Friday, 7 June 2013

St. Boniface's College Blog for week beginning 10.6.13

St. Boniface’s College Blog for week beginning 10th June 2013

This Blog is now available directly from the College website for ease of access.

The highlight of the last week was undoubtedly the whole school Mass of St. Boniface celebrated outside in the sunshine on Wednesday. Many thanks to Father John for leading the Mass and to Mrs Chapman and team for arranging such a wonderful occasion. A few photos of the Mass are shown below. We will be making this an annual event.



Our new website is up and running and I would ask that all parents familiarise themselves with it please.

Passwords to parents for the Sims Learning Gateway, SLG, will soon be provided – this will give parents access to live data on their sons progress and attendance as well as providing an easy route to accessing homework and guidance for its completion. We expect the site to be fully operational very soon, please excuse the Latin text under the ”Events” heading!

Next week Year 10 sports leaders will be visiting tutor groups to organise Sports Day teams.  Year 7 – Tuesday; Year 8 Wednesday and Year 9 Friday

Please see link below for the PE clubs for this term:-


Year 7

Year 7 have jumped straight back into their hard work and effort this term which is so pleasing. We are going to be celebrating their achievements in a special celebration assembly scheduled for the end of June, where students will be presented with various pastoral certificates, including Head of Faculty, Head of Year and Tutor awards. This will be in addition to the Academic Awards Evening and will celebrate rather the effort and enthusiasm seen by the tutor team throughout the year.

A special mention this week goes to Luc, who went to Bristol to try out for a place on the under 13 basketball team but the coach decided to choose him for the under 14 basketball team at Marjons! What a fantastic achievement, well done Luc! Also in the news, Calum and Ali (7V) won a football tournament last Saturday with Ivybridge and Callum was given the referee’s tournament player award, really well done boys.

This week’s assembly was presented by Miss Heduvan on the theme of CAFOD. This weekend, the G8 leaders will come to the UK. At their meeting, they have the power to act on global hunger IF enough of us demand urgent action.  Together with CAFOD and a large number of other organisations, St. Boniface’s Catholic College want to show the Government and world leaders that we, as a Catholic Christian community support the campaign to end world hunger. The assembly about CAFOD’s IF Campaign was very thought provoking and during period one on Wednesday, Year 7 took part in a photograph on the field spelling out the word “IF”. The photograph has now been sent to CAFOD and should shortly appear on their website, thus showing our support for the campaign. Thanks to Miss Heduvan for this great experience.


We have the school photographs on June 17th. Please ensure that your son is looking smart and with that in mind, can I remind you please that all students should be adhering to the hair and uniform requirements. I appreciate your cooperation with this.

I wish you all a lovely weekend! – Miss Beales, Head of Year 7.

 Year 9 Update – Mr Scott

Year 9 students returned refreshed and ready to work Tuesday following a hugely successful Curriculum Enrichment Week and a summery half term break.

Over the past few months, I’ve worked closely with the Heads of English and Maths to design a new set of classes for the students before they begin their GCSE courses on
July 1.  We shifted to the new classes, which will give students a settling in period of 4 weeks before the real work begins.  In the meantime, a temporary system is in place to offer students the best possible opportunity to develop their own learning.

The temporary curriculum model ensures students who have opted for subjects get access to those specialist teachers, whilst offering a robust and useful course to everyone not taking the subject at GCSE.  The Senior Leadership Team have been instrumental in the creation and staffing of the ‘transition program’ – for which I am very grateful.

We’re very happy to announce that Mr Ousey has rejoined my pastoral team taking over 9G.  Mrs Snell kindly stepped in when Mrs Phillips went on maternity leave – 9G were very grateful to Mrs Snell and bought her some pink, sparkly (and slightly tacky) Flambards presents to thank her for looking after them.

As Head of Performing Arts – the addition of Mr Ousey to our team will allow for an additional assembly each week focused on singing as a group.  Pitch Perfect… Glee… watch this space!

Photo: Year 9 students at Deutches Eck in Koblenz on the Rhine trip.

Reminder: School blazers need to be worn to school as normal; if it is a ‘non-blazer day’, students will be informed in P1.  Also, students are not allowed to wear earrings at school – not even with a plaster over it.  Do not get your son’s ears pierced until the summer holiday.  Thank you.

Photo: Year 9 students stop for a game of rugby on Plymouth Hoe on the Delve into Devon trip.

Year 10

All the year 10 boys were on work experience during the week beginning the 20th to the 24th of June. The feedback from the employers and the members of staff that visited the boys at their work place was very positive.  The boys represented the College and themselves impeccably and in the process enhanced the reputation of the college around the city. The boys have had a valuable taster of what the world of work will be like for them and they have had an insight into what the expectations of a future employer will be. The experience appears to have focussed the minds of the boys much more on what they want to achieve in life and how they will go about getting the career they aspire to. Overall, the experience has been very positive one for everyone involved. 

