Tennis fever has taken hold at Penpol School. Since Easter we have been running a KS2 tennis club which has been very well attended by children from year 4 to 6. The children have learnt to play a series of shots and have progressed to combining them to play structured games against each other.
Alongside the club sessions, many of the classes including Years 1, 4, 5 and 6 have received specialist coaching from Sarah Arnold at Hayle Tennis Club, which they have certainly enjoyed.
It’s wonderful seeing so many children having a go, and enjoying tennis. The club are over the moon with the number of children engaging in clubs and lessons though the link with Penpol School- Mrs Sarah Hampshire, Hayle Tennis Club Chairperson
Below are timings of some sessions at Hayle Tennis Club that your child may be interested in, please click HERE for more information around pricing and club events or speak to Mr Stanlake or Mrs Hampshire.
Surf club has been taking place on Thursdays for the last few weeks with Shore Surf School in Hayle. Each Thursday after school we go to Shore Surf HQ at St. Ives Bay Holiday Park where we get kitted out for surfing off the Hayle Towans.
The level of surfing has progressed so much over the time at surf club and every single person is now catching and riding waves.
Ripping it up!
‘Surf club was the best club I’ve ever been too.‘ – Korey
‘I loved surf club. Everyone was supportive and happy.’ – Poppy
Water safety goes hand in hand with surfing.
Charging down the line. Sharing a wave.
Trimming on a right-hander. Getting ready to pop up.
‘Surf Club was great – I got better each week.’ – Ella
‘I liked going ‘outback’ and catching overhead waves! I can’t wait to do it next year.’ – Freya
Big Wednesday shot – Surf School 2018.
‘I think surf club has been amazing this year especially when I caught a wave and stood up.’ – Connah
‘It really made me happy – I loved standing up!’ – Coast
Our thanks go to the Shore Surf instructors for a wonderful few weeks of surfing tuition.
Over the past few weeks Taran has been helping run Computing Club along with some friends on a Thursday lunchtime. Whilst there he’s been using his extra computing time to design and create a plastic storage unit for his tent on a program called Tinkercad.
When I first opened my tent I saw a very handy hook right in the centre. I thought “that could have a hanging basket on it” but instead of designing one hanging basket I designed four and had them 3D printed out in the same colour they were on the computer. I’m going to use my invention for general storage in my tent and I think it will be very useful. – Taran, Y6
He has measured, designed and refined his digital model to the point where he was ready to get it 3D printed. It took nearly 14 hours to print all four parts of the model, but now it’s finished he’s delighted with the result. He now has his very own, unique, storage solution for his tent. Well done Taran, an amazing project.
Last weekend Zara from Class 11 and Tess from Class 8 travelled to Cardiff to compete at the National Surf Lifesaving Competition. Both are members of Hayle Surf lifesaving club who they represented in the Welsh Capital.
I loved the experience and enjoyed swimming in a 50 metre pool. Hopefully I can knock time off again next year!- Zara
In an extremely competitive event, Zara was delighted to have knocked 10 seconds off her pb to finish inside the top 40 for board in the 11 age group.
I had a great time and raced in lots of races, my favourite was the relay – Tess
Surf lifesaving is a fantastic team event which many of the children at school take part in. The SLSC at Hayle is a fantastic organisation and if your interested or want to find out more. Please click here.
Martin has been racing at the local kart track ‘Coast 2 Coast’ where they race every week to obtain points for the season championship. He is the youngest racer and was delighted to finish third in the final race of the year. However, next season he has his sights set firmly on achieving first place.
I really like go karting because it’s great fun. The best thing is racing other people because it’s very exciting – Martin – Class 10
In addition to this series, Martin is in training for a national competition in his own kart which takes place at Clay Pigeon Raceway in Dorset. This is a professional circuit where he obtains speeds upward of 50 mph in his race-tuned kart!
Watch out Lewis Hamilton, you’re about to be overtaken!
It was a double achievement for Martynas as he has achieved his 9th ‘Kup’ in Taekwondo. Not only that, out of all of the students who take part in his Taekwondo classes, Martians was awarded student of the year for 2017 which was a remarkable achievement.
After demonstrating some of his moves, it is clear he has worked exceptionally hard to develop the skills required. He has also demonstrated a high level of determination and commitment as he trains once a week as well as practising at home every day.
I like Taekwondo because it keeps me fit. It also teaches me to be disciplined and respectful
Keep up the great work Martynas, I look forward to seeing your certificate for achieving the 8th Kup in the future!
After an excellent sporting year, including back to back netball wins and an unbeaten start to the season for our football team, 2017 comes to an end. However, not before a final week of fixtures. 34 children pulled on the shirt last week and represented the school in 3 respective sports, 9 for the first time.
On Tuesday our netball team made their way to Mounts Bay to partake in one of their regular league fixtures where they defeated Mousehole 5-0 to go into Christmas with 3 wins and just the 1 loss.
