Personal Development at Penponds

Personal Development

Personal Development at Penponds
Personal Development at Penponds - more than school!
The Right to be the Best you can be! Article 29
At Penponds we are proud to offer a programme to develop the holistic child through their personal development to prepare them for life in modern Britain and beyond .
Certain aspects, such as Relationships, Sex, Health (physical and mental well-being), Economic and wider safety including technology and media education are taught through our clearly defined teaching programme using the Jigsaw materials. Parents were consulted upon the development of the Relationships, Health and Sex Education Policy.
Other aspects such as Citizenship and Development of Character are taught constantly each day, through our school ethos supported by our school values (Creativity, Confidence, Caring and Curiosity), and focused rights chosen by the children (Right to a Voice; Right to an Education; Right to be the Best you can be, Right to Relax and Play; Right to meet friends and join clubs). These support positive behaviour choices from EYFS to Year 6, encouraging children to be the best possible version of themselves and underpins our explicit Behaviour Curriculum (see below) and Behaviour Policy.
Children are supported in school through a Whole School Trauma Informed School (TIS) approach and can receive specific identified support from a qualified TIS Practitioner.
A carefully planned assembly timetable ensures direct teaching of knowledge for personal development. Specific teaching of British Values is taught in assemblies supported by Picture News resources. See here 
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development is planned across our curriculum, enhanced through extra-curricular opportunities and special days such as Aspiration Day, Holi Rainbow Run, Bastille Festival; Climate Change, Charity fundraiser events and in assemblies delivered by school staff and visitors. Becky Lines from Transforming Mission Camborne delivers assemblies fortnightly to children focusing on developing character, learning right from wrong through morals and bible teachings. Our new approach to RE teaching encompasses a four step approach which includes Engagement, Investigation, Evaluation and Expression all steps encouraging self-reflection and opportunities to learn and be inspired by others. Find our more here
Wider opportunities for children are planned across the curriculum through trips, visitors, real/hands-on opportunities and extra-curricular clubs to support learning, life experiences, influence positive behaviour choices, understand importance of safety and inspire future life ambitions.
We have a motto of 'Enjoyable learning is memorable learning' and we foster and encourage an enjoyment in personal development.
We want children to be proud of the people they are now and the future self they will become. 
See below to find out about Personal Development at Penponds.
What's On?
CHILDREN'S MENTAL HEALTH WEEK - 5th February to 9th February

Safer Internet Day - 5th February

We marked Safer Internet Day a day early this year, as we had a very exciting Cornish Heritage day planned for the actual day on 6th February (see below). On the 5th, we talked to children about online safety, completed special lessons to remind, reteach and introduced new concepts about keeping safe while using the internet. We taught specifically about the safety and use of smart phones, particularly to our older classes. Please follow this link to ensure you have parental controls set up on your child's smart phones and other devices - Smartphones and tablets | Parent Zone | At the heart of digital family life As some of you know, we have recently had some issues with group chats and keeping our children safe while online, including the amount of time they are spending on their devices and how late at night they are on them. The guide above explores how you can add content and screen time restrictions as well as protections over downloads and in-game and in-app purchases.

Will Keating: Cornish Heritage Day - 6th February

Will Keating delivered a whole school assembly and individual class workshops which included songs and stories all around Cornish Heritage. The work achieved prepared the whole school to take part in an upcoming event at The Hall for Cornwall with other schools from the Camborne area on 6th March to celebrate St Piran's Day the day before. The transport costs have all been covered for the day as part of the event and a subsidy for schools for the workshops too! Our whole school will get the experience to perform at The Hall for Cornwall with other schools - such an incredible experience for all! When we know more information about it we will share it with you. What a great addition to Children's Mental Health Week

Express Yourself - My Voice Matters - Children's Mental Health Week - Friday 9th February

On the last day of Children's Mental Health week and the last day before half term, we are invited children to come to school 'Dressed to Express'. This means they could come to school wearing whatever they liked that expresses themselves. It could be a hobby that they love, a uniform from an organisation they are part of, it could be their favourite colour - it could be anything! WE had a wonderful array of outfits that truly expressed the children of Penponds. The theme for this year is Express Yourself - My Voice Matters.

In addition to the 'dress up day', FOPS are also held a sponsored event - Keep the Wheels Turning

As we know, exercise increases your overall health and your sense of well-being, which puts more pep in your step every day. Furthermore, exercise also has some direct stress-busting benefits. It pumps up your endorphins - your brain's feel-good neurotransmitters. So to end Children's Mental Health Week and to start half term with a boost, we held our sponsored FOPS event - Keep the Wheels Turning.

