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Art Inspired by Rouseau

Art Inspired by Rouseau

Oakwood Primary School attend Sir John Hunt for two afternoons to create their own work inspired by the Artist Henri Rousseau. They looked at Art by Rousseau and produced their own jungle scenes using wax resist and coloured paper they had decorated with inks. Students hadn’t used either of the techniques before so it was great for them to learn new skills.

All of the students produced really interesting and exciting work that they were proud of. It was lovely to see all the students engage with the new techniques, they couldn’t wait to show me their work. Their class teacher said it was such a great experience for the students to work in the art room and they were so excited to come back for the 2nd session.

Art Inspired by Rouseau

Miss Wilkes
ACL for Arts & Creative Technologies

 


 

Magical Maths With Ben Sparks

Magical Maths With Ben Sparks

Ben Sparks discussed 'Where numbers come from' with our whole Year 11 cohort. Students at all levels engaged and off ered ideas which Ben was happy to discuss. It was really good for the students to know that he didn’t know the answer but could give them some suggestions. His humour and bouncy attitude kept them all guessing ('nothing' was a particular challenge to some) and finishing with the Mandelbrot Set sent them off with their minds blown.

In the afternoon Year 10 were kept on their toes with 'Magical Maths', his showmanship drew all the students in and the algebra which explains the tricks was skilfully displayed. They are still discussing how he knew every word on every page of that huge book!

Magical Maths

The students feedback was unanimous, they would welcome him back again to 'make them think'. We need to thank the Royal Institution’s Maths Enrichment and Enhancement Grant Scheme which enabled this visit to take place.

What an inspiring day!

Mrs Gardiner
Leader for KS5 Maths

 


 

Students Perform at Musicality

Students Ecstatic After Musicality Showcase

On Saturday 4th February 2017 two musical groups from Sir John Hunt took part in Musicality, a showcase of some of the best music from Plymouth schools, which was held on the main stage at Plymouth Pavilions.

The 6th Form Rockschool group, consisting of Jasmine Lowe, Josh Smith and (co-opted Year 10) Sam Rafton took to the stage in the afternoon, playing songs from Solange, Tame Impala and Amy Winehouse. The Year 11 Rockschool group, comprising of Liam Dart, Tyler Hobden, Chloe Niedelzki and Noah Whiting played their set in the evening slot. They played songs from Chris Isaak, Nirvana and Joy Division.

Both groups made a fantastic impression on the audience and other schools. Organiser Barrie Mills (from the Plymouth Music Hub) sent us this message: "Your two bands were excellent and really broadened the range of genres we were able to offer. They really connected with the audience".

As the pictures show, our students had the real experience of performing at a proper venue, complete with amazing lights, sound and even their own dressing room. They were quite ecstatic after their performances, and chatting with their parents and friends afterwards was incredibly rewarding.

Students Ecstatic After Musicality Showcase

Mr Cleverley
Music Teacher

 


 

Turn Up The Volume On A Career In Music

Turn Up The Volume On A Career In Music

Music students broke out of their bedroom studios last week and started to think of a career path that they had always dreamed of.

In the 21st century music technology is a serious career with huge potential. Students visited Deep Blue Sound to learn more about music production skills including sequencing, mixing and eff ects. They were shown and given equipment knowledge which covered everything from microphones and mixing desks through to samplers, hardware controllers and software as well as developing DJ skills and techniques.

Deep Blue Sound was founded in 1998 and today is filled with a wide range of industry standard sound recording equipment, production suites and experienced tutors; who are dedicated to professionally focused music education that can help more people, build better futures.

A Career in Music

Miss Newberry
Career, Event and Marketing Coordinator

 


 

Careers Fair

Busy Evening at College Careers Fair

Careers Fair

The school came alive with an array of professionals last week as the Careers Fair took place. Students and parents were able to find out more about career opportunities and pathways to careers by speaking to a variety of employers, training providers and higher education establishments.

Guests included the Armed Forces, Babcock, Capita, Hellermann Tyton, Ministry of Defence, The NHS, Local Universities and many more.

Careers Fair

Miss Newberry
Career, Event and Marketing Coordinator

 


 

Eventful Learning Café Games Night

Eventful Learning Café Games Night

Last Thursday saw the second Learning Café Games Night Event. Year 11 students adapted game playing based on questions from several key subjects including English, maths, biology, chemistry and physics.

The event seemed popular with the Year 11s with everyone enjoying themselves and opening up their subject knowledge with some key revision. The next event will be a quiz night and will be held on the 24th February. We look forward to seing you there.

Mr Felton
Learning Mentor

 


 

Year 9 Football Win

Year 9 Football Win!

Our Year 9 football team is up and running having played two games in the last fortnight. The first game was a true baptism of fire suffering a 6-0 home defeat at the hands of Heles. Though we lost heavily the score didn’t show the tremendous effort the boys put in and they still walked away with heart and a great deal of encouragement.

The second game was a vast improvement and saw SJH host Stoke Damerel Community College. The team started well but SDCC took the lead. It didn’t take long until SJH equalised with Brodie Spanton slotting home after good work in midfield. By half time though SDCC had scored twice meaning there was work to be done in the second half. In freezing conditions SJH showed spirit and teamwork and after an excellent corner, Owen Nicholls half volleyed into the top corner. As the game went on SJH pressed for a winner and it was Fletcher Hurrell who scored a fabulous goal from angle and distance into the bottom corner. A great result and overall performance, 3-2 to SJH.

Well done Year 9’s!

Mr Beynon
Year 8/9 Pastoral Leader

 


 

Polygons, Flexagons and Topology

Polygons, Flexagons and Topology

Four of our Year 7 mathematicians joined various students from Cornwall and Devon at Plymouth University to explore some new mathematical challenges. They worked in pairs throughout the morning identifying shapes by name, learning where those names came from, looking at angle sums, practicing their compass skills and producing regular polygons inscribed in circles.

After lunch the session became very practical and intriguing, they produced 'Mobius Loops' and then were really intrigued by the flexagons. All four students followed the instructions very carefully and produced various items including a leaflet with numbers written on and you could flip it so that the numbers change.

A wonderful day was had by all and the students particularly enjoyed playing with the mathematics which we had learnt.

Polygons, Flexagons and Topology

Mrs Gardiner
CL for KS5 Maths

 


 

Blast Off for Rocket Car Challenge

Blast Off for Rocket Car Challenge!

Last week saw the official start of Sir John Hunt’s Rocket Car 'Race for the Line' Challenge! The project is Inspired by the BLOODHOUND Supersonic Car attempt at the World Land Speed Record. Teams of students from schools and colleges across the country are designing and building their very own foam rocket cars. Once finished the model rocket cars must blast along a wire and through a set of timing gates that gather vital data, enabling teams to modify and improve their designs.

The project works closely with Microsoft Education and the British Army with the competition blasting off in over 4,000 schools across the UK, reaching an estimated 112,000 students. SJH is the Regional Race Hub for Plymouth and will see various school teams competing at open race days in March of this year. The top two primary and secondary school teams from each hub will qualify for the regional finals. The winning primary and secondary school teams at each of the 15 regional finals are then invited to the national finals held in June at the Santa Pod Raceway in Northamptonshire.

Rocket Car

The overall winning team will be invited to join the actual BLOODHOUND Team in South Africa for a once in a lifetime trip to see the Supersonic Car make history on the Hakskeen Pan.

During this week’s meeting students were briefed on the project, the materials available and began research into designing their rocket cars. They got to experiment with different methods of shaping and cutting the foam material to be used and were introduced to the various machines, computers and resources available to help them.

If you were unable to attend this week but would like to join in, come along to C001 on Thursdays from 3.05-4pm or speak to Mr Waite.

Rocket Car Designer

Mr Waite & Mr Whitfield
ACL for Science & CL Art & Creative Technologies

 


 

Great Progress for Outdoor Activities

Great Progress for Outdoor Activities

Students that excelled in their Bikeability level 2 last year have been undertaking their Level 3 this week. We have cycled on larger roads with small groups of two or three to each instructor, looking at the theory and watching traffic to see how it flows around roundabouts and junctions. The students really concentrated well and helped each other, offering encouragement whilst observing each other at the busier junctions. Two more groups of Level 2 Year 7 students start this Wednesday with their Level 1 on the MUGA.

Climbing Club was fun on Thursday at the Life Centre wall. The students started off in the bouldering cave and after a brief warm up they all attempted to climb the hardest things they could find. We had a competition to see who could climb the hardest wall, whilst staying on the longest. Jack and Joe getting top marks for swinging around on steep walls! They both then teamed up and managed to climb to the top of the 16m wall, a very good effort. Bethany and Logan got used to using the auto-belay, a scary thing to do as it automatically lowers you and you just have to let go and let it work! Thank you very much to Mr White who came along to help. Climbing club continues every Thursday 3:05 – 5:45pm, £5 a session.

Intervention team 4 set off to climb to the top of Sheeps Tor via a very rocky and steep section. Their encouragement and help for each other was un-prompted by staff, which was really great to see. On the cliff we had to rest at a ‘belay’ ledge and swap over ropes half way up (around 30ft off the ground). They listened well and followed instructions responsibly. Then the final section to the top was attempted which looked easier but proved to be much harder than the first section, with ice hiding in the moss making it really slippery. The views from the summit were fantastic but we couldn’t hang around very long as the temperature was minus four degrees centigrade! Intervention team 5 worked well together in the Whitleigh woods, enjoying the rope swing and excelled at the tactical game ‘Camouflage’. Both teams are looking forward to next week.

Don’t forget about lunchtime games every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. This week we’ve been making the most of the sunny weather and playing volleyball on the MUGA. If you show commitment and play well you are then rewarded with a sticker for your planner which entitles you to free hot chocolates in the Tipi on the last week of term.

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Mr Alcock
Outdoor Education and Adventurous Activities Instructor

 


 

PLE Keeping Safe Conference 2017

PLE Keeping Safe Conference 2017

On Wednesday 18th January our Level 3 Sixth Form students attended a conference along with our PLE partner schools, Tor Bridge High, Lipson Cooperative Academy and All Saints Academy Plymouth which was held at UCP Marjons. The students from all four schools gathered together to find out more about how to ensure personal safety in our ever changing society.

Students attended key note speeches about health and nutrition, domestic violence and the dangers of radicalisation before going to the ‘market place’ where they could find out extra information regarding online safety, safe sex, mental health issues and excercise to name a few!

Students are now equipped to recognise when they might find themselves in unsafe situations and know who to contact should these issues arise. Students will now choose one area of importance to them and follow this up with wider research throughout the tutorial programmes in their own schools.

We hope that they put into practice what they have learned and manage to always stay safe. If you would like any more information on this event or on any of the issues covered, we would be happy to provide you with any contacts or information you may need.

Mrs Tiley
PLE Administrator

 


 

Amazing Sports Success for Year 8 Student!

Amazing Sports Success for Year 8 Student!

Year 8 student Harvey has been shortlisted for The Plymouth Herald’s Young Sports Personality of The Year 2016 award. The ceremony for which will be held at Plymouth Pavilions on the 30th of January and will include Olympic champions, global medallists and Plymouth’s next generation of sports stars.

Harvey has had tremendous success over the last twelve months in Brazillian Jiu Jitsu and he currently holds the title of European Junior Champion. Seven other young sports stars are also nominated for the award including runners, divers and boxers.

Please join us in congratulating Harvey on his nomination and wishing him the very best.

Mr Benney
Computer Science Teacher

 


 

Inspiring Football Statistics Lesson

Inspiring Football Statistics Lesson

On Wednesday 18th January Matt Neil from Plymouth Argyle took time out of his busy schedule as 1st Team Data Analyst to come and inspire all of the Year 9 students and the staff in the maths department with a talk describing the wide variety of ways in which statistics are used within football.

He spoke about how statistics can be used live in game play with people watching and logging each event as it happens, in order to feed back to the manager at half time or immediately after the match. He also described how video footage is used to enhance these statistics both for the team and manager as well as for the media. Players use the statistics to improve their gameplay. Managers also use statistics during the transfer window to decide which players they would like to try and recruit.

Some students’ comments when asked for feedback about one thing that stuck in their mind after the talk:

"He explained that it is not just kicking a ball around but there is greater depth in football and it can be used in different ways"

"That there is lots more to statistics than I ever thought there was"

"How it is useful in choosing players for the teams and how it helps the players improve"

"That football needs maths and statistics and that it is very important"

We had a fantastic morning learning about the variety of statistics that are used by analysts, the media, managers and team players across all levels of football.

Mrs Daykin
Maths Teacher

 


 

Girls Football Teams Represent College

Girls Football Teams Represent College

On Wednesday the 18th January the new programme of football at Goals kicked off. The event was at capacity with 10 teams taking part in the round robin event and Sir John Hunt entered two Year 7 all girls teams into the tournament. Upon arrival, we learnt that we were the only school to bring an all girls team which to the girls seemed a bit daunting at first however from a viewers perspective, highlights how girls football participation numbers are on the rise.

As well as the chance to be the overall winning team on the day, all of the students taking part received a certificate but there was also an opportunity for one person on every team to take home a very special medal; staff were given the unenviable job of selecting just one of their players on each team to receive a medal for displays of outstanding qualities such as team work, respect and determination.

We had nine games in total against St Boniface, Marine Academy Plymouth, Heles and Stoke Damerel. However our first game of the tournament was a game that would really motivate the girls, a match against each other! Sir John Hunt A and Sir John Hunt B was the first match, so it wasn’t long before the minibus chatter turned into competitive talk. It was a great game to watch with both teams wanting to come out on top. This game finished 2-0 to Sir John Hunt B but let’s not take anything away from Sir John Hunt A who were relentless right till the end.

Our two teams performed admirably against very tough opponents with Sir John Hunt A finishing seventh and Sir John Hunt B finishing fifth. It was a great afternoon all round and the girls were a credit to the College. The Goals event organiser made a point of coming over and specifically thanking both teams for their hard work and how great it was to have two girls only teams. Well done girls!

The next event is on Wednesday 29th March, I look forward to seeing you all then.

The teams were:

Sir John Hunt A – Halle, Holly, Tallulah, Sophie and Bella

Sir John Hunt B – Savanna, Alyssa, Beth, Jade, Izzy and Alisha

Mrs Skelton
CL for PE

 


 

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Great Progress for Outdoor Activities

levels were high, so no-one ever complained about the cold. Level 3 students have been learning how to negotiate two lanes of traffic and the large roundabout on Tamerton Foliot road. It is impressive how they become more used to it and less nervous over just a double lesson. Well done to them.

Climbing Club on Thursday at the Life Centre climbing wall is going well. Students are getting used to starting off in the bouldering cave and warming up first to prevent injury. They then attempt to climb the hardest things they can find. The climbers love bouldering, especially it seems Jack and Jordan who are showing great commitment in attempting routes which they at first found very hard, then working at it until they succeed, even if it means coming back next week to try it. Climbing Club continues every Thursday 3:05 – 5:45pm.

Bike Maintenance Club have nearly finished their project bikes, having taken completely un-rideable bikes and up-cycled them through the maintenance project, with the aim of taking them home and riding them to school every day. The project was oversubscribed so we will try to set up another one next term, giving more people the chance to learn maintenance skills and give them confidence to look after their own bikes at home. It’s been great fun learning these skills and seeing the children progress to being able to fix punctures, brakes, gears and everything else! Towards the end of next term we will take the bikes out on the Plymbridge trails.

The new Intervention group had a successful first day in the woods, despite the awful weather with constant heavy rain. I particularly liked the fact that not one of them complained about this, they just got on with putting up a shelter for us to have hot chocloate in. They then plucked up the courage to do a zip line. They worked well together keeping each other safe before the moment where they zoomed off down the rope! Keep your eye out for some selfie video footage on the media servers.

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Mr Alcock
Outdoor Education and Adventurous Activities Instructor

 


 

Year 8 Netball Success

Year 8 Netball Success

During Term 1 and 2 the College Year 8 netball team took part in the citywide netball league at Heles School. They competed against 8 other teams from across Plymouth, playing each school twice. They did amazingly well, demonstrating not only excellent skill but also fantastic sportsmanship. They were polite to both teams and officials and were an absolute credit to the College.

All their hard work paid off and they finished an incredible joint top with Lipson. Well done to all the girls! The team included; Daisy, Megan, Ashanti, Ocean, Jasmine, Hermione, Brooke, Ariella, Skye, Kaci and Summer

Miss Warring
ACL for PE

 


 

Alumni Help Students 'STEP UP' their Skills

Alumni Help Students 'STEP UP' their Skills

As part of the ongoing Alumni project, five former students returned to Sir John Hunt last week to help inspire our Year 11 STEP UP group. The alumni talked to the students about their experiences and current roles as well as give them help and support with regards to employability skills, communication and the world of work.

The returning alumni were:

Alan Stokes: Left in 1984. Now a Therapist.
Spencer Kingdom: Left 1983. Now a Senior Business Development Executive.
Jay Waldrom: Left 1990. Now a Sales Director.
Sam Glendenning: Left in 2015. Now a Higher Level Apprentice
Caitlyn Johns: Left in 2015. Now an Undergraduate in Equitation Science.

Alumni help students

Miss Newbury
Career, Event and Marketing Coordinator

 


 

Year 11 Get To Grips with the Local River

Year 11 Get To Grips with the Local River

We took a golden opportunity to show the students, who are currently looking at rivers for their GCSE course, one of our local rivers. We were able to travel down stream from Burrator reservoir, via the Plym, right down to the sea. We looked at all the features along the way and I was impressed to see how much of their classroom learning students were able to relate to the real world.

The trip was supported by Mrs Frude, Mr Alcock and Miss Stanton who were also keen to learn some new facts about the world around us. Well done to all students, I hope it helps with your exam!

Year 11 Get To Grips with the Local River

Mr Saberton
CL for Humanities

 


 

MP Visits Sixth Form Students

MP Visits Sixth Form Students

On the 9th December Sixth Form students visited the Houses of Parliament, but were unable to meet MP Johnny Mercer in London that day because he had his local surgery in Plymouth. However, he was really keen to come to SJH to find out what students had learnt on the visit and had a series of questions posed to him from the floor!

The questions were wide ranging:

"There is a range of road works occurring in Plymouth at the moment, what are the long term advantages of this traffic chaos?"

"What impact do you have on improving people’s lives?"

"How can we increase the number of young people actively involved in politics?"

Johnny talked through what a typical week was for him and the amount of travelling he does, what the best things are about his job and the worst!

Three things we found out about Johnny Mercer:

1) When he is working in London he lives on a house boat on the Thames.

2) He donated his pay rise to pay for the Christmas lights for the local community.

3) He is passionate about campaigning for mental health and supporting veterans.

What really surprised me was how honest, sincere and totally relaxed he was in answering any questions that students posed to him.

Mrs Bevan
Vice Principal

 


 

Students Experiment with Spectroscopy

Students Experiment with Spectroscopy

University of Plymouth PhD students Kat and Anthony, introduced our Year 13 students to Spectroscopy! This is a method of identifying complex chemical compounds by studying the interaction of light and matter. Students had nine unknown samples to try out the new analytical technique on, they identified functional groups then carried out some calculations to identify the compound.

This technique is used by students at The University of Plymouth to identify different oils found in sea water and identify chemicals found in the soil. The experience was an amazing opportunity as the equipment that the students used was worth over thirty thousand pounds!

Spectroscopy

Mrs Bevan
Vice Principal

 


 

Learning Club Success

Key Stage 3 Learning Club Success!

Last term had the Year 7`s and Year 8`s battling it out to win the KS3 Learning Club Tutor Group Challenge. Congratulations go to 7 Hillary and 8 Tenzing as after six weeks of great attendance at Learning Club they were declared the winners!

All tutor groups did brilliantly but a special mention needs to go to Piper and Travis from year 8 and Halle, Mia, Mackenzie and Alicia from Year 7. They are all great ambassadors for their tutor group and their year.

KS3 Learning Club is open every day after school until 4pm in S112. We look forward to seeing you all there.

Learning Club Success

Mrs Derby
KS3 Learning Mentor

 


 

Year 7 Girls Football

Year 7 Girls Football Kicks Off

Tuesday the 10th January was the first round of central venue girls football fixtures at Plymstock School. In total the girls will play 7 matches over a 3 week period in a round robin tournament. Having trained together since September, this was the first time the girls played a competitive match together and first up was tough opponents, Plymstock. We defended well as a team and soaked up many Plymstock attacks with goalkeeper Bella making some excellent saves. We managed to hit them on the counter attack with Tullulah showing some good skill only for her shot to go inches wide.

Our other two games on the night were against Lipson and Tor Bridge again both teams proving to be very tough opposition. The girls were amazing and all worked hard in every game. Bring on next week!

The team was: Halle, Beth, Aime, Alyssa, Izzy, Savanna, Holly, Tallulah, Bella and Alisha.

Miss Symons
PE Apprentice

 


 

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

This term all our outdoor and adventurous activities continue, with fi ngers crossed for good weather for Bikeability and lunchtime games. Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday lunchtimes there will be games to play outside. Those who show commitment, attend often, play the games by the rules and basically have a fun and healthy lunchtime break, will be given a sticker in their planners. This sticker will be their ticket into the tipi for free hot chocolate at lunchtime on the 8th February!

Luckily we don’t need sunny weather to go climbing at The Life Centre, come along every Thursday after school from 3:05pm to 5:45pm. It costs £5 per session which is a massive saving on what it would cost if you went along out of school to the Rock Club, which costs £13.65 per visit! This term we will be concentrating on building more technique for safe climbing, so we can allow the students more freedom of choice on the wall.

Bike maintenance

Bike maintenance continues every Wednesday evening from 3:05pm to 4:30pm. The students are well on their way to completing their projects, with visits to bike recycling places and Bikespace in the pipeline. Many Duke of Edinburgh Bronze year 9 students will soon start Bike Maintenance club in order to fulfill their volunteering section requirements. We will be working on staff and student bikes that need some attention and also on a short project to help children from Beechwood Primary School with their broken bikes. The more bikes we fix, increases the potential to reduce the amount of cars on the roads which makes our community safer and cleaner.

Miss Symons
PE Apprentice

 


 

Graduate Speaks About Government Role

Graduate Speaks About Government Role

Last week the College welcomed back a former student who came to talk to our Sixth Form about his exciting journey since leaving Sir John Hunt in 1997. Neil Johnson is now the Deputy Director for the EU & International Affairs Division.

Neil is a Policy Official in central Government with significant experience of leading teams on high profile and controversial projects. He specialises in policy development, advising ministers and senior offi cials, international and EU negotiations, dragging legislation and tax law. Working with government officials Neil is now involved in the Brexit negotiations.

During his talk Neil told the students of his experiences in government along with school life and his thoughts and feelings about his career when he was in Sixth Form. He also spoke of the graduate and apprenticeship opportunities available within the Civil Service. He has now kindly off ered to mentor three students and help them with their journey and will be returning for another visit in March.

Miss Newberry
Career, Event and Marketing Coordinator

 


 

Senior Citizens Celebrate

Senior Citizens Celebrate

At the end of last term the performance hall was once again transformed into a Christmas wonderland for our annual senior citizens Christmas community celebrations. The evening was opened in spectacular style with our choir singing by candlelight under the Christmas tree with a range of stunning solos from Natalie Smith, Megan Smith and Chloe Niedelski.

Our Health and Social Care students then led the way with superb silver service as our guests tucked into a festive four course feast. As coff ee was served, Santa accompanied by a team of elves, made a surprise appearance. They merrily delivered the presents that were provided by our staff and then fl ew back to Lapland to continue their preparations for the big day. For the second year running Mr Saberton missed Santa as he left shortly before he arrived and then returned back into the room shortly after his departure, hopefully his luck will change next year!

Senior Citizens Celebrate

Silence then flooded the room as the bingo was announced. You could have heard a pin drop with the exception only of the congregational style response of the audience, as they chanted in unison to the calls from the bingo minister Jack Matthews. A "Legs eleven" and "Two little ducks" later and a devastating roar of "House!" shattered the silence by not one or two but three winners!

It was then the turn of our Sixth Form band to take the stage to perform a number of Christmas classics before the evening ended with a trio of traditional Christmas carols.

Senior Citizens Celebrate

The students who helped on the evening were:

Choir Performances

Tia Westcott
Millie Barlow
Isabelle Davison
Sophie Hembry
Jade Almond
Maddison Ruth
Halle Falconer
Isabel Stone
Megan Smith
Natalie Smith
Piper Walking
Phoebe Rush
Kelly Short
Chloe Niedelski

Bingo

Sophie Gallacher
Jack Matthews

Serving

Jo Watson
Rebeckha Mackey
Naomi Glynn
Gemma Hembry
Courtney Shapcott
Jacob Blank
Josh Currey

Live Band

Liam Divito (Year 10)
Sam Rafton (Year 10)
Joshua Smith (Year 12)
Jazmine Lowe (Year 12)

I would like to thank all the staff and students who supported us on the evening and behind the scenes. The comments from the senior citizens are a testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff and students and highlight how important the evening is to our local community.

Mr Carpenter
Assistant Principal

 


 

Generous Gift From Guest of Honour

Generous Gift From Guest of Honour

Sue Leyden our guest of honour at our annual celebration evening and the daughter of Sir John Hunt has made a small financial gift to the College. Sue expressly requested that the money goes to support the running of our Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Her father was one of the founders of the scheme and Sue was delighted that our students were able to benefit from the experiences the award provides. The DofE is highly valued by both employers and universities and Mrs Leyden’s donation will support some of our students to overcome the financial hurdles that they might face.

Our thanks and best wishes go to Mrs Leyden and we hope she will remain closely connected with the College in the future.

Mr Carpenter
Assistant Principal

 


 

Miss Campbell

Introducing Miss Campbell

My name is Charlotte Campbell and I have the responsibility of Pastoral Leader for Year 10 & 11. I have spent the previous 11 years working at a school in the Greater Manchester area – I am a Plymouth girl by birth and am delighted to be returning to my home town to begin a new and exciting chapter.

Year 10 & 11 are some of the most important years in the education of our students. It will also be for many one of the most stressful and yet rewarding years too. The outcome of Year 10 & 11 will shape the future of our young people and if successful allow them to pursue an education and career path of their choosing. For some their course of career direction is clear while others may be more focused on leaving their options open. Either way, they need to achieve as highly as possible to give them the best chance of success in the future. The involvement of the team around the child (parents, governors, colleagues) during this crucial year can make all the difference between success and failure.

Parents, I would like to thank you for your support so far in ensuring that students are smartly dressed for school and have all of the required school equipment. Excellent attendance is fundamental to making sure that our young people become successful learners and confident individuals who are giving themselves every chance to reach their full potential. Organisation will be the key to the success of the year. The workload will at times be high and prior planning and preparation will help spread the load. The final push towards summer exams soon arrives and passes with subjects focusing on revision and exam technique.

There are also many things to look forward to this year. A highlight for many will be the prom and I know Mrs McGowan is busy making preparations, whilst others will enjoy helping prepare the yearbook or leavers’ hoody.

I really do hope that the students within my care reach or exceed their targets and I am looking forward immensely to working with both Year 10 & 11 as well as the wider school team. In an assembly earlier this term I commented that it is a real privilege to be given the opportunity to work here at Sir John Hunt. I look forward to working with parents and students and helping our young people to realise their potential and the subsequent achievements that will occur.

Miss Campbell
Year 10 & 11 Pastoral Leader

 


 

Jason Beynon

Introducing Mr Beynon

It is with great excitement that I am writing to you as the new Pastoral Leader for both Year 8 and Year 9. Both Years are important years in the education of our students and form the building blocks leading the start and mid-way point of the examination years.

Teaching in a Plymouth school has been something I have aspired to do for some time. I have been teaching in Totnes for 9 years at King Edward VI Community College. I was fortunate to be a Head of Year there for a couple of years so certainly have the experience to be a Pastoral Leader at Sir John Hunt.

First and foremost I am a family man; I have a son and daughter and fully understand the pressures and joy that children can bring to you and importantly how precious our children are.

The stronger the outcome of Year 8 and 9 will shape the future of our young people and if successful allow them to pursue an education and career path of their choosing. My role is to help keep our students focused and will act in any way possible to ensure that the potential of our students is reached.

In Year 8 there is the up and coming option evening which is a pivotal decision making time for our students in selecting the courses they wish to study at GCSE level; myself and members of the pastoral team will be available as well as members of teaching staff to give advice and guidance at this critical time. Though in Year 9 the options have already been made and curriculums are already a term into the programme, the emphasis has to be on achieving the highest possible standards of effort and attainment.

Finally I would like to reiterate I am here to support your families and our students, so if you feel there is anything you need please contact me at the College.

Mr Beynon
Year 8 & 9 Pastoral Leader

 


 

6th Form London Trip

Amazing” Sixth Form Trip to London

On December the 9th, which now seems a long time ago, 15 of our Sixth Form students had the opportunity to visit the House of Commons, Westminster Halls and the House of Lords. Not only did they have a guided tour of the 1000 years of history of these fantastic buildings but they also took part in a debate and watched the House of Lords in session.

The trip to London would not have been complete without a ride on the London Eye, a stop at 10 Downing Street, a visit to Covent Garden, a walking tour of London and dinner at Planet Hollywood! Not to mention a slightly crazy tube ride at rush hour!

What did the students have to say about the trip?

Jasmine Bewers said; "Today was better than I had imagined, it was an opportunity that could not be missed. Even the early start (5.30am at the train station) did not put me off! I have learned so much and seen so many amazing things, I am so very grateful for this amazing experience that I shall never forget it. Thank you!"

We aim to make this an annual Sixth Form trip and hope one day that you too could have the chance to visit the House of Commons with us.

A massive thank you to Mrs Brett and Mrs Gardiner as well as the amazing Sixth Form students that took part in the trip: Janine Bates, Seb Berry, Jasmine Bewers, Matthew Bull, Rebecca Chinnock, Kirsten Collins, Jade Copeland, Annie Franklin, Ryan Gilmore, Hayley Glendinning, Shannon Luscombe, Kyla Niedzielski, Mark Richards, Lisa Sammek and Joanne Watson.

Amazing London Trip

Mrs Bevan
Vice Principal

 


 

Year 8 Maths Masterclass

Year 8 Maths Masterclass

On Thursday 24th November Jasmine Mulkerrin, Jacob Green, Charlie Buckeridge and Tom Swabey went to Plymouth University to participate in a maths master class titled, ‘Sequences and Patterns’.

To start the day off we were given two puzzles a cross number and a mathematical word trail, we were then asked to look for patterns in numbers, describing the patterns with words and then algebra. We then looked at a problem where you have to swap frogs from one side of a line of lily pads to another. The frogs are only allowed to slide across one lily pad or hop across another frog.

We looked at the maths behind this problem and developed this into an algebraic rule. In the afternoon we looked at patterns in numbers using expressions where U represented the units and T represented the tens. For example, 2U+T.

All four students came home buzzing with excitement and have said that the day was very enjoyable and fun.

Miss Daykin
(Maths Teacher)

 


 

Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

This week has been a very busy week for our current Duke of Edinburgh bronze students who have been getting their final pieces of evidence together so that their sections can be signed off .

Although they may have completed their official DofE assessment, they still have to ensure they finish their skill, physical and volunteering sections in order to complete the award.

We are very pleased to say that 13 students have offi cially passed their bronze Duke of Edinburgh including all of their diff erent sections. Furthermore, we can confirm that former student Keiran Daly has completed all the sections for his silver Duke of Edinburgh after giving evidence where needed.

Overall, this has been a very successful week for Duke of Edinburgh with still a couple more to be signed off . We now look forward to getting the next group through their bronze who have already started their sections, with training set to start in May.

Miss Symons
(PE Apprentice)

 


 

Outdoor Activities

Outdoor Activities

Climbing Club

Climbing club this week introduced two newbies to the sport, Caprisha and Liam along with our climbing veterans that takes place at the life centre. We started with a fun warm up in the bouldering room before the new climbers were briefed on basic climbing rules. After this, the climbers are given a bit of independence and are free to climb anything in the bouldering room which has various difficulty levels. Jack and Jordan attempted some of the overhang climbs which is a real test of upper body strength. After this, they moved on the climbing wall with each taking in turns the responsibility of belaying their partner.

Lewis-Alexander, Italy, Liam and Caprisha all gave the feature wall a go where they used some really good techniques showing great bravery to reach the top. Well done all and don’t forget climbing club continues every Tuesday.

Bikeability

BikabilityIt was a busy week for bikeability this week with many students passing either their level 2 or 3. Monday was another round of level 3’s whom wouldn’t have done bikeability since year 7. We start with recapping junctions and other level 2 outcomes before we move on to their level 3. Their level 3 takes place on the roundabout outside Christian Mill which can get busy at times. This didn’t phase Jamie-Lee, Linda or Kelsie as they remained calm and composed throughout the busier periods.

Level 2 bikeability was passed this week by another 2 groups. Both groups fl ew through their level 1 and were eager to get on the roads to begin their level 2. At first they were taught road positions and U turns and eventually, moved on to cycling in and out of junctions whilst sharing the road with motor vehicles.

A big well done to everyone for fantastic concentration skills and we look forward to taking you for your level 3 in Year 8.

 

Miss Symons
(PE Apprentice)

 


 

Student Success

Student Success

Recently Caprisha attended in Crawley London the National Baton Twirling Championships, where she won her place as National South West Champion.

She has been in competitions over the last 2 years and competes all over the country as a solo and as part of a team called ‘Unique’.

These national competitions can lead on to being picked for the England Team but you can only be chosen if you are one of the top 3 competitors! Caprisha will have the opportunity to go with the England Team next year to Norway and we wish her all the luck for the future.

Way to go Caprisha!

Mrs Jordan
(KS3 Pastoral Leader)

 


 

Sixth Form States Trip

Sixth Form in the States

Our Year 13 Btec sport students who study on the PAFC football programme returned from their once in a lifetime trip to the United States. The students enjoyed a magnificent week sampling life in America and visiting universities, as well as winning 2 of their 3 scheduled football matches.

The students flew into New York on Wednesday 9th November where they embarked on their 8 day trip. Considering they only had 8 days the students were able to cram as much as they could in and come away with some memorable experiences.

The students visited West Chester University where they discussed potential football scholarships. They also watched an NHL game where they became avid supporters of the Philadelphia Flyers. Whilst in New York the students took in sights such as the Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square, the 9-11 Memorial and also the Independence Hall in Philadelphia.

Sixth Form in the States

The students were also able to get their boots on and play some fixtures against some strong opposition. In their first game the boys played against Penn Fusion, which they won 2-0 with goals from Travis Skerton and Morgan Parsonage. The second game saw them play a Ukrainian side and won 5-0, goals from Reece Brown x 2, Travis Skerton, Fletcher Cook and Declan Hathaway sealed the emphatic victory. The only loss of the tour came when they came up against a very strong continental side eventually losing 5-1. Finally the students relaxed and watched a match between two university sides where Villa Nova College hosted James Madison University.

Sixth Form in the States

The feedback from the PAFC staff was that the boys were exceptionally well behaved and were a credit to our College. The students have returned with a renewed vigour and the trip has opened their eyes to the possibility of one day returning to US potentially through a scholarship.

Mr Fort
(Assistant Head of Sixth Form)

 


 

Girls' Football

Girls' Football

Wednesday 23rd November was the first round of football fixtures for our under 16 girls' team. The city-wide tournament is run over 3 dates as a round robin competition at Plymstock Community College.

The girls have been training together since the start of the year and this was highlighted through their brilliant team work skills.

We played 3 matches against, All Saints, Lipson and DHSG all of which provide as tough opposition. However, the girls were full of confidence and this was shown when we scored twice in the first half, goals coming from Milly Falconer and Shakur Sandercock. Unfortunately, complacency had its place and All Saints fought back to grab a 4-2 win.

Everyone went in to the next 2 games with smiles on their faces despite the score line and really put in all their eff ort to the last second. A special mention must go to Milly Weaver who was solid in Centre Midfield and did not stop running.

Miss Symons

 


 

Outdoor Activities

Outdoor Activities

Climbing Club

This Winter’s climbing club has started again, with students coming along to the Life Centre wall every Tuesday after school. Students are getting used to starting off in the bouldering cave and warming up first to prevent injury. They then attempt to climb the hardest things they can find. For the new Year 7’s who have never climbed before, they are still learning the different techniques and are already looking like being future climbing experts! Remember climbing club is on every Tuesday, 3:05pm – 5:45pm with a small fee of £5 and anyone is welcome.

Bikeability

Bikeability level 2 and 3 is continuing each week and is showing us some real confident cyclists. It is great to see the focus and care they take on the roads and how exciting they find it. Both current level 2 groups are now looking at junctions and starting to cycle on slightly busier roads. This requires exceptional concentration and listening skills and it is a pleasure to see them all doing so well and taking everything they have been taught on board.

Bike to school week starts this week, Monday 28th November to Friday 2nd December and our aim is to encourage as many students as possible to cycle to school. There are prizes to be won for those that are regularly cycling to school. Miss Symons and Mr Alcock will be at the garage every morning for anyone who wants to keep their bike locked away until after school.

