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Health & Safety in PE

Health & Safety in PE

As a matter of safety in PE, it is the PE department’s job to do a number of health and safety checks, not just on equipment, but also on participants to ensure that they can participate in physical activity with a minimum risk of injury to themselves and others.

As part of these checks students, amongst other things, will be expected to have correct PE kit, including a gum shield and studded footwear for rugby, studded footwear and shin pads for football, correct trainers (fastened correctly), hair tied up (girls and boys with long hair), all piercings removed, not to be chewing gum and to have nails sufficiently short. Although some of these rules are not part of the 'uniform policy' they are a matter of keeping your child safe during PE lessons.

Thank you for your continued support with this

Mrs Skelton
CL for PE

 


 

Year 7 Rugby Team Training Hard

Year 7 Rugby Team Training Hard

Well done to the Year 7 Rugby team this term for developing their skills and understanding for Rugby Union. They have had some tough games over the course of the past few Thursdays playing a number of different schools. Their latest trip to King George’s in Elburton saw them beat Plymstock but lose to St Boniface.

Mr Beynon
Pastoral Leader Year 8 & 9/PE Teacher

 


 

Year 13 Selected for Devon Rugby Team

Year 13 Selected for Devon Rugby Team

Scott a Year 13 A-level student, has been selected for Devon Rugby’s U18’s squad after his coaches forwarded him for trials.

The first trial training session was on the 29th September where he and sixty other hopefuls trained to impress the coaches to secure their place on the squad. After the coaches narrowed their search for the squad, Scott was invited back on the 6th October and attended another trial. He was then selected from a squad of forty hopefuls to represent Devon in a twenty seven man team.

Scott played his first match, beating Exeter Chiefs Academy 21-5 on the 15th of October. After his performance at the game he was then selected to represent his home county for the 2017/18 season. His next game is in December where he faces Hampshire.

Mr Fort
Assistant Head of Sixth Form/PE Teacher

 


 

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Lake Jump

The Goldiggins Quarry on Bodmin Moor has been visited twice recently by our teams of eager students, each one intent on jumping from the cliff edges above the fl ooded old quarry. Everyone did it, some many times from the highest (25ft) cliff , others psyched themselves up and managed to do a jump from a lower cliff , showing great bravery in the process. Special mentions must go to: Jayden who was really nervous about doing it but wanted to conquer his fears, then hesitated for all of a minute before throwing himself in; Ashleigh, who hesitated rather longer, but eventually did it anyway despite the fear; Courtney who jumped off every height numerous times and Erika who had never done it before but for her fi rst jump chose the biggest one possible! A great effort from everyone in the cold weather and especially pleasing to see everyone encouraging each other.

Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing club has returned to the Life Centre due to the earlier evenings and bad weather. Our students have had a good go at all the new problems in the bouldering cave. Everyone has progressed from just having a go at everything to applying some comittment to overcoming a tricky problem. Students have spent a while on particular problems, challenging each other to get higher on them and showing resilience after falling off time and time again, but getting back up after a rest. We have particularly good group of Year 7s this year who have all managed to learn the technique of belaying each other and keeping each other safe straight away. Special mentions go to Courtney for her overall ability and comittment and to Rome for his effort and dedication. It’s also been great to see Jack, Jordan and Alfi e returning and helping out the Year 7s with any problems, it shows just how much they’ve learned over the past few years. Jack made it all the way to the top of the main wall showing everyone what is possible.

Rock Climbing

Duke of Edinburgh

The new intake of Year 9 for the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award set off one cold evening in October to walk up Sheeps Tor and along the edge of Burrator Reservoir. The students split themselves into 4 teams and listened to some navigation training from Mr Alcock, Mr Whitfield and Mr Cota, before setting off on their own to walk up on to the moor. After only a couple of radio calls to some teams who’d missed the change in path they all met Mr Alcock on the summit. It was starting to get darker so they descended into the woods, past Mr Cota and down to the road. They managed the 3.5km in just over an hour, which bodes well for their big expeditions where they need to complete around 10km per day. Thank you to the staff who gave up their evenings to help: Mr Cota, Mrs Evans, Mr Whitfield and Miss Heseltine.

Well done to all the students involved!

