22nd March 2019

Trips, Sport and Sparx

With only two weeks to go until the Easter break, we are still all very busy here at All Saints.  Year 11s and 13s are working incredibly hard in preparation for their upcoming exams.  Early results from BTECs are showing impressive results already for our students and a testament to their hard work and effort this year.

On Monday Miss Bennett and Mr Pike took the year 9 Sport Studies students to Marjon for a look into University life. The day started off really well with the students being welcomed onto campus and given a quick talk about basic University life. The talk was interactive and kept students engaged whilst also informing them on key aspects of University life and giving them a taster of creating their own club. The tour of the campus was well led by the student ambassadors who communicated well with the students as well as showing them all the key places that they would need to know if they were to attend Marjon.

Elle was particularly good at answering the students questions in a professional manner but also in a way that they would understand. The Sports Science lab is where students were able to get hands on experience in the sort of things they would be able to do if they attended University. They were able to participate in an anti-gravity running machine, reaction wall, look into biomechanical breakdowns of techniques as well as an environmental chamber. The day was finished with a sport session in the hall looking at team building and communication games which the students fully enjoyed. Overall the day was a great success with brilliant feedback from the students about how to apply for University and a lot of students have said that they would now like to go to University after the trip. The students conducted themselves well and were a true credit to the school. Many thanks to all those at Marjon and next Steps for hosting the event.

Over the previous three Tuesday’s our students have represented the school in the Plymouth Schools Central Venue league. This is where seven schools will meet and play each other once. It was noticeable that our performances improved each week, with the new challenge of 7 a-side presenting a greater demand for the boys to be comfortable with the ball in possession.

Nick Salop was recognised to be player of the tournament with his leadership, skill and athleticism shining in each game. Over the course of our seven games we won four and lost three, eventually finishing third behind Stoke Damerel and Eggbuckland. Congratulations to the boys (below) who participated and they look forward to their Plymouth Cup final next week vs Devonport High School for Boys.

The squad is:

Ashton Buckley

Brandon Rowe

Kenzy Mills

Nick Salop

Robert Tilley

Ryan Hobbs

Harley Trelease

Jake Henley

Jacob Chadwick

CJ Wood

Harley Graham

I had the pleasure of meeting with Dan and Spencer from Sparx this week to talk about next year and our partnership with them.  We have successfully used the Sparx homework app this year for our Year 7 and 8 students who have benefited hugely from the maths intervention it offers.  Students have been winning Sparx badges already for completing their work online.  Next year we are going to be using the Sparx Classroom app, which will see the homework style online learning piloted in maths lessons.  This is really exciting and I can’t wait for it to start in September!

Best wishes,

Lee Sargeant


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