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Oxford Success for Chloe

For the second year running a Notre Dame student has been offered a place at Oxford University. Sixth Former Chloe Dunbobbin, who is currently studying A Levels in English Literature, History and Art, has been selected to read history at Queen’s College. She follows former student Lydia Keogh who is currently at the prestigious university studying French and Linguistics.

The Main Event!

Staff, students, friends and neighbours of Notre Dame were treated to a spectacular evening at ‘The Main Event’ last night, ensuring that the Mission theme of ‘Small Things with Great Love’ has been shared throughout our community.

The Sion Mission Team led the evening’s extravaganza, which featured a mix music, drama, prayer and reflection.

There was also an opportunity for students to share their experience of the week, and the impact that it has made on their lives.

Katie, from year 9, said ‘I really enjoyed the evening, and I think it was the perfect end to Mission week. The challenges that have been set every day has inspired me to carry on doing ‘Small Things with Great Love’.


Mission Is Go!

Mission 2014 is here, and Notre Dame is awash with ‘Small Things With Great Love’.

Each morning has started with action packed assemblies, followed by workshops and class visits from the Sion Team, giving students the opportunity to reflect on this year’s theme.

On Wednesday at 3.45, students have the opportunity to attend the Youth Alpha Launch Party (until 5.15) and family, friends and neighbours of Notre Dame are invited to attend the ‘Main Event’ on Thursday at 6pm, so that the Mission experience can shared throughout the community.

Mission Week Is Coming….

Dramatic Approach To Relationships

This month Notre Dame was delighted to welcome back Play It Again Theatre Company with their theatre in education piece ‘Hanging On’. This was the company’s third visit to Notre Dame and, as usual, students and staff were not disappointed by the performance and workshops.

The play centres around two young people who develop a romantic relationship, but not without its problems. Jealously, paranoia and control all come into play during the plot, leaving the audience of Year 9 students to consider what the young couple might do to sustain a more healthy and happy relationship. Our students were able to use their own mobile devices to vote on an ending to explore and were invited to offer the characters advice about which decisions to make to allow for resolution to their problems.

The day was arranged to support the PSHE and a Drama curriculum. Students have also taken the opportunity to evaluate the day as part of their Bronze Arts Award.

“It was a brilliant performance. The actors were all very convincing and made the relationships seem really real.” Chloe Year 9

“I liked the way that the actors performed flashbacks to show us what difficult things the family had gone through in the past. The lighting effects and sound made these scenes really tense.” Megan Year 9

Mrs Casey

Leading The Cheers

Notre Dame students are demonstrating their active and creative talents as part of a new Cheerleading Club.

The club, run by PE teacher Miss Couch, started two weeks ago and is open to all year groups. There are two practices, one Monday after school and one Tuesday lunchtime. The group focus on simple stunting, dance, jumps and tumbling. Their first aim is to start on creating a short routine that will hopefully be performed as part of the annual Dance Show.

Sound Appreciation of the Holocaust

A group of 13 Notre Dame Year 7s took part in Holocaust Memorial Day at Plymouth University on January 27th. The students had the opportunity to learn about the events of the Holocaust during the Second World War, and respond by creating a ‘soundscape’ musical composition.


Notre Dame last night scooped the Plymouth Under 14 Girls’ Basketball Championship.

In a hard-fought ’round robin’ competition against Stoke Damerel and Devonport High School for Girls, the Notre Dame  team showed plenty of strength and determination, especially in the second half of the competition after an inspirational team talk from Head Coach Howard Turner.

Mr Turner, PE Teacher at Notre Dame, said, “I am really proud of the girls – they listened, took advice, and made it pay. What a team!”

Arty Youngsters

Notre Dame played host to talented Year 5 and 6 artists today as part of its community and outreach work.

The children, identified by their primary schools as having a flair for the artistic, enjoyed the chance to work in fully equipped art rooms and develop their creative talents. They also got a chance to sample what school life is like at Notre Dame.

Head of Art Poppy Phillips said, “It was a hugely positive day. The students really engaged with the tasks we set – and showed some real promise.”

School Direct

School Direct is designed to give experienced professionals and higher class degree students an alternative pathway to a career as a teacher, whilst enabling schools to develop exactly the teachers they need.   Primary and Secondary places are available for 2014/15 entry via the Plymouth Teaching School Alliance (PTSA).