Friday 19th June 2015
Everyone Included | Everyone Challenged | Everyone Successful

Message from the Principal

Another very busy week at Penrice as you can see from this Newsletter.

We have had two Awards Evenings and the quality of academic excellence on display from the winners was quite simply awesome. I know that awarding prizes for academic excellence can only involve a few students in each year, and we regularly review our thinking on this. Our plan is to find ways of recognising some aspect of every child at the school – because we do genuinely care for every one of them. It is a dilemma that parents know well. You want to recognise the achievements of one child in your family without making brothers and sisters feel left out. So just like you do in a family, we try to make sure that everyone feels valued for who they are and what they can do.

I want to highlight one more group of our students – the Year 8 Athletics team, who competed on Wednesday with the top schools from across the South Western quarter of Britain. We have not competed at this level before and were not sure how well we would do – we came 5th. Highly creditable and a lot of very good schools below us. Next year, we aim to win. More on this story next week.

(David Parker, Principal)

On Thursday 18th June, the Academy Council came together in the sun to open the school’s new garden and outdoor classroom, complete with two signposts pointing in the direction of prominent cities around the globe.

In their final speech as Head Students, Billie and Toby thanked the Site Team - who constructed the outdoor classroom - and all the staff involved in helping the project run smoothly. They also paid tribute to this year’s Academy Council, who have worked so hard to see it through. Billie spoke of the poignancy of the event, as it was her last day as a Penrice student.

Mr Parker, Principal, said: “This is a brilliant achievement for our Academy Council and Billie and Toby have done a superb job in leading it. With the help of contractors and our fantastic Site Team, they have changed the school with an area that will be used by generations. It’s so important to have a place like this in the school that students can enjoy and I’m very pleased that this is the legacy of this year’s Academy Council.”

Pictured: Billie and Toby cut the ribbon (above) and one of the sign posts and the outdoor classroom (below)


With the Sainsbury’s Cornwall School Games only one week away, more than 300 sports leaders from all over Cornwall descended on Penrice Academy today (Friday 19th June) for Leadership Training.
The day saw students taking part in workshops and team building activities throughout the day, learning about event management,  discussing athlete welfare and performance leadership or receiving media training, to prepare them for their roles during the School Games on the 26th June. At the Games, they will play the vital role of ‘School Games Makers’.
Great Britain Sprinter and Bobsliegher Craig Pickering opened with an inspirational speech discussing his career as an Athlete. When thinking about next week’s event, Craig recognised that athletes get nervous, and explained how that can only be a good thing: “Once you learn the importance of being nervous, nerves play a huge part in your performance,” he said. “Nerves will ultimately help you strive for your best.”
Mr Knipe, who has led organisation of the Games at Penrice, said: “It was a truly inspirational day. I have been so impressed by the leadership qualities and maturity the students exhibited throughout the day and cannot wait to see them leading at next week's main event.”
After the initial meeting, students took part in workshops and team building exercises around the school with visiting Marines and sporting experts. One workshop saw 20 students from Penrice and Poltair receiving media training in photography and social media, to prepare them for broadcasting from the Games across all six sites next week. Watch out for more pictures from next week's Cultural Evening (Thursday) and Cornwall School Games (Friday).
Pictures by Amber Lewis and Rachel Young from Year 9 - thank you to them for capturing excellent images of the workshops and sports leaders all day.
Pictured: a range of sporting activities and 'Games Makers' in action

“I was so impressed by the group of students - from Poltair and Penrice - who have risen to the challenge of covering the event next week. They are full of ideas and it was great to watch their confidence grow over the course of the day. They’ll be fantastic ambassadors for their schools and the Games next week.” (Sarah Mageean, Marketing and Communications Officer at Cornwall Sports Partnership)

For more photos and news from today, see the Media Team’s first Tweets @CornwallSportP on Twitter -

On Monday and Tuesday this week, we presented Awards to Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 students, nominated by their teachers for their hard work in specific subjects during their time at Penrice.

A new addition to the calendar, the evenings saw students in each Year recognised for their efforts in subjects ranging from sport and art to science and maths, as well as awards for Inclusion and the ‘Head of Year Award’. It was also the first opportunity for the newly appointed Head Students to experience speaking at a school event.

Mr Parker spoke of Penrice being the perfect environment to succeed; with the right people around you as inspiration, a culture of belief and a record and tradition of success: “As you get older the years go by in a flash and the ‘carousel’ spins ever faster. Now is the time to be recognised for your efforts like this -you’ve all done so well, let’s see just how far you can get.”

 “We urge them to dream and they respond with determination”
(Mr Wood, Head of Year 10)

Pictured: William Grey-Smith from Year 7 receives his Learning Inclusion Award (above) Luke Davis Karsberg and April Talbot (above left and right) and the Year 9s and 10s on stage, Penrice musicians and Head Students Jack and Isobel (below)

On Wednesday we welcomed e-safety expert Peter Bower from the UK Safer Internet Centre, who delivered of set of insightful talks to students on how to stay safe online. He said: “The internet is a wonderful thing - we must help young people embrace it. But we must help them do it safely.” For more information, visit

On Wednesday we also saw a concert in the main hall, designed to encourage students to take up music lessons at school. They were treated to a live show - led by Mr Brown - and shown how far you can go with a lesson at school a little bit of practice.

Penrice School Production 2016

Next year, Penrice will be producing a performance of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night's Dream - a comedy full of action, costume and intrigue. We're looking to cast this before the beginning of the next school year, so that things are ready to kick off in September!

Auditions will be held on Monday 22nd June, from 3pm in the Drama Studio.


It's just two weeks until the Penrice Academy production of The Wizard of Oz and this week the cast took rehearsal to the next level, with costumes and set pieces beginning to take shape.

SEAL: I understand the way I think affects the way I feel, and that the way I feel can affect the way I think, and know that my thoughts and feelings influence my behaviour.

Diary Dates

Monday 22nd June
Year 7 Target Review Day

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

Monday 29th June - 3rd July
Celebration Assemblies

Wednesday 1st - Friday 3rd July
Penrice Production

Monday 6th July
Welcome Day and Evening

Tuesday 7th July
Welcome Day

Wednesday 8th July
Student Reports Issued
Core Opening Times:
Mon - Thurs 8.00am until 4.00pm
Fri 8.00am - 3.00pm

Merlin MS Centre 
Merlin’s Free Fall Fridays
Friday June 26, Perranporth Airfield
See the beauty of Cornwall from 15,000ft in a tandem parachute jump!
For more information please see Sarah, Lucy or Ruth in Fundraising Office or call 01726 885530

Children's Hospice South West 

'Donate it Day'
Monday 22nd June, 10.30am to 3.30 pm
Wall (between Carnhell Green & Reawla)
Have a Spring clear out and take your unwanted good quality items along to Wall Hall. Donations welcome of good quality clothes, toys, bric-a-brac and more. Collection can be arranged for large quantities or bulky items by calling 01726 871800

 A Question of Thought
Fun Quiz Night
Saturday 27th June, 9 pm
Holywell Bay, Newquay

£1 per person, no restriction on team numbers! Trophies for the Winners and a raffle on the night.

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