Lots of Fun at TA Summerfest and Students enjoy activities week


On Thursday afternoon we held our annual TA Summer Fest event for the whole school to enjoy. The entire event was planned and delivered by the 6th form music students as part of their BTEC Level 3 music course. The outdoor Summer Festival, now in it’s 3rd year, included a full lineup of music on the outdoor stage, a variety of stalls and activities pus a BBQ for everyone to enjoy. A new addition to the festival this year was the ‘Rave Cave’, the brain child of Y12 student Josh Thomas. The drama studio was converted into a live music technology venue which featured a professional set of decks, visuals and sound system. Josh played the tracks that our Y9 and Y10 music technology students had written especially for the event while the students danced the afternoon away. The sixth form music students were responsible for every aspect of the event including the site plan, advertising, merchandise, stage set up, the line up, sound engineering, risk assessment and budget to name just a few things! All students who were involved in the festival were an absolute credit to the school, be it as performers, tech crew, stall managers, sound engineers or spectators. A wonderful afternoon in which everyone at TA came together to celebrate the musical talents of our youngsters. An awesome event to end the term!


Overnight stay at the Met Office


Friday evening saw 11 year 7 scientists of the future spend the evening at the met office in Exeter, which included an exciting overnight camp within the complex. From learning about climate change, different weather types and how they are monitored to their debut presenting the weather, the students had a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the applications of science in real life. To be chosen as a school to participate was a huge honour made even more special to be able to work alongside meteorologists who are experts in their field. An amazing time had by all!


Activities Week

Extreme Dream – Climbing at Q Climbing,  Exeter

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13 boys from years 7, 8 & 9 have been having an “Extreme Dream”. They have climbed, paddle boarded, kayaked, caved & jumped off ridiculously high cliffs, all in the name of fun & pushing their own boundaries. In the boys’ own words it’s been: awesome! Eventful! Thumbs up! Really good!


Art & Photography

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In art and photography this week students have been exploring the basics of taking good photographs: looking at light and the impact it has on our subject, the colour wheel and image composition. Students had an opportunity to put these into practice on a 6 mile woodland walk in the Plym Valley where they were set the challenge of taking the best photograph possible of 30 different objects. Back in the classroom Mr Haring has given a range of workshops on ceramics, lino-graphs and etchings. The creative juices as well and truly flowing here this week!



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Mrs Clayton and Miss Martin ran one of the school based sessions and students tried a range of craft activities over the week. They started with sock monkeys and then felt bird keyrings.  Dorset Buttons challenged many of the students. We finished the week with cross stitch and then designed the decoration for a linen bag and then put together all the skills learned across the week to apply the decoration to the bag.


Harry Potter Week

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A week of witchcraft and wizardry at TA has been undertaken by 40 keen Potter fans. All starting with the sorting ceremony and beginning the house competition for the week. We have taken part in activities from potion making, wand creating, cake decorating to Quidditch. The week all geared towards the big day out to the Harry Potter Warner brothers studios in Watford where the students enjoyed an insight into how the magic from the beloved books became a blockbuster film franchise. These Potter fanatics have enjoyed a week at TA trying to be a little bit more like Hogwarts!


Music On Tour

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For Activities Week our Year 9 Music students had the incredible experience of being part of a real-life working band on tour. This has involved the students having to work at an extremely fast pace over two days to create a group of bands, prepare songs, decide on a running order, as well as learn how to present this to a real audience ready for a line-up of gigs organised at Barton Hill Academy, Homelands Primary, Brixham C of E and White Rock Primary School.

Every single audience our Year 9 students have performed to over the course of this week have been absolutely blown away by the level of talent and technical skill the students have demonstrated. Our Music team have all mentioned how what could have been quite a stressful week has been made an absolute pleasure by the hard work and commitment of each and every student that has participated in this incredible experience. The tour is already fully booked for next year!


