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No. 2

Summer 2013

Teign School TERMLY MAGAZINE Teign School Reception: 01626 366969

Ten Tors 2013 ALSO INSIDE • • • • • •

Teign Catering Bude 2013 Multicultural Evening French Exchange EPraise Abbrook Farm Open day

Mark Woodlock

How different the world looks from the last time I sat down to write the opening lines for The Bridge. In the cold and relative darkness of March, it was difficult to imagine how it would feel to have reached the end of a summer term and another academic year. Summer is now truly upon us and we can bask in the sense of optimism that this season brings. We began the last edition of The Bridge by raising the question of what constitutes progress from a school’s point of view. This edition will, in part, answer that question, illustrating as it does the many activities that have taken place in this last term. From the damp, but inspiring, endeavours of the students in the Ten Tors, to the joy and collaborative work of the Multi-Cultural Festival, this term has seen Teign display what it does best, namely getting students involved. The maturity that comes with undertaking these activities is an essential part of the learning process. Of course, no secondary school can ignore the fact that the summer represents the exam season. Whilst we will have to wait until next term to report on those outcomes, it is clear that Teign School staff and students have worked extremely hard to gain the most from those exams. We should take substantial pride in our collective efforts. The summer term also represents a time when plans for the forthcoming academic year are put in place. It will come as no surprise that we have been working to ensure that all our systems focus on monitoring the progress that students make and undertaking intervention where a learning need has been identified. Students and parents will see this from September in many areas. The most obvious will include a new and more frequent reporting system based upon half-termly progress assessments. Parents have asked for greater clarity as to curriculum and homework requirements for their children and these will be forthcoming. Equally important for students will be a focus on reading across all of Key Stage 3 and a new reward system aimed at gathering together all their achievements. We have set high expectations for what we believe we can achieve for our students. Creating an environment where we recognise and celebrate high achievement, but also value the development of personal maturity, will ensure we can reach those goals. Head of Teign School - Mark Woodlock Pg 1

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Term Dates

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Teign News

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Department News

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Outdoor Pursuits

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Photo Montage

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Primary Liaison/Careers

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Abbrook Farm

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Governors / Staff

Helen Martin

Term Dates 2012 / 2013 SUMMER TERM 2013 First Day of Summer Term Bank Holiday - May Day Summer Half Term Last Day of Summer Term

Monday 15th April 2013 Monday 6th May 2013 Monday 27th to Friday 31st May 2013 Friday 19th July 2013

AUTUMN TERM 2013 First Day of Autumn Term Autumn Half Term Last Day of Autumn Term

Tuesday 3rd September 2013 (Years 7 & 12) Wednesday 4th September (All Year groups) Friday 25th October to Friday 1st November 2013 Friday 20th December 2013 (Closes at 1pm) To see more Term Dates and our weekly timetable please go to our website

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News CANTEIGN We hope this information will be useful for parents/carers when considering lunchtime options from September 2013. Our vision is to promote healthy eating whilst recognising that at a secondary school students will increasingly make informed choices from the range we have on offer. We want to provide a school catering service whose products are nutritionally sound, look and taste good, and are served in a comfortable community environment. Underpinning this are the following key aims: • to provide a range of meals that reflect the nutritional standards and take account of any special requirements. •

to give suitable attention to the marketing and presentation of food to making the healthy options attractive to students and ensuring they are prominently displayed and appropriately labelled.

• to promote the increase in dietary fibre, fruit and vegetables, decrease in the intake of fats, especially saturated fats, sugar, salt and salty foods. • to ensure an adequate intake of proteins, minerals and vitamins. • to inform parents of the school’s work and seek their support in reinforcing the healthy eating message at home. On the following page you will see an outline of our products with details of prices expected to be charged in September and a sample menu for a whole week. We will keep parents/carers up to date with information through the weekly newsletter (this includes the menu for the week ahead) and through future editions of ‘The Bridge’. If you have any suggestions then please let us know. Simon Rothwell, Catering Manager Kingsley Matthews, Academy Business Manager

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Sample Menu Monday





Main Meal of the Day

Chicken & Ham Pie, Baby Potatoes & Seasonal Veg

Beef Lasagne, Salad & Potato Wedges

Macaroni Cheese with Crispy Potato Chunks

Roast Pork, Roast Potatoes & Seasonal Veg

Fish & Chips with Beans or Peas

Grab & Go

Chicken Wraps

Beef Burgers

Filled Panini

Hot Dog & Onions

*** Chip Box add Cheese

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A selection from the following: Bacon Muffins, Sausage Muffins, Filled Paninis, Hot Chicken Wraps, Pizza Slice, Bagels, Hot Snacks, Sausage Rolls, Pasties Fresh Fruit, Salad & Pasta Pots, Sandwiches, Baguettes Snacks, Cold Drinks

Fresh Fruit, Salad & Pasta Pots, Sandwiches, Baguettes Snacks, Cold Drinks

Fresh Fruit, Salad & Pasta Pots, Sandwiches, Baguettes Snacks, Cold Drinks

Fresh Fruit, Salad & Pasta Pots, Sandwiches, Baguettes Snacks, Cold Drinks

Pasta & Sauces, Curries & Rice, Jacket Potatoes with Salad & Hot & Cold Fillings

Pasta & Sauces, Curries & Rice, Jacket Potatoes with Salad & Hot & Cold Fillings

Pasta & Sauces, Curries & Rice, Jacket Potatoes with Salad & Hot & Cold Fillings

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Fresh Fruit, Salad & Pasta Pots, Sandwiches, Baguettes Snacks, Cold Drinks



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JACKET POTATO (including various fillings)

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PANINI £1.50


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SMART CARDS What are Smartcards? A smartcard is a form of debit payment card to be used at the Canteen How do I obtain a smartcard? Students can obtain a smartcard application form from the Canteen. The form is completed by the parent or carer and returned to the canteen so that it can be registered. Payments can be made online via ParentPay or PayPoint. How much money can I put on the card? Canteen staff will inform the student when his/her credit is getting low on request. Do I have to pay for my card? Your first smartcard and one replacement are free, but thereafter each card costs £2.30. New cards cannot be issued until this payment is made so please take care of your cards. Can I add to the card by cash or cheque? ParentPay is the preferred method of payment. If I lose my card, what happens? If your card is definitely lost, and not just left at home, let the canteen staff know immediately. Your card will be ‘hotlisted’ (which prevents anybody anybody else from using it) and the balance from your old card will be transferred to a new one (with a deduction of £2.00 replacement fee as outlined above). What do I do if I’ve left my card at home? If you find you have forgotten your card, report to Student Support who will contact the canteen staff. They will issue you with a very basic lunch i.e. sandwich. No drink will be supplied as water is available in the canteen. The money owed should be repaid within 3 days. Any outstanding debts will result in no further credit being given. What if I’m entitled to Free School Meals? Students who are entitled to free school meals are issued with a smartcard which is automatically credited to enable the student to spend the allocated amount every day.

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BUDE - A STUDENTS ACCOUNT On the 23 April Year 7 left Teign, excited for their week at Bude. It all started with an hour and three quarters on a coach. You could see the excitement on all of our faces as this is the first time we left for the week as Year 7s. After a long journey we finally reached Adventure International. We all climbed off the coaches and took our luggage to our dorms. As soon as we were sorted in our rooms we had a fire drill and for the first time we saw our Instructors on the astro turf. We went to our first activities which were body boarding and other activities with our instructor Jim. Sarah the instructors group came with us and Mike (another instructor) led the whole thing.

BUDE 2013 - A STUDENT ACCOUNT On the first evening there was a fancy dress disco which three schools attended. There was a competition for the best fancy dress outfit. Max from 7EVH won with his amazing cockroach costume. This put an end to a fantastic day to our residential. At 10.30p.m. it was lights out and was time for us to get to sleep which hardly anyone did causing the teachers to come in and quieten us down. The bell went at 7.00 am for us to get ready for a run at 7.15 am There were three different routes but on Wednesday we went on the beach and had a cooked breakfast. We had our first activity and groups P, O and Sarah’s group went mountain boarding. We were joined by Miss Bennett who was scared to go down a hill, let alone on a ramp. After lunch we had our second activity which was Canadian canoeing. We were also lucky to be joined by Mr. Woodlock who got very wet on our journey on the canal. That evening there was a talent competition which Ellen won for her singing. She sang “Call me maybe”, by Carly Rae Jepson. This ended another fantastic day. We had a funny joke as Mrs. Epps was dressed up in Max’s cockroach costume to tell everyone that it was lights out. People screamed at the prospect of a cockroach telling them to go to sleep. People also laughed at the sight of her dressed up. We started the next day with a morning run and came back to a cooked breakfast. Our first activity of the day was climbing. Natalie went on the hardest one and found it fun. After lunch we went to the high ropes and had a great time, especially when we had to work together. As it was the last night there was a presentation for everyone. It was a good night because everyone got a certificate even if they didn’t get an award. There were three awards for the Wallys, the Bottles and the Super Stars. There was also a competition for super team but a team from Stewarts won. No one got anything from Team P except a certificate signed by our instruction. We had loads of fun. On the last morning we went straight to breakfast, the only activity of the day was kayaking. Then we left on the coach for Teign. We had a fantastic time. By Natalie Housecroft and Ellen Sowden

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INCLUSION HOW TO PUT THE ‘FUN’ IN FUNDRAISING. Some weeks ago, a small group within the Inclusion Department put together a challenge to raise funds in aid of the National Autistic Society. We have, in common with most schools, a diverse mix of students, including those on the Autistic Spectrum. The aim was to raise money, but equally important was raising awareness and a better understanding of this condition. The event was carried out over three days in the week before Easter. You may recall that during this period the average temperature was just 2.5 oC. This, however, did not deter our ASC students and buddies, who all gave up their lunch break and worked for the cause in freezing temperatures. Through their own efforts and enthusiasm, these students achieved the target set and raised £250 for the Autistic Society. All of this was made possible because of the good humour, togetherness and a will to see the job completed, so our students can be justly proud of their achievement. CULINARY SKILLS PUT TO THE TEST!! Four Year 10 students who are following a ‘Third Pathway’ Vocational Course bravely accepted the challenge to prepare, cook and serve a two course luncheon for members of the Teign Valley Learning Community. It was an extremely busy morning to meet the 1pm deadline, but with the additional support and hard work from Linda Kilbride, the timing was perfect. Their efforts were deservedly rewarded with a range of positive comments from the guests– even receiving a request for recipes for two of the dishes served! I would like to thank Danielle Bailey, Harry Germon, Sam Boston and Jared Dixon for being such great ambassadors for the school. Christine Lees (Catering Tutor)

KS3 DRAMA - SHAKESPEARE HOMEWORK Year 7 have been following a scheme of work on William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. One of the homework tasks in the scheme was to memorise at least 10 of Shakespeare’s plays. Charlotte Furnell from Miss Carpenter’s class not only memorised all 37 plays but was also able to write them in alphabetical order and with perfect spellings. Mrs Churchill (Head of Performing Arts) congratulated Charlotte and awarded her 10 house points in recognition of her achievement.



