Year 7 Parent’ Evening
It was a real pleasure to have our first parents’ evening of the year on Thursday. I was able to speak to many parents and students who are so pleased with their start here. I have been very impressed with our new Year 7 and I look forward to monitoring their excellent progress throughout the year and beyond.
Learn Like a Champion
We spend a lot of time working with our staff to ensure they can Teach Like a Champion. We practise different teaching techniques to ensure our boys and girls get the highest quality lessons every day of the year. We also believe it is important that all of our students understand these techniques as well so they can fully support their teachers and take an active part in their learning.
Kyle Excels in Summer University Placement
Kyle Farrell, in Year 13, completed a university placement during the summer holidays. He was working in the Living Systems Institute, researching microscopic structures in the pancreas. He received a glowing report from his supervisor at the university, who said: “During Kyle’s time, he worked on a project to infer network architectures from previously collected Ca2+ imaging data from murine islets of Langerhans. Mr Farrell successfully analysed all of the datasets I presented to him, using the Matlab programming language. These analyses will be of great use to better understand the role of intercellular coupling in physiological networks. I cannot over-estimate how impressed I was that Mr Farrell was able to acquire skills in Matlab so quickly, at the same time as learning all of the requisite biology and mathematical theory needed to complete the project. He clearly enjoys learning across a wide variety of disciplines, and takes this education in his stride. Moreover, he is able to work efficiently and independently, whilst keeping notes to inform others of his progress.”
Team TA Sports Roundup
It is always wonderful to meet the parents of Year 7 students for the first time at their parents evening; very often we find out some of the fantastic things that our students do on the sporting front outside of school. This year was no exception. Our PE team were told stories of boys and girls dancing to a very high standard, swimmers achieving great things, athletes working hard and taking part in various events as well as the usual boys and girls playing football and rugby for local teams. Two such busy students are twins Jazz and Grace Povey: Jazz is part of the Torquay United Community Sports Trust Girls Under 12 Football Team and has been playing in various matches across the South West. She has been awarded a Certificate of Merit for being Player of the Week recently and has already been spotted as the star for “throw-ins” both in this team and at school. Sister, Grace is a member of Torbay Athletics Club and is competing in The Westwood League Cross Country series, the first of which was on Sunday 7th October in Plymouth where she completed a 2.5k run. Good luck to both girls and anyone else who is taking part in sport this weekend.
The Year 8 Rugby team travelled to Forches Cross on Thursday to compete in the area 7 a-side rugby tournament. We were grouped in the championship tournament against Newton Abbott College, KEVICC, St Cuthbert Mayne, Churston Grammar School and Teign School. The team put in some tremendous performances, scoring numerous tries and only conceding 3 all day. We won all our games with a bonus point in every game for scoring 4 plus tries in a match. Congratulations on the tournament win to all our players! Will Bevan, Dan Green, Steven McMullen, Cody Lister, Euan Smith, Bobby Western, Cameron Wannell, Harrison Peart, Charlie Nunn, Marcus Griffiths, Oliver Warin
The Under 15 girls football squad travelled to PCSA for the Torbay schools Futsal competition facing other local schools and returned overall winners.
In the first game we started slowly and lost 1-0 to Newton Abbot College, but we learnt from our defeat and didn’t look back. Game 2 against Cuthbert Mayne was our most dominant display with a 3-0 victory with goals from Taylor Ford (2) and Gracie Bradbury. Game 3 was a much closer game and really was end to end. Ellie Mitchell in goal continued to produce a fine number of saves to keep us in the game. Some stunning link-up play between Ford and Ocean Latto saw Latto clinch the clinical goal to see us win 1-0.
Game 4 was a must win game against favourites Paignton. Kelsey Cresser made some crucial tackles and Olivia Foster and Emma Harrison settled well and worked tirelessly for the team. A superb solo effort from Ford saw us clinch all 3 points and finish as group winners and overall champions.
Winning Team: Ellie Mitchell (c), Kelsey Cresser, Emma Harrison, Ocean Latto, Taylor Ford, Olivia Foster and Gracie Bradbury.
Player of the tournament goes to Ocean Latto for an awesome tournament: she was outstanding throughout the tournament and caused problems for the opponents all afternoon. Well done, Ocean.
