A warm welcome back to everyone as we begin the run up to Christmas 2017. Upon my return from the half term break, I was greeted with a letter from the Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Plymouth Marjon University, Professor Robert Warner. It was to let me know that a number of our ex-students had successfully graduated last week, at an event at the Plymouth Guildhall. Our ex-students were celebrating their success alongside honorary graduates Tom Daley and Giselle Ansley OBE, who were being recognised for their valuable contributions to sport.
We are pleased to announce the successful graduation of the following students:
- Ben Morgan – BA Hons Primary Education
- Grace Martin – BA Hons Primary Education
- David Ford – BEd Hons Primary Education
- Jonathan Dicken – Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Primary)
- Eddie Dann – BA Hons Coach and Physical Education
- Jamie Bonar – BEd Hons Secondary Education with Physical Education
Below is a photo of one of our ex-students at the event – Naomi Leonard, who graduated with a BA Hons in Coach and Physical Education, achieving a First!
Well done to all of you – we are so proud to see you continuing to succeed in life.
Also over the half term break one of our amazing students appeared in the Evening Herald. Jilly Newton-Westlake in Year 10 has just competed in the England Boxing Development Championship. In preparation, Jilly was training six days a week ahead of the competition. Jilly competed in the semi-final in Worcester over the first weekend of half term – winning her fight. She then went on to the final the following weekend and won again! An incredible achievement.
Her coaches at Intense Boxing believe she is on track to become the city’s next Olympic champion.
Boxing is in the family for Jilly, who followed her brother and uncle into the sport. Jilly’s uncle is boxing champion Scott Dann who took home the Commonwealth middleweight title in 2006.
On behalf of everyone at Plymstock School, a huge well done. We are so proud of you. If winning this wasn’t enough, you also get to be the Year 10 student of the week.
Next week we will be hosting a three-day visit from the Department for Education (DfE). Katy Weeks, who is an Assistant Director at the DfE, will be spending Wednesday to Friday at Plymstock School to see all the fantastic things that go on here daily. We have been chosen as a host school for the DfE’s Immersion Programme, to help give policy makers at government level a greater understanding of what schools do and how they do it. I am sure that Katy will have a great experience and will take back lots of positive stories about Plymstock School. We look forward to welcoming her to our great school.
On Tuesday and Wednesday this week our Year 11 Geography students were out and about in the city completing fieldwork in preparation for one of their Geography examinations next year. The students were required to complete comparison surveys on housing type, environmental quality, noise levels and traffic volume between Plymstock and Stonehouse. They also visited the Royal William Yard development and discussed the regeneration scheme at Mount Wise. The visit was busy and focused and our students got to meet one or two ‘interesting’ local characters along the way. As ever, Year 11 were great and a credit to the school.
October is Black History Month and is described as a celebration of culture, identity and community and helps to celebrate our diverse communities here in Britain. Some of Mr Willcocks and Mrs Wilkins’ classes have researched a key individual of their choice relevant to Black History Month and a display of their work has been created in the Humanities Computer Room. Much of the work was really impressive.
I have the pleasure this week of announcing our winning House in the House Point Competition for the first half of the autumn term. A huge number of students gained House Points for their hard work, dedication and positive attitude to school life. I am also delighted to report that a staggering 605 students were awarded five House Points for achieving 100% attendance and punctuality in the first half term.
So without further ado, I can reveal that the winning House is Saltram. In second place was Lanhydrock, third was Antony, fourth was Cotehele and in fifth place it was Buckland House.
Well done to everyone. The big question now is – can Saltram hold on and claim victory at Christmas?
Congratulations go to sisters, Tilly and Darcy Leppard, in Year 7. Both girls were recently selected to play for the Plymouth Argyle under 12s Girls Advanced Squad. Over the half term break they travelled to Bournemouth to play two matches. Both matches were won – with a 3-2 win against AFC Bournemouth 3-2 and a 5-1 thrashing of Northampton Town. Well done girls – really impressive.
Congratulations also go to a team of Year 7 girls, who have just been crowned Plymouth Futsal champions. They will now progress to the next round of the championship, where they will represent the city. Mrs Tyrrell, the team coach, is really excited at the potential of the girls, and has been blown away by their talent and determination. Well done girls and the very best of luck representing Plymouth.
We start off our students of the week section with an incredible Post-16 student – Katie Pratt. Katie spent the whole of half term volunteering at a pre-school and charity school in Uganda. She taught literacy through bible stories and played games with the students. She also worked in a travelling clinic, where she had to wash children’s feet in preparation for them having parasites removed. She then had to catalogue the number removed for the doctors! It wasn’t all work though and she got the opportunity to visit a sanctuary for animals that have become endangered due to poaching. Katie describes her experience as ‘awesome’ and she is hoping to return there soon. What an amazing experience – well done Katie.
Our Year 11 student of the week is Isabelle Stephens who has taken up the mantle to produce a Year 11 yearbook to allow all students to take away a memento to cherish at the end of the academic year. Thank you Isabelle – the year group will really appreciate that.
The winner for Year 9 this week is Emma Capdeville. She was nominated by her Head of Year and Assistant Head of Year for simply being a wonderful student. Emma is a really lovely person who consistently displays all the right qualities to be a top notch Plymstock School student.
Beth Luscombe is our Year 8 student of the week. Beth consistently displays a positive attitude, an excellent work ethic and is both a sensible and caring student. Keep up the good work Beth.
Last but by no means least is our Year 7 student of the week. The winner is Eve Moisob. We have just completed the first Year 7 progress check of the year and Eve came out with the highest number of ‘excellents’ in the year group for her commitment/effort. Well done Eve – a brilliant start to Year 7.