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Work Experience

Work Experience

Year 11 students started their careers journeys last week when they all took part in a week of work experience. Companies throughout the city welcomed students and took them under their wings introducing them to a week of work. Placements included department stores, global companies, national food chains, schools and many more. Throughout the week students were able to gain insight into a particular career or industry to give them an idea if this will be the right choice for them. The experience also helps to develop valuable employability skills in particular communication and teamwork as well as enhancing their CV which they will write later in the year.

Work Experience

Feedback from employers was simply magnificent. Here are just a few examples:

"These are the best students that we ever had on placement from any school. They are extremely polite, professional and a real credit to the school. We have offered them part time work when they reach 16."
Debenhams

"A polite, hard working and mature student who was a pleasure to have on placement and an exemplary student."
Plymouth Community Homes

"A very pleasant student who was extremely mature and great with the children. We would offer her a job without hesitation."
Little Blossoms Nursery

Work Experience

On visits the staff commented on how smart, mature and professional they looked and how they were great ambassadors for the College. The week went extremely well with students saying that this was a great experience and has made them more focussed for their GCSEs and think more about their careers.

Miss Newberry
Career, Event and Marketing Coordinator

 


 

Year 7 Spelling Bee Competition

Tuesday 17th October

Period 1+2

Performance Hall

For the first time at SJH: A nail-biting competition that tests spelling, knowledge of vocabulary and your nerve! Will you know the spellings of obscure words and how to use them in a sentence? Will you buckle under the pressure of the competition? If so, be prepared to win BIG prizes!

By participating in the Spelling Bee, students will see their confidence levels improve and will be able to use a wide range of complex vocabulary across their subjects here at Sir John Hunt, which will help them to achieve higher grades.

Mrs Davenport
Spanish Teacher

 


 

Horse Riding

Enrichment Week Special Part 2

Welcome to part two of our two part Enrichment Week Special.

Here you can see some of the wonderful activities the students got involved with and although the weather wasn’t perfect we have had a lot of fantastic feedback from parents, staff , students and the community. A staggering blend of educational, engaging and enjoyable activities resulted in a total of fifteen separate trip options with visits to over forty five venues reaching as far as Bath, Cardiff and Bristol.

Every student in Years 7 to 9 had the opportunity to leave the College site for at least a day with the majority of students choosing to be out for the entire week. Our Year 10’s were given work experience places and our Year 12 students made visits to a number of universities in preparation for their applications.

Personally I feel the value of learning outside the classroom should never be underestimated and it was a pleasure to watch our students and staff enjoy each other’s company and hear them talk with excitement about their daily events. I would like to thank all the staff and students for ensuring the week ran so smoothly. Enjoy reading the separate trip accounts and when our Go Pro footage is edited I will ensure it is placed on our College website.

Mr Carpenter
Assistant Principal

 


 

Riding

Horse Riding

Blessed with beautiful weather (for the first day at least), the students were buzzing with excitement, as we journeyed to the stables. Miss Wilkes’ driving was somewhat scary at times, especially when we were met with a caravan in a small narrow lane, but we got there safely in the end. The students were put into the saddle straight away, no time to waste, as they were given their initial assessment lesson to check their riding ability. After that, they were introduced to the horses and ponies they would look after for the whole week.

Horse Riding during Enrichment Week

The students spent the week learning how to groom, plait, feed, tack up and jump. The students rode every day. Legs were sore by the end of the week, but confidence and moral was at an all-time high. Miss Stanton, after not riding for many years, was given a lesson by the school’s instructor. Mr Fitzwater joined in on the lesson on his own horse, Marley.

At the stables

Mrs Colpus was a much valued member of the team, as she provided her home-cooked snacks to keep us going throughout the week. Her pasties were AMAZING! We rounded up the week with a BBQ which was provided by the staff at the stables. The students played ‘horsey’ games and laughed so much. As always, the students were exemplary and behaved impeccably. Fay, who owns the stable, said, "Sir John Hunt are our favourite school. We have so much fun when you guys come and visit. Please come back!" We most definitely will.

Mr Fitzwater
English Teacher/KS3 Lead

 


 

Blue Juice Surf and Climbing Safari

Blue Juice Surf and Climbing Safari

On the 26th June, twenty keen students and staff left cloudy Plymouth heading for Sennen, Cornwall. Our first mission was to set up camp and all the students worked well together setting up their tents and were kind enough to help each other once they had fi nished. After the camp was all set up for the week, we made our first trip down to Sennen beach. We met the surfi ng instructors and spent a good few hours enjoying the sand, sea and sunshine.

We woke up on Tuesday to deteriorating conditions, nevertheless the students set off for a day’s climbing and surfing. Despite the weather all students did really well, with many overcoming personal fears and nerves. The groups swapped around on Wednesday and both sets of students again performed incredibly well despite the weather conditions worsening by the hour.

Blue Juice Surf and Climbing Safari

Due to the weather, the climbing was out on hold for Thursday and all students enjoyed some extra surf lessons and then stayed in the sea for most of the day. After all, this was the warmest place to be. By now the camp site had started to look like a scene from a disaster movie, with tents flapping and pegs being pulled from the ground! Even so, the students did not complain (some of the staff did though!) and hunkered down for a very stormy night!

All of us survived the night, even if Mrs Davenport and Miss Jakes got attacked by the inside of their tents! We were granted some dry and windy weather to pack the tents away. We then headed back to the beach for one last surf, only to find the beach had been red flagged. However, our students had made such a positive impression on the instructors and lifeguards that they were willing to open up a section of the beach for us! However, when offered the opportunity to get wet and cold again or a McDonalds, the students all thanked the instructors politely, but opted for the warm food!!!

Blue Juice Surf and Climbing Safari

For many of the students it was their first time surfing, climbing, camping or all three and they coped brilliantly in what were stormy conditions. The surf school said that these were the worst conditions they had experienced since February! The level of perseverance and resilience of the students was truly admirable. As always, the climbing and surfing instructors had nothing but praise for the students, as did the campsite owner, who also noted that other members of the site had commented on the politeness and positive behavior of the students. A special mention however, from the surfing and climbing instructors goes to: Chelsea, Katie, Chloe, Erika, Matt, Aiden, and Jazmine, for making the biggest improvements, not giving up or overcoming personal challenges. Well Done!

Hopefully we will see some of you next year, when Mr Gardner and I have already booked better weather!

Mr Salter
Leader for KS3 Maths

 


 

Textile Extravaganza

Textiles Extravaganza

Our week started with a visit to the Dartmoor Zoo to help with ideas for our creations. We looked at the textures and designs on the animal skins, drawing in our sketchbooks and taking photographs. Back in the textile studio the group used their drawings and photographs to help design cushion covers and bags. Students were also able to bring in their own t-shirts and pillowcases to tie dye.

Textiles Work Displayed

On Friday afternoon parents, friends and teachers came in to see all the beautiful things that had been made during the week. They were very impressed and delighted to see what had been made. I also enjoyed the week, it was a real pleasure to work with students who showed so much joy and commitment to their creative experience. Many thanks also need to go to Miss Roberts and Mr Whitfield who helped to make this week a success.

Mrs Long
Art/Textiles Teacher

 


 

Pick and Mix

Pick and Mix

During enrichment week students experienced a range of activities which developed skills in; team work, strength, endurance and communication. At the start of the week students went to Shaugh Prior to do some gorge walking. Students would walk up a river against the current jumping and climbing over the rocks, the students ended the gorge walk using the rock slides which was lots of fun. After lunch students developed their forest survival skills which allowed them to work as part of a team to build shelters, make a camp fire and to enjoy a nice hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows.

On the next day we went to Oreston Quay in Plymstock, this put the students raft building and canoeing skills to the test. During the morning students had to work together to build a successful raft learning how to contrast a stable raft and various knots to prevent it from falling apart. After lunch students needed to use their upper body strength to steer and navigate their canoe around the pier. This was the ultimate test to see if the canoe teams were paddling in sync allowing them to glide through the water, or out of sync spinning their canoe around in circles.

Canoeing

As we approached the middle of the week we braved the weather and took a visit to Mt Edgcumbe, this involved taking a short boat ride from Plymouth to Mt Edgcumbe. When we arrived, students used their time to get to know their peers and to explore the lovely settings and surroundings by finding various statues and artifacts. Towards the end of the week we visited Newquay Zoo to get up and close with wildlife seeing various animal as we walked around the venue. It was lovely to see lots of different animals that you cannot see every day in a built up city. The students were particularly fond of the meerkats, monkeys and the big cats, they were sad to not get the chance to see the baby lynx.

Vist to Adventure Park

The trip ended on a high visiting an amusement park where students were able to spend time with their friends and enjoy the rides that Crealy had to offer. It was great to see the smiles on the student’s faces as they were approaching and exiting rides and how happy they were walking around the park with their friends. The staff and the organisations visited all agree that the students behaved fantastically.

Mr Benney
Computer Science Teacher

 


 

Sea Fishing 2017

Sea Fishing 2017

This year we were lucky enough to have two days offshore fishing on the charter boat before the weather closed in forcing us to stay inshore. Our first day was spent on the drift chasing pollock and whiting for the sporting element and so that students would have some prime fillets to take home. Taking fillets of Devon Baits mackerel and halving them lengthways and offering them on long traces as we passed over the wrecks proved a great tactic for luring hard fighting pollock. Unwashed squid and strips of bluey were dropped beside the wrecks to tempt the whiting and were irresistible! Day one finished with all students taking home a good haul of pollock and whiting with a few large mackerel each on the way back to port.

Sea Fishing

On day two we decided to mix things up a bit and try fishing at anchor for conger and ling. All students tussled with dozens of scrappy conger up to 30lb from the reef and several ling were caught too. Our journey home was interrupted by a pod of dolphins playing on the surface too. Day three saw the weather close in and conditions were far from perfect. Being stuck inside the sound and estuary at this time of year is not ideal but with a range of baits and the willingness to stick it out you can find some decent rewards.

Sea Fishing

This year saw days four and five at Tavistock Trout farm and we were invited onto a heavily stocked pond and everyone managed to find a trout to take home. A huge thanks to all the students whose behaviour was excellent and everyone learned a new skill or two, special mention must go out to Lewis Richardson who throughout the week was on hand to help others and offer advice.

Mr Lavis
Science Teacher

 


 

Sports and Health Day

Sports and Health Day 2017

On 22nd July, the annual sports and health day took place. The rain stayed off and it was a perfect day for al fresco sports. Students took part in football, basketball, mountain biking, orienteering, badminton, rounders and dodgeball.

Football run as a mini tournament and fixtures played two matches at a time, with excellent refereeing by the sixth form Futsal students. In Year 7/8 Stephens won and 9/10 Destivelle won.

Basketball was also run as a tournament, in Year 7/8 Tenzing won and in Years 9/10 Destivelle took first place.

Dodgeball run in the same way, was won by Stephens in Year 7/8 and Lowe in Year 9/10.

Mountain Biking was run as speed trials, with all similar speed racers having a final trial to decide the overall winners. In Year 7/8 Hillary won and in 9/10 it was Tenzing who reigned victorious.

Orienteering run by Mr Alcock, was set as a number of different challenges, such as using photos to find co-ordinates and locations around the College campus. In Year 7/8 Destivelle and Stephens drew for first place and in Year 9/10 Tenzing were the best!

Badminton was arranged as a number of year group on year group matches with cumulative totals to find out the champions. Destivelle clinched first place in Year 7/8 and it was Stephens who took it for Year 9/10.

Rounders was played as a round robin, with Destivelle victorious in the Year 7/8 tournament and Stephens for Year 9/10.

The afternoon saw a record breaking series of races with new school records being set for the following:

Alyssa Marsh (Year 7) - 100m
Sam Harris (Year 8) - 100m
Leonel Rodrigues (Year 10) - 100m
Jake Jacks (Year 7) - 200m
Ellie Jane Lancefield (Year 7) - 200m
Keane Bowman (Year 9) - 200m
Megan Nolan (Year 10) - 200m
Jade Almond (Year 7) - 400m
Keane Bowman (Year 9) - 400m
Courtney Ashman (Year 9) - 400m
Megan Nolan (Year 10) - 400m
Stephens (Year 7) - Boys 4x100m Relay
Destivelle (Year 7) - Girls 4x100m Relay
Lowe (Year 8) Boys - 4x100m Relay
Lowe (Year 8) Girls - 4x100m Relay
Destivelle (Year 9) - Girls 4x100m Relay
Lowe (Year 10) - Boys 4x100m Relay

Overall it was extremely close with only 30 points between the top and bottom teams.

The results were:
5th Lowe 238 points
4th Hillary 266 points
3rd Stephens 267 points
2nd Tenzing 268 points
1st Destivelle 278 points!

Well done to everyone who took part, it was another day that proved what grit, determination and perseverance the students at Sir John Hunt Community Sports College have!

Mrs Skelton
CL for PE

 


 

Year 7 Become The Judges

Year 7 Become The Judges...

Over the past three weeks, our Year 7’s have become the judges in the national science event ‘I’m A Scientist’ where they have been researching, interviewing and deciding on who should win the next round of funding for research into Drug Resistance.

Only ten schools across the country got to take part in the Drug Resistance Zone so our students were really lucky to be able to get involved and they most certainly made the most of it. Fifty of our students got the chance to take part in the project where fi ve scientists put together an online profile explaining their reasons for wanting the funding, they then took part in a live chat with our students answering questions about their projects and their jobs. Some excellent questions were asked but only one student from each group could win the prize of ‘Scientist of the group’ and those were Tom Francis and Hayden Cooke for thinking of excellent scientific questions to ask and showing a real interest in the project.