This involved 'keeping the wheels turning' on static exercise bikes and a turbo trainer for littler legs,  in the hall from 8am until the end of the school day.  And we did it! 

Now we have completed the challenge, it's time to get the sponsorship forms back in . I wonder how much we have managed to raise for FOPS.


Congratulations to Kelyn!
After her two-week trial at Cornwall AFC, she has been offered a place!
Kelyn also plays for Troon AFC and has worked so hard in training over the last three seasons to earn this opportunity. Well done!
Rocksteady Concert
We were treated to a wonderful end of term Rocksteady concert yesterday. We heard three bands perform, with some children performing for the very first time!

Have a look at the photos and videos below if you were unable to attend or to revisit the music.

Thank you so much to Hermione for stepping in to drum for one of our bands last minute - what a pro! Unfortunately, Maddie was unable to drum due to her poorly arm. Maddie, we really missed your performance and cannot wait to see you back behind the drums with your sticks ready to rock out again. Get Well Soon from us all!

New Christmas Prefects
Congratulations to Kaira, Emily and Mia who join William, Maisy and Alfie as prefects at Penponds!

Kaira - I don't think there is another child in this school who this means more to. When Kaira's name was announced as a new prefect she burst into tears - happy tears. She said 'it means everything to me'. Kaira is a real people pleaser and always wants to help. If there is a job that needs doing, Kaira is always the first to raise her hand and offer her assistance. Kaira has exceptional manners and makes the perfect role model for younger children. Congratulations Kaira!

Emily - Emily is a very special young person. She is a true advocate for others and an ambassador of rights. Emily single handedly organised the Food Bank Christmas Appeal in school and even arranged to have it delivered too! Emily always puts other's needs first and if she sees any injustice, is always first to investigate how things can be changed for the better. Emily is always a huge advocate for animal rights as well! Watch this space for the next project!

Mia - Mia has become a prefect through her relentless support of others. She is the perfect mediator when things go wrong and she always tries to help smooth out disagreements between others. Mia is very mature and understand the importance of tolerance and understanding. She always keeps out of drama, preferring to be the peace maker. What a wonderful attribute to have at such a young age.

Well done to all of our prefects of 2023!

Foodbank Appeal
Emily in Tregonning Class asked to do a Christmas Appeal to support families at this time of year. One of our focused school rights, is 'Right to a Voice' and Emily was certainly listened to!

We asked for donations as detailed below...

Reception: Chocolate, Sweets and Biscuits

Year 1 : Luxury Tins, Packets, Jars (soup, beans, stuffing mix, gravy mix, cranberry sauce, Yorkshire pudding mix, pasta and sauces etc)

Year 2: Gifts (bed socks and blankets, colouring pencils and activity books, make and do art sets, top trumps, playing cards etc)

Year 3: Drinks (fizzy pop, squash, tea, coffee, hot chocolate - no alcohol)

Year 4: Household necessities (loo roll, cleaning products, shampoo, soaps, tin foil, cling film, black bin liners etc)

Year 5: Snacks (crisps, crackers, bread sticks, fruit cakes etc)

Year 6: Christmas Extras (crackers, party poppers, festive hats, treats, mince pies, custard, Christmas pudding etc)

...and we were inundated with donations!

Emily and one of of our newly appointed prefects, Mia, went to the Food Bank this morning to drop off your kind donations.

Well done to Emily for this thoughtful gesture and thank you to all for supporting her so generously. The children using the Foodbank at this time time of year will certainly have their right to nutritious food and drink (Article 24).

Fox celebrates Diwali in India
Well, what an incredible experience Fox has had exploring his Indian heritage. Fox enjoyed a trip full of spiritual and cultural significance to celebrate Diwali in India.
Have a look through his photographs that his family have kindly shared with us.
Fox has clearly received his rights on this trip and back at school - Article 14 - Right to own thoughts and beliefs, Article 30 - Right to own culture and Article 12 - Right to a voice.
Lantern Parade
Penponds joined forces with the other Rainbow MAT schools in the Camborne area, by taking part in the Lantern Parade and Christmas Lights Switch on.
Children carried their fish lanterns with pride around the town and thoroughly enjoyed the festive spirit of the evening.
So much fun at our family Lantern Making Workshop!
We had a wonderful time making our fish inspired lanterns ready for the Camborne Lantern Parade.
This was a real community event - families all working together to achieve a wonderful result. 

Another PUBLISHED author at Penponds

Congratulations to Holly, who has followed in her sister's footsteps to become a published author. We are so proud that Freya, wrote her debut book while she was with us at Penponds and now so has Holly. I wonder how many more will follow.