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illie Price from Year 10 travelled to Sheffield’s Ponds Forge pool on Bank holiday weekend to compete in Sheffield’s Level 1 long course open meet. Millie competed in the 100m and 200m Breaststroke and the 200m Individual Medley. She won a silver medal in the Girls 14/15 years 100m Breaststroke, in a time of 1.17.55, a 1.8 second PB and 0.7 seconds inside the national age group qualifying time for her age group.Millie will now travel to Sheffield in July where she will spend three days training at Ponds Forge before competing in the national age group championships. Millie, who swims for Exeter Photo supplied by:

TEIGN STUDENT WINS NATIONAL ENGINEERING AWARD Jake Tudge, a student at Teign from 2003 to 2010, has won the prestigious national Engineering Undergraduate of the Year award, presented by Sir Trevor McDonald at London’s Canary Wharf. Jake competed against entrants from universities across the country to win, his prize being a years placement with E.ON Energy, as well as the chance to visit key energy projects in Sweden this September. Jake was keen to emphasise that Teign School was instrumental in his decision to study Engineering at university. Whilst at Teign Sixth Form, Jake took part in both the Engineering Education Scheme and Headstart, which he would recommend others interested in an engineering career pursue. As a result of these projects, Jake is now a member of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Leadership Scheme, which identifies the sector leaders of tomorrow.

dismiss an opportunity. Furthermore, always embrace new challenges with good humour”. Jake is aiming to pursue a career within the energy sector with the eventual goal of working within Government.

On his recent return to Teign, Jake was clear that Teign School had given him the qualities to succeed. He would encourage all students to consider Engineering as a potentially rewarding career; his only advice being “Always approach things with an open mind and never

Jake would like to thank all the teachers and staff at Teign, who encouraged him from day one with their positive attitude and ambition that, whatever your background, the sky is never the limit.

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City swimming club is also looking to achieve her 200m Breaststroke qualifying time next weekend when she competes in the District age group championships at Millfield school. Millie is no stranger to Sheffield’s Ponds Forge pool as she has swam in the National Arena league B final alongside Exeter team mate and British Olympian Liam Tancock and has also represented Devon in the National inter county short course championships. Millie travels to Exeter and Plymouth to train for 16 hours pool and land training a week.


Achievements INCLUSION COLLEEN SANDERS Inclusion would like to congratulate Colleen Sanders on her outstanding achievement in finishing her Open University degree in English Literature (Hons). We are all unique with different personalities, intellects and abilities, but if you put your mind to it you can achieve whatever you want. We never stop learning so well done from the Inclusion Department.


Congratulations to Chloe Clayton and Georgia Tout for achieving their Library Shop and Customer Care Certificates. The course modules were undertaken over two terms and include managing stock and the shop float, accurately recording messages and orders, working well within a team, seeking customer feedback, being aware of any customer special needs and demonstrating a polite, helpful and friendly manner at all times. This they both did with great aplomb. Chloe says, “I have thoroughly enjoyed working in the library and would love to carry on with it in the future”. Georgia also says, “I have learnt people skills and have really enjoyed the experience”. The diverse Teign Library Courses offer many opportunities for student success. Current modules cover the Shop and Customer Care, Stock control - shelving and tidying, Library Display and Presentation, Library Reading Scheme and Plant Monitor. Courses are open to all Teign School students and modules can be adapted to suit the students’ specific interests.





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Multi-Cultural Day Teign School’s Sports Hall was the main venue on Thursday 23rd May for the annual Multi-Cultural Festival, ‘Flavours of the World.’ Developed from an original initiative by the Teign Valley Learning Community to promote ethnic diversity, a range of activities and projects are undertaken by Teign’s feeder Primary Schools as part of a Multi-Cultural Awareness programme leading up to the festival. With the support of Cultural Champions from the Global Centre in Exeter, teachers and pupils produced some stunning displays celebrating cultural diversity through performance, literature and art. This work was showcased through out the evening in music and dance. Highlights included performances from individual schools and across the Learning Community. The impressive Teign Valley Drummers with Rob Wilkinson leading the beat, and the Dancing around the World Project coordinated by Mary Hart, were particular highlights. The Year 6 Drama group also performed the story of Perseus and Medusa. A splendid range of foods from Indian, Caribbean, Chinese, and Mediterranean to the Best of Devon helped fuel the evening. Primary School pupils involved in the ‘Let’s Get Cooking’ project coordinated by Christine Lees from Teign and Sarah Calder from Rydon School produced some very tasty Italian dishes which rapidly sold out. Craft stalls from hair braiding to face painting proved very popular. ROC creative, a Samba Band from Paignton and Mbira, sponsored by the Helen Foundation, entertained in K Hall as visitors sampled the cuisine on offer. The Mayor of Kingsteignton, John Foxwell and his wife Councillor Liz Foxwell, kindly took time out to support the event as did fellow Deputy Mayor Chris Meathrel along with a very large number of parents and staff. The standard of artwork and the performances this year were the best ever. In returning his thanks to the school in a follow up letter, the Mayor commented that “both performers and helpers through the evening were polite, helpful and a credit to the school” also adding “a spectacular event that was enjoyed by everyone”.

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Drama PERFORMING ARTS SHOW 2013 Performing Arts teachers and students have rehearsed hard for the end of year Performing Arts Show. This is a variety show that showcases the very best class and extra-curricular work over the academic year. This year saw a superb mixture of performances including items from the Orchestra, the School Production ‘Beauty & the Beast’, Dance Club, Media Films, our Bands, Musical Theatre, Drama Clubs and many more. The evening performance took place on the 2nd of July and a full report and photos will be available in the third edition of ‘The Bridge’.

