It was a big week for Year 11, who had their mock GCSE Results day on Thursday following the recent mock examinations. We do this every year to give students a feel for what it will be like in the summer. For some, this was a happy day, where they were delighted with their outcomes. For others it was a bit more of an ‘eye-opener’ and a realisation that hard work and perseverance are needed to be successful in this increasingly challenging world of examinations. I am confident that with the support of staff and parents, coupled with hard work on their part, they will rise to the challenge and do themselves proud this summer.
On Thursday afternoon, the school held an amazing event, called Creative Futures. Designed and led by Mr Hurd-Thomas (our Head of Art, Craft and Design) and supported by Mrs Rickard (Careers Advisor) and the Art Department, we wanted to create an event that puts students in face-to-face contact with the creative industries. Too often such contact happens late in the educational cycle, with students only really engaging in the sixth form or later. We want to shift this aspirational point of contact to a more fruitful age, and to invite a range of creative practitioners to meet our Year 8 and 9 students here at Plymstock School.
The event enabled our students to meet and talk to people who make their living working creatively. Participants from across the industry showcased and discussed their work with our students, inviting questions and encouraging them to consider choosing a creative career. One of my particular favourites was the wildlife cameraman who worked on the Planet Earth series. Plus there was a wonderfully creative activity involving fruit and vegetables!
Overall it was a fantastic event and one that we will continue to offer going forward.
Plymstock School had a triumphant win at the Plymouth Indoor Rowing Championships last week, reaching a grand total of 592 points, which was a staggering 354 points ahead of the second place school!
There was great success for Charlie Roden, Charlie Pitt, Ehren Duke and Evie Lane who all came first in their individual races accumulating 80 points between them. In addition to this, there were a further twelve podium finishes for Rosie Jarvis, Lorcan Powell, Sam Ellis, Kate Phillips, Harry Thorn, Stanley Butchart, Jack Opie, Tom Dixon, Lucy Pitt, Esmee Law, Sam Dinham and Jack Guthrie.
The team races brought equal success with the girls team (Arianna Turner, Kate Phillips, Megan Easton, Lucy Pitt and Esmee Law) coming second, and the boys team (Charlie Roden, Charlie Pitt, Jack Opie, Ehren Duke and Taylor Rees) coming second by just 1.8 seconds!
Congratulations to all who raced and I am confident we will be just as successful at the regional school races coming up shortly.
Congratulations to Year 13 student, Ellie Shelley, who currently plays for the Under 23 GB Team for Underwater Hockey. She has just been selected to go to Tasmania, part of the Australian Commonwealth, for the World Under 23 Championships in July 2017.
Ellie and the team have to self fund this at a cost of approx. £3000. They will undertake a variety of fundraising activities but if anyone is interested in contributing a ‘Just Giving’ page has been set up HERE
The very best of luck to both Ellie and the team. Ellie can be seen in the back row, second from the right.
It is always good to see our students being active citizens. Over the last week students have been getting involved in voting for the UK Youth Parliament elections that have been taking place in Plymouth. Students have had the chance to vote for young people from across the city. Importantly, it has been great to see students exercising their right to vote and we have used this to build on their recent work on areas such as our US Presidential Mock Election.
I have just discovered that one of our Year 8 students, Eleanor Moyse, is a keen mountaineer. Eleanor recently took part in round one of the BMC (British Mountaineering Council) Youth Series at Exeter Quay Climbing. She had to complete three lead climbs and three boulder routes. In this first heat of three for the South West part of the national competition, she did really well and is now getting ready for the second heat being held Plymouth on the 25th February. Best of luck Eleanor.
Students at Plymstock School have a wide range of talents. One example of this is Grace Spooner in Year 7, who is an exceptional BMX rider. Grace competes at the highest level and she will be taking part in the HSBC National Series across the country between March and August this year. Watch this space for updates on her progress. We all wish you the very best of luck.
Our student of the week for Year 7 goes to Kassie Morgan, who was nominated by Mr Skorka-Brown for her exceptional effort in producing some the highest quality homework he has ever seen in both History and Design and Technology. The work produced is over and above anything that could be expected from a Year 7 student. Well done Kassie.
The Year 8 student of the week is Abbie Copson. Abbie can only be described as an exemplary student. She has 100% attendance and in her last progress check she was above target in most of her subjects and was graded outstanding for effort in every area. Well done Abbie – you are a credit to our school.
The Year 9 winner this week is Rebecca West who over last weekend competed in a regional gymnastics competition. She completely blew away the competition and achieved first place. A tremendous achievement. Well done Rebecca.
Our Year 10 nominee is Georgia Booth for showing a huge personal improvement in school. Her recent progress check showed that she was on or above target in virtually every subject. In addition to this improvement, Georgia frequently gives up her time to support school events, including acting as a Student Ambassador during parents’ evenings. Thank you for your hard work Georgia.
We have dual winners for the Year 11 award this week. As you are aware, it has been a busy time for Year 11 students due to mock exams. I am delighted to recognise two students who have shown the greatest improvement in performance in Year 11 this year – Adam Randell and Lauren Burgess. Well done to both of you and I am confident you will be very successful this summer.
Lastly, this week saw the Herald Sports Personality of the Year Awards, which took place on Monday. One of our ex-students and former Head Girl, Victoria Weir, was nominated for the Young Sports Personality of the Year. This was in recognition of her cross country running during 2016.
Amongst many achievements, she won a team gold in Sardinia (The European Cross Country Championships) and came ninth overall. At the start of 2016 she ran in Spain and achieved a second place finish. She also had the opportunity to meet Mo Farah at the Edinburgh Cross Country.
The evening itself was very good and she also got to meet Tom Daley. Although Victoria didn’t win the award, it was still a great experience.