This week our student column team write the opening piece to our school blog.
As we all know, June is a very important month as it is pride month. It is celebrated internationally with lots of love and passion. Pride month is celebrated in June due to it being the month when the Stonewall riots took place. These were very important protests in 1969 in the U.S. that changed lots of gay rights for people in America and across the world.
Pride is a celebration of people coming together in love and friendship, to show how far LGBTQ+ rights have come, and how in some places there’s still work to be done.
LGBT+ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. The + is an inclusive symbol to mean ‘and others’ to include people of all identities.
Pride is all about being proud of who you are no matter who you love.
This month, Google Doodle has honoured Frank Kameny, a gay rights activist and astronomer. He fought endlessly for pride. He saw combat during World War II and upon his return to the U.S. obtained a doctorate in astronomy at Harvard University. In 1957, Kameny accepted a job as an astronomer with the Army Map Service, but he was fired just months later based on an executive order effectively barring members of the LGBTQ community from federal employment.
In response to his termination, Kameny sued the federal government and in 1961 filed the first gay rights appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Denied but undeterred, Kameny embarked upon a lifelong fight for equal rights. Years before the Stonewall Riots, he organized one of the country’s first gay rights advocacy groups. In the early ‘70s, he also successfully challenged the American Psychiatric Association’s classification of homosexuality as a mental disorder, and in 1975, the Civil Service Commission finally reversed its ban on LGBTQ employees.
In 2009, over 50 years after his dismissal, Kameny received a formal apology from the U.S. government. In June 2010, Washington D.C. named a stretch of 17th Street NW near Dupont Circle “Frank Kameny Way” in his honour.
The student column team
MKC Heroes Competition Winner Announced
An update on a story we first featured on 7 May.
Sophie, pictured below receiving her Head teacher’s Personal Achievement Award back in May, was the winner of our Heroes competition.
She designed a badge for the Armed Forces Day in Plymouth this year. We were so pleased, but not surprised, that Sophie won with her stunning design.
“I knew straight away when I was asked to do this pin design, I wanted to include something to do with Sir Captain Tom and the NHS. The rainbow around my pin represents the NHS and how much they have done for us, and the silhouette of a soldier represents Sir Captain Tom. I looked at all the previous designs that I have collected and noticed how many of them have got Smeatons Tower, so I decided to put it in the middle of mine to represent Plymouth. Finally, the colours on the 2021 banner doesn’t just represent the year it also represents the colours of the 3 services of the Royal navy, Royal Air Force and the Army. I really enjoyed this project and it was amazing news discovering that this design had been chosen for Armed Forces Day. It is great that both the NHS and our armed forces had been recognised in my design.”
Well done Sophie, we are very proud of your achievement.
Headteacher Personal Achievement Award
I had the pleasure on Wednesday of presenting James with a Headteacher Personal Achievement Award for the articles he has submitted below about his involvement with Junior Kart Racing.
In fact, James received his certificate from not one but two headteachers as Mr Diment was with me when I presented James with his certificated. Mr Diment was in school working with staff ready for our September handover.
We were both incredibly impressed by James and the work experience he has undertaken. Cleary being the best he can be.
Plymstock School have been piloting a Breakfast Club. Coaches from Plymouth Argyle come and play football with our students and then they all sit down for breakfast. This is proving to be very successful and our students really appreciate this great start to their school day.
Well done to our students for getting here so early every morning and showing such commitment.
Head of Year 8
Year 10 BTEC Construction
All of the class have been AMAZING at starting their first BTEC assignment which is due in at the end of the week! They have worked well every lesson and have prepared PowerPoint presentations, as well as a script, which they will need to deliver.
Special shout outs to some individuals who just work quietly and consistently every lesson – Zack B, Herbie B, Jakub F, Joel G, Callum H, Mason N, Oscar P and Josh S.
All our nominees have demonstrated Endeavour, Resilience and Empathy; Plymstock School students striving to “Be the best you can be”.
