Y11 Product Design Christmas design challenge
At the start of the Autumn term, the school’s Year 11 Product Design class was set the challenge of designing and developing Christmas decorations for the Parents’ Association’s Big Art Show event, which was held in early October. Despite having limited time to design, develop and manufacture five different decorations, they managed to raise £331 for the school, with a mere £20 budget for materials.
Student receives Sea Cadet award
In October, Rupert G in Year 8 was awarded the ‘Bob Euden Memorial Rowing Award’, for his contribution to the Exmouth Sea Cadets’ rowing team during the past 12 months.
Rupert led his team to second place in the district finals from the position of coxswain, the member who sits at the back of the boat and is responsible for steering and co-ordinating the other rowers.
The Bob Euden Memorial Rowing Award shield and certificate is presented to the cadet who has shown the most significant achievement and hard work that year.
Rupert (13), said: “I really enjoyed competing and being the coxswain, and I am very proud of my award.”
By student reporter, Megan T
Since September, a team of Year 7-13 students have been working with professional journalist Lizzi Hosking, learning about the structure, content and design of magazines,
Music department hosts piano trio
At the end of November, the school’s Music department hosted the remarkable piano, violin and cello group the Divertimento Piano Trio.
Success in ESAA National Cross Country Cup Final
In early December, five boys in years 9 & 10 travelled to the English Schools’ Athletic Association (ESAA) Cross Country Cup Final in Formby, near Liverpool.
About the competition: http://www.esaa.net/v2/2016/xccup/xccup16intro.php
School sends over 2000 items to Foodbank
Students have collected over two thousand food items for the Exeter Foodbank after a three-week appeal.
The 2,157 items of non-perishable food - weighing over 905kg - beat not only the students target of 1,000 items, but smashed the school’s previous record of 1,364 items.
Led by Year 11 student, Jemima P, tutor group 10 Cedar collected donations from across the school community.
Jemima organised the campaign as part of her ‘Independent Learning Project’, and was assisted by fellow Year 11 student, Ece W, and Physics teacher Mrs Fitzhenry.
Pete Scott, from the Foodbank said: “In one week Exeter Foodbank feeds 80 to 100 people using just under a tonne of food. Therefore this is amazingly valuable - we can’t say a big enough thank you.”
Headteacher Mr Harris thanked the students, saying, “It is testimony to your set of values – this campaign is very important, especially at this time of year.”
“Jemima has been one of the best organisers we’ve ever had, and the 10 Cedar students have been superb,” added Mrs Fitzhenry, who has been overseeing the school’s annual collections since they began in 2009.
The Exeter Foodbank is a charity that provides emergency food to local people in need.
By Megan T, student reporter
Royal Geographical Society - Young Geographer of the Year competition
Congratulations to Geography students Fern A (16) and Grace S (14), who were both invited to the Royal Geographical Society’s ‘Young Geographer of the Year’ awards ceremony in London. Each won an award in this year’s competition for their take on the changing geography of Britain.
Young Geographer of the Year is a national competition run by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), to encourage pupils to engage with geographical issues. Each year the competition receives entries from thousands of pupils from hundreds of schools, and this year’s competition was an opportunity for geography students to explore the question “How is Britain changing?”.
Steve Brace, the Society’s Head of Education and Outdoor Learning, said: “This year, students explored geographical change from many different perspectives. We were incredibly impressed with the entries we received. Many focused on how Britain’s physical features are changing in response to a wide range of geographical processes, while others focused on social, cultural or political change.”
The competition recognises the best entries across four categories: Key Stage 2 (students aged 9-11); Key Stage 3 (11-14); Key Stage 4 or GCSE (14-16); and Key Stage 5 or A Level (16-18). Pupils in the first three categories were asked to submit an annotated diagram or poster, while A Level pupils were asked to submit a 1,500 word essay, which could include illustrations, maps or graphs.
The awards were presented to the winning and highly commended pupils at the Society’s headquarters on Friday 25 November. Grace (in Year 9) was Highly Commended in the Key Stage 3 category, and Fern (in Year 11) was Highly Commended in the Key Stage 4/GCSE category.
Colyton students through to national business final
Business-savvy students from Colyton Grammar School beat off competition from 15 other local teams to win the Exeter heat of ICAEW’s national business and accounting competition, BASE on Tuesday 22 November 2016.
What would you do if you were a business advisor for the day? 96 local students found out what it was like to walk in the shoes of finance professionals, as they focused on key employability skills to formulate strategic business advice for a real life organisation and delivered this to their board of directors, just like real chartered accountants.
Jon Blake, ICAEW South West, Regional Director said “I was really impressed with Colyton Grammar’s performance and strategic thinking. These budding business advisers looked beyond the numbers and they also showed they had an excellent instinct for business and ethics, in order to give well-rounded advice. Congratulations to all the teams who took part. I expect I’ll be seeing more of these young people in leading business roles in the future.”
