Year 13 Leavers – 2021
What an exciting two years we have had! To be fair, the majority of it has been with us sat at home trying to keep ourselves and others safe – however, whenever possible it’s been you that we have had in school. This included last summer when it was just Year 10 and 12 in school, staying fully socially distanced at all times, sat 2m away from everyone else, but still thrilled to be in school, and seeing you all virtually through MS Teams this year, mainly as little circles and letters on my screen. You and I learning together how to do remote learning!
The ‘will you, won’t you’ have final exams was also good fun, and the decision being taken that you would not be taking final exams, soon became a scary prospect with your teachers mentioning evidence to you on a daily basis. This has meant you have worked relentlessly hard this term to prove what you are capable of in your subjects.
Through all the challenges you have been resilient and positive and I very am proud of you all! I know you are all extremely tired and hope you can all now managed a well-deserved break.
Make sure you enjoy this summer – celebrate your 18th birthday, go to the pub (now they are open!), spend time with friends, enjoy yourselves …
Good luck in all your future endeavours, I know you will continue to make me proud and represent Plymstock School well.
Till we meet again …
I don’t think words can do justice as to how proud I am of all of you for what you have accomplished and overcome during the last two years.
A Levels always bring trials and tribulations but I feel that your experience has seen the A Level experience taken to the extremes!
Let’s think of what you have accomplished and learnt:-
You are now masters of MS Teams and other technologies.
The hope is when you leave sixth form most of you are on your way to being independent learners – Class of 2021 you are now experts on what to and what not to do!
Not all of you have experienced the joys of virtual interviews but the ones who have, will have developed a whole new skillset which will aid you well in this technological world.
Flexibility and adaptation
You have rolled with the punches as they say. In school, not in school, virtual learning, masks social distancing, LFT, stay indoors don’t stay indoors…. And you have done this with humour, kindness, smiles, strength of character and of course, as to be expected, a few tears. What a bunch of stars you have been.
Optimum Personal hygiene
I bet your hands have never been so clean.
I know a lot of you have acknowledged the impact we have on the world around us. I also know a new found appreciation has been found for living by the coast. Take this knowledge and appreciation and continue with the efforts to look after our world.
Let’s not sugar coat it – it’s been really tough but the organisation and self-motivation skills learnt, will aid you well throughout the next phase in your life.
Kindness and empathy
Seeing so much heartache and suffering over the last year and a bit, has hopefully given you a new perspective on how different and unequal society is and maybe it has inspired some of you to try and make a difference to the world (or at least your little pocket of it). Always choose kind. As Maya Angelou said “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Overcoming/coping with boredom
Some new hobbies will have been formed or old ones dusted off hopefully these will help you as the years go on and help you unwind as the years go on.
This never happened for me but I know a lot of you have enjoyed the time to exercise – keep it up it is important for your wellbeing.
Appreciation for friends and family
Being separated from each other or having to live on top of each other has hopefully taught you the importance of appreciating those in your lives.
Don’t focus on the things you have missed out on because you are all ridiculously young and you have time to do the things you want to do. I promise you, you will pass your driving tests, you will have lots of holidays and adventures and lots of parties and of course lots of hangovers.
So my advice to you leaving us; appreciate the small things, look after yourselves, think BIG, take your time to figure out who you are and what you want to do next and most importantly don’t compare yourself to others, you are all on your own journey – make it what you want it to be.
I will miss you Class of 2021 it has been a pleasure knowing you – keep in touch J
Have a wonderful well deserved Summer break – take care.
To 13APC – “A life less ordinary”
The last two years have been a roller coaster of highs and lows on your journey into adult life. Covid has changed your experience of sixth form but has also forced you to develop new skills, such as online learning, that may now stay with you for the rest of your life. You have grown your independent learning and your ability to self-motivate, to leave Plymstock stronger and more resilient than you have ever been. Now it is time to fly! To leave the safety of school and begin the rest of your life. Your life story is an adventure that is yours to shape. Whatever your passion, whatever your drive, just be the best you can be and good things will follow. I hope that in our short time together I have inspired you to get out and make the most of every situation that you encounter. When I meet you sometime in the future, will you be living that “life less ordinary?”