Mr Alcock
Outdoor Education & Adventure Activities Instructor

 


 

Principals Update

Dear Parents/Carers,

A busy start to the term with holiday master classes, Year 11 prefect camp, trips to the theatre, sports fixtures, science of fireworks event and lots more.

We are lucky to have such incredible staff that give this time freely to support our student’s learning and enrichment activities.

The Enrichment Week launch has been very successful and I am looking forward to students having the opportunity to take part in new experiences.

Plymouth Marjon University have written to me this week informing me that 3 of our students have recently graduated; Chloe Foss – BA in Sports Development; Devon Latimer – BA Hons in Children and Young People and Tonie-Marie Hammacott – BA Hons Primary Education. I am very proud that our students go on to do some amazing things.

This year Miss Williams has set down a challenge to all Year 9, 10 and 11 students that we will have the highest number of downloads for the GCSE Pod. We would be very grateful if you can ask your son or daughter to show you a pod and if you can encourage them to watch/listen to 5 pods each day. This is a fantastic way to revise and we have seen the impact that just 5 pods a day can have on their results.

I am looking forward to seeing you at the Year 7 and 9 Parents Evening on the 9th November and the Sixth Form Open Evening on the 13th November.

Yours sincerely,
Mrs Bevan

 


 

Students Step Up to Challenge

Students Step Up To The Challenge

The Learning Recovery teams have had an exciting and constructive term of outdoor activities where challenges have been faced and overcome. These challenges were by no means only the physical ones such as climbing a cliff, jumping into the sea or riding a mountain bike six kilometres. The students had to work together as a team, be organised and listen to instructions; all this whilst feeling nervous about the challenges ahead, not to mention such things as a fear of heights or deep water.

Each student has progressed in leaps and bounds (sometimes literally!) and it has been a pleasure to work with them all. I look forward to seeing them face a new set of challenges this term.

Here are some quotations from the students themselves about how they felt the term has gone:

Q: Do you think your behaviour has changed in any way?
A: “Yes, because I’ve started to be responsible and try a bit harder.”
A: “Yes, I think I take on more challenges.”
Q: Do you think you have got better at approaching challenges?
A: “Yes and no, because I enjoyed some and not some, but I think I improved on working in a team.”
A: “Yes because I am not afraid of heights anymore.”

We have a really busy year of activities coming up with Duke of Edinburgh, Bikeability and many more. If you are interested in any of these, then please come and speak to me.

Students Step Up To The Challenge

Mr Alcock
Outdoor Education & Adventure Activities Instructor

 


 

Mathematics Success for Maddi

Mathematics Success for Maddi

Maddi Ruth has joined the Year 8 Student Mathematics Community which is based at the Exeter Mathematics School (EMS). This community is formed with a single selected student from a range of schools across Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset.

The aim of the community is described as:

“Teachers frequently identify students within their settings who stand out from the crowd and who can find themselves working in isolation on mathematics that is beyond that of their peers. Our aim is to bring these students together, to enable them to work with peers who are similarly able, to provide stimuli which will deepen and broaden their appreciation of mathematics and its related fi elds and to support and encourage their development as problem-solving mathematicians.”

The launch day saw Maddi travel to Exeter by train accompanied by Mrs Gardiner and then walk up to the Royal Albert Memorial Museum. A fascinating museum full of artifacts collected by local adventurers. The headteacher of EMS welcomed all the students and accompanying adults and then challenged Ben Sparks to entertain and educate us all.

We then walked to the actual school and finally returned home by train. Maddi will be venturing up to Exeter four or five times a year to enjoy workshops until the end of Year 11.

What a treat for her and well done on being selected!

Mrs Gardiner
Leader for KS5 Maths

 


 

Pre Public Examinations - Years 10 & 11

Year 10 and 11 students will sit a series of Pre Public Examinations (PPEs) from Monday 13th November to Friday 24th November. Although November currently seems a long way off , this means that students will only have two school weeks after half term before PPEs begin. Therefore, it is important that they begin revising now.

PPEs give students the opportunity to sit exams in the exam hall and to become familiar with the exam process. It is also an opportunity for students, parents and staff to see how students are progressing in their GCSEs and to identify strengths and areas for development.