Holly's book is entitled The Mighty Heroes - The Movies That Came to Life and can be purchased via amazon here The Mighty Heroes: The Movie That Came to Life : Dickenson, Holly: Books

BBC Children in Need

We celebrated BBC Children in Need today.

Children came to school in SPOTacular clothing and colourful non-uniform.

Donations can still be made on Parent Pay. There is a default amount of £1 set up on Parent Pay, with the option to donate more as I know lots of you did last year.

See the photos of our celebrations today

Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal

Our two oldest School Council: Rights Ambassadors represented Penponds at the Royal British Legion Youth Remembrance Service on Friday 10th November 2023 at Camborne Parish Church and War Memorial. The service which remembered the fallen of both World Wars and all conflicts since, respected those with traditional prayers leading towards the eleventh hour, Last Post, Reveille and poppy wreath laying.

On Monday 13th November children who attend groups like cadets, guides, brownies etc came to school in their uniforms. We held our Remembrance service, marked the silence and learnt all about Armistice Day.

Another prefect

Congratulations to Maisy for being the third prefect this academic year.

Maisy always has a bright smile on her face every morning and 'works the room' to ensure that everyone is 'ok' every morning. She is a perfect advocate for others, always whooping and cheering when others win awards and certificates in school. When Maisy was presented with her badge and tie in assembly this afternoon she burst into 'happy tears' - it just shows how much it means to her. She was certainly not expecting it and was really shocked - bless her. Congratulations Maisy! We are so proud of you - keep being you.

International Day of Tolerance

We marked the International Day of Tolerance this week alongside Anti-bullying Week.

To mark these two events, children came to school wearing odd socks to celebrate diversity and promote inclusion.

We also united as a whole school with an activity. Every child made a link for a paper chain. They decorated their link with pictures and words linked to Tolerance and Anti-bullying, each class then joined their links into a class paper chain. Each class then brought their class chain to assembly, where they were linked together to make a whole school chain - marking that - we all unite in the tolerance of others and celebrate individuality, diversity and are inclusive to all.

Congratulations to Alfie! Our second prefect of the year!
The word 'always' is 'always used when describing Alfie and why he is our second prefect. He is ALWAYS kind, caring, helpful, AND puts others first. He is the perfect role model in school and is a super ambassador for Penponds. He is a wonderful buddy to Ted and has a genuine interest and desire to ensure Ted is happy and looked after at school. Alfie is naturally kind and considerate and is ALWAYS consciously making the right choices.
What a super star you are. We are so proud of you and all that you have achieved and are yet to achieve. Well done!

Camborne Regeneration Forum Youth Conference 2023

Our junior school councillors attended Camborne Regeneration Forum Youth Conference today at the Fiibre Hub, Pool.

The theme was: Cornwall Space for Good.

The children received complimentary refreshments on arrival at the Fibre Hub. The conference was introduced and all welcomed by George Le Hunte, Chairman of Camborne Regeneration Forum.

There were guest speakers throughout the day, to inspire the children about making a difference to life in their local area.

Film Cornwall Space for Good – Fritha Durhan

Launching from Spaceport Cornwall - Fritha Durhan

Communication from Goonhilly Earth Satellite Station – Tom Winterton

‘Goldilocks, the three rocks, Earth observation and Fairtrade’ - Brian Terry

The children then stopped for lunch, which was sponsored by Camborne Town Council & Camborne Regeneration Forum, then it was back to the conference for:

Space Users from Cornwall

Cornwall Space Cluster – James Fairbairn

Aspia Space - Chris Roberts

Tremap – Jonathon Jones

We are all looking forward to hearing all about it, where our councillors can feedback all they have learnt to the classes and the rest of the school council. Right to a Voice.

