For the past two weeks the students and staff in Eco EduCare have been working on a socially distanced group project, inspired by American artist Chuck Close.
Each student (and some of the staff!) have coloured a grid containing several squares. They did not know what the picture would be, and the only instruction was to colour the shaded areas with pens and the white areas with pencils.
This week Mrs Summers put their 20 individual squares together to reveal the person- Harry Potter! They had a brilliant time doing this project and are really pleased with the final result.
A very well done to all the students- Luke, Joel, Charlie, Ellie, Freddy, Nidal, Amelia, Millie and Fin. And thank you to Amy for helping to construct!
Community Spirit during lock down
In our blog on 22 May we featured a story about Jess and her active citizenship work. She is one of several community-minded students who have taken on their own personal challenges to support others.
This week I have received an update from Jess and her mum, they have now delivered 8 full car loads of food and wanted to express their thanks for your support. You’ll see from the pictures below!
Mum commented, “It certainly has taught Jess and my youngest Kaiden, aged 7, a valuable lesson over the last 8 weeks; that people need the help and by collecting from all over Plymstock, Hooe, Brixton and Sherford we have played a small part in a big problem. On week 4 we met a family collecting their food parcel and they could not get over how much food we had collected and they thanked Jess & K personally.”
We are very proud of Jess, Kaiden and their family for the work they are privately and personally undertaking.
Here’s a reminder about how you can safely support Jess and her mum to collect food.
Distance Learning/Edu-care and Face-to-Face learning – nears its end
We now have two remaining weeks of our online “Distance Learning”, Edu-care and Face-to-Face learning before we break for the traditional summer holiday.
This week I wish to celebrate and pay tribute to you our Parents and Carers and all our staff and students, who have worked in partnership together since the 20 March.
Isaac in Year 9 has received several awards since 20 March and has now received his certificates, pictured below. His mum sent in the following feedback to thank his teachers for their support with his distance learning. You will also see just some of the many other comments we have received in the last week alone.
This feedback is very much appreciated but I would also like to recognise the continued hard work of all Parents and Carers to support their children at home in partnership with our staff. It’s been a new venture and one we haven’t trained for together or previously undertaken.
We have learnt lessons along the way and adjusted the way we set work and communicate. I would like to thank Parents and Carers for this feedback and we are even now ensuring that all students are supported so they are not overwhelmed upon their return.
The return to school from September 2020
You will be aware that Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, said on 19 June that the government plans for all pupils to return to school in September. He mentioned plans to extend ‘bubbles’ to include the whole class. Yesterday we received further details on exactly how this will work and instructions for schools on how this will be implemented. You can read the details here:
We are really excited about seeing all our students return in September; our staff have commented on how much they have enjoyed teaching those students who have been allowed to return to school since 15 June.
I will be in touch with outline plans for the return of all our students by the end of term. We will not send further messages until we have had chance to digest the new requirements and formulate how we will implement these.
You should also be aware that we are expecting a number of additional updates from the DfE throughout August. I am sure you will understand that our preparation for all students to return will involve significant planning and preparation. We will need to look closely at how and when the students return, the structure of the day, how students will be taught and ensuring our on-site facilities meet new standards for both Social Distancing and Hygiene.
In addition to the information we will send home at the end of the term on 17 July, we will send an additional update before we return in September, using our MyED Messaging App, and we will continue to post updates on our school website newsfeed.
We are all very much in this together and, as a school, we will continue to support all of our community and provide opportunities for additional support wherever this is needed, both educationally and emotionally.
Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding; it is greatly appreciated.
Transitions – Moving on Up!
Year 9 into 10
Mark Taylor, Assistant Headteacher, Director of Learning for Years 10 & 11 wrote to Year 9 parents on 5 June with regard to the change in our Distance Learning to support Year 9 with their transition work to commence their GCSE courses. You will find the details on our website here: https://plymstockschool.org.uk/letters-to-year-9-parents/
Mrs Dover was sent the following piece of work by Rhianna in Year 9. It is part of her Health and Social Care Year 9-10 Transition Work.
Rhianna in Year 9 produced some lovely HSC 9-10 Transition Work researching Careers in Health & Social Care
All work and no play! Our students’ messages from lockdown
Working and Learning at home
Year 7 Head of Year nomination
This week’s first Head of Year nomination is from Mrs Hawker for Ava who is a keen dancer. She has done brilliantly since starting at Plymstock, was an integral part of the ensemble in Sister Act and has been so hard working in her music lessons. A very talented young lady!
