Hair Raising Science
Year 7 were testing how electrostatic forces work with Mr Wilson. No one was hurt but we had a few interesting hairstyles!
Year 10 boys’ football team
The Year 10 football team made it through to the next round of the Devon County Cup after a hard fought win against Queen Elizabeth College from Crediton.
In a close-knit affair with both sides creating few clear scoring chances, it was 1-1 at half time with Izaek scoring after an amazing run saw him finish off a superb solo goal. In the second half it was the Josh show, substituted on at half time he changed the game scoring a second half hat trick with his final goal being absolutely world-class.
The final score was 4-2 and Plymstock can look forward to hosting Kings School from Ottery St Mary in the next round.
Plymstock Schools’ PSSP Indoor Rowing Team
On Tuesday, five of our students took part in the PSSP Indoor Rowing Championships. Ellis, Travis, Declan, Charley and Maddie all achieved amazing results in both the team and individual races, with Charley coming 1st place in the Year 9 girls’ category. Her winning time was 4 minutes to complete 961 metres.
Congratulations to all who took part, you should be very proud of yourselves!
Thank you to all the volunteers who helped at the event.
Special thanks go to Miss Cleary from Plymstock School for organising and running this team.
Rowing Championships – Plymouth Schools Sports Partnership
The PSSP Indoor Rowing Championships is a culmination of the Indoor Rowing programme delivered by the PSSP Team in Partnership with primary schools across the City. The PSSP Team visit schools, taking the rowing machines and screen rowing technology with them and run activities for students in Year 5 and 6. This year the team have visited 23 PSSP schools and 1470 children have had the opportunity to participate in the activity, as well as competing to row the furthest in the 2-minute challenge. Schools were then able to select students to attend the Championships. The programme allows students to get involved in a different type of physical activity and often allows students who do not currently participate in other sports to excel and achieve through sport.’
Please find the links below to the news articles for both the primary and secondary event;
Many thanks go to the team from the Plymouth Sports Partnership for organising the championships and congratulations to all the students who took part.
The atmosphere in our halls was electrifying throughout the day and this event would not have been possible without the support of parents, teachers and the students themselves. Tremendous effort by all involved!
An article about our Sports Ambassadors who, who supported this event and who have been following the leadership programme with the PSSP will be in next week’s blog.
Plymstock Youth Parliament – stop press
This week the second meeting of local youth forum took place, they have renamed themselves the ‘Plymstock Youth Parliament’. The article in the Herald gives you a quick recap about what the group is trying to do.
In this meeting the group learnt that Plymouth City Council Public Health are looking at Radford Park and Woods and a green project. To begin this piece of work however, they have to build a story of what local young people do with their spare time to show a picture of need for funding. Students in attendance wrote down what their typical Saturday and Sunday looked like.
There potentially might be scope for some funding for a temporary skate park during the Easter Holidays – they are looking at locations – more news to follow. If this happens and goes well they will be exploring a permanent skate park. They are also investigating the costs of the young people’s suggestion of a ‘Zone’ type organisation on the Broadway not only for young people to seek support/advice but also to hang out during the summer holidays.
Below is a picture of the Plymstock School representatives and we look forward to continuing this work, which is led by John Stephens, UK Parliament Teacher Ambassador. He was involved in setting up the youth forum with Caroline Chapman, community and families’ worker at Plymstock United Church.
We are proud that students from Plymstock School and other local schools are taking such an active role in citizenship to improve their own local community.
Year 12 psychology
The year 12 psychology students have been doing a project on attachment. They had to create ‘babies’ and care for them. Their experience was then applied to the psychological theory of attachment in the lessons. They have to keep an update on their feelings and experiences, which they did either as a diary or through social media.
One class made Flour Babies with Ms Williams and the other class made Egg babies with Mrs Richardson.
Bikeability Level 3 Course
This is an exciting opportunity open to year 7 or 8 students who are keen to develop their on-road biking skills.
The Plymouth School Sports Partnership is running a series of free one-day courses after half term during the school day.
You do not need to be able to bring your bike to school as the school have some to lend out if necessary.
Currently, we have booked in 4 courses with 12 spaces on each day for 24 Feb, 25 Feb, 26 Feb and 27 Feb, so we have 48 places available.
If you are keen, simply come and pick up a letter and consent form from the blue rack outside the PE office and return it to Mrs Campbell asap to ensure a place.
There are around 30 Lab Rats coming each Tuesday after school. This week they made slime….. they were trying to make bouncy balls – but that’s science for you!
Lab Rats is on for all students, Years 7 – 13, every Tuesday from 3.15-4.10pm in Sc1
This club is an absolute must for any students who always ask WHY?
A big thank you to Ms Birchnall and Mr Cooper for their passion and energy in running this club for our enthusiastic and inquisitive young scientists.
Careers at Plymstock School
This week our Careers Insight focuses on the world of Construction.
Every year we have a large number of students showing a strong interest in this employment sector, whether that be shadowing a professional during Year 10 work experience, choosing it as a GCSE Option or perhaps pursuing an apprenticeship.
Try this website link to learn more about Construction: https://www.goconstruct.org/learn-about-construction/find-the-role-for-you/career-explorer/
Try this ‘Personality Types’ Quiz to find out which Construction job role could suit you (I’m ‘The Boss’!)
The Careers Team
Raising Aspirations – visit by Exeter University
This week a group of Sixth Form students and Year 10 students were visited by the University of Exeter. The focus was on life after Secondary School and their aspirations for the future. They explored what university life might be like for them and what different paths might be open for them.
Thank you to Ms. Littler for organising it for our students, it was a really useful and inspiring seminar.
Students of the week
All our winners have demonstrated Endeavour, Resilience and Empathy; Plymstock School students striving to “Be the best you can be”
Our winners include:
For their amazing singing skills in French.
This week Mrs Kent invited me to her Year 8 French lesson to watch her group singing. Mrs Kent, renowned for her ability to get her classes singing to improve their confidence, has a group of boys (some of whom are in our Year 8 rugby team) who are particularly enthusiastic. Mr Wookey was so impressed when I told him he has nominated them with Mrs Kent. Well done to Will, Ollie, Ethan and Alfie – you have real passion and enthusiasm. (There were two more that had last minute stage fright in front of their Headteacher but joined in with the rest of the class) The whole class were fantastic!
Mrs Wilkins has nominated Codie in Year 10. Mrs Wilkins has the pleasure of teaching Codie both History and EPiC and says Codie shines in both subjects. “In History she was recently asked to look at a full GCSE exam paper for homework. She impressed me by taking up the challenge and attempted all the questions. Her knowledge and use of that knowledge was impressive. I am very proud of her and her approach to study. In EPiC Codie has supported and guided some complex discussions in recent sex and relationships education sessions. Her wisdom and support for others has been exemplary.”
“Overall, she has shown the qualities of a super Plymstock Student and is very worthy of this praise”. Well done Codie the Year 10 pastoral team are proud of you.
Our Head Boy and Head Girl have chosen this week’s Sixth Form students of the week. They have chosen: Alex and Tobi. These students are working extremely hard, have good attendance and are consistently doing all the right things to be model students.
Mrs Robb, Head of Year 11, nominated Annie in Year 9 for her incredible leadership skills and enthusiasm for helping at Plymstock School events. She was asked at break time last Friday if she would like to support the Year 11 Parents’ Evening, and round-up a group of students (Annie had done a tremendous job previously). By lunchtime, Annie had gathered four students who agreed to help on Wednesday evening. Thank you to Annie, Bronwyn, Lucy and Isabelle.
Year 9 Options Evening
February 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Year 7 Normandy Trip
February 6 – February 11