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Friday 17th July 2015
End of Term
Message from the Principal
I would like to thank all of the parents for their support and help this year. We have had a very good year at Penrice and have finished this term with an amazing Curriculum Enhancement Week and Work Experience Week – this Newsletter being one of the products of the Work Experience Week.
As we go into the summer holidays I have one final request; we have been informed by Imerys that they have seen an increase in children trespassing on their land at the weekend and evenings. They are very concerned about this increasing during the holiday. The clay pits are dangerous and the Imerys security team will be on high alert. Please stay away from their property.
I hope that all of our students have a safe and happy holiday and we look forward to welcoming Year 7 and Year 11 on Friday 4 September and everyone else on Monday 7 September.

(David Parker, Principal)

This week, all students at Penrice Academy have been immersed in enrichment activities. From sports with professionals, arts and crafts, drama and dance and challenging games at the school to fishing, exploring, surfing, learning, walking, dangling, drawing, mucking and travelling around the UK and Europe - the excitement has been relentless.  

It’s also been Work Experience Week for Year 10, who have been scattered all over the county experiencing different industries. All content in this Newsletter has been planned, sourced, written and produced by Casey-Jane Deller in Year 10, who has spent the week covering the activities as a roving reporter in the PR Department at Penrice Academy.

She has also helped monitor our social media while we received pictures from around Eurpope.
See our Facebook page for more pictures and updates from throughout the week:


Curriculum Enhancement Week Newsletter Special
by Casey-Jane Deller, Year 10

“I am a Year 10 student from Penrice Academy and have just finished my work experience. For the past week I have been working with Mr Reed in the PR and Communications office.

Throughout the week I have been helping to produce the school Newsletter, taking pictures, monitoring social media and interviewing people around the school. Working in PR has given me more confidence and an idea of what it would actually be like to work as a journalist or reporter.

I am also considering it as a future career and I’ve had a brilliant time working this week!”

Plymouth Argyle Week

Football during CEW was very busy. Mr Round and five Plymouth Argyle coaches accompanied 90 students for their Football activities - making it the biggest activity of the week! The students were taught by B-Tech coaches, student and senior coaches. There were warm up sessions for afternoon mini matches, and on Wednesday the students went to Home Park, and got to use the facilities and train like a professional footballer. Mr Round said: “The students really enjoyed visiting Home Park and being trained by Plymouth Argyle coaches!”

Martin Hatfield, Plymouth Argyle Coach, came in with five other coaches from PAFC to train and the students had an amazing experience of a week in the life of a footballer and there has been such positive feedback: “The students had smiles on their faces! Their attitude to the sport and training is amazing!”

On Thursday the students practiced what they learnt with more rotational mini activity and challenges; crossbar challenge, a football golf course, a relay course and a penalty shootout. And to celebrate, the all-important World Cup on Friday.

Some of the students also had their own opinions on the week. Lewis Gale, Year 7, said: “I had lots of fun and have developed a lot of new skills and techniques.” His favourite activity performed was the shooting, which he said that he “enjoyed learning and really improved.” He also managed to ‘lob’ Mr Round but the less said about that the better!

Creative Arts Week

The Art Department has been busy this week. Miss Fegan, Miss King, Mrs Elliot and Mr. Kennedy were working with students on the theme of ‘Journeys’ focusing on the artists Joseph Cornel and Richard Long. The activities varied from photography to painting to digital editing. They made Waxed Teabags, they used the darkroom and learnt different techniques, and they created an animation and used natural materials - “instead of the usual things you would use in art!” Mr Kennedy made a large piece which he and the class called “the journey of the line”. The students also created digital images using Photoshop, created a scrapbook and practiced their photography skills, using the dark room to learn new techniques of creating a piece with more than just normal photographs and paintings.

