Well that’s another half term over – the last six weeks have flown by. Life never stops at Plymstock School and this week is of course no exception. Over the weekend, a large number of students braved the stormy conditions to cross the channel for the Normandy trip. My next blog, after the half term break, will be a Normandy special. So watch this space.
Now in its second year, Thursday night saw the amazing Plymstock’s Got Talent take place. The event saw 10 student acts battling it out for the 2017 crown. Each act performed in front of a live audience and judging panel (made up of Mr Chick, Mrs Lowe and myself). The winner was then decided through audience votes.
The 10 finalists this year were:
- Matthew Bray (Year 7) – Singer
- Emma Capdeville (Year 8) – Artistic gymnast
- Rebecca Hart (Year 8) – Singer
- Louis Bernard (Year 9) – Singer and guitarist
- Courtney Waites (Year 9) – Singer
- Ella Warwick and Honey Whitely (Year 10) – Singer and guitar
- Trinity Crampton and Briony Palmer (Year 10) – Singers
- A Year 10 rock band called ‘Descent’ (George Charles, Fred Clegg-Davies, George Gurry, Lewis Kenyon and Joe Wright).
- Jess Cooper (Year 12) – Singer and guitar
- Rachel Seekings (Year 12) – Singer and guitar
Over the course of the evening we saw 10 brilliant acts from a group of highly talented young people. You could see the time and effort that each student had put in. They did themselves and the school proud.
Despite very strong competition (and a deadlock for first place – resulting in the judges making the final call), I am delighted to announce that the 2017 winner was Louis Bernard. Louis is one of the most talented musicians I have seen – his act really has to be seen to be believed. Well done Louis. In second place was Ella Warwick and Honey Whitely and third place went to Jess Cooper. A great night overall.
The recent Art Department trip to London was once again a huge success. The students spent two days and nights in the capital, going to see as much fabulous art, craft and design as possible. Visits included the Tate Modern, the V & A and the National Gallery. The group also went to the theatre to see a brilliant production of Les Miserables, and were lucky enough, thanks to Hannah Buckingham, to get a backstage tour after the show! An awesome experience.
Sticking with Art, this week saw the opening of the Art2Day Show at the Cube3 Gallery at the University of Plymouth. This prestigious show is drawn from schools and colleges across the city. As usual we have a number of pieces of work by students past and present in the show. This year Plymstock is represented by Ieuan Tomlinson, Nikita Stokes, Rebecca Lowden, Georgia Ingram, Zak Tippett and Tom Waller. The show is in the Portland Square Building, just off North Hill, and is open Mon-Fri 10.00-17.00, until the 17th March. Please feel free to pop in and have a look over the coming weeks – you won’t be disappointed!
Our Sixth Form Student of the Week is Sian Pike. She is an absolute star student who works exceptionally hard in all her subjects. She has had a particularly good week. Following the successful completion of a highly coveted summer placement within the national security services, she has now been offered a degree level apprenticeship with the organisation after a gruelling assessment and interview process! Just so she is spoilt for choice, she has also received four offers from the universities she has applied to, including Swansea to study Software Engineering.
The Year 11 winner this week is Oliver Green. Those people who know Oliver are well aware of what a great person he is and the fact that he always has a smile on his face! I am pleased to announce that Oliver has just been selected to represent the RAF in a trek through the Himalayas in August 2018. Well done Oliver – that will be an incredible experience.
Our Year 10 Student of the Week is Marcus Merrell-Jones. He is making exceptionally strong progress in school and demonstrating outstanding behaviour and commitment to learning. His last progress check was a joy to behold. In addition to his excellent attitude in school, he is also showing this out of school, where he recently helped to organise the Royal Marines’ Introduction Evening. Keep up the great work Marcus.
Our Year 9 winner is Ella Symons-Brown. You will all recall that a couple of weeks ago I mentioned that Ella was engaged in a wide variety of fundraising activities with her family to support a bone marrow treatment for her cousin Oliver who currently attends Goosewell School. One of the events, which took place last Friday in school, was Ella having her long hair cut off! We were joined by Ella’s dad, as we held the event over lunchtime in our Lecture Theatre. We absolutely stunned to see nearly 200 students voluntarily turn up to support Ella and her cause. In total we raised over £160 from student donations. Well done Ella and we wish you and your family all the best with your further fundraising efforts.
Alfie Jenkins is our Year 8 winner this week. Alfie is a keen rugby player and I am really happy to let everyone know that, despite extensive competition he has just been selected to play rugby for Devon. Well done Alfie.
It appears that one of our Year 7 students is a bit of a swimming star! Sam Ellis is this week’s Year 7 student of the week. He recently competed in the Devon ASA County Championships over three weekends in January. It was a very successful meet and he became Devon Champion in 10 events (winning a staggering 10 gold medals!) and was runner-up in a further three events (winning 3 silver medals). What an amazing achievement. Well done Sam.
As a result of our partnership work with a number of local primary schools, we were tasked with finding some student leaders to support a new ‘Transitions Club’ being held here at Plymstock School.
The idea of the club is to help children in Years 5 or 6 to make a smooth transition into secondary school by giving them the opportunity to take part in a range of activities with children from other schools. Activities include hockey, dodgeball, parachute games, skipping and trip golf. Our student leaders are doing an amazing job supporting the Year 5 and 6 children, enabling them to make great progress.
I’d like to say a big well done to the following student leaders: Platinum Ambassador (Grace Elliot Smith), Gold Ambassador (Abi Cluer), Bronze Ambassadors (Rose Walker, Marison Jarman, Bronwyn Lloyd, Imogen Stokes, Katie Lemon, Eve Webster, Sophie Beckett, Paige Keener, Carmen O’Neill, Georgia English, Alicia Gugulo and Kinga Kudzia). Thank you for your dedication and enthusiasm.
Over the previous months, Mrs Boyle and Ms Kirk have been training our Year 7 girls netball team. The girls have recently played a number of netball fixtures. We have been really impressed with the team’s dedication and good sportswomanship. We currently have two teams with subs. It is great to have so many players involved. The girls have had some brilliant results that have included:
- Plymstock School 20 vs. Marine Academy Plymouth 1
- Plymstock School 20 vs. Eggbuckland Community College 0
- Plymstock School 5 vs. Plymouth High School for Girls 1
Finally, congratulations go to our Year 7 girls football team. They showed real dedication and determination this half term, playing some really tough matches in the local Plymouth Schools Central League.
The team had wins against Devonport High School for Girls, Tor Bridge High and All Saints Academy and draws against Notre Dame RC College and Stoke Damerel Community College. Our players included Jess Finch, Holly Weaving, Jess Jennings, Bronwyn Lloyd, Maia Luxford, Sophie Pridham, Lilly Stroud, Imogen Stokes, Courtney Hart and Madeleine Evans. Well done girls.
I’d also like to thank our referees Alina Wright and Maddy Lappard, both in Year 9.
Have a really wonderful half term and a huge thank you for all your support.