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Headteacher's Blog 24th January 2020

This morning I took the opportunity to sit with Mrs Brett’s small guided reading group, who read together every tutor time in the LRC. The question and answer session at the end demonstrated the benefit of this focussed approach, with every student eagerly recalling facts and information from their latest book. The students all have a similar ability and these sessions are designed to support reading development and confidence. Thank you to Mrs Pope for arranging this and being so accommodating in the LRC.  Unfortunately, I just missed out on the end of week hot chocolate but I look forward to dropping by again soon!

It was fantastic to hear about one of our students, Bethany Everson who played for Plymouth Argyll ladies on Wednesday night winning 8-1 against Buckland Athletic in the Devon Senior Cup Final.  A brilliant start to what I’m sure will be an impressive sporting career.   Bethany was said to have played well down the left wing, producing a number of good crosses.

Our Year 7 girls played amazingly this week in their netball game against Coombe Dean, winning 9-1 and the Year 9 football team won 4-0 last night.  All down to the dedication of our brilliant P.E department and commitment of our students.

Our Year 9 Sports Leaders were once again a real credit to the school, showing fantastic organisation and guidance during the Primary Football Festival.  In what were difficult conditions on a cold winter’s night, our students demonstrated great maturity and were brilliant role models for our Primary visitors.

On Thursday 35 students from Years 10 and 12 visited Plymouth University to participate in an exciting STEM event. They had tours of departments and were actively encouraged to look at the future of Science, Technology, Maths  and Engineering by participating in lots of interactive exhibitions. The students have had a glimpse of the future pathways available to them. Lots of fun was had trying the technologies and even a little racing of Segway’s.

I am incredibly proud of Joseph Harris, Kamaldeep Chopra and Jakub Chrzanowski who represented the school this week in The Royal Society of Chemistry School Analyst Competition regional finals. They competed against 8 other schools by  undertaking practical analytical exercises based on problems relevant to industrial or social needs. They came second only being beaten by the school that had won in the previous 2 years. Congratulations to the team who have represented the school with pride and demonstrated their extensive knowledge of Chemistry.  

Thursday 27th January is Holocaust Memorial Day.  To mark this Miss McVicker took 4 Year 10 students to the Plymouth Council House to present a piece of art work that, with the aid of Mrs Gravener had been commissioned to commemorate this important date.  The art work will be displayed in the Council House as a sobering reminder of the millions of people murdered in the Holocaust. Monday will mark 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and as a school we will be presenting dedicated assemblies next week, highlighting the devastation which shook the very foundations of civilisation. 

I would like to thank Miss McVicker and Mrs Gravener for the work they have put into organising our commemoration and I would like to congratulate our students on the mature way they presented themselves at such an important event. 


Wishing you all a lovely weekend.

Martin Brook Headteacher