Mr Alcock
(Outdoor Education & Adventure Activities Instructor)

 


 

Jui Jitsu Champion

Jui Jitsu Champion

On Sunday 20th November Harvey travelled to Wolverhampton to compete at the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu European Championships. This is the biggest junior competition in Europe, with competitors from 18 different countries, all fighting for the right to be European champion. Harvey is the current European junior Champion and so all eyes were focussed on him as all the competitors were looking to take away his title. Harvey managed to win all his fi ghts in under 1 minute, and all via submission holds, to retain his title as the European Junior Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Champion. He was also presented with his new belt on the podium during the awards ceremony.

This is a fantastic achievement for Harvey, and is down to his hard work and dedication to his training (he currently trains 14 hours a week1!).

Congratulations Harvey, we hope you have even more success in the future.

Jui Jitsu Champion

Mr Salter
(Head of KS3 Mathematics)

 


 

Musical talent for Children In Need

Children In Need 2016

We raised a staggering £740.19! A plethora of events were held to raise money for Children in Need from cake sales to a talent show. Throughout the day staff and students joined forces and created a lot of fun in a bid to generate as much for the charity as possible.

Children in NeedThe PE department hosted ‘Beat the goalie’ in the sports hall with students donating 20p to take a penalty shot and score a goal against the staff ! £13.40 was raised.

Retro Gaming Challenge hosted by Mr Waite and Mr Benney in S001 on Friday lunchtime saw 35 students compete to get the fastest time and highest score on the Sega classic – Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Competition was fierce, resulting in a top 3 of: 3rd – Brandon Cadman, 2nd Josh Worth, and 1st Cameron Watson Hill who wins the prize. A total of £8 was raised over lunchtime.

10 Lowe got creative in the kitchen when they produced a spread of delicious home made flap jacks and cakes, £63.67 was generated.

The day ended in a spectacular talent show pulled together by Mr Cleverley and the abundance of talent that we have here at Sir John Hunt. With music from today’s charts and a blast from the past students poured into the performance hall to support their friends who were on stage. Additional to this, we also had a special staff performance from Mr Cleverley, Mr Harling and Mr Walker!

Sonic Challenge

Mrs Slater
(Career, Event and Marketing Coordinator)

 


 

Key Stage 4 Options Evening

Dear Parent/Carer,

Re: Key Stage 4 Options Evening

I would like to invite you to your son/daughter’s Key Stage 4 Options Evening which will be held on Wednesday, 25th January 2017.

We follow a two year Key Stage 3 and a three year Key Stage 4 structure at Sir John Hunt. This means that students in Year 8 will choose their Key Stage 4 subjects this academic year and will begin their GCSE courses at the start of Year 9. In many subjects, Year 9 will act as a foundation year, with students developing the necessary skills and knowledge to enable them to be successful later in the course. It is not our intention for students to take examinations or formal assessments during Year 9.

The evening will begin with a presentation about the options process for 2017, followed by an opportunity to talk to staff about the most suitable courses for your child. There will also be the opportunity to see both our Careers and Special Educational Needs teams, should this be a consideration linked to the choice of Key Stage 4 courses your child wishes to take.

Following the event, if you would like to meet with a member of our team to discuss the best options for your child, please contact Mr Harling, Assistant Pastoral Leader for Year 8, who will help to arrange an appointment with the relevant member of staff.

We will be writing to you after the Christmas break to provide a more detailed schedule for the Options Evening. In the meantime, if you are able to start discussing the sorts of careers that might interest your son/daughter, that would be a great help and an advantage when it comes to making those option choices.

I sincerely hope that you will be able to join us at this important event in your child’s education.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs D Stanton
Assistant Principal KS3

 


 

Spotlight on Crime

Spotlight on Crime

On Wednesday 9 November, Year 9 students ‘Spotlight’ attended a crime event at the University of Marjon.

Wandering through the campus, three unexpected ‘crimes’ took place at the University of Marjon and it was the duty of our Year 9 Psychology and Sociology students to identify the causes and motives behind these crimes.

Some students started by discussing the potential reasons behind these crimes before being challenged about their use of stereotypes while others began writing and filming news reports about the crimes.

After a quick break, one group of students took on the role of youth parliament workers and generated policies that aim to reduce youth crime after studying causes of crime amongst young people in Britain while the other group learnt about the jobs of those who write crime stories and produce media for news broadcasters.

Students from all the schools present met back in the drama studio after a warm lunch to present their learning about crime from the day. Our students shared their policies that they created and their own news report video with several students playing the role of news presenters and journalists! A big congratulations to those who nervously stepped up and conquered a fear of presenting and being filmed!

Students enjoyed experiencing a day at university focusing on causes of crime, learning how to prevent crime and learning about some careers around preventing and reporting on crime. Some even broke through some anxiety barriers when presenting work to others. The higher education experience showed everyone what a day at university is like; lots of students even said the experience had opened their eyes to possibilities for future further education.

Spotlight on Crime

Mr Sharpe
(Psychology Teacher/Literacy Lead)

 


 

Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award students are continuing their bronze and silver levels in-between expedition and navigation training, as we sit out these cold autumn and winter months (both bronze and silver begin training again in April).

Those Year 10 students towards the end of their award will need to approach any assessor of a section they have not yet completed to get it ticked-off and passed.

Kieran showed great commitment to his award by wading about in mud to help the environmental projects at Poole Farm for his volunteering section. He joins the Year 9’s, who last week volunteered at Beechwood Primary School, by putting in some hard work to help his community.

Well done Kieran.

Mr Alcock
(Outdoor Education & Adventure Activities Instructor)

 


 

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Rock climbing

Rock climbing club started this week with students learning how to use the bouldering cave safely and how to ‘belay’ each other on the roped sections. There is always a lot of information to take in when you are new to climbing such as how to tie knots, how to hold the rope so you will always be able to stop a fall, how to stop yourself getting hoisted into the air and even down to, where to stand and rest so that you’re out of the way!

Italy Sandercock and Lewis Ross excelled in just how quickly they managed to learn the belay techniques of loading and holding the ropes. Veteran Jordan Plumb introduced the newbies to the auto-belay and helped with spotting any problems, even tying figure of 8 knots correctly every time!

New names for next week will be announced via tutor groups, the notice boards and parent call. If your name is not down please see Mr Alcock or Miss Symons and we will ensure you get on a trip in the near future.

Bikeability

This week bikeability has seen two groups complete their level 2 certificates, one group completed level 3 and two new groups began their level 1. The weather has deteriorated but the student’s focus has been excellent out on the roads. It is always a pleasure to see just how well students listen and perform when taken into the ‘real’ world outside of school. They have been uniformly a credit to the school in their behaviour and application.

Preparations for the first Year 7 bike to school week begins next week, when tutor groups will conduct surveys to find out how many travel to school in a ‘sustainable’ way, i.e. non-polluting ways such as walking, cycling or scooting/skating. Through Bikeability training to increase confi dence and skills; Bike Maintenance club to increase skills; knowledge and the number of children with access to a bike and Bike To School week, our aim is to reduce the number of cars on the roads in peak times around Whitleigh and Southway, so increasing road safety and air quality.

If you are a Year 7 student please take advantage of these opportunities, who knows you may even be a prize winner! Bike Maintenance club continues every Wednesday after school 3:05pm to 4:30pm.

Mr Alcock
(Outdoor Education & Adventure Activities Instructor)

 


 

Primary Athletics

SJH Partnership Primary Athletics

On Monday 7th November the College hosted the level 2 school games indoor athletics. Six of our feeder primary schools attended the after school event and turned up ready to win!

After the first round of events including standing triple jump and standing long jump, the schools were extremely closely grouped, with Mary Dean heading the pack slightly from Oakwood. Next up in the field there was chest pass and speed bounce, some excellent performances led to Whitleigh, pushing out in front. When it came to the relays, Whitleigh consolidated their lead and in the end took the win from Beechwood by just 9 points.

The event was supported and run by our leadership academy students, helped by UCP Marjons coaching students.

Lauren Ranford, Alisha Hatrey, Ashleigh Carvell, Holly Bone, Olivia Hardy, Abbie Mason, Chelsea Wilkinson, James Edwards, Zach Tiddy and Jordan Williams demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities and were praised by the students from Marjons, primary staff and parents at the event. They were so impressed with them, they have asked if every child who comes to the College gets the opportunity to follow a leadership pathway!

Well done to all our leaders.

Miss Warring
(ACL for PE Teacher)

 


 

Netball Success

Netball Success

Year 8 netball

The citywide Central Venue netball is in full swing and currently Sir John Hunt are topping the table!

The girls have played over half of their season and are getting better every match. They have held their own against schools such as Notre Dame, Plympton Academy and MAP.

Megan and Daisy are strong as GA and GS, supported excellently by Ashanti at WA. Ocean shines as centre, not letting her diminutive size stop her from running rings around may other taller players!

Our strong defence is made up of Jasmie at WD, Hermione at GD and Ariella at GK. Summer, Brooke, Kaci and Skye make up the strong squad.

They play every match with enthusiasm and an amazing sporting attitude. Win or lose they smile constantly and encourage each other brilliantly. Bring on the second half of the season!

Miss Warring
(ACL for PE Teacher)

 


 

Life as a Historian

Life as a Historian

Over the last two weeks all of our Year 8 students enjoyed ‘life as a historian’ at Plymouth University. As part of the day’s activities students were taken on a tour of the site and shown not only their vast array of lecture halls, but also the halls of residence (where the students live in their first year away from home), the national wave simulation (a large pool which generates waves for testing the efficiency of renewable energies) and the vast student library. Our students also attended three history lectures with a focus on the Blitz including a tour of the local area looking for evidence of the bombings which devastated Plymouth.

While the air raid shelters we had originally intended to visit were closed, Hidden Heritage who manage them, have promised that they will let me know as soon as they reopen so that an after school trip can be arranged for those who would like to go back.

As always our students were not only fantastic role models but were a credit academically, applying themselves to the lectures as if they were already undergraduates. I would like to thank all the staff who made this trip so worthwhile and to Plymouth University for being such an incredible host. I now hope this becomes an annual event.

Mr Carpenter
(Assistant Principal)

 


 

Congratulations

Congratulations

Congratulations to Mr Whitfield, who this weekend was awarded runner up for coach of the year at the Judo Association Awards at the East Midland Conference Centre in Nottingham.

Mr Whitfield received his award from Sally Conway – Rio 2016 Under 70Kg Olympic Bronze medallist.

Mr Whitfield, who also has delivered many hours of coaching here at Sir John Hunt, also volunteers at South Brent Club who now have 13 players on the England Squad and have won 116 medals in the last six months. The club have attributed this success entirely to Mr Whitfield. Their endorsement reads:

"He is the driving force whose inspirational coaching has fostered an environment that encourages all judoka to express themselves, grow as individuals and go as far as they wish in any capacity within the sport. His students reflect his dedication and have a degree of humility which is worth more than medals, these are qualities they can take forward into life."

We are very proud to have Mr Whitfi eld (previously a bronze medallist in the Common Wealth games) teach technology here at Sir John Hunt and on behalf of all the staff and students I would like to congratulate him.

Mr Carpenter
(Assistant Principal)

 


 

The Chemistry of Fireworks

The Chemistry of Fireworks

Friday 4th November saw the science department host their annual ‘Chemistry of Fireworks’ event.

The evening started with members of the community taking part in some hands on practicals to learn about the science behind fireworks, such as using a chemical reaction to fire a test tube bung rocket. They also made a neutralization rainbow using acids and alkalis and experimented with metal salts to recreate the colours produced in a firework display.

In addition to the hands on practicals, were a range of explosive demonstrations based on the chemistry of fireworks. This began with a demonstration of how not to put out an oil fire with water, how to make magic fire and how to make a jelly baby scream!

Further demonstrations showed how a rocket works to lift a firework into the air and an explosive, cannon fire finale.

Refreshments were provided while the final preparations were made for the fireworks display, which provided a spectacular end to the evening.

A massive thank you to Interserve for their assistance ensuring everything ran safely and to everyone who attended and supported the event by offering their time and help. We look forward to making next year’s event even better!

Why not keep up to date on future events by following us on Twitter @SJH_Science

Mr Waite
(CL for ICT and KS3 Science)

 


 

Advanced Warning of Non-Uniform Days

The word Mufti, meaning an Islamic scholar has been used by the British Army since 1816 and is thought to derive from the vaguely Eastern style dressing gowns and tasselled caps worn by off-duty officers in the early 19th century.

Friday 18th November

Children In Need 2016

I am delighted that this year, once again our student College Council have requested that as a College we support the BBC Children in Need appeal on Friday 18 November. On this day, if they choose to, students will be able to come in ‘mufti’ (not wearing our normal College uniform) on the condition that they make a £1.00 donation to Children in Need: the students’ tutors will keep track of who is not wearing uniform and collect the donations. Students can wear the normal College uniform on the day if they choose.

Friday 16th December

Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day

Following the charitable theme and again at the request of the student College Council, we have agreed that on Friday 16 December we will support the Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day. Again for a £1.00 charitable donation students will be permitted to wear a Christmas jumper instead of the Sir John Hunt College jumper. We expect all students to wear the rest of their uniform on this day, just swapping their jumpers for a festive one. Christmas jumpers are already in the shops if you wish to purchase one, or why not decorate an old jumper at home to a Christmas theme. Please do not decorate Sir John Hunt uniform jumpers with a Christmas theme for this day.

Friday 24th March 2017

comic relief

Comic Relief (or red nose day as it is sometimes called) is on 24 March 2017. Again for a £1.00 charitable donation to Comic Relief students will be permitted to wear ‘mufti’ on that day. As always, I thank you in advance for your support in ensuring that on all other days your child attends College in the correct uniform and remind them that as the weather changes and they are more inclined to wear a coat or hoodie, this should only be worn over the College jumper, even at break and lunch time.

Mr Marner
(Assistant Principal)

 


 

Learning Cafe Council Meeting

Cafe Council Meeting

On 3rd of October the first Learning Café Council meeting of the year took place. The council was a success last year with many new ideas and opportunities established for our students. It is a great tool to engage and liaise with the students in a formal way. The tutor reps have recently been established and it was pleasing to see a full turn out from our Year 11 representatives.

The Learning Café is adapting all of the time, to the need of the students and this is in no small part to the time and effort put in by your tutor reps.

Congratulations to those brave enough to put themselves forward for nomination and watch this space for new and exciting developments.

Mr Kershall
(KS4 Learning Mentor)

 


 

Leaf Litter

Leaf Litter

Centipedes, spiders, mites, woodlice, false scorpions are just some of the amazing invertebrates discovered by an equally amazing band of Year 5 biologists, who have visited from Beechwood Primary School.

The students were fascinated with the diversity and wealth of life to be discovered in a bag of dead leaves. A food chain was built up to reveal the complexity of this hidden world.

Students thoroughly enjoyed the chance to rummage through leaves using magnifying glasses and tweezers to find the different creatures. They also had the chance to look at pond water under microscopes to see the different kind of algae, water flies and other insects that exist. One student said:

"I was amazed at how I could see all the different body parts of the insect under the magnifying glass".

Mr Flage
(Science Teacher)

 


 

Gold School Games

Gold School Games Mark

The PE Department have again successfully achieved Gold School Games Mark, not an easy level to gain with the new criteria!

In order to achieve Gold we must:

  • Provide all students with two hours of physical education per week and have extra curriculum provision in addition to this.
  • Engage at least 50% of students in extra-curricular sporting activity every week; the provision of support for talented young sports people.
  • Offer talented young sports people specific support to help them to balance their sporting commitments with school and home life.
  • Competition: Use the School Games formats to provide the opportunity for both boys and girls to take part in the appropriate level of competition.

We thank Miss Warring for taking the time to write the application and the PE department for commitment to clubs and fixtures. Thank you also to the rest of the College for their continued support for school sport.

Mrs Skelton
(CL for PE)

 


 

Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

Duke of Edinburgh

This week was the first time the new Duke of Edinburgh Silver group worked together as a team to navigate their way around Shaugh Prior on the their first training walk. They were taught the key concepts of navigation and different ways to be able to reach a destination without having to take a bearing.

We have 7 keen students taking on the commitment of the Duke of Edinburgh award, but also the most rewarding award to achieve. They continue their training next week with a final practice walk before their official practice expedition the first weekend of half term, which consists of 3 days walking and a 2 night wild camp on Dartmoor.

Lunchtime Activities

Lunchtime activities continued again this week where 2 games of swing ball were set up for anyone to come and take part. Lunchtime activities will take place every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday outside the Intervention Centre and will be run by prefect students. A variety of activities will be coming soon for anyone to take part in with the chance to win stickers and be invited in to the tipi for free hot chocolate.

Finally, Thursday evening the Year 10 MAT group will take part in a Dartmoor challenge where there will be a series of challenges they have to overcome which will test teamwork and resilience on the moor below Great Staple Tor. Following this, the Year 7 MAT group will be taken rock climbing at the Dewerstone as a team building exercise before they take part in an overnight camp at Nuns Cross Farm on Dartmoor later in the year.

Mr Alcock
(Outdoor Education & Adventure Activities Instructor)

 


 

Outdoor and Adventurous Acivities

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Mr Alcock and Mr Hanrahan from Plymouth School Sports Partnership, took a group of keen Year 7's mountain biking in Cann Woods at Plymbridge on Wednesday after school. After cycling up a relatively easy path, they then went off road to attempt some tricky trails to really put our new fleet of bikes through their paces.

Whilst on the trail, the students came across a bushcraft shelter which they posed for a photo in whilst taking a much needed rest. When they were ready to go again, they came across a variety of tracks which had mixed difficulty levels, some with steep drops. All students had the opportunity to ride down the steeper parts if they were feeling particularly confident. Come the end, everyone had achieved a goal they set prior to the session.

Well done to all the students for showing great determination and bravery to overcome the more difficult sections and a big thank you to Mr Hanrahan for taking our group of Year 7's on their first mountain biking experience.

Next week OAA club will be going rock climbing at the Dewerstone, those lucky enough to have got their names down early are Alyssa Marsh, Mia-Leigh Davies, Rebecca Snowden, Holly McMullen-Clark, Jade Almond, Jay Weeks, Kai Foster, Joshua Haskell, Kayne Glanfield and Mckenzie Shelley

Mr Alcock
(Outdoor Education & Adventure Activities Instructor)

 


 

Review Evening

Review Evening

As you will be aware our student review evening will be held on Wednesday 16th November. This week letters have been sent home with students to their parents and carers with information about the evening and a reply slip to request an appointment.

If you have not received the letter from your child, but would like a review appointment then please contact the College and we can arrange for a replacement letter to be sent.

We look forward to welcoming you into College to discuss the progress that your child has made.

Mr Marner
(Assistant Principal)

 


 

Sixth Form USA Trip

Sixth Form in the USA

Next term will see our BTEC sport students undertake a trip of a lifetime to the United States of America.

They are flying into New York before heading to Philadelphia as part of our first transatlantic trip.

The students are part of the Plymouth Argyle Football Education programme and will travel with other students and stay for just over a week.

The tour is a fantastic opportunity for the students to sample American life and build contacts for the future, while living with a host family and experiencing life in ‘the American way’.

The students will also spend time at an American University and play matches against local sides in what is expected to be an exciting and memorable experience.

As well as the educational and life experience benefits, the students will enjoy the sights of New York and Philadelphia, take in games from the NFL, NHL and NBA and raise the profile of the club and College in their roles as ambassadors of the College.

Year 13 students who are attending are: Owen Aquilina, Callum Brown, Reece Brown, Leandro Cupertino, Lynden Cooke, Jake Maloney, Kallan Malone, Taylor Harrower, Luke Bearcroft, Logan Adams, Kyle Nicholls and Ashley Marker.

Mr Fort
(Assistant Head of Sixth Form)

 


 

Ambassadors meet Rio gold medallist

Ambassadors Meet Rio Gold Medallist

On Wednesday 12th October, Mrs Skelton took Zach Tiddy and Ben Barrowdale to the Life Centre to take part in the 'Silver Ambassador' training.

As part of the day they took part in the following workshops:

Workshop One

Team Building: Students were asked to lead and partake in some problem solving and team building challenges.

Workshop Two

How to Deliver Bronze Ambassador Training: Students were given the Bronze Ambassador resources and were instructed on how to deliver the Bronze Ambassador Training by Platinum and Gold Young Ambassadors.

Workshop Three

Delivery of the Bronze Ambassador Award: Delivering the Bronze Ambassador Award to groups of Year 5/6 primary school students. Zach said:

"I think it was very enjoyable as we were treated like adults and were clearly told what to do so then did it. Also I was happy to be able to teach the younger children how to achieve and deliver the bronze ambassador award."

Ben said:

"I think it was a great experience to help the young bronze ambassadors. Also the gold and platinum ambassadors treated us as young adults. Overall it was a fun day out."

During the day, the boys were able to meet Rio Gold medal winner, Hockey player Giselle Ansley! We are very proud of how both the boys conducted themselves and they have now got the tools to bring more leadership to Sir John Hunt.

Mrs Skelton
(CL for PE)

 


 

Learning Café Quiz

Learning Café Quiz

Last Friday saw the return of the Learning Café quiz! The quiz featured 6 rounds, consisting of: English, maths, science, pictures, options and a brain buster round. In total 3 teams came along to compete for 1st place. However, in the end it was the ‘Ausfall’ that took the title.

The quiz takes place in the Learning Café every 2 months and we hope that it will continue to be enjoyed by everyone. If any Year 9, 10 or 11’s think they can do better, come to the next quiz.

Mr Felton
(KS4 Lead Learning Mentor)

 


 

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Gorge Walking

This week was the final water based activity as the cold weather creeps in and what better way to finish off than a gorge walk up Plym river.

With some very excited Year 7’s some of whom this would be their very first outdoor activity, got straight in to the river and didn’t even flinch at the water temperature. As we scrambled our way up, we came across some tricky obstacles in which we had to crawl between two rocks as the water came splashing down.

Everyone gave it a go showing immense bravery. They managed to reach the top of the river where they used a rock as a slide, to slide into a pool of water!

Well done everyone and don’t forget climbing club at the life centre starts after half term.

Mr Alcock
(Outdoor Education & Adventure Activities Instructor)

 


 

Calling old pupils

Former Students (Alumni)

Are you a former student from Sir John Hunt Community Sports College?

As part of our 60th Anniversary Year we’ve teamed up with Future First, who are helping us to reconnect with our former students to involve them in school life, whether they left last year or 60 years ago.

Our aim is to build the confidence of current students by introducing them to our former students. We want them to hear about all the different things that SJH leavers have gone on to do and to be inspired by the possibilities for their futures. Simply put, we want to show that if you can do it, so can they!

You can offer this support in a range of ways, from becoming career role models and mentors, to hosting students for work experience or speaking at an event from a small group of people to an assembly; but if you just want to come back for a reunion or simply to keep in touch with what is happening at the college, that’s fine too!

We would like to invite you to sign up to support Sir John Hunt so that we can stay in touch and invite you back to school, in person or to be involved remotely. If you would like to join our Alumni and be part of our former student network, you just need to click here. It’ll only take two minutes and once you’re signed up there is no obligation to get involved if you don’t feel able. You will receive occasional updates with school news and opportunities to support the students who now sit where you once sat.

If you know other former Sir John Hunt pupils, please encourage them to get involved by signing up or spreading the word. The more former students we have signed up, the more diverse and vibrant the community will become, providing more interesting ways to benefit current students.

If you have any questions about this project or would like to find out more, please get in touch with Sarah Slater at the school.

If you are a former SJH student why not join our Alumni?

Mrs Slater
(Career, Event and Marketing Coordinator)

 


 

Back to Basics

Back to Basics

September saw the start of the new academic year in the catering department and the welcome addition of Year 7 and an introduction into cookery and nutrition. Students have been busy brushing the cobwebs off their culinary skills and getting back to basics with core ingredients, stocks and sauces which are the main components to simple but nutritional dishes using seasonal fruit and vegetables.

As we approach autumn it opens up amazing choices of dishes that can incorporate the autumnal fare and the wide variety of fruit and vegetables that are available to us.

This time of year is a popular season for stews and slow cooking stockpots which can be easily prepared and left to simmer all day ready for the family returning from school and work. Our Year 9 students have put a twist on this basic method of cooking and enjoyed preparing and cooking a vegetable curry.

Being one of Britain’s favourite dishes, the curry can incorporate lots of different types of vegetables, meat, rice and side accompaniments that can please most palettes. The basic curry is also quite simple to prepare and cook and can easily be made in advance to save time for busy families.

We have included our Year 9 vegetable jalfrezi recipe, for you to try at home. Why not give it a try and serve it with some aromatic basmati rice and a Naan bread or two!

Mrs Laity
(CL for Health and Social Studies)

 


 

Sixth form charity St Luke's Hospice

Sixth Form Charity

Last week the Sixth Form voted for a local charity to support this year, whilst practising their debating skills!

The students were divided into 5 groups and had to present their given charity to the rest of the class in order to win their vote.

The charities discussed were: RNLI, Shelter Box, St. Luke’s Hospice, Children’s Hospice South West and Jeremiah’s Journey.

After much debate and lamentations that they could only choose one, the winning charity was St Luke’s Hospice.

"We have been caring for thousands of terminally ill patients for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for over 30 years and our passion and dedication to offer dignity and choice has never dwindled. Our vision is a community, where no person has to die alone, in pain or in distress. Caring for local people, no matter where; at home; in hospital or at our specialist unit in Turnchapel."

Now that the Sixth Form have a chosen charity the students and staff can begin to plan some fun events to raise money for this worthwhile cause. A Vivo account has been set up for Sixth Form students to donate on a daily basis.

Miss Gent
(Sixth Form Tutor)


 

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Macmillan Coffee Morning

On Friday 30th September we held a coffee morning to raise money for Macmillan cancer support. The money raised helps more Macmillan nurses give medical, practical and emotional support for people living with cancer, as well as supporting their families.

Many members of staff donated cakes and Sarah Davey from Resources was awarded ‘Best Baker’ for her seriously chocolate cake!

We raised an amazing £277!

A huge thank you to everyone who supported this event.

Macmillan Coffee Morning cakes

Mrs McGowan
(KS4 Assistant Pastoral Leader)

 


 

Year 7 Camp

Year 7 Camp

The trip was blessed with good weather, which combined with an idyllic venue, made the perfect ingredients for a wonderful first camping experience.

Leaving after school on Friday, we set off in convoy and headed to Cornwall with 5 minibuses full of very excited Year 7's. At camp all students watched a demonstration on how to set up a tent, then organised chaos ensued as students (many of them for the first time ever) tried to replicate this feat. After some corrections the site eventually looked and felt like it was full of camping veterans. All the staff then served a feast of jacket potatoes, cheese and beans.

The evening involved a range of team building games and was finished by roasting marshmallows by the fire.

Slowly the students started thinning out and retired to bed just in time before a big down pour of rain.

With an early start and many tired looking faces there was still time left for a quick wide game once everything had been packed away and loaded on to the van.

I would like to thank all the dedicated staff who contributed to the trip by volunteering their time and effort.

Year 7 Camp

Miss Symons
(PE Apprentice)

 


 

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

This week saw a new set of brave Year 7’s experience what outdoor adventurous activities has to offer. It was time for the lake jump on Bodmin moor and with a 25 minute walk to the quarry where the lake jump takes place, students were anxious but excited about what to expect. When we reached our destination there was a few nervy looking faces as everyone looked around at the different jumps, however eager to jump straight in. With everyone starting small, some began to feel very brave and confident and go for the bigger jumps. Overall, students shown great resilience to overcome their fear of heights and could not stop jumping in! A big well done to everyone.

Bikeability

This week marked the end of the first cohort of Year 7’s to pass their Level 2 bikeability. From Level 1 to Level 2 we were able to see an increase in confidence from all students who go from cycling in an enclosed environment, to out on the roads with live traffic. This is a real test of concentration in which the students have to be alert of what’s around them at all times. After learning techniques such as, U turns, moving around parked cars and junctions, it’s great to see our first group passing and already looking forward to Level 3 in Year 8.

Lunchtime Activities

Lunchtime activities continue every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday as a drop in and play for Year 7’s and 8’s. We are based outside the Learning Recovery centre and all are welcome. We have swing ball and team building activities available, so come along and join in.

Mr Alcock
(Outdoor Education & Adventure Activities Instructor)

 


 

Careers partners

Careers Go Global

In order to inspire students and raise aspirations we will be working with various national and international companies over the forthcoming year. With various activities and events taking place such as assemblies, work place visits, mentoring, workshops and group talks, students will learn not only more about the world of work but what careers are available to work towards.

Companies include:
Mars
Barclays
Capita
DWP
Hydrok
NHS
KPMG
Price Waterhouse Cooper PWC
Babcock
Hellerman Tyton
Ministry of Defence

Mrs Slater
(Career, Event and Marketing Coordinator)

 


 

Batil Printing

African Batik

Year 5 students from Beechwood Primary have been attending Sir John Hunt for the last 3 weeks to take part in Art sessions. They will be coming up every week for the rest of the term to get involved in activities in Textiles, Science and Music. They have been studying different African patterns to build an understanding of a different culture.

They have collaborated to create designs and learnt a new skill to create batiks that are inspired by Africa. As well as producing batiks, students have created wax resist work too. The students have worked so hard and are thoroughly enjoying themselves each week; it is clear that their confidence has grown. This is shown though the beautiful work created.

African Batik Printing

Miss Wilkes
(Art Teacher)

 


 

Coasteering

Coasteering

The first group of intrepid Year 7’s went coasteering on Wednseday evening at Bovisand. The tide was as far out as the staff had ever seen, with a lovely 1ft wave running and very little wind. The exposed rocks allowed us to walk and scramble out to a small promontory which provided some great little jumps into the sea. We then swam back in through the choppy waters, using the rocks to help pull us along. The team were great and helped each other out, even though they didn’t yet know each other.

This little trip out has sparked some new friendships, as well as being great fun.

The list of who is going on the Lake Jump next week (Wednesday 28th) is at the bottom of the central stairs and also on a list that all Year 7 tutors have.

Mr Alcock
(Outdoor Education & Adventure Activities Instructor)

 


 

Careers South West

Careers support

All students within Year 11 are now starting to receive additional careers guidance through one to one sessions that they have with a careers advisor from Careers Southwest.

Within the session they will discuss their Post 16 options as well as talk about what career they feel that they may wish to pursue once they finish their education.

This will include further or higher education, apprenticeships, training and employment. Students will be given information that will point them in the right direction and help them to prepare for the future.

At the end of each meeting each individual will walk away with a detailed action plan helping them to focus on the next step.

Mrs Slater
(Career, Event and Marketing Coordinator)

 


 

Sixth Form

Sixth Form Start New Academic Year

Our Sixth Formers marked the start of the new academic year with their annual year group photograph.

The upper sixth have made our new students feel very welcome over their first few days in Sixth Form and have helped them adjust to life with new freedoms, responsibilities and pressures. We have all been delighted with the new start to the new year after saying our goodbyes to all those who are now starting new lives in work, apprenticeships, higher education and university study across the region and country.

We would like to invite parents//carers to a KS5 drop-in session for anyone who has any issues, questions or queries about Sixth Form. Staff will be available in the Sixth Form centre from 3.30pm –5.30pm on Wednesday 28th September.

Here’s to another fantastic year!

Mr Fort
(Assistant Head of Sixth Form)

 


 

Music Makeover

Music Makeover

The all new Music Department

The relaunched Sir John Hunt music department went live this September and as shown in the photos, there has been a significant upgrade.

There are now 2 teaching rooms; the main teaching room and the connected music ICT room. Both rooms are linked to the acoustically-treated recording studio, which is able to record live sound from each room.

Music Room

A recent visitor from the Plymouth Youth Music Service (PYMS) music hub, was quick to point out that we now host a second to none teaching and performing space. In addition, the neighbouring practice rooms are now in full use, during lessons and after school.

It was a real pleasure to show prospective parents and students around these superb spaces during the recent open evening.

Music Room

Mr Cleverley
(Music Teacher)

 


 

Sailing

Sailing Club

We would like to introduce a new Sailing club starting on Wednesday, that will run until October half term.

The cost will be £4 a session at PYS (Plymouth Youth Sailing) at the Mount Batten Centre.

We will be leaving College in a minibus every Wednesday at 4pm, returning back to College at 8:30pm.

See Miss Richards/Mr Bevan for more info and consent forms.

Miss Richards HTLA
Mr Bevan D&T Technician

 


 

Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

Recruitment for the Duke Of Edinburgh bronze, silver and gold has started! The demand for letters has been far greater this year than any previous years, so we are hoping for the biggest turn out yet! There is a parents evening on Thursday 22nd September where we welcome all those students who have shown an interest so far, to bring their parents to the meeting to give them a greater insight into the award.

A huge well done to Alisha Hatrey, Lauren Ranford and Ben Wale who are the first in their group to complete all sections of their award and have officially passed. A great accomplishment, well done all.

Finally, anyone who thinks DofE is something they would like to get involved in please come and get a letter from the OAA team or student services and come along to the parents evening.

Mr Alcock
(Outdoor Education & Adventure Activities Instructor)

 


 

Careers Morning

Careers Morning

Year 10 Students started the academic year thinking more about their careers and destinations. To help them with this a number of employers, training providers, further and higher education specialists were on hand at a careers fair that was held in the performance hall. Exhibitors included all of the armed forces, the NHS, Plymouth Argyle and Plymouth University to name just a few. Students were armed with a series of questions that they took with them that would help give them lots of valuable help and advice on various different options once they finish Year 11. Additional to this they were also briefed on work experience that they will be taking part during enrichment week next year.

Sarah Slater
(Career, Event and Marketing Coordinator)

 


 

Operating Theatre Live

Operating Theatre Live

Year 13 students from across the PLE partnership are studying Science courses that allow progression to careers such as those in the medical professions. To support their learning and careers progression our Level 3 Science students attended a practical surgery course delivered by ‘Operating Theatre Live.’

During the all-day workshops students had to complete the following tasks:

Workshop 1 – Prepare exact doses of Propofol to administer to their patients. This controlled drug is used as a general anaesthetic for surgical procedures. Students had to calculate and measure exact masses of dry chemical to add to exact volumes of water to obtain known concentrations of the drug. From this they then had to precisely measure out the required dose for their patient; an error of 1 milligram could be fatal! Excellent teamwork and discussions led to each group preparing safe concentrations of the drug to be administered to their patient.

Workshop 2 – Neurosurgery. In this session students located and removed a brain! With a consistency of jelly the brain is very delicate and requires a very steady hand to ensure no damage occurs to it during the procedure. Once they had successfully removed the organ the students moved on to the eye. This is held in place by a series of strong muscles, these and the large optic nerve needed locating and severing in order to remove the eye.

Workshop 3 – Cardiovascular surgery. In this session students performed a heart transplant. The major blood vessels leading to and from the heart were located and cut, a section of the heart (the right atrium) was left in place to preserve a complex network of blood vessels and nerves and the heart removed. Placing the heart into transplant bags allowed them to be transported ready for transplant into another body. Students them grafted the new transplant hearts into their patients. Again, some amazing teamwork led to successful transplants.

Operating Theatre Live

Workshop 4 – Gastrointestinal surgery. Our patients had not had the best of days! Having had their brains removed, eyes dissected and their hearts transplanted, we then found that their lower bowel was obstructed. Our trusty soon to be doctors and surgeons located the obstructions ready for future removal and treatment.

Workshop 5 – As if their day was not busy enough our patients were also found to be in need of a lower leg amputation. In this workshop our students planned how to remove the lower leg whilst leaving enough material to close the wound and have a drain fitted to deal with the body’s inflammationresponse to the procedure. Excellent use of scalpels, bone saws and sutures saw the limbs swiftly removed and patched up.

In addition to the practical sessions much advice for UCAS applications and interviews was shared by the amazing team from ‘Operating Theatre Live’ their knowledge and delivery left students buzzing with excitement.

Through the entire day students demonstrated communication skills and teamwork that was nothing short of outstanding. Be nice to them when you see them; they have the knowledge skills and experience now of removing lots of vital body parts!

Operating Theatre Live

Mr Lavis
(Science Teacher)

 


 

Summer School 2016

Summer School

Once again the College hosted its annual summer school, aimed at integrating the new Year 7 intake, allowing them to settle quickly and easily in the new term. The week consisted of a carousel of activities that showcased the subjects that they would be studying during Year 7. Sessions ran in music, catering, maths, outdoor and adventurous activities and PE, with students getting the chance to take part in every subject area. The students moved round the activities in their tutor groups, this enabled them to get to know their class mates early and for new friendships to be formed ready for September. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday flew by, with all the students fully engaging in all activities and having an absolute ball! On Thursday afternoon, parents, carers, grandparents, aunties, uncles and siblings were invited to come to the College and see what their child had been up to for the first four days. Mr Cleverly had also organised some of the talented musicians in the group to perform in front of the crowd…which they did with enthusiasm and gusto. Friday saw the reward trip to Woodlands, with the weather playing its part we had a fantastic day sliding, bouncing, swinging and whooshing down and around the rides at the park. It was a fantastic week and was a great chance for staff and students to get to know each other ready for the new term.

