Saturday 10th October is World Mental Health Day
This year on Friday 9th October, Young Minds have a Wear Yellow Event for World Mental Health Day. This is to support young people’s mental health on World Mental Health Day. Our students have been undertaking some activities below in tutor time with their teachers
You can find out more by listening to the stories here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/54456177
Some of our Post 16 students took part by wearing yellow today and their will be more photographs in next week’s blog from the student activities.
Design and Technology – Year 7
After last week’s impressive cake entries by Year 7, for European Day of Languages, they continue to demonstrate their passion for cooking in this week’s blog. Miss Pring explains:
“Here are Year 7 preparing, cooking and eating their fruit crumbles! As we are unable to do practical lessons at the moment we are doing the planning in lessons alongside demos and then the students are being set an optional homework to make it. We have had an amazing response; many parents have emailed me photos as well as comments saying how much the students are enjoying their lessons.”
They have all worked really well and produced some amazing looking crumbles.
Lots of our students have been cooking at home as part of their homework and pictured below is some of the work from Mrs Rundle’s class.
Pictured below is the work of Harry in 7ydt-aqua, Isla in 8ydt-jade and Katie, Millie and Charlie in in 11b-hp1.
Very impressive and, yet another occasion where virtual just doesn’t replace the real thing. We are very much looking forward to re-introducing the practical elements of our D&T lessons, once we have completed the necessary risk assessments and additional training.
Geography Almighty Dollar Bookmark competition – Year 8
This week I came across this creative group in Miss Easton’s lesson pictured below. Miss Easton explains:
“The bookmark was actually a student led idea. They decided it would be good to have one to find their place in their booklet instantly every lesson. So because I thought it was a great idea I set it for homework.”
Miss Easton was so impressed with the whole class but the group pictured below were nominated as her students of the week: Erin, Ethan, Tilly, Isabel, Gracie and Chloe. Chloe actually photocopied her own American passport.
Erin won in the class because she incorporated what she had learnt about American Transnational Corporations into her bookmark, including a ribbon of the colours of the USA flag!
Really impressive work Year 8
English – Year 7
Miss Robinson has sent in the following about 7YBerra’s reading logs.
“As the library is working differently at the moment, we’re encouraging KS3 students to maintain reading journals. I’ve encouraged my class to really take ownership of the journals by choosing and decorating them in any way they wish; they can record their reading in a variety of ways, including pictures, cartoon strips, or writing questions for characters and authors, as well as more traditional reviews. They have shown real enthusiasm for the journals, and hopefully the pride they are taking in them will contribute to taking pride in what they’re reading too.”
Amazing work and thank you for sharing your inspiring reading journals.
Students of the week – Lots of nominations and deserving winners again this week
All our winners have demonstrated Endeavour, Resilience and Empathy; Plymstock School students striving to “Be the best you can be”
Our other winners include:
In Year 7
Charles has been nominated by Mr M K Taylor for his amazing progress in Table Tennis over the last 4 weeks. From not being able to rally to 10 to now achieving a record of 75 shots.
Jason by Miss Matthews for his resilience and perfect manners.
In Year 8
Miss Reeve has nominated two students from her English class as Students of the week
Miss Reeves explains:
“My English class have been working incredibly well working on similes, metaphors and personification. They have been using figurative language and using the five senses within their written work which has produced some highly imaginative pieces of work. I have felt extremely proud of my entire class. They have worked like absolute ‘troopers’.
Ella’s piece which she only produced in her lesson this morning was to an excellent standard which is why I would like to nominate Ella as one of my students of the week”.
“Jacob has been working absolutely brilliantly in our English lessons. He was extremely involved and came back with some excellent answers to some quite complex questions. I have been impressed by his maturity and involvement within our group. He has been a pleasure to teach.”
Ms Rice has nominated both Lilia and Andra for being kind and thoughtful young ladies. Yesterday, they had French P5, and they went into the room and wiped all the tables down ready for the lesson. They also both work so hard in every lesson.
Ms Baker has nominated Ava for consistently good work this week and winning every competition in class! Well done Ava!
All the Year 8s are pictured below with Miss Easton’s nominees from her bookmark competition.
In Year 9
Bogdan and Reece were nominated by Mr Davis for great logo designs in computing.
In Year 10
Iuan has been nominated by Miss Parish for really working hard after a difficult lockdown.
Michael is Miss Burgess’ student of the week as she has been so impressed with Michael’s kindness towards other students; he will readily help a struggling student and is extremely thoughtful. Other students know that he is always willing to support them and they turn to him for help with their work. Michael never resents the time that he gives up for others and he has demonstrated this in the past when he worked, voluntarily, for the library as a Reading Mentor.
Jamie has been chosen by Mrs Sharma as she has been really impressed with Jamie’s effort and enthusiasm in Physics lessons since the start of term – he is really engaging with the content, working hard in lessons and homework and always asks if there’s something he’s not sure of. He often contributes to class discussions and is keen to answer questions.
Olivia is Ms Baker’s nomination as she started the course very positively and has managed to be very specific in her practice questions, using the new terminology well.
Two nominations by Miss Pring : Spencer and Tom as they have settled really well into Year 10 and the new courses. Both have shown a very positive attitude to their learning, producing good quality homework tasks as well as excellent effort in the classroom. In fact she has been impressed so far with all the Year 10 who have chosen either GCSE D&T or the BTEC Construction course.
In Year 11
Harley has been nominated by Ms Parish for her work in English, she has a brilliant attitude to learning; she is really focused and trying hard.
