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Students got autographs from Owen Farrell  and New England Prop, Paul Hill

Nativity in Rhyme



On Wednesday 16 December  The ICE team and students produced an amazing Nativity event: all in rhyme! Students from the Hub and the mentoring programme were a credit to the school and the evening was enjoyed by all.


Throughout December there was a "The Twelve Days of Christmas" competition in the Library. There were twelve different activities available, including quizzes, word searches, bookmark colouring and writing book reviews. All the students who accumulated at least twelve points were put in a grand draw on Wednesday 16 December and the lucky winner of a fantastic chocolate hamper was Shannon Burton. Shannon's instant response to finding out that she had won was to say she would be able to share her winnings with her college friends! What a fantastic attitude to have! Runners up were Richard Forrest, Sarah Reynolds and Max Abrehart-Smith.

Shannon’s Spirit of Christmas

Every Christmas, Year 7 Latinists celebrate their hard work and achievement by enjoying a party for the Roman festival of Saturnalia. The children all dress-up in their finest

Roman togas and indulge in some traditional Roman delicacies: bread, honey, figs, grapes, stuffed dormice, peacocks' brains...

Ms. Reid, Head of Classics said: "The Year 7s have all worked so hard in their first term that they really deserved their Christmas celebrations. Thank you to all of the children, who went to such a great effort to produce food and costumes. Well done, everyone!"

Gaudemus Saturnaliam!

German Club’s Christmas Market

The German Club had a Christmas market on Tuesday 8th December in room 126 between 1.20 and 2.00 and 3pm and 3.30pm. to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.  Just over £20 was raised through the sale of handmade decorations, homemade cakes and games, plus one or two other things. Thanks to all the Students and Mrs Boswell for their efforts in aid of this important charity.

New Classroom Block Progressing Well

On December 10 2015 Principal, Mr Alexander, accompanied by Head of Finance & Resources, Mrs Dearsly and College Site Manager, Mr Woollacott, met with Interserve’s on-site Project Manager, Simon Came, to view the progress of the new classroom block at Gipsy Lane.  

 The visit began with Mr Alexander laying a brick as part of the new building. The Principal told the bricklayers working on the project that he had once been a hod carrier on a building site. The tour revealed that the building is making really good progress and that the completed block of eight classrooms will be a superb facility, full of natural light, for teachers and students.  

Earlier in the day Post 16 mathematicians had met with Simon Came, Project Manager of the build, to see how the theory of Critical Path Analysis works in practice to help manage complex projects. Students and staff alike really enjoyed looking at the software and seeing the practical application of top end Maths.

 The completion date is June 2016 for use to commence September 2016.

Ground (above) and First (below) floors are shown: dividing walls not in place

Mr Alexander discusses the build with Project Manager Simon Tame

College Chemists: Top of the Bench

On Friday 11 December a team of Key Stage 3 and 4 Most Able students entered the Royal Society of Chemistry “Top of the Bench” competition at The University of Exeter’s Biochemistry department. Facing stiff competition from teams selected from across the South West the budding scientists undertook a number of practical laboratory tasks, including identifying unknown chemicals using standard chemical tests. By the end of these tasks the college team- Zacch Lines and Emily Davies from Year 9, Greg Candy from Year 10 and Molly Seymour from Year 11 - were in a three way tie for first place. The closest of chemistry theory tests then took place in which our team found themselves in third place overall, just three points below the leaders. Mr Williamson and Miss Penzer were thrilled with the students’ enthusiasm and ability and were even more pleased with the best ever result for the college in this most difficult of competitions

Post 16 Awards 2015

The Post 16 Celebration of Achievement took place in late December. There are special awards which, this year, were awarded to: Lauren Kelly, George Downs, William Irving and Holly Quilter. Leading students in each subject area were celebrated.  Please click for the winners listing

Robot Team has Success!

On the morning of Tuesday the 8th December, Exmouth’s team of seven, after several weeks of preparation, travelled to Callington Community College for the regional finals of the First Lego League ‘Trash Trek’ competition.

During the day points were won from battles against the nine other teams. They were also judged on the design of their robot, a presentation and team work. After Exmouth won the final table round, the scores were extremely tight

Mrs Goodair said, “The team did exceptionally well this year as the competition was much stronger than previous years. I am very proud of the team and all their hard work and effort. Their behaviour and attitude on the day was excellent, with team members even helping out other teams. They should all be congratulated for doing such a brilliant job of representing the college.”

