Autumn Term – Students returning to school
Thursday 3rd September 2015 Years 7 and 12 only
Friday 4th September 2015 Years 8, 9, 10, 11, 13
Sports Award Evening
On Tuesday Evening we hosted the 4th Annual Torquay Academy Sports Awards Evening to acknowledge all of the students who have demonstrated outstanding attitude and performances in PE/Sport this year.
The PE Department nominated, and then decided on eventual winners for each award, with the evening interspersed with music and dance performances. Every student who was nominated for an award should be very proud of their efforts this year, but the eventual winners were:
Attitude to PE: Lauren Swaine
Sportsmanship: Luke Owen
Young Leader: Charley Harris
KS3 Female: Cody Marker
KS3 Male: Jack Bell
KS4 Female: Eloise Jackson
KS4 Male: Cameron Knowles
KS5 Personality: Liam Artz
Contribution to Sport: Elley Croft
Individual Performance: Natasha Bradley
Team of the Year: Sixth Form Football Team
Special thanks to Luke Lewis and Cameron Knowles (Inbound) for entertaining the audience with their fantastic music. Jess Tarrant and Beth Rook for their dance performances, Hannah Mabbutt for talking us through her first year of TA Sport and the Torquay United players who kindly gave up their evening to present awards. Finally, thanks again to Elley Croft and Abbie Sykes who once again did an outstanding job compering the evening.
This week has been our first activities week. There have been a huge number of activities and our students have been able to enjoy a wide variety of experiences. The 6th Form have used the week to help prepare themselves for Higher Education. Meanwhile our Year 10s have been in exams all week as they set themselves up for the hard work of Year 11.
I hope the following snippets give you a flavour of our week.
Nearly fifty Year 7s have been on a residential this week that has seen them taking part in lots of adventurous activities including mountain biking, paddle boarding, abseiling, kayaking, rock climbing, power boating, slack lining, and quad biking. The teachers were particularly impressed with Katie Green who bravely overcame a fear of heights in order to complete a descent of the abseiling wall. Mr Margetts visited the pupils in time to see Jack Britton doing some breathtaking rock climbing.
As part of our activities week, a selection of pupils took part in the first ever Torquay Academy Live Lounge performance. The pupils were given the first part of the day to get themselves into groups and choose a song they would like to create a cover of, and were then split off into separate rehearsal areas to start rehearsing their songs ready for a live performance in front of an audience later that day.
In the afternoon, we set up the “Live Lounge Area” where pupils would create a live recording of their pieces. We were absolutely blown away by the performances the pupils managed to create in the space of just a few hours, but don’t just take our word for it – Listen for yourself through the Creative Arts Department’s brand new SoundCloud account! Click the link below to listen and please follow us for more music from our incredibly talented students!
TQ Creative Arts Department SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/usicept
“Write The Musical” Workshop
This week the Creative Arts Department invited some very exciting visitors to come in and deliver a workshop with a handful of our students that have a particular interest in Musical Theatre. Jonathan Hunt, Nick Larkin, and Tom Veasey are three musical theatre veterans (with an impressive amount of TV and theatre credits between them) that have combined their knowledge and passion for musical theatre to create a 5-day theatre workshop that offers young people the opportunity to write and star in their very own musical!
The workshop will be running this summer in Torbay between 17th-21st of August. The guys say: “If you are looking to increase your self-confidence, play creatively and develop your all round performing arts skills, this workshop is perfect for you!”
We were lucky enough to have Jonathan, Nick and Tom join us as part of our activities week to deliver an outstanding workshop with our students. The workshop involved our students putting their vocal skills to the test, writing poetry and even embracing their inner-pirate!
If you or anyone you know might be interested in developing their performing arts skills in a fun and relaxed environment, all the information can be found at www.writethemusical.com or you can search for them on Facebook
The Ultimate Adventure
On the first day of Activities week, some students went to The Ultimate Adventure at Bideford. They were very brave and took on an assault course which started with a slide into freezing cold water, followed by monkey bars, slides, ropes, cargo nets, ninja steps and… the giant balls! They were kitted out in safety gear including wetsuits, helmets and buoyancy aids and they soon warmed up despite the rain. The other activity students enjoyed was the high ropes, which were quite scary in the high winds,but they were clipped on safely. Everyone had a good day out and most of them were pretty tired on the coach journey back.
Scavenger and Treasure Hunt
Year 7 students took part in a Treasure Hunt as part of their Activities week. Organised by Ms Maling the students followed pictures and clues to find letters placed around the school to complete a final anagram. The day also included an hour’s scavenger hunt. With cameras in-tow, the students used their imagination in finding some unique and interesting photos ranging from staff doing something unusual to a house made of leaves. Prizes were awarded to the winning teams.
Are you Beautiful?
Students in Ms Foster’s Maths classes measured each others’ faces to find out if they had ratios equal to the Golden Ratio of 1.618. Another end of term activity was the Pirate Game, where students tried to steal each others’ bounty from grid coordinates, having first made their pirate hats!
Arty Paving Slabs
Students this week enjoyed using their artistic skills in decorating concrete stepping stones. “This was an exciting way for students to replace the decorated paving stones which were sadly damaged during the demolition of the old building’ said Ms Maling. The stepping stones will be varnished during the summer break and displayed in Performing Arts outside area.
Exeter University Taster Day – Tuesday 14th July 2015
Even more reason to feel proud of our students. A day at Exeter University to experience University life, tour the campus, listen to talks on study skills and choosing the right courses and get a general feel for what lies ahead at University. It was also graduation day at the University so that students were able to witness first hand what they are aiming for. The inquisitive nature of our students was evident today, some very insightful comments and relevant questions made for a very informative and pleasant day. Now get those personal statements drafted!!
Sixth Form – Higher Education week 13th – 17th July 2015
This week in the sixth form we have been exploring the next steps to Higher Education.
On Monday we looked at exploring Universities / Courses and Open days. We had an introduction to Higher Education and the students had lots of interesting discussions in their tutor groups. On Tuesday staff and students visited Exeter University for a tour of the campus and the students listened to talks on study skills and the different courses available. During Wednesday we had a visit from a UCAS coordinator Mark Smith, he gave a talk on the UCAS process, how to pick the right course and completing a personal statement. On Thursday morning the students focused on completing the first draft of their personal statement, studying abroad and taking a gap year. In the afternoon the students were shown ‘survival cooking’ which teaches independent cooking skills.
At the end of the week, the sixth form students and staff had a fun day out paintballing which was arranged by our Head Girl and Head Boy.
St Ives Trip
On Thursday the 16th of July, a group of new year 12 and year 13 Art and Photography A Level students made a visit to ‘The Tate Gallery’ and ‘The Barbara Hepworth Museum’ in St Ives. The students really enjoyed the day and took the opportunity to work in their sketchbooks and take photographs, Mrs Lynch and Mr Haring were really pleased with the students efforts and look forward to seeing what they produce in the autumn term.
Year 10 Examinations
Meanwhile in the exam hall….
Aeryn Amesbury Form 7ES took part in the Rowcroft Sleepwalk on 11 July 2015. Aeryn was part of the Wollen Michelmore Team who undertook the 5 mile route. Aeryn did very well and completed the walk in an hour and a half. Well done!
Fairfields Cake Sale
Fairfields would like to update you on our recent cake sale, we made a fantastic £108.30. Thanks to everyone for your support. A cheque will be sent to the Special Care Baby Unit in Exeter.