Students will be given guidance in school about how to prepare for their PPE’s but revision resources which are available include:

  • Revision sessions run through the Learning Café
  • GCSE Pod
  • ActiveLearn

In addition, the Learning Mentor team are experts on giving advice on how to revise and time management. Students are able to book one-to-one appointments with the Learning Mentors via the Book a Mentor board at the Learning Café.

Ms Williams Raising Standards Leader – KS4

 


 

Internet Safety - Bigo Live

Internet Safety

This week we have been made aware of a new internet site/mobile phone app called Bigo Live. This free app allows children to live stream their activity onto the internet for anyone who is interested to watch. This type of activity is fraught with risks as many predatory adults are known to use such sites to engage with children. The terms and conditions of the site say that users must gainparent/carer approval before using it but this rarely happens. The FBI are allegedly investigating some of the inappropriate activities associated with Bigo and children.

This is a timely reminder to check the websites that your child is accessing and monitor the use of their mobile devices. ‘Stranger Danger’ has moved from the outside world into children’s phones and computers. The website www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents is highly informative and may help to equip you with the knowledge you may require to talk to you child about their on-line profile.

Mr Marner
Assistant Principal

 


 

Students Inspired by History Professor

Students Inspired by History Professor

This term we have welcomed several guest speakers into school to help raise both student’s aspirations and awareness of careers. Last week we welcomed professor James Daybell who is the professor of early modern history at Plymouth University. Professor Daybell studied at Oxford University and spoke to students about his exciting career journey which has enabled him to travel all over the world, publish many books and make several television appearances.

Year 10 history students were able to pose questions to professor Daybell about his experiences and career and gain valuable insight into the wide range of careers linked to history. He also gave students sound advice on the importance of work experience, volunteering, study, life skills and self-belief leaving them inspired. As a result of the visit professor Daybell has invited the group to join him for a history lecture at Plymouth University when they move on to the next part of the curriculum.

Miss Newberry
Career, Event and Marketing Co-ordinator

 


 

Year 7 Camping Extravaganza

Year 7 Camping Extravaganza

The Year 7 Camp had good weather and an idyllic venue, which made for a wonderful first camping experience. Leaving after school on Friday the students were really excited and because their behaviour was so good we managed to get away by 4pm.

After the drive over the Tamar we arrived at the camp where the first arrivals helped Mr Alcock unload the van and lay out everyone’s bags to make them easy to fi nd. They did this really well and the help was appreciated. The students explored the area for a short while then all students watched a demonstration on how to set up a tent. Then the 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. Miss Davey and Mrs Roberts then served a feast of baked potatoes, beans and cheese.

The evening involved a chance to really explore the woods with many games of ‘sniper’, where students dodged branches, roots and the torch beams of the hunting staff to find the hidden torch at the far end of the woods. Thank you very much to Miss Warring and Mr Le Marquand for being such fun hunters! We finished off the evening by drinking hot chocolate and roasting marshmallows by the fire while Mr Cleverley helped the children to sing with his guitar. It was very impressive how many joined in with each chorus. Of course at this point all the students were very tired and settled down, going to sleep straight away, well not quite, but overall they were excellent.

There was some heavy rain in the night but the students stayed dry, proving how well they’d prepared their tents. In the morning some free time before breakfast saw many students playing in the woods, others chatting about the night or exploring the area, some even found a frog! More excellent behaviour and much improved listening allowed us to pack the van and get away on time. The trip was planned to wet the student’s appetite to engage with other outdoor and adventurous experiences in future years, such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award, Outdoor and Adventurous Activities club and other exciting expeditions.

I would like to thank all the dedicated staff who contributed to the trip by volunteering their time and eff ort including Mr Carpenter, Miss Newberry, Miss Davey, Miss Warring, Mrs Roberts, Mr Davis, Mr Cleverley, Mr Le Marquand, Mrs Evans, Mr Whitfi eld, Mrs Bevan and especially Mr Marner for providing such a wonderful venue. Many thanks for making the trip a truly special experience.

