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....Parents Evening - Please phone the office to make an appointment....

Weekly newsletters - click here to see the latest edition

Read our Termly newsletter here featuring a word from the Governors and our 6th Form life by guest editor Andre

Qualification Results

Congratulations to all our students who passed their various qualifications.

We had many students who achieved C Grade and above GCSEs, Entry Level, Vocational and Functional Skill qualifications in our lower school and 6th form.

 

Sports Day, 2:00pm, Friday 11th July 2014

The weather was kind and everyone took part in the Sports day.

Well done to everyone who took part in the different races and events, everyone was brilliant.

Thanks also to the parents and friends who came along to support the students.

Lower School Celebration Of Achievement 1:30pm, July 17th 2014

We will be holding a Celebration Of Achievement event for all the students in Keystage 3 and Keystage 4 on Thursday 17th July starting at 1:30pm.

Parents are invited to come along to celebrate the results of the hard work that students have undertaken this past year and they will receive their certificates and awards.

Please come along and celebrate with us,

PEPA Day, Saturday July 5th 2014

Many thanks to everyone who attended, organised, ran stalls and supported PEPA day.

Whilst the weather was not brilliant, the event was! It was fantastic to see pupils, staff and friends past and present.

Congratulations to the prize winners, and hard luck to those who came a close second.

We will publish the final amount raised once counting has finished, and as always the money raised will go towards purchasing resources for students.

 

National Students Art Exhibition

Four of our students have had their work accepted to display at the National Students Exhibition.

The opening ceremony will take place on Tuesday 8th July , commencing at 3.00pm in the Mall gallery London . The exhibition will run for one week. Further information can be found on the Mall Gallery website at www.mallgalleries.org.uk

Congratulations to the four students for their pieces "Moonlight", "Medico Della Peste", "Mansels Dream" and "Paradise".

 

Deaf Awareness Activities

We had many activities and enrichment projects during a two week deaf awareness initiative to raise issues associated with what it is like to be deaf.

We undertook a series of sponsored events during the fortnight to raise funds towards upgrading our hearing aid technology in the school. We had sporting and other events and some staff volunteered to wear hearing-reducing earplugs to experience what it is like to be hearing impaired.

Mr Peters has so far raised over 950 by himself by wearing ear-plugs all week to simulate severe deafness. You can donate on-line by clicking here. You can also follow his experiences via Twitter by clicking here.

The total so far is approaching 2000 - a heartfelt thanks to all those who supported us and donated money.

6th Form Residential Visit

Our intrepid 6th form convoy of explorers have battled their way through all sorts of perilous adventures, hardships and extreme difficulties - a slight traffic jam on the road outside the school - but overcame all these horrendous challenges and made it in one piece to their destination.

They were greeted by enormous waves - from the residents, not the sea - as they got their priorities right by heading to the beach as opposed to unpacking.

The on-going adventures of this intrepid band will be published here as the week unfolds.

 

"Call My Bluff" Gameshow Night, Saturday 17th May 7:30pm

Sponsored by Waitrose Beaconsfield, we hosted a "Call My Bluff" gameshow (bluffooning?) on Saturday 17th May.

Although attendance was a little on the low side, an excellent time was had by all.

Many thanks to everyone who helped organise and attend for the support.

Sports Relief Update

So after all the sporting events our students (and staff) came up with, organised and took part in, in total we raised over 860.53 for Sport Relief.

Well done to all the walkers, runners, swimmers, bike riders, football players and others who donated their time and effort to raise money, and thanks also to those who sponsored them.

Ofsted Update

 

As shown in our weekly newsletter, please see the monitoring report undertaken by Ofsted in February by selecting it from our download page or by clicking here. Please also find an article about the school and our journey written by the Bucks Free Press newspaper by clicking here.

National Association for Decorative and Fine Art Societies

We would like to thank the GERRARDS CROSS DFAS YOUNG ARTS for their kind donation of 200 to the art department.

 

Gerrards Dross DFAS Young Arts is a branch of the National Association for Decorative and Fine Art Societies (www.nadfas.org.uk)  

The money will fund four workshops delivered by the local artist Ruby Sharp. Ruby is a profoundly deaf ceramicist and will be working with many students. The aim of these workshops is assist the students to develop their current work on the sculptor Henry Moore. The work will also encompass African sculpture and culture.

Look out for pictures of the finished sculptures in weeks to come!!

Young Enterprise - DEAF i ANTS

Our Young Enterprise group, the DEAF i ANTS, are having a sale as they are trying to generate cash to buy new stock and materials.

They have unique, one-off hand made coil pots glazed with an unusual design suitable for flowers both wet and dry. The vases are 40cm high, 20cm wide at the top and the base is 15cm wide. Due to amount of time it takes to create such a large coil pot, this product is for order only . The glaze design and colour can also be pre ordered. Price: 50.00 (see photos).

Also for sale are ceramic faces to order as bisque fired (no glaze) or the colour of your choice - royal blue, yellow, black, pink, sky blue, orange, green or multi coloured. Pricing: unglazed 7.00, glazed 8 .00.

The company have a range of other ceramic products such as Easter egg shells, small ceramic baskets, candle sticks, and heart boxes. The products are made on site by the Young  Enterprise. Please contact Helen Brett, link teacher, for any further information or to view the products.

Healthy Tuck Shop

 

 

As part of their studies and putting many cross-curricular aspects into practice, our Year 10 and 11 students will be running a healthy tuck shop at break times each Thursday morning.

Items that will be sold and how much items cost so that customers can bring money can be seen by clicking here.

