E-Safety Video Premiere, Hairspray & Charity Mufti Day

Student Sexting E-Safety Video Premiere Covered by BBC Spotlight


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Pictured: Students, staff and media at the screening of the Sexting e-safety video

Year 10 students, Abbie Sykes, Bethany Essam-Wood, Ryan Evans and Keah Beesley played a vital role in helping Torbay’s Virtually S@fe Team to create a new short film to help educate and advise parents about the online issue of sexting.  The film is the first in a planned series of short educational films for parents about online risks facing children and young people.  We held a premiere of the film this week which gained the interest of BBC Spotlight, Heart FM, Palm Radio, who all came in to interview the students and staff that were involved in the film.

After we saw the video for the first time, Abbie said to me “We are all proud of being part of this process. To be able to take part in the making of the video makes us feel proud and is a great achievement”.  Fellow student, Ryan Evans added “it was strange seeing ourselves on the screen at first but I am really glad that this video will be used to help other young people and their parents”.  The video will hopefully help to raise awareness about the topic of Sexting and help many young people and their parents feel more at ease when talking about the subject.

To view the film please clear here:  http://www.torbayvirtuallysafe.co.uk/virtually-safe-blog/ or http://www.torbayvirtuallysafe.co.uk/information-and-advice/information-for-parents-and-carers/sexting/.

Palm Radio has also created a YouTube piece about the project which you can see by clicking here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CoO3fjOGkM&app=desktop.


Hairspray the Musical

After weeks of preparation and rehearsals, we have had 2 fantastic nights of the student production of Hairspray, with a third and final performance taking place tonight.  Due to the popularity of previous productions, we decided to run for three consecutive nights. Students have been overwhelmed with the support from the audience, including parents, staff, Governors and members of the public; there were over 120 per night!

I have thoroughly enjoyed each performance and would like to thank Miss Pappin and the Performing Arts staff who helped to make the production such a success.  Special thanks to the cast members, for the time and dedication that they have showed over the past few weeks. Without your hard work, none of this could have been possible.



Charity Mufti Day

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Pictured: Students during the charity Mufti Day

One of the outcomes of our last Student Council meeting was that our students wanted to raise the awareness of and money for the two chosen charities that our students have chosen to support this year; they are Pets as Therapy and UNICEF.  The students were eager to start their fundraising efforts as soon as possible and requested a Mufti Day (non school uniform), where each student would make a donation if they chose to take part.  I was delighted that our students felt so passionately about fundraising for charity and agreed for the Mufti day to go ahead. The day was a great success and we managed to raise £690.00!



Waterfall Dress

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Pictured: Year 10 student Saffy Jones and her dress modelled by Kelly Hill-Cousins

Kelly Hill-Cousins is seen here modelling Saffy Jones’ creation entitled waterfall. The outfit was developed by Saffy in response to the theme of Water, as part of a year 10 Art project.  Saffy who has an interest in clothing, was influenced by the work of Alexander McQueen and the photographic work of llse Moore. She first constructed a crinoline built out of willow and plaster to which she was able to attach different strips of fabric giving the impression of running water. The dress will be on display in Mr Haring’s room to inspire other students.



Zumba – PE Wednesday 1.15pm – Sports Hall

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Pictured: Our Year 10 girls enjoying their Zumba session this week

Year 10 students have been enjoying the opportunity to try Zumba during their PE lessons over the past few weeks.  Kelly Saunders, a fully qualified Zumba Instructor, has been coming into school every Wednesday to deliver the session to our Year 10 Girls.  PE teacher, Miss Sizer said “The girls have really enjoyed the sessions and look forward to Kelly coming in each Wednesday”.

Kelly also runs an adult Zumba session every Thursday in our Sports Centre. If you would like to give it a go please contact the Sports Centre on 01803 317137.


5 Sports, 5 Days, for FREE – Netball

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Pictured: Shooting practice – During one of the free community Netball sessions

Our free sporting sessions continue to be very popular with our students and community members.  Young people have the chance to enjoy five different sports on five different days, for free in our Sports Centre every week.  The community Netball session (pictured), takes place each Monday still has space for new members. Whether you are new to the sport or would like to receive extra coaching at no cost please feel free to join in on one of our sessions.

More details can be found here: www.tqlearn.com/sports_centre/



Year 11 Product Design

Year 11 Product Design students have been working hard to finish the practical elements of their Controlled Assessments this week.  The practical element accounts for 60% of their overall grade and our students have impressed me with some great pieces of work.  Curriculum Team Leader of Technology, Mrs Wallace-Stanley, said” the quality is really high with some innovative designs, which would not look out of place in a furniture shop”.


Sport Relief Total

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Pictured: Sport relief efforts from last week

All donations have now been counted and we were able to raise £167.29!  Well done to everyone who took part and donated on Friday and throughout last week!



Sports Round Up

Year 7 Netball Team played in the end of season tournament this week. Showing how they have settled well together as a team, they gave some great performances, especially Macey Toghil, who was new to the team this week. The team were unable to win the tournament but are showing great potential for next season.

Year 7 Football Team played against Torquay Boys’ Grammar School in the South Devon Cup semi-final this week.  Three goals from Olaf Koszela had put the boys firmly in the driving seat but with 14 minutes remaining and winning 3-0, an injury to our goalkeeper Josh Nicol caused the game to be abandoned.

Josh was taken to hospital after making a very brave save following a collision with a TBGS striker. After a check-up, Josh was given the all clear, with no serious injuries and the remaining 14 minutes are to be played on Monday.

All going well on Monday, another one of our sports teams will have reached a final. Well done boys!