Friday 8th May 2015
Everyone Included | Everyone Challenged | Everyone Successful

Message from the Principal
The weather forecast for tomorrow’s Ten Tors event is not looking great and our thoughts will be with our team as they battle strong winds, cold and rain over 35 miles in two days carrying all their tents and food. This is the first year we have entered but we hope the first year of many. Good luck to all the team. This has been another busy week with a Mock Election and a surprise landslide victory for Bella Taylor representing the Labour Party. We ran the Mock Election because we wanted to get political debate going amongst our students, so they understood what the parties stood for and how they felt their values aligned with each party. They may not be able to vote until the next election or even the one after that, but I hope we succeeded in getting our students talking about politics.

Many students may also have met Harvey this week – our ‘reading dog’. If your son or daughter has done some reading with Harvey, they can explain how it works. It does boost reading! This week we have also had our entire governing body in the Academy all day, doing a tour led by the iPad genii, having lunch with the students in the dining area and meeting students around the school. The feedback was very positive how well behaved the students were, how quiet the school was and how good the food was too.

(David Parker, Principal)
On Thursday 7th May, as the nation began to cast their votes in the General Election, Penrice Academy students across the school were casting their own votes, following weeks of campaigning by our party representatives.
The votes were cast electronically in The Core, by entering unique numbers into a system on their iPads called ‘My Voice’ - brought into school by Colin from Cornwall Council. There was a turnout of over 85% and the results were announced at 3pm by Mrs Willcocks, Returning Officer for the day, with the candidates’ parents in attendance.
Bella Taylor, Labour Candidate, received the most votes on the day and was duly ‘elected’ as candidate for Penrice Academy.
Mrs Stevens, who organised the Mock Election with Mr Johnson, said: “This week, this school was a hive of political activity; it was so amazing hearing our students discuss politics in everyday conversation as they walked through the corridors and ate their lunches. The journey doesn't stop here thanks to Colin's work, as we have established future links with Youth Parliament. Watch this space…”
Each vote registered included a question of which policy is most important to the school, so the data collected could very well shape future events with Youth Parliament.
Mrs Stevens continued: “I am actually already dreaming of sitting watching TV in a few years time and seeing one of our candidates today standing outside Number 10; that will be another proud moment!”

Thank you to everyone involved in helping our school community experience politics during this exciting time. You can watch the announcement on our YouTube Channel:
Pictured: Mr Johnson and Mrs Stevens with the candidates (above), students vote in The Core (below) Mrs Stevens, Mr Parker and Mrs Willcocks prepare to announce the results (below left) and Bella and Conservative candidate Daisy Devlin react to the announcement (below right).
This morning was the final Year 11 Assembly, where the year group joined teachers and form tutors to celebrate the students’ time at Penrice. Highlights included multiple videos created by staff and students, music, dance, speeches, awards and letters that students wrote to Mr Sutcliffe in their first year at the school. 

“There’s a time to root and a time to uproot what you have planted. You’re in the perfect place in life to be planted somewhere new and exciting and you’re going to be great.” (Mr Parker)

Pictured: Eva Walmsley receiving an ‘Oscar’ for her time as an exceptional Drama Student

This term we welcomed a brand new member of staff - Harvey the Dog

Harvey, an 8 year old Springer Spaniel, has been enrolled on the Pets as Therapy and Read 2 Dogs schemes and is now officially a member of staff at Penrice; the Academy being his first assignment as a ‘Therapy Dog’.
Miss Laura Seberry, Penrice Learning Supervisor, is Harvey’s owner and trainer. She explains: “Harvey is a great family dog and, as he got older, I started to wonder how other people might benefit from his caring nature.  I learnt about how anxiety can be relieved through the presence of an animal, and, as Harvey is calm, kind and placid he is the perfect dog for the job!”
Harvey is trained to ‘listen’ to reluctant readers, help with student confidence and provide comfort if needed. Students can also take Harvey for walks around the grounds.

Miss Seberry continued: “We’re hoping he will be working with us for a long time to come. Harvey will never judge; he’s a great listener!”
Harvey has spent time getting to know the school and its community and is already proving popular in lessons. He is set to work two days a week and is available for staff booking – he even has his own diary.
Pictured: Year 7s Letitia Tucker and Maisie Keen read to Harvey and Miss Seberry (below)

