League tables recognise our students’ GCSE success
The school league tables were released on Thursday this week. Our position in them reflects the amazing hard work that our students put into their GCSEs last summer. It seems a long time ago now, but I am still exceptionally proud of everything they achieved. I also know how grateful they are for the time their teachers put into supporting them.
Higher Education Through Theatre
On Monday Next Steps South West bought us the ‘Why Would You?’ production from the Barbican theatre group. This production is designed to engage and inform students about the benefits of higher education, student fees and funding. During the production misconceptions around student fees and funding were addressed, resulting in the breaking down of finance as a barrier to young people’s views on going to university. The students reported that they enjoyed the show and it made them think about the different ways to access higher education.
Live Music Lunch
The music department were very excited to launch their new project #LiveMusicLunch last Friday. During lunchtime around 150 students crammed into the drama studio and were treated to a lunchtime packed full of live music performances. Live Music Lunch will happen once a month and is a platform for our students to perform to one another and continue to develop their performance skills. It’s also a wonderful opportunity for our students to be treated to a live music gig during their lunch time! Live Music Lunch is open to all year groups. Just see Miss Pappin or Mr Tame of you would like to sign up to perform in the next one on 23rd February but be quick because it’s almost full already!
6th Form Music Gig Success
On Tuesday evening this week our 6th form music students performed in their first public gig at Molloy’s in St Marychurch. The gig, as if not nerve racking enough, was also a major part of the assessment requirement for both the Y12 and Y13 current units on the BTEC Level 3 music performance course. All of the sixth form students were required to perform a continuous set of 30 minutes of music. This meant that with our 4 sixth form bands the crowd at Molloy’s were treated to over 2 hours of live music!
The sixth form students have been building their sets since September and have spent the last 2 weeks practicing solidly to get their sets up to the standard required for the gig, grabbing any opportunity to practice that they could. Their hard work absolutely paid off. I was delighted to hear they raised the roof at Molloy’s and packed out the venue! Miss Pappin told me that she was particularly impressed with the level of professionalism the sixth form students showed both during the preparation for the gig and during the evening itself. The feedback from the audience has been overwhelmingly positive and full of praise for our talented musicians. I’m looking forward to the next gig!
Team TA Sports Roundup
There is a lot of talk nowadays that children lack resilience, grit and determination and whilst there may be some truth in this there was plenty of evidence this week to suggest that it is not totally true.
We start with our Under 16 football match versus Devonport High School in Plymouth last Friday, with 15 minutes to go we were 2-0 down and looking to bow out of the Devon Cup, a cup which this team are reigning champions. However in those final 15 minutes we managed to level the score to 2-2 and then went on to win the game 5-2. This is a team that simply does not know when to give up and demonstrated all of the traits mentioned at the start.
On Saturday morning Mr Harries had the privilege or accompanying Emma Harrison Year 8, Angus Graham, Ella Sandbrook and Isaac Astbury all Year 7 when they represented South Devon in the Devon Cross Country Championships. Again there was grit, determination and resilience in abundance, all gave of their best, ran their hearts out and did not disappoint, when you consider that many of them were recovering from the flu virus that has been around recently their efforts were all the more impressive. Unfortunately for Isaac the flu got the better of him on the day and after one lap of the course he took the wise but difficult decision to drop out of the race. There was however a happy ending to this story in that the selectors were so impressed with his run in the South Devon Championships, earlier in the year, that they gave him automatic selection into the Devon team that will compete against all the other West Country Counties on 3rd February. Well done, Isaac.
On Tuesday the Year 7 football team played Devonport in the County Cup. Always a tough fixture and in wet, windy conditions the boys showed brilliant strength of character and resilience to win a competitive match. TA dominated this game from start to finish and whilst not being at our best, we still moved the ball around well, but unfortunately we were unable to turn this possession into goals. Chances came and went throughout the match, with us guilty of missing some good opportunities, and Devonport indebted to a number of excellent goalkeeper saves and last ditch defending, to keep the score at 0-0. But the game did remain goalless throughout normal and extra time and so was decided by penalties. In the shootout, despite missing one penalty, Lewis Vinson in goal for TA saved two, and with the other four TA penalties being successful, that was enough to see us through into the quarter finals. Well done, boys.
