We will always remember
Over the last fortnight Poppies have been available in each of our Year group Hub areas thanks to many willing volunteers.
Year 7 volunteers included Seth C and Levvy-Jade E (pictured below). Year 8 volunteers were Daniel M and Dylan E. Mr Wookey covered the Year 9 areas. In Year 10 the volunteers were Rosie S, Jess H & Logan M. Year 11 was managed by Matthew B and Rhys P.
I want to thank all who were involved in our collection efforts this year. You helped us to collect as usual despite the challenges. Well done and thank you.
The money collected will be massively boosted by the work of our lovely Jan Brown and her beautiful poppies. Thank you as always Jan for all that you do to support the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.
Thank you must also go to all staff and students who have donated and worn poppies with pride.
All donations will go to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal – I will give an update on our donation total as soon as it is calculated.
Year 7 Success
Last week Mrs Kirk commented at the start of our blog on the fact that Year 7 have made a fantastic start to secondary life and are excited to be back at school.
This week will see their first transitional progress check which will give a measure on each child’s current progress and effort across a range of subjects.
We are really proud of our Year 7 students, the effort they are making and the motivation they demonstrate.
This week, pictured above, we have the students who had the highest number of excellent effort grades on their first Progress Check.
We congratulate all of these students on their hard work and resilience to ‘Be the best they can be. They are all included as Year 7 students of the week. Well done to all.
Sixth Form Charity Week
Next week is our annual Sixth Form Charity Week virtual style!
The Senate Team have chosen the following charities that will be receiving the money from charity week: Cancer Research and Children’s Hospice South West.
All events are virtual and all advertisements have asked for money to be put in an envelope/money bag with the student’s name on. Tubs/buckets have been delivered to all pastoral hubs ready for next week.
Prizes will be delivered to the pastoral hubs with the winner’s name on, ready for collection during the week commencing 23rd November – the student will be notified by email with the tutor copied in.
The activities we have are:-
- Cutest Pet
- Design a face mask
- Virtual Talent Show
- Coin collection – we are asking for 2ps and 1ps so the Senate Team can create something artistic!
- Kahoot – Guess the teacher
The Sixth Form would really appreciate as many students getting involved as possible. I know it is not the same as throwing sponges at Mr Pearsall or Mr Sprenkel, but we intend to have just as much fun.
Thanks for your support in advance.
Mrs Rebecca Littler
Assistant Head of Sixth Form
Student Leadership The Student Senate
Max P in Year 11 wrote an entry for the blog, which is below, on behalf of the Student Senate. Miss Burgess
Here it is…
Members of the Plymstock School Student Senate were recently asked to express their opinions regarding the colour choice for the new toilet doors and frames in the MFL block. The school recognises the importance of students being involved in, and influencing, decisions which affect the daily experiences of all students at the school. The Student Senate is comprised of 10 pupils from Year 8 through to Year 12 – all were happy to be consulted in relation to this issue and were helpful and enthusiastic in choosing the new colours. The overall consensus was that the traditional Plymstock School colours would be best for the new facilities.
Thanks to all of those involved: Florence M, Harry T and Summer L in Year 8; Max P, Leo S, Jess J in Year 11; Jack W from Year 9; Ben R and Jess L in Year 10 and Destine B from Year 13
Pictured below are some of the Senate members in a meeting from December 2019
The Student Column
Welcome to the second edition of The Student Column! We hope you have had a lovely half term. With the world buzzing with drama involving the US election, we thought it would be interesting to explore a less publicised event with equal – or we think more – importance as well as giving you the usual features!
We also think it’s important to have a space where we can recognise the staff at Plymstock for all the hard work they do, so today we will be announcing the first recipients of the “Teacher of the Week Award”. We would encourage you to nominate a member of staff. This week’s staff nominations are pictured after our students of the week.
Thank you very much!”
The group have also written the following two articles about the Pride of Britain awards and Remembrance.
The Golden Ticket
Each week this event brings real excitement and as well as this week’s winners below. I can report that the Year HUBS, not shy of competitive spirit, have been busy trying to outdo each other with their Year Group collection buckets. Mrs Dover, needless to say, has been involved. She explains,
“The Year 10 Hub Team have really enjoyed collecting ‘Golden Tickets’ from our Year 10 Students. Of course, as usual, our Year Teams have found more ways to be competitive! Here Mr Dott is ‘modelling’ the Year 10 Golden Ticket Collection Box created by Mrs Bettison – it was designed not to be outdone by Year 9!”
