Pi Challenge

The Inter House Pi Challenge took place on Thursday last week and ended up being a keenly fought contest between some highly talented mathematicians!

Defending champ Kate in Year 8 was hoping she could hold onto the “pi champ” crown for another year, but Sam in Year 12 was also determined to regain the title of “pi-miester” after being usurped by Kate the previous year!

Hollie (Year 9), Luke (Year 8), Kieran (Year 7) and Tom (Year 12) were also up for the challenge and any one of them were capable of causing an upset!   

After 3.14 minutes of frantic writing and biting pencils, the time came to count the number of digits each student had scribbled down.

Hollie’s work was the first to be checked, and she remembered the first 25 digits of pi – an excellent effort. Next up was Kieran, who went higher remembering 44 digits. Superb stuff!

Tom  and Kate had theirs checked next. Tom weighed in with 54 digits but made a mistake at digit 55! Kate went better with 55 digits, but again could have got more but for a mix up on digit 56! The last two students needed to be marked. The first of these, Luke raised the bar with an incredible 68 digits of pi recalled. It was just Sam that stood between Luke and “pi-glory”….but incredibly Sam went further than anyone else in the 4 year history of the pi-challenge!! A mind-boggling 150 digits of pi written down in the correct order (he actually wrote 170 digits but made a small mistake at digit 151!). A gargantuan effort from Sam and by far the highest total of digits recalled by a student from TCC in a pi challenge.

Here are the final results….

1st Sam (6th Form)                    150 digits

2nd Luke (Tregonhawke)         68 digits

3rd   Kate (Polhawn)              55 digits

4th Tom  (6th Form)                53 digits

5th Keiran (Tregantle)             44 digits

6th Hollie (Polhawn)                25 digits

Well done to everyone who took part! They all got an appie pie for their efforts, second and third place got maths geometry kits, and winner got a £10 Google Play voucher!

Torpoint Students Success in UK Maths Competition!

Thirteen of our top mathematicians in Years 9, 10 and 11 took part in the UK Intermediate Maths Challenge in February. 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 250,000 of Britain’s best mathematicians 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 fantastic results at Torpoint Community College with the following four students participating receiving awards.

Craig  (year 11) and Hollie (year 9) both came top of their year groups. Josh  (year 10) achieved a Bronze certificate and Genna of year 10 achieved a Silver certificate which puts her in the top 30% of mathematicians her age in the country! She also received the Best in Year 10 and Best in School Certificate.

Inter House Maths Challenge

This year’s Inter-House Maths Challenge involved students using their artistic design skills as well as their maths skills. The activity took place during Maths Week, with years 7, 8, 9 and 10 all having a go at the challenge.

The students were asked to work in teams of four, and each had to come up with a design including their house logo, as well as some mathematical shapes. 
They then had to pass their design onto someone else in their team to reflect, rotate, or translate, so each team ended up with four designs!

There were some fantastic designs from all the year groups, and the students really enjoyed the opportunity to use their art and maths skills at the same time. A lot of thought went into many of the designs, showing an excellent understanding on different transformations.

Mr Doogan, a Maths teacher, helped to organise the event and said, “ There was a real buzz in the hall during each year group challenge. The students worked well in their teams, communicating and explaining reflections, rotations and translations to each other very well. They all seemed to really enjoy it.”

UKMT Maths Team Challenge

Torpoint students have been taking part in the regional heats of some maths challenges against local schools in recent weeks.

The UKMT Maths Team Challenge took place at Coombe Dean School and involved students from years 8 and 9. The students had to negotiate a number of tough rounds, including a group competition, a mathematical crossnumber, a relay round and a shuttle round. Our students worked really well as a team, and showed some excellent mathematical reasoning during the day. We finished a credible 10th overall out of the schools that took part. Well done to Kate and Luke in Year 8, and Jenna and Jack in Year 9.

The FMSP Maths Feast took place at UTC Plymouth and involved students from year 10. The rounds were split into a true or false round, a comprehension round, a relay round and a problem solving round. Our team of year 10 students were fantastic, showing a brilliant understanding in the early rounds, and being right up there with the leaders. The final rounds were challenging, and our students made an excellent effort on some very tricky problems. We ended finishing 9th overall, but our students should be very proud of how they performed. Well done to Tyler, Adelina, Catrin and Genna.

Both sets of students were fantastic, and were a credit to the college.

Gwithti News

Lions Youth Officer, Louise Slee, popped into TCC recently to show the Gwithti volunteer students some beach debris that she had collected in preparation for their beach clean in April.