Summer School 2016

Miss Warring
(ACL for PE)

 


 

Blue Juice Surfing and Climbing Trip

Enrichment Week – Blue Juice Surfing and Climbing Trip

Twenty five students spent 5 days and 4 nights camping at Sennen Cove in Cornwall. The plan was for 5 days of beautiful Cornish sunshine, climbing and surfing. The climbing and surfing went to plan however the sunshine was sometimes hiding! The group was split most days into a climbing group and a surfing group. The surfing group had lessons from Sennen Surf School, whilst Mr Salter took the climbers and tackled some of the local climbs with varying levels of success. All groups met up in the afternoon at Sennen beach to enjoy the surf and sun, (when it appeared!) with all students and staff keen to spend as much time in the sea as possible. The students were excellent, at both climbing and surfing, sometimes having to deal with the worst the weather could through at them, but never moaning and always smiling. Great fun was had by all students, each of them overcoming challenges and succeeding in both sports. It was an excellent week and a big well done to all the students.

Blue Juice Surfing and Climbing Trip

Mr Salter (Leader for KS3 Maths)
Mr Gardiner (Head of Science)
Mr Murray (Assistant Inclusion Manager/Pastoral Leader Year 10/11)
Miss Richards (HLTA)

 


 

Textile Extravaganza

Enrichment Week – Textile Extravaganza

We started the week with a trip to Saltram House to gather ideas for designs. Students were particularly inspired by the magnificent plasterwork ceilings, the Chinese rooms and the flora of the formal gardens. Back in the studio we designed and made batik cushions and beautiful tie dyed bags. Students also were able to work on large sculptural shapes that will be put on display in the College. To finish the week students held an exhibition for family, friends and College staff to showcase all the work they had made during the week. It was a most enjoyable week for all of us!

Mrs Long
(Art/Textiles Teacher)

 


 

Pick 'n' mix

Enrichment Week – Pick & Mix

During enrichment week, a group of 30 students ventured beyond the doors of nature! Visiting Paignton Zoo, Living Coast, Shaugh Prior and Mount Edgcumbe. It was jam-packed with lots of new activities. This included: team building, orienteering, visiting zoos, gorge walking and sporting activities. Everyone including staff really enjoyed themselves while taking part in each activity. During the week everyone challenged themselves and demonstrated various skills from perseverance, learning new things, working as part of a team and showing empathy for those in need.

Mr Benney
(Computer Science Teacher)

 


 

Football Frenzy

Enrichment Week – Football Frenzy

Each day got off to an exhilarating start where our footy trainees were met by Argyle coaches at Goals soccer centre; all were fully loaded with enthusiasm and training equipment. After professional-style training sessions in the mornings delivered by the coaches, students enjoyed a lunch break followed by gruelling tournaments in the afternoons. A SJH version of the Euros saw Portugal, France, Italy, England, Germany and Belgium go head to head once more.

Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday brought about a change in weather where students showed nothing but commitment and boundless energy to their game and team mates by playing on in the rain. By Thursday, students enjoyed football-rounders and some intense cardio training, before an afternoon of matches. During Friday’s awards ceremony students enjoyed recognition for their achievements and showed true sportsmanship.

What a brilliant week! Behaviour, commitment and teamwork were at their upmost showing Argyle coaches and Goals staff what SJH footballers are made of. It’s safe to say that we had some exhausted and up-skilled footballers on the coach on the way home!

Football Frenzy

Mr Sharpe
(Psychology Teacher/Literacy Lead)

 


 

Wheeldon

Enrichment Week – Wheeldon

No Brakes, No Gears, no Fear!

Well not for us it seems! That was the first thing we learnt when our 18 motorcycle enthusiasts visited Plymouth Devils Speedway track, on our first day of Enrichment Week. Now in our third year, the Wheeldon trip proved even more popular. Highlights of the week included: visits from the emergency services to reveal the importance of legalities and safety on your bike (and we got to explore the fire-engine), Plymouth Motorcycle Club – sharing their 20 years of riding history in Devon and Europe and of course the hugely popular tour of GT Motorcycles and a traditional ‘biker’s bacon bap’. Wheeldon Two Wheels kept us busy during our intensive two day visit by progressing previous riders onto the challenging geared bikes, developing skills of our new recruits on both indoor arenas and of course thrilling us with demonstrations from British Arena Cross Champion, Joe Clayton and Motocross Expert, Olly Savery. We’ve got even more ideas for next year – we cannot wait!

Wheeldon

Wheeldon

Mrs Garry
(English Teacher)

 


 

Foods of the World

Enrichment Week – Food Around the World

The fifteen food-obsessed students who selected Foods Around the World for Enrichment Week had a marvellous culinary experience; we visited the Fruit Farm, Friary Mills Bakery, Pan Asia restaurant and a working dairy farm! Foods we made included pavlova (looks like a cloud – tastes like heaven), a Mexican banquet (Quesadillas ‘R’ Us), and traditional Cornish pasties (hand-crimped for your enjoyment). Highlights included hand-milking cows (squeeze harder!), the piñata which didn’t even stand up to one blow (don’t anger Tilly Wilson) and learning how to carve an apple into a swan (nobody ended up needing stitches). To summarise food is delicious! Bon appetit!

Food of the World

Food Around the World

Miss Hoatson
(English Teacher)

 


 

Extreme Nature

Enrichment Week – Nature Extreme

The week was packed full of exciting day trips, it all started with two days at Adventure Okehampton; gorge scrambling, rock climbing, high ropes and archery. All students were amazing, supporting each other with new and challenging activities.

Day three was an early start as we set off for Longleat Adventure Park, but it was all worth while as lions paced up and down the side of our coach! Some students even had the opportunity to feed the sea lions and touch the sting rays.

Day four we stayed local and visited the beautiful National Marine Aquarium, where students took a journey across the worlds oceans from the shores of Plymouth to the coral reefs of the tropics.

Extreme Nature

Last but not least, we set off to Kent’s Cavern, for the morning, exploring the 500,000 year old caves. One student stated that is was the ‘extreme’ of enrichment week. We finished the week with a big splash at Quay West!

The students and staff Mrs Laity, Miss Nicholas and Mr Case thoroughly enjoyed themselves and said that they were looking forward to next year.

Mr Avery
(HLTA)

 


 

Horse Riding

Enrichment Week – Horse Riding

We took a group of 14 students who varied from beginners to slightly more experienced riders to Wembury Bay Riding School. Each day consisted of different activities. Day one started with an assessment lesson followed by feeding rules. After lunch, students went out on a hack around Wembury and ended the day with duties around the yard.

Horse RidingThe week was full of different activities including a handy pony competition - where ponies had to be negotiated around an obstacle course in the fastest time and a gymkhana - where students became incredibly competitive to win different races. Students were given the opportunity to learn how to jump. Some students progressed quickly and were jumping confidently, which impressed not only us, but the instructors too.

On the final day, the ponies were painted, groomed and plaited ready for the show where ponies and riders were entered into different classes such as: best turned out and softest carrot eater. A presentation followed where students were awarded rosettes for their performances throughout the week.

All students (and staff) had a fantastic week. The progress that each student made was incredible. They are already booking in to go back for the weekend club at the stables (with the vouchers that they were given).

Miss Wilkes and Mr Fitzwater
(ACL for Art) & (English Teacher)

 

 


 

Best of the West

Enrichment Week – Best of the West

During Enrichment week this year, Mrs Skelton, Miss Warring, Mrs Davenport and Mr Marner took 21 students from Years 7 – 9 on a whirlwind tour of the best that the beautiful South West has to offer. The week started with a visit to the National Marine Aquarium, a guided tour proved to be incredibly educational with everyone learning a huge amount about the fish, sharks and other sea creatures found at the aquarium. After lunch students had the opportunity to explore the aquarium in their own groups and everyone had an excellent time, the rays and sharks were particular favourites. Day two saw another animal based adventure, with a visit to Paignton Zoo. The rain didn’t dampen spirits and the students spent the day exploring the zoo and seeing the huge variety of animals, including the new baby giraffe and the beautiful cheetah.

Day three, we left the city of Plymouth behind to venture across the bridge in to deepest, darkest Cornwall. After a quick pit stop at Cornwall Services we made our way to Coverack, to the stunning youth hostel that would be our home for the next two nights. With amazing sea views overlooking Coverack and the Lizard and a stair case that came from a wrecked ship it proved to be a popular choice with students and staff. Once we had unpacked and settled in we took the chance to grab a cornish ice cream at Roskillys ice cream farm. A guided tour from the owner Toby gave a brilliant insight in to the workings of the farm, the blast chiller gave everyone a shock as it was minus 25 degrees! After tasting the ice cream we made our way to Falmouth to Ocean Bowl where the students were able to test their skill against each other in a high stakes game of ten pin. Owen Nicholls won the day with an impressive score of 114. After a delicious dinner of roast chicken and brownies, the students spent the evening in the youth hostel, playing pool, watching films and playing 'connect four'.

Tin Mining

The next day was a trip to Geevor Tin Mine, a beautiful site overlooking the coast of west Penwith. The students were given the opportunity to try out ancient mining techniques before being shown around the historical site, and getting an insight in to the day to day lives of tin miners. After lunch we had the chance to go in to one of the old mines, it was incredibly small, and incredibly low, not to mention damp and muddy, finally we had just enough time to pan for precious stones before making our way back to Coverack. The evening was spent eating pasta bake, playing football, more pool and more ‘connect four!’ Friday came and it was time to leave the serenity of the cornish village, we packed up, thanked the amazing staff and after our scrummy full English breakfast we headed to Crealy for a celebration of the week. The students were fabulous, and it was a pleasure to spend the week with them. Roll on next year! (we’ve already booked for the week!)

Miss Warring
(ACL for PE)

 


 

Enrichment Week – Snowden

Enrichment Week – Snowdonia

The Snowdonia week started almost as soon as we got off the bus! After moving into their bunkrooms the students ate fish and chips, put on wetsuits then walked into the first gorge. The sunny weather meant there was not much water in the river but everyone had fun splashing about. Halfway up was the ‘Washing Machine,’ a waterfall that runs into a mine cavern. We walked into it then saw how many could fit in behind. The team were working well and zoomed to the top of the river where they all splashed around in the lake as the sun set and they were so tired they slept really well.

The next day saw us take on the big gorge, the Afon Ddu or ‘black river’. There was lots of water pouring down it and we climbed successfully through the narrows in the morning. We carried on up to the impressive 40 foot waterfall with only a few believing the staff that we were going to climb it directly! A couple more very wet rock climbing sections and a squeeze through a tiny gap saw us at the top and a jump into a lovely pool. Back at the cottage the duty teams swung into action and cooked everyone a really well deserved dinner of spaghetti bolognese. The third day was a poor forecast and we woke to driving rain, which we took full advantage of to go and view the biggest waterfall in North Wales, Aber Falls, in full flow. It was exhilarating to stand below it, hearing it thundering into the rocks and getting us all completely soaked in the spray. The afternoon brightened and we went to Conwy, first to lower down the top of a huge cliff and watched the seagulls below us and see the view up the coast to Liverpool, then to explore the castle walls of the town and eat ice cream. Again the duty teams cooked a great meal, after which there was a quiz and card games, or a walk around the lake for those who were still feeling adventurous.

Snowdonia

The Thursday saw our attempt on the mountain itself. On the drive there, as Snowdon appeared bigger and bigger, the minibus became quieter and quieter! Very excited students stormed the first section of the P.Y.G. track, taking many photographs on the way. We were making very good time and stopped to enjoy the views as the clouds swirled around the mountain. Luckily it cleared just long enough to see the summit, then the mist came in and the temperature dropped to 5 degrees. A huge effort from everyone saw us reach the summit in a very respectable 3 hours; half an hour quicker than last year! We enjoyed the summit cafe for an hour then made it back to the bus in 3 hours. A fantastic day that will stay with them for a long time. It was a fitting finale to a very challenging and very adventurous week.

Snowdonia

Thank you to all the staff; Miss Ferguson, Miss Symons, Ms Akeroyd, Mr Saberton and to all the students who helped make it a safe, fun and rewarding week!

Mr Alcock
(Outdoor Education & Adventure Activities Instructor)

 


 

Outdoor & Adventurous Activities

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

This Thursday saw climbing club take place at the Life Centre where all students continue to show the improvement they’ve been making all year. This was demonstrated by the use of various techniques they have learnt throughout the year. Each week everyone shows great resilience to complete a specific climb in the bouldering wall and will not quit until its complete. They all finished off by having little competitions to race to the top of the big climbing wall. Great effort everyone!

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Lunchtime activites continued again this week where 2 games of swing ball was set up for anyone to come and take part. Lunchtime activities will take place every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and will be run by prefect students. Activities will include swing ball, volleyball and a vortex howler and all year groups are welcome so make sure you come along and get involved!

Miss Symons
(Outdoor and Adventurous Activities Apprentice)

 


 

Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

Duke of Edinburgh

The bronze Duke Of Edinburgh students finished off their volunteering at Beechwood Primary school this week by helping to build the cob oven. This proved to be a very messy job by using their hands to cement the cob on to make another layer. Eventually the cob oven will be used to make pizzas. A big well done to Joshua and Liam for all their hard work!

All 20 DofE students will take their assessment the weekend after enrichment week, walking along the coast towards Seaton beach.

Miss Symons
(Outdoor and Adventurous Activities Apprentice)

 


 

Sixth Form Theatre Visit

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

The Sixth Form students took a trip to see Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the Theatre Royal last week. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the musical, which is a tale of good versus evil centering around the famous car, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Starring Lee Mead as inventor Potts and Michelle Collins and Shaun Williamson as the barmy ‘Vulgarian’ child hating aristocrats, it was a delight from start to finish. Carrie Hope Fletcher as Potts’ love interest, Truly Scrumptious is a real talent and no doubt will continue to flourish. The chilling childcatcher, Matt Gillett produced a character only usually seen in nightmare; his menacing demeanour scared not only the children but the adults too! The star of this show though, is the car Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. A sprinkle of theatre wizardry makes it fly and it looks spectacular.

Seb Berry from Year 13 commented:

"I loved the over-the-top nature of the show. My favourite performance was from the baroness, who consistently provided humour throughout the musical."

We are glad to be offering more theatre trips to the students and hope to have many more to come!

Miss Ferguson
(Sixth Form HLTA)

 


 

Y7 & amp;8 MAT Camp

Year 7 & 8 MAT Camp

On Friday 10th June the Year 8 MAT students had their MAT camp combined with the Year 8 camp that had previously been cancelled whereas the Year 7 MAT cohort camped on Friday 17th June. Both cohorts were invited to stay at Nun’s Cross Farm, near Princetown. The farmhouse is in an extremely remote location with basic amenities and was chosen as a different kind of challenge to what the students have previously faced, during their Dartmoor Challenge afternoon.

Without the modern day luxuries such as electricity and running water, the students faced various challenges like lighting and maintaining the fire in the dining room, fetching water from the local stream and using torches to navigate themselves once the sun set. On top of this, their mobile phones were taken from them before setting off! This in itself proved to be challenging, as one Year 8 student remarked that she could not last the 40 minute journey on the minibus with her friends without her music to listen to, as she has poor conversation skills!

Despite all this, both groups pulled together and overall were keen to help each other succeed in the chores they had volunteered for. Faced with the basic surroundings they really showed a good attitude to have fun and volunteer to help with cooking and cleaning. They also had fun playing a variety of wide team games in such a vast and natural setting, in order to further promote team work within each cohort.

These camps will be followed up by a reflection session which will allow them to consider how resilient they have been during these events and decide how this can be used in a classroom setting when they are challenged. Further work will be done on this skill with MAT students next year, to foster this vital skill. It seems as if the camps have given the students food for thought regarding not giving up!

Mrs Davenport
(Spanish Teacher)

 


 

Chinese Art Workshop

Chinese Art Workshop

In our Year 10 art lessons we were lucky enough to have the chance to take part in a Chinese workshop. This really helped our portfolio work as we are currently looking at lettering. It helped us to widen our knowledge of how different cultures use art to communicate. We have been able to write our own names in Chinese calligraphy that we have drawn onto the front of our sketch books.

During the workshop we learnt about Chinese lifestyle and the history behind Chinese calligraphy. This knowledge then helped us to create different characters of Chinese calligraphy using words of our choice.

We used traditional tools and Chinese rice paper to create the calligraphy. We were shown how to hold the tools and paint in the way Chinese people do. We learnt that Chinese people place characters horizontally and they are written right to left.

Quotes:

"I feel lucky to have learnt such a valuable skill."

"I found the Chinese calligraphy interesting and it was enjoyable learning a new technique."

"I found the workshop challenging at first, but as time went on it got easier as I was more familiar with the characters used."

Miss Wilkes
(Art Teacher)

 


 

Industrial Action Tuesday 5th July

The National Union of Teachers has informed schools that their members will be taking industrial action in the form of a strike on Tuesday 5th July 2016.

This action is not against the schools themselves but is part of national industrial action organised by the trade union as part of the ongoing dispute over workload and funding.

There is no requirement on unions to inform schools of which members of staff will take action, and it may be that they will not know themselves as there is no obligation on members of unions to obey a strike call.

Neither the Governing Body nor the Principal is legally allowed to close the school ‘in sympathy’ with the strike, and we will not do so. However, our main concern is the safety of our students. School will only close if, in the opinion of the Governors, it is not safe to remain open. If it does remain open, it is unlikely that lessons will be normal, and there may have to be sessions of private study supervised by a senior member of staff.

Because we may not know until very late how many staff will be available to work, the decision to close may have to be taken at the last minute. Every effort will be made to give notice, but this may not be possible until the day before the strike when the NUT are duty bound to inform the School of the number (not the names) of staff taking industrial action. In case the decision has to be made on the day itself, we are asking parents to nominate a place of safety to which your child can go if we have to close, and to ensure your child knows what arrangements you have made.

The Principal and Chair of Governors are currently undertaking a risk assessment and will issue updated information to parents and carers shortly.

 

 


 

Sixth Form Young Enterprise Winners

Sixth Form Young Enterprise Team Winners

Last week we were informed by our colleagues at Tor Bridge High that they had received confirmation that this years Young Enterprise team, have been awarded with the Quality Award, as recognition for achieving a professional standard of business concept and product quality. The group, including three of our own Sixth Form business studies students, have had to sell their products at trade fairs throughout the year, dedicating weekends as well as attending weekly meetings and maintaining close contact with the production and manufacture teams, to achieve these marketable products.

They have had to pitch their business ideas to the board of adjudicators, present their findings and write reports to be able to reach this quality award. Assistant Head of Sixth Form, Mrs Flaxton, said she was "...delighted they have won, as it is only the seventh time this award or level has ever been achieved in the 50 years the Young Enterprise award scheme has been running. They should be extremely proud of their work and efforts."

The Young Enterprise is a national entrepreneurial scheme recognised by all universities, apprenticeships and employers for nurturing and developing individuals skills within leadership, resilience, financial capability, sales and marketing, managing risk and negotiating effective communication.

A huge well done and congratulations to our Sixth Formers, Ebby Callender, Leonardo Cupertino, Logan Dixon and Kiara Millard and to the rest of the team; Carys Burnard (Managing Director), Rebecca Sneap, Hannah Snook, Kieran Jessep-Crook, Caitlin Harvey, Abigail Mansell, Phoebe Evans, Rhianne Desmond, Callum Mitchell, Kieran Sullivan, Georgina Speirs, Hannah Richards, Amy Knight, Oliver McAuley and Nathan Gee.

Young Enterprise Trophy

Mr Dunkerley
(Head of Sixth Form)

 


 

RAF Roadshow

RAF Roadshow

On Wednesday 15th June, the RAF engineering team visited our Year 8’s in their science lesson with a show on flight. Students learnt about what it takes to make something fly, keep it in the sky and the range of careers that are available in the RAF. Students learnt that it takes 80 people to keep each plane flying, including engineers, air controllers, chefs and many other roles, in addition to the pilot. The team used exciting demonstrations to help students understand about forces involved in flight including a 'Ruben’s tube', where flames danced to music, a state of the art drone, virtual reality goggles and a demonstration of a working jet engine in the science lab. Year 8 students enjoyed the event, especially the Ruben’s tube and jet engine.

Mr Waite
(ACL for Science)

 


 

Outside and Adventurous Activities

Outside and Adventurous Activities

The Intervention team have been out in awful weather to brave an abseil on the main face of The Dewerstone above Shaugh Prior. The cliff is 150ft high and we traversed ledges to approach a decent launch ledge at half height. All the students got this far clipped into ropes along the slippery ledges, however Leon Adkins and Cameron Norman managed the descent, showing great mental control on the tricky abseil, which involved a swing right at three quarter height. Very brave effort boys!

Lunchtime activities continue when the weather is fine. At the moment we are offering swing ball and volleyball, both of which are getting increasingly competitive! Next year we will offer more activities and tutor groups will compete against each other. Watch this space and seek out the activities on dry days around the school.

OAA club went into the woods for a zip line and bush craft session. The students, after a nervy start, zoomed down the zip line a number of times each, making it to the end of the rope by their last attempts. They then had a competition to see who could build the best shelter in 30 minutes. Morgan Bush’s solo effort was just beaten by the boys by half a point!

Climbing club returned to the Life Centre due to the rain and had a good go at all the new problems in the bouldering cave. Sean Whale remained in there applying his usual commitment to overcome a tricky problem, whilst the others had a go at the main wall. Again Jack Hoare made it all the way to the top and Joe Mulkerrin did well in a competition with him, winning once due to a Jack Hoare slip!

Mr Alcock
(Outdoor and Adventurous Activities Instructor)

 


 

Spotlight on PE

Tennis Leaders

On Wednesday 8th June the Year 9 School Games Organising Committee travelled to the Life Centre to help officiate the Citywide Level 2 School Games Tennis Festival for Year 3 and 4 pupils. The 10 students had training from Ben Knight, who co-ordinated the event on the scoring systems, score sheets, rules and the importance of motivating the players.

The group had previously completed their level 1 tennis leaders award and it was great to see what they had learnt put in to action. The feedback from staff and Ben was exemplary. The group demonstrated outstanding leadership skills and were a credit to the College, particular praise must got to Bruno Leal, who was incredibly nervous to begin with but by the second match was in his element.

Miss Warring
(ACL for PE)

 


 

Students Go Wild with Dartmoor Zoo

Students Go Wild with Dartmoor Zoo

We had over 25 students attend STEM Club this week due to Dartmoor Zoo coming in to show off a range of different vertebrates and invertebrates.

The students got to touch, feel and hold the animals, allowing them to interact with species from all over the world. This was a chance for the students to understand more about the creepy crawlies, learning about mating rituals, feeding patterns and habitats. The students really enjoyed this experience and it enhanced their confidence with dealing with animals they would usually avoid!

Miss Burns
(Science Teacher)

 


 

Chinese Tea Ceremony

Chinese Tea Ceremony

Recently the Year 9 philosophy and ethics group had two Chinese visitors who taught ‘The Art of Tea’. The guests taught us that there is a difference between the Japanese ‘way of tea’ and the Chinese ‘art of tea’. In China a tea ceremony is considered an art as with each step they showed, they proceeded with great care, caution and timing. After the visitors showed us the ‘art of tea’ some students were able to perform stages of the ceremony too, with Jack Matthews and Tyler James making and serving tea to us!

We were then taught the ‘half lotus’ (a meditating position). It was hard at first for most people to concentrate, but as time went on it became easier to focus. During the meditation session they played a calming tune called ‘Tree Over River’ by Dean Everson which made the whole experience very relaxing.

One student expressed that, "The lesson was engaging and intriguing." she added that "The mediation part was very relaxing and for once I could concentrate on one thing, breathing!" This was only one opinion but the general consensus was that it had been an enjoyable and enlightening experience.

I recommend meditation for a set amount of time, as it clears your mind of thoughts. The class would like to thank Miss Gent for arranging such an amazing lesson.

Chloe Shaw
(Student)

 


 

Lead Learners Day

Lead Learners' Day

On Monday 13th June 260 Year 5 students from 6 primary schools came to Sir John Hunt to take part in the annual Lead Learner’s Day. 58 Year 9s had been trained to lead sessions in 5 curriculum areas; maths and PE, science, art and Spanish. During the day the Year 5s were split into 21 different countries, each country was made up of students from different schools. They worked in a rotation to experience all the areas, including a forensic investigation in science.

The 58 Year 9s led the session, overseen by our staff; Mr Salter, Miss Wilkes, Miss Nicholas, Mr Gardiner, Mr Waite, Miss Burns and Miss Harris, who all spent time planning their sessions in incredible detail, which made the day run incredibly smoothly.

All of the Year 5s loved their time at the College and the staff who accompanied them couldn’t praise our students and staff enough. Widewell Primary Academy said, "The children absolutely loved their day, they really enjoyed every subject.

It was really well organised and we cannot wait for next year!" I cannot praise the Year 9 students enough, they gave 100% throughout the day and were able to motivate and engage the children throughout.

Roll on next year!

Lead Learners' Day

Miss Warring
(ACL for PE)

 


 

Outdoor and Adventurous Actvities

Outdoor and Adventurous Actvities

With the intervention students this week, we took them up to Bovisands to enjoy a bit of coasteering in this lovely weather! They were all really excited to jump in to the sea off the rocks and eventually finished off by splashing around in the waves, doing some body surfing!

Monday saw the Year 7 MAT students take part in a Dartmoor challenge. They were split in to 3 groups and had to complete a series of challenges before they could walk approximately 1 Kilometre to the next challenge. They were under only remote supervision during their walking stage between check points and had no help what so ever from staff! All that took part performed incredibly well and shown clear independence when walking on their own. Well done!

Miss Symons
(Outdoor and Adventurous Activities Apprentice)

 


 

Spotlight on PE

Spotlight on PE

On Monday 23rd May 2016, the girls cricket team went to Heles School for a Softball Cricket tournament.

The first game was against Heles, there was some excellent batting and fielding play by all the girls, due to Heles having a huge hitter, the game ended 72 – 41 to Heles.

The second game was against DHSG B, and there was some really strong bowling from DHSG, but the girls did really well and stayed in for the whole innings. They got all of the players out from DHSG but unfortunately did not win.

The final game was against DHSG A team, again there were some fantastic shows of skill and determination! They narrowly lost this match too.

Well done girls!

Mrs Skelton
(CL for PE)

 


 

Dartmoor Challenge

Year 7 & 8 MAT Dartmoor Challenge

The MAT cohorts in Year 7 and Year 8 were invited to take part in a series of challenges in our Dartmoor Challenge MAT event either side of the half term in order to help build their resilience as it has been noticed by staff that they ‘give up’ when facing difficult tasks. Before this though, they completed an after school navigational skills session with Mr Alcock and Miss Symons on site so that they could successfully follow a map without adult supervision. They were given maps of the woods and planned routes for each other so that they could assess how well their partner stuck to their route.

On Friday 27th May the Year 8s took part in the Dartmoor Challenge, just near Cox Tor, whereas the Year 7s had their challenge on Monday 6th June. The afternoon comprised of three separate challenge tasks that they had to complete in teams in three different locations, each about a kilometre apart. These tasks were essentially testing their problem solving skills and I witnessed first-hand just how much their resilience skills were tested, both on a social level within teams and mentally.

Both cohorts will be challenged further on their overnight camping trips this term and we will follow these up with a session to reflect on how resilient they are during the tasks, how they can persevere in the future and how they can transfer this into the classroom.

Miss Davenport
(Spanish Teacher)

 


 

Homework Raffle

Roll Up, Roll Up for the Homework Raffle!

The humanities department go praise positive in their first end of term homework raffle. Following the publishing of all homework each week on the new humanities website www.sjhhumanities.weebly.com, each student who completes their independent study on time for history, philosophy and ethics and geography, receives a raffle ticket which is stored in the ‘green box of greatness’ where students wait in eager anticipation for their name to be drawn out.

The box was brimming but there could be only five winners, this terms victors were:

  • Skye Whitlock
  • Megan Thompson
  • Zack McGugan
  • Summer Wood
  • Travis Lane

Mr Carpenter
(Assistant Principal)

 


 

An Invitation to a Royal Garden Party

An Invitation to a Royal Garden Party

It was lovely to hear that Pat Lopez, Chair of the Whitleigh Primary and Sir John Hunt Federation and Chair of Plymouth Association of Governors, had been invited to one of Her Majesty the Queen’s Garden Parties. The invite was in recognition of her work in school governance in Plymouth and for her work in partnership with the NGA (National Governors’ Association).

Pat attended the party on the Tuesday before half term and had a wonderful time.

Congratulations Pat!

Mr Le Marquand
(Business Manager)

 


 

Crystal Chemistry Creation

Crystal Chemistry Creation

During our final session of unit 2 in Post-16 training in lab skills, we took inspiration from Johann Rudolf Glauber and made a crystal garden. We prepared saturated solutions of various transition metal salts; on cooling these produced large crystals. We then planted these in a tank filled with dilute sodium silicate which encouraged crystal growth. If you want to see for yourself, pop along to the preparation laboratory.

Ryan and Tanya
(Sixth Form Students)

 


 

Tenner Challenge Winners

Tenner Challenge Success

During April and May Year 7 students took part in this year’s Tenner Challenge. 20 students were each given £10 and had 4 weeks to make this £10 grow and make some profit.

The winners for this year’s challenge with over £100 of profit are Summer, Sky and Lucy who made their fortune by carrying out jobs at home home and running a tuck shop with home bakes and sweet treats in school. They each won £20 of ‘Love to Shop’ vouchers.

A special award of £10 was given to Decland for effort. Decland produced his own tuck shop through home bakes that he made himself and he also ran the business single-handedly.

In total Enterprise generated over £280 in profit.

Mrs Slater
(Careers, Events and Marketing Co-ordinator)

 


 

Sports Personality Awards

Spotlight on PE

The ‘Sports Personality of the Year’ event is fast approaching and the PE team are busy nominating students. It is not too late to be nominated, by trying hard in PE, attending clubs, doing something special outside of school to do with sport or representing a team, you too could be nominated.

This year we are lucky enough to have Lesley Owusu attending to talk to students and give out the certificates and prizes.

Lesley took up athletics when her older brother noticed she could run faster than other girls at school. Soon afterwards she joined her local athletics club and was encouraged by her family and school teachers to keep up the training.

At just 13 Lesley won her first 200 m England junior international race and at 16 was selected to compete for the senior international team. Lesley has accomplished some fantastic achievements throughout her career. As a junior athlete she won a silver medal at the Youth Olympic Games (200 m) and was English Schools Champion and National Junior Champion three times. At senior level she ran the second fastest time in history over 600 yards, setting a British and European record. Sport played an enormous role in Lesley’s personal development. Raised in Ghana, Lesley’s multi-cultural background meant she felt a sense of isolation when she came back to England, as she could not speak the language. She experienced bullying, prejudice, body image issues and low self-esteem as a young child. She used sport to channel her energy, strengths and talents on and off the track into developing a fighting spirit to succeed.

Lesley continues to train and compete at top level and became World Masters Indoor 400m champion in Budapest in 2014.She also helped the GB team set a world record in the over – 35’s 4x200m relay.

On her appointment as an athlete mentor, Lesley comments: "Sky Sports Living for Sport is an excellent and unique initiative which understands the core values and benefits of sports. With the support of a range of sporting elites from diverse backgrounds, young people can and will set goals, increase their attainment and achievement, as well as developing their confidence and life skills."

The opportunity to meet such a fantastic athlete and role model is an exciting opportunity for staff and students alike, Good luck!

Mrs Skelton
(CL for PE)

 


 

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

This week saw outdoor adventurous activities club take to the Dewerstone for climbing with a few new faces keen for the challenge. All of the students are confident in their ability to tackle a ‘severe’ rated climb after weeks of practice on the bouldering wall in the life centre. They demonstrated their techniques and skills to overcome a hard climb to get as high as they could, picking out different hand and foot holds along the route. The regulars who have shown excellent commitment over the past several months were able to pass on their knowledge to the new additions and show off their leadership skills by helping them to climb. As well as this, they continue to improve on their teamwork skills. As one climbs, the other one belays, which encourages a tremendous amount of trust between each other.

OAA runs on a Tuesday and Thursday after school with various activities, so make sure to come and grab a letter off the OAA team or student services!

Science continued to incorporate OAA into their lessons this week, by conducting an experiment involving human pendulums. The students from the class took turns to be suspended in a harness from a tree branch and hoisted up by their classmates. The group had to measure the angle at which their fellow classmate was elevated to and then once they had been let go, time how long it took them to perform 3 swings. The data that has been recorded, will be used to compare with further experiments.

Last week, the OAA team set up a volleyball court and swing ball on the grass outside the intervention centre. The lunchtime activity proved to be a success with plenty of students giving it ago. Everyone who took part thoroughly enjoyed themselves as well as having a competitive edge to win the volleyball match. It was nice to see all year groups getting involved and working together especially the older ones, acting as leaders to help the younger ones feel involved. We will be running different activities in the same area once a week on either a Friday or Tuesday. This is weather dependant however, everyone is welcome so feel free to do something different with your lunchtime and have a go!

Miss Symons
(Outdoor and Adventurous Activities Apprentice)

 


 

Year 9 Camp

Year 9 Camp

This weekend was the Year 9 camp which consisted of the majority of the Duke of Edinburgh students. This was another opportunity for them to navigate their way to the camp with only remote supervision from the staff.

This is so they become more confident in their navigation before their official Duke of Edinburgh assessment. When everyone arrived at camp, the students were closely watched on their efforts in putting up a tent and then cooking a hot meal on a Trangia.

Once everyone had eaten, it was time for a night navigation up and around Gutter Tor. Well done to all for surviving the cold morning and a special thank you to Paul Roberts from Plymouth School Sports Partnership for helping out!

Miss Symons
(Outdoor and Adventurous Activities Apprentice)

 


 

Rock School

Sixth Form Rock School Music End of Year Show

Friday the 13th was lucky for some, as the Year 12 & 13 rock school music students came together to perform their end of year show.

Playing to an audience of invited students, from Year 7 through to 14, the KS5 musicians played avaried set of acoustic duo, solo acoustic and full-band music.

They took complete charge of the planning, marketing, sound and vision of the show and as you can see the stage and venue really looked the part.

Honouring the emerging musical talent at our school, their choice of support act was the ‘Year 7 Girl Band’, made up of Megan, Hermione, Summer and Daisy.

A great night out.

Mr Cleverley
(Music Teacher)

 


 

The Royal Society of Chemistry

The Royal Society of Chemistry

Over the last few weeks Mr Gardiner and I have been working with ten of our Year 7 students on a Royal Society of Chemistry’s project entitled ‘WATER – a global experiment with hydrogels’. Having completed the required research and experiments we have now joined with schools all over the world, through posting our results on the RSoC website.

SJH students work on RSoC projectSixth Form student Ebby Callender is supporting our project by working with us as a research assistant and student facilitator. Our next stage is to carry out extension activities with the aim of gaining a CREST bronze award. CREST stands for Creativity in Engineering, Science and Technology and the award is part of a British Science Association programme. The link to our results can be found on the College’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Mrs Heard
(Senior Technician)

 

 

 


 

Spotlight in PE

Spotlight in PE

Girls U15 Plymouth Indoor Cricket Fixtures

Eight of our students travelled to Hele’s School on Monday 9th May to take part in the Girls U15 Indoor Cricket League. The overall winners of the 8 over games were to progress onto level 3 county matches.

The team can be seen in the photo below: The other teams that were entered into the tournament were Hele’s School, Plymouth Studio School and Devonport High School for Girls.

It was not until the second game that the girls really played with confidence in the end narrowly losing out to Plymouth Studio School by just 4 runs!

Our last game saw us take on a strong Hele’s team with some excellent batting from both teams. Lauren Ranford and Alicia Hatrey both scoring well as the opening batsmen. Unfortunately what looked a like a comfortable victory was snatched from the girls when in the last over Hele’s produced some excellent stroke play to win by 3 runs.

The girls are keen to continue training on Wednesdays after school and want to increase their knowledge and understanding of the game to hopefully do well in next year’s competition.

Mr Fort
(Assistant Head of Sixth Form)

 


 

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

With the sun finally making an appearance, it seemed a shame not to take advantage of the warm weather. With this in mind, outdoor adventurous activities took to Bovisands for a bit of coasteering! This trip was made twice in a week, firstly with our after school club and then secondly with the intervention students. Everyone showed great enthusiasm and thoroughly enjoyed splashing about in the sea and body surfing the waves! No one seemed phased by the cold water, with everyone jumping in several times!

We have recently purchased a whole new fleet of bikes used predominately for bikeability. However with bikeability completed for the rest of term, it only seemed right to take our new wheels for a spin! Some of our teachers enjoyed a Mountain Bike ride along the drakes trail and then off track to a route used often for mountain bikers. Mr Alcock put Mr Le Marquand, Miss Stewart and Miss Richards through their paces by tackling some very steep hills! They were eventually rewarded in the end with some down hills and everyone made it back to school in one piece! Great effort everyone!

Miss Symons
(Outdoor and Adventurous Activities Apprentice)

 


 

Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

The Duke of Edinburgh Bronze students enjoyed their second practice walk around Burrator Reservoir. They continued to develop on their navigational skills ahead of their official assessed expedition in just over a week’s time. They now have a good understanding of how to read a map and pick out key points along their journey so they are confident they are going in the right direction! They have one final practice walk before their assessment where they will decide on their aim during their expedition.

This weekend is a Year 9 camp which consists of the majority of the Duke of Edinburgh students, plus a couple of extra keen campers! Although this isn’t Duke of Edinburgh related, the camp will be their final practice of ensuring they are confident putting up their tents in their teams and cooking a hot meal on a trangia. This will be followed by a night navigation around Gutter Tour.

