Agatha Christie, Saturday School, Lifesaving & Bird Boxes

The week begins on a Saturday morning!

Blog 17.01.14 Saturday Morning

Pictured: Mr Thrope and a group of Year 11 ICT students

Our Year 11s started their week on Saturday morning this week as they prepared for their ICT exam. Over 60 students joined Mr Thorpe and Miss Fray for a morning of exam preparation. This demonstrates to me how hard our teachers and students work together. You will see many students staying behind after school and coming in on the weekends as they work towards their exams.



Year 7 Agatha Christie Walks

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Pictured: Year 7 students outside All Saints church in Hele

This week our Year 7 students have taken part in the Agatha Christie Mile walk as part of their Crime in The Community Project, in their Opening Minds Curriculum.  The students have learnt that the Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie was a local lady who was born and brought up just around the corner in Cricketfield Road. Our Students visited the site of her former home, All Saint’s Church where she was Christened and some other local sites which helped inspire her to write numerous best-selling novels.  Our students found the walk invigorating and a very interesting way to learn outside of the classroom.



Year 11 Badminton Trials

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Pictured: Cameron (left) and George (right)

Congratulations to Year 9 students George Fenn and Cameron Knowles who were invited to a Badminton trial to represent Devon County. The boys gave it their all and are waiting to hear if they made it into the squad.  George and Cameron must now continue practising in preparation for the Centre Parcs National schools tournament in Plymouth next month, where they will represent Torquay Academy along with Year 8 students Kieran Bailey and Joe Belsten. This is the first time in twelve years that our students have progressed to the next round in this competition. I would like to wish them the best of luck and I will keep you posted as to their progress.


Year 11 Catering Controlled Assessment

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Pictured: (Left) Me enjoying a slice of cake made by Year 11 student Chloe Green. (Right) Year 11 students plating up their dishes during the controlled assessment.

Year 11 Catering students have been working hard this week as they completed their Catering controlled assessments.

The standard of cooking has been exceptional, and I was lucky enough to enjoy the fruits of their hard work, when Year 11 student Chloe Green, kindly brought a slice of cake to my office to enjoy!



Army Careers Visit

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Corporal Simon Bidgood and Lance Corporal Louis Mann visited the school on Tuesday to speak to students about careers in the Army and Public Services

At lunchtime Corporals Bidgood and Mann were on hand to chat with any interested students about possible Army careers. Students enjoyed the novelty of seeing them in their full uniforms.

After lunchtime, they joined Mr Harries and his Year 10 Public Services class, where they spoke about their lives and personal experiences in the Army. The students then undertook an Army fitness test, running a mile on the school sports pitches, this being part of the interview process to join the Armed Forces.



Year 11 Learn Lifesaving Skills at Swim Torquay

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Pictured: Students in the pool and with their certificates after completing the 6 week programme

Congratulations and well done to our Year 11 BTEC Sport students who have recently completed a 6 week lifesaving course at Swim Torquay as part of their BTEC assessment. The group gained valuable skills in water survival, lifesaving, lifeguarding, resuscitation and first aid. They have been a credit to the school throughout their time at the newly renovated Swim Torquay.



D of E Cooking

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Pictured: Abbie Powell cooking as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award

Students have been working towards gaining the highly regarded Duke of Edinburgh Award this week.

Broken into three elements, Skill, Physical and Volunteering, students have to participate in a chosen activity for each element in order to gain the award. They must participate in two of the elements for three months and the other element for six months, all of which can be simultaneous.

A number of our students have chosen to cook in order to complete the skill element of the D of E Award. Soup was on the menu this week, made from scratch, the outcome was some very tasty dishes.



Bird Boxes and Insect Hotel

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Pictured: Our new bird boxes and insect hotel

The school grounds are home to many forms of wildlife. The newly installed bird boxes will hopefully provide safe and cosy homes for birds nesting in the spring. An interesting development will be to see whether they choose the traditional wooden bird box (pictured top left) or the less traditional ‘up-cycled’ workman’s boot (pictured bottom right). Only time will tell.

Our newly built ‘5 star’ Insect Hotel should also attract lots of interest from the local wildlife.

Built using unwanted materials such as wooden pallets, old bricks and coloured pipes, as well as natural materials including mud, grass, broken branches and bark, students will hopefully be able to study the hotel’s inhabitants as they come and go.



Year 12 Students Help Trinity Sailing Foundation with Restoration Work

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Pictured: Year 12 students during restoration work with Trinity Sailing Foundation

As part of a joint STEM and Careers program to generate interest in careers in the Torbay area, Director of Operations for Trinity Sailing Foundation, Matt Gilchrist (pictured) has been working with our year 12 students on a restoration project. Students began working on restoring rigging blocks that are used on Trinity Sailing vessels and will continue their work in the next few weeks.



Year 12 BTEC Sport

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Pictured: Some of our Year 12 BTEC Sport students in the Sixth Form Centre

Our year 12 BTEC Sport students are looking very smart in their new tracksuits and sports kit. As part of their course, they regularly visit local primary schools to help deliver their PE lessons. On Thursday, they were teaching gymnastics at Watcombe Primary School.



Sports Round-Up

Year 11 Basketball team won against Paington Community and Sports Academy, lost against Churston Grammar School and also lost against Torquay Boys’ Grammar School. Callum Jones led with some great rebounds, whilst the energy of Jimmy Jessup spurred the team on. Everyone gave 100% and the team is continuously improving.

Year 7 Netball team drew to Teignmouth Community College 1-1, lost to Brixham Academy 5-1 and beat Paignton Community and Sports Academy 2-1. The team develop throughout the fixtures and are starting to show real potential.

Pictured: (below) Year 7 Netball team

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U12 Futsal boys and girls teams were in action this week playing in a tournament in Paignton.  The boys won their group but unfortunately lost to Churston Grammar 1-0 which meant they missed out on progressing to the next round on goal difference.  Similarly, the girl’s team won 5 out of 6 of their matches and were unable to progress to the next round due to their goal difference.

Both teams worked really hard and played some very good Futsal. Star performers were Kasey Dickson for the girls and Olaf Koszela for the boys.
Pictured: (below) The boys a girls Futsal Teams

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