Maths Feast, World Book Day, Red Nose Day & Bikeability

Year 10 students compete at Maths Feast at Plymouth University

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Pictured: Year 10 students at the Maths Feast (Preston Ball, Holly Crawford, Lilith Buschgens, Ben Skeffington)

Last Tuesday, four of the finest mathematicians in Year 10 were chosen to enter a maths competition that was open to every school in the south west.
The intrepid maths geniuses headed down to Plymouth University to enter the ‘Maths Feast’. The students worked in a team of four against 23 other teams. The quiz had some very tricky problems designed to test the best and it did just that. There was a round where the students had to learn a new skill from scratch entirely on their own. Our group came top in that particular round.
At the end of the day our students finished a very impressive second place out of 23 teams. In the process, they beat a few Grammar School teams from around Devon and Cornwall. The whole Maths Department are very impressed with an outstanding performance from some very talented students. Well done to Lilith, Preston, Holly and Ben.


World Book Day

Today I joined staff who made a great effort for World Book Day, by dressing up as famous book characters. We chose to delay our celebration of the day so we didn’t interfere with our Y11 Pre Public Exams that were taking place last week. As last year, the word spread and we were greeted following our staff briefing by hundreds of students!

World Book Day is a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.

In support of engaging our students in discussions of books and different characters we have enjoyed many fun and interesting activities. The way that World Book day prompted our students to ask questions about the books and characters that we were dressed as was a real pleasure to see and made the day very worthwhile.


Work Book Day Book Giveaway

Staff kindly donated books for the book giveaway for World Book Day. We had a real rush of students eager to find a book, And most left with something new to get stuck into. Just one or two disappointed by the one book limit!


Practical Science for Year 5

Year 5 students from Torre visited us today for a practical science session. The children really seemed to enjoy conducting experiments and recording their findings. It is the second visit of the year for this group of pupils and it is great to see how their science skills have developed over the past term. As always the children from Torre were an absolute delight to have in the academy and we look forward to seeing them again soon.

One week until Fame!

Our students have been working hard putting the final touches to our production of Fame. Tickets are still available. Please contact the finance office if you would like to come along.


The start of a footballing dynasty?

I frequently talk about the fact we have the two best youth football coaches working here at TA. Mr Grinsill and Mr Hogg’s work with our Football Academy is now paying real dividends. Every year group has made it to the South Devon Semi Finals. Years 9 and 11 have secured their places in the final. Our Sixth Form team have also won through to the Devon final. Many congratulations to all involved.


Red Nose Day – 13th March 2015 Charity Cake Sale

Sixth Form Students took part in a bake sale with some of our Year 8 students to raise money for Red Nose Day.
Staff and Students at break time were treated to homemade cakes and drinks all organised by Dominic Rowe, Head Boy and Phoebe Tape, Prefect.
Students raised so far £57 for Red Nose Day and the UK government is going to double the money raised in school this year.


Dance Performance

On Wednesday evening over 70 enthusiastic and talented pupils participated in the Annual Dance Show in front of 250 parents and staff. The performances were a culmination of excellent performances in PE lessons and after school clubs .The complete diversity of performances wowed the crowd, with ballet to breakdancing, contemporary to disco. All performers were absolutely brilliant and Mrs Knowles praised the students involved for showing commitment, hard work and effort and for being a credit to themselves and the Academy. We look forward to next year!


Bikeability continues

Another group of Year 7 students began their Bikeability training this week, the first of two sessions in order to gain their Level 2 award.

Bikeability is cycling proficiency for the 21st century, designed to give the young people the skills and confidence to ride their bikes on today’s roads.