German Teacher Visits College

Anita Hönle has been visiting the college from our partner school in Oettingen, the Albrecht Ernst Gymnasium. In Germany Anita teaches English, French and Religion. Whilst  she has been here she has visited French and Religion lessons and has followed a year 9 student to their lessons for a day.  Anita has also assisted with German lessons and can be seen working with the Year 12 German class in the photo’. As part of the project we have been comparing the respective education systems in Germany and England to see what we can learn and how we can benefit each other.


Two Schools: similar ethos

Although our schools are very different in size, we notice that both have high expectations of students and aspire to make them fit for life in a modern world. Behaviour is highly rated in both institutions and we also underline the importance of homework in extending students learning beyond the classroom. We have also noted that whereas in Exmouth students are set in different subjects, in Oettingen the class stays together for almost all their lessons. All students in Oettingen must study at least two languages but there is no registration time or PSHE lesson. There are also no exam boards in Germany - although there are of course exams!

Over the New Year students from the College took to the slopes of the Italian Alps. Twenty intrepid adventurers spent a whole week learning to ski or snowboard: perfecting their skills and shredding the pistes!


Complete beginners to experienced skiers had lessons, made huge improvements and developed their understanding of the alpine environment.


A special mention should go to the level 6 group and Mr Stanier who spent the week perfecting 360 spins and freestyle moves!


Although conditions were not ideal at the beginning of the week, fresh snow came in force on the last day enabling everyone to make the most of it for skiing, snowboarding - and snow ball fighting!

As well as skiing the staff and students enjoyed apres ski activities such as bowling, a pizza night and, of course, Italian gelato. All of our students were thanked by their instructors and the hotel staff for being so polite and friendly throughout the week.


For information on the ski trip next year see Miss Thomas in the Media block.

Alpine Adventure in Italy

Year 10 and Post 16 Textile Students spent the day at the Eden Project to gain primary research for their coursework. Despite the rain we all had a fun time exploring the bio domes of the tropical rainforest and the rather chilly Mediterranean one; some climbing to the highest point (where the humidity was at 96%) to observe the fantastic jungle view below. A few of the Post 16 also found time to enjoy the seasonal ice rink.

Emma Williams

Tropical Day at the Eden Project

On Wednesday the 27th of January KS4 students were invited by the careers department to a talk covering all aspects of what to expect when studying at university. The talk was given by Harriet from Aberystwyth University and covered everything from those first tentative steps of what to study, right though to accommodation, cost, finance, how to live on a budget, opportunities and prospects.


Whilst Harriet studied and now works for Aberystwyth university the talk covered universities across the UK and also those abroad. Students were given a very realistic view of university life and they were keen to ask questions and get involved. During the talk students saw the varied range of subjects they can study including examples such as circus skills, horse psychology and Jedi knight training!! Harriet explained that many students will often discount university as an option but universities now cater for all abilities and interests. The talk was well attended with nearly 200 students attending. Feedback from students was excellent and we shall certainly be inviting Harriet back again soon!


Also congratulations to Crina and Tayler for winning the 'smart powerbanks' from the competition held at the end of the talk.


Key Stage 4 Students Get Inside Information on University

Mr Lowe recently applied for tickets to attend an England Rugby Training Session. The tickets were limited but thanks to Mr Lowe’s application 14 lucky students enjoyed watching England’s top players on the 29 January. The lucky Key Stage 3 students made the long trip to Twickenham. Once at the ground (and sat in some amazing seats) the students were able to soak in the atmosphere of one of the best rugby grounds in Europe.

New head coach Eddie Jones spoke to the crowd and gave an insight to what was going to happen during the session. Then the players came out, lead by new captain Dylan Hartley, with the Exmouth students in touching distance of some of the biggest names in the rugby world.

The coaches then ran a session of over one and half hours for the squad who are preparing for the game against Scotland on Saturday. New coaches Steve Borthwick (who visited the college a few years ago) and Paul Gustard ran the players in various drills which got the crowd and the Exmouth students off their seats.

At the end of the training some of the players ran question and answer sessions. Our students also managed to get some autographs from their heroes.

