Torpoint Students Success in UK Maths Competition!

Fifteen of our top mathematicians in Years 9, 10 and 11 volunteered to take part in the UK Intermediate Maths Challenge. 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 some great results at Torpoint Community College with four of the students participating receiving awards.

Evan of Year 11 achieved a bronze award, Best in Year 11 and Best in School.  Genna of Year 11 also received a bronze award.

Jack of Year 10 was Best in Year and Kate of Year 9 also received a bronze award and was Best in Year.

TCC Careers Exhibition 2018

Many thanks to all the employers and organisations that supported the College’s Careers Exhibition on 28th March. There were a huge variety of different stands including big employers such as Sainsbury’s, NHS and CITB, information about the Services including the RAF, Royal Navy and the Royal Marines Band, apprenticeship providers such as GHQ training, Accacia Training and the Skills Group, stands featuring new tech such as a 3D printer, 3D Kernow Printing and coding with Cornwall Software, university stands from the University of Exeter and University of Plymouth, the National Citizen Service – who gave out many free goodies to students and following the assembly that took place earlier this year and talked about the NCS scheme that Year 11 students can participate in after their exams, Volunteer Cornwall,  ‘Moor than meets the eye’ – a stand all about Archaeology by Emma Stockley, Mashfords Boat Building yard and UK Docks Marine Services.

We were delighted to welcome back  former students, Laura Lofting, a solicitor at Gill Akaster in Plymouth and James Franklin representing BT. Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service also attended along with the star attraction, the fire engine! A huge thank you also goes out to all the students who made the event so worthwhile by asking interesting questions and having conversations about all the different career opportunities available.

If you would like to support our Careers Exhibition next year, please contact Mrs Davina Bray via the College’s main reception.

TOR101 Bus Route Change

Hate Crime and Holocaust Memorial Competition

Year 8 students took part in the Schools Hate Crime and Holocaust Memorial Competition 2018.  This annual competition is organised by Devon and Cornwall Police and 12 of our students won prizes for art, poetry or written work based around fighting Hate Crime and/or remembering the Holocaust.  On Thursday 22nd March they travelled to Truro Cathedral to be presented with their certificates and gift vouchers from PC Turner-Moore and PC Gameson.  They also signed a slate which will form part of the new Truro Cathedral roof.  When we arrived at the Cathedral we were surprised to see sniffer dogs, police and security men everywhere.  The students did at first think it was all for them along with the large crowd that had started to build outside the Cathedral.  We soon discovered that our students were not the only visitors to Truro that day.  Our visit coincided with a Royal visit by HRH Prince Charles.  The students were very excited to get a chance to see him and Prince Charles did see all of their work which was on display inside the Cathedral.  According to PC Turner-Moore, Prince Charles was very impressed – which gives our students the Royal seal of approval.

Ten Tors Training – 24th & 25th March

There were a few sore shoulders and feet after the first two day expedition by students over the weekend.  On both days the teams set off from the Y-Junction near Okehampton army camp in thick mist; however, this cleared on Sunday and everyone enjoyed hours of warm sunshine.  There were still some snow drifts around from the previous week and adults took the opportunity to entertain the walkers with Easter snow bunnies.

Apart from a few errors, all those that started on Saturday finished on Sunday near the Warren House Inn.  A massive well done to all the students; a great achievement.  A big thank you also needs to go to all the adult volunteers who were out there supporting them this weekend.

The next walk is the mock weekend – 27th to 29th April.  The meeting and route planning on Wednesday 25th April will now be at 3.30pm, location to be confirmed.

Please could students return all of the team equipment, as soon as possible, so it can be checked and sorted ready for the mock. Thank you.

Science News

Year 8 Science students in Mrs Bray’s class were set a homework project to make a model of the Solar System or produce a report about the history of space exploration. The work that has been handed in is fantastic with some glorious models that can now be put on display.

Well done to students in 82A Science!

Easter Egg Book Hunt

TCC students have recently taken part in a book related Easter Egg Hunt. Pictures of ten book covers were hidden around College, without their titles, and students needed to work out what the books were to be entered into a prize draw. All students who entered were rewarded with a small Easter Egg, and the lucky winner of the bucket of Easter goodies was Katie in Year 7 who answered all the questions correctly.

