Whilst many of us were enjoying the Easter break, one of our Year 11 students, Aidan Heslop, was on the Gold Coast in Australia, competing in the Commonwealth Games 2018, representing Wales. Aidan’s sport is diving and he was competing in two events – the Men’s 3m Springboard and the Men’s 10m Platform. He is the first diver to compete for Wales at the Games since Bob Morgan in Kuala Lumpur 20 years ago!
Aidan is only 15 years old and it is an amazing achievement to be selected to compete at such a young age. In an interview at the Games, Aidan said “It was absolutely amazing out there. The atmosphere in the pool was incredible and the cheering when I did my dives made me feel incredible. I wasn’t particularly expecting to make the final but I hit five of my six dives and I got a solid score.”
Aidan put in a really strong performance, managing to finish 6th overall in the 10m Platform – with his score only just outside the medals. A huge well done Aidan, we are all incredibly proud of you – you have a very bright future ahead. On top of this, the ‘icing on the cake’, is that you are our Year 11 student of the week!
On the Tuesday of the last week of term, we ran our Creative Futures Event once again. The aim of this event is to allow some of our most committed creative Year 9 students, to meet and work with a broad spectrum of people working in the creative industries. We had visitors from the fields of interior design, film and music production, web design, illustration, product design, ceramics, and fine art. After meeting and interviewing the creatives, our students were then set a light-hearted (but very competitive!) creative brief in which they had to tackle in teams, whilst our visitors rotated around, giving advice and support. Like last year, it was great fun but also a fantastic window onto where Art, Craft and Design might lead in the future. A big thank you to all of our visitors and of course, the staff that organised the event.
Recently all Year 8 students had a PEA (Point, Evidence, Analysis) focus lesson in English. The lessons were designed to support students’ writing of analytical paragraphs and were a great success. For homework, students were asked to create a resource to help Year 7 students understand PEA paragraphs in English. Evie in Year 8, produced a giant sandwich to represent the different parts of the PEA paragraph. Her effort and creativity was amazing! Well done Evie.
Just before the Easter break, some of our Year 7 and 8 boys were involved in the second annual ‘Friends Cup’, in which we battle it out on the rugby pitch with teams from South Dartmoor Community College. In very poor weather conditions, the students did their respective schools proud. The Year 7 game was won by Plymstock and the Year 8 by South Dartmoor Community College. Dan S and Tom W were the star performers in their respective games for Plymstock. We look forward to playing them in Ashburton next season for the return fixture! A big thanks to Mr Steward and Mr Burden for their support with the students.
In the week leading up to Easter, Plymstock School was the host for the Primary Kwik Cricket Festival, which was co-run by Devon Cricket and the Plymouth Schools Sports Partnership. Six local primaries took part and the festival was ably supported by a number of our students, who acted as Sports Leaders for the day. These were – Jemima J, Joe T, Hobson W, Harrison B, Tom E, Jamie M, Finn C, Jo C and Tom B. The event went really well and some excellent cricket was seen. Well done to our Sports Leaders for making it so successful.
Congratulations go to Hobson in Year 8, who has just won Most Improved Player in the Under 14/15 Mixed, for his hockey club the ‘Lipson Lions‘. Hobson throughly enjoys his sport and is a real tem player. Well done Hobson.
Finally, we reach our students of the week.
First up is our Year 7 winner – Ryan. This young man has made an excellent transition to Plymstock School. He always puts 100% effort in to his work and is real pleasure to have in our school community.
Next is our Year 8 winner – Brandon. This has been won in recognition of Brandon’s significant improvements to attendance, attitude and effort. He has really impressed staff. Keep up the great work Brandon.
Ronnie is our Year 9 winner this week. This is to acknowledge his excellent level of attendance, his outstanding politeness and his positive outlook (he’s alway got a smile on his face).
Jilly has won the Year 10 award to celebrate her being called up to the England team for boxing. An amazing achievement for someone so young and so new to the sport. It just goes to show that you sometimes you never know what hidden talents you might have! Well done Jilly.
As mentioned at the start of the blog, our Year 11 winner is Aidan for his performance in the Commonwealth Games over Easter.