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Parents
Principal's Update
Dear Parents and Carers
 
This has been a short and busy term, with the Christmas break now a distant memory.  Students have started the year well, with high attendance to clubs and after school events.  I am very proud of the Year 11 and Year 13 students who have embraced the additional support of Period 7 and are working hard towards their final exams.
 
I am also very proud of Romana Bennett, our Youth Parliament candidate, who has met with Johnny Mercer MP, this week, to discuss mental health and opportunities for young people.  It is wonderful to see students engaging with the democratic process and having the confidence to debate issues that matter to young people.
 
As a College, we are delighted to have been successful in gaining Erasmus funding for trips to Italy, Bulgaria and Spain; to access this, our lucky Year 10 students have been asked to apply for an Easter trip to Europe.  This will be fully funded by the Erasmus grant and is a fantastic opportunity.
 
During the up and coming Parents’ Evenings, we will be welcoming your views and it would be great if you could take the time to complete our Parent Survey.  We will be publishing the results of the survey in the next couple of months.
 
Have a wonderful and safe half term and if your child says that they are ‘bored’, please encourage them to read a book!
 
Yours faithfully
 
Mrs Bevan
Principal
 
10 February 2020
Youth Parliament
 
Congratulations to Romana who won over 320 votes from Sir John Hunt students in the recent UK Youth Parliament elections. Her campaign promised a higher degree of focus on mental health provision for young people, a focus on removing the stigma that young students asking for help with their mental health sometimes feel and a greater encouragement of young people signing up for enrichment activities . She came across extremely well in her online video and we eagerly wait to see how the votes come in across other Plymouth schools. Well done Romana, we are really proud of you.

Mike Carpenter
Assistant Principal
 
17 January 2020

Year 7 Mathematics Masterclass

Four students in Year 7 had been selected to go on a trip for the day to Plymouth University, to explore subjects in Mathematics that are beyond the classroom. 

These students were Lewis, Evie, Emily and Ryan. The students studied Polyhedrons, Flexagons, and touched on Topology. They were particularly amazed about the Flexagons as they were like magic tricks! They were also amazed that a doughnut is mathematical to a mug, which if they went to study Mathematics at University, they could prove this. The Möbias Strip was another activity that the students enjoyed. All of the students were buzzing with excitement after the day and said it was fantastic. 

Throughout the day, the students engagement and behaviour was outstanding. If you see them around the College, please congratulate them on their exceptional behaviour and involvement on this trip.

Miss Richards
Mathematics HTLA

 

 
January 2020
Success in Music for Sixth Form Students

Talented Year 12 music students have been selected to take part in Interact, a creative music project coordinated by the Arts Council (England) and various music hubs, including Plymouth Music Education Hub.

The competition involves students writing and performing their own music and then taking part in a series of live showcases in our city centre. Amazingly, this leads to a large scale concert at Plymouth Pavilions on 26 March 2020, where bands will perform their music alongside a super sized youth orchestra made up of players from across Devon and Cornwall.

On 10 December 2019, Year 12 had a fantastic night showcasing their original music, together with future success stories from Year 9 and Year 11.

We are immensely proud of Lexi Taylor and Monty from Year 9, the youngest students by far; Daisy  and Megan from Year 11 and our entry for the competition from our Year 12 band Entropy, made up of Mckenzie, Kaitlyn, Emma, Ellie and Dora.

Our students are pictured here, together with Sixth Form students from Lipson Co-operative Academy. Year 12 enter the next round in the competition on 10 March, 2020.

Mr Cleverley
Music Teacher 

 
31 January 2020
Music Matters!
Our fantastic students at Nurture Group have had specialised music sessions, run by our very own music department.

The students have been focusing on building friendships and confidence through music. As well as this, we have been learning how having a hobby can help with mental and social well-being.

There has been an improvement in student's ability to communicate, contribute to a team and of course musical aptitude. Many of our students now want to take up an instrument for a hobby and have been attending music club after school and during lunch times.

The sessions have been fun, beneficial and successful. This would not have been possible if it was not for Macaulay, who kindly ran the sessions for us, big thanks go to you! Also, thanks to Mr Cleverley and Amelia for their assistance.

Miss Robinson
KS3 Learning Mentor
 
6 December 2019
Singing for Schools
On Friday 6th December our Year 7 students gathered together in the performance hall for Sir John Hunt’s annual Singing for Schools event. Accompanying them was a selected group of talented Year 9, with solos from Maddy Stanton and Tallulah Buckeridge.

The day was run by Jenny Cleverley who heads up Singing for Schools, with support from Mr Cleverley and his team of music volunteers.

It was a large scale singing masterclass in which our students learnt a plethora of new songs at the same time as acquiring and applying a range of singing techniques.

The musical genres stretched from the gentle piano version Oasis’ ‘Half A World Away’, to powerful, upbeat songs from 'The Greatest Showman'. There was also room for some pop classics such as Beyonce’s ‘Runnin’ and Pink’s ‘What About Us’, which our students have been learning to play in their music lessons.

At the end of the day, all the hard work our students put into rehearsals was showcased to over a 100 excited parents. Every single student involved gave their best performance and sang their hearts out.

It was a fantastic day for everyone involved. My thanks go to all the staff who supported the day, especially our music team, to our incredible Year 7 students and to our audience of proud parents, grandparents and other guests which gave the final showcase that extra sense of occasion.

Mr Cleverley
Music Teacher
 






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