I start this week with a quick update on our Arts Centre build. When I initially highlighted this in a blog last year, I perhaps rather naively thought that a major construction project could happen quickly, and that it would be built and opening about now! Obviously, at that time I had not factored in – planning, designing, tendering etc… Anyway, I am pleased to say that planning is approved, the final design is agreed and we are about to start the tendering process. All being well, construction should start over the summer holidays with an estimated completion date of late Spring/early Summer. This is a very exciting addition to Plymstock School, and will be the largest performance space/theatre outside of the Theatre Royal and Pavilions. You can see the finalised plan below.
Over Easter, the History Department challenged students to undertake the ‘Hard Boiled Humanities Challenge’ of recreating a historical scene or character using a hardboiled egg! Students were encouraged to be as creative as possible. The results were amazing – with a large number of students really going the extra mile. Here are the pictures of some of the best entries.
Our joint winners were Destine B and Dedan B with their ‘Wright Brothers’ entry and Lucy G with her Einstein entry.
Special commendations go to Toby D (Mary Seacole), Robert F (Titanic), Louis W (Abraham Lincoln), Anthony G (Winston Churchill), Sam U (Henry VIII), Sophie P (William Wallace), Harry E (Viking ship), Theo P (Brunel), Olivia G (Queen Elizabeth I), and Bronwyn L (Sir Francis Drake).
Well done everyone – a brilliant effort.
In their German lessons last week, Year 9 were studying the topic of illness and injury. Multiple ‘fake’ injuries occurred earlier in the week, with students bandaged up to practise their dialogues. With the help of the German and Austrian Red Cross, they had the chance to refresh their ‘Herzdruckmassage’ (CPR) and ‘stabile Seitenlage’ (recovery position) skills which they learnt earlier in the year, during the ‘Restart the Heart’ campaign.
Last week, fifteen Year 9 students travelled to Barton Hall in Devon. The trip focused on tackling challenges and building resilience skills. This included abseiling, zip-wires and a number of high rope activities. Despite almost every student being very much ‘out of their comfort zone’, each and every one of them achieved the goals they had set themselves, with the vast majority exceeding their own expectations. The satisfaction of their achievements was clear, especially as most students didn’t believe they would be able perform anywhere near as well as they did. It was great to see and the students should be very proud of their accomplishments – no one, at any time, gave up! A huge thank you to the staff who supported the event and allowing our students to have this experience.
As part of their course, Public Services students in the Sixth Form have to complete two practical watersports activities. This week they have been out on one of those activities. Here are some photos of the students completing their surfing assessments. Mrs Dover said that teaching doesn’t get much better than this!
It’s student of the week time and we start with Lexie D, our Year 7 winner. Lexie, along with her brother Jacob, have used social media (Twitter) to promote a video, which has already been viewed over 600 times. The siblings ‘signed’ the song ‘Count on me’ by Bruno Mars, using Makaton sign language. The message of the tweet was to people in the community with communication difficulties – that not only is Makaton fun but part of everyday life at home, and the role that siblings play as part of the life of a brother or sister who has additional needs. Lexie is a very mature, caring, and responsible person, who cares for her brother very much. What a fantastic young lady – Well done Lexie. You are also our Year 7 student of the week.
Our Year 8 winner is Jack S. This young man has a very positive attitude and always works really hard in his lessons. He is a budding marine biologist and sponsors animals, which he likes to chat about in an interesting and informative way.
Sophie C is our Year 9 student of the week. This is in recognition of the exceptional support and encouragement she gave to other students whilst at the Barton Hall residential last week.
In Year 10, Lauren B is our winner. Year 10 have had a couple of very challenging weeks due to their mock examinations. Lauren really impressed with her extensive revision and dedication to PE Cambridge National. She only dropped one mark on her mock paper! Excellent.
We have two winners in Year 11 – Kiera H and Lauren W. Both of these students gave up their weekend to support the younger students who attended the HMS Heroes residential last weekend. They were brilliant – a real credit to the school and a huge help to the staff. Impressively, they even got up extra early to cram some revision in before breakfast!
Finally, we have six winners for Post-16. All of these students have chosen to complete the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). They have done a fantastic job, going above and beyond their A Levels and developing a wide range of new skills that will be transferable to higher education and the world of work. A big well done to Natasha M, Olivia M, Iasmina S, Niamh S, Ellie T and Ben W.