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Euan's Memorial Service

The memory of a much loved All Saints’ pupil will live on forever thanks to a permanent memorial which has been created on campus by fellow students and staff to reflect his passion for sports.

Tragically, 15 year old Euan Ellis passed away at his home in Barne Barton on Thursday, 23 November 2017. He was described as a cheerful, witty, kind and beautiful young man with a generous spirit who loved his lunchtime football. In the immediate wake of Euan’s death, his peers gathered on the school’s all-weather sports pitch for a special remembrance event to celebrate his life where they made a pledge to create a fitting and long-lasting tribute to him.

“The deep-seated sense of loss that was felt after Euan died has never left the Academy. As this season of assessment comes towards an end for our present Year 11 many of his friends have continued to use language that speaks of their determination to honour Euan's memory despite the busyness and stresses of exams,” says Andy Bowden, Chaplain at All Saints’ Academy Plymouth.

This desire to celebrate Euan's life and all that he meant to everyone at All Saints was met in a short service held on Thursday, 21 June 2018, which was followed by afternoon tea. As part of the service, members of Euan's family and the All Saints family joined together for a series of short readings, some prayers and a moment of personal reflection, as a tree was planted and a plaque was unveiled. Reflecting Euan’s particular love of the game, the basketball courts will be named after him as a lasting memorial to the popular teen who will be sorely missed by everyone.

Euan's Tree & Courts
Euan's Plaque
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Notice from School Trends regarding ordering uniform this summer

Need to place your uniform order and wanting delivery to school? The last day to place your order for delivery to school is Wednesday 27th June 2018 at giving time for your order to arrive at school and for you to collect your order.

Orders placed after this date will be delivered to your chosen address.

To enable us to get your order to you before your first day back in September your recommended last date to order is 12th August 2018 giving time for your child to try on their new uniform.

Select here to view school uniform pricing and order forms
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Euan Ellis

Dear all,

Euan’s funeral will take place on Friday 15 December.

The family have invited students from Y11 and Y12 to attend and, as a mark of respect, governors and I have decided to close the academy to all students on that day. We hope that those not able to attend will find the time to pause and mark Euan’s passing in their own way during the day.

Gary Futcher

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All Saints' students raise £4,500 for Children's Hospice South West!

All Saints students Macie, Jacob, Caleb, Namarni, Callum, Michel, Kennidy, Piper, Elisha and Luke joined All Saints' Rev'd Andy Bowden and SEN teaching assistant Mrs Stinchcomb, at Little Harbour Hospice in St Austell to present Children's Hospice South West with the amazing amount of monies raised!

Struck by the reality of what families with children who will not reach adulthood have to go through, students from All Saints Academy Plymouth voted for Children's Hospice South West as their Charity of the Year last September. Over the past 12 months they've been busy organising and supporting a huge range of fundraising activities from talent shows and ‘Onesie Wednesdays’ to a three legged sponsored walk, a tree surfing ‘head for heights’ event and ‘It’s a Knockout’ inflatable fun.

“In a society where we are often told that young people are only interested in themselves, it was so encouraging to see the students at All Saints buck that trend," says Rev'd Bowden. "The Bible tells us that God loves a cheerful giver; there were a huge number cheerful givers over the year, and an especially big thank you needs to go to the numerous students who gave of their time, organising, hosting events and collecting money," he adds.

"Our hosts at the Hospice were delighted at receiving the cheque and commented on how impressed they were with all of the students who were attentive throughout, asking sensitive questions and showing genuine interest in all that the Hospice does," says Mrs Tracey Stinchcomb, a SEN teaching assistant at All Saints' who accompanied the students to Little Harbour Hospice for the presentation of the cheque.

When asked about what they felt about the trip to the Hospice, the All Saints' students who took part in the visit said that it was: "eye-opening" and "really interesting". They recognised the "amazing care", and how "important it is for everyone to see the work the Hospice does – people should be more aware."

“The students have been really imaginative with their fundraising ideas and have worked exceptionally well together over the year to raise so much for a common cause. Reinforcing the value and importance of community amongst our entire learning family, the fundraising process has taught them some valuable marketing, selling and communication skills along the way and they now fully appreciate just how much time, commitment and hard work it takes to make a success of it,” says head teacher Gary Futcher.

CHSW provides hospice care for children with life-limiting conditions and their whole family across the South West. The wide ranging care includes respite and short breaks, emergency care, palliative care and end of life care from three hospices: Little Bridge House in North Devon, Charlton Farm in North Somerset and Little Harbour in mid Cornwall.

Group photograph Photo with Zoe the Community Fundraiser
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Primary pupils dip into All Saints' Creative Curriculum for a day of carnival fun

Scores of Year 5 primary school students in the city who have demonstrated an interest in drama, art and music were recently invited to All Saints Academy Plymouth for its second annual Primary Arts Festival to enjoy the excitement and buzz of a carnival atmosphere and take part in some circus fun.

Using the visual, performing and musical arts as a platform, the young visitors were encouraged to drop their guards to learn something new and build their creative confidence.

