On Saturday morning the 35-mile and 45-mile teams set out for Cosdon as their first Tor of the weekend. Within 2 hours they had all experienced a snow shower, a hail storm, and some spring sunshine. The weekend continued with plenty of good walking weather and some excellent route finding by the 45-mile team. The camp was a really peaceful spot selected by the 35-mile team which was much appreciated as the wind filled in over night and our site stayed calm. The picture is the two teams getting up and getting breakfasted before the second day. The weather warning didn’t bring the rain but the wind was much as forecast. Blisters dressed and students fed and watered the teams set out for Coombestone Tor which they just about achieved. Back in the bus you know that it is windy when it is rocking on the suspension and you haven’t left the carpark. The noise of the rain pinging off the bus told us it was time to go at the end of the final training walk. On the 23rd and 24th the teams will be walking for their places in the Torquay Academy Ten Tors Teams. The Ten Tors event takes place in just over 3 weeks so the excitement is building in the students. Wishing them all well for the event.
This is Beth Wood’s ‘cakey Wednesday crew’ with their impressive table of cakes. They raised £43 in total and will continue to hold more cake sales to raise even more money for charity.
Torquay Athletic Rugby Club
On Sunday 10th April 2016 eight of our Year 7 students represented Torquay Athletic Rugby Club’s U12 team in the Devon Festival of Rugby in Plymouth. Twenty two clubs were competing at the Festival and the TARFC team finished in fifth place. They were also winners of the Plate Final.
Mr Mellitt’s class – utilising the good weather
A Year 10 Science group went out on the school field doing a transect. This is a survey of the various types of plants found among the grass. Students make a count of each type of plant covered by the wire grid which is called a quadrat.
6th Form Football Academy
On Wednesday afternoon the 6th Form Football Academy played again at Plainmoor amongst themselves due to Yeovil College pulling out of the arranged friendly fixture. This meant that all boys had the opportunity to play at Plainmoor and compete for “bragging rights” amongst themselves with eventually the Blues running out 4-1 winners.
Year 9 Football
Year 9 reached the South Devon Cup Final after a resounding 7-1 victory over Newton Abbot College. TA dominated the game from start to finish playing some free flowing football from back to front. TA led 3-1 at half time through goals from Ollie Mason, Harrison Beer and Olaf Koszela. Further goals in the second half came from Joe Whitehead, Bradley Scholes, Ollie Mason and Olaf Koszela. Year 9 now join Year 11 and the 6th Form in cup finals in pursuit of football success. Man of the Match goes to Ollie Mason, pictured above, well done, Ollie!
Students of the Week
Our students of the week for this week with Mr Bindon are : James Cummings, Jamie Holland, Louis Rae, Ellie Piper, Spencer Sicobo
A new floor in the sports hall
A new floor was put down in the Sports Hall over the Easter break. I think that you’ll agree it looks magnificent and fits in with the school’s ethos perfectly.
Planning permission granted!
We have been give permission for the new theatre, dining room extension and additional classrooms. I will keep you posted as things progress
Alumni on Spotlight
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I was delighted to see Lieutenant David Clark RN appear on Spotlight last night. He is currently responsible for training officers at the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth. He mentions TA and I love the inspirational message he finishes with “if you work hard and believe in yourself, your aspirations can become reality”. I’ve said the same message almost word for word myself in an assembly this week.