New Learning Cafe, Free Breakfast Club & Nigerian Gifts

New Learning Café

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Pictured: The newly rebranded Learning Café, with brand new signage!

Our media suite has undergone a rebrand during the half term and is now our brand new Learning Café!  The learning Café is a direct outcome of our Student Council meetings. Our students requested access to the media suite with the intention of creating a purposeful learning environment, in which students can use whilst not in their lessons.  Open before school, during lunch and break times and after school, the aim of the Café is to offer a supported learning space with resources to use, whilst offering refreshments to our students. This is also a great opportunity for those who do not have these facilities at home, to come and complete homework and further their learning.  I look forward to seeing you take full advantage of the Learning Café in the coming months.

 

 

Free Breakfast Club Continues!

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Pictured: Students enjoying the extended free trial of our new Breakfast Club

Another outcome of the recent Student Council meeting is the extension of the free Breakfast Club Trial period.  Students have enjoyed coming into school for breakfast and taking advantage of the service whilst it was free; one student said to me “I never eat breakfast at home, but I have eaten each morning in school”. However, as the free trial period was due to stop, Student Council members felt that we could encourage more students to attend, if the free trial was extended; so this is what we have done!

Here is what the student council have told me about why they like the Breakfast Club:
• It’s a nice start to the day
• So far well attended
• It’s good for students who do not have breakfast at home
• It prepares you for the day

Running every day from 7.30 – 8.15am there is a choice of the following:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Pancakes with maple syrup Porridge Bacon & Tomato wraps Bagels with cream cheese/butter or chocolate spread Muffins with jam

Cereals:
Rice Krispies
Coco Pops
Crunchy Nut Cornflakes

Drinks:
Apple/Orange Juice or a choice of hot drink

The free trial will continue until the end of this term. We look forward to seeing many more faces in the mornings to come.

 

 

Miss Pappin Returns from Nigeria with a Gift

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Pictured: Me opening my gift and delivering the staff briefing this morning

I was happy to welcome Miss Pappin back this week, after her visit to our partner schools in Nigeria.  I would like to thank our Partner schools, Mende Senior High School and Mokoya Senior High School for my gift – a traditional African shirt.  The giving of clothing is a long standing tradition in Nigeria and I was honoured to have been given such a gift. I wore the shirt to deliver the staff briefing today.  Miss Pappin had a fascinating week. You can read her account of her visit by clicking the link here: http://tqlearn.com/blog/February/16_02_14.php

 

 

Steven Harris – Young Carers Champion

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Pictured: Steven Harris (left) at the conference in Plymouth

Year 11 student Steven Harris (pictured) recently attended an Adult Services conference, attended by the Children’s Society and the Adults Society in Plymouth.  Steven, a Young Carers Champion, was part of a group of students invited to attend the event in order to voice their opinions on the different Adult Services that are available to Young Carers and their families.  Steven said, “It was a really good experience. I like representing Young Carers so that we can help to develop and improve the links to different adult services”.

 

 

SkillForce Work Continues

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Pictured: Students sheltering in their shelters!

Year 10 students have been building shelters at Halden Forest Park, as part of their Public Services course. The students have been looking at the emergency and military services and survival training skills; they put this into practice on their trip to Haldon Forest Park. It was hard work, so once the shelters were complete, the students enjoyed a nice warming hot drink in their finished shelters!

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Pictured: Students demonstrating CPR and how to apply a dressing to a wound

Year 12 students have been working towards gaining their British Heart Foundation HeartStart First Aid certificates. This will form their learning towards the attainment of their ASDAN Wider Key Skill: improving own learning and performance.

 

 

Year 9 Enterprise Event

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Pictured: Students from Exeter University talking about life and courses at University

Year 9 students were visited by many local business owners and employees this week as part of an Enterprise morning.  Businesses including Salcombe Harbour Hotel, Sainsbury’s, Cavvana Group, Bicton College and Exeter University delivered group sessions to our Year 9’s, giving them an insight into what roles there are available in their businesses and business sectors and also explained the many different pathways into different careers.  This is a very important time for our Year 9’s as they choose their GCSE pathways in the next couple of weeks. These sessions gave the students a chance to gain a greater understand of career paths, directly from industry professionals and students.  Also on hand was Head of Sixth Form, Mr Harries, who talked about progression to our Sixth Form.  Miss Sizer, Progress Leader for Year 9, said “the students engaged really well and had lots of questions for our visitors”.  Year 9 student, Olivia Price added “The talks opened my eyes to University and the other options that are available” she continued “It was good to listen to all of the advice and information on offer, so that I can make the right GCSE choices”.