The football A team continued their scintillating form by defeating St Hilary by 8 goals to 1, meaning they go into Christmas undefeated scoring over 50 goals and conceding only 3. As we look forward to the New Year the small task of the regional finals in Bristol sits not to far away.
Penpol’s B team were unable to follow up their previous victory against Ludgvan going down 3-1 against St Hilary. However, this was an exceptional effort against their A team. The B team has been a real success this year with many of the players playing in only their second ever match after record numbers attending football club.
The 4th fixture of the week took place at Penzance Astro Park where 9 children braved the Cornish winter weather to play in 3 matches against Pensans, Trythall and Bodriggy. For 5 of the 9 they were playing competitive hockey for the first time and did exceptionally well with a 3-0 loss sandwiched by two draws. The next round of fixtures takes place in the New Year.
Our talented football team travelled to St Austell to take part in the England Schools County Cup. After sealing their qualification with a final penalty defeat to Parc Egos only two weeks previous, the boys set their sights on the top prize.
Drawn in a group with Carclaze, St Mewan and St Breock the competition started well for the boys in black. A nervous 1-0 against St Austell based Carclaze allowed the boys to settle and trust their style of football. By the time their second match came about the free flowing Penpol had passed themselves into an early 3-0 lead before finishing the game 5-0 winners against St Brock (Wadebridge). This was followed by another strong performance against St Mewan, again St Austell based, controlling the game at 1-0 a late goal from St Mewan made the final minutes tense. Before an even later winner ensured the Penpol team progressed from the group with maximum points.
As the competition moved into the knockout stages the boys began to practise their penalties, after defeat in the previous competition robbed them of the trophy. But they were not required in the semi-final as the ‘Boys in Black’ beat local rivals Alverton 4-0 and secured their place in the final.
In the final the boys came up against a familiar team, St Breock, who they had beaten 5-0 earlier that afternoon. The final turned out to be a much more competitive game that its predecessor. However, two very well worked team goals allowed the Penpol School football team to lift the trophy for the first time in many years.
Victory is one thing, however it is the manner in which it took place that is really impressive. I couldn’t be prouder! – Mr Stanlake
I’m really happy, it was a great day and a brilliant performance from all the team… and now its time to go home and sleep! – Dylan, Captain – Class 14
The quality of football was exceptional drawing applause from many teachers and spectators. Playing in what is perceived as ‘the right way’ with the ball on the floor and smiles on their faces. Next up- the regional competition in Bristol in the Spring!
What an absolutely amazing bunch of talented, respectful and wonderful young gentlemen. They played like true professionals, trusting each other with every precision pass. Each goal was a collaborative effort and the overall way they behaved showed real strength both as a supportive and connected team. To say I’m proud is an understatement. They are an absolute credit to themselves and the school. Well done! – Mr Doyle
Amelie from class 4 came to school today with some very exciting news. She had taken part in a gymnastics competition at her local club in Penzance on Sunday and walked away with a medal! Amelie goes to Penzance gymnastics club and took part in a competition for floor and vault at level 7. She and 4 other girls aged between 5 and 7, competed as a group and were awarded a bronze medal. 45 gymnasts from her group took part, so Amelie was delighted to come away with a medal. Amelie was kind enough to show us some of her floor routine. Take a look…
I go to gymnastics on Mondays and Fridays. I go for 2 hours on a Monday and an hour and half on Friday. I do conditioning on Friday, that’s where I do lots of stretching and I do lots of strength training. I do bars and chin ups as well. I want a chin up bar for my birthday.
I showed everyone how to do my vault.
My favourite move in gymnastics is the splits. It’s quite hard and I have been practicing a lot. I also like doing headstands and I practice at home on the sofa.
Some of our Year 5 and 6 children who form the Penpol School Football Team took part in the FA County Schools 7 aside tournament for the West of Cornwall on Friday. They performed remarkably well and were the talk of the tournament with their free flowing passing game.
After games against St Ives (2-0 win), Marazion (3-0 win) and Pensans (3-0 win) the boys knew that victory against Parc Eglos would secure them top stop in their group. With that on their minds they set to work dispatching them with 2 fine team goals to set up a semi-final match against local rivals Bodriggy. A hard fought 1-0 victory meant the boys in black progressed to the final, scoring 13 goals and conceding none en route.
Reaching the final ensured the teams progression to the County finals for the first time in many years which are set to be held on the 17th November. Runners-up from Group A, Parc Eglos managed to overcome Alverton in their semi-final to set-up a re-run of the days earlier match against the Penpol boys. An early goal from Penpol meant for the entire game meant they looked favourites for the trophy however a late goal sent the game to extra-time and then onto penalties. The curse for the English struck and the boys were defeated 4-3 on penalty kicks, a terrible way to lose. However they can be extremely proud of what they achieved and we wish them all the best for the finals.