Friday, 14 June 2013

St. Boniface's College Blog for week beginning 17th June 2013

Hello once again all,

Another very busy week here at the College with the majority of our Year 11 students taking their final GCSE Examination – there were many relieved and happy student faces in the College. The students have been a real credit to themselves, their families and the College over their most stressful weeks and I would like to thank every single one of them. I hope that they get the grades that reflect their hard work.

Monday is photograph day with all pupils having their portraits updated for use within the College.

On Wednesday we have our Key Stage 3 Awards evening, starting at 6pm in the College hall - another opportunity to demonstrate how proud we are of the pupils. Please do come along to support.

On Friday we have our College Sports Day and we are trying something a bit different this year with all pupils being encouraged to get involved in some kind of sporting activity as well as the more talented.

The G&T Computer Science event, Code Skool, on the 13/6/13 was a great success!
5 Year 8 pupils spent the day at Plymouth University’s  School of Computing and Mathematics and were in competition with 3 other local schools. They were given the challenge to create a website and embed a game on to it to teach young people about online safety on social networking sites. They were able to utilise each other’s skills and, with the guidance of the University’s computing students, write their website and game using code. They won the award for ‘Best Team’ and a £10 ITunes voucher each!
Well done Keenan, Jack, Matthew, Win and James! 

C S Redfern (G&T Coordinator)

The music department played host to several primary school visitors last week – all appeared to be enjoying themselves!

Year 10 exams take place next week as below: 

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.



The PTFA are holding a quiz on Friday 5th July to raise money to refurbish our College's fitness suite. Please come along to support this worthy cause! To secure your table, please send £21in an envelope labelled 'PTFA Quiz' to the College reception along with the details of your 6 team members. Hurry, tables are selling fast!

Year 7

Year 7 have continued their hard work and effort this week. 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 (June 19th) and will celebrate rather the effort and enthusiasm seen by the tutor team throughout the year.

A special mention this week goes to Toby and Urban who are going to an awards evening where they will receive awards on behalf of their football team - Railway Beacon, who were runners up in the Warspite Cup this season. Toby has also been selected for Plymouth Youth Football Team, a great achievement. More football news, Callum has won another football tournament  – he also got top goal scorer of the match, well done Callum!

In other news, Harry in 7V is raising money for the British Legion by selling raffle tickets around school and Matthew raised £200, on his own, for his rugby club (Stonehouse sharks).  I believe that this was achieved through completion of a marathon to raise the money, so I think that deserves a big well done!


I mentioned in last week’s blog that our assembly was presented by Miss Heduvan on the theme of CAFOD. On Saturday, there was a celebration held in Hyde Park in London to support the “IF Campaign” presented by Myleene Klass. The assembly with year 7 about CAFOD’s IF Campaign, was very thought provoking and during period one on Wednesday of last week, Year 7 took part in a photograph on the field spelling out the word “IF”. The photograph was sent to CAFOD and appeared on their website, (We are photo 16). We also were “retweeted” on Twitter and thanked personally by Myleene Klass for our support! So year 7 are now officially famous!


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.


Some important dates for the Year 7 diary;


June 17th – School photographs – remember to look smart!

June 19th – KS3 Awards Evening – please come along to celebrate with us, the achievements of our great year group.

June 21st Sports Day – all day event in school please sign up with your tutor to take part in the events.

July 1st – New Academic Year for all students. (Year 7 will progress into Year 8 and Mr B. Tucker will be the new Head of Year).

July 5th – PTFA Quiz Night! 7.30pm. Please come along and support our event – Mr MacCormick is our resident Quizmaster for the evening! It should be great fun.


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

Year 8

Once again, year 8 enjoyed another jam packed curriculum enrichment week, with many different activities ranging from surfing, farming, sports, and cookery. Miss Sanford tells me the group that attended Seale Hayne Agricultural College, were a credit to the school.

Students are currently engaged in selecting their sports teams for the annual sports day event, which this year will be held on the school premises, it is the intention that all of the year group will participate in one or another activity.

Students from 8B this week presented an assembly in line with the G8 conference and CAFOD on the topic of food for everyone, showing support from the schools  Christian community, highlighting important issues around world hunger.

Following consultations with the heads of English and maths, a number of academic group changes have been made for the new academic year starting July 1st.  Although change can be unsettling for some students, I am confident that the new class placements assigned will be the best to enable students to achieve or exceed their potential.

This Wednesday 19th June is the KS3 awards evening where a number of the year group will receive certificates and awards in recognition of their efforts over the last 12 months. Refreshments will be available prior to the ceremony, and I look forward to meeting many of you there, where we can celebrate the hard work of our students.

Year 9

The adjusted timetable continues to offer students in Year 9 the opportunity to focus on their core subjects and their option choices, whilst exploring Finance, Health, Citizenship, Community, Enterprise, and Identity through a ‘challenge-based’ program on the IT system.

 I’m looking forward to seeing Year 9 parents at our Information evening on Tuesday June 25th starting at 6pm in the Main Hall.  The event will include an overview of the next two years, introductions to the faculty leaders for the year group, and the launch of the SIMS Learning Gateway for parents.

 In addition, each of your son’s GCSE teachers will be in attendance, offering specific guidance on their courses.  As this is a formal school event, students should attend in full uniform.

Year 10

The successful work experience the year 10 boys recently undertook has been commented on in glowing terms by their employers, the vast majority of whom were very impressed by the quality of the boys work and their general attitude.  Below are just a few, among the numerous amazing comments, we have received from delighted local employers.  Waterstones, wrote that Ben was 'a real asset to the team and we would employ him if a vacancy arose', Bluestone 360 Ltd wrote that Michael 'worked on a live brief from a client band he worked professionally to deliver a credible end result that we will put forward as part of our presentation.  Well done Michael. Keyham Barton Primary School wrote that Myles 'carried out many tasks efficiently and accurately'. Congratulations to all the boys for making their parents and the school proud.

A number of our year 10 students carry out charity/voluntary work and we want to formally thank them for their efforts.
Josh : helps out at the Devon Raptor Rescue Centre in Outland Road.

Nick : working towards his Duke of Edinburgh bronze award and works weekly with the local Cubs group in Bere Alston and  and helps with 'Operation Sunshine' which is a Christian charity that ships clothes & practical goods out to Zimbabwe, Zambia & Tanzania.

Lewis : works voluntarily with the Carnival Committee in Tamerton Foliot helping to prepare & organise events and marshall parades. Monthly/ alternate months. May Carnival in Tamerton Foliot being one the biggest local carnivals.

Year 12

All lessons are now back to normal after their AS examinations.  A2 content ready for the Year 13 examinations have now begun.



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


Monday 17 June 2013
School Photo Day
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 – Year 10 Baseball

Tuesday 18 June 2013
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 19 June 2013
‘A’ Level Moderator for Art.
Carnegie Medal Presentation by Year 9 students
at Tavistock College
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 – Athletics
15:30 – Cricket
15:30 – Mountain Biking
18:00 - KS3 Awards Evening

Thursday 20 June 2013
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)
                              Friday 21 June  2013
             SPORTS DAY.


Help me, Lord, to discover the talents I have been given, and not to let them lie unused but to make the best use of them both for myself and for others. May sport help to bring out the best in people, teaching us the lessons of commitment and co – operation, of fairness and appreciation. May sports, hobbies and interest help me to develop my personality that I may be renewed and re – created in your image and likeness.


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