This week our Year 7 students finally got an opportunity to be able to complete their induction activity, Fox Cove. With Covid restrictions we were able to run a daily activity on our school field. During the day, our students had the chance to participate in trust games, archery, orienteering, but most of all, some important time together as a tutor group with their tutors.
Despite the weather on Monday and the start of Thursday, spirits were not dampened, and it was a great success.
Mrs Harris their new Head of Year was able to use this week as part of the year group’s transition to Year 8, getting to know them better. She was incredibly impressed by how the students worked together with their classmates, teaching assistants and teachers. The experience helps to develop qualities such as co-operation, trust, teamwork, and many other important life skills. The day’s activities were designed by Mr M K Taylor and Mr Wright, and they included a range of activities to help the students deepen friendships, but in addition, reflect on how they learn to overcome problems they encounter.
The staff were really impressed again this year with the students’ endeavour, resilience and empathy; we know this experience has made memories that will last a lifetime. Mr Riden and Mrs Lowe are quoted in the pictures below.
Special thanks go to the Sixth Form students who volunteered to help. They were brilliant, working hard all day long from setting up to the dismantling of the site. Everyone working together to be the best you can be. Picture below, to quote Mr Wright “They were amazing” Pictured are Freya M, Tom E, Katie S, Ed B and Abbie F. Not pictured but helped are Lauren B and Molly W.
The fun and laughter were much needed after this year and last week’s Year 7 assessments. At Plymstock we develop the whole person, and give opportunities both to work hard and play hard.
Year 7 should be very proud of themselves, simply the best!
#Succeeding together #resilence
Headteacher Personal Achievement Awards
This week we were contacted about two of our students.
An excellent role model
Debbie contacted the school about Natasha’s work supporting a local Brownies group whilst completing the service component of her Duke of Edinburgh’s award.
“What a delightful young lady. She attends punctually each week and the girls absolutely adore her.
One of our aspirations with girl guiding is to inspire girls and show them good leadership skills by being led by the young members and Natasha has certainly been an excellent role model for them.”
Well done, Natasha, we’re incredibly proud of your efforts to support the community through your citizenship work.
Ben’s Abseil for Hugs from Henry on 19th June 2021
Ben in Year 7 completed an abseil over the weekend from the top of Argyle stadium. He did this for charity and raised over £500.
Ben explains “I abseiled from the top of Plymouth Argyle stadium for Hugs from Henry, the children’s cancer charity because I want to raise money to help support families”
About Hugs Children’s Cancer Charity
Hugs Children’s cancer charity supports families with cancer through holidays, group events and care packs. They also provide an online platform for families to talk in a safe empathetic area.
You can find out more and donate if you wish to Ben’s chosen charity here:
We’re incredibly proud of Ben’s actions and how he thought about how he can support and help others.
Amazing work Ben and a pleasure to recognise your personal achievement.
Duke of Edinburgh Award – spotlight on Year 9
This week’s spotlight is on year 9 Bronze DofE students Ewa D and Danny W
Ewa has been very busy working on her three sections for her award. For her ‘physical’ section she has been running around her village, with the goal of improving her running skills, and her stamina. For her ‘volunteering’ section Ewa has been taking part in litter picking around local beaches and parks. Ewa commented ‘my goal is to help clean my town, and local areas, and make them a better place and try to litter pick once or twice every week. As you can see from the picture below, she has helped to clear lots of rubbish.
For her ‘skills’ section Ewa has been improving her drawing techniques. She commented ‘with my art I wanted to expand on more styles and incorporate more colour into my work as well as doing more fantasy work. I want to improve my overall drawing technique and try out and incorporate more mediums of art into my work’. Her creative artwork can be seen below.
Danny has also been busy with his three sections of his award. For his ‘volunteering’ section he has been helping a charity called ‘Boxes of Hope’ through his local church. His goal is to help the people in his community. For his ‘physical’ section Danny has been playing football for his local team. His goal is to get a lot fitter while playing and be able to do more skills.
For his ‘skills’ section he has been cooking for his family at home. His goal is to learn to cook a variety of foods. As you can see from the pictures below, he has been cooking up a storm.
Keep up the good work year 9 and remember to upload your evidence to the eDofE site.