They were also experimenting with acrylic printing and pinhole photography as well as using acetate. “It’s a brand new experience for the students and they have been enjoying themselves,” Miss. King said. Miss King described the final outcomes as ‘amazeballs’. “All of the students enjoyed their week and were listening and working well with each other. The students were very co-operative and behaved well, making it a very laid back environment," she commented. All of the Art Department students gave positive reviews about the activities performed throughout the week.  “It was an amazing experience trying things that we haven’t ever done before! There was a wide range of media and artsy things!” Chloe Trugeon said.

Other students said it’s a great way to express yourself through a range of ideas. Chloe Allen explained that her favourite part of the week was learning how to use the dark room efficiently and the wide range of creative activities available to try.

Performing Arts Week


Wendy Taylor from Tribiggon Theatre Company came into the drama department on Tuesday 14th July to teach the students acting techniques that they could take into an acting career for the future. “The students were brilliant and the staff were very friendly” Wendy said. “The atmosphere in the studio and the Academy was fantastic!”

During the day the students started by a simple clap exercise, where they had to connect with each other in order to pass the clap along. Wendy said she was very proud of the students and their positive attitude towards the learning and performing side of the day: “The things they have learnt from the workshop will help them for future references, socialisation skills and performing in front of a big or small audience,” she explained.

On Wednesday with Mr Tew the students created a piece, which included Freeze Frames to retell a story from an article written by the newspaper. At the beginning of the day the students started by improvisation, experimenting with a load of different techniques and working with people that they would not usually work with as a group.

“It was a nice laidback environment,” one of the students said. “We also had a lot of freedom of expression.”

For the Dance element, we have welcomed Flexus, a dance company from Wolverhampton. They specialise in educating young people through dance and perform to audiences of all ages and sizes.

Producer and Choreographer Katy Dowson explained that the morning performance was all about ‘limitations to life and pushing yourself to the limit - using escaping a box from a metaphor.’ The dance is inspired by the question: Why do teens believe they can’t do something?

Miss Nance, Teacher of Dance at Penrice, said: “Students have never seen a performance like this or worked with a dance company like Flexus. Their work is contemporary and boasts drama and dance - it’s emotional, it gets to the audience and it helps students to break through the ‘barriers’ of life.”

“It also inspires the boys to join in as well as the girls,” she continued, “which is fantastic for the students and getting involved is what Curriculum Enhancement week is all about.”

Arts and Crafts Week

With the help of Paige Hazelwood and Miss Johns, Mrs. Millington arranged for the students to have an amazing week creating a whole host of things. On Monday, they made their own stuffed rabbits to sell and raise money for Little Harbour. On Tuesday, each student made mixed media canvases and cards to take home. Wednesday saw the making of monsters! The students designed and chose the fabric to create their monsters.

Thursday was a stuffing, sewing and finishing off day, the students each tried the sewing machines to finish. “The activities and projects are really fun and I enjoyed them more and more as the week went on,” said one student. Another student said that she found learning how to sew properly the most interesting and fun thing. Mr Watson in Woodwork worked with two groups of students on a range of things to finally make a set design for animations, learning different woodwork techniques along the way.

Kernow Week

Mr Pope, Mrs Brett and 45 students from Years 7-9 got in a bit of a sticky situation on Monday. Focusing on Cornish culture and history, Kernow Week saw students making Celtic crosses out of leaves, cardboard and other materials, which they really enjoyed. Mrs Brett commented: “The students ended up very sticky and gluey by the end of it!”

Mr Pope and his students focused on Cornwall’s history of storytelling and guising and Mevagissey feast week played a large part. They focused on fancy dress and making masks based on Cornish legends and myths. Each of the students performed a short scene to recreate a story of their choice. They also took part in a hunt for clues around the school. Mr Pope said: “All of the students were co-operative and worked well despite the time challenge.”

On Tuesday the students went on a coastal walk from polrun to Fowey, to Charlestown on Wednesday and Tintagel Castle on Thursday. One student said: “The Castle was very interesting and very old! I really enjoyed learning all about Cornish Culture.”

