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Friday 3rd July 2015
Message from the Principal
The end of term is approaching fast but the pace at Penrice just keeps getting faster. We hosted the Cornwall School games last week and had 750 competitors plus another 250 coaches, marshals and umpires plus the spectators on our site. The sun shone eventually and it was a great event, well worth the hours of preparation for it. Penrice students did well winning or getting medals in a number of events. This week all attention has been on the Wizard of Oz which we have been working on all year – many of you will have seen it or have planned to do so. It is a really worthwhile evening out and as always the talents of young people in acting, singing, making props or doing all the sound and light - not to mention the music - have to be seen to be believed.
Two more weeks to go and we still have our Sports Day coming up – fingers crossed for not too hot and not raining – the Welcome Days for our new Year 7s and then Curriculum Enhancement Week which sees more of our students away on trips across the channel or up country than we have ever had before. Thank you to all the parents for your support with all of these events and please be assured that it is all very worthwhile in developing the character and spirit of our children.

(David Parker, Principal)
Penrice Presents! The Wizard of Oz

This week, audiences ranging from primary students to grandparents were treated to four performances of the The Wizard of Oz by our fantastic Drama and Music Departments and a cast of hugely talented students.

by Alice Walmsley and Evie Neale (Year 8)

The Wizard of Oz is a magical play full of hope, love, courage and wisdom and the cast at Penrice Academy did not fail to pull off the full range of emotion and passion in their new production.
The main characters were played fluently, showing excellent characteristics, taking the songs from the original production. Dorothy was played by two young ladies from the school, Daisy Devlin in Year 8 on the Thursday and Maddie Wood in Year 10, on the Wednesday and the Friday. Daisy also performed in the matinée on the Wednesday morning.
The show started in a clever way; while the audience purchased refreshments and took their seats before the play, the cast moved around on stage, going about their day to day jobs of the character they were playing, with natural sound effects playing in the background. Once the show started, safety precautions were read out to the audience swiftly and the show quickly began.
The story flowed well with original parts from the play, songs were sung beautifully - and not forgetting the music came straight from the live school orchestra which added a real home-made touch to the play. The special effects were very magical; for example, when the good witch casts the snow storm on the poppies, it was clever and added  laughter to the play. The children of the audience were enthralled when the Munchkins threw glitter and sweets. 
In all The Wizard of Oz was truly amazing, filled with power and emotion. Each actor/actress was chosen perfectly for each role - a lot of hard work was put into this and it showed. The singing was outstanding and the audience went wild at each ending scene. The costumes were tremendous and portrayed each character perfectly.  Everyone will agree - we are looking forward to further productions created by Penrice Academy!

There may be one more show to go (Friday night) but you can see more photos from the first performances on our Facebook page:



"We really really enjoyed it - you were a star!"

Thank you to the pupils of St Mewan Primary School for the wonderful cards they made for the Wizard of Oz Cast!

You made their day and we’re so happy you enjoyed Wednesday’s Matinee.


All this week, Years 7-10 held their Celebration Assemblies during registration. Students were entertained by their peers with music from a brass band, singers, rappers, stand-up comedy, an incredible lesson in dance from Year 8’s Andrew Oshin, as well as snippets from The Wizard of Oz. Awards were given for attendance, merits and contribution to the Penrice community through the Summer Term and the school year and students and teachers had the opportunity to nominate ‘unsung heroes’ of their form. We also said farewell to teachers, students and Form Tutors who are leaving us this year.

Mr Thomas, Head of Year 9, told his year: "I have been blown away by what you lot have done, both as a group and individually, throughout the year and in just this term. Your spirit of 'getting involved' is exactly what Penrice is about."

Well done to everyone who received an award, provided entertainment or contributed to the celebrations in some way.

Jay Manning (above), Musicians, Comedians and Dancing Queen Andrew Oshin (below) and Lydia Pennell and George Tregilgas receive their awards.

