10 March 2017

Many thanks to Ms Moreton, our Information, Advice and Guidance Coordinator, who has invited a fantastic array of visitors for students in Year 10 and 11 this morning.

The morning sessions have been arranged as part of National Careers Week 2017 and our speakers will introduce a diverse range of careers such as architecture and speech therapy.

You can see the full list of our speakers here.

Also, here is a link to the National Careers Week website where you can read more.

For a more complete review of the morning please read Ms Moreton’s Blog next week.




Recruitment

We’re currently looking for a strong and ambitious leader for our English and Media Department. Please share this link with your friends and family to help us to find the right candidate.

Ten Tors Training

Last weekend’s Ten Tors training saw all the teams exposed to some seriously harsh conditions across the whole of Dartmoor. Sun, sleet, snow and low temperatures were all part of the package testing navigational ability, self-confidence and team moral and leadership.

Total accumulative mileage over the weekend saw the teams cover upwards of over 90 miles; a great effort in challenging weather conditions  All teams continue to increase their physical endurance and navigational understanding.

This was the 35 mile team’s first unsupervised route. The skills they continue to fine tune not only better prepare them for the Ten Tors challenge but provide them with lifelong proficiencies.



The Tempest

Students and staff involved in our production of The Tempest are also building skills which will stay with them for life.

I hope you have bought your tickets for the play which will be staged on Tuesday 21 March and Thursday 23 March at 19.00.

Please contact the school on 01752 208787 to order tickets.


We enjoyed an excerpt from The Tempest at Speech Day in December

Excellent Work

Our examples of excellent work this week have been provided by the English and Maths Departments.

Miss Nally has shared ‘My Story’ written by Ben Bracey 7E. Ben was asked to ‘write a story’ during National Storytelling Week.

Miss Nally says, “This is really good work because the plot is well structured, the dialogue and sentence structures are cleverly used to engage the reader and the scene is described really well. You can see that Ben has definitely thought about his storytelling technique”.

She adds that it is even more impressive that Ben wrote this independently to catch up on a lesson he’d missed whilst rehearsing for Joseph.

You can read Ben’s story here.

Mrs Cunningham was recently reviewing a Maths test with her Year 9 students. As a few had done very well in the test she provided an extension task for them to complete.

Will Storr from 9S had a go at Mindreader (see this link) and this is a picture of his solution.

Mrs Cunningham says, “This is excellent work from a Year 9 student with no help whatsoever from me”.


Sports Update

Hockey

The U13 county hockey took place earlier this week on a warm and sunny day at Marjons.

The A team won the plate competition on penalty strokes v King’s School while the B team lost out on strokes to Ivybridge for fourth place in the plate.


Football

The U12 football team unfortunately lost an evenly matched Devon Cup quarter final 1 – 0 to Exmouth on Tuesday.

Another team from Year 7 took part in the central venue competition on the same day and beat Plympton Academy 3 – 1, drawing their second game 2 – 2 against All Saints.

Mr Orkney said, “Everyone said ‘thank you’ at the end. Great lads.”


Mr Bunney reports a fantastic game of U14 football. Our team won 5 – 3 v TorBridge High after being 3 – 0 down at half time. A great game from both teams!


Additional Example of Excellent Work

Mr Orkney has shared this video with me. It shows GCSE PE student Oscar Parsons performing back stroke (his third stroke) as part of his PE assessment.

Mr Orkney said, “Oscar has a very good technique for his third best stroke. Most of us can’t swim our first stroke this well”.


Future Events

15 March at 18.00 PTFA Meeting

21 March at 19.00 The Tempest

22 March Year 12 UCAS HE Convention

23 March at 19.00 The Tempest

27 March Oxbridge Information Day

27 March PTFA Easter Raffle

29 March Year 7 Parents Assessment Meeting

31 March Final Day of the Spring Term

17 April Bank Holiday Monday

18 April First Day of the Summer Term – A week


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