An absolutely fabulous day out and great experience for the students.

Key Stage 3 Rugby Players Enjoy England Training Session

Something Fishy in the Art Dept!

YEAR 7 ART GROUP WORKING WITH FISH, FISHMONGERS AND ARTIST!

A group of keen year 7 Art students recently spent a really great day working with fish!

Two fishmongers, Kay and Mary Bagwell from Sidmouth, brought in a large selection of the morning’s catch, including Dog Fish, John Dory, Red Mullet, Mackerel and Plaice. The day was extremely informative and interesting – a real eye-opener! The students spent the first part of the day learning about the local fishing industry from two local fishmongers and learning how to identify the different species. The students also learned how to fillet, prepare and cook the fish before tasting the various types of fish. Many were surprised at how much they enjoyed the taste of fresh fish.

They then made Art work including pen drawings, scratched tile drawings and Gyotaku print making. Gyotaku was demonstrated by artist Coco Hodgkinson, also from Sidmouth. This type of printmaking is a Japanese technique which involves rolling paint onto the surface of fish before placing them onto paper and T shirts to leave their prints!

Holocaust Memorial Day is an annual event held on 27th January, the anniversary of the liberation of Aushwitz and Auschwitz-Birkenau by Russian troops. 14 students from Year 8 took part in the event in Exeter this year, which focused on the theme 'Don't Stand By’. The commemorations included a reflective walk around sites of persecution through the ages which included the site of the Bideford Witch Trials in 1682, the Jewish and Dissenters Graveyards located outside of the city walls and the 18th Century Jewish Synagogue. The group also listened to a survivor of the Bosnian Genocide and a survivor of Auschwitz concentration camp spoke in the evening to a packed audience.

Students from schools across Devon were invited to submit articles for an exhibition in the Guildhall and to give a presentation to the public in the Southernhay United Reform Church. The memorials that we exhibited were excellent and the presentation, a selection of poems, sketches and readings, was very polished. The College is extremely proud of our students who perfectly understood the enormous importance of keeping the memory of the victims and survivors alive.


The students who took part were:

Megan Baldwin, Victoria Bungay, Ben Cockayne, Alex Guest, Jessica Guy, Aimee Harding, Toby Hill, Ellie Linehan, Lauren May, Mackenzie Prosser, Jules Roberts, Cameron Ross, Amber Sturgeon and Megan Vincent.

Holocaust Memorial Day

Twelve students from year nine had a memorable experience on the 19th January when the Drama department joined forces with Phakama Theatre Company to create an afternoon of entertainment for some of the residents of Fernihurst Care Home. The project focused on intergenerational links.


After a morning of workshops using music, art and storytelling, the students produced a collection of songs that combined their own memories with those of some of the residents. There was Bunny who liked dancing with Leigh and Dotty who had fourteen children.


The afternoon culminated in a celebration where both young and old were able to collaborate through a fusion of song and storytelling. A good time was had by all with the students promising a return visit later in the year.

Year 9 Students work with Phakama Theatre Company

Owen Tidball from Year 9 was recently crowned the Under 13 British Indoor Cycle Speedway Champion.


His brother, Will Tidball, in Year 11, was crowned Under 16 British Indoor Cycle Speedway champion.   



Speedway Champions

One of our Year 7 students, Bartek Golonko has made it to the national final of the Royal Mail Young Letter Writer Competition. It's a significant achievement as he has made it through to the last 24 out of 100,000  entries. The competition required entrants to write a letter to a prospective employer about their dream job and why they were a suitable candidate.

Bartek was interviewed live on Radio Devon on Wednesday 3 February with his teacher, Miss Loader. He explained how he came to write the letter about what was his dream job. He wants to be a pilot and can explain very clearly why this is the case.

During this month, a panel of VIP judges, including TV presenter Helen Skelton, will select the overall winners from the 24 Area Winners.  

Brilliant Letter Writer is in National Final!!!

The National winner will be announced at the end of February.  All the prizes will then be awarded in early March. This young man is a credit to himself, his family and the college.  Bartek won the area finals to make it to the final and because of that he has already won £200 in vouchers and £200 for the college.


