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Meet our new Senior Students – Beth, Erin and Mmesooma!



Posted: 05.03.19

Charity Donation to the Children’s Ward at Derriford Hospital

Well done to our Year 8 Stang House students who held  fundraising events during 2018 including cake and handmade card sales.

They were able to present the Children’s Ward at Derriford Hospital with a cheque for £100 which will go towards play items for children during a stay in hospital.

Well done to all involved, a great effort!

Posted 28.02.19

Year 9 Vaccinations – Diphtheria, Tetanus, Polio and Meningitis ACWY

For the attention of Parents/Carers of Year 9 Students

Please see the letter from Virgin Care posted in our ‘Letters’ section on the ‘Information’ tab (link below).

The Immunisation Team will be visiting all secondary schools in Devon to vaccinate children against Diphtheria, Tetanus, Polio and Meningitis ACWY as part of the National Childhood Immunisation Programme and are now inviting parents / guardians of children born between 1st September 2004 and 31st August 2005 to register their consent for the above vaccinations by 10th March.  Instructions on how to do so are detailed in the letter (link above).

The Immunisation Team will visit Notre Dame on Monday 29th April 2019 and Tuesday 30th April 2019 to conduct the vaccinations.

Posted 26.02.19

Military Kids Club Heroes Meet the Plymouth MP’s

The Military Kids Club Heroes from schools all across Plymouth were given the opportunity to go to the Plymouth Council Chambers and have a formal meeting with three MP’s on 11th January 2019.  The MP’s were Johnny Mercer, Gary Streeter and Luke Pollard.

During our weekly MKC Heroes club, the group discussed and prepared the important questions that they wanted to ask the MP’s.  Three of our students were given the opportunity to attend the meeting; however, they were confident that, due to their preparation, they would represent the group well.  On the day, they did exactly that.  When it was Notre Dame’s turn to ask our question, one of our Heroes spoke clearly, politely and with great confidence.  The question was answered in depth by Johnny Mercer and the students took notes of his response.

Once the meeting had finished, the students enjoyed informally chatting with the MP’s and the other students from different Plymouth Schools.  They even got pictures with the MP’s.  It was an amazing experience for the MKC Heroes and we are grateful for the opportunity.

Posted 25.02.19



Year 12 Dimension Day

Year 12 students have been busy today getting involved in the You’re hired! business challenge, which endeavours to find “Plymouth’s Most Employable 17 Year Old”.

Participants take part in teams, and the best few individuals from each heat progress to the Final, which is held in the summer with winners from other schools.. 
The winners this year are Beth Blake, Chloe Burgess and Erin Kielsta. The reserves are Gabriella Barwick, Lucy Thomas and Mmesooma Ubadigha. 
Well done to everyone!   
Posted 14.02.19

School Closure – Friday 1st February 2019

School Closure Friday 1st February 2019

Due to ice and snow making the school inaccessible and travel dangerous for students and staff,  the decision has been made to close the school on Friday 1st February 2o19.
The school has taken into account the advice from police and road safety experts that we must not place further pressure on emergency services through unnecessary journeys.
We hope you are all safe and warm.

First Lego League Competition

Posted: 30.01.19


Our First Lego League team, accompanied by Miss Lowry competed in the regional heats of the competition on Friday 18th January 2019 at City College and were unanimously voted as the team to receive the Judges’ Award for their positivity and resilience throughout the day, presented by Luke Pollard MP.


The students participated in various activities; they presented their robot to the judges and explained the design of both the robot and the programs that they had written, participated in a Core Values activity where the judges were looking at how well they embodied the First Lego League Core Values of Discovery, Innovation, Impact, Inclusion and Teamwork, presented a project about the issues involved with living in space and finally competed in the Robot Game, they programmed their robot to complete an number of Lego tasks on a space themed mat.


Well done!


Reverse Advent Calendar for Shekinah Mission

Posted: 22.01.19

Students at Notre Dame took part in a reverse advent calendar project during the months of November/December.  Items were donated in lieu of the traditional advent calendar idea.  As a result over 550 food items were delivered to the Shekinah Mission in Plymouth, in time for use over the festive period to help those less fortunate.
Thank you to everyone.  What a great effort!

Next Steps South West – Articulacy Programme

Posted 21.01.19

As part of the Next Steps South West project, thirteen Year 10 students attended the Articulacy programme at ND.

Over the week, they took part in a number of activities leading to a nationally recognised English Speaking Board qualification.

On the last day, all the students delivered a presentation on something they felt passionate about, read a passage from a favourite book and recited a poem.

The programme was supported by student ambassadors from Plymouth University who shared their experiences of college life.
The students were  enthusiastic, focused and feedback was positive.

We look forward to our next session in March.

International School Award

Posted 11.12.18


Congratulations to Mrs Hanks who collected the International School Award 2018-19 in London from Damian Hinds, Education Secretary, on Wednesday 5th December 2018.