A Rewarding Week at Torpoint Community College!

This week at Torpoint Community College we have been recognising and rewarding the hard work, effort  and dedication made by some of our exceptional students this year. All year long students have had the opportunity to gain merits in their planners for a number of reasons; good behaviour, hard work, a good deed, helping and supporting others and achieving or exceeding their target grade in an assessment or piece of work.

The School has held a Merit Shop all week at lunchtimes where students were able to exchange their merits for a number of small stationery items or they could buy raffle tickets for the chance of winning some special prizes kindly donated by local companies. Some of the local businesses/shops in Torpoint as well as numerous local tourist attractions and restaurants generously donated a range of prizes for our students and there were over 25 prizes kindly donated in total.

If you would like to see a full list of all the donations given and the names of the students who won them then please follow the following link: 

List of Donations and Winners

Sainsburys kindly donated boxes of chocolates which we have used to reward tutor groups with the highest attendance and merits, and the top three students in each year group with the most merits also won £10 Amazon vouchers.

Mrs Gill Bates (Rewards Co-ordinator at the College) said  “It’s been a great week and fantastic to see individuals being recognised and rewarded for a broad range of achievements.”

Torpoint Community College would like to make a very special thank you to the following companies and charities for their very kind donations as without them this would have not been possible:

Plymouth Raiders, Adrenalin Quarry, The View Restaurant, Plymouth Ski Centre, The Monkey Sanctuary (Looe), Riverdart Country Park (Ashburton), Lanhydrock Mountain Biking, SuperTramp, The Barn Climbing Centre (Tavistock), The Emporium, The Cornish Pod, Torpoint Hardware Shop, Beauty Within, Alternative Styles, My Ami, Cycle Action Torpoint Hardware Store , Price Busters, The Co-Op and Sainsburys.

Plastic Bottle Greenhouse

On Monday the 9th July, after months of planning and collecting hundreds of plastic bottles, the Science Department and 5 students put together the plastic bottle greenhouse.   We would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for saving your plastic bottles.  Although it is not yet finished it is definitely taking shape.  We would also like to thank Kate from Torpoint allotment for donating the aluminium frame and also Caron Barker from Finance for convincing the governors and CLT to allow proceeds from the Easter raffle to be donated for the concrete base and the bamboo sticks.

Maths Challenge

In May Kieran Feeley received a Gold award and the Best in School Certificate for the UKMT Junior Maths Challenge.  This put him in the top 6% of mathematicians their age in the country which was an exceptional accomplishment!!  Kieran’s score was also so good that he was automatically entered into the next round called the Junior Kangeroo Round where only 6,300 of the very best mathematicians nationally were invited to sit this paper. Kieran sat the paper on the 12th June and scored a massive 118 marks, significantly above the average of 83, putting him in the top 25% of these students. This is truly an amazing result and it is very clear he is a very talented mathematician. Well done Kieran!

Netball Sponsored Walk

Congratulations to the Year 7 and 8 netball teams who completed their  15km sponsored coast path walk recently with positive attitudes and smiley faces all the way. As a result their netball dresses and team kit can be ordered this week. A huge thank you to the Cliff Top Café who kindly provided the girls with a free drink on completion and their generous sponsorship donation.

Well done girls!

Sports News

Congratulations to our Year 7 Super 8s athletics team who qualified for the Cornwall Schools Games final and had a really successful day at Carn Brae last week. The team did us proud with most of the girls achieving personal bests in at least one of their events and the following were successful in coming in the top 3 to medal. Kate Gray Gold 70m hurdles and bronze in long jump, Bella Aldred bronze 800m and Mia Haddon bronze javelin. Well done. A very successful first year of athletics at Torpoint Community College.

Carers Week 2018

I am writing this in the dying hours of Carers Week – 11th to 17th of June 2018 – in order to raise some awareness of those carers that may go un-noticed and un-celebrated throughout the year. So, who are carers and why as a school do we care about them? Carers are people who provide unpaid care for a friend or family member with an illness, disability, mental health problem or an addiction who cannot cope without support. As a school, it is important that we recognise who our young carers and young adult carers are.

