Monday, 23 November 2015

Head's Blog: 23rd November 2015

I am very pleased to be able to report a number of successes last week. Firstly the year 11 football squad competed in the quarter finals of the Plymouth schools cup on Thursday. The fixture was against DHSB who reached the quarter finals of the English schools cup last year. The boys, captained by Lewis Guest performed fantastically showing immense effort and great team work throughout the fixture and won the game 4-1. Mr Greenway is rightly very proud of all the players for the manner in which they conducted themselves and the pride they showed in representing the school. Special praise must go to Ewan Morgan for putting in an outstanding performance.

Secondly the PTFA Quiz on Friday was a great success primarily because it was enjoyed by all who attended. In addition the event raised over £700. I am very grateful to all those involved.

Thirdly we were visited on Friday by Sir David Carter who is the Regional Schools' Commissioner for the South West. Sir David is responsible for monitoring and making decisions about all the academies and free schools in the South West so that is Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Dorset all the way down to Penzance and even the Scilly Isles. Sir David was interested in what we are doing to improve our College. He met with the Leadership Team, observed some lessons and spoke to students. He was tremendously impressed with what he saw, especially during his conversations with students. Parents may have seen his tweet about us:

As Advent approaches it is a good time for me to give you early warning of our College Pantomime and Christmas Concert which will be in the last week of term.

Year 7 News
Mr Ousey has shared some great news this week…”Sam Hammond was involved in a Reptile Convention event on Monday 16th November at the Achievement Centre in the city centre.Sam gave a 10-15 minute presentation to approximately 50 people - all University/College students going into Pet 

His talk was on his Woma Python - Stripes - and he talked about their care needs and how to handle them. He was also detailing his breeding program he is establishing for them!

Sam also took other snakes along and then helped the audience to hold them! Bad news is that Sam also bought a tarantula at the event - here's hoping he doesn't want to bring it in!”

This is great news, although I’m not sure about the tarantula!  Well done Sam.

Mr James has shared this great news…"The year 7 rugby team came home Cunningham Cup trophy winners after 6 hard fought games! 

It was a brilliant day with 10 schools; almost 150 Year 7 students competing.

The boys were awesome and represented the school magnificently.”

Mr Tew and Mrs Cox are organising an OAP event for Thursday 10th December, which is an annual event where the grandparents of Year 7 are invited in for Christmas celebrations (letters will be available in due course with more definite information).

To help support this event, we are kindly asking if Year 7 would be able to bring in a wrapped present that clearly states whether it is male, female or unisex, so we can present each Grandparent with a gift during their visit.  Last year we had gifts such as chocolate, biscuits, joke books, fragrances, shower/bath smellies etc.  We thank you in 
advance for those who are able to donate to this great event.

If your son has a Grandparent who is able to attend and would like to help out during the event, please ask him to pass his name to his Tutor.

Mrs Swann

The prayer theme this week is "Media" and boys will be using this prayer:

Lord Jesus, in the world that you love so much we are surrounded with advertising on the 
streets, in magazines, on TV and on the internet all trying to convince us of ways of enjoying ourselves and becoming likeable and popular.

Keep our vision clear and show us how to distinguish between what is shallow and what is of lasting value. Inspire us to choose ways of deeper happiness that lead to fullness of life. 

We ask this of you who said: “I am the way, the truth and the life.” Amen.

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Head's Blog 15th November 2015

We ended last week with a day raising money for Children in Need. Make sure you look at our Facebook page for pictures of the boys. I will let you know the total raised next week.

We also had some important sporting success recently. On Thursday our Table Tennis squad travelled to Eggbuckland to compete in the Devon School's tournament. The U16 team managed to get to the final where they were narrowly beaten by the home team. To be second best in Devon is a great achievement.

The Year 7 Rugby Team managed to go one better and win the Cunningham Cup trophy coming out top of 10 schools.

Year 7 News

Mrs Coot had the pleasure of accompanying members of the HMS Heroes group on two visits the first to HMS Raleigh and the second to Plymouth Guildhall, just before half term. She was accompanied by Will Gillen, Oliver and Morgan McClean, and students from other year groups to the guildhall just before the half term break to take part in three days of lead learner training.

The training required the learners to work in a team, planning and developing learning activities, action planning, personal targets and giving effective presentations. Opportunities for the students to reflect and think about what being a service child meant and the positive and negative impact it has on them was extremely interesting.

Well done boys for being such role models to our College!

Mr Trimmer - The boys below have expressed an interest in becoming involved in a production of 'A Thoroughly Modern Mill' at Notre Dame.  Danielle Orlans is coming to talk with them this week about this production, and hopefully we will see some of them (or all!) collaborating with Notre Dame in this production.

