You will recently recall that four of our Sixth Form students (Leoni Massey-Clamp, Erin Downes, Zack Allen and Lois Teasdale) successfully gained places on the ‘Lessons from Auschwitz Project’ and travelled to Poland to visit the concentration camps.
Their day began very early with a 5:00am flight from Exeter to Krakow, Poland. On arrival they visited the site of a former synagogue before travelling to Auschwitz 1 and then on Auschwitz 2 ‘Birkenau’. Finally they flew back to Exeter at 11.30pm.
The students experienced a wide range of intense emotions throughout the day, but nevertheless found the opportunity to engage in this project very rewarding and highly thought-provoking.
“Being able to walk where the history books talk about was a humbling and eye-opening experience”
“I was simply stunned by the sheer scale of the camp. We could not even see the edges (the barbed wire fencing surrounding them) while stood inside the camp”
“We had been to a seminar prior to going to Poland which reminded us that we should celebrate the lives, whilst at the same time mourning the victims and their struggle. At Auschwitz 1 this was very difficult to do because of the shoes, suitcases and hair that was on display. Auschwitz II however, did allow us to remember and honour the lives of the fallen particularly through the service we took part in, led by a Rabbi. We left at the end of the service reflecting on the fact that we had the opportunity to walk out of the camp, when so many didn’t”
The students will now be sharing their experiences with Year 9 history classes as well as other students in the school.
Some of our Year 8 girls took part in an end of season netball tournament at the Life Centre last week against schools from across Plymouth. They won their pool and were unbeaten in the first three matches, eventually finishing fourth overall. Some brilliant leadership qualities were shown by Hannah Stewart who captained the team. The students operated really effectively as a team. Well done girls – your team will go from strength to strength over the coming years.
We’ve just had a great Science Week. The national theme for this year was ‘change’. This was explored by our students in many different ways.
It started with a team of engineers from Babcock visiting the school. It was a really eye opening day which was aimed at a diverse cross-section of students. All of Year 10 were involved in a presentation: ‘What is Engineering?’. This was particularly beneficial for them as the year group will be undertaking their work experience placements in just a few months. Babcock is one of the city’s biggest employers and this gave our students the opportunity to ask questions to both a graduate and an apprentice with the company about their roles and future career paths.
Following on from that, a selection of students from Years 7, 8 and 9 took part in a ‘Lego Challenge’. The students were working in groups on a production line to deliver ‘Lego Cranes’ to their customer (Babcock). This helped develop communication, team work and thought processing skills. The students really engaged with the task and also had opportunities to find out what a future in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) could be like for them, or how science links to potential careers. They talked about Biology in becoming a PE teacher, Chemistry in make-up design and of course Engineering.
During lessons students in Years 7 and 8 have enjoyed themselves completing fun activities and watching cool science demos all based around change including, building and testing floating garden rafts, exploding hydrogen balloons, making chemical rainbows, producing elephants’ toothpaste and erupting fizz fun. At lunch time students have enjoyed the screening of the classic science film ‘Flubber’ in the lecture theatre.
A huge thank you to everyone involved.
I would like to pass my congratulations on to Year 7 students Leah Green and Max Port. Both students were chosen to represent Devon in the regional finals of the Sportshall Indoor Athletics competition over the previous weekend. Well done to the both you.
I am really pleased to see that one of our Year 8 students, Rebecca Hart was part of a group of HMS Heroes students from across the city, that took over the Plymouth City Council Chamber to lead a Q&A session with local politicians, including the Members of Parliament for Plymouth – Gary Streeter, Oliver Colvile and Johnny Mercer. The students asked really good questions about Brexit and support systems for our Armed Forces. Rebecca can be pictured in the centre of the photograph.
It’s student of the week time again and we start with Year 7. This week’s winner is Tom Baker who is a real cricket star and has just been selected for the West Devon County Cricket Team. A brilliant achievement – well done Tom.
The Year 8 student of the week is Hannah Stewart for her commitment to netball. In a recent tournament, Hannah stepped up to be captain and was absolutely brilliant. She really impressed Mrs Boyle with her leadership and organisation skills. She also suffered a knee injury during one of the games and even though she was unable to continue playing, she carried on leading the team from the side lines – showing great resilience and sportswomanship. Well done Hannah.
The Year 9 student of the week is Frances Airton. She has been nominated for being a wonderful, all-round Plymstock School student. Frances has a really positive attitude and the commitment to her studies is exemplary. Well done Frances.
Our Year 10 student of the week is Callum Robb. He has been nominated for his role as a mentor to a Year 8 student, who he additionally helps with homework after school. Callum, you are a credit to the school.
Marshall Ferguson is this week’s Year 11 winner. On Monday, Marshall was invited to the Houses of Parliament by Edward Timpson, Minister of State for Vulnerable Children and Families at the Department for Education. It was actually Marshall’s second visit to Parliament, having hugely impressed the first time, when he was selected to talk nationally about his personal experiences of care and provision. Well done Marshall, we are really proud of you.
We have two Sixth Form students of the week – Beth Doddridge in Year 12 and Matt Marshall in Year 13. Staff have just completed their Sixth Form progress checks and both students are on or above target in all their subjects, with an outstanding commitment level. Well done to both of you and keep up the great work.
Several of our students are members of the Plymouth Speedway (located at St Boniface Arena, Coypool Road, Plympton). The club have recently relaunched and are looking for new members. If any students (or parents) are interested in joining or watching some of the races, then please feel free to pop down – you would be more than welcome. Races take place on Friday evenings and start at 7:00pm, with the gates opening at 5:45pm. The next fixture is Friday 14 April. A full fixtures list can be found on their website: Click Here
Finally, I’d like to pass on my very best wishes to our former Head Girl, Victoria Weir. She competed at the weekend in the UK Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships and World Trials. Victoria finished 3rd and has now been selected to represent GB in Kampala, Uganda in the World Cross Country Championship on 26 March 2017. An incredible achievement and we are all rooting for you.