Ollie has been nominated by Miss Birchnall for his work in Chemistry; he shows resilience and is working hard to achieve his very best in every lesson.
Natalie has been nominated by Ms Baker for her work in Languages, demonstrating really good pronunciation and recall in this week’s lessons.
Finn is Mr Rogers’ student of the week for his exceptional commitment and resilience in his Computer Science studies.
Dedan and Destine have been nominated by Ms Burgess as her Students of the Week. She says, “They helped me hugely to create a video for the English department for our virtual Open Evening – they are both such talented, imaginative and creative students. Destine always go out of her way to help others and both students are a credit to our school.” Destine is pictured below with our other post 16 nominees.
If you haven’t seen their video or our other videos, please do follow this link and school down; our students and staff have worked very hard to convey why we believe our school is a special place to be.
Post 16 nominations
Year 13 Biology: Eva for perseverance and dedication to improving performance in Biology
Year 13 History: for their excellent performance in class assessment: Lauren B, Ruth F-E,
Jack L, Michelle M, Dan P, Charlotte P, Dan R, Josh S and Edith.
Year 12 History: for their excellent performance in landmark assessment: Ed B, Abbie C, James E, Jacob J, David M, Megan R, Lucy R.
Year 12 Health & Social Care: for making a fantastic start this year, they are all doing so well Mrs Dover couldn’t choose just one!
Jessica A, Olivia B, Neve B, Arina C, Darcie H-C, Rosie H, Sophie J, Chloe J, Lauren N, Keira P, Jemima Q, Immy R, Evie S, Betsie W, Isabelle W, Eloise W-K, Charlotte W and Codie W.
Year 12 RS: Sophie O G for he diligent in her quiet, understated way.
Year 13 RS: Ruth F-E (double nominee). Always striving to progress. Diligent and hard working.
Dan P also a (double nominee) for resilience and listening to advice, especially when I got it wrong!!!!! He will know what Ms Slade means!
Year 12 Chemistry: Erin M: for excellent effort and commitment during the last few weeks and going above and beyond when completing her summer work.
Tutor Nomination: Ben W, 12 NJB for his calm, smiley and supportive manner within the tutor group
Mr Bellamy’s personal Marathon Challenge
On Sunday Mr Bellamy joined over 45,000 people across the country running the virtual London Marathon. He ran 26.2miles around Plymouth and Plymstock! Mrs Johns joined him to offer support for 9miles and left him with just 4miles to go. It’s a great achievement for anyone to get out there and go running, and it was really inspiring to see so many people around Plymouth out running that day – you may have seen people with their numbers on!
Congratulations to them both and some pictures below of the challenge Mr Bellamy has now set up in school.
Year 7 Reading Challenge
My 1st Competition this year is a Reading Challenge. I would like you to read a new book and create an A4 poster reviewing the book. Please make it bright and colourful.
The best ones will be displayed in school and will receive a prize of a book voucher.
Your entries for this competition should be passed to the Competition Box in the Year 7 Hub with your name and tutor group clearly marked on it.
This competition will run through to 1st December.
Heroes Group – Service Child Support Group
Our whole school Heroes group is big. There are over 170 Service Children at Plymstock School.
Usually at the start of the year I would meet together with each year group. I would also ask if there was anything I could do to help you settle in to the new school year. But, due to the current restrictions I cannot currently meet with you. I still want to welcome you all to your new year and I still am here to help.
THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION October 2020 MKC Heroes’ Newsletter is attached below.
I have set up on Satchel One a Heroes Group for each year group. This will allow us communicate with each other whilst we cannot all meet face to face. Please let me know if there is anything you would like me to share with the group.
Please use either Satchel One or email to contact me –
Mrs Wilkins – Service Child Coordinator
Careers@PlymstockSchool – September 2020 Update
Careers Insight – Bouncing back – Teamwork makes the dream work
Last week we explored Personal Organisation and how it is a part of our everyday lives. We identified how these skills can be easily transferred from childhood to adulthood.
This week we focus on Teamwork.
Emotion in a Mask Project
Mr Barnes has been encouraging our staff to help his GCSE class by creating project materials. He explains
“I sure that it can’t have escaped your notice that the news at present is pretty full of doom and gloom. The days are getting shorter and the weather is changing. Most of the smiles that would usually brighten our days are hidden behind masks. With this in mind I’m asking for volunteers from our staff to have their portrait photos taken making funny faces whilst wearing their masks. My year 10 Art groups will then draw an A2 detailed pencil portrait of each of the photographs that are taken. These portraits will then be able to be displayed about the school to lift our spirits but also perhaps promote the wearing of masks.”
I would just like to thank the staff for giving up their time and images to support our students as well as raising a smile.
Unfortunately due to restrictions around GCSE work we would be able to publish the work until the students complete their GCSEs but will when we are allowed in the future.
Forthcoming Virtual Events
At Plymstock, we understand that deciding on a secondary school can be a complex process.
Due to the current restrictions imposed due to COVID-19, regretfully we are unable to host our on-site open events for prospective Year 7 students and their families.
However, we are delighted to inform you that we have created a virtual Open Evening page to help students, parents and carers with their decision.
Here you will find a presentation from the Senior Leadership Team and links to videos which give families the opportunity to view the school facilities, see and hear our staff and students and experience activities in our departments.
There are currently 3 videos showing tours of the site:
You might also like to explore our Gallery of events from 2019-20
This page will be updated each week from 22 September with new videos -please keep checking and re-visiting.
If you have a question which is not answered here then please contact us and we will do our best to provide the answer. Support@plymstockschool.org.uk
We hope you enjoy our virtual Open Evening videos.