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Thoughts From Our Head
Our Head Boy wanted to jot down a few
thoughts about his experiences at Penn.
here to read his thoughts.
The Chiltern Shakespeare Company gets on board with Penn School
Recently the School was absolutely thrilled, delighted and
humbled to hear that they have been chosen as the charity of
choice for 2015 by the Chiltern Shakespeare Company. The
Company will support the school from any surplus funds
arising from its forthcoming production and from car park
donations organised by the Lions. Penn School has already
received a cheque for £5,000 which is truly appreciated.
The Chiltern Shakespeare Company was founded in 1986 by Michael and Aviva
Wiseman, residents of Beaconsfield who were prominently
involved in local theatrical activities. Its
aim was to fill a perceived need in the Chilterns for the
public to be able to enjoy Shakespeare’s plays featuring
some of the finest amateur actors from the Chilterns and
Thames Valley areas. In 1989 the company began
to hold its productions in the lovely open air setting of
Hall Barn, a stately home in the Old Town in Beaconsfield
by kind permission of the Burnham family. In total
CSC has now put on 28 different productions – 23 of which
have been in the open air at Hall Barn.
A further key objective of the company was and remains the raising of
funds for selected charities from any surplus funds generated by
its productions. This is made possible by the efforts of the
company’s members who give so much of their free time and the
continued generosity of Hall Barn’s owners.
Members of staff and supporters of the School are planning to get
actively involved in next year’s production by volunteering to
help with front of house duties at the CSC’s forthcoming
production of the Taming of the Shrew which will take place on
the 10th-13th and 17th-20th
You can find out
more about the Chiltern Shakespeare Company and their
forthcoming production through their website:
Series 1 Results
As well as KS4 students taking GCSE
in Literacy and Numeracy, in September we introduced
Cambridge Progression qualifications in Literature and
Numeracy. These are a progressive set of qualifications that
range from Entry Level 1 right up to Level 2 standard.
The students take formal "mini"
examinations that are externally marked and moderated by the
OCR examination board on a frequent basis - on average every
4 to 6 weeks.
We just have received the results for
the examinations taken in November.
20 students between them sat 68 mini
exams in various Literacy and Numeracy topics and we has a
91% pass rate.
Congratulations to all involved.
As part of their level 1 media
studies, Nancy & Tom had to create an animation piece using
a variety of technology.
They produced a short video using
You can see the video by clicking
here or on YouTube
Children In Need 2014
As part of our
Children in Need fund raising, there were many
activities taking place in and around the school.
So far we have raised over £400
and money is still coming in.
Many thanks to all the students,
staff, parents and all who contributed in time, effort
We are delighted, once again,
with the creativity and endeavour from our students
who were proud to be part of this national event.
Saturday November 8th 2014
Our fabulous Fire 'n' Fireworks took
place on November 8th.
Whilst the weather did its very best
to stop people coming, we are glad to say that it mostly
didn't stop them from coming.
Our thanks go to those that did come,
and especially those who organised the event, cooked the
food and set the fireworks off.
Open Morning, November
Many thanks to the Professionals and prospective
pupils/parents who attended our Open Morning to view the
It was lovely to see everyone and we
hope that you found it useful and that the information
presented suited your needs.
If you have any further questions, or
wish to visit again, please call the office on 01494 812139
||The Deaf-i-ants have some
ceramic products to sell to raise funds.
here to see examples of the
items for sale.
Should you wish to order, please click
here to download and
print an order form and send into the school or email
||Congratulations to all our
students who passed their various qualifications.
many students who achieved C Grade and above GCSEs, Entry
Level, Vocational and Functional Skill qualifications in our
lower school and 6th form.
In total there were 158 accreditations granted to our
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.
Celebration Of Achievement
||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
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
Please come along and celebrate with us,
PEPA Day, Saturday
||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
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
The total so far is approaching £2000 - a heartfelt
thanks to all those who supported us and donated
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Page 3 of Penn Students Work