More from Curriculum Enrichment Week…
Automotive Engineering Students on the River Dart
On Friday the Automotive Engineering students took a trip down to Kingswear to spend a day exploring marine engineering based tasks experiencing other career paths in an engineering field. Through the day they turned their hand to a carousel of activities including arc welding, computer aided design modelling, gearbox rebuilding and finally driving boats up and down the River Dart whilst using morse code to communicate with their peers in another boat.
This trip really did enrich their curriculum enabling them all to learn whilst doing and enjoying. They even observed a group of resting seals aboard a floating fisherman’s pontoon!
Year 8 Trip to the Eden Project
Year 8 students travelled to see the eighth wonder of the world this week – the Eden Project, in south Cornwall. Built nearly twenty years ago in a reclaimed china clay pit, the attraction showcases the importance of plants and the positive and negative impact human intervention can have on our planet. Students used the displays of flora, fauna and architecture to gain inspiration for forthcoming projects within Design and Technology. When asked to comment on their impressions of the day, students said…
“We had a tree-mendous day!”
“The site is awesome, I was amazed just how big it really is!”
“I never knew just how important the rainforests are to the planet until now”
“There were patterns everywhere, it’s full of inspiration”
“The rainforest walkway was scarily high but the view was fantastic”
“The colours were incredible, especially considering it was November!”
Risen Soldiers Play at Charity Gig
Friday 24th November was an amazing night for the Year 10 Band, AKA Risen Soldiers. The band is made up of Year 10 students Noah Johnson, Ethan Tanner, Alex Corbett and Robert Green. The York pub at Plainmoor was the venue and the purpose was for a charity who were raising money for someone who was sadly diagnosed with terminal cancer. They played a set of 40 minutes to a crowd of staff, family, friends and the general public. Their confidence has risen so much over the last year and to already be supporting external events in the public, away from a school environment, is amazing. They were a real credit to the school and watch this space;they’re sure to be playing more gigs over the next coming year.
For any Instagram fans you can follow them under their band name and also find on there a link to their website;
On Tuesday we had our second PSHEe day of the year. The Year 7 students looked at a range of topics around money, drugs and gender. Year 8 also looked at drugs and the risks associated with their use. They also looked at risky financial decisions, discrimination, how to shop wisely and empathy. Both of these Year groups and the Year 10s had a theatre production by ‘Alterego’ Production Company. They looked at how Child Sexual Exploitation can – and does – happen to boys and young men, also what makes a healthy relationship or an unhealthy one.
‘Next Steps Southwest’ once again supported our students by providing a range of visitors for the Year 9 students. Sander de Groot went through MADE training, Flossy and Jim talked about their struggles and how they now run a successful business, also students used ‘career pilot’ to help identify future goals. Andy Dunn also worked with the Year 9 students and shared his journey and struggles with mental health issues, Sam Minto from the NHS discussed breast care and the Samaritans informed students about their range of services and the ways they can support our students.
The Year 10 students had a variety of visitors. The Fire service discussed in-car safety, the Red Cross taught basic first aid skills, Adrian Richfield from ‘educationandemployers.org’ discussed career options. We also had Sian Doyle and Fr Paul Jones took students through the stages of grief and bereavement and how to organise a funeral. We also looked at the impact of lifestyle decisions on our healthy and academic performance. Finally students had an introduction to issues surrounding domestic abuse.
Sixth Form PSHE
As part of their PSHE programme, the whole of the Sixth Form attended the very popular and effective Learn2Live event at the English Riviera Centre. The purpose of these events is to provide road safety information to students throughout Devon and Cornwall. Students hear from Local Authority Road Safety Teams, Fire & Rescue Service, Police, Paramedics, Family Liaison Officers, Consultants as well as family speakers.
During Learn2Live presentations, the students were introduced to ‘SAFE Plans’ as a means of reducing their risk on the roads. A ‘SAFE Plan’ can be any planned form of action that stops a small risk from becoming a bigger risk. Students are encouraged to take some time to think about simple, practical steps that they can take to get out of risky situations. For example, simply carrying some emergency cash for a taxi home, making sure they have phone numbers of local taxi firms already stored in their mobile, and having an arrangement with their parents/guardians so that they can easily let them know when they need help getting out of a potentially dangerous situation.