The All Saints' Creative Arts team, headed by Steve Cowin, ensured pupils from its neighbouring primary schools (Riverside, Shakespeare and Pennycross) had a great learning experience on their carousel of creative workshops where they were given the opportunity to experiment with all the sounds, colours, rhythms and movement of a carnival. Activities included mask making and playing in a Samba band. They also practised a wide range of skills with a circus performer from SPLATS who taught them how to perform a variety of tricks including the Diablo, juggling, feather balancing, plate and ribbon spinning with the help of All Saints staff and students.

"Varied, fun and interesting!" said visiting teaching assistant Karen Whiting from Shakespeare Primary School. "They threw themselves into the circus skills and thoroughly enjoyed the day," she added.

"I really enjoyed being here. I made a mask based on the style of a computer game and my favourite activity was the circus skills; I was good at the plate balancing!” said Scarlett, a Yr. 5 pupil from Shakespeare Primary school.

“I've designed my mask to look as if you were looking up at the stars,” added Kira, a Yr 5. pupil from Shakespeare Primary School.

An effective educational tool which promotes cross curricular education, the value of learning circus skills is broad. Benefits include improved concentration, information retention, concept visualisation, hand eye coordination and self-awareness with the core skills of learning and practising a challenging and creative activity boosting self-esteem and being positively used in social situations and the academic areas of education.

"The circus and carnival theme was a brilliant choice and gave us a wealth of exciting content for the festival to engage, entertain and inspire everyone involved," said Steve Cowin, head of All Saints' Creative Arts department.

“The creative arts provide a fun gateway into positive learning and are a powerful way to help children explore the wider world," says Gary Futcher, All Saints' headteacher. Before entering his teacher training, Gary studied English and Drama and enjoyed a successful marketing career in theatre. “Pushing boundaries to master a new skill is a great confidence booster for young people which they can benefit from for the rest of their school lives and apply to their learning across the whole curriculum," he added.

As part of its commitment to the development of collaborative learning experiences, All Saints Academy Plymouth hosts a programme of initiatives and activities designed to raise aspirations and enhance the financial awareness, enterprise, creative, STEM and life skills of primary school pupils across Plymouth.

Carnival event students masks. Carnival event
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Primary pupils go MAD for Science at All Saints’ Academy Plymouth!

All Saints Academy Plymouth has been inviting Yr. 5 pupils from across the city onto its campus every month over the course of this academic year to enjoy a series of MAD (Making A Difference) Science events.

During their visits, the young scientists have conducted experiments, watched demonstrations and gained invaluable practical experience in high tech labs. “The science curriculum in primary schools is largely theory based so these practical MAD Science events bring the subject to life, successfully engage young minds and fuel a life-long interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths,” says All Saints’ Science Teacher Louise Cordrey. “Transition programmes like these really help to bridge gaps between primary and secondary level and generate a genuine excitement about Science,” she adds.

With a focus on environmental science and its importance, the MAD Science initiative at All Saints was delivered with the help of All Saints Academy students and featured Hydrogen balloons and Angel Delight fireballs.

“It’s been great fun, really interesting and has brought the best out in all of our students. They’ve been totally engaged!” said Sarah Hicklin, Teaching Assistant at St Peter’s Primary School.

“It’s been really exciting,” enthused Jade, a Yr 5 pupil at St Peter’s Primary School. “This has inspired me to become a scientist: I have loved it!” added Reece, who is also a Yr. 5 pupil at St Peter’s Primary School.

“This has given our students a ‘flavour’ of science that they wouldn’t normally get in primary school,” says Abigail Saint, a teaching assistant at St George’s Primary School. “It’s been a fantastic opportunity and one that has challenged and excited them,” she adds.

When all the St George’s students were asked what they thought of the day they shouted in unison “AMAZING!” with Aoife-Rachel, one of their visiting Yr. 5 pupils adding: “I really enjoyed the chemistry experiment where we tested everyday household products like washing-up liquid and toothpaste to see if they were acid, neutral or alkali.”

As well as hosting the series of MAD Science events, All Saints’ has been spreading the joy of Science across the city in a series of heart and lungs labs aimed at making learning fun whilst inspiring curiosity. Primary school pupils from Shakespeare, Manadon Vale and Pennycross have all benefitted from getting ‘hands on’ with heart and lung dissections.

As part of its commitment to the development of collaborative learning experiences, All Saints Academy Plymouth hosts a programme of initiatives and activities designed to raise aspirations and enhance the financial awareness, enterprise, creative, STEM and life skills of primary school pupils across Plymouth.

All Saints student helping at the event Delighted primary school students Primary school pupils gets hands on
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Babcock to help All Saints Academy Plymouth engineer futures that work

All Saints Academy Plymouth has teamed up with Babcock to change young people’s hearts and minds about engineering, demonstrate how exciting a life in engineering can be and overturn gender-based career assumptions.

A team of Babcock STEM ambassadors based at Devonport Royal Dockyard, led by Transformation Manager Tina Brinkworth, have already begun to contextualise learning for All Saints’ students as part of a wider STEM outreach programme designed to instigate cultural change, challenge damaging stereotypes and boost technical careers. Providing real life contact with the world of engineering, the Babcock team will deliver a series of fun, practical workshops which aim to introduce students to the key principles of engineering, improve their understanding of engineering careers and increase the uptake of STEM subjects to keep talented students on the engineering pathway.

