This week, Plymstock School has been holding its Year Group Celebrations. The purpose of the events is for staff, students and parents to celebrate the individual and collective successes of students over the year academic year. The events are informal, with drinks, scones (with the inevitable Cornish vs. Devonshire style debate!) and importantly balloons. We do not solely focus on academic success but recognise effort, attendance and personal accomplishments too. It was great to see so many students get the recognition they deserve. We’d also like to thank all the parents that came along to support the events – we really appreciate your continued support. We are really proud of our students and we congratulate everyone who won an award.
My final thanks goes the pastoral and admin team who organised and coordinated the afternoons.
This week’s blog is quite exciting as I have the opportunity to reveal the name of our next school show. Many of you will have seen our last outstanding production – Bugsy Malone – in December 2016. The show was incredible and our students were simply amazing.
Therefore I am delighted to announce that our school show for the 2017/18 academic year will be none other than ‘School of Rock’. We are hoping that ‘School of Rock’ will really appeal to our students, especially as so many will have seen the film version starring Jack Black! We would like to get as many students involved as possible and auditions will start on Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 June 2017.
“Rock got no reason. Rock got no rhyme. You better get me to school on time”
Dr Williams in our English department recently took her Post-16 class to the Royal William Yard to see an open air performance of Othello. For those that have forgotten their school days, Othello is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in 1603. The story revolves around its two central characters: Othello, a Moorish General in the Venetian army and his unfaithful ensign, Iago! The students had a great evening, especially as several of our students were chosen to participate. This included, Reece Shepherd who was chosen to be Roderigo (who gets killed in the play!). Reece delivered every moment with his usual deadpan style. Mike Gould was brought in for a spot of dancing too!
Mr and Mrs Hughes took a small group of girls to London last weekend, as the students had been invited to visit HSBC headquarters in Canary Wharf. It was part of a ‘Women into Business’ opportunity. The students had access to some of the senior female executives in the company, to learn about their career route and current roles. It was a really great experience for the girls and I hope it has helped inspire them to go on to do great things.
Last weekend the Duke of Edinburgh participants embarked on their Bronze Award qualifying expedition. It wasn’t quite the picturesque setting they all imagined when they planed a June expedition around the beautiful Whitsand Bay coastline. In fact the mist was so bad that they could hardly even make out the sea on the first day. However, the participants weren’t going to let the wet and windy weather dampen their spirits.
The conditions made the route more difficult and cooking on a trangia in the rain was a challenge, but the students showed real resilience and rose to the challenge in spectacular DofE fashion.
As Promised by Mr Roberts, day two was a different story and although the students were sceptical when they woke up on Sunday morning, the sun was shining on them as they walked into the finish at Mount Edgecombe.
Well done everyone, two days of being completely self sufficient and independent without even a sniff of social media action. The students were a real credit to themselves and to Plymstock school. We are incredibly proud of everything they have achieved throughout the year and it has been a pleasure for the staff involved to watch how they have grown and developed.
On behalf of the students and school as a whole, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped support the reintroduction of the DofE, especially Mrs Tyrrell, who has expertly led and organised DofE this year. We’d also like to thank Mr Steward, Mr Wookey, Mr Roberts and Mr Russell – without their time and contribution it simply wouldn’t have been possible.
This year the staff at Plymstock School chose to adopt a charity so that we could get together as a team and fundraise. The staff picked Jeremiah’s Journey, for the amazing support and help they provide for bereaved children and their families.
It’s not often that staff manage to let their hair down and relax together, but on Friday night we held a charity curry and quiz night at Fort Stamford Health and Fitness Club. The evening was a great success and a welcome change of pace from the busy exam season. Special mention must go to Royston Sumner of Fort Stamford, for going that extra mile in providing positively, captivating entertainment as the quiz master. We’d also like to thank Lisa Matthews from our Teaching Assistant team who worked hard to get the event organised. We are delighted to have raised £255 from the evening and we are busily planning our next event.
Further on Sunday, and on behalf of Plymstock School, Gail, my PA, threw herself out of a perfectly good aeroplane to raise more awareness and money for this worthwhile cause. A huge, heart-felt thanks to parents, colleagues and friends who kindly sponsored Gail’s sky-dive, which has so far has raised over £600.
We will be handing over the money to Jeremiah’s Journey next week.
Finally, it’s student of the week time. Ed Hale is our Year 7 winner this week. Ed is great student who is extremely positive and is working incredibly hard across all of his subjects. In addition to that, Ed is also representing the school in Cricket. Keep up the great work Ed.
The Year 8 winner this week is Alistair Bond. He has been nominated for being a mature, responsible, lovely, team player at Plymstock School. Alistair is also involved in Plymstock/Devonshire Minor League football and plays cricket for Plymstock at club level.
Emma Curtis is our Year 9 student of the week. Emma is making fantastic progress at school and her teachers are impressed with the high level of effort she puts into her work. One great example, is in her recent English assessment in which she produced 26 sides of work (that’s not a typo). Really impressive Emma – well done.
The Year 10 student of the week is Abbie Cluer. She has been awarded this in recognition of her hard work, determination and perseverance. We have just completed the Year 10 progress checks and Abbie has been rated as ‘outstanding’ for her commitment in all subjects. In addition to that, she has a broken toe, is on crutches but has not missed a day of school as a result. Abbie – you are a star.
To end this week I am delighted to let everyone know that we have been given an award, called the LESS CO2, in recognition for our school community’s contribution to reducing carbon dioxide emissions. LESS CO2 works by engaging students and the wider school community to integrate sustainability into school culture. With workshops on buildings, behaviour change and incorporating clean energy into the curriculum, LESS CO2 reduces energy consumption, lowers bills and educates the next generation on the importance of sustainability.