Biology themed Science day. The pupils got stuck into workshops including The Eye & Seeing, Freshwater Ecology and Indicator Species, before being treated to a ‘show and tell’ session with St Austell’s exotic animal experts Gills & Gecko’s. This was by far a highlight, with the pupils coming face to face with lizards, hedgehogs and real life snakes.
Mrs McGee, Science Teacher, said: “It is really important that young people engage with Biology and learn about the various threats to our environment like climate change, extinction and disease. Threats like these could one day be solved with the help of Science; all it takes is one person with an idea! Huge thanks to the Science Department for a brilliant day.”
Pictured above: Amber, Abigail and George from Pondhu Primary School
"This is great fun! They’re all different sizes so some are difficult to see but they’re really interesting creatures.”

Pictured below: Pupils from Carclaze Community Primary School meet a young Boa Constrictor

In July we will be hosting the final Primary Science event - our annual 60 Second Science Challenge.
You can read more about Gills & Gecko’s on their website:


Former Penrice Head Boy Tom urges students to ‘get involved’ in politics

This week we welcomed back former Penrice student Tom Deakin, to speak to Year 9 as part of our Mock Election campaign. Tom, now 19, spoke in assembly (below) after our party representatives, who were on day four of some fantastic presentations to students in the run up to the big vote next week.

Tom, who was Head Boy at Penrice in 2011, is currently working in local politics as Stephen Gilbert’s aide for the 2015 election campaign. He spoke to Year 9 about the difference their voices can make in the future, telling them: “Politics matters – it affects the school you attend, the bus you take, the pavement you walk on. It affects your everyday life and you have the power to shape decisions about them.”

Speaking after assembly, Tom said: “This is what I love about Penrice - the opportunities the school gives its students. Not just everyday school stuff but extra-curricular bits like getting involved in the local community. I can remember doing so much and I loved the opportunity to do a lot more than just learn.”

After Year 11 Tom attended Truro College and then moved to London for a year to study Medicine, before deciding that wasn’t the route he wanted to take. Instead, he returned to Cornwall and volunteered in local politics, building up experience and landing the role he now has in the Liberal Democrat Party. He was also offered work experience after giving Stephen Gilbert a tour of Penrice as Head Boy, which he completed last year in Westminster.

Tom’s desire to be involved in politics began right here at Penrice five years ago: “It was when I stood as a candidate in the Mock Election for the Lib Dems,” he remembers. “Back then we came second to the Communist Party! It was a really good experience and the school ran it very well. I’m so glad they’ve done the same again – but this time even better.”

“Politics is incredibly important for young people. We’re the ones who will be carrying this country through in the future and we need to have our say on how it’s run. The only way to do that is to stand up, be heard and get involved! And that’s what a Mock Election like this highlights.”

Tom takes inspiration from a number of British politicians, but cited US President Barack Obama as a huge influence: He said: “He’s just an absolutely brilliant guy who has revolutionised politics not only in the US but all over the world.”

Where does he see himself in 10 years’ time? In politics, of course: “I don’t know which position – could be as a candidate for an election, it could be working for an MP or for a party in some way, but still on this path.”


Star Students
Our Candidates Spread the Word

The student candidates are coming to the end of their campaigns and have done an incredible job conveying the messages of each party they're representing to the school community. Watch out for news following the vote next week, when all Penrice students will get the chance to vote in the Mock Election.
Pictured below L-R: Bella, Owen, Ryan, Daisy, Mia, Connor and Kordelia

A mock-up of the online voting system for next week’s Polling Day.

On Wednesday, Years 7 and 8 students visited The Keay Theatre at Cornwall College St Austell for the annual Kernow Youth Book Awards. Now in its 8th year and compered by comedian and book enthusiast Kernow King, the event brought together major authors and students from around Cornwall.
Shortlisted books for the 2015 Kernow Book Award were:
After Tomorrow by Gillian Cross
Geek Girl by Holly Smale
Hello Darkness by Anthony McGowan
Last Chance Angel by Alex Gutteridge
Split Second by Sophie McKenzie
Warp, The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer
Writers Gillian Cross (pictured above, best known for The Demon Headmaster series), Anthony McGowan and Rob Badcock took part in Question & Answer sessions, with video speeches from Sophie Mackenzie, while students from Cornish schools acted out episodes from selected books and spoke of what the books meant to them. Following a student vote, the award for best novel went to Sophie Mackenzie for Split Second and Humphry Davy School won the best presentation.