Mr Alcock
Outdoor and Adventurous Activities Coach

 


 

Netball Fever

Netball Fever

Four weeks into the term and our College netball club is flying high with record numbers of attendees. This week saw thirty five students from Years 7 to 11 attend the club and play matches to improve their skills. Whilst they weren’t playing students umpired the games to help increase their knowledge of the rules. They did a fantastic job, some were even harsher than Miss Warring and Mrs Skelton!

Netball Fever

With the Central Venue tournaments in full swing its great for us to have such a huge pool of players tochoose from, not to mention the amazing talent that we are seeing. Well done girls, keep up the good work.

Miss Warring
ACL for PE

 


 

A New Year of Adventurous Activities

A New Year of Adventurous Activities

The 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 Monday and Wednesday with their level 1 on the College’s MUGA.

Bikeability

Rock climbing club kicked off with two trips to the Dewerstone in September and attempts to climb three routes graded from ‘very difficult’ to ‘severly difficult’ in the guidebook for the area! We had nine students each trip and Mrs Evans along to help. All the students had a good go on at least two of the routes and were really keen to try all three. Courtney Smalley excelled by topping out on all her routes and setting the example for the others, showing them that it was possible. After some tentative starts all the students made headway and improved their highpoints, proving that with some determination they can succeed. All the students managed first time to learn the technique for belaying and keeping their partners safe. Hopefully many of them will come along to rock climbing club at the Life Centre every Monday evening 3:05pm - 5:45pm (£5) until May.

Rock Climbing

For their first week the intervention teams went into the woods for a zip line or rope swing and slack line 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. The second team had a go on the rope swing; pulling each other back and co-ordinating their efforts to send their friend flying into the air! Team 1 also broke the Year 7 record for ‘tree ball’ where they placed their ball 15ft up a tree without touching or throwing it. A result of good teamwork and communication. It was great to see them suceeding by being confident, helping each other and encouraging each other.

For the second week team 1 went to Bovisand Bay where they scrambled along the edge of the cliff s to see how far they could get. There was a challenging wave across a zawn (a deep narrow sea inlet) so the students used a rope to pull themselves across. Unfortunately the waves were too big around the corner so we retreated and swam back to the safety of the shore to play in the waves there. Again the students showed bravery in overcoming their fears, Ben Pearson being escpeially brave as he was the first across!

What a great start to a new academic year of outdoor and adventurous activities.

Mr Alcock
Outdoor and Adventurous Activities Coach

 


 

Principal's Update

Principal's Update

Dear Parents/Carers,

A busy term so far with Year 7 camp, rugby and netball fixtures, bikeability, cliff scrambling, spelling challenges and getting ready for master classes for 6th Form and Year 11 in half term. I enjoyed my visit to Year 7 camp and had hot chocolate and a sing song around the camp fire with some fine voices to accompany Mr Cleverley on the guitar.

One of the College priorities this year is to work more closely with parents to enable us to work together to support student progress. I look forward to meeting you at parents evening next term where I am sure there will be some good conversations about learning.

I wish you a happy and safe half term.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Bevan
Principal

 


 

Year 7 & 9 Parents Evening

Year 7 & 9 Parents Evening

Sir John Hunt’s first parents evening of this academic year will be on Thursday 9th November from 3:30pm to 6:30pm and is for Years 7 and 9. In order to make booking parents evening appointments easier and more efficient we will be using an online booking system for this and future parent’s evenings. In preparation for using the new system there is now a link on the Sir John Hunt Community Sports College website for the booking system. This link is in the form of a button, as shown below, and appears at the bottom of the college website's 'Home' page.

Parents Evening System Logo

We will be distributing an instruction sheet on how to book appointments closer to the date. This will also form part of the end of term newsletter. The system will use email to remind you of your appointments and to let you know if a member of staff would like to see you. Please can you contact students services or use the SIMS learning gateway to update your email address. The telephone number for student services is 01752 201020.

If you have any queries about accessing the system on receipt of the instructions then please contact me and I will be happy to help you. I would also value your feedback on this matter and your experience of using the booking system.

Mr Yalden
Assistant Principal

 


 

What is a Growth Mindset?

What is a Growth Mindset?

Our Year 9 MAT students have been working on the idea of growth mindset, during their morning registration sessions. It turns out, all of them believe intelligence isn’t fixed but is something that we can build. The majority of students have a very strong growth mindset, believing that eff ort has a huge part to play in outcomes, rather than just inate ability alone.

