30 Oct

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You can now view the September 2018 Newsletter on the link below:

September 2018 Newsletter

Message from the Headteachers

Dear Families,

In some ways, it is hard to believe that we are only two weeks into a new academic year; routines are established and pupils swiftly focused on their learning. Our new Year 3 pupils and staff say that they feel they have been with us for a long time! In short, the term has started remarkably well with all areas of the school busy, and yet we still managed to have a Year 10 and 11 Field Trip to Slapton Sands take place, despite the drizzle. Even our Food Technology Room has been busy, with Mr Daplyn supporting Year 9 in cooking a Greek Salad and Greek Rice Pudding, Mrs Joslyn supporting Year 3 and 4 in making dinner rolls, and Mr Street and Mrs Roderick supporting Year 8 in making soups.

As we began this school week, we were reminded of the words of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:

“Thou comest, Autumn, heralded by the rain,
With banners, by great gales incessant fanned,
Brighter than brightest silks of Samarcand …”

This past week, there has been no doubt that Autumn is well and truly upon us, with many of our female students already having resorted to wearing their Winter uniform. Speaking of which, we would be grateful for your continued support in ensuring that girls’ skirt lengths are below the knee, and that hair tokens are appropriate, as per the OneSchool Policy.

Our Assembly during Week 1 welcomed everyone back to school and stressed the importance of ‘Persistence’ as a habit for success; we should not give up at the first hurdle, as it were, especially at the start of the academic year. Last week, our second Assembly focused on the theme of First Aid Week, linking with the habit of mind – ‘Managing Impulsivity’. At Plymouth Campus we provide First Aid training to staff and students because we value its importance.  We learned that the Red Cross idea was born in 1859, when Henry Dunant, a young Swiss man, came upon the scene of a battle in Solferino, Italy, where some 40,000 men lay dead or dying on the battlefield and the wounded were lacking medical attention. Dunant managed his impulsivity and thus the idea of the Red Cross was born. Today, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation that helps victims of armed conflict and internal crises and co-ordinates the work of National Societies in these situations.

Moving on to this week – our Assembly was on the theme of The Ozone Layer and how vital it is to listen carefully to what people are telling us in relation to the environment. We are all thinking about what we can do in order to help protect our precious ozone layer; ‘one person can make a difference’ being our motto. We now look forward to next week when we celebrate the European Day of Languages.

You might be interested to know that we have MAP testing taking place next week. Additionally, next Wednesday, 26th September, you will be invited to come into school and speak with your child’s Tutor regarding how they have settled to date. Appointments will be emailed to you and we thank you, in advance, for your patience and support as we finalise arrangements.

In the meantime, please look out for an email next week detailing information regarding our curriculum. We thought it might be helpful for you to have a summary of what each year group (from Year 3 to Year 11) will be studying in each subject, term by term. To this end we have produced Curriculum Booklets that will be available to you and, perhaps, the myth that is what happens inside the classroom may be dispelled a little.

We are grateful to all of you who completed the Parents’ Survey during the summer break. Please note that, should you wish to still complete the survey, it is still open for the next week and we value your feedback. It was good to receive all the positive comments; we also noted the one or two concerns that were mentioned. Please know that our door is open and you are welcome to come and see us with both positive comments and any concerns that you might have. 

To end with, a special mention of our Year 12 pupils. We received several emails this week detailing how pleased their teachers are with them; hard work and a cheerful disposition really make a difference. Well done therefore to Amos, Bronya, Caitlyn, Fabio, Nicola and Vern for being such positive ambassadors for Plymouth Campus. Long may this continue!

With very best wishes,

Mrs Roderick and Ms Warburton