Plymstock School held its annual Ski Trip over the half term break. The students and staff went to the French resort of Serre Chevalier, situated in the Southern Alps. With over 250km of slopes and fantastic interlinked lift system covering four areas, Serre Chevalier is one of the top ski regions in France. The snow conditions were some of the best experienced thanks to the north-facing slopes, but it is also one of France’s sunniest areas, so as a school group they experienced the irresistible combination of snow and sun!
All ski groups, regardless of ability, made excellent progress. Serre Chevalier is also a National Park and much of the skiing experienced was on beautiful tree-lined runs through the forest. The group were kept busy most nights with a full programme of ‘Apres-Ski’. This included a challenging quiz, a very competitive ten pin bowling evening (it’s best never to have four PE teachers competing against each other again!) – Mr Taylor came out on top, narrowly beating Mrs Tyrrell and a student. There was ‘Bum Boarding’ where Matthew Third was crowned champion for distance travelled, a well-deserved trip to the thermal spa of Les Grands Bains du Monêtier (where everyone relaxed and enjoyed the Great Baths including the indoor pools, outdoor bubbling beds, goosenecks, geysers, Jacuzzi, mineral pool, and musical cave!). Some students even braved the Roman Trilogy which included the -17 degrees celsius ‘Frigidarium’. At the end of the week the group held the annual presentation which included the ‘most improved skiers award’ and ‘skiers’ skier’. The skiers’ skier award is voted by the students within the group.
The 2018 winners were:
Most improved: Kaiya Hardal
Skiers skier: Betsy Mee
Most improved: Jarrad Edwards-Rumble
Skiers skier: Charlie Pitt
Most improved: Leala Morgan
Skiers skier: Drew Boulton
Most improved: Maria Elliot
Skiers skier: Ehren Duke
Overall, many great and lasting memories were made and our thanks go to both Mr Taylors, Miss Evans, Mr Campbell, Mrs Tyrrell and Mr Farrant who supported the trip. We also thank the admin staff for all their help and of course the students themselves, for making this a fantastic experience. The Ski Trip for 2019 is now full, but Mr Taylor will be releasing details for the 2020 trip in September. More information to follow!
Just before half term we also had another excursion to France, as students headed off to Normandy for ‘Le Grand Week-end’. In the early hours of 02 February, 75 Year 7 students, together with five Year 10 Language Leaders and 11 brave staff, set out from school bound for Le Château Beaumont in Normandy. After a long journey involving buses and ferries, the group arrived at the château for the start of a weekend of exciting activities including archery, a climbing wall, giant twister in French, and excursions to amazing places such as le Mont St Michel, Fougères, and the World War 2 landing beach at Arromanches. Best of all was a visit to a local CES (French secondary school) where our students had the opportunity to practise their language skills with young French students. Despite one or two hiccups along the way, a most excellent time was had by all participants! A huge thank you goes to all the staff who gave up their weekend to make the trip happen.
As ever we are delighted to announce that some of our past and present students have had work selected for the annual Art2Day Show at the Cube3 Gallery at Plymouth University. The exhibition showcases outstanding artwork from schools across the city. These photos show pieces by Lydia Wallis and Holly Baxter, both of whom left Plymstock School last summer after completing Year 13.
Holly’s mum was kind enough send the following note to us following the exhibition’s Opening event;
“I went along tonight with my daughter Holly to view all the Art work submitted for this year’s ART2DAY Show. We were so pleased to see all the art work on view. We are so lucky in Plymouth to have such amazing students producing amazing art work, and also for it to be on view to the public within Plymouth University”
The show is open until Friday 23 March and is in the Portland Building on North Hill.
Our Year 8 History students have been involved in a research project this term. In groups they have researched one aspect of the Industrial Revolution and then delivered a presentation to their classes. The students also created a learning task for their peers – which they then had to deliver and manage. The students did an excellent job with all parts of this challenge. Well done everyone.
Ms Richards has been undertaking French food tasting with her Year 7 students. The idea was to allow them to try different French foods and practise pronouncing and requesting them in French. It was a great success with many students realising they actually liked some of the food they thought they wouldn’t!
Dr Burdett in our Science department has been really impressed with the hard work shown by his Year 8 students over the last few lessons, whilst studying compounds, mixtures and elements. Here are a few photos of some of their work. The first image is work produced by Jay Van Dam and Louis Webster. The second was produced by Ronnie Watson and Charlie Pickard-Morrish.
Huge congratulations go to Olly Cornish in Year 8, who has just won the Devon Table Tennis U13 Title, without losing a single game! Below is a photo of Olly receiving his medal from Graham Pearson, the County Secretary. Well done Olly.
Just before half term, five of our girls travelled to Bodmin to train to become Football Activators. This is part of a new initiative called ‘Game of Our Own’ which is supported by the Youth Sport Trust and the Football Association, to develop life skills through girls football, and to raise the profile of the sport at the same time. The girls were selected because of their passion for the sport and their first task as Activators is to create and promote a new club of their own, to help to increase participation. The girls are responsible for designing the club, promoting it and leading it. They are very excited to have complete ownership. Any students who are interested in getting involved should look out for the purple jumpers and ask the Activators for more information – they are there to help. Watch this space!
It’s time for my students of the week. I start with Kyle Thompson the Year 7 winner. Kyle, who took a very active part in the Normandy trip, has won for his excellent fancy dress, his performance in the talent show and the way he threw himself into talking to the French children at Collège René Cassin. Unfortunately, Kyle wasn’t in when I was taking the photo today – so here’s a photo of his certificate.
We have three winners in Year 8 this week – Zach Brogan, Jack Herbert and Aidan Scott who all recently took part in a challenging ‘Drill Competition’ for the Cadets at HMS Raleigh. Their great performance resulted in them achieving an overall second place finish. Well done.
Elena Leolea is our Year 9 student of the week. Elena is one of the most hard work working and dedicated students you could meet. On top of that she is so polite, friendly and positive. Elena – you are an absolute credit to Plymstock School. Keep up the great work.
There are four winners in Year 10 this week – Nathan Freebury, Cameron McGill, Charlie Stevens-White and Daylon Marshall. All four students have managed to secure prestigious work experience placements with the Royal Marines. Very few places are offered each year and it is very challenging to be accepted – so the boys did incredibly well to be successful.
Maisie Parsons is our Year 11 winner this week. Just before the half term break, a large group of our staff were engaged in a training session over a lunch break. They were focusing on ‘metacognition’, one of our key school improvement strategies to help our students make even greater progress. Maisie came along and actually ran part of the session, modelling one of the strategies. What a brave thing to do. She was absolutely brilliant and staff were so impressed with her. Thank you Maisie – you are a star!
Finally we have our Post-16 student of the week – George Osborne. Over the half term break the YMCA and Effervescent launched ‘You-nite’. This is a project to raise the voice of the youth of Plymouth and find out what they want more of. It is also the beginning of a larger scale project which aims to become an annual youth festival. The project has been organised and steered by a team of Youth Ambassadors. One of those Ambassadors has been George. He has been a key member of the team, providing creative and innovative ideas on all aspects of the project. George has played a vital role in the branding, marketing and general logistics of the project and how it is going to manifest itself. Well done George. George was at his college placement today whilst I was taking the photos – so the image below is George at our GCSE Awards Evening held before Christmas.