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TORPOINT SIX FORM STUDENTS SUCCESS IN UK MATHS COMPETITION!

Five of our top mathematicians in Years 12 and 13 took part in the UK Senior Maths Challenge. The maths challenge is a one and a half hour paper that contains a variety of questions that involve puzzles, problems, logic as well as maths, which make them challenging and enjoyable to those taking part. It is a national competition with the best mathematicians from all over the UK taking part. The paper is designed to challenge the most able students and get them to think about the maths skills that they need to use.  Brad Chapman of Year 13 achieved a Bronze certificate, Best in Year 13 and Best in School and Rosie Richardson achieved Best in Year 12. Louis Sanderson (Year 13) , Finn Woodrow (Year 12) and Jack Battersby (Year 12) also participated in the challenging competition and narrowly missed out on awards. Well done guys!

Cam Tech Sport students

The Year 12 Cam Tech Sport students went to Marjon University on Tuesday 21st January. It was to an open day to advertise their new Health and Wellbeing Practitioner Course which is being launched from September this year. The students got a tour of the Sports Science facilities and saw all the equipment that the students there get to utilise. They also had a go at Nordic Walking which is a prescribed form of exercise for individuals with back pain. We met many of the lecturers that would be leading the course who were impressed with our students’ enthusiasm. A really enjoyable and informative day.

Mathematical Olympiad!

Kara Atterbury, Catrin Rigby, Kate Teppin, and Rosie Richardson all volunteered to take part in the Mathematical Olympiad Competition held last October. This is a national competition which has been designed to encourage girls to tackle advanced mathematical problems.  The competition is for girls only and is aimed at Sixth Form students. However, we were really pleased that two of our Year 11 students volunteered to participate in this competition. The Olympiad is a 2.5 hour competition which consists of five challenging mathematical problems. Each problem requires a full and written solution. This was the first time any of our students had entered this competition and our girls did extremely well, narrowly missing out on awards. Well done Ladies!!

Girls Football

Unfortunately the first U13 and U15 Girls Football Match was postponed. However, to keep the momentum for the new girls football team going and to reward their commitment to lunchtime clubs in less than favourable weather we played an inter school game. The skills shown by the U13s is already great and the U15s enthusiasm and communication is working really well. I am really looking forward to working with this group of girls and seeing how they improve and progress. Well done girls. Girls Football practice is Tuesday lunchtimes on the front field.

Ten Tors 2020

Well done to all who took part in the first Ten Tors training of 2020.  The students successfully completed a route around the military ring road near Okehampton Army Camp. Visibility was excellent, but they still had to endure cold winds and hail showers.

The next walk is on Sunday 26th January, with the planning meeting taking place on Wednesday 22nd January.

South West and Wales Indoor Athletics Championships

Congratulations to Poppy and Rosie who both competed against girls a year older than themselves at the SW and Wales Indoor Championships recently at Cardiff with both performing exceptionally well.

Poppy came 2nd in the 75m hurdle heat, and 4th overall, so just missing a podium position but coming 1st in her age group. Later in the day Poppy ran a great 800m race, again in the Under 15 category so racing older girls. She won the whole event bringing back Gold for the South West in a great time of 2.21 (a new pb for indoors).

Rosie ran a great 60m sprint in the Under 15s too and set a great time to try and beat this season.

Well done girls!

Badminton News

The County badminton finals are coming up at Truro for our Under 12 boys team and our Under 14 and Under 16 girls teams. Team practice is every Tuesday lunch time. Team members should have collected their letters from the PE office. For us to be able to take all players we will need a parent to drive and take a few students. If any parents can help we would be very grateful (Tuesday 4th February – departing  7.15am and returning at 4.30pm).

Miss Milford

Holocaust Memorial Day

We would like to extend a warm invitation to Torpoint Community College’s commemoration of Holocaust Memorial Day in 2020. This will take the form of an art exhibition, to be open for viewing on Friday 24th January from 4.00pm, in the Kensa Gallery at Torpoint Community College. We aim to close the gallery at 6.30pm.

Every student across Key Stage 3 has worked extremely hard to contribute to a piece of art work for the art exhibition. This year, the theme of Holocaust Memorial Day is ‘Stand Together’ and the student’s art work holds this theme at its heart.

