Students get in ‘shape’ for Enterprise
Students across Years 7 and 8 have been eagerly competing in a ‘Shapes Challenge’ in one of a series of new Design & Technology lessons which are now part of the Enterprise faculty. Based around the theme of manufacturing and the world of business, students have been honing their enterprise skills by developing their own paper shape making production lines.
With markets going down as well as up, strict quality control, panic buying and counterfeit stock, students all had first hand experience of the peaks and pitfalls of business. Students had the following things to say about the lesson…
“I loved working with my team – we all tried really hard”
“We were so unlucky when the market fell – I can’t believe we bought fake stock”
“It’s like Black Wednesday all over again!”
“I will never forget this lesson! Can we do it again tomorrow?!”
PSHE Drop Down Day
The lower school had a series of sessions looking at character building and resilience. We had support from the fire service running sessions on arson and the police with PCSOs ran a session on cyberbullying.
Year 9 sent the day looking at the meaning of consent in a range of situations. They also looked at the issue of sharing images on social media and healthy sexual relationships. Healthy relationships was also the topic for the year 10 students.
The Year 11’s took part in a day of “Preparing for Work” during the first PSHE Day of this academic year. The purpose being to prepare them for life beyond education. The day was split into 5 one hour workshops including Application forms, CV Preparation, CV Creation, Employability Skills and Mock Interviews. We were very fortunate to be joined by 14 business mentors who volunteered to give up their time to help conduct the mock interviews, making it a more realistic experience for the students. It was a challenging day for the students, but they rose to the challenge with great enthusiasm, and showed our visitors what a wonderful group of students we have the pleasure of teaching. The feedback from our visitors was very positive and we have had the offer of future help with such activities as a result.
The Sixth Form participated in our first PSHE day this week. Workshops involved simple DIY, survival cooking, breaking World Records, sexual health, budgeting, Uni Life and Staying Safe on the Road. Students from both years were mixed together and fully engaged with the day. It was wonderful to see the students enjoying themselves and learning some fantastic skills that will stay with them for life. A massive ‘thank you’ to all staff involved for creating a day that was worthwhile, inspiring and fun.
6th Formers play for TUFC Reserve Team
On Monday 26th September Lewis Reeman, Javan Wright, Connor Stewart and Harry Bell from the Sixth Form Football Development Programme played for Torquay United’s Reserve team in a game against Bideford FC in the Devon St Luke’s Bowl. The game was played at Bideford under lights with a crowd of around 300 present. Torquay fielded a team which was packed full of first team squad members and led by manager Kevin Nicholson. Javan, Harry and Connor all played a full 90 minutes with Lewis coming on in the second half. All of the boys played really well and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
The link with Torquay United is really starting to work and will continue to give opportunities for our players to test themselves amongst full time professional players.
More players are being given the chance to play for Torquay United
TA 1st Team start their league campaign off with a great win
Torquay Academy vs South Devon College highlights, played at Plainmoor on the 28 September 2016. TA came out 4-2 winners with Morgan Harford, Connor Stewart (2 goals) and Jake Sherman as the goal scorers. After a slow start to the game TA came out revitalised and ready to go for the second half where they went on to score four goals and dominate in both possession and chances created to ensure they secured the win for the first game of the season.
Highlights from last week’s 2nd team game
Plainmoor House Football Finals
On Thursday afternoon, 65 Year 8 students travelled to Plainmoor to battle it out for the title of “House Football Champions 2016″. As always, with the Year 8’s, the competition was fair but fierce, with all houses completely committed in their quest for victory. The competition was set out into 2 seeded group stages of 4 teams. The top 2 from each group went through to the semi finals. Only a penalty shootout could separate Christie from Kitson for second semi final spot with Christie holding their nerve. The final was between Harrison and Nearne. All the players gave a tremendous effort and couldn’t be separated by the final whistle so again it went to penalties. Harrison kept their focus and won by Matty Leighton saving a great penalty. A big thank you to Torquay United for allowing us to use their facilities. Also, thank you to Ben Gerring of Torquay United for attending the event and presenting the awards.
The Year 8 rugby squad had their first league game of the season on Tuesday against a good Coombeshead team. It was an excellent performance by TA even though we were a player short due to an unusual amount of injuries. The squad played with remarkable spirit with numerous outstanding phases of play. Our defence was solid throughout the game. TA won the game 45-15. The try scorers were Alex Westwood, Mark Routledge, Matthew Leighton (x3), Rylee Steel (x4).
You will be pleased to hear that our first Rugby Tournament was a huge success. We entered 1 combined A&B side and played 3 matches. we won the first 2 matches 6-1 and 5-1 against Paignton B team and Spires B team then we lost against a very strong Paignton A team 2-0. Our next match is Tuesday 11th October at Paignton after school. All who attend training on Monday at 3pm will be considered.
Students of the Week
Students of the week this week pictured with myself, Mrs Powell and Mr Withers : Luke Brailsford-Dunn, Daisy Poole-Crampton, Cody Marker and Tia Alcock-Burness. Luke Poole who also was nominated this week was absent for photo.