Caring is a more difficult task than it seems. Many carers live with the person that they care for especially in the YC (Young Carers) and YAC (Young Adult Carers) community, and as soon as someone you’re living with is diagnosed with a disability, your life changes. At home you are constantly aware of it; it gives you less time to do the things that so many take for granted and home can sometimes turn into a stressful environment. Even when you go out you have to make sure everything is safe for those you are caring for while you are not there.

I am a carer for two people and that presents many problems. I’ve been a carer since I was 7 years old, although I wasn’t identified as such until I was 13. That is due to there being misconceptions. Some people assume that it is the GP who is responsible for identifying who a carer should be, but the truth is that they have a 10-15 minute appointment to find out about, and solve, the problem that you came with. Realistically do they have time to ask? No. From the perspective of a carer my GP is quite supportive, and over the last few months especially, they have been very helpful. I didn’t know about YC and YAC and I didn’t really realise that this was what I was. It is just a way of life to us.

So, why tell the school? 1 in 20 YC miss days off school due to their caring role; homework can be difficult to do in time and exhaustion is pretty common. I don’t get 8 hours of sleep a night and when you are trying to manage on a 5 hour night, it helps if somebody at school knows what you are going through. Your teachers see you 5 days a week and can help us. When things go wrong as a carer – they go really wrong. Having some sort of understanding of this helps. Teachers also have access to other support networks such as Kernow Young Carers and Kernow Young Adult Carers, which are useful as a support network to all young carers.

How can you help a young carer you know? Ask how they are and just listen to what they have to say. You probably won’t be able to help them but just listening is incredibly helpful. Encourage them to tell the school they are a carer. It is something to be proud of!

Caring is rewarding but tough. The support is out there. You may not need the support of the school or Kernow YC yet but have it there ready for when you do. When I was 13 I certainly didn’t, however in the last nine months, I certainly have. Talking is the key. Be open minded about it; I hated the word ‘carer’, but actually when you are in hospitals or dealing with authorities, it pays to speak their language, as people are more likely to listen.

Adam W.

Thank you to Adam for writing this. If you are a Young Carer or a Young Adult Carer, or you know someone who is, and you would like to talk to someone, or find out about support networks available – please let us know. You can talk to your tutor, your Head of House, or any member of staff that you trust.

We are here for you at TCC.

Military Kids Club

MKC Heroes were at the heart of Plymouth’s Armed Forces Week Flag Raising Ceremony.
The Standard Bearers were on parade with the Royal Navy, Army and RAF Cadets, as the Armed Forces Day flag was raised.
Year 7 TCC student Harry Sprague attended this event to represent the Military Kids club.

Sports News

Congratulations to Kelsey Eversfield who completed the BTEC Sport course in 6th form last year. She successfully gained one of the first fitness apprenticeships with Marjons after her A Levels. Having completed the apprenticeship this week she has been successful in gaining a full time post at Marjons University sports centre as a fitness instructor and leisure assistant.

Torpoint Student Success in UK Maths Competition!

Thirty of our top mathematicians in Years 7 and 8 took part in the UK Junior Maths Challenge in May. The Maths Challenge is a one 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.  There were fantastic results at Torpoint Community College with eleven of the students participating receiving awards.

Megan (year 8), Alex (Year 8), Quinn (Year 7),  Marley (Year 7) and Oliver (Year 7) all achieved Bronze certificates.

Louie (Year 7), Zak (Year 7)  and Maizie (Year 7) all achieved Silver certificates which puts them in the top 20% of mathematicians their age in the country.

Ben (Year 7), Bridgette (Year 7)  and Kieran (year 8) all achieved Gold certificates which puts them in the top 6% of mathematicians their age in the country! An Amazing accomplishment!! 

Bridgette and Kieran both also received the Best in Year Certificate. Kierans score was also so good that he has automatically been entered into the next round. He sat the Kangaroo Round Paper on the 12th June and we are still awaiting his results for this! So watch this space!

Hot Weather and Uniform

Due to this week’s hot weather with a forecast temperature of 23oC today rising to 24oC by Friday, students will not be required to wear their blazer throughout the day and may leave it at home. Students should continue to wear their College tie.

Unless there is a further announcement, we will revert to wearing blazers until the start of breaktime from Monday 2nd July as the prediction from the weather met office suggests cooler weather next week.