 

 

Year 9 Pathways Evening

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Pictured: Me discussing different options with some of our Year 9 Students

Thank you all for making the Pathways Evening such a success this week.  It was lovely to meet and speak to so many parents and students about the GCSE choices they will be making in the next couple of weeks.  The atmosphere on the night was wonderful, everything looked great and I had some very positive comments from parents and students.

 

 

Year 11 Student – Jasmine Ullah Wins Ipad Mini!

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Pictured: Jasmine Ullah, with her brand new iPad Mini

Year 11 student Jasmine Ullah, attended a ‘My Night’ event at South Devon College, where she was lucky enough to win a brand new iPad Mini!  The competition Jasmine entered required her to post a photo of her and the South Devon College mascot onto their Facebook page; the person who received the most likes, would then win the iPad.  Jasmine said that her friends helped by ‘liking’ the picture and she won by just one vote!  Jasmine was so pleased with her prize, she brought it into school to show me.

 

 

Sneak Peek at Hairspray the Musical

Mrs Jagger invited me to have a sneak peek at the rehearsals of the Hairspray production that our students are working on at the moment.  Performances start on Wednesday 26th March. For more dates, please view the calendar by clicking the following link: http://tqlearn.com/calendar_events/

Here is a short video of how they are getting on:


 

Pathways to Employment

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Pictured: Students hard at work

A group of four year 12 students have been going to Stover Country Park every week since November, working as volunteers.  Using many different types of equipment and tools, the students have been cutting down dead shrubs, Rhododendrons, lopping trees and making bonfires to make clearings.  They have also volunteered at Occombe Farm for a term, undertaking many different tasks. They have been working extremely hard at this very challenging and tough role and we have received lots of great feedback from the volunteer coordinators at Occombe Farm and Stover Country Park.

 

 

Year 7 Students Fairtrade Campaign to Major Supermarkets

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Pictured: Students with their letters from Asda and Sainsbury’s, stood in front of the Fairtrade poster, made by Year 7 Student, Bradley Nettleton

Students in year 7 have been studying Fairtrade as part of their Opening Minds Curriculum. They have been learning about how cocoa is produced and how children are used as slave labour in certain countries, in order to produce cocoa products.  The students have also been learning how Fairtrade helps those communities involved in producing food in poorer countries.  The students wrote to local supermarkets to campaign for Fairtrade chocolate to be sold so that children in poorer countries have a better life. Asda and Sainsbury’s replied giving information about how they promote Fairtrade products in their store.  The experience has shown the class how Individuals can make a difference by writing about their point of view and by making choices about what they buy in their local shops.

 

 

We are now collecting!

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Pictured: Sainsbury’s Active Kids voucher collection box, located at our main reception

Sainsbury’s initiative, Active Kids, returns and as always we are collecting the school vouchers.  Please send in your vouchers, as this allows us to exchange them for brand new sporting equipment for our students.  I thank you all in advance for your support!

 

 

Sports Round Up

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Pictured: Cameron Knowles, Joe Belsten, George Fenn, and Kieran Bailey, in Plymouth earlier this week.

Centre Parcs Badminton Tournament

A selection of our students have been at the county finals of the Centre Parcs badminton tournament in Plymouth this week.  Despite coming up against some strong opposition, the boys played some excellent badminton and were an absolute credit to the school. They fought hard, never giving up and showed true sportsmanship.  Following my previous blog post in January, I can now happily report that Cameron Knowles and George Fenn, were successful in their trials for Devon County Badminton. Well done boys!

 

Year 7 Football Team progress to the South Devon Cup Semi Final after beating Churston 2-1 This week. Goals from Bailey Crews and Olaf Koszela.

 

Year 9 Football Team also progress to the Semi Final of the South Devon Cup after beating St Cuthbert Mayne School 2-0!  Mr Jones said the team produced a very strong performance to join the Y7s and 8’s in the semi-finals of the South Devon Cup. The team, looking to regain the trophy for a 3rd successive year started very strongly and looked a constant threat. Goals from Callum Morton and Louie-Jay Hayward eventually sealed the win.

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Pictured: (Back from left) Jack Rendle, Peter Micuda, Frazer Sundholm, Tom Farley, Callum Dunn, Louie-Jay Haywood, Shaun Johannesson, (Front from left) Bailey Clarke, Ethan Hooper, Jay Worden, Callum Morton, Luke Lewis, and Jon Bowden