Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Week B               June 9th


Hello everyone and apologies for the late posting of my Blog.

 I was fortunate enough last week to be able to renew some contacts with our Edmund Rice network of Schools and that meant I had to delay this posting. It was very good to re-establish links with some colleagues you may remember from a few years ago Mr Kavanagh and Dr Murphy. I am sure you will be happy to know that both are well and give their fondest regards for the College and pupils. I believe that closer links with these outstanding ER schools will help us reach similar levels quickly and we are looking to send a contingent of key personnel to look at the systems that have been set up  to keep us moving forward in these schools this term.

Reminder that there is a staff training day on Friday 20th June. The College will be closed for all pupils except those taking exams. Staff are looking at a new Teaching and Learning policy to ensure we continue to make progress in this vital area.

We held our St. Boniface Feast Day Mass in St. Peter’s last week. It was a truly wonderful sight to see all the KS3 students as well as some KS4 and 5 (exams) pack the church – they even sang Bread of Heaven! Thanks to the pupils, Father John and staff for making this such a special occasion.




A massive congratulations to Mark C (10V) on qualifying for the English National Pool team.  Mark and his team will be playing in the European Pool Championships in Yorkshire next year.  We are all very proud of you here at the college.



The Rhine trip took place during the May half term this year – with 34 boys and 4 teachers, they set off on Sunday to Rhens – a small town on the Rhine.  The long journey seemed like a distant memory once the boys arrived in the town and had their first German meal!

On Monday the group went to the town of Boppard for a wine-tasting at family run vineyard, before heading down the Rhine on a boat trip to the city of Koblenz for a spot of shopping!  Tuesday was an early start, with a long trip to the city of Cologne. The boys enjoyed a visit to the Lindt Chocolate Museum & Factory followed by lunch in Koln centre, before heading to the Bayer Leverkusen football stadium – BayArena.  Wednesday was spent at the theme park Phantasialand – which was great fun and very tiring!

The return journey the next day consisted mainly of White House Down, Frozen, Madagascar and sleeping!

Rhine 2015 letters are available soon! Places are limited – so get your deposits in ASAP.


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.

Miss Beales

Year 8

Well done to Bradley W., Callum H., Aiden N., John B., Max F., who represented the school so well during the week while on a photo shoot to promote Cafod’s Run for Women event. Mr MacCormick was very impressed!

Welcome to Seokhun C. and Ben R. who have recently joined Yr. 8. Many thanks to Euan A. and Antoine T. for accepting the task of helping the boys settle in. Ben has only come from Tor Bridge but Seokhun has arrived from Seoul, South Korea and doesn’t speak a word of English! Euan’s job of communicating with Seokhun and making sure that he’s happy has been a very challenging one but he has done a terrific job.

We had our annual St. Boniface day mass on Wednesday in St. Peter’s church and the boys were terrific. Many thanks to Denver B., Tom D., Kameron C. and Aidan P. who helped out with the service.


Mr. B. Tucker


Year 9


Well here we go one last term until the summer holidays and the start of GCSE subjects for our lads, scary!!! On that note don't forget KS3 to KS4 transition evening on Tuesday 17th June you should have received details by e-mail.

Next week, years 7, 8 & 9 have a guest speaker visiting the school, PC Kirkup will speak to all the lads on the topic of homophobic and racist incidents and how they are classed as crimes and the knock on effect such incidents can have.

A final reminder, on the topic of uniform, please ensure all students are correctly dressed – no trainers/canvas shoes, skinny jeans etc. any students incorrectly dressed from Monday onwards could be sent home.

This week, was the Feast of St. Boniface and to mark the occasion the school held a mass in St Peters to celebrate our college patron, the boys were a real credit, extremely respectful and, well behaved well done lads.

Congratulations to Liam J, Harry W-A, Abelson A, Adam W, Liam W, Louis P, Ben C, and Alusché L  on their fantastic composition and work with some of  the local primary schools on the Sing Plymouth Project and good luck with their premiere at Plymouth Pavilions next week.

Mrs Mcloughlin                


Last week Year 10 took part in an exciting work experience week. I’ve received very positive feedback about the students – particularly about their attitude to work, outstanding behaviour and commitment to their task.