Here’s what some of the students had to say about the event:

"I voted for Sanjib. This is because he was really formal and answered every questions that we said in the live chat with spectacular skill. He made me feel really happy to vote for him and he was very kind to us. Also, what he wants to do I think would help us out a lot. I learnt about antibiotics and how it works. Also, the scientists have answered questions which, personally, has improved my knowledge about antibiotics and what they do to help us."

Tom Francis

"All five scientists had good reasons for wanting the money but in the end I voted for Sanjib because he was determined to help others and not just gain the money for something else. I enjoyed the project because we were able to make our own decisions and even have live chats with the scientists."

Megan Greetham

All the students deserve a massive well done for working so hard on the project and made the College proud with their scientific thinking, polite manner and engagement in the project. The majority of our students voted for Sanjib because they liked his ideas about tuberculosis and will be pleased to know that he won the vote and will receive the funding.

Miss Harris
Science Teacher

 


 

Enrichment Week 2017

Enrichment Week

Welcome to part one of our two part Enrichment Week Special. While the weather might have been against us, the students who attended this years' enrichment week at Sir John Hunt Community Sports College rose to the challenge. Staff and students true character and resilience shone through in epic proportions. A staggering blend of educational, engaging and enjoyable activities resulted in a total of fifteen separate trip options with visits to over fourty five venues reaching as far as Bath, Cardiff and Bristol.

Every student in Years 7 to 9 had the opportunity to leave the College site for at least a day with the majority of students choosing to be out for the entire week. Our Year 10’s were given work experience places and our Year 12 students made visits to a number of universities in preparation for their applications.

Personally I feel the value of learning outside the classroom should never be underestimated and it was a pleasure to watch our students and staff enjoy each others company and hear them talk with excitement about their daily events. I would like to thank all the staff and students for ensuring the week ran so smoothly. Enjoy reading the separate trip accounts and when our Go Pro footage is edited I will ensure it is placed on our College website.

Mr Carpenter
Assistant Principal

 


 

Wheeldon Off Road Adventures

Wheeldon Off Road Adventures 2017

This year twenty four of our students had an action packed week of motorbiking adventures. All students had a fabulous week and either learned new skills or developed their riding skills further during their two full days at Wheeldon Farm. Other activities, included visits to Ocean BMW, GT Motors and visits from outside speakers.

Wheeldon Off Road Adventures

A new feature of the programme this year included a visit to watch the infamous Jamie Squibb perform his freestyle riding skills. The students were simply in awe of his skill and performance on the day, it was truly amazing to watch and the students enjoyed every second of it.

Wheeldon Off Road Adventures

Our week also included visits from a Police Officer and Fire Safety Officer who spoke about road safety. Andrew Savery who runs Wheeldon was pleased with the progress of all our riders and every student ended the week in true biker style with a personal award, goody bag and breakfast at Legends Café at GT Motors in Plymstock. What a week! We are looking forward to next year already.

Mrs Reader and Mrs Garry
CL for English and English Teacher

 


 

Lopwell Dam Walk

Lopwell Dam Walk

Mr Saberton and Mr Bevan had the pleasure of leading five groups on a walk out of the College gates! We wanted to show the students the wonders of Whitleigh and how easy it is to get out of the city and into the great outdoors. We aimed to make our way to Lopwell Dam, a distance of 6.5km, by using footpaths, trails and lanes. The students began the day with route planning and kit organising, including the all important 'tick talk' as we would be going through woods. On our hike we looked at woods managed for conservation and compared it to sport/shootng woods. We looked at the farming that happens on our doorstep and made the link between field and plate.

We discovered beautiful oak woodland full of wildlife and ancient architecture. For four of the groups we even made it all the way to the dam, despite at times some very poor weather! Here the group was treated to an ice cream and spectacular scenery. The groups were a pleasure to spend time with and a real credit to the College. For some this was their first experience of 'proper' walking and I hope it will not be their last. Many thanks to all the supporting staff through the week and in particular Mr Bevan for his help every day.

Mr Saberton
CL for Humanities

 

 


High Praise for Theatre Trip Students

High Praise for Theatre Trip Students

On the 27th June fifty five pupils from our KS3 cohort went to watch the National Theatre’s production of 'The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Night-Time'. It was an amazing performance of the play and for some students, it was their first experience of a theatre production.

I have since been inundated with praise directed at the staff and students who attended the performance. It has been truly wonderful to receive such positive comments from the public and from other staff . Miss Wishart and Mr Fitzwater who organised the trip, stated that "All of our students were a credit to the College and one member of the public went out of her way to congratulate us by email after being so impressed by the behaviour of the students". Although we have high expectations of our students, it was fantastic to see this recognised outside of the College setting.

It makes me immensely proud to hear such high praise of our students and I would like to say a huge well done to everyone involved in the trip to the Theatre Royal.

Mrs Reader
CL for English

 


 

Snowdonia

I Survived Snowdonia

The Snowdonia week started as soon as we got off the bus, which was great as we’d been on there for seven hours! After moving into the bunkrooms the children ate fish and chips, put on wetsuits then walked into the first river gorge. The rainy weather over the weekend meant there was more water than last year and we had fun splashing and sliding our way around. Halfway up was the ‘Washing Machine’; a waterfall that runs into a mine cavern, which we walked into and then saw how many could fit in behind. The team were working well and zoomed to the top of the river where we all splashed around in the lake which worked well to keep off the midges.

Snowdonia Expedition

The next day saw us take on the big gorge, the Afon Ddu or ‘black river’. There was loads of water pouring down it and we climbed successfully through the now infamous ‘Elephant’s bum’! We carried on up to the impressive 40ft waterfall with only a few believing the staff that we were going to climb it directly! We then descended back to the minibus, headed to get changed then went out to enjoy free-time in the village of Betws-y-Coed. Back at the cottage the duty team swung into action and helped Mr Alcock cook everyone a really well deserved barbeque.

On the third day we woke to rain and wind, so most of the team took the option to visit the historic town of Conwy and explore the 13th Century castle. Mr Alcock, Mr Roberts and Miss Warring took six intrepid students for a very misty and wet ascent of Tryfan, a mountain slightly smaller than Snowdon but much, much steeper. A quarter of the way up the team split with Jack and Joe following Mr Alcock up a 600ft rock climb and the others taking the classic North Ridge scramble. Both teams overcame huge drops and exposure using ropes and climbing over tricky sections. Miss Warring commented that if it wasn’t misty it would have been very scary to look down the big drops! The two teams met up again after the summit and helped each other down the steep descent. Again the duty teams cooked a great meal, after which there was fun and games.

Snowdonia Summit

The Thursday saw our attempt on Snowdon itself, some very excited children stormed the first section of the Miners' Track, in very poor weather. We were making very good time and stopped to enjoy the views as the clouds swirled around the mountain. In the mist the temperature dropped to just 5 degrees. A huge effort from everyone saw us reach the summit in a very respectable three hours; quicker than the first year! We enjoyed the summit cafe for an hour then braved the worsening weather. Outside the winds had increased and the temperature had dropped even further. The team battled against the wind down to the south side of the mountain where it was slightly more sheltered. We made it back to the bus in two and half hours. It was a fantastic day that will stay with them for a long time and it was a fitting finale to a very challenging and adventurous week.

Thank you to all the staff (Miss Warring, Miss McCaig, Ms Akeroyd, Mr Marner and Mr Roberts) and to all the children who helped make it a safe, fun and rewarding week!

Mr Alcock
Outdoor and Adventurous Activities Coach

 


 

Wet 'n' Wild

Wet and Wild 2017

What a fantastic week, full of activity, learning about diff erent animals and exploring our local history. At Longleat Safari Park, the sun was shining and the animals were out, clambering all over the coach. We explored the grounds, some of us even got lost in the maze and would still be negotiating the mirror maze had it not been for the amazing orienteering skills of Piper.

Wet and Wild

The following day we went to Paignton Zoo and learnt about wildlife and their habitats. Students loved exploring the zoo; coming back with stories of what they had seen. We even had time to go on the steam train which took us around the zoo. On Wednesday, we went to Hangloose and the Eden Project. Most of the students got over their fears and went on Gravity, a 20 metre high giant swing and The Drop, a leap of faith from a height of 10 metres. It was awesome to see them persevering, experiencing activities outside of their comfort zone and overcoming their fears.

Wet and Wild

At Haven Banks, students had a day of activities that included raft building, climbing and caving. Their raft building skills were put to the test when they had to race along the canal. On Friday we explored Kent’s Caverns, where we learnt about the history and geography of the local area and explored some of the oldest caves in the country. The afternoon was spent at Splashdown, where students challenged themselves and went on some terrifying rides. A brilliant action packed week.

Mr Cota
Learning Recovery Teacher

 


 

Mountain Bike Mash Up

During the week students visited trails at Plymbridge, Cann Woods, Lanhydroc estate, Tamar Trails Centre, Haldon Forest and the Exeter Canal Cycle Trail. Student’s attitude, behaviour and effort level throughout the entire week was exemplary. The trails at Lanhydroc were extremely technical and challenged all the students.

Haldon Forest saw students improve their techniques before completing a red difficulty trail. This required negotiating water, rock and tree roots. Tamar trails centre at Gunnislake was a new venue cycled this year. The area is based in a historically important mining area. Massive hills with broad trails tested rider fitness to the limit!

The venue for the final day was changed from the Camel Trail in Cornwall to the Exeter Canal Cycle Trail. Riders cycled the 18 mile route from Powderam Castle into Exeter City centre before returning to Powderam after lunch. They were rewarded by perfect cycling conditions along a traffic free flat route. This was well deserved after the hills of the previous few days!

It is fair to say that student’s confidence and fitness improved markedly during the week. A few bruises and scrapes were also part of the week but all came through successfully in what was a very enjoyable week for both staff and students.

Mr Smart and Mr Flage
Step Up Teacher and Science Teacher

 


 

Pasties, Berries and Cows

Pasties, Berries and Cows

Fourteen budding chefs had a fabulous cookery based week. They baked perfect pavlovas and praise worthy pasties. They channelled their inner Mexican and produced a banquet for forty people with burritos, fajitas, chilli and quesadillas. Also if you think chilli-chocolate cookies would not be good you’re very, very wrong.

Highlights of the week included milking cows, stroking calves (bovines, not lower legs) and having Roly’s Fudge shop on the Barbican SHUT JUST FOR US! We were drunk on a heady mixture of our own power and the vanilla/maple/pecan fragrance which hung in the air. We wore the branded aprons and everything.

Pasties, Berries and Cows

Quotes of the week:

"I’m frightened of eggs."

(While eating lunch outside and a wasp flew by) "It’s like being on a Bear Grylls show."

(While milking a cow) "The milk’s really warm, I thought it’d be cold."

A source of particular enjoyment was running (well, walking at sloth-speed) through a field of wheat.

Miss Hoatson
English Teacher

 


 

Sports Extravaganza

Sports Extravaganza

During enrichment week, Mrs Skelton and Miss Symons ran a sports extravaganza week. On Monday, students went to Looe beach, where they played beach volleyball, frisbee (which they kept losing!) and vortex throwing. A great day was had by all (apart from for Ellie Wren, who had a seagull land on her head and then fly off with her lunch!). The day was topped off with a Cornish ice cream for the walk back to the bus.

Tuesday saw the students go to central park and have a pitch and putt golf game. After this, they went in to the Life Centre and had a session in the dry dive area, everyone had a go at jumping off the diving boards in the three shapes of tuck, straight and pike. Then students had a go on the trampolines, where they were learning how to do seat landings and swivel hips. Next the students went on the infl atable runway (which didn’t end well for poor Travis). Finally students were allowed to go on the diving boards, including the 10m board, which only Fletcher was brave enough to jump off.

Sports Extravagana

The next morning started with a table tennis tournament, then the students had an observation task, where they watched ‘Goal’ and had to answer sport related questions as they went along. We then left for climbing at Marjons where students got to have a go at bouldering, high ropes and the automatic belay climb. They all did really well and even those who were afraid of heights went to the top of the climbs!

Sports extravaganza

Thursday was a day of sport in College, where the students experienced football, goal ball, benchball and badminton. The final day was a day at the ski centre, with students trying the viper run, snow tubing and tobogganing. Next the students got kitted up for snowboarding and had a lesson on the slopes. Everyone then had chips from the café for lunch, before heading down to get kitted up for skiing. All the students made great progress, with some reaching their level one qualification by the end of their session.

Mrs Skelton
CL for PE

 


 

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities!

Step-Up went to Bovisand beach to go coasteering last week in what turned out to be perfect conditions, great for escaping the heat (for a change). There was a small one foot swell which was enough to play in and we explored small caves and coves. Then we found a perfect jumping area where everyone had a go at throwing themselves into the water with lots of encouragement all round. Finally we swam back to an interesting tunnel where we caught a few waves. Great fun!

Coasteering

The OAA club this week had a go at gorge walking in the river Plym. Each student really enjoyed it and helped each other over the waterfalls. Special mention must go to Skye for managing to climb back up the waterfall slide. With the good weather it was difficult to get the team out of the nice cool river.

Gorge Walking

Lunchtime games this week saw an epic volleyball contest where mainly year 9 took on each other. The score shot up early on for one side due to some good serving and communication within the team. Soon though the others fought back to make it 8 to 8 by the time the whistle blew. Last point wins was called and the ralley for it was very exciting. Well done everyone.

Mr Alcock
Outdoor and Adventurous Activities Coach

 


 

New Year New Uniform

New Year New Uniform

Dear Parents and Carers

I just wanted to reaffirm our expectations on College uniform as outlined below, on our website and in our student planners. I am aware that many fashion retail outlets badge their clothing as school uniform, and that this can be confusing, so I would like to thank all those parents who have worked with us to ensure that their children are in the correct attire.