Students then made some pictures with the ‘treasure’ that had been washed up.

TCC Careers Fair 2017

TCC held its own Careers Fair on 14th March. A range of employers and higher education institutions took part including; Babcock (engineering), Plymouth University,GP Strategies (Apprenticeships), Skills Group (Apprenticeships), CITB (careers in Construction), Tescos, Ginsters, Exeter University, University of St Marks and St. Johns – Marjons, 3D Kernow – 3D printing, Nurturing Excellence – Food Science, Cornwall College – Animal Care, NHS Careers, Army, RAF and the Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry.

All students from year 8 to Sixth Form were invited and were able to ask questions as well as pick up many leaflets with more detailed Career Advice and all students were able to have time to contemplate the sort of careers the would like to pursue. The atmosphere and engagement of all students was excellent. This marks the end of our Career Week celebrations – don’t forget to check out the CareerPilot website to do some careers research and planning –

Auschwitz Trip

On Wednesday 1st March two Year 13 History students, Emily Baker and James Fortt, visited the Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz in Poland.  They travelled as part of the Lessons From Auschwitz programme and both Emily and James had applied for places on this year’s trip.  They will be working with year 9 students over the next few weeks in lessons to help them understand what happened during the Holocaust.  Here they describe their experience:

“Upon arriving at Krakow airport, we were directed into the coaches that would drive us to the town of Oświęcim. Here we could see the barren field that was once the Great Synagogue and the large market square that once housed merchants from all walks of life. There we were shown photos of the square which acted as a testament to pre-war Jewish integration into Polish society. From there we took a short coach journey to Auschwitz I, the first work and death camp to have been installed near the town. The red brick buildings that housed thousands of prisoners now serves as a museum so that we might not forget the atrocities committed by the Nazi regime. The atmosphere here was sombre as we progressed through the iconic gates where the slogan “Work sets you free” mocked the arrivals with false hope. Another short journey away was the second, and larger, Auschwitz II Birkenau, the scale of which astounds all upon arrival. This camp was far larger and primarily operated as an extermination camp on an industrial scale. To finalise the message of remembrance made here, a service was held here by a Rabbi before our return.”

Ten Tors Training 12th March

Students completed a successful walk on Sunday.  They set off from Leeden Car Park in the mist and rain but finished at Postbridge in the sunshine.  Well done to everyone who took part and helped.  The next walk will be a 2 day expedition with an overnight camp.

Year 10 Skills Show Visit

Year 10 students visited The Skills Show South West on Thursday 2nd March. There was a huge range of stands from local employers and Higher Education institutes and lots of information about Apprenticeships. Thank you to the students that attended – they were able to pick up a huge range of resources about possible career choices. Next week is National Careers Week and assemblies about Apprenticeships and University are planned as well as our own Careers Fair due to happen on 14th March.

Year 9 Girls Rugby

Congratulations to the Year 9 girls who signed up and attended the first girls rugby session this week. The session was fun, active and competitive and was led by Talei Seru. This will continue every Monday lunch time for those involved. Talei is completing the BTEC National Diploma in our Sixth Form and is really excited to be taking up her offer to attend St Mary’s University to follow a degree in Sports Coaching in September. She has also been invited to train with Harlequins Ladies Rugby Team whilst at St Mary’s so we are really excited to have her expertise for coaching on Monday lunch times.

Wellbeing and Work Healthcare Exhibition

A group of year 11 and 12 students attended Cornwall’s largest interactive healthcare exhibition, Wellbeing and Work, at Treliske Hospital on 28th February. This gave students the chance to meet the health professionals and hear up to date advice about the hundreds of careers opportunities on offer in Health & Care. Students had a go at interactive activities, listened to the experts and took part in workshops. Thank you to the students that attended. Mrs Bray picked up many leaflets and booklets with information about a range of careers within the health and care sector, and these can be viewed by all students in the Careers Library section within the main school library.

Ten Tors Training 26th February

Students training for the Ten Tors had a chance to experience some of what Dartmoor can throw at them this weekend and why it is called ‘A Challenge’.  Starting off from Four Winds Car Park the thick mist and drizzle gave them an opportunity to practise their navigation skills.  There were some glimpses of where they were and where they were going during the day; however, the walk had to be cut a little short due to the weather turning wet and windy.

Well done to all those involved and hopefully everyone will have dried out for the next walk on the 12th March.  Please note the third training session will be on Wednesday 8th March 3.30 – 6pm (no evening meeting).