Those students who have a growth mindset will relish challenges in lessons, persevere when something is difficult, not be afraid of failure and practice weaker skills in their own time. "I can’t do Maths" is a prime example of what someone would say if they do not have a growth mindset!

The Year 9 MAT students have chosen their most difficult subject and a strategy that they are going to use from now on, when they struggle and have recorded these ideas in their planners. I look forward to meeting up with them next term so they can evaluate their efforts in these subjects to see if this approach is working for them.

Mrs Davenport
Most Able & Talented (MAT) Coordinator

 


 

Herald Journalist Gives Inspiring Talk

Herald Journalist Gives Inspiring Talk

Last week students from Sir John Hunt had a fantastic talk from Plymouth Herald journalist Miss Millicent Cooke. Here is an article written by Joe Aspey a Year 13 who attended the talk.

On Friday 22nd September Miss Cooke a reporter for Plymouth Herald, came in to talk with a group of Year 10 students, as well as some Year 13 students. Millicent came in to discuss the day-to-day life of being a reporter, as well as advising us on what we can do now, to gain an advantage in the journalism industry, and the world of work in general.

Miss Cooke highlighted to us that flexibility is integral in the journalism industry; "You will sometimes have to work anti-social hours, weekends or bank holidays. It is not a nine to five job". As well as that, she also highlighted how modern journalism requires reporters to work across multiple media platforms, from print to online and video.

Afterwards, I got to ask Miss Cooke some questions, one of her central pieces of advice within these questions was about getting work experience. "I’d say for whatever industry you are going into you definitely need to be proactive in terms of getting work experience in any sector. Even a retail job can be really valuable at teaching you skills". For the journalism industry specifi cally, she highlighted that work experience that involved "Teamwork, working under pressure and dealing with complaints." is beneficial. She also talked about how work experience doesn’t have to be related to the career you are aiming for, "I think any sort of work experience, it shows that you are prepared to work hard".

Miss Cooke’s advice was valuable, has given me a unique perspective on the journalism industry and makes me more excited to go on and study at university next year.

Joe Aspey

The day was a great success and we look forward to a busy academic year of interesting talks and inspirational guest visitors.

Miss Newberry
Career, Event and Marketing Co-ordinator

 


 

Principal's Update

Dear Parents/Carers

SJH Aumni GraduatesI love this time of year, especially when you can see the impact of all the hard work and commitment from students, parents and teachers which has culminated in success. I have recently received a telephone call from a parent to thank all the teachers for their love, support and encouragement which was given to his daughter, Megan, who has just graduated from the University of Plymouth.

Megan left Sir John Hunt CSC three years ago with A Levels in law, English and sociology and she went on to study law at the University of Plymouth. She graduated this summer with a first class honours degree and she also won two prizes: the Gordon McLeish Prize for Tort Law and the Plymouth Law School Prize for best student on the European Law Option. We always believed that Megan could achieve her dreams of becoming a lawyer and we are delighted that she has made the most of every opportunity and has gone on to achieve such fabulous success.

I am so very proud of all of our young people. My advice to each and every one of them is to dream big and go for it. We will be here to direct and support students and help them to find their own pathway to success.

Upcoming events:

Year 7 students are looking forward to the overnight camp on 29th September and I cannot wait to join them for hot chocolate and marshmallows around the camp fire.

During October half-term, we will be running our programme of master classes and I do hope that Year 11 students will take advantage of the opportunity to polish their understanding and prepare for the summer examinations.

Next month, we will have our Careers Fair on 17th October, starting at 3pm. This will be an excellent opportunity for students to start thinking about career pathways and we hope that parents and carers will also be able to join us for this important event. I look forward to meeting you at the Careers Fair.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Bevan
Principal

 


 

First Girls Netball Match of The Season

First Girls Netball Match of The Season

The winter central venue kicked off with the Year 9 girls netball at Heles. Sir John Hunt have gone up to the top division after winning our division last year!

We knew the competition would be really tough this year, but it wasn’t until we started the first match that we realised just how tough.

The other netball teams were made up of mainly club level players, with a couple of county players thrown in for good measure. The overall standard was incredibly high, however, no manner how the game was going or what the score line was the girls were amazing, always smiling and showing great sportsmanship.

