Children’s University, WW1 Art Project & Sporting Success

Post 16 Open Evening

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Pictured: A busy Post 16 evening last night

Last night we held a very successful Post 16 information evening which was very well attended.

The evening allowed students and parents to speak with our current Sixth Form students and teachers as well as exhibitors from a number of different careers.

Mr Harries, Head of Sixth Form, said “The whole evening was very positive and encouraging mainly due to the support and advice students received from our staff”.

There is still time to ask for advice and guidance about post 16 education. If you have any further questions about your options, please speak to Careers advisor, Mrs Hadden or Mr Harries.



Children’s University

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Pictured: Year 7 Children’s University Assembly on Monday

Mr Jones, Progress Leader for Year 7, invited two representatives from the Children’s University, to introduce the concept to our Year 7 students during their assembly this week.

The Children’s University aims to promote social mobility by providing high quality, exciting and innovative learning activities and experiences outside normal school hours to children aged 7 to 14 (and 5 and 6 year olds with their families). At the heart of its work is the ambition to raise aspirations, boost achievement and foster a love of learning, so that young people can make the most of their abilities and interests, regardless of the background into which they were born.

Young people can receive stamps in their passports for a number of activities and is supported by lots of local businesses. Some of our extra-curricular activities are also included, which means students can fill their passports here at school.

By collecting stamps and logging the activities, students gain a bronze, silver and gold award, showing that they have completed 100 hours’ worth of activities. Students will then be invited to attend a graduation ceremony at Plymouth University, wearing the customary caps and gowns.

Many of our students have already signed up to the Children’s University and have already achieved bronze, silver and gold awards. Year 7 student, Scarlett Williams, who achieved her gold award whilst at Shiphay Learning Academy said “I’m looking forward to wearing my cap and gown at the graduation ceremony. I would recommend everyone to sign up and join in the fun.”

We will be looking to enrol as many of the Year 7 cohort onto the scheme as it has proven to impact significantly on children’s attendance, attitudes and achievements in school. If you are interested in registering and receiving your passport, visit the website below:


Year 8 Complete WW1 Art Project


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Pictured: Year 8 art students with their WW1 art project

Year 8 art students have been working hard over the past few weeks on an art project which is a tribute to the World War 1 heroes.

Gaining inspiration from Picasso’s painting, Guernica, they have explored 3D card sculpture and pen and wash techniques.

The students are now working in teams to produce individual responses to the centenary.


Sixth Form Students Visit to Bournemouth – by Dominic Rowe

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Pictured: Sixth Form students during their visit to Bournemouth University

We were invited to visit Bournemouth University and were taken on a tour of the site to see the different facilities they have and learn about what they have to offer.

After being given a speech on University life, we were split into three groups and were taken on a tour of the classrooms and the media block. Here we had the chance to be photographed next to the Doctor Who Tardis and Sully from the film Monsters Inc. We then continued our tour through the grounds, seeing the gym and dining hall where we had the opportunity to buy various foods and drinks, such as Papa John’s Pizza and Starbucks!

I was told during the visit that 60 students who attended Bournemouth University helped in the making of the film ‘Gravity’ and with my interest in Media as a subject, it has made me consider Bournemouth University as a university choice.


Joe Hill National Success with 200 Squadron Air Training Corps

Year 11 student, Joe Hill, recently won a national competition with 200 squadron Air Training Corps.

Joe has been part of 200 Squadron for one and a half years, attending training sessions at Torquay Boys’ Grammar School every Tuesday and Thursday. During his training, Joe found out about the Devon and Somerset Wing Music Flight, and began to learn the Snare drum and more recently the Bugle.

Joe’s talent got him selected to compete at a regional event as part of a full marching band. The band won the regional event and progresses to the national stage. The national competition took place on Sunday at RAF Honiton and against five other marching bands, Joe’s band were the overall winners.

After the win, Joe had the pleasure of being congratulated by honorary group captain, Carol Vordermon, who congratulated the squadron on their success.

Joe said “It was a great experience and we were all really proud of our achievement. Now we are looking forward to more success and starting the process again when we compete in next year’s regional event”.


Mr Miller’s Stars of the Week

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Pictured: (left) Lotte Minty and (right) Silbury Peakman with their Star of the Week certificates

Since the beginning of term, students have been collecting praise points for a variety of reasons. Mr Miller’s stars of the week (pictured) have been the pace setters, this week reaching 100 praise points each, gaining them the Principal’s Gold Award.