Bartek said, "Last year, I was offered the experience of writing a letter to the Royal Mail about my dream job, a pilot. When I started writing the letter, I said to myself that I'm only doing this for fun and to challenge myself, I wasn't thinking about getting through to the finals. I'm thrilled and excited!"  

A team of Most Able Year 9 students are currently engaged in a fascinating historical journey to research the stories and sacrifices made by Exmouth men during the First World War.


The project has been developed in order to produce a book of remembrance that supports the recently opened memorial garden on the Gipsy Lane site of the College. The project, which is led by Miss Ayres of the English Department, has unearthed heart wrenching tales such as that of Private Louis Snow who was killed on the Macedonian front, a largely forgotten campaign. Or John Yeo and John Lewis Yeo who were a father and son serving on the same ship when it was torpedoed.


Following an extensive period of research the students are now planning to develop written pieces and art work that will bring these stories to life. The resulting work will be collected into a publication available to the whole of the Exmouth community: it should serve as a lasting tribute to the sacrifices made by these individuals.

The students involved are: Katie Andrews, Theo Burne, Beth Chivers, Thomas Croal, Serena Dyke, Jasmine Simpson-Currie, Meghan Evans, Tegan Ferguson, Zacch Lines, Joe Wibberly, Charlie Levi, Abigail Hoppins, and Oscar Al-Mashoor

Go to gifted and talented page

Students Count The True Cost Of War

College Dancers Work with Primary Students

College Dance students have been working with primary students to create dances on set themes. On Thursday 4 February they presented their dances in front of students from all the primary schools and staff taking part in the project.


Principal, Mr Alexander, attended and was so impressed that he stayed for the entire session and said that he was amazed at the standard of the young people from the primary schools.


Primary students also presented dances they had created with their teachers which were all very impressive.


As part of the afternoon college students did an exhibition dance featuring dances that will be performed at the forthcoming dance show at the college: Blend. Blend features examination standard pieces performed by senior students: see details in the panel on the left

Anything Goes is a musical with music and lyrics by Cole Porter. The original book was a collaborative effort by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse.  The story revolves around the crazy antics aboard an ocean liner bound from New York to London. Billy Crocker is a stowaway in love with heiress Hope Harcourt, who is engaged to Lord Evelyn Oakleigh.   Nightclub singer Reno Sweeney, and Public Enemy Moonface Martin, help Billy to win Hope’s affections. The musical introduced such songs as "Anything Goes", "You're the Top", and "I Get a Kick Out of You."

Anything Goes was a great success for all involved. The production captured the period in which it is set well with costumes, set and lighting evoking the period. The actors characterisation and body language reflected their obvious enjoyment at taking part and the great deal of time spent in rehearsal. Because of the commitment of all those involved the show was really enjoyable.  The cast tackled classic songs such as “I Get a Kick Out of You” with real verve. There were some wonderful performances from the cast many of whom had very good comic timing.  

The key posts of Director and Choreographer and Musical Director were not taken by teachers but by exceptional senior students.


Joshua Brown directed and choreographed the show whilst Matthew Jackson was Musical Director. To see the full cast, crew and musicians

The Exmouth Journal will be carrying a feature spread about the show with lots of great pictures by Drama teacher Mr J Turner.

Fabulous Show is a Great Achievement for Young Directors, Cast and Crew!

Read Round The World!!


Over the past half term  Miss Ayres has been working with the library on a project to encourage, challenge and develop the reading level of our 'Most Able' students in year 9.  The students were challenged to read a book for (almost) every country in the world from a selection of over 150 texts from over 70 countries. Each student will be given the opportunity to read at least one book from every continent and will be asked to review and track their ‘reading miles’ in a 'reading passport.'


Whilst there is a focus on improving reading levels, the main point of the project is to open students’ eyes to different cultures and styles of writing; especially because there is now a more limited range of authors available through the examination curriculum in KS4. The project was launched in the library (where there is an impressive display) on Tuesday 23rd February.

Twenty Eight Post 16 students visited Prague, the capital city of Czech Republic, during February half-term.  Shortly after arriving in the city the group  ate at a traditional Czech restaurant where they sampled a variety of food from Weiner schnitzel to Sachertorte - a rich chocolate cake.