You may recall that we were honoured to receive a survivor of the Holocaust, Mala Tribich MBE, to our College two years ago to work with staff on delivering challenging subjects to students. When responding to a question from a member of staff, Mala gave us an instruction…to ‘tell the stories of those who can not’.

We hope, that in our own way, we have begun to tell these stories and that by standing together, we have begun to respond to Mala’s request, commemorating those who lost their lives in the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.

If you are able to attend, you would be most welcome. Please could you contact Mrs Lane at the College to indicate if any special requirements are needed. You can either telephone the College, or email her directly on lane.c@torpoint.cornwall.sch.uk We look forward to welcoming you to our College on the eve of this very important national event.

Cross Country

This awesome set of students braved the elements on 11th December at Newquay Sports Centre for the Cross Country Team Relay Event.

To say it was cold was an understatement and the wind, coupled with the saturated ground, meant the running conditions were pretty challenging. All individuals ran so well. Our Year 7 girls and boys teams came 14th and 16th out of 24 teams and the Junior girls and boys came 18th and 16th out of 22 teams. Brilliant results taking into consideration that there were independent schools with county runners representing them.

I was so proud to be a teacher of the students representing Torpoint at this event. The team atmosphere was amazing. Those who had finished, or waiting to compete, ran each and every member of their school in to the finish line for their lap.

Well done everyone!

Mrs Batty

Immunisation Notice

Deadline to submit consent is Wednesday 15th January 2020

We have received the below message from the NHS regarding the next round of immunisations due on 17th January 2020

 From January through to July 2020 we will be delivering the Tetanus/Diphtheria/Polio and Meningitis ACWY part of the programme again, along with HPV vaccinations for any children who missed out the first time around.  I would be very grateful if you would circulate the attached letters to parents on our behalf.  The letters contain links to the online consent forms, further information about the vaccines and our telephone numbers for any parents who may have difficulties accessing the form.

HPV Reminder Letter

This is for parents/guardians of year 8 girls and boys and year 9 girls.  Many parents will have already submitted a form.  If a child was absent or refused on the day, parents do not need to complete another form.  This letter is a reminder for those who have not yet consented and wish to do so.  

Tetanus/Diphtheria/Polio and Meningitis ACWY Letter

This is for parents/guardians of year 9 girls and boys.

As always, if your students or parents have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us on 01872 221105/06/07 and we will be very happy to help.

Exam Success

Congratulations to Year 8 student QiQi who was recently presented with her exam certificate for the Grade 9 GCSE she gained in Chinese (spoken Mandarin) during the summer exams.

Well done QiQi!

 HPV Reminder Letter

This is for parents/guardians of Year 8 girls and boys and Year 9 girls.  Many parents will have already submitted a form.  If a child was absent from, or refused, their HPV vaccination in September 2019 parents do not need to complete another form.  This letter is a reminder for those who have not yet consented and wish to do so in order that their child can receive the immunisation on 17th January 2020.

 HPV Reminder Letter

GCSE Celebration Breakfast

On Friday 13th December it was a huge pleasure to welcome back to the College members of last year’s Year 11.  It was wonderful to see over 80 students back together as a year group for one last time to receive their GCSE Certificates, celebrate their success and tuck into a cooked breakfast courtesy of the Catering Team.  Head of Sixth Form, Mr Golding, said “This was a cracking year group who achieved great success last year.  It was lovely to meet up with them all again today and catch up on news and share their stories about their new adventures.  On behalf of the College I would like to congratulate them all, wish them a lovely Christmas and best wishes for everything they do in the future”.

Dear Parents & Carers

Getting support during school holidays:

Holidays can be stressful times for parents and students and it can be hard to know where to turn, especially when school is closed. Our  ‘worries’ email is checked regularly by the Safeguarding Team during holiday periods. This is a confidential email that you can use to contact us at any time during the holiday period as well as during term time. Our website also signposts some useful specialist agencies if you need any support during times when the College is closed. 

You can get in touch via:

worries@torpoint.cornwall.sch.uk

or you can find the details of support agencies in the pastoral section of our website.

The TCC Safeguarding Team would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a relaxing and peaceful Christmas holiday .

Netball News#

Congratulations to the Year 9 and 10 netball teams who have completed their final fixtures for the South East Cornwall netball league with both teams finishing unbeaten and top of the league.