On the whole I think that our students look very smart, but there are a number pupils who are starting to push the boundaries of our uniform policy with trousers that are too tight or skirts that are too short. We have taken a conscious decision not to change our uniform next year or to impose a uniform policy that demands parents buy expensive skirts and trousers but we do ask that where ever school uniform is purchased from it meets our expectations. I am aware that many parents will be purchasing new uniform during the break so wanted to remove any ambiguity that may be instigated by fashion conscious students. We haven’t changed our uniform policy but we do expect students to adhere to it and if they are not in the correct uniform they may be removed from their normal lessons so that their peers don’t think that deviations from our rules are acceptable.

We expect trousers to be of a formal cut, black and straight legged. Our policy does not list all of the trousers that are not acceptable but our expectation is that they would resemble a formal suit type trouser, not jeans, cords or stretchy tight trousers. These web links are for some trousers that are the type that we expect.

Boys Flat Front Trousers

Girls Grosgrain Bow School Trousers

Many girls are choosing to wear skirts at the moment and these should be plain black and knee length. Some of the jersey fabrics are a little bit too thin and almost see through: this is not appropriate for College. Similarly tight fitting jersey knit skirts seem to ride up and therefore do not hang to the knees, again this does not meet our expectation. If staff are having to ask girls to lower the hem of their skirts so that it comes down to their knees, or if a skirt does not hang freely to be knee length then the skirt is not long enough. These web links are for some skirts of the type that we expect.
Senior Girls' Ponte Skirt

Senior Girls' Pleated Skirt

Senior Girls School Long Length Pencil Skirt

We want our community to recognise that we uphold strong standards and students’ appearance is one of the first things that people notice. I would like to thank you for your ongoing support in ensuring that our pupils look smart in our College Uniform. If you have any questions about whether a particular item is acceptable, please feel free to check directly with the College before making a purchase.

Many thanks

Mr Marner
Assistant Principal

 


 

Learning Through Performance

Learning Through Performance

For the last two terms, the Drama Club have been working hard to devise a performance piece for Year 4 at Whitleigh Community Primary School. The primary pupils have been learning about North American cities, so armed with just that title Miss Wishart, expertly assisted by Seb Berry (Year 13), set about teaching the pupils some of the skills needed to devise a performance. All of the work in the final piece was created by the students. This included: movement, voice overs, script and physical theatre and told a tale which started with the Pilgrim Fathers in Plymouth and ended in Hollywood!

Learning Through Performance

On the day, every single pupil performed to the best of their ability and they were brilliant. It was as if they had been saving that extra something for the performance day! Luckily, they had a chance to perform it twice, first to Mrs Mitchell’s class and then to Mr Wearing’s. Along with their performance, the SJH students then acted as role models and ran their own drama workshops, teaching the younger pupils some of the skills they would need to perform later on. The pupils really enjoyed working with each other and it was a privilege to see them learning from each other. The SJH role models then assisted the primary pupils in devising their own still images which they would perform to the song Something Inside So Strong (Labi Siffre). Together, the pupils created some really powerful images and the final performance was wonderful to watch.

Learning Through Performance

Pupils from both schools displayed exemplary behaviour and were a credit to Sir John Hunt and Whitleigh Primary and all of their teachers. It really was a rewarding way to spend a Friday morning.

Pupils Involved: Colbie, Isabel, Sonny, Thomas, Charlie, Alicia, Ashleigh, Maddison and Ray: Please congratulate them if you see them. A huge thanks to: Seb Berry, Miss McCaigh, Mr Mac, Miss Mitchell, Mr Wearing and Mr Carpenter.

Miss Wishart
English Teacher

 


 

Smallpeice Trust Engineering Challenge

Smallpeice Trust Engineering Challenge

On Wednesday 14th June, students from Year 9 took part in a STEM event delivered by the Smallpeice Trust. After a short teambuilding excercise, teams of students were given the task of designing and constructing a sustainable way of watering plants in large buildings using rainwater collected from the roof. Each piece of equipment had a cost attached to it, so students had to think carefully about their design, before building a waterproof tank, a moisture meter to detect if there was water in the tank and then a pumping system to extract the water.

The task was challenging, however all teams managed to construct a variety of solutions to the problem by the end of the day and present their product to the judges. The event was supported by Marjons who provided ambassadors to help run the day, including one of our student alumni Chloe Foss.

Smallpeice Trust Engineering Challenge

The Smallpeice Trust aims to support students into careers in STEM through events such as this and raise awareness. Between now and 2022, there is a predicted shortage of 186,000 engineers! Already some of the students have shown an interest in taking part in some of the future events on off er from the trust.

It was a wonderful day and the students were fantastic ambassadors for the College.

Mr Waite
Lead Teacher for Computer Science & KS3 Science

 


 

Student Becomes Full Royal Marine Cadet

Student Becomes Full Royal Marine Cadet

Liam passed out from The Royal Marines back in December and is now a fully fledged Royal Marine Commando cadet, based at 30 Commando at Stonehouse barracks Plymouth. He took part in a massive parade at Portsmouth in March and was recently an usher at the Holiday Inn for the Royal Marine’s Lodge ladies night, Liam is also going to France in August with the Royal Marines and cadets. We are all super proud of his hard work and dedication.

Miss Newberry
Careers Co-ordinator

 


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Operating Theatre Live

Operating Theatre Live

Operating Theatre Live have the UK’s only approved licence for the use of animal by-products for educational purposes. In their workshops they take the systems of the human body and bring them alive in an educational setting. Samuel Piri their founder is an experienced school leader and public figure, he writes and delivers each event personally. Sam is assisted by his team of experienced operating theatre practitioners. Sam’s team teach about the visceral organs and internal environment by using real anatomy harvested from pigs - no plastic models.

Our Science Key Stage 5 students have high aspirations for the medical industry and these workshops give them the opportunity to see some of the industry first hand. Sessions start with an overview of the routes into surgery, medicine, research (to name but a few) explored and examined. Students are given a great insight into the paths available to them. Then with the room set up as a working operating theatre, students dress in scrubs and face masks to complete each of the following sessions throughout the whole day event.

Operating Theatre Live

This year we were joined by sixth form students from Lipson Academy, Tor Bridge High, All Saints Academy, and Marine Academy Plymouth. An eff ective mix of theory sessions and lectures was supported with unrivalled dissection opportunities seeing students remove a brain, remove an eye, transplant a heart and dissect a limb to reveal internal structures.

The event received extremely positive feedback from all staff and students involved.

Mr Lavis
Science Teacher


 

Stress Busting Excercise Lessons

Stress Busting Excercise Lessons

Over the course of the last six weeks the Year 11s have taken part in an exercise boot camp with a trained fitness professional. After a hesitant start a hard core group of girls emerged, attending rain or shine, embracing each session. The sessions aimed to help with the stress of the exam period, develop students fitness and to have fun. Feedback from the girls has been extremely encouraging and they felt a real bond had formed between them. I really hope similar sessions run in future as it created a really positive ethos amongst the students.

Stress Busters

Mr Kershaw
Learning Mentor

 


 

Vivo Points to Change

Vivo Points to Change

The College currently uses Vivo points to reward students for effort and achievement. From September we will be continuing to reward these important positives but not through the Vivo system. Students therefore need to spend their Vivo points before the end of term through the Vivo shop at vivoedge.com.

Many students use their vivo points to off set the cost of enrichment week trips or the Year 11 prom by purchasing specific vouchers through the Vivo shop, please be aware that these can still be purchased and held until required. There are £1, £5 and £10 value vouchers for both the prom and enrichment week available. If any Vivo points are left unspent after August then a voucher for the credit will be emailed to the student to enable them to spend it in the shop in future. It is important that if this is the case the email address in their Vivo account is up-to-date.

In September students will be able to spend the Praise Points they are awarded but through a system operated within the College. Ideas for what students would like to see available can be fed back through our College Council. If there are any questions about access to the website or the changes to this system then please feel free to contact me.

Mr Yalden
Assistant Principal

 


 

Students Recieve Southway Memorial Bursaries

Students Recieve Southway Memorial Bursaries

Southway Community College Memorial Trust was established in 1993 following the tragic deaths of four students from Southway College in a canoeing tragedy at Lyme Bay. The trustees have decided to award bursaries each year to help students to further their education and training. These bursaries are open to all Year 11 and 6th form students.

The trust met in May 2017 and as part of that meeting they discussed this year’s applications for the Southway Memorial Bursaries. The following students were selected and received a generous £200 each.

The bursaries were awarded as follows:

  • Simon Dunne Bursary - Sophie Gallacher
  • Claire Langley Bursary - Emily Morgan
  • Dean Sayer Bursary - Kane Garside
  • Rachel Walker - Lucie Ednie

Many congratulations to all those students and we wish them the very best as they continue with their education.

Ms McGowan
Assistant Pastoral Leader Year 10 and 11

 


 

7 Lowe Win Attendance Award

7 Lowe Win Attendance Award

On Friday the 9th June 7 Lowe celebrated winning the term five attendance competition with donuts at breaktime. The competition takes into account their termly attendance and for every late they have they lose 0.1%. Their attendance was 95.12% and they had seven lates over the term which means overall they came out with 94.42%. Congratulations 7 Lowe and keep up the good work!

Miss Daykin
Maths Teacher

 


 

Young Carers Trip to Burrator Reservoir

Young Carers Trip to Burrator Reservoir

On Tuesday 13th June some of our young carers group went to the Discovery Centre at Burrator Reservoir on Dartmoor. They met up with other groups from other Colleges to take part in a day of activities. The weather was fantastic and all the students that went had a really great day.

Many thanks to Jamey Symons who helped out on the day.

Young Carers Trip to Burrator Reservoir

Ms McGowan
Assistant Pastoral Leader Yr. 10 & 11

 


 

Lead Learner Day a Huge Success

Lead Learner Day Was a Huge Success

On June 8th 2017 two hundred and forty of our feeder primary school Year 5 students made the journey to Sir John Hunt to take part in the annual Lead Learner Day. For the first time in twelve years the heavens had opened, but despite the deluge, the sixty two Year 9 lead Learners were raring to go. At 9.45 when the Year 5’s started filing in to the sports hall, the size of the task at hand really hit home! With the schools being split in to countries the first of the day's three sessions could begin.

Lead Learners Day Activity

Each country would work in science, art, MFL, PE and maths. Staff from these areas had worked closely with the Year 9 lead learners to plan sessions that would engage and invigorate the younger children and they did just that. Even as the first sessions came to a close, the students from the five primary schools were buzzing about what would happen next.

Lead Learners Day Activity

Whether they were making rocket fuel in science, creating art masterpieces or working closely as a team to beat the challenges set by the PE lead learners, all the students were active and engaged throughout the day. Staff from the primary schools couldn’t get over how organised our Year 9 students were and we had comments throughout the day about their leadership skills. After a busy, wet but fun day, Croatia were crowned the champions for their fantastic team effort in every session.

Well done to all the staff and students that were involved, the day really was a huge success!

Miss Warring
ACL for PE

 


 

Students Excel at DofE Bronze Award Practice

Students Excel at DofE Bronze Award Practice

The students doing their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award went out last weekend on their official practice expedition. The weather was particularly awful on the first day, turning worse as they approached camp. The team walked well together along the Bovisand/Wembury coast. Then we encountered a set of steps that led from sea level to around 100m in altitude, wide enough for just one person. They stomped and grumbled their way to the top in around 10 minutes; an amazing effort considering they were carrying bags full of tents, stoves, sleeping bags and food. One thing this year group can really do is zoom along quickly!

The next day teams set off on their own to follow the routes given, only meeting the staff supervisors at checkpoints along the way. Given the reduced time frame the teams did well in finishing or getting well over halfway, more evidence of their fitness and ability to walk quickly when needed. The final assessment expedition takes place on the 8th and 9th of July, with training sessions every Thursday after school where we will focus on navigation and planning.

Outdoor and adventurous activities club went cliff jumping at Goldiggins Quarry on Bodmin Moor last week. Unfortunately the weather was windy and very wet, however once you’d jumped into the quarry it was sheltered and relatively warm in the water! Everyone did a number of jumps before the cold wind got the better of us. If you wish to get involved in these exciting activities please come and get a letter from the OAA office. We still have gorge walking, coasteering and another lake jump available to do.

Mr Alcock
Outdoor and Adventurous Activities Coach

 


 

Tennis Leaders

Tennis Leaders

On Wednesday 7th June thirteen Year 10’s were invited to officiate a primary school tennis tournament event held at the life centre. Their role was to watch and umpire all of the tennis matches and then report the scores. In total eight primary schools played a round robin with a semi final and final. This meant that our students had to officiate seven matches each, with some doing more for the semi and final. They were briefed on the rules and scoring system prior to the tournament however with parents and teachers watching there was added pressure on their umpiring skills.

Tennis Leaders

A huge well done and thank you to the students that took part and gave up some of their evening to volunteer for this event, they were a credit to the College and show what excellent young leaders they have become.

Miss Warring
ACL for PE

 


 

Four Schools Enjoy Circuit of Activities

Four Schools Enjoy Circuit of Activities

On the last Friday of term Woodfield, Whitleigh, Beechwood and Oakwood primary schools made their way to Sir John Hunt with their Year 2 multi skills teams. Forty eight students attended the event and there was a fantastic buzz! The event was organised and run by Miss Warring’s Year 10 core PE group and it was the students first experience of leading such an activity.

There was a circuit of activities where each group got a chance to try their hand at each activity. There were six stations that the students were able to take part in; crossing the swamp, human bowling, a football relay, a tennis relay, squeeze and a target throw.

Four Schools Activities

The Year 2 students loved their time at the College and the Year 10’s proved themselves to be fantastic leaders gaining a huge amount of praise from both teachers and those parents that attended. Well done Tyler, Preston, Annie, Jade, Lauren, Shannon, Olivia, Ellie, Jasmine, Chloe, Paige and Ellie.

Miss Warring
ACL for PE

 


 

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities!

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities!