Super 8’s Athletics News

Congratulations to our athletes who took part in the Super 8s athletics championships at Par last  week. We are still waiting for the individual results but we have received a letter to confirm that our Year 7 girls athletics team has made the County Super 8s final and will be representing North and South East Cornwall at Carn Brae next week. They have trained incredibly hard since Easter and we wish them all the best.

Visit to Plymouth College of Art

“On Thursday 14th June The Art, Design and Technology Faculty took 49 Year 10 Art, Textiles and Product Design GCSE students  to Plymouth College of Art to have a tour of the Degree Shows. We were shown around by three of the Degree Graduates from a variety of the courses on offer – thanks to Sally, Ed and Charlotte for their informative and enthusiastic tours!

The students saw a wide diversity of work across the many Campus’ studio spaces and got a great ‘feel’ for the kind of work that the College produces at this level. They saw the work of Fashion students, Costume Design right through to Illustration and Gaming Design, via Photography and 3D Crafts! There were some highlights and some gasps of surprise at some of the more visually challenging work! But all the students agreed that it was a great experience and that it had inspired them, made them think and made them question their own creative ideas.

The Year 10 students were a credit to the College and their impeccable behaviour and clear enthusiasm for the work was commented on by PCA staff – they were one of the best school groups that they have shown around!”

Sports News

The Year 7 athletics teams took part in the Plymouth and West Devon Schools Athletics Championships at Brickfields this week, competing against 12 other schools. They have trained hard since Easter and did really well to cope with the nerves of competing in a stadium as an individual sports person, many for the first time. Most notable successes came from the following:

Kate 1st 300m

Kate 2nd Long jump

Bella 1st 800m

Beth 5th 70m hurdles

Heidi 5th 200m

Girls 4 x 100m relay 2nd

Girls team overall finished 4th just behind Plymouth College, DHSG and PHSG

( Year 7 girls’ team : Beth, Marley, Heidi, Holly, Holly, Kate, Bella, Maddy,)

Kairan 5th 100m

Ben 4th 200m

Ben 3rd Shot putt

Dan 4th 300m

( Year 7 boys’ team: Ben, Kairan, Kristian, Jacob, Dan)

Our athletes gained enormous confidence from this competition to take this forward to the SE Cornwall Super 8s at Par athletics track

Miss Milford and Mr Evans

Cloning Success

Year 13 Biologists have explored the world of micro propagation and following a precise protocol have managed to successfully clone a genetically desirable cauliflower! The baby clones are doing well, but it will still be a while before any cheese needs to be grated!

Mayor’s Cadet

Congratulations to Year 11 student Joshua Foster who has recently been selected as the Mayor’s Cadet for the next year and will accompany him in parades and on engagements in the area.

Joshua has been Scouting for 10 years.

Well done Joshua!

New Head Boy and Head Girl

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Chris Robinson-Jones as our new Head Boy and Amy Pearton as our new Head Girl. We would also like to congratulate Spencer Shepherd for his appointment as Deputy Head Boy and Ellie Colton for her appointment as Deputy Head Girl.

All four students will be excellent ambassadors for the College and fantastic role models to all of our students. We wish them every success in their new roles.

The process involved written applications from our Year 10 students explaining why they would be suitable candidates for the role of Head Boy or Head Girl. We received lots of very well written applications from the students. Staff and members of the Student Council then voted for their preferred candidate.

Congratulations to Chris, Amy, Spencer and Ellie and thank you to all the students who applied for the Head Boy and Head Girl positions. We look forward to seeing our new Student Leadership team play an important part in leading student voice and representing the College at various events over the coming year.

Maths Workshop

 Four students from Mr Doogan’s Year 9 maths class attended a maths workshop at Plymouth University last week.

The students investigated the number of pizza slices they could get depending on the number of times it was cut. It started out as a simple problem but quickly got quite complicated and some complex maths was required! The students also looked at estimation (for example how many litres of water would a human drink in a lifetime), and what presumptions they would have to make for their estimates to be as accurate as possible. Finally they looked at the mathematics behind a clever card trick – again the problem got quite complicated the further students investigated!

The students all really engaged in the day, worked well as a team and were a credit to the College. Well done to Luke, Connor  Joe and Kate.