Summer Extravaganza, Alpacas & Athletics

Summer Extravaganza

On Tuesday we had our Creative Arts Summer Extravaganza.  Students, parents and staff had a visual and musical feast of artwork, sculptures, photography, model making and music.    The music was played on the school bandstand and had everyone clapping and joining in.  The exhibits in the school atrium showed what an incredibly talented group of students we have.  I would like to thank Mr Brinson,  Mr Mathew, Mr Haring, Mrs Lynch and the students for their hard work and the wonderful show of work and performances.


Alpacas in the Bay


Pictured: KS4 Alpaca “Sir Hugo of Torbayus Acadamus”



Pictured: KS3 Alpaca “Kawaii”
A small team of artists have been working on our KS4 alpaca, these include Sammie Dodsworth, Megan Graham, Angel Harper and Ryan Wheeler. Their alpaca is based on a ‘Steampunk’ theme and is part machine, part animal. The students have worked tirelessly on the project giving up every lunchtime and staying after school to get the work complete. Their alpaca is called ‘Sir Hugo of Torbayus Acadamus’
The KS3 alpaca has been designed and worked on by a large group of year 8 students who have worked in intricate detail, exploring ‘Zentangle’ patterns and designs. Once again much of the students free time has been given over to the project and has been completed with the use of Sharpies!  The KS3 alpaca is called ‘Kawaii’ which in Japanese means ‘cute’.

Well done to both teams for producing such original, exciting and brilliant completed alpacas.

The two alpacas will feature in a big spread in the Herald Express on the ‘Torbay Schools Alpaca Trail’.


What you can do in one hour

I am always impressed by the brilliant work done in our Creative Arts department, but I thought I would give you a glimpse into what happens in their lessons day in day.  This group of Year 7s only starting rehearsing this song at the start of the lesson.  I walked by at the end of the hour and recorded the above video.  Such talented students being inspired by amazing teachers.  It sums up TA for me rather nicely.


Athletics News

Year 10 student Elyse Leech equals a 40 year athletics championship record!

Elyse ran the 200m in 26.1 at Exeter Arena on Tuesday, equaling the record set in 1975. Poor conditions might have contributed to Elyse not beating the record as her current 200m P.B is 25.7. Today Elyse is competing at the Nationals in Gateshead; I will update you of her progress next week.

The Torquay Academy athletics squad finished the year with some great results. Well done to everyone for competing in numerous events in a fantastic season!   Records have been broken, tears have been shed, tremendous characters and talent have been identified!!!

Standout performances from Exeter Arena 7th July:

Elyse Leech; 200m- Gold

Courtney Sunderland; Final 100m- Silver

Jack Nadin; Final -100m

Krisjanis Rumnieks; Final 100m, Javelin-Silver

Josh Haydock; Shotput-Silver

Bradley Mellish; 1500m-Outstanding Endeavour

Kasey Lyon; Shotput 4th

Phoebe Warren:Javelin-Bronze


Friends of Upton Park

Santi Ramirez

Mr Chris Thomas, chairman of ‘The Friends of Upton Park’ visited the Performing Arts department last Friday to award a photography prize to one of our Year 10 students Santi Ramirez.
Santi took part in a photographic competition instigated by Mr Thomas, to capture the flora and fauna of Upton Park, which in turn is to be featured on their website. Santi shot a collection of high quality images that captured the varied colours, textures and patterns found in the park. Santi was also awarded a voucher to spend on getting his photographs printed at Truprint.  Well done, Santi.


Year 7 Assembly

Y7 Assembly

Mr Jones capped off the end of Year 7 with a celebration assembly, to acknowledge all of their wonderful achievements. Oliver Cartwright-Lomax performed a brilliant version of ‘See You Again’ before all of the students were congratulated for the various successes; from the sports arena to the classroom. Prizes, certificates, trophies and medals awarded to student for the following:

Top 10 Praise point achievers have set consistently high standards of work, and demonstrated outstanding effort across all areas of the curriculum

Star of the Week Raffle winners – each tutor has nominated a group member each academic week, and they were all entered into the draw.

Winners were Rosin Payne, Natasha Gregory and Charlie Runciman.


Culture and Beliefs – Mock Election

Mock Election

Mr. Powell’s Year 8s have been busy over the past few weeks creating their own mock political parties. Pupils were asked to form a party and come up with a party identity and manifesto to show what they would do to improve learning at TA. This amounted in a mock leaders debate and final election.

Congratulations to the Rainbow Leprechauns on winning the majority vote!


History Jack the Ripper

Jack the Ripper

Mr. Powell’s Year 8 History classes have been trying their hand at being detectives this week, investigating the murders of Jack the Ripper. Students looked into each of five ghastly murders committed by Jack the Ripper and took evidence to help their investigations along.


100 Years of Women in the Police




2015 sees the celebration of 100 years women in policing. As part of an enrichment activity for their GCSE History course, six Year 10 students have given up their free time to research, create and present an interactive timeline showing the developments in women’s policing over the past century. The students worked closely with PCSO Martin Rushworth to get hold of historical objects and also serving police officers to come into school and speak to the rest of the student population at lunchtime this week. Led by the six students, others had the chance to try on old uniform through time, raise the alarm using whistles as well as find out what it was like to be arrested both by the old handcuffs and the new.


Lexia Success


A huge congratulations to the students who have completed the Lexia reading programme. Lexia is a part of our extensive literacy intervention and in order to complete the final level students must complete a number of challenging tasks on Latin and Anglo-Saxon vocabulary. We have seen the average reading age of pupils in KS3 skyrocket this year and this is testament to the fantastic work that the students and the literacy team have put in since September.


Coffee and Cake

Fairfield Cake Sale

Fairfield Cakes Fairfield Cakes

Thank you to Fairfields students who rose a substantial amount of money for the Special Care Baby Unit in Exeter. The students produced and created some wonderful cakes and yummy treats that the staff tucked into over a break time chat and coffee. It was such a success that next year we hope to organise a charity coffee and cake morning each half term.


Health & Social Care Cake Sale

H&SC Cakes
A big thank you to staff and students who have raised money for Cancer Research in our coffee and cake morning. It was a wonderful way to end a very busy term, catch up and enjoy some homemade treats.

Well done to the Health and Social Care students who worked hard baking and selling  to raise money for a very worthy charity.