News Archive - June 2016
Whether by luck or judgement, the PE department's choice of date for sports day turned out to be inspired. The sun shone all day, but there was just enough cool breeze and light cloud cover to keep us all comfortable. The whole day was widely thought to be one of the best sports days in memory by pupils and staff alike. For the third year running (no pun intended), Croyde House accrued the most points at the end of the day and were announced champions. Croyde Sports Captains, Charlie Davey-James and David Robinson received the shield from Mr. Cammack to rapturous applause from students.
GCSE exams are finally over and we have said goodbye to our year 11s. Following the final maths exam, students gathered in the arena behind Isaac Hall where they signed each others' shirts (something of a tradition at school), enjoyed hot dogs and burgers and said their goodbyes and thankyous to the teaching staff. Mr. Cammack spoke to the group, wishing them all the best of luck for their future education and employment. It's always a poignant moment for students and staff alike as we reflect on the past five years and marvel at how 150 small and timid eleven year olds have grown and developed into bright and promising young adults, eager to take their place in the grown-up world. Best wishes to all, and we look forward to seeing them at the prom next week.
Gifted and Talented pupils from years 7 and 8 recently took part in a two day workshop in which they looked at the art of Tiki Heads and Gargoyles. Tikis originated in Maori culture in New Zealand, and are evident all over the South Pacific, famously so on Easter Island, where they are known as Moai. On day 1 pupils produced stunning designs using chalk pastels, and also mini Tikis from air-drying clay. On day 2, Buckfastleigh-based sculptor, Anne-Marie Moss, worked with the group. Each pupil made a Tiki head of their own design from a thermblock, more commonly used in house-building as load-bearing concrete insulation. It was quite strenuous and dusty work, but the results are stunning. All the Tikis will soon find a permanent home in the quad garden. Huge thanks to Anne-Marie Moss and Mrs Bateman who organised the event.
Year 7 pupils recently spent two days immersed in all things bat-related. On what are known as "Challenge Days", pupils are periodically off timetable and have the opportunity to learn new skills. A representative from the Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project came to talk to year 7 about their work protecting bat habitats, fundraising for bats, and developing bat-friendly environments. Pupils then split into smaller groups to work on specific tasks. Some went into the workshop to make wooden bat boxes which were later installed in the tall trees by the athletics track; some made a variety of bat-shaped biscuits which were later sold within school to raise money for the Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project; some developed a dance performance to show the role of bats in the food chain; some designed and made costumes for the dance performance (two of which are shown in the accompanying picture); some dug a pond at the VOLE and undertook other environmental work to encourage insects and therefore bats to...