"The students were thrilled to meet the authors and other students to discuss the shortlisted novels. We enjoyed the range of dramatic presentations and are already planning next year's trip!” (
Mrs Stark, Penrice Librarian)
Pictured below: Mya, Jazmine, Kathryn, Sophie, and Alice being snapped with Kernow King

UK Maths Trust Team Challenge
Congratulations to Year 8s Freddie Dunn and Katie Coad and Year 9s Megan Dawes and Finn Corney for their success at the UKMT in Truro earlier this month, coming  a very respectable 4th place. The UKMT Team Challenges promote mathematical dexterity, teamwork and communication skills, giving students the opportunity to compete against other schools in their region.

Pictured: Megan, Katie and Freddie with their certificates
This week saw the second session of Youth Alpha take place after school. Run by Youth Work Development Officer, Jon Lewis, from St Austell Methodist church, Youth Alpha is an introduction to Christianity for anyone who may be interested in knowing a little more about the faith.
Jon, who runs the event alongside Mr Parry, explained: “It’s an opportunity to explore why a gentleman who lived 2000 years ago is still talked about today. It helps young people understand more from a Christian perspective, alongside what they learn in Religious Studies at school.”
Year 7’s Jamie Squire was instrumental in spreading the word of Youth Alpha and recently gave a presentation on the course in front of three different year groups on three consecutive days – a huge thing for a Year 7 to do.
Jamie, pictured here with Andrew Williamson from Year 11, said: “Youth Alpha is great fun and really interesting. It makes you want to learn more about your faith and, even if you’re not a Christian, it helps you answer and understand more about Christianity.”
Andrew said of the course: “The thing about Youth Alpha is it’s not pressurised in any way. It’s simply learning about how different Christians think about the world today. I love the debate aspect of it and the fact that there’s always more to learn.”
Youth Alpha will run every Wednesday after school throughout the Summer Term for Years 7, 8 and 9. The sessions are based on discussion and group work with the Christian Union, who meet every Friday, with a different focus on Christianity each week. It’s held in the training room from 4pm – 5.15pm, is completely free and refreshments are provided. See Mr Parry for more details.

Pictured below: The students take part in group discussions and debates, with Jon (below right).


This week the Year 10s comfortably made it through to the second round of the U15 County Cup in Cricket, beating Poltair by nine wickets. Having lost the toss and been made to bowl, Matt Dalby did the majority of the damage taking 4 wickets for 4 runs and Josh Carne 2 wickets for 7 runs. In return, Penrice comfortably chased down the required runs. Alex Bone scored a quick fire 20, and he was ably supported by Archie Connolly (20 not out) and Rory Dixon (12 not out).
The Year 8s had a much more competitive fixture against Wadebridge and were also successful in getting into the second round. Having chosen to bat first, Penrice scored 140/5 with Adam Dalby top scoring with 41 not out and Kit May scoring 38. In reply, Wadebridge could only muster 116/3 with Dan Hocking taking 2 wickets. We are awaiting the next round draws for both the Year 10s and Year 8s.
Also in Cricket this week, on Thursday the Year 7 and Year 8B teams hosted Brannel with the Year 8s recording a comfortable victory and the Year 7s a narrow defeat. The Year 8s opted to bat first and scored 165 - the pick of the batters being Ben Chapman and Jack Hoskin who scored 32 and 33 respectively. Brannel could only muster 109 for 4; the pick of the bowlers being Chapman who had 2 wickets and Sam Smaridge who also had 2 wickets. The Year 7 team, having lost toss and been made to bowl, restricted Brannel to 156/2. Harry Payton was the star bowler with 1 wicket for 12 runs. In return Penrice scored 115/7 with Caleb Robins, Adam Thomas and Joe Maunder all getting to double figures. 
In Athletics this week it was the turn of the Year 8 and 10 Athletes to compete at Par with various successes taking place both individually and as a team. We are still awaiting the results from the meet to discover the final places of the competitors.
Cricket Results
Under 15 Cornwall County Cup - Poltair 60 all out (M Dalby 4/4, J Carne 2/7) lost to Penrice 63/1 (A Bone 20, A Connolly 20no, R Dixon 12no). 
Under 13 Cornwall County Cup - Penrice 140/5 (A Dalby 41, K May 38) beat Wadebridge 116/3 (D Hocking 2/19).
Under 13 - Penrice "B" 166/6 (J Hosking 33, B Chapman 32) beat Brannel 109/4 (B Chapman 2/12, S Smaridge 2/10)
Under 12 - Penrice 115/7 (A Thomas 28, J Maunder 15, C Robins 12) lost to Brannel 156/2 (H Payton 1/12).
Next week there are various Cricket Cup fixtures scheduled, with the Year 8s hosting Newquay Tretherras on Tuesday, the Year 7s and 10s hosting Looe on Wednesday and the Year 9s hosting Callington on Thursday. The Athletics at Par next week gives the Year 7 and 9 Athletes their second opportunity to compete of the season, with the Track and Field Cup on the horizon. 