 

RALLI - Raising Awareness Of Language Learning Impairment

 

Some of you may have heard of the RALLI Raising Awareness of Language Learning Impairment Campaign.  It was started by groups representing parents, teachers, charities and academics concerned with language impairment.  The campaign aims to raise awareness in the general population and in schools about pupils who have SLI (Specific Language Impairment).

Their view is that SLI is more common than ASD or dyslexia but gets less recognition and funding. At Penn School, many of our pupils have SLI (sometimes with a co-existing condition).

 There is some useful information on the RALLI web-site including videos on their You-tube channel. You can read their newsletter, which includes links to their resources, by clicking here.

Chickens At Penn - Donations For Building Materials

As part of their BTEC  Edexcel land management studies, some of our 6th Form are going to build a chicken coop and then look after some chickens (and maybe in the future some goats as well).

They will have to design the coop so that it is fox-proof but still accessible and has enough space for the chickens to run freely and safely in the day.

If anyone has any building materials that they could donate to us for this area of study, please could you contact the school on 01494 812139 and ask to speak to Charlie Johnson.

We are looking for wood, screws, nails, chicken wire, paint, wood preservative and so on. Many thanks.

Children In Need 2013

As part of our Children in Need fund raising, there were many activities taking place in and around the school.

We started off with a fancy dress cross country sponsored run around the school and we saw a variety of Superheroes, other characters and some students who seemed to have forgotten to get dressed as they have turned up in their onesies and pyjamas!

Other sponsored sporting activities such as static bike riding, trampoline bounces, and penalty shoot-outs.

There were sponsored food based activities.

We have raised over 955, the lower school raised 45, and 6th form a magnificent 910 Special mention to Luke who did a sponsored silence, which was very difficult for him, and raised 64 in doing so.

Fireworks, A Big (Bang) Thank-You

The rain stayed away (mostly) and the display was the best yet!

Many thanks to those who turned up to support the fireworks and help make it one of the best fundraisers ever.

And very special thanks to the organisers, chefs, stewards, sponsors and donors for all their time and effort.

We look forward to the extravaganza in 2014.

Royal Academy of Art - Student Artwork on Display

Several of our Art students have been working very hard in different mediums as part of the Australia Exhibition taking place at the Royal Academy of Arts.

The different pieces range from silk screen prints to drawings/collages and paintings on the theme of Ned Kelly.

The students' work has been posted on the RAA website and can be seen by clicking here.

Congratulations to them all for being selected to show their work.

 

Penn Apple Juice & Pear Juice For Sale

It is that time of year again ...

The students have been busy harvesting the apples and the pears from the orchard.

These have been pressed and bottled and are on sale for 2.60 per bottle.

Please click here to download and print the order form which you need to fill in and return to the school office with the money and/or cheque (made payable to The Friends Of Penn School).

With the proceeds, the Friends intend to purchase some horticultural tools and night vision cameras that we can use to look at the local animal activity in the school grounds. We are hoping to see muntjac, badgers, and foxes.

Please order as soon as possible - judging by the response to the last few years they go very quickly.

Thanks once again to the Friends of Penn School & Mrs Worley for setting this up.

Autumn Fayre & Dog Show, October 19th

Thank you to everyone who turned up and who organised the Fayre and dog show.

Just as the show opened, so did the sky but that did not stop the parade.

The proceeds for the day, to be shred with Hearing Dogs for Deaf People are still being counted.

Thanks once again for all the dogs, owners and organisers who made it to the show.

Examination & Qualification Results 2013

Last Summer saw us achieve our best ever set of examination and qualifications results.

Congratulations must go to all the students who gained qualifications in a wide range of subjects, many achieving multiple qualifications.

Last Summer was the first time we had run a number of GCSE Level courses in parallel to our BTEC, Entry Level and NVQ courses. We are delighted to say that those students who took GCSEs all passed.

Congratulations once again to all students (and staff) involved.

6th Form Leavers Prom & A 5th Form Inspiring Piece

Last week saw a happy and sad occasion.

It was happy because we held our 6th Form leavers prom, who all had a great time and dressed up in some brilliant gowns and suits despite the very hot weather.

But it was also a little sad because another group of students are leaving us to go on to the next phase of their education and/or work life.

We wish them all the success, health and happiness in the World and don't forget to keep in touch to let us know how you are getting on. And we hope that waiting for their GCSE and other qualification results is not too stressful - we are sure they did really well.

And one of our other leavers from the 5th form who is going to college has written an inspiring piece for all other students present and future (and in fact everyone, student or adult). Click here to read it.

More 6th Form Animated Films

So two more of our 6th Formers have shown that they are also budding film creators.

Using some everyday objects and a lot of imagination, time and patience they created this short stop-animation story.

Aardman Productions (of Wallace & Grommit fame) watch out! You have some serious competition.

Please click here to watch or download from here

6th Form Animated Films

Some of our 6th Form students attended a taster day at Uxbridge College where they could try a variety of different things including cooking, art and stop animation film making.

The results of their film making efforts can be seen by clicking here or downloaded from here.

We are told by the students the characters in the film are not based on anyone in the school!

 

 

Paralympics Torch Relay

One of our students, was selected to be a torch carrier in the torch relay for the Paralympic Games.

He carried the lit Torch on Wednesday, August 29th along Lancaster Place by the Strand and Somerset House

More pictures and recollections of the day will be published soon and well done.

Albert Hall Refrieze Project 2011

The Royal Albert Hall (RAH) is 140 years old this year. To commemorate this students from Penn and other schools have submitted artwork to an RAH project to create contemporary versions of the Victorian mosaic frieze that circles the exterior of the building. Our students' work can be viewed on the Refrieze website by clicking on the pages below.

                 

 

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