Effort Grades Published
We published the latest effort tables this week for Quarter 3. Whenever new tables are put up there is great interest generated as students look to see how their efforts have been rewarded.
Football Round Up
Year 9 are Devon Champions!
Following on from their South Devon victory last week against Torquay Boys’ Grammar School, our Years 9’s added the Devon title this week with a 5 – 1 victory over Exmouth College. It was a brilliant performance that show just how far the team has progressed over the past three seasons. A victory of the magnitude is quite rare in the finals – the boys should all be very proud.
When the opposition goalkeeper wins man of the match you know that you have dominated the game, but been unable to get the victory. Our Year 11’s played out of their skins and dominated Brixham College in the South Devon final, but we couldn’t quite find the back of the net. A goalless match led to penalties where their ‘keeper made a couple of remarkable saves to win them the match. They have been a brilliant team and i look forward to watching many of them join our football academy next year.
Year 11 Drama Exam
On Monday evening the Year 11 GCSE Drama students took part in their Unit 3 final performances to an audience and an external examiner. This performance was worth 40% of their entire GCSE Drama grade. The students have been working on these since late February in groups of their choice. The assignment brief given by Edexcel was ‘consequences’ and so the pupils had to decide whether to choose a scripted piece or a devised piece to explore this. The three groups each performed their pieces with such professionalism and enthusiasm making myself, Mrs Jagger-Rowden and Mr Miller extremely proud.
The evening started with ‘Granny and the wolf’ a play by Mark Wheeler which is a comical and twisted version of the classic fairy tale. The girls were brilliant and showed such passion. Then the boys performed sections from John Godbers ‘Bouncers’ where they had the audience in stitches with their hilarious characters. Finally a group of 6 girls performed ‘Girls like that’ which is a very current modern play exploring the pressures teens have today in the wake of advancing technology. The girls performed a breathtaking piece which had the audience silent in anticipation and shock. All in all a great night showing off just a handful of the talent we have here at Torquay Academy. Congratulations, you were all fantastic!
Tom Bowden in Year 7 has produced some outstanding homework forecasting the weather and explaining why we get so much rain in the UK. Well done Tom on this great piece of work.
Athletics in Exeter
Torquay Academy had a very successful day at Exeter Arena this Tuesday in an event organised by the English Schools Athletics Association (ESAA). They came away with 11 medals, 5 of them Gold!
Some of the many highlights were Henry Taylor-Jones winning the 100m A race. Louis Higgins demonstrated excellent potential for the Year 7’s as he won the 100m B race comfortably against a Year 8 line up. The junior boys won the relay with a great team effort. Courtney Sunderland (Captain) and Krisjanis Rumnieks (Captain) continued with their consistent excellence by winning their track races convincingly.
On Monday, 5 of our squad will travel to Stover to compete for a place in the South Devon squad.
Well done to everyone who competed!
Olivia Davis – Hurdles Bronze Darwin
Tom Brown – Hurdles Bronze Darwin
Courtney Sunderland – 100m Gold Kitson
Henry Taylor-Jones – 100m Gold Darwin
Louis Higgins – 100m Gold Kitson
Krisjanis Rumnieks – 300m Gold Christie
Ryan Wilson – 800m Silver Harrison
Georgia Davis – 100m B Race Bronze Darwin
Ethan Bonness-Lewis – High Jump Bronze Darwin
Boys Junior Relay team – Gold:
– Spencer Davis
– Brandon Ford
– Ethan Bonness-Lewis
– Christian Rodriguez -Palacios
Krisjanis Rumnieks – Javelin Bronze Christie
Year 11 Theatre Visit
Students of the Week
Cycle 4: What are we learning?
In English we are doing morality and the Middle Ages. So far we have learnt what morality is and what we would do in a moral dilemma.
(Bethan Jackson, Year 7)
In English, we have been learning about moral dilemmas and what we would do in those situations. An example is the Trolley Problem. It is about five people who are on the train tracks. A train comes and is going to hit them. Luckily, you can pull a lever and the train is diverted. However, on the other tracks there is one person. Do you pull the lever?
(Aisa Kana, Year 7)
In maths we have been doing reflection and rotation. In rotation we did rotational symmetry of all different orders. An example of order two would be:
Draw a cross in the centre of the page, then draw a different length line on top. Make sure the centre of the line is on the cross.
(Leilah Poulain, Year 7)