He added “Students should not lose sight of the importance of developing skills and experience, alongside their academic achievements. It is vital that students are given opportunities such as BASE to develop these softer skills outside of the classroom.
Caroline Smale, Head Judge and current President of ICAEW Chartered Accountants South West said “During the challenge we looked for the teams who supported their recommendations with ethical and financial evidence. Colyton Grammar showed excellent teamwork and time management in delivering a comprehensive proposal”.
She added “BASE is a great example of how schools, employers and young people can work together to improve skills, and can also give business leaders the opportunity to learn what motivates the next generation of talent.”
Colyton’s team of year 12 students comprises: Yuzhou T, Evie J, Agnes D, Adam L, Rachel H, Harry M.
BASE links schools, students and employers to develop employability skills and provide an insight into what a career in accountancy, business and finance might be like.
The competition has seen more than 13,000 students take part since it began in 2009.
The BASE competition was supported by local firms including Bishop Fleming, PKF Francis Clark, Thomas Westcott, Simpkins Edwards, KPMG, Albert Goodman, CloudApps, Eco Positive, Babcock, Pittards, JGBM, Longhouse Group, SRW Accountants, University of Exeter and Aggregated Micro Power Holdings plc who provided professional mentors and judges.
School competes in English-Speaking Union’s Public Speaking Competition
In November, two school teams successfully competed in Round 1 of the English-Speaking Union’s Public Speaking Competition at Blundell’s School, Tiverton.
The year 11 team successfully qualified for the Exeter and District Final, with team member Edmund K, being awarded best speaker of the evening after making a speech asking, “Is America still a land of opportunity?”.
Other team members were Nathan B and Tristan C.
Similarly, the Year 9 team of Talia T, Olga D, and speaker Grace S, expertly navigated a speech discussing whether “Ecotourism is not as good as it sounds”.
Naomi E, Todd O and other sixth formers coached the students for the competition in a weekly Public Speaking club.
English teacher Mrs Love said: “Both teams performed in a polished fashion. I was particularly impressed by how Edmund and Grace were able to think on their feet, fielding questions fluently and with insight.”
The competition challenges students to engage with wide-ranging cross-curricular topics, whilst helping to meet National Curriculum speaking and listening targets. It is the largest public speaking competition in the UK, with over 400 teams entering each year.
By student reporter, Megan T
STUDENTS REACH POLITICAL STUDIES ASSOCIATION FINAL IN LONDON
A group of five year 11 students were invited to Parliament to attend the final of the prestigious Political Studies Association’s student video competition.
The competition is held annually and addresses a trending political topic: this year it was “Do you have to be Superman/Superwoman to be US President?”
Students Naomi L, Edmund K, Jonny C, Dom M and Rowan E, all aged 15 or 16, took on the challenge by arguing that popularity is the most important thing to becoming the President of the United States.
Their video was shortlisted in the final, held at the House of Commons, where the students were interviewed and had the chance to meet MPs and Speaker John Bercow.
When asked about her experience, Naomi said that she “found it really interesting, especially as we got to see the Supreme Court and some politicians such as Michael Gove, in real life
By student reporter Rida M
Colyton students catch a code
October 2016: Year 8 student Lucas D has represented his winning coding team at an awards evening for the Bournemouth University Coding Challenge, having won their category with their ‘scratch’ game, Fat Man.
Royal marines commando challenge
October 2016: Year 13 students Matthew G, Lucy D and Corey W completed the Royal Marines Commando Challenge on Woodbury Common.
A huge well done to Helen, Sara and the whole Art Show team for another very successful event in October 2016. The final figures show that the weekend achieved over £24,500 in art sales from the shop and gallery. The event made a total of over £12,000 after all expenses were deducted - a significant increase from the 2015 show.
Student receives Army Scholarship
Year 13 student Zoe H (17), has been awarded an Army bursary and scholarship guaranteeing her a place at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst.
Year 13 student Lotti B-T (17), has won the prestigious Young Geographers Photography Competition, run by the University of Birmingham.
Colyton students cement champion status with city prize
A group of sixth formers began the new school year in style and found out what young people need to get ahead in business in a conversation with ICAEW’s Chief Executive, Michael Izza. The champions of ICAEW’s business and accounting competition, BASE, spent the day in London to receive their prize money (£500 each), improve their employability skills and bolster their CVs.
ICAEW’s Chief Executive, Michael Izza said:
“It was great to meet the winning team and congratulate the students who impressed some big business names with their bright ideas, ethical considerations and communication skills. These are the exact skills employers tell us they are looking for to help make their businesses a success, so I am sure the BASE final was just the beginning for these students.