I hope so – Good luck!
My Tutor Group
Firstly, it has been a privilege to be there with you as you developed as young adults and seeing you build in confidence and character!
You are a diverse group who have supported each other in times of need, especially over the past year! You have faced many challenges and become stronger from the challenges and experiences.
I know that in whatever you do you will be amazing!
I have great faith having known you all that you represent the best in young adults and will make your mark in the world in the future.
I would like to say it has been an honour to know you all and to wish you happiness in whatever you do with your lives going forward.
Be true to yourself and there is nothing you can’t do!
As the famous astronaut once said “To infinity and beyond” (Copy right buzz light year)J
All the very Best
Tutor message 13KAM
Well 13KAM, what a couple of years it has been (or not been!).
You have impressed with your mature approach to lockdown learning and your good humour throughout, even when things got tough and it seemed as if things would never end.
Your calm, measured approach to the evidence and assessment season you have sat through has been equally impressive and I commend you all; I know some of you were paddling like crazy while looking all swan-like and serene. You deserve a lovely break before moving on to the next chapter of your lives.
I will miss seeing your smiling/frowning/yawning faces each weekday morning.
I will miss some of the debate/discussion and I am not sure what you are all going to do without Ed to keep you informed and up-to-date!
All the very best for the future: for driving tests, apprenticeships, university courses, jobs, first pets (big responsibility!), first homes and all that life brings your way. I am sure you will all succeed at whatever you set your minds on and continue to work hard to achieve.
Take care, stay safe
To 13RLC (class of 2021)
It’s time to say a fond farewell but first a huge ‘THANK YOU’ for your good humour and wit, your positivity (well, most of you anyway), your willingness to get stuck in, your friendly, polite demeanours…I could go on and on. Aside from one rather heated debate early in Yr12, there have been no tantrums or fallout; no drama – which is a credit to you all. Most of I am humbled by how graciously you have handled all the challenges of the past year. You have carried on and made the best of things and it has been an absolute pleasure being your tutor for the past two years. You are a hard-working bunch and your company will be missed – my next tutor group will have a lot to live up to! I have no doubt you will all go on to bigger and better things beyond Plymstock, but never forget to be kind, live life away from your phone as much as possible and always get enough sleep!
Miss Cohen J
To Alice, Zoe, Sarah, Louis, Lewis and Tyler:
Thank you for a fantastic two years and being a brilliant English language and Literature group. I’ve really enjoyed all our lessons together and you’ve done so well. You’ve all worked really hard through the most challenging of circumstances and I will miss you all. Very best of luck for the future.
I have been absolutely blown away by the commitment and resilience shown by you all over the last two years and have thoroughly enjoyed teaching you. I couldn’t have asked for a better ‘lockdown’ A Level class. Wishing you all the best for your exciting futures. Well done and enjoy your summer.
What can I say, I have absolutely loved teaching my Ethics class this year, well when I have actually seen them rather than trying to teach them online
I love their dedication and their sense of humour it literally makes my day. The ethical conversations that have taken place in the classroom have been second to none and in particular Dan, Dan, (daren’t say which is which in case I get it wrong!) Louis and Jack have continually discussed ethics which is definitely reflected in their ability to write essays. Others have had a little more difficulty talking ethics and might want to question the ethics of being off task We have the quiet students, the noisy students Girls you know which ones you are, we have those that might (accidentally) mislead a gullible teacher….how many essays have been set???we have had the highs and lows of studying a challenging subject, the traumas of taking driving tests and all of the other trials that we have faced in a difficult few years. It will definitely be something for them to tell their grand kids, …….when I was at school you will never believe what it was like…….they will finally sound like Sladey talking about the dark ages when she was young!!!!! Anyway it has been a pleasure an absolute pleasure to teach these guys in my last year as a full time teacher and I wish them all the best for a bright future that is full of promise. I have enjoyed sharing the RS journey with them, some of them have been stuck with me for years.
