Welcome to this week’s blog
The weather has cooled slightly with some much needed rain for the gardens. However, the change has not dampened ‘The Plymstock Spirit’ as I’m sure that you will agree when you read about the efforts and achievements of all that are mentioned this week.
Keep up the great work everyone!
Partial re-opening short update
Below are some additional photographs of our onsite preparations for the partial re-opening to students in Years 10 and 12 from Monday 15 June. We will have 5 on site zones operating as independent areas, all complying with the stringent DfE guidance on operating a school with social distancing. Just 25% of the total numbers in Year 10 and 12 will attend at any one time.
This week we have shared a huge amount of information with staff, students, parents and carers as part of induction, including two videos to help everyone visualise the new school arrangements before they arrive on site.
You can find links here: https://plymstockschool.org.uk/news/
Our Eco Block Edu-care zone opened on 1st June to welcome back an additional 9 students, in addition to the 48 students of critical care workers and vulnerable students who have full time provision within our original Edu-care zone.
We are delighted to have these additional students back and working so hard with their teachers. The opening picture has words from Amy. Amy has been made Student of the week by the staff as she is working well in Eco Educare and we are really proud of her.
Pictured below are some photographs of the students playing social distanced football, organised by Mr Butler; which is very hard when you can’t tackle and pick up the ball. Rules to keep the students safe but still finding a way to have fun!
Mr Bellamy’s run
You will be aware from the following message that went home on Thursday and today’s Twitter feed @PlymstockS that Mr Bellamy has taken on a very personal challenge. Like many of our teachers, as a parent, he wants to see his daughter return to school and to make a connection with our wider community within social distancing rules. He is today taking on a personal running challenge. If you see him on his journey do please cheer him on but please respect social distancing rules, #stay alert.
On Friday 5 June my youngest daughter was visited, at the end of our drive, by her Foundation teachers, Mrs Law and Miss Pooley. Both ladies have a connection with Plymstock School either by being a student themselves or by having their children attend. Together they had run to every child’s house in their class and not only did their visit make Skylar’s day, it also served to inspire me to think of a way of marking what has been a very uncertain time for us all.
So, with this in mind I will be completing the following challenge on Friday 12 June in reflection of the days of our lives we have spent apart from our extended family and friends recently.
By my calculations, we have had 43 school days affected as at 15th June and I wondered if I could run 43 metres for EVERY student at the school. So (1550×43)/1600=just under 42 miles!
I’ve marked out a loop of 4.5 miles that takes in some main routes through our catchment and will be running 10 laps, starting at 10am from Morrison’s car park on Friday.
The route is as follows and I will be at the very least moving forward along it until I have completed the allotted distance. In other words it will take as long as it takes!
From Morrison’s following the cycle path on Oreston Road that leads to Kingfisher Way passing Hooe Lake on my right. From there it’s up to the entrance of Radford Park on Radford Park Road and along Dean Cross Road turning right onto Horn Cross Road. Then past The Broadway on the right and along Stanborough Road until the junction with Elburton Road. It’s then a welcome downhill stretch to Morrison’s where the loop starts again!
I’m not doing this to raise money for charity but as a reflection of what Plymstock School means to me.
If people want to donate anything then they should do so to a cause that means something to them (MDNA and Coppafeel are closest to my heart).
Perhaps I may even see one or two people I know along the way and if I do, please give me a wave but do adhere to the current social distancing rules.
Many thanks for your time in reading this.”
Thank you Mr Bellamy, a huge task and we are all really proud of your personal effort to keep our community connected.
Year 6 Transition
As part of our ongoing work to support Year 6 students, Mrs Kirk has sent welcome postcards last week to our new students that will be starting in September this year. We very much look forward to receiving a return postcard during the summer, to create a display during the new term.
I have also written to all parents this week to clarify arrangements under the current DfE guidance, a copy of my letter can be found on our new Year 7 transition website here:
All work and no play! Our students’ messages from lockdown
Working and Learning at home
This week Miss Robinson has nominated Louise-Paige (Year 8) and Ellie (Year 11) as Students of the Week
“Both took part in a mini-saga writing competition, which I set as an optional task at the start of lockdown, and both emailed this week to tell me they had received certificates of merit.” This year’s challenge was to write a mini saga, on the theme of missing, in just 100 words! I’m delighted to let you know that Ellie and Louise have been chosen for publication in a book showcasing young adults’ work, called SOS Sagas – Missing – Tales From The UK. Congratulations Ellie and Louise!
A copy of this will remain in the National Archives of the British Library forever!
Ellie’s mini saga “Captured” is pictured below along with Ellie.