AS LEVEL DRAMA & THEATRE STUDIES Ten AS Level Drama & Theatre Studies students completed their Unit 2 Practical Examination on the 6th June 2013. Their examination consisted of performing a short self-directed monologue or duologue and taking part in a play directed by their teacher. The performances were watched by a supportive audience of friends and family as well as an examiner from Edexcel. The monologues and duologues section saw students tackle contrasting pieces from Shakespeare’s Hamlet to more contemporary works by Mark Wheeller. Mr

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Churchill directed five of the students in a surreal piece of physical theatre called ‘100’ made famous by the Imaginary Body Theatre Company. Mrs Churchill directed the other play ‘The Exam’ by Andy Hamilton which is an hilarious school based comedy with gave the actors many opportunities for multi-role play. After the graded examination the AS Level Drama & Theatre Studies students performed their work one final time to an invited audience of Year 10 GCSE Drama students who will be writing a review on the performances as part of their coursework.



It’s that time of year when we have to say goodbye to some performers. This year it is the turn of two of our violinists, Helena Sewell and Emma Wheeler, who have now finished Year 13. They have both been playing with the orchestra since they started in Year 7 and have always shown great commitment. Good luck in what the future holds for you and don’t stop playing! It is without a doubt that much of the sparkle and fun this year has come from the fantastic efforts of Rob Wilkinson. He has spent hours glued to his MacBook churning out arrangement after arrangement of popular classics, always on the hunt to find people to perform his latest idea. The swing band has grown steadily since the beginning of the year. His classroom lessons have been energy filled and the students have learnt much through his enthusiasm and passion for the subject. It will be very sad to see him go but the imprint he has left behind will last for a long time. Good luck with your next venture from the entire Performing Arts department!

MUSIC We have had another superb year of performances in the Music department. The first of the year was back in November when we held our recital evening for the GCSE students. At Christmas all our performers produced a truly festive carol concert up at Chudleigh church. This has been an annual event for nearly 30 years now! Our most recent concert was the spectacular Movie Night at Easter. The theatre foyer was suitably decorated with balloons, lights and even a red carpet. The concert opened with the famous Twentieth Century Fox fanfare performed by the orchestra which led swiftly in to the first of a huge variety of pieces from all manner of films from the last 50 years of cinema. Even the interval gave the audience a real cinema experience with live foyer music, ice cream, popcorn and even candy floss. All the performers looked amazing having dressed in true movie premier glitz. As ever, the students gave their best and performed with professionalism. Both Mr Wilkinson and I were hugely proud of their efforts. Some highlights will be performed again in the Performing Arts Show. As a reward for their hard work and commitment, not to mention it being a valuable learning experience, we took 21 students down to Plymouth in June to see the Plymouth Symphony Orchestra performing a concert packed with film music. For most students it was the first time they had seen a full-size symphony orchestra in action.

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Beliefs Values & Citizenship

THE HOLOCAUST In Year 9, students study a topic covering the impact of the Holocaust within their BVC lessons. At the end of the topic students are set an assessment to write about ‘Why we should remember the Holocaust’. Below is an extract written by Isaac Evans, which saw him achieve a fantastic Level 7 in this assessment – well done Isaac!

THE HOLOCAUST. ‘WE REMEMBER IT BECAUSE ….’ We should remember the Holocaust so that we are reminded of the horrors that humans can do and ensure that we know never to repeat them. We should teach it in schools so that the next generation are aware of what happened and remember those involved, for good or bad reasons. We should also learn about it because it teaches us morals such as never giving up in what you believe in. Also it teaches us that you should help those when they are in trouble, even when you are not because if you are selfish and only look out for yourself, terrible things like this could happen and there would be no one left to stand up for you. Finally, if we ignore this part of our history, everything that people fought for will be forgotten like it never happened. After the Holocaust many Jews’ views on religion changed. Some believed even more strongly in their God while others’ faith became weaker. Some felt that God gave us the freedom to make mistakes so that we would learn and if he had not wished this he would have created us as robots. Others felt that because they had made an agreement with God to worship him, in return for his eternal protection and he had not upheld his part of the bargain, they should not continue to worship him. There are many other arguments for and against the continued practice of Judaism within Jewish culture after the Holocaust. Another reason to carry on practising it is that if they give up, they will have lost all that they fought for and those who died in the process for nothing. After studying the Holocaust, I feel that I am more grown up as although I knew parts of it before, I feel like I now have the responsibility of remembering what I learnt, acting upon it and passing the information on so that other can also feel the way I do about the subject.


ENRICHMENT WEEK HISTORY MURAL During Enrichment Week this year, ten students from Years 7, 8 & 9 (and one from Year 10 on Work Experience) will be producing a mural on the stairwell at the top of J Block. This mural will depict some scenes from world history that are currently included within the curriculum at Teign School. The mural will be a way of brightening up the school and of permanently giving focus to what we do within the History department. The students have helped decide the design of the mural, and each has been given responsibility for a specific part.

