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Issue 54 Friday 14th December 2012

Harry Potter Day 2012

Student of the week: Beth Isaacs 11ASL for attending every revision session for Sociology in run up to mock exams WEEK: 17th—21st December

WEEK 1

19th—20th December: Little Shop Of Horrors Evening Performance

21st December: Last Day Of Term

Term starts Monday 7th January

WEEK: 24th—7th January 2013

Christmas Holidays Term Starts on Monday 7th January

WEEK: 7th—11th January 2013

Happy New Year

WEEK 2


M a i n

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Harry Potter Day 2012 Our Year 11 took a significant leadership role in planning and organising a whole day’s fund raising in memory of Shannon Gee. Shannon’s favourite films were Harry Potter and last summer she visited the Harry Potter Theme Park near London. During the day staff and students dressed up as Harry Potter characters and the students organised two raffles. In the afternoon Mr and Mrs Gee came into school with one of Shannon’s friends. Shannon’s parents joined Year 11 students in planting a tree as a memorial to Shannon. After school Mr and Mrs Gee also joined students and staff in our Harry Potter film night. Chartwells served popcorn and refreshments and we all settled down to watch ‘The Philosopher’s Stone’. Almost £1000 was raised during the day which will be used for a memorial to Shannon in the Theatre Royal and donations to Great Ormond Street Hospital and Penhaligon’s Friends.

Students Lead Assemblies This term some of our students had the opportunity to lead assemblies. Sam Werrett 9LAW led the Year 7 assembly with a power point about 'TIN', the musical production that he and some of the other Pool Academy students were involved in. Liam Pidwell 8MJT has a passion about railways and he spoke about level crossing safety using a powerpoint that he had started in Curriculum Enrichment Week. He spoke to Year 9 and 10. This week, Jacob Colgan 11MH played a musical item 9that he had composed himself) on the guitar to all the year groups. The Collective Worship group meet to plan assemblies for each term and are encouraging students and tutor groups to take a greater role in preparing, participating and leading the collective worship of the school. We look forward to next term’s themes and topics which will include Go Green Week, PSHE, Maths Week, RNLI, Holocaust Memorial, Islam and Easter with Ambassadors for Christ .

We are collecting tins of food for Food Hampers for local families in the Camborne/Pool/ Redruth area so please bring in a tin! This appeal will help families in the community over Christmas.


Emily Reynolds gives an outstanding presentation Emily Richards has put outstanding effort into her Year 7 Rich Curriculum work. Students were asked to give presentations in groups about their grandparents or relatives as part of a literacy focus, but also to inspire learners through real life stories from their families. Cornish heritage really shone with tales of mining and fishing. Emily told the story of her great grandfather, a fisherman on the Energetic, a fishing boat from Porthleven, which was lost at sea in 1948. Emily's great grandfather was one of 5 brothers who lost their lives in this tragedy. The 6th brother on board, Emily's great Uncle Ralph, was the sole survivor.

Grandparents and local pensioners’ Christmas Lunch This is now the fourth year of running our Christmas community event for local residents. Over 40 guests were treated to top class service by their grandchildren who are Pool Academy students. Apart from a delicious Christmas dinner and desert, they were also entertained by the performers from this year’s production 'Little Shop of Horrors' and other music students. There were some fantastic prizes won from the raffle and a really festive spirit was created by all involved. A massive thank you to all of the students and prefects who helped make this a huge success.

Attendance! The winning tutor group for attendance in November is 8BL with 98.7%! Apprenticeship Offer.. Something for Year 11 to consider. Western Power Distribution is currently looking for highly-motivated people to join their team of professionals who build, maintain and repair electricity distribution networks. Starting salary £10,959, (employees can be earning salaries of £20,000 by the time they are 20). Candidates need to be on track for 5 GCSE grades Cs including English, maths and a science (an offer of employment may be withdrawn if they don’t achieve this). The job involves maintaining the electricity network and is suited for people who enjoy being active and working practically, team work, communication skills and an interest in DT or electronics is essential.

Closing date: Friday 25th January 2013 For more information: http://www.joinwpd.co.uk/apprenticeship.htm Speak to Carrie Holmes, Career and Personal Adviser. She is in school Monday morning, Wednesday and Friday. 07786 197586 carrie.holmes@careerssw.org

Thank you to Rodda’s Creamery who kindly donated the cream free of charge for the Carol Concert held on Wednesday. Money raised will go to Penhaligon’s Friends.

‘I wish I had known that’ Emails with problems or queries are responded to promptly so worries etc can be short lived.


PE NEWS PE Students for December Excellence – Jay Reeves Determination – Ben Bumford Equality – Harry Coombes Inspiration – Lauren O’Neill Respect – Deima Norkute Courage - Ross Williams Friendship – Ashleigh Rice

Results: Well done to the Keystage 3 boys basketball team, who were home against Falmouth last Thursday and won 28 - 10. The U16’s Girls’ Cup Football match was postponed last week and re-arranged to play Wednesday 13th December at Pool. WHAT’S ON NEXT WEEK No Clubs/fixtures running this week.

HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Hope you keep fit and healthy ready for the New Year On behalf of the PE Team Take 3! A ten week course of skills and strategies to help parents deal with challenging teenagers. This free, informal and friendly course is about: - Putting in rules and boundaries that work, encouraging and supporting young people and helping parents look after themselves Everyone is welcome—anyone who looks after a teenager. Whether you have current worries about your teenager, such as school attendance, drugs and alcohol, disrespect etc, or would just like to understand your child better and get less stressed, this course will benefit you. Date: Tuesday 15th January 2013 – Tuesday 26 March 2013 (Excluding School Holidays) Time: 09:30 – 11-30

Venue: Redruth School

Contact: Myra Whitney Email: mwhitney@cornwall.gov.uk Tel: 01209 615618

'What’s on in our Library?' Monday and Tuesday- Movie Night Coming soon- Wednesday Night- Story Telling Night- Come and share your favourite stories Friday Lunch- the 'Book Swap Shop' Other fiction books are also available in other departments such as History, Art and Science.


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