| News - Academic Year 2016-17|
GCSE Spanish Students visit to Madrid - Summer Half Term
Enterprise Department Visit to New York – Easter Holiday
Over half term 25 of our GCSE Spanish students spent a busy four days exploring Madrid, accompanied by Mr Stott, Mrs Neeve, Mrs Hoyle and Miss Ingham. Here's what we got up to!
After an early morning flight, we checked into our hostel and spent some time relaxing on the rooftop before finding a sunny spot to eat our packed lunches. Our students' Spanish was put to the test on a walking tour with our guide Andrés, taking in Plaza Mayor, the palace, one of the oldest restaurants in the world (Sobrino de Botín) and making a final stop at San Miguel food market where students saw some local delicacies on sale. Following this we went to Reina Sofía gallery where the students were introduced to the peculiarities of Picasso by little-known art expert Mr Stott, before returning to our accommodation for dinner. The paella was enjoyed by all, but opinion was divided on the natillas – a Spanish custard dessert with a biscuit on top!
On Tuesday we enjoyed a healthy breakfast of donuts and croissants before heading out on our first Metro journey to Santiago Bernabéu stadium. Students had the opportunity to see the Real Madrid trophy collection, have their photo taken on the pitch, and spend their euros on overpriced socks and t-shirts in the shop. After lunch the groups went their separate ways on the Metro challenge – each was provided with maps and money and made their own way to the Palacio de Cristal in Parque del Retiro, under staff supervision. The groups were required to plan the journey, buy their tickets and navigate the Metro system independently, picking up useful vocabulary along the way. The evening took us to Hard Rock Café where students ordered their meals in Spanish and burgers were enjoyed by all.
On Wednesday morning we visited the impressive Palacio Real and the Royal Armoury. We then hopped on the metro to the Parque de Atracciones theme park, where staff got soaked on the River Rapids and some of us spent a little too long queuing for the rides! Some students also bumped into a Spanish friend who came to PGS on an exchange last year. Our evening meal was at Museo del Jamón where students sampled traditional Spanish jamón.
On the last day after packing our cases we headed to Las Ventas bullring to learn more about the Spanish tradition of bullfighting, including a demonstration of the matador's cape passes which a few students tried their hand at. During the festival of San Isidro in May there is a bullfight every day, and some of our students were very keen to return for the fight that evening - which the King was planning to attend! After that we returned to the centre where students had free time to shop and buy lunch around Puerta del Sol and Gran Vía, before catching our flight home.
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39 students and 6 teachers went on the trip of a life time to New York. All of the students were immaculately behaved and both airlines came to tell us so! It was a frenetic trip with visits to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island; a very emotional trip to the 9/11 Museum and a breath taking trip up the Empire State Building among other life changing experiences.
We walked the length and breadth of Manhattan island taking in the sights, sounds and smells of the city that never sleeps. It really was Cultural Enterprise in action!
Many thanks to Mr Gillett, Mrs Smith, Mrs Rostern. Mrs Taylor and Miss Stokes for your enthusiasm and support.
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Tour de Yorkshire Trophies visit Penistone Grammar School
Communities across Yorkshire welcomed the official Tour de Yorkshire trophies when they went on tour earlier this this month. The trophies visited Penistone Grammar School during our Rewards Day on Friday 7 April 2017.
Both the men's and women's Y shaped trophies have been designed and made by hand at world leading trophy makers Thomas Fattorini based in Yorkshire. In 2016, the men's trophy was won by Direct Energie's Thomas Voeckler, while Kirsten Wild of Hitec-Products took home the women's trophy.
Thomas Fattorini Ltd was founded in 1827 by Antonio Fattorini, an Italian speaking immigrant who settled in Yorkshire. The family run business designed and made the FA Cup in 1911, which Bradford City won that very year. The company also made the Rugby League Challenge Cup.
The current director of the company, Thomas Fattorini, designed the trophies himself.
Y is made of brass and copper based alloy, which has been polished and gold plated.
The base of the trophy is made from aluminium, which has also been polished and chrome plated.
It took around three to four weeks to make, and a number of craftsmen and women were involved with its design and manufacturing. These include silversmiths, polishers and platers.
Interactive maps of the race and of the host towns are all available at: letouryorkshire.com
Tour de Yorkshire is a Welcome to Yorkshire (WTY) / Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O.) race in association with British Cycling which holds a 2.1 European Tour UCI Classification.
The Tour de Yorkshire is an annual international race with a new route through Yorkshire each year. It forms part of the legacy of the historic Yorkshire Grand Départ of the Tour de France 2014.
Stage 3 of the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire passed through the Penistone area, Sunday 30 April 2017. The race had 3 stages over 3 days. Full details can be found at: