Principals Blog, Week 23 of 2019

It’s Apprenticeship week at UTC Plymouth and great to see so much happening.
Thank you to Pete Bragg who ran a fab twitter campaign this week – great to see the outcomes for young people when they study at UTC Plymouth. We are so proud of all our alumni, flying the flag for our amazing establishment!

Mechanics at UTC
Meanwhile our current students are ramping up their skills. Great work from Michael Bluett in engaging students so brilliantly! The pictures say it all #problemsolving #teamwork #knowledge #independence

Our CCF went to the Endeavour Training Centre at HMS Drake this week as part of their training – a lovely photo below of Billy & Matt saluting in front of the War Memorial statue. The CCF is a great vehicle for developing our core values and the leadership skills our students need for the future. Thanks to Simon and Jasmin for all your #dedication

World Book Day
In honour of World Book Day, Jo, Simon and Jason have launched a new e-book and graphic novel drive in a bid to get students reading. All students have been set the challenge of choosing either an e-book or a ‘real book’ to read over the next couple of weeks. Staff have been enjoying sharing their favourite books with students and we look forward to reviewing the books they’ve read. We love reading at UTC Plymouth

One of my best reads which I always go back to is Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler, set in Baltimore, Maryland.

I love American novels, as the writers really have a brilliant sense of storytelling. Like your grandma telling you about your past family history.
The book follows the lives of three siblings: Cody, Ezra, and Jenny, and explores their experiences and recollections of growing up with their mother, Pearl, after the family is deserted by their father, Beck. Again I like this as I am from a family of three and we definitely are very different in our outlooks.
The novel examines how siblings may share the same events yet experience them differently; e.g. Cody remembers his childhood as a harsh time. He blames himself for his father abandoning him and considers himself left to the mercy of an angry mother who favours Ezra. Meanwhile, Ezra remembers his childhood fondly and creates a nostalgic family-themed restaurant. The novel has a warm cosy feel and describes food and family meals which I love. I guess I really like a sense of place in a novel and the descriptions of Baltimore and the restaurant are brilliant. I have read all of Anne Tyler’s novels and she is my favourite writer.

This week we had lovely coverage in Plymouth Herald. Thank you to the wonderful Marlborough Primary students and to our resident entrepreneur, Kaye Richards for her wonderful comments.

“A Plymouth university technical college has been celebrating all things STEM with over 11 organisations in a two-day exhibition.

UTC Plymouth hosted The Big Bang Fair from February 26 to 27 — a fun and inspiring programme of activities, where anyone aged seven to 19 can discover more about STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and how it can play a part in their future. Engineering UK estimates that by the year 2024 the UK will need to train 186,000 engineers annually to keep up with industry demand. In the Plymouth area, 60% of jobs are STEM related, but only 25% of post-16s are studying STEM locally.

UTC Plymouth, part of Reach South Academy Trust, works with local primaries to help address this skills gap. The UTC’s sixth formers – who have recently created an app for the Royal Navy – spend time with primary aged children to excite them about STEM.”

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Don’t forget we are at Guildhall on Saturday for Apprentice Fair – 10 am – 2 pm
Plus we’re at the Skills Show at Plymouth Pavilions on 13th and 14th March

I just wanted to say how proud I am of my staff and students. They amaze me every day with their passion, commitment, creativity and respect for each other! My heroes this week!
Hope to see you on the weekend?
Thanks for reading