Collection for the Plymouth Food Bank
The Plymouth Food Bank is a charitable trust in Plymouth that helps people with food packages when they are in need of support. We will be collecting food for the Food Bank to help make a positive difference.
Miss Williams is currently collecting for the food bank and these wonderful role models in year 13 contributed to the year 10 food collection – huge amounts – out of their own money. They demonstrate the true heart of Plymstock School.
Why are we doing this?
Each year the Food Bank has a large group of people to help and without donations people will go hungry. At this time of year all advertising is aimed at the selfish side of us; this activity encourages our un-selfish side.
Year Group Leads are:
Y9 – T Wilkins
Y10 – J Birchnall
Y11 – L Williams
So, all kinds of tins and packets are good. Students should bring in items from now until 6th December. Thank you.
Black History Month
Mr Willcocks’ Year 7 History classes recently completed homework to create an information poster, on an individual from black History, to celebrate Black History Month which occurs every October. A display of the students’ excellent work has been created in the Humanities computer room.
National Citizens Service (NCS)
Year 11 students recently had an assembly delivered by the National Citizens Service (NCS) to explain the activities they organise for students aged between 16 and 17 which will take place in the summer of 2020. The NCS experience lasts for three weeks in the summer holidays and involves students taking part in different activities and completing a community action project and costs £50. To find out more information visit ncsyes.co.uk
Sixth Form Charity Week
The week commencing 4th November sees the return of our annual Sixth Form Charity Week. During this week various fundraising activities will take place which the whole school can get involved with; ranging from cake sales to the always popular sponge a teacher with myself being on the list for getting soaked as well as others! Students can also show their brute strength by taking on the teachers in a tug of war; demonstrate their goal scoring skills in a penalty shoot-out or show off their eating prowess in our annual student v teacher doughnut eating competition! The week will conclude with a Year 12 & 13 Fancy Dress day on Friday with an 80/90’s theme.
Every year the Sixth Form Senate vote for a nominated charity; last year’s charities were the NSPCC and local charities St Luke’s Hospice and SALT with a fantastic total of £260 being raised. This year the Sixth Form Senate have nominated the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) as their chosen charity.
The WWF is the world’s leading independent conservation organisation. Their mission is to create a world where people and wildlife can thrive together. To achieve this mission, they are finding ways to help transform the future for the world’s wildlife, rivers, forests and seas; pushing for a reduction in carbon emissions that will avoid catastrophic climate change; and pressing for measures to help people live sustainably, within the means of our one planet.
It would be great for students to get involved with the activities raising money for the WWF.
Regional Schools Judo Championships
Just before half term, fresh from their success at the Commonwealth Judo Championships that we celebrated in the Plymstock blog on 4th October, Jessica and Bogdan have gone on to further success at the Regional Schools Judo Championship. Jessica, who fights in the Under 57kg category, won Silver; a fantastic achievement but all the more so because she fought people who were in categories over 70kg. Jessica said they were “Very heavy!” Bogdan also fought really well, winning gold in the Under 55kg category. Both students did brilliantly and on this occasion they represented Plymstock School. They now go onto the National Schools’ competition.
Careers @ Plymstock
This is a busy term for Careers@Plymstock!
This week all students in Year 7 to Year 11 attended a Careers Assembly where we were delighted to welcome our new Enterprise Adviser – Carl Heslop, MD of Obedair Construction. Over the next year, Carl will be involved in many aspects of our Careers programme including leading CV Workshops, Mock Interviews and Mentoring.
Carl expressed his enthusiasm about working with Plymstock School, “I’m really excited about working with the dedicated Careers Team at Plymstock and working with students to get them not just the jobs they want, but the jobs they deserve.”
This term we also launched our weekly ‘Careers Insight’. This will usually be a short film/video clip for tutors to show to generate discussion about careers and the wide variety of opportunities available in education, employment and training.
Finally, a note about the Careers ‘vision’ at Plymstock – The ‘tree growth cycle’ represents how we support the students through their journey from year 7 to Year 11 picking up on the concept of there being many branches to our career development and working life. Essentially, our aim is to ensure our students have the qualifications they need for their next steps in education and employment; develop the skills and qualities they need to make them employable; and gain the breadth and depth of experiences at school to essentially ‘be the best they can be!’
