“The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it”
Now that we have reached the end of this half term, it’s time for our students to have space to rest, reflect and most importantly some relaxation. I want to express my thanks to our students for working as hard as they can, being resilient, but most importantly striving “to be the best they can be”
The routine of attending remote lessons will continue, until they are all able to return to being onsite and learning.
To our parents and carers. I thank you once again for your patience and particularly, for the overwhelming number of messages you have sent in support; it is greatly appreciated. We will continue to use your feedback and that of our students to do everything we can to further support and improve remote learning.
We look forward to welcoming all students back to remote learning from 23 February and I wish all families the very best for a safe and enjoyable half term.
This week’s blog explores the many themes we have looked at this term around “being kind to yourself” I hope you enjoy reading about these stories.
Over the last few weeks at Plymstock School we have been completing random acts of kindness. This was one of our assembly themes and seems appropriate for the current situation in which we find ourselves. This has been led by the pastoral team.
We have prepared and delivered rainbow photos and cards for the NHS and Morrisons, to celebrate their work during the pandemic.
Photo postcards have been hand delivered to community businesses to thank them for their support.
Postcards have been sent to students to celebrate their motivation and effort this half term.
Postcards have also been given to staff to celebrate their hard work.
At Plymstock School we always try to recognise the amazing efforts of our School Community and hopefully with these random acts of kindness, this has been an opportunity to say ‘Thank You!’
Mrs Kirk, Head of Year 7
I was delighted this week to receive the following email from Ann James, Chief Executive, University Hospital Plymouth. This was in response to the work Mrs Kirk has been leading with our students in Year 7.
It is wonderful to be able to celebrate the work which they undertook, to thank the staff at Derriford Hospital. The care and dedication of the staff there, is valued by us all.
Dear Mr Pearsall,
As Chief Executive of Derriford Hospital I just wanted to say a huge thank you for the lovely card, photos and framed photo from you and your students. This has absolutely made my day and I will of course be writing properly to thank you. We are sharing and promoting this lovely kind gesture within the hospital and on our Twitter feed.
This lovely kind gesture will really boost our teams – we all feel very lucky.
All the best
‘Do we settle for the world as it is or do we work for the world as it should be?’ – Barack Obama
Celebrating difference was the theme of the week, as Plymstock School community recognised LGBTQ+ history month in their tutor lessons and assembly.
This gave everyone the opportunity to reflect on how difference is unique and should be celebrated and respected. Whether it is an individual’s religion, culture, sexuality, gender, race or beliefs that are different, a truly inclusive community is one that accepts and embraces everyone’s individuality.
If there is anything that the global pandemic has taught us, is that we as a community have an opportunity to paint a picture of a brighter, more inclusive and diverse world for the sake of children’s and young people’s futures.
We were delighted to be joined by a number of our school governors during this week’s assemblies, and we would like to thank them for their continued support and time that they give to the school community.
February is Heart Month – The British Heart Foundation (BHF)
A personal act of charity
Charlie is a student in year 8 who is pictured below, he has been working hard to champion and promote a charity that he has a personal affinity with. His mum has given permission for him to share his story with us. At the end is a link to Charlie’s Just Giving page if you wish to support him with raising money for the amazing research and work that the BHF do.
We are really proud of him and I know you will be as well. In recognition of his actions we will be presenting him with a special Headtecher’s Personal Achievement Award certificate.
His mum explains:
Charlie has Congenital Heart Disease. February is Heart Month and this week (7th-14th February) is Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Week.
To do something positive, Charlie decided to take our lockdown exercise that bit further, so he set himself a goal of walking the minimum of a marathon in our local area during the month of February, with a view of raising £100 for the British Heart Foundation and the Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Appeal (the official charity for Bristol Children’s Hospital who lead his cardiac care).
Today marks the end of week 1, he has walked 13.67 miles (if we carry on like this he will smash his marathon and then some!) and raised an amazing £309 already! He is so shocked by all the support bless him!
As you know, Charlie is not limited with exercise currently and we are encouraged by his Cardiologist to keep him as active as he feels able. I think our walk on Saturday to Jennycliff and back, completing 4.39 miles, pushed him to his limit because he was cross-eyed when he got back!
I know he has told his PE teacher about it but I suggested he tell you and he asked me if I would email you!!
Here is the link to his Virgin Money Giving page if you would like to see how he is doing.
“It gives so much hope that they can do so much in the future to help prevent the cruelty of heart disease. “
Modern Foreign Languages
Festivals in the French-speaking world
In 9yBasel French we have been working on the topic of celebrations. Part of the topic is finding out about festivals in the French-speaking world. As we love a spot of competition in this class, we ran this as a challenge during a live lesson, where students had a very short time limit and had to present their information by the cutoff point to be included for judging. I was delighted by the quality of what they did, especially given there was only a 20 minute time period. Overall winner was Danny W, who has a little prize on its way in the post.
