18 March 2022

This week's whole school assembly on Wednesday was led by Mr Adams, Deputy Head.


The theme was equality and I have copied the presentation here so that you can discuss further with your child at home.


Duke of Edinburgh’s Award News


Many thanks to Mr Huq who supported 95 Year 9 students who were on site last Saturday for DofE Training.


Mr Huq said the training included⁩ erecting tents, learning how to use trangias, first aid, packing a rucksack, map reading and orienteering. Activities took place in classrooms and outside.


Well done to all involved.

Excellent Work

Thank you to Mrs Downes, Head of English, who has shared these pieces of creative writing from Year 9 students, written in response to the short story ‘The Darkness Out There’.


Thanks also to Tarka Liddle 9N, Jonah Struthers 9W, Tom de Wilde 9S and Sam Dykes 9W who have shared their work with us today.


Link to creative writing


Student News


Congratulations to Alex Francis-Hale 8S who competed in trampolining at the British School Nationals, held in Macclesfield.


There were 2,500 original entrants and Alex was one of the final 550 finalists who travelled from all parts of the UK including Northern Ireland.


He was placed 11th in his group - a fantastic achievement. Well done Alex.


Well done also to Caleb Caleshu 9P who made his debut for the full (adult) Devon chess team in the West of England 16-player online event which runs from January to March.


Caleb played against teams from Somerset, Cornwall, Gloucestershire and Wessex and won all four of his games, helping Devon to take the regional trophy.


Congratulations Caleb!


PTFA News


Josanne, our new PTFA Chair, extends a warm welcome to all for the next PTFA meeting which will be held on Tuesday 22 March at 6:00pm. Please attend if you can.



Easter Holiday Club


Monday 11 April to Thursday 14 April 2022


Tickets are now available for our Easter holiday club and more information about the activities and how to book is available at this link.


Holiday Club Link


PSHEE Activities

A slightly quieter week this week after the wide reaching activities of National Careers Week last week. I've had some great feedback from students, tutors and visitors, many of whom said they had enjoyed their visit and would be delighted to return next year, even those who came all the way from London and Swansea for the day.

This week Year 7 and Year 8 students are taking part in the ‘Big legal lesson’, an initiative now in its third year. This is what the organisation Young Citizens said, “Now in its third year, we have partnered with international law firm Mishcon de Reya to launch a new suite of free classroom resources to help learners understand how the legal system affects their lives. From Key Stage 1 to post-16, schools and colleges can access a full suite of age-appropriate resources covering the fundamentals of law. Primary-aged pupils will have a chance to learn about the role law and justice plays in society, whilst older students will explore the laws surrounding social media usage”.

Our students will be looking at different (true) scenarios and deciding whether they should be illegal, and if so what the consequences should be.

Year 9 students are returning to the platform careerpilot.org.uk to ensure they have a personal record of their careers activities, and also to continue investigation and research into apprenticeships using another excellent site https://amazingapprenticeships.com/

The Year 10 lesson is about dealing with transitions and setbacks. Students first defined various transition points during life, such as starting secondary school or university, and then discussed various setback scenarios and thought about different possibilities for dealing with them.

Year 11 students did not have a tutorial lesson today as they were all sitting a Biology exam, one of the mock exams in place to help prepare them for the GCSE exams later this year.

So we are halfway through the second half of the spring term already, with a few (sadly fairly isolated) beautiful days weather wise, but a definite increase in spring flowers and optimism for the end of the winter weather.

Ms Moreton


Sports Update

Hockey


Very well done to our U8 Hockey team who gave a great account of themselves at the England Hockey regional finals this week.


Mr Carpenter said their effort, attitude and commitment were excellent.


Sadly the team didn't progress to the national finals but they are the best in Devon!

Indoor Cricket


Mr Bunney said it was a good effort from the U13 indoor cricket team who finished fifth at the county finals after wins against Paignton and St Boniface and defeats to Exmouth and Kingsbridge (by only two runs).


Some of the team are missing from the photo as they had to hurry to catch their bus.

Football


Congratulations to the Year 10 footbal team - through to the semifinal of the Devon Cup after winning their match against Exmouth College 3 - 1.