Friday, 2 May 2014

St. Boniface's College, Headteachers Blog for wb 5.5.14


Hello once again,
 The weeks appear to be flying past with our students all so busy!

 Could I take this opportunity to remind parents and pupils that mobile phones should not be brought to school. We have had a number of incidents this week that have resulted in disciplinary procedures for pupils over them. We are all aware that pupils do bring in mobile phones, modern society, but when pupils have them out in lessons teachers have been instructed by me to confiscate them for parents to collect, as per our policy. Pupils who are texting are not paying attention to their work and are disrupting others. Thank you all for your support in this matter.

The renovation of our sixth form facilities phase 1 is now completed. We hope that this will reflect our seriousness to support our post 16 students in their studies by providing them with modern and appropriate facilities in which to reach their full potential. More work is planned for over the Summer break.

Thanks to pupils, parents and staff for supporting our Motiv-8 project with their mufti contributions – I am pleased to say that we are getting very close to our target, so well done to all.

The GCSE season has started with the Art GCSE taking place, I popped in and observed the boys generating some super work – a very good start. Mrs. Wills was very happy so the standard has been set! A copy of the examinations timetable for both A levels and GCSEs can be found on the College website, home page – please do ensure that your son/daughter is familiar not only with the day but also the time of the exam – rushing around early of a morn after a phone call home is not ideal preparation!

Could I invite all KS4 parents to the KS4 Celebration evening on Tuesday 6th at 6pm in St. Peter’s Church. I know an awful lot of work has gone into arranging the evening from staff and students and I for one am looking forward to it.

Huge thanks must also go to our new CAFOD Ambassadors, Marcello, Lewis, Matthew, Jack, Brandon and James West and the staff who accompanied them on their training. Reports back indicate they were not only excellent ambassadors for CAFOD by the end of the day but that they were also a credit to St. Boniface’s.

The Nick Maloney Memorial Rugby match is taking place at Devonport Services ground on Friday 9th May, KO is 6.30pm I believe. A lovely opportunity to meet old boys and past staff to celebrate the life of our colleague Nick.

The Plymouth History Festival starts 1st to 31st May 2014. There are numerous activities and events scheduled to take place throughout the month of May. It is an exciting way to learn about some of our local history! To find out more please visit

 History Department

Five of our more able history students were joined by DHSB, Notre Dame and Eggbuckland for a day at Plymouth Museum. They sorted through Medieval pottery that had been found on the Barbican and categorised the different parts for the museum staff, to aid preservation. They looked at other Medieval artefacts before exploring the museum and galleries. They represented the college wonderfully and were impeccably well behaved!


Year 7 Basketball

The year 7 basketball team travelled to All Saints on Thursday for a one-off tournament. The boys played really well winning 3 out of 4 games, narrowly losing to Coombe Dean 6-4 but winning comfortably against All Saints 'A', All Saints 'B' and DHSB.

 Well done to James H, Marcin K, Freddie D, Tom M, Luke R and Taylor K - the staff from the other schools commented on how well we played, the confidence on the ball, movement off the ball and the skill level shown...myself and Mr Claricoates were extremely impressed! With a little bit of practice on tactics the lads will hit the ground running in next seasons league fixtures.

 Mr James 

Well Done lads - Mr Davies

 Exams information

All Year 11, 12 and 13 should now have a timetable for their public exams which start on May 12th, which gives the room number and seat number in every exam.

Please can you ensure that your sons and daughters are aware of the following:-

·         They must bring in the necessary equipment for every exam in a see-through pencil case or plastic bag.  BLACK PENS

·         They should arrive at least five minutes early for each exam so that they are seated and ready to start by 9am or 1.45 pm.

·         If there is any serious problem at all which will prevent them from being in the exam, or will cause them to arrive late, you should phone school as early as possible to discuss the situation.

·         No mobile phones, electronic devices eg watches or headphones are allowed in exams at all – the exam boards will disqualify candidates if they do not adhere to the JCQ rules.

·         French and German GCSE reading exams are not listed on the timetables.  Boys will remain in the same room where they are sitting the listening exam and take the reading exam immediately afterwards.

·         Good luck to all our candidates.


And finally, please remember that the GCSE, GCE and BTEC Certificates will not come back into school until about November 2014 – they will be presented at the Awards Evening.  If you cannot attend this you must arrange to collect your certificate early in 2015.   I still have certificates from 2012 and 13 which haven’t been collected: the rules from the Awarding Bodies are that schools need only keep them for 12 months from date of issue and they can then be shredded.  You will need these at some point later in your life, so keep them safe!
Mrs J Gimblett

Exams’ Officer


Have a lovely weekend all,

Mr. Davies

 Year 7

A very rainy week to end April! Let’s hope we have some better weather in May, it’s pretty miserable for year 7 not to be able to play on the yard during break and lunch! Our fantastic year group have already earned themselves 386 merits, just in this two weeks of half term! What an incredible achievement. Well done boys! I’ll be looking forward to this term’s kindle draw with so many names being added!

