Today marks my final day at Plymstock School and my final blog. I have simply enjoyed every minute of it…yes even during the ‘Dark days of Covid’!
It has been a privilege to teach, work with, support and learn from such an amazing school community. Along the way, I have had the enduring help of so many passionate and committed people both within the school and beyond, and I delighted that the school has gone from strength to strength.
The major highlight of my time at Plymstock has got to be the people and the teamwork; laughing, sharing, supporting, encouraging and understanding.
I would like to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to all the staff and parents that I have had the pleasure of working alongside over the past 12 years – you have all done your bit to make Plymstock the place it is today.
To the students of Plymstock, you will hold a special place in my heart and I will continue to smile with pride as I hear about you achieving your dreams.
Always remember to be kind to one another and be the best that you can be.
Now…drum roll please….it is awards and celebrations time !!!
Rewards and Celebrations – Year 8 set the pace and throw down the gauntlet for 2021-22
Congratulations to the 64 students who have reached a total of 150+ merits and received their bronze merit award this half term and also to the 7 students who have reached 300+ and have received their silver award.
Year Group Merits
A huge well done to the students below who achieved the highest number of merits in their year group. They each receive a £10 Amazon voucher:
- Year 7 – Grace W and Alex W
- Year 8 – Ava S
- Year 9 – Ruby T
- Year 10 – Ryan C
- Year 12 – Abbie C
Year Group Golden Tickets
A huge well done to the students below who achieved the highest number of Golden Tickets in their year group. They each receive a £10 Amazon voucher:
- Year 7 – Cameron C
- Year 8 – Ella K
- Year 9 – Keenan M
- Year 10 – Maddy S
- Year 12 – Joy O
Tutor Group Merit Winners
Congratulations to the following tutor groups who each received the highest combined total of merits in the year group – a sweet treat is coming your way….
Tutor Group Merit Winners
Congratulations to the following tutor groups who each received the highest combined total of Golden Tickets in the year group – a sweet treat is coming your way….
Overall School Merit Winners
A massive hurrah for the following students who had the 1st, 2nd and 3rd highest number of merits across the whole school! Each of you win some vouchers to treat yourself with over the summer
- Ava S – 409
- Ella K – 384
- Olivia C – 324
Overall School Golden Ticket Winners
A massive hurrah for the following students who had the 1st, 2nd and 3rd highest number of Golden Tickets across the whole school! Each of you win some vouchers to treat yourself with over the summer
- Keenan M – 21
- Ella K – 18
- Lilia O and Danny W – 16
A huge thank you to Miss Evans, Assistant Head teacher for her outstanding leadership of school rewards this year.
Year 7 Celebration Awards
Individual Tutor Awards
Tutors each nominated a student within their tutor community who has wowed them in some way this academic year. The reasons were varied but included having a great sense of humour; always trying their best; being an excellent role model and being a good friend: Imogen B, Hermione D, Lily-May J, Lily W, Lily-kay M, Isobel F, Ella C, Isabelle L, Josh M, Chloe M, Ollie R and Luca R
These students have been voted for by their peers within the year group for being brilliant and active members of our community: Mohammad A, Blake C and Ben P
Best Engagement in Learning
These students received the highest number of excellent effort grades within Year 7 in their most recent Progress Check: Ondrei I and Hermione D
This student has tried their hardest both in and out of lessons: Charles BR
Spirit of Plymstock Award
These students have encapsulated the very essence of what it means to be a Plymstock School student: Jayleigh L and Finn H
Assistant Head of Year Award
This student has shown resilience and determination and faces each day with a smile and a positive attitude: Sienna MB
Head of Year Award
Recently this student has demonstrated real commitment to growing as a person and a determination to improve throughout their journey at Plymstock School: Ella L
Year 8 Celebration Awards
We come to the end of a remarkable school year. I have very much enjoyed being able to get to know you all and have been so impressed with your resilience and adaptability. I have lovely memories of our onsite provision during the second lockdown and watching movies with you at lunchtimes, I can’t believe so many of you hadn’t seen Karate Kid – it’s a classic. I would like to thank you all for being such an amazing year group and I’m really looking forward to working with you in the coming years.
- Silver winners are: Ella K, Olivia C, Amy M, Abigail E
- Bronze winners are: Oliver F-S, Georgia G
- Additional Bronze winners: Rocco W, Jacob W, Faye H, Polly D, Alexis H, Mia L, Miyaz H, Ava W, Imogen M, Oliver B, Lyla B-T, Samuel G, Lauren P.
