Enterprise, Ten Tors, Swimming Success & Year 11 Revision

Ten Tors Team First Camping Walk


Pictured: Students having a well-earned rest during their training on the moor

The weekend started for our Ten Tors Team on the North West side of Dartmoor near Standon Farm for the first camp of the 2014 training season. Fortunately the weather was very kind to them with blue skies and glorious sunshine.

On the first day students walked 20km across arduous terrain carrying a fully loaded rucksacks with enough food, clothes and water for the whole weekend, as well as a tent, stove and fuel for cooking. On the Saturday night they wild camped at Holming Beam near to Princetown. Students prepared gourmet feasts on their meths fuelled Trangias – I am told that Italian pasta was their favourite.  Their second day started at first light with a stunning sunrise over the Dartmoor hills at 6am. After a porridge and croissant breakfast, students walked a further 10km at record pace finishing up in Princetown. Both Mr Toorneini and Mr Brett were extremely proud of all who took part. The next training camp will take place on 22nd – 23rd March where students will be walking over 35km.



Year 11 Revision Hub


Pictured: The Year 11 GCSE Revision Hub on our website

The all-important GCSE examinations draw ever closer and our students are hard at work revising for their mock exams. To help both students and parents we have created a Year 11 GCSE Revision Hub on our website – to access the revision hub please click here.  The revision hub has many revision resources and materials as well as guidance on how to study and be successful during the examination period.  Mr Pugh would like to remind our Year 11 students that next week we have the Pre-Public Exams, for all GCSE subjects. The exam timetable can be found on the Year 11 exam board in school.  Mr Pugh and I are more than happy to offer additional support and advice to students, so please feel free to come and see either of us at school.



Year 11 Revision with Miss Cape


Pictured: Miss Cape and our students, dedicating their free time to revision

I was delighted to see so many students after school this week to attending revision sessions with Miss Cape.  Miss Cape would love to see even more faces at her revision sessions, so please feel free to attend any of the after school sessions listed below:

Geography – H13 Monday 3.00pm – 4.00pm
Humanities – H14 Monday and Friday 3.00pm – 4.00pm
History – H14 Wednesday 3.00pm – 4.00pm



Year 10 Parents’ Evening


Picture: Mr Harries during a Parents’ Evening Appointment

This week it was the year 10’s who had their Parents’ Evening.  It was great to see so many parents and students come into school for their appointments.  Feedback from everyone on the night was excellent and I know that our students will benefit from the targets set by their teachers.



Abbie Powell Swimming Success


Pictured: Abbie Powell with a hand full of medals!

Year 10 student, Abbie Powell, came to show me the medals she had recently won at the Torquay Leander Club Championships Swimming Gala.  Abbie won a total of 17 medals (8 silver and 9 bronze) in a range of different strokes and distances, which is really impressive!  Abbie, who has been swimming competitively since she was 8 years old said “my best stroke is butterfly but I am strong in most of the different strokes”.  She continued: “I would like to thank my coaches at Torquay Leander Swimming Club for all the time they have spent working with me and for putting up with me six times a week!”  Well done Abbie!



Year 8 Enterprise Day


Pictured: Employers revealing their job roles to Year 8 Students after the ‘What’s my line?’ challenge

Year 8 students enjoyed an enterprise event this week. Employees were invited from varying sectors of business including construction, hospitality, events and education.  The morning started with a ‘What’s my Line?’ exercise in the assembly hall, where students were invited to try and work out what job each employee had by only hearing a brief description from them. Later, their role was revealed and students had the opportunity to ask a number of questions relating to their specific jobs. This enabled the students to learn a lot more about what their jobs entail, the qualifications needed and the possible career paths in each profession.  Students enjoyed the event “It was an interesting morning. I really liked listening to the Hotel Manager as I learnt more about his job” said Joshua Hurrel in Year 8.  Mrs Gisburn added “The event has helped to raise the motivation and awareness of potential career paths for our students, who will be the work force of the future”.



5 Sports, 5 Days – Free for Young People


Pictured: One of our students enjoying the free Archery session that takes place each Friday

We have had a great response to the free sports for young people since its launch a few weeks ago.  There are still spaces available in our free sporting sessions that take place after school each day. Sports include Football, Netball, Archery, Badminton and Basketball. If you would like to know more, including times, visit the Sports Centre page on our website by clicking here.



D of E Cake Decorating


Pictured: Students during the After School Duke of Edinburgh Cake Decorating challenge

As part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award, students took part in a cake decorating challenge after school on Tuesday this week.  Students have chosen the topic of cooking to complete the skills section of the D of E Award. Cake decorating forms part of the chosen skill as well as baking cakes, preparing and cooking main meals, pastries and many other recipes chosen by the students.  It’s not too late to join the cooking sessions. If there are any students that are interested in this subject, speak to Mrs Peters or simply go along; they meet every Tuesday in room C17 3.00 -4.30pm.



Steven Harris – Young Carers

Young Carers champion, Steven Harris enjoyed a weekend at Fairthorne Manor in Southampton this week, where he joined other Young Carers Champions to learn about media.  Over the three days, the Young Carers were set the task of filming a particular subject; Steven’s subject was careers. The task allowed the Young Carers to learn about filming techniques, editing techniques and how to deal with the media as an interviewer or interviewee.  Steven enjoyed the weekend “it was really fun. I enjoyed talking to lots of different people, spending time with other Young Carers and being in front and behind the camera”.

Young Carers worker, Lisa Bishop who works closely with us in school said “Steven is really proactive with his involvement in the lunch club. He is a great role model for other students and any new Young Carers who are new to the service in school”.

Young Carers lunch club runs every Thursday lunchtime in room C12.



Shakespeare School Festival Meeting


Pictured: Mr Miller explaining to students what the festival is all about

Mr Miller met with students this week to talk about The Shakespeare Schools Festival.  The Shakespeare Schools’ Festival is a fantastic opportunity for students to be involved with a really exciting project, it is the UK’s largest youth theatre festival.  It offers students the chance to perform an abridged version of one of Shakespeare’s plays, in a professional theatre, alongside other schools in the area. This means that not only do they get to perform their play, but they will be able to watch three others as well.   As part of the experience we will also attend a workshop day, where the students involved have the opportunity to develop their performances under the guidance of professional directors, before putting what they learn from the day into use in the final performance.



Sports Round Up

Taz Turner Boxing Success


Pictured: Year 8 student Taz Turner

Year 8 student and Torbay ABC fighter, Taz Turner has made it through to the quarter finals of the National Schoolboy Championships after winning the western Counties title last week. Taz produced a “confident, clever boxing display” and won by a unanimous point’s decision. Well done Taz!


Year 9 Football Team are through to the final of the South Devon Cup for a 3rd consecutive year after beating Paignton Community and Sports Academy this week.  The boys (pictured below) are the current holders of the South Devon cup after winning the competition in both year 7 and year 8!  After an uncertain start, with some unlucky near misses, the boys really started to feel comfortable in the second half and scored the three goals that secured them the win.  The boys will now play in the final (tba) hoping to hold on to their title for a third year running!


Pictured: Our Year 9 Football Team before their Semi Final match


Year 8 Netball Team played in their end of season tournament this week. The girls had a mixture of results and finished an overall 5th place. Unfortunately this means that they miss out on playing in the semi-final, although they are now looking forward to watching Team Bath next week in the Super League!