Duke of Edinburgh

On the first weekend of the half term six of our silver Duke of Edinburgh students used all they had learnt from their navigation training and navigated across Dartmoor from south to north for their assessment. They started at Cadover Bridge in the rain with very poor visibility, forcing them to concentrate extremely hard to pick out distinctive landscape features so they knew they were on the correct track. Despite a hard start, the group made it to their half way point where they sat down to enjoy some lunch with the weather brightening up. By the time they made it to camp, the sun was shining so they were able to put up their tents in the sun and fi nally cook their dinner before a well deserved early night.

The next day followed the same pattern, navigating across the moor through unpredictable weather conditions which they all did perfectly and in good time. The assessor made a point of saying that their timing was pretty much spot on and they followed their route cards well. By the third and final day, the mist had crept back in which meant another hard day of navigation, especially finding the top of White Tor which in the thick mist was a hard task in itself. However, they did this brilliantly and they carried on following the route all the way to Lydford where they were met by the assessors.

Alisha, Millie, Paige, Ben, Sean and Blazej did exceptionally well and all passed their silver Duke of Edinburgh assessment, well done all!

Bikeability

Bikeability

We have come to the end of the bikeability programme for this academic year with one hundred and eighteen Year 7’s achieving their Level 1 and one hundred and four Year 7’s achieving their Level 2. A further eighteen Year 8’s achieved their Level 3 bikeability. It has been a long year of bikeability, however we have seen some excellent riding skills over the course and some real confident cyclists who would happily cycle in any conditions. Bikeability is about gaining practical skills, understanding how to cycle on roads and to improve cycling skills no matter what is known already. We now get to look forward to starting all over again with the new Year 7’s in September.

Lunch Time Games

Lunch Time Games

Lunch time games happen out on the MUGA Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. We are now happy to have our lead learners who will be running and officiating the different activities. As volleyball had proven to be popular, this is the main activity they will be in charge of and run for all year groups so make sure you come along at lunch time to get involved.

Miss Symons PE Apprentice

 


 

Students and Staff Get Blacksmithing Taster

Students and Staff Get Blacksmithing Taster

On the 23rd May a group of Year 10 design and technology students had an introduction to blacksmithing from our award winning artist Mr Axworthy. He brought in sketchbooks, design boards and lots of examples of his metalwork, some of which have been exhibited all over the world. He discussed with the students his design process, how he got his artwork into galleries and ultimately winning international competitions.

After the introduction, Mr Whitfield fired up the College’s gas forge and Mr Axworthy proceeded to explain the material science behind forging steel. He showed some blacksmithing techniques which haven’t changed much since the 13th century, how metal can be melted, shaped, twisted and formed into useful shapes and decorative objects.

Students learn about blacksmithing

By the end of the session Mr Axworthy had made a traditional forged leaf and a hand forged twisted iron door handle, both of which are now displayed in Mr Whitfield’s workroom. All students behaved impeccably and engaged with the session. It was great to hear them proactively ask questions and discuss the many techniques involved in metalwork.

Staff at the forge

On Friday the 2nd June a few staff members from SJH also Joined Mr Axworthy at Flameworks Creative Art’s Facility in Plymouth for their very own introduction to blacksmithing. After covering the basics, Mr Axworthy flattened a piece of white hot steel over a wet anvil, the resulting bang (intentionally) broke the sound barrier and sent a few sparks whizzing around the forge area. This made Mr Gardiner jump back more than a few feet and may have resulted in a few more grey hairs!

The talented Mr Axworthy

The staff then got to have a go themselves; taking up hammers and tongs to shape and bend hot steel. Everyone who attended took home a hand forged Viking style bracelet of their own making and the night was a huge success.

Viking bracelets

Many thanks to Mr Axworthy.

Mr Whitfield & Mr Gardiner
CL for Art &Creative Technologies and Head of Science

 


 

Badminton - Players of the Week

Badminton - Players of the Week

This week the club’s focus was on doubles. The pairs had to consider their playing positions and their communication in order to be successful. Team work was key and the pair that won players of the week showed that they could work together, communicate and demonstrated excellent doubles tactics.

Well done Lauren and Abbi!

Miss Warring
ACL for PE

 


 

Year 7 Rubbish Lesson

Year 7 Get A ‘Rubbish’ Lesson

This term in biology, Year 7 have been studying habitats and communities. Part of their study includes the impact of human factors on the environment.

We invited a guest speaker from Surfers Against Sewage to speak to two Year 7 groups about the impact people have on the environment and how this effects the habitat of marine life.

The students got to examine some litter taken from beaches and talk about the effect that it could have on the environment. We also went outside to do a ‘trash mob’ to see how Sir John Hunt are affecting the environment.

"We learnt that in 23 years’ time, there will be more pieces of plastic in the sea than fish."

"We learnt about pollution and the effect we have on damaging the environment."

We look forward to more collaborative projects with Surfers Against Sewage and would like to thank local representative Jo Wakeham for coming in and sharing her passion with our students.

Miss Harris
Science Teacher

 


 

Music With Woodfield Primary

Music With Woodfield Primary

Woodfield Primary School spent some time with the music department this term for two afternoon sessions, during which they took part in warm ups, DJ sessions, keyboard classes and singing.

Music With Woodfield Primary

The Year 5 students were very enthusiastic and seemed to be generally in awe of the wonderful equipment and resources we have at Sir John Hunt. The ‘win the plectrums’ competition was a big success, with several students entering, having had 30 minutes to learn, practise and perform ‘Shape Of You’ by Ed Sheeran on our iMacs with piano keyboards. Some of these students then went on to perform for parents at the parent showcase on 24th May.

Music With Woodfield Primary

Mr Cleverley and Miss Wilkes
Music Teacher and Art Teacher/ACL for Art & Creative Technologies

 


 

Prefect Application Round Open

Prefect Application Round Open!

Prefect applications from the current Year 10s are now open. Students should download a recruitment pack from the link below or see Mr Carpenter to get a hard copy.

Prefect Recruitment Pack

Good luck.

Mr Carpenter
Assistant Principal

 


 

Badminton - Players of the Week

Badminton - Players of the Week

Last week saw numbers back up at badminton club, with several new faces making their debut appearance. The standard was high, with some excellent long rallies and some fantastic hard fought points. We played a singles tournament followed by a game of doubles top court. Trying to pick player of the week is getting harder and harder as everyone learns new skills and tactics.

In the end I have selected Ocean for her tremendous ability to get the shuttle back even when it looks like the point is lost and Ashley for the massive improvement in his ability that he has made.

Miss Warring
ACL for PE

 


 

Sailing Lub Back Again

Sailing is Back!

The students have had two sessions so far, with the first session they got to know the parts of the boat and what they do. The students sailed a dinghy with Mr. Bevan, learning the basics and how the boat felt when catching the wind. They also got to take turns on the helm, learning how to tack with lots of laughter.

The second session had perfect weather and the students were able to set up their boats in twos. They all started to sail around Mount Batten on their own for the first time and because they did so well, they all managed to sail out into Plymouth Sound. The students skill and confidence were amazing and they really enjoyed racing each other all the way to Jenny Cliff and back.

Myself and Mr Bevan are really impressed with the way the students have dedicated themselves to sailing. Hopefully you enjoy it as much as we do, keep it up! If you are interested in sailing, then please see Miss Richards for further information.

Miss Richards
Maths HLTA

 


 

Year 9 Rounders

Year 9 Rounders

On Wednesday the 3rd of May the Year 9 girls rounders team made the journey to Coombe Dean College to play the first round of matches in the city-wide league. The girls were very excited to finally be playing the games and started strongly against Plymstock. However due to some outstanding batting from the Plymstock side, the girls lost their first game 14.5 to 10.5.

SJH Rounders Team

They didn’t let that get them down though and they came into their second game ready to do battle. The teams fielding was outstanding with Shakur Sandercock and Ellie Sibly demonstrating some fantastic throwing technique, getting the ball in quickly to Alana McNabb on second and Lydia Couling on fourth. The girls batting this time round was much better and when teamed with their fabulous fielding, they managed to beat Eggbuckland 9.5 to 6.5.

Bring on the next round of fixtures.

Miss Warring
ACL for PE

 


 

Great Effort by Y9 Duke of Edinburgh Team

Great Effort by Y9 Duke of Edinburgh Team

The Duke of Edinburgh Year 9 camp happened overnight on Friday through to Saturday last weekend. It started with students packing their bags at home and trying to solve the puzzle of how to fit everything in. On Friday after school it was obvious that they had all done a pretty good job as we managed to pack tents, stoves, fuel and safety kit into the bags. We headed off to the moors in the minibus and once everyone had retrieved their bags and managed to lift them onto their backs, we took the now traditional fi rst expedition photograph. The weather was grim, with rain and thick mist, but the student’s morale and attitude really was excellent. After a short walk we stopped off to cook dinner, which went well for a first effort, especially considering it was in strong wind and rain.

Duke of Edinburgh Expedition

The students were then told to find a campsite which was flat, near a water supply and hopefully sheltered. They did this well with no arguing, which is a notable feature of this group. Once the tents were up the students enjoyed their free-time on the moors, chatting in their friendship groups and appreciating the environment around them.

After free-time we met with waterproofs and torches for a night walk to the top of Higher Hartor in the dark. On the way we passed the Giants Tomb and the stone rows, evidence of Dartmoor’s inhabitants some four thousand years ago. Mr Alcock chose this spot to tell a ghost story, which put everyone in the best mood for climbing a misty mountain in the dark! They certainly moved quickly up the hill. Morgan Bush and Kaitlyn Francis took a bearing for the summit and navigated everyone directly to the stones on the top an excellent effort. On the way back down, after getting a little lost, the team passed the standing stones in the dark and spotted the glowstick on a tent in the distance. Everyone was glad of their beds by then and most slept through the rain in the night.

Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

The next day was much clearer and brighter and the group split into two teams to undertake a short walk without the adults’ help. One team went a little off route, but they all managed to stay together and look like they will do well in their assessment in July.

Thank you to Miss Warring and Miss Symons for coming out and helping with the expedition.

Mr Alcock
Outdoor and Adventurous Activities Coach

 


 

Fantastic Year 8 Camp

Fantastic Year 8 Camp

On Friday 5th May, the year 8 MAT students attended their first ever wild camp with no access to toilets and various other modern day luxuries. In year 7, they stayed overnight in a bunkhouse so this was going to be a real test for them.

We camped just off the moor in Ivybridge on a farm. When we arrived, it was straight in to a tent demo by Mr Alcock and Mr White whilst Mr Saberton and Miss Symons erected the tipi. However, the tipi soon surrendered itself to the strong gusts and they were unable to get it up. The students did really well putting their tents up in such conditions and despite the high wind, their homes for the evening were ready.

Year 8 Camp

After this it was time for them to be given some responsibility and cook their tea on Trangias. They managed to find a nice sheltered area were they were able to cook pasta and sauce. After dinner, it was time for a walk to the summit of Western Beacon just in time to see the beautiful sun set. It was a steep climb to the top and when we eventually got there, the wind was so strong we could literally lean our bodies into it and it would keep us standing!

Year 8 Camp

By the time we got back down and back to the camp site, it was late and everyone was tired from a very busy evening so it was straight to bed ready for a bright start and some wide games the next day. Thank you to all the staff involved in the camp especially Mr Cota, Mr Saberton and Mr White for giving up some of their weekends and Mr Carpenter for his visit on Saturday morning.

Miss Symons
PE Apprentice

 


 

Coasteering

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Lunchtime activities continue when the weather is fine. At the moment we are off ering volleyball, which has built up a following and is getting increasingly competitive! However in the rain we open up the performance hall to show extreme sports videos. If you show commitment and play well then you are rewarded with a sticker for your planner which entitles you to free hot chocolates/smoothies in the tipi on the last week of term.

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

The intervention teams went to Sheepstor, this time in windy but warm weather to search amongst the rocks for the ‘Pixies Cave’ marked on the map. Unless you know exactly where it is it’s almost impossible to find! Even when stood next to the entrance they couldn’t see it straight away. Lewis even wriggled his legs into the entrance before deciding it was the wrong one! Once inside, crawling in one at a time, they found they could stand up. It is very claustrophobic but they all managed to stay in for a minute or two. They helped each other by being really encouraging. Further up the hill we attempted the lefthand scramble line to the top of Sheepstor; a roped journey up stepped cliff s, including a half-way belay ledge where they clip in and wait for the others to join them. It requires a good deal of responsibility to tie-in and then unclip the correct carabiner, so well done to them. On the top the views were brilliant in the clear weather.

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

The next week all teams went to the Dewerstone for an abseil which we approached from the top through the trees and a fun scramble. Everyone felt it looks a lot higher from the top looking down than its fourty feet would suggest. After Jade led the way down the cliff face the boys all managed it aswell, overcoming their fears by concentrating on logical thoughts, such as "The further I go the closer I am to the ground." and "The ropes can hold the minibus so they can hold me". They all showed bravery in overcoming their fears.

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

OAA club went to Bovisand beach to go coasteering last week in what turned out to be perfect conditions, if a little bit chilly in the wind. There was a small swell which was enough to play in, swooping in and out with the waves into little coves. Then we found a perfect jumping area where everyone had a go at throwing themselves into the water with lots of encouragement all round. Finally we swam over to another little cove taking the opportunity to explore places nobody else ever gets to see.

A fantastic few sessions!

Mr Alcock
Outdoor and Adventurous Activities Coach

 


 

Exploring Leaf Litter

Exploring Leaf Litter

Year 5 students from Woodfield Primary School have recently been inexhaustible in their enthusiasm for searching and finding a variety of invertebrates in Cornish leaf litter. The wide variety of creatures includes spiders, millipedes, centipedes, woodlice and even false scorpions. The quality of millipede has been especially astounding with some exceptionally large specimens located.