Last week Penrice Academy joint hosted the Cornwall School Games, which saw thousands of young people trying their hand at a variety of different sports around Saint Austell. To help capture our part of this monumental event, we enlisted the help of 10 students who formed our Media Team. They spent the day taking photos, interviewing competitors and Tweeting live from the different venues.
Below is a selection of their pictures from the day, and you can still see their Tweets on the Cornwall Sports Partnership page:
A big thank you to them for their help!
The Media Team: Mya Newman Reed, Bella Taylor and Kordelia Majer (Year 7), Elizabeth Wood and Ellie Bridger (Year 8) and Annie Brown, Elli Tubb, Ellie Cook, Fran Shryane and Natalie Frazer (Year 9) 
Pictured: Annie, Ellie B and Bella

Last week, two familiar faces were spotted serving up a feast for guests in a Come Dine With Me Cornish special.
Maths Teacher Gavin Thomas and Marie Thomas from the Learning Inclusion Centre at Penrice took part in the couple’s edition of the Channel 4 show where contestants take turns hosting a dinner party. On the night, they treated their guests to Scallop and Chorizo Salad as a starter, Garlic Infused Chicken with Mediterranean Veg and Parmesan Mash for main and Brandy Snap Baskets with Lemon Cream, Chocolate Marquise and Raspberry coulis for desert.
Mrs Thomas said: “We had an amazing week and met some really interesting people! We laughed until our tummies ached, had some extraordinary conversations and made memories.  But most of all, we proved that the 'Thomas Team' are untouchable!”
If you’re yet to see it, you can catch up on the Channel 4 website to find out how they did…

PPE Exam Results: A big well done to our Year 10s who have worked really hard towards their PPE’s. This week they received their results, which act as an early indication of their progress in all subjects and will help them understand what they’re doing well, and what they need to improve in their final year at Penrice.

A Friend In Me
Our Year 7 Academy Council have created a video to show to primary students, to tell them all about Penrice Academy, discussing their favourite subjects, getting advice from teachers and giving their top tips. Watch it here:

Inspiring Young Women at Cornwall College
Last week, a group of Year 9 students from Penrice attended an Inspiring Young Women event at Cornwall College Saint Austell.

The event, delivered by Leading Women UK in partnership with The Cornwall College Group, was packed with speakers, employment information, activities and role models from a variety of industry backgrounds. To challenge perceptions, the 12 role models - including a lawyer, firefighter, salon owner, software tester and a project manager - stood on stage while the students were challenged to guess their careers.  The young women then networked with these professionals and had a unique opportunity to ask questions and gain an insight into what paths they followed to achieve their career goals.
Rachel Jones, founder of Leading Women UK, explained on the day: “The Inspiring Young Women programme is designed to encourage young women to realise their aspirations, be inspired and prepare for employment and enterprise. Young women are challenged in the choices they make by negative media and peer pressure, particularly when choosing their options and developing through many personal changes during their early teenage years. Through this programme, we hope to make these decisions easier by explaining all the possible routes to employment and by meeting role models from a variety of sectors.” 



