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.
Congratulations to our first rugby team, winning 25-14 in the NatWest Schools U18 Vase against Thomas Hardye, which means Tavistock are into the 5th round of a National cup for the very first time.
It was an extremely hard match, with Tavistock being 10-0 up, until the last few minutes of the first half, when with the loss of one man for 10 minutes in the sin bin, we lost 14 points very quickly, putting us behind 10-14.
With the return of our player, Tavistock raised their game and went on to put in a display of top notch quality, with an outstanding try coming from Luke Northmore (1st game back after injury). The whole team gave their all and played some of their best defence. The team truly deserve their place in the next round.
Thank you to all the students, parents and staff who came to support.
On The 5th November, 10 tennis enthusiasts were rewarded with a trip to the ATP Tour tennis finals in the O2 Arena in London. Those fortunate to go were selected for either their attendance at the tennis club and, or their contribution to College as part of the leadership academy.
Pupils: Errikos Harrison, Nathan Sellars, Ben Roberts, Darcy Hepworth, Ryan Brimacombe, Stephanie Hutchins, Rebecca Banks, Natalie Stephens, Josie Clarke and Sarah Coe.
They day had many highlights with pupils experiencing all that comes with an international sports event. Pupils had the opportunity to view players on the practice court, media interviews and match analysis. There was also a large exhibition where pupils were able to take part and experience tennis skills though different challenges and compare their skills against the professionals.
For the matches the pupils viewed a doubles match between Paes/ Stepanek and Soures/ Peya followed by the singles game between Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer. Pupils and staff were amazed with the speed and quality of play and both matches were incredible to watch. The Arena itself added to the experience with lighting and music making it an unforgettable day.
On Tuesday 5th November our A Level PE students got a real life insight into ‘popular recreation’ at the annual Ottery St Mary ‘Flaming’ Tar Barrels festival which dates back to the 17th century. Around 20,000 packed into the town to witness the festival.
The festival involves 18 barrels that range in sizes from small to boys, medium for women and youths and ‘great big unz’ for the men. In the weeks running up to the event the barrels are soaked with tar. Every Barrel is lit outside each pub in the town and once flaming they are hoisted up onto the shoulders of local people born and bred in the village, in many cases this involves generations of the same family.
The students were exemplar to the college and have all come away with a real understanding of the characteristics of pre-industrial sports.
Monday 7th October
Tavistock Vs Ridgeway
In the second league game of the season, Tavistock dominated possession and proved too strong in every area of the pitch for Ridgeway. The physical aspect of Tavistock's play was the key difference with Tavistock powering through tackles and securing good ball at the breakdown.
Stand out performances from Billy Rowe, Ben Luke, Ethan Lamerton and Ben Milligan to name a few.
Try: Richard Cann
Try: Billy Rowe Con Ben Milligan
Try: George Murrain. Con Ben Milligan
Try: Billy Rowe
Try: Ethan Lamerton. Con Ben Milligan
Try: Billy Rowe. Con: Ben Milligan
Half time 38-0
Try: Ethan Lamerton
Try: Ben Milligan. Con: Ben Milligan
Try : Billy McNicol
Try: Ben Luke. Con: Ben Milligan
Try: George Murrain Con: Ben Milligan
Second half: 31-0
Full time: 69-0
Tuesday 1st October
The year 10 rugby team recovered from defeat to Plymouth College by beating DHSB 67-5 in the national cup to reach the 3rd round. It was a fantastic performance with Tavistock playing a complete, flowing game of rugby from the start. Tavistock are now due to play Ivybridge in the next round on 14th October.
Results to date:
Tavistock 27-50 Plymouth College
(Ben Milligan(2), Ben Luke, Ethan Lamerton, Billy Rowe)
Conversions: Ben Milligan
Man of the Match: Ethan Lamerton
Tavistock 67-5 DHSB
(Ben Milligan (4), Ethan Lamerton, George Murrain (2), Ben Luke (2), Tei Darasta, Harry Jeans(2)
Conversion: Ben Milligan(5) and George Murrain
Man of the Match: Harry Jeans
Tuesday 15th October
The year 8 rugby team played the next 2 games of the league, winning won and losing the other.
