London Marathon Run
You may have spotted Mr Foulds walking gingerly around the school this week after completing the London Marathon on Sunday. It was his first ever full marathon, running in aid of VICTA who help support visually impaired children. His official time was 4:48:02 which he is pleased as punch with, especially as he had to make sure that he had enough energy left to drive home after the event, get to work on time on Monday and even take the girls’ football teams for their training sessions on Monday after school!
Year 10 Science
10T2 have been having extraordinary success in Miss King’s annual sunflower growing competition. All students have grown their plant from a seed and have been re-potting them this week after studying the ‘Bioenergetics’ module of their GCSE course. The students have taken great delight in watching their plants grow and are taking good care of them. Stay tuned for the results of the competition!
We had a number of students playing for Torquay Rugby Club’s U13s Team at a rugby festival in Tavistock. The team played exceptionally well and they were unbeaten in all matches scoring 30 tries, conceding 0. The results from the day were as follows:
Plymstock Oaks 30-0
Newton Abbot 20-0
Players from TA:
MADE Project launched in partnership with international company Gooch & Housego
Year 7 students were treated to a brilliant assembly this week by representatives from high tech international fibre optic firm Gooch & Housego in which they outlined their achievements as a company and launched an exciting new Design & Technology project for the whole year group to take part in.
General Manager of the Torquay manufacturing site, Graham Catley said ” This is an opportunity for both the students at the school and our company to work together on an exciting and rewarding project. Our objective is to motivate the students at a young age to see how interesting even simple technology projects can be and that real and innovative business do exist locally servicing the World with leading edge products. The important outcome for us is that we get a useful product for our company so the students experience a real product release, and not just an academic exercise. I am looking forward to being personally involved as the project develops and working with some budding young engineers that one day may work at our company.”
Former TA student Paul Rogers, now Product Manager with the company, was able to explain to students his pathway to his current role. He said ” I have fond memories of TA and I studied for my GCSE’s there achieving 9 passes and also 1 O’ level in my fourth year. At my time at the school there was no 6th Form; so I then went onto Torquay Boys’ Grammar School and studied for 3 A’ levels. I then went on to Coventry University and achieved my BEng(Hons) Manufacturing Systems Engineering. I have now worked in several positions within the company, developing my skills and Knowledge, working in production, engineering and now in my current position as Product Manager. My current position allows me to travel, mainly to America and Europe.”
All Year 7 will participate in a Torbay wide initiative called the MADE Project (which stands for Manufacturing Activities Designed to Engage) which has been developed by the Torbay Development Agency and Education Business Partnership South West.
Head of Enterprise, Kevin Hadley said “The MADE Project really is living up to its name – students are excited about what ideas they could potentially develop and are going to be combining their knowledge across the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. We are very lucky to have Gooch and Housego working with us on this project. They are a multi-national technology company who are really keen to work with Torquay Academy to help promote career pathways in this specialist area. Their support has already been fantastic and I look forward to further developing our links in the future.”
Each team has to design, develop and make the product for less than £3 and use our new computer controlled laser cutter in part of the manufacturing process.
The students now have to get cracking with ideas for a desk based promotional product that can used by the company to hand out to prospective customers. Teams will be assessed on their ability to meet the brief that has been set and on their ability to work effectively as a group. Up to six teams will get to present their ideas in a grand final in the Gooch and Housego boardroom before one winning team is crowned. All finalists will get a full tour of the factory on Broomhill Way, Torquay.
Mike Cox, Lead Development Manager at the company will also be speaking to students in Years 11 and 13 later in the term to explain the apprenticeship engineering pathways that Gooch and Housego offer.
Maths Whizz Gold Certificate
TA has been awarded a Gold certificate for the spring term from Maths-Whizz Education. This is for most usage from the schools using this resource.Well done Torquay Academy.
Principal’s Bronze – Cody Jeffries, Bronwen Price, George Winterton, Isaac Gourlay-Newman, Chloe Bevan, Danny Wooldridge, Sam Robinson, Corey Lewis, Harvey Kendall, Mia Robinson, Jordan Saunders, George Swift, Tyke Bond, Andrei Marin, Kacy Fairhurst, Jude Rockey, Chloe Kingshott, Lydia Langhorn, Hayden Rowe, Jacob Almond-Abraham, Tyler Stuckey, Corey Milton, Finley Tocknell
Principal’s Silver – Finn Beer, Scott Rhodes, Macie Simmonds, Olivia Bridgeman
Principal’s Gold – Charlie Moore, Madeline Reeve, Emily Johns
Governors’ Bronze – Benjamin Arscott
Students of the Week
Pictured with Mr Morgan and myself: Harvey Green, Callum Kent, Brandon Hewins, Nathan Wells