Exploring Leaf Litter

The students have been fascinated by what you can discover if you look closely enough and have shown great interest in how the organisms form a food web in the leaf litter habitat. All students were fascinated with what they found and have thoroughly enjoyed themselves during the session.

Exploring Leaf Litter

Mr Flage & Miss Wilkes
Science Teacher & Art Teacher

 


 

Learning Club News

Learning Club News

A big well done to the following students who have been rewarded with 100 vivos for working extremely hard and completing their Learning Club loyalty card:
Tianna Dann - 7 Stephens
Haydn Cooke - 7 Lowe
Piper Walking - 8 Tenzing

Learning Club is open every day after school in S112, you can still get your loyalty cards and will receive one stamp for every visit. It’s as easy as that!

Mrs Derby
Learning Mentor

 


 

Girls Cricket Receives ‘Stump’ of Approval

Girls Cricket Receives ‘Stump’ of Approval

Congratulations to the Year 7 and Year 8 combined girls cricket team whom played in their first tournament this week. Demonstrating excellent fielding skills the girls played two tough fixtures over the course of a wonderful evening of cricket. The first game was against Plympton Academy and they were triumphant with a 64-63 run win!

Girls Cricket Receives ‘Stump’ of Approval

The second game was against Devonport High School for Girls who had a very strong team. With Daisey Bone impressing on strike, the girls ended their seven overs with 32. Unfortunately their bowling attack wasn’t strong enough to bowl out the girls from DHSG, who were victorious after four overs.

Overall Cricket was the winner!

Mr Beynon
Pastoral Leader Year 8/9 & PE Teacher

 


 

Cricketing Masterclass

Cricketing Masterclass

Year 11 students received a cricketing masterclass this week in their core lesson. The masterclass focused on bowling techniques with students aiming to get as many wickets as possible. Congratulations to Noah Whiting who demonstrated excellent bowling form and achieved the most wickets.

Mr Beynon
Pastoral Leader Year 8/9 & PE Teacher

 


 

Attendance Award

Attendance Award

Congratulations to 8 Stephens and 9 Tenzing for winning the T4 attendance competition! They have had the best attendance record for their year groups with 98.4% and 95.9% respectively. Good attendance is a clear link to excellent performance in school. Did you know that an attendance of 90% over a school year means a student has missed an entire month of learning! Well done again to 8 Stephens and 9 Tenzing!

Attendance Award

Mr Beynon
Pastoral Leader Year 8/9 & PE Teacher

 


 

Special Spanish Session for Primary Staff

Special Spanish Session for Primary Staff

At the end of last term a large number of staff from Whitleigh Primary School came to our College for training by our fantastic modern foreign languages team. The aim was to support the delivery of Spanish lessons within the primary school curriculum. Everyone embraced the Spanish listening, phonics and speaking and by the end of the session, you could have been in Barcelona!

The Spanish teachers shared teaching strategies and activities that they know work with a broad spectrum of students and the teachers from Whitleigh Primary School are now planning on observing Spanish lessons here at the College to assist them further. I would like to say a massive thank you to Miss Nicholas and Mrs Davenport for supporting our primary school colleagues and I look forward to visiting the primary school to see how staff and students are getting on.

Mr Carpenter
Assistant Principal & Pastoral Leader Year 10/11

 


 

Fizz, Bang, Wallop... It Must Be Science!

Fizz, Bang, Wallop... It Must Be Science!

As Year 11 are nearing their exam, we thought that we should try something fun, memorable and new. The Science Walking Talking Mock has been created by scanning past GCSE papers and the core practicals in all the science specialisms to find common threads and missed learning opportunities. The science team then sat and discussed what three practicals would the students benefit from revisiting again. We agreed the following booster sessions would benefit Year 11 the most:
Biology
  • Session 1: Classification and the effect of drugs.
  • Session 2: Photosynthesis.
  • Session 3: Enzyme.

Physics

  • Session 1: Half life.
  • Session 2: Waves.
  • Session 3: Lenses.

Chemistry

  • Session 1: Neutralisation.
  • Session 2: Making salts and precipitation.
  • Session 3: Rates of reaction.

Fizz, Bang, Wallop... It Must Be Science!

As students entered the hall they were greeted by smoke, lights, music and a spotlighted stage area. Each student had a bespoke booklet that contained a stretching question for each session, taken from past Edexcel science papers and were asked to complete a starter question. After the starters were discussed, each session had a brief introduction by a teacher, followed by a demonstration of the practical displayed on the screen, an exam question and then time to discuss, mark their questions and refl ect, using green pen to annotate their answers.

Fizz, Bang, Wallop... It Must Be Science!

Student voice strongly suggests that all three session were fun, engaging and has helped them to make important links to the practicals when revising for their forthcoming GCSE science exams. A massive well done to the science team for all their time and support in making this such a successful and memorable learning event.

Fizz, Bang, Wallop... It Must Be Science!

Mr Gardiner
Head of Science

 


 

Learning Café Quiz Finale

Learning Café Quiz Finale

Last Friday saw the final round of the Learning Café Quiz. The quiz featured six rounds, consisting of; English, maths, science, pictures, options and a brain buster. The quiz was won by team Ausfall which meant that they also won the overall quiz season finishing first. Congratulations on a consistent turnout by them and such a great all round knowledge made them deserved winners. The quiz will be back in the new academic year and thank you to all the students who participated this year.

Mr Felton
KS4 Learning Mentor

 


 

Badminton Stars of the Week

Badminton Players of the Week

It was the first club back after the Easter break and once again the players turned out in force, with students from across the year groups showing off their skills. The group played a singles trounament followed by some doubles, yet again I was super impressed with the standard of play, making it incredibly hard to choose the player of the week. In the end I went for Holly for playing the best badminton I have ever seen her play and William for his amazing pick up shots (one where he turned a full 360 degrees before hitting the shuttle back over the net.

Roll on next week!

Miss Warring
ACL for PE

 


 

Rocket Car Challenge Regional Final

Rocket Car Challenge Regional Final

On Thursday 27th of April 2017 a group of eight students from Year 7, 8 & 9 travelled to RAF St. Mawgan, near Newquay in Cornwall along with Mr Bevan and Mr Whitfi eld. They went to take part in the regional final of the Bloodhound Rocket Car Challenge in the beautiful sunshine. The day started with a welcome and an introduction to RAF St. Mawgan by the base commander, followed by an introduction to the Bloodhound Project and the itenarary for the day by the project leader.

Rocket Cars

Next followed the design and make phase which lasted for 1 hour and 15 minutes, where our 4 teams redesigned, built and improved their styrofoam rocket car in preparation for the regional final that afternoon. During this phase of the event all teachers and adult helpers were banned from helping the students, so they were on their own! Before the cars were tested, they had to be checked to make sure they met the minimum size requirements. Unfortunately, one of the teams from another school had cut away too much material and as a result their car was disqualified, as it wasn’t safe to test!

Rocket Car Design Phase

Once again a team of army personnel set up the rocket firing systems and conducted the test fi ring of the rocket cars on a temporary range. As they tested the fourty four cars in numerical order, our teams were nearly last to go, so having watched most of the opposition the moment of truth arrived. Here are the Sir John Hunt results:

Team 38 (Gary Chambers & Owen Andrews) 27.28mph
Team 39 (Callum Orme-Luff & Cameron Watson-Hill) 35.56mphM
Team 40 (Haydn Cooke & Joshua Vanstone) 30.56mph
Team 41 (Colbie Bishop & Kyle Ginter) 30.98mph

Therefore Cameron and Callum ended the day as the Devon Secondary Schools runners up! Due to technical problems with dud rockets, temperamental firing systems and problems with timing gates, the event over ran by an hour so the group had an interesting and challenging experience. Throughout the day our teams represented us superbly, were a credit to the College and were inspired to follow the progress of the main Bloodhound Project. We’ll have to wait and see if the team can set a new land speed record by breaking the 800mph barrier, before going on to try to go faster than 1000mph!!!

Mr Whitfield
CL Art & Creative Technologies

 


 

Mock Interviews

Mock Interview Day

Year 12 students were put through their paces last week when they attended some mock interviews. To help them with their journey into employment they were given the opportunity to be interviewed by two employers who asked them a series of questions relating to their achievements, experiences, strengths and weaknesses. They were then assessed and given feedback on their performance and their C.V’s and told whether they would be employed based on how they had conducted themselves during the process. The interview panel comprised of key staff from major companies such as DWP, Price Waterhouse Cooper, Capita and the Land Registry all of which were extremely impressed with every student who came prepared and looking exceptionally smart.

Mock Interviews

Some feedback from the day:

"Thank you for the opportunity to come to your school and participate in your mock interview day, I really enjoyed it. With the bad press young people sometimes get today it was refreshing and uplifting to see your students were awesome, having overcome personally difficult circumstances such as English not being a first language and overcoming a disability, I was impressed by their resilience and drive to succeed. All of them had career goals and back up plans which was really impressive, all were willing to learn and took their feedback really well. Some of their exam results were astonishing and all should be really proud of their achievements. I hope we helped some of them to see how awesome they were! A credit to your school."
Sue Wright
Performance & Resource Manager (Strategic), IT Operations
Land Registry

"It was fantastic to meet you and the students yesterday. Thank you for making us feel so welcome. The students should feel very proud of themselves, they were great ambassadors for the school and conducted themselves really well. The school can be proud of them and they should be proud of themselves. They were all really enthusiastic, confident and engaged. They all took on board our feedback and suggestions for interview techniques and some career guidance.

"I would say be brave, stretch yourselves and try and get out of your comfort zones. It will develop you as a person and take you to a place you may never have thought you could get too. Never undersell what you have achieved, they all have been involved in some amazing projects and should be using this as their unique ‘selling’ points."
Caroline Hayward
DWP

As you can see the day was a great success and the students deserve a huge congratulations for their hard work.

Miss Newberry
Career, Event and Marketing Coordinator

 


 

Islamic Centre and Synagogue Visit

Islamic Centre and Synagogue Visit

Before Easter Mr Carpenter and I took a group of students to visit Piety Islamic Centre and Plymouth’s Synagogue (built in 1762 and the oldest Ashkenazi Synagogue in the English speaking world, still in regular use). The students behaved impeccably and the trip was a great success with many students asking if they could go again next year. Below are some extracts from some of the reports the students wrote about this trip.

Islamic Centre and Synagogue Visit

"A few weeks ago, I and some other students attended a trip to a mosque and a synagogue. We learnt more about their religions. In the mosque the man told us about his religion and what he and his religion believed in. It was very interesting. Before we entered the mosque we had to take off our shoes. This showed them that we had respect for them and also so we didn’t transfer dirt from our shoes onto the carpet where people prayed. They pray many times during the day. Miss Gent and the other ladies wore a scarf around their hair, this also showed respect." Mia Trolloe.

"When we got there (the mosque), there was this big room/hall with a red carpet and diagonal lines all going the same way so they are all facing the same direction." Amber Bulley.

"Interestingly, Muslims have many times a day when they pray. There was a board with lots of clocks on to help them remember exactly when." Autumn Crome.

"There are over 2.5 million Muslims in the UK and over 1,500 mosques. The mosque is a place to gather for prayers, to study and to celebrate festivals such as Ramadan." Steven Stevenson.

"In the synagogue the boys had to wear special hats and the married women did as well, we played different roles and saw the Torah." Millie Barlow.

"We learnt that the woman sat upstairs while the men are downstairs, they also had the ten commandments written in Hebrew on the eastern wall." Josh Coutts.

"Jewish people think women are more important as they are more mature than boys. Some people were selected to play different roles. I was a Rabbi, this person reads from a scroll (Torah). When boys turn thirteen they become an adult and have a party called a bar mitzvah, I think our trip developed my understanding of what different religions believe in." Megan Greetham.

"I enjoyed our trip on Tuesday because it was different and unusual. I would rate this trip 8/10." Tallulah Tulloch.

Ms Gent
Humanities Teacher

 


 

Outdoor & Adventurous Activities

Outdoor & Adventurous Activities

Rock climbing club has been to The Dewerstone twice recently to climb on the lovely sun covered granite (apart from when it hailstoned, then snowed last week!). The cold weather actually improves friction on the rock so Alyssa Marsh and Isabelle Davison made good use of this to complete the hardest climb, over an overhang to finish. Meanwhile Joe Mulkerrin and Morgan Bush attacked the right hand route, a climb called ‘Ceasar’s Nose’ as it tries to follow the line of an Arete which looks like a big nose in profi le. Joe was the only one who managed to reach the top on this one which is graded severe, as it was really hard. Well done to all of them. This week was a little warmer and saw attempts on the right hand cliff , which is steeper and contains an interesting feature: a wide crack called a chimney. Everyone had a go at this, jamming various limbs inside to climb past a narrowing that stopped some and slowed others. Jordan Plumb had a go at a route that beat him last year and after a few falls managed to get his right hand high enough to reach the key hold. Well done to him and all the others who perservered.

The silver Duke of Edinburgh group have their assessment at the end of term so have been out practicing on the moors. Their first challenge is always to identify where Mr Alcock drops them off, this time Blazej was first to call it correctly. We then set off below Sharpitor to the woods and leat, taking it in turns to lead sections of navigation. The team do well when concentrating and usually manage to arrive at the right place with no help from Mr Alcock but by helping each other. Any time they don’t get it right is usually due to arguing rather than lacking actual navigational skill! They have a few more practices before their assessment when they will be left alone to cross the moor over three days. Good luck team!

Outdoor & Adventurous Activities

Mr Smart and Mr Alcock led the Year 9 Step Up team along the Plym River gorge walk last week. Needless to say the water was freezing, but that didn’t stop everyone splashing each other and having water fights once they’d got over the initial shock. Half way up there is a squeeze through a hole formed by two large boulders where the water funnels through. Everyone had a go at squeezing through the gap, in some cases even though they were scared, which was good to see their bravery. At the end of the section we found a slab of rock with water pouring off it which was fun to slide down. After everyone got fully submerged in the water they were all shivering and it was time to head back down and change in the tipi tent. Hopefully the next few trips will be warmer.