Tavistock continued their recent form and played good rugby in both games. Tavistock were lacking in concentration in the Coombe Dean game which led to their two tries. The boys responded with a try of their own and were pushing in attack until the end. In the Stoke game, strong running from Nathan 08G proved the difference between the two sides although if it was not for key tackles, the score would have been much closer.
Tavistock 26-0 Stoke Damerel
Try's: Nathan 08G (3), Conor 08F
Cons: Archie 08G(2), Luke 08B
Man of the match: Nathan 08G
Tavistock 7-14 Coombe Dean
Try: Archie 08BA
Con: Archie 08G
Man of the match: Jason 08G
Thursday 10th October
Another great performance by Tavistock College made for a memorable victory against St Boniface College. Tavistock year 8 team won 15 – 5 and beat the team which they lost to last time round. 2 try’s from man of the match Nathan 08G and a try form Sebastian 08BA secured victory. The game was finely balanced with only 10 minutes remaining and the defensive work of Tavistock proved decisive and St Boniface were constantly denied try’s from great tacking.
40 students from Year 8-13 took up the invitation to join Somerset county cricket club for their school day and watch the 2nd day of their county championship match against Sussex.
On a very hot and sunny day the students took the opportunity not only to watch a game of first class cricket but also to take part in physical activities such as bowling, fielding and target throwing as well as watch some of the finest cricket bat making at the legendary millichamp and hall while using their skills in stealth and agility to try and grab an autograph or two from some of England's finest players such as Monty Panasar, Marcus Threscothic and Nick Compton.
The students watched Sussex take control of the match and a total of 13 wickets fell throughout the day where hats and sun cream were the students best friends!!!
The 40 students were an absolute pleasure to be with and a credit to the PE faculty and a school as a whole.
Thanks must go to the staff that supported the trip with Mrs Stephens and Mr Hake supervising the students in a thoroughly enjoyable, entertaining and educational day at the county ground.
Gary Beasley team manager from Western Power presented four sets of bowls and carrying bags for the use of students at Tavistock College who have been receiving coaching on the green at Sir Francis Drake Bowling Club Tavistock.
The coaching sessions take place on a regular basis with up to 28 students taking part, these sessions are coordinated with the P.E.faculty at the College by George Blackburn along with several members of the club.
Tavistock College students, Charlotte Henbest, Weng Vooi, Emily Friend, Martha Walke and Sam Rogers pictured with Gary Beasley and George Blackburn.
On Monday 17th June, Tavistock College hosted the annual Quadkids primary school Athletics event. This is a team based competition where students from Year 5 and 6 perform in four events (75m Sprint, 600m Run, Vortex Howler Throw and Standing Long Jump). The students scores are then added together to create a team total. This was a very competitive event which was reflected in the final standings. Tavistock Primary finished in third place, second place went to Lady Modifords and the winners of the competition were Whitchurch primary. The total score from Whitchurch was the highest in West Devon and they will therefore be representing West Devon at the upcoming Devon Championships.
This event was supported by the Tavistock College Year 9 sports leaders, who are currently studying GCSE PE. These students worked tirelessly to prepare for the event and then lead the delivery of the event. This gave them valuable experience of how to organise an event. It was fantastic to see the college students working so closely with primary schools and it made the event even more successful.
To celebrate the grand opening of the new cricket wicket the staff and students of Tavistock College put on an exhibition game for fellow peers, colleague’s and distinguished guests to attend and watch.
The new pitch was bought through a grant from the ECB charity ‘The Lady Taverners’ and yesterday saw the official handing over of the cheque and therefore the new wicket. Stuart Monday presented the cheque on behalf of ‘The Lady Taverners’ to the College Principal and the Mayor of Tavistock before the two teams played their exhibition game.