Aspiration Day!
Congratulations to William, our first Year 6 Prefect.
William consistently demonstrates our school values and is a strong advocate for the rights of the child. He takes it upon himself to make our school a better place, so is most deserving of prefect title. William is a wonderful role model and ambassador for Penponds, Very well done William!
Future Lionesses in the making at Penponds
We are so proud of these wonderful children!
Lily and Zara have been selected to be part of the Cornwall ADC/ETC (Cornwall Football Girl’s Emerging Talent Centre) Girls ETC/ADC!
Cornwall FA - The Emerging Talent Centre sits as part of the national Lionesses talent pathway with the ultimate aim of helping to produce players to play at international level.
This is where Newquay's Katie Robinson started and look where she is now! Congratulations!
Summer Term Visit for Choir to the Memory Cafe
Penponds School returned for their final visit this academic year to Trevenson Church Hall to entertain and join in with crafts with members of the Memory Cafe. The children sang a great repertoire of music, which they performed expertly. After the performance, the children were treated to a drink and snack, before beginning the craft activity of book mark making. They made their own and then helped the members make one too. There was lovely conversation across the ages and a lot of fun was had by all. The children relished on having the opportunity to perform to a live audience (who were very supportive and appreciative) and also to speak to and support others in our community. We are already preparing for our Autumn Term visit!
Year 5 and 6 Enterprise Fair! What a huge success!
Children in Tregonning class were given £5 to develop their own business and work in teams to be entrepreneurs! We had lemonade stands, smoothie stalls, boats for sale, games to play - the list of imagination was endless!
The event was extremely well attended and we clearly have some budding contestants for The Apprentice in the future! Watch out Sir Alan Sugar!
Armed Forces Day at Penponds
We were so fortunate to welcome Colin Campbell RVM (Orla's Daddy) into school to talk to us all about Armed Forces Day and his role in the Royal Navy. Colin shared photos from his career so far and his latest medal which was presented to him by King Charles only last week, for his involvement in the late Queen Elizabeth II's funeral, where he pulled the gun carriage which carried her coffin during the processions. He said this was his proudest moment in the forces to date, and he doubted anything would ever top it.
He also invited children to ask him questions, which they did in abundance! We were so proud of the thoughtful and insightful questions asked by our children. 
Huge thanks to Colin for giving up his precious time to help educate the next generation by supporting their personal development and enhancing our curriculum.
Congratulations to Zara - Disney's The Little Mermaid with R.A.O.S.T
Over the weekend Zara performed at the Regal Theatre in Redruth with Redruth Amateur Operatic Society Trust in the musical The Little Mermaid (one of only 4 companies licensed by Disney to perform it!).  Zara has been rehearsing two / three times a week in the workshops along with the other children. This was her first show and she absolutely  smashed it! She's clearly got a natural flare for the stage and was smiling throughout. It takes a lot of focus and commitment to be involved in something like this - we are all so proud of you! 
Well done Zara!
Remember to always share your achievements with us!
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Norway National Day - 17th May
Right to own Nationality - Article 7
Thank you so much to Nina for coming into school to talk to us all about Norway's National Day - 17th May.
Elijah, Mie, Zaci and Aurora came to school, proudly dressed in their national dress. We enjoyed some delicious, traditional cinnamon buns to mark the occasion kindly baked by Nina. Thank you for getting up super early to bake over 100 of these Nina! They were certainly much appreciated - so were the staff ones!
It was also fascinating to hear the family story of fighting for freedom and Norway's resistance during WWII and the direct impact and involvement the Dahl family had during this time. You could hear a pin drop as the children sat wide mouthed listening to the story.
May 2023 - Celebrating the Coronation of King Charles III at Penponds!
Watch the video below to see how we celebrated.
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Trevithick Day – Saturday 29th April

We were so proud of the many children who turned out in their very best costumes to represent Penponds dancing in the Trevithick Day procession last week. The children clearly had a fabulous time from their beaming faces and giggles. They danced brilliantly!

We were so proud to have received a 'Highly Commended' award for our Trevithick Display too! Our display was based around the Harry Glasson song, 'Cornwall My Home'. All classes created artwork in different media to represent the imagery in the lyrics.

Pop into school if you were not able to view the display 'in the flesh' during the Trevithick festivities.

Thank you to all the parents, carers and staff who turned out to support and help us on the day. 


New Prefects

We couldn’t be prouder to announce that we have two new prefects at Penponds.  I would like to introduce you to Prefect Freya and Prefect Harry.  They have been chosen for very unique reasons special to them.  Freya as you know is a fantastic role model in all that she does but we are particular proud of her independence and drive to succeed as an author.  Harry has overcome many hurdles in his time at Penponds and his natural sense of justice and caring personality exudes from him.  We are so proud of you both.  Congratulations.

Lovely letter from Oll an Gwella 

We have recently received a letter from Oll an Gwella following our Cornwall Day at the beginning of term saying:

On behalf of all in Oll an Gwella I would like to thank you for your most generous donation of £500 (including £8 for a CD) following our visit on Tuesday 18th April. 

I think it was quite clear to everyone that our singing went down well with the pupils, staff and parents alike.  I know we were all greatly impressed by the ‘feel’ of the school and its culture. 

Once again, our most grateful thanks for your most generous donation which will enhance our charitable donations to Cornwall Blood Bikes and Penhaligan’s Friends.

Tony Mills

(on behalf of Oll an Gwella)

April - William at Wells!
Our musical star, shone again this weekend, taking part in a Trumpet/Cornet event with the brass department at none other than Wells Cathedral School!
He spent the day there in musical workshops and even had a music lesson with the Head of Brass himself. This was such an achievement for William musically, but also socially as went not knowing anyone else there!
He took part in a concert at the end of the day.
A great experience for him musically and for building confidence too.
To top it all off, he was also awarded a Distinction in his Grade 1 exam! Well done William - we are so proud and are happy basking in your reflected glory!
Cornish Heritage - Celebrating Local and Community History Month 

‘Cornwall my Home’

What an amazing start to the summer term?! On Tuesday we had a day to celebrate our Cornish Heritage in preparation for Trevithick Day, and what better way to do so than to focus the day on the song ‘Cornwall my Home’ written by Harry Glasson.

We started the day with a whole school assembly to learn all about the history of Richard Trevithick and why we celebrate Trevithick Day in this part of Cornwall. We looked at how Penponds support and take part in Trevithick Day, with our older children joining in the traditional dance through the streets and by the school entering a display competition. This year we decided to focus our display on the song ‘Cornwall My Home’ written by Harry Glasson. During assembly, we listened to a recording of Cornish a cappella shanty male voice choir, Oll an Gwella, singing ‘Cornwall My Home’ and we picked out the imagery from the lyrics in the song.  

Each class, then spent the morning taking part in art workshops,  looking at specific lyrics from the song and responding to them through an array of art mediums.

Carn Brea class looked at Chapel Carn Brea and using their collaging skills to make a 3D model of the chapel.

'First thing in the morning, on Chapel Carn Brea
To gaze at the Scillies in the blue far away'

Godolphin class looked at Newlyn Harbour and designed and modelled a whole fishing fleet using recycled materials and papier mâché.

'I've stood on Cape Cornwall in the sun's evening glow
On Chywoone Hill at Newlyn to watch the fishing fleets go'

Trencrom class worked in different groups looking at Sennen Cove and the Isles of Scilly. They painted Sennen Cove using water colour, made a 3D model of the Isles of Scilly, using newspaper and mod-roc and even managed to squeeze in writing some travel guides about the islands too! 

‘I've left childish footsteps in the soft Sennen sand’     ‘To gaze at the Scillies in the blue far away'

Tregonning class also worked in different groups looking at Geevor Tin Mine. The children used willow withies   to build a 3D model of the Geevor mine, and different sketching techniques to draw it. They also took part in a class ‘response to reading’ where they listened to the song ‘Cornwall my Home’ and responded through drawing.

'Watched the sheave wheels at Geevor as they spun around
And heard the men singing as they go underground'

In the afternoon,  we were visited by Oll an Gwella, (Cornish for ‘all the best’) the Cornish acapella male voice shanty choir that we had listened to in assembly in the morning, and each class took part in music workshops with them learning the songs ‘Cornwall My Home’, ‘Trelawney’ and ‘Camborne Hill’. Members of our school and local community joined us later in the afternoon and we all enjoyed a delicious Cornish Community Tea outside, whilst being entertained with an open air concert from Oll an Gwella and then a combined choir of the children an Oll an Gwella singing the songs they had learnt in the workshops. A massive thank you to the amazing Oll an Gwella for giving us their time!

The Friends of Penponds (FOPS) ensured there was a tasty Cornish spread and items were sold to raise money for the amazing charities Penhaligon’s Friends and Cornwall Blood Bikes. A huge thank you to the FOPS.

Finally, we are so proud to announce that all your kindness and support has resulted in raising a staggering £500 for Penhaligon’s Friends and Cornwall Blood Bikes, which is just the cherry on top! All in all, it’s safe to say the day was a great success. A heartfelt thank you to all who were able to come along and help raise money for these worthwhile charities, all while the children learnt about their Cornish heritage and much, much more!

See below for our video celebrating this truly exceptional day.

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Published Author at Penponds!
Amazing news!
We now have a published author at Penponds School!
Freya Dickenson has written her own book and had it published.
Three Dragons of Element.
It is now on sale on Amazon, so if you’ve just finished your book or fancy a change - try out Freya’s first Novel - it’s a real page turner!

Follow the link:

Freya has always written comics which we have printed and sold at school, but now she is writing novels! Congratulations to Freya and well done, what an amazing accomplishment!
More budding book makers at Penponds!
Hermione and Maddie have made an activity book all about Space for younger children! The book includes 'Dot to Dot', 'Sentence Jumblers', 'Spot the Difference' and much more. We have made copies of the book so it is ready to be shared. Well done to you both!
Pull up your Odd Socks for World Down Syndrome Awareness Day!

