Farewell to Year 13
Year 13 came back into school this afternoon for a farewell assembly. We had lunch together followed by the assembly. In the assembly, we were treated to three amazing performances by the Year 13 students. The first of the three videos below is a song they have written. I think that, like them, it is brilliant!
I will admit to them having a special place in my heart as they were the first Year 7 group to join the school after I started. I could not be more proud of the young men and ladies they have grown into. I would like to wish them the very best for the exciting adventures that lie ahead of them.
Year 10 D of E Bronze Awards
Year 12 D of E Awards
National Table Tennis Coach visit to Torquay Academy
Ryan Jenkins, National Youth Table Tennis Coach, visited our school over three days to give extra training to Jakub Piworar, Year 8, who will be competing in the European Junior Championships this July. This was a very prestigious visit to the school as National Coaches are in great demand and their time is precious. Working together for a total of 12 hours, over three days, the training was very intensive but it ensured that Jakub received top quality tuition and worked very hard, competition of this nature is difficult to find in this part of the country. Jakub said “it was great to have the National Coach at my school and home club. I meet Ryan Jenkins mostly nearly every weekend in Nottingham, at the National Squad training sessions, but having him here in Torquay Academy was very special for me, especially as he will be with me at the European Championships in July”.Mrs Piwowar – Torquay Academy Table Tennis Coach – It was a very valuable and useful time for all of us. We all learnt from each other and can now work together in shaping Jakub’s development.
Ryan added “I thoroughly enjoyed my three days at Torquay Academy with Jakub and the wider club. The welcome I received was great and I thrived on the enthusiasm of the players and coaches. The school has great facilities and I was very happy to see what Jakub has at his disposal on a normal weekly basis.I will return and build upon these few days with future visits. Thank you to Mr Margetts and Mr Harries who helped us make this visit possible”.
This half term has seen the year 8 art students studying the amazing work of the street artist Shepard Fairey. The students have explored a variety of different techniques and approaches in this unit of work including photography, digital art, colour reduction and creating their own ‘Obama’s Hope’ style poster.
The students have totally embraced the project, which is part of a wider programme of work exploring Urban Art. Mrs Lynch is delighted with their efforts. Well done year 8!!
UK Dance Success
Olivia Painter in Year 9 took part in the UK Dance Schools’ Final via Zoom on Sunday 23rd May. She had to perform a ballet routine for the judges who adjudicate the technical abilities of the dancer as well as the application of the choreography. Olivia did fantastically well and came 3rd overall. Olivia has previously trained at The Royal Ballet School as part of the Junior Associates programme and looks like all of her hard work and commitment has paid off. Congratulations Olivia!
Year 11 Hospitality and Catering Practical Exams
This week our Year 11s undertook their practical exams, they were fantastic and produced some amazing food!
Here’s a selection of footage from our recent Greenpower trip to Goodwood. It was a real honour to be able to complete and drive around such a historic track!
Year 9 Hospitality & Catering
Another impressive effort from the year nine Hospitality and Catering students. They produced the most beautiful dishes with a focus again on developing their pastry skills and presentation techniques to appeal to the customers of their bistro. I was particularly delighted to see the process involved in producing a rose from a strawberry and the finishing touches in the application of the icing sugar to the dish. Well done Year 9!
There were lots of students and staff staring each other down today!!
Year 7 House Rounders and Year 8 House Cricket
After what seems like an age because of the lockdowns, we were finally able to get back to the serious business of house sports competitions this week. First up was the Year 7 House Rounders and the Year 8 House Cricket. Over 120 boys and girls descended onto the sports fields to represent their houses, what was also nice to see was the amount of support they were given by their form tutors and other teachers. Anyway, after some hard-fought matches, all played in the right spirit the results of overall house competitions are below, well done to all who took part, you did your houses proud.
Here is a video of Serena flipping her pancake in Child development today. They were cooking their second course of their nursery lunch which they had to prepare for a section of their coursework.