Outdoor & Adventurous Activities

The intervention team had a go at the zip line in Whitleigh woods, helping to set it up and get it tensioned using a 4:1 pulley system, which they enjoyed hanging on to really get it tight. Once up it actually looks pretty scary, but after a few runs using a break they had a go on it without and zoomed down. We will transfer some of these rope work skills to cliffs on the moors when we go out next week to do some rock climbing.

Mr Alcock Outdoor and Adventurous Activities Coach

 


 

Students Success at County Ability Games

Students Success at County Ability Games

On Thursday 27th April twenty seven Year 7 students travelled to the Life Centre to take part in the Level 3 County Ability Games. They had qualified for this by doing amazingly well at the Level 2 games at UCP Marjons. The students were split into teams and in the morning took part in the competition element of the games. They participated in sports such as archery, new age kurling, seated volleyball and mini tennis, all events aimed at inclusive participation. The students did amazingly well during their morning session and the College managed to pick up a number of medals including bronze in the tennis and an individual medal for Summer Franklin for her outstanding eff ort in the seated volleyball.

Students Success at County Ability Games

During the afternoon they were able to spend time in small groups going around and taking part in the taster sessions that were on off er. These included table cricket, frisbee golf, dance, taiko drumming, cage basketball and rock climbing. This was a fantastic opportunity for the students to try new activities and to explore what the Life Centre had to offer.

Students Success at County Ability Games

Throughout the day the students demonstrated excellent team work, perseverance and were a credit to the College. I think the day can be summed up by a quote from Malachi Smaga "I am having so much fun I forgot I was on a school trip".

Miss Warring ACL for PE

 


 

New Head of Year 10 & 11

New Head of Year 10/11It is a tremendous honour to become the new Pastoral Leader for Year 10 and 11. I have been a teacher and senior leader at Sir John Hunt since 2012 and have been privileged to watch the current students mature into responsible and independent young adults. It only seems like yesterday I was introducing the current Year 10’s and 11’s to the College at our annual summer school or taking many of them on their first camp in Year 7. I am now delighted to take on the leadership of their pastoral care during their pivotal exam years.

I am incredibly fortunate to be sharing this responsibility with the existing, experienced and dedicated team of Mrs McGowan the Assistant Pastoral Leader for Year 10, Mrs McCoy our Family Liaison Officer and Ms Harris the College’s Education Welfare Officer. For the Year 11’s I will also be working closely with Ms Williams our raising standards leader to ensure our students are fully prepared to achieve the best possible exam results.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your children’s welfare please do not hesitate to contact the College. I look forward to getting to know all the students in the year and supporting them to fulfil their academic potential.

I have found a few pictures from the current Year 10 and 11 from when they first started in Year 7 which I thought I would share with you!

Y10/11 students when they started at SJH

Y10/11 students when they started at SJH

Y10/11 students when they started at SJH

Mr Carpenter
Assistant Principal and Pastoral Leader Year 10/11

 


 

Young Chef of the Year 2017

Young Chef of the Year 2017

On Tuesday March 28th City College Plymouth held this years hunt for the prestigious Young Chef of the Year award. Several local Plymouth schools competed against each other. Their brief 'Provide a well balanced and healthy three course meal for two athletes (Plymouth Raiders Basket Ball Team) in two hours'. The young chefs had three main ingredients to build their meals around. The starter had to incorporate Dover sole, the main course had to use lamb fi llet and dessert was all about the banana. With these three ingredients our young chefs (Sophia, Ellie and Jack) incorporated freshly prepared seasonal fruit and vegetables home baked bread and tasty sauces. They used a variety of classic and contemporary cooking methods, which they had practiced at College.

Our young chefs chose the following dishes for their menu:

Starter: Dover sole goujons served with homemade tartar sauce and freshly baked brown bread.

Main Course: Herb encrusted lamb fillet accompanied by dauphinoise potatoes, asparagus tips, pea puree and a lamb jus reduction.

Dessert: Meringue and banana bavarois served with fresh cherries and a black cherry coulis.

Young Chef competition menu

The different cooking techniques and methods not only brought out the best flavours of the produce, but made the dishes look and taste fantastic. The students excellent cooking ability and knowledge was on full display for the judges of the competition from Plymouth Raiders’ Rhys Carter and Nathan Schall.

After only completing one practice run of their dishes, our chefs took the competition in their stride and with the firm belief in their skill set and menu choice they quickly showed the rest of the competition that they were in it to win it. Unfortunately the competition was at an extremely high standard this year and our students were nipped at the post by five-time champions Devonport High School for Girls. The overall winning dishes were Dover sole goujons with a Thai dipping sauce, lamb tagine with apricots, butternut squash and served with couscous and for dessert banana custard profiteroles with creamy coconut caramel sauce.

We are now looking forward to next year with a new batch of up and coming chefs to represent Sir John Hunt and who knows 2018 could be our year!

Ellie made the Dover sole starter.
Jack made the lamb main course.
Sophia made the banana bavarois dessert.

Mr Teft
Catering Technician

 


 

Singing for Schools

Singing for Schools at Sir John Hunt

It is no surprise that singing is good for us and this was brought to life in the most epic fashion in our March signing event. The entire Year 7 cohort filled our performance hall and worked tirelessly all morning to put on a performance for parents and family at lunchtime. The positive energy was everywhere, with all of the students joining in with performances of:
Riptide by Vance Joy

Hold Back The River by James Bay

The Greatest by Sia

Writings On The Wall by Sam Smith

The students were conducted by Jenny Cleverley from Singing for Schools who said "Music is like sport it is an excellent exercise, it encourages participation and teamwork". Singing for Schools runs inclusive workshops within schools and colleges.

Singing for Schools

A very special thanks to our soloists:

Millie Barlow

Jade Almond

Mia-Leigh Davies

Megan Smith

Natalie Smith

We are already looking forward to next years event, which will feature the brand new Year 7s.

Mr Cleverley
Music Teacher

 


 

WWI Battlefields Competition Launched

WWI Battlefields Competition Launched

As part of the First World War Centenary we have funding for two of our students from our Year 9 GCSE group to attend the battlefields of Ypres and the Somme. In order to be in with a chance of winning this fantastic opportunity students have been tasked with:

Researching and presenting a colourful display describing and explaining the ways in which people were ill, injured or died during World War I. Their piece of work should include:

1. Injuries caused by new advanced weapons e.g. rifles, machine guns, artillery, including shrapnel wounds.

2. Gas attacks (types of gas and their effects).

3. Illnesses experienced in the trenches like trench fever, trench foot, dysentery, NYDN Infection.

Entries close on the 2nd May and will be scored on:
1. The factual content of the research (descriptions) - out of 10.

2. The explanation stating how, why these forms of illness or deaths arose - out of 10.

3. Presentation skills - is the display clear, can it be displayed? - out of 10.

A team of humanities staff will act as judges along with an independent history adjudicator from another school. In the event of a tie, entries will be placed and drawn out of a hat. Winners will be announced by the 26th May and further information will be sent home.

It is anticipated, if the experience is a success, to offer the opportunity for more students as a paid opportunity in future years.

Mr Carpenter
Assistant Principal

 


 

Badminton - Players of the Week

Badminton - Players of the Week

This weeks badminton club saw numbers go through the roof with 24 attendees from across 4 years groups. Seeing the Year 10’s mixing with the younger years, coaching and leading them was fantastic. Again the player of the week award could have gone to a number of students; Joshua, Joseph and Abbie to name a few. In the end I decided to go with a doubles pair who managed to go undefeated throughout the whole session. Well done Owen and Josh, who kept hold of the trophy over the Easter Holidays.

Miss Warring
ACL for PE

 


 

Football Team Finish Second in League

Football Team Finish Second in League

Congratulations to the Year 9 Football team for having a great season and ending up second in the league. Though they would be the first to say they haven’t played many games, they have shown good commitment to the College by being available! Hopefully after Easter there will be more opportunities for moments like the win against Stoke Damerel Community College!

Mr Beynon
PE Teacher

 


 

Fantastic Success at Plymouth School Games

Fantastic Success at Plymouth School Games

On Wednesday 29th March thirty five students from Year 7 took part in the first ever Plymouth School Games. The event consisted of four inclusive events: mini tennis, new age kurling, seated volleyball and archery. None of the students had ever taken part in seated volleyball or new age kurling so a new experience was had by all. After a short introduction from Mr Chatfield from the Plymouth School Sports Partnership the teams went off to their events, where they received coaching from UCP Marjons students and leaders, before taking part in a round robin competition. Students from schools across Plymouth attended the event, Sir John Hunt fielded three teams in kurling, two in tennis, two in archery and two in seated volleyball.

Plymouth School Games

After a morning of competition the winners were announced and Sir John Hunt had won in all four events! This now means that we go through to the level 3 (County Level) games in April at the Life Centre. Well done to every student that took part, they represented the College impeccably and performed with sportsmanship and commitment.

Miss Warring
ACL for PE

 


 

Easter Masterclasses

Easter Masterclasses

Once again Masterclasses were off ered to all Year 11 students during the Easter break, with a wide range of subjects off ered by staff . Students responded well to this, with many making the most of the opportunity to complete revision for their upcoming GCSE exams with support from staff . In total there were 239 attendances. Well done to all Year 11 students who attended, keep up the good work!

Year 11 Elevate Seminars

On Thursday 30th March, Year 11 students took part in seminars to help them to prepare for their GCSE exams. The first seminar was ‘Ace Your Exams’ which focused on revision, time management and how to minimise stress. The students engaged fully with the seminar and their feedback was extremely positive. All students said that they would recommend the programme to others and that they thought it was time well spent. The second seminar was ‘Student Elevation’. This session was based around motivation and a growth mind set. Student feedback showed how well students had engaged with the content and what they had taken away from the session.

Student comments included:

"I thought it was really helpful and gave me lots of ideas"

"It taught me how to deal with stress and that you can use a checklist to motivate yourself"

"It taught me how to plan things and cope in the exam season"

Well done to all Year 11 students on their positive attitudes to this event, now is the time to put into practice what you have learnt!

Ms Williams
Raising Standards Leader KS4

 


 

Visit to DWP

Students Visit DWP HQ In London

Former student Neil Johnson has been working with three Sixth Form students supporting them in their journey beyond Sixth Form and into the world of work. Courtney McMullan Clark and Scott Cooper were invited to the DWP (Department for Work and Pensions) Headquarters in London where they were able to learn more about career opportunities within the Civil Service as well as careers in Law. The morning started with an introduction to the HR team who deal with all of the recruitment and the process to get in to Civil Service. This was swiftly followed by taking part in a Divisional Quarterly Meeting with the EU and International Affairs team. Lunch was a swift affair followed by a mentoring session with Neil (Deputy Head of Corporate Affairs) who had just met with the Secretary of State.

Both students are particularly interested in a career within Law so they valued their time with the DWP Lawyers who openly answered all of their questions about their career journey and the role that they are in now. The day finished with a meeting with the TUC regarding policies to be put through parliament.

As a result of the day the two students now have a much clearer understanding of the roles that they want to pursue along with the course to take at university.

The journey home on the train was a good time to reflect and discuss what they had achieved throughout the day and then after our 4:30am start we were able to catch up on some much needed sleep.

Miss Newberry
Career, Event and Marketing Coordinator

 


 

Final Oakwood Primary School Session

Final Oakwood Primary School Session

Throughout last term Year 5 children from Oakwood Primary School came in for one afternoon a week to take part in different sessions, these included: art, textiles, ICT and science. The children were such a pleasure to teach and were so excited each week to come up and take part in a variety of activities in each department.

The Children had the chance to work both on their own and to collaborate with each other, they really enjoyed having the chance to work with their friends. They all produced work along a natural form theme and learnt new skills in each subject they took part in, investigating leaf litter, finding amazing bugs, creating collages, using inks and wax. This was a fantastic experience for the children to come and see what school is like at Sir John Hunt and take part in things they wouldn’t be able to in their own school.

During the last week of term we invited the parents of the Year 5 children up to see all of the work they had been doing over the 6 weeks. Kiera and Mia gave a speech they had written about the work they had been doing and were very keen to show their parents around and tell them all about each area they had been working in.

Some of the parents said:

"Kiera has enjoyed coming up to Sir John Hunt for the last 6 weeks."

"Megan has had a great experience at Sir John Hunt."

"Macey has enjoyed the six weeks at Sir John Hunt and has come home each Wednesday full of talk about what she done in the science sessions."

"Rebekah has enjoyed the time at Sir John Hunt and each week has told us at home what activity she has done."

"Ellie enjoyed the two weeks at Sir John Hunt and found the activities fun."

"Mia really enjoyed looking for bugs in the leaf matter. It was fun creating her own game on Scratch in the ICT activity. I loved the bright wax leaf paintings - great fun."

The children said they had had a ‘wonderful 6 weeks’ and I look forward to working with them again.

Miss Wilkes
ACL for Art & Creative Technologies

 


 

Outdoor &am
 Adventurous Activities

Outdoor & Adventurous Activities

The intervention teams have been out on the moor exploring both very high places and very cramped places! In one trip to Sheepstor they completed a roped scramble up a windy and exposed ridge and a squeeze into a cave (The Pixies House). This tested their resilience and bravery in very different ways. The students enjoyed ‘Letterboxing’ where they find notes or artwork hidden in plastic boxes by other people, becoming very perceptive in locating these hidden messages amongst the rocks. The next session had the students zooming along the Plymbridge to Yelverton bike track, trying to get as far as possible in the time. We managed to reach the long tunnel, which is very exciting as it is curved, so for a short while you can’t see the end! The students were very responsible on the trail, giving way to other users and keeping each other together. Look out for the video on the media servers. Over the last term both groups have improved their teamwork and behaviour and each person has pushed themselves in the challenges offered.