Some of your wonderful work that has been uploaded can be seen on the DofE noticeboard (pic below)
Mrs de Mora
Plymstock School are supporting the Everyone’s Invited campaign by reminding all our students that any young person who reports that they have been affected by this issue will be supported in line with our existing safeguarding protocols. Students can contact their Head of Year, Assistant Head of Year or any of our Designated Safeguarding Leads to discuss any concerns that they may have about sexual harassment, assault or abuse.
These will be managed in line with the school’s Safeguarding Policy. Alongside this we already have a dedicated link to the NSPCC on our website and a range of other links to pages to support families and children. The NSPCC have also launched a dedicated helpline for children and young people who have experienced sexual harassment, assault or abuse at school, and for worried adults and professionals that need support and guidance, including for historic abuse.
New NSPCC helpine, Report Abuse in Education on 0800 136 663 or email email@example.com
Guide dog ‘Pupdate’
We ran a story in the following Blog about the work of Miss Pring and her tutor group 9EJP to sponsor a guide dog. https://plymstockschool.org.uk/friday-11th-june-2021/
An update from Miss Pring:
We have been set up with a Schools Name a Puppy account and reference number. The aim is to reach £2500, we have set ourselves an ambitious target of achieving by October, this will be Guide Dog month and it is their 90th Anniversary year.
We will now be rolling this out across Year 9 and had an assembly on Wednesday as our launch event led by Mr Wookey.
Below is an update on the puppy we are sponsoring. There will be regular update but on 3 monthly intervals.
Students of the week
This week’s winners (from the list of nominees below). It gets harder each week to choose one and with so many this week, and all worthy winners, we have bent the rules a little bit.
In Year 7:
Hayden K, Seth C, Luke N, Tristan M, Elsa L, Joshua J and Lucas J have been nominated by Miss Matthews for helping with Year 6 induction, they took part in Q&A sessions and were brilliant ambassadors for Plymstock School.
In Year 8:
Laci P has been nominated by Miss Robb “I was struggling at lunchtime today – I was trying to hand out lunches, there were lots missing, I was very hot and bothered and had a lot of hungry children complaining to me. Laci volunteered to come to the Galley with me to help me collect more lunches. She waited while they were made up and carried them back for me. She missed half her lunch. Her help and support today were so appreciated by me. Laci is such a lovely girl, so helpful and always polite and kind.”
Miss Robb has also nominated Ava S “Ava is a shining example of a model Plymstock School student. She has amassed a huge 310 merits, 0 behaviour points, has perfect attendance and is never late. She is a lovely, polite, hardworking young lady. Well done, Ava, keep being you!”
Ms Birchnall has nominated Amber M and Polly D both girls “are quiet, determined students who put 100% into every Science lesson, both at home and at school and have done so for the last 2 years. No exceptions, always calm and conscientious”.
In Year 9:
Mrs Hawker has nominated Myleigh P for her determination and resilience and Jamiel S for embracing Plymstock life and having boundless enthusiasm.
In Year 10:
Becca H has been nominated by Mrs Childs for thinking of others and making sure everyone feels included. She creates a cheerful, relaxed working relationship with other students to enable them to feel valued. Her empathy, kindness and understanding are simply outstanding.
In Year 12:
Charlotte W and Rosie H for Applied Science: For gaining a distinction in their Applied Science mock exams last week, which showed signs of excellent revision and exam prep – well done!
Well done to all who were nominated this week:
All our nominees have demonstrated Endeavour, Resilience and Empathy; Plymstock School students striving to “Be the best you can be”.
- Mrs Lowe has nominated Freya K for showing outstanding logic and leadership skills during the Fox Cove Day
- Ms Birchnall has nominated Max Y and Jack S for their consistently fabulous approach to school life.
- Ruby W has been nominated by Mr Gerry for sacrificing herself to go into different teams in Fox Cove so her friends could stay together.
- Mrs Whitehead has nominated Matthew B, Fin H and Ollie R as all three showed an amazing understanding of other students’ needs during Fox Cove activities and were excellent team players.
- Tilly J and Abi B have been nominated by Ms Grainger “Both of these students are English superstars! Both have improved reading scores since the beginning of Year 8 and just generally work really hard in class. I couldn’t ask any more from them.
- Mrs Hawker has nominated Keira S for helping others to achieve and Casey L for being a brilliant role model and working super hard.
- Ava B has been nominated by Mrs Hawker for being so supportive of others during the auditions.
- Mr Willcocks has nominated Oliver T, Summer S and Abigail E for excellent EPIC work. He has also nominated Erin H for brilliant work on the causes of World War One and Emily H for settling into History so well and working hard.
