Friday 26th June 2015
Everyone Included | Everyone Challenged | Everyone Successful

Message from the Principal

This week we have had another action packed five days culminating in our hosting of the Cornwall School Games today. Every day has brought great things and our students are responding magnificently to all of the challenges and new things which we are presenting to them. Thank you to the parents who are supporting many of these events either through making sure children have the right equipment, clothing, turn up to the right events or are just supporting financially. We are putting a lot on for our students but I am very aware that this school can only ever be as good as the parents who support it. Thank you for all that you have done.
I have had two more reports this week of near misses whilst crossing roads. I remain concerned about the safety of children on their way to and from school and urge you to repeat the messages on safe road crossing.
Finally, please do come and see the Wizard of Oz next week. Our students and staff have been working on it for nearly a year and we really want to show you what we can do. It should be a great evening.
(David Parker, Principal)

On Thursday 25th June, Penrice Academy staff and around 50 local Primary pupils celebrated 150 years of Alice with croquet, costumes, ice cream sandwiches and, of course, tea, at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.
Visiting pupils from Mevagissey, Bishop Bronescombe, Mount Charles and Pondhu Primary Schools explored the magical world of Wonderland dressed as iconic characters from the story, taking part in a variety of Alice-themed activities including hunting for jam tarts, playing flamingo croquet and decorating cupcakes. They also spent time at their own schools creating their own invitations and decorations for the party.
Mr Johnson, English Teacher at Penrice, said: “It was fantastic to come together like that to celebrate Lewis Carroll’s wonderful book that still inspires young people today. I was so impressed by their costumes and enthusiasm for the party and it’s clear Alice in Wonderland is still a much loved tale. I’d like to say a huge thank you to all the staff and our student helpers who really pulled together to create this wonderfully mad spectacle!”

Today, Friday 26th June, Penrice and Poltair hosted the 2015 Sainsbury’s Cornwall School Games.

The events began with the Cultural Evening on Thursday at Poltair, which celebrated art, dance, drama and music, reflecting student views of sport and Cornish culture. It was opened by our students in Cornish and the audience was treated to original song, dance and art throughout the evening, including a performance of The Mermaid of Zennor by Penrice Drama students.

On Friday morning, following her performance at the Cultural Evening the night before, Carmen Small from Year 7 wowed thousands in the grounds at Poltair with a song she wrote for the Games, and Elizabeth Wood from Year 8 officially opened the competitions alongside a student from Poltair.

The afternoon saw sport happening all over St Austell, with young people taking part in Basketball, Cricket, Tennis, Rugby and Hockey at Penrice Academy. The day ended with presentations in the sun, with Penrice scooping Silver in Rugby and a Bronze in Hockey and medals presented by guest of honour and Cornish Pirate Paul Andrew.

Mr Parker said at the presentations: “It has been a brilliant day for sport in Cornwall - a day all about giving thousands of young people the chance to have fun and enjoy sport. There are loads of people to thank - people who built, who umpired, organised… but without you, the competitors, wanting to play sport, to compete, to be here… it wouldn’t happen. Congratulations and thank you to each and every one of you for being here today.”
A huge thank you to our staff and students who came together and worked incredibly hard to make it the success it was.
For loads more pictures from the Cultural Evening, The Opening Ceremony and the Cornwall School Games, head to our Facebook page:

More pictures to come next week from our fantastic Penrice Media Team - a huge thank you for their help today.

You can also see then CSG Media Team’s broadcasts from throughout the day on Twitter by searching #2015CSG.


On Wednesday 24th June, 11 Year 8s went to St Austell Library for a workshop on speaking the Cornish Language.

The workshop, run by Mike Tressider and Pol Hodge from the Cornish Language Partnership, gave the students the opportunity to consider the origins of English and Cornish, before trying their hand at pronouncing some Cornish sentences, including Dydh da, fatla genes? (Hello, how are you?) and Kernow a'gas Dynnergh (Welcome to Cornwall). They also discussed how 75% of place names in Cornwall are compound words describing the places they are named after.
They looked at the timeline of language, considering what language inhabitants of Cornwall spoke from ‘year zero’ (biblical times) to modern day. Mike said the students were the first group to correctly answer all questions posed to them about the history of language in the correct order - including details of the invasions of the Romans and the Vikings.
Miss Trerise - who discovered her surname tells us her ancestors were part of the Cornish Revolution - said: “I was so impressed by all of their answers and their input into to the workshop and would like to say a huge thanks to the History department who are obviously inspiring the next generation of Historians! They were chatting all the way back about it and practicing their Cornish together.”
The Cornish Language Partnership is an initiative designed to teach young people about minority languages, asking the question of why so few people still speak the language. There are only around 300 fully fluent speakers of Cornish. You can read more about them here:

Amongst the excitement of sports this week across St Austell, four of our boys also did us proud when they opened Thursday’s Cultural Evening with a speech with a twist.

Brody Cross, Aidan Smith, Corbyn Thompson and Andrew Oshin used skills they learnt at Wednesday’s workshop to introduce the evening - in Cornish.

"They were brilliant; I'm just so proud of the confidence and charisma they showed on that stage." (Miss Trerise)


The biggest news comes from the Athletics where Penrice placed a more than credible 5th out of the eight finalists on the day in the regional final for the English Schools Athletics Association held at Millfield School on Wednesday 17th June. This will go down as one of the outstanding achievements within Penrice PE in recent years and is a more than deserved return for the students after the hard work, enthusiasm, dedication and effort they have shown throughout the year (pictured below).

