DNA Electrophoresis: Year 13 Biology

Year 13 A2 Biologists completed a genetics practical on 3rd April. They were tasked with analysing 24 samples of DNA to track the inheritance of a recessive autosomal condition. Students used cutting edge Science to fragment the DNA using restriction enzymes then separate the DNA fragments by running gel electrophoresis, which uses electricity to separate DNA by size.

The final picture shows the DNA bands on the agarose gel which are then analysed to work out the genotype and phenotype of the individual with respect to the trait being investigated. DNA electrophoresis is the basis of the genetic fingerprint techniques used in forensics and paternity disputes.

Well-done to Year 13 Biologist for your excellent focus during the practical – which took several hours to complete and to our fantastic Science technicians for preparing the equipment.

Miss Carr and Mrs Bray.

Athletics Success

Poppy and Rosie competed in the Bournemouth Athletics Open last week. Rosie did a great Long Jump 4 m34 and Poppy achieved new Pb’s  in the 200m with 28.5secs and in the 800m 2.22.9sec. Fantastic achievements from them both with Poppy now currently number 1 in the UK at the start of the season.

Athletics practices start on Wednesday lunch time after half term for those interested. We have the Cornwall Champs and the East Cornwall Super 8s qualifier dates ready to work towards.

Miss Milford

Spanish Success!

Congratualtions to Eliza Baker in year 10 for entering and winning the University of Exeter’s Language magazine competition! Eliza was one of 5 winners selected from GCSE students around the country. She wrote a fantastic 500 word article in Spanish entitled ‘Why I love Learning Languages’ and has won a £25 Amazon voucher. Well done Eliza for all your hard work! To see the article visit:

Ten Tors Training – 2 Day Expedition

The teams finally experienced some sunshine on the first day of their two day expedition, but at first they had the mist which tested their navigational skills.

They set off from the Y junction near Okehampton Army Camp and headed west, going close to the centre of the moors, to camp at Shortacombe. Sunday morning the teams set off again from the Y junction. Again the visibility was very poor as the teams headed east and then south. The students did well and the majority finished most of the walk, with one team finishing all of it.

A big thank you again to the adults who were out supporting the teams. There is a wild camp expedition this coming weekend but the next main walk is the Mock weekend at the end of April.

Year 8 Speed Networking Event

Julie Putman is TCC’s Enterprise Adviser working with Davina Bray (Careers Leader) and David Sellars, TCC’s Enterprise Coordinator from the Careers and Enterprise Company. Here is Julie’s write up for the Year 8 Speed Networking event held on April 1st. This employer/employee encounter is part of the College’s work towards meeting the Gatsby benchmark 5 for effective careers education and gave Year 8 students the chance to meet real people and find out about their careers and pathways to employment. Students asked excellent questions, listened attentively and we would like to thank all the visitors and students for participating in this event.

SWI Uniform Orders

The College’s uniform company SWI recommends that all orders for new uniforms are placed on or before Monday 5th August ready for the start of the new College year.

Although this is not a cut-off date, we advise early ordering to ensure students have their items in plenty of time before the start of term.

iDEA Awards

Congratulations to the following students who, this week, have received their Bronze iDEA awards from Buckingham Place.

  • Kieran F
  • Harry F
  • Phoebe C
  • Liam N
  • Alex F
  • Calum B
  •  Rosie D
  • Ella W
  • Lucy F

All students in years 7,8,and 9 are working to complete their Inspiring Digital Enterprise (iDEA) awards. More information about the awards can be found here

National Championship Surf Lifesaving


Year 7 student Seth has recently competed in the National Championship Surf Lifesaving competition in Cardiff and won gold in the Board relay 13 year old boys national champions 2019 event. Well done Seth!

Football News

Congratulations to Oliver Small who has been selected for The East Cornwall Schoolboys team. Oliver has now played two matches against other teams. This comes on the back of being selected to attend trials at Stoke City FC.

Well done Oliver – keep up the good work.

East Cornwall Netball Finals

TCC Year 7 , 8 and 9 netball teams had a fantastic end to the netball season at the East Cornwall finals in Bude on 20th March.

Year 7, captained by Holly ,went in to the finals unbeaten and had a great tournament. Their performance against Bude showed excellent team work and communication winning14-2 and the same against Wadebridge winning 9-1. Their results mean they are East Cornwall Champions 2019 and they finish their season unbeaten. 
Nominated players were Poppy against Bude and Rosie against Wadebridge, both for their excellent passing, movement and shooting as GA and GS. This is a talented team of girls who have bonded well, trained very hard and competed really successfully in their first season.

Year 8, captained by Mia, also went in to the finals unbeaten. They started with an excellent win of 13-8 against Bude playing some of the best netball they’ve played all season, with excellent control, timing and accuracy. Their second match was their toughest yet and saw them come up against a very strong, well organised Wadebridge team. Despite their best efforts they lost 13-3. They finished their tournament on a high beating Callington 6-3 to finish in second place. 
Nominated players were Beth against Bude and Callington, and Bridgette against Wadebridge. A fantastic season for a team that has developed enormously this year showing excellent commitment to training and a hugely competitive spirit.

The Year 9 girls, joint captained by Rosie and Maddy, started the season without a full team of committed players and has seen new players come and go so to get to the finals has been a massive achievement for those who have persevered. They came up against a strong Bude and Wadebridge team losing both matches but still maintaining high spirits and looking for the positives . Having recently lost to Callington 12- 4 they were determined to give it their all in their final match and narrow the gap which they did losing by only one goal at 13-12 with Callington. 
Nominated players were Rosie against Bude and Maddy against Wadebridge. This team immediately set an aim of improving their fitness and skill levels to beat Callington next season. They have really impressed with their positive attitude and maturity. In decision making they always put the team first, trying to work through difficulties together and always encouraging and supporting each other.

TCC is very proud of the netball squads’ achievements and commitments this season and we look forward to watching their squad build on their achievements next season. Athletics training will start in the last week of term for anyone interested. Ask your tutors or PE teachers about training sessions.

Ten Tors Training – Sunday 17th March

Students training for the Ten Tors Challenge had a successful walk last Sunday with the visibility very good, but it was still windy and the occasional heavy hail shower.

The majority of the teams showed off their navigational skills and great team work.

Thank you to the volunteers who covered the check points throughout the day.

The next walk is the first weekend expedition on 30th – 31st March, so everyone needs to be prepared with all their kit.  The planning meeting is after College on Wednesday 27th March. 

Careers News

It’s been a busy time for Careers education again at TCC, with assemblies to mark National Careers Week and our own Careers Exhibition. To round off this year’s events all Year 10 students were taken to the Cornwall Skills Show, held at the Royal Cornwall Showground in Wadebridge, on 19th March. The Skills Show was even bigger and better this year, with a huge range of local organisations exhibiting information about further and higher education courses, apprenticeship opportunities and quality jobs in Cornwall.  The exhibits were arranged by sector and many were interactive. The space sector zone was particularly interesting and the agricultural sector zone even featured a live cow!  Thank you to Year 10 students for making this event worthwhile – make sure you read through the information you collected to help you research your next steps after Year 11 and beyond.

Rugby News

Congratulations to Year 9 student Chiana who has recently been selected for the Cornwall rugby team after attending trials. She has already played her first matches.

Well done Chiana!

TCC Careers Exhibition

On 12th March, TCC held a Careers Exhibition for all students. We would like to thank the many organisations and companies that supported us on the day including: Cornwall Fire Service, Babcock, BT with alumni James Franklin, Resilience Communications, BluescreenIT, Gill Akasters Solicitors with alumni Laura Lofting, Sainsbury’s, Princess Yachts, Becton Dickinson, University of Plymouth, Marjons, GHQ Training, PGL Training and Apprenticeships, Ministry of Defence Apprenticeships. Kernow 3D Printing, Kernow Software, CITB representing the Construction sector, the National Citizen Service, the Army and Royal Navy. The event generated lots of excitement and discussion from students on building their futures and choosing their next steps.

Athletics News

Congratulations to Kate, Poppy and Rosie who competed at the regional athletics in the indoor sports hall event representing Devon at the weekend, as the girls u13 team. Their team have won and are now off to the nationals in Manchester representing the South West, in April.