Duke of Edinburgh News
This is a very busy time for the Duke Of Edinburgh Award students; the Year 9 students are beginning their physical, skill and volunteering sections, whilst the Year 10 are trying to get them finished and signed off. 

We recently took a minibus full of volunteers to Beechwood Primary school to help with the activities on their Year 6 sleepover. Our students helped the Year 6 write poetry, build a fire, sing songs and play team-building games. In return we were given a feast of pizzas and ice cream! Thank you very much to Mrs Evans and the Beechwood staff for their generosity. 

All our volunteers over the last year have contributed the equivalent of £1,558 of work to the local community; another reason why the DofE Award is so useful. 

Mr Alcock 
Outdoor and Adventurous Activities Coach
Charity Talent Show
Over £600 was raised for Children in Need and Year group charities this year. A range of fundraising activities were organised including a day in mufti and our annual Singing and Musical Showcase. 

I would like to thank all the students involved especially Holly Bone and Millie Weaver who promoted and ran the after school music event. I would also like to pay tribute to the outstanding singing and music talent we have throughout our school which is testament to the dedication of the music department's after school programme. 

Thank you to all the staff and students who supported the event. 

Mr Carpenter
Assistant Principal
OAA News
Rock Climbing club has returned to the Life Centre due to the earlier evenings and bad weather. Our students have had a good go at all the new problems in the  cave. Everyone has progressed from just having a go at everything to applying some commitment to overcoming a tricky problem. Students have spent a while on particular problems, challenging each other to get higher on them and showing resilience after falling off time and time again, but getting back up after a rest. We have  a particularly good group of year 7s this year who have all managed to learn the technique of belaying each other and keeping each other safe straight away. Special mentions go to Robyn for her overall ability and commitment and to Grace for her effort and dedication. 

The Step-Up students have been out on a number of rock climbing and abseiling adventures and have shown some real bravery in getting to the very edge of the Dewerstone cliff. Many of them managed to abseil down. The visits to the Life Centre have seen some great efforts by the students, with Ben showing great potential and topping-out a number of times. 

The intervention students have been out on Dartmoor in some windy conditions, but all students have managed to complete every challenge, including an ascent of the steep ridge onto Leathertor. During these adventures they have had time to write poems to communicate their experiences. We hope you enjoy reading them!

Mr Alcock 
Outdoor and Adventurous Activities Coach
Year 9 0% Absence Club
Each week every student with 0% absence receives their coveted raffle ticket for the termly draw. This term it was Lauren who claimed the prize for Year 9 with a stunningly generous prize of £30 worth of gift vouchers. 

The end of term 2 will see not only another eagerly anticipated draw but I have heard that the Christmas fairy will also be ensuring every student with 0% absence for terms 1 and 2 gets a little extra gift this year! 

Mr Carpenter
Assistant Principal
Students experience "The Big Bang" at Babcock with the Royal Navy
Students from year 7 were invited by The Royal Navy to celebrate a day of engineering using the Big Bang theme. The Big Bang is a UK-wide programme led by engineering UK working with around 200 partners to bring science and engineering to life for young people. The Big Bang encourages more young people to take part in STEM initiatives with support from their parents and teachers. 

The Navy and Babcock International teamed up to provide what was an outstanding day of STEM through the provision of high quality activities and information into careers and further education.

The Navy and Babcock International teamed up to provide what was an outstanding day of STEM through the provision of high quality activities and information into careers and further education.

Students were able to get involved in activities such as our FESTO kit (pneumatics), Type 45 Turbine Engine and the Formula 1 Technology Challenge. In addition a tour of the Navy Base at HMS DRake also took place. 

The event was officially opened by the Naval Base Commander and helped to inspire students as well as raise their aspirations. 

Miss Newberry 
Careers Coordinator 
Year 7 Singing for Schools
On Friday the 7th December our Year 7 students gathered together in the hall for Sir John Hunt’s annual Singing for Schools event. Accompanying them was a selected group of talented Year 8, as well as students from Beechwood Primary School and Whitleigh Primary School. 

The day was run by Mrs Cleverley who heads up Singing for Schools with support from Mr Cleverley and Ms Norris. 

It was a large scale singing masterclass in which our students learnt a plethora of new songs at the same time as acquiring and applying a range of singing techniques. 

The musical genres stretched from the gentle piano version of Sia’s ‘The Greatest’ to powerful, upbeat songs from 'The Greatest Showman'. There was also room for some pop classics such as James Bay’s hit ‘Hold Back the River’ and Pink’s ‘What About Us’, which our students have been learning to play in their music lessons. 

At the end of the day, all the hard work our students put into rehearsals was showcased to a large number of excited parents. Every single student involved gave their best performance and sung their hearts out. 

It was a fantastic day for everyone involved. My thanks go to all the staff who supported the day, especially our music team, to our incredible Year 7 students and to our audience of proud parents, grandparents and other guests which gave the final showcase that extra sense of occasion.

Mr Carpenter
College Hosts another fantastic Senior Citizens evening
Wednesday the 19th December saw another outstanding event which I feel separates us from our neighbouring schools with respect to embracing our community. 

Over 70 local senior citizens joined us for a fantastic four course meal and an evening of entertainment from our Year 7 and 8 choir, our bingo callers and school band. If that wasn't action packed enough, Santa also payed a visit and gave everyone who attended a little Christmas treat. 

What stands out most is the sheer number of staff and students that contribute in some way towards the event from the gifts of presents; creation of table decorations; support with driving; serving, cloakroom duties, entertainment, food and last but not least, washing and clearing up.

I would just like to thank everyone involved for helping to spread the Christmas cheer to our community. 

Mr Carpenter
Assistant Principal | Pastoral Leader

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