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Partnerships  Latest  news  from  Dawlish  Community  College                          






       edition  March  2011  

WELCOME to  the  first  e-­edition  of    Partnerships  circulated  to  parents  and  carers  via  Parentmail.       We  hope  to  send  you  regular  news  every  half  term.   Please  tell  us  what  you  think  of  this  edition  and  the  way  we  are  circulating  it.    This  will  help  to  ensure  the     information  is  useful  and  interesting  for  you  and  your  family.   You  can  tell  us  what  you  think  by  emailing:  

Mr A  Davis,  Principal  



Twenty two   Year   9   students   from   Dawlish   Community   College   attended   an   intensive   Maths  day  hosted  by  Exeter  City  and  Devon  Education  Partnership.     A  flavour  of  the                         many    activities                                              7KHVWXGHQWV¶VNLOOVLQPDWKHPDWLFVZHUHFKDOOHQJHGDVWKH\ZHUHDVNHGWRFDOFXODWHWKH points   that   Exeter   and   their   rivals   had   accumulated   through   the   season,   as   well   as   from  Yoga  to  Plate  Spinning   and    Food  Tasting  to             estimating  the  number  of  seats  in  the  ground  and  costing  various  items  in  the  club  shop.   Ready,  Steady,  Cook!   The  students  were  treated  to  a  tour  of  the   ground   including   visits   to   the   VIP   boxes   and  players  dugouts.     The   highlight   of   the   day   was   when   club   players   Ben   Watson   and   Scott   Bennett   held   a   question   and   answer   session   on   what   it   is   like   to   be   a   professional   footballer,   then   posed   for   photos   with   some  very  excited  students.    

HANDBALL FESTIVAL   This  term   Dawlish  Learning  Community   primary  school   staff   were  invited   by   the   South   Dartmoor  School  Sport  Partnership  to  attend  a  handball  teacher  training  session  run  by   Great  Britain  handball  player  Scott  Harrington.       Staff  went  back  into  schools  to  teach  handball  in  PE  lessons  supported  in  some  schools   by  School  Sport  Coordinator,  Martin  Vizor.       Selected   Year   10   Sports   Leaders   from   Dawlish   Community   College   (DCC)   attended   handball  training  at  South  Dartmoor.       The   remaining   Sports   Leaders   attended   handball   training   at   DCC   to   prepare   them   for   running  our  Primary  School  Handball  Festival.  This  was  attended  by  around  140  children   with  20  Year  10  Sports  Leaders  running  the  activities  and  matches.     Primary  school  staff  were  very  positive  about  the  enthusiasm  of  the  DCC  Sports  Leaders   and  their  ability  to  motivate  all  children  to  take  part.     The  next  stage  is  a  primary  school  handball  tournament  due  to  take  place  towards  the   end  of  March  where  DCC  Sports  Leaders  will  act  as  match  officials.         The   winners   and   runners   up   in   this   competition   will   be   invited   to   the   South   Dartmoor   School   Sport   Partnership   Handball   Finals   where   they   will   compete   against   teams   from   other  Learning  Communities.    

DATES FOR  YOUR  DIARY   Spring  Term  ends:       Summer  Term  starts:   Summer  Term  Holidays:         Summer  Term  ends:    

Thursday 7  April   Non-­student  day:    Friday  8  April   Tuesday  26  April     Friday  29  April   Monday  2  May   Monday  30  May-­Friday  3  June   Friday  22  July  

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Twenty  four   year   6   students   from   a   range   of   schools   across  the  Dawlish  Learning  Partnership  are  taking  part  in   a   special   project   designed   to   raise   aspirations   for   the   future,   boost   their   self   confidence,   and   encourage   team   working  and  other  life  skills.       The   project   is   staffed   by   specialists   from   Devon   Careers   Education  ,  Connexions  and  staff  from  the  Primary  schools   and  Dawlish  Community  College.     The   students   have   experienced   events   designed   to   develop   their   creativity   and   problem   solving   skills,   complimented   by   introductory   careers   education   and   vocational  tasters.  

