St Piran’s Day – Students celebrate at

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St Piran's Day poster winners

Students at community school, less than a mile from the Cornish border, celebrated Cornishness this St Piran’s day.

Teachers Adam Killeya and Amy Lewis organised a programme of activities to fit with the day, inspired by the work that their students have been doing on Cornish projects.

All students in years 7 and 8 produced a poster or poem on the theme  ‘My favourite thing about Cornwall’ with displays around the school and prizes for the best entries. Many teachers also joined in, with posters on their classroom door about ‘my favourite place in Cornwall’.

In addition, several teachers incorporated Cornish content into their lessons, particularly on St Piran’s day, but also as an ongoing theme. One teacher has devised ‘pasty feedback’ where the golden pastry is the ‘hook’ of praise to entice you in, the filling is the ‘meat’ of what you need to improve and the base is the bottom line for action. Another teacher is doing some work on the portrayal of Cornwall in the media for Media Studies A Level. In Mr. Killeya and Miss. Lewis’ Integrated Learning Lesson students enjoyed a Cornish Quiz whilst munching on Saffron Cake.

Finally the school canteen was serving a special lunch menu in honour of the day – pasty pie, followed by scones, jam and cream.

Adam Killeya, who teaches Citizenship at the school, said, ‘It is so important that students have the chance to celebrate the fact that they are at a Cornish school, and to understand more about what that means’.

Amy Lewis, who is the school’s Assistant Director of Creativity, added, ‘Studying Cornwall gives students so many opportunities to be creative – it brings together history, music, sports, language, and virtually every other subject, in all sorts of interesting ways.’

The school is now looking to build on St Piran’s day by finding more opportunities to incorporate Cornishness into school life and learning.