Year 8 students had the opportunity to spend a day at De Montfort University working with both staff and undergraduate students. The aim is to promote and provide the opportunity of successful participation in higher education to everyone who can benefit from it. The interactive event focused on providing students with a practical learning experience of the key life skills that are required by university students such as communication, teamwork and budgeting. For each visit for Year 8s, a lecture is delivered and this year it was ‘senses’ with Saint Martin’s students volunteering to assist. There was a campus tour and this proved to be very popular; work continues on DMU’s new Vijay Patel Building which will house the faculty of Art, Design and Humanities. The £136 million Campus Transformation Project is due to be completed this year and everyone was extremely impressed. Budgeting was interesting with some choosing to spend every penny whilst others preferring to save. The majority selected to stay in ‘budget’ accommodation!
Saint Martin’s were paired with Judge Meadow students for the ‘Getting to Know You’ session and everyone participated well.
Barton Hall Netball Weekend 2016
On Friday 13th May, 45 students, accompanied by Mrs Murphy, Mrs Lowry, Mrs King, Mrs Beaty and Mrs Greenhalgh, travelled to Barton Hall, Torquay for a weekend of netball and fun.
After our usual visit to the beach for a paddle and picnic, we arrived at the centre and the girls took part in some sports/games based team activities. PGL activities including zipwire, aeroball, climbing, abseiling, swimming and quad biking were also on offer throughout the weekend.
The netball competitions began on Saturday and continued into Sunday. They were run by All England netball and were of a very high standard, with teams competing from all over the country. Our Year 7 ‘B’ team played well and improved as the weekend progressed. Our Year 7 ‘A’ team played exceptionally well, reaching the semi-finals, where they lost to the eventual winners (3rd out of 16 teams)! Our Year 8 team had a slow start on Saturday, but played really well and with great determination, securing 2 great wins on Sunday, to finish 7th. Our Year 9 team played very well against tough opposition from some year 10 teams, to narrowly miss reaching the semi-finals by 1 point! (Finished 5th) Our Year 10” Dream team” played outstandingly well in all of their matches to reach the final, where they played Great Torrington Community College and unfortunately lost, so finishing 2nd – disappointing for you, I know, but still really proud of each one of you. This team were a great inspiration to our younger girls and were extremely helpful during the weekend. A special mention must also go to Harriet Draper (Yr10), who was selected by the officials and umpires as the best Yr9/10 player of the tournament.
Thank you girls and well done to all of you. You were a great credit to St. Martin’s.
Sunday, 8th May 2016
Saint Martin’s students, Emily Lyell Yr. 11, Alice Edwards Yr. 11, Thomas Linwood Yr. 10 and George Amos Yr. 10, in their role as RAF Cadets, supported the event by directing traffic and manning water station. They did a fantastic job and their hard work was appreciated by all the runners
Kieran Coleman-Smith Yr.9 won the 1 mile race by a distance! Elise Cook-Sutton Yr. 7 won the female race with Anya Ibbitson Yr.7 not far behind .Well done all 3 competitors
Mr Murphy, Mr Clay, Mr Myles and Mr Adcock took part in the half marathon recording good times on a very warm day. Special mention to Mr Clay and his sister, Natalie for running their first half marathon. Mr Murphy, Mr Clay and Natalie were running to support Parkinson’s Disease Society. The money raised further supported that raised by our school non-uniform day on Friday, 22nd April 2016 where £260 was raised for Parkinson’s, along with a further £260 for the Alzheimer’s Society. Thank you to all the students for supporting these two very worthwhile charities