A red sun
An eerie red glow set over the school on Monday that led to many interesting conversations on the playground. The arrival of Ophelia brought Saharan dust with it giving the sky and sun an orange appearance. A strange ‘burning’ smell was also noticed by many and also attributed to the dust, and smoke from forest fires in Portugal and Spain.
This provided the inspiration for a science based assembly with Mr Gale and Mr Mellitt providing great inspiration to us all.
Sixth Form Open Evening
Team TA Sports Roundup
They say that it is a marathon not a sprint but this half term it has certainly felt like the PE Department have indeed been sprinting through a marathon and this final week of the half term has been no exception. National Cup wins for our Under 12 boys (9-4) v ISCA School Exeter and our Under 13 girls (13-1) v Tavistock College were arguably the best results of the weeks but our 1st XI also progressed in National Cup action, our netball girls go from strength to strength, our rugby boys are doing the same, all of which had a number of matches this week. We are getting fantastic numbers at dance club and the table tennis club is getting stronger by the week. The PE Department seems to be a hive of activity every night. On Tuesday as I walked around the school site there were two netball matches being played, at the same time over 20 girls from year 7 were taking part in netball training, there was a football match on the astro, over 20 boys at year 7 rugby training and the same number taking part in table tennis training, in addition to this the fitness suite was full of sixth formers working out. The motto for Team TA is Participation, Performance, Passion and Pride. There has certainly been plenty of Participation this half term, performances have been of the highest order and if you were there to witness some of the wins you would certainly have seen passion, and there is genuine pride from our students when representing the Academy at sport. The teams are always immaculate in the kit they wear the attitude they demonstrate and the way they conduct themselves outside of the school. So a week away from the sport now and back to do it all again next half term. Students and staff take a well deserved rest.
First XI Football
On Wednesday, the First XI travelled away to Bridgwater and Taunton College in the Schools National Cup in a fiercely contested and close encounter in wet and windy conditions.
The team fielded a number of debutants, in first years Andy Collings, Charlie Cuss and Alfie Edwards who started, along with Zack Chalmers-Wood on the bench, and all proved themselves as more than capable of stepping up from the second team. In the first half, the game swung like a pendulum as TA dominated for spells, followed by periods of pressure from B&T, with both teams getting glimpses of goal without any real clear cut chances. However, shortly before half time, a quick free kick from B&T caught us napping, as the centre forward twisted and turned to neatly finish beyond Collings 1-0.
A slight tactical change and a few pointers at half time sparked an excellent reaction from TA who completely dominated possession and territory in the second half, and we got a fully deserved equaliser on the hour mark, when a good through ball from Joe Molloy found Joe Boothroyd, who sidestepped the keeper before rolling the ball home. Both teams pushed and probed for a winner, but resolute defending at both ends kept the final score at 1-1. The game went straight to penalties, and with all 5 TA penalty takers scoring and Andy Collings saving one of Bridgwater and Taunton’s, we won the game and are into the hat for the next round.
3rd XI Football v Newton Abbot College
The sixth form 3rd team played their first league match in the South Devon league this Wednesday, it was a great chance to see how we will fair this season in this league as we have noticed a big step up in the other league they are entered in, it also gave us a chance to see how some of the fringe players would fair in a competitive situation. The game certainly did not disappoint, the eventual score line of 5-4 to us did not quite tell the tale of how we dominated from the first whistle to last to their credit every time we scored Newton Abbot were able to match us until our last goal which put the game to bed. Some outstanding performances on the day. Man of the match went to Dan Rowe but Louie Jay Hayward, Jonty Kingston and Jamie Lane can all feel hard done by not to receive the award, goals from Jordan Bastow, Ben Tolman and Steevie Yava and missed sitters from Dan Stacey and Dan Rowe made for a very entertaining first win of the season for the 3rds.
Year 7 Football
In horrendous wind and rain, the Year7 football team visited Isca Academy, Exeter for their National Cup 2nd Round Fixture. After disposing of Cuthbert Mayne 13-0 in Round 1, the boys continued their goal scoring form with a competitive 9-4 victory. Goals from Kye Graham (2) Dan Green (2) Owen Rose, Jack Howlett, Harley Sneap, Isaac Astbury and Frankie Cuss were deserved for some outstanding attacking play in awful conditions. Despite the long grass and inclement weather, the boys continued to try and play their short, possession based game against a very useful Isca team who were a constant threat in attack. This was an excellent win. Special mention to Lewis Vinson, who’s goalkeeping was impeccable. Onto Round 3 for this group of boys, Exmouth Community College at home.