There is a saying that age and experience will always beat youth and enthusiasm but unfortunately this didn’t turn out to be the case. However, seeing so many students, staff, guests and parents attend goes to show that things are on the up for cricket at Tavistock College.
There are more fixtures planned for the future both against other schools and between staff and students.
South West Schools Track and Field Championships at Exeter on Saturday 15th June
George Hillson a Year 9 student at the College did a fantastic job on the weekend. He came 3rd in the 800m, out of 10; which was the best position that could be expected (as the front 2 athletes had already achieved much quicker times this year running close to National times). He was 3 seconds clear of 4th with the athletes in 4th to 7th only having 1 second between them. So George did well to break away from them to finish strongly, even breaking his Personal Best too - achieving 2.18.38.
Adam Tofield said "As the College’s sole attendee, he did the College and me (his coach) proud".
What an amazing start to the rounder’s season. Last week the girls found victory easily in a training match against a weaker Torpoint side winning 14 ½ to 3. This match allowed the girls to develop their tactics, decision making and overall batting technique over 2 innings.
This week the girls were determined to continue this success at the West Devon Championship against Okehampton, Kingsbridge and Ivybridge and they did not disappoint.
1st match vs. Ivybridge: Final Score 5 ½ to 5 ½) (DRAW)
Winning the toss the girls fielded first and showed some good tight defending controlled strongly by Darcey Hepworth. Some great catches this innings, however Tavistock chased too many bases in the later stages allowing Ivybridge to score high on the 4 remaining good balls.
Tavistock turn to bat and the girls found it hard to break a well organised Ivybridge fielding team. Half way through the innings the girls picked up the pace and began hitting with good control and the ½ rounder’s began to build up. With one good ball left Alice Tucker had to score a full rounder to draw level, miss-fielding from Ivybridge allowed Alice to put pressure on their fielders and with some brave running ran home securing a full rounder.
2nd match vs. Kingsbridge: Final score 7 ½ to 4 ½ (WIN)
Winning the toss the girls once again fielded first. There was some excellent batting on show, Annie (08F) made solid contact and secured a full rounder with ease. This was neatly followed by Jasmine Ewings superb backhand into open space and another rounder to add to the total. Kingsbridge picked up their game in the 2nd half of the innings and made it difficult for Tavy to build on their solid start.
Tavistock fielded strongly from the start and with some consistent bowling by Annabelle Bickle were always in firm control of the game. Again some excellent catches by Darcey and some great base work from Emma Sampson secured the girls victory.
3rd match vs. Okehampton A. Final Score 7 ½ to 6 ½ (WIN)
This was always going to be the most challenging match of the day. Tavy had narrowly lost to Okehampton A in a friendly match earlier in the season. Both teams came out full of enthusiasm and determination to succeed.
The girls lost the toss and were up to bat first. The girls matched there batting performance in the previous game and full rounder’s were secured early on from Laura Meredith and Gemma Arundel. Francesca Herdman showed great speed also adding to the Tavy total. Lizzie (08F) was extremely brave and with quick decision making scored an excellent ½ rounder falling over in the process. Lizzie showed great commitment to the team playing on with a sore knee.
An equally matched Okehampton team took the batting post and began strongly scoring a rounder with their first good ball, game on. Some excellent backstop work from Annie made it difficult for them to capitalise at 2nd and 4th base. Okehampton continued to pressure and with some excellent batting Tavy had to stay focused and organised. It was a nail biting finish Tavy finishing 1 rounder on top, a great win and a great game between two evenly matched sides.
4th and final match vs. Okehampton B Final Score 9 ½ to 3
Final game of the afternoon and victory would secure the title.
Tavy were up to field first and now four games in demonstrated excellent communication, knowledge and control of the game. Great work rate and effort from Rebecca Banks and Poppy Field and the rest of the team made it extremely difficult for a hardworking Okehampton side to score. The girls now confident and cruising continued to consistently hit the ball into space. An excellent whole team performance
Overall an excellent result, the girls were a credit to the school and I hope with continued effort and training will continue to build on this success.