I would also like to say a big well done to this class, who learn both French and German in the time most students have for learning one language. Both Mrs Richards for German and I have found they have joined in the live lessons with enthusiasm, aren’t shy to talk French even remotely and continue to be a pleasure to teach. Ms Baker
German Y10 writing assessments
I was very happy with my German GCSE group’s writing assessments. We trialed writing “live” with each student assigned a powerpoint slide on the Teams’ files. Students worked really well using the structures and vocabulary we have done since January. We then had a lesson where students had a PDF of their marked work to help them improve the work in green font/pen. The pictures show the work in progress during the lesson. Once again impressive work and commitment to live lessons from this class. I am very proud of them, again! Ms Baker
Breakout Room Battleships
And finally, we had an extremely competitive game of Battleships in 8xBerra French in our live lesson last week. Students played against each other in pairs in Teams breakout rooms and were only allowed to speak French. I visited each of the rooms whilst they were playing to see how it was going and was super-impressed with the French they were speaking. I didn’t hear a word of English, so very well done. Ms Baker
This week, in French lessons, our Year 7s were learning vocabulary to describe wild animals and pets, and to express opinions about favourite animals. After all the hard work practising listening, reading, and writing skills, we had some fun consolidating the vocabulary by creating word clouds on the WordArt.com website.
Below is just a small selection of our creations.
On Tuesday, myself and Miss Cleary had a lovely lesson with our year 7 EPiC class which gave some students the opportunity to present their World Religions Projects via MS Teams. Those who didn’t present gave positive feedback on what they enjoyed and learnt from each of the presentations.
The students have been working on these since the beginning of term and it was great to see their hard work and effort in their finalised projects. I know that both myself and Miss Cleary really enjoyed watching the students’ presentations and interacting with the class. Overall, the students have produced some excellent work so we want to say a big well done and thank you to the class
We have had some great feedback from students on Satchel One and email about both making their projects and Tuesday’s live lesson. I thought I would share some of this with you.
Here are a few of the comments that students shared with us:
- “I really enjoyed being able to see what other people have done and hear other people in my classes!!”
- “I think all of the presentations were great and they put a lot of effort into them.”
- “I enjoyed all the PowerPoints… it was so interesting”
A parent also provided positive feedback on Satchel One saying that their child really enjoyed the presentations and thought the projects were really well put together by the other pupils.
One student, Ondrei, who was our final presenter, included this as the last slide in his project which was a lovely end to our lesson:
I feel this was a great opportunity for students to connect and share their work in the closest possible way to being physically together right now. Whilst it is not the same as the students being able to be with their friends in class, it shows how much communication with one another means and how we can still find joy in online learning!
Miss E Burston
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Plymstock School DofE team is proud to report that we now have the numbers in for the 2021 Bronze Award DofE participants.
There has been a total number of 49 students signed up! It’s going to be a very exciting year for the 49.
We hope they can overcome personal challenges, find confidence, resilience, focus and motivation and achieve things they never thought they would.
I have also had a great response from other members of staff who have put themselves forward in some way to help support the students.
Mrs DeMora, DoE Manager
Here are some examples of PE work which the students have produced. They were set the task of designing a school kit for a sport of their choice.
Mr MK Taylor
Year 8 pay tribute to Captain Tom
Last week Miss Robb nominated two students for writing a tribute to Captain Tom, which we will be putting in the Year 8 time capsule. A copy of Rebecca’s work is below. Miss Robb is very proud that they want to honour such a hero, well done again for their empathy and understanding.
Well done Year 7 on your motivation, determination and resilience to your learning in the last six weeks.
You have overcome barriers and even when things were tough you have tried to carry on.
It has been lovely to hear your positive achievements from your teachers and a pleasure to see so many of you engaging in Tutor Time and Assembly.
Please do have a break over the half term. Enjoy some time offline!
Next half term brings hope that we will soon be back to school, with whatever the next ‘New Normal’ might be!
Take care and remember to ‘keep being the best you can be!’
Things to celebrate:
This week tutors nominated one student to receive a Crunchie through the post.
The following were all winners: Molly T 7RLR, Evie M 7PCG, Jason D 7LEN, Lilykay M 7OHT, Sienna MB 7EEC, Aiden P 7LHD, Ollie C 7JSB, Fletcher M 7AGB, Anastasia V 7JNB, Alex W 7SLL, Hermione D 7GMD, Jessica P 7CB
The Year 7 Flower competition.
