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New Principal Appointed
Mr Andrew Davis
The Governing Board are delighted to announce the appointment of Andrew Davis as the new Principal of Exmouth Community College. Andrew brings a wealth of experience to the role. Mr Davis is currently Principal at Huish Episcopi Academy in Somerset where he has been since 2013. Prior to this he was Head at Dawlish Community College for seven years.
The Governors interviewed six candidates during a three day assessment process which tested a wide range of skills and knowledge. Andrew stood out as an excellent candidate from the start. He will take up the post from the start of September 2017 when Mr Alexander, the current Principal, retires.
Jill Elson. Chair of the Governing Board
Trampoline coach, Niki Grimes, pictured in white above holding the trophy, was very proud of the students who did so well to become the Devon Schools Trampoline Champions. All eighteen students contributed to the this great win against over 200 competitors from fifteen schools. Their achievement resulted in being the Runners Up in the Express and Echo Sports Awards: School Team of the Year.
Amelia Bowmer 1st place individual U13 advanced/ 1st place team with James Brown, Carly Cox, Esme Killburnthompson. Reserve: Holli Williams.
Macy Clarke 1st place individual/ 1st place team.
Molly Macllellean 3rd place individual/1st place team.
Other team members were Holly Hales and Freya Cranmer. Reserve Emily Patterson
U15 advanced team: Robyn Pickering, Owen Shaw, Harry Wright and Tegan Marrat
U15 novice: Ethan Payntor, Abigail Savage, Clara Woodhead and Charlie Levi.
All the students were coached by Niki at the after college trampoline club. Well done to them all!
Devon School Trampoline Champions!! AND Runners Up in Express & Echo Sports Awards.
At the awards the students were complemented on their achievement, appearance and behaviour.
On the first Saturday of the Easter holidays, college student and member of our American Football Programme, Katie Ingham (11NH), stepped into, quite literally, the ‘Lion’s Den’ and took the field with 70 women competing for just 12 spaces on the GB Lions’ Women’s Flag Team. Most of the women attending were from university or community teams with a dozen or so already playing for GB in the 5v5, 7v7 or 11v11 flag and full-contact formats. These were experienced and seasoned players, as you would expect them to be, to get into an elite GB squad. The trial is one of four that the women must attend as part of the selection process.
The day was physically gruelling: starting with a 30-minute warm-up, an-hour-and-a-half of drills, a 30-minute warm-down followed by a 45-minute lunch break. In the afternoon, a 30-minute warm-up, an hour-and-a-half of games and then a 30-minute warm-down. Games at this level are no different to what Katie plays at College, except that they are fast and the Quarterback (the position Katie was evaluated in) is under constant blitz pressure (a defender rushes the QB to tag them or stop them throwing a good pass). A very demanding situation for any quarterback but for one in their first taste of play at this level, extraordinarily demanding.
So, how did Katie do?
Although two years younger than the youngest participant, Katie showed-off her talent and emotional strength and ‘did not look out of place’, according to Women’s GB Flag Head Coach, Andrew Gambrill. It was a demanding day both physically and mentally but one that has put Katie in a very good position for future GB selection. As one GB Coach whispered to Coach Rooksby, also attending the day, ‘She’s going to be good!’ Katie has time to develop the skills and experience to become a genuine GB prospect.
The College extends its thanks to the GB Coaching staff for giving Katie this amazing opportunity. Congratulations to Katie for representing the Raptors and the College in admirable fashion.
Raptors Roar in Lion’s Den! Possible future GB Team Selection for Katie.
With GB Head Coach
In action with potential GB players
Fifty five Year 10 students attended The National Apprenticeship Show held at West point arena. Students had the opportunity to walk around the event visiting local and national companies and speak to representatives about the exciting and varied opportunities they had to offer.
The students were also able to attend various talks and seminars during their visit.
The students came home with bags full of information (and a few goodies!!!) which will help them to continue their research into this exciting career path.
The students conducted themselves in a mature manner, representing the college and themselves exceptionally well.
If you would like more information on apprenticeships please call into the careers office.
The return leg of our exchange with Oettingen this year began the day after the German students had returned to Germany. We travelled by minibus to Bristol Airport to catch a flight directly to Munich. All went well and with a minor delay we arrived at the school in Oettingen on Saturday evening. The families were all there to meet us and we went our separate ways to spend the remainder of the weekend with partners and their families. Some students discovered that their partners had arranged a visit to a water park near Nuremberg for the Sunday. Some of us just enjoyed spending time with the families and enjoying some traditional German food and other activities.
Four dance students from Exmouth Community College had the opportunity to work with theatre company, State of Emergency, to choreograph a curtain opener for their performance at Exeter's Northcott theatre last week. The college works closely with a resident dance artist, Kay Crook who also runs Exeter Youth Dance Company.
