There’s a real sense that Christmas is on its way in this week’s blog.
Staff and students have embraced the traditional annual Christmas Jumper day, which took place on Friday 13th December in support of Save the Children. The total raised so far is £396.40, which will go to the Save the Children charity to help improve children’s lives around the word. Staff also took part in a Christmas Jumper competition, judged by Bart and Katie in sixth form; congratulations to Miss Holton for winning. The school enjoys participating in this event to help support those children less fortunate, as well as being a good excuse to get into the Christmas spirit!
Sixth Form Food Bank Donations
Each year the sixth form students make donations for Plymouth Food Bank. This year students made an excellent contribution with the photo below showing some of the donations collected – there was a car full! This was delivered to Plymouth Food Bank on Monday ready for the Christmas period.
Well done to all students who made a contribution.
Year 12 Health and Social Care Christmas Knowledge Organiser Competition
This year our school improvement plan focuses on teaching – specifically Metacognition and building long-term memory. The aim of all teaching is to change long-term memory, if nothing has changed in long-term memory, nothing has been learned. Mrs Dover has been working on one of our four priorities, retrieval practice, with her Heath and Care students.
Students had to create a ‘Festive’ Knowledge Organiser on the topic of ‘Elf’ and Safety in Health and Social Care Settings. The focus was on Lone Working (Just like Father Christmas!) and Security Measures.
The standard of the entries was very high with two winners chosen – Freya and Ebony. Pictured are Jasmine, Olivia and Grace.
We Will Rock You
The performing arts department took 40 students to the Theatre Royal last week to watch We Will Rock You. The students can use their analysis of the performance as part of their live theatre section of their exam.
They were all great ambassadors of the school and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Tickets are now on sale and available by Parent Pay. Please come and see how amazingly talented the students are; it’s been an absolute pleasure watching the rehearsals. The staff and students have put in an extraordinary amount of time and hard work. There’s a real sense of professionalism and their standards are very high!
I can’t wait to watch this high energy show with lively, memorable songs.
We value the support of everyone who comes to watch.
Christmas comes to the library
This term our Library team have been supporting a central part of everyday life at Plymstock School – the students’ love and passion for reading. I’ve included a few aspects of their work below.
One part of their work, nationally recognised as a programme of excellence, is our Reading Mentor Scheme.
The Year 8 and 9 students listen to and help the Year 7 students with their reading. This has proven to be a very successful way to help the younger students gain confidence and improve their reading skills.
The library is a constant busy hub throughout the day, but particularly at lunchtimes when students can meet together to play chess.
Another key aspect of school life is giving our students opportunities for leadership. Here our Year 10 Library Monitors are working behind the desk and issuing books.
We are also running a Year 10 book group. We have book groups every lunch or break time for the different year groups throughout the week.
I’m sure you will agree the library team deserve a rest over Christmas, there energy and passion to develop a love of reading is infectious. It spreads throughout our school.
Prep Room Rudolph and angel
Lots of departments have been busy utilising different activities around learning. Our science technician team have been helping out! They have got very creative with their seasonal decorations using science equipment! Even their Skelton is suitably attired for the season.
Year 7 Trampoline Club
Trampoline club for Year 7 students will start on Thursday 9th Jan and run through to Thursday 13th Feb.
All abilities are welcome and no previous experience is necessary. We will be working through the British Trampoline Awards and students will receive a certificate at the end. The club will start at 3.15pm and finish at 4.30pm. Letters and consent forms will be in the blue rack outside the PE office from before school on Monday morning but be quick as unfortunately places are limited. I will put 36 letters out and once they are gone the club is full – please only take a letter if you intend to come.
Thank you – Mrs Campbell
Restart A Heart
This week in PE all Yr7 and Yr10 students have completed a lesson on CPR as a part of the healthy ME strand of our new ‘ME in Core PE’ curriculum. This is a rolling programme introducing CPR to Yr7 and recapping with Yr10. The aim is to support an increase in the survival rates of cardiac arrest victims by contributing to the British Heart Foundation’s campaign to create a Nation of Lifesavers.
