Tavistock College band Ten Zero One (Max Williams, Charlie Smith and Gary Lawrence–James) have this week been announced as one of only 8 finalists in the UK School Jam competition open to students under the age of 21. After submitting a video clip of a performance last year, the band have made it through to the final to take place at ‘The Garage’, Islington, London on the 16th February 2012.
The competition, originating in Germany in 2002 and expanding into the USA in 2009, is the world’s biggest competition exclusive to schools and colleges. School Jam, often said to be the UK’s No1 band competition, is offering young students and their bands the opportunity to play at one of Europe’s biggest international music shows in Germany and win an amazing back line of gear for their school or college!
Following applications including video footage of live performances, submissions were then reviewed by a judging panel made up of Tech Music School, music press and some of the world’s leading music equipment manufacturers.
Eight finalists have been invited to a live ‘Battle of the Bands’ at the prestigious London venue, ‘The Garage’. The winners of this will then go on to perform at Musikmesse in Frankfurt, Germany.
There, the winning band will officially be presented with a full range of music equipment on behalf of their school or college, as well as performing their very own live set and representing the UK!
Ten Zero One are extremely excited about the opportunity and are now practising hard in preparation for the gig in London.
The chickens and rabbits have returned from their Xmas holidays and are now happily back in Pets’ Corner. The chickens have started to lay eggs and, with thanks to our kitchen staff, the tutor group from Year 7 which has cared for the pets that week, are treated to a cake made from the eggs they have collected!
We are very grateful to our sponsors for the Pets' Corner: Devon Bark have provided us with the bark chippings which give a natural environment for the hens to scratch about in and My Vet Meds are feeding our rabbits for us! This help from local businesses makes a real difference as we are starting out. We have lots of plans for the future and we'd be delighted to hear from any company locally that would be interested in helping us.
Tuesday 17th January
Tavistock 0 - 1 Ivybridge
In their first official Year 7 game, the team showed real promise with a strong selection of players who played some good passing football. The game had everything: after a goal in the first half from Ivybridge, Tavistock continued to create chances to score only to be thwarted by the Ivybridge goalkeeper who made some fine saves. Later Tavistock hit the crossbar and had a goal disallowed but the players never gave up and showed resilience and determination. Tavistock defence also stood firm with some great defending from Harry Cole, Soul Pengelly and Sam Chambers
The Team: James Bartlett, Taylor Besgrove, Ross Newland, Nathan Ord, Ben Roberts, Sam Chambers, Harry Cole, Soul Pengelly, Errikos Harrison, Josh Lethbridge, Mark Lewis and Ryan Brimacombe.
Thanks to the generosity of local holiday park Woodovis Park, Year 7 students from Tavistock College have taken part in a day learning about ethical finances, business skills and how to manage money – key life skills in today’s tough climate.
The day, run by consultants from international company TPS Publishing, gave students the opportunity to produce crafts using a Dye Cutting machine paid for by Woodovis Park. The students learnt about and practised the key skills involved in setting up, running and accounting for a business. They then finished the day by performing work-based role plays, which were judged and rewarded with cash prizes. The College would like to again thank Woodovis for their generosity in sponsoring this engaging and realistic learning opportunity.
Principal Helen Salmon added ‘this opportunity was part of our Able, Gifted and Talented programme and the students responded really well and thoroughly enjoyed this activity’.
Eleven students had an amazing visit to Derriford Hospital to present the incubator blankets they have been making in Textiles twilight classes since October.
It was a very exciting time: the students were given a tour of the Neonatal Ward by a Nurse who outlined the important life-saving work done there. Students were able to see an incubator and understand the importance that the equipment and the Ward play in helping sick and premature babies become healthy.
In our tour it was explained that the incubator blankets are used to keep the babies calm by blocking out the light and sound to make them feel more like they are in their mother’s womb. They would also play a part in making the environment more welcoming to parents and the babies with the bright colours and patterns.
The students tested their blankets on the incubators to see if they fitted. They looked great and immediately made the room feel more cheerful. The Ward was thrilled with the quality and the hard work that the students had put in. We were told that the blankets would be used the next day, so it made the presentation even more special!
Linking learning to real life is an essential aspect in developing students’ awareness and understanding of the real world.
It was an emotional trip back to the Intensive Care Unit for teachers Gary and Rebecca King, where their son Freddie had spent 2 weeks following complications during birth.
‘It was really cool going to give the incubator blankets we made. To see them all finished was brilliant. It was nice knowing that the blankets would be used at Derriford’ Sarah Smith
On the last day of the Autumn term the Year 10 Public Services students were visited by Dave Dungay – an NHS Paramedic based at Derriford in Plymouth.
The visit began with a tour around a fully equipped RRV (Rapid Response Vehicle) giving the students a first hand experience of different kinds of emergency equipment used in a variety of potentially life threatening situations.