This week’s winners
In Year 7:
- Mrs Kirk has nominated Hermione D, Ondrei I, Joshua J, Luke N, Martha G, Sheniqua K who were all used for the filming of a school video yesterday. They were simply amazing.
In Year 8:
- Miss Pring has nominated Tilly J for working hard every lesson, contributing, and producing high quality models and design work. She is a model student with a great creative future ahead of her.
In Year 9:
- Ms Le Guefflec has nominated Cory J for his resilience and maturity.
In Year 10:
- Caolan H has been nominated by Mr Davies as he always asks if any help if needed, and always tries to get the highest grade possible! One very determined young man!
In Year 12:
Well done to all who were nominated this week:
- Kaydee Y has been nominated by Ms Newstead for being a helpful and kind student to staff and her peers.
- Miss Pring has nominated Layla D, Jason D and Reuben A “all three students showed amazing skill in a recent Design & Technology food lesson. They were re-capping knife safety and cutting techniques. They all worked with accuracy and precision, showing excellent knowledge of the various cuts used such as batons, julienne, brunoise and dice”.
- Miss Pring also nominated Charles B-R and Sophia W “both students produced a very impressive result in their Design & Technology summer exam”.
- Lily W has been nominated by Miss Burston as “Lily is polite and hardworking, consistently making excellent contributions to our class discussions in EPiC. This week Lily eloquently explained key information from our last lesson to the class, helping those who were not in the previous lesson due to being at Fox Cove. Well done for your continuous hard work and enthusiasm Lily!”
- Mrs Tendell has nominated Martyna F: “I don’t teach her but she has tutor time in my teaching room and this morning I caught her revising for a test. She has the most well organised revision note book. We had a quick chat and she has such a positive attitude towards learning that I feel that this should be celebrated”.
- Georgia G has been nominated by Mrs Johns for her continued effort in science lessons. She always works hard and puts in 100% effort.
- Issy E-D has been nominated by Mr Smith for great work annotating speeches in the Writing To Argue topic
- Alfie S has been nominated by Mr Swabey for an excellent performance in Drama this week “He showed the potential to become a comic genius! Great work, Alfie!”
- Miss Pring has nominated Alfie N, Ava Rose E and Louise C – outstanding work in their D&T lesson whilst developing their ideas for the client brief. Great focus and ideas combined with concentration on the task. They all also show a great understanding of the brief set and what the client has asked for.
- Tyler H has been nominated by Miss O’Connell for the amazing work he is doing in his tutoring sessions. I’m incredibly impressed with the effort that he has put in this week and hope he keeps it up going forward.
- Miss Pring would like to highlight a number of students in her Year 10 GCSE Design & Technology: Maddi O, Matt R, Charlie H, Jay A, Beth B, Ashton H, Ollie B, Callum H and Faith C for all making a great start to their NEA. Their focus in lesson despite the mock exams being on as well and their application has been impressive.
- Mrs Tendell has nominated Dulcie H and Anastasia D for going above and beyond in their revision for their RS mock examination.
Duke of Edinburgh Award – spotlight on Year 9
This week’s spotlight is on year 9 Bronze DofE student Brendan W
Brendan has been very busy working on his three sections for his Bronze award. For his ‘physical’ section he has been combining cricket with home workouts, mainly using weights, a rowing machine and exercise bike when at home with the goal of getting fitter and remaining active during Covid. For his ‘volunteering’ section he has taken on an eco-environment project from home.
Brendan commented ‘what we do is collect the food and then organise it at my house then arrange for it to be distributed. My goal is to reduce food waste by helping to arrange for surplus food from shops to be distributed locally, to share food with people who need it. Every week I go down to the collection point and collect the food, then I organise it, and prepare it for distribution.’ Finally, for his ‘skills’ section Brendan has been playing saxophone at home and has been having lessons at his music teacher’s house. His goal is to improve his saxophone playing.
