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KYBA is a formal book meeting for schools around the county. It stands for the Kernow Youth Book Awards. Each year we read six books and then vote on which we think is the best. After all the votes are in we have a book ceremony where all the authors come and sign our books. A winner is announced and the author wins a trophy. This year was also a special due to it being the 10th anniversary.

We were welcomed into the official meeting by Nicholas Walker, who is an author of many books. He told us that 'you make money to write, you don't write to make money.'

Each school had the choice to do a presentation on their favourite book or books. As it was our first time and we were only in year 7, we chose not to. The best presentation would win a prize.

The first presentation was a book mash up, which included every single book hoping to win the award: One, The Art of Being Normal, Demon Road, The Lost and the Found, Car-Jacked and The Next Together. The audience had been given a critic sheet to fill in about the performances which would then be used to make the final decision. The mash up was by Redruth School and was quite good. Then there was a scene from Demon Road by Penryn which had exciting acting. Next was The Art of Being Normal which was performed by Mounts Bay. This act had great sound effects.

As the first three presentations were complete it was time for a talk by none other than Lisa Williamson who wrote The Art of Being Normal. The next three acts were The Art of Being Normal by Tretherras, The Lost and the Found by St Ives and Car Jacked by Truro School. Each show was equally amazing and entertained the authors and audience alike.

Next was the talk by Ali Sparkes, who wrote Car-Jacked. Ali kindly gave the school a free, signed poster of her books. She told us about the first ever book she wrote when she was 15 and made some awful puns that had everyone cracking up.

We were given 20 minutes to go to the book stand and get some amazing deals. All of us bought the books used in KYBA and had them signed. After that Sir James' Smith's, Wadebridge and Humphry Davy completed their presentations. They were all unique.

For the final speech, Lauren James took to the stage. She is the author of the The Next Together series. The trilogy is brilliantly written. She told us all about the experiences she went through to become a writer and told us how amazing it is that most of us wanted to become authors.

As the finale, Nicholas Walker announced the winner of KYBA 2017 - drumroll please...

The winner is...

Lisa Williamson!!!! Author of The Art of Being Normal.

She thanked everyone and took her trophy with a smile. Can't wait for next year's nominations. Anyone who likes reading can join the KYBA meetings

Written By Emilie Hamilton, Tamsin Goodrich and Bronwen Craddock


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Home Learning Wonder Wall

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Policy Review

Dear Parents and Carers

As you may be aware, the statutory guidance from the Department for Education around Relationships and Sex Education has changed. Here at Poltair School, we have worked hard to think about how to teach this to our students, making sure that our lessons are engaging and designed to suit the needs of all of our students in an age appropriate manner. Students will have a lesson called Personal Development once a fortnight, in which this and other topics will be covered. This was formerly known as Morals and Ethics.

We would like to get feedback from our community in order to finalise our policy on the delivery of this important curriculum area. Our draft policy is available on our website for your consideration, and we welcome any questions, comments or feedback via email to Clare Price ([email protected]). When we are able to open up the site to parents and carers, we will hold a review and consultation meeting at school to consider our policy and delivery further. Please send any communications by 10th July 2020 at the latest.


Policy - Relationships & Sex Education

Policy - Relationships & Sex Education

Contact during exceptional circumstances

It is important that all children, families and professionals are able to contact key staff to share information in respect of safeguarding and concerns.

Following the wider opening of all CELT schools, there is now a member of the safeguarding team on duty in school every day. Please contact the school directly and ask for the DSL if you have any concerns you wish to discuss.

The dedicated CELT e mail address is still in operation and can be used if, for any reason, you are unable to contact the school;

[email protected]

This will be monitored during office hours only, Monday to Friday.

However, you should contact the Police or Social Care if you feel that a child is at risk of immediate serious harm.

Moments in Time 2020

A reflection on the ideas, thoughts, feelings, surroundings and effects of the Corona school closures on Poltair pupils.

The Poltair Art Department have started a Poltair Pinterest page.

Students are emailing work they have completed at home to their teachers, the work is then showcased on the page.

Some fantastic work on there already:

Moments in Time 2020 - Pinterest



Free Software For Children

Following our upgrade to Office 365 we can now offer all students free licenses to use the latest version of Microsoft Office at home, this includes Microsoft Office on a Mac, and also Microsoft Office on Android or iOS.

Office 365 At Poltair

Click the link above to download your copy now!