On Tuesday 21st March we wore odd socks to school with our uniforms to raise awareness for Down Syndrome. Odd socks were chosen as a symbol by World Down Syndrome Day, because chromosomes are shaped like socks, and those with Down Syndrome have an extra one.
We 'Rocked our Socks!'
This day holds a very special place for Penponds and our families. 

Special Visitor - Jessica Roper

We were very excited to welcome top athlete Jessica Roper, GB Kickboxing Champion to Penponds School on Wednesday, 15 March 2023.

Jessica led a sponsored fitness circuit with all pupils and followed-up with an inspirational assembly, and question and answer session. The aim of the event was to inspire the children to be more physically active, but just as importantly, encourage them to discover and pursue their passion in life.

The event both connected the children to an extraordinary athlete role model and raised money to improve physical activity in the school, while also supporting both athletes and para-athletes, so that they can continue to inspire the next generation. 

Thank you to all the families who sponsored the children in the worthwhile event.

Congratulations to William! We are so proud of you!
William played his cornet in the County Music festival on Saturday 18th March in the grade 1-2 class against 3 other children. 
William played his grade 1 pieced called Strollin. The adjudicator commented on his very rhythmic playing as well as his clear tone...and he won!
The uniform William wore represented his brass band, the St Agnes silver band. 
Well done William - what a super ambassador for Penponds!
Sing In - Choral Workshop 
Penponds and Bishop Bronescombe schools represented Rainbow and joined forces this week at the Sing In Choir workshop, part of Truro Music Festival. We contributed to a choir of 265 children’s voice from across Cornwall! The children were excellent ambassadors for Rainbow and learned the skills to sing in a choir of that size, the importance of following the conductor and a new repertoire of music for warms ups and performances. 
Cornish Community Tea - Tuesday 18th April - with Oll an Gwella

We are planning a community event on the first day back after Easter and would like you to be involved and to spread the word in the local community.

We are planning a workshop day to prepare for our display entry for Trevithick Day. This year are focusing on the song, Cornwall My Home, by Harry Glasson. Each class is representing the imagery presented in the lyrics through poems, artwork, models etc.

In the morning, we will hold an assembly to learn about the history of Trevithick Day and about our chosen focus, the song, Cornwall My Home. We will also be visited by Cornish Acapella Male Chorus shanty group, Oll an Gwella. They will be teaching the children the song, Cornwall My Home, in class workshops and will be performing live too. Oll an Gwella are a fundraising group, who only recoup costs for transport and insist on charity donation for services for their chosen charities, Cornwall Blood Bikes and Penhaligan Friends.

In the afternoon, we will hold a Cornish Community Tea event, where we will sell teas, coffees, donated scones, cakes etc, Oll an Gwella will perform with the children and on their own, the children will share what they have been working on towards the school Trevithick Day display and hopefully we will have a lovely community event too.

All proceeds raised will go towards Cornwall Blood Bikes and Penhaligan's Friends.

See the video below to hear Oll an Gwella singing, Cornwall My Home and click the 'Trevithick Day' image to see a flipbook of our launch assembly for this event.

Spread the word!

