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Newham Word Fest runs from Monday 6th November to Sunday 19th November. The fortnight-long festival will see poets, authors and illustrators take part in sessions, conversations and shows throughout the borough.

We were very fortunate enough to be invited to attend one of the opening events of the festival at Manor Park Library on Monday 6th November. 60 Year 9 students joined authors Sally Nicholls and Catherine Barter to discuss their inspiration for writing, approaches to the writing process, character and plot development strategies and the relevance of activism today. Sally Nicholls’ ‘Things A Bright Girl Can Do’ is based in the East End of London and follows the lives of three young girls as they experience the suffrage movement first-hand. ‘Troublemakers’ by Catherine Barter was announced as being on the CILIP Carnegie Medal longlist for 2018 just before we heard Catherine speak. The book is also set in the East End of London and follows Alena as she navigates her past and tries to build a future.

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed listening to both authors, clearly shown in the photo of Safa Abufazal, Minaal Meer and Zaynab Ahmed with Catherine and Sally.

On Wednesday 8th November, 90 Year 8 students visited The Gate, Forest Gate’s Library to meet Award winning author, Frances Hardinge. Frances spoke about her three most recent books, ‘Cuckoo Song’, ‘The Lie Tree’ and ‘A Skinful of Shadows’ and her love of reading. She answered questions honestly, explored her inspirations for writing and even read us extracts from several of her books. Year 8, particularly 8L, were enthralled with the discussions about ‘The Lie Tree’ as they had read it as part of their English learning in Year 7.

Once Frances had answered all of Year 8’s questions, she then signed copies of her different titles and chatted to our students. Jathavi Thayalapavan was one of the last students to get her book signed and this photograph gives you an insight into just how appreciative our girls were of Frances’ time.

Plashet School Examination Results Press Release 24.08.17

‘One is not born, but rather becomes a woman’ wrote the French philosopher Simone de Beauvoir in 1949. She describes how we change throughout our lives and do not lose one phase but grow into another. I feel her quote captures the essence of today for our Plashet girls as they collect their GCSE examination results and finally leave us.

Today also marks a new era for England’s examination system with the first set of revised GCSE results in English Language, English Literature and Maths. The revised GCSEs have been deliberately designed to be tougher and are awarded as grades 9 to 1. All other subjects are legacy GCSEs and therefore still awarded A* – G grades. Over the last 2 years we have managed the introduction, students and staff have worked phenomenally hard and today we come together to mark an important milestone in the lives of our students.

Plashet School’s motto is ‘working together to promote and celebrate achievement’ and this totally sums up what Plashet has done again this year as we celebrated student’s GCSE results this morning. I am delighted to announce that once again students at Plashet School have performed superbly in their GCSE examinations with large numbers of Plashet’s young women excelling. We are proud of every single one of our 264 young women and, as they move on to the next phase of their education, today is their day to celebrate 5 years of hard work, commitment and resilience”.

The core purpose of Plashet School is to ensure that young women are happy and successful. Whilst exam results are not representative of the whole experience a student has during their time at Plashet, they do provide a vital passport on to life beyond Plashet’s walls and unlock the next phase of young women’s lives. At Plashet, a truly comprehensive school, this has always been a major focus but its importance has been highlighted this year in light of recent data revealing the continuing gender gap in pay and opportunity faced by women.

Justine Greening, the Secretary of State for Education has said that “The process used by Ofqual to avoid grade inflation will ensure that broadly the same proportion of pupils achieve the grade 4 and above this summer as achieved the grade C and above last year.” We are therefore delighted with our results. To give some context to the success our young women have achieved:

Our total top grades (A*, A, 7, 8, 9) pass rate across all subjects and entries is 33% – a third of all grades therefore being the gold standard.

30 girls gained grade 9s (11 in Maths and 26 in English). Anonna Chowdhury and Katelin Dharmajan both achieved 3 world class Grade 9s in all three new examinations.