The Year 8 cricket team have made it to successive County Finals with a victory against Launceston College in the quarter finals and Brannel in the semi-final. They will hope to go one better than last year by beating Richard Lander in the final next Tuesday at Grampound Road Cricket Club. Elsewhere the Year 10s lost their semi-final at home to Callington and the Year 7s lost in a friendly against Richard Lander and a Year 9/10 mixed team won against the same opposition.
15th June
Under 15 County Cup semi-final
Callington 158/3 (A Bone 1/13, A Connolly 1/22) beat Penrice 101/8 (J Carne 31, A Connolly 12, G Tregilgas 18) (MVP - Josh Carne)
22nd June
Under 13 County Cup quarter-final
Penrice 164/2 (K May 40no, D Hocking 45no) beat Launceston College 34ao (A Kelvin 4/4 including a hat-trick) (MVP - Archie Kelvin)
23rd June - Richard Lander (A)
Y7 - Penrice 31ao (J Pomeroy 12) lost to Richard Lander 32/3 (C Reynolds 2/10) (MVP - Charlie Reynolds)
Y9/10 - Penrice 158 (R Dixon 58, G Connolly 44) beat Richard Lander 76/8 (R Dixon 2/12, F Pearce 1/10) (MVP - Rory Dixon)
25th June
Under 13 County Cup semi-final
Penrice 175/8 (A Dalby 51, D Hocking 56) beat Brannel 145/7 (J Hosking 3/23, D Hocking 1/20, A Kelvin 1/12) (MVP - Matthew Dalby)
16th June - Bodmin (H)
Year 7 - Penrice 9.5 - 0.5 Bodmin (MVP - Abbie Pike)
Year 8 - Penrice 16 - 8.5 Bodmin (MVP - Elsie Bennetts)
Year 9 - Penrice 16.5 - 3.5 Bodmin (MVP - Aoiefa Taylor)
Year 10 - Penrice 12 - 16 Bodmin (MVP - Izzy Reynolds)
17th June - Fowey (H)
Year 7 - Penrice 15.5 - 12.5 Fowey (MVP - Savannah Sanchez)
Year 8 - Penrice 14 - 7 Fowey (MVP - Claudia Beaumont Olver)
Year 9 - Penrice 11.5 - 8 Fowey (MVP - Jay Good)
23rd June - Penair (A)
Year 7 - Penrice 21.5 - 13 Penair (MVP - Millie Bray)
Year 8 - Penrice 13.5 - 10 Penair (MVP - Meghan Jones)
Year 9 - Penrice 20 - 14 Penair (MVP - Emma Westlake)
Year 10 - Penrice 25 - 7 Penair (MVP - Charley Higman) 
All results from the Cornwall School Games will follow next week, including medal placings for both the male and female beach volleyball teams!
Sports Day is fast approaching and pupils have this week been selecting the activities they will compete in on the day, the most popular so far being the Cornish Wrestling! Sports Day will take place on Wednesday 8th July.

On Monday 15th June, Mrs Lawrence and Mrs Baker took a group of Year 7s to Wheal Martyn for the day to find out all about China Clay; how it’s made, what products we find it in and how the discovery of China Clay has changed our local area. 
The day started with an outdoor tour of Wheal Martyn, where students learnt about the process of mining China Clay, with an opportunity to look over the mining pit. They then took part in a clay modelling session, creating models of things they were inspired by during the tour.
Mrs Lawrence said: “It was a brilliant sunny day out where students were able to learn and engage with their local area and learn about the impact the industry has had on Cornwall. They were fascinated to discover the amount of products China Clay was found in - such as toothpaste, paper and make up!”

You can read more about Wheal Martyn on their website:


This week a huge group of students came together in the Drama Studio for the very first auditions for next year’s production of a Shakespeare classic.

Mr Tew, Drama Teacher, said: “It is brilliant to see so many young people interested in recreating Shakespeare on stage. The turnout is one of the biggest we've ever had and the excitement and buzz around the school has been incredible. I'm looking forward to getting a cast sorted and cracking on with rehearsals next school year!"

Have you got your ticket yet?

SEAL: I recognise when I should feel please with, and proud of, myself and am able to accept praise from others.

Diary Dates
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
Years 7-10 Sports Day
Student Reports Issued

Thursday 9th July
(Reserve Sports Day)
Core Opening Times:
Mon - Thurs 8.00am until 4.00pm
Fri 8.00am - 3.00pm

Children's Hospice South West 

 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.

Children’s Hospice South West has been nominated and shortlisted by Newquay and Bodmin Sainsbury’s stores as one of three charities that have the potential to become the stores’
Local Charity of the Year for 2015/2016.
For CHSW to be the Charity of the Year at these stores would be a fantastic opportunity, not only to help raise funds but also awareness.
You can vote for CHSW online

Voting ends on Sunday 28th June

Train to teach with Penrice Academy

Youth Kernow at Penrice Academy
Thursday 30th July (during the Summer Holidays)
10.30am - 2.30pm, lunch provided
Students have the opportunity to meet and work with their Member of Youth Parliament, discussing a jobs website for young people across Cornwall to help them find employment and develop their skills.
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