GCSE Art Exam
The Year 11 Art and Photography groups sat their external timed test last week; this was conducted over two days with some exceptional outcomes. Students were given a number of themes to explore, these were:
The Human Condition
Fantastic and Strange
Students were given time to explore their chosen topic, they were required to investigate and research a range of different artists and explore the potential of a wide variety of different media. There were some truly amazing personal responses.
Later on in the year we will have an exhibition of the students’ work. This is without question one of the strongest and most talented year groups for some time and they will leave behind a powerful visual legacy in the form of some outstanding artwork.
Success in Track and Field
Torquay Academy competed in the Track and Field Cup at Exeter Arena this week.
There were numerous outstanding performances, especially from students who were competing against Athletes in the year above.
Gracie Clemence 100m
Courtney Sunderland 100m
Georgia Harvey 800m
Elyse Leech 200m
Jacob Brady 200m
James Mcdowell 800
Thomas Taylor Courtier 100m
Olaf Koszela 1500m
Jack Nadin 200m
We are still waiting for the field results to come in. We know that Krisjanis Rumnieks did extremely well (as a Year 7) throwing 18m in the Javelin.
Congratulations to everyone who took part.
The South Devon area trials are being held next Tuesday at Torre Valley. The Academy will be sending 8 representatives to compete in their chosen events.
Football Cup Finals
On Wednesday, the boys’ football teams from Years 8, 9 and 10 each competed in the South Devon Cup finals at Stoke Gabriel FC. They followed in the footsteps of the Year 11 team who came runners up several weeks ago, and our County Cup winning Sixth Form XI.
On a very cold, windy day and in very difficult conditions all three teams put Mr Grinsill, Mr Jones and Oggy through the ringer, as each of the games were extremely close, and very nail-biting.
Pictured: Year 9 Football Team
The Year 9 team were first up vs TBGS, and despite some unlucky semi-final losses in recent years, the boys were at their first final. Kicking off into a very strong wind, the team started nervously and it became very apparent that it was going to be difficult to play very much attractive football in such trying conditions. As such, chances were few and far between, but TBGS adapted to it much quicker and found themselves 1-0 ahead shortly before half time when a corner was not dealt with and the ball was stabbed past Charlie Cuss. Joe Constantinou had our only real chance of the half and was disappointed not to have scored when he had a one on one with the goalkeeper.
The message at half time was to play more direct, using the pace of Ben Tolman up front to cause problems behind the backline of TBGS. As the half wore on, this tactic started to bear fruit as we had a sustained period of pressure and the boys really upped the tempo of the game. With 15 minutes left to play, Jack Lavercombe was sent on up front to bolster our attack and with 5 minutes remaining, it was Jack who rose highest from a corner of our own to plant a bullet header in off the crossbar – a tremendous goal to equalise the game at 1-1 and the least we deserved for a stirring second half. As the game went into and through extra time, it became very tense and chances were few and far between. TBGS tried their luck from range several times, but Charlie Cuss’ handling was impeccable. The defensive line of Josh Hurren, Zack Chalmers-Wood, Ryan Cossey and Josh Clarke stood magnificently firm and limited them to very few opportunities. So, the game went onto penalties:
Captain Joe Belsten scored 1-0
TBGS scored 1-1
Joe Constantinou’s penalty was then saved 1-1
TBGS scored 1-2
Ryan Cossey scored 2-2
TBGS penalty saved by Charlie Cuss 2-2
Ben Tolman scored 3-2
TBGS scored 3-3
Zack Chalmers Wood scored 4-3
TBGS penalty hit crossbar for us to win!
Congratulations to all of the squad, a magnificent second half performance and ultimately deserved winners. Enjoy this season’s success and build on it next year.
Pictured: Year 8 Football Team
Next up were Cup Holders, the Year 8s vs TBGS again. Despite starting slowly, the game burst into life after 8 minutes when Olaf Koszela hit a typical 25 yard rocket into the top corner, leaving the keeper no chance. But joy soon turned to despair, as within 5 minutes influential goalkeeper Josh Nicol was left nursing a broken shoulder after a heavy challenge from the TBGS centre forward. Outfield player Luke Poole bravely donned the gloves and stepped in for Josh but within 5 minutes he was picking the ball out of the net as the ball was bundled home after some indecision in defence. We then struggled to get into our rhythm, and TBGS were a constant threat with pace up front although the duo of Olly Moxham and Bradley Scholes defended very well. Olly Mason was unfortunate with a couple of long range efforts which whistled just over the crossbar.