The girls really did show true grit and never gave up, I am incredibly proud to be their coach. If you see any of the girls around College, please wish them the very best for their games to come.

Miss Warring
ACL for PE

 


 

Charity Cake Sale Before the summer holiday students from 9 Lowe, in particular Daisy and Natalie raised money for Cancer Research UK, through cake sales and raffles. The girls took the time to bake, sell and raffle the cakes during their break and lunchtimes to raise as much money for the charity. Over the two days the girls raised £163.04, which surpassed the agreed target in order for me, as their tutor, to dye my hair blonde.

Well done to them for all their efforts and thankfully my hair has returned to its natural colour, just in time for the start of term.

Mr Benney
Computer Science Teacher

 


 

Elevate Talk

Elevate Talk

On Wednesday the 6th of September the intervention team invited in a guest speaker from the London firm Elevate to help motivate, inspire and advise our Year 11’s. Paloma delivered an enthusiastic performance and seemed to capture the Year 11’s imagination. The aim of the talk was to build the confidence of the students and help raise their aspirations. The feedback from the students was positive, many exhibiting what they had learned in class later on in the week. The students were a credit to the College as they actively responded to questions and showed great manners throughout.

Elevate Talk

Mr Kershaw
Learning Mentor

 


 

School Books for Africa

School Books for Africa

As we approached the end of term there was a fantastic effort across all departments to find old textbooks to donate to School Aid, a charity which sends books and resources to less privileged children in Africa.

School Books for Africa

What started as a large pile soon grew into a small mountain! Calls went out for more boxes to package the books, which staff and students alike hunted down, all the while more books appeared out of dusty cupboards and shelves. Eventually all the books were boxed up and loaded into five cars! They were taken to the depot in Plymouth city centre where they were sent to Africa.

School Books for Africa

The charity dispenses the books to poorer regions, where students may never have been fortunate enough to receive an education if it wasn’t for the effort made by staff and students at Sir John Hunt.

Miss Jakes
Learning Support Assistant

 


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Praise for Sir John Hunt Tea Party

Praise for Sir John Hunt Tea Party

The school dining hall was transformed into a beautiful setting to host our fi rst ever Senior Citizens Tea Party. Over eighty local residents joined us for afternoon tea to celebrate the end of last term and our sixty year anniversary. The event was supported by The Royal Navy who not only provided the catering but were on hand with their team of stewards to deliver first class silver service. A wide variety of food was provided including sweet and savoury treats like traditional victoria sponge, pastries, freshly prepared sandwiches and scones.

Praise for Sir John Hunt Tea Party

Guests were greeted with a glass of Pimms served in a champagne flute decorated with butterflies and the team of Year 9 students and staff who helped to organise the entire event. The attention to detail was exceptional with detail such as favours, welcome cards, flower filled jam jars all decorated by hand and glass gems to finish off the tables. Sixth Form students created the atmosphere with a selection of music and live performance.

Already plans are coming together for the annual Senior Citizens Christmas Party and due to popular demand the Tea Party will be back again next year!

Miss Newberry
Career, Event and Marketing Coordinator

 


 

Results Day 2017

Results Day 2017

At the end of August, staff and students celebrated results day. There were some fantastic results and students were able to see the impact of all their hard work.

Results Day 2017

The Sixth Form team and Careers South West were on hand to discuss post 16 options and students were eager to confirm their plans for September now that they had the grades in their hands.

Results Day 2017

There were some excellent results across a range of subjects and grades, as well as an increase in the percentage of students achieving A and A* grades. A special mention must go to Leo Wondzinski who was in the top 3.5% of students nationally who achieved Grade 9 in the new GCSE Maths exam.

Results Day 2017

Our Sixth Form students also did really well, with all but one student confirming their first choice place for university. Our average A-Level result was a grade C with 100% of our students passing. In addition to this 96% of our vocational students passed their courses and they will now be entering employment or an apprenticeship. What an achievement!

Results Day 2017

The atmosphere was fantastic with many family and friends attending the event and sharing in the students’ joy. Congratulations to students on their results and we wish them the very best with their future plans.