As part of the trip the majority of the group visited Terezin, a former World War Two Jewish Ghetto. It was a very interesting and eye opening experience for the students as they saw the conditions in which people were forced to live during the war. Whilst the majority of the group visited Terezin, a small number of students visited Prague Zoo which is considered one of the worlds top five zoos. The Exmouth students enjoyed seeing spectacular animals such as polar bears, tigers and Komodo dragons.

A boat cruise along the River Vltava gave the group the chance to enjoy the beautiful city lights and special views from the water. The impressive Old Town square, home to ancient buildings and magnificent churches was visited and the astronomical clock and the the central Jan Hus statue were seen. The group wandered the cobblestoned streets where one could find little shops and foodmarkets to buy souvenirs and a vast array of cafes and foods to try, including Trdelnik; a sweet pastry cooked on a metal rod.  Wenceslas Square was a vibrant and exciting area full of high-end shops, cafes and historical art-deco buildings. The college party were lucky enough to experience a beautiful white layer of snow on the third day of their trip which was great fun for everyone! Both students and staff had a wonderful time enjoying the culture, architecture and history of this great European city.


Post 16 Students in Prague!

Under 13 Indoor Athletics

Team Commendable!

Congratulations to the U13 Indoor Athletics team who represented East Devon at the Devon County Sports Hall Athletics Final held in the Plymouth Life Centre on Thursday 25th February.

The team competed in a variety of track and field events, during the three hour competition, against fifteen other schools from around the county and finished in a commendable sixth place overall!

Rolle College

We have been asked to let you know that the Owen Building at Rolle College will open every Saturday in March between 11am and 3pm.  The public have a chance to look around and imagine what might be done when that facility becomes available to Rolle Exmouth Ltd.   Note: this is not an announcement by Exmouth Community College

U16 Badminton Team Miss Devon Gold by One Point!!

Ex Student Jemma Norton sends message from Africa

I just wanted to share this photo from where I currently am in Ifelodun, Kwara State Nigeria. I have been here for nearly 4 weeks now helping run inclusive neighbourhood spaces for children. In one of the spaces we found the English skills to be particularly poor so we are doing some basic literacy skills with them. That is where this photo has been taken. I wish you all the best and would love to come and tell you more when I'm home in May! Best wishes.

Our girls U16 Badminton Team came second in Devon, they narrowly lost the gold medal by 1 point!!!! Great play and team spirit by all the girls: Josie Culliford, Emily Masters, Abys Kiln Urn-Thompson and Alysha Townsend.

World Book Day

Thursday 3 March was World Book Day. The Library ran a number of events in the Main Hallincluding a World Book Day Bumper Book Quiz with selected students from years 7, 8 and 9.

At break and lunchtime there was a Book and Cake sale to raise money for Book Aid International, a charity that provides books to children in Africa who would otherwise not have access to books.

All KS3 students  received a £1 World Book Day book voucher which can be used in participating book shops from 29 February - 27 March.

The author of one of the special £1 World Book Day books Juno Dawson (Queen of Teen 2015) will be coming to the College on Tuesday 15 March to speak to Y8, 9 and 10 students.


On Thursday, 25th February, Exmouth's Year 8 Classicists made their annual pilgrimage to the beautiful city of Bath. Whilst there, the students had the opportunity to take a tour of the famous Roman baths and were also invited to participate in a hands-on lesson, wherein they handled real Roman artefacts from the museum.


Not only did the students find the experience extremely interesting and beneficial - they also behaved beautifully and, to their utmost credit, two of the girls, Tilly Schofield and Lauren Munday, were complimented by another visitor to the Baths for their kind help with her disabled husband. Similarly, staff at the Baths commented on how well pupils answered questions about the Roman world; Xander Jacques, particularly, impressed everyone with his knowledge of mythology.

Good Students and Good Citizens

Ms. Reid, Head of Classics, said "As ever, Exmouth children were a delight and I was very pleased with their superb conduct and excellent work in the artefacts lesson. Year 8 should be proud of all that they have achieved so far this year!"


Laura Barnes - YR12 - represented Devon Schools in the English Schools Cross Country Championships at Nottingham as part of the Senior Girls team. Laura has had to qualify through 3 rounds in order to be selected and is both excited and nervous about the prospect of racing in such an important national event.

Laura Runs for Devon in National

Cross Country Championships

European Union: In or Out?

