New Classroom Block
Just before Christmas we were granted planning permission for a new block of nine classrooms. Over the Christmas holiday the contractors have been on site putting up the compound. They will be built on the space to the right of the library (as you look at the school from Cricketfield Rd) and behind the MUGA. These rooms will give us the space we will need and they will be ready for use by next September.
New Study Centre
We are transforming our library at the moment in a new Study Centre. It will be a new hub for students to work in during the school day as well as before and after school. We are very excited to have this new facility, which will be overseen by a new Study Centre Manager. It will hopefully be completed for half term.
Lottie Gains a Black Belt
During the Christmas holidays, Lottie Hodgson received her black belt in karate. She has been attending karate class since she was 8 years old and we all feel very proud of her achievement. Well done Lottie!
We have had our first year 7 students finishing the Lexia reading programme. Pictured are Sam Foley and Harley Sneap. This is a massive achievement for these boys who only started working on the programme in September when they joined the Academy. Lexia is a reading programme that will help students develop their English skills whilst working on activities such as vowel patterns, suffixes and word root meanings. Normally a student will spend at least six months working their way through all five levels of Lexia, but these boys completed the entire programme in only four months, a new school record.
Sam and Harley have both worked extremely hard, both during their lessons and in their own time at home, with Harley even working on his Lexia on Christmas Eve! A massive congratulations to both boys on this amazing achievement.
The Music Academy
The Music Department is proud to announce the launch of it’s brand new Music Academy. The Music Academy is exclusively for our most able musicians from Year 7 right through to Year 13. The aim of the Academy is to stretch and challenge the very best of our musicians through elite provision and extended opportunities beyond the classroom. The Academy will focus on developing and extending students’ technical ability, stagecraft and band skills. Students will also benefit from Performance Masterclasses lead by professional musicians as well as visits from leading music industry specialists and a number of performance opportunities both locally and further afield. Miss Pappin and Mr Tame will be running The Music Academy which will be every Tuesday after school. Miss Pappin said, ‘Our Music Academy is going to be be based on a similar model used by The Academy of Contemporary Music, which is the country’s leading music performance university, in fact it’s where Ed Sheeran graduated from! Our aim is to really push the students well beyond their comfort zones! I am excited about hearing our best musicians perform along side each other. We could have year 7s performing alongside year 13s, their year group becomes completely irrelevant. The focus is on them as musicians and their musicianship qualities.’
30 students have been short listed to audition for a place in The Music Academy. These students will be hand delivered an invitation to attend an audition on Tuesday 16th January. Invitations will be distributed by Tuesday 9th January. If you have any questions about The Music Academy please see Miss Pappin or Mr Tame.
Year 7 Futsal Champions
On Thursday, Mr Jones took an A and B squad across to Paignton for the Year 7 South Devon Futsal competition. This was a great opportunity to give many of the boys who have been so committed to training, competitive game experience, and they did not disappoint.
The B Team acquitted themselves very well, and after a slow start losing to Kevicc A, they beat a strong Brixham team 2-1 followed by an excellent 3-1 win against TBGS A and a creditable draw against Paignton B to collect 7 points from a maximum of 12. This meant that the boys finished their group stage in joint second with Brixham, but did not advance to the semi finals due to Brixham having scored slightly more goals. They did however play some excellent football, and bearing in mind that Kevicc A were eventual finalists goes to show that they were only beaten by a very strong team.
The A Team were simply outstanding. Missing Isaac Astpury who was so effective in the previous 5 a side competition, the boys cruised through their group stage with wins over Paignton A (3-0), Newton Abbot College (2-1) TBGS B (6-0) Dawlish (4-1) and Kevicc B (7-0) with some stunning short passing and excellent finishing to top the group with ease. Had the B Team managed to have got through, then we would have had an all TA semi-final, but instead the boys played Brixham in the semis in what was a very tough game with the Brixham goalkeeper keeping out all of our many efforts, before two moments of class from William Hall won us the game 2-0.
The Final was against the Kevicc side who beat our B Team and again, whilst dominating play for large periods, we found it difficult at first to get the ball over the line. However, the boys did not get frustrated and their perseverance paid off when Harley Sneap scored. Whilst Kevicc hit back almost immediately, the boys carried on with their game plan and scored three more deserved goals through Sneap, Hall and Jack Howlett to win the game and the competition. The boys will now progress to the county finals.
A great effort all round and fantastic afternoon of football for this ever-improving group of boys.
Mitosz is one of our very creative 6th Formers. I won’t try and explain what I’m doing, but Mitosz shared this with me!
Bronze Certificate : Year 11 Lea Frahm, Year 7 Scarlet West, Year 7 Kelsey Hawkings, Year 7 Mia Burton and Year 10 Emily Wilson.
Students of the Week
Students of the week this week with me: Year 7 William Hall, Year 8 Luke Howard, Year 9 Megan Conachie, Year 10 Ellie-Mae Gilligan, Year 11 Josh Nelson and Year 13 Samantha Turner