Sound of the Sirens workshop
Students amaze at The Music Academy Showcase
Last night friends and family of the Music Academy were invited to an exclusive performance from featuring special guests, Sound of the Sirens. Members of the Academy had a fantastic day taking part in an all day workshop with Abbe and Hannah aka Sound of the Sirens. Our students threw themselves into the practical activities and enjoyed learning first hand what life is like as professional musicians .
That evening The Music Academy students took to the stage and performed all of the numbers they have been mastering since the Academy began in January. The highlight of the evening was when our students joined the Sirens on stage for two joint performances that they had prepared only hours before during the workshop.
A huge thank you to Sound of the Sirens who were just brilliant all day and even treated the audience to a couple of numbers during the Showcase. As always our students blew us away with their incredible musical talent and we are very proud of them all!
Sixth Form Mid Week Music Gig
“On the 16th May the 6th form music students at Torquay Academy will be hosting a public gig at the Snooty Fox in St Marychurch Torquay. The gig will commence at 7:00pm and will go on till late. This event welcomes parents and children alike and will feature high quality live music. This gig will count as a major part of the assessment requirement for both Y12 and Y13 music students so all support will be very appreciated. We have also been responsible for organising and promoting the gig. Come along to see the new and upcoming musical talent that Torquay Academy has to offer!”
Written by Reece Taylor, Y13 Full Time Music Student
Tickets now on sale for Guys and Dolls!
Our Performing Arts Academy will be showing Guys and Dolls over 3 nights; Tuesday 22nd – Thursday 24th. Tickets are now on sale from the school finance office for £2 each. Get yours now before they sell out!
Ten Tors weekend
Our teams set off for Okehampton this morning ready for the annual Ten Tors event. You can follow their progress live over the weekend – there will be a full report next week. Good luck to all of our boys and girls.
Mr Brett travelled up on Thursday to set up our base camp.
If we ever did a radio advert…
I haven’t spent any of the school’s money advertising open days, but if we ever did this would be it! Some of Mr Pugh’s Year 9 ICT class created this when experimenting with creating mp3 recordings.
Experiments with Rhubarb
It was great to see our Year 10 chemistry students eagerly carrying out an experiment individually in a quiet, studious laboratory atmosphere in Mr Gale’s class on Tuesday. It was an interesting practical involving sticks of rhubarb. The students were carefully chopping the rhubarb into different sized pieces and adding them to a chemical called potassium permanganate, which is purple. They had to time how long it took the purple colour to fade away, as the potassium permanganate reacted with oxalic acid in the rhubarb. They found that the time taken was inversely proportional to the surface area of the pieces.
Our budding year 10 physicists took part in the British Physics Olympiad this week run by Oxford University. The Olympiad consists of two 30 question tests designed for the brightest students in the country to extend their knowledge beyond the scope of the GCSE curriculum. Results will be posted in due course!
Team TA Sports Roundup
Last week saw over 200 students from Years 7, 8 and 9 head to Plainmoor for the TA annual house football tournaments. This is proving to be a tremendously popular house event with boys and girls of all abilities competing with great passion and commitment. The Year 12 and 13s helped run the events and did an excellent job in officiating, management of houses and score keeping. A big thank you to Torquay United for the use of their facilities over the 3 days.
Congratulations to all who participated and especially to our winning houses!
On Thursday, the boys Year 7 football season ended, with the South Devon Cup Final against Newton Abbot College.
Having played and beaten (4-1) the same opposition earlier in the year, the boys were confident and looking forward to the game. From the outset, it was clear that our opponents had done their homework on our team and set themselves up in a very difficult shape to break down. The considerably narrower pitch than what we are used to, compacted the game and made it very difficult for us to play our free-flowing football.
Credit to Newton Abbot who worked extremely hard and took an early lead. We soon hit back though, Finley Wood grabbing the equaliser for us after some good chasing down of the defence. However, we were on level terms for only a matter of moments as NAC capitalised on some defensive hesitancy to get their noses back in front.
After a nervous first half, and some small tactical tweaks, we really took the game to NAC in the second half, with TA goalkeeper Lewis Vinson a virtual spectator. Again, the match conditions did not suit us and despite all of our possession and pressure, we could not quite carve open a resolute defence. Countless corners and attacks into the box all came to nothing on what wasn’t our day, and the game finished 2-1.
The boys deserve credit for their determination and refusal to give up and will learn a lot from their defeat. Congratulations to Newton Abbot who worked their socks off for the win.
The TA boys have had a fantastic season and regardless of the result are a credit to us all – time to rest up and go again next year!
On Thursday, our top athletics performers went to Stover for the Devon trials. The level of competition was very high and we had some great performances from our athletes. Congratulations to Georgia and Emma who have been selected to represent Devon.
Students of the Week
Students of the week with me this week are : Abi Jones- Yr 7, Kylie Hull – Yr 10, Charlie Mares – Yr 13, Joe Pike – Yr 9, Yun Xin Liu – Yr 8, Clara-Joy Crawford – Yr 12
Bronze : (not in order) Callum Clelland, Jake Dakin, Olisi O’Malley, Jess Medhurst, Maya Wolsey, Louie Mugliston, Sophie Davis, Izabelle Pollard, Elias Rawles, Sophie Jones, Courtney Rogers, Lydia Pilage-Bond, Jonah Handford
Silver : (not in order) Harvey Kendall, William Heron, Rae Makinson, Elisha Perrow, Codie Meade, Sofia Evans, Indi Johnson, Lottie Hodgson, Zoe Manley
Gold : Maddy Brewer, Teegan Waldron, Serena Milton, Emilie Cartwright-Lomax
The concrete floors were poured in this week.