SW Champions, Nigeria Link, Japanese & Frisbee

Year 7 5-a-Side South West Champions!

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Pictured: Success! Our Year 7 5-a-side team with their medals and their coach Mr Jones

The Year 7 boys became South West 5-a-side champions this week. The squad, of Josh Nicol, Cole Harford (capt), AJ Tehrani, Elliott Stevens, Harrison Beer, Olaf Koszela and Lewis Eaton were unbeaten on their route to the final. They really turned on the style in the semis, beating Budworth School 4-1 and St Michael’s, champions of Dorset, 3-1 in the final. The work rate of the team matched their undoubted talent and their willingness to listen and reflect on their performance, won it for them in the end. They showed great discipline in defence and quality in attack.  The next stop is the National Finals at the Soccerdome in Derby on March 3rd where they will compete as one of the best 10 in the country! If they start the competition in the same vein that they finished this one then they are real contenders.

 

 

Nigeria Links

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Pictured: Assistant Principal, Mr Lamble on his visit to Nigeria in 2012

We have been successful in our funding bid to the British Council to continue with our partnership with Nigeria to promote global citizenship.  Performing Arts Curriculum Team leader, Sarah Pappin, shall be representing u during half term, visiting the sour two partners: Mokoya Senior and Mende Senior High Schools, Lagos.  Sarah will be sharing with the Nigerian schools educational practises from the UK, whilst also learning and developing skills to enrich future learning here upon her return.  We wish Sarah a safe trip and look forward to learning of her experiences working with our Nigerian partners.

 

 

Year 12 Jamie Oliver Cooking Course

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Pictured: Year 12 Students adding the finishing touches to their chocolate Swiss rolls

Our Year 12 students have been continuing their work towards completing a Level 2 Jamie Oliver cooking course this week. The course consists of over 80 recipes, all divided into manageable sections and covering key topics from eggs and baking to vegetables and quick-cook meats.  This week, students were making chocolate Swiss Rolls and I confirm they were very tasty!  The course is hugely engaging for students of all cooking abilities. For some, it may be the start of a career in cooking; for others, it will help them to learn the basic skills and recipes that will stand them in good stead throughout their lives.

 

 

Year 10 Work Experience Hunt Starts This Week

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Pictured: Year 10 student, Kaitlyn Lewin, collecting her work experience application pack.

Our Year 10 students have started the hunt for work experience placements this week.  Work experience placements will take place in the summer term. The aim of the students completing their work experience is to give them an insight into the world of work.  Year 10 student, Kaitlyn Lewin (pictured) said “I’m excited to start applying for work experience placements. I want to join the Royal Navy, so hopefully I will get a placement that will help me with that in the future”.

 

 

Safety Online – Sexting Video

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Pictured: Year 10 Students preparing for the video shoot

Year 10 students, Abbie Sykes, Ryan Evans (pictured), Bethany Essam-Wood and Keah Beesley teamed up with Torbay Virtually S@fe this week, in creating an educational film about online safety.  Students were asked their views and insights on the topic of ‘sexting’ with the aim of being able to help young people, their families and schools, to understand some of the issues involved. Sexting is the sending of intimate photographs of yourself by text, email or instant messaging.  Our students were happy to help. Abbie (pictured left) said “being filmed was a little bit awkward at first but I am glad that I helped with the video as it will hopefully make more people aware of the risks of sexting”.

Filming will continue with the help of other groups of students and will result in an educational video that will be on the Virtually S@afe website and the Torbay Council’s YouTube Channel. We will also post the video onto our website as soon as it is ready for you all to see.

 

 

When the School Day Ends, Why Not Learn Japanese?