“Too many young people are leaving education without having had the chance to fully consider their future options or how their skills and experiences fit with opportunities in the jobs market. Young people must have the opportunity to develop softer skills in addition to their academic achievements and it is vital that businesses are receptive to this too – business leaders need to create more opportunities to connect with schools and young people. BASE is a great example of how schools, employers and young people can work together to improve skills, and can equally give business leaders the opportunity to learn what motivates the next generation of talent.”
Business & Economics teacher Mrs Rew said:
“What a fantastic result for the students; they performed at a very high level, displaying excellent teamwork, decision making and confidence in delivery. This has allowed our students to consider what accountancy is really about – it’s certainly not just numbers: business acumen is critical.”
Students at the final had the chance to meet tuition providers and employers including AAT, BPP, Crowe Clark Whitehill, Deloitte, EY, KPMG, Mazars, RSM Kaplan, Smith & Williamson and PwC.
The winning team is: Todd O, Keir L, Daniel V, Jonny S, Charlie K and Henry M
POETRY SLAM SUCCESS!
Year 9 students Joshua G, Grace S, Romilly S and Olivia P, took part in the first ever ‘poetry slam’ of the 2016 Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival - held between the 15-18 September.
A poetry slam is the competitive art of performance poetry. It puts a dual emphasis on writing and performance, encouraging poets to focus on what they're saying and how they're saying it. These performances are usually judged by selected members of the audience or by a panel of judges.
The four Colyton students – all aged 13 – were first tutored by professional poetry slammers John Paul O’Neill and Maddy Sakahini. The participants worked in pairs to compose a poem with the aid of a given stimulus.
Joshua and Grace were the overall winners of the Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival Poetry Slam - performing in front of over 150 people. Romilly and Olivia also did a super job with their poetry and performance.
Mrs Bean said: “I am tremendously proud of all four students involved. They worked very co-operatively and imaginatively, produced some stunning poetry and conquered their nerves to perform confidently and with feeling.”
By student reporter Safi L
Here is the winning poem about two people in different places and times, who are linked together by a painting that depicts the sea, called the "Wild Storm". They each have different futures ahead of them: one character is an old man, whose life is set in the past. After a long and fulfilling life as an artist, he drowns in the same ocean he always loved to paint. The other character is a young girl whose life is set in the future; in this world, art and creativity are forbidden, and the outside is an idea as insubstantial as a dream. However, these people, linked through the Wild Storm painting, realise they are not afraid of change:
The sea will always carry me home
The tides will take me where I belong
Old writing, from centuries gone,
The waves will break against the rocks; the cycle will continue forever
This painting is my window space;
The waves are here to calm our fury;
A wild, tossed-about ocean,
The comfort of
The painting is beautiful, studied in schools, yet forbidden to those who know how to dream
The waves are free,
I turn away and dress myself
the waves take me with them, their power forced upon me, and yet I trust them still
I am radiant on the outside,
One cannot capture the beauty;
But the Wild Storm painting is another kind of Beautiful; unrestrained, powerful, free
lost forever in the eternal moment
Who knows what lies outside,
There is a certain beauty
My guess is that it will be
Another kind of beauty entirely
Science students reach Peake of success
Year 12 students Sam G and Emeline P have gained places at the ‘Principia’ conference at the University of Portsmouth, for their work in the Royal Horticultural Society’s ‘Rocket Science’ initiative.
Last year, schools in the UK each received 120 seeds: 60 had been on the International Space Station with astronaut Tim Peake on his ‘Principia’ mission, and the other 60 had remained on Earth.
At Colyton, Sam and Emeline assisted year 9 students in growing, testing and recording the behaviour of the seeds before sending them off to be analysed by a team of biostatisticians.
They then took their work a step further by writing up their findings and researching similar studies. Their work was sent to the UK Space Agency which rewarded them with places at the Portsmouth Principia Conference in November.
They will present posters and models showing their project to a panel of judges, including astronaut Tim Peake, who will also be giving talks about his time in space.
Emeline said: “I'm really glad that I could be part of this new scientific experiment and am very much looking forward to going to the conference and maybe meeting Tim Peake himself.”
By Megan T, student reporter
EUROPEAN YOUTH PARLIAMENT COMPETITION
Nine of our sixth form students took part in the finals of the European Youth Parliament competition in September.
Colyton hosts cross-country competition for local primary schools
In September, the school hosted the first round of the National School Games cross-country competition, for local primary school children in years three and four. Colyton’s Year 12 Sports Leaders hosted the event alongside sports coordinator Mrs Harris, for 150 children from All Saints, Beer, Kilmington, Shute, Seaton and St. Mary’s primary schools.
