Final rehearsals underway for next week’s Christmas Concert!
The music department has been overflowing this week with students making final preparations for next week’s whole school Christmas Concert. The concert which includes over 120 of our children with every Year group from Year 7 through to Year 13 represented. The concert will include performances from the Academy Choir, Y7 Ensemble, Y8 Band, KS4 Performance groups plus our sixth form music students. Miss Pappin tells me the Concert is going to be huge! There is even talk of snow! All staff, friends and family are warmly invited to join us for the concert which starts at 6pm on Wednesday 13th December. Tickets can be purchased from the school finance office for £3. I look forward to seeing you there!
Sixth Form Music Students Rock London
Last week, as part of their annual tradition, our Music department took the Sixth Form Music students on an incredible trip to London to embrace the amazing musical culture of the capital city. The students arrived at lunchtime on Friday and were immediately taken on their first experience of the London Underground network and had to quickly adapt to the fast-paced London life before heading to the Christmas markets of Southbank to be introduced to the London Eye, Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster which the students were absolutely blown away by.
The group were then taken on a walking tour of London where they were able to see all of the sites as well as meet some interesting guests along the way! This ended at the world-famous Oxford Street where students embraced the opportunity to do some Christmas shopping underneath the incredible Christmas lights of London.
Just when the students thought this day couldn’t possibly get any better, they were treated to a once in a life time experience of seeing Kasabian and Slaves perform at the 02 Arena. The students danced the night away to a mind-blowing show and came away saying it was one of the best things they had ever experienced in their lives. The students have already taken away so many ideas from this gig and have started incorporating it into their own work and performances. It’s these experiences and this type of inspiration that is truly priceless.
We’re delighted the students enjoyed their experience of London and look forward to seeing where they will go next year!
Team TA Sports Roundup
This week saw some exceptional performances yet again form our sporting students. We started the week off with a resounding 6-1 victory for our Year 11 boys in the 4th round of the National Cup against local opposition in the form of Torquay Boys’ Grammar School. On the same night our Year 9 boys took part in the Central Venue League basketball and are improving at every tournament. Tuesday was another great night for the boys, this time our Year 8 footballers beat Coombeshead College in the County Cup 7-0 and our Year 9 boys beat Stover School 26-20 at rugby, this result avenged a defeat from last season and the boys played some fantastic running rugby from start to finish. Wednesday saw over 50 Year 7 students take part in the house Table Tennis Competition, please see separate report for the results. Finally last night saw our Year 7 girls play in their Central Venue League Netball, this time they beat Teign School and were 60 seconds away from beating Newton Abbot College only to concede two late goals to lose the match. However these girls will bounce back as they are a talented and very keen bunch who have a great work ethic. The result of the week goes to our Year 7 and 8 Indoor Athletics Team that beat all before them to be crowned Torbay Schools Champions and now go on to represent Torbay in the Devon finals. A massive well done to all concerned. Finally all it remains to be said is good luck to our Year 11 boys in the 5th round of the National Cup which is being played today away at Devonport High School, Plymouth.
Year 11 put Six Past TBGS
On Monday the Year 11 football team travelled to Torquay Boys’ Grammar School in Round 4 of the national cup. There is great rivalry between these two sides as they have contested many games over the last five years in all three cup competitions. TA dominated the game from start to finish and were 5-0 up at half-time after playing some fantastic one and two touch football. The second half turned more into a physical battle and the final score was 6-1 to TA. The goals came from Olaf Koszela 3, Ollie Mason 2 and Joe Whitehead. TA now play Devonport High away in round 5 in a replay of last year’s Devon Cup Final.
Year 8 cruise past Coobeshead
On Tuesday night the Year 8 football team took on Coombeshead in the second round of the Devon Cup. TA dominated the game from start to finish playing some lovely free flowing football. The goals came from Sean Brown, Dylan McCleave, Ryan Johns-Kouadio, Ben Aldous, Caine Lee, Reece Layton and Harry Lee. The stand out performers had to be both Harley Sneap and Will Hall who both stepped up from the year 7 team with no trouble at all.
On Tuesday the year 8s travelled to Stover school for our year 9 rugby fixture. Last year we lost this fixture mainly due to a slow start. The team did not make the same mistake this time and scored 2 early tries through Charlie Barnes and Dylan Gale. Lewis Crocker added a 3rd to take a commanding first half lead. Stover came out fighting in the second half with TA’s defence standing strong with some huge tackles. Charlie Barnes added a second half try with Lewis getting 3 out of his 4 conversions. TA ran out 26-20 winners. Well done to all the boys this season and a big thank you to Jason Crocker for all his efforts again this year.