On Monday 7th March, eight sixth form students from Exmouth Community College proudly took part in the Regional heats of the European Youth Parliament at County Hall, Exeter. During the day the students took part in 5 debates ranging from the eurozone crisis, climate change and even a debate in French! As a team we proposed that supporting staying in Europe was the best option, with Ryan McDowell addressing the large audience and Sarah Atkins summing up the motion at the end of the debate. The judges stated that they were extremely impressed with the clarity, enthusiasm and depth of research that our team had completed on the topic, and although we were not the winning team, we definitely held our own against some of the most prestigious private schools in the South of England and the students were not only enthused by the day but also got to meet the MP for Exeter: Ben Bradshaw!

News from Ex Post 16 Student Benjamin Kerton-Johnson

Assisted by a significant amount of funding from the Pain Trust in Exmouth, Ben has been  travelling around the world starting in South Africa,  in Johannesburg, making his way down to Cape Town and then along the coast. He had a go at bungee jumping and then made his way to Durban.

In India he completed a tour of Rajasthan before flying to Thailand. Arriving in Bangkok on the 18th of February, his flight out from Singapore is on May 1st . For that two and a half month period he will be making his way south via boats, trains and bikes through the country. From there he will arrive in Bali and then onto the Philippines for nearly two months, before making his way through New Zealand, Tahiti and the US.


Ben would like to point out that more boys should know that they can get funding for a gap year from organisations like the Pain Trust. He received £700 to help him with his worldwide adventure. Find out more about the Pain Adventure Trust.  Caitlan Proctor is travelling with Ben and received funding from the Adventure Trust For Girls.  Find out more about the Adventure Trust for Girls

You can read more about Ben’s adventure on his blog

College Indoor Rowers are best in South West: again!

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ECC fielded a strong team of 30 rowers for the 2016 South West Indoor Rowing Championships, held in Plymouth. The pressure was on, as the College had held the overall champions title for the last three years! With points scored for top ten finishes every student’s performance was vital.

The boys relay team got Exmouth off to a fantastic start, beating Plymstock to the Gold medal, with the girls relay team picking up important points with their fifth position. Lilly Allen gained a brilliant bronze in the year 7 girls race, with Harrison

Birch earning 14 points, coming fourth out of 33 rowers in the year 7 boys race. Ben Owens featured strongly in the year 7 boys race, with a hard earned bronze position.

Then came the gold rush: sisters Emily (year 9) and Becky Vayter (year 11) won their

respective races, and Damian Lis came first in the year 10 boys. Harry Sprague came a close second, achieving silver for the year 9 boys, with Thomas Preece coming sixth.When the scores were all calculated the College came out as the South West Boys Champions, and the whole team won the overall title becoming South West Indoor Rowing Champions for the fourth consecutive year, a fantastic achievement.

Once again the annual dance show, ‘The Blend’, was a spectacular event with the dancers capturing the magic of great interpretation with total commitment.

The show contained elements of humour, drama, pathos and sheer excitement.  A perfect blend of concepts, interpretation and music.

This was clearly a show which stretched the dancers ability to switch types of performance and costume but they rose to the challenge and delivered a show that would keep any audience member enraptured.

What is even more impressive is that the dancers choreographed the dances themselves.  Great dancing to superb music supported by a slick technical team.

Watch out for a double page picture special in the LINX magazine at the end of term.   SEE ALL THE PICTURES IN  GALLERY: CLICK

Yr 7 Football Team: Manchester United Reward Trip

The Year 7 football team were rewarded with a trip to watch Manchester United and have an educational tour. The squad watched an entertaining 5-1 victory against FC Midtjyland in the Europa League. Students were given the opportunity to meet players and collect autographs. The following day the group travelled back to Old Trafford to visit the museum, a tour of the ground and try on some very special match worn shirts, including; Beckham, Ronaldo and Rooney. There was even an opportunity to try on Wayne Rooney and David Beckham's boots!! The students had a fabulous time and were a pleasure to take on such a wonderful trip. Manchester United have since sent an email complementing the boys and their behaviour.

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UK Mathematics Trust Intermediate Team Maths Challenge Regional Final 2016   

The UK Mathematics Trust (UKMT) is a registered charity whose aim is to advance the education of children and young people in mathematics. The UKMT organises national mathematics competitions and other mathematical enrichment activities for 11-18 year old UK school pupils.