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FRENCH EXCHANGE - DEUXIÈME PARTIE After a calm crossing on Day 1 with little sleep, 30 excited English students arrived to a red carpet welcome at the school! After some happy reunions we walked to the local sports hall where an Ultimate Frisbee tournament took place. Despite feeling weary, all students participated well and the winning team was ‘les bleus’! A quick stroll back to school to enjoy a welcoming speech from Monsieur Vibert, Le Directeur, followed by un goûter délicieux and then a tour of the school, en français bien sûr! What a treat we had in store for Day 2! Everyone had a good evening en famille and met up in school ready for a day out. We headed for the famous Cadre Noir, the French national riding school, home to 400 horses and we were treated to a dressage show as well as a guided tour of the school. Picnic lunch next at the château in Saumur with lovely views of the Loire (longest river in France). We strolled down to the town for some retail therapy. Many shops were shut until 2pm due to lunchtime (a new experience for the 24/7 English students). Then it was back on the coach to meet up with our French partners. All seemed happy if somewhat tired by Day 3, but glad to be in school as it is half day only on a Wednesday in France. We had a lovely morning of activities arranged; English students had a taster of French lessons, including Art, English, French and History, as well as spending an hour in groups, preparing lunch for 60, in the brand new school canteen where everything is cooked from scratch. Menu du jour: • • • •

Oeufs mimosa Escalopes de dinde à la normandie Fromage Tarte aux pommes alsacienne


Modern Foreign Languages

After eating what they had cooked, with their French partners, they headed off with their families to do all sorts of activities including ice skating, go karting and shopping.

Not such a bright day weather wise on Day 4, as we travelled to Nantes in the rain. A 30 minute trip on le Petit Train to take in a quick tour of the city and then a short coach ride to Les Machines de l’Ile where we were able to have our picnic undercover, before visiting Le Carrousel, this year’s new attraction. As you can see some lucky people had the chance to go on the rides and be ‘les marionnettistes’. There was time to do some shopping in the old part of the city, just as the sun came out. What a lovely way to finish the day! We saved the best trip till last on our final day together: a day at Le Puy Du Fou, which has won the prize for being the best theme park in the world and rightly so! There were lots of shows to watch, favourites being Les Vikings and Le Bal des Oiseaux, as well as the Roman Arena with real lions and jousting acrobatics! An amazing day full of excitement, magic and jaw dropping moments, and what’s more, it was a beautiful, sunny day! Just enough time for a last hokey-cokey on the car park before the goodbyes started and the tears began. Parting is such sweet sorrow! The end of a very successful week and one that will, no doubt stay with the students forever.

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Art &


Examples of Exam Photography and Art exam pieces

On Wednesday 19th June, the Royal Academy of Arts visited Teign School Art students for an all-day life drawing workshop. This prestigious outreach programme provides exciting and imaginative workshops, led by artist-graduates from the RA Schools. The workshop was offered to students studying Art in Years 10,11,12 and 13. The workshop was held in the Templer Theatre with students having the opportunity to draw a life model and to pick up hints and tips along the way. The day was a huge success with some amazing pieces of art work being created by students. We believe it was an excellent experience for the students and a useful extension to their creative studies.

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Design &



A big thank you to Year 7 girls for all their hard work in baking delicious Devon Scones and serving them to the Mayor. This was in aid of celebrating Teign Schools Multi-Cultural evening. Baking scones is just one of the skills that Year 7 students learn. In addition, they will also produce fantastic pizzas, fruit salads, coleslaws and mouth-watering crumbles along with other culinary delights.


Year 8 students were introduced to the specific difficulties of working with metals this term. They created simple outdoor lanterns using a range of techniques for working with, and joining, different metals.

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Science ELBS - ENVIRONMENTAL LAND BASED SCIENCE It’s been a busy term for Teign’s Science department, but especially for the Year 10 Environmental and Land Based Science students. On May 24th and June 24th both classes (28 students) spent the days on Dartmoor, carrying out their own study on how the planting of conifer trees has affected the natural environment at Bellever. Working to their own plans, they tested soil and water conditions, sampled the vegetation growing in the area and even investigated populations of stream invertebrates. The work forms a significant part of the students’ overall GCSE coursework portfolio, which, along with the many achievements of the Year 11 ELBS students, was marked during the Celebration Evening held at Teign’sAbbrook Farm on June 27th. Encompassing all of the landowners, scientists, business people and volunteers who actively support the teaching and learning provided at Abbrook Farm, the event was a brilliant opportunity to thank our supporters, celebrate the achievements of our young people, and make plans for even better use of this fantastic school resource.

Media Studies SUCCESS IN MEDIA STUDIES PRACTICAL COURSEWORK The standard of practical coursework in Media Studies this academic year has been very high. From film posters and trailers to magazine covers and advertisements, the creativity and attention to detail demonstrated by both GCSE and A Level students has been spectacular! The amazing practical pieces that have been designed this year reflect not only the exceptional technical competency of Media students at Teign, but also their outstanding commitment to the subject. The following students most definitely deserve to be congratulated on their achievements: Year 10: Ryan Kerr, Charlie Brook, James Lofty, Amy Alford, Georgia Abbot Palmer and Katie Moser Year 11: Jordan Jackson, Sophie Forward, Ellie Whitelaw and Katie Parker Year 12: Emily Teague, Tayler Dan, Alice Webber, Sinead O’Toole and Tom Moyle Year 13: Arwen Hawley-Brandt and Tom Vaughan Well done to all for a superb year in Media Studies! What a talented bunch you are!

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EPRAISE Award winning ICT teacher Mr Dunford created an electronic student praising system this term epraise, to replace Teign School’s current house point system. Mr Dunford was honoured as Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 for his efforts in creating the system during the Express & Echo Business Awards. The epraise system has been trialled on Year 8 this term with the intention of rolling it out to all other year groups when we return after the Summer. Points can be awarded in several ways; by teachers directly online, by students claiming unique codes generated by epraise, by an administrator uploading a list, through your MIS system (based on achievements or attendance). You can even set up offers where students sign up to take part in certain activities around the school and are then are awarded points if they complete the activity. Schools can set up a shop on epraise where students can spend their points. They can also set up prize

ICT Go to find out more draws and charitable causes to which students can donate their points. Our reward system is not just about points, it’s also about recording the amazing things your students get up to. Achievements and accolades are ways to record these. Achievements can be automatically awarded, for things such as donating a certain amount of points, or manually awarded, for things such as taking part in Sports Day. Accolades are for one-off things such as achieving a certificate in a Mathematics challenge, or representing the county in Athletics.