The Tavistock College Year 8 and 9 Athletics squad competed in the Plymouth and West Devon Championships at Brickfields yesterday.
This is a prestigious event with schools from across the area competing including very strong squads from Ivybridge, Plymouth College and Mount House.
It is fair to say that both myself (Mr Hulbert) and Miss Squires are immensely proud of the whole squad not just in the way they performed, but also the exemplary conduct they showed respecting other athletes and what was most impressive was the students ability to support each other in every event.
The majority of the squad produced personal bests and there were some outstanding performances which deserve special mention.
Abbi 08F – qualified for both the 100m and 200m final, winning her
heat and finished 6th in these finals.
Jodie Stacey – qualified for the 200m final – finishing 5th.
Tom Norgate – finished 5th in 1500m.
To qualify to represent the Plymouth and West Devon squad at the upcoming Devon champs students needed to finish in the top 3 in each event and Tavistock produced the most qualifiers in a long time, with seven qualifiers and two having to wait.
Ethan Lamerton and Francesca Herdman, 2nd in hurdles heats have to wait to find out if their times are quick enough to qualify.
Becky Banks finished 2nd in the shot put final, producing a powerful display even though she is a year younger than most competitors.
George Hillson finished 1st in 800m heat – an excellent performance with George accelerating away from the rest of the field with 200m to go.
Jodie Stacey finished 2nd in 800m heat. A fantastic performance against a high quality field.
Ben Milligan finished 2nd in triple jump. An explosive performance with a jump of over 10 metres.
Jordan 09T, finished 3rd in the long jump and high jump with an impressive performance particularly in the high jump where he jumped a personal best of 1.45 metres against a high quality field.
Joe 09DA, finished 1st in 400m final. This was an outstanding display, as Joe who has limited experience in running this distance - not only won his final, but his heat as well.
The whole squad are a credit to the college and deserve congratulations.
Tavistock College Athletics squad: Jasmine Ewings, Ryan Brimacombe, Ben Milligan, Billy Rowe, George Hillson, Ben Roberts, Tom Norgate, Joe 09DA, Ethan Lamerton, Jordan 09T, Jacob Kirkpatrick, Cyrus Larcombe Moore, Stephen Kirby, Caleb Prouse, Tom 08G, Abbi 08F, Beth Wilson, Jodie Stacey, Francesca Herdman, Minerva 08T, Jasmine Edwards, Lauren Crick, Becky Banks, Annie 08F, Steph Hutchins and Neev Elliott.
Sunday, 19th May
Last Sunday afternoon a junior badminton invitation tournament was held here at Tavistock College. The event was well attended by junior players from Plymouth Life Centre and the Tavistock area including five of our own students.
Celine Conley (who captained her own team for the afternoon) and Hannah Kingman played for the winning team, beating all three other teams, including a very strong Plymouth Life Centre team!
Steven Isaac, Zac Woodward and Emily (07TA) all played really well all afternoon, particularly as the two top teams all had players more experienced and older than them playing.
Mr Alan Berry from Tavyside Badminton was impressed with their improving skills and added "All five players should be congratulated for their performances, sportsmanship and the way they upheld the name of Tavistock College and their badminton clubs during the event".
During Easter 51 pupils were accompanied by 6 members of staff to the French capital of Paris for the annual Sport Tour. The tour combined both sporting, cultural and recreational activates to provide the pupils of Tavistock College with an experience they would never forget.
I would to start by thanking the following members of staff for giving up their time and help ensure the success of the tour: Mr Deves, Mr Forster, Miss Brown, Mrs Yeo, Miss Madley and finally both our student sports leaders, Flo Rodgers and Megan McCormick. I would also like to thank the coach driver Bob for his contribution to the tour and Andrew whose expertise as our tour representative meant the tour was fantastic from start to finish.
One final thanks needs to go to the Morrisons supermarket in Tavistock. Prior to the Sports Tour the pupils took part in fundraising in the form of bag packing and due to the generosity of the local Tavistock community, £1500 was raised for the purchase of the touring Sports playing kits. This kit gave real pride in representing the college a now forms a memento for the pupils.
