Over the last week I have had the privilege to be invited to present at two education conferences about the great things happening at Plymstock School. The first conference in Cornwall showcased our highly successful work on the use of the Pupil Premium funding. The second was to the South West Teaching Schools Alliance Strategic Board, about our National Area of Excellence – reading enrichment. It was a fantastic opportunity to show off the efforts of our staff and students, share ideas and strategies that other schools can use and help ensure that Plymstock School is recognised regionally and nationally for its work. It is fair to say that in both cases the delegates were really impressed with our school and a number will visit us over the coming months to see what we do. As I write this, we have just received a further invitation to share our work at the National Pupil Premium Conference at Congress Hall in London on 05 July 2017.
Last week ten girls from Year 10 have taken part in a project being run with Wembury Marine Centre to promote STEM skills (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and careers for females. The project focused on how the sea is utilised in biotechnology, nutrition and the cosmetic industries (including their associated career paths). This included a day at the Wembury Marine Centre developing marine identification skills, survival skills, team work and challenging the stereotypes that exist around scientific careers. Overall it was a great event that the students really enjoyed.
This week saw one of Plymstock School’s annual traditions commence. Year 7 students have just started to hand in their castle project homework in History. The students studied the Battle of Hastings and learnt about the Norman Conquest and how William controlled England. Students then went on to learn about the importance of different castle designs and subsequently build their own castle for homework. The completed projects this year have been very impressive so far. Well done Year 7 – an incredible effort.
Plymstock School has just experienced fantastic success at the Regional Schools Rowing Championships held last week at the University of St Mark & St John.
We had several podium finishes with Charlie Roden (Year 7) coming first and Sam Ellis (also Year 7) achieving third. In Year 8, Charlie Pitt achieved a first place finish. Esmee Law in Year 11 and Sam Dinham in Year 13 both came third in their respective competitions.
Our Boys Team (Charlie Roden, Charlie Pitt, Stanley Butchart, Sam Duggan and Jack Opie) took first place by a whole 10 seconds and our Girls A Team (Rosie Jarvis, Kate Phillips, Kacie Beard, Lucy Pitt and Esmee Law) narrowly beat the Girls B Team (Arianna Turner, Anna McFarlane, Rebecca West, Georgia Booth and Issie Stephens) by just 1 second, securing third and fourth place respectively.
Georgia James also won her Rowability race, as well as racing in the Year 9 girls race and working throughout the day as one of the helpers. Everyone was really delighted with her. In addition, we were also pleased with Stanley Butchart because he was just 13 metres off third place in his Year 8 race.
Overall, Plymstock School won the overall competition for the first time in 8 years with 222 points – 36 points ahead of the second place school, Exmouth Community College (who had won the competition for past four years in a row). If that wasn’t enough, we also retained the Year 7 ‘Oarsome’ trophy with 562 points (again beating Exmouth by 124 points!), we won the overall male competition and also claimed bronze in the overall female competition. In total we won three out of the four available trophies.
A hugely successful competition for Plymstock School. Well done everyone, we are really proud of you.
Plymstock School has just taken part in the annual Devonport Swimming Schools Competition, hosted at the Life Centre and did incredibly well. In total there were 14 swimmers from across Years 7-11, that took part in a relay format against other schools in the city. Lots of people commented on how positively our students conducted themselves during the competition and they showed a real team spirit. A BIG thank you goes to Mr English, a parent of one of the swimmers, who was the coach and ran all matters on the poolside!
Notable successes included:
- Bronze medals (Anthony Godwin, Aidan Symons-Brown, Sam Ellis and Charlie Pitt).
- Silver medals (Joe Brady, Charlie Pitt, Sam Ellis and Aidan Symons-Brown).
Well done everyone.
Congratulations also go this week to our Year 9 Boys Football Team who are now through to the semi-final of the Devon Cup after a nail biting 4-3 away win at Ivybridge Community College. Best of luck boys.
One thing that genuinely impresses me about our students is the fact they will always go the extra mile for charity or to help others. Samuel Nye in Year 9 has an uncle that is currently being treated for cancer. Over the weekend, Samuel and three friends did a charity bike ride from The Plymstock Inn to The Sky Lark to raise money for Cancer Research. Two of the three boys that joined Samuel were also Plymstock School students – Nathan Freebury and Thomas Riley. We wish you all the very best of luck with your fundraising.
Our Sixth Form student of the week goes to Cameron Rogers. The success in rowing that you have read about above is, in large part, down to Cameron. He is the student that works weekly, coaching this group. The time and effort that he has put in to the team is simply incredible. The results speak for themselves. Well done Cameron – you are a true ambassador of Plymstock School.
Our Year 11 winner this week is Rhiannon Carter. She was nominated by Mr Bellamy for her positive attitude, her hard work and being able to balance all this with her swimming commitments. Rhiannon always has a smile on her face. Keep up the good work.
Aimee Ellis is our Year 10 winner this week. Aimee is a great student, a helpful member of her tutor group and valued friend to others. Aimee is also a Year 7 Mentor and has been particularly effective at supporting a vulnerable student. Thank you for everything you are doing Aimee.
The Year 9 student of the week is Georgia James. Georgia was part of the exceptional rowing team. As mentioned above, she won her Rowability race and took part in the Year 9 race so the team could gain even more points. In addition to that she supported the staff, helping other students wherever possible. Well done Georgia.
The student of the week for Year 8 is Alex Roche. Alex was chosen by Mrs Robb and Mrs Harvey for simply being a wonderful student. He is hard working, always positive and really embodies the spirit of Plymstock School.
Our Year 7 winner this week is Amelia Metcalfe. Amelia is a lovely student who is both kind and caring. She has just raised a whopping £290 with her Girl Guide group for charity. Well done Amelia.
Finally, I’d like to offer my congratulations to Mr Nicholls from our English department, who has just become a father.
His daughter Erin was born last week and was 7lb 12. I am pleased to say that all is well with both mum and baby. I have also heard that Mr Nicholls has managed to get some sleep (but he quickly discovered that ‘it’s not all about him’ apparently!).