The  two   sessions   involved   the   students   providing   opportunities  for  the  trainee  teachers  to  experience  life  in   a  classroom  using  a  technique  called  Forum  Theatre.     This   gave   the   trainees   a   unique   opportunity   to   role-­play   different  scenarios  with  our  Year  11  students  and  try  out  a   variety   of   teaching   techniques.   Students   then   gave   feedback  to  the  new  teachers  about  their  developing  skills.   The   sessions,   led   by   Drama   teachers   Conor   Magee   and   Lisa  Hudson,  focused  on  the  elements  of  SEAL  ¹  Social  and   Emotional  Aspects  of  Learning,  and  offered  all  participants   the  opportunity  to  discuss  issues  such  as  emotional  literacy   as  well  as  trying  out  new  teaching  approaches.   )HHGEDFN IURP WKHWHDFKLQJWUDLQHHVLQFOXGHG ³<RXU<HDU 11s   were   fantastic.   They   were   so   relaxed   in   front   of   YLVLWRUVDQGZHUHDUHDOFUHGLWWRWKHFROOHJH´    





     ACCELERATED  READING   In   January   Dawlish   Community   College   began   using   the   Accelerated  Reading  scheme  with  a  pilot  group  of  students   in  Year  7.     Visitors   to   the   Library   will   have   noticed   that   many   of   the   fiction   books   have   been   re-­arranged   and   re-­labelled   to   accommodate  this  new  scheme.   Accelerated  Reading  is  a  software  based  programme  from   Renaissance   Learning  which   has   been   proven  to  motivate   students  to  read.   It  does  this  by:   Providing   data   that   helps   monitor   and   personalise   reading  practice.   Encourages  substantial  amounts  of  practice  according  to   guidelines  based  on  research  findings.   Makes   reading   practice   fun   for   students   by   facilitating  successful  encounters  with  text.   Support   at   home   as   well   as   at   College   is   vital   and   the   College  invited  parents  of  the  pilot  group  students  to  Open   Afternoon     sessions   in   the   Library   to   meet   staff   and   informally   discuss  the   new   scheme.   These   were   very  well   attended.     The   pilot   group   of   students   got   off   to   a   great   start   and   were    supported  by  the  AR  team  of:   Mrs  George,  Assistant  Principal,  SENCO     Mrs  Hillyard,  Learning  Support  Manager  for  Literacy     T.A.s:    Mr  Trengove,  Miss  Seymour  and  Mrs  Hudson,  HLTA   for  ICT  and  Librarians  Mrs  Van  Spyk  and  Mrs  Di  Giuseppe    

 Our   Year   9   boys   football   team   have   progressed  through  to  the  semi  final  of   the   South   Devon   Cup   beating   Newton   Abbot  College  3-­1  in  the  1/4  final.     They   will   now   face   Kingsbridge   in   the   semi  final  due  to  be  played  in  the  next   two  weeks.  

 JOINT  SCHOOL  COUNCIL  FIRST  MEETING   WITH  RATCLIFFE  AND  OAKLANDS  PARK     On   Thursday   3rd   February,   Dawlish   Community   College,   Ratcliffe   School   and   Oaklands   Park   School   held   their   first   joint  School  Council  meeting.     The   meeting   had   been   instigated   by   the   Chair   of   the   Ratcliffe  School  Council,  a  Year  11  student  called  Josh.     The   agenda   for   the   meeting   was   to   find   out   more   about   how  each  others  schools  and  school  councils  operated  and   to  explore  different  opportunities  for  the  School  Councils  to   work  collaboratively  in  the  future.     Initially,   we   agreed   to   take   back   some   ideas   for   future   fund   raising   events     to   our   own   councils   and   then   have   another   joint   meeting   in   a   month   or   so   to   see   how   each   other's  plans  were  progressing.   Congratulations  to  the  students  from  key  stage  3  who  took   part;͞   they   were   great   ambassadors   for   the   College   and   showed   a   great   deal   of  maturity  and   interest   in   what   the   other  students  had  to  say.   We   are   all   looking   forward   to   how   this   new   and   quite   unique   partnership   between   our   schools   will   progress   for   the  benefit  of  students.  

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-­,7œ68383 $:$<-­                                                                            STUDENTS  IN  A  FLYBE  FLY-­OFF                                                             AT  EXETER  COLLEGE  

KENTON  BUDDING  CHEFS!   Seventeen   Year   6   budding   chefs   have   been   discovered   at   Kenton   Primary   School   who   designed   and   made   some   fantastic  savoury  rice   dishes   when   they   visited   Dawlish   Community   &ROOHJHLQ 0DUFK DVSDUWRI'DZOLVKœV2XWUHDFK programme.  

Their  task   for   the   Active   Kids   Get   Cooking   Primary   Award   was  to  research  into   choices   for   healthy  packed  lunches.  The  pupils  conducted  a   survey   at   school   to   find   out   what   their   lunch   boxes   contained.   We   discovered   that   the  pupils   mostly   had   a  good  diet   with  fruit  &  vegetables,   yoghurt   and   salad   being   top   of   the   list.   Some   reductions   had   to   be   made   for   crisps   and   chocolate,  but  overall,  the  message  of  eating  for   a  healthy  lifestyle  had  been  followed.  Well  done   Kenton!   Their   task   now   was   to   design   a   tasty,   colourful  &  healthy  new  dish.  

