At the end of a very busy half term, we have lots of news to report on this week, both within the classroom and beyond. I would like to take this opportunity once again to say a huge thank you to everyone (students, parents, staff, governors, carers, friends and family and ex-students of Plymstock School) who have supported our students with the stories we have reported on this term – with your continuous support and commitment we are able to offer these opportunities to the benefit of all our young people.
Year 11 boys
Year 11 boys’ football team beat Torquay Academy 4-1 in 2nd round of Devon Cup yesterday with goals from Ralphie (2), Pacey and Harvey.
They will now face either Bideford or Teignmouth at home in the Quarter Final.
Year 10 boys
The Year 10 boys’ football team marched into the quarter finals of the Devon County Cup with a convincing 6-0 win against a hard-working King’s College team. After a scrappy opening 10 minutes, Lloyd made a fantastic save, diving low to his left when their player look destined to score. From that point Plymstock took control of the game with some fantastic passages of play keeping the ball for long periods.
The first 2 goals came from long range efforts from Sam and Jack, then Harry finished neatly from a corner to give the side a 3-0 lead at half-time. The second half saw more of the same with the defence looking solid and Plymstock looking dangerous every time we attacked. Jack got his second goal of the game with a well taken finish before Charlie managed to score directly from a corner (it was possibly wind assisted!) the scoring ended with Jack getting his hat-trick and capping off a man-of-the-match performance (holding the match ball in the team photo).
In the next round the team will face the winners of Exmouth of Ulfculme.
Fantastic performance from everyone!!!
What a success! 79 of our Year 7 students took the opportunity to go to Normandy, France over the weekend and they were an asset to our school. The action packed four day trip was a real cultural experience, with visits to: the Laval market and its art museum; the medieval castle of Fougère; the Utah landing beach and a spiritual experience with a visit to ‘Mont St Michel’ .
Most important of all and despite the cold, and storm Ciara, the students have been able to use French in many real life situations. For example, ordering food, and purchasing souvenirs in the local supermarket. The highlight of the visit was to be able to spend time in our partner school in Erné, le collège Renée Cassin.
Our students were amazing, using their French to converse with their French counterparts and through their creativity, we ended up dancing with almost 150 students performing a ‘TiK ToK’ dance together.
Bien joués les year 7s !
A huge thank you goes from me as Headteacher to the staff who supported this trip and the memories of a life time they created. There are many more photographs of the trip which will appear on the Gallery of our the school website soon. Too many to show here as it was a jam-packed trip.
I really don’t know how they managed to fit everything in!
On Friday 7th February 17 students along with Mrs de Mora and Mr Campbell, attended a Plymouth Raiders pre-match clinic and British Basketball (BBL) game. The clinic consisted of a coaching session and a chance to meet and interview the players. After the event the students watched the BBL game against the Surrey Scorchers. The students thoroughly enjoyed the clinic and were rewarded with the best game of the Raiders season so far.
Report from Destine and Dedan:
On Friday 7th February 2020 we went on a spectacular trip run by Plymouth Raiders and organised by Mrs de Mora. We began by participating in a ‘Raiders Style’ training session where we practised dribbling, shooting and ball control. We then played a game of “Fruit Salad” which had nothing to do with fruit but involved one v one games, defending and attacking. It was awesome to think that we were playing on the same court that the Raiders First team would be playing on later that night. After a brief break, it was time to meet the players. We were split up into groups and sent to tables. The team would then come round in groups of two and three and talk to each table, which meant we got to have our own personal conversations with the players. When talking to the players, we discovered sides to them that you would not think they had- some players liked reading and cooking, Will Neighbour liked playing with horses and Leslee Smith went to watch Bad Boys For Life with some of his team members.
The players gave us valuable advice on how to make it in professional basketball- work hard and practise. After posing for pictures with the players and getting autographs, we watched the players train and cheerleaders rehearse court side until it was time to head up to our seats for the match. The atmosphere was incredible and we made sure to cheer whenever we got a shout out from the announcer. We were treated to amazing performances from the community dancers and cheerleaders, which were interspersed between the time-outs and quarters. The match was tense with baskets being scored like clockwork. We witnessed some incredible 3 pointers, especially from Kostas Jonuska. Rashad Hassan made thirteen rebounds with Josh Wilcher scoring the first basket. The final score was 111 to the Raiders and 82 to the Surrey Scorchers. The whole trip was phenomenal, a privilege to attend and something we will not forget.
By Destine (Year 11) and Dedan (Year 10)
If students are interested in playing basketball please see the PE department for more information.
Year 9 Enterprise Challenge continued…
This term the focus of Year 9 Life Education was ‘Employability and Enterprise’. Students have been competing in the ‘Smart Toys Enterprise Challenge’ where they had to design and ‘pitch’ an Educational Toy. Three classes had the added challenge of ‘pitching’ their product to our very own Lord Sugar – Mr Pearsall.
The creativity of the students has been excellent and the presentations have been outstanding. Matilda, Ellie and Charlie even created their own ‘song’ with the aim for it to ‘go viral’ to promote their ‘Brain Blocks’ product. Our students clearly are future Entrepreneurs, not only did they create new products, they also devised additional ways of making money including packs to customise their products. However, Mrs Dover was disappointed that ‘Dog on a Bike’ did not make it beyond the drawing board! Each class voted for their overall winners based on different criteria.
