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Friday 10th July 2015
Message from the Principal
The end of term comes in a week’s time and we have planned the best activities week ever, with more students, doing more things, travelling further than ever before. This week we have had a Sports Day with over a thousand young people out on the fields doing traditional track and field events and a host of non-traditional activities such as assault course challenges and Cornish wrestling. It has been an action packed couple of weeks with more to come. Every student I spoke to told me it was the best Sports day ever. The fact that it did not rain, as it has for every one of the last five years, means this is going to be a great summer! 

The last day of term will be Friday 17 July and will finish at the normal time. We start the new term on Friday 4 September with Year 7 and Year 11 and Monday 7 September for all other years.

(David Parker, Principal)

On Thursday 9th July, over a thousand young people took to the fields of Penrice Academy for the annual Sports Day.

Students across the school took part in traditional sports such as track events, long jumps and javelin, but it was the added touch of archery, mountain biking, problem solving and Cornish wresting - as well as glorious sunshine - that made it a year to remember.

Congratulations to all students who took part - with special mention to Par Bay who took 1st place - to Team PE for putting it all together and to all staff for their help in making it what many are calling 'the best Penrice Sports Day yet.’

You can see more photos from the day on our Facebook page:


On Friday 3rd July, Penrice Academy held its 3rd Annual 60 Second Science Day, which saw 40 pupils from local primaries descend on the Science Department for a day of exciting experiments.

Pupils from Bishop Bronescombe, Luxulyan, Carclaze, Mount Charles, Sandy Hill, Mevagissey, Charlestown and Pondhu Primary Schools took part in three challenges: Making bubble mixture last 60 seconds, making a pop rocket launch after 60 seconds and making a marble run a course for 60 seconds. The challenges were designed to test their teamwork and scientific skills, as well as giving a taster of what Science is like at Secondary School level.
Penrice Academy Science Teacher Mrs McGee said: “These Primary Science Days are proving more and more popular each year and visiting pupils did a fantastic job embracing all the challenges with such enthusiasm. They show real promise as future scientists!”

Congratulations to Luxulyan School who win the trophy with 1149 points! And thank you to the Penrice students who did a great job of helping on the day.

On Tuesday 7th July, Year 6 student Harvey, from St Mewan, met Harvey, Penrice's 8 Year Old Springer Spaniel Therapy Dog, on one of two Welcome Days at the school. The days were designed for students joining next year to get to know their classmates and the school before the exciting move to secondary school in September.

Mrs Battisson, SEND Support Specialist in Autism at Penrice Academy, said: “Harvey was all Harvey spoke about since he arrived that morning! The day was a great opportunity for the two of them to meet and they’re already getting on well.”

Harvey the Therapy Dog is officially a member of staff at Penrice, and he is trained to ‘listen’ to reluctant readers, help with student confidence and provide comfort if needed.

Thank you to the Penrice community for helping with two very successful Welcome Days - there were some happy faces clearly excited to come back in September!

Pictured: Miss Seberry, Harvey and Harvey
(Photo: Paul Williams)


Year 9 Product Designers Judged by Barclays Bank

Students in the Year 9 Product Design Option have spent the last 10 weeks researching, designing and prototyping a piece of flat packed furniture aimed at University students. The brief was set and supported by Barclays Bank in St Austell, who also periodically visited the students to cover business, profit margin and budgeting skills within the project.

The product Design teachers, Mr Kennedy, Mrs Lewis and Mr Watson have supported students during their lessons in what has been the equivalent of 48 hours’ worth of work - something that mirrored the time given by Sir Alan Sugar in an episode of The Apprentice, which was the inspiration for the project.

Students have been working in teams throughout, developing a portfolio of evidence that was submitted along with a final prototype of their work. These were judged by Barclays Bank and a prize awarded to the group who covered a specific set of criteria the best. All three teachers have expressed how impressed they have been by all groups who submitted work and also the closeness of the competition; the winners clinching the top spot by only 1 point.

The winning team, made up of Shannon White, Hannah Knight, Zion Packer-Moone and Rowan Bickerdike, won the competition with 38 out of 40 points. Mrs Sonia Bass from Barclays Bank said: “The judges have all been so impressed with all entries, the professionalism and dedication shown by the students and also the behaviour when visiting during the taught sessions. I am delighted with all the prototypes - in particular the quality in such a short amount of time!”

On Thursday 25th June and Thursday 2nd July, the Maths Team took all students in Year 7 on a field trip to Lanhydrock House for Maths in Action.

The days out gave students the opportunity to experience Mathematics outside of the classroom and to see how the subject can be used in everyday life. 
On the day, the students were tasked with:

1. Measuring up the formal gardens in order to create scale drawings back at school
2. Using different estimation methods to find out the heights of some of the trees, using other people and a perspective technique
3. Working as a team to recreate the length of the long gallery without the use of any measuring implements - barring themselves and some clues!

Pictured: Tyler uses different techniques to measure trees (above) Imogen and Bethany (below left) and Archie (below right)

St Austell Bay Radio

On Friday, Mrs Tooley took a group of students to St Austell Bay radio.

The students were all involved in a ‘poetry by heart’ competition and recited their poems at the station. Competition winner Keira Leo also read out her own poem.

Farewell to Staff

This week we also said farewell to those teachers who are moving on from Penrice Academy at the end of this academic year.

We wish you all good luck in whatever you’re going on to do and thank you for everything you’ve done for the school and its community.

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:

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

Children's Hospice South West 

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

Good luck to Mrs Gouldsmith, Mrs James, Mrs Thomas and Mrs Lewis, who are taking part in Race 4 Life this weekend in Truro.
The event will see women of all ages and abilities walking, jogging or sprinting 5k in support of Cancer Research UK.


Teacher Training led from Penrice Academy

Peninsula SCITT are still recruiting to our September 2015 cohort in the following subjects;

Art & Design / Science: Biology, Chemistry & Physics / Design & Technology / English / Geography / Mathematics / Modern Languages / PE / Primary
Find Peninsula SCITT on Facebook and Twitter:

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


Dracula Spectacular!
- Are you aged between 7 and 16?

- Do you enjoy singing, acting, dancing or working backstage?
A group in Mevagissey is putting on a spooky play for children! Come to the Jubilee Hall in Mevagissey on 20th July at 6pm to find out more or call Sheila Gill on 01726 64479 for details.


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Enjoy your weekend!
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