Despite the miserable weather, the event went ahead and the children did superbly. After playing some warm-up games the children all completed the race ( 2½ laps of the football field). “I think all the children really enjoyed the activities that the Sports Leaders helped them with, as well as the opportunity to race in a fun and competitive environment”, said sports leader Max R (16). “The sports leaders also had a lot of fun delivering the activities and watching the children enjoy themselves and improve their skills”, he added.
The winners in a very tight race were, for the boys, Seaton and All Saints; and for the Girls, Kilmington and Beer. All four qualify for the East Devon Round at Bicton College on Friday 4 November.
We wish them the best of luck!
By student reporters Millie D and Emilia A
In September, a group of adventurous year 12 students made their way to the hills of Exmoor, to take part in their qualifying expedition for the prestigious Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
STUDENTS TAKE PART IN THE NATIONAL CITIZENSHIP SERVICE PROGRAMME
During the summer holiday Millie D and Hannah B, who are both in Year 12, spent three weeks taking part in the National Citizenship Service (NCS) programme.
Student plays at Edinburgh Fringe Festival
August 2016: Year 13 student Rosie L (17), has had an exciting trip to Scotland to take part in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as part of the prestigious South West Camerata String Orchestra.
The orchestra is a string ensemble formed from exceptional young Devon musicians. With the West Sussex Gifted and Talented String Academy, and directed by Colyton music teacher Mrs Lester, the orchestra played Glazunov’s Saxophone Concerto in St Giles’ Cathedral.
Later in the day, both orchestras performed together informally on the festival’s Mercat Stage, which is situated along Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.
Rosie said that, “It was a daunting proposal when I was first asked to learn the concerto, but it was very rewarding and I am very glad that I did it.”
By student reporter, Megan T
Student completes Duke of Edinburgh's Diamond Challenge
August 2016: Tallie B in year 12 has completed a special ‘Diamond’ Duke of Edinburgh Challenge.
Click here for the DofE Diamond Challenge website.
Students win festival scholarships
July 2016: At the end of the summer term, sixth form students Megan T, Millie D and Divya S attended the prestigious Ways with Words Festival at Dartington Hall, after earning places on the Festival’s bursary scheme.
Ways with Words is a “festival of words and ideas”, in which delegates attend lectures by national figures such as Professor Alice Roberts; former Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone; Professor Marcus Du Sautoy; former Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Lord Hattersley; Jonathan Dimbleby; and former Business Minister Sir Vince Cable.
Subjects ranged from Shakespeare to humanitarianism to chaos theory.
Megan, Millie, and Divya were granted full scholarships to attend all ten days of the festival after sending in applications detailing their interests and their hopes for the future.
Millie said: “It was a great experience; I learnt so much and it was a fantastic opportunity to meet such highly regarded people.”
By student reporter Megan T
Longest-standing member of cgs teaching staff retires
At the end of the 2015-16 academic year, Colyton Grammar School said goodbye to one of the longest-standing members of its teaching staff, Mrs Nicci Humphries.
mfl cooking competition
Summer Term 2016: Year 11 subject ambassadors for Modern Foreign Languages hosted a ‘House’ cookery contest for students in Key Stage 3 during one lunchtime, when their finished products were judged by Headteacher Mrs Wainwright and Deputy Heads Mr Bush and Mr Gregson.
CGS STUDENTS IN MATHS CHALLENGE FINAL
Summer Term 2016: A team of four Year 7 and 8 students has been to the Royal Horticultural Halls in London, to compete in the national final of the UK Mathematics Trust’s ‘Team Maths Challenge’ (TMC).
July 2016: A team of six Year 12 students has won the ICAEW’s BASE National Business and Accounting Competition at the national final held at the Birmingham Metropole Hotel in early July.
They beat 47 other teams from across the United Kingdom, winning £500 each, an employability skills day for the whole school and an exclusive trip to London to meet the ICAEW’s chief executive.
The team had to analyse a range of issues facing fictional charity ‘Action for Community Youth’, including opportunities for Government funding on international projects, completing their 8-minute presentation of their conclusions to a panel of three judges with exactly no seconds left on the clock!
The winning team: Charlie K, Keir L, William M, Todd O, Jonny S and Daniel V
Dave Payne, senior marketing executive for ICAEW and a key organiser of the competition, said, “We’ve seen a fantastic amount of talent here today, and special congratulations must go to the winning team from Colyton. They really epitomised the skills that our employers across the country look for."
BASE is a national accountancy skills competition run by the Institute of Chartered Accountants since 2007.
STUDENT OFF TO USA
The Programme provides extensive support to talented state school students seeking a gateway into United States universities.
As one of the 150 students selected, Tom has access to a vast number of resources and added, “I am supported by some of the most dedicated and talented students and counsellors from both sides of the Atlantic.”
The programme consists of a week-long visit to the United States at the end of July, when the selected students will be staying at the world-renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, and will have the opportunity to attend master-classes at Ivy League institutions such as Dartmouth College and Harvard University.
