We have had confirmation, following our visit before the Easter break, that Plymstock School has been chosen as a featured school in the National Good Schools Guide. A huge thank you to the parents, students and staff that contributed to the process. There is a really good review of the school but one sentence in particular summed why I wanted to be Headteacher of Plymstock School – “Parents are proud to send their children here – ‘It really encourages individuals to celebrate their talents”.
Towards the end of last week, Plymstock School held its amazing Dance Festival. This gave an opportunity for students from Year 7 through to Post-16 to show off their incredible talents. A large number of the Year 11 students were performing their pieces for the GCSE Dance Practical Examination. I am delighted to say that many of them secured full marks. The evening started with a performance by our boys’ dance group – The White Rabbits Parkour Group. We were then treated to 12 fantastic pieces – performed and choreographed by our own students. Outstanding, is the only word that can be used to describe what we saw. The evening finished with two performances. The first by the Plymouth Raiders Cheerleaders – which involved three of our ex-students – and a grand finale where all of our students were involved. The event was a huge success and really paid testament to the hard work and dedication of our students – all of which was driven and supported by Mr Wookey. At the end of the event, Mr Wookey presented two Dance Awards to Lauren Huntley and Holly Scantlebury for achieving full marks in their practical exams, helping with extra-curricular dance and for being amazing students who work hard in all aspects of their dance education.
During the Spring Term, the English Department ran an extra-curricular competition in which students in Years 7-9 were set the task to review a film of their choice. They created a piece of extended writing that focussed on informing, describing, and analysing the merits of the film. They were then asked to advise their reader as to whether the film was worth their time or not. An overwhelming number of good entries were received and judged by Mr Crawford over the Easter break.
The top three entries for each year group were as follows:
- Emily Nannelli
- Ellie Boone
- Sam Ellis
- Max Gilbert
- Elena Leolea
- Ethan Pritchard
- Joella Gowland
- Zoe Gould
- Harry Scott
Congratulations to the winners and many thanks to all who entered.
I was thrilled to hear that one of our Year 7 students, Grace Spooner, continues to go from strength to strength in the National BMX races. Grace has attended four races now – two in Manchester and two in Birmingham, winning/coming second in the B finals in three of them, and making the A final in the last round. Keep up the great work Grace.
Our winner of the Post-16 student of the week has just completed a once in lifetime challenge. Over the Easter break Poppy Gribble in Year 12 went to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. She started with a flight in tiny plane to the Tenzing–Hillary Airport (formally known as Lukkla Airport), nearly 10,000 feet above sea level. From there she hiked for nine days to a place called Kala Pattar which is over 18,000 feet up. It was so high that it actually looked down on Everest Base Camp, some 200 metres below! An incredible achievement and a real test of perseverence – well done Poppy.
The wonderful Andrew Hudson is our Year 11 student of the week. Andrew is a great student, always positive and incredibly hard working. In addition to his efforts in school, he is also an accomplished hiker and is the team captain for the school’s 45-mile team in this weekend’s Ten Tors event. Andrew – you are an absolute star.
Our Year 10 winner is Lucy Carter for her exceptional perseverance and dedication over the last week. She completed a 35-mile hike last weekend as part of the Ten Tors reserve team. In addition to that, she survived two full weeks of mock examinations, despite being unwell for part of it! Keep up the great work Lucy. Ironically, I couldn’t take a photo of Lucy as she had just left on the minibus to head off to Ten Tors Base Camp!
Jack Ledger is our Year 9 student of the week. He’s been awarded this for simply being a great student. He’s always helpful, extremely polite and lovely to have in our school.
The Year 8 winner this week is Lauren Williams. Just like Jack above, she is such a positive person to have in our school. Over the last week she has gone out of her way to ensure that a new student joining Plymstock School has settled in well.
Our Year 7 Student of the Week is Emily Dobson. She has settled in incredibly well to Plymstock School and takes an active part in school life. In addition she has just completed an in-depth First Aid Award at Guides, which took three weeks. Well done Emily.
Finally, I would like to wish our Ten Tors teams the very best of luck over the weekend. I know you will all do brilliantly.