- Year group merits – achieved highest number of merits in the year group – Ava S
- Year group golden tickets – achieved highest number of golden tickets in the year group – Ella K
- Tutor group merit winners – 8SJF
- Tutor group golden ticket winners – 8MGR
- Inter-tutor quiz winners – 8SDR
- Year 8 award for Progress – Sam C and Joe T
- Year 8 award for Effort – Grace F and Ethan O
- SEN Team Leaders Award – Charlie P
- Assistant Head of Year Award – Laci P
- Head of Year Award – Tilly J
Have a wonderful and safe Summer. Ms Robb
Year 9 Celebration Awards
And breathe! What a year! We have all been through it and we have all managed to come out the other end! You have been brilliant year 9! Loads of laughs, mixed with great work and commitment. I could not be any prouder. The hard work, respect and community vibe from all of you has been over whelming and I can’t wait to continue the journey next year.
All the year 9 tutors, teaching assistants, along with Miss Holton and myself hope you have a fantastic summer and a well-deserved break!
Keep being amazing, Mr Wookey
Year 10 Celebration Awards
‘It’s about persevering in your daily work and believing you can’ – Greg Gaultier
What a year! In September when the cohort came back from the summer holidays after the disruption throughout their year 9 journey, everyone hoped that as they started their GCSE and option subjects, there would be no further disruptions and that all the students’ focus could have been on them gathering the momentum towards their final exams at the end of Year 11. However, in life, different obstacles and challenges will appear at any time and once again these brilliant young people found themselves back at home as we started the new calendar year. The switch to remote learning and another lockdown resulted in our young people being absent from our school community and classrooms, at a time when this was the place we all wanted to be. Whilst no doubt the impact of this will have affected all of us in some way or another, I challenge our Year 10 students to reflect on what they have learned from this experience. Thoughts such adaptability, resilience, courage, grit, perseverance, overcoming obstacles all spring to mind and we must continue to look at the future and how this group of incredibly able, talented and kind individuals CAN go out and change the world for the better.
As the students head towards the summer holidays and will probably want to forget their Year 10 experience, it must be said that we are extremely proud of what they have achieved and how they have managed themselves throughout this period. We have a year group who are kind, compassionate, hardworking, caring and honest, all human values that allow people to go onto be the very best version of themselves. When they return in September, as Year 11 students, they will be the positive role model to our younger children within the school and wider community, this role comes with responsibility and there is not a better group of young people to model this to everyone.
Despite the last couple of weeks not quite finishing as we had all hoped and planned, I want to celebrate everyone within the Year group for their continued positivity, engagement and efforts. We hope everyone has the opportunity to have a safe, restful and enjoyable summer holidays and we cannot wait to welcome them all back and call them Year 11’s.
Mr Wyatt, Miss Davies and Mr Walker
Inter Tutor Quiz Champions 2021
- GOLD – 7JSB 25.8
- SILVER – 7WDS/NR 22.4
- BRONZE – 7SSL/SAO 19.9
- GOLD – 8SDR 26.8
- SILVER – 8CJS 25
- BRONZE – 8KMD 24.8
- GOLD – 9AJE 16.8
- SILVER – 9MKT 16.3
- BRONZE – 9VAE 15.7
Year 12 Celebration Awards
And so we come to the end of another academic year. We said goodbye to our wonderful Year 13’s in May and since then the Year 12’s have had free reign in sixth form.
What a first year of A Levels for our Year 12 students – joining us after an extended break from education; having to quickly adapt to virtual learning with students having to self-isolate and then the second lockdown hit. Year 12 you have shown amazing resilience, maturity and self-motivation and this has continued throughout the academic year.
To celebrate their successes this week, students who have received good and excellent effort on their end of year progress report and/or attendance levels of 97% and above, were invited to join myself and Miss Monelle for an al fresco breakfast. Some students were unfortunately self-isolating so we will have a second celebration in September for those who couldn’t join us.
The year 12’s have then rounded off the week with an ‘old school’ sports day.
Year 12 it has been a privilege to get to know you this year and we look forward to you returning after a well-deserved summer break.
Well done for all your successes this year.
Mrs Littler and Miss Monelle
INTER TUTOR GROUP ROUNDERS COMPETITIONS
From Monday 19th July – Thursday 22nd July years 7-9 had an inter tutor group competition during period 5 on their allocated day.
The students and staff finally had a chance to get together outside and have some much needed fun, laughter and of course that Plymtsock legendary competitive spirit!
