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Head's Blog   Good news for Trenode

Posted 29/06/2022
by Janine Waring

We had been waiting so long for Her Majesty's Inspector's to visit Trenode Primary Academy, so when we received 'the call' to tell us that they would be visiting on 10th and 11th May, we were delighted, although as you would expect, there was some trepidation.  We knew that the school was providing a wonderful education for the children, so it was a privilege to be able to share all that we have achieved with the two inspectors who spent time with us.

The staff and children have been working very hard and while it was about the whole school, the children really shone and showed that they love their school and that they knew how to learn.  The school was looking wonderful, the sun shone (some of the time!), the learning was engaging and inspiring and the inspectors were very impressed.

One of the comments in the report really showcased the school as a passionate church school: 'Pupils value the strong links with the church and use their 'Christian golden rules' to take responsibility for their words and actions.  They are kind and respectful towards everyone.'  What more could we ask for?

The job of being a headteacher is a varied and at times tough job to get right every day.  However, when I stood back and watched the inspection taking place and clearly saw the passion and dedication from literally everyone involved, from Trust level to the staff and children in the school, it was an extremely proud moment.  The staff are some of the most dedicated, talented and hardworking staff that I have ever had the privilege of working with.

Our school vision is, growing in faith; flourishing through hope and aspiration; reaching out in love and community', so perhaps the best comment of all was the confirmation that the pupils, 'embody the school's vision to 'reach out in love and community'.

Once Ofsted leave, it can feel a little flat after all of that adrenalin and the long days.  After a good sleep, we carried on and will ensure that this amazing small rural church school, with a rich history, keeps on going from strength to strength.


Kilminorth   National Sports Week

Posted 25/06/2022
by Bethany Pike

We have had a busy week all about sport linking to National Sports Week.

We have taken part in the Bridge Schools virtual school games where we have completed 5 activities throughout the week and all results will be collated and compared to the other 14 schools in the trust! We achieved some amazing scores so we will keep our fingers crossed!

We also had a day of alternative sports and completed: archery, boccia, capture the flag, lacrosse and fencing. The children loved learning sports they haven't played before and look out for a couple of them during sports day!

Finally, we visited Looe Primary to be taught by a Pro20 coach who did a variety of multi-skill activities. We were very tired by the end of the week but it was fantastic to be so physically active!


Kilminorth   WildTribe Day

Posted 16/06/2022
by Bethany Pike

We couldn't have chosen a better day for our WildTribe day as the sun was shining!

They used the story of 'The Gruffalo' as the basis of their morning where they went on a woodland adventure meeting the characters on the way. They then made their own dens, making music, playing games and doing a blindfold challenge. They finished the morning by cooking apples on a fire.

In the afternoon they made clay faces to decorate the trees and created mini dens for a toy animal. The children were fantastic working together, communicating well and being excellent problem solvers!


Kilminorth   Trenode's Junior firefighter

Posted 10/06/2022
by Bethany Pike

We had a fantastic afternoon to end our Great Fire of London topic by welcoming in Looe Fire Service.

We started by learning about fire safety and what to do if we had flames on our clothing (STOP, DROP and ROLL). The class asked fantastic questions about their job and protective clothing.

We then went outside (even in the rain) to look at the fire engine and learn about the different parts in the truck. We finished with everyone trying the hose and even Mrs. Pike ended up getting struck by the hose! When they drove off, we got to hear the siren!

Thank-you Looe Fire Service for teaching us all about keeping safe and also thank-you for what you do in our community!


Cardinham   Jubilee Celebrations!

Posted 26/05/2022
by Susanne David

Party time!

It was wonderful to welcome so many members of our local community into school yesterday, for our Jubilee celebrations!

Our class began in the classroom, making bunting, paper chains and crowns, whilst learning the National Anthem and watching footage from Queen Elizabeth II's coronation, on 2nd June, 1953 in Westminster Abbey.

After lunch, our visitors began to arrive - we had such an amazing response to our invitations and were delighted to welcome residents from the local area, our current families, friends who have known Trenode since the coronation itself, governor's, our new vicar, Ben and some parents of children who will be joining Foundation in September! Our incredible PTFA provided refreshments, games (run by Year 6), a cake sale and an fabulous raffle - a massive thank you to all of the local business and our families who contributed prizes! Some of you may have spotted in the photos that we even had a visit from HRH herself - naturally a photo-booth was essential for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! 

