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Sports House Captains

All KS 4 students have recently had the opportunity to write a letter of application to become a House or Vice-Captain for their house. There were some fantastic letters stating the reasons why they would like the role and the skills and attributes that they could provide in order for them to be successful.

The successful candidates are Abbie, Kane, Amber and Ewan for Polhawn, Salma for Tregonhawke, Bethany and Cameron for Freathy and Jessica, Grace, Bethan and Jack for Tregantle.

The students had their first meeting in the first week back after half term. They discussed ideas on sports and activities to run in order for students to earn points for their houses throughout the year. A huge well done to all of them and thank you to all the students who took time to apply for the positions.

Mrs Batty

JPL/rt

20th October 2017

Dear Parent/Carer,

PARENT GOVERNOR ELECTION

I am writing to you to invite you to stand for election as a parent governor, or nominate another parent to do so. In our College we have provision for two parent governors and there are currently two vacancies.

The governing body, with the headteacher, has overall responsibility for the running of the school. Governing bodies have three core strategic functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the College and its pupils; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the College and making sure its money is well spent.

No special qualifications are needed and the most important thing is to have a keen interest in the College and be prepared to play an active part in the governing body’s work. Training is available for all governors and this governing body has an expectation that those new to being a governor, attend free induction training.

The enclosed sheet summarises the circumstances under which someone cannot serve as a governor. In addition, parents/carers who have paid employment in the College for 500 or more hours per academic year or who are elected members of the Local Authority are not eligible to stand in these elections. Nominations must be from parents or carers with children at the College on the day that nominations close.

If you would like to stand for election please complete the enclosed nomination form and return it to the College no later than Friday 3rd November 2017.  You may also include a short personal statement to support your nomination, which should be no longer than 250 words. Self-nominations will be accepted but if you are nominating another parent, please seek their prior consent.

If there are more nominations than vacancies, the election will be by secret ballot. If that is necessary, voting papers will be sent to all parents together with details of the ballot procedure.

Yours faithfully,

Miss R Turner

Clerk to Governors

Parent Governor Vacancy Nomination Form

Qualifications and disqualifications to serve as a school governor

Head Teachers Award

In September TCC congratulated Jess Carter for winning the coveted Head Teacher’s Award, this was awarded to Jess for her excellent commitment to the College, her determination to succeed and her involvement with numerous extra-curricular activities.

Ten Tors Introductory Walk

Well done to the students who took part in the first Ten Tors training walk on Sunday 15th October. The students successfully completed the circular route from Leeden Tor car park, passing through Princetown and North Hessary television mast before returning to the car park.  They have already started to learn new skills such as navigation and team work.

There is a meeting for those students wishing to continue with the training for the Ten Tors Challenge 2018, and their parents, on Wednesday 18th October 6.30pm – 7.30pm in the College’s main hall.

Academic Review Day – November 2017

Academic Review Day is an opportunity to meet with your child’s tutor along with senior members of staff. The purpose of the meeting is to look at the latest report on your child including effort and progress made this year towards the targets set or the programme of study.  Letters have been given out to students today. Please return the slip to your child’s tutor by Wednesday 1st November.

Road Closure Bus Changes

Due to the closure of the road between Seaton and Hessenford for the period 30th October 2017 – 22nd December, Plymouth Citybus have had to amend their timetable/route of the Number 75 bus (Torpoint – Liskeard). The bus will continue to arrive at the College at the usual time of 8:26, however times vary slightly at different stops along the route.

Please click here for the revised timetable.

A busy week in Science for Year 12 Chemists and Year 9 biologists.

The Year 12 A’ level Chemistry class had a practical lesson on how to make a standard solution. The technique and necessary calculation were demonstrated to the class by one of our dedicated technician team. This is the same process in making a solution of known concentration that our technician team use in every day of their role here in Science at TCC. This skill forms part of the A’ level Practical Endorsement in Chemistry.

Year 9 have been busy looking into the internal structures of a leaf. They have made detailed net models showing the individual parts within the leaf and have taken time to add labels. Do you know your Xylem from your Phloem? Year 9 do!

Scholastic Book Fair

At TCC we love reading and are keen for our students to develop a lifelong love of reading for pleasure. Year 7 and 8 students already access the Accelerated Reader programme and read a Library book as part of every English lesson.

During the week beginning 13th November we will be holding a Scholastic Book Fair. There will be a selection of over 200 books which can be paid for and taken away on the day or ordered for delivery to the College. The book selection contains more than thirty exclusives that won’t be found elsewhere and has prices starting from only £2.99 with a variety of discounts.

Students are welcome to come and have a look at the books in the library during the school day and take away a brochure to look through at home. The display cases of books will also be available for students to look at with parents during ARD appointments on Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th November.

All students at TCC will benefit from the book fair as every book sold will help us earn points to spend on new books for the library.

