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The third Blow Your Mind day of the academic year included a slam poetry session and an introduction to First Aid.

 "The poetry slam was a huge success with Year 8 students writing some fantastic spoken word pieces about the realities of being a teenager today," said English teacher Mrs Yates.

"Some performed to music and others really brought a fun sense of showmanship to the session.

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"Stand out performances came from Dylan, James, Ivory and Lenni. Topics explored included the pressures teenagers face today and the reality of puberty!"

 The Year 9 students looked at the Maths behind game shows and how you can give yourself the best chance of winning.

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"We looked at the famous Monty Hall Game show problem and the students were able to explain how it worked and the best strategy to win," explained Mr Webb.

"The students showed great investigative skills when simulating a game within Takeshi's Castle - using the experimental data to make conclusions.

"All students worked very hard and made great mathematical insights, well done Year 9!"

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Year 7 students worked with Mr McKenzie in Creative Industries to develop a piece of work based on the shapes and details within architectural forms around Plymouth.

 "Students discussed and designed the theory behind their work, developing their designs into a mixed media piece using collage and mono-printing," said Mr McKenzie.

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"The artwork tells a story of how the students see and use the city they live in. Entitled 'My Plymouth' the work will join the collection of work produced by students, of all year groups, taking part in the Blow your Mind programme. The work will all be displayed at the end of the year as part of the Visual Arts Summer Show in June."

 The Year 10 group practiced different first aid techniques including CPR and injury assessment.

"It was a fantastic session which let the students apply the skills to real-life scenarios with all of the group having the opportunity to handle a defibrillator, applying all the skills necessary in an emergency casualty situation," said Mr Simmons.

"Although this level of responsibility could be quite daunting in real life, the whole group took on the different roles and helped each other in developing their lifesaving skills. They were a credit and never stopped asking questions! It was a very worthwhile experience which will be so valuable when moving into adult life.

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"A massive thank you goes to Mrs Mann from Scott Medical and Healthcare College for leading the session."

Deputy vice principal Mrs Ware, who co-ordinates Blow Your Mind, said: "The sessions were fully embraced by the students and are an important enrichment to the curriculum."

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Stoke Damerel Community College News Archive 2017-18





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