RE: UTC October Newsletter

22nd October 2021

Dear UTC Family,

Well, what an exciting half-term it has been! We have welcomed over 520 students through our doors and are now officially at full capacity. Our waiting list is near to 100 so we are certainly taking the community by storm. I would like to thank our fantastic staff, students and parents for their dedication and support. Last night, we welcomed over 50 families to our second Open Day. A huge shout out goes to our fantastic student helpers who stayed late to help showcase us.

Highlights:

Our long awaited voyage with the Tectona (tall ship) Trust finally set sail with 6 cadet crew members on a five day residential. The cadets braved stormy weather, night navigation exercises and learned how to harness the wind on an epic journey which challenged and tested their determination and resilience. A huge well done to our Year 11 CCF cadets for setting the bar, the first of our 2021/22 excursions.

Our new Year 9 cohort have completed their first half-term. Many have made a brilliant start to life at UTC Plymouth and it feels as if they have been with us forever! We hope they have enjoyed themselves and feel at home with us. We are looking forward to seeing them develop into fantastic young people over the coming months and years.

Year 9/10 Students also continued their eco based community work with a beach clean in a normally inaccessible Devonport Dockyard. Working with local NGO ‘Till the Coast is Clear' and members of 47 CDO Royal Marines, a stretch of beach was cleared in order to increase biodiversity and remove harmful plastics from our beautiful coastline.

Our new year 7s have settled nicely into their Maths lessons this half term and have enjoyed completing their starter activity Numeracy Ninjas which helps improve their basic numeracy skills as well as earning a Ninja belt. All other year groups have been working hard on their Sparx homework and we are really proud of the efforts everyone has been making.

This term Eco-school’s gardening club has been working on improving the exterior fences and pavements around the school. Students set about clearing away overhanging brambles, bushes and ivy and generally making it easier for the community, parents and students to navigate the pavement, especially those with mobility issues or buggies. We’ve also cleared away some of the brambles that were making it difficult to access the gates towards Devonport.

We’ve also been looking at the biodiversity in our pond. Even though the pond was only finished at Easter, it already has a large number of different insect species using it as a nursery.

We saw the damsel flies laying their eggs before the summer holidays, but we now know the eggs have successfully hatched. We found massive dragonfly larvae looking like prehistoric monsters, may fly larvae as well as diving beetles, water fleas and even tiny diatoms. We got to look at them under the microscopes before returning them safely to the pond. Our spider safari on Friday also involved freaking out the English department when they discovered just how many spiders were living outside their door!

Down in the Engineering department, KS3 students have been learning about how engineering has developed through history, realising that engineering is more than just a subject and more a state of mind. Our ‘Think Like an Engineer’ mantra is developing nicely.

Along with the history of engineering, KS3 students have also been developing their practical skills in the workshop and judging by the smiles on their faces, the students are really enjoying this.

Support needed:

Our Plastic Bottle collection for our greenhouse has started well, but we still have a long way to go to reach our 1500 bottle target. Please collect and bring in any empty 2L bottles to the GF Hub.

We are having a sponsored reading event, where the students can have fun reading as many books as they can between 25th October - 5th November, whilst trying to help us raise money for our own school library. Family and friends; we need your involvement too! There will be prizes for individuals and the year group with the most books read

We are also holding a book fair on Wednesday 10th November, where you can buy books which will contribute to our community book pledge. All information, including sponsor forms, will be sent to you via email and on your child’s Google Classroom. Paper copies are available on request.

As our site expansion grows, we would welcome conversations with any of you who may be in the construction, decorating or demolition trades. If there are any of you who think you might be able to help us with either time, quotes or advice, please contact Jo on: jo.ware@utcplymouth.org

Safeguarding Concern: We have had an increase in the number of students who are experimenting with vaping. This is obviously a very dangerous and illegal pastime for our young people to be involved in. Please can you support us in educating your child on the dangers. Also, remind them that we take it very seriously if students are caught doing this in our uniform. Please report any concerns to reception or your child’s mentor/pastoral lead.

Changes in school Day Timings and Punctuality Challenge

Students should arrive at school as early as possible (from 7:45) in order to be settled and ready to learn. Breakfast clubs, to support with homework and revision happen for all year groups with breakfast bars supplied.

All students need to be in their mentor areas by 8:30 ready for briefing to start. FRIDAY’s whole school briefing will start at 8:30 as we need to have extended time as a school.

To continue our mission to provide enrichment opportunities to all our students we have attached our After School Clubs overview. (see below)

National Vaccination Programme

You may well be aware by now that the National Booking System has opened for 12 to 15-year-old bookings with the first clinics during half term. Below is a link that will give you further details direct from the NHS. After half-term, more appointments will be made available out of school hours, in the evenings and at weekends. This will be part of an ongoing offer and will be an appointment only service, with no walk-in facility for this age group. All young people will need to be accompanied by a parent in order to provide consent. Existing e-consent will not be acceptable.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine-for-children-aged-12-to-15/


UTC After School Clubs Overview 2021/2022

Yr7, 8 and 9

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

KS3 football club.

15:15-16:00 Yard/Devonport park.

ScArt Club

15:00-15:45

Lab 212

KS3 Homework Support Club 15:00-16:00

Rooms 120/121

KS3 Art Club J 15:00-15:45

Room 030

Eco School / Gardening Club,

14:00-16:30

Meet in the Canteen before heading out.

KS3 Biology Club

15:00-15:55

Lab 210

D of E

15:00-16:00

Canteen

Multi sports 15:00-15:45

Sports hall

Tag rugby

15:00-16:00 (Yr7&8) yard/park

Maker Club

14:00-15:00

Room 047

KS3 Book Club

15:00-15:50

Room 114

Creative writing 15:00-15:45

Room 112

Rubik’s Cubing

15:00-15:45

Room 110

Yr 10 and 11

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Year 10 Football

15:45-16:30

Sports Hall/ Yard

Multi sports 16:00-16:45 Sports hall

KS4 Art Club

15:45-16:30

Room 30

Eco School / Gardening Club,

14:00-16:30

Meet in the Canteen before heading out.

D of E

15:00-16:00

Canteen

Yr 11 Revision

16:00-16:45

Yr 11 Hub

KS4 Chemistry revision every other week

15:45-16:30

Yr 10 Engineering club

14:00-16.30

Meet in 056

ScArt Club

15:45-16:30

Lab 212

KS4 Maths, English, Science Homework Support Club 15:45-16:15pm 120/121

KS4 Biology Revision Club

15:45-16:30

Lab 211 Alternate weeks.


We look forward to a well-deserved rest as we have so much planned in the run up to Christmas!

We thank you for all your continued support.

Happy Half term!

Team UTC


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