Milo Godwin-Coombes, Sabrina Welch, Hatty Musgrove and Matilda Cretney spent two days working alongside dancers from Exeter College and EYDC to create the piece, which opened to rapturous applause in the theatre on Thursday 27th April. All four pupils really impressed the choreographers and worked with such a professional level of focus.
Dancers Work with Professionals to Develop their Skills
A group of year 9 and year 10 Art students, accompanied by Mrs Langlois and Mr Perry, recently enjoyed a day at Exeter Cathedral, finding out about how this enormous building is maintained. Stonemasons and a stained glass expert explained and demonstrated their skills and techniques, and students were also instructed in geometrical drawing, enabling them to accurately draw arches. The students were able to try out the techniques and were also given a very interesting and informative tour of the cathedral. All of the students found the day very enjoyable and the cathedral staff commented on the students’ enthusiasm and
Art Students Explore the Craft of Building Exeter Cathedral
behaviour. Our thanks go to ExeDFas – Exeter Decorative and Fine Arts Society who sponsored the visit.
Students with 100 Epraise Points Presented College Medals Winners
Lukasz Gmyrek has managed to collect 100 plus epraise points for his work this year and was quick enough to bag a major prize from the online epraise shop. Lukasz is pictured wearing his epraise medal and holding the radio controlled quadcopter complete with on board HD video camera which he purchased with his points.
Lily Allen 8 08LP
William Henderson 8 08LP
Holly Hales 8 08MSP
Daisy Robinson 8 08MJM
Leonie Burton 9 09SAS
Poppy Sawyer 9 09SAS
Catriona Brownbill 9 09GJ
Beatrice Savill 9 09CRM
Stevie Mears 7 07ATP
Bethan George 7 07GSA
Lucy Rose 8 08LP
Kaitlin McCann 7 07NMR
Erin Blackmore 9 09LGH
Saphira Myrie 8 08LP
Megan Ellis 9 09SAS
Sophie Gosling 9 09LJ
Victoria Bungay 9 09GJ
Isobel Farrant-Worth 8 08ATT
Erin Jukes 9 09CSB
Kirsty Robinson 7 07MSS
Katie Dibble 9 09GJ
Lukasz Gmyrek 9 09SAS
Abbey Jobson 8 08ATT
Francesca Adams-Ledger 7 07SER
Emily Godfrey 7 07AEG
Millie Hardman 7 07MSS
Eva Squires 8 08MSP
Elizabeth Turner 7 07RF
Abi Beaumont 8 08LP
Archie McGrath 7 07MSS
Patryk Plachecki 7 07SER
Edie Stratford 7 07SRB
Holly Thompson 9 09GJ
All students achieving 100 points will receive the college medal as this is a major achievement. Listed below are those students who have currently achieved 100 points. Images are of Deputy Principal. Mr Turner, presenting the medals.
The College Ten Tors teams of year 10 and 11 students, navigated with a map and compass across Dartmoor: 35 miles for the year 10s and 45 miles for the year 11s. The challenge is to complete the route within two days...or less... whilst being totally self sufficient. Students carry their own kit and equipment, camp wild overnight and cook their own food, irrespective of the weather conditions. A Challenge not to be taken lightly!
After six months, the Ten Tors teams have just completed the Ten Tors challenge. All the teams completed the course within good time. The Nuns Cross Team romped in on Sunday at 9.30 am followed by the Princetown Team at 11.30. Team 45 were later to arrive at 1.30pm and sadly one of their number had to drop out.
This was a splendid result for all those who trained so hard and the college is most proud of of them all.
The first training session started back in October on a sunny day on Dartmoor, covering 7 miles. During the course of the six months, as the miles increased, the weather deteriorated, and the students walked in wind, rain, hail and snow. More recently the weather has improved and the conditions on the final training weekend were similar to that back on their first walk in October.
Nuns Cross Team 35
(Otherwise known as The Hot Cross Nuns) Alec Dunstan, Ben Stuart, Louis Lees, Ben
Hushon, Charlie Stott, George Cook
Princetown Team 35
(Otherwise known as The Princes) Louis Hockings-Cooke, Zacch Lines, Stewart Masters,
Thomas Croal, Lily O'Loughlin, Clara Woodhead
Damien Lis, Sam Moxham, Anya Coles, Katie Down, Lewis Eaglesfield, Gregory Marks
Ten Tors Teams: Terrific Result!!
Team 45 Finish
Princetown Team Finish
Nuns Cross Team Finish
Post 16 Actors Show Great Talent : Hedda Gabler
Post 16 drama students produced, directed and acted in a most engaging and powerful version of Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler
What a year of culture it has been for the Drama Department at college. Following on from a production of 'Twelfth Night' in the Autumn Term, two of our Theatre Studies students, Ezre Holland and Tom Baker , decided that they would like to direct and perform in their new, A Level, set text,'Hedda Gabler' by Henrik Ibsen.
