Ten Tors Training – 5th February
On the latest Ten Tors training walk, students were given the opportunity to polish up on their navigational skills and learn new ones. The teams were mixed up and put into smaller groups with an adult leader, who took them on a circular route from Leeden Tor Car Park, near Princetown. Once again the weather was dry and as it was a shorter walk everyone was back in Torpoint in the daylight. Well done to all involved.
The next walk is planned for Sunday 26th February with the planning meeting on Wednesday 22nd February.
Hate Crimes Competition and Holocaust Memorial Day
Last October Year 8 students in PHSE and Ethics were invited to take part in a competition to expose, explore and reflect on the issues surrounding Hate Crime, after a visit from our local police; a representative supporting survivors of the Holocaust and representative from ‘Transfigurations’, a support network for transgender people of all ages.
Students were invited to take part in the competition, open to schools and colleges across Cornwall, asking them to express their feelings and views about all forms of Hate Crime – in either a poster, a leaflet, a poem, a song or an essay. The response from our students was fantastic, and the level of thought and attention to this task was outstanding. This was recognised by the local police authority who, with additional agencies, received the entries from TCC with huge appreciation and awarded a range of prizes to our students for their considered responses.
Ten of our students were awarded prizes as runners up, and three were announced winners in their individual categories. Prizes were presented to our students by Constable Geoff Turner-Moore on Tuesday 17th January. TCC was also awarded the top prize for the best essay written by Sam Bacon. Many congratulations to: Ines Alvarez, Caden Mogg, Matthew Ashdown, Eliza Baker, Kayleigh Jones-Clark, Megan Farrow and Chloe Vincent.
As competition winners we were invited to join the Holocaust Memorial Day exhibition at Truro Cathedral on Friday January 27th, which we attended with twelve of our competition prize winners. The exhibition included our students’ work, as well as entries from other schools and colleges, and a display providing information about the various stages of Genocide. A hugely interesting and engaging exhibition, which was not only educational, but also enlightening, exploring the previous decade leading through the ‘path to genocide’ right up to the ‘final act’ of the mass murder of minority groups and the Jewish people.
Truro Cathedral are also in the process of replacing the roof in the coming months, and as such are inviting members of the community, visitors and local community groups to sign a tile in commemoration of the cathedral and these recent events. TCC were invited to do this to mark the students’ involvement and commitment to their community and the Holocaust Memorial Day.
This was a privilege to be a part of and a pleasure to support with our wonderful students, who are a credit to both TCC and the wider Cornish community.
STEM/Careers session with the REME
The role of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) is to keep the punch in the Army’s fist. It’s the REME’s job to maintain, repair and manufacture equipment and to keep the Army’s battle winning aircraft, tanks, vehicles and weapons in good working order. A small team of soldiers from REME visited Torpoint Community College to work with a group of talented more able Maths and Science students using Air-powered Rocket cars. The session focussed on maths, problem solving, project management, resource allocation and of course the students tested the cars that they designed.
Well-done to all the students involved, there were some great examples of designs, engineering and some very fast cars, including a racing combine harvester!
Disrespect NoBody Campaign
Please see the link below to a really useful website which gives young people advice and guidance regards building positive relationships.
The ‘Disrespect NoBody’ Campaign started last week aimed at preventing young people, both boys and girls aged 12 to 18 years old from becoming perpetrators and victims of abusive relationships.
The advertising will be seen during Hollyoakes, the Brit Awards, Big Bang Theory, Spotify, and online including YouTube and Snapchat.
For more information go to the ‘Disrespect NoBody’ website which can be found here: www.disrespectnobody.co.uk
Please remember if you have any worries we are here to help.
- You can speak with a Designated Safeguarding Lead – Mrs Fowell (Student Support Centre) Mrs Lear or Mrs Hazeldine
- You can use the confidential ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ email.
- You can post your worry into the ‘worries box’ situated outside of the Library.
- You can speak to the School Nurse confidentially – at drop in every Tuesday lunchtime in the Student Support Centre – just come along no questions asked no need to make an appointment.
- You can speak with Mr Davey if you are worried about bullying.
- You can speak with Ms Childs if you are worried about your safety on line.
- You can speak with you tutor or House Leader of Learning.
Mrs Fowell Designated Safeguarding Lead
Cornwall Council’s Post-16 Transport Policy sets out how and when the Council provides subsidised transport for young people aged 16-19 to attend school, college or another education establishment.
The Council is consulting on a number of potential changes to this policy which would come into effect from either September 2017 or September 2018.
The consultation will run from Friday 3 February 2017 until Friday 17 March 2017 and everyone is welcome to give their views. The consultation paper and details of how interested parties can give their views on the proposed changes can be found at http://www.cornwall.gov.uk/education-and-learning/schools-and-colleges/post-16-transport/post-16-transport-consultation/
School Immunisation Programme
Please be aware that letters have been issued to the following groups of students: Year 8 girls, Year 9 boys and girls and Year 11 boys and girls. These letters are regarding the School Immunisation Programme. Full details of the programme are attached to the letters and consent forms are required to be returned to Main Reception by Friday 20th January. If you have any questions regarding the vaccinations please visit http://www.kernowhealthcic.org.uk/service-delivery/school-immunisation/parents or call Kernow Health on 01872 221105/221106.