Mr. Redfern

Year 10 Exams 19 - 27 June 2013

Wed June 19
Week A
Period 1 and 2
Period 4 and 5
Physical Education
Thursday June 20
Period 1 and 2
Religious Education
Period 4 and 5
Maths (Non Calculator)
Monday June 24
Week B
Period 1 and 2
Period 4 and 5
Wed June 26
Period 1 and 2
Maths (Calculator)
Period 4 and 5
Thurs June 27
Period 1 and 2
Period 4 and 5
Product design


These exams will be conducted under the same rules as external exams, with each boy being issued with an exam desk in the Gym (or Learning for Life Room.)  Boys need to make sure that they have all the correct equipment (in a see through pencil case or plastic bag) including a calculator, where necessary.

At all other times the students will have normal lessons.

Year 11, 12 and 13 

Students in these years are still in the midst of very important external examinations. They remain in our thoughts and prayers.





SBC Surf Academy 2013

SBC Surf Academy saw 38 grinning boys showing their perseverance and enthusiasm in riding the wave with a gradually increasing off shore wind creating a challenge for all in the Atlantic waves. Wave worn and weary, sun kissed and wind- blown the blazing camp fire on our two nights’ camping was just one of the many highlights of an experience which tested the resolve of each member.  We all look forward to next year’s week with relish!

Mr Trimmer

Seale Hayne:

Our fantastic week at Seale Hayne had the boys working together and eagerly meeting the challenges in a wide range of activities including archery, laser combat, bushcraft and bonfire building, music workshops, Frisbee, kite flying, radio shows, horticulture and farming, mountain biking, movie nights, orienteering, team building games and a disco! Full of action and laughter, one comment sums it up: ‘I loved it because it was original and really fun’. 

Miss Redfern


Multi-Media Week 

A week of creativity and imagination as the boys created their own Photostories using animation, sound and visual software.  The skills developed throughout the week, not to mention the healthy competition seen in the board and virtual games, resulted in the creation of exciting and impressive Photostories on all aspects of European countries.  A highly impressive and fun week, well done to all the boys.


Learn to Ski 2013


With great weather for skiing the 47 students showed us and themselves their ‘winter sport’ prowess.  The boys learnt new skills and advanced those they already had. It was not just skiing, but snowboarding, tobogganing on the “Cresta Run” and snow tubing, were also tried out. All students proudly received their awards during Friday afternoons’ presentation and buffet celebrations.


Delve Into Devon’

This year’s ‘Delve Into Devon’, Curriculum Enrichment Week activity has been another resounding success thanks to the 4 staff and 20 pupils involved.  The week offered pupils the opportunity to put into action many of the learning habits we have been promoting during class time.  A busy week saw us at Paignton Zoo, the Marine Aquarium Ice skating, Ten Pin Bowling and designing and painting our own mugs in Totnes.  Despite the weather, fun, laughter and new friendships were embraced by all involved. It was truly a fantastic week enjoyed by all involved…roll on next year!


Sports Group 

A group of 52 boys and a very talented staff team (!) thoroughly enjoyed five days of sporting activity. These activities were largely based at the Life Centre and the Ten Pin bowling centre at the Barbican Leisure Park. Sports that the boys took part in included basketball, 5-a-side football, badminton, cricket and ten-pin bowling. Paintballing on Wednesday went down very well! 

The bowling on Thursday and Friday afternoons is always enjoyable and a personal highlight for me. This year again was no exception and the staff certainly took the competition very seriously!  

Thanks to the team of staff for all their hard work and dedication during the week. Their help and support certainly made my life a lot easier.  

Well done to the boys who thanked the staff for providing them with such a good week. A small word of thanks goes a long way! We look forward to seeing some of you again next year.

 Mr. B. Tucker

Group Organiser


Monday 10 June 2013
08:10 – 08:45 Table Tennis Breakfast Club
13:35 – 2:20 Film Club (F136)
13:35 – Geography Club (A9 or A6)
13:35 – Quiz in the Library
13:35 – Various Clubs in the Learning for Life Centre
13:35 – Fitness Suite
15:20 – 16:20 Extended Learning Club – Library
15:30 – Flag Football
Tuesday 11 June 2013
Geography Field Trip to Dawlish Warren – Year 10
13:35 – 14:20 Film Club (F136)
13:35 – Card Games in the Library
13:35 – Various Clubs in the Learning for Life Centre
Wednesday 12 June 2013
13:35 – 14:15 Careers Club in the Library
13:35 – 14:10 Board Games Club BWF (Art Room E123)
13:35 – Knitting Club (Miss Gosling’s room)
13:35 – 2:20 Film Club (F136)
13:35 – Geography Club (A9 or A6)
13:35 – Various Clubs in the Learning for Life Centre
15:20 – 16:20 Extended Learning Club – Library
15:20 – 16:20 Gardening Club (LfLC)
15:30 – Flag Football
15:30 – Cricket
15:30 – Mountain Biking
Thursday 13 June 2013
St Anthony of Padua – Patron Saint to animals, travellers and American Indians
10:00 – Music Concert – show at 12:35
10:50 – 11:15 – Year 10 Student voice (Room 136)
13:35 – 14:20 Film Club (F136)
13:35 – Various Clubs in the Learning for Life Centre
13:35 – Geography Club (A9 or A6)
15:20 – 16:20 Extended Learning Club – Library
15:30 – 16:30 Stem Club (Mr Smart’s room)


Lord, lead us to look for the positive in all people and in all situations.

May we help bring light to those in darkness, and encouragement to those

 who feel unhappy. May we show as much care for others as we would like

 them to show for me.


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