Pictured below: The Year 8 Footballers with their County Cup trophy. "The boys showed fantastic character to come back from two goals behind at half time. An excellent achievement from the whole squad to win it two years running." (Mr Brown, Coach)

The Year 11 Ball
It’s not long now until the End of Year Ball - this week Year 11 (and a few of the staff!) have been spending registration working on their Ballroom Dancing in the Sports Hall (pictured below).

Please can students make sure a photo of their ‘younger selves’ (mounted if possible) is with the Ball Committee ASAP, as this will form their place setting for the table on the night. Form rooms will have collection areas for the photos or, alternatively, please email them to
SEAL: I understand why feelings sometimes ‘take over’ or get out of control.

Diary Dates
Monday 4th May
Bank Holiday
Friday 8th May
Year 11 Final Assembly

Wednesday 20th May
Year 10 Parents Evening 3.30pm-6.00pm

Friday 22nd May
Year 11 Ball (Arrivals from 6.00pm)

Monday 25th - Friday 29th May
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.

Children's Hospice South West

Charity Harden Cream Tea
Sunday 3rd May
11.00am – 3.00pm
Merchants Manor, Western Terrace. TR11 3JH. A beautiful hidden sub-tropical garden. Admission: Free. A donation will be made to CHSW from every Cream Tea sold. Plus Craft Stall & Raffle. Car parking available. Dogs on leads welcome.
Spring Reading Book Sale
Tuesday 5th May
9.30am – 12.30pm
East Street CORNER (weather permitting) or Polruan Reading Room (by kind permission). Paperbacks, Hardbacks, Children's Books, Fiction & Non-Fiction.  Donations of books welcome and can be collected. Call Lynn: 01726 870536 or Bella: 01726 870221
Charity Motorcycle Ride Out
Sunday 10th May
Arrive from 9am. Ride out starts 10.30am
Supporting Little Harbour, Damerell's open for viewings from 9.00am.
Start & Finish at Damerell's, Lodge Way, Indian Queens. TR9 6TF. Entry fees: £3 solo rider £5 with pillion (if possible please have correct money on arrival) For more info call Steve 01726 862400
Charity Open Garden
Sunday 10th May
10.30am to 5.30pm (last admission 4.30pm)
Trewidden Garden, Buryas Bridge, Penzance. (Sat Nav: TR19 6AU). A 15 acre garden with a large collection of Camellias, Magnolias, Rhododendrons and a particularly impressive collection of tree ferns and champion trees. There is a free childrens’ trail, mining artefacts and other interesting features to be discovered among the winding paths of the garden. Refreshments available and plant sales. Admission: Adults – £6.00 Under 16s – Free Trewidden Trail: Free. Group prices: 12 adults or more: £5.50 per person. Car Parking available.  Please note that the garden is steep in places, so all areas might not be suitable for some people with a disability. Dogs are welcome on leads.
Charity Open Garden & Fun Dog Show
Sunday 17th May
Gates Open 12 noon. Fun Dog Show 1.00pm
Boconnoc House, Lostwithiel. PL22 0RG. Light Refreshments including Cream Teas. Raffle. FREE PARKING & ENTRY TO AREA IN FRONT OF HOUSE. House open by separate admission £4 pp (In aid of House Restoration Fund). Woodland Garden Admission  Adults: £4.50, Children by donation
Fun Dog Show - Entry £1 per dog per class. Rosettes awarded in each class - Best Child Handler Trophy - Boconnoc Shield for Best in Show. Display by the Crufts Display Team from Bodmin Dog Training Club Mobile Pet Shop For more information call: 07500 081972 or email: Boconnoc House PL22 0RG is signposted off the A390 at East Taphouse between Lostwithiel & Liskeard
Children’s Hospice South West  Sunday 28th June, RAF St Mawgan, Newquay

Be one of the thousands of people taking part in this year’s amazing paint run, experience the explosion of colour and raise vital funds for CHSW: “The 5K route is not about speed or fitness; it’s about celebration, having fun with friends, family and colleagues. Supporting our annual Rainbow Run means the world of difference to our life-limited children and their families.” (CHSW)

The money raised from the event helps support the very special care that your local children’s hospice offers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
For more information, visit:

Bailey in Year 11 designed this excellent flyer for this year's production of The Wizard of Oz. Watch out for more news and pictures over the coming weeks.
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Enjoy your weekend!
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