This week we celebrate the hard work of our students and catch up and celebrate the achievements of two of our ex-students.
We hope you enjoy this week’s blog and its seasonal themes.
Sixth Form Charity Week
Three weeks ago, saw our annual Sixth Form Charity Week but not in its usual form. Nonetheless, the senate team creatively overcame this with virtual competitions to try and raise some money for their two chosen charities (Cancer Research UK and Children’s Hospice South West).
Total raised £190.22
The sixth form student team would like to say thank you for all your kind donations and entry fees.
Coin art from charity week.
Plymstock School Christmas Card 2020
Last year we were delighted to support Katie and use the cards she had designed to support the Alzheimer’s Society, a charity close to her heart. Katie has kindly agreed to help again and contributed the fabulous card designs below which we will be sending out to friends of the school this year.
Katie is now a full-time student at the Plymouth College of Art.
“I’m studying to get a degree in ‘Painting, Drawing and Printmaking’ and absolutely loving it! Planning to be an art teacher a few years down the line as have always loved working with children!”
Unfortunately Katie’s just giving page has just closed but Katie was delighted to be contacted and said “highlighting the link to the Alzheimer’s Society would be wonderful!”
You may wish to visit the Alzheimer’s Society and learn more about this amazing charity.
Plymouth Laureate of Words
Alumni Laura Horton contacted the school recently about her nomination as a finalist for Plymouth Laureate of Words.
We are delighted to announce that Laura is the new Plymouth Laureate of Words.
Laura has asked me to pass on the following message to everyone who nominated her and our support.
“I wanted to say a huge thank you for your votes and support, it really meant a lot to me. I really appreciate your support, it is so kind, especially when you have so much on your plate. All best wishes, Laura”
Over the two years of her Laureateship, Laura will respond to a series of commissions from partners and organisations across Plymouth. She will run a series of events for the public, including one for young people, as well as representing the city at occasions in the civic calendar.
Laura’s first commission is presented by the Lord Mayor’s Office – ‘Caring and supporting one another: exploring how the community of Plymouth comes together’.
Speaking about her appointment, Laura Horton said,
“I’m thrilled to be offered the position of Plymouth Laureate of Words. To be the first woman feels significant and I know I will not be the last. I’m excited to explore this role as the first playwright, illuminating the life, culture and stories of this historically rich city.”
Antarctica Day Flag Project 2020 – Plymstock School
At the start of November, as part of the Polar Network Project, Mrs Bartlett, Head of Geography entered Plymstock School to send a flag out to Antarctica.
Students were encouraged to make their flags bright and colourful and to avoid having a white background. Brighter flags stand out more in icy locations! We were restricted to only one entry as there are fewer people going south this year.
Here is the link to materials from UKPN that the students used: https://polarnetwork.org/education-and-outreach/antarctica-day-2019/
We have now heard back from the project and there is a picture below of our chosen flag from Plymstock (photographed at the Research Station in Antarctica) and the school certificate.
Mrs Bartlett said, “We had so many amazing entries, it was incredibly hard to pick just one!”
We are incredibly proud to have been chosen and well done to everyone who took part.
The winning entry was created by Lily in Year 7. Lily has no idea we elected hers to be sent, so it will come as a complete surprise to her to find this in the blog today. Well done Lily.
We have also included some of the other amazing entries below
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Everywhere you go”
Around the school there are more signs Christmas is on it’s way and each pastoral HUB has been busy decorating and trying to keep things as normal as possible for students. Pictured below are the Year 9 and 11 teams.
Year 7 Hub area
In the Year 7 area there is a selection of handmade cards, drawings, their yummy advent calendar, and a tree that students decorated themselves. They are having a week of Christmas films, games, and snacks.
Merry Christmas from Year 7
7 Berra make a Titanic display
Below is a picture of a notice board Mrs De Mora recently set up to showcase the excellent homework created by her Year 7 Berra class.
Mrs De Mora explains: “They were asked to research information about the Titanic to prepare them to argue the question: “Who was to blame for the sinking of the Titanic?”
This board is up in the humanities corridor next to HU12.
I’m really proud of their work and hope you can find a spot for it in the blog.”
We are too, and delighted to share their hard work
Students of the week – Lots of nominations this week!
Well done to all and an absolute delight to meet you and present your certificates
All our winners have demonstrated Endeavour, Resilience and Empathy; Plymstock School students striving to “Be the best you can be”
Our winners include:
In Year 7
Maxwell nominated by Miss Birchnall has brought in several things EVERY DAY for the foodbank advent.