This week’s assembly was a lovely assembly from Mrs Polson and 7B. We were reminded about manners and how we should always be polite, courteous and kind at all times. The reading was loud and clear so everyone could hear! Thank you to 7B for putting in so much hard work to make this such a lovely assembly. We are very much looking forward to 7E and Miss Heduvan’s assembly on Tuesday.

We had a mufti day on Friday to raise further money for our Project Motiv-8, which will see our gym refurbished for all students to enjoy. It was lovely to see a range of “onesies” from the year 7’s! A very interesting choice of clothing!

I am getting increasingly concerned with the amount of Year 7 students who are starting to try and bend the rules on uniform. It is expected that all students have the correct uniform and look smart at all times. I know there are occasions where some of the older boys may be seen not sticking to this rule, but I know that their Head of Year is just as strict and on to them, as much as I am! My year group is something I am so proud of and hope, that with your parental support, we can nip this in the bud before it gets out of hand. Thank you for your continued support.

To continue the extremely high standards that Year 7 demonstrate, please can I also ask parents to make a note of the following;

·         Mobile phones should not be on during the school day. They should be switched off and in bags so that learning is not disturbed.

·         Home learning should be completed for all subjects in a timely manner. Please can parents insist on checking planners and guiding the students with organisation.

·         Please can parents ensure their son has a reading book in his bag every day to support our reading scheme. This is to further help and improve literacy standards whereby all students will undertake 30 minutes of silent reading each day.

I hope you all have a lovely Bank Holiday weekend, hopefully in the sunshine!

Miss Beales


Year 8

Thanks to Dr Trimming for leading our assembly last week on the theme of Easter. It was also good to hear an account of her visit to Rome over the Easter break. It sounded like a great trip!

Well done to the rugby team who attended an event at Marjons on Monday, the Varsity challenge. All went very well by all accounts and the boys thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon.

Yesterday, Thursday, Eryk O., Toby M., and Ben B. should have been competing in a cycling event at Central Park but the weather was so awful that it was postponed. Thanks to Mr Weaver for organising this for the boys. I know that the boys were really looking forward to the afternoon.

Congratulations to Brandon S. who is a member of the Pilgrim Boxing Club. After recently passing his medical he can now look forward to competing in his first proper bout. Good luck to him! Well done, too, to Jessie C. who continues to attend the Argyle football training club on a Saturday morning and Jessie recommends it to anyone who wants to improve their football skills and have fun at the same time.

Jay H. reports that his football team have just won the league for the third consecutive year. That’s a great achievement!

Finally, good luck to the cricket team who play their first games on Tuesday at Eggbuckland.

Mr. Tucker

Year 9

Well here we are May already, just entering the GCSE and A – Level examination period for 2014, before we know it, it will be our year group sitting their first GCSE's. Good luck to all the lads sitting their exams this year.

Thanks to Mr Glanville and Ms Chapman who took a group of year 9's to a CAFOD Young leaders conference this week, I understand from Mr Glanville that the lads did the College proud and that they have all come back full of enthusiasm and ideas of how they can raise the awareness and money to aid some of the projects.

I hear that the lads representing the College this Friday in an Ability Football tournament at Exeter City Football ground against schools and colleges from across Plymouth and Devon mainstream and Special Schools have been working and training hard together under the watchful eye of Mike Murphy are geling well together as a team, I hope you enjoy the experience and achieve the rewards you deserve. More news next week.

Finally, again, I wish you all a happy May Bank Holiday weekend.

 Mrs. Mcloughlin

Year 10

We were very impressed with the assembly on Monday regarding Camps International’s planned trip to Cambodia.  Students can raise the money through sponsorships and join a group in Cambodia for a month.  The letter has been emailed to Year 10 parents by Mr Scott.  Thank you to Mr Claricoates for arranging the presentation.

The upcoming Year 10 paintballing reward events are fast approaching – last call for payment/consent form please.

Fifteen boys will be taking part in Patient Journey Day on June 18th following a stroke patient through diagnosis and rehabilitation. The workshops include, Physiotherapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Dietetics, Paramedicine.  Any students interested should see Mr Scott to put their name forward.

Ray Rosevear’s Retirement – Plymouth Citycoach

Mrs Potts and I made a visit to Plymouth Citycoach this week to present Ray Rosevear with a retirement card and gift to thank him for his decades of service to St Boniface’s.  It is estimated that Mr Rosevear had helped arrange the transport for over 10000 Bonnie Boys over the years.  We wish him well!

Year 11

The first external GCSE examination started on the 1st May, with the majority of GCSE’s starting on the 12th May.  Mrs Wills, Head of Art, was gushing with pride in how the boys taking their formal Art GCSE examinations have conducted themselves so far and mentioned that their attitude and conduct was impeccable.   Mr Greenway was equally complementary in how the boys taking GCSE PE conducted themselves during their practical coursework external assessment.  Hopefully, this excellent start bodes well for the rest of the examination period for all the boys.