To year 13 psychologists, criminologists and sociologists
Thank you for the last two years, it has been an absolute pleasure to teach you and get to know you all. You have all been amazing and I will miss each and every one of you. I now hope you can leave school and take with you a more critical view of the world around you.
It is going to be very quiet when you all leave especially life in a classroom without Kacie! I hope Abigail and Evie reach their dreams of becoming rich. I hope double Dan don’t get themselves in trouble by living up to their fictitious story about their criminal antics.
You have all made me laugh for the last two years and also driven me slightly crazy too. I wish you all the best of luck for the future.
To my year 13 sociology lot – it’s been fun! I hope if you ever hear the term “GMG” that you hear my voice saying it as a chant like I did in lessons! I wish you all the best and hope that you feel confident and empowered to do whatever it is that you dream of doing, no matter how scary it can be.
To my year 13 business group – Sorry to Elliot that we never watched the McDonalds video. Unfortunately, even though we never watched it I still picture his face every time I think of McDonalds. On a different note; there are some really strong people in this group and some absolutely brilliant humans. I hope you all reach for the stars in the future and get everything you deserve.
I just wanted to say a few words about the Yr 13 business class. The stand out character moment was during lockdown, education was in disarray, but this class showed such grace and pragmatism for their studies. They were able to complete their coursework without fuss or complaint and with 6 weeks to spare. I have had the pleasure of teaching many of the students since Yr 10 and in each lesson they have added to the lesson in a positive way. I will always remember the friendship and humour the class has demonstrated for each other and for their teachers. Fond memories always.
Kindest of regards
It is with great sadness I wish you goodbye and farewell. You have battled through these unprecedented times with a dignity and maturity that has amazed and inspired me. You have made me very proud and I wish every one of you the very best in luck, success and laughter on the next step of your journey.
What will we miss about year 13 Physics? Well….
Seeing their faces light up when I tell them we’re doing a practical,
Then seeing their faces drop when they realise it’s not that exciting,
Asking Jacob to shut up/pay attention/stop being inappropriate/do some work………
Trying to decipher their calculations (you know who you are)
Arguing with Ed about whether or not he should have been given a mark after every test
Lauren and her frog umbrella
Trying to convince Ollie that written answers should actually have some sort of structure.
Isaac and his Swedish cow questions
Jacob and Harriet’s obsession with the equations booklet or “The Bible”
The shocking post lockdown haircuts/mullets (you know who you are)
Spending an age trying to work out how to get the right answer then realising there is another mistake in the textbook
Hi year 13 I just want to wish you ALL the very best of luck on your next step (whatever that may be). A special mention to 11SJF you will not be forgotten as my first ever tutor group – you will all be missed
Well for some of us it has been a 4 year journey to get to the end of Year 13. What a rollercoaster ride it has been, never in a million years could we have predicted the changes and interruptions to the last 2.
You have coped so well and maturely with such uncertainty and constant change. While this has meant we have not had the 6th form experience you or we would have wanted you too, we have still had so much fun being able to guide you through the Computer Science A Level and see all of you become more confident as problem solvers and practitioners of Computer Science principles.
Many of you are off to study this fantastic subject further, some off to apprenticeships, the military and other fields of study. It is such an exciting time for you all. Please let us know how you get on.
We wish you the very best of luck in your future and whatever it may bring hope you are happy and enjoy many more adventures in the coming years.
All the best,
Rogers and Swan
Thank you, for keeping me sane during lockdown. Thank you, for all your efforts before and after when in school, you were a pleasure to be around and thank you for all you have done to support the PE department.
I wish all of you the best in your future endeavours and will look forward to hearing about your successes.
