Tavistock college PE students took part in the West Devon Badminton Championships at Kingsbridge sports centre this week with fantastic success!
The year 10/11 girls team beat opposition from local rivals Ivybridge and Kingsbridge in a performance that saw them beat both schools 3-2 and secure the gold medals as well as a place at the county finals at Plymouth Life Centre in February. The team were: captain Celine Conley, Charlotte (10D), Hannah Kingman and Stephanie Hutchins.
The year 10/11 boys team faced a more experienced opposition with all of our team being in year 10. Teams from Ivybridge, Dartmouth and Kingsbridge fought hard against our boys who never gave up and secured some great individual wins and a team win against Ivybridge B team to secure a joint third overall. The team were: captain Zachary Woodward, Callum Massey, George Murrain and Dan Willis.
Last but not least our year 8/9 team picked up a silver medal after some frantic work on the abacus where Kingsbridge took the gold and all other teams, ourselves, Ivybridge and Dartmouth were level on points. Due to our girls keeping things tight even in defeat they had a point less difference better than the other teams which meant the silverware came back to Tavistock. The team were: captain Emily (08B) Molly (08D), Annabelle Bickle and Annie (09F).
Huge congratulations to everyone and a great many thanks must go to their coach Alan Berry.
Medical students from Plymouth, Peninsula Medical School have visited the College twice this term. They spoke with a group of students from Years 11 and 12 who all expressed an interest in a science or health related career.
They have also met with students from year 9 who were “inspired” by the interactive workshop which centred on the treatment of asthma. The Peninsula students were “thoroughly impressed” by our students knowledge of anatomy. The Year 9 students responded with keen enthusiasm to the presentation about how to gain a place in medical school and asked very specific and relevant questions about the necessary qualifications and work experience.
Tavistock College won 450 trees for the College and the community after entering a competition by the Woodland Trust, showing that we can provide an environmentally friendly and sustainable legacy for the pupils and people of Tavistock within a Co-operative Trust.
Representatives from some of the local feeder primary schools came to plant a tree in the school grounds with the help of some of the sixth formers, ensuring the legacy of a green future is in place.
A mixture of trees from Elder, Willow, Cherry, Silver Birch and Crab Apples were planted and will now be supported in their growth by different classes within the College.
The weather was mild and dry, albeit muddy, but after the tree planting, tummy’s were warmed by hot chocolate and lunch in the geography department. Everyone was left smiling after a wonderful celebration of the environment.
On Friday 15th November 100 students performed in the Creative Arts Showcase Evening. The performers ranged from dancers, singers, actors and musicians. Even some beautiful art work was displayed in the foyer from talented art and photography students.
This evening was to show families and friends what pupils ranging from year 7- 13 have been up to at Tavistock College creatively. Furthermore for year 12 Performance Studies students this was their performance exam for their A level.
We were overwhelmed with the 170 audience members who came to support. The evening was fantastic and everyone performed brilliantly. It was great to see how much the college are offering in the arts. Vox, Mrs Stephenson's new choir had their debut performance along side the dance company ‘Fusion’ run by Miss Giles. They collaborated and performed ‘A thousand years’.
It was nice to see how all the art forms can work together and create inspirational work. We even made an inspector visiting the school emotional.
As one parent said "These just get better! This is probably the 4th showcase I have attended and this has to be the best yet. The talent on show here was at times jaw dropping, thought provoking and tear jerking. Tavistock college students you should be very proud of yourselves ..... A great evenings' entertainment."
Thank you to everyone who performed, came to watch and supported the event
Tavistock College recently hosted two exciting events to stretch the design and technology skills of fifty talented year 5 and 6 students from its local feeder primary schools. The Solar Speed Challenge days gave students the opportunity to develop their team working skills while creating, exhibiting and racing solar powered vehicles.
Students arrived at the college and were teamed up with children from other schools in teams of five. Each team was also assigned a team leader from the college’s ‘talented’ product designer list. The team leaders who displayed remarkable leadership skills were linked to each team in order to stretch their team’s capabilities and bring all students together. Each of the Y5 and 6 students selected a specific role ranging from ‘Solar Engineer’ to Graphic Designer’ and ‘Manufacturer’ and they concentrated on this particular element of the design and their team’s performance. The teams gelled immediately and by lunchtime the solar races were pushing engineering boundaries and were both looking superb and race ready.
In the afternoon it was show time, the teams moved to the hall and arranged a trade fair style display ready for the hordes of visitors who were on their way. Students had been informed that amongst the visiting parents there were some mystery ‘Dragons’. These ‘Dragons’; Dr Lee Davis, a mechanical engineering lecturer from Plymouth University, Emma and Neal Taynton Young from Fireproof (a design and marketing company), Governors Dr Pete Rodgers and Mr Larcombe-Williams and Mike Harper from the Chamber of Commerce all enetred into the spirit of the presentation and hid themselves well in the crowd. When "revealed" they spoke with enthusiasm about all the vehicles and praised the teams on their presentations. The Dragons were particularly important people to impress because the competition was won on votes from the visitors and each Dragon had the power of a vote worth ten times that of the other visitors. Visitors and dragons arrived and the students spoke with passion and expertise about their wonderful creations. They discussed with visitors why key decisions around materials and design were made and delivered exceptional explanations of their work. Two formal races demonstrated how effective the young engineers had been with all the cars functioning really well racing across the floor. The climax of the event was when the Dragons were revealed to the students and the results of the voting was revealed. The Dragons, visiting parents and staff were all delighted by the individual successes of the students and the wonderful team working skills that had come together.
The college is now a Solar School and will shortly be in a position to seek support from the community in the erection of solar panels on specific rooves in the College. The aim is not only to save money on energy bills, but to allow students to become more aware and involved in sustainability projects and energy use.
Sixth Form Geography students visited the Met Office in Exeter recently to contextualise the real world learning element of their extreme weather unit. The day included a workshop led by a senior researcher on climate change and how the Met Office data finds its way on to our television screens. This was particularly interesting in light of the recent St Jude's storm which hit the UK with 97 mph winds. We then had a comprehensive tour of the site which included a sneaky look at their 'super computers' and the huge array of weathering stations and monitoring equipment on the site. The day finished with an impromptu talk from Ben Rich; an ex Tavistock College student who now presents the weather for the BBC in the Midlands region. He provided a fascinating insight into the career paths possible and how succeeding at Tavistock College has helped him to achieve his perfect job in television.
"I have had a great day at the Met Office. It really opened my eyes to weather forecasting and I am hoping to apply for a work placement there at the end of the year". Dan, Year 12.
"I found the trip to the Met Office very interesting and learnt many new things such as how lightening, rainfall and air clarity are measured. I also experienced what the Met Office is like to work for which was beneficial to me because I am now considering different work positions that I hadn't thought of before". Maddy Cinnamond, Year 12.