Imogen P in Year 7 won the Heroes Easter Egg. Her picture can be seen below
Ollie sent me a fantastic video of his science work yesterday, and he and his parents have given permission to share his work with our community.
Olly really enjoyed making the video and is looking forward to some similar projects. In recognition of creativity we will be presenting him with a special Headtecher’s Personal Achievement Award certificate.
Mrs Wilkins has been very impressed with her History class this week and pictured below is the work of:
- William B in Year 7– Battle of Hastings Task
- Cyrena W in Year 9 – EPiC World Religions Task
- Josh N in Year 7 has also produced a superb piece of creative work which was on the Battle of Hastings. He completed his essay in one lesson so was given the extension task of producing a story board of the battle for a classroom display. I am sure you will agree this is a very good example of what can be done on a computer.
EPIc with Mrs Slade
Ruby has worked hard to produce such an interesting piece of work that includes all the requested elements; written in her own words, well researched and explanations included. Excellent!
Rewards and Golden Tickets
Golden Tickets are given to those students who consistently do their best and uphold the standards and expectations of Plymstock School.
This week’s Golden Ticket Prize Drawer Winners were:
- Yr 7 – Grace W
- Yr 8 – Billy G
- Yr 9 – Danny W
- Yr 10 – Maddy S
- Yr 11 – Charlie SJ
- 6th form – Natalie S
Keep an eye on your school email inbox for your reward
This week’s students with the most Golden Tickets were:
- Yr 7 – Ondrei I
- Yr 8 – Lilia O
- Yr 9 – Danny W (a double win!!!)
- Yr10 – Maddy S (a double win!!)
- Yr 11 – Rhiannon B and Lauren W
- 6th form – Kyran M
We have had some brilliant work being produced during on-site provision this week, showing great independent learning skills and high levels of resilience. These students were chosen by their Heads of Year, Assistant Heads of Year and their teachers to receive a treat Friday breaktime.
- Year 7: Joshua J, Caitlin P, Oliver R, Ethan F, Isabel C
- Year 8: Violet R, Amy M, Ben C, Finley M, Rocco W
- Year 9: Alfie U, James M, Kyran B, Amelie F, Isabelle W
- Year 10: Kianna Y, Milli eB, Finlay B, Tom U, Megan T
- Year 11: Josh P and Abhishek G
- 6th form: Beau B, Gaia BB, Alex L, Leah C, Katie G, Kyran M
I have been hearing from many of our teachers that they have been so impressed with how you have been working from home and there have been some postcards sent to say well done. If you have received a postcard or letter from school send us a picture of you and you postcard relaxing over half term – best photo will receive a prize. Picture entries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Students of the week
All our nominees have demonstrated Endeavour, Resilience and Empathy; Plymstock School students striving to “Be the best you can be”.
This week’s winners
In Year 7:
Fletcher M nominated by Miss Cleary as Fletcher continually puts 100% into his science work and has demonstrated excellent retrieval knowledge throughout our topic on sound.
In Year 8
Grace F nominated by Miss Graham for trying her best and achieving success.
In Year 9:
Emilia S in Year 9 nominated by Mrs Slade and I think looking at the slides below you will agree that it is a brilliant project. Here is a snippet of her explanation here too.
“after working all week to add the final details to my project, it is finally finished! I really, really hope this is acceptable. I struggled to find certain information about Shintoism hence why there is less info then Christianity. I really enjoyed expanding my knowledge and even learning about a religion I had never heard of! “
In Year 10
Taneisha A nominated by Miss Burston. I would like to say well done to Taneisha for producing some amazing work on Christian pilgrimage this week. The students were provided with a worksheet and links to resources to help them find out about two sites of Christian pilgrimage – Walsingham and Taizé. Taneisha included lots of detail in her answers, demonstrating great research through answering all questions to a high standard. It is clear that Taneisha takes pride in her work and this is reflected in the excellent standard of work she consistently produces. Well done!
In Year 11:
Teodora B nominated by Mrs Slade – even with the trials and tribulations of working in a lockdown, her creativity shines through and her determination to complete work to the best of her ability, is evidenced in all that she does. Quite literally she is an amazing student. If ever there was an example of the love of learning and the determination to succeed, we need to look no further. Teodora also a keen sense of humour and the accompanying note with the submission of this work raised a smile on the teacher’s face!
“I’m sorry it took a while to send but I ran out of glue and for some reason I thought it would be a good idea to use superglue and I ended up gluing my hand to the paper (you can see I had to cut it). In the end I used wood glue but then I stuck fingers together because apparently I’m Pinocchio. Then my printer jammed and I had to call customer service… you can say it’s been an experience ……………. “
I hope that this raises a smile for you too.
