The effort boards show students’ average effort grade from their attendance, behaviour and readiness to learn, homework, and mindset for learning. I was particularly pleased to see that this time there is a far greater number of students achieving the top grades, which means more and more students are putting in excellent effort day in, day out.
One of our intervention programmes designed to improve the literacy of students, is the Achieve3000 reading comprehension programme. Students are given a choice of different lessons every week, where they learn about a new topic through reading articles, studying maps and diagrams, and answering questions about what they’ve learnt. As the students work their way through the programme, they not only improve their reading and literacy skills, but also earn points to climb the Achieve3000 ladder of success. Every month the student who has earned the highest points, is recognised by Achieve3000 with a certificate of congratulations. October’s highest point scorer was Poppy Holloway in Year 7 (pictured) who earned over 600 points during the month. Well done Poppy a great achievement.
Team TA Sports Roundup
A rewarding but frustrating week in terms of sport this week. Frustrating in that more than once schools have cancelled fixtures with us with very little notice leaving students without a game, however looking on the bright side it has given those students one more training session before they play again. There has been some notable successes as well, not least of which was the outstanding performance our Year 8 & 9 girls put in during their Central Venue League South Devon Cup tournament, the girls did not lose a match, nor did they concede a goal which ensured they ran out as tournament winners and therefore qualify for the County Finals in March, well done girls. Not to be outdone the Year 11 boys won their recent Devon Cup tie against QE Crediton 10-0, and the sixth form 4th XI remain unbeaten in the South Devon League having seen off Spires 1st team 2-1 on Wednesday. Whilst results didn’t go the way of the 1st XI and 3rd XI this week both were up against very good opposition and they acquitted themselves very well. In particular the 3rd XI who put up a valiant performance against South Devon College 1st XI, eventually losing the game 3-0 but certainly finishing the game with their heads held high as their attitude and application were once again spot on. With 3 days of House Competitions, South Devon Badminton Championships, Netball and more Football matches to report on next week there is no doubt that Curriculum Enrichment Week will be just as busy after school as every other week.
Year 11 Football
On Tuesday the year 11 football team took on Queen Elizabeth’s from Crediton in the first round of the Devon Cup. TA proved far to strong for thier opponents running out 10-0 winners. The goals came from Olaf Koszella 4, Ollie Mason 3, Harrison Beer, Jordan Bradshaw and Dan Rivers all grabbing one each. The team will be in action in the next few weeks in the national cup when they play either TBGS or Kings in round 4 of the national cup.
The house points this week include the house triathlon held last week as well as the end of cycle 1 data on both House Points awarded to students throughout the cycle and the end of cycle effort boards. With House Points up for grabs during Curriculum Enrichment Week things are beginning to get exciting!
Elizabeth Cameron in Year 7 competed in a gymnastics competition in South Bristol. She competed in the vault, then the bars, then the beam and finally the floor. She came second on the vault out of 37 gymnasts and was placed 22nd overall. Many congratulations Elizabeth!
4 Qualify for the South Devon Cross Country Squad
On Friday TA took a cross country team of 15 to Stover to compete in the South Devon Athletics trials. We had some phenomenal performances on the day and really showcased our TA talent. 4 of our runners qualified for the South Devon squad. They will now represent South Devon In the Devon trials on Saturday, 20th January at Stover. Issac Astbury was one of our standout performers by coming first out of 85 by a huge margin. Emma Harrison in Year 8 finished, a brilliant, 7th to qualify but was the first year 8 to finish in a combined 8’s and 9 race. Our Triathlon champion, Angus Graham qualified alongside Ella Sandbrook and Ryan Johns-Kouadio who put in superb performances to make the South Devon team. Well done to all involved.
Students Shine at NCFE Music Performance Exam Concert
On Wednesday evening I was privileged enough to be invited along to our annual NCFE Music Performance exam concert which showcases a range of talent across our Year 10 and Year 11 Music Performance students.
As part of the course these students are on, there is an external exam element that requires the students to prepare and perform a piece of music from scratch in a very short amount of time, which then gets performed in front of an audience. The students then get marked on various areas of their performance such as stage presence, projection, timing, and audience interaction. The thing that I love about our Music department is that in most other schools this exam would be done during the school day in front of a small class of students which would be filmed and sent to an examiner. However, our Music department is known for taking things to the next level and going above and beyond to stretch and challenge our students, so they thought it would be more fitting to give the students the opportunity to carry out this exam in front of a real audience made up of three hundred friends, family, and staff instead.
The level of talent displayed across this two-hour event was absolutely exceptional and just when you think they can’t get any better, our students somehow manage to outdo themselves again and again. On behalf of myself, as well as the Music department, which is made up of Miss. Pappin, Mr. Brinson, Mr. Mathew and Mr. Tame, we would just like to say a huge congratulations and well done to every single student that took part and we’re extremely excited to see what the Christmas Concert will bring on Wednesday 13th December!
Musical Futures Workshop @ TA
On Tuesday evening heads of music from across the south west travelled to Torquay Academy to attend a twilight training event that was lead by Miss Pappin with her music team, Mr Brinson and Mr Tame. The event introduced the music teachers from various schools across the region to the way that we teach music and the way that our students learn music at TA. The session introduced the teachers to the 5 key principles that underpin our music curriculum which include 1. Practical hands-on lessons 2.Relevance 3.Empowerment 4.Informal learning 5.Non-formal teaching as well as looking at effective assessment and feedback.
The quality of the music curriculum at TA has been recognised by the organisation Musical Futures as one of the best in the country with TA being chosen to be one of only 8 ‘Musical Futures Champion Schools’ in the UK. Miss Pappin who is a Musical Futures Associate Teacher commented, “It’s wonderful to be in a position to be able to inspire other teachers to deliver music in the same way we do here at TA. I am extremely proud of what we do and humbled by what our students’ achieve everyday. Being able to share what we do and empower other teachers who want to do the same is fantastic.’
The teachers reported taking ideas from the session straight into their own classrooms the next day. With one teacher commenting, ‘I feel so inspired. The session has brought back my love of music teaching.’
At the end of cycle 1 we held our prize raffle for students who have been completing Lexia. Students work through the programme aiming to reach a target of ten bars a week, in order to win a raffle ticket and a chance to be in the draw. This cycle’s winners pictured, are Sam Foley (Year 7) and Robert Zoican (Year 8) These boys have both worked tremendously hard since September and on many occasions, not only met their target but beat it. In fact Sam holds the academy record for the most bars achieved in one week with a total of 64.
Well done boys.
Over half term Mr Foulds decided to make our car workshop an even more inspirational space. He spent his “week off” painting the workshop in colours inspired by the Gulf Racing Team from 60s and 70s. His students are very appreciative of the fact he gave up his time to make their working environment even more inspirational.
Construction Setting Out Task
Class 9B/CN1 carried out a ‘Setting Out’ task this morning with great success. As part of the students Level 2 Btec Award ‘Construction and the Built Environment’ they are required to complete a unit of work that explores the principles and techniques required when using brickwork and blockwork. The task set demanded a high degree of accuracy from the beginning using string lines, tingle plates and a degree of maths knowledge to ensure the walls were square and true. The following students all did exceptionally well and achieved an accuracy that was within a 5mm tolerance. Well done Codey Ironside, Aaron Johnson, Peter Holmes, Spencer Artz, Roy Kelly, Nathan Brown, Corey Darke, Kyle Higgns, Neo Kuczmyjiw, Jayden Williams, Elias Rawles.
Students of the Week
Bronze : Ellis Knowles – Year 7