Over the summer break, two of our Post-16 students, James and Dara, were lucky enough to take part in a ‘Tallships’ adventure, through a bursary the school applied for. Here’s a little overview written by the both of them…
We sailed for five days along the South Coast, visiting Portsmouth, the Isle of Wight, Poole and Weymouth, while living on the boat. We cooked on it, slept on it, all while helping to run it. There was lots of winching, hauling and helming involved, all at the same time as the boat being at a 45 degree angle! We had a great time sailing across St Aldhelms and getting drenched by the waves. We even got to see the headland of Old Harry, which we learned about in Year 10 Geography. It was great fun, really challenging, and we both got recommended to come back and help with future voyages by the skipper. Thanks to the school for giving us this opportunity, and we would definitely recommend it to anyone.
It looks like an amazing experience and I am so glad we were able to help.
Our school show this year is ‘Annie’ and rehearsals are now well under way. This year we have over 70 students from Year 7 to 13 involved and already it is looking and sounding amazing! Supporting Mrs Lowe is a merry bunch of Year 13 students, who are helping direct and choreograph the show. In the photos the younger students were working with Olivia, Katie, Georgia and Maddie (in the Sixth Form) on the show’s first big number ‘It’s a Hard Knock Life.’ Mrs Lowe says that you can always tell from the first rehearsal how a show will go, and this was packed with enthusiasm and great performances!
Tickets will be on sale in the run up to Christmas. What a great idea for a Christmas present!
The weekend before last, the Plymstock Community Netball Club (PCNC) took some of our Year 9 girls to Paignton to participate in the Torbay Netball Tournament. Supported by their coach (and former Plymstock teacher) Sharon Steward, they played in eight matches and succeeded in making it to the final. The match was closely fought and they eventually became overall silver medallists. Congratulations go to Elisha, Emma, Sophie, Amelia, Leah, Ella and Annika.
Huge congratulations goes to Ed in Year 7. After 6 years (and 9 belts) with Doryoku Ryu Karate Jutsu, Ed was recently assessed just a few hours after returning from Fox Cove. On completing his grading on the Saturday morning, I am delighted to inform you that Ed was awarded his Black Belt.
If that wasn’t enough, Ed has also had a 5-minute movie showcase of his ‘stop motion animations’ (made with Newplast modelling clay) accepted for the YEA Plymouth Exhibition at The Atheneum Theatre on Saturday 29 September. This is a youth exhibition as part of the wider Plymouth Art Weekender which takes place that weekend. Ed is self taught with animation and makes short pieces. They will be playing his 5-minute movie throughout the day and a framed still from one of his animations will also be exhibited.
Ed – what can I say? A couple of fantastic achievements and a you are a well deserved Year 7 student of the week.
Next up is Jamie in Year 9. After 7 years of dedicated training, Jamie has also just gained his black belt in Karate. He has recently switched martial arts to MMA and has taken to competing in Brazilian Jui Jitzu, showing the same levels of commitment. He has competed three times so far, resulting him becoming Devon Champion, achieving second place in the Dorset Championships, and his last competition was the Junior World Championships. In this he managed to beat seven opponents to become the World Champion in his category! If that wasn’t enough, Jamie travelled to the Midlands last weekend to compete in the BJJ Junior European Championships and he came back with Bronze Medal. Jamie will soon be competing again in the European Competition. What an amazing set of achievements – well done Jamie (who is also our Year 9 student of the week).
Finally, in addition to Ed (Year 7) and Jamie (Year 9) mentioned earlier, we have the remainder of our students of the week.
We have Coalan in Year 8 who has been nominated for his excellent start to the year and being an exceptional role model to younger students at our recent Open Evening.
Next up is Molly in Year 10, who has also made a great start to the year and is absolutely ‘on it’ for work experience, by submitting the best application for a placement with the Royal Navy that we have yet seen – it was simply brilliant.
In Year 11 we have Finley who recently provided amazing support to a member of staff when she suffered a seizure. Finley was calm and dealt with the situation amazingly well. I know the member of staff is very grateful to him.
Lastly is our Post-16 winner – Joe. This is in recognition of the huge levels of support he provided to a Year 10 student before the summer holidays for Sports Studies. It is great to see him giving up his time to help others.