A Level Product Design – Lighting Competition
Year 12 students have been working particularly hard recently to put the finishing touches to their lighting projects. All students chose energy efficient LED lights for their products and used a broad range of tools and equipment including soldering, colour changing electronics, the bag press and the laser cutter. They were also able to showcase their computer-aided design skills in their accompanying presentation boards. The lights look stunning and all work will be on display in the main foyer until Easter.
Oxbridge Information Day
We hosted 80 students from seven different schools on Wednesday for an information day led by admissions tutors from Oxford and Cambridge Universities. Jess Lister and Dr Marcus Tomalin from Downing College, Cambridge, and Hannah Wilbourne from Exeter College, Oxford, joined us with some of their undergraduate students to give a series of very informative sessions about the process of applying to study a degree at their institutions.
The morning involved information about student life and the academic life of the universities. Our students were really interested to hear about the interview process and the admissions tests, and to learn what makes an excellent personal statement in their application. We are very grateful to our visitors for explaining what’s needed so clearly and with such enthusiasm, and our students were really fired up by what they learned.
PPE Results Evening
We welcomed year 11 students and parents in after school on Tuesday evening to receive PPE results. There was a great turnout and students picked up their results so they could experience what it will feel like in August when the results come through for real. The presentation gave parents tips on how to support their children to revise and stay healthy over the next few months. Easter is a key time so keep up the revision Year 11!
Year 7 Experience Inflation!
Here we see a group of Year 7 students investigating the principle of the Conservation of Mass by reacting magnesium with acid and collecting the resulting hydrogen gas in balloons.
The Ten Tors teams were out training again during the weekend with Saturday’s rain not stopping them. One of the 35 mile teams in particular impressed staff with good navigation and a very high pace. With only one more full weekend on the moor for all the teams we are nearing the end of an impressive training season with the school having teams entering at all 3 distances for the first time. Follow @OutdooredTA on Twitter for updates and photographs as our training progresses.
On the evening of Wednesday 28th March, 35 students took to the stage to perform at Torquay Academy Dance Show 2018. Every single student has worked for months to improve their own performance and to put on a great show and that is exactly what they did! From solos, duets, trios and group dances, each one as good as the next. Miss Walklin is exceptionally proud of each and every one of you. A big thank you to Miss Pappin and the music department for blending the music and doing the lighting. As well as the sixth formers and year 11 students who helped out on the evening with the girls back stage. The future is bright for every single one of those students who confidence has grown immensely in the last few months, I hope to see you all return to a stage again soon.
Students of the Week
Students of the Week with Mr Pugh are : Ben Turton – Yr 9, Jordon Bradshaw – Yr 11, Jack Howlett – Yr 7, Macie Simmonds – Yr 8, Jade Rusby – Yr 10
Bronze : (not in order) Finn Beer, Joshua Wilkey-Arnold, Jake Winstone, Luke Howard, Emily Mahoney-Billis, Natalie Crawford, Sean Andrews, Anthony Brooking, William Heron, Sienna Pethard, Sian Burton, Jay Rich, George Hannaway, Aaliyah Hardoyal, Harvey Bates, Ella Sandbrook, Oliver Waring, Grace Cayford, Archie Hughes, Daniel Green, Marcus Griffiths, Codie Meade, Xander Tostevin, Isabel Watkins, Sonny Houlahan, Jack Howlett, Tyler Silvester, Emily Coates, Lila Nyari, Troy Riley, Bradley Thomas, Leo Dunkley, Olivia Simpson-Lewis, Cameron Wannell, Thomas Johnson, Charlie Nunn, Aisa Kana, Sean Coulson, Shannon Hayward, Harry Mabbutt, Rory Deakin, Poppy Brown, Tia Goldring, Cody Wren, Callum Bowden-Smith, Kieran Parker
Silver : Mia Burton, Mya Green, Chloe Hunter, Freddie Kingdon, Jessia Breach, Aimee Evans, Lily Rogers, Jasmine Armour, Kelsey Hawkings, Abi Jones, Emanuel Korolyk-Markiewicz, Azize Isufi, Mateusz Baczynski
Our new wheels!
We have taken delivery of two new minibuses. Due to the large number of fixtures and other activities that our students are able to take part in, we have increased the number of minibuses. We love the new design which makes it very clear that we have arrived.
The shape of the new building is becoming more apparent as more steels were added this week.
Digital Online Safety Magazine
Click on the link below to access the Digital Online Safety Magazine. It has advice from teachers, parents and online safety experts on subjects ranging from Virtual Reality, to body image in the social media age, to live streaming. They have tips from online safety experts, parents and children and young people themselves. This magazine also has an updated guide to setting parental controls on apps and devices, and information on gaming and keeping kids safe while they play. The online version of the magazine will be published soon and will include live links in the Tools section to make finding out about parental controls even easier.