On Wednesday the year 7’s competed in our annual House Table Tennis tournament. The Year 7’s turned out in great numbers with over 50 students competing. All students were put in a qualifying groups of 4 or 5 to decide what tournaments were they were entered into.
The competitions were played with great spirit and enthusiasm from the students throughout the event. Well done to all involved!
The results are as follow
Category 1 (main event)
Winners – Will Bevan, Ena Brett-Wilson
Runners up – Bobby Western, Mya Green
Winners – Will Hall, Leoni Bailey
Winners – Max Gamble, Aaliyah Simpson
Winners – Roman Wyatt, Codie Meade
South Devon Athletics Championships Winners
The Year 7 and 8 indoor athletics squad travelled to South Devon College on Thursday to compete in the South Devon indoor athletics championships. The competition involved both indoor track and field events such as the 8 lap parlauf and the speed bounce. Students participated in a variety of events and recorded so great victories. Some of the track results were as follows:
Girls 4 by 2 relay gold
Boys 4 by 2 relay silver
Olivia Foster 2 lap race gold
Emma Harrison 4 lap race gold
Ryan johns-Kouadio 2 lap Gold
Ellis Knowles 2 lap silver
Issac Astbury 4 lap race silver
Ben Auldous 4 lap race bronze
Emma Harrison, Caitlin Graham-8 lap Parlauf – Gold
Issac Astbury – 6 lap race Gold
Obstacle relay boys -gold
After combining the results from all the events,TA became South Devon Champions and will now compete at the Life Centre in Plymouth on the last Thursday in February. Well done to all involved.
Our year 7 netball team travelled to Paignton Thursday 7th December for the second round of their CVL tournament. The girls only had two games. Our first game was against Teign who are always a very tough team to beat. We went out strong from that’s start and managed to score within the first two minutes. Teign fought back hard and we conceded a goal just before half time. After a brief chat with the girls, we went on to score three in a row without a response from Teign. The girls worked hard to keep the lead and the game ended with a win for us. 4-3.
Our second game was against Newton Abbot College. You could tell from their warm up that they were a well drilled team. We started well against them, scoring first. We moved the ball into the attacking circle a second time and scores again before half time. We were two goal up and NA didn’t look as though they could come back from this. Unfortunately for us, NA got themselves together in the second half and score 4 goals without a response from us. We lost the game 4-2 but I think next time around we will beat them because we displayed some great netball.
Miss Brown’s player of the tournament was Isabelle Watkins. Not only did she shoot well and score pretty much every goal but she also moved dynamically and created space within attack. Well done.
Future GCSE Geography Students?
On Tuesday evening 24 very keen Year 8 geographers found out more about GCSE geography. They spent an hour working hard on a decision making project about a volcanic eruption, forming decisions about how a disaster can be managed. They worked really well and impressed all of the geography teachers with their enthusiasm for the lesson. Afterwards they were told a little more about what is studied at GCSE in Geography and had a range of excellent questions. In the opinion of the Geography Department all of the pupils that took part would be very successful at GCSE if they maintain that hard work and enthusiasm, and they are looking forward to seeing some of them starting GCSE lessons next year!
Students of the Week
Students of the week with myself, Mr Honey and Mr Chadwick are : Vitaly Vaplaks – Yr 10, Adam Kenyon – Yr 13, Nicolae Marin – Yr 12, Will Bevan – Yr 7, Alfie Sams – Yr 8, Kamil Sniegocki – Yr 12, Lucy Woolacott – Yr 11
Bronze Certificates : Milla Schwarz – Yr 7, Daniel Pratt – Yr 10, Brad Fraser – Yr 11, Oliver Palmer – Yr 11
Mindset for Learning
Pictured are : Ellis Knowles – Yr 8, Wiktoria Jarosz – Yr 9, Aisa Kana – Yr 9, Anna Hobson – Yr 9, Lottie Denning – Yr 9, Shannon Crawford – Yr 10, Zane Sibiya – Yr 10, Boris Pugh – Yr 7, Tallulah Robson – Yr 8, Michael Brooker – Yr 8, Adam Howard – Yr 11, Sofia Evans – Yr 7, Lea Frahm – Yr 11, Jessica Mitchell – Yr 11, Hayden Gibbings – Yr 11, Shannon Banks – Yr 9, Lewis Rusby – Yr 11, Aemelia Waddington – Yr 10, Silbury Peakman – Yr 10, Noah Johnson – Yr 10
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Year 11 Parents’ Evening
On Thursday evening we welcomed Year 11s and their parents into school for their parents’ evening. We were delighted to see so many students and their parents in school to meet with their teachers. Im not sure what Dr Hocking, Mr Broome and Mr Gale are up to… this picture is uncannily similar!