- Ava W has been nominated by Mr Smith for insightful contributions to the class work on speeches.
- Georgia A, Rachel C and Zara T have been nominated by Miss O’Connell “The three of them have maths tuition through the national tutoring programme and have the most amazing rapport with their tutor every week and all work really well together in terms of problem solving. They really brighten up my week!
- Ruby M has made a great deal of academic progress in the past month through hard work and positivity and has been nominated by Mr Waterfield.
- Mrs Swan has nominated George S and Charlie O for their commitment and effort in Computer Science this term.
- Lilly F has been nominated by Ms Le Guefflec for her kindness and uniqueness. She was amazing during her careers meeting!
- Ewa D and Danny W for their Duke of Edinburgh Award work described above.
- Ms Baker has nominated Teagan M, Olivia D and Jasmine R for making excellent revision resources for their Travel and Tourism exam.
- Nathan C, Joel H, Alistair B, David T and Alex E for achieving excellent results in the Year 12 Physics mock and achieving or beating their target grades.
- Tegan T for Computer Science: She has consistently shown positive study habits and is consistent in seeking support when it is required.
- Kate P for Biology: For dogged determination to come to grips with biology exam style questions.
- Molly W for Psychology: showing excellent preparation for her year 12 exams and working really hard.
- Amy G, Oliver H, Ben S, Betsie W and Molly W for PE: Outstanding year 12 mock results.
- Oliver H for Business: Day in day out consistent performance
- Harry F for Maths: Determination to improve and attending extra sessions.
- Nathan C, Charlotte M, Ben W, Skye L and Sophie O for giving up their time and participating in the student voice for Governors’ Day.
- Holly B, Chemistry: For consistently working hard and doing well in her mocks.
- Macy A, Oliver K and David M for English Literature & Language: for making a consistent effort to be involved in whole class discussions.
- Anna M, Abbie C and Lucy R for their support with the HSM auditions and for being fantastic role models to the younger students.
Careers Insight – Finding an LGBT+ inclusive employer
Everyone should feel valued and accepted in the workplace. There are lots of employers doing wonderful things to celebrate and welcome LGBT+ individuals in their teams!
Find out more in this week’s Careers Insight below
Careers – Speakers for Schools – New Virtual Work Experience Opportunities:
Speakers for Schools is working with top UK employers to offer students meaningful virtual work experience opportunities.
Currently recruiting for:
3 bitesize sessions on Careers and Employability Skills
(Babcock International Devonport)
- Date: 5th – 7th July
- Age: 14+
- Deadline: 30th June
BOOK CLUB – 5 Week Summer Book Club where you can meet the Author!
- Eight Pieces of Silver, by Alex Patrice Lawrence
- Date: 21st July to 18th August.
- Age: 14+
- Deadline: 14th July
If you are interested, apply as soon as possible to have the best chance of success. Opportunities may close early if many applications are received.
University of Plymouth – live online talks with Q&A, via Zoom are happening next week!
Registration is still open with instructions on how to register onto these sessions found below.
These talks aim to give you as insight and advice into Higher Education, with each session lasting approximately one hour.
To book a place, you can click on the links below. You can attend as many sessions as they wish.
- Choosing a course 28th June 2021 16.30 – 17.30
- UCAS and Personal Statement Advice 29th June 2021 16.30 – 17.30
- Fees and Funding 30th June 2021 16.30 – 17.30
- Student Life 1st July 2021 16.30 – 17.30
- Choosing between your offers 2nd July 2021 16.30 – 17.30
A link to access your chosen session(s) will follow before the talk. If a link has not been received 30 minutes before the session is due to start please email firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of the team can help.
If you need any more help get in touch by either calling +44(0)1752 585858 or emailing at email@example.com. Or drop a message of their Facebook page here.
The Learning Institute
The Learning Institute provides opportunities for individuals and communities through high quality education, training and research programmes that challenge personal barriers and promote social inclusion.
As part of WEST, we are trying to raise awareness of programmes and make people who may be interested of the ability to train locally.
Our nearest local venues are:
Exeter, Ladysmith Infant School; Plymouth, Future Inn on Tavistock Road and Cornwall at our Roche offices.
Our students vary in age and experience so we welcome all enquiries.
More information is included below:
The Learning Institute
Roche Office: 01726 891807
Callington Office: 01579 386123