I can’t wait to hear more about their week and report back next week on the blog!

Mr Scott


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Examinations continue – good luck to all.


Monday 9 June 2014
GCSE Breakfast Club in Maths Department for Year 11 students
13:35 – 14:20 – Geography Quiz Club with Miss Rowland (Room A4)
13:35 – 14:20 – Product Design Club – Ms Masuzzo (Room 161)
13:35 – 14:20 - Geography Clinic - (Miss Beales)
13:35 – 14:20 – Quiz in the Library – Years 7, 8 and 9
13:35 – 14:20 – Card Club with Debbie Grieves – (LfLC)
15:20 – Maths Drop in Session Room A37 – (Mr Allerton)
15:20 - Year 11 Higher GCSE Homework , Catch up and Revision - (A29)
Tuesday 10 June 2014
13:35 – 14:20 – Product Design Club – Ms Masuzzo (Room 161)
13:35 – 14:20 – Card Club with Mrs Grieve – (LfLC)
13:35 – 14:20 - Drama Club – (Mr Trimmer)
13:35 – 14:20 - Geography Clinic – (Miss Beales)
13:35 – 14:20 – Maths Intervention for Mr Tew’s Group for years 10 and 11 (SSS)
18:00 – 19:30 - Year 4 / 5 Open Evening
Wednesday 11 June 2014
09:00 – 11:00 – Year 4 / 5 Open Morning
13:35 – 14:20 – Product Design Club – Ms Masuzzo (Room 161)
13:35 – 14:20 – Card Club with Mrs Grieve – (LfLC)
13:35 – 14:20 – Mrs Parsons Panda Knitting Club – (Miss Gosling’s Room E123)
13:35 – 14:20 - Board Games (Mrs Williamson-Firth – Miss Gosling’s Room)
13:35 – 14:20 – Geography Clinic – (Miss Beales)
13:35 – 14:20 – Careers Club
13:35 – 14:20 – Maths Intervention for Mr Tew’s Group for years 10 and 11 (SSS)
13:45 – STEM Club for Years 7 and 8 with Mr Taylor (Room E106)
15:20 – KS4 English drop-in with Mr Evans (Room 171)
15:20 – 16:20 – Philosophy Club with Miss Sandford – (Room 150) – Week B only
15:30 – 16:30 – Public Services Coursework Session with Mr Claricoates – (A11)
15:30 – 18:30 – Mountain Biking Club with Mr Weaver and Mr Greenway
15:40 – 17:45 – Year 7 Cricket match against Tor Bridge with Mr Tucker
Thursday 12 June 2014
13:35 – 14:20 – Product Design Club – Ms Masuzzo (Room 161)
13:35 – 14:20 – Card Club – (Back room in LfLC)
13:35 – 14:20- Geography Clinic – (Miss Beales)
13:35 – 14:20 – ICT Careers Club – (Room 108)
13:35 – 14:20 – Creative Writing Club with Mr Evans – (Room E112 Mrs McLoughlin’s room)
13:35 – 14:20 – Sixth Form drop in sessions for Year 11 to discuss careers / sixth form (SSS)
15:20 – 16:30 - Miss Gosling’s Art Club - (Week A only)
15:20 – Maths Drop in Session Room A37 – (Mr Allerton)
15:30 – 15:45 – Time for Prayer for Staff and Students – (Chapel)
15:30 – 16:30 – Public Services Coursework Session with Mr Claricoates – (A11)
15:30 – History Interventions with Mr Edwards and Miss Redfern
18:30 – Sing Plymouth Event at the Pavilions – Mr Ousey
Pupil Inclusion Group Meeting
Friday 13 June 2014
GCSE Breakfast Club in Maths Department for Year 11 students
13:35 – 14:20 – Product Design Club – Ms Masuzzo (Room 161)
13:35 – 14:20 – Years 9 – 11 Android Club - (Mr Neethling)
13:35 – 14:20 - Geography Clinic – (Miss Beales)
15:20 – Maths Drop in Session Room A37 – (Nigel Allerton)




Come, Holy Spirit, fill our hearts and set us alight with the fire of your love that,

 in our own way,we may renew our own part of the world.


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