Last Saturday, a group of Year 11 students and staff travelled to Thorpe Park for the day, to celebrate five years at Plymstock and for a last hurrah before exams! The students and staff were up very early and departed the school at 5:30am. As soon as they got to the park it was a race to get to the rides as quickly as possible to fit everything in. Mr Taylor was particularly excited! The group managed to get on all the big rides including Saw, Nemesis Inferno, Stealth, Swarm and Tidal Wave. Miss Evans and Miss Offer went on the scariest ride of all – the Teacups! There was one unfortunate incident – a few of our students were ‘sprayed’ whilst waiting in line for a ride, by an unwell member of the public, as they passed overhead on a rollercoaster! Please see our ‘student of the week’ section later for further details. The group departed Thorpe Park at 5:30pm for the long journey home. There were lots of sleepy Year 11 students on the bus. I would just like to say a massive thank you to the staff for giving up their time and to the Year 11 students for making it a really enjoyable day.
A large group of students and staff also headed off to Barton Hall for a residential weekend to develop their social skills, encourage team working and support resilience development. During the two days they took part in a lot of great activities, including zip wire, abseiling, vertical challenges, problem solving, challenge courses, aeroball and quad biking. In the evenings they took part in sporting competitions and problem solving challenges. The older students supported and mentored the younger students throughout the weekend. They put their group motto ‘Together as One’ into action. A huge thank you to everyone involved – a wonderful experience.
An update from some of our Year 13 students:
Before the Easter break a group of Year 5 students from Pomphlett Primary school came to take part in a multi-sports event which the Year 13 sport class organised. The afternoon consisted of the students taking part in three sports – football, basketball and rollerball, in which they had a round-robin competition. All of the primary students who took part received a wrist band and certificate, along with the winning team receiving medals. We had great feedback from the class teacher who said that all the children thoroughly enjoyed the event and thanked us for our organisation.
George Osborne in Year 11 has just completed a fantastic three days on the ‘Moving Forward Residency’ at TR2 Plymouth. George was invited as a member of the Theatre Royals’ Young Company to attend the three day workshop which involved young adults from both Plymouth and Dorset-based performing arts companies. During the residency they got involved in writing, stage performance, dance and movement workshops and even had a day working with a touring circus learning acrobatic skills and tightrope walking. On the final day the whole group gave a performance showcasing what they had learnt which lasted an hour, with over 100 people taking part. Well done George.
I’d like to celebrate an amazing feat by two of our Sixth Form students – Milo Ware and Cameron Rogers. Earlier this month, both students took part in a charity sky dive, to raise money for St Luke’s Hospice. Between the two of them they raised a staggering £1792! All of which went directly to the charity. Milo and Cameron jumped from a whopping 15,000 feet and free-fell for one minute at 125mph. They were even allowed to take control of the parachute at some points! An excellent and worthy experience (but rather you than me!).
Our students of the week this time were all involved in the Barton Hall residential and have been nominated by Mrs Wilkins, who organised the trip. First up is Year 7, where there are two winners – Georgia English and Lily Stroud. Both girls were highly positive, hugely enthusiastic and took part in absolutely everything.
There are three winners in Year 8 – Phoebe Foley, Beth Fobbester and Lucy Noble. Phoebe took all the activities in her stride and was cool as a cucumber – a legend! Beth faced her fears and pushed herself to do things that she was really afraid to do. She was also happy and smiley all weekend – a real pleasure to spend time with. Lucy was enthusiastic and highly supportive to everyone throughout the weekend.
The Year 9 winners are Tom O’Brien and Courtney Braybrook. Tom supported others to go beyond their comfort zone and tackle some real challenges. Courtney was an extremely positive and helpful person throughout the weekend.
Aaron Cooney is the Year 10 winner. Aaron was brilliant all weekend. He helped by supporting and encouraging others during activities and he led team games for the younger students, during break times and in the evenings.
The Year 11 winner is Toby Deebank-Jones. Mrs Wilkins wanted to recognise Toby for his support of younger students as well as for taking part in so many challenges himself.
The Post-16 winner is Jack Toms. This was Jack’s last year participating in the Barton Hall residential and he really made it count. He got involved in every single challenge and continually supported others throughout the whole weekend. Unfortunately, Jack was attending an offsite activity when the this week’s photos were being taken.
In addition, we have a couple of bonus awards this week! Firstly, we have a Year 11 student who was courageously rescued by Mr Sprenkel. Callum Ingleheart became trapped in the boys’ facilities after an unexpected lock failure. The Premises team tried hard to free the lock, but nothing would work! It dawned on Callum that he might be spending the night in school. However, to his rescue, came none other than Mr Sprenkel. Who, using his athletic attributes, managing to force the door open and free a grateful Callum. Pictured is Callum with his new hero – Mr Sprenkel.
The last set of additional awards go a group of Year 11 students who attended the Thorpe Park trip over the weekend. As usual, our students were absolutely brilliant and a real credit to the school. At about midday, a small group were queuing patiently for a rollercoaster, when a member of the public, currently on the ride, started to to feel unwell. Unfortunately, the member of the public’s breakfast made an unexpected ‘reappearance’ and landed on the students below! I can only imagine how horrible that was. Yet the students did not let it spoil their day – they cleaned up and got on with it. Real credit to them – I probably would have stomped off home moaning! So for pure perseverance I am recognising Lauren Huntley, Olivia Webber and Chris Oke. As you can see – they are still smiling. There were two other students – but I don’t think they wanted their photo taken!!
Have a great Bank Holiday weekend everyone.