Year 9 played well against Liskeard A in their first match.  Charlotte, Kaci, Marley and Beth defended solidly letting very few passes get in to the Liskeard D. They communicated well with Mia and Holly T who controlled the centre third and fed strongly to Holly M and Keeley who both moved and communicated well together. At half time they realised more control was needed so they slowed their game down and with a fantastic shooting rate from Keeley.

Torpoint 21 Liskeard A 1 (Nominated player Mia)

They continued their form against Tavistock with a few changes to the team. Maddie N, Holly T and Keeley defended really effectively, intercepting most attempts by Tavistock to get in to shoot. Beth and Mia passed and moved strongly through the centre third to Bridgette and Marley who timed their movements really well together. Accurate shooting secured a second win of Torpoint 34  Tavistock 4 (Nominated player Bridgette).

Year 10 started their game against Liskeard with some comical and unusual errors in the first half but still leading at half time. After a good half time team talk they settled really well in the second half and showed how much they’ve improved as a team this season. Hannah,  Rosie and Ruby stopping most attempts at attack and controlling play much more effectively through to Lucy and Emily who supported some effective circle play for their shooters. Abi and Maddy’s timing improved quickly to receive strong passes in to the D from Rosie. Shooting accuracy improved as the game progressed with Maddy hitting excellent shooting form in the second half to win.

Torpoint 12 Liskeard A 4 (Nominated player Rosie)

Against Tavistock A they didn’t make any changes but decided to focus on shape and control which they did really well to win.

Torpoint 21 Tavistock 4 ( Nominated player Rosie)

A fantastic evening of netball with committed, enthusiastic players who always want to support each other, play their best and have a giggle along the way.

Thank you to Mrs Thomson for assisting with transport and allowing our full squad to travel and play. Much appreciated.

This week’s Christmas team practices will see goals secure team chocolates. Team training sessions are on the PE notice board.

Miss Milford

Karate championships

Congratulations to Ruby, Logan and Harrison who have recently taken part in the International Japanese Karate Association (jka) championships in Crawley.

All 3 of them came back with a medal each in their category. Logan with bronze, Harry with silver and Ruby with gold.

This was their first competition with DSKC, (Devonport Shotokan Karate Club) and is a massive achievement as clubs attended from all over the world. 

Well done!

Year 11 Mock Interviews

Thank-you to the Year 11s who took part in the mock interview event. The College was supported by a wide range of employers, including  former students, and each student was able to complete a mock interview which gave them a chance to practice their interview skills.

Students were asked to prepare their CVs in advance and the employers were able to feedback to students how to improve their CVs further as well as their interview skills to enhance their employability. Some students dressed for success and looked incredibly smart for their interview. Students were nervous at first about the interviews but were really buzzing after them and the event really helped to increase their confidence and ability to cope in an interview situation.

We would like to thank the following for supporting this event:

Jack Evans (alumni) recent graduate from Plymouth University with a Degree in Computer and Information Security, currently working for BT in Cheltenham as a Security Software Engineer

Molly Hosking and Theresa Lynch from the Valuation Office Agency (Plymouth)

Jos Montgomery-Peters (alumni) owner of Devonshires Garage and financial advisor

Andrew Downing, Business Consultant

John Graham, Field Service Engineer, Olympus Medical, STEM Ambassador

Katherine Archer, Marketing Coordinator, Services Design Solution Ltd

Katie Wake, Services Design Solution Ltd

Ray Clarke, Project Design Consultancy Ltd

Steve Lee (alumni) Kier

Sarah Rogers, Babcock Graduate Engineer and STEM Ambassador

Ben Hosking, Babcock Graduate Engineer and STEM Ambassador

James Clarke, Babcock Graduate Engineer and STEM Ambassador

Kate Whetter, Royal Society of Chemistry Education Coordinator for the South West

David Sellars, Careers and Enterprise Company Enterprise Coordinator

Julie Putman , TCC’s amazing Enterprise Adviser from the CIOB

CPO Richard Tremain, Royal Navy Careers Office.

Apprenticeships Information

The latest apprenticeship information & advice for parents, supported by the National Apprenticeship Service, can be found here: https://amazingapprenticeships.com/resource/parents-pack-december-2019/

The new December Parents Pack includes application tips with BT, the life of an apprentice at Troup Bywaters + Anders, what’s expected in the workplace, 5 questions to ask when figuring out your options, current vacancies and much more.