The Touring squads were:
Rugby: Joe Sellars (Tour Captain), Bert Rodgers, Morgan Warnett (Rugby Captain), Tommy Lucke, James Allen, Nathan Dodd (Vice tour Captain), George Mitchell, Josh Blake, Seb Cox, Hardy Hopkinson, Ryan Helcoop, Jack Base, Tristan Griffiths, Will Langdon, Alfie Beattie and Callum 10TA
Football: Tom 10GA, Bradley Anderson, Jacob Stuart, Jason Vincent (Football Captain), Teigan Rosenquest, Callum Lynch, Billy Walker, Barney Tossell, Adam Thyer, Lee Thyer, Ryan Smith, Max Williams, Tom McMahon, Charlie Barriball and Dan Bailey
Netball: Emily Baker-Thurston, Sophie Hall, Karys Ford, Heather Wright (Vice Tour Captain), Freya 10T, Bethany Alford, Rachel Hooper, Harriet Cazaly, Lucy Sloman (Netball Captain), Laurel Northmore, Sophie Bould-Lynch, Elena Muncey, Fen Eastaugh (Netball Captain), India Galbraith, Bunty Gibbons, Jess Bould-Lynch, Holly Speare, Georgia Allison and Freja Nowak
Day 1 - Highlights
The tour started in the early hours of Saturday morning with the long journey ahead. A with the first day spent travelling; there was a real sense of excitement and anticipation. Late that evening we arrived at the hotel which had everything needed for the pupils to relax. This was later followed by the tour quiz, where the staff team retained their title.
Day 2 - Highlights
Guided sightseeing tour Paris – Pupils were give a combined coach and walking tour of the major tourist sites with time to take the customary pictures. There was also time for the pupils to walk and shop up the Champs Elysees before the group then split up and either went up the Arc de Triomphe or into Notre Dame Cathedral.
Rugby Tournament - Group matches – As part of an international rugby tournament the Rugby squad played 2 matches to decide if they would progress to either the cup or plate competition on the second day. The opposition of Judd School and North Walsham RFC had good reputations and provided a good test. The test was unfortunately too tough and Tavistock were unsuccessful in winning both group games which placed them in the plate competition in the knockout stages.
Netball Tournament – Group matches – Tavistock entered 2 teams into this year tournament; team Tavi (top right) and team Pari (Bottom right). Both teams played against some high class opposition and the eventual winners in the group games. Team Pari progressed into the shield competition and team Tavi into the plate competition.
Day 3– Highlights
Day at Disneyland – The pupils were give free range of both parks for the day and with this the pupils made the most of their time with ‘Space Mountain’ being most memorable and many have souvenirs from the day.
Football match V’s FC Magny le Hongre
Result: 1-1 (Jason Vincent)
Man of the match: Lee Thyer
Here is the match report from the captain Jason Vincent:
The first game was a very physical encounter against good opposition. The possession was even and chances at both ends were limited with lots of the game played in midfield. Tavistock eventually took the lead by Teigan Rosenquest playing a through ball into the path of Jason Vincent who beat the offside trap and finished low into the bottom corner.
Tavistock led into half time and were ready to not only defend their lead but add to it. Into the second half and the opposition kept pushing and tackles were flying in, non-more so than in defence by Lee Thyer. Tom then had a great chance late on to secure the win but was unable to convert in front of goal. Immediately after the opposition in their final attack controversially scored a heart breaking equaliser as Charlie Barriball was fouled in the build-up as the game ended 1-1.
Day 4 – Highlights
Bateau Mouche Seine River Cruise–The pupils started the day with a relaxing cruise on the river through the heart of Paris so to take in more of the major monuments from a different perspective.
Rugby tournaments – Knock out cup – After qualifying for the plate competition, Tavistock were to face the team who they lost to in the earlier rounds. Tavistock this time made a big improvement and although lost, they reduced the losing margin and the game was much closer. With a tremendous effort and applying constant pressure Tavistock were beaten finalist and received the runners up cup.