Miss Symons
(Outdoor and Adventurous Activities Apprentice)

 


 

Should we stay or should we go?

Should We Stay or Should We Go?

Following a 2 week tutor time information and debating session, regarding the upcoming EU referendum, we held a Sir John Hunt EU poll. The students had been given information in assembly about the history of the EU and the democratic process involved in June’s referendum, along with being given the chance to debate the fairness of 16 year old people being unable to vote. They had also been given the chance to watch clips, research arguments and hold class discussions on the matter. To give them a chance to vote we held a poll in tutor groups last Friday. The Results are as follows:

To remain in the EU: 77%
To leave the EU: 23%

We now need to wait and see if the country agrees with SJH students on 23rd June!

Mr Saberton
(CL for Humanities)

 


 

Radio 1 Academy visits SJH Sixth Form

Radio 1 Academy Visits SJH Sixth Form

On Friday 6th May, special guests from Radio 1 visited Sir John Hunt Sixth Form to promote their Radio 1 Academy which is taking place in the county this month. Our Sixth Formers along with students from one of our partner schools, All Saints Academy Plymouth, were offered the opportunity to attend a series of workshops and events along with a range of volunteer schemes, placements and roles. The Radio 1 team have been touring around Devon over the last week with Sir John Hunt and Tor Bridge High lucky enough to be two of just nine schools visited. These in-school sessions were aimed at any students considering a career in a creative or media based industry and our guests included BBC Introducing presenter James Santer and BBC Radio 1 team assistant Oliver Owens who talked to students about their own journeys into their radio careers.

If students/parents would like any more information they should go to www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/academy or students can talk to their tutors or the Sixth Form team.

Mr Dunkerley
(Head of Sixth Form)

 


 

Talent Inspiration Programme

Talent Inspiration Programme

Each year the Youth Sport Trust asks schools around the UK to nominate a student to win a place on the Talent Inspiration Programme. The Talent Inspiration Programme (TIP) offers the opportunity of a lifetime to a select group of outstanding young athletes and team managers. These are the very best athletes who consistently demonstrate outstanding qualities on and off the field. Practical and theory sessions are delivered by ex-olympic athletes or international players and experienced team managers; making the experience very exciting and unique. Only 300 young people from the entire country are selected to attend the event as a whole, only 3 of whom from each region make it on to the TIP.

This year I chose to nominate Courtney.

Both myself and Courtney’s taekwondo coach have seen Courtney develop into a mature, hardworking individual. When she was younger, she was very shy and wasn’t fond of engaging in activities that made her the centre of attention. Since starting taekwondo she has become a valuable member of her team and the College and many of the younger athletes in her team and younger students at the College look up to her.

Courtney’s coach, David from South Hams Taekwondo Club said:

"Over the past few years Courtney has competed in and won many national competitions, her best achievement to date was winning the 2015 national championships in the -55 kg junior female novice category. This is a huge achievement especially as in the semi-final she was behind in the scoring right up until the last few seconds. In the early days of her taekwondo career she may have settled with losing that match but her grit and determination saw her come back to take the bout by the narrowest of margins. She then absolutely dominated the final match."

This proves how resilient and tenacious Courtney’s attitude is when it comes to winning! She has also always put 100% effort into her PE lessons at the College. I really wanted to find a way to recognise everything she has achieved. Last night I was delighted to receive this email from the Youth Sport Trust:

"We are pleased to inform you that Courtney has been selected to take part in the Talent Inspiration Programme from Wednesday 31 August – Friday 2 September 2016 at Loughborough University."

This opportunity will be one, that will not only develop her sporting ability and athletic mind set, but will also build her confidence and skills forever.

Well done Courtney, we are so proud of you!

Mrs Skelton
(CL for PE)

 


 

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Science continued to incorporate OAA in to their lessons this week by conducting an experiment involving human pendulums. This time, is was the Year 7’s turn from Miss Harris’ group to be suspended in a harness from a tree branch and hoisted up by their classmates. The group had to measure the angle at which their fellow classmate were elevated to and then once they had been let go, time how long it took them to perform 3 swings. The data that has been recorded, will be used to compare with further experiments.

In the same week, science used outdoor education within a 6th Form lesson as part of their level 3 assessment. They had to complete a risk assessment of an activity and then complete the activity. In this case it was abseiling at the Dewerstone. Using OAA within lessons gives a more hands on approach and emphasises that not all scientists just wear white coats in a lab.

Everyone seemed a little nervous walking to the beginning of the abseil, however they gave it a good go and after lunch there was time for another go. This time around everyone seemed far more confident!

Miss Symons
(Outdoor and Adventurous Activities Apprentice)

 


 

Duke of Edinburgh Award

Duke of Edinburgh

While most of you enjoyed a relaxing bank holiday weekend, 19 Duke of Edinburgh bronze students successfully completed their official Bronze Practice expedition.

Saturday saw them navigate from Bovisands along the coastal path towards Wembury. This proved to be very physically demanding with the sun shining and plenty of hills along the way. At camp, the students set up their tents and then we all sat down for dinner, cooked on the Trangias. A special thank you to Mr Cota for letting us use his farm!

Once the sun started to set, we embarked on a night walk around Dartmoor. When we reached the top of Western Beacon, what felt like a never ending hill, we all sat around in a circle while Mr Alcock told everyone a ghost story!

On day 2, the students started their walk from Bickleigh along the west Devon way towards Yelverton, where they stopped for a lunch break. Finally they finished their walk in a small village called Buckland Monachorum, where they were very happy to see the minibuses, which marked the end of their official Duke of Edinburgh Practice expedition.

All students were an absolute credit to themselves and should be really proud of what they have achieved on their DofE journey so far. A couple more navigational walks and then it’s on to the official Duke of Edinburgh assessment in 2 weekend’s time! Well done all.

Miss Symons
(Outdoor and Adventurous Activities Apprentice)

 


 

DJ software

SJH Receives £500 Worth of Professional DJ Software

Last term the music department sent an email to Algoriddim, the creator of the world’s bestselling DJ app, to let them know how much our students enjoy using the application. Music students enjoy learning about essential elements of music such as timbre, genre and tempo, when using engaging music technology.

We already had a budget version of DJay, the world’s bestselling DJ app for iPad and winner of the Apple Design Award, on our school iPads. However £500 is a lot of money to find when nationally school budgets are getting tighter and this is what it would have cost to equip the iMacs with DJay Pro, the industry standard professional software for learning DJing at a higher level.

Recently we were very pleased to receive a personalised reply from Karim Morsy, the company director of Algoriddim, who gifted us with 12 licenses for the £39.00 software. Due to his generosity all of the school iMacs now have DJay Pro installed, complete with the extra special FX software.

This enables our students to mix up to 4 songs together, plus video footage, giving our KS3, 4 and 5 students the opportunity to create stunning multi-media work.

Algoriddim has collaborated with numerous world-class artists on creative ideas and projects, including David Guetta, Armin Van Buuren and DJ Qbert. We hope that having access to world class professional software and hardware, will enable our students to unlock their creativity, whilst having fun in the process.

Mr Cleverley
(Music Teacher)

 


 

Sixth Form: Okehampton v SJH

Sixth Form: Okehampton v SJH

The Sir John Hunt BTEC Sport students played in the semi-final of the league cup against bitter rivals Okehampton.

The following match report was written by Sixth Form student Logan Adams.

Okehampton 4-4 Sir John Hunt

Both teams came into this game with a strong squad and full of confidence. Everyone was ready to show what they could offer to the other teams in the cup.

The travelling Sir John Hunt took an early lead through Reece Brown, scoring past the on-rushing goalkeeper. SJH went 2-0 up through Ashley Marker scoring from the edge of the box, into the bottom right-hand corner. A fantastic start was dented when Okehampton got a goal back from a close range finish – 2-1. Just before the break SJH made it 3-1 through Reece Brown, again getting his second of the match dinking it over the keeper. 3-1 to Sir John Hunt at the break.

Sir John Hunt in the second half were not the same side and quickly conceded 3 goals without reply, making it 4-3 to Okehampton. With 2 minutes remaining Reece Brown completed his hat-trick, playing a 1-2 with Owen Aqulina. It was 4-4 at full time.

The cup game then went to a penalty shootout, with Okehampton winning 6-5 on penalties.

Going into next season the team will need to focus on game management.

Man of the match: Reece Brown

SJH team: Brown C, Brown R, Cooke L, Aquilina O, Adams L, Maloney J, Malone K, Whittingham C, Cupertino L, Bearcroft L, Nicholls K, Marker A, Harrower T, Dixon L

Mr Fort
(Assistant Head of Sixth Form)

 


 

Tenner Challenge

Tenner Challenge

Year 7 students have been set the £10 challenge as part of the national Tenner campaign. They have been asked to turn a loan of £10 into a profit, by using their creativity and imagination to launch their own businesses.

The Tenner scheme is run by Young Enterprise, the country’s largest enterprise education charity. This year it is being run in partnership with social enterprise agency UnLtd.

Every Friday the students have been able to showcase their businesses by running a tuck shop at break and lunch time. Here we have been treated to lots of goodies including sweet treats and home bakes, as well as a variety of handmade products all of which will have helped to make a profit.

This week we saw an amazing effort from one team who made a spectacular cake that was raffled off and won by Mr Carpenter!

The team have until the end of this week to make their money, at which point all profit will be tallied up and the winner will be announced. The person with the most profit will win Love2shop gift vouchers and those who took part will earn vivos.

Tenner Challenge

Mrs Slater
(Careers, Events and Marketing Coordinator)

 


 

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

The final Bikeability group of Year 7 are half way through their programme. They have been progressing well with just their right turns still to do. Last session saw them attempt the steep hill up Lancaster Gardens, with the majority of them making it most of the way, hopefully next time they’ll all make it to the top!

The Intervention team this week continued their work keeping calm in difficult situations. This Thursday the team had a go at gorge walking in the river Plym. Each student achieved this, showing bravery in pushing themselves when they were cold and shivering. Special mention must go to Summer Wood for going head first down the waterfall slide, the video of which is to be seen on the media server!

Climbing Club students pushed themselves last week at the Dewerstone cliff, climbing one route graded severe and trusting each other to lower each other right from the very top. Excellent commitment and behaviour was shown by all. Climbing Club continues every Thursday after school, if it’s dry we’ll go and climb outdoors on Dartmoor cliffs, if it is raining then we shall go indoors to the Life Centre.

Mr Alcock
(Outdoor and Adventurous Activities Instructor)

 


 

Duke of Edingburgh Award

Duke of Edingburgh Award

Congratulations to Kyle Badock and Samuel Bruce who have just completed their Silver Awards, showing great commitment to become only the third and fourth students from Sir John Hunt to have passed their silvers.

The other Duke of Edinburgh students are working hard on their skill, physical and volunteering sections. Some very notable success stories so far are, the number of students taking up after school clubs such as badminton, cricket, photography and outdoor adventurous activity club.

The first walk on their expedition training took place last Tuesday above Burrator Reservoir, in clear but cold weather. Each student improved their map reading and learned about risk, safety and rescue on the moors.

Mr Alcock
(Outdoor and Adventurous Activities Instructor)

 


 

Sixth Form summer reading challenge

Sixth Form Summer Reading Challenge

We are encouraging our Sixth Form students to widen their reading over the summer break, with a list of twenty-six books compiled by the Times Educational Supplement. The academics involved were asked which books they would recommend to a student before leaving for university. The finished list includes a range of fiction and non-fiction, each with an underlying theme of personal development. Well-known titles include; A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf, The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame and On Poetry by Glyn Maxwell.

The intention of this reading list is to help students transition to higher education, with greater ease and a better understanding of the unfamiliar world they will be moving into. Many students will be the first in their family progressing to higher education. Making time to complete further reading alongside their studies will develop the students’ self-discipline and time-management skills, as well as encouraging them to take on challenges and broaden their minds.

Miss Ferguson
(Sixth Form HLTA)

 


 

Students receive gold award

Students Receive Gold Award

Congratulations to the 5 students who received their KS3 passport gold award. The KS3 passport is unique to Sir John Hunt and includes a wide range of activities across all curriculum areas. Examples of which include, preparing a meal, delivering a presentation to an audience and camping out on the moors. For each activity our students complete, they receive a sticker in their planner.

While some activities take place in curriculum time, a significant number of students must sign up for activities in their own time, after school. To receive the gold award students must complete a staggering 50 activities over 2 years. Well done to all of these students who will receive 50% of their enrolment costs to the Duke of Edinburgh Award in Year 9.

Mr Carpenter
(Assistant Principal)

 


 

Sailing

Sailing

During the Easter holidays, Mr Bevan and I had the chance to take 6 students to sail the blue waters of Plymouth for 3 days. On the first evening we were greeted by the skipper and the crew of the tall ship. The students were put out of their comfort zone straight away and had to prepare the first evening meal, on board the 42 foot ship called ‘Pegasus’. Every student had a job to do whether it was chopping onions or laying the table! The end result was pasta carbonara, which was delicious but after each meal the students then had the delightful job of cleaning the dreaded dishes!

On the first day the students were awoken early, not by the sweet mellow music played through the speakers as planned, but by the big black brand new princess yacht engine which was moored up next to us!

Morning duties went ahead and once the boat was tidy, we all got geared up ready for a quick briefing of the plan by the skipper. After the briefing we then set sail at 9 am. Up on deck all students and staff had a job to do. We all had to work together in getting up the jib sheet and stay sail up, this needed to be repeated every time we tacked the boat throughout the day.

In the morning we sailed around the sound and then ventured out 5 miles past the breakwater. I must admit it was very choppy, but students soon found their sea legs! Some sat at the front of the boat, where there were lots of laughing and sliding around as they went over the waves. The students said it was really fun, as it was like a mini rollercoaster!

We then headed back into Plymouth and moored up near Cawsands for lunch. During lunch there was silence – I think the hotdogs were a great success! After lunch we then set sail back up the river towards the Tamar Bridge, where we moored up to stay the night. Fajitas were also made well, so compliments to all who took part in the cooking. We then played a few games in the evening before lights out at 9pm. Most students asked the skipper if we could wake up earlier this time so that we could sail more, the skipper was amazed as he said he had never heard that before!

The next day we sailed back down the river and managed to get all the sails up when we got into the Sound. We then headed back to the port for lunch, when we were pleasantly surprised by Chris’ parents waving at us from the Mount Batten pier. Chris’ dad took an amazing photo of us on the boat as you can see above.

Once we arrived back to the port, we had lunch and then had to clean the boat to immaculate condition. Amy had the delightful job of cleaning the toilets, Kane, Chris and Jordan had to wipe clean all surfaces, Alana hoovered and Romeo then had the job of putting the dishes away.

Once the downstairs was clean the next job was to scrub the deck. Once all jobs were done the students were all ready to be collected by their parents. Throughout the trip, myself and Mr Bevan were amazed by how well they all worked together and didn’t complain once. They thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend this opportunity to anyone if it was running again. I could not have asked for more from them and they were all a credit to the school. Well done!

Sailing

Miss Richards
(Maths HLTA)

 


 

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Intervention students enjoyed a trip to Leather Tor on Dartmoor, which was a test of bravery and resilience. They worked hard to scramble up the steep side of the tor until they reached the top, which was very high! They were then able to take in the scenery and appreciate the beautiful view from the summit of Leather Tor. All students have shown an increase in confidence through the weeks and although still sometimes scared, push themselves to achieve their goals.

Rock climbing club continues to show the improvement and development of the students each week, using all the techniques they have learnt throughout the year. Special mention to Sean Whale whose commitment and dedication resulted in him completing a particularly hard climb on the bouldering wall, which he had been attempting for a couple weeks. Jordan Plumb and Alfie Wearing made their way to the top of the big climbing wall, taking it in turns to belay each other.

Our new Duke of Edinburgh Bronze students began their training with a walk up and around Down Tor. They were taught the key concepts of navigation and what to do in case of an emergency. There are 23 students in total who have signed up for the bronze award, all of which have shown great enthusiasm on their practise walk. They continue their training next weekend, with a practise expedition around the coast of Cornwall, with an overnight camp and eventually some more navigation around Dartmoor on Sunday. This is all in preparation for their assessed expedition which takes place in May.

Miss Symons
(Outdoor and Adventurous Activities Apprentice)

 


 

STEM in the woods

STEM in the Woods

Students in 9J2 got to investigate the science of pendulums this week, by acting as the pendulum themselves!

Mr Alcock and Miss Symons set up a series of rope swings in Whitleigh woods to help 9J2 physics students understand what affects the swing of a pendulum. Volunteers (including Miss Fowell and Mr Waite) were suspended in a harness from a tree branch and hoisted up to different angles by their fellow classmates. Once the students had reached the desired angle, they were released and timed to see how long it took to complete 3 swings.

The data collected will be compared with results from experiments in the science lab, to see how accurate the human pendulum investigation was. Students enjoyed the hands on approach to physics and were grateful to Mr Alcock and Miss Symons for making the activity possible.

Mr Waite
(ACL for Science)

 


 

Rhino Project

Rhino Project

The winners of ‘The Big Rhino Project’ went to Paignton Zoo at the end of last term, to celebrate the winning rhino design. The students were there to see how our local zoos preserve animal conservation and try to understand the importance of animal survival, as many species are in dangerous decline. Paignton Zoo have specialists working there, which study and implement how they will conserve certain animals, which are classed as critically endangered in their natural habitat.

The students had a great day and all said, "We were shocked at the size of a white rhino and how graceful such a big animal could be!"

Miss Burns
(Science Teacher)

 


 

Hospital Ward Makeover

Hospital Ward Makeover

Over the past 2 months six students from Sixth Form have been working hard behind the scenes, planning a makeover with a difference. They had been set a challenge to transform a patients’ day room, in a busy oncology ward within Derriford hospital. The room is used by patients and their families to break away from the busy ward, to relax and spend quality time together. Some of the patients are undergoing treatment for cancer and some are terminally ill.

Throughout the planning process, the team involved were contacting local businesses for donations. They also ran appeals within the local paper, to gain further support from members of the public. This proved a great success and they were able to secure large items such as a television, blinds, coffee table, book case, computer and computer desk. They were also given a budget of £1500 of Government funded revenue through social enterprise, which enabled them to buy things such as a sofa and soft furnishings.

The team quickly learnt about finance and budgeting, through working with the team from Wiser Wonga. The process made them think more about how to handle money and the cost of things.

At last the 2 day challenge arrived and the team had all of their equipment and goods ready to go. The morning of day 1 was spent preparing the room and making the walls ready to paint. In the afternoon things really started to take shape as colour was applied. Day 2 was the most exciting part of the transformation when furniture started to arrive. Soft furnishings were also placed around the room including flowers, cushions and candles. This altered the entire look and feel of the room, changing it from cold and sterile to warm and cosy.

The reaction at the end of the transformation could not have been better. Patients and staff flocked to their new space where we held an informal opening ceremony attended by the Chief Executive of the hospital.

Plans are now under way to change another room within the ward in the autumn, which is used by patients in their last stages of life.

Mrs Slater
(Careers, Events and Marketing Coordinator)

 

Thank you

Dear Mrs Brett,

I wanted to email you to praise the fantastic work undertaken on Brent ward, Derriford Hospital, by a member of your staff and students.

On 29th & 30th March, Sarah Slater and a team of students from Sir John Hunt, worked tirelessly on Brent ward at Derriford to undertake a complete ‘make-over’ of our patients’ day room. Sarah and the girls had spent several weeks previously discussing how we could make our day room both dementia and patient friendly. On a previous visit to the hospital, I took the girls along to visit other wards and from this, they developed their own, wonderful ideas on how they could improve our day room on Brent Ward. Over the course of 29th & 30th, the girls and Sarah worked so hard but during that time, gave no interruption to patients and visitors, other than to smile at them and share what they were doing. After they had finished their work, the girls cleared away absolutely every single scap of rubbish / furniture packaging before providing a wonderful ‘Opening Ceremony’ which was enjoyed by patients, the Chief Executive of Derriford and the Head of Cancer Services in Plymouth, to name a few.

The girls were a credit to your school and I’m sure you would have been proud if you could have seen them working and talking with patients, some of whom are terminally ill or under-going cancer treatments. They were a pleasure to work with both before and during the project. The finished room is a complete transformation which is now being enjoyed by patients, relatives and patients waiting for beds on the ward.

On behalf of all of our patients, relatives and members of staff, I would like to say thank you for allowing your students and staff to work at the hospital. If other students and staff at Sir John Hunt are as enthusiastic and hard working as Sarah and her team of students, then you have a school to be proud of.

Best wishes

Jan Deering
(Staff Nurse, Brent Ward, Derriford Hospital)

 


 

Spotlight in PE

Spotlight in PE

Staff v Students

On Wednesday 23rd March 2016 Devon Simmonds and Jo Watson organised a football match for female staff v female Sixth Formers. The lead up to the event was much anticipated with the Sixth Form confident they would beat the staff!

There were some excellent passages of play, with great saves made by Tiegan and Mrs Skelton. There was also awesome attack and goals scored by Miss Symons and Miss Arbuthnot. On the night the strength and experience of the staff shone through, with the staff team beating the Sixth Form 5 – 0.

Well done to everyone, the spirit of the game upheld with lots of fun, plus the bonus of raising money for a good cause!

potlight in PE

Pitch and putt

For Sport Relief Mrs Skelton’s Year 10 girl’s core PE group went to Central Park to play pitch and putt golf.

It was a new experience for them and although they wanted to give up after a few missed shots, they persevered and improved in the end! By the end of the day they had learned a new skill and enjoyed themselves!

Mrs Skelton
(CL for PE)

 

 

 

 

 


 

Madrid Visit

Hala Madrid!

As part of the A level Spanish course, Miss Warring and I took 8 students to Madrid for a week during the Easter holidays. This was to prepare and practice for their upcoming speaking exam.

The students stayed with Spanish families who cooked them traditional Spanish food and conversed with them in Spanish. Whilst away, they completed a 20 hour intensive Spanish course at a local language school in the mornings. In their classes they were joined by students from around the world of all different ages.

In the afternoons we sampled local food and soaked up the culture at places like the Royal Palace and at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium – the home of Real Madrid. One day we had the opportunity to go out of the city to El Escorial, a famous and imposing palace set in the mountains. It’s safe to say that we were all impressed by the views, buildings and art they had to offer. We also had time to act like a true ‘madrileño’ (someone from Madrid) and soak up the sun in the Parque de Retiro, along with a Spanish picnic and great views.

In the evenings, the students had dinner with their families before meeting Miss Warring and I to see what the city offered at night. One night we went to a local bar and watched an ‘el clásico’ football match; FC Barcelona v Real Madrid, it was full of Real Madrid fans which provided a great atmosphere, especially as Real beat their biggest competitor!

We sampled weird and wonderful food at the local market at night, five students were brave enough to try an oyster for the first time too! After dinner we were lucky enough to experience flamenco dancing in a tiny restaurant full of locals.

As well as staying with families without teachers, the students were also expected to be independent whilst in Madrid. They had to navigate the city on a daily basis by themselves, as part of building their confidence and independence. Considering it was the first time that some had never been out of the country, this was very successful without any student getting lost on the metro system!

Overall, it was definitely an experience that I’m sure none of us will forget; full of culture, speaking practice and of course laughter-inducing memories that will last a lifetime!

Madrid Visit

Mrs Davenport
(MFL Teacher)

 


 

Outdoor and adventurous activities

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

On Friday 18th March 2016 Mr Alcock led the first half of the south west mountain moorland leaders training for; Miss Warring, Mrs Skelton, Mr Cota, Mr Smart, Mr Fort, Miss Harris and Miss Symons. At 3.30 we all met at the garage to add the final pieces to our packing. We all had to have a tent, trangia, roll mat, food for the weekend, enough water to cook with and drink, changes of clothes, waterproofs, sleeping bags, head torches and many other essential items. This all created a very heavy back pack for each of us to carry!

Once packed we got on to the mini bus and drove to Princetown. When we arrived, it was off the bus with layers and backpack on and the first lesson in navigation. This included thumbing, hand railing and pacing.

We hiked for 3 hours, with each group member leading their own leg to navigate to points that Mr Alcock gave us, until we arrived at Foggin Tor Quarry. It was extremely windy and cold by this point, so everyone hurried to put their tents up. Everyone then learned how to safely use a trangia and cooked their dinner of either meatballs and pasta or steak and vegetables, followed by sponge and custard! Shortly after this we began our night navigation training, where we had to navigate our way in the dark back to where we had parked the bus. This was followed by a hot chocolate and then a short drive to a new location. We then started our second leg of night navigation back to our camp site, this took approximately 2 hours.

We arrived back at the quarry and bedded down for the night, it was extremely windy and the temperature dropped to –3, so people didn’t sleep brilliantly! Up again at 6.30, breakfast and coffee on the trangia, pack up camp and set off again for more navigation training. We hiked for 3 more hours in the morning, doing micro navigation and having to find locations within a 50 metre radius of where Mr Alcock told us. This included crossing rivers and climbing tors. Mr Carpenter and his daughter Ella came out to meet us all and bought cookies to push us on!

We finished in the early afternoon, returning to College to hang our tents and go home. It was a tiring, but very worthwhile experience. We all learned a lot and look forward to our next session, where it will be a bit warmer!

Mrs Skelton
(CL for PE)

 


 

Students artwork goes public

Students Artwork Goes Public

Students took inspiration from the artist Hunderwasser in creating this colourful masterpiece. The painting is now displayed outside the senior citizens home on Whitleigh Green during its refurbishment into a sustainable community centre.

My thanks must go to Paige Heller, Liam Dart, Noah Whiting, Zoe Turner, Abbie Howe, Kane Garside and to Mrs Long for taking their time and talent to create the artwork. I would also like to thank the board of the Four Greens Trust and the contractor Ian Williams for inviting us to contribute to our community.

Mr Carpenter
(Assistant Principal)

 


 

Sixth Form become teachers for the day

Sixth Form Become Teachers for the Day!

During National Science Week, medical science students visited Beechwood Primary School and became the teachers for the day, leading activities with Year 5 and Year 6 students. The Sixth Form students from our College and Torbridge High independently planned and delivered all the activities, which included having to order equipment and provide resources.

The medical science group managed to engage all students in the activities and made the day fun and enjoyable. They received very positive feedback from both the students and the staff at the school. Mrs Heard and I were exceptionally proud to take such an outstanding group of students out for the morning.

"It was interesting to get out and teach young, creative students who thoroughly enjoyed our experiments." (Charlotte Chown).

Thank you to Mrs Heard for all of her hard work in preparing the students for the trip and supporting them in their delivery on the day.

Miss Harris
(Science Teacher)

 


 

Sport Relief

Sport Relief

Sir John Hunt was a hive of activity as staff and students came together to raise £770 for the Sport Relief campaign. Throughout the day various activities took place through school including mufti, a tuck shop with home bakes, an orienteering and mile challenge, penalty shoot-out, lemon balance, staff v student football match and a hot dog sale. A special mention goes to Tyler James who raised almost £150 for a sponsored silence!

The day drew to a close with a spectacular show packed with amazing talent from students at Sir John Hunt. This was by far the highlight of the day as students were able to perform to a packed audience of family and friends and really showed what musical talent they have.

Mrs Slater
(Careers, Events and Marketing Coordinator)

Sport Relief football match

 


 

Martian Rover Project

Martian Rover Project

On Friday 18th March, as part of British Science Week 2016 the science department hosted the first SJH science week challenge. Teams of 6 students from Stoke Damerel, Marine Academy, Plymouth High School for Girls, All Saints Academy and Sir John Hunt, competed to win the Science Challenge cup.

To tie in with the space theme for science week, the aim was to design and build a ‘Martian rover’ with limited resources. It had to travel unaided from the landing platform to ‘Olympus Mons’ carrying a spherical science station (tennis ball) and stop as close as they could get to the centre of the crater.

Each team was supported by a mentor from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and was given 3 hours to build a working model before the final test. The overall winner was Marine Academy Plymouth, with the innovation cup going to Stoke Damerel. The event was supported and judged by Henry Stephens (Chairman of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers) and by Dave Jordan (Manager of Maplin Plymouth).

Mr Waite
(ACL for Science)

Martian Rover Project

 


 

Stop Extremism

Stop

Tackling extremist material is important to protect the public and prevent offences that incite or promote terrorism and extremism.

From Friday 15th April at 7.00am, a 36 hour period of intensive activity will take place in the Counter Terrorism Intranet Referral Unit (CTIRU) as part of the STOP Terrorists’ & Extremists’ Online Presence campaign.

The internet and social media provides many opportunities for those with extreme views to target young or vulnerable individuals. The Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit put considerable effort into removing terrorist and extremist material however communities defeat terrorism, which is why we must maintain the strong relationship between the public and police.

The police depend on information from the public in our efforts to keep us all safe and we are asking anyone who has concerns about online content to report it by clicking the STOP Terrorists’ & Extremists’ Online button (accessible via link below.)

preventtragedies.co.uk

 


 

Leadership and recognition

Leadership and Recognition

On Wednesday 22nd March Lauren and Alisha attended the city-wide leadership awards and recognition day at the University of Plymouth. They were there in recognition of all their hard work as silver ambassadors both at Sir John Hunt and in the wider PSSP community. They were able to take part in leadership workshops and reward activities such as the Plymouth marine simulator and inflatable sumo game! They also got to meet Anthony James, part of the GB swimming team, who took part in the London 2012 games. As part of the day there was a leadership award ceremony and I chose to nominate Lauren for individual sports leader. It was a toughly fought competition but Lauren, the youngest nominee won the special commendation award. It was an incredibly proud moment for myself and Mrs Skelton. Please see below for my nomination, I think you too will be amazed at the amount Lauren does above and beyond her timetabled College day!

I have come to rely on Lauren as an extension of myself! She is integral to the smooth running of our after school clubs including netball, girls football, table tennis and badminton. Netball is her passion and she has just started playing for UCP Marjon Kites. This has given her extra ideas for drills and warm ups, which she hasn’t hesitated in to putting in to practice at the netball club. She is organised and everything she does is well thought out, with her activities differentiated for all abilities. She is a silver ambassador and is a perfect example of what effective student leadership looks like. From an early age Lauren has expressed her interest in student leadership and has stood out from her peers as someone who will happily give up her own time in order to help others. I can give Lauren any job, any responsibility and I know, without question it will be done to the best standard.

She is currently running our school games organising committee along with Alisha. She has completed numerous NGB awards including her tennis leaders, which she put in to practice when the leadership academy umpired and helped run the citywide level 2 primary tennis event. She also led her peers at the Devon Ability Games training and event. Lauren attended both the Year 1 and 2 multi skills events at the College, with one parent saying, "PE teachers are getting younger and younger, when did she start working here?" This feedback is not isolated, wherever Lauren has led a session both primary and secondary, staff and students cannot stop singing her praises. Lauren is currently studying GCSE PE and as part of the course her ability to teach has come to the fore. She has, without prompting led sessions on netball and trampolining, giving expert teaching points and encouragement to those who most need it. She brings the best out of the group with her constant positivity, hard work and perseverance. She is now signed up for her Duke Of Edinburgh award and has put one of her skills as leadership. I have already been able to sign this off for her bronze award. Around the College she is a role model for younger students with perfect uniform, excellent attendance and a work ethic second to none. If Lauren wants something she will work and work to make it happen, a resilience so often missing in students. Her fabulous sense of humour only adds to her ability to lead and makes her a pleasure to be around. If I could, I would have her in every one of my lessons! I often have to remind myself that she is only 13 years old. I cannot wait to see how she develops her already outstanding leadership qualities in the years to come.

The girls had a fabulous day and are looking forward to putting what they have learnt in to practice.

Miss L Warring
(ACL for PE)

 


 

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Rock climbing club saw students building on the techniques they have been learning all year. It is rewarding to see how far they have all come in terms of climbing technique. Particularly of note were Jordan and Jack who both attempted a ‘Chimney’ climb which needed completely new skills to overcome. Jordan managed the 5+ version and Jack excelled on the 6b version. If you wish to come along to the club please collect a letter from Student Services and come along every Thursday 3:05 – 5:45pm.

Bike maintenance club has nearly finished their project bikes, having taken un-rideable bikes and up-cycled them, with the aim of taking them home and riding them to school every day. Next week the students will take their newly made bikes onto the Plymbridge trails. Look out for the new project next term, if you fancy building your own bike and learning some mechnical skills.

Intervention students pushed themselves last week at the Dewerstone cliff. Climbing one route graded severe and trusting each other to lower each other, right from the very top. Excellent commitment and behaviour was shown by all.

Climbing

Mr Alcock
(Outdoor and Adventurous Activities Instructor)

 


 

BEE positive Year 7 celebration

BEE Positive Year 7 Celebration

Jack Russell is a personal development coach who has worked with thousands of people during his career. Jack’s passion throughout life has been to positively motivate and influence others. Jack is also a trustee of the College and has trained the Year 7 tutors in delivering the BEE Positive programme.

The programme, which is delivered during tutorial time, consists of a variety of topics all designed to enhance positivity in students, get them to think about things in a different way and to promote individuality and independence.

Over the last 8 weeks, students have looked at a variety of weekly topics, these include: positive thinking, motivation, setting goals, communication and comfort zones.

The students’ hard work culminated in a celebration event which was held on 10th February. Jack Russell was our guest speaker and introduced the BEE Positive vision to both parents and students. Students then presented to their parents and carers, to the College governors and to Jack about what they have learned over the last 8 weeks and how it has changed and impacted upon them.

Every student who has followed this programme has received a certificate in recognition of their hard work. Within every tutor group, two BEE Positive ambassadors have been chosen and they will meet and come up with ideas and projects to take BEE positive to the next stage.

Mr Cota
(Learning Recovery Teacher)

 


 

Lab Skills

Post 16 Training in Laboratory Skills

Tanya and Ryan are the first students to take part in a new SJH training programme. They are based with me in the preparation laboratory where they are being trained in techniques such as microbiology, microscopy and glass working. Here are their views on the programme so far:

Ryan

"I was thrilled when Mr. Dunkerley, Head of Sixth Form, approached me and asked if I would like to spend some time in the preparation lab; of course I jumped at the opportunity! The course so far has allowed my love for science to run wild and continue to grow out of control! In any session Mrs Heard never fails to make the unit fun and interactive for both me and Tanya. The most important thing that Tanya and I have learnt so far is that there’s no such thing as failure – you’re simply discovering ways that don’t work."

Tanya

“I am finding the training even more interesting than the practicals I do in medical science. The organisation of the workbook and guide is brilliant, easy to follow and informative. This has definately inspired me to want to work in a lab based environment. Ryan and I have named the group Lab Rats and we have a motto by Thomas Edison, 'I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work'."

Post 16 Laboratory Skills

Mrs Heard
(Senior Technician)

 


 

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Climbing club was fun on Thursday at the Life Centre wall. The students started off in the bouldering cave and after a brief warm up they all attempted to climb the hardest things they could find!

We had a competition to see who could climb the hardest wall with Jack and Travis getting top marks for swinging around on steep walls! Jack then managed to climb to the top of the 16m wall, a very good effort. Climbing club continues every Thursday 3:05 – 5:45pm.

The bike maintenance club will see helpers from BikeSpace and Sustrans this week and everyone will be able to learn how to change and adjust break pads, chains, tyres, gear cables, etc. The ultimate aim being that students can then ride the bikes into school that they have fixed, reducing the traffic on our local roads. Bike maintenance continues every Wednesday after school 3:05 – 4:30pm.

Intervention students had a great time in the woods braving the zip line and helping each other overcome the fear of it. From no-one wanting to do it at first, to everyone having multiple goes and whooping their way down, they all did well. It was followed by a shelter building task, boys vs girls. The result was a draw, the boys focussing on structure, the girls on presentation.

Mr Alcock
(Outdoor and Adventurous Activities Instructor)

 


 

Spotlight in PE

Spotlight in PE

The Year 9 GCSE PE group visited Argyle as part of their curriculum enrichment. They are currently doing table tennis for their practical GCSE PE lesson and as part of this they got to experience what the Argyle Club is like, as well as experiencing playing against the table tennis coaching robot.

It was a fantastic experience and our thanks to Ryan Hooper for organising the session.

Mrs Skelton
(CL for PE)

Table Tennis

 


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Playground Football Day

National Playground Football Day

Sir John Hunt took part in the inaugural national playground football day.

Credit card company and league cup sponsor Capital One, established the day in the calendar to celebrate the long-standing British tradition of playground football.

Students at Sir John Hunt Community Sports College were one of the schools who took part in a lunchtime kick-about.

Evoking memories of ‘next goal wins’ and ‘Wembley doubles’ for a generation who remembered their playground glory days, the day aims to encourage the next generation of schoolchildren to get outside for a lunchtime kick-about whilst building upon the academic and social benefits that comes with regular exercise.

Jason Carr, head of sponsorship at Capital One said, "We believe that the right support can make a difference in people’s lives. Playground football is more than just a kick-about at break time, it is a game that embraces and encourages the freedom of play, giving children the opportunity to socialise, meet new friends and keep physically active."

For more information, or to watch as international footballers Nathaniel Clyne and Fran Kirby returned to the playground visit www.facebook.com/CapitalOneUK.

