Monday night saw the Plymouth Herald Sports Personality of the Year Awards take place at the Plymouth Pavilions and Plymstock School was well represented by both current and former students, who were in the running for awards.
I am delighted to announce that Heather Knight was named as Plymouth Herald’s Sports Personality of the Year 2017, after an exceptional year winning the Cricket World Cup. Heather beat tough competition from Ben Proud, Graham Carey, Henry Slade, Jacob Dawson and Tom Daley to pick up the award. Well done Heather.
Another ex-student Jacob Dawson also saw success and took home The Bill Richards Amateur Sports Personality of the Year Award. Jacob has had an incredible year after he was selected to represent Great Britain as part of their senior rowing team, and experienced plenty of success in many different competitions, taking part in three World Cup events in Serbia, Poland and Switzerland, winning gold in one and bronze in another. Congratulations Jacob.
One of our current students, Aidan Heslop in Year 11, was on the shortlist for the Young Sports Personality of the Year Award. Over the last year, Aidan has experienced significant success in Diving. He won two gold medals and one silver in his age group at the Junior British Championships, in the one metre and three metre respectively. This earned him a place at the Junior European Championships in Norway, where he claimed a bronze medal. Aidan also claimed a bronze medal in the men’s platform at his first senior international event in Madrid in May and claimed his personal best of 402 points at the British Senior Championships in June. On the night, Aidan was narrowly beaten to the award by fellow diver and team mate, Matthew Dixon. However, that takes nothing away from Aidan’s success this year and we know he has an amazing career ahead of him.
This week Plymstock School hosted the Plymouth School Sports Partnership Primary and Secondary Indoor Rowing Championships 2018. During the school day, we were visited by competing students from 36 different primary schools, and all of the secondaries, from across the city to compete in the championships.
It was an incredibly busy day with hundreds of extra students on site and the Plymouth Sports Partnership staff managed it brilliantly. The event went really well and the young people from across the city were a pleasure to have here at Plymstock.
After a gruelling day of competition, I am pleased to announce the following winners:
- Minor Schools – Wembury Primary
- Intermediate Schools – Old Priory Primary
- Major Schools – Montpelier Primary
- Secondary Girls’ Winners – Plymouth High School for Girls
- Secondary Boys’ Winners – Devonport High School for Boys
Although we didn’t win, as always, all of our students did us proud, showing exceptional determination and hard work. We did have some real successes too. Maddy Smith in Year 7 came second in her category only missing out on the top spot by three metres. Sam Ellis in Year 8 also put in an outstanding performance coming second in his category. We would also like to give a special mention to Stanley Butchart who brought his team back from 5th place to finish 3rd overall. Well done guys.
Here’s an update from our French Club – in French! Although a translation is available below.
Mercredi, nous avons célébré l’Épiphanie lors du French Club. Cinq élèves, accompagnés de notre assistante de français et de Mr. Downes, ont fêté cet événement dans les règles de l’art en mangeant la galette des rois, un délicieux gâteau à base d’amandes. Emily Nannelli, en Year 8, a été l’heureuse élue en tombant sur la fève qui se trouvait dans la galette. Par conséquent, elle a été couronnée “reine du jour” et a pu choisir son roi, Mr. Downes! Un grand merci à notre assistante de français, Madame Morel, pour l’effort qu’elle a mis dans la préparation de cet événement culturel. Le French Club se déroule tous les mercredis de 15h15 à 16h15. Tous les élèves sont les bienvenus!
Wednesday saw a celebration of epiphany at French Club. Five students together with our French Assistant and Mr Downes, celebrated the festival in a traditional French way by eating a “galette des rois”, a delicious cake made of puff pastry and almond paste. Year 8 student Emily Nannelli was the lucky recipient of a token, baked inside the cake, and so was crowned “la reine du jour” (queen for a day) and so chose her king, Mr Downes! A big thank you to our French Assistant, Miss Morel, for the preparation she put into this excellent cultural event. French Club runs every Wednesday from 3:15 to 4:15pm. All students are welcome!
On Wednesday morning our Year 11 students had their ‘Mock Results Day’. We do this every year to give the students an experience of what it is like in the summer for their actual GCSE Results Day. For some students, Wednesday was a time of celebration and for others it provided a little shock to the system, and highlighted that a little more effort might be required. However, the important thing is that where it had not gone to plan for some students, they still have time to put it right. The staff will be right here doing everything we can to ensure that our students achieve the very best that they can. We know you can do it.
On Saturday last week, Eleanor Moyse in Year 9, took part in round one of the BMC (British Mountaineering Council) Youth Series at the Plymouth Life Centre. Eleanor had to complete three lead climbs and three boulder routes. In this first heat of three, she did really well coming 4th out of a group of 17, in the South West part of the national competition. This year she has moved age groups and was one of the youngest competitors in her age category. Round two is in Bristol on 3rd March. Well done Eleanor and we wish you the very best of luck in Bristol.
Last week four Post-16 students, who make up our Under 19 School Badminton Team, took part in the County Badminton tournament held at Paignton Community College.
They were a credit to the school and played incredibly well, finishing runners up against the eventual winners Kings School. They were often up against county players, with Kings School, Queen Elizabeth’s, Devonport High School for Boys, and Exmouth Community College all boasting at least one county player each.
Our team benefited from having true depth, with all four players doing their part. We beat QE, DHSB, Exmouth, Plymouth College, Colyton Grammar and only narrowly lost 3:2 against Kings. A really strong team performance. I would also like to thank one of our parents, Mr Kerridge, who gave up his time to accompany the boys.
The team was Alex Kerridge, Sam Coleman, Josh Beale, and Josh Penberthy. Well done gentlemen and in recognition of your hard work you are my Post-16 students of the week. During the time I was taking the photos, all four boys didn’t have lessons unfortunately – so I couldn’t find them. However, here’s a lovely photo of their certificates!
Georgia Booth is our worthy Year 11 winner. It is fair to say that Georgia has absolutely transformed her level of progress at school over the last 12 months. She has shown absolute determination and huge levels of resilience. Well done Georgia.
Luka Pkhakadze is our Year 10 winner for this week. He has made amazing strides in both progress and attitude to learning. Luka is a student who is managing to represent Plymstock’s Year 10/11 Football Team, as well as maintaining his studies to a good level. Keep up the good work Luka.
Our Year 9 student of the week is Lloyd Field. He has been helping out other students with their Maths work outside of lessons and has so much patience when working in groups in class. In the words of his Maths teacher – he is awesome! Unfortunately, Lloyd wasn’t in when I was taking photos!
Our Year 8 winner is Hermione Bate for just being an all round fantastic student. She is hard working, polite, friendly and always thinks of others. Just as with the student above, her Assistant Head of Year describes her as simply awesome!
Finally we reach our Year 7 winner – Ashton Humphreys. This is in recognition of his outstanding performance in this week’s Plymouth Rowing Championships. Ashton – you did the school proud.