SCHOOL SPEAKS - BUT ONLY FOR A MINUTE
Organised by the Senior Prefect Team to raise money for their chosen charity - The Project - four panellists were challenged to speak for just a minute without hesitation, deviation or repetition.
Physics teacher Mr Lynch and Head of English Mrs Harvey were joined by Year 12 students Sophie C and Todd O.
Topics for the impromptu contributions ranged from Theresa May to socks and Valentines’ Day, raising nearly £100 from the lunchtime audience of students and staff. Year 9 student Elsa C said, “It was a great laugh and I really enjoyed it!”
The Project is a mental health charity based in Axminster, focused on supporting and improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of young people.
By senior student reporter Todd O
In the sprint event, Harry (16) ran a gruelling 3.4km over a mixed terrain qualifying for the finals and finishing an impressive fifth in the 15-16s male category. In the Middle Distance Championships Harry was up against the national top 18 orienteers on a very technical 4.6km cross-country course, finishing seventh.
Harry is now ranked ninth in the UK. He said: “Running in the Olympic Park and on Leith Hill was an amazing experience and the areas were much more challenging than those I’ve seen previously.”
By student reporter Megan T
SIXTHFORMERS GIVE SWAT PRESENTATION
Evidenced by a survey they had conducted earlier in the year, Todd and Phoebe discussed how students perceive independent learning, whether they think that it is useful or important, and how it can be improved.
This was followed by a challenging question and answer session, and finally by their audience of teachers offering congratulations and asking for advice.
By student reporter Megan T
Colyton Students Win Mock Trial National Championship
After months of practice, and winning a regional heat, the team of 12 travelled to the Royal Courts of Justice in London on Saturday 18 June, to compete in a final against 11 other schools. The team competed two cases: one about an alleged assault, and another regarding online harassment.
The Magistrates’ Court Mock Trial Competition is run by the Citizenship Foundation as part of their ‘Law in Schools’ scheme, which aims to introduce students to the legal system in an interesting and inspiring way.
Nationally, the competition involves around 4,000 students from 300 schools, all judged by real magistrates. In order for the Colyton team to win the shield, they each had to excel in a variety of skills including teamwork, developing an argument, and public speaking whilst in various court roles.
History teacher Miss Solomon, the coordinator of the Mock Trial team, said, “It’s a fantastic achievement. We are very pleased to regain our title as national champions.”
The students are: Nicola R; Archie K; Oliver S; Alan GW; Josie W; George T; Zoe G; Megan G; Joe G; Isabella H; Jake B; Anton Torres
By student reporter, Megan T
BUDFAS CREATIVITY PROJECT
More than a dozen Colyton students produced three canvasses which will be displayed on the Jurassic Coast walk.
The artists worked through their lunchtimes to complete the work and were “very excited” to be given the chance to produce work on such a large scale. ]
By student reporter, Evie J
Art Technician Mr Fitzgerald with two of the murals
STUDENTS HOLD MOCK REFERENDUM
Shortly after this the ambassadors invited William Legge MEP, the 10th Earl of Dartmouth, to come and speak on behalf of the Leave campaign. He responded to questions on regulation and trade negotiations, to a similarly engaged audience.
As a final event before the referendum itself, Colyton’s local MP, Neil Parish (Con.), was invited to speak in a debate. Mr Parish spoke on behalf of the Remain campaign, whilst the Leave campaign was represented by Year 11 student and Politics Ambassador, Eden S. The debate touched on four key areas of debate, with a time for general questions afterwards; Mr Parish said he was very impressed by the quality of the questions and the level of political interest shown by Colyton students.
On Thursday 23 June 2016, Colyton held its own mock referendum, with a high turnout of 68%. The result came out as a strong win for the Remain campaign, contrary to the national decision. 510 votes were cast for Remain, compared to 135 for Leave, a roughly 80-20 split. Oak House had the highest turnout, topping the 72% mark and winning the inter-House competition.
The Politics Ambassadors say they are “incredibly pleased” with the way all the events ran, and said that, “all the work had been worth it.” They look forward to future events and say their minds are already turning to the November election in America!
By Y11 Student Reporter, Eden S
Photo shows Y7 student Lewis D casting his vote in the library, which acted as Polling Station on the day
“I just entered for fun”, Tallie said when talking about the success of her story. “As for the other stories, I thought they were both really good”, she added.
Spring Term 2016: Joe H in Year 11 was declared ‘Young Mountaineer of the Year’ by Trail magazine.
Joe (16), who climbed Snowdon when he was five and completed The Welsh 3000s Challenge with a broken hand, was chosen as winner of the 13-16 year old category by a panel of three veteran mountaineers.
