What are you proud of?
Our answer to this question set last week as a part of work for students self-isolating in Year 9 is simply this, our community.
I want to start this week’s blog by thanking our whole school community for their continued resilience and hard work in the face of COVID-19. We have now, like many schools locally and nationally, had several members of our school community test positive for coronavirus. As well as this we have been supporting students in families where they have been contacted by track and trace and asked to self-isolate.
This has brought its own additional challenges and we have been so impressed by the response of our students and their empathy to others around them.
Mrs Tendell has shared with me a piece of work by Jess in Year 9. I think it sums up the tremendous effort that everyone has made to make sure we continue to ensure education comes first and that our young people continue to get access to the very best opportunities for their physical and mental health.
It’s featured below.
I have no doubt we have more challenges ahead but we are stronger together.
Thank you for your messages of support, patience and the support you are providing to the school. We hope everyone remains safe and well.
A thank you from Jan
You may remember a couple weeks ago we mentioned that our receptionist Jan Brown had expanded her annual sale of homemade crochet Poppies, to this year include Pudsey Bears for Children in Need.
Jan sold 63 poppies and raised £150 for the British Legion, as well as130 bears which raised £420 for Children in Need.
Jan would like to thank the staff at Goosewell School and Mount Tamar along with the generosity of staff and parents from our school.
It’s a fantastic contribution by our community and I would like to thank Jan for her creative charity work which helps support these important annual appeals. On behalf of Plymstock School, I should like to thank you Jan for all your efforts to help these worthy causes.
Year 8 have been collecting for the Food Bank
8SMC have put together the most amazing collection – not only in quantity but in the quality and thoughtfulness of the items. We are so proud of their community spirit. Special thanks need to go to their tutor Mr Cooper, who we understand has been the biggest contributor.
We are so lucky to have such amazing students and tutors in Year 8.
It’s been an additionally challenging week for Year 8 and we wanted to celebrate their hard work, resilience and empathy. They’re all Miss Robb’s students of the week this week and deservedly so.
Mrs Smith, Mrs Harris and the whole Year 11 tutor team would like to recognise all year 11’s for their positive attitude towards the mock exams this week. They have been staying after school for additional revision sessions and working really hard with their teachers. It’s been a challenging week for them all and we wish them the best of luck with their mock examinations next week.
Year 7 Reading Group
At the start of Year 7, we started a reading group for a selection of students and we they have been reading The Twits. Each student has decorated a booklet and some made a mask. The reason for the small group is to support their reading and inference skills. Our students have enjoyed reading this story and we are now reading, The Castle in the Field, by Michael Morpurgo.
The Year 7 Team have been really impressed by Charles, Luke, Jamie, Thomas, Cameron, Hayden, Aiden and Kaiden
Well done to all for their determination and hard work.
Year 9 Remote Learning
“ Pride – Does it always come before a fall?”
Last week a number of our Year 9 students needed to self-isolate. Mrs Tendell has sent the following piece of work by Jessica and she has been nominated as student of the week for excellent commitment to her distance learning during self-isolation.
We were delighted to welcome back those students who had to self-isolate in Year 9 yesterday and wanted to use Jessica’s work as a way of recognising their collective hard work, resilience and empathy.
Mr Wookey, Mrs Davis and the Year 9 tutor team are very proud of you.
Year 12 Health & Social Care students welcomed ‘Guest Speaker’ Leeshia Walton this week.
Mrs Walton is our Designated Safeguarding Officer (and Registered Midwife and University Midwifery Lecturer)
Mrs Walton was invited to speak on the subject of Safeguarding which is part of the Year 12 Health & Social Care Curriculum. She gave a very informative and engaging talk on the different aspects of Safeguarding in Education and Health and Social Care settings including Legislation and working practices. Mrs Walton was also able to give some very practical careers guidance to our potential midwives, nurses and health care professionals.
Thank you to Mrs Walton for also putting together a presentation for the students to add to their notes!
Students of the week
All our winners have demonstrated Endeavour, Resilience and Empathy; Plymstock School students striving to “Be the best you can be”
Our winners include:
In Year 7
Isla E-D has been nominated by Mr Watteau for her participation in class and class work which is exemplary. She is also very kind and caring to others.
In Year 8
Wezlee G has been nominated by Mrs Pearsall and Mr Waterfield for a “positive can-do attitude in lessons and he is making great progress with his writing.”
In Year 9
- Jessica G mentioned at the start of this blog, for her excellent commitment to her distance learning during isolation. Please see attached.
- Tom C by Mrs Slade for his amazing reflective work in EPiC
In Year 10
- Gracie W nominated by Mrs Boyle for always working her socks off and always willing to contribute in class.
- Kayla D by Miss Easton for her outstanding work in travel and tourism. She has been working really hard lately!
- Hashim F by Mr Rogers for his exceptional commitment to his Computer Science studies and always being willing to help others with their progress
In Year 11
Natalie M by Mrs Smith for having such a positive attitude and being awarded multiple golden tickets across all subjects. Well done Natalie
Post 16 nominations
In Year 12:
- Sophie O’G has two nominations: one for effort and commitment to learning in RS and then in English for her extensive wider reading work to date.
- RS: Jack M for effort and commitment to learning
- Business: Louis P for excellent effort and achieving 100% in his Business Test
- English L & L:David M for his extensive wider reading work to date and Joy O for her extensive wider reading work to date.
- Biology: Jenson M-S Fernandes for constantly looking for the detail to add to his understanding and answers
- Psychology: Arina C for producing an excellent report and diary as part of her egg baby project in psychology. It was both humorous and informative
In Year 13:
- RS: Ruth F-E for consistent effort and endeavour and supporting her peers.
- Zoe G has two nominations one for English Lit: for having a really positive attitude to learning and always giving her all And in Sociology: she consistently performs well and did a cracking job in her recent review quiz
- English Lit: Louis B for working hard to push himself and develop his perspectives fully
- Sociology: Zoe for consistent hard work in and great work in most recent review quiz
This week’s TEACHERS OF THE WEEK:
- Miss Barr- for engaging History Lessons-Ben W
- Mrs Tendell – two students in year 11 nominated Mrs Tendell as “emailed us to make sure we were ok. We think that this was very kind of her considering she didn’t have to ask and she has also supported us both since returning to school in September.”
- Reprographics team- for all the help they have given the sixth form senate for charity week posters and for being a vital part of the Student Column Team!
- Mr Luscombe was nominated by Imogen “for being a very good science teacher
- Mr Willcocks was nominated by Ewan for “being class”
- Mrs Sherwood, Mrs Hogben and Mrs Elliot – for all the work they have done to keep the library running! Their efforts are much appreciated and school would not be the same without a library running!
- Mr Wilson-for his awesome Movember tache
Last week’s TEACHERS OF THE WEEK:
- Mr Wyatt – he always finds a way to make his lessons fun and make his students laugh no matter what the lesson is. He also makes sure his students know what to do and what to write and if anyone needs help he is always there to help. He likes harry potter, he is funny and teaches in a way that keeps you interested and for ‘class’ English lessons and being ‘chill’.
- Mr Rogers -because he is very helpful and always help you answer questions.
- Mrs Richardson – nominated by Leah for being so helpful in criminology and for always making lessons amazing and interesting
- Mrs Tendell – nominated by Miss Bar because she always goes above and beyond and works hard to help others.
Careers Insight – Labour
This week we focus on Labour Market Information here in the South West!
Employment opportunities are changing every day and due to emerging industries, some important job roles have not even been created yet!
The Careers Team