Students were “amazed” to see how much equipment the vehicle contains and enjoyed listening to Dave explaining how many kinds of injury are treated using a variety of techniques.
The Paramedics treated a simulated ‘broken arm’ using the latest treatment methods which the students found really interesting.
The visit continued with lots of valuable information about ‘a typical day in the life of a Paramedic’ and also covered in detail exactly how aspiring Paramedics can follow their chosen career path.
Lots of questions were asked by the students and the visit was concluded by us all thanking Dave for his valuable time and expertise.
Hopefully we have an aspiring Paramedic in the making!
Public Services Tutor
Year 9 Geography students at Tavistock College had the opportunity to expand their classroom learning on Population and Migration with a visit from a local Plymouth-based organisation called START- ‘Students and Refugees Together’.
START works in partnership with families, individuals and organisations to facilitate the transition of refugees from ‘people in need’ to self reliant contributors to their local communities.
START recognises the skills and experience asylum seekers and refugees bring to the city and utilises the strengths and skills of the community to support them.
START’s aim is to educate students by getting them to focus on how they would feel if they were a refugee in Britain; to help them empathise with the journey of a refugee to the UK and the reception they get from the wider society. The talk hopes to enable students to see through negative media hype about many refugees and encourages them to think about what they could do to change attitudes. During the seminars the students completed a variety of activities and were able to interact with 5 guest speakers.
Tori Froud, Geography teacher commented “Geography in Action is so important in teaching this subject. As fieldtrips are not always feasible for certain topics, allowing the students to work with specialists in the subjects is an invaluable resource”.
It is hoped that a relationship between Year 9 Geography students and START will be established to raise awareness of local refugees and their plight.
For more information on START please visit www.studentsandrefugeestogether.com
Padstow Touring and Holiday Parks have praised the hard work and business insight of students in the Business Studies department at Tavistock College.
The GCE Applied Business students have been studying the Parks as part of an investigative project they have been working on this term. Rachel Turner on behalf of the Parks commented upon the depth of understanding the students had shown. She explained that studying their business for 12 weeks had meant that students had got an in-depth understanding of Padstow Touring and Holiday Parks. The students had used this understanding to provide them with useful information which will help inform their planning in the future.
Rachel commented that they had a number of customers from the Tavistock area and that they were extremely keen to enhance students’ education by supporting this type of project.
Due to the outstanding nature of the work produced by the students Padstow Touring and Holiday Parks have decided to present Cesi D’Alessio, Megan Carr, Fran Phillips and Kelly Walker with awards for the effort they had made.
Rachel said they were looking forward to continuing to support the students at the College and that they were impressed by the usefulness of the research which they will use in developing their business. “It is rare to get a totally fresh perspective on your business and we are delighted with how this project will benefit both the students in their studies and our business’ development” she said.
Mrs Sarah Holt, Head of Business Studies said that the Department is always looking for new business links and this was one which has proved very useful and she was sure it would continue in the future.
Amy Dymond, a 17 year old student in Year 13 at Tavistock College, has won the Lions Club of Tavistock’s Young Ambassador of the Year award and recently attended a meeting of the Club where she gave a presentation on her volunteering work within the local youth community. Following this, she was presented with her award by Carole Gawn, the President of the Club.
The Lions Young Ambassador was first organised in 1974 as the Lions Youth Award. It acknowledges the work of young people working as volunteers and gives them the recognition they deserve, boosting their confidence in themselves and highlighting the charities and volunteer groups with which they are involved. There are awards at different levels - Club, District, UK final, and eventually the European Final. Lion Alan Wroath, who organised the selection process on behalf of the Club, said ‘Amy is a very worthy winner; she deserves the award not just because she is a wonderful ambassador for young people and not just because she spends a lot of her time working voluntarily, but also because she inspires others to do the same.’
Amy is the Chairperson of the Tavistock Youth Café which provides facilities for young people to meet and to engage in activities such as music. Amy said ‘We also aim to help vulnerable young people as, like in many small towns, there is very little for young people to do and we help to give them somewhere positive to go.’ Manager of the Youth Café, Vicki Lloyd, said ‘She is a total asset to the Youth Café and a very bright, considerate, caring person’ and recently she persuaded the Leader of Devon County Council to help with funding to repair the floor of our building in Pixon Lane. She is a very resourceful young lady! She has helped raise money by organising theme days – such as National Pirate Day, raised money for St Luke’s Hospice and baked numerous cakes in aid of charities and her Rocky Road is legendary!
Amy now moves on to the District Final of the Young Ambassador Award, where, if she is successful, she will win £500 which will go towards the very important music project and an evening to showcase the work of the young people at the Café. This will be part of the appeal for a desperately needed new building for the Youth Café.