Just a gentle reminder that Mr Tew, Director of sixth form at the College, has sent out  a letter  inviting all year 11 boys to three  informal  sixth form taster days starting on the 30th June.  This will be an invaluable opportunity for your son to gain an insight into what being in the sixth form will be like and to see what courses will be on offer.  There will be an opportunity to talk to our current AS, A2 and BTEC students and for your son to sample every subject on offer at the college.

The official leaving day for all year 11 students will be the 9th May 2014.  The arrangements for your son’s final day in year 11, will be as follows: he will go to his  first two lessons have his break as normal and then he will attend the leavers assembly for the whole of period three.  He will then be free to leave at 12.25 to prepare for his GCSE examinations at home.   Thereafter, all boys will be expected to attend lessons in all their subjects up to the time they will be taking the examination in that particular subject.  Once they have taken the examination they have no obligation to attend that particular class unless they want to go to it as a base to study for other examinations.  All year 11 teachers will be available in their class, as usual, for advice and help right up to the time the final examination has been taken.   Students will also be expected to attend tutorial if they are not in an examination, whilst on campus.  

Mr Claricoates, Head of Vocational studies, invited Camps International, to give a talk in last week’s assembly on the opportunities they can offer our boys.  They are providing a wonderful opportunity for your son to go abroad and help other people and at the same time enhance his own life experience and give his curriculum vitae an enormous boost.  Further details will be provided by Mr Claricoates,  if your son is interested in taking up this opportunity.   

We have had a few year 11 boys representing the college in a SEN football tournament recently organised by Exeter Football Club, which was held at St James Park, Exeter’s ground.   I’m sure the boys relished the wonderful experience of playing football at a professional football ground.

The deadline for bringing in the money for the year 11 leavers Woodlands trip is the 9th May 2014.   We currently have approximately 15 boys that have brought their money in so far but we need another fifteen at least, to make the visit viable, otherwise the trip will be cancelled.  If your son is interested in going on the trip could he please bring in his £20.00 to the reception office as soon as possible before the end of next week.

All boys and their parents in year 11 are invited to the awards /celebration evening on the 6th May, being held at St Peter’s Church.  There will be refreshments in the catering block available from 5.00 pm before the awards evening starts at 6.00 pm which is expect to finish at approximately 7.20 pm.  As well as giving out awards and certificates the evening will be an opportunity for a few year 11 boys on behalf of all the boys, to reflect on their time at St Boniface’s College.    

As I write this, the year 11 mentors are busily writing their end of year mentor reports which will be ready for your son to take home by the end of next week.  Finally, thanks to Adam for his contribution to our penultimate year 11 assembly and best of luck to Joe who will be running the Ivy Bridge 10K race, competing for Plymouth Harries, on the 10th May, 2014.   A copy of this blog entry will also be e-mailed to all year 11 parents, to ensure that as many parents as possible are aware of the above content.    

Mr Redfern    

Post 16

A very transitional week in the sixth form.

                The SSS room has been refurnished to allow concentrated study in an environment that is suited to sixth form students. The Senior Prefects team have done a great job in making sure that this project has succeeded and hopefully the new facilities will yield good results.

             Thanks you to all those who attended Parents Evening last Tuesday. You can still contact your teachers by email for advice and guidance and attendance at lessons is compulsory, even if you are tempted to work at home. The advice and guidance from the teachers about exam technique etc. is crucial. Anyone who missed the Parents evening or wants feedback from the teachers on their sons or daughters performance you can email the staff or contact myself on

                It has been a very interesting few days in that we have been interviewing for the new Head Boy and Senior Leaders. 12 Students put themselves forward for a formal interview from a panel of 8. Questions were challenging but every student acquitted themselves well. It was a privilege to see the passion and pride that our students have of the College. Personally it was an amazing transformation from a year 7 student to an articulate sixth former speaking in an adult manner. Sometimes it is easy to focus on the negative but many positives came out of the day. I would like to thank the existing Headboy and Deputies and team for all of their help and drive over the past year. I am sure they all have promising careers ahead of them and are great ambassadors for the College and themselves.

                Good luck in your exams and exam preparation. Some students are having difficulties, and as a community we are thinking of them and praying for them.
Mr Tew

After School Clubs – April to July


Breakfast Club
All Years
Breakfast Club
All Years
Breakfast Club
All Years
Breakfast Club
All Years
Breakfast Club
All Years
(until the start of exams)
Fitness Suite + Basketball
Fitness Suite + Basketball
Fitness Suite + Basketball
GCSE Revision/catch up (A18)
Fitness Suite + Basketball
Fitness Suite + Basketball
Softball, All Years
A Level Revision
(Mr Weaver)
Mountain Biking
(Sign Up)
AS Revision
(Mr MacCormick)
Cricket, Year 7
Yr 11 GCSE, Catch Up
Yr 11 BTEC, Catch Up
A2 Revision
(Mr MacCormick)



Prayer before an exam

Lord, thank you that you are with me right now

Your love surpasses all fear

I give you the anxiety I feel

I surrender all my worries to you

Clear my mind

Calm my heart

Still my Spirit

Relax my being

That I may always glorify you

In everything I write, speak and do

(a modern prayer for exam nerves)

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