Disappointingly, we conceded two soft goals very soon after half time, to put us 3-1 down and give us a mountain to climb. TBGS then had their centre forward sent off for 2 yellow cards and this seemed to ignite the fight in us. We made the extra player count by keeping much better possession and getting Cole Harford, Olaf Koszela and the excellent Ollie Mason on the ball. We applied constant pressure to TBGS as we searched for a way back into the game, and we eventually go it with 10 minutes left when Mason finished calmly. The boys went in search of an equaliser, with 4 corners in succession at one point culminating in some heroics from the TBGS keeper managing to somehow keep the ball out of the net! The team gave it a real good go, but unfortunately ended up losing 3-2 and it was a case of ‘if only’. Unfortunately we left ourselves too much to do, and we did not start the game well enough. But the boys will hopefully learn from it as we look to regain the trophy next year.
The Year 10 team, defending their record of over 3 years without a loss in the cup came up against Paignton Community & Sports Academy in the final game. However, it was another example of us starting slowly and leaving too much to do. We were 1-0 down within 2 minutes when our defensive shape was all at sea, and the PCSA forward was able to run through and tap in. We were soon 2-0 down when again, we weren’t switched on and conceded, although credit to Paignton for a well worked move. As the first half wore on, we managed to get a foothold in the game, when Louis Baker Thornley scored from range and soon after, Shaun Johannesson hit the post from a tight angle.
Similar to Year 8, we conceded two soft goals immediately after the restart to put us 4-1 down. This prompted a reaction from the boys, and the hard work and endeavour of Jay Worden, Shaun Johannseson, Callum Morton and the outstanding Louie Jay Hayward galvanised the team into a late fightback. Chance after chance was created, with Shaun and Callum both netting to set up a frantic final 10 minutes. Credit to Paignton, as they defended resolutely and we were unable to breach their back line for a fourth time.
The boys were a credit to the school, and their conduct was exemplary throughout the day. They supported each other magnificently and were gracious in both winning and losing. Well done to all.
Good luck to our Ten Tors Teams
The 35 mile team:
Eloise Jackson Team Leader
Jack Nadin 2i/c
The 45 mile team:
Joe Hill Team Leader
Louis Ruegg 2i/c
We would like to wish them well in what is one of the most demanding team and endurance events of the country for this age group. They have all trained hard and are as ready as they ever will be.
If you would like to following their progress you can via the Ten Tors website from mid morning on Saturday. I will report on their successes next week.
We have had a rush of students completing all 5 levels of Lexia this week. This is a great accomplishment, and has taken a lot of hard work and dedication from them. Congratulations to Chloe Fisher, George Swift and Elizabeth Finch.
Outstanding Science Homework
When Miss King asked her Year 7 students to produce a piece of work demonstrating the differences between liquid, gas and solids I don’t think she was quite expecting what Willow Cronje brought in this morning! Every day I am amazed at the level of dedication by our students as they strive for academic success.
Special Award for our PCSO
Martin Rushworth is the Police Community Support Officer based at Torquay Academy and has been since September 2012. He works here to help ensure the safety of our students both within and outside of the school walls. He works tirelessly in the school to break down barriers, educate and promote positive values and behaviour. Martin is approachable and fair, and for this he is greatly respected by students, teachers and parents alike. Martin runs an after school football club in his own time and regularly draws an attendance of over 40 students.
Four boys played in the Fisherman’s Plate final for Torquay Rugby Club against Bideford on Sunday. The team put on a fantastic performance and came away with the win! Congratulations to Preston Ball, Joe Calland, Miles Cawood and Aaron Chapman.
Primary School Visit
The students learnt a range of batting, fielding, catching, and throwing techniques in a fun, skill based activity circuit. They said that they loved the festival and we look forward to welcoming them back to TA for our other forthcoming summer festivals. Thanks to Kieran Bailey, Jack Bell, Alfie Edwards, Georgia Large, Nicole Doris, Abi Wicks, Lucie Taylor, Cody Marker, Adam Taylor, Louie Birkenshaw for being excellent role models for the students, and ambassadors for the school.