English Week

Mrs Carne and the English department were focusing on creative writing and stretching their imagination for CEW. All week the classes went on exciting trips, to the cinema and to Porthpean beach for inspiration. They watched Despicable Me at school and focused on the theme ‘villains’, getting creative and writing about the film. On Tuesday the students and the teachers travelled down to the cinema to watch Jurassic World or Minions: The Movie.

When the students arrived back from the cinema they wrote movie reviews which helped them with their English communication skills. They visited the beach, went rock pooling built sand sculptures and walked across it. Friday the students had a chilled out day, in the morning they had cream teas, which were ‘really yummy!’ They made English based cards and drew. In the Afternoon the students got presented with prizes for their hard work all week. Miss Sigrist said: “I am very proud of the students; they were very creative with their reviews of the films.”

Mrs Lewis, Mrs Lawrence and Miss Pomeroy took three groups of students out on a circular six mile walk to Porthpean and Blackhead. Miss Pomeroy said: “It was a challenging walk with our students approaching it with energy and determination, speeding up the hills and even a 168 step incline! We stopped at various points during the walk to enjoy the views and explore the beaches and wildlife. An enjoyable day out for everyone, especially in the sun (but also in the rain!)""

For a water fix this week, staff took students to Fistral Beach for a week in the surf. They said: “The students had a great time - despite the rain earlier this week - enjoying Surf’s Up on one of our favourite beaches. They’ve been taking lessons and tips from expert surfers. They were all lovely and polite and it was a pleasure to spend the week with them.”

“Tucked away on our own private lake, the fishing frenzy began with many different species being caught from smaller Roach and Rudd to impressive Carp and Tench. The changeable weather didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the students who all caught fish every day, thanks to Mr Griggs' expert tuition. Catch of the week went to Sam London from Year 7 who, after a long session of tiring the fish out, landed an impressive 9lb Carp before carefully releasing it back to fight another day.

Thank you to all the staff who helped on the different days making this a brilliant week for everyone who attended with many students already saying they want to come back again next year!” (Mr Banfield)

Pictured: Kayleigh from Year 7

This week has seen a variety of pupils spend the day at a working livery yard just outside of St Austell. The morning has consisted of mucking out stables, learning about yard management and essential poo picking of fields, where teams have been competing against each other to fill as many wheelbarrows as possible, making the paddocks pristine and safe for the horses. The afternoons have been spent learning points of the horse, correct rope ties and plaiting and bathing, culminating in an in-hand show. 

“The teams have been exceptional in presenting their horses and tack has been cleaned as well as feed stores organised and even a trip from the farrier to demonstrate a horse being shod. Best friends have been made and even the donkeys and two pigs have looked forward to each day with our wonderful, caring and enthusiastic pupils!” (Miss Trerise)

Some students took part in a Babysitting course, run by Mrs Stevens. On Monday they travelled to St Austell College to have a look at the Child Development Department of the College. They had a tour of the department and took part in Arts & Crafts activities learning how to stimulate a child’s creative skills. They produced posters, games and leaflets.
On Tuesday they had a Baby Care Day, where they learnt about bathing a baby, and choosing the appropriate food. They were also visited by a 4 month old child.  The students said that the baby visit was very interesting and the child was ‘so cute!’ On Wednesday the students learnt about Food Safety, making meals and the risks of giving the child inappropriate food and drink. Thursday came and the students learnt about Health & Safety and being aware of the child’s wellfare and what environment the child should be in. After a very hard week the students got awarded for their hard work and presented a Babysitting Course certificate.
On top of this busy week the students had to take home a controlled baby - one that cries when it’s hungry, wants their nappy changed and when it just wants some attention. Overall the students enjoyed their week and said that it was very interesting and that they are considering childcare as a future option.
For CEW, some students experienced the life of professional rugby player, Phil Morris. The students enjoyed having the Rugby players in to train and inspire them.