In Year 12:
Kyran M for the effort demonstrated to catch up on missed work in English Literature & Language.
In Year 13:
Alice W for completing extra essay questions at home to help her improve her essay writing skills in Psychology. An excellent sign of commitment.
Lots of nominations this week. Well done to all who were nominated this week:
In Year 7
- Mrs Bartlett has nominated the following for their consistent great efforts with their English home learning. The work that they submit weekly is outstanding and their contribution to the live MS Teams sessions is highly valued.
- James P, Jessica P, Freya K, Daisy S, Sophia M, Scarlett C-A, Ruby T, Keira G, Teigan B-H, Rio S, Elsa L, Hayden L and Luke N.
In Year 8
- Logan C nominated by Miss Graham for asking questions all of the time
- Leonita K nominated by Miss Graham for quietly getting on with things
- Amy M, James F, Olivia C nominated by Ms Baker for enthusiasm and not being scared to speak in French live lessons
- Ava W nominated by Miss Reeves ““In Computer Science our year 8 students have been completing work regarding building an online Computer Game and also what kind of Jobs are available in the ‘Online Computing Industry’.
- Ava’s work has been absolutely fantastic. She has consistently produced some brilliant pieces of work during the lockdown and I have been really impressed! Shown below.
- Olly F-S nominated by Mr Luscombe for his home science work, video featured above in our Shout Outs section.
In Year 9
- Rocco Mcm nominated by Miss Graham for always doing the right thing
- Oliver F and Sam R nominated by Miss Dobson for bravery and interaction during Teams live lessons
- Danny W nominated by Ms Baker for a great piece of research on Francophone festivals
- Evie E-B nominated by Miss Cleary for always producing excellent notes in Biology and has demonstrated her brilliant knowledge and understanding of cell biology and digestion.
In Year 10
- Hashim F, Ana G, Ben R, and Fern S nominated by Ms Baker for very high quality writing tasks in German
- James G nominated by Ms Baker for a great piece of Travel and Tourism coursework
- Patience P nominated by Miss Graham for showing great resilience
- Isabelle R nominated by Miss Graham for trying her best
- Alfie Jackson nominated by Miss Graham for his hard work and terrible timekeeping
In Year 11
- Elishia P-W nominated by Mrs Whitehead as she is doing really well with her remote learning and on top of that is being really supportive and helpful at home. She is a real star!
- Jack D nominated by Mrs Whitehead for his focus, work ethic and resilience. He’s a real asset to the year group and we’re very proud of him!
- Holly W and Paige K were nominated by Miss Easton for always working so hard! She is nominating them for going above and beyond in their studies always and for being kind considerate members of the class.
- Madi A nominated by Mrs Tyrrell as she has worked incredibly hard on her GCSE PE work during lockdown and is often working extra hours during the evenings and weekends too. She is confident enough to ask for support when she needs it. Her commitment, level of engagement and hard work are really paying off.
- Thomas E nominated by Miss Dobson for ‘’leading the explanation in my lesson when lockdown memory loss took over me’’
- William M nominated by Miss Dobson for working out how to scan images into 1 file using Notes on an iphone and uploading to SMHW. This is a total game changer as a time saver
- Kiara V nominated by Miss Dobson for exceptional dedication to improvement for her GCSE grade
In Year 12
- English Language & Literature: for their completion of all work set over the past half term and their obvious commitment to the subject.
- David M, Oliver K, Evie S, Nathan S, Sophie O’G, Finlay M, Amelie B, Macy A, Joy O, Noah E,
- Computer Science: Denzil for creating a program in the skills development stage that is close to full NEA standard.
- English Literature & Language: for the effort demonstrated to catch up on missed work. Billy S and Kyran M
- Core Maths: Joe G for his excellent work and contributions in live lessons.
- Tutor Time: Ben W for his contributions to tutor time during lockdown and being a chocolate ace!
- Tutor Time: Anna McF for her contributions to tutor time during lockdown and being a chocolate ace!
In Year 13
- Health & Social Care: For their ongoing effort and commitment Tabitha B, Ebony C, Zoe K and Lucy McG
- German: Maddie C for ongoing fantastic effort and commitment
- Computer Science: George W for excellent and continued commitment to his own progress
This week it’s National Apprenticeship Week!
Bringing together apprenticeship ambassadors, training providers, apprentices, parents and employers, National Apprenticeship Week highlights the work being done across the whole apprenticeship community to promote apprenticeships and their impact.
But what is an Apprenticeship?
Find out more in this week’s Careers Insight.
National Apprenticeship Week.
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What are the different types of apprenticeships?
Is an Apprenticeship right for me?
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