I would like to thank all our pastoral and Send staff based in each year group hub for the work they do each week to care and include all our students. They support them with challenges but also find ways to create a sense of a whole school community.
Golden Ticket Winners for last week were:
Year 7 – Tom W
Year 8 – Mackenzie C
Year 9 – Lucy E
Year 10 – Caolan H
Year 11 – Paige K
6th form – Ethan P
A massive well done to these students
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:
In Year 7
- Levvy-Jade E and Seth C nominated by the YEAR 7 Team and Mrs Wilkins – took the poppies around to the Year 7 tutor groups.
- Shamiso N nominated by Mrs Hawker for showing great focus and determination in her music lesson this week.
- The following students (pictured at the start of this blog) for achieving the highest number of excellent effort grades on their first Progress Check: Ella C, Layla G, Evie G, Ondrei I, Rosie A, Arthur A-B, Levvy-Jade E, Martha G, Joshua J, Ellsie L, Jessica P, Alfie T and Lily W
In Year 8
- Sofia S and Ava B nominated by Mrs Hawker for showing great understanding and application in music lessons.
- Nil P and Lillia O nominated by Mrs Pearsall “ Both Nil and Lillia are resilient and hard-working, always trying hard to be the best they can be. Even when they find the work challenging they don’t give up, and because of this they are making good progress.”
- Andra Lunga nominated by Mrs Hawker for always being polite and friendly.
In Year 9
Tia T nominated by Mrs Hawker for excellent work in music.
In Year 10
The following students have all been nominated by the Year 10 Team:
- Cameron F nominated because he went above and beyond in Photography with his work on merging images which was not expected from the class.
- Ryan C nominated as he has been producing outstanding work as part of his Sports Studies course
- Ella T nominated for her unrelenting effort and hard work in class
- Isaac Q nominated for his resilience and hard work
In Year 11
Toby D Eleanor H and Aneya E – all three nominated by Mr Chick who explains
“On Monday, a group of GCSE Drama Students, who had already performed their exam piece last term, gave up their time to perform again to allow another student (who was self-isolating during the original performance) to participate in her practical exam.”
Post 16 nominations
In Year 12:
- RS: Hallie B nominated for her phenomenal dedication to her studies. She must spend so much time in extra study – her class work and homework goes above and beyond all expectations (and I have very high expectations). She is a quiet, unassuming superstar.
- PE: For outstanding results in last progress test:- Amy G, Beth R, Betsie W, Molly W, and Lauren W.
In Year 13:
- PE: For outstanding results in last progress test:- Lauren B, Jack L, and Katie S.
- Health & Social Care: Summer D, Tabitha B, Freya M and Aliya S nominated for their excellent effort on the Anatomy & Physiology Unit in HSC.
- Psychology: Summer D nominated for listening to feedback for her essay writing and acting on this feedback to produce an excellent assessment.
- Psychology & Criminology: Ryan E nominated for attending every after school session and showing a determined effort to improve
This week’s TEACHERS OF THE WEEK:
- Miss Cohen was nominated by an anonymous student for all the effort she puts into her GCSE revision sessions – it is much appreciated!
- Miss Barr was nominated by Ed in Year 12 and Prentice in Year 11 for her engaging History lessons.
- Mr Dott was nominated by Annie in Year 10 for always helping everyone out.
- Miss Burgess and Mr Cooper were nominated by Prentice in Year 11 for being genuinely kind and making their lessons interesting.
- Miss Marshall was nominated by Evie in Year 12 for her enthusiasm with the Further Maths Chocolate competition, and for being supportive in lessons.
- Mr Waterfield was nominated by Eloise in Year 10 for his awesome English lessons
Careers Insight – NHS Careers
This week we focus on the incredible NHS and its wealth of career opportunities. It’s all about helping people.
There are over 350 different NHS careers and every one makes a difference to people’s lives everyday.
The Careers Team
Congratulations to Mrs Wilkins who is delighted to announce the birth of her latest grandson, who has been named Henry Thomas. He was born at 6.57am on 11th November 2020. Welcome to the world Henry.