This week we were delighted to welcome 26 Year 6 students from Dunstone Primary School that spent a whole day experiencing lessons at Plymstock School.
The day started with a visit to Design and Technology where the students got to try their hands at cooking with a ‘fairy cake challenge’. Then it was break time followed by a stimulating Science lesson involving flames and tongs! Science was followed by an energetic PE lesson, before the Year 6 students got an opportunity to replenish their lost calories with lunch. The final lesson of the day was everyone’s favourite subject – Maths, which was taught by our smiling numbers duo Mr Leal and Mr Wallace.
It was great day and we really enjoyed meeting and working with the wonderful Year 6 students and Dunstone staff. It is fair to say they were exhausted by the time they left!
Our Year 9 Design and Technology students have just started a new unit which will involve a series of STEM challenges including building towers, bridges, balloon cars and marble runs. They also have a challenge set by the Science Museum called ‘Save Our Snacks’ where they will have to design and make a package to protect a single ‘Pringle’ crisp.
The first lesson involved problem solving, quick thinking, a ‘structured’ approach to build the tallest, free standing tower and importantly it must support a £1 coin. They only had 10 sheets of paper and 1/2 m of tape. The record from all the Year 9 classes so far is 990mm – which is pretty impressive.
A massive well done goes to Aidan Sweet in Year 13 who has just achieved his Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award – the highest award on offer. Achieving the Gold Award is very challenging and involves completing a variety of activities, across five sections that includes
- Volunteering section: 12 months
- Physical and Skills sections: One section for 12 months and the other section for 6 months
- Expedition section: 4 days/3 nights
- Residential section: Undertake a shared activity in a residential setting away from home for 5 days and 4 nights.
Aidan engaged in some really interesting experiences as he completed the relevant sections. For volunteering, he spent time at Saltram supporting their conservation work. The physical and skills section comprised respectively of indoor rowing and model painting. For his residential he spent a week at the Ancient Technology Centre in Dorset. Here, Aidan got to experience what it was like to live in, and use the technologies of, the Stone Age, the Bronze Age, the Iron Age (Celtic), as well as the Roman, Anglo Saxon and Viking eras. He had a go at a diverse range of tasks that included flint knapping, tanning, monolith moving, archery and fire starting to name but a few. Finally, his expedition took place along the Pennine Way in the Lake District.
Aidan received his award at St James’s Palace with Prince Edward in attendance! Well done Aidan – this is a truly incredible achievement.
We always like to hear what our ex-students get up to once they leave Plymstock School. Recently, the school received a message from Jess Ivey, who completed seven years with us in August 2012. The message was for Mr Chick, our Head of Performing Arts, and went as follows:
Hi Mr Chick. I don’t know if you remember me as I left school in 2012. I was in your GCSE and then A-Level class. Since completing the Sixth Form, I studied Drama at Queen Mary University London graduating with a 2:1, and then immediately went on to study my PGCE at the University of Reading.
I am now in my second year of teaching at Central Foundation Girls’ School teaching my first love Drama, just like I did at school. I’ll always remember having the options form for Sixth Form in front of me and my mum telling me that I couldn’t do Drama because I got an A* in Physics and she didn’t think it would benefit me in the long run. Thankfully my dad signed the form and now here I am! I absolutely love teaching Drama in London, being around all the west end theatres really is a dream. Some of my greatest memories from school were when we went on trips to the Theatre Royal and had our writing sessions in class the day after.
I just wanted to write this because, as a teacher now, I realise all the hard work and effort you put in to teaching us. It really is great to have some perspective looking back on my school days to see what a good education I had. I find myself repeating things that I remember being taught to me in lessons to my students and it often makes me laugh. Thank you for teaching me things that are still with me to this day and thank you for inspiring me to follow something I love.
What a wonderful message to receive and it really is great to know that someone from Plymstock School has entered the teaching profession and I’m sure Jess will inspire the next generation to follow in the same footsteps. There are two pictures below. The first is of Jess when she was in the Sixth Form here (Jess is pictured in the middle) and the second is of Jess now with her students at a Shakespeare festival.
A big well done goes to following students have successfully completed their Level 3 Bikeability course with flying colours. This one day course is designed to give our students the confidence to deal with all types of road conditions and more challenging traffic. The successful students were:
- William Blewett
- Maddison Orr
- Andie Jayne Warwick
- Rosie Stafford
- Kianna Young
- Taneisha Almeida
- Declan Magee
- Finley Wright
- Carla Marshall
- Eve Moisob
- Lacy Dee Traynor
- Ellie Froud
- Josh Johnson
- Leo Summers
- Charlotte Ballantyne
- Cameron Fenn
- Reggie Olsen–Moore
Anyone who has already completed the Level 2 course is more than welcome to sign up for another Level 3 course this coming term. Simply come to the PE office and collect a consent form and letter from Mrs Campbell.
If you have any questions please email Mrs Campbell on email@example.com.
It’s student of the week time and we start with our Year 7 winner – Olly Newson. This great young man has really impressed staff with how well he has settled in to life at Plymstock School since joining in September. Olly is a real credit to our school – keep up the good work.
Rhiannon Baker is our Year 8 winner. Over the last week Rhiannon has gone out of her way to make a new student joining the year group feel really welcomed to the school. Her Head of Year describes her as going above and beyond. Thank you Rhiannon.
In Year 9, our winner is Abi Chapman for displaying all the characteristics of a great Plymstock student. She is organised, hard working and really positive. On top of that she has impressed staff by thinking carefully about her future aspirations and showing drive and determination to get where she wants.
The Year 10 winner for this week is Olly Villis. Since the return from the Christmas break, Olly has really impressed in his Biology lessons, showing diligence and an excellent attitude towards his studies. His Biology teacher feels he has shown great potential for what he can achieve. Keep up the good work Olly.
Lucy Carter is our winner for Year 11. Lucy has been given this in recognition of her great effort and attitude throughout the really challenging mock examination period, over the last few weeks. Mr Wyatt, her Head of Year, couldn’t speak highly enough of her. Well done Lucy. Unfortunately, Lucy was sitting a test when I was taking photos – but you can see her certificate below!
Last but by no means least are our Post-16 students of the week – Dylan Buckingham and Lolly Matthews. In both cases it is to acknowledge the fact that both students have gone out of their way to support a couple of vulnerable students in Years 7 and 8. Thank you so much for thinking of others and looking out for our younger students.