Mrs Skelton
(CL for PE)

 


 

Musical Magic

Musical Magic

On Saturday 30th January 2016, fifteen Sir John Hunt students from Years 7-9 took part in a Plymouth music education hub singing public event, held at Plymouth Pavilions.

At 12pm we met at the stage-door of the Pavilions, joining students from many Plymouth schools, all ready to tread the huge stage which was lit up by the laser lights and supported by the huge audience of peers and parents. (One of our Year 7 students, brought 15 members of her family, eager to support her solo performance!)

We all had lots of fun and everyone more than rose to the challenge. Our students acted as ambassadors, showing the primary school students how to take performing to the next level.

Soloists from Year 7 were Isabel, Natalie, Megan and Shaun.

Mr Cleverley
(Music Teacher)

 


 

World Book Day

World Book Day 2016

On Tuesday 2nd March, Key Stage 3 welcomed Huw Powell, author of Spacejackers to the College to celebrate World Book Day 2016. Spacejackers is a series of novels all about Jake Cutler, a boy who was abandoned on a remote planet at the age of 2,and his adventures and encounters with fierce and unfriendly space pirates. There are currently two books out and the third is being finished off as we speak.

Year 7 and Year 8 listened to inspiring and motivational talks from Huw all about reading, how he got into writing and how aspiring writers can go about getting their work noticed. Each year group helped Huw draw a picture of a brand new, unique and unusual space pirate!

Students were able to buy books at a discounted price thanks to Waterstones and have them signed by Huw himself. The turnout was fantastic and we hope to see all the students quizzing on their books in the near future!

In preparation for the event, the library ran several competitions, including a ‘create your own space pirate’ that was judged by Huw at lunchtime. The winners, Kaitlyn Francis and Jordan Plumb, both won personalised signed copies of one of Huw’s books. The amount of effort they put into their drawings was outstanding and fully deserved. Other honourable mentions for excellent drawing of space pirates go to close runners up Hayden Daly and Piper Walkling.

After the event Huw said he really enjoyed meeting the students and answering lots of their questions. The school even got a special mention on Huw’s Facebook and Twitter pages - a selection of students’ drawings even made it to his photo album online!

Mr Sharpe
(English/Maths Teacher)

World Book Day

 


 

Outdoor and adventurous activities

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Bikeability lessons have continued via PE time with more people completing their level 3 assessment. The level of maturity and care shown by those Year 8’s doing level 3 has been outstanding, even when on roundabouts amongst traffic they have remained calm and followed the rules of the road. Well done to them all.

Indoor climbing club continues every Thursday after school, if you wish to come along get a consent letter from Student Services and bring along £5 each week. Last week the climbers all managed to get to the top of the walls with Jordan Plumb and Jack Hoare excelling.

A selection of staff came along to a training session on using outdoor education techniques in the classroom, towards the end of last term. It was a lot of fun and the staff were interested in how to make their lessons more active and potentially more mobile!

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Mr Alcock
(Outdoor and Adventurous Activities Instructor)

 


 

Spotlight in PE

Spotlight in PE

On the last day of term the Year 9 GCSE PE group visited Marjons Sports Science laboratory. This was a fantastic opportunity for them and one which they enjoyed greatly.

They did a number of workshops, starting with the speed and acceleration test where they were timed running through two timing gates, down a runway and finishing in the foam pit. This made them very competitive, with Kian Nation doing the test the fastest.

They also did the reaction time test where they used the ‘Batak Board’ using the accumulator programme. Within this programme random targets will lit up for 60 seconds and the participant had to hit the target. The aim was to strike as many targets as possible in 60 seconds. Miss Warring got the best score with 80 in 1 minute, the highest score by a student was Ben Barrowdale with 63.

Next Bruno did a test on an anti-gravity treadmill, the treadmill looks like a bounce house for your lower body. To use it, you put on a pair of tight neoprene shorts. The shorts have a sort of skirt attached and the skirt is lined with zipper teeth. You step onto the treadmill, inside a hole in its plastic casing and zipper yourself in from the waist down. You are then encased in an airtight plastic bag. As you stand there, the treadmill measures your weight and you tell it how intense you want your workout to be. The machine uses ‘unweighting technology’ to make you feel up to 80 percent lighter-so if you weigh 100 pounds, you could feel as light as 20 pounds on the treadmill. The terms ‘anti-gravity’ and ‘unweighting technology’ are enthusiastic descriptions for what the machine actually does, which is inflate the plastic bag around your lower body to lift you off the surface of the treadmill.

Finally Zach took part in a VO2 max test. He had to run at a constant speed throughout the test and the incline is increased to increase the demands on the body and exhaustion is usually achieved between 9-15 minutes. They are linked up to a mask to measure the intake and expenditure of oxygen during this time.

It was an inspiring day for all involved and behaviour was immaculate.

Mrs Skelton and Miss Warring
(CL and ACL for PE)

 


 

Artistic Inspiration

Artistic Inspiration

Students took inspiration from the artist Hunderwasser in creating this colourful masterpiece. The painting will now be displayed outside the senior citizens home on Whitleigh Green during its refurbishment into a sustainable community centre.

My thanks must go to Paige Heller, Liam Dart, Noah Whiting, Zoe Turner, Abbie Howe, Kane Garside and to Mrs Long for taking their time and talent to create the artwork. I would also like to thank the board of the Four Greens Trust and the contractor Ian Williams for inviting us to contribute to our community.

Mr Carpenter
(Assistant Principal)

 


 

Snapping Photography Skills

Snapping Photography Skills

Wednesday after school students are invited to attend digital photography sessions. Beginners can learn how to access the various functions of the camera and put them to use in a range of situations and more advanced users explore the many custom functions available to them and experiment with a variety of photography scenarios. To date, students have been confined indoors and used everyday objects to produce some impressive images. Pop in and see them at work or join in, the sessions are open to all.

Mr Lavis
(Science Teacher)

Snapping Photography Skills 2

 


 

The Best of Barcelona

The Best of Barcelona

On Monday 15th February, fourteen Year 11 students and three Year 10 students along with Mrs Davenport, Mr Felton and myself went to Barcelona for a GCSE Spanish trip for four days. The students were very excited, arriving early and eagerly awaiting the arrival of the bus at 11.45am for a swift departure by 12 noon. We flew from Bristol airport and although most had flown before, there were few students who had not been in an airport or indeed on a plane. All enjoyed the experience, without any tears or anguish!

The Best of Barcelona

Within an hour of arriving in Spain, all students were beginning to get to know their surroundings with an evening stroll around the local area. They also were beginning to get into the swing of using the language by practising their speaking and listening skills when ordering food for themselves in restaurants.

During the trip they saw famous landmarks such as the Torre Agbar, La Sagrada Familia Cathedral, La Rambla, La Boquería Market, the Olympic Park and the Gothic Quarter of the city. All members of staff were extremely impressed with just how much they appreciated the architecture around Barcelona as well as experiencing a new culture. Students were eager to know more about the history, the life and culture of the city, as well as using the language and listening in on Spanish conversations as much as they could.

We did a tour of the Camp Nou football stadium, home of FC Barcelona, where we got see not only the pitch and trophy room but also the press conference room, the commentary box and changing rooms. Even those students who are not football fans said how much they enjoyed it and took lots of photos to show friends and family. Some said that this was the best part of the trip, despite not being a football fan!

We also had the opportunity to jump onto a cable car which essentially ran from one side of the main city to the other. Although one student said that she was scared of heights, she rose to the occasion and participated fully, being rewarded with a large chocolate waffle afterwards for her bravery! The only people to have shown any fear whatsoever during the trip was myself and Mrs Davenport who described the experience as ‘being put in our super panic zones’! The students appreciated the staffs’ bravery and enjoyed congratulating us on our achievements. We also celebrated with a chocolate waffle afterwards!

SJH Students visit Camp Nou football stadium

attitude and actions made us very proud. They listened and understood the importance of being vigilant with their belongings and it was a credit to them that there wasn’t a negative experience in this aspect.

The trip provided them with an opportunity to manage their own finances and to budget how much they had to spend each day, which is clearly an invaluable life skill and has helped them to become more independent and mature.

Barcelona panorama

It’s safe to say that they absorbed everything the city had to offer them. Lots of life-long memories were made and new friendships were formed. It has made us very proud of how much their confidence grew over the trip in terms of not only using the language they have learnt in a classroom in a real life situation but also as individuals. The success of the trip is very much a credit to the students who went and they were an absolute pleasure to be around!

Miss Nicholas
(CL for MFL Teacher)

 


 

Oriental Day for Students

Oriental Day for Students

This term the Year 7 students who are currently working with Mr Cota in Learning Recovery, took part in a day led by two teachers from China.

They participated in activities such as thai chi, paper folding, art morning exercises and learnt how to speak some Chinese. The three students were a credit to the College and the two Chinese teachers left with a fantastic impression of Sir John Hunt.

Their work will soon be on display on the international board alongside all the other projects we are running with the Chinese teachers.

Miss Harris
(Science Teacher)

 


 

Physics Award

Physics Award

This term, the science department received this award in recognition of their hard work and commitment towards improving physics education at Sir John Hunt. Awarded by the Institute of Physics, this award recognises the school as a partner of the Stimulating Physics Network. This is the start of exciting developments within the science department at the College.

Miss Harris
(Science Teacher)

 


 

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Climbing club every Thursday at the Life Centre wall has been great fun this term. Some students have been before, for others it’s their first time rock climbing. Every one of them has made progress from their first attempts, with most having reached the top of the second highest wall and a couple (Jack and Chloe) making it to the top of the 16m wall. Their technique has improved allowing them to climb more efficiently, with Jordan and Travis making great gains here. The newcomers have benefitted from Chloe’s experience in this and often try to copy how she climbs. It’s inspiring to see the effort they put in to everything from our mini-competitions through to pushing themselves on the big wall. Climbing club continues every Thursday 3:05 – 5:45pm.

The Bike maintenance club using helpers from BikeSpace and Sustrans has trained everyone to be able to change and adjust break pads, chains, tyres, gear cables etc. The ultimate aim being that students will then ride the bikes into school that they have fixed, so reducing the traffic on our local roads. The atmosphere is always light hearted and fun with students from the Duke of Edinburgh Award helping out for their voulnteering section. Bike Maintenance continues every Wednesday after school 3:05 – 4:30pm.

Students from Year 9 have enrolled in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, with 20 starting this term; a SJH record! Projects that the group are undertaking include bike maintenance club, netball club, the science garden, chess club, rock climbing club, pet and animal care and reading projects. It’s not too late to start, just come along to S109 at lunchtimes on a Thursday to see Mr Alcock or Miss Symons.

The intervention group have showed a good deal of teamwork over the term and also some excellent leadership skills and determination. Some highlights include: the focus they showed to create a superb improvised shelter in the woods, with Jacob Green taking a lead on this; Harrison, after a very hesitant start on the climbing wall, came through to win the bouldering competition and reach the top of the second highest wall after nearly falling a number of times; the calmness and politeness the boys showed when working with the visiting Chinese teachers making paper folding artworks, they were a credit to the school.

Bikeability has been affected by some very poor weather, but the students have perservered to attain Level 2 and a number of Level 3 awards this term. I am always impressed by the level of focus and maturity the students show when performing their Level 3 skills on the Tamerton Foliot/Budshead Road roundabout, keeping clear heads amongst the daytime traffic. Bikeability sessions will continue in PE next term, with those who have missed out due to weather, either completing in term 4 or starting in term 5.

Mr Alcock
(Outdoor and Adventurous Activities Instructor)

 


 

Youth Parliament

Youth Parliament

Today Sir John Hunt students had a chance to influence local youth politics. Following a successful ‘make your mark’ exercise, where the agenda for the UKYP was voted on, we have now had the opportunity to choose the youth representative for Plymouth. Over 100 Sir John Hunt students took the opportunity to cast their vote, based on video assembly campaigns.

We take democracy seriously here and I hope this event has made some students think about standing for future Youth Parliament positions!

Mr Saberton
(CL for Humanities)

 


 

Vocational Training

Vocational News

It has been a very busy first term for the vocational learners in Sixth Form. Many are really starting to gain skills within their work related course. From catering, to hair styling, brickwork and childcare, students are beginning to recognise their talents. Many are able to enrich their study with work experience and visits, to help them understand the world of work they intend to go in to. Well done everyone, keep it up!

Vocational Training

Mrs Morley-Trapnell
(Vocational Co-Ordinator Sixth Form)

 


 

PPE Exams

PPE Week

As you know, all students in Year 10 through to Year 14 sat internal examinations last week.

Traditionally these exams have been referred to as ‘mocks.’ However the word ‘mock’ does not accurately reflect the importance of these exams. It suggests that they are ‘pretend’ or ‘just for practice.’ The reality is that these exams, as well as providing excellent preparation for public examinations, can also give students and teachers some really valuable information about current levels of performance, strengths and those areas that still need developing in order for students to fulfil their potential. For these reasons, these exams are now referred to as Pre-Public Examinations (PPEs).

This year PPEs were arranged over one week and we used 35 rooms, 2136 papers, 154 separate exam sittings and 15 staff were involved in either invigilation and/or access arrangements and a total of 276 students were timetabled to take PPEs.

Results are now being collated in preparation for PPE results days and students will be able to collect a candidate statement of results in the same way as they would when they take their GCSE/GCEs.

Thank you to everyone involved in making the January 2016 PPEs a success.

Mrs Emond
(Exams Officer)

 


 

Careers Fair

Careers Fair

Aspirational students attended the careers fair this week to help them with their future career planning.

The College hosted the event for all students who are starting to think about their first step on the career ladder.

The fair showcased a number of local employers, from an array of trades and professions, as well as a variety of further/higher education establishments and training providers. Students were able to talk to each of them about possible career paths and the different entry routes into each profession.

Mrs Slater said, "As a school we are committed to delivering quality careers education, information, advice and guidance to all students. This event helped students to think about their chosen career path and gave them ideas and information about how they can work towards achieving success in their chosen profession."

Mrs Slater
(Career, Event and Marketing Co-ordinator)

 


 

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Climbing club on Thursday at the Life Centre wall is going well. Students are getting used to starting off in the bouldering cave and warming up first to prevent injury. They then attempt to climb the hardest things they can find. The climbers love bouldering, especially Jack, Travis and Sean who are showing great commitment in attempting routes which they find very hard to begin with, then working at it until they succeed, even if it means coming back next week to try again.

Climbing club continues every Thursday 3:05 – 5:45pm.

The bike maintenance club welcomed helpers from BikeSpace and Sustrans this week. Everyone learned how to change and adjust gear and break cables. Every student who attended has received a bike to work on which, if they continue every week, they can keep for themselves to ride into school and go mountain biking. The atmosphere in the garage was fun and focused with every student working well and learning new skills.

Bike Maintenance continues every Wednesday after school 3:05 – 4:30pm.

The Intervention team practiced some teamwork in Whitleigh woods on Thursday. We set up a ‘slackline’ and they helped each other to balance along it, progressing to attempt it alone. They showed a good deal of responsibility and trust to each other. Hopefully we’ll get a chance to do it again and make it all the way across!

Bikeability lessons in PE have continued with the girls mastering right turns and a small roundabout in cold but clear weather. It is great to see the focus and care they take on the roads and how exciting they find it. Lets hope the rain holds off soon so more can go out!

Mr Alcock
(Outdoor and Adventurous Activities Instructor)

 


 

Devon Ability Games Leadership Training

Devon Ability Games Leadership Training

On the 21st January, six Year 9 students travelled to the Life Centre to complete their training ready for the county wide Devon Ability Games on the 29th January. The girls learned how to deliver and umpire seated volleyball, as well as trying out other inclusive activities such as new age kurling. They will then lead their activity to over 500 SEND students from across the south west at the games next week. It was a fantastic afternoon which gave the girls a brilliant insight in to inclusive sport.

Miss Warring
(ACL for PE)

 


 

 

DIY SOS

DIY/SOS

Do it yourself student decorators at a Plymouth school are calling upon local businesses to help transform a patient’s room at Derriford Hospital. Pupils at Sir John Hunt Community Sports College are looking for any soft furnishings, plants or furniture that can help provide a makeover to the room on the Brent Oncology Ward. The room is currently used by cancer patients and families as a respite area away from the busy ward and is a much needed break away space.

Sarah Slater, careers co-ordinator at the school said students were looking for things that will make the room feel warm and inviting, allowing families to relax and enjoy quality time.

"We are appealing for as many items as we can get," she said. "We would like anything that will make the room feel relaxing and homely with items such as cushions, pictures, flowers, furniture, anything that would make it a special place for families to visit."

Mitie Paints are the first company to come to the students’ aid, offering paint and decorating tools as well as practical help from a team of professionals, while Wiser Wonga are offering the team support and advice.

Mrs Slater continued: "This is a wonderful way for our students to work with local businesses and to really make a difference to the community. As well as doing something good, the students are learning valuable practical skills as well as the sense of achievement and satisfaction you obtain through carrying out an act of kindness."

For more information or to donate, contact Sarah Slater on 01752 201020.

Mrs Slater
Careers Co-ordinator

 


 

Year 8 Options Evening

Year 8 Options Evening

Last week we held our Year 8 options evening which again was a great success with nearly every student in Year 8 coming in to discuss their GCSE option choices. Thank you to all of the parents that attended the event.

As well as staff, representatives from every curriculum area and subject in the College; also in attendance were the Year 8 Pastoral staff, our Key Stage 4 Raising Standards Leader, the Sixth Form staff, our SJH Careers advisor, the Careers South West advisor, University representatives and our Outdoor and Adventurous Activities team.

Following a presentation, students and parents were able to have detailed conversations with our staff and representatives from other organisations to help make the GCSE choices and to inform the pathways they will follow as the students go beyond Year 11.

I would like to thank everyone involved in organising and attending the event and remind parents that the options forms need to be in by 28th January. We will endeavour to communicate the GCSE option allocations to students as soon as we can.

Mr Perrens
(Vice Principal)

 


 

Maths Primary Event

Maths Primary Event

Year 5 students from Whitleigh Community Primary School took part in sessions on using multiplication skills to solve various problems at Sir John Hunt this January. The students were asked to investigate ideas such as whether square number always, sometimes or never have even numbers of factors and whether when you multiply any number by nine the sum of the answers digits is always a multiple of nine. The students rose to the challenge and enjoyed making use of their maths to justify their answers.

Mr Yalden
(CL for Mathematics)

 


 

Bee Positive

Year 7 BEE Positive, Wednesday 10th February from 3:50pm until 5:45pm

We would like to invite you and your son/daughter to our BEE Positive Celebration on Wednesday 10th February 2016 from 3.50pm until 5.45pm and hope that you are able to join us at what should be an enjoyable and informative evening. This event will start off in the Performance Hall with Jack Russell presenting to both parents and students. You will then go to tutor bases where students will present some of the work which they have been doing as part of the BEE Positive programme. We will finish the celebration in the canteen where there will be refreshments, stalls for your son/daughter to sign up to different activities and a chance to meet Jack Russell and tutors.

The BEE Positive Celebration is a great opportunity for you to come along and see the fantastic effort which your son/daughter has been putting into this programme, hopefully you will also see them move out of their comfort zone!

We very much hope that you will be able to join us, to see your son/daughter in a different light and to find out about the exciting activities on offer. There will be a variety of stalls including Plymouth Argyle, Crownhill Scouts, Duke of Edinburgh and a Sailing Club to name just a few.

Sir John Hunt Communications Team

 


 

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Climbing

Thursday at the Life Centre wall. The students started off in the bouldering cave and after a warm up, where we could run around the matting, they all attempted to climb the hardest things they could find. We had a competition to see who could climb the quietest, Chloe and Jack got top marks for creeping quietly! Jack then managed to climb to the top of the 16m wall, a very good effort.

Climbing club continues every Thursday 3:05 – 5:45pm.

Bike Maintenance

bike maintenance

The bike maintenance club will see helpers from BikeSpace and Sustrans this week and everyone will be able to learn how to change and adjust break pads, chains, tyres, gear cables etc. The ultimate aim being that students can ride the bikes they have fixed into school reducing the traffic on our local roads.

Bike maintenance continues every Wednesday after school 3:05 – 4:30pm.

Mr Alcock
(Outdoor and Adventurous Activities Instructor)

 


 

Spotlight in PE

Spotlight in PE

Netball

On Thursday 14th January, the Year 7 netball team journeyed to Hele’s School to take part in the first round of the netball central venue. The citywide tournament is run over 3 dates, as a round robin competition. The Year 7 team have been in training since the start of the year and this really showed in the partnership of Megan Smith and Daisy Bone, who between them expertly attacked the defence, resulting in Megan scoring 16 goals over two matches. Despite this, the more experienced teams of Notre Dame and Coombe Dean triumphed over the girls. A special mention must also go to Jasmine Mulkerrin who played fantastically at both wing defence and goal Attack.

Miss Warring
(ACL for PE)

 


 

Great Big Rhino Project

The Great Big Rhino Project

The KS3 biology competition is up and running now, with entries coming in thick and fast. We are focusing on the conservation of the Sumatran Rhino as there are less than one hundred left on our planet.

These animals are classified as being ‘Critically Endangered’ because of their horns being so valuable and their habitats being destroyed. Their horns are made from keratin, which is used in Chinese medicine and decorative purposes to show off wealth and status. We have teamed up with Paignton Zoo to design and paint our Sumatran Rhino, so it can go on the ‘Rhino Trail’ around the South West.

Don’t panic though, once it’s been on its travels, it will be back with us and displayed in our College! Competition ends 28th January.

Great Big Rhino Project

Miss Burns
(Science Teacher)

 


 

Music Hub Performance

Music Hub Performance

On Thursday 14th January, over 200 students from Beechwood, St Peters RC, Whitleigh and Woodfield Primary Schools along with Sir John Hunt Community Sports College came together for an afternoon of sensational singing. The event was hosted by Sir John Hunt Community Sports College at the Wood View Learning Community campus, led by our music department and the Plymouth Music Hub.

The partnership enabled each of the respective schools to have coaching leading up to the event with the final performance attracting over 100 guests.

Plymouth Music Hub were so impressed with the quality of the performance, they have invited all those that took part to perform again at Plymouth Pavilions on the 30th January.

An amazing opportunity for all involved!

Mr Cleverley
(Music Teacher)

 


 

Sixth Form Pharmacists

Sixth Form Pharmacists

Sixth Form PharmacistsOver the last three weeks I have been working with sixteen of Mr Flage’s Sixth Form students on the laboratory synthesis of Aspirin. This was one of the first drugs to come into common usage and is still one of the most researched drugs in the world today.

Two thousand four hundred years ago, on the Greek island of Kos, Hippocrates brewed the bark of the willow tree and administered it for pain relief. It was not until the nineteenth century that the substance that gave this pain relief was extracted and identified. The Latin name for Willow is Salix and from this the substance was named salicylic acid. It is this chemical that the Sixth Form worked with, when they made aspirin crystals.

Making and analysing aspirin involves a wide range of complex technical procedures, such as an esterification reaction using very hazardous chemicals, recrystallisation, titration, colour analysis and determining melting point. All of the students displayed exceptional practical skills and ability throughout every procedure. Here are some of their comments:

Kyla Niedzielski: ‘The practicals we do, are incredibly useful and give us a greater understanding. We can go into depth about what we are using.’

Jamie Nias: ‘The practicals were very easy to follow, despite seeming hard at first.’

Ryan Gilmore: ‘Another fun, engaging science lesson!’ Tanya Cook: ‘Out of all the experiments, making aspirin was the best by far. Each stage was interesting and informative and the methods of testing the purity were accurate. All in all it was both fun and educational!’

Mrs Heard
(Senior Technician)

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Top 10/20 readers league table

Drop and Read League Table

Room for discussion...

As the top 10 have now surpassed 500,000 words, the leader board has stretched to a top 20 so we can all observe the next set of students hit 500,000 words read! There are no changes in the top 10 of the new leader board – it would seem as though there has been a slow start to the new term as students get through their January blues! Nevertheless, Year 8 students have managed a total of 25 100% quiz passes, while Year 7 have managed a huge 53! A big well done to all Year 7 students who have achieved 100% on a quiz this term – they will all be entered into the raffle prize draw and have a chance at winning some prizes after the February break. If they have achieved more than one 100% quiz score, they will be in the raffle draw more than once! More 100% scores means more chance of winning a prize!

 

 


 

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

A windy Bikeability continued this week. Once everyone got going out on the roads, the concentration levels were so high, nobody complained about the cold! Level 3 students have been learning how to negotiate two lanes of traffic and the large roundabout on Tamerton Foliot Road. It is impressive how they became more used to it and less nervous over just a double lesson. Well done to them.

The bike maintenance club starts up again this week. The bike fleet is now looking a lot cleaner and more organised from previous attendees, so thank you to all that helped.

We have a new scheme in place now for students where BikeSpace Plymouth will provide us with mountain bikes that need re-cycling and the help of their staff to fix them. BikeSpace Plymouth will also bring tools and all the necessary parts so the students can fix and customise the bikes to their needs, on the condition that they cycle them into school once fixed!

Come along every Wednesday after school to get involved.

Mr Alcock
(Outdoor and Adventurous Activities Instructor)

 


 

Hanban teachers visit

Hanban Teachers Visit SJH

Following on from our international links with both South Africa and Zimbabwe, the College have embarked on a new project with teachers from Hanban in China, to deliver workshops across the College. Throughout January, Miss Wilkes’ GCSE art class will benefit from calligraphy workshops as part of their current project on lettering. Zhang Xue will be taking groups of students through the history and origins of calligraphy as well as giving them workshops in using the lettering.

The students work will be on display across the College to show examples of the various styles of writing they have been learning about. This is only the first part of the project with the Hanban teachers and over the forthcoming weeks other projects will include a philosophy and ethics ‘tea ceremony’ and ‘traditional sports’ with intervention students.

Miss Harris
(Science Teacher)

 


 

eye dissection

Eyeball Dissection

On Friday Mr Gardiner and I delivered a Medical BTEC unit with a mathematics focus to his Sixth Form group. The objective of the session was to calculate the volume and density of sheep eyeballs through using the formulae V=4/3πr3 and p=v/r, however we decided to take an unusual practical approach.

The session was broken down into three sections. We started by removing as much external tissue from the sheep eyes as possible. We then recorded the mass of the eyes and dropped them into Archimedes displacement cans filled with water. By collecting the water displaced, we were able to work out the volume of each eye and using the formula, density = mass / volume, the density of each eye.

To maximize the opportunity of having the sheep eyes available we carried out a full dissection, identifying every structure and discussing its function. Particularly noticeable was the tapetum lucidum (Latin for ‘bright tapestry’) a beautiful multi-coloured tissue that sits behind the retina. It is extremely reflective and improves night vision. This structure is absent in humans, however it is highly developed in many other mammals and is why cats eyes seem to ‘glow’ in the dark!

We then took measurements of the dissected eyes and used the above formulae to calculate volume and density. When we compared our theoretical results with our practical results they were amazingly similar.

Feedback from the students was very positive. They said they found the session engaging, informative and fun!

eyeball dissection

Mrs Heard (Senior Technician)
and Mr Gardiner (CL for Science)

 


 

Plymouth Raiders Visit

The Plymouth Raiders

The Plymouth Raiders Mrs Skelton’s Year 13 BTEC Sport group visited the Plymouth Raiders at their training ground on Tuesday morning.

They met at college at 6.30am and made their way to Plymouth School of Creative Arts. Whilst they were there they coloured a profiling wheel and completed a tally chart, looking at skills such as accurate passing and shooting as well as motivation, confidence and work rate.

This was a fantastic opportunity to see a top rate sporting team at work and one that isn’t easy to come by.

We thanked the Plymouth Raiders for letting us in and congratulate Abi, Abbie, Nicola and Liam for getting up in time to take on the task!

Mrs Skelton
(CL for PE)

 


 

skating trip

Spotlight in PE

Ice skating

Mrs Skelton’s Year 13 BTEC sport class went ice skating at Plymouth Pavilions. They have been learning how to analyse skills and as part of this they looked at breaking down complex, continuous and discrete skills.

Ice skating is a continuous skill but can be broken down into phases of movement when you are learning it. They were tasked with deciding the phases that they would teach to a beginner.

Mrs Skelton
(CL for PE)

 


 

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

climbing wall Rock climbing club had 2 new climbers this week. Travis and Jack, who took to it like ducks to water! After some basic belaying skill training, they both made it to the top of the first wall. It was great to see how happy their success made them. All the climbers then had a turn on the bouldering wall, they became quite competitive to better their highpoints!

We still have a few places for anyone else who would like to come along every Thursday at 3:05 – 5:30pm.

Our PE apprentice, Miss Symons has passed her Minibus test, Expedition Assessor for DofE (Bronze and Silver), Bikeability Instructor assessment and has also now signed off as trip leader too! Thanks to Antony Collins, Travis Phillips, Sam Jago and Joshua Harvey for participating in further skills for this.

Not a bad weeks work!

Well done Miss Symons.

Mr Alcock
(Outdoor and Adventurous Activities Instructor)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Minecraft Project

Plymouth Sailing Minecraft Project

Thanks to the Plymouth sailing project, students had a virtual tour around the Breakwater in Plymouth Sound, using a scale model built in Minecraft. The 3D model was an accurate representation of the Breakwater, including the lighthouse, safety cage and facts which students could read to learn more about its history.

The aim of the project is to help students learn more about our local history in an interactive way. The future aim is to add more to the model, such as the Breakwater Fort and further structures found in the sound. Students involved in the Plymouth sailing project can also get a close up view through the sailing club in the new year.

Mr Waite
(ACL for Science)

 


 

Senior Citizens Party

Senior Citizens Party

Sixty local senior citizens attended this year’s community Christmas extravaganza. The evening is a culmination and celebration of our students hard work throughout the term and I would like to thank in order:

  • The Sir John Hunt Choir who performed the opening entertainment under the direction of Mrs Cleverley
  • Our Health and Social Care students for providing the gold level of silver service under the direction of Mrs Crowl
  • The Sixth Form band under the direction of Mr Cleverley
  • The student Bingo callers, trained by Mrs Slater
  • The Year 11 and Sixth Form dancers, trained by Paula Hocking from Wheelchair Fever.

I would also like to thank all of the staff who participated in the evening and helped behind the scenes. This involved donating and wrapping presents, supporting with transport, decorating the hall and of course clearing up afterwards! The comments from the senior citizens are a testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff and students, which highlights how important the evening is to our local community.

"Thank you so much. My mum lost her leg 3 years ago and couldn’t go outside. She was delighted that you invited her and it was amazing to see her enjoying herself again."

"The entertainment was marvellous, it just gets better every year!” “You have wonderful students, very talented."

Mr Carpenter
(Assistant Principal)

 


 

Singing for Schools

Singing for Schools

Over 60 parents and guests filled the performance hall on Thursday 3rd of December to listen to the 100 strong voices of the Year 7s singing and English performance. The year group have been working hard in their English classes to analyse the meaning behind the songs, which they explained to parents via video recordings shown during the event. I would like to thank all the staff who contributed to the day, with special thanks to Mr Fitzwater and Mr and Mrs Cleverley for creating such a fantastic festival musical performance. The Year 7s were fantastic.

Mr Carpenter
(Assistant Principal)

 


 

GCSE Champion Day

On Thursday 26th November, all Year 11 students attended GCSE Champion Day. Fix Up’s motivational speaker Caspian, ran seminars to enthuse our students and kick start them on their venture of GCSEs. Alongside this, workshops were run by the learning mentors on revision techniques. They looked at GCSEPod, Five Point Attack, Mind Maps and completed a treasure hunt of Learning Café resources.

The day of seminars and sessions allowed the students to gain a real insight into the challenges they will be facing in the upcoming exam season. They are now equipped with effective and useful techniques to tackle their revision and exams with confidence. Students gave really positive feedback, emphasising its value to their studies. A fantastic day was had by all!

Miss Stewart
(KS4 Learning Mentor)

 


 

Christmas Video Game

Christmas Video Games Without the Surprises

Dear Santa, can I have Rise of the Tomb Raider for Christmas please...

If you’re a parent, chances are your children will have at least one video game on their christmas wish list this year. Unless you’re a gamer yourself, how do you know which titles are appropriate for their age group and personality?

Andy Robertson, editor of FamilyGamerTV explained the PEGI ratings system. We looked at the content of some of the games your children will ask for, to help you make an informed decision.

Video games bring a lot of benefits with them. Alongside entertainment and enjoyment they enable players to visit other worlds, create ambitious constructions, discover new sports and hobbies and interact with people all over the world.

However, distinguishing what different games present in terms of benefits or dangers in the family can be a challenge. Unlike films and books, you can’t quickly skim through to assess what your children will be experiencing.

The PEGI ratings are the mandatory way all UK video games helpfully disclose this information for consumers. Each publisher completes a questionnaire and submits game footage to the Games Rating Authority about its game, which then determines the age rating it gets.

The PEGI ratings offer a traffic light system of age ratings. Games suitable for over 3s and over 7s are flagged with a green age icon on the box. Games only suitable for those over 12 or 16 are flagged with an orange age icon and games only suitable for the over 18’s have a red age badge.

On the back of the box are another set of icons which depict why the game got a certain age rating. This may be for language, violence, drugs, fear or other reasons. Further information is then available on the PEGI website and Games Rating Authority website.

 


 

Heart Dissection

Heart Dissection

Mrs Skelton and Miss Warring’s Year 9 GCSE PE group dissected pig hearts as part of their GCSE PE theory lesson. Within the new specification content they have to learn about the structures, including the atria, ventricles, arteries, veins and capillaries.

The students all behaved fantastically using the scalpels, forceps, needle and scissors really sensitively and accurately. Students were able to follow the dissection on the big screen, through the use of the science department’s camera and computer programme.

The lesson was led by Mrs Heard who organised and taught a fantastic session, which the students all gained a lot from. Thank you to Mrs Heard for this opportunity and to Mr Waite for setting up the camera!

Mrs Skelton (CL for PE) and Miss Warring (ACL for PE)

 


 

Duke of Edingburgh Awards

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

The Duke of Edinburgh Award has expanded within the College these last few weeks, with 14 participants achieving bronze and Mark Richards achieving silver. Twenty new bronze award hopefuls have signed up and have already started their activities including such things as pet care, music, game design, football, netball and rock climbing.

The gold award participants will begin fundraisng for their expedition and residential sections, hopefully heading to Snowdonia for their expedition and taking part in conservation projects in the south west for their residentials.

Rock climbing club has progressed well, with each participant now within their third week showing new highpoints and taking on some new techniques. Xandria Bell did very well to hold her own on her first climb last week with those who’ve been a few times already.

Ryan Evans from Sustrans came to help teach some bike maintenance skills. The students learned to change brake cables and headsets. The club continues every Wednesday evening until 4:30pm.

Mr Alcock
(Outdoor and Adventurous Acivities Instructor)

 


 

Indoor Cricket

Spotlight in PE

Boys U15 Plymouth Indoor Cricket Fixtures

Nine of our students travelled to Hele’s School on Monday 30th November to take part in the boys U15 Indoor Cricket League. The overall winners of the 8 over games were to progress to level 3 county matches.

The SJH team had previous experience playing in the central venue fixtures in the summer where they narrowly lost to All Saints but beat Torbridge. The 9 man squad can be seen in the photo above.

The standard of cricket was excellent with some students playing for local and county teams. The boys came into the fixtures having had some training but were impressed with the level of cricket being played.

Overall we played some good cricket but lacked the skill and experience to overhaul a very strong DHS side who beat us comprehensively 109-15. However, it was in our second game against Hele’s that we came into our own with some excellent batting from Bailey Morgan who put on a quick stand of 39. Then it was our turn to bowl and we got off to a great start reducing their men to 7 for 2 after just 2 overs. We looked steady for the next couple of overs where only 8 runs were scored leaving Heles needing 25 runs off the last 4 overs. For the next 2 overs we bowled well with us not leaking too many runs, however, in the last two overs some good batting from the home side saw them hit the winning runs with just 2 balls left of the match. A fantastic match for the neutral but the boys were disappointed not to take the victory.

Mr Fort
(Assistant Head of Sixth Form)

 


 

Meet the Events Team

Meet the Events Team

Meet this year’s intake to the fabulous new entertainment team. Nine students from Year 10 have agreed to take on event, enterprise and entertainment activities throughout the academic year.

The first event started when they provided students and parents with a selection of canapés at our annual Celebration Evening and will quickly be followed by helping out at the Senior Citizens Christmas Party.

Look out for forthcoming events and of course the orange hoodies!

The team of superstars are:

Cody, Kane, Sophie, Paige, Sharna, Tia, Zoe, Abbie and Mya.

Mrs Slater
(Career, Event and Marketing Coordinator)

 


 

Celebration Evening

Celebration Evening

On Wednesday the 25th November over 200 students received more than 250 awards at our annual College Celebration Evening. The evening was hosted entirely by Year 11 students Callum Hardy, Scott Cooper, Jasmine Todd and Amber Dodson. The KS3 event was enhanced by an incredible performance from Jazmine Lowe, Kelly Short and Morgan Fifield.

This year Caspian, a regular visitor to the College was our motivational speaker. He inspired students, parents, governors and staff alike with his message that everyone is a VIP but we must maintain a clear vision of our goals; we must understand, be true to our identity and take the power into our hands to work towards the life we want.

Guests were treated to canapés and drinks served by our events group, whilst browsing the amazing exhibition created by our arts and creative technologies team.