We look forward to seeing you.

https://www.scholastic.co.uk

Post 16 Pathways Trip to Plymouth College of Art

On Thursday 28th September a group of 30 Art, Business, Computing and Media Year 12 and 13 students attended a Pathways Trip to Plymouth College of Art. This trip was to introduce students from TCC to the facilities on offer at PCA and also to look at possible degree programmes in related fields to their A’ Levels.

Workshops included Creative Advertising and Brand, Fashion, Painting and Drawing, Campus Tour including Fab Lab 3D scanning, photography studios and Green Screen Studio.

Our students were all willing to get involved in all of the workshops despite some not being their chosen specialist area.

We are planning more trips to PCA in the near future as well as working in partnership on portfolio advice and guidance and mock interviews for our Post 16 students, exciting collaborative projects in KS3 and much more.

Well done to the Year 12 and 13 students who came on the trip; you were all polite and engaged really well with the tasks set for you.

GCSE Drama Success!

Year 11 GCSE Drama students took to the stage this week showcasing extremely professional and very well-rehearsed, devised performances.

They had devised their own performance based on a given stimuli on ASD, including the ‘Amazing things happen’ video. All students performed to the best of their ability and their commitment and focus was excellent.

Ms Childs, Lead for Drama, said ‘This new GCSE course is so different as so much of the work is independent but the students have shown outstanding talent and creativity. It has been a joy to watch their performances develop into such thoughtful pieces of contemporary theatre’.

GCSE Drama Open Mic special!

Another successful open Mic session from the TCC Drama department.

Last week students were treated to a replay of the year 11 GCSE performances live on stage.

The performances, devised by the students themselves from a stimulus about ASD showcased the students’ sensitivity, creativity and talent.

Ms Childs Head of Drama said ‘It was so great for the younger students to see the quality of the GCSE performances. They are great role models for aspiring GCSE students. The open Mic sessions have such a great, supportive atmosphere’.

There are a few free spots left at this week’s open Mic session and any interested students should contact Ms Childs!

Royal Marines Visit

Year 9 students will be bringing letters home this week via satchel post to tell you about an exciting and fun opportunity for them on Thursday 19th October. We have invited the Royal Marines Visibility Team into TCC to work with year 9 students. Students will take part in activities for a 2 hour session – either during P.1 and P.2 or during P.3 and P.4. Activities will include core physical fitness, team building and leadership tasks. All students will then watch a presentation by the Marines during P.5 to find out more about their role and possible careers. Please check the letter for more information about this exciting event! Mrs Bray and Mrs Blandin.

Ten Tors 2018

Assemblies have taken place this week about the Ten Tors Challenge 2018, which is for students in Year 9 & above.  Any student who would like to train for this amazing event needs to:

Collect and return a consent form

Attend a meeting on Wednesday 11th Oct at 6.30pm in the library

Go on the introductory walk on Sunday 15th

A meeting with parents & carers will take place on Wednesday 18th Oct for those who wish to continue to train for the Challenge.

 

Food and Nutrition

During this Academic Year students in Year 9 spend one term in Food and Nutrition on the Art and DT carousel. So far this term the students have made Victoria Sponge cake, pizza, lasagne and Bakewell Tart. They will also be making chicken and bacon pie, a vegetarian dish of their own choice and cheesecake. This year we have also introduced a star baker in every lesson. So far in Year 9 Isabella and Liam won for their Victoria sponges, Liv and Caden won for their pizzas and Bobbie won for her lasagne.

Well done year 9!

Aaron is a TCC TV Star!

Former TCC student Aaron Dart has recently starred in local TV drama ‘Doc Martin’. Aaron who studied Drama at TCC before heading to London to train at East 15 drama school in Essex auditioned for the part in February in Truro and heard 3 weeks later that he had been offered a part playing opposite star Martin Clunes as the maître d in a restaurant scene.

Aaron has recently returned to his family home in Torpoint to celebrate his 23rd birthday and held a viewing party with family and friends to celebrate his television debut.

Aaron said that it was a great experience and definitely something he could get used to! He also wanted to thank TCC and all the staff who supported him during his time at the College.

Well done Aaron, we are so proud of you!

Next Steps South West

Year 10 students at Torpoint Community College have recently watched a performance from the Barbican Theatre Company. The performance was called “Why Would You?” and focussed on the benefits of studying at University and misconceptions around the student loan and future debt. This is part of our work with ‘Next Steps’; a collaborative outreach project of local universities.  Selected students took part in a workshop following the play, exploring the issues raised in more detail. The students contributed very positively and made some great points! Well done to all who took part and thank you to Next Steps and the amazing Barbican Theatre Company. Please visit the Careers Pilot website if you want to do some more careers research!

http://www.careerpilot.org.uk/

https://nextstepssw.ac.uk/

Mrs Bray.

School Funding News

Please see the following links for important information and facts about school funding…

Response to National Funding Formula Announcement

Fact Sheet Sept. 2017

Activities Week Outstanding Payments

A gentle reminder to parents/carers that there are still some payments outstanding from this year’s Activities Week. Please check your ParentPay accounts, or contact the Finance Office, for outstanding balances.