Rugby Tournament Report from the captain, Morgan Warnett and Bert Rodgers (in the style of 300 Spartans).
The days were hot and the nights never came for 15 Spartan. The searing sun made the games hard on the blood ridden battle field that we call the rugby pitch. The opposition were fierce but we had our secret weapon…Lee Thyer of Athens, with his forward passing and his volleyball style play, the likes of which the enemy never expected. We tasted French blood that day as we left our women at home to fight knowing some will never see them again. We left as boys and became men as our lord king Forster drove us into battle with Corporal Beattie at his side. War cries were made, men were lost but we came and left as Spartans with our victory secured as Warnett holds aloft his shield in one hand and the cup in another!
Netball tournament - Knockout Plate and Shield competitions
Tournament reports from the captains
Team Pari (Fen Eastaugh)
GAME 1: Lost 7-3 – Good warm up game and ended on a high with good shooting from player if the match Rachael Hooper.
GAME 2: Won 12-3 – Had such a good match with an improved performance which helped us progress into the shield. Player of the match: Harriet Cazaly.
GAME 3: Lost 18-2 – Bought our sprits down as this was our toughest opposition and they went on to win the competition. Player of the match: Heather Wright
GAME 4: Won 9-4 – Played the semi-finals against a good opponent and produced an amazing performance with teamwork and communication. This really boosted our sprit for the final. Player of the match: India Galbraith
GAME 5 – Lost 9-2 – A hard fought final and we played great up to half time but could not maintain the level as the other team went from strength to strength and were deserved winners. Player of the match: Freja Nowak.
Player of the tournament: Beth Alford for her team spirit and consistency of play and high levels of skill.
Team Tavi (Lucy Sloman)
At the start of the tournament the matches were very challenging. We tried our best in all our games and played with great team spirit despite losing our group games and getting placed into the plate competition for the knockout stages. We approached the knockout stages with the attitude that we were going to win and progress into the final. After making the progress into the final, we were up 1-0 in the first quarter with a goal from Lucy Sloman and assisted by Georgia Allison. Further goals were then scored by Georgia Allison, Freja Nowark and 2 further goals from Lucy Sloman. The final ended 6-3 to Tavistock and we were champions. Player of the final: Laurel Northmore.
Rugby and Netball presentation dinner –The final instalment of the tour was an evening meal back at Disneyland
which was arranged by the tour company ‘Sports Experiences’. After the meal, the presentation took place with professional rugby and England Netball players attending to award Tavistock with:
• Rugby plate runners up award
• Sprit of the game award
• Netball Shield runners up award
• Netball Plate winners award
Congratulations to all the teams and a special mention to the coaches on tour for their guidance and installing a real team spirit.
Day 5 – Highlights
Stadium Tour of Stade de France –The Tour of the national stadium allowed behind the scenes access to the players dressing rooms and pitch side via the players tunnel.
Football match V’s Emerainville FC – The second and final tour game was set the standard in terms of quality of skill, teamwork and gamesmanship. The final score was 5-2 to Tavistock College! The football squad were deserving of the win with an outstanding performance and this secured the first win on tour for 5 years.
Match Report by the Captain, Jason Vincent
Result: Win 5-2 (Jason Vincent (4) and Max Williams) – Man of the match: Jason Vincent
We started off strong with a good positive attitude and took the lead early on through Jason Vincent. There was some great build up play leading up to the goal by Adam Thyer who beat a player and delivered a great cross in to the box for Max Williams to head in from close range. Jason Vincent soon added a second after a short passing interplay with Max Williams before slotting the ball between the keepers’ legs. The opposition responded with a good goal before half time and the score line was 2-1 as we headed into the break.
After half time the pace of the game slowed which played into Tavistock hands as we began to control the game. Jason Vincent began to combine with Teigan Rosenquest in attack and finished with 2 strikes from into the box. The defence also had a lot of work to do as the opposition tried to get back into the game with notable performances from Tom McMahon and Charlie Barriball. Late on in the game Jason Vincent produce the goal of the game with a 30 yard shot straight into the top corner. This win was the first in 5 years and the team were incredible.