Her hard work, resilence and perseverance has paid off. Ava has successfully auditioned to join an Elite team for the prestigious dance school, Performers College, in Essex.
The Elite team meet at the College once a month where they spend a full day receiving intense training from the very experienced college faculty and guest choreographers. All of which have had successful careers themselves within the industry, and are now sharing their experiences with children aged 12-16 years who also aspire to follow in their footsteps.
Ava is incredibly lucky to have been given this opportunity at her young age. By being involved with the Elite team, along with her training at Simara Winter Studios in Plymouth, this will help Ava realise her own dream of going on to Dance College when she turns 16 and continuing a career in dance and performing.
Well done Ava.
Year 8 Tutor Team
Mr Wookey, Miss Holton and the Year 10 tutors sent a special message to the year group this week.
Mr Wookey, explains “we can’t wait to see Year 8 in September, we’re really excited about end the year and celebrating their amazing work they have been completing at home. Each week tutors make contact with tutees but we just wanted to say a big hello and that we look forward to seeing them all in the autumn.”
Year 9 Head of Year nomination
This week Mrs Wilkins and Mr Wyatt have nominated Oscar for his community minded action as explained in the image of a message below.
Oscar was the boy who gave up his back pack, we are really proud of how kind and thoughtful he was. As his mum is as well.
Mrs Wilkins said,
“I am so immensely proud of Oscar – what a star! This is the kind of news we all need to hear, our young people can get so much bad press – but this is what our students are really like.”
Year 10 Head of Year nomination
Miss Ellis has sent the following nomination to the Year 10 team and Mrs Harris is delighted to nominate Olly as Student of the Week. Her “Legend”. Miss Ellis explains:
I’ve attached some work that I’m particularly impressed with. Olly has been attending EcoEducare and has been working VERY hard on his French. I’m really impressed with his attitude to learning and how much progress he has made. For all these reasons, he is my MFL star of the week.
We hope that all Key Stage 3 students have been able to access the Music Department’s End of Term quiz set by Mrs Lowe and Mrs Hawker!
If you have missed it, 2 rounds are being set on Show My Homework every day on a variety of musical subjects and genres.
You can catch up with previous rounds at any time up to the deadline day. Send your answers to Mrs Lowe to be in with the chance of winning a prize as soon as we return to school.
All answers need to be in by midday on Thursday 16th July.
You can send them day by day or all at once, it’s up to you and they can be uploaded onto Show My Homework or emailed to email@example.com.
The winner(s) will be announced in the last blog of the term.
Mr Butler has nominated Lily in Year 7. The image below is of a piece of optional work to create a piece of work that showed the problems of plastic in our oceans. Certainly goes above and beyond. Well done Lily.
Miss Bartlett has passed on some names of students to me this week who have been working hard in their English distance learning.
Year 8 – Rocco – for trying really hard to keep up with the English work, meeting the deadlines and communicating regularly with me.
Year 9 – Oliver, Poppy, Ryan, Tia and Eliza – for showing great work ethic and regularly completing their English work to a high standard.
Year 10 – Zach and Jolie – for showing great work ethic and regularly completing their English work.
Although she has nominated more than one student. Miss Bartlett feels quite strongly that these students’ effort needed to be recognised, given their sustained effort over many weeks.
Well done to all, thoroughly deserved.
This week’s gallery contributions come from Mr Hurd-Thomas who wanted to share with you some of the fantastic art work that students have been doing at home.
Pictured below is the amazing and talented work of:
Amelie Year 8, ‘Art on Fire’, Maddy, Scarlett, Emily and Joshua.
Mr Hurd-Thomas has nominated the following students as Student of the Week
In Year 7, Joshua – his printed cushion cover, developed from his response to the artists we have been studying, is one of three exemplary outcomes he has produced.
Scarlett’s “seed” piece being attacked by her chickens is worth a mention (and perhaps a link to this hitherto unknown Chinese chicken farmer –
Finally, Amelie’s decision (with full parental consent I must add) to set fire to her cardboard response to Picasso’s 3-D cubist experiments. It is a lively interpretation of “developing ideas further”.
Well done to all these students for their creative and resourceful art work.
The #DéfiCrepes pancake challenge has now finished. Our in school winners are Amelie for her French flag pancake, Timas for his superb presentation and Jacob for his pancake-flipping action shot. We wait with bated breath to see if Linguascope choose any of ours as their national winners.