Geek Week

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This week, Geek Week has been celebrating all things geeky! During the five days themed around geekiness and fandom – with days dedicated to Harry Potter, anime, superheroes and video games among them – we’ve been enjoying a wide range of activities. Alongside the all-day board games and art room, video games room and screening room, we have also had our four teams taking part in quizzes, scavenger hunts, real life Pokemon Go, art competitions and Mario Kart and Dance Stage tournaments. Friday will see the students making their own costumes and robots out of a random collection of resources – check #TAAW2018 on Twitter for pictures of their creations!


Enrichment Week for the Sixth Form

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We’re pleased and proud that we are able to offer our Sixth Form students their very own Enrichment Week to learn more about various future pathways and to burn off any left-over energy after such a busy and challenging year!

On Monday, students went off to Plymouth University to learn more about the opportunities afforded to them at university and heating more about the delights of student life.  Next Steps came in on Tuesday. They organised workshops on how to write personal statements, apply for apprenticeships and other career pathways.  Wednesday was a fantastic, fun-filled, adrenaline packed day out! Students went off to Cornwall’s Adrenaline Quarry. After a terrifying zip wire ride down to the aqua park, students were equipped with wetsuits and buoyancy aides. The huge inflatable aqua park has a giant trampoline, catapult, water wheel, ‘stepping stones’ climbing wall, slides, blast bags, challenging balance beams and lots more. The students raced each other around the course, watching each other ‘wipeout,’ trying to beat the obstacles and hurling themselves into the water – more ‘total wipeout’ style fun than they could dream of!  Thursday was a day where students could spend time working on their Personal Statements and University or apprenticeship applications.  Friday involved a scavenger hunt in the beautiful Cockington Country Park followed by a picnic and a friendly game of rounders. Selfie with a squirrel anyone?! All the students came together to round off a brilliant year!



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This week week students  spent Monday at Decoy Park kayaking and stand up paddleboarding.   Tuesday saw a visit  up on the Moors for a gorge walk and ridge scramble and on Wednesday,  we were coasteering and raft building. Thursday and Friday was spent surfing down at Bigbury.


Dinghy Sailing

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A few of us have braved the ‘shark’ infested waters of Torbay to try our hand at sailing. Most have preferred to spend the majority of time upside down practicing capsize drills; but we have seen glimpses of future America’s Cup competitors in between. Massive thanks to the RTYC for hosting us, and for sorting the  constantly drenched changing rooms!


Mountain Biking

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Inspired by former student Natasha Bradley’s 2nd place in the recent World Downhill Mountain Bike Championships, 18 hardy souls have taken to riding the trails at Haldon all of this week, with the exception of Tuesday when they completed the Exmouth to Exeter and return route. Whilst there were some very competent and experienced riders from day one it is the improvements in those that started the week less confident that has been really pleasing. Rumour has it that Mr Welsh will be taking his stabilisers off next week, the appropriately named Mr Whelan will be having a bespoke course in fixing wheels, Mr Miller will be leaving in pursuit of the best bacon buttie in Devon and Mr Harries will just rest! However before they disappear off for the summer holidays they would like to thank the students who took part for a very enjoyable week.


Bake Off

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Miss Spiller Mr Richer and Mrs Gibbings were very impressed with the quality of the cakes in this years bake off with some very impressive cakes from Ben Woodward,Emily Johns Jack Sherwell and Alice and Ellie Reshad.


Euro Disney Trip

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The students  and staff have had a fantastic week in Disneyland. Dr Hocking dragged the students around the park, ran off to get fast passes and we managed to go on all of the big rides. Over 60,000 steps and only 6 hours sleep a night, well worth it though. There was plenty to entertain the thrill seekers and Disney fans!


Team TA Sports Roundup



More great news on the girls’ football front, this time it is Year 8 student Ocean Latto who gains the plaudits, this week she found out that she has been selected to play for Exeter City Academy agin this year as well as earning a place in the Devon side. Well done, Ocean.


Table Tennis


Our partnership with Torbay Table Tennis Academy is starting to reap its rewards, this year we have had 4 students playing the local adult league, which demonstrates just how far they have come in the last 12 months. Of particular note are the achievements of Nick Turner  and Kamil Sniegocki who alongside 2 other members of the club have won their divisional title this year and now get promoted up to Division 3. Well done boys.