This Monday saw the first of our 3 PSHEe days for this year, again a varied selection of topics were covered.
The Year 7 spent 5 different sessions involving emotional health and character building. The fire service ran a session on the appropriate use of 999 calls and staying safe with a focus on arson. We also had the first of several sessions throughout the year on staying safe on-line.
The Year 8 students also had some sessions on emotional health, building on those that they did last year. This year the sessions focussed on eating disorders and self-harm. They also had sessions on staying safe on-line. We also looked at topics related to living alongside others such as ‘Rights and responsibilities’, ‘Introduction to domestic abuse’ and ’Persuasion’. We also included an introduction to contraception.
The Year 9s had a more detailed session on contraception and also a session clarifying the meaning of consent. We also introduced gambling with a session which focussed on ‘Risk’ as it relates to life and to gambling. We had Proud2be run sessions on sexual identity and equality and Steve Todd from Van Hill Care Home (Alcohol related brain damage) bought some visitors to introduce students to the long term harm alcohol abuse can do the body.
The Year 10 students started a day with a production (funded by Next Steps), by the Barbican theatre company which looked at barriers to going to university and how these can be overcome. The rest of the day was focussed on relationships and sex education. ‘Sexplain’ ran sessions refreshing students’ knowledge of consent and also looked other related topics. We also had sessions on ‘What is a healthy relationship’, ‘The consequences of an unplanned pregnancy’ and also the most in depth session of the day on contraception.
Year 11 students had the opportunity to extend and enhance their exam subjects.
Year 12 and 13 students had a day focussing on the necessary skills that are needed in life and employment. This involved sessions on character development – well-being, leadership skills, initiative and resilience. Students also learned some basic cookery skills and basic car maintenance skills
Duke of Edinburgh Qualifying Expeditions Weekend
28 students have been undertaking their skill and physical challenges since last year. Some have volunteered in school, others in the local community. The final part of their Bronze Award is an expedition. The training was done in the cold weather in the spring. They all trained for this weekend by doing a practice expedition when both teams got drenched! The week before they left was frantic with route cards being prepared, menus sorted and rounding up all the kit needed. The forecast was good for walking. Saturday began well with all students dropped off at their start points, even if one team chose a particularly challenging place to get to by minibus! The students set out from the Bigbury and Bantham areas to walk towards Salcombe without any outside assistance from adults or their phones. Their checkpoints saw everyone through in sensible time which is a credit to the route planning and navigational skills of the teams. Everyone arrived at the campsite at Higher Rew on time and in good spirits. Food was had and tents were pitched. By the time they walked around for the final check, everything looked to be really well squared away.
Sunday dawned with an amazing sunrise over Prawle Point but a bit colder than most were expecting. This encouraged the teams to get up and go; the first team left camp by 7.30am. They were aiming to be first in at Start Point. The last team left at 9.05am which is not bad as they had been up, washing, packing, cooking and sorting their tents since 7.30am. All the teams seemed to be keeping to their routes apart from one team that took a more scenic route out of the campsite but soon sorted things out and got back on track. The teams had a good day having settled into their stride a bit more after the excitement of the first day. Some really good decisions were made by teams as they went through the day. One team took a longer lunch break to fuel up before their final leg as it was likely to be up and down on the coast path.
All 28 successfully completed their expedition. Many managed their expedition presentations as well. Well done to all the team members and a big thank you to the staff who made this possible. If you are interested in following future activity try Twitter @OutdooredTA.
Year 7 and 8 students in Design & Technology have been working hard to develop their computer aided design (CAD) skills this cycle. The tasks include humorous laser cut greetings cards and logo designs for a new theme park ride as part of their current cycle in Product Design. Mr Hadley has been telling me just how impressed he is with the way in which our students have been able to blend creativity with determination to acquire new CAD skills in turn leading to some really high-quality outcomes. Students will also be developing their eye-catching (and sometimes cheeky!) greetings card ideas into enterprise based products for sale in school over the coming months… watch this space!
Miss Martin and Mr Hanley’s Year 11 science group, 11T5 reviewed their learning about cells this week and as part of this the class made animal and plant slides and looked at some pre-prepared slides. Josh Widdicombe took these photographs.
As part of their scientific skill topic Year 7 students have been learning basic scientific skills. As part of this, they looked at using acids and alkalis carefully and then they mixed an acid, alkali and universal indicator to make ‘Rainbow Fizz’.
Team TA Sports Roundup
First team cruise into 4th round of FA Youth Cup
Our 1st team put in an outstanding shift on Tuesday evening to book their place in the next round of the FA Youth Cup when competing as Torquay United. It was a difficult game against Slimbridge United from Gloucester who have been smashing in goals for fun against teams in their local league in the build up to our game. They were very physical and were happy to compete with us, they also travelled with a very loud and noisy following which could have intimidated our players as we are not used to that week in week out. That wasn’t the case though as we got the game started with a few decent patches of play and a couple of half chances.
