As we approach the end of this half term I would like to thank every single one of you in our school community for the way that you have tried to move forward positively in adapting to the current Covid-19 measures and navigating this to do what we can to support each other.
Don’t forget that the final day of the term is Thursday 21 October as Friday 22 October is a staff training day.
Extra Curricular Clubs and Activities
We have been putting together the timetable for extra curricular activities this year, please note this will be updated and changed throughout the year as additional clubs and activities will be added throughout the academic year.
Please encourage your child to look at this and attend any activities they are interested in or to at least give some of them a try.
Due to Covid-19 our extra curricular activities have been limited and it is so important for children’s personal development and wellbeing to attend additional activities outside of the main school curriculum.
Thank you to Oliver McGeachy 10E who has shared this beautiful photo he took when visiting Kynance Cove in the summer.
Also well done to James Baker 10N who competed in the scoot GB south west regional competition and qualified for UK finals in the intermediate 13+ category
Digital Futures Summit
Thank you to Ms Moreton and Mr Campbell who took a group of students to the Digital Futures Summit at the Devonport Market Hall on Monday. The summit was organised by RIO (Real Ideas Organisation).
A group of Year 7 and Year 8 students who have all applied to be Digital Leaders in school accompanied Mr Campbell and myself to the summit writes Ms Moreton.The last time I visited the Market Hall was several years ago when I took a group of students to see the construction/renovation site, so it was a relief not to have to wear hardhats and high vis this time!
The finished building is magnificent as you can imagine from these photos, with a coffee bar, rooms and seminar spaces available for use by businesses.
We joined five other schools to complete a carousel of six different workshops. These focussed on different aspects of the digital sector and included 3D printing and scanning, media interviewing, cyber security, website building, social media and finally the immersive screen in the geodesic dome.
Our students were all very keen to get involved. One had a 3D scan of his head with Fab Lab Plymouth, others conducted a TV interview on what they'd had for breakfast with Ocean City Media, and groups invented an app to support users of social media with BT. This time next year we'll all be millionaires…
Students also investigated the process of making a website with RIO, and heard about the darker side of IT and cyber security with BluescreenIT as they learned how best to avoid being scammed or having their data stolen.
Our final session was in the dome experiencing immersive cinema and learning a little of how it works - a fitting end to a fascinating day. The students all agreed they were seriously considering a career in the digital sector although, as we discussed, almost every business nowadays requires at least a certain amount of IT skills and knowledge. A terrific day with thanks to Mr Futcher from RIO, and also the HotSW Career Hub.
Have a good half term all.
Just two results to report this week as other fixtures were unfortunately cancelled or postponed due to the weather.
Congratulations to the Year 10 football team, they are through to the fourth round of the Schools National Cup after beating Eggbuckland 3 - 0 on Monday.
Mr Orkney reported that the 1st XV lost 10 - 7 against Plymouth College this week.
He said, "A good, even (and at times tempestuous) game. A positive start".