On Tuesday 8 March Exmouth Community College hosted one of the regional finals held nationally.  A total of 24 schools in the region came to Exmouth to compete for the regional title which would qualify them for the next round, which is the National Final, held in London in June.    Each school entered a team a 4 made up of students from years 8 and 9.  There were 4 different rounds: the group challenge, head-to-head contest, cross-number and finally the mathematics relay race.   

The final results were: 1st Colyton Grammar School; 2nd Exeter School; 3rd Torquay Boys Grammar

The team from Exmouth Community College achieved very commendable 11th place and were a credit to the College. It was a very enjoyable day for all the students participating and a joy for their Mathematics teachers to see them so enthused.

Killerton House: a source of information and inspiration

Students from ASDAN and GCSE Leisure courses recently visited Killerton House where they learnt about the history of the house and the occupants from a well informed volunteer who guided them throughout their visit.

Part of the trip was to follow the trail around the property getting a really good idea of what the National Trust is all about. Students were able to speak to various volunteers from whom they learnt a great deal first hand about Killerton, and the aims and objectives of the charity, 'The National Trust'. An excellent learning experience outside the classroom during which the students behaved in an exemplary manner.

Students Become X-Men Agents For Science Week

“The worst doping scandal to ever hit Devon athletics” was the headline that greeted fourteen Year 9 students as they arrived at Exeter Medical School on Wednesday 9th March. As the briefing continued it became obvious that a super-villain had contaminated the Marmite supplies of West Country athletes with genetically modified yeast that allowed sugar to be more easily released in the body.


Our intrepid Y9 ‘agents’ set to work to prove the identity of the fiend involved. Through DNA fingerprinting yeast samples in the lab, to sophisticated microscope analysis of the mutated microbes the students began to build their evidence. Finally, a fascinating look at the role of diabetes nurses and technicians showed the terrible risk that sugar exposure posed to the health of competitors. This was a fascinating insight into a range of medical and science careers.  Both Mr Williamson and Mr Flack were delighted that the Exmouth team successfully identified the criminal mastermind behind this terrible deed.

‘The Blend’ Dance Show Spectacular Hit

Juno Dawson: One of the ‘Best Visiting Authors..Ever!’

On Tuesday 15 March we were delighted to welcome award-winning author, Juno Dawson, to the college to speak to year 8, year 9 and 10 students. Juno is one of the 2016 World Book Day authors and took the opportunity to talk to students about her World Book Day title, "Spot the Difference" which is about a girl who is bullied for her terrible acne. As well as writing several really scary horror stories, she is also a strong advocate of teenage mental health and has written several non-fiction titles including the best-selling "This Book is Gay" and her latest title, "Mind Your Head". Juno talked to students about a range of related topics including stress, anxiety and depression. Students came away from the talk feeling informed and empowered, and a number have said it was "The best author visit ever!"

Principal Takes to the Air with Air Cadets

St Patrick’s Day was celebrated in a different way by the Air Cadets from 299 (Exmouth) Squadron ATC: they took to the air in a soon to be retired Sea-King Helicopter, flown by Lieutenant Commander Bobby Bond, an ex-Cadet from the Squadron.

Special guests on the flights were Mr Alexander and Mr Allen who were instrumental in allowing 299 Squadron to make use of the college and its facilities for the next few months while its headquarters are being re-built. The helicopter made a low pass over the school with Mr Alexander leaning out of the door, ‘Whoop Whooping’, whilst keeping an eye on the students and teachers from a new angle. I'm not sure the school budget will allow for his own helicopter, but students be warned, he has eyes in the sky.

Over the Easter holidays several cadets will be undertaking Air Experience Flights in the highly manoeuvrable Grob Tutor aircraft, where they are given the opportunity to experience aerobatics and also fly the aircraft themselves, in some cases carrying out loops and barrel rolls. Two teams of cadets are also busy training for this year's Ten Tors event to be held in May with others undertaking their expeditions as part of their Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh awards. During the summer months they will be undertaking field-craft, exercises on Woodbury Common and playing sport within the college and Phear Park.

The cadets parade (meeting) takes place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings between 7 p.m. and 9.30 p.m.

Any students interested in joining the Air Cadets should visit the website www.299exmouth.com where there are contact details and additional information.

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