Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Head's Blog 22nd June 2016

I want to start by thanking parents for their attendance at yesterday's Year 10 Parents' evening. It was good to see so many mothers and fathers supporting their sons as they prepare for the Year 10 mocks which begin next week.

Lots of students have been involved in extra-curricular activities recently. For example Mrs Evans and Mrs Phillips took a group of boys to the Carnegie Book Event. They boys reviewed fiction for young adults nominated for the Carnegie Prize. Their contribution was assessed by judges and they were awarded 3rd place (out of 12 schools). Well done!
In May a group of our students really did the College and themselves proud when they entered the Devon Schools Triatholon.  The results of the Devon School Cup have not yet been calculated and reported but we are definitely in with a chance!

Here's the team photo.  Beth Ward in the 6th Form was a standout performer as she won the Junior Category, beating all the boys and girls who entered.  A fantastic achievement! James Anderson came along and coached the younger students which again was great. It has taken a while to calculate the overall result but I can now reveal we came third. Well done to all.

Also in May  we took 32 students from year 7, 8 and 9 to Brickfields for the annual Level 2 Super 8 Athletics competition. Unfortunately our 'B' teams could only manage 4th, just missing out on a medal, however our 'A' teams BOTH FINISHED 1st!

Our year 7 team made up from James Quintrell, Ben Cresswell, Jack Meertens, Isaiah Akinrowo, Ethan Carlisle, Michael Byrne, Sam Wisdom and Alfie Horswell - teamed up with 8 girls from PHSG - beat DHS by 3 points in the start (year 7) event.

Our year 8/9 team made up from Josh Jarvis, Taylor Kastiz, Freddie Davies, Lewis Johnson, Alfie Tasker, Joel Barlow, Luke Rosevear and Shaun Hillier - again teamed up with 8 girls from PHSG - won by over 100 points in the junior (year 8/9) event.

There were some absolutely outstanding individual and team performances listed below and for the third year in a row we will represent Plymouth at the Level 3 athletics tournament competing against the very best secondary schools around the county!

Thank you to all teachers who allowed students to leave lessons and a big thank you to Mr Coleman and Mr James who went with the boys.

Individual Performances:

WINNERS
RUNNERS UP
TAYLOR KASITZ – 100M AND LONG JUMP
SHAUN HILLIER – JAVELIN
FREDDIE DAVIES – 300M AND HIGH JUMP
100M RELAY TEAM (TAYLOR, FREDDIE, JOSH J, LEWIS J)
ALFIE TASKER – HURDLES
ALFIE HORSWELL – 200M
JAMES QUINTRELL – 100M / HIGH JUMP
ETHAN CARLISLE – HURDLES
BEN CRESSWELL – 100M
JACK MEERTENS – JAVELIN
SAM WIDSOM – 800M

100M RELAY TEAM (JAMES, BEN, ALFIE, MICHAEL)



Year 7 News
Jack Meertens and Ethan Carlisle are volunteering at this year’s 15 th Primary Hockey Festival with the Plymouth Schools Hockey Association, on the 9 th and 10 th June 2016. Without volunteers the event would be unable to take place, so these students’ dedication and support to the sport is incredibly valued.

Morgan McClean has recently been commended for his efforts towards the Armed Forces Day competition 2016. Mr Ousey and Mrs Coot kindly presented his certificate to him earlier on this week during Tutor time.


Well done Morgan! 
Jacob Jones’ Dad has recently participated in a Sky Dive to raise money for charity. The charity was for the Gold Dust Appeal at Derriford Hospital’s, kid’s cancer service in Plymouth. The Sky Dive took place at Dunkerswell Airfield in Honiton, and the total cash raised was £800.

Jacob showed the video to his tutor group which stunned them into silence; the intrigue (and slight panic at times!) on their faces was fantastic. Mr Ousey and I were also fortunate to watch the video with them, and I would personally like to say huge congratulations to Mr Jones and a thank you to all the Year 7 students who contributed towards the charity.

Please take a look at Mr Jones’ video using the link below;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7Iwgp8MhsA

Kind Regards,


Mrs Swann

Staffing News
Mrs Venn has taken the decision to leave her post of Assistant Headteacher at St Boniface's Catholic College. Viv has worked at the College for five and a half years and during this time she has provided a valued contribution as AHT and Faculty Leader of RE, English, SEN in addition to Child Protection  at various times. Her commitment has been uppermost to the boys to achieve their best both academically and in the wider community. The Governors and I would like to thank Mrs Venn for her commitment and dedication to this role during her time at the College and would like to wish her well for the future.


Mrs Venn has enjoyed her time at the College and would like to pass on her best wishes to the staff and students and wish them every success for the future.

Prayer Theme
This week the prayer theme has been "Talents" and the boys have been using this prayer in Tutor Time:

Almighty God, you have blessed each of us with unique gifts, and have called us into
specific occupations, relationships, and activities using those gifts. Enable us to use our
talents to witness to our faith in you and to communicate your love to the people we meeteach day. Empower us to be ministers of reconciliation, love, hope, and justice. Keep us steadfast in our commitment to serve actively in your name; through Jesus Christ our Lord,


Amen