Well done to everyone who took part.

Marine Careers Workshop and STEM Challenge

As part of the activities for Careers Week and Science Week taking place in the College, students in Miss Pine’s Year 7 and 8 classes took part in a workshop led by the South West Regional STEM Coordinator for the Sea Cadets South West, Les Mitchell. Students were able to find out more about the different types of careers available within the field of marine engineering. Students then participated in a STEM challenge where they were asked to build a boat that could hold marbles. The students rose to the challenge and the winning students were able to design and construct a boat that could hold 384 marbles! Well-done to the students involved.

Mrs Bray

Year 10 Careers Trip to the Skills Show at Plymouth Pavilions

The Skills Show is an interactive Careers Show held at Plymouth Pavilions each year. Students were able to chat to employers such as Vosper’s, find out about the services, talk to apprenticeship providers and local Colleges, as well as trying out the interactive elements of the exhibits. It is never too early to research your next step; remember to use the CareerPilot website to help.

Mrs Bray

TCC students show off their maths skills at the UKMT Team Maths Challenge

A team of four Year 8 and Year 9 students recently took part in the regional final of the 2018 UKMT Team Maths Challenge held at Coombe Dean School. The students had to take part in a variety of challenges including a group round working together, a shuttle round working in pairs, a cross number round and a relay round. The students gave a really good account of themselves. They demonstrated some excellent problem

solving skills, good teamwork and real perseverance on some tricky problems. Out of the 17 schools that took part, we finished a creditable 10th. Congratulations to Kieran and Jason in Year 8, and Joe and Kate in Year 9 for a superb effort.

Year 7 Netball News

Torpoint vs Looe

The Year 7 Netball Squad has been really committed to training this year. They train every Monday after College and Wednesday lunch times as well. Their hard work and dedication has really paid off so far this season.

They played Looe two weeks ago showing excellent team work and communication to win 9-4. Hollie was strong and commmanding as centre and Keeley was very consistent with her movement and shooting as GA. Marley played excellently as WD in the first half and WA in the second half to be named as nominated player of the match.

Torpoint vs Liskeard

Last week we were able to play both of our Year 7 teams against Liskeard following the disappointment of tournaments being cancelled again. Hollie and Mia showed some excellent movement and passing as C and WA, feeding really well in to the circle for Bridgette and Keeley for the red team. Beth worked incredibly hard and was difficult to get past as Centre for the green team, with Hollie confident with her circle play and shooting. Again our teams showed really competitive spirit with our red team winning 11-0 and the green team winning 3-0. Bridgette (GS) and Hollie (GS)  were both named nominated players for their excellent shooting.

We also took the opportunity to play the Liskeard Year 8 team as they were keen to play. These were narrow losses but really good experience against an older and much bigger team.

We look forward to playing Saltash in the coming weeks.

(Year 7 squad : Lottie, Maddie, Marley, Hollie, Mia, Bridgette, Keeley, Isabelle, Kaci , Emily, Beth, Hollie, Bella, Kate)

Year 8 Netball News

The Year 8 netball team has found it frustratingly hard to find a consistent squad of players who are committed to training regularly this year. However they took on a tough Looe team with several County players two weeks ago. Rosie worked tirelessly as C and then GD against a Cornwall County shooter to deservedly be named as nominated player. Despite losing they came away positive and happy with their performance. Well done to the small squad of girls who have remained dedicated and keen to keep training and improving.

(Year 8 squad: Rosie, Maddie, Emily, Hannah, Taya, Chloe, Lucy)

Netball training will keep going over the summer for Years 7 and 8 but keep an eye out for athletics training which will start soon.

Miss Milford

Fly the Flag for the Commonwealth Day

Representatives from TCC Student Council were invited to take part in a ceremony at Sparrow Park to commemorate Fly the Flag for the Commonwealth Day last week. The students were joined by pupils from local primary schools and listened to a speech celebrating the Commonwealth from Mayor Lambert Keise.

Our Head Boy, Jacob Adams then joined the Mayor in raising the Commonwealth flag. Afterwards the students attended a short reception at the Council Chambers. Here they had the opportunity to talk to the Mayor and look at photos from the council archives explaining the history of Sparrow Park, and photos of past ceremonies at the park attended by TCC students.

