Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Head's Blog: Tuesday 27 September 2016

Upcoming events

On Thursday 20 October we have our Post-16 information evening. Year 11 students and parents are encouraged to attend to see what is on offer for their Sixth Form studies. As well as giving students a clear idea about the possibilities for next year, it also helps motivate students as they come away knowing what they need to achieve to make the next steps in their education. The evening will start at 6 pm in the College Hall. Afterwards there will a chance to meet subject teachers and other providers.

Over the next fortnight each Year 7 Tutor Group will be away on residential retreat at Buckfast. This will really help them get to gel as a form  and to understand better what we are about as a College.

Showing Compassion

We will soon be starting our Harvest Collection. This is a chance for members of the College Community to show compassion for less fortunate people in Plymouth and the surrounding. This year our harvest donations will be for the charity Devon and Cornwall Refugee Support (DCRSC) This is a list of the things we are looking for:

  • Long Life Milk (UHT or powered) Tinned fruit
  • Sugar 
  • Rice
  • Long Life Carton of Fruit Juice Pasta Sauces
  • Pasta Sauces 
  • Tea
  • Tinned Vegetables 
  • Coffee
  • Tinned Tomatoes 
  • Tinned meat/ fish
  • Pasta Baked beans
  • Tinned Rice Pudding 
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Salt 
  • Squash
  • Pepper 
  • Tomato Puree 
  • Jam 
  • Salad Cream
  • Biscuits or Snack Bars 
  • Tomato Sauce
The collection begins on Monday 3rd October

Opportunities to learn well

Please do keep looking at your son's books and discussing his work with him. Remind him we are looking for every student to show pride in their work this year so he needs to be doing his best with presentation. Also remember that you can check on what homework he has been set and when it needs to be done by checking the Show My Homework website which can be accessed by following this link.
Show My Homework

There is also an app for Android and for Iphones. Please contact your son's form tutor if you have not received login details for the SMH page.

Opportunities for sporting success
Our Year 7 Rugby team had their first taste of competitive play last week. They took part in a tournament and won three from three matches beating Stoke Damerel, Eggbuckland and Devonport High School for Boys. Mr Elliot-Smith reports that the boys were a real credit to St Boniface's winning with passion and style whilst maintaining the highest levels of sportsmanship. Well done to the whole squad!

Asher Mathews
Cameron Harvey
Tom Keers
Billy Smith
Thomas Dawson
Max Ringrose
Ethan Millard
Michael Kelly
Fred Jones
Noah Carlisle
George Hawkins
Thomas Jiju
Sonny Brown
George Edson
Isoa Tuimanu

Opportunity for prayer
Boys will be using this prayer during Tutor Time

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Head's Blog: Tuesday 13 September 2016

This week I want to talk to parents about Show My Homework.

Show my Homework is a web-based system for recording homework. Teachers enter the homework online and students (and parents) can check what homework has been set.

You should have received from your son a letter with log in details which enable you to access the system and find out what your son's (or sons') homework is and when it is due in. There are Apps available for Android and Apple phones so as well as using a web browser you can also use your smart phone to keep up to date. The system went live on Monday. 

If you did not receive the log in letter please ask your son about it - it may be in the bottom of his bag. If he does not have it, please contact his form tutor in the first instance for a copy. If you are having difficulty accessing the system please contact Mr Davies at the College so that he can arrange assistance.

Next week I will say more about other ways we will be improving contact with parents this academic year.

It is always good to hear of old boys succeeding and some of you may have picked up from the press that Josh Bance has been very successful at the World Call of Duty Video Game Championship. His team did well and he was voted Most Valuable Player in the tournament. You can read about it here:


It also seems he won some prize money. We regularly tell boys in school that playing Call of Duty is not helping them prepare for later life and that their time would be better spent on something more worthwhile (homework for example!) Josh is clearly an exception to this rule! Nevertheless remind your son, for the rest of us the rule still holds.

This week in assemblies I will be talking to students about what we can learn from the dedication of Olympic Athletes. I will be suggesting that they should:

  • Take the long view (like Mo Farah will - if he wants to compete in Tokyo in 4 years he will start training now)
  • To remember that anyone no matter how good (or bad) they are can always get better (like Adam Peaty who won a swimming gold and broke a world record)
  • To be prepared to risk failure in order to achieve success (Who bounced back from a diving injury that nearly killed him to win diving gold with Jack Laugher)
  • Do their homework (Like Maddie Hinch, the GB women's hockey goal keeper who kept details notes on all her opponents and was able to prevent Holland scoring any goals in the final penalty shoot out)
Boys will be using this prayer in Tutor time this week:

O Lord,
Grant me your strength, so I will have courage in every situation;
Grant me your love, so I may love others as you love me;
Grant me your knowledge, so I will show others the path to wisdom;
Grant me your mercy, so I will forgive those who have hurt me;
Grant me your peace, so I will find the best in everybody;
Grant me your hope, so I will never give up;
Grant me your joy, so I will be thankful for all my blessings;
Grant me your kindness, so I will treat others as they want to be treated;
And Grant me your grace, so you will always be at my side.

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Head's blog: Tuesday 6th September

It was wonderful to meet students after the summer break yesterday and to welcome new Year 7 boys to the college. I am glad to say they have all - young and old - arrived ready to learn!

I would like to take the opportunity to remind you of the changes in responsibility that I shared with you at the end of last term.

The Leadership Team is now as follows:

Headteacher: Mr F Ashcroft
Deputy Headteacher: Mr A Davies
Assistant Headteacher (Teaching and Learning): Dr A Summers
Assistant Headteacher (Pastoral Care): Mr R Ramage

In terms of subject leadership there will be 5 Curriculum Directors and the SENDCO:

SENDCO: Mr D Ousey
Director of Maths and Computing: Mr P Scott
Director of English and Languages: Mr P Trimmer
Director of Science and Technology: Mrs F Walton
Director of Humanities (RE, Geography, History and Social Sciences): Miss R Blackshaw
Director of Performance (PE, Music, Art, Drama): Mr P Greenway

Each curriculum Director will be assisted by a second in each area.

Second in Maths and Computing: Ms V Taylor
Second in English and Languages: Ms V Phillips
Second in Science and Technology: Mrs S Lee
Second in Humanities: Ms C Redfern
Second in Performance: (PE, Music, Art, Drama): Mrs J Wills

Year Leaders will are as follows:

Sixth Form: Mr S Tew
Year 10 and 11: Mrs L McLoughlin
Year 8 and 9: Mr R James
Year 7: Mrs J Lavers (formerly Miss McFarland)

Mrs Swann will be going on maternity leave in October so Mrs Lavers will take on responsibility for Year 7 and transition until Mrs Swann returns.