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Sir John Hunt Community Sports College is a coeducational community secondary school and sixth form located in the Whitleigh area of Plymouth.
Good attendance at College is vital for students to achieve their full educational potential. Students with a good attendance record benefit in the following ways: • Continuity of learning which makes progress and retention easier; • Improved performance in coursework tasks; • Enhanced performance in examinations; • Continuity of relationships and friendships; • Good references for further education or employment; • Good habits are formed for later life. Attendance percentages are not like examination results, an attendance percentage needs to be in the high nineties before it can be considered good. Consider the following examples over the course of a school year (188 days): Research states that having 20 (89%) days off school every year means that a student will most probably obtain a whole grade lower in their exams than they are really capable of.
All of our new Year 7s were invited to join us for two weeks of summer school to enable them to get to know our staff, our College and most importantly each other, as they set out on their seven year educational expedition with us. Throughout the two weeks students were able to try a range of experiences including: an introduction to our music suite; conducting science experiments; using our well-resourced technology workshop; a range of team building activities from our Outdoor Education Team; an economics and financial planning morning from Barclays Bank; a day exploring the hidden secrets of Lanhydrock; a day at Woodlands; and a three day, 2 night residential experience in the wilds of North Devon. The feedback has been outstanding: Parents feedback: Our son has very much enjoyed himself. I believe this is absolutely amazing for all children and parents to bond and make new friends. Our daughter has had a fantastic time, it was a great opportunity to meet new friends and have fun with her new school. Great start to new beginnings at Sir John Hunt. Thank you to all for helping her to settle. Brilliant idea, my daughter loved it. She was very nervous so getting to know new friends is a great idea. My son had a fab time, I would highly recommend it! I think summer school is fantastic, a wonderful learning curve towards independence. Student Comments: It was awesome and lots of fun. I had a great time and met lots of new people. I would like to thank all the staff and students for making the two weeks once again so enjoyable and worthwhile.
This week we were delighted to receive this compliment from one of our parents who is about to move out of Plymouth: “I would like to thank all staff concerned with the education and care which both my children have received. I knew that the school was an excellent choice when I enrolled the children and I have not been disappointed. Both children have flourished while attending and I would like to pass on my heartfelt thanks and gratitude. Keep up the good work - you are all a credit to your professions!” It is always nice to receive positive feedback about how we support our students. If you have positive comments or suggestions about how we can improve the College, please don’t hesitate to contact us, or take the time to complete our parental survey at our next review day.
Sports Personality 2015: On Monday July 13th we held the annual Sports Personality of the Year Awards Dinner at Sir John Hunt. We were lucky enough to have a visiting athlete called Craig Figes. Craig first learnt to swim at 4 years of age and became interested in water polo at just seven years old. Craig began to stay in the pool after swimming training to practice throwing a ball. Craig’s talent and work ethic was quickly identified and he progressed through club, county and regional teams to be selected for the GB U20 team at just 14 years of age and the GB senior side aged 15. Despite being a national standard swimmer, Craig’s passion was for water polo and he became a vital part of the England and GB team, playing in numerous major international championships. He was selected as the GB junior captain at just 16 years old. Craig was always driven to excel which led to him playing professionally for club teams in Australia, Spain and Italy. His international highlights include a bronze medal at the 2012 Commonwealth Games and captaining the GB team at the 2012 London Olympics. Craig’s international career has spanned more than 20 years and he continues to be a leader of the sport both in and out of the pool. Craig now coaches hundreds of young players every week in his local area as well as continuing to play professionally. Amongst a number of winning students from all of the teams and clubs from the year, the winners of the annual prizes were: Team of the Year: Year 7 girls football team Outstanding Performers of the Year (in or out of school): Travis Skerton Lauren Ranfor Leader of the Year Award: Toby Edwards Ty Barrowdale Dedicated Athlete of the Year Alisha Hatrey Kieran Roberts Curriculum PE Student of the Year (Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, Year 11, Year 12, Year 13): Year 7 – Keane Bowman Year 8 – Bruno Leal Year 9 – Leo Wondzinski Year 10 – Kasia Jeziorek Year 11 - Nicole Hoskin Year 12 – Liam Bowman Year 13 – Billy Hampson PE Personality of the Year - Lynden Cooke Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make this event a success and well done to all the students who won a prize.
Welcome back everyone
Wishing our GCSE students all the best for their GCSE results today. Good luck!