Seventeen  pupils   from   Dawlish  Community   College   enjoyed   a   taste   of  what  it  is  like  to  be  an  aerospace  engineer  during  a  recent  visit  to   ([HWHU&ROOHJHœV(QJLQHHULQJ:RUNVKRSV   The  group  of  14-­year-­olds  not  only  learned  from  some  existing  high-­ flying  students  at  the  College  about  the  exciting  careers  they  could   one  day  enjoy,  but  also  about  the  different  kinds  of  apprenticeships   and  engineering  courses  available  to  study  at  Exeter  College,  includ-­ ing  those  run  in  partnership  with  Flybe.   The   day   started   with   a   presentation   on   the   Theory   of   Flight   which   led  to  their  challenge  of  designing  and  building  a  model  aircraft.  The   teams  whose  aircraft  flew  the  furthest  won  the  Top  Achievers  Award   and  were  given  certificates  and  prizes  for  recognition  of  their  effort   and  enthusiasm.   'DZOLVK&RPPXQLW\ &ROOHJHœV+HDGRI 7HFKQRORJ\ )UHG :RRGKHDG ZKR DFFRPSDQLHG WKH SXSLOV RQ WKH GD\ VDLG ³7KH SXSLOV DUH DO ready   studying   towards   their   BTEC   Level   2   in   Engineering   here   in   Dawlish,   so   for   them  to   have  the  opportunity   to   actually  meet  stu-­ dents  already  on  the  Flybe  course  and  to  be  able  to  ask  them  ques-­ tions   really   sparked   their   enthusiasm,   as   did   the   practical   exercise.   7KHUH LV D WHQGHQF\ WR WKLQN (QJLQHHULQJ LV ODUJHO\ DERXW ¾IL[LQJ WKLQJVœ7KLVHYHQWVKRZHGRXUSXSLOVMXVWRQHRIWKHPDQ\H[FLWLQJ specialist   areas   they   could   go   into   if   they   choose   to   continue   their   studies  in  this  subject.  As  we  left,  some  of  them  were  already  talk-­ ing   about   how   focused   they   now   are   on   securing   a   place   on   the   )O\EHFRXUVHDWWKH&ROOHJHDVWKHQH[WVWHSLQWKHLUFDUHHU´                      

The  budding   chefs   watched   a   demonstration,   and  then  chose  the  ingredients  that  they  wanted   in  their  own  rice  dish.  The  results  were  amazing,   not  one  dish  was  the  same,  and  all  looked  very   FRORXUIXO7KHSXSLOVWULHGRQHDQRWKHUœVWRPDNH sure  that  they  were  as  tasty  as  they  could  be   ¹   and  every  one  received  a  thumbs  up!  Plans  were   even  being  made  on  the  way  back  to  Kenton  to   make  the  dishes  at  home.     We  are  looking  forward  to  more  excellent  dishes   being  made  to  promote  a  healthy  lifestyle  ¹  well   done  chefs!!    

       Speaking   after   the   event,   The   Flybe   Training   Academy   Operations   0DQDJHU-RKQ7HQQHUDGGHG³3XSLOVIURP'DZOLVK&RPPXQLW\&RO lege   enjoyed   a   day   of   aerospace   engineering   which,   we   hope,   en-­ FRXUDJHGWKHLULQWHUHVWLQEHFRPLQJHQJLQHHUVRIWKHIXWXUH´   Graham   Wilson,   who   heads   up   the   Aerospace   team   at   Exeter   Col-­ OHJHFRQWLQXHG ³)RUFHQWXULHVWKLVFRXQWU\ KDVSURGXFHG VRPH RI the  greatest  engineers  in  history,  but  the  number  of  students  choos-­ ing   engineering   as   a   career   has   been   in   decline   for   some   time.   At   Exeter  College,  the  Flybe  Fly-­off  programme  is  our  way  of  encourag-­ ing  children  in  our  secondary  schools  to  look  at  the  exciting  possibili-­ WLHVWKDWDUHDYDLODEOHLQPRGHUQHQJLQHHULQJ´   Of  the  eight  second-­year  students  on  the  Flybe  Diploma  in  Engineer-­ ing  programme  who  gave  support  and  guidance  to  the  Year  10  pu-­ SLOV DVWKH\ GHVLJQHG DQG EXLOWWKHLU PRGHO DLUFUDIW KH DGGHG ³:H hope   their   enthusiasm   for   aviation   will   have   inspired   the   visiting   pupils  to  view  engineering  in  a  positive  light  and  that,  recognising  it   as  an  extremely  worthwhile  career  option,  one  day  they  may  decide   WKDWWKH\ZRXOGOLNHWRJRLQWRDHURVSDFHHQJLQHHULQJWKHPVHOYHV´  

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Dawlish Community College Newsletter, March 2011