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Reporting Student Absence

Please note that the number 07937 986223 is no longer in use to report a student absence .

To report a student absence, please contact the college by no later than 9am on the main College telephone number 01752 812511 or by e-mail  enquires@torpoint.cornwall.sch.uk.

Thank you.

Torpoint Community College

Homework Club

Welcome to TCC Video

Some footage filmed before the COVID-19 pandemic. Aerial footage courtesy of Chris Pooley.

Careers Information for Parents

Careers Information for Parents

Please read ‘The Parents’ Guide to helping your child know ‘What’s Next’

This is a really useful guide to help consider what to do after GCSEs and explains all the options clearly.

Parents Guide

Further Education Virtual Open Events:

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many open day events will be online this year.

City College, Plymouth

Plymouth City College are holding a virtual open event all next week. This is of particular interest to year 11 students and their parents/carers who may be considering applying to college. You need to register on the website to take part in the virtual activities next week. https://www.cityplym.ac.uk/

Callywith College, Bodmin

Callywith College’s virtual open day is on Saturday 14th November 10am-3pm.

Duchy College, near Stoke Climsland, Callington

Duchy are holding their open day and Careers Advice event on Saturday 14th November and again you need to register on their website first.

For Year 10 and 12 students

Information for any aspiring Medics in years 10-12: Virtual Work Experience Opportunity

The Only Free LIVE Virtual Work Experience in the UK Run by Doctors!

Please email myworkexperience@medicmentorfamily.org

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital has partnered with Medic Mentor, the UK’s largest medical family, to provide free live virtual work experience to any student in the UK wanting to become a doctor, dentist or vet.  This work experience programme is completely unique because unlike other virtual work experience programmes, it is LIVE, using high fidelity simulation in the best state-of-the-art-simulation centre in the country, at the QE Hospital in Birmingham.  Follow 3 patients over a 6-month period as they go from diagnosis, to treatment and follow up, that is provided by real doctors and a multidisciplinary team.  As a student, you will be able to ask any of the doctors questions about the cases you see.  It will be as if you are really there, but from the comfort of your own home and without putting you at risk during the COVID pandemic.  UHB and Medic Mentor are committed to ensuring that students still have the opportunity to gain valuable insight into healthcare careers and high quality application support, even in these difficult times.

Any student from any school across the UK, in years’ 10-12 can apply. Places are limited and we will allocate them based on the quality of the student’s application.

The live virtual work experiences will take place every 3rd Saturday of the Month.  With the first one going live on the 17th of October. So complete the application below as soon as you can! It will run for a 6 month period offering students 30 hours of valuable work experience.

Important Information

The College has just received notification a student in Year 11 has tested positive for COVID-19. They had been self-isolating since the afternoon of Monday 12th October. We have contacted the DfE helpline to obtain support from health officials.

A dynamic risk assessment has been completed by the health official and the College is acting upon their advice.

A small number of students will be required to self-isolate and a letter will be sent to their parents shortly. A remote learning provision will be put in place for those students to ensure they can continue with their learning. A letter will also be sent to all other parents with further details, advice and guidance.

Please rest assured the health, safety and wellbeing of all our College community is an absolute priority.

Summer 2021 GCSE and A level results to start later in the summer

The Department for Education announced (DfE) yesterday that GCSE and A level examinations will go ahead next summer but will start three weeks later. The examinations will start on 7th June and end on 2nd July 2021 for almost all subjects. The examination results days for Year 13 students will be Tuesday 24th August and for Year 11 students Friday 27th. There are two links given below with further detailed information, the first from the DfE and the second from JCQ (Joint Council for Qualifications).

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/students-to-be-given-more-time-to-prepare-for-2021-exams

Most exams will take place three weeks later than usual. The summer exam series will start on 7th June and end on 2nd July for almost all A-levels and GCSEs.

However, one GCSE English and one GCSE maths paper will be scheduled before the summer half term, to give students affected by Covid the best chance of being able to sit at least one paper in these two qualifications. Some exams for A-level qualifications which typically have low entry numbers will be scheduled before the half term break too.

The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) will shortly be consulting on a provisional version of the new exam timetable for summer 2021. There will also be adjustments to the timetable for Vocational Qualifications.

We will keep you updated.