Governor’s Platinum Certificates
Year 7 – Millie Sneap
Governor’s Gold Certificates
Year 7 – Eve Cameron and Amelie McCaul
Governor’s Silver Certificates
Year 7 – Amelie Berriman, Charlie Pettit, Brooke Tully, Lisa-Marie Szewczuk and Lydia Bevan
Governor’s Bronze Certificates
Year 7 – Oliver Jones, Bartosz Mitula, Noah Butler, Summer Faulkes, Liam Baillie-Hogan, Joe Taylor, Charlie Grimley, Phoebe Denbow and Lexi Weller
Year 8 – Kevin Vieira and Megan Sellick
Principal’s Gold Certificates
Year 7- Ben Phillips, Ollie Coleman, Dean Conway, Amy Harrison, Nelly Siuchninski, Harry Smith, Harrison Davies, Lenny Mugliston, Christian Cornforth, Wlliam Denega, George Scrimgeour, Isaac Knowles, Caitlin Large, Toby Clark and Callum Jackson
Year 8 – Samuel Stimpson, Lacie Benson, Olivia Kirby and Daisy Gibbings
Year 9 – Shania Blades, Mia Denby, Grave Povey and Ellie Denby
Principal’s Silver Certificates
Year 7 – Lily Corderoy, Billy Wilcox, Harry Taylor, Owen Ingram, Isabella Roberts, Evie Hambleton, Leah Jones, Leo Helmore, Ben Poston, Jaden Morris, Jessica Nicholson, Filip Frankiewicz, Kade Kelly, Austen Bradshaw, Madi Chandler, Adam Wright, Josie Todd, Elvin Fellows, Arisa Bejdo and Sara Mills
Year 8 – Isabella Aguado-Georgian, Olivia Wood, Calen Thomas-Tyrer, Shaun Pinto, Libbie Green, Mitchell Watkins, Luca Cronje, Caleb Spriggs and AJ Alexander
Year 9 – Jazz Povey, Danny Frankum, Sophie Bastow, Vensan Crushcov, Gabriel Prior and Jamie Nunn
Year 10 – Kezia Stanley
Principal’s Bronze Certificates
Year 7 – Leon Mugliston, Sammy Lock, Connor Fortune, Lola Cornock, Athena Rosser, Kacey Young and Kye Giffard
Year 8 – Tyler-Jay Stirling, Alfie Porter, Taylor Holton, Lacy Nicholson, Leah Scott, Lexy McLaurin, Cameron Sturtridge, Sean Crawford, Elliott Mills, Wiktoria Pacholska, Mason Jessup, Verity Griffiths-Howarth, Oliver Huxtable, Jay Jay Henderson, Libby Davies, Logan Churchward, Coral Stewart, Oliver Tillen, Igor Piewiszko, Summer Hapgood, Poppy Wallace-Fisher, Milo Marshall, Oliver Reeves, Luke Le Huray, Jakub Piwowar, Isabella Davies, Skye Richards, Bethany Evans-Rogers, Elise Pile, Harry Watt, Alice Holt, Damien Bratusa, Leo Webley, Mikey Davies and Isabella Davis
Year 9 – Sophie Dension, Ethan Sanders, Amy Hoskin, Charlie Pope, Megan Dorling, Oliver Sutton, Tyler Bayliss, Max Beer and Ethan Sanders
Year 10 – Mason Payne, Zoe Manley, Kieran Towell, Clayton Gagg, Lottie Hodgson, Chloe Sillis and Madelyn Palmer-Kerslake
Students of the Week
Year 7 – Bastian Johns-Kouadio and Bella Giffard
Year 8 – Michalina Jarosz
Year 9 – Jeb Whatley
Year 10 – Holly Smith
Year 11 –
Sixth Form –
House Stars of the week
Brunel – JJ Cossey
Christie – George Scrimgeour
Darwin – Lucas West
Fawcett – Theo Hardman
Harrison – Chloe Hollis
Kitson – Letoja Hoxha
Nearne – Tessa White
Pengelly – Filip Frankiewicz
Christie – Jay Jay Henderson
Darwin – Thomas Pattison
Fawcett – Liam Cartwright
Harrison – Maddison Rees
Kitson – Caden Somerset
Nearne – Lacey Nicholson
Pengelly – Mia Keenan
Brunel – Ewan McLachlan
Christie – Katie Williams
Darwin – Gabrielle Jeneway
Fawcett – Lilly-Anne Winterton
Harrison – Harrison Shaw
Kitson – Preston Scanlan
Nearne – Jack Alcock
Pengelly – Kieran Dale
Homework Stars of the week
Brunel – Olivia Riches
Christie – Liam Baillie-Hogan
Darwin – Charlie Frankum
Fawcett – Simon Drost
Harrison – Alex Hilton
Kitson – Leigha Smith
Nearne – Bella Sherwood
Pengelly – Oliver Nunn
Christie – Alfie Slater
Darwin – Mikey Davies
Fawcett – Alex Thomas
Harrison – Jack Butcher
Kitson – Tammy Westacott
Nearne – Skye Richards
Pengelly – Alex McDowall
Brunel – Timika Kenneford
Christie – Kane Adamson
Darwin – Ben German
Fawcett – Lily-May Bruton
Harrison – Evan Kinghorn
Kitson – Tommy Aldous
Nearne – Robin Pightling
Pengelly – Shelby Astley-Rubin