What an amazing weekend. It starts as always with the setting up of camp on Thursday. It needed to be twice as large as last year to house and feed the 4 teams. On Friday they left school as soon as the photographs were taken and headed for Okehampton. This is always the moment of excitement as they find out which teams are going to be scrutineered. This year it was only one of the 35 teams which was a relief so the other 3 teams could spend their day getting the route planning really slick and going to briefing together. The evening ended with a huge quantity of Spaghetti Bolognese to help preload the teams with the carbs. All present would like to thank Claire and her team from the Kitchen for an excellent Bolognese which was really appreciated. They particularly enjoyed the dessert; particular thanks to Mrs Jackson who spent a long day creating an array of treats which were also devoured by hungry Ten Torers. The staff were then up at 4.30am as the boiler needs to go onto be ready for breakfast. Two rolls later and the Teams are feed. I know the students were very grateful to the staff for managing to cook 24 breakfasts by 5.30am!
The event was, as usual, well organised by the Army. The forecast was a little variable but since they trained in some very harsh conditions they were confident that it would present little challenge. The teams all lined up and after a few words of encouragement, they were off. The two 35 mile teams started well and spent all day on their expected pace. The 45 team kept up the expected pace which was deliberately set to come in at 4.00pm on Sunday. The 55 milers were on it from the start with some very long legs to get them going and soon settled into a good pace. As the afternoon wore on it was clear that the weather was better than hoped and the progress was good. The unfortunate moment came around midnight when the 55 team returned to Okehampton with one member having sustained an injury. They had decided that it was all 6 round or none which is a great team work at a really difficult moment.
The Sunday morning brought more good news with the 3 teams left running all putting in the times that they needed to and inevitably slowing a little as the afternoon got hotter and hotter. As a result the three teams all came over the line within 30 mins of each other and two of them ended up on the podium together which was great to see. The students involved in the 35 mile teams were Cameron Smith, Josh Kendall, Alex Roberts, Anna Duffen, Corey Barr Thomson and Adam Nock. The other 35 team Fin Tocknell, Louis Capstick, Dan Pratt, Ollie Mellit, Rebecca Hall and Luke Braisford-Dunn. The 45 team who came in were Jack Bell, Harvey Denning, Josh Adamson and Callum Sutton. Well done to all these students who carried the flag for the school. I would like to mention the 30+ students who started the training as many were more than able to have competed the event and I would like to acknowledge their efforts as well. I reserve my final thank you to the staff and parents who have helped through the year to make this the best Ten Tors in recent years.
Acids & Alkalis
I saw a group of Year 10 students making a pH scale of acids and alkalis this week, by repeatedly diluting an acid and an alkali tenfold, to learn about powers of 10 and standard form. The result was this very attractive rainbow of pH colours. The photo shows the pH scale made by Courtney Spence and May Dooley.
GCSE Exams begin
Our Year 11 started their GCSE’s this week. I have been very impressed by how hard they have been applying themselves to their studies and revision Before each of their exams, staff give the students a briefing. Here is Mr Mellitt giving students a briefing prior to their Chemistry exam.
Maths GCSE Revision continues
Over 50 Year 11 students were in last Saturday morning doing Maths revision with Mr Penrice, Mr Bindon, Mr Thatcher and Mr Dobbs. The students worked really hard and the session undoubtedly will have helped them further in their preparations for their Maths GCSE. Members of the Maths department are in again this Saturday, 19th May doing revision for the GCSE papers. All of our students who are sitting GCSE Maths this year are welcome to attend. The more there the better. A big thank you to all staff who have been giving up their free time to help students in their preparations for the GCSE and A level exams.
Y11 Football South Devon Champions!
On Thursday last week, the Year 11 football team took part in the South Devon Cup Final against Churston at Plainmoor.
TA started the game well however their opponents were frustrating them and luck was clearly not on our side with little things going against them. This frustrated the TA team and lead to them losing their concentration and discipline which in turn resulted in a sloppy first half performance with us going in at half time 1-0 down. The half-time talk was a time to be honest with the boys and look for a response; this was the last time they were going to grace a football field as a team wearing the TA badge. Emotion at this point was running high and words of advice were given and the team was left to have their own final chat before the second half.
