We have been wowed by our students’ performances this week. I thoroughly enjoyed sitting in the audience on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings this week. The choreography, singing and acting was outstanding. Miss Pappin was delighted with the group’s performance saying “The students have really grown in confidence over the last couple of years, I am so proud of them”.
You can see the videos I recorded during the performance on TAtube – our YouTube channel.
Exeter Chiefs to base their Academy at Torquay Academy
Alongside Mr Harries, I was delighted to seal a deal with Mark Dibble, Exeter Chiefs Community Officer, and Jack Yeandle, first team Hooker, which will see the school entering into an exciting partnership aimed at students aged between 16-18. From September 2015 we will be hosting one of Exeter Chiefs’ Regional Performance and Education Centres at the school. This Post-16 course is open to students from across South Devon and will use the professional club foundations at its core with coaching by Exeter Chiefs for a minimum of 8 hours per week and a regular match programme.
Students on the course will either study the BTEC Level 3 Sport Extended Diploma (Performance and Excellence) or a combination of other level 3 courses. More information about the initiative will be available shortly. If you would more information about the Centre please contact Mr Harries: via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01803 329351.
Torquay Academy Student shortlisted for Oxford University Poetry Prize
Year 13 Creative Writing student, Jeremiah Ovenden received a phone call from Oxford University this week inviting him to attend a prize giving ceremony at Christchurch College on April 20th. The ceremony celebrates the cream of young British poets and awards the Christopher Tower prize for poetry, widely considered to be the most valuable and prestigious in the country. Jeremiah is one of seven shortlisted poets and is in the running to scoop the £3000 first prize. Good luck Jerry!
World Leaders in Engineering right here in Torquay
Sixth formers Connor Denning and Bradley Godwin had the chance to visit a world leading engineering company right here in Torquay this week. Gooch and Housego, an Engineering Company specialising in fibre optics invited a select few to their workshop in Torquay. Whilst there, the students discovered that the company are world leaders in the world of fibre optics and have some exciting career opportunities for students who have an aptitude towards Mathematics and Physics. When asked what he thought of the event Connor replied “it was great” and Bradley replied “Amazing” – and to think this is all on our doorstep.
Exhibition of student artwork, Spanish Barn, Torquay
The Exhibition of work at the Spanish Barn at Torre Abbey was the culmination of a recent Print-making workshop. Fourteen of our students took part in this workshop with artist Simon Ripley from the White Elephant Print Company. He introduced the students to a range of processes and techniques, including mono, collagraphic, intaglio, and lithographic printing. The workshops took place over a six week period. Our students were introduced to the idea of personal identity and were gently persuaded to have this in mind as a focus when they discovered different approaches to image making.
Simon would demonstrate a process, light the touch paper of creativity and watch the kaleidoscopic display of colour unfold as the students experimented with texture, colour, shape, and pattern. There was a working atmosphere charged with eager excitement and often amazement as one by one the students revealed their creations as they came off the press.
All the students who took part gained valuable new skills .There was a palpable and real sense of joy in the delight of learning through discovery, and an infectious confidence as the students begun to express and share their thoughts and ideas with their peers and adults alike.
I am left in no doubt that each and every student who took part will be enriched by the experience in their own unique and special way. My thanks go to all those who were involved in this project.
Bath University Netball Trip
On Monday afternoon Mr Harries and Mrs Low took 15 girls to Bath University to watch Team Bath v Manchester Thunder a Netball Super-League match. On paper the match looked as though it was going to be an easy win for Manchester Thunder as they are chasing top of the table, whereas Bath are positioned nearer the middle of the table.
However the Team Bath players did not disappoint the crowd or the Sky TV crew with a spectacular performance, that demonstrated the dedication and hard work required to play netball at the highest level. The girls were able to witness some fantastic netball in a very well contested game which unfortunately ended with Bath coming out 2nd 37-40.
The girls who attended were those who have represented the school netball teams this year, shown commitment, enthusiasm and interest for Netball. The 15 girls ranged from Year 7 through to Year 11 and thoroughly enjoyed the experience of watching netball at the Elite level.
Year 7 End of Season Tournament
Following the spectacular experience of watching netball at the highest level on Monday evening, the Year 7 girls took to the court at Paignton Community & Sports Academy on Tuesday in their end of season tournament. With enthusiasm high the girls started the tournament with a game against Teignmouth. The girls’ passing and moving has developed throughout the season and they quickly managed to get the ball into the circle and scored the first goal. A strong defence from Cassie Seal and Ella Squibb denied Teignmouth from scoring until the last minute where unfortunately they managed to equalise. As the tournament went on the girls gelled well as a team and the work that they have been doing all season really paid off, with great movement down the court from Cody Harper and Samantha Gourlay. The girls demonstrated some great talent. The girls went on to draw matches against Trinity and Stover, however just missed the win against Paignton and Coombeshead by 1 goal. A fantastic and very pleasing way to end the season and great potential for next year. Well done!
Football is on a crest of a wave within TA at the moment with 5 out of 6 teams either reaching Devon or South Devon Cup finals. The first week after Easter will see two finals being played.
Tuesday 14th April, Year 11 take on Torquay Boys Grammar at Stoke Gabriel Memorial Ground Kick off TBC
Thursday 16th April, 6th form take on Ivybridge CC at Liverton United Halford Ground Kick off 5pm
Year 8 will play Torquay Boys Grammar date and venue to be confirmed
Year 9 will play Torquay Boys Grammar date and venue to be confirmed
Year 10 will play Paignton CC
These finals will see over 75 boys representing the school a fantastic achievement.
Stay posted for dates and venues.
Sixth Form student visit the UCAS Convention at Westpoint
On Tuesday, 24 March 2015, 39 Sixth Form students went to the Higher Education Convention, organised by UCAS, held at Westpoint Arena, Exeter. This was a unique opportunity for young people in Further Education to visit the ‘shop window’ of nearly every University in England, Wales and Scotland.
The venue was buzzing with anticipation as courses, qualifications and opportunities were being discussed. The representatives of the universities were very friendly, knowledgeable and encouraging and our students, although a little overwhelmed on arrival, soon got into the swing of things and were chatting away and collecting an array of undergraduate prospectus (along with any pens, gadgets and other freebies!). Konnor said “ I’ve decided to apply to UCFB College, London having visited their stand at the Westpoint event. I’ve already applied to visit the college on their open day in June.”
Gareth “ I visited the Pearson Uni stand and I was really impressed. I think I will apply to go there after my A levels.”
Parents and students will be invited to a Sixth Form UCAS information evening on Thursday 11th June to follow up on this event and continue the preparation of the students for the UCAS application process.
This term our Lexia students have been working extra hard to meet their weekly targets, as each target met earnt them a raffle ticket for entry into the prize draw. That prize draw was drawn and the lucky winner for this term was Henry Taylor-Jones from Year 7, who won a spellchecker. Henry’s hard work and dedication this term has seen him move up to Lexia level 3.