In Year 8
Levi nominated by Miss Birchnall for being consistently brilliant in science lessons.
In Year 9
Miss Reeve explains her nomination of the week, displayed below “This is absolutely wonderful work by Jess in Year 9. She is currently one of our students self-isolating and has completed this week’s distance learning work. The task was to produce a plan of a website which she will start in the new year. It was a complete joy to open SMHW and see that Jess had attached her work plan. What a total joy it was to see such fabulous work. Well done to Jess!
Alfie has been nominated by Miss Grainger as he has worked so hard this year and is making excellent progress in English. Despite having to self-isolate with other students in Year 9 for the second time this term, Alfie remains motivated; meeting deadlines and completing all his work to an amazing standard.
Charlie, Jacob, Ed, Ellie, Thomas, Dulci, Neve, Oliver, Thomas, Zuzanna, Toby and Jessie have all been nominated by Miss Cohen for positive attitude and classwork effort
What fantastic effort and work by the students in Miss Cohen’s class. Well done to all.
In Year 10
Chelsea has been nominated by Miss Bettison for “all of her hard work, effort and positive attitude to learning in all of her subjects”
Callum has been nominated by Mr Davies for being brilliant, helpful, and thoughtful in lessons. Always tries his best and never complains about anything!
In Year 11
Neave has been nominated by Mrs Dover for her positive attitude and approach, not only to Health & Social Care – in general too! Always polite and hardworking whilst maintaining a sense of humour!
Post 16 nominations
In Year 12:
- German: Abi has been nominated for full participation in the lessons, despite needing to isolate as part of the Y12 bubble. We appreciate that speaking another language via Teams in front of the rest of the class being in school is not at all an easy thing to do! Really well done.
- Computer Science: Denzil for taking it upon himself to independently learn how to implement a range of new programming skills and techniques not usually covered until Year 13.
In Year 13:
- RS: Maddie for commitment to learning in the form of risk-taking, comfort-zone-pushing brilliance!!
- Lauren for her excellent work in sport studies
- Kate for all her support for PE over the half term, completing it as part of her D of E gold award
- Georgia for all her hard work preparing for her university interview in addition to her exceptional effort in all her subjects. This term is relentless, and she has been a star.
- Louis for all his hard work preparing for his university assessments and interview in addition to his exceptional effort in all his subjects. This term is relentless, but his work ethic has shone.
- Scott for all his hard work preparing for his university interviews in addition to his exceptional effort in all his subjects. Such a hard term but the level of resilience shown has been fantastic.
- Alex for all her hard work preparing for her university interview in addition to her excellent levels of effort in all her subjects. Alex has shown fantastic dedication to her studies this term.
This week’s TEACHERS OF THE WEEK:
- Mrs Wright – For her kindness and understanding – Ed Yr12
- Mrs Littler – For kindly organising the mock law trial!
- Mrs Richardson – For supporting her class through their psychology exam – Lucy Yr12
- Mrs Hawker – For all her inventive ways of making Expressionism interesting and fun as well as her positivity and energy in lessons – Yr 12 Theatre Studies
- Mr Willcocks – For being kind and supportive in lessons – Lucy Yr12
- Miss Easton – “I would like to nominate for teacher of the week, Miss Easton because she is so lovely, helpful and kind. She has such a good sense of style and I love how she teaches, she makes everything so clear. Please nominate Miss Easton because she is just so wonderful and brilliant! I enjoy my lessons with her so much because everyone just has a laugh as well as learn. Geography is one of my favourite lessons because it is so fun to learn about the world and cultures. I’m on my hands and knees for you to nominate her!!!!!” – M, Yr7
- Miss Bettison – She has enriched the entire Yr10 ‘bubble’ with her Christmas decorations and work on the Golden Tickets box which has lifted the spirits of the entire Yr10 team. – Mr Dott
- Miss Evans – “For all her help prepping us the best she can for our A Levels currently. Think she deserves a bit of recognition for it.” – Katie Yr13
Careers Insight – Careers Insight – Selling yourself
Talking about ourselves is often daunting, but the ability to be able to confidently ‘sell yourself’ can play a big part in all aspects of life, not just in job interview scenarios.
Spending time with our students in recent months has revealed some ‘difficulties’ for students to do this with confidence.
The Careers Team