The judging panel included leading British rock-climber Leo Houlding, Trail editor Simon Ingram and Bonita Norris, the youngest person to have both climbed Everest and reached the North Pole. Simon Ingram said “For me Joe exemplified a lot of what makes a well-rounded mountaineer: fascination with and appreciation for the landscape, eagerness and true grit! A demonstration of the positivity and self-growth mountains can promote.”
As well as being one of the first three people to receive the title, Joe also won a personalised trophy and a collection of outdoor clothing and equipment. He said “I am really grateful to have been awarded this prize and hope that it will enable me to go higher and further in the future.”
Photos show Joe in the French Alps - one snow and ice climbing and the other rock climbing.
MOCK TRIAL TEAM THROUGH TO NATIONAL FINALS
y8 students take part in salters' festivals of chemistry
May 2016: Four Year eight students travelled to Bath University, to take part in an event as part of the Salters’ Festivals of Chemistry. The festivals are an initiative of the Salters' Institute. Their objective is to help promote the appreciation of chemistry and related sciences amongst the young.
Competing against 10 other schools, the team had to apply skills of observation, deduction, and careful experiment to identify the victim and chief suspect of a fictional murder. The team successfully completed five challenges involving techniques such as chromatography, test tube analysis, and manipulation of chemical reactions, achieving first place overall.
Another challenge, “Save the TARDIS”, involved students using sodium bicarbonate and citric acid, with the aim of reducing the temperature of a beaker of water to 10.5 degrees C in one minute.
As well as individual certificates, the team also won three sets of molecular models for the Chemistry department.
Team member Grace S said: “I think the trip really enhanced our knowledge and showed us how much fun chemistry can be when applied to potentially realistic scenarios.”
By student reporter Safi L
Team: Annabelle M, Grace S, Sasha S, Rebecca N
BBC Radio 4's Any Questions broadcast from school
May 2016: Crowds descended on the school in May for the live broadcast of BBC Radio 4’s ‘Any Questions’, hosted by Jonathan Dimbleby.
U14 East Devon Rounders Champions
A fantastic afternoon of rounders at Uffculme on Tuesday 24 May. The Colyton squad of 15 played superbly, displaying excellent skills in the field and strong batting tactics.
The team now represent the area at the Devon Summer Games in Paignton on Wed 29 June. We wish them luck in the County Final!
EU Referendum debate between MP Neil Parish and Colyton student
May 2016: Neil Parish, Conservative MP for Tiverton and Honiton, visited the school in May to argue the case for staying in the EU in a formal debate.
Year 11 student Eden S (16) was Mr Parish’s opposition, arguing that Britain should leave the EU.
The debate is part of a series of events being run by the school’s Politics Ambassadors, to promote discussion of the referendum amongst students.
Asked why he felt it was important to participate in school events like these, Mr Parish said, “Because you are the future. You are the ones that these decisions will affect the most.”
Mr Harris, Head of History and Politics, said, “We are very grateful to Mr Parish for joining the debate here at Colyton, and feel sure that the students found the event enlightening.”
These events and an upcoming student debate will be concluded by an in-school EU in-out vote on the day of the referendum.
By student reporters Megan T and Todd O
Photo: Politics Ambassadors with Neil Parish: James M, Phoebe T, Eden S
former student stretches his wings
May 2016: A Royal Navy Jet Pilot from East Devon has been promoted and takes up new appointment in the Middle East.
Commander Tim Flatman, who grew up in Seaton and attended Colyton Grammar School, has been promoted after leading the Fleet Air Arm’s 736 Naval Air Squadron at Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose in Cornwall.
Tim became the Commanding Officer of 736 NAS in 2013, and during his tenure transferred the squadron from an almost civilian structured outfit, to become a fully manned Royal Naval Unit.
Commander Flatman joined the Royal Navy in 1997, after leaving school and working at the Anchor Inn in Beer. After his initial officer training at Dartmouth, he started flying training and was selected for Fixed-Wing, which he completed in 2002. He flew the Sea Harrier FA2 with both 800 and 801 NAS embarking in HMSs Ark Royal and Invincible. Crossing over to the Harrier GR7 in 2004 he went onto an embarkation with HMS Illustrious and completed two frontline Operational tours of Afghanistan on OP HERRICK, conducting Close Air Support in support of coalition troops. He has served on 3(F) Sqn RAF, 800 NAS and the Naval Strike Wing with the Harrier GR7.
Leaving the Harrier in 2007, Tim moved on to RAF Valley in Wales with 19(F) Sqn as Tactics and Weapons instructor on the Hawk T1, and teaching students in their final phase of flying training before being streamed to front-line types. He returned to the Harrier Force at RAF Cottesmore in Lincolnshire and completed several staff jobs in 2009, before Advanced Command Course in 2012. He returned to flying duties with the Royal Naval Hawk detachment at Yeovilton before moving to Cornwall and becoming Commanding Officer of 736 NAS in June 2013.