I would like to thank all our staff, students, governors and guests from our PLE partnership, for once again making the evening such a huge success. I look forward to next year’s event when we can continue to applaud our students’ achievements.

Celebration Evening

Mr Carpenter
(Assistant Principal)

 


 

Caspian , motivational speaker

Caspian – a Positive Leader

Caspian has been working as a mentor to young people and various artists since 2006. He also has 4 years’ experience of working as a youth participation coordinator for local community organisations that specialise in youth engagement.

Since 2011 Caspian has been a motivational speaker and he has worked with various youth and arts projects and also individuals in primary and secondary school settings.

Caspian is confident, adventurous and spontaneous, yet through it all also knows how to maintain discipline. He is an extremely patient individual.

Caspian’s main ethos is being centred in the knowledge that his presence and purpose is not self-serving but it is an opportunity for him to add value to the lives of millions of people. This is extended to the fact that Caspian has penned his very own motivational book which was launched in Los Angeles in 2014.

As a positive leader, good listener and public speaker, Caspian also uses his skills and talent as a recording artist to engage and connect with the young people he works with.

Caspian, motivational speaker

 


 

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

A wet and windy Bikeability continued this week for both PE lessons and Intervention. Once everyone got going out on the roads, the concentration levels were high, so no-one ever complained about the cold. Level 3 students have been learning how to negotiate two lanes of traffic and the large roundabout on Tamerton Foliot road. It is impressive how they become more used to it and less nervous over just a double lesson. Well done to them.

A big thank you to all those signing up to The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. We have 19 new students for the bronze award and a few who wish to move up from bronze to silver and from silver to gold. They have been registering their activities at lunchtimes in room S109 and they range from cricket, to Photography Club with Mr Lavis, to pet care at home. Many students are choosing to enrol in Bike Maintenance (every Wednesday evening) for their volunteering, or are keen to help develop the Science Garden. Please feel free to take a letter from student services and start your DofE adventure anytime by meeting Mr Alcock or Miss Symons in room S109 every Thursday lunchtime.

Mr Alcock
(Outdoor and Adventurous Activities Instructor)

 


 

spotlight in pe

Spotlight in PE

Year 2 Multi Skills

On Wednesday 25th November sixty-seven Year 2 students from Beechwood, Oakwood and Whitleigh Primary Schools came to the College to take part in the family multi-skills event. The event was run by the Year 9 School Games Organising committee and Mrs Skelton’s Year 13 BTEC Sport students.

The Year 2s took part in a carousel of activities including crossing the swamp, squeexe and human bowling, all aimed at improving their fundamental movement skills.

The event went extremely well, with fantastic comments from both parents and staff. One of the mums assumed that the Year 9s were members of staff!

There will be another Year 2 event in the new year.

Miss Warring
(ACL for PE)

 


 

Step Up train as firefighters

Step Up Train as Firefighters

Over the past 4 weeks the Year 10 Step Up group have undertaken firefighting training with the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service. The aim was to develop their self-confidence, work as a team, learn to communicate in difficult situations and in doing so have fun. It also offered the opportunity to experience what it takes to be a firefighter.

Each week the group attended the Plympton Fire and Rescue Training Centre to undertake real life firefighting training, using the equipment that is used by the service on the front line. All adult firefighters within the service, will at some time, undertake training at Plympton.

The group had to tackle such tasks as:

  • Using hoses to spray buildings from hydrants and the fire tender. The hoses spray water with such force it takes two people to hold them
  • Searching for casualties in pitch black conditions. This is done using touch and verbal communication only
  • Navigating through tight spaces, tight corners, over and under obstructions, all in pitch black. We had to climb down holes, through pipes, get up into hatchways, nothing was straight forward
  • Searching buildings, set out as a normal house, wearing breathing apparatus. This is extremely difficult as you not only had to find the rooms you then had to get around the furniture, find the casualty and get out, you cannot see a thing!
  • Attending simulated road traffic accidents and cutting people from wrecked vehicles. To get the casualty out we hadto get them on to a spine board whilst they were still in the car, then get them out through the boot. Cutting the roof off was pretty simple using the giant cutters the Fire Service has

All tasks were completed wearing full firefighting uniform and personal protective equipment (PPE). Everyone in the group admitted it was hard, sweaty and dirty work. They all said they had a brilliant time and found out something about themselves.

Our firefighting Instructors were very complimentary about the group and commended them on their performance, all of the group will be receiving certificates for their record of achievements. They should all be immensely proud of the way they acted as a team, communicated extremely well and helped each other when it got tough.

Mr Diggins
(Step Up Teacher)

 


 

Jui Jitsu Champion

Jiu Jitsu Champion

Jiu Jitsu ChampA massive congratulations to Harvey in 7 Lowe for competing in the European Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championship, which was held in Birmingham on the 21st and 22nd November. Harvey won against all 3 of his challengers. He was particularly proud of his last fight which lasted all of 3 minutes and 45 seconds, where he forced his competitor to surrender using a technical hold which is called the 'Arm Bar'. His previous fights were won on points.

Harvey left the competition as a champion, winning a gold medal for the under 38kg weight (10-12 year olds). Harvey is currently the English Champion, British Champion, Naga UK Grappling British Champion, Naga Germany Grappling Champion and now European Junior Champion. He is ranked number 1 male junior competitor in the UK by the UKBJJA.

We all wish Harvey every success in future competitions.

Mr Benney
(Computer Science Teacher/Tutor)

 


 

Learn 2 Live

Learn 2 Live Roadshow

On Thursday the 19th November, all Year 12 students attended the annual Learn2Live roadshow at Plymouth Pavilions. This region-wide event aims to alert young people to the dangers of driving. It featured speakers from the emergency services along with family members who have been affected by accidents on our roads.

The event has been running since 2008 and since then, has been seen by over 100,000 teenagers in Devon and Cornwall. The roadshow targets young people as they are statistically, one of the most at risk groups when it comes to road traffic collisions. The event encourages young people to make small changes in their behaviours and to develop their skills and awareness to help them make sensible and safe decisions when travelling or driving on the roads.

This event was a powerful reminder of the dangers on our roads and our students told us this was a useful, informative and thought provoking event. The speakers on the day made hard hitting and emotional appeals to their audience about the long lasting impact of seemingly minor decisions and errors as both drivers and passengers.

If anyone would like more information on the Learn2Live roadshow, the website has lots of useful links, statistics and information.

www.learn-2-live.org.uk

Mrs Morley-Trapnell
(Vocational Coordinator for Post-16)

 


 

Marjon mentoring

Mentoring With Marjons

On Wednesday 11th November eleven Year 10 MAT (More Able and Talented) students met their mentors from Marjons for the launch of the mentoring scheme. Students had already met with me to map out their future plans and aspirations, what they would need to achieve this and how they could get there. These storyboards were sent to Marjons who used this information to match our students with the right mentor for them. On Wednesday, they had a chance to ask their mentor questions they had prepared and get to know who they are and what they do at the university. They then had a challenge to complete – to build a free-standing giraffe in just 5 minutes! The MAT students really enjoyed the opportunity to work together, alongside their mentor and the challenge that went with it! The session was on Wednesday 25th November, 3.15-4.00 pm where they focused on time management and organisational skills in preparation for their upcoming pre-public exams.

Mrs Davenport
(MAT Coordinator)

 


 

Whitleigh Big Local

Which Would You Choose?

Noah, Liam and Brandon have been fortunate enough to have a place on the committee for a brand new project that will have a direct impact on our students. The project seeks to design and create structural play elements within a new play hub in the neighbourhood. The project is being wholly funded and led by the Whitleigh Big Local – a resident led organisation and initiative in receipt of Big Local Lottery funding to improve the neighbourhood.

The team want to create an exciting play hub that offers a creative solution to promoting play in the natural environment for children and families, as well as offering structural elements, such as a MUGA, zip wire and a skate park.

The 3 students will be presenting the different planning ideas for the play hub at lunchtimes in the foyer near the canteen. Students can have their say on the different structural designs and natural designs for the hub, which will be on Bodmin Road, so please direct all students there.

Mr Murray
(Year 10 Pastoral Leader)

 


 

Bikeability

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

The Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award has been launched to Year 9. A well attended parents evening last Wednesday saw many students handing in their letters and registration fees. If anyone still wants to join please get a letter from student services and return it with the £20 fee.

This Winter’s climbing club has started again, with students coming along to the Life Centre wall every Thursday after school. Chloe warmed up on some easier lines then attacked some really hard routes, managing 6a+ with ease then fighting her way up a 6b! Alfie and Jordan worked well as a team for their beginning indoor climbing lesson. If anyone wants to come every Thursday please get a letter from student services and bring along £5 each time.

The new intervention group had a successful first day in the woods, plucking up the courage to do a zip line and a tree climb. They worked well together keeping each other safe before the moment where they zoomed off down the rope!

Bikeability Level 2 and 3 is continuing with only a few lessons postponed because of the horrible weather. Special mention must go to Chelsea, Tilly and Bethany who attempted to bike in a huge downpour, but it became too wet to do anything! So far everyone who has attended Level 3 has passed, so well done to them.

Mr Alcock
(Outdoor and Adventurous Activities Instructor)

 


 

Spotlight in PE

Year 7 Football

Daisy, Summer, Megan, Chloe, Hermione and Izzy Stone went to Plymstock School on Wednesday evening to play their first ever match. Despite being a player down, the girls tenacity and enthusiasm never faltered. Daisy Bone, who was also captain, showed great skill in the midfield, sending a number of good deliveries to our striker. However despite trying desperately hard and having a few near misses, Hermione was unable to hit the target.

Megan swapped with Izzy in the second half to play in goal and made a number of outstanding saves. Izzy came away with some war wounds after a number of strong and brave tackles. The girls unfortunately lost to Tor Bridge High, but did defeat DHSG!

Well done!

Mrs Skelton
(CL for PE)

 

Badminton Fixture

Boys U16 Plymouth Badminton Fixtures

Four of our students travelled to Plymstock to take part in the Plymouth Schools Badminton League. The fixtures took place on two evenings at the beginning of November.

Jared Dixon, Toby Edwards, Cody Jones and Leo Wondzinski all competed in a mixture of singles and doubles matches. The schools that were in our league were Plymstock ‘A’, Plymstock ‘B’, DHSB and Lipson.

The standard of badminton was excellent with some students looking to play at a county level. The boys came into the fixtures having had some training but were impressed with the level of badminton with a couple of players from DHSB and Plymstock catching the eye.

Overall we played some good badminton but lacked power to push our opponents to the back of the court to open up attacking options. Jared and Cody both impressed in their singles matches, whilst Toby and Leo seemed better suited to the doubles. We eventually finished bottom of the league table. However their effort and determination to take points off some very talented players was something to carry forward into next year’s fixtures.

Mr Fort
(Assistant Head of Sixth Form)

 

Multi-skills

Year 1 Multi-Skills

On Wednesday 11th November seventy-four Year 1 students from 3 primary schools attended the first Multi-Skills Festival of the year. They took part in a carousel of activities run by the Year 9 leadership academy and Mrs Skelton’s Year 13 students.

Feedback from the schools and students was excellent with the Headteacher from Woodfield saying that her staff "thought the event was great and that the leaders were excellent".

The leadership academy will now run a Year 2 competition on Wednesday 25th November.

Miss Warring
(ACL for PE)

 

Table-tennis

Table Tennis Club

This term sees the start of the table tennis club on a Tuesday after school in the drama room. We are teaching this in the curriculum this term and this has helped to boost the numbers. Students from all year groups attended and took part in a tournament which saw Lauren Ranford hit her way to the top of the leader board.

There is always room for more so please promote within your tutor groups.

Miss Warring
(ACL for PE)

 


 

Rat Dissection

Dissections in Science

I have recently demonstrated rat dissections to Mr Gardiner’s Sixth Form and Year 7 teaching groups. The rats used in the demonstrations were lab rats that were bred specifically for educational purposes.

The rat, like humans, is a placental mammal. As such many of its internal organs and structures are very similar to our own. This means when teaching physiology the rat is very useful in helping us to understand how our body systems work.

Feedback from the students who watched the demonstrations was very positive, with the majority saying that the dissections had enhanced their learning experience.

Mrs Heard
(Senior Technician)

 


 

Malala Cinema Trip

Malala Cinema Trip

On Wednesday 4th November Mrs Frude and myself took a group of Year 8 MAT students to view the premiere of ‘He Named Me Malala’. This was screened at the same time in cinemas across the country and was offered to students to attend for free.

Malala is a girl who grew up in Pakistan in an area that became controlled by the Taliban. The Taliban decided that girls did not need an education, closing school for girls and banning girls from receiving an education. Malala refused to stick to this ban and spoke out against the regime, as a result she was targeted and shot by the Taliban. The film was a documentary which gave background to what happened to Malala and why it happened, it was both moving and inspiring.

Our students were incredible, by far the best behaved there, they were engaged and inspired by what they saw. They were left with many ideas to help them design a lesson which they will teach to their peers.

Two students have written about the film and the impact it has had on them:

"We watched a film about Malala and it was amazing as Malala is only a teenager and already she has stood up for her country against the Taliban. They unfortunately shot her in the left side of her forehead but she fought for her life and is now alive and well, making statements, giving moving speeches and she has won the Nobel Peace Prize".

"This movie made me appreciate my education more. Now I try my hardest at all times and I’m thankful for everything".

(Bethany Willcocks and Jasmine Neale)

Ms Gent
(Philosophy and Ethics Teacher)

 


 

Sixth Form start rehearsals

Sixth Form Students Start Rehearsals

This week saw the first rehearsal for our Sixth Form students who are volunteering to dance at this year’s Senior Citizens Christmas Party. The dance of choice is the Charleston which was very popular amongst our students.

The dance instructor helped our budding dancers to learn some basic steps and ended with them having the first part of the routine beginning to take shape. They will be rehearsing every Wednesday in the build up to the event which takes place on Wednesday 16th December.

If any member of staff is interested in participating then please come along to the dance studio from 3:30pm every Wednesday.

Mr Fort
(Assistant Head of Sixth Form)

 


 

Sixth Form Open Evening Success

Sixth Form Open Evening

On Monday the 16th November, Year 11 students began the process of choosing their Sixth Form pathways and options at our Sixth Form Open Evening. The event was a huge success and we have had a very high level of interest and applications already.

The evening was an opportunity for students to consider what they would like to study after their GCSEs next summer. On the night, vocational training providers from across the city joined us to show the range of courses we offer and the requirements to join these courses. Alongside these training providers, our A Level and BTEC staff were available to discuss academic options that are open to our students. Partners attended from the Partnership for Learning and Education (PLE) representing our partner schools; Tor Bridge High, Lipson Cooperative Academy and All Saints Academy. The evening was also a chance for students to meet with our Plymouth Argyle partners who will be offering a triple BTEC sport qualification again next year under the FUTSAL programme, which has been a great success in its first year.

Students have been encouraged to return their initial options forms to tutors or the Sixth Form team by this Friday so the process of interviews can begin in the first weeks of the new year.

If any students were unable to attend the Sixth Form Open Evening, there will be plenty of opportunity to discuss options with the Sixth Form team and we will make sure you have a copy of our prospectus and options forms.

If you would like to discuss anything regarding the Sixth Form, please feel free to call the administration office on 01752 581604.

Mr Fort
(Assistant Head of Sixth Form)

 


 

Children in Need

Children in Need

Children in Need: Total collected


 

SJH's Got Talent

Sir John Hunt’s Got Talent

As well as the College being packed with famous movie stars and heroes we were also graced with an abundance of pop stars at our Sir John Hunt’s Got Talent Show.

An array of talented students across all year groups stepped up to the microphone and performed live on stage to a packed audience within the performance hall. There was a great atmosphere and everyone was truly supportive of one another.

The event raised £44.30

 


 

cooking up a treat

Cooking up a Treat

Year 11s were cooking up a treat for Children In Need when they swapped their pens for aprons and became chefs serving up hot dogs. The small team of students decided that the best way to reach people’s hearts was indeed through their stomachs. So they produced tasty hot dogs for just 50p. In total they raised £35.60 for the charity.

 


 

Bake Off

Bake Off

SJH also staged its very own bake off last week with offerings that even Mary Berry would be proud of! Staff very kindly donated home made cakes that were available to buy at break and lunchtime. One Pudsey cake which was created by Mrs Emond was raffled off, raising a total of £78 and was won by Mrs Derby. With the raffle and the cake sale the bake off raised a total of £90.43

 


 

Tuck Shop

Tuck Shop

Students from a variety of tutor groups joined forces last week to run a tuck shop at break and lunchtime, selling cakes and buns that they had kindly made. The tuck shop was a sell out and by the end of lunch time there was not a cake crumb in sight! Each tutor group did well raising a grand total of £137.97 made of from contribution from the following tutor groups: 7 Destivelle, 7 Stephens and 9 Lowe.

 


 

Guess the Sweets in a Jar

Guess the Sweets in a Jar

Most of us have a sweet tooth but imagine if you were fortunate enough to win a whole jar of sweets that would last you a month? Mr Cota and a team of students ran a “Guess the Sweets in a Jar” competition where through the powers of observation you had to guess the number of sweets crammed into one giant jar. Each guess was 20p and they raised £23.75 with the prize going to Miss Wilkes and Miss Ball.

 


 

Sixth Form fundraising for Children in Need 2015

Sponsored SIlenceLast week the Sixth Form staff and students managed to raise an excellent £227 for Children in Need. Students participated in a variety of fundraising activities such as a raffle, a bric-a-brac sale, a cake stall, leg waxes, a sponsored silence and an auction of pledges.

The raffle was organised by Mrs Gardiner. Her tutor group was a huge success where tickets were sold at 50p. Prizes included a top prize of £5 which was won by Kiara Millard, plenty of chocolate, a pair of fluffy socks and a bogey prize of having to do the Sixth Form dishes which was won by poor Mr Salter. The bric-a-brac sale saw students sell some of their own items with books being a popular purchase. Miss Warner helped her tutees to run a cake stall that offered delicious homemade baked cakes and doughnuts for sale.

The most popular activity was the leg waxing where students could pay £1 to wax a strip of hair off a person’s leg of choice (consent was given!). Mr Dunkerley reluctantly had his leg waxed when students raised £20 for the fund pot. I thought I had escaped ‘un-waxed’ until Mr Dunkerley kindly reminded the students at break time. Subsequently £5 was all it took for me to have hair ripped from my lower leg!

A special mention must go to Devon (pictured) who raised a staggering £120 for her sponsored silence. She managed to go the whole day without saying a word.

The fundraising came to a close when students pledged certain offers in an auction. Mr Carpenter was very happy with his auction win of having a McDonald’s meal bought for him by Kiara Millard. Other pledges consisted of going to Whitleigh Green to purchase lunch for someone, being someone’s dish washer for the week and making cups of tea for the auction winner.

We would like to thank all of our Sixth Form students for their efforts and generosity in another successful fundraising campaign.

Mr Fort
(Assistant Head of Sixth Form)

 


 

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Outdoor Rock Climbing

A group of adventurous rock climbers came along to The Dewerstone to have a go at some of the climbs there. Everyone put in some great efforts, particularly as they warmed up and started to trust each other. Clayton Stacey led the way up the hardest climb (graded ‘severe’), proving that it was possible. Brandon Heller and Chloe Thomas then followed by balancing and pulling their way up the 60ft climb, which didn’t relent until the top. The evening light started to fade, so we made our way back to the minibus and back to the College for 6:30pm. Well done to them all. I hope to see them in the climbing club throughout the winter, as we visit the Life Centre every Thursday from 3:05pm - 5:30pm.

Intervention

The intervention group has been out exploring the area again, both in the woods next to the College and further afield climbing at The Dewerstone. During the first week at the cliff the boys felt intimidated by the climbs, however each one managed to get higher than they originally thought. The second week we went back to The Dewerstone but this time to abseil from the top. Harry Rowe excelled by showing the way and starting first, an example of how far he has developed since last year.

Mr Alcock
(Outdoor and Adventurous Activities Instructor)

 


 

Prequel to Rio

Prequel to Rio

On Monday 9th November, four of our feeder primary schools made their way to the College, to take part in the first of the Citywide Plymouth School Sports Partnership (PSSP) Indoor athletics events. These events are part of the level 2 school games, with the winning team from each family cluster going on to represent their family at the Plymouth finals. The event is run in partnership with UCP Marjons. The Year 9 leadership academy, supported by Toby Edwards our Year 11 Silver Ambassador and Liam Bowman, were trained and ready to time, measure and demonstrate the events.

After an incredibly closely fought competition, Oakwood Primary took the gold, only 4 points clear of Whitleigh Primary. The Year 5/6 students had a fabulous time and supported their teammates enthusiastically!

The Year 9 leadership academy did an outstanding job, with the students from Marjons, staff from both primary schools and the PSSP commenting on how effective they were. Well done to Lauren, Alisha, Abbie, Holly, Olivia, Ashleigh, Harry, Zach, Jordan, Ben, James and Alex.

Miss Warring
(ACL for PE)

 


 

Enrichment Week Option Choices

Enrichment Week – Have you chosen your activity?

After an amazing first week of bookings, the following activities are now full:

  • Foods around the world
  • Horse riding
  • Surfing and climbing safari
  • I survived Snowdonia

Bookings will be taken for one more week, where students should hand their deposits and reply slips to the finance office during break or lunch time.

Mr Carpenter
(Assistant Principal)

 


 

Students get insight into higher education

Students Get Insight into Higher Education

Staff and ambassadors from DCON (Devon Collaborative Outreach Network) came in this week to hold a raising aspirations assembly to Year 7 and 8 students. The assembly focussed not just on higher education but on encouraging students to overcome their challenges and work hard towards reaching their goals. The presentation also showed a variety of famous people who had overcome personal challenges including poverty, dyslexia and health issues to achieve success.

Invited to talk was guest speaker and graduate of Plymouth University, Jack Gill, who spoke about how he and two others met at university while studying computer games and development. As a result of studying together and sharing a common interest, they went on to form a business partnership through the Formation Zone. This helped to highlight that whilst in higher education, friendships, partnerships and opportunities can arise and there is support out there for people who wish to pursue their business ideas.

Mrs Slater
(Careers, Events and Marketing Coordinator)

 


 

Sing For Your School

Sing For Your School

Its been great witnessing the on-going collaboration between our Sixth Form music students and Year 7 and 8 students.

Before the recent half-term, Sixth Form Rockschool students served as the backing band for the Sir John Hunt KS3 Chorus’ entry to the ‘Sing For Your School’ competition. This is currently being run by the Plymouth Herald.

More recently, Sixth Form Rockschool students have been mentoring the more able and talented (MAT) Year 8 students, offering in-class music tuition on vocals, ukulele, guitar and bass guitar (see picture above).

It is always very awe inspiring to see students from different spectrums of the school working so well together.

To see our entry for the ‘Sing For Your School’ competition, you can click the link below: Youtube Information on how you can vote for our entry is to follow.

Mr Cleverley
(Music Teacher)

 


 

The Chemistry of Fireworks

On Thursday 5th November, the science department hosted a ‘chemistry of fireworks’ event, where students, parents and staff learnt about the science of fireworks. They completed explosive demonstrations and hands-on experiments including making different flame colours used in fireworks, launching mini rockets and creating a ‘rainbow fizz’.

Everyone then moved over to Sixth Form, where there was face painting, apple bobbing, hot dogs and drinks before a fireworks display, generously donated by the Fireworks Mining Company in Plympton. The evening raised £200 towards an outdoor learning space for the science department.

Mr Waite
(ACL for Science)

Chemistry Showcase at School

PUPILS and their parents took part in a spectacular showcase of all things science-related at a Plymouth school this week.

More than 100 families attended the Chemistry of Fireworks workshop at Sir John Hunt Community Sports College on Bonfire Night, learning all about the power and pitfalls of pyrotechnics.

The free event is part of a national curriculum push to encourage more students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Jon Gardiner, who is head of science, said: "It was a great event that was well attended by our pupils and their families, as well as members of the wider community.

"To tie in with Bonfire Night, we looked at how science can be applied to build your own fireworks in a safe and controlled manner.

"The event, which was funded by the school and sponsored by the Firework Mine Company, will hopefully inspire a few more of our students to pursue a career in the science industry."

Plymouth Herald

 


 

Duke of Edinburgh Award

Duke of Edinburgh Award

Duke Of Edinburgh Silver Assessment expedition:

On a fantastic weekend the four Silver Award participants crossed Dartmoor from South to North, starting near Roborough and making their way across the moor over 3 days and 2 nights to Lydford Castle. The Assessor met them at the start and at their first camp near Nun’s Cross Farm. Plymouth University staff and students were camping nearby and the assessor commented on how disorganised they seemed to be compared to our boys! In fact after the assessment he said that our team was "The best I’ve seen this year and one of the best for a long time"! High praise indeed from one of Dartmoor network’s most experienced assessors. Congratulations to Kyle Badock, Samuel Bruce, Kieran Daly and Mark Richards. They are now very close to becoming the first Silver DofE Award holders from Sir John Hunt.

Duke Of Edinburgh Gold Practice expedition:

Over the first half of the holidays the Gold Award students from Sixth Form spent 4 days across the moor. They started in misty weather in Ivybridge and navigated their way, with only one slight hiccup, to a beautiful camp by a river. Two more days saw them finish by Lydford - tired but well satisfied. It was a phenomenal effort from all the team (Danny Wynter, Joanne Watson, Shannon Atkinson and Logan Dicken). They had to learn all the navigation required and deal with the weather whilst carrying all of their equipment. I’m sure they will deal well with any challenges on their assessment in April.

Mr Alcock
(Outdoor and Adventurous Activities Instructor)

 


 

Football report

Sir John Hunt 5 – Redruth 5

Last week saw Sir John Hunt play their first home fixture where they welcomed top of the league Redruth. The following match report is brought to you by Colton Whittingham (Year 12).

Redruth travelled to Sir John Hunt in fine form having a 100% record. Sir John Hunt applied early pressure forcing Redruth into a long ball game, unfortunately the early pressure did not pay off and it was from a long ball that Redruth earned an early penalty. The penalty was slotted in the bottom right hand corner by Redruth’s striker to make it 1-0 to Redruth. Going 1-0 down shocked SJH and resulted in not many chances being created until just before the break when a throw-in was headed on by Ashley Marker into the area where Leandro Cupertino was on hand to finish low past the keeper. Half-time 1-1.

The second half was a completely different story with SJH playing the best football they have played this season. SJH took the lead through Reece Brown as he cooly went past the keeper and slotted into an empty net. We did not stop there as Owen Aquilina made space out on the wing and crossed for Kyle Nicholls to finish from close range, 3-1 to the home side. SJH furthered their advantage from a corner where the ball was not cleared and Callum Brown was quickest to react and made it 4-1.

Redruth finally managed to play some good attacking football and applied pressure through crossing from wide areas. The SJH defence could not deal with the crosses from wide and Redruth pulled the game back to 4-3 with two quick goals. Reece Brown managed to give SJH a cushion when a counter attack ended with Reece finishing past the on-rushing keeper.

However, the goals had not finished coming and it was in the last 10 minutes where SJH conceded two late goals, the last of which coming directly from a cross. Final score 5-5.

Man of the match: Reece Brown

Lessons to be learnt by our students in how to manage a game effectively, the students said that it felt like a loss but could see the positives in taking a point from top of the league opposition. Next week they are away to Okehampton and hope for a positive result.

Mr Fort
(Assistant Head of Sixth Form)

 


 

Skills Aid Dartmoor Zoo

Skills Aid

The Skills Aid Project continued with its second trip this time to Dartmoor Zoo. The ten Year 10 students took part in a business enterprise challenge throughout the day. They were given the task of planning, budgeting and promoting a zoo enclosure with a limited amount of resources.

They then had to present their findings to a panel of judges including zoo owner Ben Mee and his management team. In order to do this successfully the team had to demonstrate good employability skills including budgeting, team work, communication, planning and presentation.

The next trip will be in November to Babcock.

Mrs Slater
(Careers, Events and Marketing Coordinator)

 


 

children in need

Children In Need 2015

Next week we welcome the return of Children In Need when throughout the week we will be helping to raise money for children at home and abroad.

The theme once again this year is ‘Heroes’ and students are invited to come dressed as their all time favourite hero or in mufti. A challenge has also been set for staff to see which department will come in the best fancy dress, earning themselves a Pudsey Pride certificate!

Throughout the week various activities are planned to help raise as much money as we can and to smash last year’s figure of £924.48! This is a great opportunity for us to show the community how big our hearts are and what a great school we belong to.

Mrs Slater
(Careers, Events and Marketing Coordinator)

 


 

Whitleigh Big Local Play Hub

Whitleigh Big Local Play Hub

"MUGA, Skate Ramp and Zip Wire coming soon to Whitleigh"

Noah Whiting, Liam Dart and Brandon Harvey have been fortunate enough to have a place on the committee for a brand new project that will have a direct impact on the residents of Whitleigh. The project seeks to design and create structural play elements within a new Play Hub in the neighbourhood. The project is being wholly funded and led by the Whitleigh Big Local – a resident led organisation and initiative in receipt of Big Local Lottery funding to improve the neighbourhood.

The team want to create an exciting playable Play Hub that offers a creative solution to promoting play in the natural environment for children and families, as well as offering structural elements, such as a MUGA, zip wire and a skate park.

The 3 boys will be presenting the different planning ideas for the Play Hub in the next few weeks so please make sure you have a look at them and voice your opinion and thoughts. They will be based in the canteen at break and lunchtime in the dining hall after half term, so make sure you get involved in this exciting new project!

Mr Murray (Year 10 Pastoral Leader)

 


 

Bugs roadshow

Science Roadshow

CBBC ‘Weird Creatures’ presenter Nick Baker and his team of invertebrates came to showcase to our Year 7s encouraging them to become insect ambassadors. Using the magic of microscopes and his faithful best friend ‘Gill’, they entertained the year group by wowing us with an amazing array of insects from around the world. Covering from various beetle larvae, praying mantis to velvet worms, we discovered first hand their unique features and survival tactics. Nick had the Year 7s captivated by his knowledge and his enthusiasm about the insects.

Miss Burns
(Science Teacher)

 


 

Netball Season in Full Flow!

Netball Season in Full Flow!

On Thursday 8th October, the Year 8 netball team played in the second round of the city-wide Central Venue netball competition. With three matches to play the team warmed up and were raring to go.

The first match was against Lipson, despite having a number of chances the girls failed to capitalize on these, losing the game 11–0. Although the girls felt down about this result they rallied ready for their second game against All Saints. This was a much more closely fought affair, with the team going goal for goal against their opposition. Unfortunately with 5 minutes to go, the All Saints attack took on a new lease of life and scored two late goals, taking the match 7–5.

The final match was against Marine Academy, the girls were pumped and after the previous losses they were ready for a win. A win they got, 5–0! With one round to the competition left there’s still much to play for.

Miss Warring
(ACL for PE)

 


 

Coasteering

Coasteering

On Thursday evening the OAA club went to Bovisand beach to go coasteering. The weather was lovely but the surf was that little too big to go out as far as usual. Using the peninsula as shelter we climbed along the edge then jumped in off a small ledge. The waves added to the fun as everyone bobbed around in the sea, which wasn’t too cold once you were in!

Mr Alcock
(Outdoor and Adventurous Activities Instructor)

 


 

Suffragette Film Poster

History Lesson on the Big Screen

Forty five Year 8s enthused by their humanities lessons and enraged by the injustice of British democracy against Women’s rights pre 1920, journeyed to the cinema to gain a deeper understanding of the suffragette movement. Perhaps complacent by the increasing equality of today’s society, our students were disgusted by the poor conditions of female workers, by the significant differences in pay and conditions and in contrast to today, the lack of rights of mothers for their own children.

When our students are old enough to vote I am sure they will reflect on those that sacrificed their freedom and their lives to earn them the right to vote and take their job in the ballot box seriously.

Following on from Emmeline Pankhurst famous quote at a gathering of the suffragettes:

"We are here, not because we are law-breakers; we are here in our efforts to become law-makers."

Our students were left with the question which we will debate in history - were the suffragettes heroes or terrorists?

I would like to thank the 8 members of staff who volunteered their time to accompany me for making the trip possible.

Mr Carpenter
(Assistant Principal)

 


 

Sailing Club

Sailing Season Sadly Comes to an End

Sailing club has now come to an end due to the light drawing in and getting colder. Students have come on leaps and bounds throughout the summer season this year. They have become confident little sailors and have managed to sail a Funboat on their own. Kane Garside and Alana McNabb have been noticed especially and have now moved on to sailing the next boat up - the Uno. We have had a few capsize this season but they have learnt that it’s all part of the fun of sailing. Through all weather conditions, each student has been attending which shows resilience and they are eager not to miss one session just because of the rain! We have had a handful of new Year 7s that have joined the sailing club and have really enjoyed it so far.

"At first I was a bit nervous because it was on the sea but now I love it. It’s amazing and fun!" (Alana McNabb – Year 8)

Sailing club will return in April 2016 when the evenings become lighter.

Interested in joining the sailing club for the spring/summer season? then keep your eyes peeled for details!

Miss Richards
(Maths HLTA)

 


 

Year 7 Camping Trip

Year 7 Camp

The trip was blessed with good weather, which combined with an idyllic venue, made the perfect ingredients for a wonderful first camping experience.

Leaving after school on Friday the students and staff were dropped short of the camp site, divided into four groups and given the task of following a trail laid out with flour through an extensive private woodland. At camp all students watched a demonstration on how to set up a tent, then organised chaos ensued as students (many of them for the first time ever) tried to replicate this feat. After some corrections the site eventually looked and felt like it was full of camping veterans. Mrs Slater and Mrs Roberts then served a feast of chilli and cheese potatoes.

The evening involved a range of team building skills and was finished by roasting marshmallows by the fire while our Sixth Form volunteers, especially Danny Wynter and Shannon Atkinson, roused the students into song. Of course at this point all the students were very tired and settled down, going to sleep straight away, well not quite, but overall they were excellent.

The trip was planned to whet the students’ appetite to engage with other outdoor and adventurous experiences in future years, such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award, Outdoor and Adventurous Activities Club and expeditions.

I would like to thank all the dedicated staff who contributed to the trip by volunteering their time and effort, including Mr Carpenter, Mrs Slater, Mrs Roberts, Miss Cooper-Bland, Miss Ball, Miss Stewart, Miss Harris, Miss Warring, Mr Cota and especially Mr Marner for providing such a wonderful venue. Special thanks must go to our Duke of Edinburgh students who volunteered as part of their award: Danny Wynter, Shannon Atkinson, Ryan Gilmore, Joanne Watson, Liam Bowman, Sean Whale and Paige Heller. Many thanks for making the trip happen.

Mr Alcock
(Outdoor and Adventurous Activities Instructor)

camping expedition

 


 

SJH awarded School Games Mark

Sainsbury’s School Games Mark

Last week Mrs Skelton went to the Primary PE conference at Marjons to collect a prestigious Gold Games Mark Award from Sainsbury’s School Games and the Plymouth School Sports Partnership.

The Sainsbury’s School Games Mark is a Government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Schools in England are able to assess themselves across bronze, silver and gold levels of the mark.

The PE department worked hard to make sure they met all the criteria to achieve the Gold award. This is a fantastic achievement which Ofsted use as part of their inspection framework.

Pictured is Mrs Skelton with Stacey Mulloch from the Youth Sport Trust collecting the award, we can proudly display our certificate, pennant and plaque at the College.

Well done to everyone involved.

Mrs Skelton
(CL for PE)

 


 

Bikeability

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Bikeability in PE is seeing the second cohort begin their training on the muga. After checking all basic skills and discussing the foundations of safety for riding on the roads, they will be ready to go out in Whitleigh next week.

This year’s Year 7 camp preparations are fully underway, with the Sixth Form volunteers helping to finally sort out the tepee and understand how to put it up! They are using the camp as part of their volunteering section for their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, aiming to be the first Sir John Hunt students to achieve gold and be awarded their medals at Buckingham Palace next year.

The Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award will be launched to the Year 9s in the next few weeks, as will the Gold Award to Year 12.

Mr Alcock
(Outdoor & Adventurous Activities Instructor)

 


 

vote

Sir John Hunt Students Have Their Say

Last week students in Years 7–11 held assemblies and debates on issues which are important to them. In a drive to get students engaged with politics, democracy and decision making, a week of tutor times was devoted to the "Make Your Mark" initiative, whereby young people get the chance to set the agenda for the Youth Parliament sitting later in the school year. The issues debated ranged from a living wage for young people, to better investment in transport and mental health. The students were supported by outside visitors from the youth service and even an assembly by Plymouth’s own member of the Youth Parliament.

I can’t wait to see what our student body decides on, results will be communicated to you all next week.

Mr Saberton
(Head of Humanities)

 


 

smoothie making

Smoothie Making

Mrs Skelton’s BTEC level 3 group were learning today about energy intake and expenditure. They had to design a smoothie from a list of ingredients, work out how many calories were in the smoothie and then cycle on the smoothie making bike for the right amount of minutes to burn off the calories they had taken in. Some were quite surprised at how much cycling you had to do for a healthy meal to be burned off. It made them think about how much they might have to do for an unhealthy or fatty meal such as a KFC or McDonalds.