The main objectives are for students to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to save a life but more importantly to develop the confidence to use them.
Plymstock School Mock Election
Plymstock held a mock election to coincide with the general election and develop students’ Citizenship skills and knowledge of democracy which is an important British Value. Students had the opportunity to vote in tutor time after learning about the main political parties’ manifestos. Labour won the popular vote with over 38% of the vote. The Green Party were the second most voted for party followed closely by the Conservatives and then the Liberal Democrats in the fourth with 11% of the vote. The Brexit party achieved 2% of the vote.
Thanks to everyone who voted.
Festive Food preparation and Nutrition
Our Year 10 GCSE Food preparation and Nutrition class with Mrs Worley has been getting in the festive mood this week – they were tasked with making a Victoria sponge cake using the creaming method, and then decorating them in any way that they wanted, provided it was Christmas related. They worked really hard, and the department have been really impressed with the creativity shown by the students to produce their creations. Mrs Robb, came to judge an overall winner, and chose Kiela’s snowman design as it made her smile – well done Kiela! The photos will now be posted on our instagram page, and the cake with the highest likes will win a prize.
Below is a selection of the cakes, with Kiela’s cake in the middle. I’m sure you’ll agree they are all winners. An amazing standard, but do go and vote for your favourite.
National Reading Program – Reading Force
At the start of Year 7 all our new Service Children were encouraged to get involved with a National Reading Program – Reading Force. They were challenged to read books and create a guide to their favourites that could be used within our School Library to encourage other students to read them.
Eloise really got involved with this. She created a fabulous poster about her favourite books – a series called ‘Wings of Fire’. They are about a world of dragons. Eloise says “the books are filled with mystery, friendship and adventures”.
Superb dedication and hard work. A fantastic personal achievement and a prize. Well done.
Our seventh week of Careers Insight focuses on Careers in Agriculture. West #Gatsby Benchmarks
George’s career journey is rather unique; he talks about how his academic skills along with his experience has made him an asset! When you think about careers in agriculture, you might picture driving a tractor around a field at the crack of dawn, however, the agricultural world has so much more to offer than this. There are so many different career options for you to pursue outside of the traditional roles, which involve carrying out hands-on farm work.
Check out https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/job-sectors/agriculture/job-profiles to find out more.
Finally, if you think you may be able to help or support our Careers Programme in any way, we are always grateful for your help so please get in touch!
Careers Team, Plymstock School
Our winners include:
We now reach our students of the week section. All our winners demonstrating Endeavour, Resilience and Empathy; simply Plymstock to “be the Best you can be”
Included in this picture are: Amber, Coen and Aleksander who were unable to appear from previous weeks.
Amy has worked really hard this term and has shown tremendous resilience and perseverance to be the best she can be. Her teachers are incredibly proud of her.
Madison and Sophie have both created fantastic revision for their year 7 exam in geography. They went above and beyond the expectations.
Eloise for her national reading award, as mentioned above. She created a fabulous poster about her favourite books – a series called ‘Wings of Fire’.
Christmas Hamper preparation. The following Year 8 students have been nominated by their tutor for their work and commitment over the last two weeks at lunchtimes. They’ve all been brilliant and deserve credit.
Tom, Jack, Gracie, Charlotte, Annie, James and Rowena
This week year 9’s student of the week is Ryan: 100% attendance, 0 behaviour points and the most merits in the year group = 42. Awesome!
Lucie for being an amazing, hardworking and kind student. She is always willing to go above and beyond and her support and friendship is really valued by her friends.
Sammie in Year 13 has been nominated by the sixth form team. She has just been signed by West Texas University on a Sports Scholarship specialising in Running. A fantastic achievement.
Mrs Robb has nominated her entire year group as students of the week. I couldn’t fit them all in my office but here is a picture of them in action sitting one of their mocks. Mrs Robb has been really impressed with the way they have conducted themselves, they have shown immense resilience and determination. Well done to Year 11 for their hard work and to our staff for working alongside them with their parents. Mrs Robb is really proud of the whole year group.
Also a huge thanks to the exams team led by Mrs Shillabeer and all our invigilators who have supported them so well.