Dynamic Self Portraits, Year 7 Parents & Musical Futures

Year 11 Self – Portraiture

Year 11 Art students are investigating the idea of Self-Portraiture.  Here is just a small sample of the extraordinary talent that continues to emerge from Mrs Lynch and Mr Haring’s Art classes.These portraits have been executed in a Fauvist and Expressionistic style: full of energy and dynamism.

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Year 10 student, Dani Barras, used herself as a living canvas.  Her work is inspired by the Mexican celebration of Dias de los Muertos, translated as Day of the Dead. It was a bit of a shock when I first saw her!

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Year 11 Self-Portraits in the style of the Fauves:

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 Year 7 Parents’ Evening

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On Thursday night, we held Year 7 Parents Evening where the parents and carers of this year’s new intake had their first opportunity to meet their child’s teachers. Six weeks into life at TA, this was a wonderful chance for parents to find out how well their child is settling into the school, and how they are progressing in lessons. It was an extremely busy evening with many teachers full of appointments from 3.30-7pm.

The feedback from teachers to students was extremely positive, and Mr Jones has been remarkably impressed with just how smoothly the students have transitioned from Primary School; “The level of maturity and responsibility the Year 7 students have demonstrated since they arrived has been outstanding. This is reflected in the many new friendships that have been made already and the brilliant work I am witnessing in classes everyday.”

Equally, the feedback from parents to staff has been just as positive with them commenting on just how pleased they are with how their son/daughter has settled into life at TA and the high expectations we have of them.

Year 7 Football National Cup Action

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On Monday, the Year 7 football squad made the 2 hour trip with Mr Jones to Great Torrington School, in North Devon, for the second round of the ESFA National Cup.

A squad of 15 all played their part in an excellent 5-1 victory. Josh Watt got the ball rolling with an astute header from Will Makinson’s powerful cross. Tyler Stuckey then doubled our lead with a good finish after great wing play by Jacob Almond-Abraham-Thomas. Torrington then scored a goal from 25 yards which completely deceived goalkeeper Sam Carroll to give them a foothold back in the game. However, before half time Josh Watt scored his second with a tidy shot from a difficult angle.

TA showed much more composure in the second half and kept much better possession than they had in the first, and completely dominated the second half. Fantastic play from sub Brandon Edwards set up fellow sub Keelan Stanners to score. Then another substitute, Riley Steele, got himself a well deserved goal to cap the scoring. An excellent squad effort, but outstanding performances from Tyler Stuckey, Jacob Almond-Abraham-Thomas, Riley Steele, Josh Watt and Man of the Match Charlie Clarke.


Year 7 Rugby

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The year 7 rugby team continued their winning performances on Thursday with wins over Cuthbert Mayne (20-5) and Churston Grammar School (35-0). The squad are continuing to progress well with superb individual tries being scored alongside great team performances.The squad travel to TBGS next Tuesday for a Cluster tournament.

Shiphay Learning Academy Year 5 Visit

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Year 5 pupils from Shiphay Learning Academy came to visit for an afternoon of Literacy and Science. They had a great time conducting experiments in one of our labs and using our large library to gather information for a group quiz. As always it was brilliant to see the children from Shiphay and we will be welcoming their year 4 pupils in the coming weeks.


Stars of the Week

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Pictured with Mrs Smith, Mr Withers, and Mr Jones are: Jack Shirlow, Katie Robinson, Thomas Huitema, Tina Pirelli and Sana Shah.


Star Readers

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Students Marcus Robinson and Issac Martin with their certificates

Marcus and Issac have excelled in their reading this half term and are the first students to achieve 10 stars in their reading records.  Each completed 3 challenging texts and are now well into their fourth.  They will soon be joined by a large number of students who are on the verge of attaining their first certificate.


Open Mic Singing Competition

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Despite Luke hobbling in on crutches and being in pain, Luke Lewis and Cameron Knowles, our Inbound boys travelled to Bristol On Sunday for their regional finals of the Open Mic Singing Competition.  28 acts from around the South West sang their hearts out for a place in The National Final.  Inbound chose a version of Sam Smith’s “Latch” which they performed with their usual enthusiasm and brilliance. The bad news is that unfortunately they were not selected to go through as a top act, however, they were picked by one judge who was also a record producer expressing great interest in working with them.  After the performance they were also scouted by another record producer who was in the audience.  Fame still beckons, well done boys!


 Visiting Trainee Teachers

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This week Miss Pappin and Mr Brinson were happy to welcome trainee teachers and their course leader from the Devon and Cornwall teacher training course SCITT into the music department.

The trainee teachers visited us to see what Musical Futures looks like in action. Musical Futures is an approach to music teaching that focuses on transforming music education through real-world learning. It is one the most significant music education initiatives in secondary schools in the UK.  Torquay Academy is one of only 30 schools nationally to be recognised as a Musical Futures Champion School for demonstrating outstanding practice and Head of Creative Arts,  Sarah Pappin is one of the 20 national Musical Futures Teacher Associates. In our position as lead school for the South West Region we regularly run CPD events for the region and model best practice.

The trainee teachers visited us this week to see what Musical Futures looks like in action. They observed and took part in lessons and got to talk to our students about their learning experiences in the department. They also took part in a focused lesson debrief and question and answer session with staff and students about Musical Futures. The trainees and their tutor were overwhelmed by the levels of engagement, enthusiasm and progress our students showed in their learning. David Henry commented, “It is refreshing to see such energy and enthusiasm. Our visit has been very informative and what a pleasure to met your lovely students and talented staff.”