Pilot Plymstock School Tutor Programme
Over the last three weeks we have been trialling a new tutor programme with students and staff and gathering their views before we launch fully in September.
- w/c Monday 21 June – PRIDE (National PRIDE Month)
- w/c Monday 28 June – Living with Disabilities (DeafBlind Awareness Week)
- w/c Monday 5 July – Anti-Racism
- w/c Monday 12 July – Equality & Diversity
The programme has the following daily structure:
- Monday – Standards and Expectations
- Tuesday – The Big Question
- Wednesday – Head of Year Assembly
- Thursday – Careers Insight
- Friday – Round 1 Inter Tutor Quiz
We have included some of the slides from this week’s assembly on Equality and Diversity below. The whole programme has been incredibly popular with students and staff, particularly this week after the Euro final, with our students very keen to express their views. We are incredibly proud of them. Our Student Column team pick up this theme below, following their article on Pride week we featured in our blog on 21 June.
We have had some unexpected additional challenges on our hands this week as the rising number of Covid cases has once again impacted on our whole community and our daily lives. Over the next five school days we will be ensuring that we provide as good an educational experience for the students as we can, wherever they are learning.
Euros 2020: Equality and Diversity
This year, we have been fortunate enough to not only have the Euros back, but to be able to host the event and make it to the finals! The Student Column loved the euros and even though we did not win, we made history and it helped bring our country together after a chaotic year. We loved how the team worked together and stuck by one another no matter what game they played.
The values and core of Gareth Southgate and his team is something that should be celebrated. As a nation, we are unbelievably proud of the team and how far they have come.
England didn’t concede until the semi-finals, finishing with only conceding 2! We also saw people like Jordan Henderson get their first England goal! However, despite all the excitement and thrill, we also witnessed some awful and discriminatory behaviour from people who call themselves England fans. The Euros and other big events of sport are held as a competition but also hold so much fun and excitement, and for this to be ruined by ignorant people is heart-breaking. Recently, over the last decade especially, people have been fighting to get a voice for equality and diversity because it is such an important part of life.
Thankfully, social media platforms have been threatened to close if they don’t report or attempt to get rid of offensive comments to save those who get attacked. If anything, one thing we can learn and take away from the euros, is that it is not always about winning and losing. The fact that England made history and got to the finals in the first place is amazing and the way England are responding to their loss shows that it is about learning and becoming stronger together rather than giving up or showing hate.
We can only hope that at the forthcoming events such as the World Cup, people’s mentalities will try to change and we can have an atmospheric and exciting tournament, maybe even see it coming home!
The Student Column team
The Out Youth Plymouth
This is a piece of work done by Henry in Year 10. We are incredibly proud of this piece and give our thanks to The Out Youth Plymouth for their support.
OutYouth is an inclusive, enjoyable group for young people in the LGBTQ+ community. Since I joined, I have learned more about identity and feel so much more comfortable with myself. In the past, OutYouth have done different projects, working with people across England regarding the LGBTQ+ community and our past experiences.
A lot of the work done is based on, but not limited to how we can make places of education a safer place for young people within the Community. The youth workers that run it are really supportive and helpful and are always willing to help you out. It’s such a great place to be a part of, you are never judged, and everyone is equal!
As you will be aware, with several cases of COVID 19 in Year 10, we took the difficult decision this week to ask the remaining part of the year group to work from home. All our Year 10 students have been incredibly resilient and mature in their response to once again switching back to remote education until term ends. Pictured below are some of our teachers teaching remotely.
Miss Davis said that the year 10 team “Would like to nominate the whole of year 10 for student of the week.”
She added, “I only became their Assistant Head of Year in January, but they are a fantastic year group to work with.
This week has made me feel so proud of them, they have coped so well with having to work from home. Some have found this so hard as they did not have time to say their goodbyes to friends and teachers that are leaving.
So, I would like to wish them a very happy and relaxing summer, stay safe and see them all in September, when it arrives. in the meantime it will be business as usual for Year 10 and I will look forward to speaking to many of them through daily calls over the next week, until our celebration event on Friday 23 hosted remotely by Mr Wyatt and me.”
Plymstock School welcomes new staff on our Induction Day:
We were delighted to recently welcome new staff to our socially distanced, School Induction Day. The day provided them with an opportunity to learn more about our school culture, our vision for 2021-22 and to meet with department teams to plan for teaching in September. Feedback on the day was extremely positive and there was a wonderful excitement in the air. We would like to share some of the anonymous comments which were received via electronic evaluation forms:
‘I really enjoyed the induction day. I felt very welcomed and informed and it certainly settled any nerves I had about September. I thought it was really well organised and I especially found the information packs and the laminate to be extremely useful. My head of department also gave me very helpful information ready for September. It made me feel even more positive and excited about starting at Plymstock.’
‘Overall, it was a superbly organised and impressive day with excellent materials. I had the impression that Plymstock is a really forward-thinking school with great energy. There was such a warm welcome.’
‘Staff of Plymstock made me feel extremely welcome. I felt comforted by the commitment shown towards staff well-being……. I am very excited to start in September!’
Mrs Withey would like to thank all colleagues who contributed on the day to make it such a success. We look forward to working with our new colleagues in September.
Next Friday we say goodbye to a number of colleagues who between them have worked at Plymstock School for 142 years. In a time of change we are delighted to welcome colleagues and celebrate the contribution of so many others to our community. Some are Plymstock legends, and they will all be sorely missed.
- Miss Marshall nominates her 10X Beta class for an excellent start to their online learning. She is really proud of them.