Day 6 - Highlights
The final day was a chance to reflect on great performances and experiences alike with the journey home reaching Tavistock late in the night. The pupils now have their photos and DVD video to look back on and remember their achievements. All the pupils represented the college with pride and behaviour on and off the field were exemplary with all squads supporting the other on the side lines. It was a pleasure to take such a fantastic group of pupils and witnesses the best results from Tavistock College teams whilst on tour. The task now starts again with the planning of next year Sports Tour.
Message from the tour captain, Joe Sellars on behalf of the pupils:
All the pupils would like to thanks all those who made this trip possible, especially the staff who came with us. There are so many special memories from this trip and everyone had a brilliant time. As special mention goes to Mr Corkell for both organising this trip and providing lots of laughter on the way. I highly recommend this trip to all those pupils who are invited on the Sports tour in the future as this is a once in a lifetime opportunity!
Mr Corkell (Tour party leader).
The year 7 Rugby team attended the annual Cunningham Cup last Friday and competed alongside the Plymouth Schools.
Tavistock got drawn in a tough group and played the eventual winner of both the cup (DHSB) and shield competitions (Ivybridge). Both games were hard fought and the team were on the defensive for most of the games. With losing both pool matches, Tavistock were placed into the 3rd tier plate completion with other teams who qualified 3rd from their pools. Tavistock were to meet Heles School and Ridgeway in the plate competition and with the motivation to take forward the positives from the pool games, won both plate games and won the trophy.
There were many stand out players this tournament from the try scoring of Conor and the captaincy of Luke. However for consistency and hard work in defence, my man of the tournament goes to Jason on this occasion.
Tavistock 5 Vs 25 Ivybridge (Trys: Conor )
Tavistock 5 Vs 30 DHSB (Trys: Conor)
Tavistock 35 Vs 0 Heles School (Trys: Luke, Jason, Seb, Tom and Conor
Tavistock 15 Vs 5 Ridgeway (Trys: Conor, Ewan and Matt )
Well done to all the team: Jason 07T, Archie A 07BA, Archie H 07T, Jack 07DA, Ewan 07DA, Matt 07DA, Tom 07D, Luke 07TA, Ben 07D, Connor 07GA, Sam 07B, Seb 07BA and Isaac 07F
Tavistock College Student Ed Larkin played for the West Country Hawks Wheelchair Rugby Team on Saturday in an exhibition match against a mixture of players primarily from South Wales Pirates Wheelchair Rugby Team but also 5 players from the GB Wheelchair Rugby Team.
Ed was the youngest player on court at only 14 however he held his own very well against other bigger stronger players. Ed's determination not to be beaten by international players showed great heart and desire to win. His excellent all round performance got him the nomination of player of the match for the first game.
After speaking to the Chief Executive and Head Coach of GB Wheelchair rugby they have great hopes for Ed and think if he keeps training and playing hard then he has a good possibility of making the GB team for Rio 2016.
On Friday 23rd November 2012, Tavistock PE Faculty hosted the inaugural Sports Personality of the Year Awards evening. The concept of this awards evening was to celebrate the effort and achievements of Tavistock College PE Students this year. The evening proved to be a great success with in excess of 200 people attending the event, this included students, staff, parents and members of the community.
The evening comprised of numerous awards being presented in various categories including effort and achievement in curriculum time; contribution to the College through sport; achievement in examination and leadership qualifications being delivered at the College and outstanding practical performers for students who have excelled in the sporting arena. There were also student performances with a Year 8 Gymnastics vaulting display and a Year 8 Tae Kwon Do display by sisters Annabell and Clarissa Mears. There was time to reflect on the Year 10 Paris Football and Rugby Sports Tour which took place in Easter and a chance for audience participation in a Question of Sport.
