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MP Luke Announces Year 10 Election Result

Not every school election result is announced by a real politician but that’s what happened when Year 10 at Scott College ran a campaign about politics, health and well-being. As part of Project-Based Learning students were asked to create a political party and a manifesto around an issue that they feel strongly about – students then voted and Scott College’s local MP Luke Pollard came to Scott College for the afternoon to announce the winner. “Students had to think of a name for their party, design a logo and create posters and leaflets to advertise their manifestos,” explained Mr Morris, head of the Class of 2020. The elections took place on Friday 24 May and the whole year group, as well as a number of  Year 12 students, were involved either as participants or as members of the audience. Party leaders delivered their election speeches and students voted using an online survey. As well as announcing the results Luke Pollard spoke to the audience and was given a tour of the school in Stoke. “Students conducted their research and delivered their speeches with maturity and with a clear insight into the issues that they addressed. Congratulations to Beth of the Philanthropies party who was elected as…

Spotlight on Ellie’ s Volunteer role

We are really proud that our Sixth form student Ellie’s voluntary work at St Luke’s Hospice was highlighted as part of Volunteers’ Week. You can read all about it HERE 

Donations Sought For Scott College Garden

Students at Scott College are putting their green fingers to use by creating a medicinal garden next to the school. Scott College is working in partnership with City Business Park to transform an area of woodland which is between the two sites. Students doing it as part of their skills section of their Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award will be working with the weekly Gardening Club to start work to tidy up the site and plans include reinstating the pond as well as growing a variety of plants including some with medicinal properties as well as vegetables. “We have big ideas for the area,” explained deputy headteacher Mr Cresswell. “We can use it for breaks and at lunchtime and we’re really looking forward to getting started.” Students and staff are asking for help from the local community around Scott College to get them started. “Our students are after donations to get us going,” said Mr Cresswell. “If any of our community happens to have sheds full of old tools, seeds, bags of compost, weed control matting, wheelbarrows, cuttings, pots, wood or anything else garden-related that they’re no longer using, please get in touch. “Knowledge and expertise are also…

Keeping Our Patch Clean

The Scott College litter pick team joined forces with community litter-picking group Clean Our Patch to collect five bags of rubbish in just one hour in Stoke. The Scott College litter-picking group go out every Monday to clean the area around the school and were joined by Rosanna and Ash from Clean Our Patch to give the path which runs down the side of Scott College a really good clean. “It is a pleasure to  supervise a group of young people from Scott College who volunteer to go out each week and pick up litter to keep the local area tidy,” said teacher Mr Allen, who supervises the students while they are out collecting rubbish. “The students always do it with a smile on their faces as they know they are helping to clean the environment. It was great to get involved with Clean Our Patch as part of Keep Britain Tidy month to do a litter pick of the community surrounding Scott College. “We plan to join them again in the future!’ El Clarke from Clean Our Patch said: “It was a pleasure to have Scott College join us in our Keep Britain Tidy Great British Spring clean. “Their…

Triathlon Challenge For Students

Mr Broomfield’s Triathlon Club are celebrating their success as students Ellen, Ruby and Charley took part in the Cornish Tri Series at Tolcarne in Newquay on Sunday 19 May. The event involved a 200m swim in open water followed by 4k cycle then finished off with a 2.5k run. Mr Broomfield said: “A triathlon is physically and mentally demanding, the girls did brilliantly. “They had to battle the elements and swim in cold temperatures then find the stamina to cycle along the beautiful coast before, finally, running to the finish line. “I am enormously proud of their achievement and the hard work they put into this. They have been practicing very hard in the build-up to this event by attending our extracurricular activities such as swimming and running club after school. “This is a sport that I am passionate about and I am planning to grow in the school.”

Paramedic Taster Day

A group of eight Year 12 students travelled to Bristol on Saturday 30 March for a Paramedic Taster Day at the University of the West of England. They got an idea of what it’s like to prepare for a major incident, how to stop a catastrophic haemorrhage and had a good look around the inside of an ambulance.    

Lessons from Auschwitz

Sophie and I had the opportunity to be a part of the Lessons from Auschwitz project which is aimed at young people in order to increase their knowledge and understanding of the Holocaust and reflect on the contemporary relevance of it. As a part of the project we went to an orientation seminar before the main trip and heard from a Holocaust survivor called Hannah Lewis. Her story was heartbreaking and made us reflect on the experiences of all those affected by the holocaust, not just those sent to concentration camps. On Wednesday 13 February we travelled to a very cold Poland. Our first visit was to the town of Oświęcim which, before the war, had a large Jewish community which accounted to 58% of the population. By going here we started to understand the ordinary lives in which the Jewish community had before the war. Our second visit was the Auschwitz I where we learnt about the lives of the prisoners in the camp and the conditions in which they lived. One of the most challenging things to see here was the massive amount of personal items which were left behind after the camp was liberated. The items included…

Students Are Digital Health Champions

Students from Scott College are part of a project  looking at using smart speakers in care homes. The group were invited to attend the  EPIC project event in Liskeard by Professor Ray Jones looking at how smart speakers could be used to provide reminders for treatment or medication or as a means of video communication with healthcare practitioners, family and friends. The students have prepared materials to explain to care home residents how to use the system including information about how the care homes could find it useful including setting Alexa up as a diary, reminders and for recreational use. “The students have now become Digital Health Champions and were given six Echo Spots to take home and practice with before starting to use them with the care homes,” explained Health and Scoial Care teacher Mrs Carlson.”We will shortly be allocated care homes and the students will be supporting them by making regular contact as well as the initial set-up.” It is the second part of the Epic project which students have taken part in – in January they went to Plymouth University for a session called Innovations For a Long and Healthy Life. It was all-day event which considered how technologies can help…

Uni Visit For Psychology Students

Part of being a student at Scott College is regular visits to universities – this time one of our partners Plymouth University. Our Year 10 Psychology students visited the Psychology department and had an extremely informative and inspiring afternoon.

Students Join Compassion Project

Scott College has been invited to be a pilot school for the St Luke’s Compassionate Schools project. The project is part of their Compassionate City Campaign. “I have been working with them for some months now and completed Champion training and we are involved in three ways,” explained Health and Social care teacher Mrs Carlson. “One is the Theatre Forum Workshop which is run in conjunction with St Luke’s, Scott College and Plymouth University’s drama students and on 12 March 40 students took part in an afternoon of theatre forum sessions.”       The idea behind the Compassionate Buddies Forum Theatre sessions is to help students build their confidence and skills to compassionately respond to their peers who might be bereaved or living with a life-limiting condition. Ultimately, they will get to practice LENDing a helping hand to make a difference to people around them and understand what a Compassionate Buddy is and isn’t, just like in Compassionate Friends. Forum Theatre is a type of participatory theatre which allows the audience members- students (the ‘spect-actors’) to practice different interventions for real-life scenarios. “It was a great experience and the students were amazing,” said Mrs Carlson. “They interacted well and…