A huge thank you to our PE department for not only organising but creating the atmosphere we needed. It’s been a long term and the last two weeks have challenged everyone both staff and students with self-isolations and rising covid levels.
We are so pleased we had a brief moment of normality with those who could attend to celebrate our achievements as a school community.
Over the past week year 7 and 8 have been competing against each other to win the science challenge. Pupils had to complete a biology challenge discovering which utensil would make the best beak for picking up seeds. For Chemistry they had to work out how to make a pH rainbow and for Physics which Paper aeroplane design would be the most accurate at hitting a target.
After a very close run, the winners of the £5 vouchers are:
- Year 7: Lincoln K, Matthew D, George N and Fletcher M
- Year 8: Preston J, Ellis M, Lily P and Heidi K-L
End of term celebration of the fabulous Year 9 D of E Bronze group:
Achieving your Bronze Award during this current situation is a big deal. It shows that you have the skills, determination, and mentality to really succeed. Our current year 9s (pictured below) are on target to achieve their Bronze Award in the start of the next academic year – all 56 of them!
This is extremely impressive at the best of times. The DofE pass rate for achieving the award nationally is 60%. As it stands, I predict we will have about a 95% pass rate with our current year 9 group and that is down to the incredible students that we have and the work they have put into it. It’s been a pleasure to work with them, watching them develop confidence, become more motivated and take ownership of tasks is fantastic to see. I am very much looking forward to our expedition together in the next academic year.
Finally, a big well done to the 39 year 8 students who have already signed up to start their Bronze Award in year 9!
Many thanks to Mrs de Mora, DofE Manager for her amazing leadership this year and we all look forward to reading more about these students’ adventures in the coming school year.
They should be incredibly proud of themselves, it was delightful to meet those who were able to attend this week.
Mr Farrant’s Championship playoff!
Congratulations to Sam and all the players of Saltash Utd on last night’s 2-1 outcome against Middlesbrough FC.
We don’t know where your getting your energy from Mr Farrant, but your passion and dedication are infectious. It looked hot!
Mr Farrant explains:
“On Monday night I was lucky enough to have the opportunity of playing against Middlesbrough FC who ply their trade in the Championship (the league below the Premiership). Several of their starting XI had international caps and Premier league experience so was amazed to find that at Half-time we (Saltash United) had managed to hold them to a 1-1 draw. In the second half we continued to defend well but unfortunately they scored in the 81st minute to make it 2-1 at full time. Fortunately, I haven’t got a phone call from their manager Neil Warnock and won’t be leaving Plymstock School to play professionally for them next season. ”
We’re very pleased they didn’t spot your talent!
Eggtastic work in D&T
Please find below some images and information from a live project that year 8 & 9 have been working on.
Miss Pring contacted me to say that she had a variety of results and would like to show some of them off. They do indeed need showing off! Brilliant work, Miss Pring explains:
“We have collaborated with Newlands Farm Eggs in Cornwall and have run a live brief with the students to create a promotional gift box.”
There are several very talented graphic and product designers within the year groups.
Southwest Athletics Championships
Tom and Kinga ran in the Southwest Athletics Championships in Exeter at the weekend and were both successful!
Kinga won silver in the 200m and bronze in the 100m and Tom the gold in the 400m, both in the U17 category.
These two talented teenagers should be really proud of their success and a tribute to their endeavour and resilience.
Plymstock School students write to Gareth Southgate
At Plymstock School there was lots of talk amongst students after the aftermath of the Euro Men’s Football final and the racist comments and actions that took place. As English citizens we were unhappy that other people were making comments on our behalf and felt that to say nothing was to condone the racist, nasty actions of a few.
Many of us chose to write to Gareth Southgate and his England squad to offer our thanks and support and to show our outrage at the racism that followed the event. These letters and postcards were sent to Mr Southgate this week.
The photograph is of 7JSB, the tutor group who began the process in school.
ANTONY JINMAN – Devon-based polar veteran
Devon scientific exploration team to go to Antarctica
Antony Jinman, a Plymstock School alumni is a renowned polar adventurer he is most widely recognised for being the twelfth Britain to have skied to the Geographic North Pole and ski solo to the Geographic South Pole.
Antony is joining a team of veterans and serving military personnel and will be taken by the Royal Navy’s icebreaker, HMS Protector to Antarctica. This scientific exploration expedition will collect samples that will help research how far microplastics travel.
For the expedition to go ahead need crowdfunding to cover the costs.