Miss Robb as Ellie’s Head of Year and Mrs Rice, Team Leader to Year 11 students were also contacted by Ellie as she has been given a guaranteed place at Plymouth College of Art to study Film, Animation and Media. It was lovely to hear that Ellie has a place secured for ‘next steps’ after Plymstock School. All the staff who have worked with Ellie were delighted with this wonderful news! Well done Ellie on your college place, we know you must be so excited.
“Hi Miss Robb,
Miss you lots and everyone. Hope you are doing well. Last month I entered a young writer’s short story competition. Monday I received a letter with big news on. Here is the story and the letter. It was hard to write the story in100 words. The first version I am going to turn into a short story then a full story. Also last week on 3rd of June I got an email from the college of art saying I have a guaranteed place and I start in September. It will be a mix of face to face and online learning. I’m really happy about it.”
Mr Dott and Mr Wyatt have nominated Dulcie for her English work after the following email from her teacher Mrs Parish.
“I just wanted to let you both you know about what absolutely brilliant work Dulcie is doing for me. I set the class to prepare for their argument speech last week and she chose the situation facing the theatres as her topic and whether they should receive funding and support. She has gone off and contacted West End stars on Twitter, had email contact from the manager of the Theatre Royal and contacted other senior production people, all off her own back. I said I’d let you know as she is working so hard and really deserves recognition beyond the merit that I can award.
Lovely to have such a positive story!”
Well done Dulcie for being so proactive and undertaking your investigations.
Mr Wyatt has nominated Isabelle in Year 7 for her outstanding effort and achievement on her recent home learning task.
He wrote, “The short essay below is her response to a poetry comparison question. The work is all her own and demonstrates skills of which a year 11 student would be rightly proud. The vocabulary choices, insights and analytical skill are outstanding. Brilliant. I’m humbled by what she achieved.”
Cubist still life
“These are final pieces to one of the Year 8 projects we do exploring Cubist still life, where students respond by investigating the shape and form of musical instruments, tonal changes in colour and multi-viewpoint composition.”
Pictured below is the work of: Natalia, Lucy and Jackson
I would like to nominate Jackson in Year 8 for student of the week. His work in Art during lockdown has continually improved
As you will have seen on Show My Homework, this term our students in Years 7-10 have the opportunity to complete a range of online Careers activities to support their Careers Education. Mrs Dover (Careers Leader) wanted to commend a number of students for their efforts:
Year 7: Louisa, Maxx, Alfie and Keenan
Year 8: Grace
Year 9: Lizzie (and her Mum!)
Mrs Dover has nominated Louisa as student of the week – she already has a plan for what she wants to do and is putting together a Business Plan with her Dad’s help!
Students of the Week, Mr Withey has recommend the following students for their consistent efforts and industriousness:
Meghan in Year 9, Stevie Leigh in Year 7 and Louie in Year 8
They are always the first to submit in their classes, with really thoughtful, intelligent and considered work.
Year 8 French Quizlet winner this week was regular Brendan, followed by Louie and Alfie.
In Year 9 German it was extremely tight with Dom, Mrs Richards and Rosie all having 5 wins.
Special mentions this week from me for Charlotte in Y8 French for the quality of the work she’s handing in, Will and Maddy in Year 9 German again for quality of work and Polly in Y9 French and German for staying on top of everything, despite having to do more, due to doing two languages in the time assigned to one!!!
Nominations for Student of Week
Year 9 are Polly, Mel and Annie who have submitted everything ahead of the deadlines and they have double the amount of MFL work as they do French and German in the time everyone else just does one language.
Year 10 Alicja for an outstanding Y10 French quizlet performance this morning – the most wins we’ve seen from anyone.
Year 7, Billy for total enthusiasm for all the French tasks set on google classroom and 100% commitment and motivation.
Déficrepes Pancake Challenge
A reminder to keep the Déficrepes pancake challenge photos coming in – they look delicious – examples below. We are all looking forward to seeing the entries
Miss Stevenson has created a pasta making demo. We hope many of you will have a go at home! See the link below:
‘cooking at home’ competition
The recent ‘cooking at home’ competition has had an incredible response from the students – 106 votes so far – voting is still open so please do make your view known.
Pictures below and instructions on Show My Homework.
Miss Pring has nominated the following students in Design and Technology for their effort, resilience and creativity in Distance Learning tasks
Year 7: Poppy for her healthy cherry muffin poster
Year 8: Katie and Louise – amazing piece of research work produced on the ‘Life of a can’
Year 9: Ashton for his description of die the and casting process and Highly commended – Harrison for his research on architecture and architects (images below) – he has clearly spent lots of time and effort on them. Well done Harrison.
Year 10: Ethan – consistently working hard and submitting all his work, great communication too if he is not quite sure.
