Weekly Highlights – Half-Term Special: 11-22 February

25 February 2019

Orchestras, engineering, some sporting excellence, and holiday activities: it’s been an action-packed couple of weeks here at Penryn College.

Kicking off the week leading up to half-term (Monday 11 February), Penryn College hosted the Cornwall School Games Table Tennis Championships – with a place in the National Finals the reward for the winner of each age category.

Over 100 primary and secondary school students participated in the event, and each of Penryn’s pupils competed well, with Year 7 student Joss Bailey impressively progressing to the semi-finals in the U13 age category. 

Tuesday saw the Year 8 Rugby and Netball Development Teams compete in the Cornwall School Winter Games Finals. The pilot tournaments were created to allow students who do not represent their school in Cornwall School Games, Cornwall schools rugby or club competitions, to participate in competitive sport.

Musical magic and sporting splendour was the theme on Wednesday, as a host of activities took place in and away from Penryn College. Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s history-making disabled-led ensemble, BSO Resound, visited the school’s Creative Arts department in the morning, showcasing their inspirational musical talents in front of the school’s students and staff.

Members of the orchestra also fielded a host of questions from pupils and staff surrounding the secrets behind their magical success, and the inspiring manner in which they have overcome their disabilities to perform in a professional orchestra.

Later that day, both the U14 Netball Team and the Year 10 Rugby Team were in action. The Year 10 Rugby Team looked to conclude their fantastic season in the perfect manner, as they faced Redruth School in the County Cup final at Truro School. 

In what was a ferocious, fantastically entertaining encounter, both teams could not be separated – with the scoreboard reading 24-24 come the final whistle – meaning both Penryn College and Redruth School are this year’s joint County Cup champions.

Meanwhile, the U14 Netball Team faced Winchester-based St Swithun’s School in the quarter-finals of National Schools Cup at Penryn College. In what was a dramatic, closely-fought encounter – Penryn College registered a fantastic 51-46 victory, and will host Berkhamsted School in the semi-finals of the competition in the coming weeks. 

Concluding the week’s variation of activities – 18 Penryn College students experienced a day as real-life engineers in Kernewek Hall on Thursday, as they designed, built and presented products as part of the Institute of Engineering and Technology’s Faraday Challenge Day.

Participants were divided into four teams, with one team made up of Falmouth School pupils. Each group produced a variety of fantastic products, and concluded the day by presenting their efforts in front of a panel of judges and their fellow participants.

Throughout half-term, Penryn College’s Edventure Holiday Activities took place – featuring football festivals, cooking classes, musical theatre, trampolining, and much more!

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