This week I’ve been contacted by Bronwyn who is raising money for a charity very close to our hearts. She is having her hair shaved off, during Year 11’s last day at school on 28th May, to raise money for Macmillan.
Bronwyn explains: “I thought I’d do something different to celebrate the last day of school and shave my hair off for charity. I’d be really grateful if you could share the link in the school blog, so people can support me if they wish”
“I’ve been thinking about shaving my hair off for a while but been a little nervous about it. My auntie said she would do it for me as long as a raised money for charity. I would appreciate it if you could sponsor me to help me raise my target for this great charity that helped treat my great grandmother when she was very ill. GCSE years have been pretty rubbish due to Covid-19 and we are not able to have a prom currently, so I have chosen the last day of school (May 28th) to brave the shave.”
We’re incredibly proud of Bronwyn and her unique way to celebrate the end of her formal schooling this year. She really does inspire us with her empathy for others.
We’re planning some other ways that the students can celebrate their time with us. Mrs Harris and Mrs Smith will be in touch soon with the not-the-prom festival extravaganza, which we will hope will give everyone a chance to let their hair down! After a very busy 9 week’s of hard work and resilience.
Duke of Edinburgh Award – spotlight on Year 9
This week’s spotlight is on Year 9 Bronze DofE students Grace A and Alice B.
Grace has been completing a walk every week that takes her about an hour. Grace is doing this for 6 months as part of her ‘physical’ section. As you can see from the pictures below, she has made the most of the sunny days and experienced the beauty of the great outdoors.
Alice has been participating in sailing as part of her ‘physical’ section, which she is doing for 3 months. Alice said ‘for the past few weeks I have been going sailing on my dad’s boat. I have also been learning about different parts of the boat and what they are for. I started a RYA sailing course at Mount Batten and will hopefully be sailing in a boat by myself when the weather warms up’.
Other students have been hard at work on their physical section with activities including running, karate, racket ball, cycling, dancing, football, netball, Tae Kwon Do, paddle boarding, swimming, boxing, yoga, and roller skating to name a few.
Keep up the good work Year 9 and remember to upload your evidence to the D of E site.
Mrs de Mora
Plymstock School are supporting the Everyone’s Invited campaign by reminding all our students that any young person who reports that they have been affected by this issue will be supported in line with our existing safeguarding protocols. Students can contact their Head of Year, Assistant Head of Year or any of our Designated Safeguarding Leads to discuss any concerns that they may have about sexual harassment, assault or abuse.
These will be managed in line with the school’s Safeguarding Policy. Alongside this we already have a dedicated link to the NSPCC on our website and a range of other links to pages to support families and children. The NSPCC have also launched a dedicated helpline for children and young people who have experienced sexual harassment, assault or abuse at school, and for worried adults and professionals that need support and guidance, including for historic abuse.
New NSPCC helpine, Report Abuse in Education on 0800 136 663 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Worley would like to recognise some of the cooking achievements by our students this week.
We are still not able to cook in school, but the students are being given cooking activities to complete if they are able to at home. We hope to re-introduce this very soon.
This week, Year 7 have been making frittata which links to their learning of food waste – well done to Elena R, Ruby T, Imogen P, Ella C and Camden M.
Year 8 have made chicken goujons which links to the topic of macronutrients, well done to Ava S, Abigail E, Finlay E, Jodi A, Nat D, Leah B, Ruby W and Poppy G and Issy E-D.
Year 9 have made Swiss roll which links to the food science unit, well done to Brooklyn C.
Year 10 have been making Swiss roll, hot cross buns and profiteroles – well done to Michael A, Fraser L, Ryan B, William D and Jack L.
I’ve been really impressed with the pictures I have seen, and am looking forward to the next recipes which are soup for Year 7, beef burgers for Year 8 and macaroni cheese for Year 9. I have attached some of the pictures that I have been sent.
Well done to all these students, fantastic effort
Students of the week
All our nominees have demonstrated Endeavour, Resilience and Empathy; Plymstock School students striving to “Be the best you can be”.