Results Day 2017

Results Day 2017

Ms Williams
Raising Standards Leader – KS4

 


 

High Praise for College Open Evening

High Praise for College Open Evening

On Monday evening we welcomed potential students and their families from various local primary schools to Sir John Hunt. Throughout the evening they took part in a host of activities organised by all departments which gave them more insight into the College, our students, teaching and learning. Guests were escorted around by the new Year 11 prefects and Sixth Form students and were invited to meet teaching staff in the dining hall to discuss subjects over a welcomed cup of tea and a selection of delicious cakes.

Mrs Bevan welcomed the families into a packed performance hall and gave a speech reinforcing the message to the community that we are indeed a school to be very proud of, with many great achievements. The evening was a great success with much praise for our staff and students.

Open Evening

Here are some of the comments provided by parents on the night:

"Love this school, will be our first choice."

"Staff very welcoming and happy to answer any questions. Enjoyed the feel of the school."

"Very good, students are very polite."

"We thought the evening was very organised and impressive, all the teachers were friendly and approachable."

"Very good. Pupils were very helpful and answered all my questions, great job on their part."

Open Evening

Our next open event is on Wednesday 20th September; we will have two tours one at 9:30am and a second at 11:30am. Can all those attending please use the Woodview School entrance. If you would like any further information please contact student services on 01752 201020.

Miss Newberry
Career, Event and Marketing Coordinator

 


 

Principal’s Message

Dear Parents/Carers

The PrincipalI am so proud to have started my new role as Principal of Sir John Hunt Community Sports College and I look forward to working with students and families to ensure that our young people have the best life chances.

I would very much like to thank all parents/carers for ensuring that students are in the correct uniform; they do look incredibly smart and ready for learning.

My reflections on the start of term:

Year 7 students seem to have settled well and the fears of getting lost have evaporated as they now seem confident walking around the College. There is an opportunity for Year 7 parents to meet their child’s tutor on 27th September, if there are any questions or concerns.

Year 8 seem to have shot up over the summer break and they were a fantastic help in our incredibly busy open evening last week.

I met with Year 9s in assembly last week and showed them that they have one hundred and ten school weeks until their first GCSE Exams! They must make the most of every second as they launch into their GCSE courses.

Year 10 should take full advantage of our careers fair in October to really focus on their next steps and to ensure that they are fully aware of the progression routes available.

Year 11 have everything to prove, I have challenged them to achieve the best GCSE results ever. I know they love a challenge and we will support them all the way.

Our Sixth Form will be busy with university open days and UCAS applications over the coming weeks and months and it is exciting to consider the opportunities which lie ahead.

One of our College priorities this year is to work more closely with parents-carers to support students’ learning. Please look out for activities and events throughout the year and I would welcome any suggestions on how we can support your child’s learning.

I am looking forward to a busy term with lots of learning and enrichment opportunities for our students to enjoy.

Yours faithfully
Mrs Bevan
Principal

 


 

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

 


 

Active Adventures

Active Adventures

During the week, students took part in a wide range of adventurous activities, which challenged everyone in terms of their abilities, fitness and in some cases, facing their fears. We began at the Mount Batten Centre, with a day of stand up paddle boarding, where students first had a go individually and then working in teams of eight, racing against each other around the harbour. In the afternoon students took to the water again, this time in two person kayaks, where they practiced their paddling skills further as well as attempting a raft run.

On Tuesday we visited Tamar Trails where students faced their biggest challenge, climbing up a twenty metre tree and jumping off (attached to a safety wire). Students also got to fly down a giant zip wire, hone their archery skills and in the afternoon tackle the high ropes course in the tree tops. This involved making their way around obstacle courses high up in the canopy of the surrounding woods.

Active Adventures

Wednesday took us to Bristol Science Centre, where students could get hands on with state of the art interactive science exhibits, as well as have a tour around the galaxy in the UK’s biggest 3D planetarium. Thursday and Friday further tested student’s skills and fitness, mountain biking around Haldon Forest on purpose built trails and skills courses, followed by a more relaxed ride around Plymbridge Woods, bringing a very active and enjoyable week to an end.

Mr Waite and Mr Davis
Lead Teacher for Computer Science & KS3 Science and 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 Receive 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)