Finally, we have an update from Lucas (previously we have featured his cat toy, bike stand and bird box) who has worked with his Dad over the last few weeks to create a new BBQ decking area.
I have been busy over half term because I was bored with no work to do, but as a half term project me and my Dad decided to take out the massive flower bed. It was just getting in the way! I spent a couple of days digging out the soil, it was really hard work but I got there in the end. It is now a new barbecue area. I have attached some photos of me doing the work, I hope you enjoy looking at them!
EPiC – Spirited Arts Project
The work produced for this project continues to amaze Mrs Slade. She commented, “All the students have demonstrated exceptionally high levels of skill and have produced amazing work, I thank all the students for working so hard on this.”
Here is a small selection of some of them:
Mr Wookey, Mrs Slade and Mr Wright.have nominated the following as Students of the week :
We start with a piece of creative work from Polly in Year 9. Polly said: “My thoughts behind this work were that you should not compare yourself to others and I chose the colours to reflect the day and night, also to show how it is the same place but the day and night are different. This also relates to humans as we are all human but all different. Each of us has our own strengths and weaknesses and we all have our time to shine.” Thanks, Polly
Olivia Moss in Year 8 explained that her idea for this project came from an inspiring quote that she saw and thought what a good message it conveyed especially during these times. It reminded her how important it is to be kind to people given what has been happening and how those people would benefit from that kindness.
Mr Wookey commented “THIS IS AMAZING! Olivia is so talented! I love the skill level but also the design! “Mr Wright commented, “Such a great piece of work.”
Olivia has been a little modest and without wishing to embarrass her, the submitted piece of work is hand embroidered as you will see in the photographs below. It has taken hours of work and we are all really impressed and we can all see just how hard she has worked on this.
Next we have a piece of work from Melanie and the pictures below include all the details regarding how she went about this project and the thinking behind it. Mrs Slade said, “Excellent work.”
Dylan wrote to Mrs Slade to explain how he completed his piece of work. “I completed this in steps. First I found a piece of glass from my house and cleaned it then surrounded it in tape. After this, I found a quote and decided to use it on my glass then went onto word and printed off the quote “Peace begins with a smile”. Next I placed it underneath the glass and went around the outline of the words in black. Then I went online and found a smile and a dove of peace to put on the sides and went around them in black on the glass as well. After this dried I coloured the words and smile and dove in with colour and waited for it to dry finally I went around the background in colour. (I used tape, glass, paint and paper with the words on)”
“Time and dedication is clearly shown with this work. I am very impressed with it!” Mrs Slade
The last piece of work comes from Ruby, Mrs Slade explained: “Ruby asked if she would be able to create a piece of work that related to both the work that we had done before lockdown and what was going on in the world today. Of course I said yes and this is the result. A heartfelt creative piece that reflects a young person’s response to the world we live in today.”
Some very creative designs and superb work and skill. Well done to all.
Praise for 8YEPCyan and 8XEPRed from Mrs Wilkins
“I have been very pleased with the level of engagement and thoughtful responses these two classes have produced throughout Summer Term 1 in response to our study of Sikhism. I am excited to see what they will produce in Summer Term 2 in response to the Spirited Arts Project.”
The following students have all submitted consistently praiseworthy work.
These students also scored 100% in the end of module quiz:
Poppy, Matthew, Esme, Danny, Luke, Evie, Julianna, Shaydon, Jessica and Isaac
These students scored 90%: Kate, Niamh, Brooklyn, Louis, Lily-May and Helena
I would also like to praise Mimi for her determination and efforts throughout the course.
Mrs Wilkins has in addition nominated the following Year 8 students for Student of Week for their EPiC work: Matthew and Luke.
Students of the week
All our winners have demonstrated Endeavour, Resilience and Empathy;Plymstock School students striving to “Be the best you can be”
Our winners include:
The following students mentioned in the blog have received nominations as Year 7 students of the week:
Dylan, Louisa, Billy, Poppy, Stevie Leigh, Amy, Lucas, Isabelle and Matthew
The following students mentioned in the blog have received nominations as Year 8 students of the week:
Louise-Paige, Luke, Louie, Jackson, Olivia and Katie
The following students mentioned in the blog have received nominations as Year 9 students of the week:
Melanie, Dulcie, Ashton, Ruby, Harrison, Annie, Polly and Meghan
The following students mentioned in the blog have received nominations as Year 10 students of the week:
Ethan and Alicja
The following students mentioned in the blog have received nominations as Year 11 students of the week:
This week the careers team look at Transport & Logistics, with a special focus on the rail sector.
The Careers Team
Forthcoming Events and important announcement
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