Praise points encourage our students to be hard working, considerate of others and are a great way to recognise and encourage positive members of our community.

Lotte and Silbury are now working towards their Governors’ Bronze award and said “we are looking forward to reaching the Governors Bronze Award. Certificates are really nice, it makes you feel like you have achieved something!”


Badminton Boys Step Closer to National Finals

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Pictured: (left) KS4 Team – Aston Sou, Elliot McArthur, George Fenn and Cameron Knowles.
(right) KS3 Team – Jack Bell, Joe Belsten, Alfie Edwards and Kieran Bailey.

Following on from our Badminton success last year, the sport continues to thrive at the school, with both our KS3 and KS4 boys teams winning the recent Centre Parcs tournament held at PCSC.

Both teams will now represent the Bay in February and compete in Plymouth against all the other winning Devon schools, for a place in the National Finals.

Well done to all the boys who played some excellent Badminton, particularly as we had 4 newcomers in the teams. A fantastic result!


Year 7 Football Win

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Pictured: Our Year 7 Football Academy looking rather tired after a training session!

Our Year 7 Football Academy won earlier this week against Ivybridge Community College. Goals coming from Jamie Watson (2) and Lennon Berryman (1) sealed the 3-1 victory.

The boys showed great teamwork and impressed with a confident performance.

Mr Jones would like to thank, Sixth Form student, Adam Taylor for refereeing and Luke Lewis and Jay Worden from Year 10 for running the line.

Year 10 Football

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Pictured: Our Year 10 boys in action yesterday

Our Year 10 boys travelled to Ashton Park School, in Bristol yesterday playing in the 5th round of the English Schools’ Cup.

On a tricky pitch, the boys failed to secure a win with two late goals from a strong Ashton Park School making the final score 4-0.

The boys worked hard for each other but to no avail and are looking forward to returning to winning ways at their next fixture. I am very proud of their run in this year’s national competition.



Year 10 Rugby Training

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Pictured: Year 10 boys practising a line-out

Year 10 students took part in Rugby training this week with Mr Welsh. The session involved perfecting key skills such as a line-out and a scrum, which when they get it right, can make all the difference in match situations.

It was a promising turn out with a good core of players although Mr Welsh would like to encourage anyone who is interested in joining the rugby team to attend training, which runs every Wednesday 3.00 – 4.00pm.

Year 12 Football Academy Continue Winning Streak – Written by Louie Birkenshaw

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Pictured: Year 12 Football Academy Students during training with Academy coach Mr Jones

We had an away game against South Devon College and the team was full of confidence, hoping that our unbeaten run in the Under 19’s Schools League would continue.

In the first 20 minutes, we had all of the possession and had lots of chances but no final product, coming close by hitting the crossbar from Louie Birkenshaw’s diving header. After this close effort, the team were determined to get a goal.

Our determination paid off as a goal from, top goal scorer, Liam Artz about 30 minutes into the game broke the deadlock. Shortly after this, we found the net again with a well worked goal between both strikers and being finished off by Kaylun Stone. Nearing the end of the first half, goalkeeper, Adam Taylor kept us in the game by performing an outstanding acrobatic save.
After the half time break, South Devon came out strong and took us by surprise by scoring two goals in quick succession. Academy coach, Chris Hogg, changed the formation to 4-3-3, which had an immediate impact on the team. Central midfielder, Owen Stockton took up a striker role with Ryan McGee playing on the left.

With about 15 minutes remaining, he ball was played to Ryan McGee and with his quick thinking, he performed a first time flick over the South Devon defence, releasing striking Owen Stockton. Owen took advantage of Ryan’s flick with a 20 yard outstanding dipping volley, which lobbed the goalkeeper.

Following our last goal, the team kept pushing forwards and Ryan was released down the left hand side. He drilled the ball across the box, which the defender failed to deal with and thumped it into his own goal making the score 4-2 to us.

Nearing the end of the game, South Devon kept going and were able to break through on our goal. Defender, Matt Mason was able to catch up with their striker but unfortunately fouled him in the penalty box, resulting in a penalty kick which was converted by South Devon. This goal was a wakeup call for us and we managed to see the rest of the game out to the end, clinching all three points with a 4-3 win.