The Girls’ under 13 team (Years 7/8) have progressed to the next round of the ESFA cup easily seeing off Tavistock College in the torrential rain. Despite it being the girls’ first match of the season due to unfortunate postponements the girls ran away with a 13-1 win. Goals were scored by Keanna Cann, including one direct from a corner, Leah Harman, Taylor Ford, Ocean Latto and Year 7’s Darcie Baker.
It promises to be an exciting year for these girls competing not only in this competition but the inaugural Torbay Girls’ School Football League as well.
Year 7 and year 8 netball teams had a fixture against Coombeshead Tuesday 17th October. Year 7 started well against Coombeshead moving the ball into the attack quite fluently. They managed to score 3 goals before half-time and only conceded two. During the second half Coombeshead fought hard to go level, with the school being 3-3 after 2 minutes. The game then went goal for goal with the final score being 6–6. The girl started well but unfortunately could not retain the lead. We were however happy with a draw and aim to be the ahead next time round.
The year 8 team were struggling to field their normal side as five of our regular players were training for a football cup game later on this week. Nevertheless the girls went out fighting but unfortunately could only score one goal. Coombeshead however played a solid game and managed to score 5 by the end whistle. We did play some quality netball in bursts but were unable to keep the form this occasion.
Miss Brown’s players of the match
Year 7 Lola Green
Year 8 Emma Harrison
Year 9 & 10 Netball
Year 9 and 10 attend another very wet netball fixture last night against The Spires with the rain pouring down the girls did well to keep control of the game. The game was a lot slower than usual with lots of scrappy Netball in places due to the weather. However both teams showed great determination and resilience to end the games in a draw. Well done to Daisy Poole Crampton and Ella Squibb who gained players of the match. Let’s hope for some dry Netball after half term
Uk International Taekwondo federation National Championships 14th October 2017. Bruised ribs, done in knee, bad foot and Kacy still gets a medal. Even if it is a Bronze, Kacy gives it her all, all the time. Considering there are people from Devon, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Spain, Netherlands, Poland, Kacy did amazingly well.
Deanna Swims for Charity
Deanna Rowe in Year 7 took on an incredible challenge when she swam 4.5 miles in open sea in terrible conditions to raise money for the charity Ayrton’s Dream. Deanna rose to the challenge brilliantly and raised a staggering £595 for the charity. Congratulations Deanna!
Students of the Week
Students of the week this week with myself and Mrs Hosking are : Deanna Rowe – Yr 7 , Jack Evans – Yr 9, Oli Cawood – Yr 12, Szulamit Kana -Yr 13, Thomas Taylor-Courtier -Yr 1, Josh Kendall – Yr 10 Demi Breheny – Y8
Pictured with me is Michael Heier a student from Germany who joined us for three weeks to get a taste of what it is like to work in administration in school. He also spent time with the Football Academy, playing football and helping them with their paperwork. Michael did a variety of different jobs and found the experience interesting and informative. We wish him all the best for his return home and to work. Thank you Michael !
The Myriad project (My Resilience In Adolescence)
Last week Years 7 and 8 took part in a national research project called My Resilience in Adolescence (MYRIAD). The University of Oxford is looking at well-being and resilience during adolescence. Six researchers from Exeter and Oxford University were in the Academy for two days. They are interested in how schools promote young people’s well being and resilience (the ability to adapt in the face of difficulties) throughout adolescence. Many secondary schools teach emotional health and well-being believing that it can affect the way children learn, behave and develop into adulthood. In this project they will compare the existing, good-quality, social emotional learning that is already being taught in schools (known as ‘teaching as usual’) to a programme of study that is based on mindfulness techniques.
In this first research visit each pupil completed their own questionnaire online. The questions included questions about well-being, mental health, behaviour and other areas.
This project is being paid for by the Wellcome Trust, a charity that supports research to improve health. This will help us learn more about what it is like to be an adolescent in the UK today. The researchers commented on the Academy’s wonderful buildings and site but most importantly stressed how well behaved our students were. This was indeed praise as they had visited so many other schools across the country.
For further information visit : http://www.myriadproject.org/