Under 13 Girls
The U13s girls’ football team were successful in their first competitive match of the season, a 4-0 victory over St Cuthbert Mayne. After several weeks of training, the team were ready and raring to go. They started brightly with Ava Mitchell and Lilly Bond dominating in midfield. The deadlock was soon broken when captain Darcie Baker showed her quality on the ball as she rifled a shot towards goal and into the back of the net to make it 1-0 to TA.
The second half started much the same, Ella Sandbrook marshalling the defence and keeping any Cuthbert Maybe attack at bay. Some great work in midfield again saw a through ball laid into the path of Baker again who wasted no time in placing the ball into the far corner of the goal from a difficult angle to make it 2-0 to TA. Baker was now playing upfront with Maddy Brewer, who worked tirelessly in closing down any loose balls. Her hard work paid off when a mistake from the keeper allowed Maddy the chance to put the ball in the net to make it 3-0. Further chances came from Sophia Clarke and Bond, but with a few minutes left on the clock Mitchell made it 4-0 with some clever play.
The victory sees the girls through to the next round of the National Cup in which we will play Coombeshead.
Squad- Brewer, Sandbrook, Monk, Bird, Bond, Mitchell, Baker (c), Clarke, Bailey, Gaisford, Schwarz, Palmer Kerslake and Colclough
Under 12 Girls
Our Year 7 girls were able to put into practice what they have been working on in training this week when they played Brixham Community College in their first ever football match, they are a very hard working group of girls who were both nervous and excited to be playing. It was clear from the start that we were the better side but we found it very hard to break down the resilient Brixham side, in particular, their goalkeeper who made some excellent saves to frustrate our girls. The fortunes of the girls seemed to change when Mr harries had to depart and Miss Walklin arrived to manage the side, we went from drawing 0-0 to achieving a resounding 5-1 victory. Well done to all of the girls concerned, goal scorers on the night were, Eva Mitchell x 3, Eva Sams and Phoebe Staples
Hannah triumphs in Bournemouth
Hannah Carr in 7P travelled to the Bournemouth Marathon Festival on 6th/7th October. On Saturday afternoon, in dreadful rain and cold wind, she took part in the 2K run . Hannah finished 10th girl out of 189 and an impressive 35th out of 353 total runners! She’s now looking forward to the darker evenings to start a series of nightruns! Well done, Hannah!
Ex- student on the mark for West Brom
Callum Moreton continues to make his mark for West Brom Under 23s. Last weekend he scored the winning penalty against Liverpools Under 23s in the Premier League Cup. You can see his winning penalty below.
Our Greenpower car on display
Just in case you haven’t seen it already, here’s video footage of our Greenpower electric car which is currently on display at the front of the school. It celebrates our recent success in the Greenpower regional heats in which we were the fastest rookie school and completed all races entered. In the video you can also see the latest modifications made in a bid to further improve our performance and to give us a competitive edge!
Students of the Week
Students of the Week this week with me are; Anya Page-Dove – Yr 7, Jack Mulford – Yr 11, Rhys Huxtable – Yr 9, Linda Aspbury – Yr 10, Cody Furze – Yr 8
Sixth Form Students of the Week; Jack Hellier – Yr 12, Georgia Large – Yr 13
House Stars of the Week
I am delighted to announce the following have been awared Stars of the Week for the Houses:
Brunel – Ellie Denby
Christie – Stevie Wright
Darwin – Josh Thompson
Fawcett – Lily-May Bruton
Harrison – Ellie Mae Mitchell
Kitson – Fin Gaisford
Nearne – Oriana McCaul
Pengelly – Joshua Batham
Brunel – Kieran Towell
Christie – Luke Gerry – O’Connor
Darwin – Angel Fox
Fawcett – Lily Rogers
Harrison – Hannah Moxhay
Kitson – Jasmine Armout
Nearne – Jonathan Woodward
Pengelly – Olivia Walker
Brunel – Noah Handford
Christie – Ocean Latto
Darwin – Michael Brooker
Fawcett – Maya Wolsey
Harrison – Lottie Prowse
Kitson – Jack Brownhill
Nearne – Lucy Sullivan
Pengelly – Corey Milton
The scaffolding has finally been taken down on the rear of our new classroom block. It really is very impressive as it fits in brilliantly with the existing school.
All of the steel structure and the foundations of the dining room extension have now been completed. Next week the floor will start to take shape.