Fun Friday Baby faces, art and music….the show must go on!

Fun Friday – Baby faces

This morning students were asked to try and identify which members of staff were in photographs from their early years. You can see the answers in the video above. I will be announcing the winners in my weekly video message to students on Monday morning.


The Show Must Go On!

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The Creative Arts team has been absolutely delighted with the wonderful work our students have been sending in over the last few weeks. It’s been great to see how the whole nation has embraced creativity during the lockdown and it’s been no different for the Creative Arts students at TA, if fact it’s been pretty much business as usual. Well, almost!

In music, our Year 12 performance students have been working hard preparing their solo recital performances. For this, the students need to perform their own concert that contains a continuous stream of between 20 – 30 min of live music performances. The final performance has to be in front of an audience. The students are practising hard with only 4 weeks left before they will be performing their concerts via a live stream on Google Hangouts to their peers! I look forward to sharing these with you here in a few week’s time. In the picture above you can see them rehearsing at home.

The Year 10 music students have been asked to submit a solo performance of a Punk song that they previously been working on in bands.

There were some great solo performances by the year 10’s, but in particular, we really liked the originality of Michael Brooker’s work. The way he developed and extended his part, by improvising a guitar solo at the end of his performance made it stand out.

Our music technologists have been producing some excellent project work using Ableton software. Just before the lockdown, we were able to secure a number of software licenses for our students which meant they have been able to download the software at home and continue with their project work. The pupils are able to create in their preferred styles, sharing and remixing each other’s ideas. Some ideas are more fully formed than others, but the point is not the finished product but the journey through the creative process. Here are two examples by Archie Endicott and George Nelson.


Enrichment – Amazon gift certificate prize

I do believe that undertaking a wide righty of activities, in addition to the prescribed home learning, is such an important thing for our boys and girls. In this video you can see a compilation of some of the things that our students have been up to at home. I will be selecting one of the students who shared the enrichment activities to win a £25 Amazon gift voucher on Monday morning as part of my weekly video message.


Lip Synch request

Mr Chadwick did say that if you request it, he will perform it.  So here you have it!  Mr Fuller was unable to join in with the team so he sent in his apologies…


VE Day

It was lovely to see so many examples of students producing work last week as part of their enrichment to celebrate the VE day commemorations.


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Aleah Coombes has created some bunting to celebrate VE day

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Hannah Carr, in Year 8, completed some key thoughts whilst in school to celebrate VE Day.



Tree swing


Mr Bez set up a swing this week for students to enjoy during their enrichment time.



Sparx Leaderboards

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Students have been working so hard on their Sparx questions, they have all been gaining a lot of XP.   As such, Mr Spencer has made some leaderboards for each year group.  Congratulations to all students for all your hard work.


Local Mural

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Whilst we have been out and about making deliveries and visiting families, we noticed this mural in Parkfield Rd.  I wanted to share this with you!