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First Book completed for Ethan!
We are so proud of Ethan!
Ethan has read and more importantly enjoyed, his first chapter book! He has read Diary of a Wimpy Kid and is already a good way into reading the second book in the series!
To celebrate Ethan’s achievement, he spent Friday afternoon watching the movie of the book with Mrs Bailey whilst chomping on popcorn. Ethan spotted lots of similarities between the film and the book, but the character Greg did not look how Ethan expected he would look in the film compared to the book description. Keep reading Ethan and Mrs Bailey thanks you for a wonderful afternoon! 
Coronation Prep with ex-pupil Les
Our School Council: Rights Ambassadors, met with Les who was a pupil at Penponds in 1953 for the coronation of Elizabeth ll. Our School Councillors asked Les lots of questions to find out how Penponds School celebrated the coronation back in 1953 so that we can plan to celebrate in similar way for King Charles lll's coronation in May. It was really enjoyable to chat with Les and we even managed to look at some really old photographs and squeeze some football chat in too! Thank you so much to Les for giving up his time to come into school to chat with us again.
Choir to Memory Cafe - March 
Penponds school choir entertained the clients at the Memory Cafe with a selection of new songs. Children sang for about twenty minutes and were then treated to squash and cake. After the refreshments, members of the school choir and memory cafe worked together to create spring time crafts. See the photos below. It was a lovely experience for all and we look forward to the summer visit!
February - Get ready for World Book Day!
We love reading at Penponds! 
As we prepared to celebrate World Book Day 2023, every night leading up to the big day , we shared a bedtime book virtually. The videos were posted on Facebook, here on our website and on Class Dojo to enjoy at home.
Visit our reading page to see the videos 
On the day children enjoyed a day full of celebrating reading - see the video below.
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Still thinking of Penponds...
Finley, who left us last year to go to secondary school, has been back in touch. It is always so lovely to hear from past students and see what they are getting up to now.
We were touched when Finley mentioned that after leaving Penponds, he had his school uniform upcycled into this beautiful cuddly. Finley wanted to always remember his time at Penponds and keep a little part of it with him to cuddle. 
February 2023 - Trencrom Class - Fundraiser for Shelter Box - Turkey & Syria Appeal
After the recent tragic events in Eastern Turkey and Northern Syria, Trencrom Class decided to organise a school fundraiser. The children have been moved by this tragic event and as they are currently studying about natural disasters and have also had a recent visit from Shelter Box, they felt empowered to do something to help.
Trencrom have truly lived out their right to a voice (which is one of our school focused rights) and approached Mrs Bailey to organise an event. They want to ensure that other children across the world are receiving their rights, who after a tragic event such as this, are probably not receiving all of their rights, such as the right to nutritious food, clean water, healthcare, shelter even the right to relax and play.
Therefore, they planned a day of fundraising activities which was held on Wednesday 22nd February.
On this day, all children across the school were asked to bring in some loose change to spend on games and stalls organised by Trencrom. Games cost between 20p-50p per go.
All children across the school were invited to wear green non-uniform on this day too. This could be from head to toe in green or just an item of green. Those wishing to take part in 'wear green' donated £1.
All money raised has gone towards the Shelter Box Appeal for Turkey and Syria. The grand total will be announced shortly.
After school, there was a cake sale too.
Thank you so much for supporting Trencrom Class in this worthy cause. We are so proud of them putting others before themselves. Well done Trencrom!
See below for photos of the fundraising day.

Youth Speaks

Congratulations to our fabulous finalists for Youth Speaks! 

All children spoke wonderfully and were all presented with a certificate, voucher and chocolate egg for getting to this stage. After much deliberation by the judging panel, the winning team was announced as Olivia, Janise and Laurie!

Well done - we are so lucky to have fabulous ambassadors for our school.

NSPCC Number Day
Penponds marked NSPCC Number Day with a relaunch of Times Table Rockstars! Children came to school dressed as a Rockstar and took part in the national TimesTable competition. Some of our younger children cam e dressed in with numbers, shapes and patterns too. We had a great day of Maths fun, all raising money for a worthy cause.
Reading Tea Parties
Children enjoy a tea party with Mrs Bailey, our Headteacher, when they excel in their efforts and share their love for reading. Hot chocolate, biscuits and cake are usually on the menu, as well as spending time talking about our favourite books and authors.
School Focus - Spring Term 2023: PRESENTATION OF LEARNING

Happy 80th Birthday to former pupil Les!

We were delighted to welcome Les and Helen into school this week to help celebrate Les' 80th birthday. Les attended Penponds from 1950(!) and said that his happiest years were spent here. He contacted us to ask if he could come into school on his birthday to take a photograph of himself at the old school entrance.

We were more than happy to do this but thought we could do more...

Les and Helen had a tour of the school, where Les pointed out what was the same and different - Godolphin Class used to be the canteen - we then walked around the outside and Les shared photographs of his time here and identified where these photos had been taken. We ended in the hall with a special assembly for Les to mark his birthday. We shared photographs of Penponds from years gone by and children identified similarities and differences. No birthday can be marked without a cake, so the children all sang 'Happy Birthday' while the candles were blown out off a Colin the Caterpillar cake - you can never be too old for a Colin cake!

While Les was here, he shared some brilliant photographs of how he and Penponds school celebrated the late Queen's coronation in 1953 with a pageant. So, we have invited Les to come back into school later in the year to help plan the coronation of King Charles III.

Les and Helen sent this email after the visit:

Les and I would like to take this opportunity to say a sincere thank you for today.  It was very emotional for us both to see the effort that was made in welcoming us into your school and the assembly you arranged to celebrate his 80th birthday.  The children singing happy birthday and the cake moved us both to tears.  The genuine interest shown in his attendance at the school was greatly appreciated. Thank you again for making wonderful memories of this special day.  Les looks forward to continuing his connection with you and the school. 

To celebrate BBC Children in Need Day children and staff wore spotty or striped clothes to school today.  Thank you to everyone who donated.  

Choir - Remembrance

We are incredibly proud of our Penponds School Choir. This week they represented our school at The Camborne Music Festival – and we came back with a trophy! 