It truly was a fantastic day and we want to say a huge thank you to all who helped out, came along or contributed to this magical community event. Covid has a lot to answer for, but yesterday the heart of Trenode was beating strongly and the atmosphere was buzzing!


Kilminorth   Jubilee celebration

Posted 25/05/2022
by Bethany Pike

What a fantastic afternoon we have had celebrating the Queen's Jubilee. We hosted our event with the local community and were overwhelmed with the turnout even though the weather was not on our side.

We had a raffle, cake stand, British games and crafts and our PTA were amazing as usual with their support in organising the event.

Thank-you to all who came and supported us and we look forward to more events to come!


Head's Blog   A virtual visit to Truro Cathedral

Posted 20/05/2022
by Janine Waring

It is interesting to think about all of the things that have changed in a positive way since the pandemic.  One of the good things for a small church school like Trenode, is that it has given us easier access to our wider community, both in Cornwall and further afield.  On Tuesday, we came together as a whole school to join other Cornish church schools for a 'Choristers' Mega Zoom Assembly' at Truro Cathedral.  It was the first time that Trenode have taken part and despite the usual few technology issues we all enjoyed taking part.

We were able to watch the choristers rehearse and sing and then we took part in a service that looked at Psalm 23 - 'The Lord is my Shepherd'.  As well as a sermon from an archdeacon, we listened to different versions of the same psalm and joined in with the singing and prayer.  Two of our pupils read the prayers that they had written and this was a proud moment.

Dear Lord,
Thank you for my family who always make me feel better when I am upset.
Thank you for sending me such a kind and generous family, who are always there for me.
Help me to be a good and kind sibling too.

Dear Lord,
Help me to have the patience to help those around me.
Help me to have the right words to say.
Help me to treat others as I would like to be treated.
Please give us the skill to notice when someone needs help.

I am sure you will agree that these are beautiful prayers.  It was an occasion that we will join again, but it was made even better this time as we had the company of our CEO Mr Massey and we even caught him singing in a very high voice - the choristers certainly make it look easy!


Cardinham   What a week!

Posted 14/05/2022
by Susanne David

KS2 SATs are over!

For the first time in 3 years, our KS2 children took their SATs test this week and they took it all in their stride!

With this week being a particularly busy and eventful time for Trenode anyway, the girls adapted to the changes beautifully, calmly drifting in for breakfast each day, full of laughter, knowing that they had worked hard throughout their time with us and that SATs week was merely 'cup final' time for them - time to sparkle and shine and show the world exactly how amazing they are!

Deservedly-so, they were rewarded with a barbecue, bubbles, marshmallows and ice cream - thank you to Barbara for supplying the sausages and the Evans family for the ice cream (which the girls were too full to eat, but will enjoy another time soon, I'm sure!) It is now time to begin to prepare these girls for the next stage in their lives and I know that they will have a very bright future ahead of each and every one of them!

A massive thank you to all our families - not just this week, but every week - your children are a real credit to you and it is a pleasure to teach them and to be part of the wonderful family that is Trenode!


Kilminorth   Fire! Fire!

Posted 10/05/2022
by Bethany Pike

As part of our EYFS continuous provision this week linking to our learning of the Great Fire of London, they became fire fighters and had to problem solve to transfer the water from the water trough to the burning fire. We were really impressed with the language and vocabulary that children were using whilst learning through play. They also moved their learning forwards by identifying different items that would put out the fire the most effectively.

They are firefighters in the making! Well done EYFS!


Head's Blog   Truro Cathedral Visit

Posted 09/05/2022
by Janine Waring

We had tried to visit Truro Cathedral on many occasions, but sadly the pandemic and staff absence had prevented this.  We were therefore delighted to finally be able to make the visit.  As you can see from the pic-collage, the children had a wonderful experience, including to play the organ!  We really enjoy it when our school is able to celebrate it's Church of England heritage and we learn a great deal when visitors come.  We have been very pleased to welcome our new rector, Reverend Ben Morgan-Lundie and two of our pupils had the honour of being present at his licensing service held during half-term.  It becomes even more special when the children can experience the cathedral and begin to understand why a cathedral is built like it is and who all of the various people are who serve God as part of their work.  An very inspiring and spiritual day that has given us lots to think about back in school. 


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