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Rock climbing club has seen the regulars pushing themselves in the bouldering cave, trying really steep and difficult moves. It is very encouraging to see how well they execute moves now, having learned the necessary techniques of steep climbing such as heel hooking, flagging and figure of four. They are also self sufficient with their ropework now, which means they have greater confidence when attempting the bigger walls. Climbing club continues outdoors (free) every Tuesday 3:05pm - 6:30pm or if it’s raining then indoors 3:05pm - 5:45pm (£5 if indoors).

climbing

The Outdoor and Adventurous Activities club begins on Wednesday 26th April with a zip line, campfire and hot chocolate extravaganza in the Whitleigh woods! If you haven’t taken a consent letter home yet then you can get one from your tutor, student services or directly from the OAA office by the library.

Mr Alcock
Outdoor Education & Adventure Activities Instructor

 


 

Principal’s Message

Dear Parents/Carers

Mrs Brett, PrincipalHaving been Principal of Sir John Hunt Community Sports College for nearly 12 years, the time has now come to announce my early retirement. This will be at the end of this academic year August 2017. As you can imagine, I do so with very mixed emotions and wonderful happy memories. The time is now right for someone new to take the school to the next phase of its development and lead it into the future.

I would like to assure parents that I will be working very hard, as always, over the next four months to maintain the high levels of service and high standards of care that you have come to expect.

I shall miss Sir John Hunt, the staff and wonderful students and their parents, all the community and you will forever have a special place in my heart.

Yours faithfully

Mrs Brett
Principal

 


 

Governors Update

Dear Parents/Carers

On behalf of the Whitleigh Primary and Sir John Hunt CSC Federated Governing Body, I would like to advise you that we have received and accepted Mrs Brett’s resignation as Principal of Sir John Hunt CSC with effect from 31st August 2017.

Mrs Brett has been the Principal for the last 12 years and is extremely passionate in providing the very best educational experience so that all students can realise their potential and fulfi l their ambitions. She will be greatly missed and we wish her every success in pursuing future options.

The Governing Body will now start the process of recruiting a new headship and we will keep you fully informed during this process.

Yours faithfully

Mr Ash
Acting Chair of Governors

 


 

Hospital Ward Gets 'Wonderful Makeover'

Hospital Ward Gets 'Wonderful Makeover'

During the Easter break students swapped their pens for paint brushes and took part in a hospital makeover. For the second year running we worked with WOW Plymouth who teach students fi nancial skills and budgeting as well as employability skills such as teamwork.

With funding obtained from the National Lottery the students were able to select a community project that would enable them to gain experience in how to plan, time manage and work together whilst learning about everyday financial issues such as direct debits, standing orders, loans etc.

Hospital Ward Gets 'Wonderful Makeover'

They opted to redecorate and refurbish the Hartor Ward at Derriford. This is a dementia ward for male patients over the age of 60. Throughout the process the team liaised with staff at Derriford Hospital to ensure they stuck to the design brief which was to produce a nautical themed room. This involved painting throughout, installing a new kitchen, providing new furniture and soft furnishings whilst keeping track of their spend and taking into consideration the needs of the patients. The planning process took six weeks with a two hour session each week. The makeover itself took just two days and was a total transformation.

The students involved were: Micha Gill, Joanne Watson, Katie Lyons, Amy Bingley, Adelle Dodd and Ryan Gilmore.

We had the following feedback from Ward Sister Teresa Beer:

"Hello there Sarah, I just wanted to say a big thank you, to you and your students for a wonderful makeover of the day room. It is truly wonderful and has already received some rave reviews from staff , relatives and patients. It is great to see it all over Twitter and Facebook which is fantastic. So thank you yet again for all your time and dedication to the project.

"Teresa”

Miss Newberry
Career, Event and Marketing Coordinator

 


 

Badminton - Player of the Week

Badminton – Player of the Week

Another week another increase in numbers at Badminton Club, twenty students from Year 7-10 joined in with the singles tournament. They demonstrated some excellent skills and some even better trick shots, with Cameron perfecting his through the legs clear shot! Jack Hoare made a valiant eff ort against Mr Williams, narrowly missing out on the win. This week’s player of the week went to Zak. Zak has demonstrated exactly the kind of attitude we want at after school clubs, he never stops smiling whether he is winning or losing and he always gives 100%. Well done Zak!

Miss Warring
ACL for

 


 

Year 7 Students Attempt Tenner Challenge

Year 7 Students Attempt Tenner Challenge

Year 7 students are well underway with this year’s Tenner Challenge. The month long campaign set up through Young Enterprise enables students to learn valuable employability and enterprise skills by setting up their own business with a £10 starting fund.

Each of the thirty students taking part were given a £10 note and have now set up their own money making businesses. Activities range from cake baking to tuck shops, dog walking and car washing. Throughout the process students will learn how to cost items, plan and budget as well as how to communicate and develop their mathematical skills.

Tenner Challenge

At the end of the campaign all monies are collected with any profit made going to College funds. The team with the most money generated will win Love To Shop vouchers.

Miss Newberry
Career, Event and Marketing Coordinator

 


 

Science Week at Sir John Hunt

Science Week at Sir John Hunt

To conclude our celebrations for British Science Week 2017, students from local secondary schools were once again invited to take part in our Science Week Challenge. The theme this year was 'Cliffhanger', students had to design a vehicle to transport a tennis ball from one mountain to another along a rope.

In total we had seven teams of students from Tor Bridge High, Marine Academy Plymouth, Stoke Damerel College and Sir John Hunt. With further support by graduates from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and PlymEng the University of Plymouth’s Engineering society. Each team had the same basic starting kit, including a motor and a gearbox to construct, as well as access to a communal parts bin. Students created a wide variety of solutions to the problem which were then pitted against each other to attempt to win a trophy for the fastest and most innovative designs.

Science Week

This year’s overall winner was team A from Stoke Damerel and most innovative design was won by team B from Tor Bridge High. The event was supported and judged by Maplin in Plymouth, who also provided prizes for the winning teams. The day was a great success with students learning new skills in design, engineering and team work. We are grateful to the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and to Maplin for their continued enthusiasm and support for our science challenge.

Science Week

Well done everyone!

Mr Waite
ACL for Science

 


 

Students Explore Submarines with Babcock

Students Explore Submarines with Babcock

To mark the beginning of Science Week at SJH, Babcock came in to deliver some sessions to KS3 and KS4 students on submarines and careers in STEM subjects.

Two Year 7, two Year 8 and two Year 10 classes got to participate in this event. The students spent half of the lesson learning about the parts of a submarine, how they float and submerge and how nuclear reactors work. They spent the second half of the lesson learning about how they can follow a career in STEM and the different career paths they can take. The students got to use Babcocks specialist equipment and watch demonstrations from experts to help further their understanding of submarines.

Submarine Working Model

The students showed exemplary behaviour throughout and were a credit to the College, impressing Babcock with their scientific thinking and ability to apply their knowledge to new situations. Thank you to the science department in helping to facilitate the event and to Babcock for giving up a day to come and support our students in their learning. It was a great start to Science Week.

Submarine lesson

Miss Harris
Science Teacher

 


 

Students Take Part in BBC News Report

Students Take Part in BBC News Report

On March 16th, some of our students were lucky enough to get a taste of what it’s like to be a news reporter when they took part in the BBC News School Report. In preparation, the students were delighted to have a live video link to James Dundon from Heart Radio Cornwall’s 'Drivetime' show. James gave them a 'virtual' tour around his studio and gave them hints, tips and told funny anecdotes about his life as a presenter. He then made time to answer questions from the students such as 'How to cope with a deadline' and 'What to do if you make a mistake during your broadcast'. The students researched local stories, along with news from around the world using newspapers and the internet. They then wrote their own reports and spent time practising them before going into the studio to record them. We had reports on everything from The Grammies to why Plymouth is the coolest place to live, Donald Trump’s dislike of Snoop Dog and car-jacking in Australia!

'Virtual' studio tour

A special mention has to go to Megan Smith and Natalie Smith who both, inspired by a news report on mental health and bullying, wrote an inspiring song in response and recorded it live in the studio the very same day! Whilst we all had lots of fun, we can’t ignore the amazing cross-curricular learning opportunities it provided our students with. They all practised and developed their skills in reading and comprehension, research techniques, literacy, oracy, discipline and teamwork, among many others. At times it was creatively chaotic, with Ms Wishart helping students rehearse in one room, Mr Fitzwater editing students’ written reports in another. In the studio, Mr Cleverly and Mr Bray worked tirelessly to get it all done before the deadline.

BBC school report 2017

Thank you to Mr Waite, Miss Daykin and Mr Sharpe for popping in and giving us interviews, but of course out of everybody, we couldn’t have done it without our students, all of whom, worked really hard and their behaviour was exemplary.

To listen to our news report, visit the Sir John Hunt webpage.

Ms Wishart
English Teacher

 


 

Badminton - Player Of The Week

Badminton - Player Of The Week

Another fantastic training session was had at badminton club this week, with several new faces making for an increased level of competition. There were a number of students who could have taken home the trophy, with some outstanding play from Lauren, Jack, Cameron and Joshua to name a few. In the end it was one of the new faces that shone brightest, mainly due to the improvement he showed throughout the session.

Well done Romeo! Lets see who can be victorious next week.

Miss Warring
ACL for PE

 


 

Outdoor & Adventurous Activities

Outdoor & Adventurous Activities

This week the climbing club saw the students attempt a particularly difficult route in the bouldering cave. This involved reaching a position then hanging by your arms from the edge, heel-hooking with the right foot in order to haul yourself up for a long reach to a big hold! To begin with nobody managed even the first moves, but by the end (and with some effort) everyone made the hardest moves, it was fun to watch. The students are learning that perserverance is rewarded and hopefully they will have a good go at it next week too. If you’d like to come along to climbing club then take a letter from the folders outside the OAA office (by the Library) and come along on Tuesdays 3:05pm - 5:45pm, it costs £5.

Intervention groups have been rock climbing at the Dewerstone. The rock was still wet from the showers we’ve been having but the boys gave it a good try anyway. We looked at how the things you say can have a positive or a negative effect on your performance: so seeing the cliff and saying things like "Oh my God, it’s way too high!" sets you up for a failure. Whereas saying something like "Wow, look how exciting this is" even if you’re actually scared, will improve your chances. The boys reached high points and came down because they were scared, but then went back up again showing great bravery to reach and pass their previous high points. It was a good and inspiring performance.

Year 9 Step-up also visited The Dewerstone for a rock climbing and abseiling session. Everyone had a go at rock climbing, they did well and encouraged each other. Even Mr Smart made it to the top! Most had a go at the big abseil, where you start up above the trees. After a few people backed off from the edge, Owen Gill had a go and showed everyone how it’s done. Then Kurtis and Wesley succeeded in talking themselves over the edge and down the rope to the bottom, a very scary thing to do, so well done to them!

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

Mr Alcock
Outdoor Education & Adventure Activities Instructor

 


 

Royal Navy Careers Talk

Royal Navy Careers Talk

As part of last week’s National Careers Week the College was visited by The Royal Navy recruitment team who spoke to students in all year groups about the career possibilities within the Navy.

The team explained to a packed room that if they have a hands-on, can do attitude, a career within the Royal Navy puts them at the forefront of world class technology, with fast-track on the job training. Not only will they get to see the world but they will make friends for life and have money in their pockets from the day they start training.

Corporal Sinclair also spoke of his journey and career path to inspiring students with tales from his travels and experiences.

Miss Newberry
Career, Event and Marketing Coordinator

 


 

Realising Opportunities

Realising Opportunities

Each year in Sixth Form, a group of students are selected to take part in the Realising Opportunities (RO) programme. This gives some of our most able students a greater insight into the opportunities and pathways that are available to them when they complete their A level exams. Students who succesfully complete this two year programme will be able to apply for reduced offers from the top fifteen research universities in the country. Last week saw our Year 12 RO students attend their first national conference; as described below by Hayley Glendinning:
"On the 9th of March our Year 12 Realising Opportunities group travelled to Exeter by train, where we joined the fleet of coaches headed for Warwick University for the Realising Opportunities National Student Conference. We had to travel up the day before the conference because it was such a long journey for us, but it gave us the opportunity to eat dinner at their campus restaurant, Le Gusta Café, with students from other participating schools. We stayed overnight in Warwick University’s conference accommodation and woke up to their delicious breakfast the next day!

"At the National Student Conference for RO, we had the chance to attend a workshop of our choice; I attended ‘Choosing a University Course’. We then attended a seminar delivered by the keynote speaker David Hodgson, a psychologist, who gave us a free copy of his book to help build our confidence. After eating lunch we were given a tour of the campus and we were particularly impressed by the university library which had five floors. We also had the opportunity to walk around stands and collect prospectuses from different universities, before leaving for home again. The weekend was so useful and interesting and has really made me think about the huge range of options open to us. There is plenty to think about!"

Hayley Glendinning
RO student - Year 12

Well done to all involved.

Mr Dunkerley
Head of Sixth Form

 


 

Rocket Car Report - The Final Week

Rocket Car Report - The Final Week

On friday 10th March, after several weeks of research, planning and making, 5 teams of students finally got to test their designs at the Bloodhound 'Race for the Line' competition hosted here at Sir John Hunt.

After a week of rain the weather improved, giving dry conditions for the races to take place. The day began with an early start for several students who took part in a live interview with BBC Radio Devon to discuss the challenge and their rocket cars. The Army arrived at lunchtime to prepare the race track and prime the rockets ready for inserting into the team cars. We were also joined by teams from Fourlanesend Primary in Cawsand and St Andrews Church of England primary in Buckland Monachorum, making a total of 35 competing cars.