The children were excellent advocates for the school and it was lovely to see our very own Chair of Governors, Mrs Alvine Holmes there too. 

The children sang two contrasting pieces - Please Don’t Buy Me A… by Mark and Helen Johnson, a song about unwanted Christmas presents, sung with gusto and full of funny actions and a very poignant and reflective piece, Remember by Emily Bardon, a timely song about Armistice Day. The choir performed this piece today as well during our Remembrance service which included a respectful two-minutes silence.

See the video below


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Lantern Making

We made lanterns in school for the Camborne Lantern Parade on Friday 25th November.  Children helped made a large lantern in the hall and their own lanterns to take along.  Parents and Grandparents enjoyed coming into school to help.  Thank you to our special visitor and expert, Amanda Lorens for coming in to help us.

Well done to our School Council: Rights Ambassador children! They attended and represetned the CRF Youth Conference at the Fibre Hub. They were a perfect ambassadors for our school and contributed to issues affecting our local community.

Message from George Le Hunte:

Thank you for attending our 2022 CRF Youth Conference at the Fibre Hub on Friday. 57 students, plus staff, were there from 10 Camborne & Pool schools. It was a wonderful event in a great venue. Please thank all your students that attended for their brilliant engagement in the conference & for their immaculate behaviour. I am sure they learnt a lot and I hope they pass that on to all their colleagues at school.

Thank you for partaking in our Youth Conference. 

George Le Hunte

Camborne Regeneration Forum

What's On?
On Monday 20th June we had our an Aspiration Day in school!
Children were invited to come to school dressed up as their dream future self. 
We explored what is needed to achieve these goals in term of education and qualifications needed (if relevant) and personal attributes and characteristics. We also looked into lifestyles, economics, mortgages, holidays and money.
To make this even more real for the children, parents and friends of the school delivered workshops around their chosen careers and professions. Children also had their photographs taken in their cotumes, using a green screen. A suitable background for their future self was then super imposed. See the video below.
Thank you to all, who gave up their time for the children.
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Learning about Plastic Pollution with Cornwall Plastic Pollution Coalition
Science Workshops with The Royal Institute
Live Music with professional Opera singer - Simon Bailey

We were delighted to welcome Simon Bailey, international bass-baritone opera singer (and Mrs Bailey's brother-in law) into school today. Simon spoke to children across the school about:  *alternative careers and job opportunities 

*to think outside the box

*to follow their dreams with hard work 

* live out our school vision of 'Aiming High, Achieving Our Best'. 

He shared his own journey of being a boy who grew up in musical family and the love for singing and the stage. He shared how he started out, his education and where he is now, travelling and singing across the world. 

The children also experienced live music and listened to Simon sing, He explored his use of voice and range and took questions from the children.

To find out more about Simon Bailey visit or go and see him currently performing in the Welsh National Opera tour of Don Giovanni - nearest venue to us is Plymouth Theatre Royal Don Giovanni Mozart | WNO

Rainbow Holi Red Nose and Spoon Race
We were due to be fundraising like the rest of the country for Comic Relief a few weeks ago, but as so many children and staff were not able to be in school due the Covid-19 outbreak we decided to postpone it to Friday 1st April – we didn’t want so many missing the fun! It was also the Hindu festival of Holi. Many of our children have been learning about Hinduism in their RE lessons and we felt that we would try and mark both events together. Holi is the festival of love, colours and spring and it is traditionally celebrated by people getting very colourful by throwing powder paint and getting very messy and colourful! The One Show took part in the Red Nose and Spoon Race Challenge and we felt that we could do our own version in school and link it to learning about Holi too.

Lunchtime Awards – Top Table

We have re-introduced certificates for children each week for good manners/behaviour at lunchtime.  The children get to sit on the ‘top table’ with a friend of their choice.

Dr Bike – Sustrans
A big thank you to Dr Bike for his enthusiasm and hard work with us! He spent all day servicing bikes, often working with children to explain what he was doing - and why. Children were encouraged to take part and learn how to maintain their bikes ina  safe way. It was great to see so many bikes in school. The children were encouraged to partake in the Sustrans Big Walk and Wheel week promoting being active and more energised - help the environment by replacing a car journey!
Click on the below image to see all about our work on British Values!
Developing the Rainbow Promise
School councillors from across the Rainbow schools went to a special meeting tasked with creating a list of 30 things you will do/expereince/achieve in your time at one of our Rainbow Schools. The list was full of wonderful ideas from the children and the final article will be shared soon! Watch this space! Thank you School Councillors: Rights Ambassadors!
Click on the image below to go to the page explaining all about our work on Children's Rights!