A number of staff and students from Plymstock School took part in the Plymouth Half Marathon last Sunday. Mr Bellamy, Ms Wakeham, Katie H and James W all participated in what were perfect conditions. Mr Bellamy was first in for Plymstock finishing 93rd in a time of 1.27.30s, followed closely by James who in a time of 1.28.46 finished a respectable 109th and 4th in the Under 20s. Katie was 6th Under 20 girl finishing in 1.58. Both Katie and James raised over £200 for their prospective charities, St Lukes and Parkinson’s UK. Ms Wakeham, who had not run a half marathon before, and only started training in January under the tutelage of Mr Bellamy, successfully completed the event with a big smile on her face. A huge well done to everyone who took part.
We had the pleasure of inviting Year 5 Pomphlett students into school for a morning of sport. A number of our Year 7 girls have successfully completed a six-week Bronze Ambassador Leadership Qualification during their PE lessons. Throughout the morning the students had a chance to use their newly learnt leadership skills. They played familiarisation games to get to know the students, led warm ups and stretches, and then umpired a variety of fun team games to conclude the session. Mrs Campbell said this group of amazing girls have already been seen to be using their newly learnt talents around school, and their confidence levels have hugely increased. Well done to every involved and thank you to Pomphlett School for joining us to make this possible.
Congratulations go to Year 8 student Aimee S and Year 9 student Sophie G, who both play for Plymouth Aspire U14 Girls Football Team. Recently the whole team travelled to Holland where the team competed in the Open International Football Tournament. There were 20 teams, and the Plymouth team drew one game and won all the rest over two days. They were the only English team in the final and the girls played against a very strong U15 team from the Netherlands. It was an amazing final game and the girls eventually achieved second place. This was a fantastic experience for the team and they really did themselves proud. A huge well done to both of you.
Congratulations go to Codie C-B in Year 9 who has, over the course of this season been awarded the most improved hockey player at the DSHC Development Team, and has now just become an Ambassador for both the Hockey Centre and Mercian Hockey. Well done Codie.
Year 9 students Maia L and Paige K recently completed the 35-mile Ten Tors challenge representing Devon ACF. They got back to Okehampton at 16.42 with 18 minutes to spare! They, along with the rest of the team from across Devon, overcame obstacles including blisters that covered their entire heels and getting slightly lost (they actually covered 44 miles!). Both girls were amazing and showed real resilience and determination. When it looked like they may miss the 1700hr deadline they found extra reserves (both physical and mental), along with the rest of the team, that ensured they met the deadline and won their medal. A huge well done to the both of you.
There are still 10 places left for our Water Sports Club, held at the Mount Batten Centre. The club starts on Monday 10 June and runs for four consecutive Mondays from 5.00 – 7.00pm. The activities include kayaking, paddle boarding, giant paddle boarding and coasteering (rock scrambling, swimming and jumping). Letters are available in the PE office if anyone is interested. The total cost is £86.30 can be paid in two instalments via Parent Pay. Places will be reserved as soon as payment is received on parent pay. If you have any queries please contact Mrs Campbell on: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I don’t know what it is about Plymstock but ex-members of staff and ex-students keep appearing on television. The latest person to do so is one of our ex-Geography teachers, Mrs Val Thomas. Val retired from teaching here in 2006 and moved to the Isles of Scilly to set up a Vineyard and produce wine. Earlier this week, Channel 4 were running a documentary on ‘Devon and Cornwall’ and to our surprise, a large part of the show was focusing on Val and her vineyard. If any of you remember Val, the episode (episode 8) can be viewed HERE