“Penpol pupils are curious, creative and courageous learners. Our school community believes in authenticity as the foundations of deep-rooted learning. Through our rich and relevant curriculum, we nurture community-minded, forward-facing international citizens of the future.”
The sun shone brightly for our first Penpol Mini-Marathon for 3 years on Wednesday; with it came the flushed red faces, the gallons of water drank and the hundreds of smiling faces.
It always is such a lovely afternoon and it was bettered this year to finally be able so many parents back to spectate. I am sure this of you in attendance would agree that the children (and staff) did brilliantly; all showing determination to achieve their own person best!
Our PFA do a wonderful job in supporting the school through events like this so please do send any remaining sponsorship money in with them or drop it into the office.
Paul has put together an awesome video of the event for you to enjoy below.
On Tuesday, still weary from their London trip, some Year 6’s headed over to Gwithian for their first Surf Club session of the year. the sun was shining and the waves were perfect for smashing about and popping up. Surfing is a huge industry and for many part of their way of life here in Hayle. What better way to spend a summer’s eve than in the surf! We are continuing our long running partnership with the guys at Shore Surf , who work out of St Ives Bay Holiday Park. The children were changed in record time and set off does to the beach with excitable smiles, so quickly that I could barely keep up. Once on the beach it was a quick warm up and refresher as all pupils have already surfed as part of the the curriculum and into the waves. There were lots of children paddling furiously before popping up expert grace and lots of children falling off with considerably less grace. Anyway, here are some photos for you to enjoy!
A collection of our Year 4, 5 and 6 pupils headed over to Penzance Hockey Club for some friendly festival games on Thursday. A mixed bag of results which culminated in a hotly contested ‘friendly’ derby between our two Penpol Teams. Some action shots are below! The children represented the school brilliantly and as is often the case, were a pleasure to take. Smiles beamed between the rain clouds as the children grew into the games and felt more comfortable in what for many was a very alien environment.
If you’d like to know any more about hockey at Penzance head over to their Facebook page, it is a brilliant friendly club with a great youth set up from Under 8’s to 18’s!
Class 13 had the sun while Class 14 had the surf but both classes have now enjoyed their surf days with Global Boarders at Godrevy. Living where we do, we are fortunate to be situated only minutes from 3 miles of glorious golden sand. In this area of outstand natural beauty, we have some of the best beaches in Cornwall offering fantastic surfing opportunities.
Living next to the Atlantic, however, does come with its own hazards and dangers, especially when it comes to being safe in the sea.
At Penpol School we take beach safety very seriously and as part of the National Curriculum we offer our Year 6 pupils the opportunity to learn how to surf whilst practically teaching beach and water safety. We also believe that our children should be taking full advantage of their geographical location and safely enjoying the unique area in which they live.
It’s safe to say all children. (including the big ones!) had a wonderful time pushing the limits of their own comfort and learning some key skills along the way!
Classes 1 and 2 had a great time at the Maritime Museum in Falmouth.
We loved meeting Oceana, the sea sprite who told us a wonderful story of how she now lives in the lost land of Lyonesse. We helped her retell her story using instruments and learnt how she was rescued by merpeople and how Poseidon the God of the sea gave her the gift of being able to breathe underwater.
We looked at some treasures that Oceana had found at the bottom of the ocean which included part of a shipwreck, (possibly a pirate ship), a cannon ball, an old boot and a killer whales tooth.
We also learnt all about the different parts of a boat before making our own.
Next was the exciting boat races where we got the chance to race them on the boating lake.
We had a look around the museum and discovered all kinds of amazing monsters from the deep including a blob fish, angler fish, a fangtooth fish and a cock eyed squid.
We also had time to play on the rescue boats, jet ski, quad bike and life raft. We pretended to rescue each other from the ocean.
Finally we went to the top of the lookout tower and had a look at all the amazing boats in the harbour. We learnt all about sail boats, yachts and catamarans and found out that one of the super yachts in the harbour would need about 15 crew members to run the ship.
Class 1 and 2 would like to say a big thank you to all the staff at the maritime museum. We learnt so much, had lots of fun and had a great day out.
The swimmers from Penpol enjoyed success in the pool at the Penwith School’s Gala a fortnight ago.
After a two year hiatus due to the pandemic it was wonderful to see a return to competitive swimming and boy did the children love it. Penpol topped the medal table finishing with 60 points over all; a monstrous 15 its above silver place.
All individual teams medalled as well with Yr 5 girls, Yr 6 boys and Yr 6 girls all picking up silver medals and the Yr 5 boys collecting gold.
The medal haul however wasn’t the most impressive outcome fore the day; that was the way in which the children carried themselves throughout the afternoon, showing exceptional levels of sportsmanship and fair play. They certainly did themselves and us as a school very proud.
Our current Year 6 pupils had their activity week curtailed last year due to the pandemic but finally had the chance to don the harnesses and head to The Tide. Thanks must go to Mr Pollard who put his hard work into organising this trip last year; he did however get the chance to have a go too!
Split across two days, both Classes 13 and 14 spent the day at The Tide Climbing Centre near Wadebridge. Here they had the opportunity to challenge their thirst for heights and climb with ropes on their climbing wall and without on the bouldering wall.
Both walls provided children (and adults) varying levels of challenge at the same time as allowing each individual to challenge their own limits; climbing higher and faster each time with increasing confidence. It was fair to say fun was had by all with aching limbs all round for the days to follow!
More information about The Tide Climbing Centre can be found HERE.
Class 13 were the last in a long list of children to attend an introductory workshop at Hayle’s own Savvy Studios. Years 4, 5 and 6 have all had the opportunity to take part in two separate workshops; one lyrical and one contemporary.
At Penpol we pride ourselves on our links with local business and sports clubs. It has been difficult for both us and them during pandemic, but it was so lovely to get back out there and give the children these wonderful opportunities to try and experience different sports and hobbies.
The children were rewarded for their hard work and creativity with a flyer offering attendance at some trial classes; this is not only open to those who have attended but anyone who may be interested.
You can see the amazing work that goes on at Savvy by taking a look at their website. Parents, it is also her you can book some trial classes, with no pressure to sign up at the end!
On Thursday 23 children made the relatively short walk to Hayle Academy to take part in a coaching clinic with 4 Year 10 pupils from Hayle; 3 of which were ex-Penpol pupils.
The Year 6 pupils performed admirably, showing many of our school values; respect, integrity and resilience. For many, the toughest part was understanding the different roles for players in different positions.
Classes 9 and 10 had the privilege of a free Savvy Dance session at the wonderful Savvy Dance Studios in Foundry Square. Each Class got to experience a session of Commercial dancing , which incorporated a bouncy and poppy dance routine. Claire was fantastic at getting all sorts of contortions and body shapes from the students!
Upstairs, Charlotte led an upbeat yoga-style dance routine, which had the children showing off their flexibility and capacity to travel across the dance floor.
The afternoon was amazingly fun! Jay, Class 9
This was a brilliant opportunity for the children to draw upon the expert tutoring from Savvy Dance Studios and the students were incredibly grateful for this wonderful opportunity. Thank you Savvy!!
Our Penpol School Vision: “Penpol pupils are curious, creative and courageous learners. Our school community believes in authenticity as the foundations of deep-rooted learning.
Through our rich and relevant curriculum, we nurture community-minded, forward-facing international citizens of the future.”