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During this half term the Year 7 Geographers have been researching facts and information about the production of chocolate. They have completed research about where cocoa comes from and what life is like for the Ghanaian cocoa farmers. The students have also taken part in the Fair Trade chocolate game where they have been involved in making and selling cocoa beans and chocolate as Fair Trade producers and as non Fair Trade producers. Hopefully now we will think twice before we tuck into our chocolates.

YEAR 8 GEOGRAPHERS The Year 8 Geographers have been very busy during this half term making sure that their fieldwork assessments are completed. They spent busy days at Dawlish Warren in all types of weather to collect the fieldwork data. Once back at school they have been involved in writing up the fieldwork and making sure that the analysis on their data is very thorough. Well done Year 8, brilliant work!

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English KNIFE IN THE WATER…… CREATIVE WRITING CLUB WITH A TWIST IN THE TALE! Ah Summer! As Year 11 GCSE exams came and went, Year 10 scaled new controlled assessment mountains, Years 7, 8 & 9 took Shakespeare and merged with modernity; we, a group of pioneers, met secretly on Wednesday afternoons to craft, create and capture our imaginations on paper for our fellow word sculptors to explore. It has been a voyage filled with magic potions, treacherous monsters and subverted fairy tales. Students have constructed alternative realities; dystopias, utopias and, well, quite weird places too! From character profiling, dialogue dissection to poetry, rap and short stories- our creative writing club has absolutely begun with a bang. Who could have predicted the creation of new monsters, some of which have been known to survive purely on jellybeans and porridge alone? The ship has been expertly steered by the talented Captain Eaton and Boatswain Bennett every Wednesday in K1, 3.30-4.30. New voyagers (Years 7-13) are always welcome aboard to share their great ideas and help us record the myths and legends of our time. Although we are a very secretive and special society, we have decided to exclusively share some of our brilliant creations with you- the lucky readers of The Bridge. So, are you sitting comfortably? Here we go….. The potion. I found, no smelt this potion from afar. I was waltzing through the woods pretending to be a fairy, as you do, when an old crafted glass flask appeared to grow from the pine needle encrusted forest floor. Its beautiful vermillion exterior enclosed an unappetising liquid. Pale brown, smoking and swirled with silver strings of glittering curiosity, the potion moodily bubbled within. I smell, tip and drink. It tastes like champagne, which I hate, so I immediately spit it out. Moments later…. I feel bright, alert and so superbly happy! Naturally, I will now drink the whole bottle. Ooh, disturbing. I feel funny. Butterfly funny. Why am I flying? Why am I laughing at a tree? Why is it laughing at me? Floating crimson coated clouds swirl in and out of the sunshine’s arms. I tell the sun about my life: I need more of this potion. I am scared it will end. Is this addiction? Help me! Anon

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Sports SPOTLIGHT ON - HENRY BUNCLARK YEAR 8 Henry has been fantastic this year across Teign PE and Sport. He comes with a wonderful attitude towards PE and he sets the standards for his approach and dedication to sport. He won the Outstanding Contribution award in the Autumn term which he fully deserved. He could have won this in Year 7 but was pipped to the post by one of his arch rivals. Henry has joined the Gifted and Talented programme for his achievements in rugby. He attends numerous clubs and always wants to improve himself in everything he does. He is a fantastic ambassador for Sport at Teign and I am sure that he will only improve. Keep going Henry and as Michael Phelps said “You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the further you get.” “This year has been I have been playing a lot of rugby; I play for Newton Abbot All Whites – I scored the winning try and conversions in a cup match. After the match I was selected for South Devon. I then kept training each month with South Devon and was selected for the A team. I then played in a tournament and scored a try in the first match. I then got selected for Devon training and now train monthly with them.” by Henry Bunclark Interview By George Sims (Yr 8) What is your favourite aspect of rugby? Well as I get the ball a lot I like to run with the ball running around tacklers and eventually scoring sometimes. What is your best moment in a match? When we played Torquay RFC in the first five minutes of the game I had already scored 3 tries but at half time I had to play for the other team due to lack of players and I scored the only points for them and in our clubhouse there is still a poster of me in a Torquay shirt tackling a player from my own team What is your best tournament to play in? It was a sevens tournament and we played against Devonport and we were expected to lose but I scored 4 tries and they scored none. We went on to come 3rd in the shield. What got you into rugby? Well it was a sport I had always been curious about so I decided to give a new sport a go and I immediately knew I was quite good at this and in the space of 4 years I went from knowing nothing to playing with Devon Who would you suggest rugby to? I would suggest rugby to everyone because it doesn’t matter what size shape height you are there is position for you it also builds you social skills and keeps you fit so everyone should give it a go Where would you like to be in 10 years? I would like to be improving in my sport and be able to share my talent with other keen players. I would also like to play professionally as it has been a dream of mine for a while. Many people have inspired me such as Manu Tuilagi, George North and my Dad who has always taught me to keep going no matter what happens and to just enjoy yourself as no matter what has happened to you in life for now.