The school has also done it’s bit this week to promote sport throughout Torbay. On Friday we invited Secondary Schools from across the bay to bring football teams consisting of pupils that do not normally represent their schools. This proved to be a very successful event and all the students enjoyed themselves. It also acted as a talent spotting opportunity for Mr Jones and Mr Grinsill who saw some talent that will no doubt feature in our school team in the near future.
On Wednesday we hosted what is believed to be the first friendly table tennis fixture in the bay. Teams from our school, Spires, St Cuthbert Mayne and Paignton all took part and had a very enjoyable evening, all the more enjoyable for us as we came out as overall winners.
Wednesday also saw Matty Leighton, Jack Manley, Charlie Barnes all Year 9 and Ellis Knowles Year 8 represent South Devon in the Devon Badminton Championships, despite the massive step up in quality opposition, the boys acquitted themselves very well, although they did not win the tournament they did win a number of matches and fought very hard in the games they lost. With a little more application towards training these boys could do very well.
Finally back to grit, determination and resilience again, this time in the form of house matches. Firstly the Year 7 girls’ Badminton tournament took place on Tuesday and was won by Darcie Baker. The Year 7 Mountain Bike competition took place at Haldon Forest on Thursday; the boys event was won by Angus Graham and the girls event was won by Elizabeth Cameron,m but again the attitude and enthusiasm demonstrated by all those that took part was excellent.
All that remains to be said is good luck to our Year 7 girls football team on Monday when they travel to Somerset for the next round of the National Cup Year 7 Boys Football. House Competition
On Thursday morning, Mr Jones heard from a member of the public that on Wednesday morning, despite the torrential wind and rain, two Year 7 boys stopped to help a member of the public. The two boys concerned are Kieran Flay and Cody Mack (pictured) and we are very proud of their selflessness and willingness to help other people. Well done boys!
Maths Whizz Gold Certificate
Our school has been awarded Silver and Gold certificates for usage and progressions during autumn term. Maths Whizz is an intervention programme that we use to support our students in numeracy. The students that have achieved Gold status are Clayton Gagg, Dakota Robinson and Jasmine Stone. All the students working on MathsWhizz contribute to this award. Well done to all!
Art & Photography
Tuesday evening saw Mrs Lynch and many of the Art and Photography students welcome representatives from the Rotary Club to judge a national photography competition. 29 students took part, with their ages ranging from year 7 to year 13. The competition was entitled ‘A Different Perspective’ This title gave the students food for thought. Many different and imaginative outcomes were produced, with images ranging from Portraiture to Landscape. Two of our students were awarded 1st prizes and will now be entered to the next round, the students will then be up against many other talented students from the South West.
Brooke McCann won the intermediate age group with Mitosz Aleksander coming first in the senior group. Very well done !!
Students of the Week
Students of the week this week are: Angus Graham – Yr 7, Jasmine Winterton – Yr 9, Jessica Baker – Yr 14, Patrick Causley – Yr 11, Jamie Holland – Yr 12, Lauren Whitmore – Yr 13, Sonny Ronson – Yr 8. Anna Maria Banica not in picture due to exam.
Bronze : (Not in order) Lily Rogers, Azize Isufi, Holly Roberts, Toby Leaver, Mateusz Baczynski, Jaymie smith, Finlay McClements, Poppy Holloway, Abi Jones, Linda Aspbury, Freddie Kingdom, Jasmine Armour, Alex Green, Zoe Manley, Katie Packer, Emanuel Korolyk Markiewicz, Mya Green, Lola Green, Jessica Breach, Rae Makinson, Mason McCarthy, Lottie Hodgson, Paige Godwin, Olivia Kenyon, Olivia Walker, Chloe Dance, Hannah Moxhay, Harley Sneap, Alfie Sams, Angus Graham, Teegan Waldron, Hayden Rowe, Joshua Furze
Silver : Milla Schwarz
Gold : Boris Pugh