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Sports Relief Update
all the sporting events our students (and staff) came
up with, organised and took part in, so far we have
raised over £800 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.
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
National Association for Decorative and Fine Art
like to thank the GERRARDS CROSS DFAS YOUNG ARTS for
their kind donation of £200 to the art department.
Gerrards Dross DFAS Young
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.
for pictures of the finished sculptures in weeks to
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
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
RALLI - Raising Awareness Of Language Learning
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
Penn's Got Talent,
||Another fabulous show!
Congratulations to all the students (and the brave member of
staff) who took part in Penn's Got Talent.
After our school barbecue for lunch and the hot and humid
weather, there was a chance that the students wouldn't be
able to perform to their very best. But they overcame these
obstacles and turned in an excellent afternoon's
Thanks to everyone for taking part, and special thanks to
the Judges for their positive comments and encouragement.
A DVD will be available after we return in September.
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
Please click here
to watch or
download from here
PEPA Day, Saturday
||PEPA Day took place inglorious
weather on Saturday.
The attendance was good and it was
lovely to see students past and present.
Photographs will follow soon.
All funds raised are used in projects to help the
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
downloaded from here.
We are told by the students the
characters in the film are not based on anyone in
Weekend of May 11th & 12th, Art Exhibition
Many thanks to all those who came
along and supported the Art exhibition.
There was a diverse range of
exhibitors and some fantastic pieces on display for
visitors to see.
Thanks also to the Friends for
organising this event.
Wednesday 27th March - 6th Form Open Evening
Many thanks to all our visitors,
guests and partners who came to our 6th form open
We hope that you all found it
an informative evening.
If you require any further
information, please call the school on 01494 812139
or email us -
Thanks once again.
Sensory Garden & Avenue Opening
On Wednesday 20th March we had
our Sensory Garden opened. On cutting the ribbon
duty were Nigel Timpson, founder member of the
Wooden Spoon charity, Rob Henderson, Rugby Union
Star currently playing for Esher and previously
London Irish, London Wasps, Leinster, Munster,
Toulon, Ireland (32 caps) and the British Lions, and
Councillor Mrs Wendy Mallen, Chairman of Wycombe
Wooden Spoon provided funding,
in conjunction with Penn & Tylers Green Village
Community and Friends of Penn School.
Wooden Spoon undertake many
fund raising events, in partnership with all the
Rugby Union Federations, to fund projects to
make a positive impact on the lives of disadvantaged
children in the UK to provide a richer and fuller
life. Full details of Wooden Spoon can be found at
We would like to thank everyone
sincerely for helping us with our project that
provides an invaluable resource for our students and
enables them to have a variety of stimulii as part
of their sensory integration programs to assist with
We would also like to thank
everyone else - parents, local residents, Wooden
Spoon patrons - who attended the grand opening.
Red Nose Week - All Our Efforts Raised £462.79
Our 6th Form had fund raising
activities all week, and the rest of the school
joined them towards the end of the week.
We have raised over an
Relief Charity will receive £272.79 and the local
Homeless Shelter for which 6th Former undertook
specific activities raised £190. Well done to
everyone and thanks.
6th Form Arts & Crafts Items For Sale
Some of our 6th Form students
have been very busy making a variety of items in the
Design & Technology lessons. They then showed off
their ICT skills by making their own website to show
what they have for sale and then their money and
customer service skills by selling them.
You can see a small selection
of the items by clicking
and more items will be added to their website as
they get created.
Should you wish to buy
anything, please contact
the school on 01494 812139 and ask to speak to
Food Safety Inspection Results
We had a surprise and
un-announced spot check by Wycombe District Council
Environmental Services on January 11th 2013 checking
our food hygiene and safety procedures and
compliance against the National Food Hygiene Rating
Scheme. The maximum possible rating is 5 out of 5,
and we got .... 5 out of 5.
In approximately 2 to 4 weeks
you will be able to read the full report at
Congratulations to our domestic
staff who obviously undertake best demonstrated
practice for our students and staff. Well done.
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.
Care & Residential Awarded Outstanding Grade By Ofsted
On October 4th to October 6th 2011 we had an Ofsted inspection of our boarding and care provision. We achieved an
outstanding grade across the board.
Outcomes for residential pupils
Quality of residential provision and care
Residential Pupils' Safety
Leadership and Management of residential provision
This is a fantastic achievement and follows on
from the outstanding grade awarded to the Post 16 department this
year. Congratulations to all the students and staff involved.
A copy of the full report can be seen by
here (or from our Downloads page) or alternatively from the
Ofsted website directly by clicking
Penn Students In The
Each month the First News national newspaper,
a publication for and about students aged 7-14, prints a piece
written by a Penn student about themselves, their
special needs and how it affects their lives and how they manage them.
Christmas edition the
author is Lucy. Read her story here.
You can read
all the previous stories.
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.
Page 3 of Penn Students Work