This week saw Plymstock School’s Reading Festival take place. Over the course of the week a wide variety of literary activities took place. We started the week with our reading rewards in Year 7 English lessons. Tuesday and Wednesday saw lunchtime book fairs take place in the school library. Thursday was the big event, where we celebrated World Book Day, with students and staff dressing up as their favourite literary characters. The library was transformed into an amazing Willy Wonka homage. We also included a 60-minute reading slot during the day, as well as lunchtime events, including music in the school library. To end the week, we were delighted to welcome author Holly Smale to Plymstock, who wrote the ‘Geek Girl’ series of novels. She ran two creative writing workshops, and gave an extended talk about her books and experiences.
I would like to thank all the staff that were involved in the planning and running of the festivities, particularly the library team who were simply brilliant. I’d also like to thank Holly for taking time out her busy schedule to work with our students.
This week we had a team of students from a variety of year groups take part in the BBC School Report. These budding journalists spent the day researching, interviewing and engaging with a wide range of people including Johnny Mercer MP and Plymouth Argyle’s Ruben Lameiras. Even I got a good grilling from the team. It was such a pleasure to see an amazing group of young people take part in this – they were brilliant.
I would really like to thank Mrs Parish ,who came in on her day off, to work with the students and give them this great opportunity.
On Wednesday evening Ms Kirk had the pleasure of taking 12 girls to the Plymouth End of Season Netball Tournament at the Life Centre. They all played in the various games, against seven other Plymouth schools. The team were sensational, winning six games and only drawing once (4-4 against Devonport High School for Girls). The final result came down to goal difference. We won by three goals! What a fantastic team performance – well done girls!
This award-winning team were:
GS- Rhianna W-E / Chloe K
GA- Eve M / Kitty W-R
WA- Freya W / Evie C
C- Amber J
WD- Charlotte B / Freya F-S
GD- Connie P
GK- Gracie W / Amy M
A huge thank you goes to Ms Kirk, the coach, and Abbie (in Year 12) who was the Assistant Coach and Umpire.
Mrs Richard’s Year 8 German classes have just received the first parcel of letters from their pen pals at the Humboldt-Gymnasium School in Weimar, Germany. It was very exciting! The German students had sent photos and pictures of where they live in Weimar and are eagerly awaiting the responses from our students about life here.
Mr Willcocks’ Year 7 Life Education class recently entered the Save the Children ‘War not Weapons’ Competition. Students learnt about the civil war in Yemen and how children in the country have been impacted by the war. They then decided to campaign about the issue by writing letters to our respective Members of Parliament. Some students designed posters, whilst other students wrote poetry. All the students in the class have received certificates for entering the competition.
Last week Plymstock and Coombe Dean invited our local WeST primaries (Sherford Vale, Wembury, Dunstone and Oreston) for a Languages event at Coombe Dean. Year 9 Language Leaders from Plymstock helped lead the activities. Ms Baker, supported by the Language Leaders, taught the primary students some basic Japanese, followed by learning about Japanese language and culture (origami and kanji). Our students also helped in some of the French and German sessions too. Ms Baker very proud of how our students interacted with the primary students and how professionally they led the sessions. Well done everyone.
It is time for our wonderful students of the week. I am pleased to say this week’s winners are:
- Alice B – for her exceptional engagement in French, including after learning about French cuisine she went home and actually cooked some of it!
- Sawyer T – for writing an amazing horror story for English that had everyone in the class (including Mr Wyatt) hanging on his every word.
- Jack S and Jess B – for demonstrating bravery, courage and skill when using a very loud and rather intimidating new piece of machinery in D&T.
- Alex R – for just being a lovely, hard working and positive student here at Plymstock School.
- Myles P – for stepping in at the last minute to help others. With no referee available for a recent after school football match, Myles stepped in to do the job. He also showed himself to be a brilliant referee for another game against DHSB, with their staff commenting on how well he did.