Last week a group of musicians from Years 7 and 9 went to watch a special concert performed by the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Plymouth, at the Guildhall. The students were entertained by music from a variety of genres including a Queen medley, music from the film ‘The Last of the Mohicans’, to traditional military music supported by the precision stick work of the Corps of Drums (Mrs Lowe was hoping Mr Dyke or Mr Chick would get to join in with but sadly it wasn’t to be!). It really was an amazing experience to listen to live music performed by professional musicians and our students thoroughly enjoyed it. They were, as ever, a credit to the school. Thank you to Mrs Lowe, Mr Chick, Mr Dyke and Ms Hordern for supporting the visit.
On Thursday last week, we were visited by Petty Officer Jamie Marples and his team. They carried out cooking demonstrations with some of our Year 8 and 9 students. They then ran a competition called the ‘Omelette Challenge’ with our Year 10 Hospitality and Catering students. The class winner was Nathan who achieved the fastest time and won a prize. The morning was a brilliant success and the children really enjoyed the demos, the careers talk and importantly the taste testing! A huge thank you to the staff for arranging this opportunity, and of course to Petty Officer Marples and his team, for taking the time to visit us.
Our Year 7 girls football team have had a really successful first season. They qualified for the Devon Cup finals held at the Devon FA in Newton Abbott. They only needed to draw their final game to end up topping their group and getting through to the final. Unfortunately, they narrowly missed out after a nail biting 2-1 defeat to Churston Grammar, who went on to win the competition. Mrs Tyrrell, Head of PE, is thoroughly looking forward to coaching these girls next season. She said that they are so committed and talented. Bring on next season!
A huge well done goes to Courtney in Year 8. Recently, she travelled to Grantham to compete in the England Boxing National Schools Championship Final. Courtney did brilliantly and won on a split decision. She is now a England Boxing National Schools Champion. Her family and everyone at Plymstock School is very proud of her. She trained very hard for this event (including cutting out all treats and sticking to a very healthy diet). Well done – a fantastic achievement.
We have just started offering Judo sessions at Plymstock School coached by Ross Taylor from Drake Judo club. These sessions are completely free and will continue to run every Tuesday from 3:15-4:30pm in the Tented Sports Hall. All abilities (including beginners) are welcome and we have all the equipment needed to get involved, including suits that students can borrow. Below are some photos from the first session.
Last but by no means least is our students of the week.
In Year 7 our winner is Ashton. This young man has fully embraced life at the school since joining us this academic year. He has involved himself in a huge number of clubs and shows a real enjoyment and enthusiasm in everything he does. Teachers speak really highly of Ashton. Well done.
Codie is our winner in Year 8. He has just been presented with the Best Keeper Award at Plymouth Hockey Club 2018. A well-deserved accolade. Codie really enjoys hockey and would one day love to play for England.
The Year 9 winner this week is Ben. His Assistant Head of Year describes this young man as a model student – hard working, positive and full of resilience. Skills that he recently put to use in the Ten Tors event, in which he was brilliant.
Finally our Year 10 winner is Ishraq. This is in recognition of his great work as Young Leader in a recent hockey festival. He umpired, coached and helped to run skills challenges. Ishraq really impressed the festival organisers.