The second half was a complete change to the first with TA dominating playing slick one and two touch football which their opponents were struggling to deal with. Then 7 minutes into the half left winger Elliott Stevens received a pass from centre midfield and opened to drill the ball into the far top corner. It was without a doubt the best goal scored at Plainmoor this season. TA were buzzing at this point; they sensed the deflation and tiredness in the Churston team. Within two minutes Olaf Koszella latched on to a loose ball and rounded the Churston GK and backheeled the ball into the net. Elliott then scored another screamer 10 minutes later before Olaf Koszella and Ollie Mason scored again. TA ran out 5-1 winners.
Well done boys. I know what a pleasure you have been for Mr Grinsill to coach and spend time with over the last few years. I know it has been emotional, testing, hard work and fun!
Team TA Sports Roundup
It is always good to witness sport being played at an elite level and it gives our students something to strive for. Over the last two weeks, not only have some of our students witnessed sport played at this level they have also been part of it. This is because of the success locally of our Year 7 basketball team who progressed to the National Under 12 basketball finals, which were held at the National Basketball Performance Centre in Manchester. The very excited boys travelled up on Thursday, stayed overnight and took part in the competition on Friday. At first the boys were in awe of the facilities and the size of some of the other year 7 teams, however, once they started playing they quickly forgot all of that and played their hearts out. Eventually, their record would read; played 3, won 2 and lost 1, but more importantly, they have experienced elite basketball and were not out of place in their surroundings. The future looks good for this group of players.
On the subject of elite sport, it doesn’t get much more elite than Wembley Stadium and that is where 20 of our Sixth Form students headed off to on Thursday of this week. It is not necessarily common knowledge, but there is a University within the stadium that offers a wide range of sports-related courses and it was for this reason that we were invited there for the day. Lectures, presentations by our students and a tour of the stadium were all covered on the day and our students gained much from it. We were not able to see some of the facilities as Gareth Southgate was giving a press conference about his squad for the world cup, and there is the small matter of the FA Cup final taking place there on Saturday. They found it fascinating to see the preparation that goes into making the FA Cup final day run smoothly.
This week our year 7 teams played TGGS in a rounders fixture. We played two innings and although we batted well TGGS were a well-drilled team and were able to bat and field very well. Well done to the girls for giving it their best.
Final score losses of 10 1/2 – 5 and 14-7
Last weekend, Kacy Fairhurst attended the South West Taekwondo championships competition at Paignton Leisure Centre. It was a fantastic day and Kacy walked away with a Bronze for her Taekwondo patterns and Silver for her sparring. Well done, Kacy.
Students of the Week
Students of the Week this week are: Chloe Giffard – Yr 7, Finley Tocknell – Yr 10, Luke Poole – Yr 11, Issac Gourlay-Newman – Yr 8, Year 9 is Linda Aspbury who is absent.
Bronze: (not in order) Jack Bicknell, Leo Driscoll, Teah Gaisford, Marcus Stanley, Madison Hole, Maria Gabl, Kasi Cooper, Caitlyn Neale, Tyke Bond, Lizzie Harris, Bethany Chamberlain, Bradley Young, Ayeisha Moseley, Joshua Robinson, Darcie Baker, Fox Toghill, Joshua Hills, Harry Denby, Anna Hobson, Jake Mitchell, Shannon Banks, Cheyenne Churchward, Lewis Crocker, Bronwen Price, Will Makinson, Shannon Crawford, Joshua Lee, George Swift, Leah McDonald
Silver: (not in order) Will Flood, Charlie Moore, Marissa Murray, Milly Treleaven, Joshua Poston, Kieran Parker
Gold: (not in order) Michael Brooker, Mia Burton, Jaymie Smith, William Bevan, Joshua Furze, Alex Green, Finlay McClements, Katie Packer, Abi Jones
Bronze: Kelsey Hawkings – Yr 7
Silver: Milla Schwarz – Yr 7
We now have a roof!!