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 
care/Veterinary.

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.

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