“I’m very honoured to be promoted to Commander and take up a new appointment overseas,” said Tim. “I’ve been incredibly lucky and had an exciting career so far in the Royal Navy, and especially having worked with some fantastic people. I’m looking forward to the next few years as the RN gets its new aircraft (the F35 Joint Strike Fighter), and the Queen Elizabeth class carriers.”
Students publish in-house Psychology magazine
May 2016: Two Year 11 students, Ellen A and Ellen W, have issued the first Inside Psychology school magazine.
By student reporter Millie D
Student comes third in national ‘German language Olympiad'
May 2016: Year 12 student Elsa G - pictured below - has achieved the amazing feat of coming third in a national competition despite being much younger than the other competitors
As part of her pitch to take part in a Goethe Institut-sponsored ‘Olympiad’ in Germany, she produced a video which so impressed the judges that she was one of only seven chosen to compete in London.
Throughout the day, as well as showing off her German skills, she also had to show creativity and teamwork as she worked with the other students to create group presentations on the topic of 'school', as well as a variety of other creative tasks. “I was quite surprised to come third as all of the other competitors were very impressive,” Elsa said.
The Olympiad, open to all schools, was organised by the Goethe Institut, but as a PASCH school (a partner in the ‘Schools: Partners for the Future’ project), German students at Colyton were encouraged to take part.
Elsa (17) plans to further her language education at university and says: “I am really glad to have taken part, as it was a very interesting experience and helped my German speaking”.
By student reporter Tallie B
FIVE TEAMS TAKE PART IN TEN TORS CHALLENGE
May 2016: No fewer than five Colyton Grammar School teams completed the Ten Tors Challenge on Dartmoor in early May, a fantastic achievement and a new record for the school. There were two 35 mile teams, one 45 mile team, two 55 mile teams and a few students also walked with teams from other organisations.
May 2016: William Legge, 10th Earl of Dartmouth and UKIP MEP for the South West of England, has visited the school to speak to students about the arguments for a British exit from the European Union.
Visitor from Flood Forecasting Centre gives talk to students
May 2016: Mr Graeme Boyce, Strategy and Development Officer at the Flood Forecasting Centre (FFC), has visited Colyton Grammar School to talk to students.
Mr Boyce gave a talk to Year 7 students on forecasting wide-scale flooding, hurricanes and storm surges.
Students from Years 11 and 12 were given a detailed presentation on the models used by the FFC to predict flooding, linking this to a range of socio-economic and political issues.
Year 7 student Danae P said: “We were very fortunate to have a talk from such an expert on flooding.”
The Flood Forecasting Centre, based in Exeter, is a partnership between the Environment Agency and the Met Office, combining meteorology and hydrology expertise into a specialised hydrometeorology service. The centre forecasts for all natural forms of flooding - river, surface water, tidal/coastal and groundwater, providing five-day forecasts to emergency responders, including emergency services, utility companies and central government.
By student reporter Todd O
Senior Choir performs at Exeter Cathedral
April 2016: On Saturday 16 April, the school’s Senior Choir performed their annual concert at Exeter Cathedral.
Success in f1 in schools competition
Six Year 12 students have won the ‘Best Research and Development’ prize in the F1 in Schools national finals at Silverstone Circuit, as well as coming third out of 28 teams in the ‘Reaction Racing’ category.
As part of the F1 in Schools Technology Challenge Competition, run by F1 in Schools UK, students had to design and build a miniature Formula One racing car, which then raced against cars from other teams in the finals.
Members of the Colyton team ‘Impulse’, were Jonny W (Team Manager), Harry W(Design Engineer), James H (Manufacturing Engineer), Richard C (Research and Testing), Izaac C (Graphic Designer), and Michael O (Marketing).
Zeus Braking, Westec Precision Ltd, and Barden Aerospace and Super Precision all agreed to sponsor the Colyton team, as did locally-based engineering firm SC Group (formerly known as Supacat), and the University of Exeter.
Michael said: “F1 in Schools has been a fantastic experience and a great insight into the world of Formula One. The team punched well above their weight, up against established teams with as much as £25,000 sponsorship.”
Richard added: “F1 in Schools is the perfect opportunity to have lots of fun, learn about Formula One, and improve important skills.”
The students were also treated to a gentle lap of the circuit in the School Minibus!
By student reporter Alfie H
dUKE OF EDINBURGH'S AWARD SUCCESS
Summer Term 2016: Two year 12 students have been presented with their Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards.
May 2016: Ben Bradshaw, Exeter Labour MP and former minister, has visited the school to deliver a talk on why Britain should remain in the European Union.
Easter 2016: Over the Easter holiday the school ski trip to Colorado took place from the 29 March to 6 April. The Winter Park Resort trip has been taking place for a number of years now, always being well received and this year was no exception.
