Lego Robotics, Music Success, Ten Tors Film & Plenty of Sport

Ten Tors

Following on from the 45 teams successful Ten tors challenge in May 2017 they have put together a 3 minute mini film of their adventure showing much of what the event was all about.  The pictures show their time on the Moor during the event plus one or two from training. The only experience they have not included is the weather as this has closed in so much this year at times that nothing was visible!


Lego Robotics

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A group of Year 8 students are partaking in a national Lego competition run by Tomorrow’s Engineers, in association with the RAF. The task is to design, build and program Lego Mindstorms robots to complete aviation themed challenges.

The team assembled for the first time after school on Tuesday and have until February to complete their designs before competing against other schools in the south west (over 350 schools are taking part this year). They have accomplished the art of moving the robots forwards and backwards already, though following a line on the challenge mat was a step beyondthem at this early stage!

The club represents a fantastic opportunity for TA students to experience and handle such state of the art technology, which would have cost in excess of £1800 to buy individually.  Mr Broome and Mr Hadley are extremely impressed with the enthusiasm and excitement shown by the students so far and I look forward to updating you with their progress throughout the coming months.


ABRSM Success for Lucia

29.9.17 Lucia Music Exams

We were delighted to hear this week that Year 7 pupil, Lucia Aguado-Georgian has passed her Grade 1 in Piano and Grade 2 in Flute. Lucia was examined by one of the most prestigious exam boards in the world, the Associate Board of the Royal Schools of Music. Well done, Lucia.


Sports Roundup

Year 9 Netball

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Year 9 girls had their first central venue at TGGS. It was a very wet and miserable evening but the girls worked hard and managed to play some good netball. Some great shooting from Georgia Davis and Mya Miles allowed the girls to take the 1st win of the tournament 3-1 against STCM.  They next faced The Spires and with a few new combinations in defence, Jada and Daisy made some great interceptions to secure a 2-1 lead. The rain continued to pour and our 3rd game against Churston was at a much faster pace than the previous games and unfortunately ended in a win at the wrong end. The girls didn’t let this dampen their spirits and went back to their winning ways in their final game against Stover. Great results from their 1st tournament of Year 9!


Year 8 Netball

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Our Year 8 netball team had the first round of their CVL tournament on Tuesday. The girls had trained hard over the last two weeks at netball club and went in to it feeling quite prepared.
Our first game against Brixham started well.  The girls managed to score the first goal within the first few minutes and just before half time went two goals up. We won this game 2-1 as Brixham scored in the second half.
Our second game saw us face STCM. We had a change of positions, which seemed to work well. Our defensive unit worked hard throughout the whole game and as a result STCM failed to score. We won 3-0. Churston was our third game of the day and what a game to witness! Churston score the first goal but the girls were not deterred by this. They came back with an equaliser within seconds. We then scored again…and again..and again…and once more before the half time whistle. During the second half the pattern continued, we scored three more goals with Churston only scoring once in the second half. The final score was 7-2. What a result, the girls were elated.    Miss Brown was quite happy with three wins out of three, but the girls wanted more! Their final game was against the Totnes Progressive school and saw us win by our biggest margin. We scored 7 thanks to some swift movement up and down the court as well as defending well as a team. Our defensive unit were superb. They didn’t allow Totnes to score once and as a result ended the game 7-0. Well done to all of the girls they were all fantastic. Miss Brown’s player of the tournament for me was Emma Harrison; her defending skills were fab throughout the whole afternoon.


New Season for Year 9 Football Team

After last year’s ‘nearly’ season, the runners up from the South Devon and County Cup, the Year 9 Football Team started their new football season this week.  Unfortunately, we started in very disappointing fashion, losing 4-2 to Paignton. Still smarting from their two losses to us in cup semi finals last year, Paignton were very up for this game. Sadly, on the day, we as a squad were not equal to the fight. Whilst 4-2 is a rather deceiving scoreline in terms of how even the match was, Paignton fully deserved to win, on work rate alone.

Whereas last season hard work was the foundation for our success, on Monday afternoon we abandoned this basic principle. After a slow start we fell deservedly behind to an excellent finish. After a ‘strong’ half time chat we were re-energized and much more urgent in our play, Reece Shaw leveling up matters with a well struck free kick. After starting the game so sluggishly, we were still struggling to up the tempo enough to go and win the game and then conceded two quick fire goals due to collective lapses in concentration. Ryan Wilson threw us a lifeline late on when put up front, but before full time we were again caught on the counter attack as we looked for an equalizer.

A tough start for the lads. But hopefully a wake up call that success only comes after hard work. The home truth here is that we did not work hard enough for long enough, and did not earn the right to win the game by doing the ‘ugly’ things. The boys must be given credit for not throwing the towel in and battling until the end of the game, they just gave themselves too much to do.


A Level Chemistry Experiment

I visited one of our A-level chemistry classes on Friday to see our year 13 students learning about catalysts. They were doing a fantastic experiment in which they added a pink chemical, cobalt chloride, to a reaction to try to speed it up. As you can see in the video, the reaction got a lot faster when the cobalt chloride was added and the mixture changed green before going back to pink.

I’m really pleased that our A-level sciences are increasingly popular in both years 12 and 13 in biology, chemistry and physics, and students tell me that they are really enjoying their studies and their practical work


Year 11 Girls go spinning!


Year 11 girls have started their spinning sessions at the squash club this week as part of their core PE Lessons. They enjoyed the session, however I think we may have a few achy legs in the morning. A great way to promote activities the girls can continue with out of school as well.


Students of the Week

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Students of the week pictured with myself, Mrs Powell, Mr Chadwick and Mrs Nicol are: Alex Green,  Taylor Cooper, Harry Vooght, Josh Wyatt, Michael Brooker.


International Work Experience Student

Lisa Engler

Pictured above is Lisa Engler, an international work experience student who spent 3 weeks at the school to spend time within the administration department.  She took on a variety of tasks and left us after having spent an enjoyable time learning about how we do things in an English school.  We wish her good luck for her future endeavours.


Mr Pugh’s new barriers


Mr Pugh is somewhat famous for his love of barriers and queuing in the dining area.  He was delighted this morning to be unable to unpack more of our “new-style” barriers and start organising them.


Launch of ACT For Youth Campaign

We have been asked by the Cabinet Office to share this information with the school community.  Please click on link below for full information.

ACT for Youth Campaign Digital Toolkit