Mr M K Taylor
I would like to say “Goodbye” to my ‘lovely’ Health and Social Care Class. I have really loved teaching you (well, being in the same room as you) for the past two years (ish) and I have always looked forward to our lessons because I know we will always find something funny!
I enjoyed your enthusiastic responses to our Anatomy and Physiology quizzes especially those final questions which Olivia liked answering so much! I was also very moved to receive such thoughtful and kind Secret Santa Gifts! Nakyta’s home made Secret Santa present was inspired – you should start a business! It still makes me laugh that your ‘Thank You Teacher’ postcards to me were censored!
Jas and Lucie – you both really need to get your bladder issues sorted out -stop drinking so much! This of course led to mine and Lucies amazing ‘product idea’ – although in reality I don’t think it would have made it on Dragon’s Den!
Then of course, is the hilarious game of writing ‘rude words’ in other people’s coursework! Hopefully, you will have all learnt the very valuable lesson ‘proofread before submission’! Believe me, that novelty wears off quite quickly when you’re marking the stuff!
And who can forget our regular visits from Mr Sprenkel who popped in when he clearly had nothing better to do – ‘Jasbo’ has got to be his most inspired student nickname!
Freya, congratulations you have beaten my son’s record for wearing your shorts on the coldest days possible.
I will miss teaching you all, although it is very likely that Olivia and Millie will still be working on their coursework in October!
And finally – yes you don’t need to come to my lesson period 5 on Friday!
Take care – keep in touch (but not too often!)
Message for A level Biologists: Miss Evans and I have worked you hard over the last 2 years in really strange circumstances; and whilst I have completely forgotten what the bottom half of your faces look like, I am immensely proud of the amount of effort and determination every single member of our class has put into achieving some truly fantastic grades. We have had some weird and wonderful conversations and I have tried to answer some very strange questions and resolve some extremely random arguments over the past couple of years. It is rare to get a class where everyone in their puts in maximum effort and where I can praise you all equally. Your Pictionary skills still need considerable work before your next Christmas day family game…… always things to work on! It has been such a privilege to teach you all. I know you will achieve wonderful things.
To the Avengers of Geography! You’ve been an epic group! Thanks for all of the laughs over the past few years (and longer for those who dipped out at GCSE too). Ms Bartlett and I have both loved our lessons with you. Definitely a highlight of our weeks – especially when there’s cake involved!
I’m chuffed you’ve all survived cake Friday with the ever reliable shatter resistant cake knife! A great life lesson – improvise, adapt and overcome!
I wish you all the very best for the comings years! Embrace the adventures and get stuck in!
Ed – I’ll forward my NZ address so Mrs Bearman can post some cake!
Peace out homies!
Dear Year 13 Chemists!
It has been an absolute joy to teach you all – you finished as you started, quiet! But found your voices somewhere in the middle. I wish you all of the luck with your next steps and hope you enjoy your new and exciting challenges.
To Year 13 Chemists,
Thank you for all your hard work over the last two years. You have all been amazing throughout- we are so proud of you.
We wish you all the best for next year and beyond.
Thank you to all of you for your amazing resilience over the last 2 years.
I would particularly like to celebrate my mathematics group who have worked incredibly hard and with good humour to make excellent process. It has been a pleasure to teach you.
Good luck and enjoy yourselves,
You have been stars! What a journey it’s been though all sorts of lesson types – online, remote, blended, face to face but 2m apart, back in school, more remote…and throughout it all you’ve remained so positive and such a pleasure to teach. It was no small feat to record your speaking exam via Teams. I am so proud of you and am sure you will go on to be really successful with your uni courses.
A-level historians, good luck for the future! It has been a pleasure to teach you and I am very sad to see you all leaving, I have really enjoyed teaching you all!
Thank you for your efforts, hard work a perseverance during what has been interesting times to say the least. It has been a pleasure to teach you and see you flourish in your time with us since Year 7. Wishing you all the very best
Mr Withey, Mr Willcocks, and Miss Barr