Welcome back to the final half of the summer term and election week. To enable our students to get a taste of election fever, we held our own mock election to help prepare our students for life in modern Britain through citizenship and upholding British Values. Students had the opportunity to vote in tutor time and there have been some very heated debates going on! We feel it is important for our students to learn about the power of democracy and the right to vote. Students have also had the opportunity this year to vote in a US style Presidential election as well as the local UK Youth Parliament elections. The results of our mock election are:
Lib Dem: 3%
It looks like an interesting coalition will be required then! A huge thank you to Mr Willcocks for organising everything.
On the last day before half term we held our final assemblies to say goodbye to both Year 11 and Year 13. Although the students are still taking examinations and both year groups have their summer Proms/Ball still to come, it is always nice to get the students together with staff to share some of the memories from over the years.
Many Year 13 students had spent seven years with us and by the end of June they will leave Plymstock School and head off to start the next exciting stage of their life, be that university, an apprenticeship or into the world of work. As tradition dictates, the assembly relies on Mr Sprenkel, Mrs Littler and the Year 13 tutors, sharing as many embarrassing stories about our students as possible. However, another tradition is for the Year 13 students to play some sort of practical joke on Mr Sprenkel. This year the theme was tin foil. The photo below shows what he was greeted with when he returned to his office!!
The Year 11 final assembly was equally as entertaining. The pastoral team had put together a wonderful video with images from the last five years. This caused immense laughter as the ‘cool’ Year 11 students were greeted with photos from when they weren’t quite so ‘with-it’ in Year 7. There was also the student-nominated award ceremony. These are not your typical academic awards – they were far more varied (including – Most Likely to Live on a Farm and Biggest Moaner). I was delighted to be awarded ‘Best Dressed Teacher’ – the most important award I have ever received (and second year in a row too!). In the final week the students also got to open letters that they wrote to their ‘future selves’ when they were in Year 7. It was great to read the hopes and dreams they had for themselves five years ago. Below are just a few photos from their final week.
We would all like to wish Year 11 and our Post-16 students the best of luck as the exams continue over the coming weeks.
Also on the final Friday, a group of our most talented Year 10 artists went to visit the annual open exhibition at Delamore Arts. As usual, the combination of a wonderful range of sculpture and painting, set in the fabulous context of Delamore House and gardens, was brilliant. And the great weather was the cherry on top! Well done to all of the students for a great year in the Art Room – I know the Art teachers are very proud of your efforts this year.
During the last week of May, six Year 8 students attended the Faraday challenge at the University of Plymouth. They spent a day creating products to solve real life engineering problems, using a BBC micro bit (which is simple programmable micro processor) and an array of sensors. They worked well as a team and presented their ideas to the judges clearly, but were ultimately beaten to first place. The members of the team were Anna Mcfarlane, JJ Summer, Kate Philips, Fiene Kalski, Ben Walker and Ethan Pritchard. Well done everyone – you did us proud.
You will recall recently that our D&T club recently acquired a Greenpower Kart. After many weeks of tinkering and repairs, the students finally got a chance before the half term break to try it out. The club still have lots to improve on the Kart to make it a winner, along with further efforts to raise funds for this project. If anyone is willing to donate to the group it can be done via their funding page HERE
On 08 July 2017, four of our Year 11 students, Charlie Goble, Isaac Randal, Samuel Bishop and Will Daly will be walking from Minehead to Plymouth, over Exmoor and Dartmoor to raise money for Devon Air Ambulance, a charity very close to Charlie’s heart, and Gables Farm.
The four young men have been planning the trip for some time now and finally it has become a reality. They will be staying in Minehead the night before to enable an early start on the Saturday morning. The walk will take a total of 6 days.
Four lads – one tent – one great adventure! The very best of luck to all four of you.
Our Year 7 student of the week is Rhys Prevost. He is a hard-working, conscientious student who is always very polite, helpful and can always be relied upon. He really is a star and a great ambassador of the school.
Harry Eaton is the Year 8 winner this week. Harry is kindly looking after a brand new student to the school. He is such a lovely young man – always so polite and with a ready smile.
We have two winners in Year 9 this week – twin sisters Stacey and Kristina Cowling. Both girls are an absolute pleasure to have at Plymstock School. They are polite, hard working and always show exemplary behaviour. In addition, we are all really impressed in how both girls have developed their English speaking skills since joining us.
James Foster is our Year 10 winner this week. James has succeeded in passing every element of his ICT/INGOT coursework to an incredibly high standard. It is a two year course and James has completed and passed the coursework in less than one academic year. James – it really shows what you are capable of.
Finally our Post-16 winner is Carys Bygrave. She has been awarded this for being a fantastic advocate for Plymstock School and showing incredible loyalty. Carys – you are an absolute star!