Parents Evening – 24th January
Dear Parents/Carers of Year 9 students. Letters will be coming home this week regarding the upcoming Parent’s Evening on Tuesday 24th January between 4pm-6.30pm. It is vitally important that your child makes appointments with their teachers as soon as possible. This evening will provide you the opportunity to discuss the progress in all subjects, including those selected as option choices, with the individual subject teachers. We are very much looking forward to seeing you at your child’s Parents Evening at TCC.
TCC Emergency Closure Procedure
Can we please remind parents / carers of the College’s Emergency Closure Procedure should there be a need to close the College due to adverse weather or other exceptional circumstances. A copy of the procedure can be accessed on the College website here. Please speak with your child about the emergency closure process, in particular if your child relies on transport to travel home, and consider alternative arrangements if this could be an issue. Also please ensure the College has accurate and up-to-date contact details. Thank you for your support.
Post 16 Parents Evening Tuesday 10th January 3.30pm – 6.30pm in the 6th Form
Parents and Carers there will be a good opportunity to discuss the Post 16 results and any issues arising from the mocks at Parents Evening on the 10th of January. Students who are classed as ‘not on track’ are expected to attend but for all others attendance is optional. If you wish to be present, please ask your son or daughter to contact the relevant staff. Tea and biscuits will be available in the Common Room.
Year 11 Catering Practical Exams
Once again Year 11 have done the College proud in their GCSE Catering Practical Exams, worth 40% of their final GCSE grade. This year the brief was to produce a two course meal, for two covers, from a country of their choice, as well as demonstrating a range of different cooking methods and culinary skills.
Students excelled in making a variety of challenging dishes from all over the world. All our learners did exceptionally well, working to tight time constraints with pleasing outcomes. However, a few students really stood out. To name a few, Carl Craddock, whose chosen country was France. He made salmon En-croute, with a cream cheese and spinach filling, his own rough puff pastry all served with julienne carrots, French green beans and dauphinoise potatoes. For dessert he made Tart Tatin, served with fresh berries and crème anglaise. James Davies also produced an outstanding meal. He made chicken fajitas, (where he demonstrated the skills of portioning a chicken), homemade tortilla wraps served with a trio of dips, followed by churros and a rich chocolate dipping sauce. Jessie Evans produced a stunning traditional Italian meal of Spaghetti Carbonara with homemade pasta and garlic bread followed by a tiramisu served with biscotti biscuits.
Well done Year 11.
Mrs Donald and Miss Baker
Lacrosse at TCC
24 Year 9 students have been selected to take part in our first Lacrosse Development Programme at Torpoint Community College. The introductory session with England Lacrosse’s regional development coach this week gave our boys and girls a chance to try the game. The training programme will continue weekly starting in January, initially for those invited, and we hope to get our first competitive teams together by next summer. Lacrosse is a fast, exciting team game not seen in many South West schools at a competitive level. We are looking forward to our new partnership with England Lacrosse to see how we can help develop it in Devon and Cornwall in the future.
Senior Citizens’ Christmas Lunch
It was a privilege for the College to host senior citizens from the local community again this year for a Christmas Lunch followed by some festive entertainment. Our guests were hosted by a number of students who also joined them for lunch once they had finished serving the meals. This was then followed by a musical medley of Christmas songs performed by the Torpettes, and a number of solos and duets, in the main hall which was thoroughly enjoyed by all of our guests. The students who hosted and supported the lunch were amazing and should be very proud of their efforts.
Thank you to everyone who supported this event.
Year 13 Class of 2016!
We very much hope that you will join us on Friday 6th Jan from 3.30pm for a mince pie and punch celebration in the Sixth Form Common Room. Not only is this the perfect chance to catch up with how things have gone since you left, it’s also a great opportunity to collect your ‘A’ Level certificates.
It has become a tradition for Ex Yr 13s to gather afterwards in the usual local spot. We look forward to seeing you in January!
Ex students of TCC Sixth Form…
We are gathering again for a reunion in our usual local spot on Friday 6th January after 4pm. It would be lovely for this annual tradition to continue. Hope to see some familiar faces there!
The Gwithti volunteers have been busy making doll’s clothes for the Plymouth Women’s Refuge since May.
On Wednesday 7th December Gwithti student and parents volunteers, and friends of the Gwithti, were joined by Lesley Keats who was pleased to accept the gifts on behalf of the Centre.
Our guests joined us for tea (cakes were made by ex-student Beckie Hall).
The Gwithti volunteers would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
If you have not visited the Gwithti yet we are open for business every Wednesday during term time from 3.30pm-4.30pm.
Gwithti is the Cornish word for Storehouse and is the name that has been given to the community recycling store opening at the College. The store is situated in a classroom, with outside access, from the parking area at the top of the drive to the left of the College.
Torpoint Sixth Form Students Success in UK Maths Competition!
Seven of our top mathematicians in Years 12 and 13 took part in the UK Senior Maths Challenge in November. 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. There were fantastic results at Torpoint Community College with five of the students participating receiving awards.
Sam Wainwright (Year 12), Max Greenham (Year 12) and Jon Paul Gill (Year 13) all achieved Bronze certificates. Tom Lancaster of Year 12 also achieved a Bronze certificate alongside Best in Year 12.
Alex Watkins of Year 13 achieved a Silver certificate which puts him in the top 30% of mathematicians of his age in the country! He also received the Best in Year 13 and Best in School Certificate.