On Monday the students had six army representatives from Exeter come in and teach them skills, building their confidence and helping improve their team work and trust. On Tuesday the students made their way down to the Cornish Pirates, to watch the rugby team train, get a feel of the atmosphere and to watch the techniques to bring it into their own game. Wednesday was a training day. The students joined in some mini games and practised scrums. Mr Tucker said: “The students worked well with the coaches as well as each other.”

On Thursday, the students went down to Cornwall College where they trained in the gym and on Friday they travelled to the beach to do a series of beach games, Tug-of-war, Cliff jumping and water sports, which students called a “great way to end a great week!”
Trips at Home and Abroad

There were seven trips during Curriculum Enhancement Week, where students got to sample foreign culture, exciting plays, high-adrenaline sports and incredible scenery:

Germany, Barcelona,  Les Orres, Paris, Belgium, London English and London Art

Work Experience Week

As part of CEW, Year 10 students went out on work experience, which was managed by Mrs. Selley, to give the students a taster of what proper employment feels like and how to be presentable in the workplace. Here are a few examples of placements from the week:

Olivia Rootes - Indicia

“Indicia are a costumer engagement Marketing agency. They work with many different clients providing creative and data solutions. I really enjoyed my week there; it really boosted my confidence and has made me think about the future. Everyone there made me feel so welcome. I have left with a determination to work hard in school, college and possibly university!”

Ellie Grant - Wilson’s Jewellery, St. Austell

“I learnt a lot during the week. All of the customers know how to make you smile and laugh! I learnt how to speak formally to people I don’t know. The week was really busy. I had a lot of jobs to do, such as handling and cleaning jewellery.”

Keenan Hooper - IMERYS

“I have been going around fixing specific things, driving a JCB and pretty much doing mechanical maintenance. I learnt about metal work and tools and it has been extremely interesting.”

Sam Higman - Penrice Academy Site Team

“My week at Penrice has been great! I’ve sorted deliveries and done painting and maintenance around the school and the guys are really nice.

It’s really showed how things work behind the scenes; how much hard work is put in to the things you don’t usually see - the 'secret' side of school.”

Jamelah  Payton - Saint Austell Voice

Jamelah worked with the Saint Austell Voice newspaper, and helped arrange and conduct an interview with Callum from Flexus Dance Company, working with the PR Department at Penrice Academy.

"I really enjoyed working at the Voice - there was so much to do!"

You can see the final article below.


Diary Dates

Friday 17th July
Children's Hospice South West 

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 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

Last week, Year 10 musicians visited the Philharmonia Orchestra's MusicLab where they were able to experiment with orchestral instruments, a choir recording booth and various virtual tools for exploring orchestral sounds and music. Mr Jones said: “It was a very interesting afternoon for the students and an opportunity to experience orchestral music-making for the first time. I'm hoping this will encourage more students to learn orchestral instruments in the future”

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:

Race for Life: Congratulations to everyone who took part in the Race for life in Truro last week! “The weather was a tad wet, course was a little muddy and hilly, but we made it!” (Mrs Lews and Mrs Thomas, pictured)

Merlin Fun Run: One Mile Run
Saturday 22nd August 2015, 5pm
Trelissick House and Gardens, Truro, TR3 6QL
Prizes for Best Fancy Dress and Goody Bag for all
Advanced fee £5 in support of Merline MS Centre
Enter: www.merlinmscentre.org.uk
01726885530, sarah@merlinmscentre.org.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:

On Thursday 16th July we celebrated the achievement of our second cohort of trainee teachers. Congratulations to the 44 new teachers who have completed their Initial Teacher Training year through the Peninsula School Direct programme.

Head Teachers and Mentors from partner schools across Cornwall came together with family and friends to celebrate our trainee's success in completing their training year and graduating as newly qualified teachers.

During the ceremony at Truro Cathedral, trainees were presented with certificates marking the achievement and staff, trainees and past trainees reflected on the year.

Penrice Academy looks forward to welcoming our new cohort of SCITT trainees in September.

 Watch out for more pictures next week.

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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