TA in the Headlines!
Following the release of the league tables last week we were visited by the Herald Express on Tuesday who took a photograph of our current Year 12s who achieved the wonderful results that placed us in the top 5 in the South West.
Year 10 Dance Leaders
This week our first group of Year 10 Dance leaders visited Torre Primary school as their first experience of working with primary school children. Following much planning within lessons, the group was able to confidently lead warm up activities, a dance motif to teach and a performance at the end. All girls were absolutely brilliant and loved working with the little ones aged 6-7 years. Particular mention has to go to Annie Mills, Becky Vinson, Kasey Dickson, Leigh Skeffington and Courtney Brown who showed a natural flair and engagement with the youngsters. After half term our second group go on their first visit, which i am sure will be equally impressive.
Year 7 Music Lesson
MUSIC DEPARTMENT SHOWS OFF MUSICAL FUTURES’ “JUST PLAY”
On Tuesday, Mr. Brinson was fortunate enough to attend the annual Music Learning Revolution conference hosted by Musical Futures at the Royal Academy of Music in Manchester. This conference was a chance for over one hundred music teachers in the country to get together and share ideas and techniques throughout various sessions organised by Musical Futures.
Whilst at the conference, Mr. Brinson observed an incredible Primary school performance of the song “Ho Hey” by the Lumineers as part of Musical Futures’ “Just Play” resource that has been spreading across the country. Mr. Brinson said he came back so inspired and full of new ideas from this day that he knew instantly knew he had to get some of our students doing the exact same thing over at TA.
This performance was put together in just thirty minutes using the Just Play approach and involves the Year 7 students using chairs to create one big drum kit by each playing a specific part – a wonderful group of singers then kindly volunteered to sing over the top of this, with everyone chanting “HO” and “HEY” in unison to keep the piece in time.
As a Musical Futures Champion School, this is just one of many incredible activities and challenges that our Music department allows our students to be a part of. Well done 7Q1!
High Performance Academy
The first of this year’s High Performance Academy sessions took place this week. Brilliantly run by Mrs Brimming and Miss Elson, it was a journey to the nine circles of hell as described in Dante’s Inferno, the first part of the fourteenth-century poem Divine Comedy. The students were told how the book came to be written, and about its place in the literary canon, before finding out about each of the circles. They discovered about the journey described in the story, and learned about the different souls in each one. The photo shows the students identifying the appropriate punishment that was meted out in each circle. Despite the morbid subject matter, it was delivered with wit, and it helped the students understand an important work of medieval European literature.
If you saw Torquay United play against Woking in the FA Cup last weekend you may have recognised one of their players from my blog. Connor Stewart, who is in year 13 and part of our Football Academy, was selected by Torquay United. Wearing the squad number 24, he featured on the bench. Being picked for a professional side at 17 is a huge coup for both him and the Football Academy.
Tuesday saw the first girls’ first football fixture of the year with two teams, one from year 7, and one combined year 8 and 9, take on teams from Cuthbert Mayne. Training sessions for all ages have been well attended so far and the enthusiasm continued onto the pitch for the matches. The year 7 team dominated possession throughout, and twice struck the post in a high tempo match. An exciting first half finished 0-0 despite numerous great attacks from Team TA, before a thunderous Keanna Cann strike broke the deadlock just before she was withdrawn with an injury. TA pressure continued before a Cuthbert goal drew them level. The game ended 1-1, all of the girls played a big part in the performance and the game was hugely enjoyed by all. The year 8/9 team played a Cuthbert team containing some outstanding individuals who represent Devon, but completely outplayed them running out 8-1 winners with goals from Wiki Jarosz, Scarlett Williams, Shannon Crawford and Caitlin Mortimore. Fixtures will come thick and fast now for the girls so watch this space….
Year 7 Team
Torquay Academy Year7 rugby team travelled to Churston Ferrers Grammar School on the west side of the Bay and played three matches against Brixham, Tower House and Spires. We won one, lost one and drew one. Man of the match was Jacob Luscombe against Tower House for his outstanding tackling. Well done gents lots to work on but another great away trip.
The Year 8 rugby squad continued their unbeaten start to the season with another 4 way tournament win. TA secured victories in all their matches against Churston Grammar School, Teign and Cuthbert Mayne. On the first Thursday back after half term we travel to South Dartmoor to try to gain our 2nd win in the new South Devon Premier Schools League we have been promoted to. Thank you to our Year 13 student, Will Saunders, who refereed a number of games on Tuesday to an excellent standard. TA recently put him through his level 1 rugby officiating course earlier in the term. Well done!
The Year 8’s annual house dodgeball event took place on Thursday evening with another great turn out. Both boys and girls from each house battled it out in the event which is proving to be extremely popular. Brunel remain champions for the second year in a row!! Well done to everyone who participated.
Also, congratulations to all the Year 7’s who participated in their first house dodgeball tournament on Monday. Congratulations to Kitson who now hold the Year 7 dodgeball title !!
As reported last week it is always nice to hear of our students sporting successes outside of school. One student who has continually demonstrated that she has what is takes to be successful in her field is Year 12 student and athlete Elyse Leech. She is seen here with the Performance of the Year Award for Torbay Athletics Club which she recently won for her success in winning the South West Schools 200 metres, reaching the semi finals for the English National Championships for 100 metres and 200 metres as well as 8 other titles this year. Well done Elyse, Tokyo 2020 here we come!
Students in years 7 and 8 were sharpening their revision skills in the Sports Hall this week. Mr Pugh, Miss Sanders and Mrs Mortimore showed them different techniques to support their independent learning from the knowledge organisers including mind maps and memory palaces. They then had a chance to try them out in their practice books.
They were also shown some of the best examples of homework completed so far this cycle and reminded that they are learning vital study habits that will prepare them for university if they choose this path later in life. I have been very impressed with the homework students have completed so far and I’m sure they will be rewarded with fantastic test results at the end of the cycle.
6th Form Assambly
Amazing celebration assembly this morning for the 6th form with certificates and badges handed out for attendance, punctuality and also subject awards where students have shown a positive attitude and have worked really hard. Also a huge thank you to the music department and the fantastic students who performed for the first time in front of a crowd, they provided an amazing atmosphere and it was a real show case of their talent. Well done to our whole sixth form for a really positive start to the year!
Students of the Week
Students of the week with myself, Mr Jones and Mr Withes are : Archie Hodgeson-Hunt, Joe Reynolds, Connor Wakely, Thomas Full, Maddi Wannell.