Last week we came across some old Plymstock School Prospectuses, from the 60s, 70s and late 80s. It was absolutely fascinating looking at what school life was like here at Plymstock in the past. What follows are some photos from some of these booklets. Prepare to see examples of highly questionable fashion, a typewriting class, a warning about the dangers of pencil sharpeners, the best explanation I have ever read to justify the cost of school uniform to parents, the building of Coombe Dean to reduce our students numbers (reaching 2300 in the 1970s!) and a few very politically incorrect comments (one of which I cannot post – suffice to say it was different age!). They made me smile (and at times really cringe), so I thought I would share it with everyone…
Last week our Year 9 Netball Team were amazing in the Plymouth Schools round at Hele’s School. Our team beat every team in their pool which included Lipson Cooperative Academy, Plymouth High School for Girls, Hele’s School and Ivybridge Community College. We then went through to the semi-finals and convincingly beat Plymouth College! The team included Anika, Emma, Holly, Elisha, Ella, Immy, Sophie, Isabelle, Chloe and Amelia as captain. Mrs Kirk says that they are an amazing group of girls who are an asset to Plymstock School and a pleasure to coach as a team. A huge well done. We now look forward to the next round on the 28 November 2018.
Following on from that our Year 9 netballers had more success this week. This time we had a revised team, providing opportunities for others to participate.
The revised squad included:
- GS- Mackenzie
- GA- Maddison
- WA- Poppy
- C- Imogen
- WD- Kinga
- GD- Holly
- GK- Grace
They beat Plymouth High School for Girls 13-8! An fantastic win and performance from all these girls. Well done.
Congratulations goes to one of our ex-students, Macauley Todd. Whilst at school he had a dream of joining the Royal Navy. However, he knew that wasn’t going to happen unless he committed himself, worked hard and never gave up. After leaving Plymstock, he spent three years at City College where he completed courses, achieved both his Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award and gained a Citizenship Award. He then spent two years focusing on his fitness and researching everything he could regarding the Royal Navy. He entered HMS Raleigh on 01 July and after 10 intense weeks, Macaulay successfully completed his passing out parade last week. Well done Macauley, we are all really proud of you.
Students have recently had the opportunity to vote in tutor time as part of the Citizenship ‘Make Your Mark’ Campaign. The UK Youth Parliament gets the chance to debate in parliament every year and they ask students aged 11-18 to vote on which issues they should debate. A large number of votes have been counted from Plymstock School and it is great to see students learning about, and exercising, their right to vote!
Plymstock School was recently visited by Nadav and Or from Israel, who spoke to students from the History, Geography and EPIC departments about what life is like in Israel today. Nadav and Or spoke about the different religions of Israel and the history and geography of the country. They also explained how Israel is at the forefront of new technological developments. The students asked some great questions and were very interested in how and why young Israeli citizens have to do military service. Questions were also asked about how education differs in Israel and interesting places to visit.
It is time for our Students of the Week.
We start with Gracie our Year 7 winner. Gracie has really impressed her teachers and Head of Year with her positive attitude and strong work ethic. She has made a fantastic start to life at Plymstock School and we are very happy with her.
Another student who has made a great start to our school is Navi in Year 8. Having only recently joined us, he has shown himself to be a wonderful young man, fully embracing life at the school and making a really positive impression. Keep up the great work Navi.
In Year 9 our winner is Leah who is being recognised for her hard work and effort across her subjects, as well as fully embracing extra-curricular opportunities. Leah is a great all round Plymstock student.
Mia is our Year 10 winner this week. As with all our students of the week, she is a hard working and positive individual, who thinks of others and is currently top of the year group Merit competition!
We have two Year 11 winners to end with. First up is Jack who has been nominated for being a real ambassador for the school. We have had a huge number of Year 6 day tours take place over the last month and every time we visit a lesson where Jack is present he couldn’t be more helpful and welcoming. Our second winner is Phoebe, who was nominated by her Science teacher, Mr Luscombe, for her exceptional work ethic and dedication towards Chemistry. It is fair to say that Mr Luscombe is very impressed!
Finally congratulations go to Ms Tendell in our Religious Studies Department who has recently given birth to the lovely Henry. Both mum and Henry are doing really well. We wish them all the best for the exciting times ahead.