Well that was another busy week completed. I will start by wishing our Year 11 and Post-16 students the best of luck, as the formal GCSE and A Level exams start.
Recently our Year 10 Geography students embarked on an action-packed coastal fieldtrip to Start Bay, Devon as part of the new GCSE Geography course. Unlike previous years, the students were not expected to produce a written project, but instead learn a multitude of techniques and skills for investigating coastal processes and evaluating ways of managing the coast as part of their Unit 1 exam. The students were actively engaged in all aspects and worked hard to; hike hills, profile the beach, analyse sediments, score sea defences, draw field-sketches and gather credible data, whilst battling the elements. The last day particularly, proved so extreme that much of the beach was inaccessible due to the easterly storm waves that rolled in.
The Geography Department were extremely impressed with the manner in which students conducted themselves and we received extremely positive comments from one unfortunate couple from Plymstock who were no doubt looking for a quiet day out, only to bump into 60 students from the school along the coastal path!
In Year 11 students these students will be expected to investigate a contrasting area and will be involved in a local urban study to help balance their fieldwork experience.
Congratulations this week go to Jack Herbert in Year 7. Jack has worked hard within the Plymouth Drake Sea Cadets, starting as a Junior Cadet at the age of 10 and then becoming Leading Cadet. Jack has now given the Sea Cadet Promise and has been enrolled as a Senior Sea Cadet. Well done Jack.
A big well done this week goes to Tom Buckingham in Year 13. Tom spent last week at HMS Nelson in Portsmouth auditioning for a career in the Band Service of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines. He had a gruelling week of auditions, interviews, fitness and determination tests which he flew through and has been offered a place starting in September as a clarinettist and pianist. This is an amazing achievement and means that he has a career for the next 22 years, which will take him around the world! He was described as the perfect candidate!
I’m also delighted to hear that Kieran Dyer (who was in Year 11 last year) has just obtained a four-year football scholarship for the Francis Marion University, South Carolina, USA. He will be studying a Human Anatomy Degree from September – a year ahead of the norm. Well done Kieran.
I always love to see what our students continue to achieve once they leave the school and move on with the next stage in their lives. It was great to see ex-student Jacob Dawson, winning a gold medal on his debut at World Rowing Cup in Belgrade earlier this month – a tremendous achievement.
Once Jacob completed his education at Plymstock he moved to the USA to go to college and become a member of the successful men’s rowing squad at the University of Washington in Seattle. Jacob helped the university maintain their tradition of excellence, as a member of Varsity-winning men’s eight boats for two years in a row. After graduating last year, he was in the Great Britain men’s eight which claimed gold at the 2016 World University Championships in Poznan, Poland.
Well done Jacob – we are all very proud of you.
One of our Post-16 students has experienced considerable success as a netball coach for the next generation of young players. Last Sunday, Siobhan McKenna took our Year 7 team she coaches up to Torbay to play against seven teams from across the South West. The team played in a round-robin competition and were very successful. Overall they won six matches and drew one. This meant they achieved in first place in the competition and are now the reigning champions in the South West. Well done girls – outstanding.
Our Year 7 student of the week is Jack Smith. He has been awarded this for his hard work, positive attitude and his commitment to ocean conservation, including recently adopting a dolphin called Mischief!
The Year 8 winner this week is Kieran Gray. Kieran is a talented roller hockey player and has been selected to take part in a development project in Portugal, where he has the opportunity for selection to represent England in the European Under 17 Championships. His coach says that he has shown potential to be one of the best players in England. Well done Kieran.
Finley Allen is our Year 9 student of the week. Finley is a talented member of a wheelchair football team. Over the weekend, Finley’s team were crowned runners-up in the league and he earned a medal. Well done Finley – great stuff.
Our Year 10 winner is Phoebe Showler. A really fantastic young lady who works hards, tries her best and is an all-round excellent member of our school community. In the latest progress check, Phoebe was on or above target in every single subject.
We have a number of students in the Sixth Form that have won this week. This is in recognition of the hard work they showed whilst undertaking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) on top of their A Level subjects. They all did a fantastic job, showing hours of dedication.
Congratulations go to Izzy Pitt (Photo 1), Rory Lethbridge (Photo 2), Reece Shepherd (Photo 2), George Rostron and Chris Oddy.