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SPOTLIGHT ON - BEN COLLINS 7TNP Which sports/activities have you participated in this year? Clubs - trampolining, rugby, badminton. For fun – mountain biking, horse riding, kayaking, BMX. House/school events – athletics, triathlon, aquathlon, swimming, cross country. Which ones are you most proud of and why? Badminton – I started going to the Beginners club at a lunch time and within a term Mr Payne invited me to join the elite squad training after school. I have competed in two schools tournament. I really enjoy playing badminton because it is such a fast and skilful game to play. I am hoping to join the community club at Teign next year so I can continue getting better. Trampolining – I have a trampoline at home and wanted to be able to do more skills so I joined the Trampolining Club at school. I love going upside and the freedom you feel when on the bed. I competed in the South Devon Schools competitions where I came 4th twice and was part of the team who came 1st. I am planning on joining a community club next year so I can compete even more. Rugby – I started playing scrum half for Topsham when I was in Year 4 and have progressed through the junior teams. I love playing as a team and the social side to rugby as much as playing itself. I have played at two national tournaments hosted in London. What has been your most proud moment? Definitely winning the Year 7 outstanding contribution to PE and sport award. Why do you love sport so much? I love being active and trying new things. I have had lots of opportunities come my way and I always like to take part if I can.

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The Thursday morning before the event greeted the advance party of support staff with high winds and driving rain as yet another storm crossed the moor. Tents were collapsing across basecamp and being blown across the site. The entrance/exit to the main car park already resembled the Somme and the Army had to bring in extra hard core to make them passable. Friday arrives and after the students’ arrival, there is a kit check, compulsory briefing and route planning until ‘lights out’. 5 a.m. and ‘Chariots of Fire’ sounds the reveille, followed by ‘Simply the Best’! A rapid breakfast and last minute check, team photos and up to the start line alongside hundreds of fellow teams. The adrenalin is flowing, nerves tingling, Sir comes to give the last best wishes, the VIP speaks, the cannon fires and it is over to the teams. Unfortunately the weekend weather was foul. Some teams did not even make their first Tor as the wind, mist and rain led to some 550 of the 2250 starters ‘falling out’ before the finish line. The rivers had risen so some teams were given diversions adding three or four miles to their route. The Army decided to put the finish time back by 45 minutes to compensate for this but the students are unaware of this so our final team struggled up ‘death valley’ and make their way across Okehampton Common still thinking the gate would close at Anthony Stile at 5pm. They finished at 16.51hrs just 9 minutes to spare on the original finishing time but the effort had taken its toll and one team member found that her legs gave way as the team went to be presented with their certificates They rallied to her support, quite literally, but then that is what it is all about – teamwork! Mine and the rest of the training team’s job finished at 07.00hrs on the Saturday as the field gun sounded the start of this year’s event but it was wonderful to see the self-confidence exuded by all our students as they finished. The blisters and sheer exhaustion were forgotten as soon as they came over the last hill and saw the crowd waiting to applaud them across the finish line. There were many very proud parents with a tear or two as they welcomed their sons/daughters home. The conditions on the moor over the weekend were some of the worst I can remember As always it took both determination and ‘guts’ to complete the Challenge this year. Some years demand more than others and this was one of them. Over the years 1168 Teign students have crossed that line, who will be number 1200? Well done to all this year’s teams as we now we start to look towards 2014! Dick Parker - Ten Tors Training Manager

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hildren in Year 2 at Rydon Primary School have been having a go making their own clay figures inspired by the artist Antony Gormley. Each small figure has its own character and personality so when grouped together they seem to come to life. The small groups of figures will be placed around the school to welcome visitors and make the children smile.

SPORTS LEADERSHIP A relaxing paddle in the pool proved a well-earned break for Teign School’s Year 8 Sports Leaders after helping to run the Dartmoor Sports Partnership’s Aquathlon at Kingsteignton Swimming Pool recently. Children from both local primary and secondary schools entered the swim-run event and the Leaders played an important role in encouraging the competitors and ensuring they competed in a safe environment. Some of the primary children found the swim a real challenge and were grateful for the positive comments and cheering on they received from the Leaders as they marshalled the event. Sports Leaders play a vital role in the running of all the primary school festivals and tournaments. This year these have included festivals in rugby, handball and athletics as well as teaching the dance for the Multi-Cultural day and marshalling cross-country and aquathlon events.

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Staff from the Mathematics Department have been busy visiting six of our eight main feeder primaries during the course of the school year. They have looked at a variety of topics using different activities to explore the relevance of Mathematics in our lives. The age group and ability level have been no barrier to the learning and engagement achieved. Pupils from Years 1 to 6 have all participated in and enjoyed the activities undertaken. They have worked with shapes and measures, using body parts, cards and dice to investigate probability, languages to learn about algebra and numbers to help understand numbers. The annual Maths Team Challenge will round off a successful year. The Summer term is always very busy with staff from both Teign and the feeder primary schools working together on a range of projects and delivering joint teaching sessions in MFL, Science, Mathematics, Art, PE and Technology. The Beehives and Stars programme of activities for prospective Year 6 pupils help ease the transition process. Induction Week proved highly successful culminating in the Sports & Arts Day on the final sunny Friday! Primary Science Club presents new challenges and a series of visits by staff and pupils to booked Science teaching sessions proved very popular.

Careers &


The third of our inspirational Careers Evening took place on Thursday 27th June in the Templer Theatre, the focus being the Creative and Media industries. In October and February we focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) related careers notably Engineering and the Medical and Caring professions. We were very fortunate again to have a team of professionals in attendance at this event representing a range of career areas: - Photography, Journalism, Music, Sound Engineering, Videography, Art and Design, along with colleagues from specialist Further Education colleges, Plymouth College of Art and Design, Somerset College of Art and Design and the University of Plymouth. This event was open to all students and their parents from Years 9 – 13. These evenings have proved to be very popular giving the students access to first-hand expertise in a sociable, informal setting.