They had a very active centre forward who we worked well to pacify, consequently, he did not get a chance all game. Their keeper was on top form and pulled off some fine saves and was commanding from set pieces, he then kept them in the game after we were awarded a penalty which was taken by our top goal scorer Olaf but saved to keep it level.
The direct football played and the stop-start nature of the game due to free kicks disrupted our style of play; we had to adapt to these scenarios and after a halftime team talk we came out for the second half looking by far the better team and had some great opportunities to take the lead.
Midway through the second half after constant pressure and fresh legs from the bench, we were awarded a second penalty; this time the calm head of Cole Harford was asked to step up. With no hesitation and blanking out the noise he calmly sent the keeper the wrong way to score.
The final 15 minutes had us dealing with constant pressure but we dealt with it and to be fair could have scored another with the chances we created. The last minutes saw Slimbridge lose control with silly free kicks and challenges being made which ended in their centre back being sent off. We finished the game off under pressure but when called upon our keeper was very brave on one occasion and also pulled off a fine save in the dying seconds to confirm the win. The team is developing with every game and their confidence is growing all the time. We look forward to our next challenge and hope to get a home draw again to get the supporters behind us. The draw is made on Monday, if we can get passed the next round then we will be in with the professional teams.
2nd XI v Callywith College
We travelled to Bodmin for our second game of the season. It was a great new venue with a brand new astro turf that was newly laid so was still very slow and heavy on the day. The game was slow to start, and it was very apparent that a few of the players were still getting over the game the night before. We gradually got into the game but we were still a long way from our best. We kept trying to do the right things and eventually the breakthrough come from some good work by Harry Ford out wide before crossing into Josh Parry who slotted home to take the lead after 20 minutes. We couldn’t extend our lead going into half time but with changes being made we came out for the second half looking to finish off the game. Callywith were the better team in the second half and capitalised on a slip in concentration to get behind us and coolly finish 1v1 to draw level.
The game looked like it was going to end in a 1-1 draw. With seconds left a clumsy challenge in the box gave Callywith a penalty. With everyone looking distraught it was down to Josh Nicol to step up and that he did with a great save to keep it 1-1 as the final whistle blew.
TA’s Year 10 rugby squad travelled to Forches Cross on Monday to compete the South Devon 7-aside rugby championships. We competed against Newton Abbott College, Coombeshead College, KEVICC and Churston Grammar School. We won all our games with the exception of KEVICC who we drew 21-21 with. This was enough to win the overall trophy competition. It was a superb team performance full of pace and power. The team travels to Teignmouth on Wednesday to play in the first round of the South Devon Cup.
The Year 7s took to the field this week in their first competitive games of rugby. Playing in a cluster tournament they managed to win their very first game which boosted their confidence immensely. All twenty-four boys took to the field at some point in the first game against Paignton with the boys romping to victory 15-5, a great performance. Next up was Churston GS who the boys managed to draw against 5-5. They were a better-drilled side and had some big boys who the lads were not afraid to tackle. Finally we played TBGS, after a close game and a lot of defending the boys finished up narrowly losing 5-0. A great afternoon of rugby by all involved. The team showed tremendous spirit and supreme aggression in defence. The following day saw nearly thirty Year 7 boys turn up to training eager to hone their skills and learn more about the great game of rugby. We look forward to the season ahead.
This week saw our table tennis teams take part in the Torbay Schools Team Championships. We entered two teams and were not disappointed on the night; with some excellent play by all concerned we finished first and second. This means that we will be represented by two teams in the Devon Winter Games later this year. Well done to all who played.
Year 8 played in the year 8 Central Venue League Monday 1st October at Paignton. After last week’s performance of winning 3/4 Year 9 games we went into the tournament feeling quietly confident. We played 3 games all with winnings results.
5-3 win against Paignton
7-0 win against Bixham
6-0 win against Trinity.
The way the girls are playing at the moment is very promising for the future. The ball is able to get into the circle very easily and all the girls defend well down court which makes a massive difference when facing more competitive teams. It also helps that we have two very consistent shooters on our team. Therefore, this week’s players of the match go to Elisha Perrow and Issy Watkins.
It is always a real pleasure to welcome hundreds of prospective parents and students to TA. Those who joined our evening tours were wowed by the range of opportunities on offer throughout the school. Many parents spoke to me about how impressed they were with our students who help to lead tours and the presentations in the classrooms. The feedback from those who visited during the day was about how calm and purposeful the school was. I couldn’t be prouder of our school – but that is TA every day.
Students of the Week
Students of the week with Mr Chadwick, Mrs Hosking and Mr Littler are: Tyler Silvester – Yr 8, Benjamin Aldous – Yr 9, Ollie Mellitt – Yr 11, Ava Sams – Yr 7, Jack Bell – Yr 13, Mateusz Baczynski – Yr 10, Codie Rees – Yr 12
It has been a busy week for our dining area extension. With the foundations nearly complete the steel frame has now been erected on site. We can now get a better idea of how the new room will look.
We have broken ground on the new theatre. It might just be the drains, but it is the start of something very exciting! I struggle with words on many weeks with these updates, but I hope the pictures give you an idea of what is happening…