Friday, 13 June 2014

St. Boniface's College Head teachers Blog for wb 16.6.14

Head teachers Blog for week beginning 16.6.14                                               Week A

Here comes the Sun! I wonder how many of our pupils know that was ever a song.

Please remember that there is NO school next Friday 20th June. Staff have a training day looking at how we go about raising teaching and learning onto even higher levels.

We are looking to appoint a permanent Headteacher for next year and interviews are taking place over next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. I believe Mr Scott has sent out an e-mail to all parents so please keep an eye out. Your thoughts and prayers would be much appreciated over this vital decision for our College and the boys – thanks.

 We have had a lovely week with a very successful Open Evening where the College looked very good inside and out and our pupils shone – very appropriate. Visitors to the College complemented us saying that the pupils were a delight and wonderful ambassadors and that there were lovely relationships between staff and pupils. You may be aware that there are dips in demographic numbers presently in Years 5 and 6 across the City and for visitors who have never witnessed our “family” it was lovely to hear what they had to say. Thanks to the pupils especially for showing off their College but also to staff and parents for being part of the evening.

I look forward to seeing all year 9 parents next Tuesday in the hall for the KS3 to KS4 transition evening 6-00 to 7-00.

I was also very fortunate to be able to attend the Sing Plymouth event last night at Plymouth Pavilions where a group of our students performed – I was blown away by their quality – it really was a fantastic evening and I would encourage pupils to be involved next year and for you to attend if possible.

 The 150th Celebration Dinner takes place at Plymouth Albion on June 27th, closing date for tickets is June 20th so please contact Mrs Hudson at the College if you are interested. 01752 779051.

PTFA Project Motiv-8 update....New gym equipment is purchased and currently in storage. We are now in the position financially that we can look to replace the flooring and purchase mirrors. Are there any parents/friends out there that work for companies or do you know of anybody who could possibly help us with this? If so please leave a message in school reception with your name and number.

With our grateful thanks Jill Blake – Chair of PTFA


Year 7

Well here we are in our final term as Year 7 students. I am so incredibly proud of all of the achievements that Year 7 students have made and very much looking forward to celebrating with you as parents at the Key Stage 3 Awards Evening on Wednesday 25th June 2014. This year has been wonderful as Head of Year 7 and I will be very sad to pass the year group onto their new Head of Year in 6 weeks!


We were so lucky this week to celebrate the whole school St Boniface Mass on Wednesday in St Peter’s Church. A lovely service and well done to all of the year 7 students for behaving so impeccably!


We are have some exciting events coming up, the Key Stage 3 Awards Evening and Sports Day just to name a few! I really look forward to this time of the year, reflecting on the achievements of the past academic year.


I am sadly still a little 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. One of the main issues I have, is appropriate footwear. Students should have leather school shoes and not black trainers. 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, relaxing half term.

 Miss Beales

 Year 8

Thanks to Dr Trimming for presenting an excellent assembly last week focusing on anniversaries around this time. The main entry was the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings and it was very moving to reflect upon the bravery of all those involved.

The following boys all deserve congratulations for reaching the 100 conduct point benchmark, a great achievement: Jack B., Tom M-P., Antoine T., Finnian B., Callum C., Will D., Alex M., Sam P., Clarke B., Morgan P., Harry C., Jordan W., Owen E., Robbie Mc., Dan C., Lewis E., Harry H., John-Joe K., Ben M., Dayne P., Josh R., Josh S., D’Arcei S., Connor Edgecumbe., Sam Maratty., Ali R., Frankie R. Of these Callum C., Jordan W., Robbie McCarthy and Dan C. have smashed through the 200 conduct point barrier! Brilliant!

Well done, too, to the large number of boys who helped out at the Open Evening on Tuesday. We had a number of boys helping in the PE dept. and they put on a great show, being enthusiastic and very willing. Their help was much appreciated. Amongst others in Year 8 helping in other departments was Antoine who made some great cup-cakes in Catering and kept us supplied on the field!

I’m really pleased with the Year group as a whole and I thank them all very much for their continuing hard work and commitment to school life. Well done!

B. Tucker


Year 9

Another good week had by all, this week seems to be a week of congratulations and well dones.