The Special Achievement award was awarded to Saskia Sills
Where do I start! Inspired by their brother to start windsurfing and now years later there can't be many who are not inspired by her. There are not many who can say they won their first world title at the age of 13 and have continued to fly the British flag proudly. She recently took the under 17 title.
Saskia was also nominated for the prestigious Rolex World Sailor of the year, I will emphasise the word WORLD; sadly Saskia didn't win but being up against the likes of Ben Annislie shows how stiff the competition is. In our eyes just being nominated was an incredible success and totally amazing.
When I talk to Saskia and Imogen I find it hard to believe that they are so successful in and out of school, they have great friends and are the most down to earth humble young ladies you will ever meet. I truly wish them all the luck in the world and can't wait to watch them in the 2016 Olympics collecting their well deserved medals.
(Mrs. Doyle – PE Faculty)
The main award for the Sports Personality of the year was shortlisted to eight students these were ; Darcey Hepworth; Luke Northmore; Flo Rodgers; Saskia Sills; Rebecca Banks; Imogen Sills; Aaron Northmore and Keir Murphy
In 1st place was Flo Rodgers
When I think of Physical Education students at Tavistock College Flo Rodgers is the first name that I think of every time and this is why she deserves to be sports personality of the year……. I could leave it there but I would be doing her a massive injustice by not sharing with you all exactly what Flo brings to the PE department. Flo is an extremely talented sports women who has seen successes in many different sports. She is always willing to give things ago and frustratingly she is always successful!!!! She is an invaluable member of a number of different sports teams and has been for the last 6 years. In GCSE PE she would always go above and beyond what was expected. She was one of the only students to complete extra exam questions and every time history twilight was cancelled she would always turn up to the exam revision. Over the last two years I could not have run netball club, organised tournaments and attended fixtures without the help of 3 sixth form students, Annabel Longden and Meg McCormick who have also been absolutely fantastic. Not only do they coach them on their own but they attend all their netball fixtures and help with umpiring. They recently helped to organise the primary netball festival assisting younger students umpiring.
Mrs. Blackmore (PE faculty)
In 2nd place was Saskia Sills
This young lady has a list of achievements and amazing qualities that I could tell you about all night…..well I have talked about her already. Saskia is helpful, hardworking, talented and determined to improve. Saskia really does deserve to be on this list she is a role model in Tavistock College and across the Country.
(Mrs. Doyle – PE faculty)
In 3rd place was Aaron Northmore
Aaron has contributed immensely to PE at Tavistock College. In the practical arena he has shown a high standard of performance with county honours in football, but he doesn’t stop there. Aaron always offers his services and works tirelessly to develop PE and has been actively involved in the student voiced Sports Council, leading and supporting younger students in lessons and also at local primary school events. He is a great role model and ambassador for PE at this college and is deservedly in the shortlist for the Sports Personality Award.
(Mr. Hulbert – PE faculty)
The evening highlighted the immense sporting talent we have at Tavistock
College and we wait in anticipation for the Sports Personality of the
Year Awards evening 2013.
After working with some of our exceptionally talented young sports people at Tavistock College and following conversations with Noah Gargett our talented year 7 diver I discovered that he struggles with nerves before a big event so I thought who better to talk to than Saskia Sills who has had her fair share of nerve racking sporting events.
Noah and Saskia meet one morning and they discussed how they are affected by nerves. As result of the conversation Noah was given 3 different techniques that Saskia finds work for her and he is going to try them out to try and eliminate those nerves. I hope that Noah found the session useful, I certainly learnt a thing or two about the pressures these youngsters are put under.
Thank you for your time Saskia and good luck with the next event Noah.
Emily Morley (Year 9) started karate when she was 5 years old, after years of hard work she is now a Black Junior Belt, Emily trains every evening for two hours. To gain the black belt she had a 7 hour grading, it will take Emily another 4 years of hard work to gain her first Dan.
Emily's most recent competitive results saw her taking away gold and silver medals but to do this she again had to endure two days of fighting grown men!
Keep up the good work Emily and we look forward to hearing about more of your successes.