Rocket Car Report - The Final Week

Once everyone had been introduced the racing began, car times were measured using BBC Microbit computers to track acceleration and speed. The afternoon was also filmed by BBC Spotlight for a report that went out on Friday evening’s news and by the Plymouth Herald. There was a wide variety of cars on show, with some innovative shapes being tested. Only one car had an incident when it crashed into the timing gate in spectacular style, but it was able to race again shortly afterwards. The top speed recorded was 76mph by a team from St Andrews, with an SJH team making 72mph. The data will now be uploaded to the Bloodhound site and teams will then find out if they have earned a place at the regional finals in Newquay next month.

Rocket Car Report - The Final Week

The event was a great success, which we hope to continue in the future. Also a massive thank you to all staff involved in supporting this event.

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

 


 

Netball Success

Netball Success

After an incredible season the Year 8 netball team have finally received their trophies for fi nishing top of their division in the citywide netball competition. Pipping to the post schools such as Plympton, Lipson, Notre Dame and Eggbuckland, the girls have shown incredible skill and a fantastic team ethos.

With some fantastic attacking play by Daisy, Megan, Ashanti, Ocean and Summer , backed up by a strong defensive effort by Jasmine, Hermione, Ariella, Skye and Kaci.

The girls really deserved the win and were fantastic throughout, representing the College with the utmost skill and sportsmanship.

Well Done Girls!

Miss Warring ACL for PE

 


 

Rocket Car Report - Week 5

Rocket Car Report - Week 5

With only a week to go until the big race day (fingers crossed for the weather), the teams got really stuck into shaping their cars this week. It was clear that the time spent over the past few weeks researching, designing and testing the different techniques and tools was well spent. The students worked hard and skilfully to convert the blocks of foam into aerodynamic racing chassis. There is only one session left before the teams go head to head against other schools, so the students put in a longer shift and even managed to get the axles and wheels assembled. This allows crucial time next week for final touches, testing and personalising the cars.

Rocket Car Report - Week 5

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

 


 

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Last week Miss Symons, Miss Warring and Mr Smart braved horrendous Dartmoor weather with horizontal snow and hail to practice for their South West Mountain and Moorland Leader awards. They took it in turns to lead difficult navigation challenges and all three got it right each time! Mr Smart and Miss Symons then went on to do their assessment course on Saturday, where they joined teachers and youth leaders from other schools to be tested on their navigation and environmental knowledge. Needless to say they both passed and deserve a huge congratulations for the eff ort and time they have put into getting this award. Well done to them!

Lunchtime activities continue when the weather is fi ne. At the moment we are off ering swing ball and volleyball, both of which are getting increasingly competitive! However in the rain we open up the Performance Hall to show extreme sports videos. If you show commitment and play well then you are rewarded with a sticker for your planner which entitles you to free hot chocolates in the tipi on the last week of term. We are still waiting for a break in the weather to serve up the ones for last term, but keep your eyes open for the tipi on a sunny day!

The intervention teams went into the woods for a zip line and bushcraft 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 and also had a go at making hot chocolate on camping stoves. The way they went from being nervous to being confident, by helping each other and encouraging each other, was excellent.

Climbing Club was great on Tuesday at the Life Centre wall. The students decided to focus on the bouldering cave and after a fun warm up (led by Mr White playing ‘Simon Says’), they all attempted to climb the hardest things they could fi nd. Students really tried to fi nd and follow the Yellow and Green grade routes, Joe Mulkerrin even tried to have a go at the more diffi cult blue grades, getting part way up one. Hopefully it will be there again this week for another attempt!

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Mr Alcock
Outdoor Education & Adventure Activities Instructor

 


 

Learning Café Quiz!

Learning Café Quiz!

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

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

 


 

Spectroscopy In A Suitcase

Spectroscopy In A Suitcase

Year 12 BTEC Applied Science students were amazed with the £10,000 of spectroscopy equipment that arrived in a suitcase courtesy of the Analytical Chemists at Plymouth University. They spent the morning with the students and Mr Flage analysing the light given off by a variety of mystery chemicals which could therefore be identified according to the emission spectrum of the chemical. This technical skill is vital in so many scientific areas from forensic science to marine chemistry to space science.

Spectroscopy In A Suitcase

Mr Flage
Science Teacher

 


 

Authors Day Visit From Tim Bowler

Authors Day Visit From Tim Bowler

On Tuesday 7th March, award-winning author and the ‘master of the psychological thriller’ Tim Bowler visited KS3 for a deeply personal, inspirational and motivational talk about the joys of reading and writing. Tim opened up about his love of writing from a young age and encouraged all of our keen writers to push forward and to never give up.

The talks were equally entertaining and engaging. Tim read the fi rst chapter from the ‘Blade’ series (Year 8) and ‘Nightrunner’ (Year 7), the entire audience, including the staff, became captured in his storytelling, desperate to find out more!

At lunch, students fi lled the library to meet Tim, ask questions and buy discounted copies of his books. He happily signed and met each and every student whether they had purchased a book or not. Book sales will continue for the remainder of the week and into next week, but they won’t last for long! Don’t miss out on a great deal! (We temporarily sold out of the books that he read to the students suggesting the desire for the books is extremely high!)

Authors Day Visit From Tim Bowler

In Tim’s words, the behaviour of KS3 was ‘flawless’ on the day. Each and every student was a credit to the College and made him feel extremely welcome. He can’t wait to be invited back!

All in all, a truly inspirational day. Keep reading and writing, everyone!

Mr Sharpe
ACL for English

 


 

Rocket Car Report - Week 4

Rocket Car Report - Week 4

After several weeks of planning, testing, practicing their sanding techniques and honing their skills, the students began shaping their rocket cars. A range of cutting and sanding tools were on off er to help students get the exact rocket shape they have planned with the aim of getting the fastest time. Accuracy was essential when preparing the templates for cutting to ensure the cars meet the minimum requirements for the race.

With only two more sessions before race day, teams have started to put in extra time to make sure their cars are completed and tested ready for the final event. 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 Construction

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

 


 

Trampolining Coach Helps Students

Trampolining Coach Helps Students

On Friday 24th February Mrs Skelton’s GCSE group had a visiting coach from a local trampolining club, Zero Gravity. Anne Dodds is a successful coach who has recently had a number of national competition wins with her teams. She is spending three sessions this term with the GCSE PE group, giving them national standard coaching that will enable them to reach the highest possible grades.

Here you can see Tyler performing a seat landing, he went on to perform a front tucked somersault and a back straight somersault. These skills will be added into a 20/20 routine to perform in his exam.

All of the students behaved exceptionally and have relished in this opportunity.

Mrs Skelton
CL for PE

 


 

Netball

This Week's Netball

The girls made a great start in both games this week, with a quick ball from Savanna Choak then followed by some great defensive play by Mia Trolloe and Italy Sandercock. Holly Benner had to move well to get free of her blocking player but she did and all the girls stretched themselves to make it to the ball. The other schools came out determined to get ahead, and sometimes they took their shots quickly before we could get back to defend.

Sir John Hunt took lots of interceptions in the centre court as the opposition tried to play over us, Elisha, Sasha and Holly M-C making the most of stray balls. Maddy and Halle fed the circle well allowing Halle and Leah to score our goals. Despite losing one game and drawing the other we finished the games with our heads held high.

A good effort, but there are still skills to work on. Well done girls.

Final scores: 12-1 & 3-3
Player of the night: Holly Benner

Mrs Skelton
CL for PE

 


 

Nature Themed Computing

Nature Themed Computing Lesson A Hit!

On Wednesday 22nd February a group of students from Oakwood Primary took part in a nature themed computing lesson. Students were tasked with programming a game using the Scratch programming language, that would have a moveable character collect or eat items it finds on the screen.

During the session the students learned how to create sprites (computer game characters), make a sprite move using keyboard controls and how to collect items that could be eaten. The group worked so well, they were also able to include a scoring system to count how many of the items their characters managed to eat. In learning how to create the game, the students were introduced to several key components of programming, including algorithms, selection, variables, and iteration.

Nature Themed Computing

Mr Waite
CL for Computer Science

 


 

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Outdoor & Adventurous Activities Reach New Heights

The climbing club has now moved back to every Tuesday after school at the Plymouth Life Centre. This week was another fun week where the students started off in the bouldering cave and after a brief warm up they all challenged themselves to climb the hardest things they could fi nd. Some of the routes were the same as the previous week and the regulars attempted to master some of the climbs they couldn’t do previously. They then teamed up to take it in turns belaying each other and climbed to the top of the 16m wall, a very good effort. Climbing club continues every Tuesday 3:05 – 5:45pm, £5.

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Bikeability continued this week with a group of Year 7’s all passing their Level 1. Next week they will move on to their Level 2 and look at cycling in and out of junctions on Lancaster Gardens. The Wednesday afternoon group will all hopefully complete their Level 2 this week and will be looking to do their Level 3 in Year 8. Next term, we will start ‘learn to ride’ classes where we will teach students who require more confidence to learn how to ride a bike.

This was the last week for this cohort of intervention teams. Team 4 finished off with a long trip to Foggintor Quarry where Mr Alcock set up a climb for the students to attempt. First up was Arron Kennedy who raced up the first part of the climb. When he began to struggle with the next phase, it was his team mates who encouraged and motivated him to be able to get passed the arguably hardest part of the climb. It was lovely to see them working extremely well as a team and being positive towards one another. Intervention Team 5 had the responsibility to find the perfect location for our tree swing. After much deliberation, the ‘perfect tree’ and location was found for the swing to be set up. They had brilliant fun and all four students had a go, some even swinging as far as 180 degrees. Well done all.

When the weather is dry, lunchtime games continues outside every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday with competition hotting up in volleyball. We have had so many different students taking part in lunch time games and they are rewarded with a sticker inviting them in to our tepee for a free hot chocolate. When the weather is not so nice, come and join us in the performance hall where we will have a short video playing of extreme sports and athletes pushing themselves to their limits.

Well done everyone!

Mr Symons
PE Apprentice

 


 

Oakwood Primary Soundscape Project

Oakwood Primary Soundscape Project

The music department was joined by staff and students from Oakwood Primary School to take part in a music soundscape project.

Using the stimulus of a forest scene, the students were asked to imagine what could be in the forest and then create a soundtrack to represent their imaginary journey with music and sound FX. Students spent a long time thinking of all the fantastic things that they may hear, some of them were very creative with their sounds.

Soundscape Project

The resulting work, recorded using iMacs and Garageband captured some very vivid and graphic imaginations in a brand new format. The students were very engaged and very interested in using new technologies to tell stories and they loved being able to hear each others music.

Soundscape Project

Miss Wilkes and Mr Cleverley
ACL for Art & Creative Technologies & Music Teacher

 


 

Exciting Alumni Project Opportunity

Exciting Alumni Project Opportunity

As part of the Alumni Project three sixth form students have been selected to be mentored by former student and now Deputy Head of Corporate Affairs for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Neil Johnson.

Scott Cooper, Courtney Clark and Kristen Owen are now receiving one to one coaching sessions to help them with their career choices and give them ideas and support to obtain a career within the Civil Service.

To enhance this they have also been invited to London to have lunch with Neil and to spend the day shadowing him in Parliament and his various teams within DWP. This is an extremely exciting opportunity for each of them that will hopefully give them a good start with their career paths.

Miss Newberry
Career, Event and Marketing Coordinator

 


 

Netball Team Challenged By Top Coach

Netball Team Challenged By Top Coach

On Friday 10th February 2017, the Year 10 GCSE PE group had a visiting coach come into their practical lesson and deliver an international standard coaching session for their netball assessment.

Gaynor Bartlett is a very successful coach of two top of the league netball teams in the Plymouth District Netball League, as well as playing for a team herself and coaching children at the weekends. She is currently coaching Mrs Skelton and Miss Warring in their netball team 'Ivy Ladies Toos' and agreed to come in and deliver a session to the year 10’s.

After challenging their fitness in the warm up, she went on to do drills for footwork, passing, catching and turning in the air and shooting. The students all loved it and felt they had been pushed with their netball knowledge and skills.

Netball Team Challenged By Top Coach

Mrs Skelton
CL for PE

 


 

Rocket Car Report - Week 3

Rocket Car Report – Week 3

In the last session the teams finalised their designs and prototypes ready to construct and shape their rocket cars after half term. The students have been perfecting their use of the vibro saw and fine sanding techniques to ensure they can produce the most aerodynamic shape and achieve the highest speeds. The positions of the tether loops that allow a wire to keep the car in a straight line whilst under rocket power were demonstrated. There was also a demonstration on how to assemble the wheels and axles to avoid the car veering off the line. The starting shape and minimum chassis size are shown in the photos, before the final shaping begins.

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 Report Week 3

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

 


 

Upcoming Author's Visit

Upcoming Visit from Award Winning Author

On Tuesday 7th March Sir John Hunt will host an Author’s Day and the College will be visited by award winning author Tim Bowler. Tim is an English author born on the south-east coast who started writing at the age of fi ve, when he wrote short stories and comics. He published his first novel Midget in 1994 and in 2006 The Sunday Telegraph described him as the ‘master of the psychological thriller’. With a string of successful and award winning books behind him and a bright future ahead, Tim has agreed to spend the day with the students of Sir John Hunt.

Tim will be giving talks throughout the day and will be available to answer questions in the library at break time. There will also be an opportunity at lunch time for you to buy one of Tim’s books. These will cost no more than £6.50 and Tim will sign any books purchased on the day. The books available to buy will include; Blade 1: Enemies, Game Changer, Night Runner and Sea of Whispers.

If you would like any further information, please come and ask a member of staff in the library.

Tim Bowler Novels

Mrs Lloyd
Library Manager

 


 

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)