The Student choice winners are:
9yLf Teal Winners – Seasons in a Box
9xLf Teal Winners – ‘Let’s Get Wordy’
9xLf Cyan Winners – Vending Mathschine
Mr Pearsall’s favourite – ‘Danny the Dinosaur’
Well done to all the teams who took part in this challenge, creating the following products:
Brain Blocks, Magic Maths Man, Foodies, Vending Mathschine, Danny the Dinosaur, School in a Box, Animal Alphabet, Let’s Get Wordy!, Majestic Animal Caterpillar, Learnavate, Knock Out, Disco Drums, Kasey Keyboard, Wonder Wagon, Safari Subjects, Seasons in a Box, Steve the Superstar, Shoot and Learn.
Over the last few weeks students in History have been busy designing (and in some cases making models of) Medieval castles. We have learnt about the features of Medieval castles and the extended homework task was to use this knowledge to design and build either a motte and bailey, keep or concentric style castle. Models ranged from wonderful lego creations to beautifully painted paper mache /cardboard structures and also included intricate woodwork structures as well as detailed minecraft designs! In addition, students were asked to write an analytical paragraph explaining the key features of their castle and explain why their castle would be difficult to attack.
Mrs Withey was particularly impressed by the following models from students in 7 Lints: Lara, Alfie, Summer, Sophie, Reben, Molly and Mahi for the largest motte and bailey castle ever made!
Well done to you all.
News & Events from Careers@PlymstockSchool:
Proud to Care Devon Careers Fairs
Proud to Care Devon are organising four recruitment events throughout the county in March.
Saturday 7th March – Rougemont Hotel Exeter
Saturday 14th March – Petroc College Sticklepath Campus Barnstaple
Saturday 21st March – Crowne Plaza Plymouth
Saturday 28th March – Torquay Town Hall
As well as being an opportunity for providers to directly recruit, they also have colleges attending, and along with providers they will be talking to young people about pathways into a career in the sector, the range of opportunities available and the training and education opportunities available to support a career in the health and care sector.
Apprenticeship Parents Pack
The Amazing Apprenticeships January 2020 parents pack is now available.
It features some great Labour market information around apprenticeships, what employers are looking for, vacancy snapshot and a case study from Coca Cola.
Allabout Careers website
Allabout Careers is a fully interactive website with overviews of a number of different careers sectors.
It links into Allaboutschoolleavers which offers advice on Apprenticeships, University, Studying at college and the world of work.
The Careers Team
This week our Careers Insight focuses on Apprenticeships
Apprenticeships are a firm favourite for our students at Plymstock School, with the attraction of earning whilst learning; but what does it take to become an apprentice?
Employers want to employ apprentices with the right positive attitude and who are going to work hard and show resilience. They also want employees who are going to be able to pick up new skills and be a great asset to their company.
Apprenticeships have changed a lot in the past 10 years and sometimes people do not realise the huge range of opportunities that are available!
Interested in finding out more? Try these links:
https://amazingapprenticeships.com/apprenticeships-quiz/ – How much do you know about Apprenticeships? Test your knowledge here!
http://www.apprenticeshipguide.co.uk/how-do-you-decide-which-apprenticeship-is-right-for-you/ – Interested in an apprenticeship, but not sure which would be right for you?
https://amazingapprenticeships.com/app/uploads/2017/01/NAW2020-Subject-Snapshot-Bundle.pdf – See how your school subjects can relate to apprenticeship opportunities! Subject teachers this is also a helpful set of documents for you.
The Careers Team
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:
Jack is being recognised by his Head of Year for being above target in 3 subjects and having an excellent in 4 subjects and expected progress in 8. In addition, Jack has 100% attendance and zero behaviour points. Oh, and 40 merits. Great effort Jack
Year 10, the following students have been nominated for their enthusiasm in helping to support the Year 9 Parents’ Evening, they did a fabulous job, meeting and greeting parents and ensuring all our staff were able to have a drink during the evening.
Connell, Maia, Jamie, Holly, Max, Emily
Year 10 Headteacher’s celebration lunch
This week I had the great privilege of hosting a second lunch for Year 10 students to recognise their both their endeavour and resilience towards their studies. I was joined by our Year 10 students: Alicja, Caitlin, Jessica, Lloyd, Keira, Isabella, Imogen, Jessica, Mimi and Sophie
Following their recent progress check , they were invited to a lunch with myself by Mr Taylor, Director of Learning for Year 10 and 11, Mrs Harris, Head of Year and Miss Offer, Assistant Head of Year in recognition of their outstanding progress. It was delightful to talk to them and learn about how much they are enjoying their GCSEs and about all the other things they do outside of lessons.
Well done to all of Year 10 on their efforts this term.
Plymstock Community Forum
Please note that a bi-monthly meeting of the Plymstock Community Forum will take place in Plymstock Library: on Tuesday 18th February 2020. Starting at 2pm.
The guest speaker will be Matt Murray of Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue, who will give an illustrated talk on home fire safety
All residents of the greater Plymstock area are most welcome.
See you there,