Every day in Key Stage 3, our students engage in 30 minutes of reading. Some of our Year 7 and 8 students come to the Library as part of our Reading Mentor programme. At the end of term, we took all of these students to the Galley for a hot chocolate and cookie to say a big thank you for all of their hard work. Additionally, we keep a running total of all the books read in Year 7 and take the winning tutor group to the Galley for a reward breakfast as a Christmas treat. It was extremely close this year with the top three Tutors Groups being L7 KJT reading 123, A7NPB reading 126 and the winning group was A7JED reading a massive 134 books! Well done to all Year 7 students for their enthusiasm and commitment to reading this year. Keep up the good work as there will be another treat at the end of the year for the winning group.
Sticking with a literary theme – at the end of last term ,the Library hosted a half-price ‘Scholastic Book Fair’. It was a great success and we were really impressed with the selection of books that were provided. Year 7 and 8 students were invited to come during their English lessons, and all other students were able to come during break and lunch time. Thank you to all the students and staff who came to support the Library – together we spent well over £700!
Last week Plymstock School was visited by Dr Sarah Preedy, Senior Lecturer in Business and Enterprise at Plymouth Marjon University. Mr Hughes, our Head of Business Studies, organised for Sarah to deliver an engaging presentation to our girls talking about female entrepreneurship. Dr Preedy challenged society’s preconceptions of what/who is an entrepreneur. The students were encouraged to take ownership of the career paths. Dr Preedy really empowered them by giving a useful skills toolkit to support their enterprise filled futures. I would like to thank Dr Preedy for taking time to visit us and Mr Hughes for organising the opportunity.
We have been lucky to welcome Alex Ogando to Plymstock School in recent months. Alex is a performer and theatre practitioner, who runs her own company called ’Fast and Funny’. Alex has been running theatre workshops on Wednesday afternoons for students to develop their performance ability, explore a range of practical ideas, and importantly have fun! Last term the students performed a short, devised play based on the theme of Christmas, watched by an audience of proud parents. Alex will continue running workshops this term. Details of how to join can be found in our Performing Arts newsletter.
Here’s a sports update from Mrs Campbell – Well done to the following Year 7 students who have gained their British Trampoline Awards. They have worked incredibly hard with our Year 11 coaches, Hannah Luscombe and Aimee Ellis. The awards focus on performing individual moves and a routine. The students all enjoyed coaching and encouraging each other. Well done and thank you Hannah and Aimee for your help.
Level 1 and 2
Kate Wilton, Freya Hoskin, Polly Tutten, Lucy Johns. Michael Dennis, Lizzie Boalch and Isabelle Bowden.
Kate Wilton, Freya Hoskin, Polly Tutten, Lucy Johns, Michael Dennis, Lizzie Boalch, Josephine Winter and Isabelle Bowden.
Maddi Orr, Kate Wilton, Freya Hoskin, Polly Tutten, Lucy Johns, Michael Dennis, Isabelle Bowden and Eve Moisob.
Maddi Orr, Kate Wilton, Josephine Winter, Lexie Devine, Annabelle Humphery, Issy Howes, Jamie Andrews, Charlie Zachlod, Carla Marshall, Oliver Goode, Eve Moisob and Katy Smith.
Maddi Orr, Josephine Winter, Lexie Devine, Issy Howes, Izzy Harrison, Charlie Zechlod, Tom Abbott, Oliver Goode, Jamie Daniels and Patience Potter.
Izzy Harrison, Tom Abbott, Poppy Cary, Carla Marshall and Patience Potter.
One of our staff is just about to become a published recording artist! Mrs Pullen, one of our Teaching Assistants, is part of the Plymouth Military Wives Choir. Last week she was in a recording studio in Bristol with the choir, producing a new album called ‘Remember’. This is due for release in June this year. A big well done to Mrs Pullen and we wish the choir the very best for the launch of the album. All proceeds will go to support forces charities. Mrs Pullen can be pictured below on the far left.
We are pleased to announce that the foundations and steel work of the Westcountry Schools Trust’s newest school, Sherford Vale School, have finally gone in. The new nursery and primary school, located in the Sherford development, is due to open in September 2018. Despite a run of very poor weather, construction is now moving forward at pace. The new Headteacher, Helen Tipping, said “This is a really exciting time as the building of our brand new school gets underway ready to open in September 2018, providing a stimulating, creative and lively learning environment with the building and school grounds”.
Once open, the school will further add to the already outstanding nursery and primary school provision in and around the Plymstock area. Below are a couple of digital impressions of what the finished building will look like.
Our Year 7 student of the week is Lauren James from Miss Monelle’s tutor group. Lauren is a wonderful young lady who every day demonstrates the golden rule in all that she does – ‘treating others the way she would like to be treated herself’.
This week’s winner in Year 8 is Elisha Taylor. On the run up to Christmas she was extremely generous with her donations for the tutor group hamper, but additionally Elisha frequently brings in little treats for her whole tutor group when she thinks they need cheering up! As you can imagine, she’s very popular with her peers!
Abbie Copson is our Year 9 winner this week. Apart from being a very hard working student in school, she is also the first person in this year’s cohort to complete the skills section of the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Kai Tucker is our Year 10 student of the week. Kai you may remember from a previous blog, participates in Motorcross. Recently Kai took part in a competition and managed to secure first place and remains top of the championship table. A big well done Kai.
Our Year 11 student of the week is Jessie Mowbray in recognition of her continued work raising money for the children’s cancer charity – ‘Little Princess Trust’. Jessie received the following message from the charity’s fundraising team…
We would like to you a certificate in recognition of your recent fundraising and we would be grateful if you would accept this as a small token of our sincerest thanks. Thank you so very much for your hard work and wonderful support. We are truly grateful.
Keep up the great work Jessie.