- Mrs Wilkins would like to nominate her GCSE History group 10HiZ2 who met with her on Teams with positive attitudes and determination to complete the year with a smile. They really are a credit to themselves and the school.
- Mrs Littler has nominated all of year 12 as students of the week for showing resilience this week with increased cases and having to adapt continuously to the changes in their learning.
- Miss Ellis has nominated her Year 10 group has been working absolutely brilliantly at home and wanted to give a shout-out to them. Here is a leader board for our quizlet live session today!
Duke of Edinburgh Award – spotlight on Year 9
This week’s spotlight is on year 9 Bronze DofE students Eloise A and Amelie F….
Eloise has been very busy working on her three sections for her award. For her ‘volunteering’ section she has been litter picking, with the goal of improving the local environment and raising awareness of the problem. For her ‘physical’ section she has been attending the school rounders club, with the goal of improving her batting, throwing (underarm bowling and overarm), and catching.
For her ‘skills’ section she has been drawing at home, with the goal of trying to improve drawing natural things (people, plants, animals, insects, landscapes etc.) with pencil and pens. As you can see from the artwork below, she has quite a talent.
Amelie has also been working hard on her three sections of her Bronze award. For her ‘volunteering’ section she has been coaching Elburton Villa under 10s girls football club, with the goal of learning leadership and coaching skills. For her ‘physical’ section she has been training with her football team and taking part in all available matches (see picture below) Her goal is to get fit and stay healthy. Finally, for her ‘skills’ section Amelie has been at home, baking, to improve her life skills (see pictures below for some of her creations).
Keep up the good work year 9 and remember to upload your evidence to the eDofE site.
Mrs de Mora
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:
- Mrs Wilkins has nominated Imogen B for effort and achievement in History.
In Year 8:
- Ryley C has been nominated by Ms Offer who says “We are so impressed with Ryley at the moment, he is always on time in the morning for the football breakfast club and gives 100%.”
In Year 9:
- Maya M has been nominated by Miss Barr “Throughout this last term she has been fantastic! She has been actively trying to improve her results in History by improving the effort she puts into every piece of work and her results have been brilliant. She has grown in both confidence and self-belief and has put herself in a great position to continue History next year.”
- Also in Year 9, Lilly-May D for showing great resilience.
In Year 10:
- Mr Johnson has nominated Ella T for her amazing commitment and determination shown with her remote learning. She has shown great resilience and determination to improve her maths.
- In Year 12: Anna M and Skye L have been nominated by Miss Marshall for their work in her further maths class this week.
Well done to all who were nominated this week:
- Mrs Hawker has nominated Anastasia V for her outstanding performance in her Drama group show at the weekend.
- Matthew B has been nominated by Mrs Hawker for his consistent approach to learning in Music.
- Mrs Whitehead has nominated Jack O for his resilience and working well.
- Jason D has been nominated by Mrs Whitehead for showing resilience this week.
- Miss Hordern has nominated Charlie W for ‘sticking with it’ – he has been trying really hard.
- Ms Baker has nominated Amy M, Charlie M, Ava S, OIivia C for really good classwork this week in French.
- Ms Baker has nominated Joe T and Ollie T for their work in remote French.
- Mr Watteau has nominated Oceana D in Year 9 for her efforts and contribution to the lesson on Teams on Wednesday.
- Georgia A has been nominated by Miss Marshall for fantastic engagement in online learning.
- George S has been nominated by Ms Sheridan for great participation in online learning.
- Mrs de Mora would like to nominate all her spotlight DoE students.
- Mrs Hawker has nominated Archie B, Archie B, Alfie U, Jamiel S, Max R, Sonny R, Tia T, Katie P for their confidence in music this week. Special mention to Jamiel who quite literally ‘jammed’ his way through the lesson, accompanying people’s performances on the guitar!!
- Mr Smith has nominated Alfie N for doing some great work on his Dystopian writing.
- Ms Baker has nominated Ben R for work in remote German.
- Cailin L and Alana K have been nominated by Ms Baker for their T&T exam result.
- Bella P, Rosie S, Fern S, Hashim F, Eloise L and Caitlin N have been nominated by Ms Baker for fantastic efforts in their German speaking exam.
- Ms Le Guefflec has nominated Isabelle R (10ARL) for her kindness, originality, and motivation regarding her future.
- Mrs Wilkins has nominated Amy G, Connie P, Michael D, Lilia D, James H who produced excellent work.
- Ryan C has been nominated by Ms Sheridan for great participation in online learning.
- Ethan E has been nominated by Ms Birchnall as he is working brilliantly in biology at home whilst isolating.
- Michael D has been nominated by Mrs Wilkins “who recently completed his History mock achieving 2 grades above his pathway thanks to his hard work. I am so very impressed by his attitude and effort throughout this year.”
- Adam S has been nominated by Mrs Swan for improved performance and for scoring above target in his recent mock paper.
- Sophie O’G for English Language and Literature – she has already submitted a first draft of the introduction to her NEA before any deadline set! Amazing self-motivation.
Careers Insight – Diversity in the maritime sector
Did you know the marine environment offers lots of varied and interesting careers but just 4% of the 10,600 UK certified officers active at sea are female?
The reasons for this are many and varied, but one thing is clear, this is a situation which has got to change. Maritime UK aims to open the sector to everyone regardless of their race, gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.
Find out more in this week’s Careers Insight below
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 helpline, Report Abuse in Education on 0800 136 663 or email email@example.com
Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSL)