Construction Success, Art Exhibits and We Will Rock You !!

Half Term Break

It has been a very busy half term and we are all looking forward to the half term break from Monday 26th October to Friday 30th October. I hope you have an enjoyable week and  I look forward to welcoming students back into school on Monday 2nd November 2015.


 Construction News

Blog 23.10.15 Owen Cann

Owen Cann has beaten all other construction students from Years 9,10 and 11 by working very well this week and completing work to a very good standard. He has displayed excellent enthusiasm for his studies and has completed a difficult theory assignment ahead of schedule.  Well done Owen !!


International Art Competition

We have entered some year 12 art work into the Saatchi Schools Art Prize 2016. This is both a National and International Art Prize involving thousands of the top students’ artwork from all over Britain and schools from around the world. The overall prize is £2000 to the winning student and a further £10,000 to the Art department. This is an incredibly prestigious event, so we wish our talented students all the very best of luck in the competition. A very high profile exhibition of only the 20 shortlisted art works will be on public show at the Saatchi Gallery in London in February 2016. Closing date for entries of work is the 16th December and it can be in any medium but it must be brilliant. Please see Mr Haring or Mrs Lynch for more details.

Here are some of the examples that we have entered.

You can view the website here.

6th Form Art Exhibition

During the half term holiday there is an exhibition of 6th Form artwork at the Artizan Gallery in Lucius Street, Torquay from 26th – 31st October, 10.30am to 4.30pm. (Monday is by invitation only)  Pop along to see the fantastic work that our students have produced.


We Will Rock You Rehearsals

Blog 23.10.15 We will Rock You Rehearsals

Rehearsals for ‘We Will Rock You’ have commenced for the cast of over 50 pupils ranging from year 7 to year 12. The show will take place in March 2016 and we are hoping for it to be our best yet!
The story of We Will Rock You takes place in a future age on a planet once called Earth that is now controlled by a mighty corporation, Globalization is complete,  Individuality is taboo. Everyone watches the same movies, wears the same clothes and thinks the same thoughts. Music is generated by the corporation’s computers, rock music is unheard and all musical instruments are banned. The hope of breaking free rests with an unlikely resistance – an alliance of rebel Bohemians, waiting for a hero to lead the battle to bring the power of rock back to the people.
With lead roles played by Dan Williams (Yr 12), Gabrielle Baker (Yr9), Emily Haddon (Year 10), Ashley Stott (Yr 10), Jessica Mitchell (Yr 8), Oliver Cartwright- Lomax (Yr 8) and Jake Mitchell (Yr 7) the show is set to be a ‘rocking success’ !


Designing Mosques

Year 8 and 9 students have been studying Islam this term.  They have produced some really high quality pieces of homework and Mrs Langler has been impressed by some of the learning that has been shown.

Students had to design, create and label a mosque and it’s features and here are some examples. Pictures of student work shown include: Poppy Bell, Roisin Payne, Scarlett Williams and Ella Squibb, Nyah Silvester and Lauren Courtenay, and Hussan Hussain.


Award for Outstanding Performance


Elyse Leech receiving her award at the Toorak Hotel last Saturday evening,   This was awarded for all her titles this year and getting to English Schools (Nationals) which she also ran in the Summer at Bedford,  this was an  International.  Elyse has gone up an age group and was one of the younger ones in the under 17’s category.  She is Devon County Champion and Devon County School Champion over the 100m and 200m.   Elyse was also 2nd in the S.W. Championships. This is a tremendous achievement and we are all very proud of Elyse, well done !!


6th Form Football News

They progressed into the third round of the National Cup with a wonderful 4 – 1 victory over Torquay Boys’ Grammar School.  They will be training hard over hard term as they will have their next match against Exmouth on the first Monday back after the break.  They also travelled to Truro and Penwith College in Penzance for a league match on Wednesday.  Playing only a few miles from Lands End they secured a 3 – 1 victory, which now sees them sitting 2nd in the National College League behind Exeter College.  Their hard work is certainly paying off.


Round up of Netball at Torquay Academy


Torquay Academy Netball teams have been in  out in full force over the last few weeks.

The second of the year 8 Central Venues was held here early last week. This saw over 12 schools from around the area attend Torquay Academy to compete in the Tournament. The girls played well and are starting to form well as a team. Some fantastic interceptions from Zane and Ella at GK and Casey at GD saw the ball being passed into attack well. Libby Kenneford was the star of the tournament at Centre where she linked the play nicely to attack and her continual effort and hard work on the court deserves a special mention.

The year 7s had their first friendly match against STCM last Wednesday. With over 10 players making their debut for Torquay Academy. This meant that lots of different combinations were tried and I’m excited to work with the girls to develop their potential for the up and coming tournaments. Special mention must go to Georgia Davies who scored some fantastic shots, Sophie Rick and Molly Stimpson who made lots of interceptions in defence which helped us to secure a draw with the score ending 5-5. Well done girls.

The year 10s also have been busy playing against STCM last Wednesday aswell as competing in their CVL tournament at TGGS this Wednesday. The girls have worked really well and were unfortunate to lose out to both Coombeshead and Trinity with shots scored in both matches in the last 10 seconds causing them to be beaten by 1. However they ended on a positive note beating Dartmouth in their final game. Great performances from Ocea Jackson Graves and Aleysha Bluck.  Great team performances from all the girls.

Year 7 Rugby

Blog 23.10.15 Ye 7 Rugby

Another brilliant week for year 7 Rugby. A squad of 35 highly committed students went to TBGS for a cluster tournament on Tuesday. They recorded wins against Trinity School and Cuthbert Mayne but more importantly they are developing their understanding and passion for the game. Standout tries were scored from Ryley Steele, Matty Leighton, Scott Rowe and Callum Crocker.  With record numbers of year 7’s at training and matches we look forward to building on the superb attitude shown by all. We are hosting are own tournament the first week back and also have an all day tournament the following Friday at Brixham.

Well done to all the year 7’s who have participated with such enthusiasm over the last 8 weeks!!


Science Homework

Blog 23.10.15 Science Homework

Year 7 students proudly present their accurate three-dimensional models of the inside of a plant cell.  These particular students chose materials to help explain in some detail what parts of the cell are like.  Well done all who took part in this project.


Blog 23.10.15 Science Homework2

Elizabeth Cook (Year 9) showing her model of the cross section of a leaf. The model shows a talent for art as well as scientific accuracy!


Stars of the Week

Blog 23.10.15 Star of Week

Stars of the week for this week pictured with myself, Mr Withers, Mrs Powell and Mrs Nicol are: Lizzy Harris, Lucy Woolacott, Angel Harper, Tanesha Powell and Ali Wood