Please see our website if you require any further information about Careers.
Girls’ Basketball Club
For the first time ever in the school’s history we have a girls’ basketball club. For the past 7 weeks, these ladies have been honing their skills on the court. In the New Year, we will be taking both the girls’ and boys’ basketball teams to the Plymouth Raiders home court at Plymouth Pavilions. We will have a coaching session with the team, meet the players and watch a game. If you are interested and would like to join in the fun come along after school on a Monday in Sports Hall 1. No basketball experience needed! We currently have 16 players on the girls’ team, but there’s always room for more. ‘Ella in Year 7 said, ‘I am really enjoying it; I have made new friends and learnt new skills. It is a great experience!’
Science (graphic warning for some viewers!!)
Science group 8YRhodes are currently studying organ systems and spent a lesson this week looking at lungs in much closer detail!
After dissection, students were given the opportunity to try locating and then identifying different parts of the respiratory system.
School Fund Committee
This committee was established by the school in 1977 and plays a vital role in administering and managing the voluntary and unofficial funds within Plymstock School, including donations made by Year 7 parents each year. The committee is made up of school staff elected by each department and the Head Boy and Head Girl. Recent donations have been used to support requests made to the committee by the Student Senate, including increasing the number of water fountains on the school site. This is part of an on-going campaign to remove the need for the students to buy water in single use plastic bottles but instead use their own sustainable water bottles. The Galley will continue to sell water for those who need to purchase it but are now using a more sustainable form of Tetra Pak carton. The long term aim is to increase the number of water fountains. The committee has also helped fund table tennis tables and picnic tables used by the students at lunchtimes.
Year 7 parents can still donate to the fund through Parent Pay.
We now reach our student of the week section.
Our winners include:
Martha in Year 7 has recently been chosen to be part of the Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Swan Lake which will be showcasing young, local talent at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth on Tuesday 31st March 2020. Tickets are now on sale for this production. Please call the Theatre Royal box office on 01752 267222 if you should like to see this.
Martha ‘in flight’ – we are really proud of her accomplishment and looking forward to seeing her perform.
Jessica, in year 8, has done phenomenally well to be chosen to represent England in Roller Hockey; the selection being made during half term in Portugal where they played against Portuguese teams. Jessica, who plays in defence, plays for Plymouth Roller Hockey Club and really enjoys the sport.
Mrs Swan has nominated Zack, in year 9, for Student of the Week for working consistently well and his superb coding work in ICT. Well Done Zack; keep it up.
Caitlin has been outstanding supporting other students within PE lessons, assisting before and after the lesson and in their table tennis lesson, working alongside our PE TA Nicky Blackmore. Mr Steward, who nominated Caitlin, said she has done this over the last 2 years consistently without being asked and has made a real difference to the group. “Her empathy is amazing and she is an awesome girl”.
This week Year 10 have two students of the week, Yanah and Colby!
Yanah who has been picked for the England squad to compete in Roller hockey, and has recently been training in Portugal. Added to that Yanah is a hardworking student, a really good friend and a lovely girl.
Colby for his amazing start to Year 10 and the way that he is tackling all of his assessments. He is working really hard and has done particularly well in his latest Maths assessment. Well done Colby!
Ethan has sent off so many letters to various organisations hunting for apprenticeships.
He has so far had replies from Audi + BMW + Ford + Plymouth City College. I think this is brilliant as he is being so pro-active. He is showing fantastic resilience and is so determined to secure an apprenticeship for when he leaves school. The work experience lady at Ford told our Careers team when they visited her during work experience that Ethan was ‘absolutely fantastic’ and she would love to offer him an apprenticeship, if possible.
Rehearsals for our forthcoming school show ‘Sister Act’ continue at a pace! Mrs Lowe and Mrs Hawker have now recruited a huge cast, as you will see in the photograph below. The show starts on Monday 13th January 2020 and it’s going to be amazing!