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Sports Relief day was centred on activities in PE but the great attraction was the
exercise bike in reception where staff and students competed to rack up the most
miles. The competition was fierce between staff and students, the staff were leading
for the first half of the day but the students slowly caught them up and then passed
the staff total! The staff fought back to within 2 miles of the winning 119.6 miles
completed by Post 16 students. Brilliant day for all. Thanks for organising it Mrs
Staff cycled 117.7 miles
Post 16 cycled 119.6
Staff and Students Cycle 237.3 miles for Sport Relief
Science week was Marked by Competitions for year 7 and 8.
Some of the work produced was very good and we show one example below by Beth George in Year 8.
Miss Loader was really impressed by some homework on Macbeth which her Year 10 English
10W1 were given the brief ‘Produce something inspired by Macbeth’ and the response was amazing! Some students chose to produce paintings, some produced revision aids and we even had a music composition and a Macbeth inspired cake!
Impressive Work on Macbeth!
On the 5th March a party of the College's Most Able Year 10 students braved bitter cold and rain to visit The University of Oxford, as part of the college's partnership in the South West Academies Group (SWAG) Challenge Plus programme - and the College's own Aspire program.
Our thanks to Miss Wakeham for supervising the students on this trip and for everyone who worked tirelessly around the snow disruption to ensure that everything went smoothly.
Year 10 Students Visit Oxford University
A Student’s View of the Oxford University Visit
Our visit to Oxford definitely gave all of us an exceptional insight into the day-today life of a student. It was clear that being at Oxford was not just about studying and exams but also about having a community of like-minded people around you.
We enjoyed a tour of Oxford University Exeter College campus and a Humanities taster lecture. We also talked to student ambassadors throughout the day about their courses and the university in general from both an academic and non- academic point of view, which was the best part of the day for me as the students gave us an honest unbiased opinion of life at Oxford.
It was a great day and I think I speak for all us when I say that it was really enjoyable and informative.
After seeing the James Wilton Dance Company perform in Exeter last year, GCSE and A Level students got the chance to participate in a very challenging workshop with two of the dancers from the company. Working in the styles of physical theatre and contact, all the students were put through their paces and ended the day with some stunning duets that they will use as part of their exam work next year
College Dancers work With James Wilton Dance Company
Year 7 Footballers Enjoy Meeting Exeter City Players at Training Session
Year 7 Footballers were given the opportunity to watch Exeter City first team train.
The boys were chosen for an excellent start to their life at the college. The session
was run by Paul Tisdale and Steve Perryman who answered numerous questions and talked
about their roles at the club.
Thank you for a wonderful opportunity Exeter City.
Year nine students were given the opportunity to visit the laboratories at the world class RILD building at Wonford Hospital.
Students were selected by their science teachers, one from each class as a reward for effort shown. Here is what two students had to say about their experience:
“When we went to the Exeter Medical School we were given an introductory talk which explained that a crime had been committed and that we must gather evidence!!
Our first activity was to investigate blood! We learned how important it was to measure how healthy our blood was by looking at pressure, sugar levels and pulse rate. It was interesting to take our own measurements and to see how all the machines worked.
We then discovered a lot about DNA like the different layers and how to spot a mutation. After that we went to see a man who knew everything about yeast. He showed us the differences between normal and mutated yeast cells and then let us use the top spec microscopes ourselves.
The day was fascinating from start to finish and I can’t believe we got to go in and work in the labs that actual world class scientists conducted their research in!!! Overall it was an extremely informative and enjoyable day and we would love to visit again. Finally we are very thankful to all those at the University of Exeter and Exeter Medical School for making it possible.”
By Saphira Myrie and Josh Lane
Men in White!!!!
Ex Post 16 Students return to catch up with their teachers
We've had some really inspiring visitors recently. Paige and Morgan, who are doing brilliantly in the Swansea Chemistry course, came back to thank Dr Gelling and advise students, while Ben came back to show us all his commonwealth games medal!!!!
We were extremely fortunate to welcome visitors from Hong Kong into college for three days (26th, 27th & 30th April). The purpose of their visit was to see how Exmouth Community College teach STEM subjects and to also gain an understanding of how such a large scale school runs.
The team of visitors was made up of five teachers, one University Lecturer and one official from the Bureau of Education in Hong Kong. The teachers worked with teachers from the college by observing them teach, planning a lesson and either team teaching or solo teaching our students. There were also plenty of opportunities to share ideas and experiences during break and lunchtime. Whilst the teachers worked in the Science, Maths, ICT and Design Technology departments, the others met with Heads of Department and senior staff, Mrs Miles, Mr Allen, Mr Turner and Mr Davis - to discuss ideas about education and the similarities and differences in the way the schools in the two countries run.
Our visitors were fascinated by our school and thoroughly enjoyed meeting our staff and hearing about all the exciting work that goes on, in and outside of college. They were especially excited to see science lessons taking place outside and to learn that we offer such an array of opportunities in extra curricular areas. The most pleasing observation from the visitors was that they all felt our students were naturally engaged in their learning without enforcement from the teacher which they thought was due to teachers building good relationships with their students, and developing an atmosphere conducive to learning. They were also extremely complimentary about how friendly and polite our students and staff were around site and in class. They said that it was so nice to be thanked for giving their help in lesson time and how impressed they were by our students' confidence when they met a panel of of them to answer questions about life in a school in Hong Kong.
It was fascinating to hear the differences in our education systems and understanding the emphasis schools in Hong Kong put on technology in learning. They could not believe how our staff hold the attention of our students for an hour or even two without the use of an iPad or E-learning Apps!
We feel really lucky to have had 3 days to share ideas and learn about a school life in a different country, and look forward to working with the teachers from Hong Kong in the future! Thank you to all the staff who gave up their free time to help make the visit such a success.
On Thursday 24th May Year 7 and 8 Grass Track Cycle teams raced brilliantly to secure a place in the Devon Championships Final in July. Year 7 won their competition with stunning victories over both Kings School and Colyton Grammar whilst Year 8 came a very close second narrowly beaten by Colyton. Congratulations to both teams who worked extremely hard and raced with a great deal of skill and determination.
Year 8 Students on French Trip Visit
Château de la Baudonnière
n the 29th April, twenty nine excited Year 8 students set off for the Château de la Baudonnière in Normandy, France. The journey was smooth and the time soon passed however on arrival in France the heavens opened. Fortunately, that did not deter our students and they quickly settled into life at the Château.
Taking part in various activities; fencing, climbing, archery, bread making, orienteering and treasure hunts, all in French, did not faze anyone and their understanding of the language was phenomenal. The ‘Talent show’ is always a great experience and we were proud that Kirsty Robinson won a certificate for playing a song by Adele on the piano that soon had the audience singing along.
Two days were spent off site exploring. The first trip we went on was to Arromanches and the 360◦ cinema where we watched an amazing film about the Second World War; this was followed with a trip to the American cemetery and then back to Omaha beach. The second off-site visit was to the market in Dinan, the town twinned with Exmouth, and then a historical tour of Mont St. Michel.
As always, it was sad to leave the Château but it’s never goodbye, just “see you next year.”
I would like to thank the staff that accompanied me on the trip and to the students who were brilliant and received many compliments for their conduct, participation and manner whilst we were away.
On Wednesday the 25th of April the Careers Department hosted the biggest careers fair yet!
It was a truly fantastic evening and an opportunity for students, parents, carers and the wider community to talk to over seventy exhibitors and explore future career options.
The fair boasted a range of stands representing the military, further and higher education, apprenticeships, local and national companies and companies in growth areas.
The Careers Department would like to thank all the exhibitors who took the time to come and meet with our students and for answering hundreds of questions.
Feedback from all those who attend has been extremely positive and the exhibitors were incredibly impressed by the maturity and interest shown by the students of ECC.
If anyone would like further assistance following the Careers fair then please call into the Careers office and see either Mrs Jacobs or Mrs Westcott-Wolstenholme
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