Our visiting Marjon students were asked three questions: what was your favourite part of your placement at Mount Tamar What have you enjoyed the most and what have you learned? We then asked them to comment on the school environment and the lessons that they have seen.
Alyssa OATES My favourite part of the placement was being able to build a rapport with the students and staff. This is the first placement where I have felt included in the day to day life of the school and not just seen as a student teacher I have enjoyed being part of a team at Mount Tamar and having the opportunity to lead small groups in lessons This school has taught me a lot about SEN+D and students with behavioural issues and how they interact with a school environment. I now feel I am more confident about my teaching because I am more aware of the individual needs and can therefore tailor to the needs of students. I look forward to using all the skills I have picked up within my future lessons. The atmosphere around the school is relaxed and a safe environment for the students and staff to work in. I was very nervous before I came but this soon went and I felt very relaxed and welcome.
Kynan BALL My favourite part of this placement was being able to help students get more active, not just within PE but throughout the day during activate, break and lunch. I have really enjoyed building a rapport with the students here, as building these relationships has helped my professional development as well as creating a good learning environment for the students. It is clear to this that this is the case here at Mount Tamar with fantastic relationships between staff and pupils. One massive thing I have learnt is how to make PE more inclusive for SEND students. There are many little tips I have picked up from different staff members across the school which enable students to learn. Chey has been a fantastic help and I have learnt a lot from him and his approach to students and lessons. The environment around Mount Tamar is very supportive and relaxed. This provides support for students and staff around the school.
Grace RUDMAN My favourite part of the placement was having the opportunity to work with and get to know the pupils and staff at Mount Tamar. Having the chance to work with Chey and the PE department was also great. I have definitely enjoyed my placement. Mount Tamar has given me knowledge and skills I did not have beforehand: allowing me to progress with my teaching. Mount Tamar makes sure you're included in the team, making you feel comfortable and welcome. Whilst at Mount Tamar I have learned how to accommodate all pupils within a PE lessons. Chey has been a great resource to help my understanding of how school is a necessary support for pupils with SEND. At Mount Tamar the school environment is relaxed, giving both pupils and staff a safe environment to work in. Lessons give students opportunities to explore, helping them to understand what they would like to do in the future.
From November 30th 2017 we will be an Operation Encompass School.
This is an initiative developed with Devon and Cornwall Police to ensure that school will be informed of any domestic abuse incident attended by the Police the day after the incident has occurred where a child from our school has been exposed to domestic abuse.
This will enable the school to sensitively and appropriately support the child and family to ensure they feel safe and secure after an incident of domestic abuse.
If you wish to find out further information about Operation Encompass, please do contact school and ask to speak to Sandra Bryant who is our Operation Encompass key adult.
Troubled Plymouth special school has finally turned a corner
Adopt a School
Plymouth Construction training Group and Mount Tamar School are delighted to announce the launch of our formal partnership under the “Adopt a School” programme On Wednesday 27th September training group member companies joined the Head Teacher and senior staff members and students to launch our official partnership at Mount Tamar school’s brickwork workshop at Wolesley Trust in Plymouth
The Adopt a School initiative is part of Constructing Excellence and the southern construction consortium (http://constructingexcellencesw.org.uk/adopt-a-school/introduction) This will also utilise the skills of CITB Construction Ambassadors and the exceptional resources available on the Go-Construct website
Brett Storry – head teacher
“We are very excited about the opportunities this partnership will provide for our students with local construction companies.
Tony Carson – PCTG chair and TEC Construction – as far as we are aware this is the first partnership of its kind between a training group and its members and the “adopt a school” programme in the country. We are delighted to be partnering with Mount Tamar School, to support students; teachers and parents with construction careers advice; work placements; site visits and resources. Contact details Bernadette Parkinson PCTG 07802 729611 firstname.lastname@example.org
Kyle Bennett is a fourteen year old boy, who attends Mount Tamar School. He lives with his Grandmother, who herself is in ill health. Recently, Kyle's uncle has been diagnosed with Dementia and this has been worrying Kyle; he wanted to do something to raise awareness and also raise some money for the charity.
"My name is Kyle, I am 14, I am a student at Mount Tamar School. My uncle has dementia and it makes me feel anxious, although I understand what Dementia is, I don't know how to help. I want to help others in my situation everywhere and I feel school is a good place to start. Thank you. Kyle Bennett"
Kyle decided to share the event with Macmillan's "Biggest coffee Morning In the World" and "Jeans for Genes".
Kyle helped set up the area in school, dishing out cake and hot drinks to lots of Parents, Carers and other people who just wanted to come to the Coffee Morning. Not only did he raise a massive £167.21, he brought people together to talk and support one another.
Councillor Terri Beer visits our School
Nearly £2 million will be spent expanding two Plymouth primary schools so they can take on more pupils to meet the demands of the city's growing population.
Read more at http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/nearly-2m-to-go-on-making-plymouth-primary-schools-bigger/story-30063435-detail/story.html#2ycusXIOtxQorwQy.99
Pat Gould Govenor at Mount Tamar School awarded M.B.E
"Someone told me they had nominated me for an award earlier in the year but I totally forgot about it. I had no idea it would be an MBE!"
Patricia said being a governor is an enjoyable role and urged any parents with children at local schools to give it a try.
"It takes up quite a bit of your time but I probably spend more time on it than I need to, because I enjoy it so much," she added.
"It would be great if we could get some more people to volunteer for it."