Personal Development at Penponds

Personal Development

Personal Development at Penponds
Personal Development at Penponds - more than school!
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 Brook Learn 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 themself. The Behaviour Policy upholds these expectations.
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 asssembly 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 encouragin self-reflection and opportnities 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.

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.  
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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!
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!
Click on the below image to see all about our work on British Values!

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