Indoor Climbing

Congratulations to our Year 12 and 13 A ‘Level Sports students who have completed 2 days of intensive indoor climbing instruction for the Outdoor Education unit of their course at the Climbing Barn, Tavistock. They managed to overcome their fears to complete their aim of Level 1 and, due to their ability,  also most of their Level 2 of the Indoor Climbing Award Scheme. The 2 days involved learning safe practice, understanding the equipment for wall and bouldering, and supporting and encouraging each other up 10 metre walls and overhangs. They are now able to confidently belay their climbing partners and support a fall. Having completed Wakeboarding and Kayaking this has been an exciting unit for an excellent A’ Level group who are successfully going on to Physical Education, Primary Education, Outdoor Education, Accountancy, Marine Biology and Sports Science degrees in September as well as the armed forces.

Miss Milford

Year 11 Combined Science Physics

Mr Cameron’s Year 11 class have been investigating magnetic fields. They have traced the magnetic fields around permanent magnets using iron filings. Can you see which photos show lines of attraction between opposite poles and which ones show repulsion between like poles?

Maths week at TCC (12-16 March)

During this year’s Maths Week students from Years 7 to 10 were placed in House Teams to take part in a whole year group competition. The challenge was a Kahoot quiz with 3 sections of questions. One section was questions based in and around College, one was general knowledge, and one was based on observation and memory using posters which had been placed around the College in the week before Maths Week. All of the questions and answers were maths based. Students worked hard to gain as many points as possible for their House team.

Overall best House (average points score) was Tregonhawke.

Best overall team was a Year 9 Polhawn team comprising Eliza, Eleanor, Olivia, and Kate.

Well done to all teams who took part.

Maths Week also saw the return of the annual ‘Pi competition’ in which students from various year groups tried to remember as many correctly ordered digits of pi as they could. Sam, last year’s winner, was confident he could remember over 200 digits of pi. However, writing over 200 digits of pi, one small mistake from Sam on the 108th digit let in Tom, who managed to recall 109 digits! It was that close. Well done to all the students who took part. Everyone was given a prize for taking part….an apple pie of course!

This year’s top 3 students were:

1st place with 109 digits – Tom (Year 13)

2nd place with 107 digits – Sam (Year 13)

3rd place with 73  digits – Luke (Year 9)

Language Ambassador News

Our Year 9 Language Ambassadors have recently visited Carbeile Junior School. They taught the Year 4s some useful Spanish greetings, numbers and days of the week. This was their third visit into a junior / primary school and all students represented the College fantastically. They worked really hard to prepare number cards and greeting cards with Disney characters, which the Year 4s all loved! Hopefully we will be able to go back again to teach animals next time!

Torpoint Library Open Mic Session

Students from TCC were recently invited to Torpoint Library to perform at an Open Mic session to celebrate World Book Day.

The students read poems, extracts from books and performed short plays to highlight bullying issues.

Members of the public, as well as the Torpoint Librarians, also read poems and the students attempted to read some text in Cornish.

Many thanks to Torpoint Library for inviting us and well done to all of the students involved who thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Weather Notice – 18th March

We are keeping a close eye on the weather. As it stands, we believe we will be able to open tomorrow, but will update you if the situation changes.

Ten Tors Training – 11th March

Students completing the last day walk of their training for the Ten Tors challenge set of in thick mist from Four Winds Car Park.  This cleared later in the day, but not before they were showered with hail and rain.  The walk took them to parts of South Dartmoor with them finally finishing in Princetown.  Well done to all involved.

The next walk is the first weekend walk which is the 24th & 25th March.  Students will need to bring all their kit for a check on Wednesday 21st in the library 6 – 7.30pm.

Exam Certificate Collection

Have you collected your examination certificates from Torpoint Community College yet? If not please do so before 1st May 2018 when compliance with the GDPR Data Protection Regulations along with JCQ regulations mean that any certificates over 2 years old will be destroyed.  All future requests for achievement information will need to go direct to the Examination Boards (AQA, Pearson, OCR, WJEC) details of which you will be able to locate on their websites including their fee for this service.

Please be aware that the college currently charges ex-students a £30 search fee in cash or cheque to collect unclaimed certificates which were achieved over 2 years ago.  This service will terminate on the 30th April 2018.