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“I originally volunteered to work at the farm for the sake of the children; to give them the opportunity to get a taste of “Farm Life”, but found that I benefited from it too. When I first started going to the farm there were 10 hens to look after and a few vegetable beds and poly tunnels to water. How it has grown, now we are not only caring for the hens but ducks, pigs, sheep, cows, rabbits & guinea pigs too. We have been privileged to witness the birth of two of Crackle’s, our sow’s, litters and also the odd lamb as we have arrived for a duty on a Saturday or Sunday morning. It is very hands on. Volunteering to work at the farm has been one of the most rewarding and enjoyable opportunities for both myself and my children”.

Thursday June 27th, was the Abbrook Farm Open Day. This was a way of showing off the amazing school farm at its best as well as thanking all those people that play a part in making it such a special place. We had a range of special guests from the families who help look after the farm over weekends and during the holidays, to local shepherds, butchers and soil scientists. The one thing that linked them all was Abbrook Farm. We also welcomed Clive Tompkins from Sibelco and Alan Davey, a lecturer from Bicton College. The farm looked magnificent with newly born piglets, lush vegetable beds, our increasingly large flock of ewes and lambs and our two calves all looking at their best. The event was also used to celebrate the achievement of our Years 10 and 11 ELBS students with our first ever awards. Mr Dick Parker gave out awards to the most promising Year 10 ELBS student and the best ELBS student in Year 11. Alan Davey gave out awards for the best Practical Student in Years 10 and 11. On behalf of Vanessa New, Dr Shepherd handed out awards for the best coursework portfolios in Years 10 and 11. The first winners of these awards were: Year 10 – Most Promising Overall Student – Katie Hannaford; Most Promising Practical student – Sarah Bushell; Most Promising Coursework Portfolio – Ryan Kerr Year 11 – Best Overall Student – Rachael Jelley; Best Practical Student – Dan Griffiths; Best Coursework Portfolio – Lauren Higgins This event will now be a regular in the Teign School calendar and we hope to welcome even more guests next year.

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Careers guidance and mentoring are essential if students are to make informed choices about the next step into employment or Higher Education. Students attending a recent UCAS event at Exeter Arena had the opportunity to see the range of Post 16 options for prospective undergraduates. In addition, Teign School’s in house Careers evenings seek to raise awareness and inspire our students!

TOP TEIGN STUDENT LANDS PLACE ON PRESTIGIOUS SUMMER SCHOOL Jack Searle has been selected for a place on this year’s Oxford University Summer School programme. With a national limit of 40 places Jack will be spending a week engaged in lectures and research in his chosen subject of Chemistry. This is a great opportunity to gain further insights into Chemistry and academic life. Jack is currently taking Maths, History, Chemistry and Philosophy and Ethics at A level and has already secured top grades in all the examinations he has taken.

HOW MANY COOKS IN THE KITCHEN Teign students at the TQ12 Brunel Centre have been presented with certificates after achieving their Level 2 award in Food Safety in Catering. They were helped on their way to success by Teignbridge’s Environmental Health Department officers Martin White and Sam Hart, who worked in partnership with e-training Catering staff. The Level 2 award was delivered over four weeks and included new and relevant training to help the students learn all about hygiene standards in the kitchen and how to comply with food hygiene regulations. All students passed the end-of-course exam, much to the delight of staff and trainers. They were presented with certificates by Teignbridge District Council’s Councillor Kevin Lake, the Executive Spokesperson for Environmental Services.

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Meet the

Governors DAVID POTTER My career spans 20 years working across industry and the public sector. I specialise in improving working practices, business performance and supporting managers and leaders be successful. Being a School Governor gives me the opportunity to be a part of my community and make a contribution to its success. As a Parent Governor, I see it as my responsibility to act in the interests of the students and represent parents who want the best for their children as we equip them for the challenges ahead.

STUDENT GOVERNORS Student Governors of Teign School take joint responsibility for its educational character – the kind of provision which it makes for the student groups it serves – and for ensuring that it is well managed and solvent. Each Governor brings to the Governing Body (the ‘Corporation’) a mix of knowledge, skills and abilities which are unique, but which complement those of other Governors to provide a range of expertise which aims to give strategic direction to the senior management of the school in their operational roles.

L-R - Will Allen, Jack Searle, Chloe Hodgkinson & Emma Head (not shown)

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FAREWELL ALAN MILFORD Alan Milford has been a stalwart of our training team since the early 1990s but has decided that this is the year to call it a day after some 25 years of braving the extremes of the Dartmoor weather and the uncertainty of our students navigation. We will miss him greatly as he has that wonderful quality which allows him to take everything in his stride without any outward sign of stress! All our students respect him and that is a quality which is earned by his actions and is not just given to position. I hope that I can persuade him to still occasionally come up with us to act as ‘photographer’ but just in case I can’t then thank you Alan from all of us on the ‘team’ and all the students you have helped to supervise over the years. I know they have fond memories if you! Dick Parker - Ten Tors Team Manager


News SOPHIE ROUGHSEDGE NEW DEPUTY HEAD I am really delighted to be joining Teign School as Deputy Head in September. I have been teaching for 12 years and am passionate about the difference that a high quality education makes to children’s futures. Currently Deputy Head of a successful school in Exeter, I will be able to bring the experiences gained in this role to Teign. I believe in high standards, achievement for all and that every child has the right to a privileged education, consisting of the highest quality teaching and opportunities to take part in a rich and varied extracurricular programme. I am very much looking forward to my new venture. In fact, I can’t wait to get started and begin working with students, parents and staff to contribute to the continued progress of the school.

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The Bridge - Issue 2  
The Bridge - Issue 2  

Teign School Termly Magazine