STOP PRESS – HOLD THE FRONT PAGE….
“Whoop whoop”, from Ms Baker…….
Just as I was about to publish I am delighted to announce that the hard work of our students has been rewarded with a 3rd place nationally as you will see in the tweet below featuring Casey’s entry. You will find more pictures @PlymstockS and @MsBakerMFL
To build on the success of the pancakes and to develop our budding chefs, Mr Watteau has just launched #DéfiCroqueMonsieur with KS3.
MFL Competition Time #2 !
Following the success of our #DefiCrêpes pancake challenge, we are carrying on with another creative way to practice our French and bring some fun into our life confined at home.
We thought we would continue with the topic of food because it is such a big part of the French culture. This time, we are exploring a savoury recipe, all-time favourite in the ‘brasseries’ et ‘bistros’: le croque-monsieur!
The three winners per year group of Le défi Croque-monsieur will be selected and announced on the 14th July (Bastille day – French National Day) on SMHW and in the Headteacher’s blog.
Modern Foreign Language Students of the Week
Students of the week are Timas Y7, Amelie Y8 and Jacob Y8 for winning the pancake competition.
Alfie in Y8 has done really well in coping with the French distance learning and both Ms Baker and Mrs McCoy in SEN,as well as his mum are very proud of how he has developed in his French, his independent learning and his improved coping strategies for listening to tasks which he finds very difficult.
Well done to all these students on their hard work and resilience.
This week in MFL we have gone much further with our video lessons and have been building in more interactivity.
We have done many voiceovers/ talk-throughs and listening tasks throughout the closure as it’s so important for students to have input into pronunciation when learning a foreign language. This week some year groups have had to submit their work as a spoken recording and we have been delighted with the effort students have been making. Teachers can then also mark this via a spoken recording, so students get some verbal feedback – and a tiny reminder of what it used to be like in the classroom.
In Y9 GCSE German – Abbie gets the prize for beating Ms Baker 2/3 times in a sentence builder writing challenge, Poppy and Amber have already completed all the lessons and Fern and Polly continue to remain on top of both GCSE German and GCSE French. In the final quizlet challenge of the year, it was the closest match ever, with Dom just pipping Rosie to champion status.
Y8 French for the 8yLints and 8x&yRyder groups, particularly good work this week has come in from Charlotte, Oceana, Oliver, Natalia and Kelsie who have completed all the work for the week to a great standard (so far – there is lots of excellent work coming in from these groups and I am very proud of them).
The Y8 French Quizlet challenge finished this week and was won by Tom in 8yBasel, very closely followed by Alfie in 8yLints and Jess in 8yBasel.
EPiC – Spirited Arts Project
Mrs Wilkins has nominated Maddie Y9 and Brooklyn Y8 as Students of the week for their work towards the Spirited Arts competition.
Maddie explains below.
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:
The following students mentioned in the blog have received nominations as Year 7 students of the week:
Ava, Scarlett, Joshua, Timas, Lily and Jacob
The following students mentioned in the blog have received nominations as Year 8 students of the week:
Amelie, Brooklyn, Rocco and Alfie
The following students mentioned in the blog have received nominations as Year 9 students of the week:
Oliver, Ryan, Tia, Dulcie, Poppy, Jess, Eliza, Oscar, Maddie and Rhianna
The following students mentioned in the blog have received nominations as Year 10 students of the week:
Zach, Jodie and Ollie
Staying in touch and up to date with Plymstock School
We continue to update parents with direct messages through our MyEd messaging service. To support the volume of updates as requested by parents only a limited number of key important messages will be sent home each week.
Please do check our Plymstock School Newsfeed for all our latest updates and messages.
Information about Distance Learning can be found here:
Information on Mental Health and Wellbeing can be found here:
and specific information related to COVID-19 is on our distance learning page below the Newsfeed banner.
Information on Face-to-Face Learning for Years 10 and 12
can be found here:
Here, you will find pertinent information, letters and FAQ all in one place which will make accessing information much easier.
Information on Year 6-7 Transition Process can be found here:
We have launched a virtual transition webpage to support all our Year 6 students, parents and carers in joining Plymstock School.
A team of staff are working actively with our primary feeders to find out all about you.
Please find it on our homepage in the menu bar.
It includes all of our key information, parent letters, introduction from Mrs Kirk, The SEND Team, Mr Chivers and a new ‘Virtual Tour’.
Below is a gallery of some of the pictures linked to stories we have featured in our blogs since 20 March.