This is the last blog of this academic year. The year has been a full and exciting year with a vast array of things going on. I hope that you all have a restful break and I look forward to September when we will be welcoming our new students into the community and welcoming existing students back.
Monday 5th September 2016 – Year 7 and Year 12 students only
Tuesday 6th September 2016 – rest of students return
A Level and Year 11 Results
A Level Results – can be collected on Thursday 18th August from 8.00 am until 12 noon.
Year 11 exam results – can be collected on Thursday 25th August from 8.30 am until 12 noon.
Results that are not collected will be posted to the address that we have on the system.
The last week of term saw students doing a whole range of activities for Activities Week.
Camping at Woodlands
Mrs Tanner and Mrs Haines took 7 Yr 12 students from 6th form to Woodlands for the night to camp. After putting up the three huge tents (girl power) in the rain, one crumbing and falling down, all were restored in time to go and play.
They went into the park and enjoyed the Trauma Terror Ride, Huge Pirate Ship ride, pedal boats and the Toboggan run to name a few.
The evening saw a BBQ cooked by Mrs Haines after the sixth formers had been shopping for all of the food, which they really enjoyed.
An evening stroll to see the lamas before bedding down for the night. Jordan Smith was turning 17 years old the next day so cake for breakfast – of course!
They had a wonderful day and night and were a real credit to the 6th form.
6th Form Art & Photography Students Enjoy Some Good Old ‘Banksy’
This week saw the Art & Photography AS and A level students having a fabulous ‘Arts week’ starting with a trip to Bristol. Here the students found many pieces of intriguing street art, including this famous Banksy piece ‘Well hung man’. The students then went on to spend a couple of days drawing, painting and taking photographs at sites on Dartmoor and Bantham Beach. The students were a credit to Mrs Lynch and Mr Haring and are all very excited about starting their courses in September.
Bake Off Success
A wonderful week for the students who signed up for the Great British Bake Off at TA. Mrs Spiller and Mrs Gibbings took on the role of Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry inspiring the students to plan, create and bake delicious bread and yummy cakes. Throughout the week students focused on creating the perfect product; Monday was Cake Day and Sophie Baker took first prize; Tuesday Calle Rae pipped others to first position, Wednesday, Chloe Martin took first and then Thursday Nichole Abell proved to be the winner.
Friday was the BIG Day and the tension was palpable, who was going to be the ultimate winner? Well after a long and hot day in the kitchen the judges arrived to taste and admire all the different products. A big thank to Mrs Powell’s father who was our Chief Taster, I was his less than glamorous assistant, after trying and testing all the cakes and breads it was announced that the winner of the competition was Poppy Hodgson.
Flying high at Butlins in Minehead during activities week.
Film Club students have spent their time as film producers this week; they were involved in pre-production on Monday, out on location on Tuesday and editing their films on Wednesday ready for Thursday’s film premier! Here they are filming at the historic Torre Abbey:
They also squeezed in time to watch the Manhattan Film festival at the Blue Walnut Cinema.
Students enjoyed taking to the water……very brave !!!!
Our music students performed on Babbacombe Downs.
Students and teachers all had a fantastic week of fun filled activities on a tour of the finest theme parks in the South West. Trips to Butlins, Plymouth Pavillions, Crealy, Woodlands and Splashdown had us running, jumping, screaming, go-karting, swimming, water-fluming, ice-skating, free fall sliding, fairground attracting and roller-coastering!
Asked for their thoughts on the week, students said…
“No one thought we could ice skate but we showed them how to do it!”
“We got very wet the entire week on all the brilliant rides!”
“We’ve made loads of new friends and learnt how to get wet very quickly!”
“It’s great to be responsible for each other and have the freedom to go around all the rides.”
Thanks to everyone for making it such a brilliant week!
One of the on site activities available this week has been the chance to make sock monkeys. Students worked with Ms Radford and Miss Martin to make these delightful stuffed toys from a pair of socks.
After months of planning, searching, asking and sometimes begging employers, coupled with the occasional nag from Mrs Hadden, the Year 10 Work experience week finally arrived. Almost all of our Year 10 students managed to secure placements, ranging from construction to charity shop work, in Paignton, Torquay, Brixham, Dartmouth, Exeter and Plymouth. We even had one student in Walsall!
Mr Grinsill, Mrs Powell and Mrs Hadden, with the help of Mrs Heal and Mrs Lancaster had the pleasure of spending the week visiting the students within their workplace. Feedback from the students and Employers can only be described as amazing! They have all really embraced the opportunities given to them and have given it their all! We would like to offer sincere thanks to those Employers who supported our students.
I speak for all of us, when I say how proud we all are of our Year 10 students. You are a credit to yourselves and Torquay Academy. We hope this can be the first step on the ladder to success for all of you.
Well done all of you. Enjoy the rest, and stay safe during your well deserved summer holidays!!
Focus Five Project
Over the last couple of months a small group of Year 10 students have been involved in a Business Partnership Project working towards a recognised qualification. They have had business mentors who have taken the time to support and direct our Year 10’s in their right direction. This Focus Five Project has been a great success at Torquay Academy and our students were outstanding. They celebrated their achievements with an evening at the Livermead House Hotel where family and friends could congratulate them and help celebrate their success.