Dr Jeremy Plumb

Headteacher

Homework Club

Starting this week on Tuesday and Thursday Mr Watkins will run homework club after school from 3.20 to 4.30.

Week 1 Year 7 on Tuesday and year 9 on Thursday.

Week 2 year 8 on Tuesday and year 10 on Thursday.

Students will need to wait outside main reception (Inside if wet weather) and Mr Watkins will take them into room 1.

Therefore students will have access to a homework club once a fortnight. (Year 11 have study café weekly on a Wednesday)

Reducing screen time for Year 7

For the attention of Year 7 Parents & Carers

Following on from the success of our ‘Hello Yellow’ fundraising mufti-day, Torpoint Community College would like to embed further practices to help support the Mental Health and Wellbeing of our students. Starting on Tuesday 13th October 2020, we would like to trial a ‘phone free’ period at breaktime for all Year 7 students. We want to improve and strengthen friendships and communication between all our students and reduce screen time by putting this in place between the times of 10.15-10.30am. At 10.30am (just before the end of break), students will be able to check their phones for their College timetable to ensure they know what lesson they have next. 

We thank you in advance for your support. 

Careers Information

Want to find out more about University? Please follow the Discover University Facebook page organised by Exeter University.

This is recommended for Year 9 students upwards plus parents/carers and teachers.

The Discover University Facebook page was created in the summer of 2020 and features regular posts from the University to include

pre-recorded videos on a wide range of topics, live events and competitions.  This page has become one of the primary routes through which we have been able to communicate directly with prospective students throughout lockdown and will continue to be a valuable source of information for followers. 

Year 11 Prom Refunds

All year 11 Prom Payments have now been refunded.

You can access the refund on ParentPay on ‘My Account’ and the ‘Withdraw’ button will put the funds back into the original payment method.

Team Bath Netball Refunds

Please note that all Team Bath Netball refunds have now been processed.

You can access the refund on ParentPay on ‘My Account’ and the ‘Withdraw’ button will put the funds back into the original payment method.

Many Thanks

TCC

Immunisation Information Year 7

Dear Parents/Carers

The School Immunisation Team are visiting the College on Thursday 1st October with nasal flu vaccinations and would like to vaccinate Year 7’s on this date. It is a very straight forward immunisation, no needles and students will have received this vaccination throughout primary school so would already be familiar with it. Please see the attached letter for more information and details.

If you would like your child to receive their nasal flu vaccination then please complete the online consent form by midday on Tuesday 29th September. The link to submit a consent form is contained in the attached letter.

If you are unsure or need any assistance then please contact the School Immunisation Team on 01872 221105.

Many thanks

Dr J Plumb

Headteacher

Immunisation Letter

A letter from the Headteacher

Please note that a letter from the Headteacher has been sent out via SIMs Parent App.

If you do not currently have SIMs Parent App please contact the College.

A message from the Headteacher

A message from the Headteacher has been sent via the SIMs Parent App.

If you currently do not have access to the App please contact the College.

Highly Concerning TikTok Video

Please be aware of this very concerning information that has recently been shared with us about a video on TikTok.

There is a highly graphic video currently trending on the TikTok App of an adult live streaming their suicide. Whilst TikTok have stated that they are doing their best to remove the video, it has been shared across all social media platforms thousands of times including under fake captions. Some captions on TikTok are as trivial as ‘look at the pasta I cooked tonight’ before the video then plays. Therefore, the young people can come across the video without even searching for it. We cannot emphasise enough that this video is extremely distressing and we urge young people, parents and carers to avoid the TikTok App whilst this video is in such high circulation.

The BBC have been reporting this if you would like further information:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-54069650

If you require support with online safety or have wider concerns about your child’s online safety please refer to https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/ or http://www.torpoint.cornwall.sch.uk/e-safety/  or contact Mrs Lear lear@torpoint.cornwall.sch.uk or myself pease@torpoint.cornwall.sch.uk  

Mr C Pease

Important information regarding Year 7’s return to College on Friday 11th September has been sent out via SIMS Parent App.


If you do not yet have access to SIMS Parent App, please contact the College.

College Catering Arrangements

As detailed in the information booklet for parents and students sent out during the summer, to maintain strict social distancing between year group bubbles lunch will be served in different venues at different times. Food will be served in the main hall, the dining hall and the Sixth Form Common Room. Students will be advised which areas they are to use and at what times as part of the introduction to the ’new normal’ this week.

