Year 7 Ecology Day
288 Year 7 students descended onto the promenade park on Friday 12th July to experience the ecology of the environment first hand. The classroom learning atmosphere was fresh air, sunshine and creatures of all shapes and sizes. Students had the opportunity of experiencing activities such as, Sweep Nets, Tree Sampling, Pond Dipping, Quadrat sampling and chemical analysis of mud were set up at different locations and the students rotated between each one. Teachers that specialise in the biology of Ecology delivered key information as the students carried out their investigations.
One of the favourite activities was conducting a visitor’s survey at the Promenade. Members of the public had interactions with our students and had the following to say,
“Today I visited the Prom Park where I was interviewed on a number of occasions by Plume Academy Students (year 7) as part of their studies. I just wish to pass on my observations that on every single occasion the students were very positive, polite and an absolute credit to Maldon & The Plume Academy.”
Our students were impeccably behaved and enjoyed their day tremendously. A huge thank you must go to all members of the Science Faculty team and Plume staff that supported an incredibly successful day.
We look forward to next year’s event!
Mr G Botha
Second in Science
Year 7 3D Cell models for Science
This Autumn term the Year 7 students have been studying Cells in Biology. They have been working on a project to create a 3D model to demonstrate their understanding of the various parts and functions of cells. The cell could be plant or animal based. Students at Mill Road have been working really hard over the last 3 weeks or so to create some brilliant work. These models have been made out of plasticine, Lego bricks, papier mache and even food!
Our best examples will hopefully (with permission) be used for display purposes and for good examples for next year’s students. Teachers are going to have a hard time selecting the best examples as there are quite a number of them. I am sure that parents too, have been hovering over the work giving guidance and helping out when needed, so thank you too!
Second in Science
Jack Petchey Award Winners Celebration 2018-19
T/R Harriet Phillips (Year 9) Georgia Tear (Year 10 ) Maisie De Bono (Year 11) Imogen Phillips( Year 8) Chief Inspector Gerry Parker (Essex Police)
B/R Megan Wiley (Year 13) Benjamin Sayward( Year 12) Cllr. Janette Potter ( Dep. Mayor Chelmsford) Megan Janes (Year 10) Tianna Fryer( Year 11)
Not shown Alex Sibley (Year 11)
Celebrate with Jack! In the company of our award winners and, of course proud parents, several equally proud Plume Academy staff attended the Jack Petchey Achievement Awards 2019 held recently at the Civic Theatre in Chelmsford for Chelmsford and Maldon Schools. The Jack Petchey Foundation seeks to increase young people’s aspirations by rewarding their achievements and encouraging them to take pride in them. Key are the qualities of positive affirmation, self-belief and the willingness to make an effort for the good of others. In the excitable company of several other local schools and voluntary organisations, our own Jack Petchey winners received their gold medallions, a huge cheer and several photographs with the guest of honour. ( see gallery). All our students had been recognised for the different ways each had made a wholehearted, unselfish and dedicated contribution to our school and the local community. In a world today where often achievement is measured in terms of money, power or social media presence, it is indeed uplifting to see young people put the needs of others before their own.- to quote from Jack Petchey “ ..know that in giving, you also receive and the world is a better place for it!”
Plume Academy’s Rugby World Cup 2019
On Friday 25 October, Plume Academy’s years’ 7, 8 and 9 students celebrated their own Rugby World Cup Tournament!
The academy teamed up with Maldon Rugby Football Club to stage the event with the aim of celebrating the sport of rugby in its biggest competition, promoting and strengthening school/club links and giving our younger students the opportunity to take part in physical activity whilst learning and enjoying the sport itself.
Students competed alongside the Rugby World Cup with tutor groups from each year drawing countries at random to represent in the interform competition. The interform saw teams play each other in a knockout competition consisting of two rounds and a final, ‘Tri-Nations Tournament’.
Each tutor group had to choose a combination boys and girls to compete in the touch rugby matches and all students could share in the experience by completing group activities such as banner design, learning about the Rugby World Cup teams, players, the core values and becoming ‘experts’ on the country they were representing.
In the final, three winning teams from each year group competed against each other in a round-robin tournament. Volunteer coaches from Maldon Rugby Club joined in the fun and officiated the games during the afternoon. England Rugby Football Union representative Sally Tuson attended the event to support and celebrate with the competitors. Sally is a former England international and Bristol Bears and Saracens player who now plays and coaches at Thurrock RFC. Sally is also a Community Rugby Coach who supports events in the region, much like this one at our academy last week.
Plume Academy and Maldon Rugby Club are very proud of the attitude students displayed throughout this hugely successful event, which celebrated rugby, the core values of the sport and the diversity of the countries that have been performing alongside each other in the Rugby World Cup over the past seven weeks.
Head of Year 8