Following on from the successes at the Cornwall Schools Games last week, this week saw the final sets of extra-curricular fixtures take place and all the focus is now onto Sports Day next Wednesday.
On Wednesday 1st July, seven boys took part in the County Golf Competition held at St Austell Golf Club. All the boys (pictured above) played some great golf, in particular Ewan Warren-Knight, Rhys Johns and Ricardo Sanchez, who came second in the county team event only losing out to Richard Lander by 1 shot.
Scorecard (36 points = level par)
Ewan Warren-Knight: 36 points - level par
Ricardo Sanchez: 39 points - 3 under
Rhys Johns: 32 points - 4 over
Bradley Varcoe: 37 points - one under
Oliver Watson: 35 points - one over
Finn Pearce: 38 points - two under
Hayden Thornton: 24 points - twelve over
MVP - Ricardo Sanchez 
The Rounders season concluded with another set of victories; this time against Bodmin. This has been an excellent season for Rounders and for all the girls across all age groups who have participated. The Year 7 team have managed to remain unbeaten all term, and the Year 9 team deserve special mention for their excellent effort and sportsmanship throughout the season
30th June - Bodmin (A)
Year 7 - Penrice 16.5 - 9 Bodmin (MVP - Imogen Phillips)
Year 8 - Penrice 10 - 8 Bodmin (MVP - Claudia Beaumont-Olver)
Year 9 - Penrice 16 - 9.5 Bodmin (MVP - Olivia Phillips)
In Cricket, the Year 7s performed admirably losing out to a strong Wadebridge side in their cup semi-final on Tuesday. Having made the decision to bowl first, the boys were in a strong position half way through the innings with Wadebridge at 16/5. However, they recovered and managed to make 76 for 6. Pick of the bowlers was Adam Thomas who took 2/15. In reply, Penrice came up 10 runs short finishing on 66/7. Joe Maunder and Adam Thomas were the pick of the batsman scoring 8 and 12 respectively.
Under 12 County Semi-Final
Wadebridge 76/6 (A Thomas 2/15) beat Penrice 66/7 (A Thomas 12, J Maunder 8, B Horner 4) (MVP - Adam Thomas/Brad Horner).
The Year 8 County Cup Final at Grampound Road Cricket Club against Richard Lander was scheduled for Thursday, however the morning rain stopped any chances of a game. The two teams will try again at the same venue next Friday.
Sports Day
Sports day is now fast approaching and all the teams have been putting the final touches to the day by confirming all the activities they will be taking part in during PE this week. Please find below all the information students will need for the day - if students have any questions, please see Mr Tucker.
SEAL: I can take responsibility for my life, and know how to help myself believe I can influence what happens to me

Diary Dates

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)

Monday 13th July - Friday 17th July
Curriculum Enhancement Week
Work Experience Week
Friday 17th July

Core Opening Times:
Mon - Thurs 8.00am until 4.00pm
Fri 8.00am - 3.00pm

Children's Hospice South West 

Saturday 4th July
12pm to 11pm
Pirates & Pasties Music Fest
Supporting Children's Hospice South West at The Ship Inn, Polmear, Par (courtesy of Chris Giles). Featuring The Pirates of St Piran, The Bluebelles, Falmouth Shout, Old Gaffers, Rum and Shrub, Oggymen, U.P, Veller Lia, Lottee Brown, Loft. Compere: Shane Solomon. Food available in the Pub ~ Stalls. For more info call: 07856 324056
Friday 17th July
Doors open 1.30 pm for 2pm start
CHSW St Austell Friends' Group are hosting the Clay Country Singers supporting Children's Hospice South West at Trewoon Village Hall. Entry: £2.50 with a Cream Tea.  Plus a Raffle.  Everyone Very Welcome.

Saturday 18th July
10am to 5pm
Charity Open Garden
Hidden Valley Gardens, Treesmill, Near Par, PL24 2TU
An intimate 3 acre award-winning cottage style garden and specialist plant nursery nestled in a secluded hidden valley in Cornwall.  There are 26 identified beds and borders that are full of colour from early season to late autumn.  It is a wonderfully peaceful place to sit and dream amongst the borders/beds set with herbaceous perennials, shrubs and grasses, and collections of Crocosmia, Agapanthus and Dahlias. There is a pond area with wildlife and bog planting, and a shady Fernery, also Japanese and Mediterranean areas and Iris Bed. Award winning Garden in Cornwall (Visit Cornwall) and featured garden in RHS magazine "The Garden" (August 2012). One of "20 UK best places to stay with gardens" (The Times) Website: http://www.hiddenvalleygardens.co.uk/
Car parking, including disabled with wheelchair access. Dogs welcome on leads.  Admission: Adults - £4.50, Children - Free.  Refreshments available. Plant sales.
Merlin MS Centre 

Friday 17th July
Merlin MS Centre
Moroccan Themed Pop Up Night
Friday 31st July
Sticker Football Club, 7.30pm
Johnny Cowling and Fossil Rock play at the main marquee
Saturday 1st and 2nd August
Sticker Football Club, from 10am
Sticker Country Fair and Vintage Rally
Saturday 1st August
Sticker Football Club, 7.30pm
Mevagissey Male Voice Choir

Train to teach with Penrice Academy
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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.
For more information: https://www.facebook.com/YouthKernow?fref=ts


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