Congratulations to Harry for his performance playing for the South West basketball team, Congratulations to Liam Jarvis, Harry Williams-Arnold, Abelson Antonio, Brandon Carr-Malloch, Liam Walters, Louis Potterton, Henry Hood, Alusché Latuka  on their fantastic composition and work with some of  the local primary schools in the Sing Plymouth Project which took place at Plymouth Pavilions this week in front of over 2000 people I am told.Well Done to all the lads on their exemplary behaviour and contribution participating in a presentation given by PC Kirkup on the pyramid of hate and related crimes – very thought provoking.


Thank you to the parents on helping the Colleges stance on uniform, we just have one or two lads who need to sort out their footwear –SHOES NOT BLACK TRAINERS.

And finally, I look forward to seeing you all next Tuesday in the hall for the KS3 to KS4 transition evening 6-00 to 7-00 so shouldn't get in the way of the football.

I hope you enjoy your weekend and the sun which I did read is here for the next 10days at least with Plymouth being one of the warmest places in the country, I have probably just jinxed that, we shall see.

Until next week, stay safe.

Mrs Mcloughlin

Year 10

I’ve been impressed with the attitude and commitment to work the Year 10s have shown since returning from Work Experience. The boys have demonstrated a mature approach to their upcoming mock exams, and knuckled down in classes across the curriculum.

Many thanks to Mr Tucker for delivering a fun assembly on Monday – the boys and staff really enjoyed the ‘Laugher’ theme…!  Some great YouTube clips made us chuckle!

Parents evening is coming up on Tuesday June 24th 1540-1830 – please ensure your son makes appointments with his teachers to discuss his progress in his GCSE courses.

Mr Scott

 Post 16

A number of points to note for this week:

A, Induction week for Year 11 starts on 30 June. Tasters in all lessons are available.
Monday afternoon the University are coming in to give a presentation.

Wednesday is very important in that sign up for the Law, Sports Coaching, TA, Business Management will take place.
Taster courses in vocational are also available on request. Letters have gone out already to those showing an interest.
Details for September registration have also gone out.

 If you require more information then please email or

 B, We have a Nepalese visitor coming the week beginning 23 June. He is from Pokhara in Nepal, a remote town half an hours flight from Kathmandu. The school is a remote rural school with students travelling 3 hours to attend. We welcome him here and hope it is the beginning of a partnership.

C, 5 students and myself are heading up north to Manchester for a Edmund Rice conference on Friday 20 June. It is about the work of the Edmund Rice movement and the themes of outreach and justice. It includes keynote address from Br Bond, Director of the Edmund Rice Movement. It is a great opportunity to build and foster links.

D, A2 Examinations are continuing, with much hard revision done.

E, A group of students are meeting with our MP to discuss issues in the City, especially issues affecting young male students.

F, Lower Sixth form lessons are well underway and A2 content has started.

Mr Tew



PTFA Summer Draw

Tickets are now being sold for the 2014

 St Boniface’s Summer Draw.

The prize is a fantastic

3 nights Self Catering Holiday for up to 5 people,

Staying at”Manor Cottage”, Polperro, Cornwall.



Numbered squares between 1 and 200 are being sold on a first come first served basis.  The squares cost just £5 each. These can be bought directly from the PTFA at forthcoming school events or via this website.

 Simply complete the attached form & choose your numbers. Then return the form with money to school and we will book your squares.

Squares are selling fast and someone is going to have a holiday for as little as £5, so please hurry to be in with a chance to win this great prize and support your PTFA in our final leg of fund raising for Motiv 8




NAME …………………………………………………(print)

EMAIL………………………………………………… Tel number

Sons name/form……………………………………………

I would like to purchase …………..squares@£5 per square

NUMBER CHOICES…………………………………….

IF my number is unavailable please

Contact me / allocate the next nearest (delete as applicable)

I enclose £                        /cheques payable to St Boniface’s PTFA

I have read and agree to the Terms and conditions below.

SIGNED ………………………………………………………………

Please return completed form to reception in sealed envelope with full payment marked “PTFA Holiday squares” You will be notified via email once your numbers are confirmed.


Holiday home is the property of LEGEND HOLIDAYS tel:07854243923

Booking and availability of property can only be made once the draw has been made and winner notified.

The winner must comply with the booking restrictions, regulations &Terms and conditions of LEGEND HOLIDAYS.

St Boniface PTFA have no jurisdiction over pre booked dates for the property.

A School Prayer

Almighty God

We give you our school.
We give you all the teachers and staff who work here,
We give you all the children who study here.

We pray our school would be place of great discovery, adventure and creativity.
May it be a place where we love to learn and where we learn to love,
A place where every one is respected and all are deeply valued.

We ask all this through Jesus Christ our Lord.


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