The production was a triumph and a testament to their hard work ,determination and creative vision.
Ezre portrayed all the complexities of the character of Hedda, trapped in a loveless marriage, while Tom played the role of her husband George Tesman, providing humour and gusto. Beth Freer was a lovely contrast to Hedda in the role of Mrs Elvsted and Jack Arthur and Ben Dawson were admirable support as past suitors with further ambitions for Hedda's affections. Loella Lewis and Helenna Bellman performed cameo roles as Tesman's motherly "Auntie Juju" and Bertha the maid.
Although Ibsen wrote 'Hedda Gabler' in 1891 it is still relevant play today as it questions gender issues within society.
Dodgeball For Charity: British Heart Foundation
The Level 2 BTEC students ran a Year 7 inter tutor dodgeball tournament. The aim was for the students to have fun and raise money for the British Heart Foundation. After forty minutes of hard fought games three tutor groups made it into the final. 7RF were eventual winners with GSA coming second and a combined team of RJT and NMR coming third. We have so far raised over £60 pounds for the British Heart Foundation. The winning tutor group consisted of Wesley Connabeare, Joseph Allen, Robert Renaud, Lewis Beer, Jack Greaves and Cody Glanville. The BTEC students are pictured with the winning team.
Jacobs Engineering Work with Yr 7 Students
Four members of Jacobs Engineering came into College on May 10 to work with over 100 year 7 students. The session began with an explanation of what engineering is with practical local examples to illustrate the breadth of professions and jobs encapsulated in the term ‘engineering’.
A challenge was then set to build a tower out of paper at least 58cm high and capable of carrying a substantial weight. The students worked in groups trying to solve the problem and then build their model towers.
At the end of the session every tower was tested by balancing weights on the top until the tower collapsed. The tower which carried the greatest weight was the winner. (Pictured)
RAF “Fun of Flight” Show Thrills Year 8 Scientists!
The RAF “ Fun of Flight” Education Roadshow visited college on May 11 to grab the attention of Year 8 students. In a dynamic show which employed video, humour, drones with cameras, numerous props and dancing flames the team entertained and educated students in the principles of flight. The show brought the physics and engineering of flight to life which ensured everyone attending the hour long show learned a great deal in a short time but left feeling entertained as well. Brilliant!
Year 9 Girls Explore Artificial
Intelligence during Easter Holidays
During the event around 40 Year 9 students from across the country learnt about the different aspects of the field of Artificial Intelligence including talking robots, otherwise known as ‘chatbots’.
Students worked in small teams to develop their own computer program that they then tested for intelligence. The students also discovered the methods machines of the future may use to learn about their environments and make decisions for themselves.
The social programme, sponsored by the University, included a film night, sports activities and a formal dinner and disco. Here is one student’s account of her experience.
Day 1 – First, we had a few icebreaker activities to prepare us to work in teams of people we’d never met before. Then we had a lecture that was lead by Professor Richard Everson about how Artificial Intelligence identifies different objects such as faces, trees or letters.
Day 2 – Today, we had to create our own virtual robots using Java. We did this through a program called Robocode, which enables you to create tanks that have to essentially destroy all the other tanks using strategy in our coding.
Day 3 – For our main project, we had to create physical robots using Lego Mindstorms that could go through a maze of unknown shape and size in the least amount of time possible.
For this, we had to split our team up into two different sectors, Designers, Coders and those who were in charge of making the presentation on our robot.
Day 4 – Finally, we tested the robots on a maze and then we gave our presentations.
This was followed by an awards assembly, where they handed out prizes to the winners and certificates for all of us.
Our thanks to Ariadna Bazaga Pozas for this story
The course was partly sponsored by Exmouth Community College to encourage more girls to take Computer Science along with girl only Computing and ICT classes in Year 8 and 9. This has proved to be successful with now a record 8 girls taking Computer Science out of 36. A 12% increase.
Ariadna Bazaga Pozas, Darcey Greenland, Jessica Hillier and Sophie Harris-Cotton were given a unique hands-on learning experience when they visited the University’s Streatham Campus in Exeter, as part of the four-day residential course, organised and delivered by educational charity, The Smallpeice Trust.
The girls are pictured with Mr Alexander and Computing Teacher Mrs Hardman.
Year 8 and 9 boys participated in a two day workshop learning break dance tricks and contemporary dance with a visiting artist 'Matt' from Just4Funk and our PGCE dance trainee, Mr Williams. The two days culminated in a public performance of their work.
Break Dance Workshop for Boys from Years 8 & 9 Boys
Gold and Silver for College Athletes!
E.C.C athletes proved themselves to be a winning combination at the Devon Schools Combined Events Championships on Sunday 21st May at Exeter Arena.
Gold medalists in the Junior Girls School Team competition and Silver medal for Issy F.W, 7th Charris.S, 8th Liberty.B and 11th Danielle.P. Well done Girls!! Miss Holland
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