Happy Easter everyone. It’s been a good week at Plymstock School and yesterday ended with some positive news when I received an email from the Department for Education, telling us that Plymstock School is one of the top 20 schools in the South West region (Devon, Cornwall, Somerset, Dorset, Avon etc…) for the performance of our disadvantaged students and we are now in contention for a National Pupil Premium Award! I will let you all know how we get on. However, this is a real testament to the hard work of our staff and I am really grateful for all that they do for our students.
Students in our Year 10 German Club celebrated their last meeting before Easter by making an Osterstrauch (an Easter tree). The tradition in Germany to decorate the branches of trees and bushes with eggs for Easter is centuries old and is still widely practised. This popular tradition involves painting elaborate and intricate designs on the shells of hollowed out eggs, which are then hung on the branches along with other Easter symbols. The Easter tree symbolizes new life, with budding branches and vibrantly painted eggs.
The Great British Bake Off has arrived Plymstock School. Last week we were visited by none other than Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood (Well it was Mrs Rundle and a student in masks – but it’s just as good!). Our Year 8 students were tasked with producing a ‘showstopper’ and it is fair to say that they didn’t disappoint. It was wonderful to see the time, effort and creativity that went into the students’ cakes. We have some incredibly talented young people here and below are just a few of the highlights from the vast array of top quality cakes. Well done to everyone – really impressive.
Last Friday saw Comic Relief being celebrated at the school and I am delighted to report that so far we have raised over £1100 for the cause. Lots of staff and students took the opportunity to get dressed up ranging from a tutor group full of Minions (I’m not exactly sure what a Minion is but I’m led to believe they are quite popular amongst the youth of today!!) to Mr Sprenkel dressed as Hagrid (a more warm and much fluffier version of himself!).
I would like to offer my congratulations to a top student in Year 12 – Amber Platt. Amber has just been selected to be the 2017 ‘Lord Mayor’s Cadet’. This is a very prestigious placement in which she will be the face of the Air Cadets and an ambassador for young people. In addition to this, Amber is also on her way to completing the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award and is in training for the RAF Cosford road marching event next month. Well done Amber, we are really proud of you.
The Year 9 Rugby Team played in the County Finals in Exeter towards the end of last week. In wet, muddy and freezing conditions the boys eventually came third overall. Harvey Courtis was our star man of the tournament but all of the boys were a real credit to the school and showed superb determination despite the conditions. Sport and teamwork at its finest. I think the photo says it all all!
Several weeks ago I posted about one of our Year 8 students – Eleanor Moyse, who is talented climber. To update everyone, Eleanor has now completed all three rounds of the BMC South West Regional Climbing Series in Exeter, Plymouth and finally last weekend in Bristol. She managed to achieve an overall top 10 finish in her first full climbing series. Well done Eleanor.
Finally we have reached our last set of students of the week for the spring term. We start this week with our Post-16 winner which is the fantastic Holly Baxter in Year 13. Holly is on or above target in all her subjects and teachers report excellent commitment. Holly always displays high levels of dedication and is frequently seen studying in school early in the morning (before many staff have even had their first cup of coffee). Keep up the great work Holly.
The Year 11 student of the week goes to Grace Burt. There are few students in the year group who have given up so much of their own time to support the school – including open evenings, parent evenings and acting as a Literacy Leader to support younger students – to name but a few. Nothing is too much trouble for Grace. Thank you – you are a credit to our school.
Student of the week for Year 10 is Toby Adams-Leach. With a set of very challenging target grades, it is fantastic to see that Toby is on or above target in every single subject area. In addition to that all of his teachers have rated his commitment to learning as ‘outstanding’. A real achievement Toby.
Ellie Lynch is our Year 9 winner this week. Ellie is an excellent example of a really hardworking, incredibly polite student, who has participated in all aspects of the school life. Unfortunately, today is Ellie’s last day, as she is relocating to Cornwall with her family. Ellie – you will be sorely missed by Plymstock School.
Ethan Corley is the nominee for Year 8. Ethan is a lovely young man who goes out of his way to support other students. He has a really positive attitude, works hard in all his lessons and has excellent attendance. An all-round top student. Well done Ethan.
The Year 7 student of the week is Abi Wright for her positive contribution to Plymstock School. She frequently helps others, completed her Bikeability course and has earned a significant number of House Points. Well done Ellie – great stuff.