Students were handed cards (like below)
S AY SOMETHING FUNNY
A SK THEM TO STOP
F EELING UNEASY
We will revisit and build on this strategy during our morning tutorial programme.
There were very clear aims and objectives for this event that the organisers wanted young people to consider as a driver or passenger in a vehicle. Topics such as not using or looking at mobile phones, taking a break if tired, not drink/drug driving and wearing a seatbelt were all covered.
We also learnt about something the emergency services refer to as the ‘sacrificial seat’. In their experience, the driver of a car often tends to steer away from a collision which is why front seat passengers are often more likely to be seriously injured or a fatality.
Our students were given first hand accounts from representatives of these organisations, who described road traffic collisions that they had attended explaining what happened, how they felt and the impact that it had on them and those around them. Their courage and dignity was extraordinary – They chose to put themselves on stage and talk about their experiences with one single aim: To prevent another young person, whether as a driver or passenger, from losing their lives.
The content of the presentation was very hard-hitting and emotional, each student came out of the event deeply moved and affected by the message.
Team TA Sports Roundup
With Curriculum Enrichment week out of the way it was back to normality in the world of PE. This week saw badminton fixtures, basketball fixtures, netball fixtures and football fixtures in what can be described as a very successful week. The week started on Saturday when 30 of our Year 7 and 9 boys paid a visit to the home of English rugby, Twickenham, to watch England beat Samoa, an excellent trip for all who took part in it.
Our girls netball goes from strength to strength and it is lovely to see that we are now able to field ‘B’ and ‘C’ teams against other schools ‘A’ teams and still be competitive. Our Under 13 basketball players fared very well in their Central Venue League, beating both St Cuthbert Mayne and TBGS but losing out to Spires.
A great week for our Football Development Programme this week in that our 1st XI beat Weston Super Mare College 5-2, our 2nd XI probably had the result of the day beating a very strong Richard Huish College Taunton side 5-4, and our 3rd XI managed a 3-3 draw against Truro College. This is an excellent set of results all round that shows the strength in depth of our programme.
Finally I have saved the best to last in that our Under 14 girls football team qualified for their second County final in the space of a month this week when they were unbeaten in the South Devon Futsal Championships, this means they represent the area in the finals later this year. Girls football at the school is going from strength to strength thanks mainly due to the commitment of the girls but also the dedication of Mr Foulds. Next week sees more football, more basketball, more netball, more rugby, some table tennis and some indoor athletics so watch this space!
Our 1st team travelled to Weston College on a bitterly cold afternoon this Wednesday, in our last couple of games we have had many opportunities to score but just couldn’t hit the back of the net!!!! Today all the work on the training pitch clicked and we created the chances again but this time were clinical in our finishing. The game started at a fast pace and the first 15 minutes was end to end with chances for both teams, both groups worked hard and had some great individual displays, after some great one touch passing we worked the ball into the right channel to deliver a cross that JC connected with a header to put us 1 up.
Five minutes later we were still pressing high and looking for the next goal, they were playing some good football but we edged it when we were in possession, after a adjustment in set up, Alfie Edwards was able to play higher and with that he nicked the ball off their midfielder on the halfway line and then started to run at their defence. he floated past one, then two, then three before entering the box, then had the ability to keep the ball under extreme pressure to slip past two more defenders and slot the ball past the keeper for a wonderful individual goal. Half time came and we went in 2 up.
We started the second half well and added two more goals through Connor Stewart on minutes 47 and 57, both goals were well taken and keeps Connors’s run of scoring going. Weston piled on the pressure and threw everything at us and for 5 minutes we struggled to cope and let in two poor goals to make it 4-2. With the game settling down and coming to an end, a ball was played through the middle for Joey Molloy who took it on the volley to lob the keeper and cement our well deserved victory.
2nd XI Football
On Wednesday the second 11 took on Richard Huish in a league fixture. The second team knew was going to be a tough game after the visitors had already beaten the first team this year.
