Life Drawing Masterclass
26 students ranging from Year 9 to Year 13 took part in the first of 10 life drawing masterclass sessions after school from 4.30 to 6.30pm. Despite some initial nerves they immersed themselves in the process of mark-making and recording from direct observation, with some brilliant results. The two hour session produced some outstanding work. All of the participants were fully engaged in the activity and they are all well on the way to securing themselves a top A grade for their dedication and enthusiasm. Well done to all those who took part.
Borrowing legs of a friend !!
Morgan Lewis in Year 10 borrows the legs of her friend Courtney Brown to create her “Splash sculpture, she has entered this in the Saatchi international schools art competition 2017 we wish her well.
Bright sparks Louis Ruegg and Abbie Sykes from Year 13 embark on large scale welded steel sculptures as part of their art and design coursework. Their sculptures will be sited within the college environs and will stand as a legacy to their time spent here. We wish them well in their future endeavours.
County Cup Football
On Monday the Year 8 football team overcame a stubborn Paignton 4-2 (after extra time) in the Quarter Final of the County Cup. For much of the match, we were far from our best although just about shaded the first half and led through Josh Watt’s left footed strike from distance. We did not really get going at all in the second half and quickly found ourselves pegged back to 1-1 after a cracking Paignton equaliser from the edge of the box. We were then indebted to goalkeeper Harrison Lee who made 3 exceptional saves as we struggled to play against the wind. It was of no surprise when Paignton took the lead with 5 minutes remaining; we did not clear a corner kick and in the resulting melee the ball was lashed in. We immediately threw skipper Ryan Wilson up front and he gave us an instant reaction, beating the last defender with a nice piece of skill before slotting home (the boys say that Jonesy Mourinho does it again!).
So to extra time, which was all about us. Mr Jones asked TA to play with more intensity and hunger which they certainly did, completely dominating the extra time period. After hitting the crossbar already, Reece Shaw let fly with a fierce right footed effort that soared into the top corner. With TA pressing and creating chances, Ryley Steele then put the game to bed with a cool finish after good work from Josh Watt and Will Makinson.
We have played better this season, but the boys showed real fight and determination in extra time to grind out a difficult win against a good side.
MOM: Harrison Lee
The Year 7 football team put on a dominant display on Tuesday to beat Westexe in the County Cup Quarter Final 9-1. TA bossed proceedings from first minute to last in what Mr Jones described as ‘probably the best all-round performance he has seen at Torquay Academy’. TA struck the crossbar 3 times and the Westexe goalkeeper made at least 3 excellent saves as despite some outstanding, high intensity passing play we could not score. We eventually made a breakthrough late in the half though as Caine Lee showed determination to ride a couple of challenges and slot past the goalkeeper. This was soon followed by a brilliant individual goal from Ben Aldous.
The second half followed similar suit, with TA passing the ball around with tempo, confidence and flair with more goals then coming from Ben Aldous (2) Sean Brown (2) Charlie Charlesworth (2) and Owen Thomas. An exceptional performance from the whole squad. Particular mentions to Caine Lee, Sean Brown and Charlie Charlesworth who had their best games so far, and to Ryan Johns Kouadio and Harry Lee who continue to excel and lead by example.
MOM – Ben Aldous. The tricky winger was simply unstoppable today and deserved his hat-trick
On the 18th February 2017 Kacy Fairhurst took part in the ITF Spring National Championships at the sports village at Bath university. Kacy firstly took part in doing her patterns and got through to the final round but lost the last round. Kacy came away with a Bronze medal for her patterns. Kacy then moved onto her sparring which was tough but Kacy never gave up and subsequently walked away after two intensive matches with a Silver medal. A very long day had by all. Very well done Kacy !!
I was pleased to hand out a large number of certificates this week to students. Well done to all.
Bronze – (not in order) Oliver Stoneman, Macie Simmonds, Maddie Alder-Howson, Leah Harman, Tyler Urch, Lauren Bowden, Alfie Sams, Azize Isufi, Troy Seddon, Sean Brown, Georgia Davies, Ellie Mitchell, Jack Manley, Hanah Wood, Esther Cox, Charli Sims, Scott Rhodes, Angel Peagam, Mateusz Baczynski, Kayleigh Wilson, Oliver Palmer
Silver – Benjamin Arscott, Beth Rivers, Sana Shah,Emily Johns
Gold – Ellis Knowles
Students of the Week
Students of the week this week are: James Vooght, Harrison Lee, Georgia Large, Aston Hutchings, Hayden Rowe and Sana Shah.
Torre and Upton Community Partnership
Torre and Upton Community Partnership have just published their new FB page. Please click and like, so that they can keep in touch with as many people as possible in the area.