From Lion King to Pineapple, Biking and Greenpower Cars!

Science GCSE Pre-Exam Briefing

15.06.18 Science

Hard-working Year 11 students paying close attention to their biology exam briefing just before they go into their exam rooms to show what they have learned.  Students impress their teachers every time we do this – the whole year group sat in complete silence taking in the last minute key facts and tips.


Pineapple Studios, Lyceum Theatre and The Lion King!

On Wednesday this week our Performing Arts Academy travelled to London for what students have described as “an experience of a lifetime” and “a day I will never forget!”

The PAA students and set off from TA at 8:30am on Wednesday morning en route for London. Although the journey took almost 7 hours the students’ spirits were not dampened in the slightest as they literally bounced off the coach with excitement when I met them in London! Miss Pappin and I then walked the students to Covent Garden where they gazed in awe at numerous street theatre acts and soaked up the atmosphere of London’s creative hub. Before we knew it, it was time to leave Covent Garden and it’s various magicians and statue artists and make our way to the iconic, world renowned Pineapple studios in the West End. Here our students were lucky enough to take part in a Music and Movement workshop led by Disney’s very own Teaching Artists. During the workshop the PAA members actually got to perform material from The Lion King! They spent almost 2 hours exploring one-of-a-kind choreography and music – inspired by the evocative rhythms of Africa – from the award-winning show which culminated in a mind blowing performance from our students!

After all of that singing and dancing there was just enough time for us to get some dinner before we made our way across the West End to the Lyceum Theatre to watch the award winning The Lion King show live on stage. From the minute the opening curtain went up revealing a stunning sunrise, two 18 feet tall giraffes and a huge elephant you could hear the students’ catch their breath… it was clear from that moment on this show was going to be like nothing they’ve ever experienced before! From one jaw dropping moment to the next the show was out of this world. One of the PAA summed it up as “the most totally epic, awesome experience of my life!”
Although we didn’t arrive back to TA until 3am Thursday morning everyone would agree it was absolutely worth it!

The Performing Arts Academy is one of two academies within the Creative Arts department, the other being the Music Academy. A major focus of both academies, Miss Pappin tells me, is to raise the aspirations of our most able students by providing them with opportunities and experiences beyond that of the classroom to learn from the best. This follows the Music Academy workshop/concert last month with professional duo Sound of the Sirens.


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Year 5 Activity Days

This week we held two Year 5 Activity Days. We run these days every year (we have two more next week) and invite local primary schools to bring their Year 5 children to experience a day at TA. Almost 200 children spent Wednesday and Thursday with us this week, and had sample lessons in PE, Science, Performing Arts and Technology, inbetween sampling what our wonderful canteen has to offer! The children and staff had a wonderful time and we hope to see more of the children and their parents at our upcoming Year 5 Open Days.



 Year 9 French Homework

Jack Shirlow, Year 9

This video is an answer to a GCSE French exam question. The topic this cycle is ‘la ville et la campagne’ (‘town and country’) and students are expected to be able to talk about where they live including what there is/isn’t in their town and region and what we can /can’t do there. This piece of work is outstandingnot only because of the quality of the language, but also because of the presentation. Jack is working above his end of year target and is  set to succeed in his French GCSE.  Bien joué Jack!


Team TA Sports Roundup

 Harley’s Football Success

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Harley Sneap in Year 7 has had a great season with his Sunday football team. This season he challenged himself by playing up a year for Stoke Gabriel under 13’s and helped them do the double, winning the league and the pioneer cup for the first time.  Congratulations, Harley!



Congratulations to three of our girls for their great efforts at the recent Devon School Championships, Elyse Leech managed to qualify for the next steps towards the National Championships with a fine run in the 200 metres, she has also been selected to represent Devon in the relay.  Georgia Davies performed very well to finish 5th in both the 100 metres and 200 metres, posting a personal best for the 200 metres and narrowly missing out on selection for the next round.   Emma Harrison came third in her 800 metre race and was agonisingly close to the National finals qualifying time, she still has a couple of years in this age group to put that right. However undeterred she competed in the Collaton Footacre 1 mile race that very same night and finished in 1st place.  She also competed in the Devon Open Mile event on Sunday and finished 1st in her age group. An incredible weekend. Well done to all three girls.

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Congratulations to Angus Graham, Year 7, who followed up his recent second place in Gloucester with another fine performance finishing third in the South West of England region Vale Tridents Triathlon in Faringdon last Sunday.

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On Tuesday, the Year 9 girls played a rounders tournament of 9 games at Stover. Out of those 9 games, they managed to win 5 of those. Throughout the whole day, they all showed exceptional batting and fielding and despite the loses they kept their heads up high. Altogether the girls worked well together as a team and were able to play any position on the field without it affecting the game, showing very good skill. Specifically, the last two games against Kingsbridge and Dartmouth showed the girls playing very well with them winning the game against Kingsbridge by 4 and a half rounders with 9 rounders altogether, and winning against Dartmouth by 4 rounders with a finishing score of 8 and a half.
Well done to all involved. Player of the tournament scoring in every game she played was captain Georgia Davies. Her performance was also commented on by a number of different teachers from opposing schools.



Mountain Biking

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With Ten Tors out of the way walking boots have gone away (until Duke of Edinbrough expeditions anyway…) and the mountain biking equipment has come out!  Dry and dusty trails make for a perfect Friday after school ride. Anyone interested in taking part needs to talk to Mr Brett. Follow @OutdooredTA for more updates and a video once we’ve got enough footage together.


Greenpower Cars

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The Year 7 and 8 students have been honing their green powered racing car design skills in their technology lessons before handing them over to be put through their paces against each other. They have been launched buy an air powered launch device to see whose car travels farthest, straightest and fastest.  This project raises awareness of environmentally friendly transport solutions that they are likely to encounter in the future and leads nicely into the Greenpower Formula 24 project that the Automotive Engineering students are taking part in.    Vaughan Curnow of Greenpower came down to talk the students through some of the finer issues of the kit car that the school have taken delivery of,  and the races that they hope to take part in.   The car will be built and developed during an after-school club by a team that has been compiled so watch this space to see how they get on!


 Students of the Week

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Students of the Week this week with Mr Jones and Mr Littler are : Felix Houghton Y8, Ryan Dewey Y10, Millie Ashby-Rosie Y9, Thomas Johnson Y7


Building Update

15.6.18 Building Update

Building works continues at a fast pace.