“Getting hands-on is the perfect starting point for any engineer,” says All Saints’ science and engineering teacher Mike Barenskie whose links with the engineering community are successfully embedding industry relevant, enriched learning into the curriculum. “With Babcock’s help we are breaking down misconceptions about what an engineer does and who can become an engineer so that more young people consider engineering for the interesting, rewarding and fruitful career option that it is,” he adds.

“One of the greatest challenges we face is that a third of young people still don’t know what engineering is,” says Tina Brinkworth who has worked at Devonport Royal Dockyard for over 30 years, her entire working life, having first joined the organisation as a 17 year old technical apprentice when females only accounted for 1% of the intake. As well as being Transformation Manager at Babcock, she is passionate about closing the gender gap in Engineering. “The only way to tackle science literacy, gender imbalance and the looming skills shortage in the engineering industry is to show young people first-hand what engineering is all about, give them role models they can identify with and debunk unhelpful perceptions that its ‘just for boys’ or ‘the brainy’ few. Engineering is for everyone,” she adds.

As part of All Saints’ efforts to engage young people with STEM subjects and galvanise the next generation of engineers into action, its year 7 students are also set to get fully immersed in a Marine Engineering Pathway workshop during September, delivered by the Sea Cadets on tour. Working in teams to explore the scientific principles behind buoyancy and displacement, their knowledge will be put to the test when they are tasked with designing and creating engineering solutions for real life marine based scenarios.

Isabel teating and making a boat Group testing boats
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Plymouth Citybus Donates Double Deck Bus!

All Saints Academy Plymouth is celebrating the arrival of a double deck bus on campus, which has been kindly donated by Plymouth Citybus - one of its industry partners.

"The bus provides us with the perfect balance of storage and workspace," says All Saints' art teacher Emma Vinnicombe. Together with their students, staff have already begun the journey of adapting and transforming the vehicle into an A Level art studio. "The gift is such a fantastic boost for our art department and will be a wonderful asset for years to come," she adds.

Yr. 13 student Liam who is studying art and photography will be just one of those set to benefit from the extra creative space to work on his stunning large scale sculptures: "The art bus will give me an opportunity to experiment with a wider range of materials. Being in a space away from the classroom will also allow me to express myself and to think more creatively. I am ecstatic that we are lucky enough to have this opportunity and incredibly thankful to Citybus!"

Mark Collins, Head of Commercial & Marketing, Plymouth Citybus, said: “Community is important to us and we're always looking for ways we can help inspire the next generation. This is a great use for one of our buses that has come to the end of its life on the road and we hope the students can really benefit from having such a different workspace.”

Year 13 Art Bus

D of E Silver Award Expedition

D of E Silver Award Expedition

D of E Silver day

80th Carnegie Book Award

On Monday 19th June 2017, five of our Y10 students and myself attended Notre Dame RC School to represent ASAP as ‘shadowers’ of the Cilip Carnegie Book Awards. These students had been shadowing the awards since March by reading the books on the shortlist, discussing them and writing reviews to decide who they thought deserved the prize. They gave up their Friday lunchtimes to meet up and prepare for the tasks. Miss Hayward kindly allowed me to hijack her ‘book-club’ for a few weeks in order for them to take part.

Notre Dame were hosting a local event to coincide with the official ceremony. 13 schools attended from across Devon & Cornwall. Each school was given one of the shortlisted book titles (drawn out of a hat) and they had to deliver a presentation on that book. Our students did ASAP and themselves proud with their presentation of ‘A Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth’ by Frank Cotterell-Boyce. The students were: Caitlin Greying, Namarni Harrison, Phillip Watson, Misha Watson and Hollie Winn. This will be a valuable addition to their CV’s.

Ms. Perring

HLTA Literacy & Library

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The Face of Quality Art

Handy Parrot

D of E Bronze day

Science Technology Engineering & Maths (STEM) day at Dartmoor Zoo

Christian Distinctiveness Project

New Childline App

Childline has launched an app that is the first to provide counselling to young people in need of help directly through their mobile devices. The app has been named 'For Me' to ensure that it can be discreetly installed.

This means that if someone happens to see the young person's phone they can't tell it's a Childline service.

'For Me' was created by 4 teenagers who realised there was an urgent need for young people to have easy access to confidential advice and support.

When Childline first launched over 30 years ago all contact was over the phone, with many calls being made from telephone boxes. How children and young people contact us now is dramatically different:

  • 71% of counselling sessions are delivered online via email and 1-2-1 chat
  • Last year, 1.8 million sessions on the Childline website were conducted via mobile devices.

The app, developed in partnership with Barclays, is now available as a free download so young people can easily access Childline's online services. These include:

  • 1-2-1 chat with a counsellor
  • 'Ask Sam' problem pages
  • Private locker - a personal area where young people can track their mood and write down their thoughts.

Please see for more details.

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