 Joseph Massey

 William Gillen

 Oliver Jackson

 Ben Cookson

 Oscar Dawson

 Ethan Murray

 Ethan Hamley

 Jacob Jones

 Brendan Garill Perkins

 Alex Coen

 Ryan Brown

 Tom Pyne

 Russell Felix

Mrs Swann

The prayer theme this week is "Vocation" - on Thursday Year 9 will have this as a theme for their retreat. Students will be using this prayer during Tutor Time.

Loving Lord, inspire me to bring out the best in others and “touch hearts” by being welcoming and generous and always positive in attitude, showing individuals that they matter and are important. May those who are part of my life this say treat me in the same way as I treat them. 


Monday, 2 November 2015

Head's blog 2nd November 2015

On Saturday our New York trip returned. Mr Scott tells me that the boys had a great time but returned very tired! I am sure they will have had a chance to catch up on their sleep before returning to school tomorrow.

I would also like to make you aware of an event at St Peter's Church on Friday. 

Gen Verde are an international performing arts group of the Focolare Movement and will be performing at St Peter's Church in Crownhill Plymouth on Saturday 7th November at 8:00pm. I thoroughly recommend this event to young people and parents.
Tickets: £5 tickets on sale at the door. For more details see the Plymouth Diocese website:

Year 8 and 9 news
This term has seen a positive start to the school year; students have shown a positive attitude to their studies and as a result have gained many merits through the college’s new rewards scheme. As I write this blog our lower school students – those in years 7 & 8 - have received  in total 4853 merits: Year 8 2240 and year 9 2613,  a fantastic achievement. 

Further congratulations go to the current year group leaders, Esala and Liam.  Year 8 has seen a great competition all term with the early leader Esala being chased all the way by Gee and it is fitting to see both students sharing the top spot at the end of term 1. 

Year 8
Esala Lomani 105
Gee Paul 105
Spencer Luetchford 87
Year 9
Liam Hamley 94
Tyler Gregory 86
Jack Rigbey 84

With the college looking to offer exciting prizes to the winners we further encourage all students to strive for success in the gaining of the merit tokens next term.

Next term we will be issuing details of an educational trip to Disneyland Paris which will run in February half –term so watch your e-mails for further details. More and more notices are being sent by e-mail so please ensure we have a current up to date e-mail for you, if you have changed address just send me an e-mail with your son’s name and year to and I will update our records.

As always I would like to wish students a good half-term week, and if you are travelling - as I know some are- a safe journey and remember we return on Tuesday 3rd November  with smart correct uniforms and shoes (NOT TRAINERS), with  short haircuts ready for the new term and all it holds as we start our approach to Christmas with Advents, school concerts and pantomimes.

Mrs L McLoughlin

Year 7 News

The Buckfast Abbey retreat is going fantastically, and I have been very lucky in being able to visit some Tutor Groups to see how they are getting in.  So far I have seen some lovely Stained Glass jam jars being created, Mr Trimmer climbing a tree (please see the photo on the right for evidence of this), fantastic questioning from the students while visiting Buckfast Abbey, helpfulness while clearing away after meal times, excellent pizza making skills and great team work.  Lots of photos are being taken during each Tutor groups visit, and these will be shared next term.

The Merit Leader board is constantly changing, as seen below, and I know that many students have been receiving merits during their time at Buckfast Abbey, and these will be added to their current totals in the first week of the new term – keep going boys, you are all doing fantastically!

Thomas Oliver
Jack Ryan
Morgan McLean
Jack Meertons
Oscar Dawson
Rayan Kalam
Samuel Hammond
Archie Netherton
Oliver McLean
Dylan Jones

William Gillen has been chosen to represent the HMS Heroes at the Guildhall this week, so I look forward to sharing some information and hopefully some photos from this soon.

“Alfie Bettell had a piece of writing published in a book along with other students from St Pauls RC Primary and a few other primary schools. The book is called Starlight and it’s a mayflower 400 anthology of young people’s writing. 

The event I believe was organised by Plymouth City Council and I believe the books are available to purchase. Each child was presented with a copy of the book and a £10 Waterstones book voucher by the Plymouth Lord Mayor.  As you can imagine we are very proud.” – said by Alfie’s Mum.

Term 1 is very nearly over and I really can’t believe how quickly it has gone, it has been a fantastic but busy term, and I look forward to seeing everyone fresh faced and recharged on Tuesday 3rd November (please note that Monday 2nd November is an INSET day for all students).

Kind Regards,

Mrs Swann

On a final note, we have a very small number of students who are arriving late for College. Please could parents make sure that students leave home in plenty of time so that they can arrive on the College grounds by 8:45 am.