Welcome to the latest edition of our Newsletter. As usual, it is crammed full of the achievements of our amazing student body. They have enjoyed successes in horse riding, dancing, climbing and in the range of clubs that have restarted this term.
Our Hummingbird team performed really well at Goodwood and our Duke of Edinburgh groups continue to work hard towards their award. PHSG entered a team for the recent race for life and students continue to be involved in a range of charity events both in and outside of school. Read on to find out more.
Students have engaged enthusiastically with Black History month producing interesting articles and displays around school. You can find out more about what they have been up to in the newsletter and on our website.
Our open days have been hugely successful and our student guides did an amazing job in helping visitors to know what it is like to attend our school. Visitors have been overwhelmed by the confidence and positively of our young people, we are so proud of them.
Please do keep on eye on our website for daily updates on our ‘latest news’ section to see what’s going on in school.
Very best wishes for a relaxing and enjoyable half term break.
This is the highest accolade any cadet can achieve and means they become ambassadors for their unit and service. They have the opportunity to become part of special occasions within the community, which are not available to others.
Back in 2019, students who were participating in the Textiles club, took part in the Fashion Icon competition sponsored by the sewing studio.
One student, Rosie, Year 11, was awarded with a highly commended certificate and a £5 search press voucher for the work submitted.
Lili, now in Ye...
It’s been great seeing lots of students back in the library this term. We had a good number of applications for the position of student librarian, and we are in the process of interviewing potential volunteers.
October is Black History Month, and we’ve got some great new books on display. We would like to give everyone the chance to celebrate and understand the importance of black heritage and culture. Students can earn themselves 5 House Points for every book review (from this display) we receive.
Looking for some killer thrillers? Dying for a great mystery?
We’ve got some recommendations if crime and suspense are what you are after…
Mr Goodchild and his Year 12 Further Maths students went rogue from the whiteboard and exercise books yesterday and used the food tech tables to map out their own trees and networks problems as part of their A level Further Maths study.
In support of Black History Month (BHM) 2021, PHSG, Thinking Schools Academy Trust and our student led, Equality and Diversity Team are launching a number of activities for students to take part in throughout this month.
Student of the Week: Laura, 10K. ''Fantastic work ethic and brilliant art skills being shown in all her art work so far. Brilliant start to her art GCSE course! Well done!'' Nominated by Miss Roper. Awarded 10 House points!
Class of the week: 7L Drama Class with Mrs Readey...
Student of the week: Freya, 11A. ''For her exceptional contribution to analysis in English. Freya always shows enthusiasm and a keenness to learn. Not only did she have a clear understanding of the text and its purpose, but she was also able to articulate herself clearly and eloquently.'...
Please can we ask Parents for consideration when parking near the school, there have been some instances where it has been difficult for our students to walk safely due to the volume of cars.
Be reminded that there is NO PARKING allowed on the double yellow lines outside the school main gates.
LATE ARRIVAL TO SCHOOL
The school is aware of ongoing issues with bus routes and Tamar Bridge delays, but please take these into account when planning a student’s journey to school. A different bus or leaving home 10 minutes earlier may solve any continuous lateness. Please remember the following:
Morning registration is taken at 8.40am.
Students arriving to tutor time between 8.40 and 8.50 will be marked as late by their tutor.
Arrival after 8.50am, students must sign in at reception before going to tutor time or assembly and will be marked as late.
A student will be given a Lateness Detention if late twice or more in one week, without good reason.
Plymouth High School encourages good punctuality as it’s an important part of self-discipline and good time management.
N.B. This information is in the Student Planner and Plymouth High School Attendance Policy on the school website.
TRESPASS DISCOUNT FOR PHSG STUDENTS AND PARENTS
Trespass in Plymouth would like to take this opportunity to offer PHSG pupils and staff a discount in their store.
With winter fast approaching it is the time to purchase Winter accessories and winter Jackets.
At present this discount stands at 10%.
HOME SCHOOL COMMUNICATION
Students may contact staff if they have queries, firstly by visiting them in their department area, and only contacting them using school email system if they really can’t see them in person.
Parents may wish to contact staff. The following outlines what the Headteacher regards as important considerations regarding home/school communication, particularly by email:
¨ All communication must respect the dignity of the recipient.
¨ Within 48 hours: receipt of an email will be acknowledged by school either by the person contacted, or the most appropriate person able to deal with the issue (term time only, not after 5pm nor over a weekend).
¨ Within 5 working days: school will provide a response to the email by telephone or in writing, or e-mail. This may include informing the sender that more time is required to provide a full response. If this is the case, staff should indicate a time frame for a response.
¨ Staff will not be expected to monitor or respond to emails outside their normal working hours (nor at weekends and published school holidays).
Whilst this is extremely rare, if a member of staff receives an e-mail or call which is of an aggressive tone, sets unreasonable demands or could otherwise be interpreted as harassing, they will refer this to a senior line manager in the school, who will decide if consideration needs to be given to dealing with further communication under our Complaints Policy.
Out of respect for our neighbours and for health and safety reasons there is NO PARKING on the school site or for collecting/dropping off students on the double yellow lines outside our school gates.
SCHOOL NURSE DROP IN
Don’t forget for our students, the School Nurse visits school to provide a “drop in” clinic on Friday Week A at lunchtime. Just pop along to the Counselling Room.
STUDENTS LEAVING SCHOOL DURING THE SCHOOL DAY
For safety reasons if your daughter has to leave school during the school day, and you are unable to collect her, she must have a note in her planner with clear instructions that you give permission for her to leave unaccompanied. Without your express instructions to this effect we will not allow any students to leave school unless they are collected by an adult from reception.
Please be aware that we have students who are severely allergic to nuts and we would, therefore, appreciate where possible that you try to avoid putting nuts into packed lunches.
Although we are not going completely nut free, we have stopped selling packets of nuts as snacks in the canteen to try to reduce the risk to them and appreciate your support.
SOCIAL MEDIA & ONLINE SAFETY
Our Children are spending more and more time on their mobile phones. Making them aware of the dangers of social media, and protecting them from these dangers can be very challenging. These are some of the better known sites that pose risks to children—are they on your child’s phone home screen?
To help safeguard your child please regularly take the time to talk to them about the way they use their social media apps:
Do they always know who they are engaging with?
Do they share their passwords?
Do they feel comfortable with what they are seeing and doing?
Do they feel pressure from “friends” to do/say things they don’t want to?
For more information please regarding online safety, please visit our website: www.phsg.org/