To confirm the last day of term before the Christmas break is Friday 16th December 2016.
The effort boards show students’ average effort grade from their attendance, behaviour and readiness to learn, homework, and mindset for learning. I was particularly pleased to see that this time there is a far greater number of students achieving the top grades, which means more and more students are putting in excellent effort day in, day out.
First Class Effort
Pictured below are the students who have demonstrated First Class Effort during the first teaching cycle of the year. They have achieved the gold standard and I am very proud of their accomplishments because, as Mr Gale says, “the gold standard means your effort across all subjects is exemplary – you have to achieve 1’s for every effort grade in every subject, and have 100% attendance”.
Well done to Jack Bell, Amelia Bastow, Georgia Large, Kieran Bailey, Jacob Johnson, Harvey Denning, Aston Hutchings, Kira Richbell, Jessica Mitchell, Jack Mulford, Daniel Pratt, Anna Hobson, Linda Aspbury, Daisy Poole-Crampton, Harriet Ottley, Myah Brett-Wilson, Poppy Hodgson, Wiktoria Jarosz, Jack Manley, Ellis Knowles, Keira Connolly, Archie Hodgson-Hunt, Rhyanna Lewis, Taylor Ford, Emma Harrison, Tallulah Robson, Hailey Turner, Tyler Urch, Emily Johns and Chloe Kingshott.
Year 8 student, Archie Bindon has won Gold at the the annual Torquay Leander Swimming Championships which took place at the end of September. Well done to Archie for this great achievement.
Full STEAM ahead at Eden!
As part of Curriculum Enrichment Week, Year 8 students completed a ‘STEAM’ (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) powered journey around the Eden Project in Cornwall. They used the fantastic range of displays and attractions to look in detail at a number of key topics in the aforementioned subjects.
Students explored the Food Chain in the Mediterranean Biome, covering topics in both Science and Food Technology, and explored the origins of food. A trip to the Core education centre, deepened understanding of biomimicry – where design is inspired by nature. Drawings and macro photographs were taken throughout the day as students captured examples of form, pattern, rhythm and tone to help assist with future work in Art. With temperatures touching thirty degrees (in the middle of November!) in the Rainforest Biome, students undertook an ‘Extreme Maths Challenge’. They had to look carefully at the signs and displays to answer a series of maths questions – all whilst trying not to break into a sweat!
Year 12 Work Experience
As part of their Post-16 curriculum, our Year 12 students underwent work experience last week. The experience helps students develop their vocational and employability skills and allows them to make decisions about their future in terms of career plans. Students attended a wide variety of placements such as in retail, education and hospitality. The week was a huge success, with many gaining fantastic references from their employers and a few even securing a part-time job!
Students at work
Eager and keen TA students are completing homework in the library after school.
Year 7 Homework Practice
This week saw the whole of Year 7 in the Sports Hall with all heads down engaging in homework practice.
New Year 7 Study Area
We have this week installed a new study area for Year 7 and it has been an instant hit! A number of new tables and seating have been provided for a quiet study area, and students can use it before school, at breaktime, lunchtime or after school. It has been a busy area already, with students keen to complete their Knowledge Organisers and help each other to learn! It is brilliant to see, and typifies the responsibility the Year 7 students are taking for their own learning.
Lexia Raffle Prize Winners
Students completing our Lexia programme to help aid their literacy skills, have been working very hard since the start of term to meet their weekly targets. Every time a student completes a target they earn a raffle ticket to be in with a chance to win a prize at the end of each teaching cycle. Pictured are the two lucky students chosen at random for Cycle 1, Maria Gabl (Year 8) and Cody Bratcher (Year 7). Well done to both of them.
A good win away to PCSA at Waterleat Rd. We went a try down which woke us up after getting off the bus cold. We then scored 4 unanswered tries and had really good shape with our pod system working really well with lots of strong drives from the forwards. We looked the better side throughout the game but a couple of weak tackles allowed Paignton to score a couple of tries in the second half with a final score of 20-15 to TA. Well done to the team for a great effort !!
In House Triathlon
On Wednesday, students from year’s 7,8 and 9 participated in TA’s first annual house triathlon. In each year group, 1 boy and 1 girl from each house entered the event that consisted of swimming, cycling and running. The event held was held at Clennon Valley. All the competitors competed with great spirit and sportsmanship. Students pushed themselves to their absolute limits which was great to see. Well done to all who participated.
Year 7 Boys
Students of the Week
Students of the week this week pictured with Mrs Powell and Mr Jones are : Kayleigh Hyde, Keira Connolly, Jack Mulford, Wiktoria Jarosz, Jordan Saunders