A huge congratulations to Leona Howard and Ruby Collins who were the proud recipients of Amazon Gift Vouchers this week as a result of their amazing entries into the logo competition run by the local Capturing the Spirit organisation. Students were invited to create a logo that captured what it means to live in Paulsgrove and both girls came up with wonderful ideas. It was a close competition, but Ruby's was eventually judged the best and is now used on all the organisations’ leaflets and letters. Remember, you can drop in to Capturing the Spirit to see the amazing work they do at 147 Allaway Avenue, or click here for their latest newsletter.
Last week, I gave you a glimpse into the experiences of the 24 Year 9 students who went on the Cumbria trip, courtesy of our SGN sponsors. It was a fantastic learning experience and one parent commented about her son, "he seems about three years older as a result". I am pleased to report that since that post, 4 of our students have been offered scholarships by the Outward Bound Trust because of their superb attitude on the trip, their commitment to the environment and aptitude for adventurous activities. The scholarship provides over 50% of the funding for a three week adventure in the summer of 2018. Well done indeed to Lauren Turner, Nadia Abu-Khalaf, Robbie Neil and Jack Weir.
I was thrilled to learn this week that former student, Keiran O'Toole, had been awarded the Youth Civic Award for his commitment to the local community. Keiran is a graduate of the National Citizenship Service, has been part of the team restoring Hilsea Lido, has raised loads of money for local charities and has set up his own social enterprise to combat bullying, and he is only 17! It is a fantastic achievement and richly deserved. Well done, Keiran!
Written GCSE examinations started in all earnest this week with Biology, Chemistry, Spanish and ICT all testing what the students have studied so far. These are stressful times for our Year 11 students who are very aware that examinations are now harder than they have ever been and so important for helping them get on to the courses and apprenticeships they have dreamed of. If you are in Year 11, or a parent of a Year 11 student, please don't forget that there are many revision materials on our website as well as top-tips to help you manage the exam stress.
Ten lucky Year 8 and 9 students visited Portsmouth Guildhall on Thursday of this week to take part in the Teentech event. The students gained real experience of cutting edge developments in the technology, science and engineering sectors and spent valuable time with professionals from these sectors. The next step is for the group to develop a prototype and have engineers evaluate their ideas - it should be interesting to see what they come up with.
Our Onboard sailors finished their 6-session programme this week and successfully completed their RYA Stage 1 introduction to sailing. Impressively, they were able to sail a triangular course by Tuesday afternoon as a result of the skills they have learned and the way they worked together. The instruction team down at Portchester Sailing Club have been really impressed with the attitude of the students, as the certificate demonstrates, and I know a number of them are hoping to take part again in the future. Thanks go to Mr Webb for organising the trip.
Thank you to all the parents of Year 8 students who made it into parents evening on Wednesday despite the torrential rain. We can't maximise your child's progress and personal development without your help, and so it is fantastic when you are able to come along and talk with us face-to-face about how your child is doing in all of their lessons. It was a really positive evening with a lot of well received feedback and the opportunity to discuss possible option choices for next year. Please don't forget that option forms must be returned by the 5th June and they can also be found on our website.