This week’s winners
In Year 7:
- Two students have been nominated by Miss Cleary and Miss Burston and share this week’s Year 7 Student of the week award. We would like to nominate Shami and Ellsie in Year 7 for student(s) of the week. We are both really impressed by their contributions during our tutor group debates. Shami and Ellsie demonstrate excellent debate skills – they are both enthusiastic, respectful and make thoughtful contributions. We would like to say a big well done to them and we look forward to our future debates!
In Year 8:
- Andra L nominated by Miss Robb for her hard work and positive attitude.
In Year 9:
- Alice B nominated by Mrs de Mora. Alice has been participating in sailing as part of her ‘physical’ section, which she is doing for 3 months. Alice said ‘for the past few weeks I have been going sailing on my dad’s boat. I have also been learning about different parts of the boat and what they are for. I started a RYA sailing course at Mount Batten and will hopefully be sailing in a boat by myself when the weather warms up’.
In Year 10:
- Jasmine R and Jamie D have been nominated by Mr O’Neil. Both students are quite quiet but always turn up to class and put in lots of effort, complete work without any fuss or complaint (I don’t think Physics is their favourite subject) and never look for praise or recognition. They represent our values and culture of trying to be the best you can be and working hard for yourself.
In Year 11:
- Eleanor H nominated by Mrs Smith for the most amazing random act of kindness!
In Year 12:
- Jensen M-S F nominated for superb effort in biology.
In Year 13:
- Katie S nominated for exceptional effort in studying Biology out of school hours
Well done to all our nominees this week: students striving to “Be the best you can be”.
In Year 7:
- Luke N nominated by Mrs Hawker for his passion and commitment to drumming
- Skye P nominated by Mrs Hawker for her focus and dedication this term
- Imogen P nominated by Mrs Hawker for being a music STAR
In Year 8:
- Emmanuel A-A nominated by Mrs Hawker for making a great start in Music and working really hard
- Jacob W nominated by Mrs Hawker for his determination to get the chords right for the Blues project
- Rudy-Jack R nominated by Mrs Hawker for showing great skill with playing the keyboard
- Eliza T nominated by Mr Willcocks for excellent work in History
In Year 9:
- Grace A nominated by Mrs de Mora. Grace has been completing a walk every week that takes her about an hour. Grace is doing this for 6 months as part of her ‘physical’ section. As you can see from the pictures below, she has made the most of the sunny days and experienced the beauty of the great outdoors.
- Nell H nominated by Mr Rogers for her work in computer science
In Year 10:
- Megan T nominated by Ms Rundle for creating an amazing cheese cake for homework
- Oliver S nominated by Mr Rogers for work in computer science
- Justine M nominated by Mrs Dover for the depth of research for Health and Social Care coursework
In Year 11
- Harley H nominated by Mrs Lowe for outstanding commitment to improving her music coursework
- Livvy J, Leah G and Aneya E nominated by Mrs Hawker for showing determination with their music and drama performances
In Year 12:
- Computer Science: Pippa W nominated for a consistent and outstanding work ethic
- Computer Science: Tegan nominated for a consistent and outstanding work ethic
In Year 13:
- Health & Social Care: Zoe K nominated for effort and commitment – she just gets on with it! No faffing or fussing!
- Daylon M nominated for his hard work in physics – he’s really pulled out the stops recently and is working really hard in preparation for assessments
- Abigail S nominated for her excellent work ethic – she can always be found working away in the sixth form centre
- Alexa V, Daniel P, Daniel R and Louis B and Jack S-B nominated for their hard work and effort in recently completing their Extended Project in addition to their A Levels and all the assessments being undertaken at the moment
The Student Column’s TEACHERS OF THE WEEK:
- Mr Farrant: “his lessons are engaging and he is a legend.” – 10Y4
- Miss Cleary: “for her interesting science lesson, it has been interesting and very informative.” – Meagan T and Isabell G. D in Year 10
- Mrs Evans: for being a “really good teacher” – a member of 7TJW
- Mrs Pitcher: “she is so nice and helpful.” – 3 members of 7TJW
- Mr Downes: “Best tutor” – a member of 10JED
- Mr Wallace: “He’s a legend” – a member of 10JED
- Mrs Tendell: for her “crazy actions!” – a member of 10JED
- Ms Burgess: for being “Kind and helpful” – a member of 10JED
- Ms Bartlett: for being a “really good teacher and because I annoyed her and feel bad.” – a member of 10JED