Liam Bowman managed the longest with 15 minutes, which burned off 3/4 of his smoothie and Mr Dunkerley was most appreciative of the leftover smoothies that were donated to him!

Well done!

Mrs Skelton
(CL for PE)

 


 

Physics in Action

Physics in Action

Year 7 physicists were lucky enough to have a visit from Ryan Evans from Sustrans last week to talk about energy transfer in cycling. They also had the opportunity to try the famous ‘smoothie bike’ to use their energy to create a healthy snack. The students used ideas about energy transfer, their current physics topic, to suggest ways to maximise speed on a bike and to get efficient energy transfer whilst cycling. They established that using their energy to make a smoothie provided a very efficient way of using their energy!

Miss Harris
(Science Teacher)

 


 

Skills Aid

Skills Aid

Ten Year 10 students have been selected to take part in this year’s Skills Aid project. During the course of the next 12 months they will visit various companies and learn more about the many roles within each industry, as well as work on developing their employability skills.

The first trip was to Plymouth Argyle where students were treated to a behind the scenes tour and the chance to meet the team captain. They were able to see the vast amount of jobs linked to the football industry and open their minds about different types of careers that they perhaps hadn’t thought of. Additional to this they took part in a team building challenge where they took on the role of Manager, Coach, Press Officer and Director. This involved holding a press conference which helped to develop their communication, presentation and team building skills.

The next trip will be to Dartmoor Zoo in October where they will be learning about Enterprise and Business Planning.

Mrs Slater
(Careers Co-ordinator)

 


 

Outdoor & Adventurous Activities

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

The Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award participants completed their assessment expedition on a beautiful weekend in South-East Cornwall. They caught the ferry over early on Saturday morning and eventually got dropped off at the start by Rame Head. They then walked speedily to Sconner Down campsite, with no real problems other than the hot weather.

Their aim was to document 100 different species on the way showing the biodiversity of the area. By the time they finished the expedition the next day they had well over 100 photographs. Mrs Stanton met them at the end and rewarded them all with a very well deserved ice cream! The team had few disagreements and worked brilliantly together.

After some discussion they decided it wasn’t as hard as they expected and really enjoyed it (apart from steep hills and blisters) and would like to complete their Silver Award next.

Mr Alcock
(Outdoor and Adventurous Activities Instructor)

 


 

KS3 Learning Club

KS3 Learning Club

The start of a new academic year has seen the return of the KS3 Learning Club and staff have welcomed both Year 7s and Year 8s.

The club is successful in providing help for students for anything from completing and printing homework to developing their spelling. Not only are students rewarded with Vivos for each visit but each student will also be able to earn their own Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards with a treat with each award.

We are also currently running a tutor competition to see which tutor group is the hardest working and attends the most sessions. The winning tutor team will be rewarded at the end of term with prizes galore!

The KS3 Learning Club is run every day from 3:05 in the Intervention Centre and we would love to see some new faces.

Mrs Derby
(KS3 Learning Mentor)

 


 

Jeremia's Journey

Sixth Form Students Vote on Which Local Charity to Support

Last week the Sixth Form voted for a local charity to support this year, whilst practising their debating skills!

The students were divided into 5 groups and had to present their given charity to the rest of the class in order to win their vote.

The charities discussed were: RNLI, Shelter Box, St. Luke’s, Children’s Hospice South West and Jeremiah’s Journey.

After much debate and lamentations that they could only choose one, the winning charity was Jeremiah’s Journey.

This is a charity that supports children from Plymouth and the immediate surrounding area. They are put in touch with Jeremiah’s Journey for support when they have experienced or are anticipating the death of someone special.

The support they offer can range from a conversation with each family (as for some this might offer enough reassurance or ideas to help), to home visits and giving advice and guidance to parents and carers.

Now that the Sixth Form have a chosen charity the students and staff can begin to plan some fun events to raise money for this worthwhile cause. We look forward to collecting your money!

Miss Gent
(Sixth Form tutor)

 


 

A Warm Welcome

A Warm Welcome

Last week Ms Campbell (our link teacher from South Africa) visited Sir John Hunt. She got to enjoy a range of activities, including after school sailing club, a day with Step Up on a visit to a farm, spending a day in the PE department as well as visiting a selection of lessons around the College. She thoroughly enjoyed spending time in music lessons and we are looking to set up a collaborative project with Mr Cleverley. She was impressed by everything she saw around the College, commenting on how lucky our students are to attend such a supportive College with a community feel and a range of options for GCSE and Post-16 studies. Thank you to all staff and students involved in the week and for making her feel so welcome.

Miss Harris
(Science Teacher)

 


 

Creative Day for Events Group

Creative Day for Events Group

Six highly trained and creative student volunteers from the events group, as well as Mrs Slater, Mr Cleverley, Mrs Cleverley and Mr Carpenter hit Ernesettle Fete by storm, in a fury of face painting, nail art and DJ skills!

Expecting a pleasant day out on the green we were inundated with queues from start to finish forcing us to improvise and send out for additional supplies. I would like to thank all the staff and students that volunteered their time to support the day, especially Ebby, Tia, Abbie, Natasha, Joanne and Naomi. They were all a credit to the College.

Mr Carpenter
(Assistant Principal)

 


 

Team Building Fun for Young Students

Team Building Fun for Young Students

The Year 11 Public Services group have to take part in team building activities as part of their course. On Thursday we went into the woods and were challenged to build a shelter using only materials that we found in the woods.

Above you can see the joint efforts of Carlton Jenkins, Jordan Goody, Jordan Denekamp, Aaron Shanley, Keegan Lobb and Morgan Foster who won the challenge.

Their next challenge will be to demonstrate effective leadership skills and plan and lead a session of team building for the rest of the group.

Mrs Skelton
(Curriculum Leader for PE)

 


 

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

The Duke of Edinburgh Silver team have been out over the weekend camping for two nights and carrying everything themselves. The weather was good with some amazing stars away from the light pollution of the city. They completed 28 kilometres over the three days and are now ready for their assessment in a few weeks time. On the final day they woke to thick mist, but as the morning warmed up the cloud level dropped and the team walked along the track in bright sunshine, with the tops of the clouds below them in the valley. Congratulations to them.

Year 7 camp has been launched, with a very good uptake so far. Also the Outdoor and Adventurous activities club will start in October, so any letters need to be handed in as soon as possible to student services.

Mr Alcock
(Outdoor and Adventurous Activities Instructor)

 


 

Physics Trip

Physics Trip

Dear Mrs Brett A group of your students visited Langage Energy Centre this morning, accompanied by Miss Harris and Miss Jakes.

I just wanted to let you know what a super group they were – very focused and interested in all aspects of how we generate electricity on site. They were also keen to know more about engineering and STEM related careers.

Other members of the Langage team also commented on their attitude and exemplary behaviour! They were a credit to the College!

We look forward to further visits from Sir John Hunt students.

Best wishes

Miss Jo McCaren
(Education Advisor at the Centrica Langage Discovery Centre)

 


 

6th form visit the Minack Theatre

Much Ado at the Minack!

Last Thursday, Sixth Form Theatre Club went to the Minack Theatre at Porthcurno to see Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ – a play of comic and dramatic suspense, featuring the bantering Beatrice and Benedick; two of Shakespeare’s wittiest, most endearing lovers.

The open air theatre, set in the cliffs not far from Penzance, was a perfect spot to experience a play in the traditional Shakespearian format; no lighting or scenery but just the actors and a few props! The weather was a concern (especially after driving through showery rain on the way!) but we were lucky and managed to avoid the clouds! The scenery provided by the Cornish coastline and Atlantic Ocean was stunning and we were even treated to a fly-past by a Royal Navy helicopter!

Miss Pedrick
(KS5 Curriculum Co-ordinator for English)

 


 

cardboard boat race competition

Cardboard Boat Race

Aim: 30 minute planning time to decide how we will build our boat that can get 2 volunteers around a 200 metre course in Plymouth harbour.

Equipment: Four willing volunteers , 2 sheets of cardboard, 3 rolls of tape, 11 cardboard tubes, 100 ml of quick-drying varnish and a tool kit.

Method: Build a ‘raft like’ structure, make 2 oars and try to make it as waterproof as possible.

Result: Course completed in 7 minutes and 20 seconds. Evidence: photo.

Evaluation: The weather was kind and the sun shone. Thirty teams entered the boat race organised and sponsored by the Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineers. Many boats sank, capsized and were abandoned, but not Sir John Hunt ‘ Water Hunters’. We nailed it!

Well done to Romeo Dunn, Joseph May, Jordan Plumb and Charlie Shepherd. There was fantastic support from staff and parents who came to cheer us on.

The students made it look so easy that the parents have decided that they want to join the fun and are going to enter a team next year to challenge the students. Possibly a staff team as well?

Thank you to Miss Richards for her organisation, enthusiasm and encouragement.

Mrs Bevan
(Vice Principal)

 


 

Council Encourages Plymouth Young People to Reach for Their Future

Council Encourages Plymouth Young People to Reach for Their Future

Plymouth City Council has just launched a brand new learning prospectus for young people. The Council recognise that high quality information, advice and guidance is vital and they have brought partners together to provide information in one place for parents and learners making choices. In May 2014 the Council’s Cabinet set out 50 new pledges all aimed at making Plymouth a better place to live. One of those pledges was to improve the quality of careers advice for young people. A learning prospectus has now been created that brings together all the different education and learning opportunities available to young people in the city between ages of 11 to 18.

Councillor Sue McDonald, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Public Health said: "We believe that all young people in Plymouth, regardless of their ability or background, should achieve their full potential and have equal access to excellent education and choice. Since changes were made and young people are expected to participate in education or some recognised form of employment or training until the age of 18, we know that some young people are feeling confused about their options and assume that they just have to stay in school. However this is not the case and the new prospectus will show them all the different option available to them."

The prospectus shows how qualifications and apprenticeships grow by level to help young people choose the right path for them. It’s also useful for parents as it explains all the different types of schools and colleges in the Plymouth area.

Judith Harwood, Assistant Director for Learning and Communities said: "We are absolutely committed to improving educational achievement, skills and aspirations in Plymouth and our learning prospectus is the start of developing careers advice in a different way. There is now a huge range of courses, programmes and preparatory training that can be accessed before young people make their final choice about their career or further education. Plymouth is really lucky to have such a wide and varied choice of excellent programmes and training."

The prospectus was officially launched by Councillor Sue McDonald along with staff and pupils from Sir John Hunt Community Sports College. Vice Principal at Sir John Hunt, Julie Bevan said: "Plymouth has such a range of opportunities for students, the options are endless! The prospectus is a one stop shop to support students and their parents to make informed choices.”

A copy of the prospectus has been sent to every young person in Plymouth aged 11 to 18 and is also available to download on our website.

 


 

careers focus

Year 10 Careers Focus

This year carries a large focus for Year 10s on employability. To start them thinking more about future careers and employment, the term started with a careers fair which was held in the gymnasium. A wide range of training providers, employers and higher education establishments were there to provide information and advice about careers within different industries and post 16 options.

Students were also briefed on work experience and the benefits of taking part in the week long activity scheduled for the end of June next year. As well as this, Plymouth University’s outreach team held an employability session which taught students about employability skills and made them think about roles and careers that are behind everyday objects.

Mrs Slater
(Careers Co-ordinator)

 


Plymouth Argyle Futsal Programme

Plymouth Argyle Futsal Programme Starts at Sixth Form

The Sixth Form’s newest course got off to a successful start this week with its partnership between Sir John Hunt Community Sports College and Plymouth Argyle.

Students have this week settled into their course meeting the Argyle staff and having tours of Home Park stadium. The students will study the theory behind sport in units such as anatomy and physiology, talent identification and development in sport. Alongside their theory lessons there are numerous practical opportunities and they have been entered into the local futsal league and an 11 a-side satellite league, playing against schools such as Ivybridge, Okehampton, Wadebridge and Redruth. If selected students can be involved in the futsal first team squad and play against clubs such as Southampton F.C.

The course offers opportunities to gain extra qualifications such as coaching, officiating and first aid that will enrich their profiles when looking at options beyond Sixth Form. Students will be looking at employment routes with links available through Plymouth Argyle or onto higher education studying degree courses within the sport sector.

Mr Fort
(Assistant Head of Sixth Form)

 


 

Whitleigh Community Fete

Fun for all the family!

The Community Fete was once again a packed with both local residents, parents, students, children, staff and community groups. The event was created by Sir John Hunt Community Sports College, Whitleigh Primary School, Woodlands Special School and Interserve and was further supported by the Whitliegh Big Local, Woodfield, Mary Deans, Oakwood and Beechwood Primary Schools.

Those who attended could feast on the gourmet barbecue burgers while listening to a range of perfectly pitched performances before spending time ambling through a wide and diverse range of stalls and activities. I would like to thank all of our staff and students, the Sir John Hunt PTFA and our community partners who volunteered their time to help raise funds for the partners. It was fantastic to see the full age spectrum of our community come together in such a positive family event.

"Great atmosphere,", "Really enjoyed it", "An amazing event" were just a few comments made by families who completed the evaluation forms.

Mr Carpenter
(Assistant Principal)

 


 

Discover Sports

'Discover Sports' at the University of Marjons

On Thursday 9th July some of our current and new BTEC Sport Level 3 students travelled to Marjons to undertake a day of sport taster sessions. The aim of the day was to give the students a taste of what you can study within sport at university.

Discover SportsDiscover SportsThe day started by being greeted by the Marjon Student Ambassadors including an ex-student, Tonie-Marie Hammacott. Tonie has successfully completed her first year studying to become a primary school teacher. The ambassadors escorted the students to their first seminar which was on sports development and football coaching. Here the students were put into 3 groups and challenged to come up with an innovative warm-up, skills based drill or game based scenario for football.

The second seminar was focused on studying sports science and health at Marjons. Students participated in a number of fitness tests such as 10m sprint test using state of the art timing equipment, a reaction test where students had 60 seconds to hit as many lights as possible and a VO2max test.

The third and final seminar showed students what it would be like to study sports therapy and rehabilitation. Within this session students tested their bodies to identify any potential hidden injuries, learnt how to administer different types of sports strapping and also performed a sports massage.

The day was hugely successful and delivered its aim in giving our students an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the differences between the comprehensive ranges of sport programmes available at higher education. Students also gained an insight into a variety of sport programmes and had the chance to speak to current students and academics about higher education and what careers are available through sport.

Mr Fort
Assistant Head of Sixth Form

 


 

climbing

To Greater Heights

The students on College Workshop undertook the challenge to collectively climb the height of Ben Nevis (1344m) by working their way up Mambo Slab and Ceasers Nose at the Dewerstone on Dartmoor. All the groups did really well and overcame fears of height, fears of coming down, fears of falling to accumulate a grand total 2040m for the week. As well as climbing challenges they also had to get their thinking caps on for the rope work as they had each others safety in their hands. Again all groups did this brilliantly and progressed from tangled uncoordinated individuals into smooth, well-oiled teams.

All the students enjoyed the challenge and feeling of success they gained from getting to their high points on the wall. Of particular note were Kane Garside and Jordan Williams for getting to the top in very very wet conditions. Callum Hussey for trying to remove the giant tree stump from the routes with his bare hands! Jade, Zoe and Naomi for excellent rope work and finally Byron, Jordan, Anya and Jordan Restall for making the most noise out of the whole week!

Mr Salter
(Head of KS3 Mathematics)

 


 

Sir John Hunt goes WILD!

Sir John Hunt goes WILD!

During the College's enrichment week this year, 47 students from Years 7 and 8 and 5 staff had the pleasure of spending their time learning new and interesting facts and information about a wide variety of animals and other creatures from around the world.

On Monday we visited the Marine Aquarium and were treated to a guided tour by two of the incredibly knowledgeable staff Stu and Loveday. We found out that octopuses had brains the shape of a ring doughnut, that sharks are actually really shy and that sea horses are native to our coastline here in Plymouth.

Tuesday saw the group going on a mini safari at Dartmoor Zoo, where amongst other fabulous animals we saw, cheetahs, wolves, tigers and a magnificent lion. We also got to get up close and personal with some creatures such as a giant African land snail, cockroaches, a giant gecko and a snake…needless to say some students chose not to get too close!

Sir John Hunt goes WILD!

On Wednesday we ventured to Paignton Zoo, where a scorching hot day was made even better by meetings with orangutans, gibbons, meerkats, elephants and crocodiles.

Thursday was Living Coasts day and we arrived just in time to have breakfast with the ‘free range’ penguins, a wonderful experience, which was then surpassed as we watched otters hunting for their food, seals jumping out of the water for fish and rays playing in the huge deep tank.

Friday came and a celebration was in order, so it was off to Woodlands. Despite the rain a fantastic day was had by all, including the staff, who were definitely not shy about getting drenched on the water rides!

The students were an absolute pleasure to spend the week with, they were inquisitive, well behaved and so excited about meeting new creatures.

Bring on 2016!

Miss Warring
(ACL for PE)

 


 

Students Embark on Adventures

Students Embark on Adventures

The Moorland Adventure College Workshop took place on Dartmoor in the area east of the far end of Burrator Reservoir. Each day a different group of students joined Mr. Whitfield and Mr. Diggins and Cromwell (Mr. Diggins Chocolate Labrador) for a walk of approximately 7km in a variety of ‘summer’ weather conditions.

Although the route varied each day, the general route started at Norsworthy Bridge and then went up through the forest of Stanlake Plantation via Leather Tor Bridge, the potato cave and ruins of Leather Tor farm and along Drakes/Devonport Leat. The leat was then followed across the open moor to the aquaduct by Black Tor, then on to Crazy Well Pool (known by the students as Crazy Whirl Pool) and finally back through the forest of Raddick Plantation to the minibus at Norsworthy Bridge.

On the sunnier days an ice cream van appeared at the other end of the reservoir by the dam, making a nice end to the day. However, whatever the weather the students on the college workshops showed lots of enthusiasm for the walk and interest in the multitude of wildlife, history and geography on offer. Well done to all who participated in this year’s Moorland Adventure.

Mr Whitfield
(CL for Technology)

 


 

Nature at Its Best

Nature at Its Best

During activities week, a group of 21 students ventured beyond the doors of nature! Visiting Paignton Zoo, Wembury Beach and Merryhue Farm to undergo team building skills. It was jam-packed with lots of activities. This included biking, orienteering, visiting a zoo, rock pooling, beach art, bush craft and raft building. Everyone really enjoyed themselves while taking part in each activity. During the week everyone challenged themselves and demonstrated various skills from perseverance, learning new things, team working and showing empathy for those in need. Great weather, great students great week!

Mr Benney
(Computer Science Teacher)

 


 

Surf's Up for Students

Surf's Up for Students

Another successful surf week in Sennen Cove, Cornwall with 14 students ranging from Years 7 to 9. The majority of the students had not tried surfing before and they were all very apprehensive when they saw the waves on the first day! With the sun out and waves at beginners best the students got to grips with the basics and loved every minute of the lesson. As the week continued, so did the sunshine along with the waves as they hit 5-6 ft by the end of the week and this did not put the students off at all. The bigger the waves grew so did their confidence and so, by the final surf session, they were standing riding the waves with confidence. The students learnt to organise themselves, work together as a team and look out for one another, which made this trip special for all.

Miss Burns
(Science Teacher)

 


 

Nature and Extreme

Nature and Extreme

The week was packed full of exciting day trips.

It all started with two days at Adventure Okehampton : gorge scrambling, bush craft and high ropes. All students were amazing, supporting each other with new and challenging activities.

Day three was an early start as we set off for Longleat Adventure Park, but it was all worth while, as lions paced up and down the side of our coach. Some students even had the opportunity of feeding the giraffes and touching sting rays.

Day four we stayed local and visited the Aquarium and an afternoon of frisbee and ice cream for all, on Plymouth Hoe.

Last but not least, we set off to Kents Cavern for the morning, exploring the 500,000 year old caves. One student stated that is was the ‘extreme’ of activities week. We finished with a splash at Quay West, in the pouring rain.

The students thoroughly enjoyed themselves and said that they were looking forward to next year.

Mrs Laity
(CL for Health and Social Studies)

 


 

Horse Riding

Horse Riding

The students were extremely excited about their week to be spent riding, grooming and picking up poo (much to Cameron’s disgust). The bus journey there was sparked with conversation about the type of horse each person wanted to ride. Miss Bird hoping that she would get the smallest horse. The days were spent with the students learning stable management: how to approach a horse; how to groom a horse; how to clean tack and make sure the horses were well fed and watered. Each day the students rode. Each student was assigned a horse or pony for the week. The students had an amazing time. Josh overcame his fear of horses. His first lesson, he couldn’t stop his legs from shaking and keeping his eyes open to the last lesson where he rode entirely independently and even managed to get his horse to trot (something Mr Fitzwater really struggled with when he rode Minstrel (the horse) in the staff vs teachers race.) The week was rounded up by a pony show. The students put all the skills they had learnt during the week into practice. The week was awesome and the weather was kind. Apart from Friday when the heavens opened and Miss Wilkes’ expensive ‘waterproof’ jacket turned out to be not so waterproof.

Mr Fitzwater
(English Teacher)

 


 

work experience

Year 10 Work Experience

Over 80 Year 10 students had a glimpse into working life last week when they took part in work experience. From retail to animal care, building to hairdressing, placements were held in a variety of businesses across the city. Students were able to see and experience what it is like to work within the business and learn valuable employability skills. As a result some were offered Saturday and summer jobs!

Employers provided positive feedback about their temporary employees expressing their satisfaction for a job well done! Students equally enjoyed their placement providing positive comments in their log books:

"I’ve had a great week and really enjoyed it, its made me think that this is the job I want to do when I leave school."

Well done to those that took part and completed the week. They will each be awarded with a work experience certificate.

Mrs Slater
(Careers coordinator)

 


 

Active Adventures

Active Adventures

For the Active Adventures week, students participated in a wide range of sports and activities including kayaking, sailing, mountain biking and tree surfing as well as visiting Bristol Science centre to experience their new 3D planetarium. Tree surfing, archery and the 'leap of faith' jump from 20 metres up in the canopy were definitely the most challenging, however also the most popular activity of the week. Harry in Year 7, successfully conquered his fear of heights on the high ropes course and several students tackled the long climb through the woods on the mountain biking trip to enjoy some single track riding in Cann Woods.

Mr Waite
(Science Teacher)

 


 

Art/Textiles Extravanganza

Art/Textiles Extravanganza

On Monday morning our textile group visited the National Marine Aquarium equipped with pens, pencils and sketchbooks. We drew the marine animals on display, focusing on colour, texture and shape.

Back in the studio on Tuesday students learned how to use a range of textile techniques including batik, transfer painting, cyanotype printing, silk painting and tie-dye.

By the end of the week each student had developed their own designs from their sketches and photographs and made a range of fabric pieces including a tie-dye drawstring bag, a beautiful silk painting and a batik cushion.

On Friday morning the studio was transformed into a factory workshop, everybody had a part to play in making fabric shells and starfish that were then used to decorate dresses.

Finally on Friday afternoon, staff, parents and carers were invited in to view all the wonderful work that had been made during the week. We were extremely proud of the students, it was a real pleasure to see all the effort, enthusiasm and talent they brought to this activity.

We are already looking forward to next year.

Mrs Long
(Art/Textiles Teacher)

 


 

Tennis Leaders Extraordinaires Take On City Wide Event

Tennis Leaders Extraordinaires Take On City Wide Event

On Wednesday 10th June, 12 Year 9 students were given the opportunity to officiate and run a city wide junior tennis tournament. The event was held at The Plymouth Life Centre and consisted of 39 children from 7 different Plymouth schools.

The young leaders from Sir John Hunt were solely in charge of officiating all of the matches that took place. This required the students to be attentive, confident, knowledgable of the rules and take a real lead on the event. This was achieved by all the students and a number of positive comments were made both by staff from other schools and parents of the children participating in the tournament.

The following pupils did not only do themselves proud, but they also did Sir John Hunt Community Sports College proud and are a real credit to the College.

A massive well done to Alex, Ellie, Mike, Jack, Alisha, Lauren, Abbi, Olivia, Holly, Alfie, Tyle and Mille.

Miss Ball
(PE Teacher)

 


 

Year 11 Exam Celebration

Year 11 Exam Celebration

Year 11 students have shown an outstanding commitment to learning during the GCSE exam period. Record numbers of students have attended the Learning Café both after school and during the day, with students regularly staying until 5pm to revise.

The last exam for the whole year group took place on Friday 12th June and a barbeque was arranged to celebrate their time at Sir John Hunt. All year 11 students and staff were invited to attend to say goodbye. There were many books and shirts to sign so that students have a souvenir of their time at College. In addition, students wrote in a Sir John Hunt Leavers’ Book – there are a selection of quotes from this below. Quite a few tissues were also required as the tears began to fall, a mixture of joy at the end of exams and sadness for the end of an era.

Year 11 Exam Celebration

The Leavers sweatshirts were also awarded at the barbeque. In total 48 students were awarded a sweatshirt for obtaining 100% attendance between February and May – a fantastic achievement!

Well done Year 11 for all your hard work, perseverance and for being such a fantastic year group!

Ms Williams
(Raising Standards Leader KS4)

From the Leavers’ Book:

"Thank you so much for all of your support and motivation throughout these five years. I’ve grown ever since Year 7 thanks to your amazing staff who are full of motivation and support."

"Great school, amazing memories made."

"Thank you so much for everything! I actually couldn’t have picked a better school to go to! It’s actually been the best five years".

 


 

Babcock Marine logo

Student Selected by Babcock

As a result of his work on the GO4SET project, Haydon Malloch has been selected as 1 of only 2 students in the region to attend a Nuclear Engineering course with Babcock.

Babcock is the home of epic engineering and in particular in the Marine and Technology division where they refit and maintain the MOD’s submarines and warships. Babcock are trusted to keep the MOD’s fleet fit to fight!

Delivered in partnership with Babcock and the Royal Navy, this course provides an insight into the fascinating world of nuclear marine engineering.

What will Haydon be doing?

  • Learning how a pressurised water reactor works, as well as the propulsion and electrical generation systems used on a seagoing vessel
  • Attending a series of practical workshops and lectures led by Babcock graduates and the Royal Navy
  • Learning about radiation and gamma ray spectroscopy in a laboratory environment
  • Visiting the Submarine Museum, HMS Alliance and ‘Action Stations’ at Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard
  • Finding out about careers in designing, building, maintaining and operating a complex engineering plant
  • Taking part in extra-curricular sporting activities and a formal dinner in the wardroom at HMS Excellent
  • Staying on board HMS Bristol, a type 82 destroyer vessel to gain a real insight into life at sea
  • Developing his teamwork, communication, problem solving and time management skills

Mrs Slater
(Careers Coordinator)

 


 

EMI Sound Foundation

Students Featured in Advertising

EMI is perhaps the biggest and most recognisable record company ever. The label has represented monolithic acts such as The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Blur, John Lennon, Radiohead, Coldplay and Victoria Beckham, for a short time.

If you take a visit to the EMI Sound Foundation website, you’ll see that they have showcased a photograph of some of our KS3 students, themselves benefactors of the £1000 grant from EMI. (The photograph, taken in our recording studio, also features a rare handmade Taylor electric guitar, which was also donated).

We were contacted by the foundation recently, to inform us that a photograph taken in-house is currently being used on their promotional flyers.

The Music department is really grateful to EMI Sound Foundation for the contribution the grant has made to music at our College. We are now in the position where guitars and bass guitars can be loaned to KS3-5 students, without affecting resources needed for lessons.

My personal thanks to Mr Carpenter for his efforts in securing the grant.

Mr Cleverley
(Music Teacher)

 


 

DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter

To Greater Heights

This week saw the arrival of a drone to Sir John Hunt. The DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter with high resolution camera will primarily be used across the College for the recording of various events, including the upcoming sports day and activities week. The drone will also be used to teach students about flight, forces and aerodynamics, as well as control and communication in Computer Science.

The Quadcopter is capable of reaching 15m/s horizontal flight speed and can climb at 6m/s to a maximum legal height of 120 metres. It can fly for 25 minutes on one charge and is also GPS stabilised, meaning if it runs low on power or loses communication with the controller, it will head back to its take off point and land. The GPS system also means it is very stable in flight and sudden gusts of wind will not affect its position. A competition will be announced shortly for students to think of an appropriate name for the new drone.

Mr Waite
(Science Teacher)

 


 

Think 1st

Think 1st

Before you press send… Think 1st ……..once an image has been sent from your phone, you can never get it back

With the rise in young people having access to the internet and mobile technologies, there has been a national increase in the number of incidences of children talking to people online who they believe to be their own age, but are in fact complete strangers, with hidden agendas, posing as children and young people.

Sir John Hunt was one of the schools in the city who recently undertook a survey of students health related behaviours, and discovered that: 78% of respondents in the city use the Internet over a connection to a smartphone; only 37% of pupils responded that their parents have rules about what internet sites they can use and 76% of pupils responded that they use the internet for accessing social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter etc. Disturbingly only 64% of pupils responded that they can ‘usually or always’ say no when a friend wants them to do something they don’t want to do.

At Sir John Hunt we have identified that as part of our pastoral support we need to ensure that our students have the knowledge and skills to enable them to stay safe in relationships on line. It is important that our students understand that not everyone on the internet is as friendly as they may at first appear: by teaching students about appropriate relationships, and how to respond if they are worried, we hope that they will be more confident and stay safe.

The Think 1st project was conceived by Karl Sweeney from Plymouth City Council, and involves inputs from local organisations: The Zone Plymouth; Empower Interventions; Devon and Cornwall Police and Independent Sexual Assault Victim Advisers. Professionals are telling real life stories of how young people have been coerced on line, and show videos from CEOP (formerly the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) teaching students how to stay safe.

Karl Sweeney from Plymouth City Council said “this is a fantastic project bringing a variety of experts together to keep the children and young people of Plymouth safe…… Think 1st comes from the idea that young people need to think before they undertake an action – be that sending a photo of themselves, or meeting someone who they don’t know.” The morning’s activities will also teach the students about the importance of gaining consent – and the implications of giving it within a relationship. Once something is posted on line it can get out of control with potentially devastating and long lasting impacts to the subject of the content.

To illustrate how an image can get out of control the students have taken this photo this morning and will see how quickly they can lose control of it. It is hoped that the activities this morning will demonstrate to students how important it is to keep personal or private pictures to themselves.

We have a useful video for parents about supporting their children if they do take and send nude photos of themselves and this can be found by clicking here.

Andy Phippen, Professor of Social Responsibility in IT at Plymouth University, said "Its great to see the Think 1st project coming to life. Schools are becoming increasingly aware of the issues that can arise in young people’s digital lives and the role they play in helping them, and this project provides some very clear messages about thinking before you post but also that there are people you can turn to if things go wrong".

Further information about keeping young people safe on line can be found at www.ceop.police.uk and the UK Safer Internet Centre’s website.

 


 

Outdoor Adventures

Outdoor Adventures

The outdoor and adventurous activity (OAA) club has been out coasteering recently. We visited Bovisand beach where, due to the wind coming off the sea, everyone was glad of their wetsuits and waterproof jackets. It was actually warmer to be in the sea as you were out of the wind! The group worked well together and helped each other out in the choppy sea. Occasionally a slightly bigger wave would come in and everyone would warn each other and grab hold of each other. Some really nice jumps were to be found on the lee side of the rocks. Mr Lavis spent ages floating in the sea and using the waterproof camera to get some great pics, a big thank you to him for volunteering. It was a good few hours of teamwork and encouragement, well done and thank you to everyone for the positive attitude.

outdoor adventures

The intervention team went mountain biking at Plymbridge trails where the attitude shown by all was excellent. Each hill on the way up was attempted by everyone and after a few difficult sections everyone finally reached the top riding their bikes. I think there was definitely a competitive element to it! On the way back down students had to control their bikes through narrow tracks between the trees, exercising caution and control. It was tempting to go as fast as possible, but everyone was very responsible and controlled their speed to the point where it was very exciting yet quite safe. It was a good example of the team showing responsibility for themselves and care for others.

The Duke of Edinburgh/bike maintenance club every Monday evening has been going well. The bike fleet is now looking alot cleaner and more organised. The students attending from Years 7 through to 12 are now showing initiative in taking a bike each time and checking through it to see how they could improve it. They have been taking the parts from damaged bikes and transferring them to fix the others. Punctures have been fixed, gears re-set, brake pads replaced and handlebars straightened. It’s a good fun few hours with everyone working well whilst chatting and drinking their hot chocolates.

Mr Alcock
(Outdoor Education & Adventure Activities Instructor)

 


 

Visiting Africa

Visiting Africa

During May half term, I had the pleasure of visiting South Africa to meet with our international schools partners; Ms Alicia Campbell from South Africa and Mr Ngoni Chidavaenzi from Zimbabwe. Our College has recently embarked on a project called ‘Afritwin’ with the aim of linking to schools in Africa to share ideas and projects. Our partner schools are High Achievers College in Zimbabwe and Spine Road High in Cape Town, South Africa. During my time in South Africa, I spent a week in Spine Road High as well as seeing the sights of Cape Town with Ms Campbell and her family. We visited Table Mountain, Cape Point and local eco villages and vineyards amongst other places. Ms Campbell is doing a return visit to us in September to see our school and meet our students. Our first linked project is going to be setting up an eco garden at STEM Club, which is run by Miss Jakes on a Tuesday between 3.05–4.00, alongside fundraising events to provide Spine Road High with sports equipment.

Miss Harris
(Science Teacher)

 


 

Lead Learners Day

Lead Learners Day

On Monday 8th June, 220 Year 5 students from Woodfield, Widewell, Whitleigh, Beechwood, Oakwood and Mary Dean’s Primary schools came to our College to take part in a carousel of activities in Science, Art, MFL, PE and Maths. The activities were run with the support of 36 Year 9 Lead Learners. The PE sessions were led by Mr Salter and included activities such as team skipping, maths relay, crossing the swamp and rebound challenge. The activities tested the students maths ability as well as their physical capabilities. In Science, the students were using their scientific know how to investigate gases, led by Mr Gardiner, Mr Waite, Miss Harris and Mr Lavis. Finally in a joint project between Art and MFL, they were charge with creating their own country, supervised by Miss Wilkes and Miss Brett.

Lead Learners Day

The day was extremely successful, with the feedback from both primary staff and students being completely positive. The praise for our students was exemplary, with one member of staff from Widewell, our newest member of the family saying "They are the best bunch of secondary students I have ever come across."

I cannot praise the Year 9 students enough, they made the day a complete breeze and with the always outstanding support of our staff I felt that this year was the best Year 5 day yet.

Thank you to all staff who supported the day with room changes and allowing students out of lessons. Thank you to the 6th Form BTEC sport group who gave up their own time to support Mr Salter.

Roll on next year!

Miss L Warring
(ACL for PE/Primary Liaison)

 


 

British Science Week

British Science Week

The Year 7’s and Year 8’s have been working hard during British Science Week. They have undertaken a task as forensic investigators to find out which suspect (teacher) had removed the evidence from a crime scene (CDs). The students have learnt the skill of taking finger prints and foot prints, which is difficult to achieve without making a mess. This they achieved with great skill and accuracy.

They then used their observation and inspection skills to examine fingerprints and footprints that they had taken from the crime scene. From this they had to deduce who the villain was.

These students have all done extremely well and were top in their respective classes and therefore received prizes. Having shown great observation, practical and investigative skills the, students have shown that they may well be our future forensic investigators for the police or fire services.

Mr Davies
(Science Teacher)

 


 

College Receives Award

College Receives Award!

Sir John Hunt Community Sports College in Plymouth has successfully achieved the prestigious Investor in Careers Award (IiC). This important national kitemark places the College alongside other educational establishments in leading the way, raising quality in Careers Education, Information and Guidance (CEIAG) across the UK.

Sir John Hunt Community Sports College has benchmarked itself against other leading schools in the UK and has improved and developed its careers guidance programme using Investors in Careers as a catalyst for change.

Mrs Slater
(Careers Coordinator)

 


 

Sixth Form Options

Sixth Form Options at SJH:

If you are yet to choose your Sixth Form options, or if you would like to join our Sixth Form from another school or college, please be sure to contact us on 01752 581604 to discuss the options available to you.

We offer a huge range of courses including AS, A Levels, BTEC subjects and Extended Project Qualifications. We also have an enormous choice of vocational subjects on offer each year through our excellent partnerships with training providers across the city.

We would be happy to arrange a meeting for you or we can send out a copy of our Sixth Form Prospectus which details all of our subjects, courses and options.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Mr J G Dunkerley
Head of Sixth Form

 


 

Outdoor Activities News

Outdoor Activities News

Congratulations to the 5 new Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award holders: Jasmine, Mark, Chloe, Courtney and Joanne, all join Megan as the first award holders from Sir John Hunt. A big effort from all of them has ensured their success and led the way for others to follow. We are all very proud of them! Following in their footsteps is the new cohort of bronze award hopefuls who will be out on their first training walk this thursday and camping on Dartmoor on May 15th. Good luck to them and let’s hope for some good weather.

The Intervention team have been busy learning to rock climb. A very noticable improvement has been shown in both their individual performance with heights and their knowledge of teamwork and risk. The first week we went to a very windy Foggintor quarry, then a sunny and shaded Dewerstone in the Plym valley. We will venture back there this week to try to improve on their high points.

