This week saw our wonderful Art Show take place. This is an opportunity for not only those taking GCSEs and A Levels, but for students in all year groups, to showcase their talents. As is always the case, the quality of work displayed was simply amazing. A huge thank you goes to the Art Department, both teachers and technicians, for enabling such an amazing event. A massive well done to the students – simply incredible. The best way I can do the show justice is simply by showing you some of the pieces.
Sticking with the arts – our Year 10 GCSE Drama students have been undergoing moderation, by presenting their devised pieces to Year 5 and 6 students from Pomphlett Primary School. The Year 10s have been working hard to create a magical experience utilising skills learnt through the course to date. They have been an absolute credit to the school and the feedback from the audiences has been superb.
Last week saw our Celebration Events for Years 7-10. This was a great opportunity to recognise the hard work and successes of so many of our students. The awards ranged from subject commendations, through to attendance, endeavour, perseverance and pastoral awards. It was lovely to see students, parents and staff coming together to acknowledge so many of the great things our wonderful young people do. A huge thank you goes to our pastoral team for organising the events.
Mrs Boyle and Miss Evans recently took a group of 15 Year 9 and 10 girls to a ‘Girls into Chemistry’ event hosted at the University of Plymouth, and led by the Royal Society of Chemistry. The girls were given talks by some inspirational women in science, followed by some forensic chemistry analysis in the university labs, to discover the perpetrator of a serious (but fictional) crime. They had to analyse soil, fibre and swab samples from the suspects, use a range of analytical techniques to confirm the murder weapon, and of course the guilty suspect! They correctly identified culprit to be Dwayne Pipe, the local plumber, who later confessed to the crime when presented with the unequivocal evidence! The girls were commended on their excellent lab practice and methodical approach to the problem. As always their conduct was impeccable and they were excellent representatives of Plymstock school.
There were even more chemistry opportunities last Tuesday, when Mrs Parsons took four Year 8 students to Exeter College to compete in the annual ‘Salter’s Festival of Chemistry’. The day consisted of a variety of challenges which the students had to complete without the help of a teacher. They carried out investigations ‘like real chemists’, worked together as a team and used independent problem solving skills. Mrs Parsons is very proud to say that as a new entry to this prestigious competition, our young chemists were awarded second place. A huge well done to Ibrahim, Ewan, Rosie, and Hashim.
Recently the prestigious annual ‘Carnegie Award’ took place to celebrate teenage fiction books. The Carnegie Award winner is chosen from a shortlist of authors, picked by a panel of judges in London.
To celebrate this, schools from across Plymouth and the surrounding area, came together to champion each of the finalists and their books. Each school was given a different book from which they performed a ten minute presentation to the other schools. This year the event was held at Tor Bridge High and the book we championed was ‘The Land of Neverendings’ by Kate Saunders.
Mrs Elliott and Miss Grainger took a group of Year 8 girls; Bella, Isabelle, Lucy, Polly, Annie, Freya and Eloise, to the event. They were absolutely brilliant, their performance was great and we finished in second place! The girls (with the addition of Rosie who helped to write the script but couldn’t attend on the day) worked really hard, giving up their lunch times and after school to practise. They should feel very proud of themselves, they were awesome! Massive thanks to Miss Grainger who helped the girls and gave up all her lunchtimes too!
Two of our Year 7 students have recently competed in the Eddystone Pursuit Race. This is an annual event that generates a substantial amount of money for charities that must benefit ‘the human condition.’ It is now the third largest fund raising event in South West England. The event involves sailing out to the Eddystone rock and back again, whatever the weather!
William B and Skyla D in Year 7 are both Plym Yacht club Sailing Cadets and have been collecting sponsorship to raise money for the group. They are desperately in need of new sailing boats and equipment, an improved storage facility and funding to support cadets for sailing opportunities both locally and nationally.
This year the Plym yacht club entered four sailing boats into the Eddystone Pursuit Race. The boats were sent off at different times according to their size, length and speed etc in a race out to the Eddystone Lighthouse and back again. The boats all start and end the race at the mouth of the River Plym at the RWYC (Royal Western). The older cadets, including Skyla and William were shared between the boats and raced out 13 miles, went around the lighthouse and raced 13 miles back to Plymouth! William was on Team Imelda and raised £310 in sponsorship and Skyla was on Team Rumour and raised over £100.
Nearly 70 boats set off and Team Imelda came 2nd overall and Team Rumour, a respectable 11th. We thank the team of boats; organised by the wonderful Plym Cadet sailing instructors, parents and club members. The race results meant that the cadets received £1890.27 in prize money and they still have all the sponsorship money to add to that total.
We end this week’s blog with our brilliant students of the week. I am pleased to announce the following winners:
- Danielle C – who has successfully been cast (despite huge competition) in the young chorus for the pantomime, Beauty and the Beast, which will be on at the Exeter Northcott Theatre over the Christmas period. She will be performing in at least 25 shows. A huge achievement – well done Danielle.
- Elise N and Jude K – who, for the past four weeks, have been assisting with Year 6 transition visits and have done a wonderful job helping the new students to start settling in. Both have been a real credit to the school – thank you.
- Codie B – who recently lost her Grandad, who she was really close to. Codie was asked to write and read a speech at his funeral. She was so worried about this, as it involved speaking in front of a very large group of people. Codie worked so hard on the speech, and she did amazing. Well done Codie – we are all really proud of you.