If you would like to support the crowdfunding campaign you can find more details here: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/shackleton-anniversary-expedition-2021
The Devon team will leave in December and return in February 2022, their expedition will mark 100 years since Sir Ernest Shackleton set out on his final quest.
They plan to include an educational outreach programme for schools and colleges to educate, inform and inspire young people about science and Antarctica. We very much hope to invite Antony to work with the school in the new academic year.
You can read more here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-57517708
Former pupil rowing at the Tokyo Olympics
Jacob Dawson was once a pupil at Plymstock School and will be rowing in the men’s 8 at the Olympics. Below is Jacob’s profile which he kindly provided in May 2021.
In 2019 Jacob won a bronze medal for Great Britain as part of the men’s eight on the final day of the 2019 World Rowing Championships.
Jacob and the team have been going from strength to strength since and have recently won gold in the men’s 8 in the European Championships:
GB Rowing Team Triumph on Final Day of 2021 European Championships – British Rowing – British Rowing | The National Governing Body for Rowing
The GB Rowing Team is the high performance arm of British Rowing. Rowing is the nation’s most continuously successful Olympic sport, having won a gold medal in every Olympic Games since 1984, and has won six Paralympic golds since the sport was introduced to the Paralympic Games programme in 2008.
Will Jacob and his team be equally successful in the Olympics? We are sure that more medals are to follow…..
Do please cheer him on if you get a chance to watch it!
We have been following Jacob’s journey for some time and here is the link to his athletic profile: https://www.britishrowing.org/athlete/jacob-dawson/ –
The student Column’s Teacher of the Week
We would really like to thank Mr Pearsall for helping us start up the Student Column and for supporting us along the way. As students, we read the headteachers blog, celebrating the success of students and our school, however we thought that it would be a nice idea to recognise the staff’s effort and hard work that they put in to make our time at Plymstock memorable.
From this, we thought we would develop this further by creating a newspaper which expresses the student’s point of view and a place where they can laugh at silly jokes and feel like their voices are heard. However, even though we had this idea, we by far did not know whether this idea could work or not.
Thanks, to Mr Pearsall and everyone who contributes their ideas and nominations, we have been able to create our Student Column and put a smile on people’s faces (even if it from our bad jokes of the week!).
We also appreciate the enthusiasm from him when we first pitched our idea, to taking photos for us and then giving us the green light to prank Mr Sprenkel.
We wish Mr Pearsall all the best for the future and want him to know that all the hard work he has put into the school and the Student Column will not be forgotten.
Two students have been nominated by Miss Dodson in her last week for a special mention for their hard work work, empathy and resilience. Both have received a Headteachers Personal Achievement Award.
Well done to both students
- Year 8 – Madison Webster – for outstanding support for peers in her class and lovely compassion with that support.
- Year 10 – Isabelle Bowden for exceptional resilience and success with her end of year exam.
Duke of Edinburgh Award – spotlight on Year 9
This week’s spotlight is on year 9 Bronze DofE students….George S and Lily May F
George has been very busy working on his three sections for his Bronze award. For his ‘physical’ section he has been Roller Skating in his neighbourhood due to Covid and when restrictions relaxed, he has been skating around the city with friends and making more friends. George’s goals are to not be afraid of what others think of him. He commented ‘I want to dance on my skates while feeling confident in myself’. For his ‘skills’ section he has been Ballroom and Latin dancing at Puttin’ on the Ritz Dance Studio, with the goal of improving his confidence, learning the importance of teamwork and improving mental stability. Finally, for his ‘volunteering’ section George has been teaching and mentoring Roller Skating in his neighbourhood, with the goal of teaching a new skill to someone and helping to improve their physical activity and confidence.
Lily May has also been very busy working on her three sections for her Bronze award. For her ‘physical’ section she has been cycling around Saltram Park, with the goal to improve her fitness. For her ‘volunteering’ section she has been walking dogs, cooking meals, food shopping for people who need a bit of help and who are struggling during the current covid restrictions. For her ‘skills’ section she has been building up her cooking skills at home with the goal of improving her overall cooking ability (see pictures below for her delicious creations).
Keep up the good work year 9 and remember to upload your evidence to the eDofE site over the summer and please see me about moving on to your Silver Award in Year 10!
Mrs de Mora
Plymstock School and Plymouth Argyle FC are pleased to launch
Early Morning Football Club for Year 8 and Year 9
- 8-8:45am Monday to Friday
- £5 per week (Paid per half term)
- First block is: 13th September – 22nd October (6 weeks – £30)
The sessions are online ready to go, you will find it on this link. Look out for the name: