Penryn College's weekly newsletter for families 
Issue 6 Spring Term  08/02/17
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This week in our newsletter

  • EdVenture: Half Term Holiday Activities!
  • Students Perform at the Hall for Cornwall
  • Scooter & Moped Policy
  • A Literacy Mystery...
  • And so much more!
Half term is EdVenture Time!

A brand new and exciting educational opportunity starts during half term, as EdVenture comes to Penryn College.

February half-term is quite often a difficult time for parents, desperately attempting to entertain their children in the typical Cornish ‘mizzle’. Penryn College have recognised this, but also the chance it creates for children to continue their learning and development beyond the normal school term.

This is where EdVenture was born; a range of activities arranged to engage children between the ages of 3-16 in a host of sporting, artistic and academic means. The various sessions, either based at the College or off-site at specifically selected venues, are all led by experts within their field and intended to cater for all abilities.

The activities, ranging from Musical Theatre to archery, are all listed on the new website and parents also now have the capability to book and pay online.

Timetable, online booking & much more on the EdVenture Website!

Dates and events
Jan 30th - Feb 9th
Yr11 Mock Examinations

Feb 9th - Feb 14th
KS4 GCSE History Trip - Germany

Feb 13th - Feb 17th
* * * Half Term * * *

Feb 24th
Parents Survey Opens

Feb 25th - Feb 26th 
Ten Tors Training
Save the Date

The Parents' Survey will be open on February 24th. This will be emailed to all parents. Arrangements for those without email access will be released closer to the date.

We value your feedback greatly and look forward to your response!
Powerful Performance from Drama Club students
Members of the Year 9 and 10 Drama Club gave a fantastic performance at The Hall for Cornwall along with 5 other local Secondary Schools. They were briefed with creating a 10 minute performance based on the idea of a journey.

In collaboration with Mrs Oliver and Mrs Williams the students created a powerful performance about the different routes and journeys people may take through life.

Well done to Dylan, Natasha, Lucas, Lauren, Theo, Scott, Finn, Luca, Mya, Ethan, Loveday, Ben, Erin, Joanna, Molly, Mia, Lydia, Zanna, Romi and Daisy.
Policy for bringing Scooters
and Mopeds onto School Grounds
A new policy has been introduced for those students who wish to bring a scooter or moped onto the school grounds. 

There are a few things which students will need to do to be compliant and we would ask parents to sign the authorisation saying that you are happy for your child to use their vehicle to travel to school. 

The children will then need to bring their documents into school and once they have done this they are free to use their own scooter or moped to travel onto school grounds. The policy can be found in the Policy section of the website. If you have any questions please get in touch with Dave Cunningham at the college.
*Pick N Mix for Parents!*
- Tips from the 
Parents Forum -

The Pick N Mix is a collection of useful tips and
suggestions for engaging with your child's learning.
This week's Pick:

One of the best ways of learning something is to explain it to someone else, so look at a subject book, find a recent page and ask them……

What is this?
What does this mean?
Who is this about?
What did they do?
How did you get that result?

You can find the full Pick N Mix list here
Please note that shorts can now be worn all year around. Shorts must be formal, black, knee length and of a formal/tailored type cut. Any other styles will not be allowed.

You can find the full uniform list on our website.
School Immunisation Programme
Kernow Health will be visiting Penryn College on Friday 3rd March to deliver the Secondary Schools Immunisations Programme. This will involve HPV (cervical cancer) immunisations for Year 8 & 9 girls, Meningitis and Adolescent Booster immunisations for Year 9 girls and boys and Meningitis immunisations for Year 11 boys and girls. 

All information packs have now been sent out.

PLEASE REMEMBER to return the consent form by 20th February!
The Mystery of the Murdered Maid

To celebrate Charles Dickens’ birthday KS3 classes are solving a Dickensian mystery in their English lessons…
The Suspects:

Year 7 Literacy Challenge

This fortnight's final winner is
Madeline Misselbrook in 7DC2

"Minutes turned to hours. The messenger had finally arrived. Only one thing stopped me from reading this message; the nerves of my hopeless body. I anxiously opened the message with my fragile hands and hoped that it was what I wanted it to be."
This fortnight's challenge: Write a description of what’s happening in the "High Diving Giraffes" video.
Literacy Support: handy tips to help your child
Year 10 History Students
Year 10 History GCSE students will be bringing home a letter regarding buying cut price revision guides via the school. Please look out for the letter in your children’s bags!
Cross Country Congratulations! 

Penryn College students placed brilliantly in the recent Cross Country County School Championships.

Well done to all our athletes who took part in the SW Cross County Finals at Truro in truly atrocious conditions. Zak Clemens had a fantastic run, winning the minor boys race, while Ben Stevens came 8th, Finn Hudson 24th and Louis Holmes 24th. Special mention must go to Floyd, Zak and Erin who all finished inside the top 10 of their age groups and now stand an excellent chance of representing Penryn at the National Finals in Norwich in March.

There were also many impressive individual performances from Penryn College students including; Floyd Ratcliffe (7th) and Sam Goodchild (9th) in the Inter boys race, Ed Mitchell (6th), Josh Armtage (13th) in the Junior boys races, Frances Ratcliffe (9th) in the Junior girls race and Erin Devery (5th) and Abi Downing (8th) in the minor girls race.

Congratulations to Zak, Ben, Ed, Floyd, Sam, Frances, Erin and Abi for their County selection.

Sports Fixtures

9th Feb Dev/Perf Squads vs Camborne - Away
Sports Results


U12 Girls 5-a-side Regionals
Runners up position

County Cup
Yr 10s Penryn 5 - 0 Truro School
Yr 8s Penryn 7 - 1 St Ives
yr 7s lost against St Ives

Yr 7s won against Penair
Yr 8s 2 - 2 Penair


Cross Country
SW County Finals
Floyd, Zak and finished inside the top 10 of their age groups.


De-Stress at Jubilee Wharf
A big thank you to Parents
On the Home page of the parent Virtual School is a feedback box which many parents have been using for which we thank you.

From your feedback we are pleased to state the following changes have been made to the Virtual School:
  • Review evening page -  parents can now generate an email, giving all appointments they have made.
  • Canteen page - Link to school Menu on website added.
  • Homework page – all Past home works are now showing with the most recent homework positioned at the top.
  • Re-jigging layout of Live Assessments summary page sent home to parents.
Please continue to add your feedback on the look/usage of the Virtual School.
Most of our parents receive the Friday weekly email.  This goes out every Friday at 5pm giving details for that week on Behaviour Incidents, Achievement Awards, Attendance, Homework due, Canteen & Printing balances.  Feedback on this can be seen below.

“I do find the weekly emails really helpful, as it gives me an update without having to log in. When I do log in, it’s great to have all the information in one place, including canteen balance etc. Thanks for making my life a little easier.”

“I find the weekly email really useful to keep up to date with progress on the boys. Each week I challenge them regarding their homework as I know the specifics. Not only do I know they have homework but what subject, what task and when the deadline is. It has saved time and arguments in our house so thank you for providing us with this vital information.  As a very busy working mum I find this online communication invaluable to supporting the boys at Penryn.”
If you do not have your parent log in details for the Virtual School/or wish to receive the weekly email contact Mrs Head on Ext.1241 or email

Next issue: 22nd February

Have a fantastic Half Term!
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