34 girls (13%) gained 8 or more GCSEs including English & Maths at the golden A*, A, 7, 8, 9 grades.

188 (71%) gained 5 or more GCSEs including English & Maths at grade C or 4 and above.

I congratulate Plashet girls on their superb success and know they would want me to recognise Plashet staff for their care, expertise and support. Finally, I would remind everyone not to compare today’s results with previous years. We are now in a new educational landscape that will take time to settle and be understood.

Rachel McGowan
Head Teacher

Under a Hot sizzling sun our girls did themselves proud in the 100ms, 200ms, relay races as well as long jump and shot put. In addition, students with special needs participated with a range of adapted sports with celebrations being truly inclusive.

Well done to staff and students.

Miss George, Deputy Headteacher

Year 11 students will be able to collect their GCSE results on Thursday 24th August 2017 between 9.00am and 10.00am from the South Canteen.

If students are unable to attend in person they may send a family member to collect their results, providing they inform the exams officer in advance by email or letter. The email or letter needs to clearly state who is attending in place of the student and this family member will need to bring photo identification with them on the day.
Students can also request that their results are posted home on the morning of Thursday 24th August.

Any results envelopes that are not collected by 10.00am on Thursday 24th August will be held in school reception until Tuesday 29th August when they will be posted to the address we hold on file.

No results will be given out by telephone or email.

BBC School Report – Miss English and the STEM club showcase their BBC School report Day 16th March 2017

Tuesday 3rd January 2017 £8.2 million South Annex Opening Ceremony Press Release

The French writer, Victor Hugo said “There is nothing like a dream to create the future”. Four years ago today Rachel McGowan became Head Teacher of Plashet School and in her first term discussed with the then Director of Education, Lindsey Eagan-Roberts, the need for expansion and investment at the outstanding girl’s school. On Tuesday 3rd January 2017 the East Ham Community School saw that long-held dream brought to reality with the opening of a state of the art new annex.

For over eighty years, Plashet School has played a significant role in the life of East Ham and its community. The construction of a new building is just the latest chapter in the story of this school which has contributed considerably to the educational progress and the academic achievements of so many young women over a long number of years.

Head Teacher Rachel McGowan welcomed an audience of over 200 local authority guests, governors, staff and students and said she was delighted that Plashet School has benefited from the allocation of substantial funding by the local authority in conjunction with a major contribution from the school allowing the development of a south annex.

Plashet founding students Dorothy Parker, Irene Poole, Head Teacher Rachel McGowan and Year 7 student Athira open Plashet’s new south annex.

The building comprises a new canteen with internal and external dining space, 3 English classrooms, a four court sports hall with two changing areas, 2 drama studios, 2 music studios and a music practise suite as well as new offices and most importantly, from the students’ perspective, 4 new sets of toilets! The new building also affords the school much more external student social space, improved security and disabled access to the entirety of the south building ground & first floor. It is Eco- friendly and even has an allotment plot and a green roof area.

The future of this school will not just be about buildings. Its success flows from the excellent work of a committed staff and it was fitting that Mrs McGowan acknowledged the work and dedication of the teachers, past and present, at Plashet School. She said she was particularly honoured that the school can now offer superb facilities for drama, music and PE. She went on to say that “The success of a school also rests on the determination of each student to reach her full potential by availing of all opportunities offered to her. Here, at Plashet School, academic, sporting and creative talents will be further nurtured; friendships will be formed; values developed and dreams realised.”

The ribbon cutting ceremony was led by two of Plashet’s most senior old girls Mrs Dorothy Parker (98) and Mrs Irene Poole (95) along with their youngest current student Athira who is eleven and in Year 7. They were joined by Jenny Fink, Sue McGoun and Kath Yates who are representing Plashet’s Old Students Association (POSA).

Plashet’s current Head students with ex-Head Teacher Heather Williams and current Head Rachel McGowan show off Plashet’s new sports hall.

A video was also produced to highlight the event.

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