Young Enterprise Team at the
Cornwall Innovation Awards

At the end of April, the Penrice Young Enterprise team attended the Cornwall Innovation awards at The Atlantic Hotel, where they won the Happy Camper Award for the most positive customer service!
Strive Cornwall, which is made up of Ellie Taylor, Sam Arnold-Parra, Louis Lobb, Jack Farley, Megan Garrett, Lewis Jackson, Aimee Rickson, Steven Bartlett, Emma Bull and Stephanie-Grace Hill, made it through to the final 15 teams in Cornwall after planning, producing and marketing unique Cornish gifts.
Mr Adams said: “I am very proud of the Young Enterprise team – particularly of the presentation they delivered to the judges. It was not only professional, but they clearly demonstrated a deep understanding of business through answers to judges’ questions.”
Ellie Taylor, Managing Director of Strive, said: “I’m so proud of our team – I think the biggest thing we’ve learnt is how to bond and work as a team. We also now know all about setting up a business and have seen it in practice which, along with our understanding of finance, will be hugely beneficial for the future.”
The winners of the Company of the Year Award, CuraTek, were from Truro College. The team was made up of A Level Business students - many of whom are former Penrice students taught by Mr Adams in previous years. They had developed a phone charger solution, making £2000 by the time of the awards.
Mr Adams continued: “They are intending to take the company global so they are worthy winners and it looks like it is going to be a very successful business! It is clear our students as a team have taken a great deal from the experience of running a company, which will look great on their CVs and prepare them for further education and employment.”


On Wednesday 6th May, 21 primary students from four schools in the St Austell area – St Mewan, Mount Charles, Sandy Hill and Pondhu Primary – attended a Primary Workshop on photography techniques in the Art Block.

They learnt all about cyanotypes, photograms and making handmade negatives, using drawings and silhouettes to create a mixed media photography scrapbook to show off to their parents. “The students loved it – they got to use the ‘dark room’ and learnt how to use sunlight to expose and develop photographs. The Art Department run various workshops throughout the year for local primary schools, to aid the transition and get them excited about art at secondary level, which is lovely to see.” (
Miss Fegan, Art Teacher)

When asked what they enjoyed best, Jody, Lincoln and Ethan from St Mewan (pictured above) said – “Absolutely everything! Everything is great about today - photography is so exciting and we can’t wait to do it again!”

Singing lessons take place on Wednesday mornings in the Music Block and are run by Mrs Tracey Bailey, a peripatetic singing teacher who offers lessons in Cornwall for children from ages 8-18. Mrs Bailey said: “It’s important that students know you can have singing lessons at school and it can be a huge part of a students’ school life – there’s so much to learn!”

During their lessons, students learn and practice various techniques, working on breathing exercises and air flow, body position and scales. This week saw Bella and Lucy practicing their 'bubbling' - an extremely popular warm-up technique.

"Tracey is a great singing teacher who works with the students to sing with a full sound and in harmony with the others in the group. She really encourages them to sing musically and to listen to how their part fits in with everyone else's. These singing lessons are a great opportunity and I'd like to see more students learning." (​Mr Jones)

Lessons are available to all students. Forms are available from the Music Block or the art office at breaks and lunchtimes.

Pictured: Mrs Bailey with Bella (Year 7) and Lucy (Year 9)

Congratulations to Mr Hopkins, who has been awarded Distinguished Educator status by Apple! This is a rare honour bestowed on teachers working at the forefront of educational technology and he is now one of a small number of Apple innovators across the country. Mr Hopkins said: “I’m looking forward to sharing expertise, ideas and resources with other people around the world and continuing to see technology having a real positive influence at the Academy.”


Unfortunately, the adverse weather has resulted in a quieter week in extra curricular PE this week. On Monday, the Year 8 Boys Cup Cricket match against Newquay Tretherras fell foul of the weather, and they will try again on Monday. Callington conceded, which resulted in the Year 9s making it to the second round without needing to bowl a ball.
The big winners of the week were the Year 7s, who convincingly beat Looe School and put themselves in the draw for the second round of the cup, also securing their first win of the season. Having been forced to bowl first, the boys bowled Looe out for 58, with Harry Payton, Joe Llewellyn and Jamie Bennetts doing most of the damage. In reply, the boys comfortably knocked off the total with Adam Thomas top scoring with 32 not out.
In the Athletics at a blustery Par this week, it was the turn of the Year 7s and Year 9s to compete. There were various successes, particularly the Year 7 girls; Megan Challis (1st 100m), Shola Harrison (1st 200), Letitia Tucker (1st 300m), Alicia Rowe (1st Discus), Megan Moriarty (1st Shot), Ruby Brooks (1st High Jump) and Abby Pike (1st Long Jump). Other successes across the teams included Quinta Carlyon (1st 800m), Louis Kay (1st 300m), Toby Johnson (1st Shot) and Jamie Bilkey (1st Javelin).
Next week there is plenty more sport on offer, with the main event being in Athletics and the Track and Field Cup at Camborne - Tuesday for the boys and on Wednesday for the girls. Also next week there are Rounders fixtures at home against Fowey on Wednesday and Wadebridge on Friday. Finally, in the Cricket on Monday the Year 7s and Year 8s are both at home in the cup against Launceston and Newquay Tretherras respectively, and all years travel to Truro School on Wednesday for the next round of fixtures.

Ten Tors

Good luck to our Ten Tors Team: Sam, Ashley, Anaiya, Luke, Harry, Aron, Abigail and Matthew. They’re off to Dartmoor this weekend to take part in the 35 mile challenge – the very first Team from Penrice to do so.


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

Diary Dates

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

Monday 22nd June
Year 7 Review Day

Friday 26th June
Penrice hosting Cornwall School Games
(non-competing students working at home)
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 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.
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