Date Posted: November 9, 2018
Last week our STEM team met to map out where we are now and where we are going. The exercise showed us how many great activities are taking place across the college on a weekly basis. A big thank you to all the staff who are making student experiences at UTC Plymouth utterly amazing!
Remembrance Sunday, which falls on 11 November 2018, is a day for the nation to remember and honour those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom.
At UTC Plymouth we remembered and showed our respect in a service led by Padre McWhirter from the Royal Navy.
Yesterday I was in London for UTC principal’s briefing and on my walk to the meeting, I took these pictures. The memorial remembers those that have sacrificed their lives within our commonwealth. Reflecting on this I decided to look at war poetry today with our Year 10’s. Have a read yourself and reflect on the great poem by Wilfred Owen.
Dulce et Decorum Est
Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs,
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots,
But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
Of gas-shells dropping softly behind.
Gas! GAS! Quick, boys! — An ecstasy of fumbling
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time,
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling
And flound’ring like a man in fire or lime.—
Dim through the misty panes and thick green light,
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.
In all my dreams before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.
If in some smothering dreams, you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,—
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori.
We have surveyed students on their experience at UTC Plymouth and here is a quick taster of some of the outcomes. Student Improvement group will be analysing to see what we can do to make the education at UTC Plymouth the best it can be.
RN Outreach Team
This week it was my pleasure to meet colleagues from the Royal Navy Outreach team. These are the people who are helping to make what UTC offers so unique.
RN Outreach team pictured with Year 10 students Billy and Will
Interestingly on the same day I stopped by a working lunch with Year 10 students franticly planning and completing their proposals for the Royal Navy Engineering Challenge. One of the great competitions that the Royal Navy Outreach team support!
Royal Navy Engineering Challenge deadline!
Good to have a visit from a student who left us in the summer. Zak Masters, who gained a triple distinction* BTEC Engineering who starts at HMS Raleigh on 18th November on the weapons engineer accelerated apprenticeship. Great news Zak, we are really proud of you!
Zak Masters pictured with our Engineering Lead, Steve Pritchett
I have been trying to get this person into the blog for 8 weeks, but he is so busy. So for those who don’t know who he is. This is Leigh Hotchin our amazing STEM Lead. Leigh, outside of college is also a musician and is in a band called ‘Them Bones’. Staff trip needed!! Seriously Leigh is leading our Primary School STEM outreach and it is fantastic to see such enthusiasm from our year 5’s and 6’s.
Why are we different?
We continue with some brilliant ‘hands on’ visits to our manufacturing community. Last week’s visit to Kawasaki gave students an insight into precision machinery and the different roles within the company. Our Year 13 students were really interested in careers with the company
Further visits this week and next with Alderman Tooling and Schneider Electrics.
Save the Date
A few things to put in your calendar – we have a third Open Evening on 20th November. Please share on your social media and encourage students and parents to come and see what we offer.
Also an invite is going out to all our parents and carers for our Christmas STEAM Presentation. Don’t forget to save the date!
I was fortunate enough to meet Lord Kenneth Baker this week. Lord Baker is why the UTC movement exists. He is a firm believer in developing our young people’s STEM and employability skills and set up the Baker Dearing Trust who support UTC ‘s across the country. Great meet!
Thanks for reading and have a great weekend