The volunteering for bike maintenance has gone well with people attending from all years. We shall continue to work through the mountain bikes we use for Bikeability, then source some bikes for recycling. Students have brought in their own bikes to get fixed, which we will continue to do. Hopefully we will see an increase in the amount of people riding to school which will have a positive effect on the surrounding roads and environment.

Mr Alcock
(Outdoor Education & Adventure Activities Instructor)

 


 

Sixth Form Theatre Club

Sixth Form Theatre Club

On 14th May the Sixth Form Theatre Club will be going back to the Theatre Royal Plymouth to see ‘The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas’, the story of an unlikely friendship between two boys in the Second World War.

The production is being brought to Plymouth by the The Children’s Touring Partnership and promises to be a deeply moving and thought provoking adaptation of the best-selling novel by John Boyne.

Sixth Form students are invited to come along at a reduced price of just £5 per ticket. Anyone interested should get their tickets soon as these are going fast. They can be purchased or reserved in the Sixth Form office.

Miss Pedrick
(Sixth Form Tutor)

 


 

Fix Up Seminars Visit Sir John Hunt

Fix Up Seminars Visit Sir John Hunt

On Wednesday 22nd April Year 11 students took part in an Exam Preparation Day to make sure that they are ready and motivated for their GCSEs. During the first session, students took part in a Revision Skills Carousel which was run by the Learning Mentor team. The five sessions consisted of; Time Management, Mind Mapping, Stretch Zones, Five Point Attack and a Learning Café Treasure Hunt. The activities were designed to help students feel empowered in managing their own revision.

After a break to enjoy some delicious bacon rolls and revitalise after the hard work of session one, students took part in an Exam Simulation Workshop run by Fix Up Seminars. Caspian and Edwina ran an engaging, motivating and inspiring session which ranged from revision skills to managing stress on the day in the exam hall. The students were fantastic in their approach to this session and the feedback was extremely positive. Our visitors were so impressed by the students that we even got a re-tweet about how great the day had been!

Students were treated to a BBQ at lunchtime in the quad with sunshine, high winds and some fabulous singing from Caspian. In the afternoon, students put into practice all that they had learned during the two workshops in the morning. The atmosphere was purposeful and productive and it was great to see the students taking charge of their own learning and revision.

This is the start of the final countdown to exams and now Year 11 are further equipped to remain motivated and positive about their forthcoming exams.

Ms Williams
(Raising Standards Leader – KS4)

 


 

Young Student Goes the Extra Mile!

Young Student Goes the Extra Mile!

Castles have always been important to Britain, they have helped shape our history for nearly 1000 years. Even now they are able to inspire and excite and the Sir John Hunt humanities department have tapped into this to help learn about life since 1066. We have been on a whistle stop tour of our nation’s history, from Anglo-Saxons through to the Tudors and everything in between! The students have been kept busy, but Sir John Hunt student Chelsea (pictured) took this one stage further. Over the Easter Holiday Chelsea took it upon herself to create this stunning concentric castle, modelled on those found in Wales, as used by Edward I to quash the Welsh rebellion. It features curtain walls, bastions, a portcullis and even a moat, the attackers had no chance!

Congratulations for the super impressive effort Chelsea.

Mr Saberton
(Head of Humanities)

 


 

Outdoor Activities

Outdoor Activities

Sir John Hunt CSC in partnership with Bike-It Plus have started a Bike Maintenance Project. Ryan Evans is visiting to teach us the skills then we will work on the SJH fleet of bikes. After gaining that experience students will bring in their own bikes to fix and we will source bikes from re-cycling areas and from the police pound. We’ll work on those bikes to make them as good as new. The results will be offered as prizes throughout the school, or given away to those most deserving or in need of a bike, or sold to the highest bidder raising money for charity.

The Sixth Form Btec group have been out on their final assessed expedition, braving really strong head winds and battling against an outgoing tide on the river Yealm. If we stopped paddling we were swept back, so a huge effort was required by everyone. After an hour of heavy effort we managed to reach a sheltered inlet and a well deserved snack. After our rest the students attempted to display their skills in the inlet but the outgoing tide meant we were soon pulling the boats through mud, trying to catch up with it! We made it back into the main channel and improvised sails to race back to the start, some people holding paddles in the air, some opening jackets out between paddles. After 20 minutes of zooming along we were back where we started. During lunch a huge seal popped up to watch us! Everyone had a chance to show off their skills after lunch in games and drills. It was a great day, even with the strong wind!

Mr Alcock
(Outdoor Education & Adventure Activities Instructor)

 


 

experiments and inventions

Students get Hands-on With Their Experiments and Creative Inventions

On Thursday 16th April 2015 Mr Gardiner’s class conducted an experiment. The materials we used were beetroot, a conical flask, a pestle and mortar, a tripod, a heatproof mat, a heat protector, a funnel, filter paper, other chemicals and pipettes.

First we put the beetroot in the pestle and mortar and ground it together. We then got together the Bunsen burner, heatproof mat, tripod and heat protector.

We next had to boil the beetroot for around 2 minutes. While we waited we got together the filter paper, conical flask and funnel. Once it was cool we poured it into the conical flask. We used the filter paper to stop large chunks getting through.

Next we got 8 different chemicals and squeezed the chemcials into the pipette and then into the beetroot. When we finished we put them in order then finally we tidied up.

Also in Mr Gardiner’s class we had a project to invent something that hadn’t been invented yet. I invented an easy oven. Some of the other students invented a sockatron which automatically puts socks on someone, a wheeled walking stick with an emergency brake and many more great inventions.

Lauren Nicol
(Student – 7 Tenzing)

 


 

Year 7s Have Their Aspirations Raised

Year 7s Have Their Aspirations Raised

Year 7 More Able and Talented students had a taste of university life this week when they visited the University of St Mark & St John. The day gave students a taste of higher education, helped raise aspirations and realise their potential. It also gave them the opportunity to see what course options are available, ask any questions that they may have and kick started thoughts and considerations for their options at 18 years old.

Activities planned throughout the day included various lectures and workshops as well as opportunities to speak to current university students and ask questions about university life and the course of study they are on.

Mrs Slater
(Careers Coordinator)

 


 

Sixth Former in Fundraising Triumph

Sixth Former in Fundraising Triumph!

On Sunday 19th April, Aaron Richmond (Year 13) ran the Plymouth Half Marathon to raise money for Children’s Hospice South West. Aaron managed to complete the half marathon in 1h 48 minutes and raised an outstanding £350 for his chosen charity!

We would all like to say a massive well done to Aaron for completing the run in such an impressive time and for raising so much for a very deserving charity. If anyone would still like to donate, his Just Giving page is still active and can be found here.

Mr Dunkerley
(Head of Sixth Form)

 


 

Photography success for Sixth Former!

Photography Success for Sixth Former!

Caitlin Johns has been selected as a runner up in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition which celebrates the drama and splendour of the natural world. The competition invited both professional and amateur entrants. Her outstanding picture of an eagle owl taken at Dartmoor Zoo earlier this year is shown above.

Caitlin is a keen photographer and animal lover and decided to enter two of her latest pictures in the competition. One of her pictures was chosen as a runner up in the national competition and will now be in an exhibition running at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery from the 28th March to the 30th May. This exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of the contest and blends new and historic award-winning images to tell the story of how photographing the natural world has changed – the exhibition is free to enter.

The museum has also chosen to display another of Caitlin’s pictures as one of their favourites from the remaining entries. Caitlin is hoping to go on to study zoological conservation at university next year.

Mr Dunkerley
(Head of Sixth Form)

 


 

Fundraising fun for students

Fundraising Fun for Students

The school was full of activity last Friday as we all joined forces to make money for Comic Relief. There was a hive of activity throughout the campus starting with non uniform day, which some students used as an opportunity to come in fancy dress. Throughout the week, Mr Case had been encouraging you to guess how many sweets were in the jar which amounted to almost £15 in guesses. At break time and lunchtime after a strenuous morning of work you were able to reward yourself with a healthy smoothie supplied by Year 11s generating £23.50 for Comic Relief. It was time for action to kick in at lunchtime with a penalty shoot out in the sports hall generating £17.

The final activity for the day was the spectacular Sir John Hunt Showcase in which students from all year groups were able to display their musical talent in front of many supportive friends. All singing songs from today and days gone by, the audience were treated to an array of musical talent all organised by Mr Cleverly and compered by the Events Team. Over £48 was generated.

The rest of the school may have been caught in a flurry of noise and excitement but for one Year 8 student, silence was the order of the day. Braidy Edwards raised a staggering £100 for Comic Relief through her sponsored silence.

Mrs Slater
(Careers Coordinator)

total raised

 

Comic Relief Events

Forget the Great British Bake Off …..even more talent and competition was displayed last week as staff members went head to head to see who could win the glorious title of star baker!

With a variety of cakes and cupcakes all decorated and looking tempting, the title was finally taken by Mrs Emond with her amazing Comic Relief bake featuring beautifully detailed comic relief faces made from cake pops. The winning cake was then raffled off and won by Mrs McGowan. The rest were sold in the staff room to eager member of staff looking for a Friday treat. In total the contest made £82.

It was time for revenge on Friday when for a small donation you were able to throw sponges at willing victim Mr Murray. Surprisingly staff and students formed and orderly queue to take their chances and in total over £58 was raised.

Mr Flage and Mr Hutton became our very own Jamie Oliver and Marco Pierre White last week. They took over the kitchen with their team of Year 10 students and produced hot dogs worthy of any master chef award. Students and staff were queuing outside the door to taste the tantalising hot dogs being sold for only 70p and were not disappointed with the service and quality of food. In total £49.24 was generated for Comic Relief

Mrs Slater
(Careers Coordinator)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comic Relief Netball Match

Comic Relief Netball MatchAs part of Comic Relief a group of female members of staff (Miss Burns, Miss Harris, Mrs Plumb, Miss Warring, Mrs Colpus, Miss Richardson, Mrs Clooke and Mrs Garry) challenged the male members of staff (Mr Fort, Mr Salter, Mr Flage, Mr Davis, Mr Saberton, Mr Sharpe and Mr Waite) to a game of netball. The game started with the men already one man down (Mr Davis had forgotten his P.E. kit) however they quickly moved into the lead with 2 goals. The females fought back and by the end of the first quarter the men were only just ahead. By the second quarter Mr Davis returned bringing the team back to full strength and helping to keep the men ahead in the points for the remainder of the game. It was a hard fought battle and both sides played well, considering varying degrees of experience, but in the end the men emerged victorious 10–7. A special thanks to Mrs Skelton and Miss Ball for acting as umpires and not being too harsh on those who forgot the odd rule!

Mr Waite
(Science Teacher)

 

 

 

Enterprising Fund Raising for Comic Relief

Enterprising Fund Raising for Comic Relief

Josie Taylor–Easton is a Vocational Learner studying a Level 3 Art and Design course. She has put her creative streak to good use for those less fortunate. Josie and her mum design and make jewellery as a hobby and they sold their stock to donate to our Sixth Form efforts for Comic Relief. The accessories went down a storm with both students and staff. Josie and her helpers Sally-Anne Yeomans and Adelle Dillaway raised the grand total of £75.10.

Well Done Girls!!

Miss Morely–Trapnell
(Sixth Form Work–Related Learning Coordinator)

 


 

Barclays Life Skills Workshops

Barclays Life Skills Workshops

Last week Year 7 and 8 students were visited by the team from Barclays as part of our Finance Weekcampaign.

Money skills for 11–19 year olds, helped students reflect on how they feel about money and how they make decisions about spending or saving. The activities helped students build the financial knowledge, skills and understanding they need to stay in control of their finances and plan ahead for their future needs. The session was run by a team of 4 from the Plymouth branch of Barclays including the bank manager of Devon and Plymouth County Council who commented that most of his days are spent not dealing with school students but authorising multi million pound expenditures and budgets!

Mrs Slater
(Careers Coordinator)

Barclays Bank logo

 


 

The Soloman Theatre Company perform for Year 9

The Soloman Theatre Company Perform for Year 9

As part of the SMSC programme here at Sir John Hunt, Mr Murray arranged for the Solomon Theatre Company to visit and perform 'Last Orders' to the Year 9 students.

The Solomon Theatre Company are specialists in communicating messages on the promotion of healthy lifestyles that result in crime reduction and improved community safety. This is portrayed to the students through ‘Last Orders’.

The performance was about 15 year old Cassie and her friend Kim who are home alone doing their homework. Boredom soon sets in and, while there are many other things they could do, they raid the drinks cabinet. ‘Just the one’ leads to another and then a cocktail. It would be a great laugh if they had a party and invited older boys.

Dan is that older boy. A motor bike riding 17 year old, he’s brought ‘homebrew’ to give to the girls. He’s full of stories set to impress and encourages ‘drinking games’ and the girls move through the ‘stages of intoxication’ without realising the potential dangers they are in.

The impact of the performance was built upon a workshop exploring a range of themes such as anti–social behaviour, illegal purchase, underage drinking, attitude to sexual health, taking explicit images of yourself and risky sexual behaviour.

This was a fantastic experience for all the year 9 students, with a wide range of important facts portrayed to them through the production and question and answer workshops. The information the students are now aware of will make them think twice before doing anything silly and will help them make the ‘right decisions.’ Everything you do, can and will have a consequence!!

Mr Murray
Pastoral Leader Year 9

 


 

Students visit Dartmoor Brewery

Students visit Dartmoor Brewery

On Thursday 5th of February a group of BTEC Medical Science students took the opportunity to go and visit the Dartmoor Brewery in Princetown. They were given a detailed explanation on the various techniques and ingredients used to brew the finest of ales by award winning Head Brewer, Mike Lunney. The talk included a description on the biochemical processes that are used in this industry along with the various tests that are carried out every day to ensure the same great taste every time. Mike then led us behind the scenes where students were shown how the theory they have learnt in the classroom is applied in the ‘real world’ as a commercial venture.

Mr O’ Driscoll
(KS4 HLTA)

 


 

enterprising students

Enterprise

Budding Entrepreneurs were hard at work last Friday as they launched their new businesses as part of the ongoing Tenner Campaign. They were each given £10 which they then purchased stock for each of their businesses. Some baked cakes and muffins and some had sweets and tuck shop goodies that they had purchased and sold on for a greater price. In total over £60 profit was generated for school funds but more importantly students learnt valuable employability skills such as customer service, handling finance, budgeting and communication. Every Friday this month a new set of students will be located at the end of the science corridor where they will be selling their goods in the hope to make as much profit as they can.

Mrs Slater
(Careers Coordinator)

 


 

Students Inspired by Author

Students Inspired by Author

On Wednesday 4th March, award-winning author, Tanya Landman, visited Years 7 and 8 at Sir John Hunt CSC.

Tanya Landman, whose books include Apache and The Poppy Fields Mystery Series travelled down to Plymouth in order to speak to the students. They heard about Tanya’s life before writing, how she came to write and what her life is like now as a writer. There was even time for the students to hear about Tanya’s pet pig, Tilly!

Mrs. Landman also had lunch with the winners of the Sir John Hunt Detective Story Competition. The Year 8 classes have been studying and writing their own detective stories and three stories from each class were selected to be in the competition. The winners – Devon Dunn, Lucy Bates and Megan Nowlan had lunch with the author while she read through their stories.

Students still have the chance to purchase copies of the books that Tanya Landman talked about from the library; these will be available until 16th March.

Miss Pedrick
(English Teacher)

 


 

BBC Jouralist

I’m a nosey kind of guy!

Year 9 English were given an insight into the life of BBC South West reporter, Simon Hall, when he spent the afternoon at Sir John Hunt on Thursday.

Quizzing Simon on his background and life as a journalist, we soon established why he loved his job so much, "I’m a nosey kind of guy!"

Curiosity had led the local news reporter from a degree in Natural Sciences at University to reporting on top stories: ranging from the total eclipse of the sun in 1999, the suicide bombings in London in 2005 and more recently, to the destruction of the railway line at Dawlish Warren (spending 24 hours in the pouring rain!).

Non–fiction writing, including newspaper articles, is our topic for Term 4 in English. The link with Career’s Week and our unit worked really well to give our students the opportunity to hear, first hand, where their dreams can lead them.

Mrs Garry
(English Teacher)

 


 

Engineers Help With Maths and Science

Engineers Help With Maths and Science

Babcock engineers are sharing tips with secondary school pupils to show how they can use maths and science in the real world.

Engineers visited Sir John Hunt Community Sports College as part of the national Go4SET campaign, which aims at sparking the interest of pupils aged 12 to 14 into the possibilities of how they can use the maths and science they learn in school to solve practical problems.

A Team of six pupils from Sir John Hunt have partnered with Babcock to work on an environmentally themed project for 10 weeks.

The Go4SET projects have been developed by teachers to fit into the curriculum, and offer a choice of three projects for teams to choose from each year.

The six pupils will visit Babcock during the project, and they have the opportunity to put their Go4SET work forward for the CREST (Creativity in Science & Technology) Award (Silver Award).

Sarah Slater from Sir John Hunt praised the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) project.

She said: "This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to engage in STEM activity and for them to gain good insight into careers within these industries."

The Herald 11/03/2015

 


 

Students serve up a banquet

Students Serve up a Banquet

Year 8 students in Mrs Skelton’s catering class cooked a banquet from around the world today.

They previously researched their country to find out about the culture, the religion, the traditions and the foods that originated from there.

They then worked in pairs to write a time plan of how they were going to make their final product.

After this they made the banquet and had the opportunity to taste each other’s meals. They made dishes such as chilli nachos, crispy chilli chicken, meatballs and curry.

Well done!

Mrs Skelton
(PE Curriculum Leader)

 


 

tenner campaign

Could you turn a tenner into twenty or even more?

Year 7 students have been set the £10 challenge as part of the National Tenner Campaign. They are among 25,000 pupils from more than 300 schools across the UK who have been asked to turn a loan of £10 into a profit by using their creativity and imagination to launch their own businesses.

The Tenner scheme is run by Young Enterprise, the countrys largest enterprise education charity.

"We believe in encouraging students to be creative and to learn the importance and value of money. Equally important is that the students will learn valuable employment and communication skills as well as have their aspirations raised"

The businesses open on Thursday 5th March at break and lunchtime and will continue every Friday throughout the month. Students and staff will be able to purchase a variety of goods including sweet treats and home bakes at the end of the science corridor.

Mrs Slater
(Careers Coordiantor)

 


 

Students visit Spain

Students Visit Spain

On Monday 16th February, twenty four Year 11 students and five Year 10 students along with myself, Miss Nicholas, Mr Smart and Mr Newman went to Barcelona for a GCSE Spanish trip for four days. The students demonstrated their tenacity straight away by arriving at school at 5:00am! They even managed to do some GCSE PE revision on the coach for those that were unable to attend the half term master-classes. We flew from Bristol airport and for a lot of students, it was the first time that they had been on a plane and most thought it was an enjoyable experience.

Within an hour of arriving in Spain, all students were getting into the swing of things, practising their language skills by ordering food for themselves, as well as for our resident non–linguists Mr Smart and Mr Newman, in the local market and buying souvenirs. Some even managed to haggle successfully in Spanish, getting themselves a bargain! During the trip they saw famous landmarks such as the Torre Agbar, La Sagrada Familia Cathedral, The Gaudi Houses, La Rambla, La Boquería Market, the Olympic Park and the Gothic Quarter of the city. All four members of staff were extremely impressed with just how much they appreciated the architecture around Barcelona as well as experiencing a new culture. The trip provided them with an opportunity to manage their own finances and to budget how much they had to spend each day, which is clearly an invaluable life skill and has helped them to become more independent and mature.

It’s safe to say that they absorbed everything the city had to offer them. Lots of life–long memories were made and new friendships were formed. It has made us very proud of how much their confidence grew over the trip in terms of not only using the language they have learnt in a classroom in a real life situation but also as individuals. The success of the trip is very much a credit to the students who went and they were an absolute pleasure to be around!

Mrs Davenport
(Spanish Teacher)

 


 

Problem solving

Problem Solving Event

Enabling our students to solve problems using mathematics that they may face in life after College is an important goal of the department here at the College.

We were able to arrange for leaders in the field of mathematics qualification development to run problem-solving sessions for two groups of Year 11 students on Thursday 29th January. This was an exciting opportunity for them to experience new and innovative sessions that will be shared with other schools and colleges as a model for future teaching. By participating in the sessions, it is hoped they will be better prepared not only for mathematical problems they may face in life, but also in their GCSE. Here are some of the comments students made following the sessions:

"The activity got us thinking and was interesting"

"The activities gave us a good insight into what core maths has to offer"

"I got a better understanding of what core maths is like"

"I learnt a new skill"

Mr Yalden
(Mathematics Curriculum Leader)

 


 

KS3 Learning Club

KS3 Learning Club

The KS3 Learning club celebrated an excellent start to the academic year with a Christmas party. Students who had attended throughout Terms 1 and 2 were invited to attend and enjoyed a team quiz, a raffle as well as edible treats.

It was a brilliant way of showing how popular the club has become, with 33 students who attend on a regular basis packed into the Intervention Centre.

The general knowledge quiz was won by the Year 8 team of Blazej Gruchela, Ellis Crome and Liam Almond, who won by a single point.

In addition to the quiz, each student received a raffle ticket for every session they had attended and due to his consistent attendance, Jacob Blank’s name was chosen for 3 out of the 15 prizes!

Thank you to all the staff who organised and supported the event and enabled it to go ahead.

Miss Lewis
(Raising Standards Leader KS3)

 


 

Communicating with Kuwait

Communicating with Kuwait

Students from Mrs Reader’s Year 11 English class have been practising for their GCSE English Language unit 2 exam, by writing letters to students in Kuwait who are also currently busy studying for their exams this academic year. Our students and the pupils at our link school have viewed one another’s school websites to gain an insight into the ethos and settings of each establishment before writing and sharing ideas about exams; they have also exchanged ideas about what their experience is like being a Year 11 student and coping with all the pressures and anxieties that this entails.

Furthermore, it has also been an opportunity for students to gain insight into another culture and discover how other students cope with exams and stress. They were quite shocked that Year 11 students in the Middle East had to attend school on a Saturday morning!

In this exchange of revision tips and advice, students have also chosen a specific student to respond to and keep in contact with. It is anticipated that this link will continue until the exams commence in May.

Mrs Reader
(English Curriculum Leader)

 


 

Festive Fun for Senior Citizens

Festive Fun for Senior Citizens

The performance hall was transformed into a winter wonderland for the evening with a 24 ft xmas tree, fairy lights, holly, sparkles and candles. After a welcome drink, guests were invited to dine on a four course meal including homemade tomato and basil soup, roast turkey with all of the trimmings, Christmas pudding and finally mince pies and coffee. After dinner the entertainment continued with gifts from Santa which were kindly donated by staff along with more live music, bingo and dancing from our Year 11 and Sixth Form dance team. To finish what was a perfect night, everyone joined in with their favourite carols.

 


 

Santa comes to Sir John Hunt

Santa visits Sir John Hunt

Ho Ho Ho! Santa started his present delivery early this year on Friday 19th December with a special visit to the Year 7 tutor groups at SJH. With the help of his Sixth Form Elves, gifts of all shapes and sizes were handed out across the college as a present from all in Sixth Form. This event was a massive success with both Sixth Formers and Year 7’s uniting our oldest and youngest in the spirit of Christmas! Feedback was very positive and who knows... we may be lucky enough to see Santa again next year!

Mr O’Driscoll
(Key Stage 5 HLTA)

 


 

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Celebration Evening

Celebration Evening

Wednesday 26th November was a night to be proud of as Sir John Hunt Community Sports College once again held its annual Celebration Evening. The occasion acknowledged the progress, attainment, endeavour and achievement of over 200 of our students who received over 250 awards.

The evening was hosted entirely by our students with Giorgianna Berry, Jade Copeland, Joanne Watson and James Sturgeon presenting; Abbi Mason, Sam Rafton, Liam Divito and Natasha Valentine performing and the GCSE catering group providing refreshments. Special thanks for the catering go to Keiran Daly, Jasmine Todd, Sasha Northam, Jack Watts, Nong Memory, Curtis Burton, Charlotte Thompson, Isla Bannerman, Harry Winter, Connor Gilbert, Curtis Delafield, Harrison Roberts, Georgia Stevenson, Emily Morgan, Chloe Matthews and Ty Barrowdale for creating and serving the celebration refreshments.

This year Jack Russell, a leading expert on positive psychology, which he has demonstrated in his own remarkable achievements such as skiing to the North Pole and leading expeditions to Peru and Costa Rica, delivered the key note talk.

I would like to thank all our staff and students for once again making the evening such a success. I look forward to next year’s event when we can continue to applaud our students’ successes.

Mr Carpenter
(Assistant Principal)

 


 

University advice

University advice session – 3rd December 2014

On Wednesday 3rd December, the Sixth Form team will be running an advice and information session for students (and their parents / gaurdians) who are applying to University in 2015.

We are aware that this can be a stressful, often confusing time and that having the right information as early as possible is vital when making plans beyond A Level and BTEC courses. This session is intended for Year13/14 students leaving at the end of this academic year. However, anyone looking at University in the future is welcome to come along. The session will run from 4.30pm - 5.30pm in the Sixth Form Centre and will include information on:

  • The application process, deadlines and requirements
  • Interviews and accepting offers
  • Student Finance (applying and repayments)
  • Accommodation advice and guidance

If you would like to attend this session, please contact the Sixth Form office on 01752 581604.

If you would like to attend but cannot make this time or date, we would be happy to organise a meeting with you to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have.

Mr S Fort
Assistant Head of Sixth Form

 


 

Remembrance Day @ SJH

Remembrance Day at Sir John Hunt

Sir John Hunt CSC paid tribute to all those who had given their lives to support our continued freedom. In addition to 2 minutes of silence, there were tutor time activities including our events team promoting and selling poppies and the College also allowed students who are in uniformed groups to wear their cadet, scout or guide uniforms as a mark of respect.

Mr Carpenter
(Assistant Principal)

 


 

Remembrance Day @ SJH

We decided to commemorate Remembrance Day this year by producing an attractive and informative display in the Library for everyone to see. As we remember the First World War 100 years ago and subsequent wars, we felt it important to produce something which our young people could relate to. We decided to display pictures of of war torn Plymouth that they would be able to recognise. The display has proved hugely successful with quotes: “I didn’t know that Plymouth had a Pier” and “did people really have to wear those gas masks?”

Mrs Lloyd
(Library Manager)

 


 

Students Embark on Expedition

Students Embark on Expedition

The first group of Duke Of Edinburgh SJH students have completed their expedition section, many of whom are close to finishing their Bronze Award.

The expedition itself was great fun. The two teams were self sufficient and enjoyed the challenge. Congratulations to Callum Hardy, Jo Watson, Mark Richards, Courtney McMullan-Clark, Jordan Turner, Chloe Hill, Emily Morgan and Jasmine Todd. Thanks are due staff, Mrs Stanton, MrCleverley and MrMarner for their help in making it happen.

Megan Thorne is the first Sir John Hunt pupil to pass the D of E with us, gaining her Bronze Award. Many congratulations to her on her acheivement, she has shown the way for others to follow!

The intervention group on Tuesdays are noticeably better behaved and more positive in their outlook. They have so far been covered in mud, jumped off a cliff, swung on high ropes, hid and hunted in woods and rock climbed at the Life Centre.

Also active recently were the climbing club who explored the walls of the Life Centre and did themselves proud: Bethany Wilcocks, The Cox brothers and Brad Wood were all particularly strong.

Mr Alcock
(Outdoor Education and Adventure Activities Instructor)

 


 

Young Students cook up a treat

Young Students cook up a treat!

As part of the catering module 8B have been producing food from around the world for the last 6 weeks. They have produced some excellent dishes for themselves and extended their knowledge of different foods and cultures.

On Thursday 23rd October they produced an amazing banquet and invited members of staff to join them. 8B worked really well together and thoroughly enjoyed trying the different foods on offer.

Well done 8 B.

Mrs Laity
(Curriculum Leader for Health & Social Studies)

 


 

MTV 'Crashes' Plymouth

MTV 'Crashes' Plymouth

On Tuesday the 15th July, over 50 of our Sixth Formers were lucky enough to be given the opportunity to attend the MTV 'Crashes' Plymouth event on the Hoe and joined over 15'000 spectators for the open air show. Our students were offered these free tickets, donated by the event organisers, as reward and recognition for all their hard work and studies over this year.

The event was an enormous success and starred artists including The 1975, Example and The Kaiser Chiefs on a stunningly bright and sunny evening. For those who missed the night, or those who want to try and see themselves on the big screen, we understand that the show will be aired on MTV on the 9th August.

A huge thank you to the organisers for this generous donation.

Mr S Fort
Assistant Head of Sixth Form

 


 

Opening doors for destinations

Opening doors for destinations

Sixth Form Higher Education Trip with Mr Fort and Miss Pedrick.

Last Monday, bright and early in the glorious sunshine, the sixth from embarked on an adventure. Bath Spa University awaited, in the tranquil grounds surrounded by rolling fields and farmland and full of stunning architecture and listed buildings. The day began with a talk, advising the students on the considerations when choosing their university courses and the UCAS application process. There was also the chance to speak to some student ambassadors from the University, giving them a chance to discuss their queries with real life students. This was followed by a scenic tour of the grounds and lecture theatres, in the beautiful June sunshine. The day was rounded off with a talk from a former student with hints and tips they may find useful in order to survive their first year at University.

Tuesday bought with it another bright and breezy start, with us all setting off to visit the Cardiff Metropolitan University. The tour of the university was mainly focused around the state of the art sports facilities that the University have. The full size sports arena was impressive, with complete athletics facilities within the University campus. After the tour of the University, with some impressive navigating from Mr. Fort, the students went into the city centre and explored the wider location of the University in order to get a spot of lunch, a bit of shopping and a taste for the city of Cardiff.

Wednesday saw a cloudier day and a more sociable start for the sixth form, drawing on their new-found knowledge from the exploration of both Bath Spa and Cardiff Metropolitan universities. A guest from Marjons came into the sixth form to speak to the students about the application process but with a focus on their personal statements. The afternoon was spent with their personal statements in mind, to make a start on their university applications.

 


 

Demi runner up in Learner of the Year

Demi Demonstrates Skills at Show

On Wednesday 25th June, Demi Houghton was runner–up for the Learner of the Year Award, at this years Plymouth Adult & Community Learning Service Awards.

Demi has been studying a VRQ level 2 qualification in Hairdressing since joining Sixth Form and has found she has a real skill in this vocation. She was able to showcase this talent with help from her model for the night, where Demi followed the theme of 'Woodland Enchantment'.

Demi was recognised for her hard working attitude and skill in hairdressing throughout the year. A very well deserved trophy and gift was given in the outstanding surroundings of Plymouth Guild Hall, where learners were celebrated in all areas from Hairdressing, Art, Photography, Technology and Poetry.

It was a lovely evening which was a chance to celebrate the successes of these students. A huge congratulations goes to Demi for all her dedication and hard work!

Mrs Morley–Trapnell
Sixth Form Vocational Coordinator

 


 

Year 9 Lead the Way

Year 9 Lead the Way

On Monday 9th June 57 Year 9 Lead Learners planned and ran an entire days activities for 210 year 5 students from the College’s feeder primary schools. Students from Beechwood, Oakwood, Mary Deans, Woodfield and Whitleigh spent the day at the College taking part in acitivities in PE, Maths, Science, MFL and Art.

The year 9 students, supported by staff from each department were in charge of 70 year 5s at a time in their subject areas. They ran tea, building activities in Maths and PE, World Cup activities in Art and MFL and completed a forensic investigation in to the disappearance of a precious inflatable whale in Science.

The feedback from the Primary School staff and students was outstanding; our students represented the college brilliantly and were a credit to us. Thank you to Mr Salter, Mrs Davenport, Miss Wilkes, Mr Davis, Mr Waite, Miss Burns, Mrs Plumb, Mr Alcock, Mr Thomas and our two PE apprentices, Chelsea and Beth for all their hard work.

Miss Warring
Primary Liaison

 


 

SJH in country's top 20% for progress

College in Country's Top 20% For Progress

A CITY college has received national recognition for being in the top 20 per cent of schools in England for progress made by pupils.

Sir John Hunt Community Sports College in Whitleigh has been recognised by SSAT – the national schools' membership organisation for improvement and collaboration – for the value it adds to students' achievements at GCSE.

Its success was noted following an in-depth analysis of official Department for Education data on all state-funded schools in England. The college qualified for an SSAT Educational Outcomes Award by being in the top 20 per cent of schools nationally for progress made by pupils between their key stage 2 results at primary school, and their GCSE results at age 16.

Sue Williamson, chief executive of SSAT, said: "Sir John Hunt Community Sports College should be congratulated for their exceptional achievement.

"They have proved themselves to be leading the field in improving GCSE outcomes for their students.

"There is so much good practice that this school could share."

Mrs Williamson added: "These results are testament to the commitment and hard work of the students, teachers and leadership team at the college.

"They show what can be achieved when skilled teachers have high expectations and ambition for every young person.

"I am proud that this school is a member of the SSAT network."

Plymouth Herald, 02/06/2014

 


 

Year 12 girls get involved in the big debate

Year 12 girls get involved in the big debate

Is sexualisation an issue for young women today? This is the question debated at a conference hosted at Pound House with Alison Seabeck, which 8 students and myself were lucky enough to attend. The conference, which was only for young women, started with small groups discussing what sexualisation meant for them. The discussion then developed into the advantages and disadvantages of sexualisation and how it affects women in society. Throughout the session each group fed back their points of view to the room of at least 80 young women. The morning ended with a vote being taken of whether sexualisation had a positive or negative impact on society. About 70% voted saying it had a negative impact. All of the points discussed throughout the session were collated and were discussed that evening at Marjons. The experience of being involved in a live debate with young women from over 10 different schools was a fantastic opportunity for the students and hopefully Alison Seabeck will take their views forward to parliament in the coming weeks.

You can read the full Plymouth Herald write up of the event here.

Rebecca Wilkins
Sixth Form Tutor

 


Investors in Careers ambition

Investors in Careers

The Governors, Principal and Staff at Sir John Hunt are committed to delivering quality Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG). CEIAG will help to develop the students self awareness and knowledge and skills enabling them to make decisions in response to changes in education, training and employment. The careers work and guidance programme helps the college meet its NEET target.

Investor in Careers is a quality standard for the management of careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) and is now the most widely used quality award of its kind recognised nationally across the country.

Investor in Careers Award holders have demonstrated a commitment to provide impartial, independent careers education, information, advice and guidance to all young people.

This really is one of the highest accolades an organisation can receive for excellence in this area of work and is definitely something that as a school we can be very proud of. The IiC standard is about improving students awareness of opportunities, raising their aspirations and working with them to ensure they achieve their full potential. In addition to the benefits to students, many schools find IiC to be of enormous help.

Sarah Slater
Careers Coordinator

 


England ladies cricket star visits

Plymouth’s International Test Cricket Star Inspires Year 7 Students to Take Up The Bat

Plymouth born cricketer Heather Knight came into to Sir John Hunt to discuss her experiences with playing cricket for England Ladies. She discussed her experiences with playing for England and places she had visited and teams she had played against; India being one of her toughest opponents and the highlights of her recent win against Australia.

Heather was here to promote interest in the school cricket teams and promote new lunchtime and afterschool cricket clubs that are now running for year 7’s. The talk finished with questions being asked by our year 7 students who were interested in whether she is a better bowler or batter and with a recent ton and a half against South Africa and being England’s opening batsman she went with batting being her biggest strength.

Mr Fort
Assistant Head of Sixth Form

 


An author visits

Sir John Hunt Welcomes Author, Chris D’Lacey, For A Day Of Literature And Imagination

Last week was World Book Week and to celebrate, prize–winning author Chris D’Lacey visited the college in order to speak to and work with years 7 and 8. The author, best known for his series of books, ‘The Last Dragon Chronicles’, spoke to both the year groups about his inspiration for his writing and the journey that writing has publishing has taken him on through his life.

He also spoke to groups of students who interviewed him to delve into the details of his talk that were of interest to them. The author also visited art lessons, with Miss Wilkes, where students were sculpting clay dragons, inspired by the descriptions of the creatures they found within D’Lacey’s writings.

Mr. D’Lacey also spent lunchtime with the students; signing books and being inspired by the student’s own stories. Students really enjoyed the day; one year 8 student said "it was a really good experience" with many requesting to read his books and others already feeling enlightened and inspired to start their own novel.

Ms Pedrick
English Teacher

 


General David Hook Visits College

Inspirational Speaker Visits School

General David Hook – Royal Marines Study Team Leader

We are delighted to welcome General David Hook, Royal Marines Study Team Leader, who has kindly given up his time to visit our year 10 and 11 students. At this crucial time in their education, General Hook will be able to inspire them and raise aspirations with his exciting life experiences.

A career soldier with 32 years in the Royal Marines, David has extensive operational and world wide experience, most recently in both Afghanistan and Iraq where he supported the Afghanistan Peace and Reconciliation Process. David also served several times in the Ministry of Defence and most recently was at the centre of the Defence and Security review. He is a keen sportsman and endurance kayak racer, having completed the Devizes to Westminster canoe race 3 times, and the Yukon river quest, at 760km the longest recognised kayak race in the world.

David will be visiting on Wednesday 19th March.