Keep up the good work year 9 and remember to upload your evidence to the eDofE site
In other DofE news……Attention Year 8 students/parents/carers!
In Year 9, you’ll have the opportunity to sign up to do your Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE).
The DofE is a chance to gain new skills and interests, get fit, have fun and broaden your horizons. And, when you complete your programme, you’ll achieve a highly respected Award that can help open doors in the future, whatever you’re hoping to do.
The DofE is non-competitive and open to all young people – it’s about setting your own personal aims, overcoming your own challenges, and pushing your own boundaries.
You’ll do four sections: Skills, Volunteering, Physical and your Expedition. You can choose your activities – either improving something you already do or discovering something completely new.
During, and in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, participants who complete their Skills, Volunteering and Physical sections will receive a special DofE Certificate of Achievement – a formal recognition, by the DofE, of the efforts you’ve made and the skills you’ve gained at this extraordinary time. If you go on to do your expedition, you’ll also achieve your DofE Award.
Click and follow this link to find out more: (Bronze), and please get in touch with me if you have any questions or would like more information about doing your DofE.
Mrs de Mora
DofE Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
Calling all staff and students – Are you up for a challenge?! ‘Do It 4 Youth’
Complete 4 fun packed DofE inspired challenges in 4 weeks. All in support of young people across the UK.
What is it?
There are four DofE-inspired categories you can pick from when you choose your challenge – and you can even do all four if you’re feeling extra ambitious! You can choose challenges from four categories: Get Up (physical), Skill Up (technical) Free Up (willpower) and Hand Up (community). Whatever you choose, we’re sure that just like their Celebrity Captains, you’ll have fun, raise vital funds, and help give even more young people the chance to transform their lives.
The DofE have got some famous faces taking part in their ‘Do It 4 Youth’ challenge this summer. They’ll be joining thousands of people taking on a challenge to help young people from the toughest backgrounds across the UK to build life-long belief in themselves.
If you’ve not yet signed up there’s still time. Why not join them?
How do I sign up?
Sign up to the Do It 4 Youth challenge today to join their Celebrity Captains and thousands of others as we come together to transform the lives of young people across the UK. Challenge yourself and have fun this summer – take 2 minutes to sign up now.
You can do your challenge alone or with your mates – and start any time over the summer, as long as you’re all wrapped up in four weeks.
As a special thank you, the DofE will be sending everyone who takes part and raises £25 a free ‘Do it 4 Youth’ t shirt and if you raise £100 or more their very own specially designed Do It 4 Youth pin to wear.
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
Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
The Student Column’s TEACHERS OF THE WEEK:
- There were four nominations for Miss Cleary and Miss Burston because they are funny, caring and understanding in tutor time (7EEC)
- Mrs Barr – for her support in lessons – Anna year 12
- Ms Boyle – for being kind, supportive and funny in lessons – Megan year 12
Careers Insight – Volunteering to help people with disabilities
Volunteering is an unpaid activity you choose to do freely to support your community, an individual or the environment. However, volunteers also gain a lot of benefits for themselves too. Everyone has something to offer and can volunteer!
Find out more in this week’s Careers Insight below
Argyle Community Trust is delighted to be holding the fit and fed project during the Summer holidays at
- Manadon Sports & Community Hub Fit & Fed Project 2021
- Central Park Hub Fit & Fed Project 2021
Full details below
Outdoor Skills Launchpad event
Next week an outdoor Skills Launchpad event is taking place from Wednesday 7 to Saturday 10 July outside of Barclays.
All four days will be focused on promoting all things Skills Launchpad and enabling all young people and adults to have a better understanding of the fantastic opportunities in Plymouth.
The flyer below highlights t themed days, specific to anyone interested in construction, care, hospitality and retail, or adult education.
Here’s the link to the full article: https://www.skillslaunchpadplym.co.uk/post/skills-launchpad-plymouth-to-host-four-day-event-in-city-centre-7th-10th-july
Youth Hub Coordinator
Education, Participation and Skills
Plymouth City Council