TA started brightly and were controlling the game but after 10 minutes they found themselves 1-0 down as they were caught by a counter attack. The boys kept their cool and were soon back in the game when a Zac Chalmers-Wood corner was met by the head or Luke Lewis. TA took the lead 5 minutes with a case of deja vu when Lewis met another corner from Chalmers-Wood with his head. TA extended their lead further when a cross into the box from Josh Hurren caused mayhem in the Huish defence with GK allowing the ball to bounce over his head into the goal. TA went 4-1 up just before half-time when another corner from Chalmers-Wood was sliced into his own goal by the Huish skipper.
At half time Mr Grinsill made the team aware that they had only done half a job and that Huish would come at them throwing everything at them including the kitchen sink. 20 mintutes into the second half Huish pulled a goal back to make it 4-2. The game was getting lively and extremely competitive with Huish crossing the line on many occasions. On that though the momentum of the game had changed and Huish were in control. 4-2 soon became 4-3 and eventually 4-4 with only minutes remaining. TA kept their cool regained their control and Adam Kenyon latched onto a loose ball in the Huish box to win TA the game 5-4 with only 3 minutes remaining.
Years 7 & 8 Girls’ Football
On Tuesday the girls’ Year 7 and 8s teams were both in action against St Cuthbert Mayne. The Year 8s had close games with the same opposition last year but showed just how much progress they have made by running out 8-2 winners with Taylor Ford bagging a double hat-trick and Keanna Cann getting the other 2. This puts them to the top of their league. The Year 7s also won their fixture, winning 3-0 thanks to goals from Darcie Baker (2) and Ella Knapman. Well done girls!
Year 7 and year 8 had a netball match against Teignmouth this week. For our year 7 game we were able to field 2 teams. Both teams played well and our up a good fight against Teignmouth. Team 1 continued to work hard throughout the game and as a result managed to draw the game 3-3. Team 2 played immediately after and although we managed to get the ball into the shooting D on a number of occasions we were unable to score. Teignmouth had the same problem down their end but fortunately for them had two shots go in the net. We lost this game 2-0. Although not a win this week we were very happy to be able to field 2 year 7 teams which bring our year 7 netball team total to 3 teams. Well done all. Keep coming to practice and we will get that win.
Year 8 played Teignmouth’s year 7 A team as they could not field a year 8 team. The girls battled hard in the cold conditions but found it difficult to get the ball through court. We tried to pass the ball over head on a number of occasions and unfortunately Teignmouth were very experienced and were able to take the ball from us. By the second half and after a few changes we did manage to claw a few goals back but it wasn’t enough to win the game. We lost 8-3. Good team effort all round despite the score.
Miss Browns players of the match
Elizabeth Cameron won Gold in her tumbling competition last weekend. Her category was Regional 11 Yrs Girls in the Devon Tumbling Championships, she competed 3 tumbles winning with a score of 85.200. Well done Elizabeth.
We have our first student of the year finishing Lexia. Juliette Loud (year 9) has worked her way through all five levels of the Lexia reading programme. A programme designed to aid the student’s reading, spelling and comprehension knowledge in English, by teaching students different skills, ranging from vowels and suffixes to Latin and Anglo-Saxon. Juliette has worked very hard to achieve her goal of completing Lexia,and her hard work and dedication is going to help her achieve her other goals in all her lessons. Well done Juliette.
Students of the Week
Star Readers (not in order) Sam Foley – Yr 7, Abi Jones – Yr 7, Lila-May Harrington – Yr 7, Ellie Holloway – Yr 7, Madelyn Palmer-Kerslake – Yr 7, Erin Colclough – Yr 7 , Callum Saint – Yr 8, Sian Burton – Yr 8, Macie Simmonds – Yr 8, Tom Brown – Yr 8
This week Mr Pugh trained some students from Years 7 and 8 to become student librarians at lunchtime and break time. This job involves tidying away the books into their correct places and checking in and out books that have been brought to the desk by other pupils. The picture shows the students chosen after reading through many applications for students wanting to be student librarians.
Written by Maddy Brewer, Year 7
The TA student librarian team are : Boris Pugh, Maddy Brewer, Katy Pickburn, Aimee Morgan, Madelyn Palmer-Kerslake , Rebecca Lovegrove, Erin Colclough. Aimee and Katy lead the team.