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Pictured: Students practicing their calligraphy in the after school Japanese club

Over 15 students, from every Year group, were at Japenese club this week.  The after school club, runs every Thursday and is enjoyed by lots of our students. Curriculum Team Leader of Modern Foreign Langues, Mr Collingridge (pictured) said “We are all learning together! Japanese is not my speciality, so I am learning too”.  Each session is split into two parts, the first part being the language, where they practice reading and writing. In the second part they study the culture of Japan and includes drawing Manga and enjoying Japanese cuisine and traditional tea ceremonies.  Year 11 student, Molly McCarthy (pictured top right) when asked why she wanted to learn Japanese said “I have always loved everything about Japan. I want to move to Shinjuku in Tokyo when I am older so I will need to learn the language”.

Everyone is welcome, so pop along after school on a Thursday to room G10.

 

 

Luke Owens – Swimming

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Pictured: Luke with his swimming trophies

Congratulations to Luke Owens for his recent success in swimming.

 

 

Sliver Sports Ambassador Conference

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Pictured: Our students at Parkfield

Our students attended an Ambassador Conference this week, held at Parkfield in Paignton. Four of our Gold Ambassadors (Jake Hemming, Olivia Morrison, Abbie Sykes and Elley Croft) organised part of the event with great success.  The day was broken down into sections for the silver ambassadors to learn and improve aspects of being a great ambassador and leader. The twelve Year 10 Silver Ambassadors had hands on experience organising small events and games, planning ideas for the future and writing and delivering speeches/ideas.  Two more of our students (Tuesday Toghill and Josh Guise) received particular praise by the Gold Ambassador Organisers and came back with new Polo Tops as well as their new skills.  All of our students represented the school fantastically well on the day!

 

 

Year 10 GCSE Photography Website

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Pictured: GCSE Photography home page

Our GCSE Photography students have a website in which they share their work and interact with their peers and teachers.  There are lots of examples of excellent work from our students as well as useful hints and tips to help any budding photographers out there.  To have a look for yourselves follow the link below:

http://torquayacademygcsephotography.weebly.com/

 

 

Frisbee Lunch Club

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Pictured: Students during the lunchtime Frisbee club

Many students tried Frisbee club for the first time this week. The club, running every Friday lunch time, has been up and running for a few weeks now and more and more students are getting involved.  Miss Melrose, who plays Frisbee for a team out of school, runs the lunch time club and hopes to be able to enter a school team into future competitions.  Year 9 student, Jason O’rourke, took part for the first time this week and here’s what he had to say: “It was really fun to learn something new. I learnt the basics of how to throw a Frisbee and will definitely be going back next week”.  I encourage any student who is up for a challenge to come to Frisbee club next Friday and give it a go!

 

 

Year 7 hats!

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Our Year 7 students have just finished a project to design hats inspired by the work of Phillip Treacy and Stephen Jones. They were using the theme of Under the Sea. As you can see there were some brilliant designs!

 

 

5 Sports 5 Days! Free Sports for our Students

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All students are welcome to take advantage of our new, free, sporting timetable after school.  Starting this week, we are now offering 5 sports on 5 days for free to young people at the school.

 

 

Students Meeting a Gold Medallist

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Pictured: Olympic Gold Medalist, Natalie Melmore

Our top leadership students met Natalie Melmore (Gold Medallist at the Delhi Commonwealth Games in Bowls) at the Silver Ambassador Conference this week.  Natalie spoke about her struggle to get recognition as a young athlete, especially in a sport traditionally thought of being played by the older generation. She discussed the qualities she needed to facilitate her rise to the top of her sport and how they resemble the key points of being a Young Ambassador. Most pointedly Natalie explained how powerful the idea of saying YES to opportunities is and how this was a key theme for her young experience.  Unpaid coaches, leaders and organisers gave her the opportunity to take up Bowls and her coach saw her talent and motivated her to keep playing and training hard. This dogged determination from her coach spread to Natalie that stays with her to this day. Natalie hopes to be picked for this year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in the singles event.  Our students loved speaking with Natalie and gained inspiration from her story.

We all wish Natalie all the best for this year!