Please be aware that there will be no food or drink served at breakfast or break time (Comfort Break).  Students are therefore encouraged to have a good breakfast prior to

coming to school and to bring snacks that can be eaten during Comfort Breaks. They should also bring a full water bottle with them which can be topped up throughout the day using one of the designated water dispensers.

There will be a reduced menu offered for lunch, due to the logistical challenges of serving food in three different venues, but it will include a healthy daily meal, salad pots to

accompany other meals and a range of familiar take away options. Payment will continue to be made using our cashless catering system so please ensure money has been added to your child’s ParentPay account. The Free School Meal provision will also continue as normal. Please note the College’s catering arrangements will be subject to ongoing review throughout the Autumn Term.

Year 7 First Day – 4th September 2020 – Thank you!

Good afternoon Year 7 Parents and Carers,

We have had a brilliant day meeting all of our new Year 7 students. They were all very well prepared and looked very smart in their College uniform; thank you for your support!

We managed to get lots of students logged onto the College computer system today but some students still needed some time to log into Show My Homework (SMH) (Satchel One). We are sending all students home with a Login Memo sheet which contains their College email address in addition to a SMH login sheet. The SMH login sheet contains a pin for student and a PIN number for parents/carers. If you would like to logon to SMH from home, you will be able to do so by entering the College name (in full) along with your child’s email and PIN. It will then prompt your child to change their password. 

In addition to their login information, students also have the Remote Learning Booklet (with tasks for next week), along with a paper booklet which contains our Knowledge Organisers. The plastic folder (which contains their knowledge organisers) is an item of our TC6. The TC6 are six key items we expect students to have with them every day, including a blue or black pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, calculator and knowledge organisers. The Knowledge Organisers may help your child to complete some of next week’s remote learning tasks. 

I hope all students have had a brilliant day and I look forward to seeing them next Friday for their second day at College and when they have their school photographs. 

Miss Lindup

Year 7 Remote Learning – September 2020 

As you are aware, your child’s first day will be Friday 4th September 2020. We will then not expect to see your child until Friday 11th September 2020 (Due to a phased reopening). Therefore, from Monday 7th September 2020- Thursday 11th September 2020 your child will be set compulsory learning from TCC. 

During the tutor session on Friday 4th September, your child will be provided with the following- 

  • College Timetable (Paper Copy) 
  • Leap Into Learning Booklet (Remote Learning tasks for the week mentioned above) 
  • A login memo (Piece of paper where your child will record their login details for the school computer and SMH) 

Each curriculum area has provided a set of short tasks which should be completed during this week in line with your child’s timetable (Please note, W/B 7th September will be a Week 1 on the timetable).  

If your child did not receive a timetable or has misplaced it, please do one of the following- 

  • Look on Show My Homework (SMH) to view your child’s timetable for W/B 7th September, so you know which lessons to complete work for 
  • Complete a range of tasks from the booklet if you are unable to access SMH 

Please note that we will not be providing exercise books for your child to complete this work in, this is due to the range of subjects and different subject teachers that will need to see this work. Please choose one of the following- 

  • Complete the tasks on plain or lined paper 
  • Print the pages from the booklet (which is attached to SMH) 
  • Complete the tasks on the computer i.e. Microsoft Word (This work can then be printed or sent to the subject teacher) 

Please be advised that- 

  • All subject teachers will expect to see the work from your child (if that lesson was timetabled for W/B 7thSeptember) 
  • Please bring the work in on the first day your child is due to have the lesson e.g. if your child has Geography on Monday 14th September, please bring in the Geography remote learning (If it was completed following the timetable).  
  • If your child completes all tasks and would like something else to complete during this week, please be advised that during the summer term, Curriculum Leaders also set tasks for ‘summer projects’, if these were not completed by your child, there are some extra tasks that can be completed which can be found here- http://www.torpoint.cornwall.sch.uk/ks2-transition/
  • Some staff may also set work on Show My Homework for the learning in this week (if the tasks are not in the booklet), so please monitor this platform also 

We thank you in advance with your support with this and we look forward to seeing you all on Friday 4thSeptember 2020.