This week our Year 7 students continued their induction activities with our overnight camp, based at Fox Cove, located just outside Wembury. During the camp, our students had the chance to participate in trust games, walking, archery, forest school, bush craft, orienteering and much more.
Please keep scrolling down, there is more after the Fox Cove pictures!
In three acres of woodland, come rain or shine, the students had a really good time and importantly made lots of new friends. The trip is not without its challenges; staff are always on hand to support and offer those gentle words of reassurance to help the students see they can succeed. It’s a great example of Plymstock students working hard and playing hard.
The students gain a great deal from living and working together with their new classmates and teachers. The experience helps to develop qualities such as co-operation, trust, teamwork and many other important life skills. The residential has evolved each year to incorporate a range of activities to help the students make friends but in addition reflect on how they learn to overcome problems they encounter. Designed to give each student that joins Plymstock the best possible start to life at secondary school and really help them settle in.
The camp has been an annual event for some years the legacy of Mr Dyke’s vision along with Mr M K Taylor. Massive thanks goes to Mr Taylor and Mr Wright who have taken over the organisation and running of this camp this year. We also thank Mrs Kirk, Mr Chivers, Mr Roberts (and Ruben) all the tutors and staff that run activities, support students and stay overnight, without whom the trip is simply not possible.
The staff were really impressed again this year with the students endeavour, resilience and empathy; we know this experience has made memories that will last a life time.
Special thanks go to the Sixth Form students who volunteered to help run the camp. They were fabulous and next week we will feature an article about their own adventure next year.
History Mr Willcocks
As part of our Year 7 community cohesion week in the summer term, year 13 students Lucy P and Issie S spoke to year 7 students about their visit to the Auschwitz concentration camp earlier in the year and the Holocaust, to develop students understanding of British Values and identity and diversity. They also discussed the Rwandan genocide. As part of the week students had to write a letter to a Holocaust victim. Lucy P has recently created a display of the letters in the Humanities computer room and selected winners who will receive a prize.
Now it’s time for our students of the week.
Anna, Finley and Harry have looked after new students this week and are doing a brilliant job helping them find their way around and welcoming them to Plymstock School. Real ambassadors! Thank you.
I have also had the pleasure to present certificates to three Year 9 students who have all returned to school this autumn with a determination to progress and succeed. They know who they are and their Head of Year and Assistant Head of Year along with their tutors are really proud of the resilience they have shown.
I would also like to congratulate Nathan who has been chosen to become Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet for the forthcoming year following his successful interview. We are really proud of you Nathan. This is an outstanding achievement and we look forward to hearing about the presentation of your award in October in a future blog.
Plymstock School is as busy in the hours that follow school as it is during the day with the diverse range of activities and clubs the staff provide. Tonight was the 1st rehearsal of our forthcoming school show ‘Sister Act’. Mrs Lowe and Mrs Hawker (hidden behind the students) are still auditioning and if other students would like to join the cast please do pop and see them.
Our performing arts centre this week has had its floor added today. We are really looking forward to future school productions taking place in this venue.