Awe-inspiring cycling in aid of children's Hospice South West
A team of seven Sixth Form students has completed a 260km Charity Cycle ride from Lyme Regis to Land’s End in aid of The Children’s Hospice South West. Team members had to cycle long distances over hilly, challenging terrain to raise over £2500. Generous support came from Lovell’s Garage in Ottery St Mary, who lent a support van.
Navigator Jonty E said that the team chose to raise money for The Children’s Hospice as “It’s a charity that supports so many families across the South West.”
The team visited one of the three hospices on the last day of their ride to see for themselves the amazing work that the charity does.
The cyclists were: Jonty E, Andrew T, Charlie S, Tristan A, Joe W, Rebecca H and Patrick L.
By student reporter, Rosa M
sport relief success
March 2016: The school’s participation in this year’s Sport Relief charity event has been a great success, with numerous activities raising lots of money for the cause. The senior prefects and sports leaders, led by PE teacher Mrs Harris, managed to make every event count.
Elmwood music recital
Spring Term 2016: Various groups of music students have visited Elmwood Retirement Home in Colyford to entertain the residents over the years. Colyton’s flute group – ranging from 12 to 18 years in age - continued this tradition recently with a small concert for the residents.
By student reporter Hannah M
February 2016: The school has a new senior prefect team for 2016 - Todd O, Jonty E, Katie J, Ellie M, Victoria S, Emily D, Rosie L, Will K, George P and Alfie H were all selected by students and staff.
calais refugee trip
While others might have been off on holiday during the February half-term, year 12 student Max H made it his project to travel to Calais with donations he had collected from school friends and the wider community to help feed refugees.
Would i lie to you? charity event
Sixth Form students have run yet another successful lunchtime charity event.
The school’s hilarious twist on the panel game ‘Would I Lie To You?’ had a brimming Cottrill Hall in fits of laughter as the audience heard about some of the weirdest and wackiest events in six teachers’ and two students’ lives.
On the Girls’ team was: Mrs Fitzhenry, Miss Westhead, Ellie C and Mrs Swait. On the Boys’ team was Mr Lynch, Mr Banks, Xavier F and Mr Rowe.
Despite the final results coming to an inconclusive 5 - 5, both the participants and the hosts pulled out all the stops, entertaining not only the audience, but also each other.
Year 11 Student Felicity M said: “It was brilliant! The best thing is that it was really funny, and also for charity”
This was one of several events that Sixth Form students organised to raise money for this year’s chosen charity, Water Aid.
By student reporter Safi L
Cgs organistS at salisbury cathedral 'pipe up' event
On a Saturday in February, two young organists - brothers Greg S (16) and Guy S (14), travelled to Salisbury Cathedral for a chance to play the great Father Willis Organ.
Greg writes of his experience: “There were about 22 young musicians attending this event. After registration we sat in the choir pews and were given information about the organ and how it works. Then we took it in turns to play our prepared pieces. As the organ loft is quite small, there was a projector screen which allowed us to watch each other perform. We each played a piece of our choice and the day concluded with a recital by John Challenger – the Assistant Director of Music at the cathedral.
Both Guy and I performed well although it was quite nerve-racking. It was a great opportunity and we really enjoyed it.”
eyp regional 2016
Nine year 12 students have won the Regional Forum of the European Youth Parliament UK debating competition at County Hall in Exeter.
Girls not vexed by the competition
A team of five girls from Colyton Grammar School have tasted success in the ‘Girls into STEM’ (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) VEX Robotics Competition ‘Nothing but Net’
Kendall F, Rachel I, Emily G, Zoe H and Tallie B travelled to Wellington School to take part in the regional competition.
The competition involved constructing and coding a robot called ‘Sparky’ from scratch. They gained funding from ‘Girls into STEM’ sponsors the National Grid to do so, after winning the previous heat.
Kendall said, “There was some tough competition, but we worked well as a team throughout the day. I’m looking forward to seeing how far we can go!”
By student reporters Yazmin R and Georgia S
Photo: The team with their creation - Sparky the robot.
Girls into STEM http://www.girlsintostem.co.uk/#girlsintostem
Colyton students progress to national final of f1 in schools championship
Six year 12 students from have attended the regional finals of the national ‘F1 in Schools’ competition at Exeter University.
Following a number of timed races, the Colyton team’s car finished in second place.
Colyton student wins daily mail great british wildlife photography challenge
Year 9 student Isabella S has won the Daily Mail’s Great British Wildlife Photography Challenge in the Juniors category for under-18s, beating 10,000 other entries.
Colyton Grammar School reaches the finals of national STEM competition
A team of four students from Colyton Grammar School have been selected for the finals of the Ultimate STEM Challenge at the Science Museum in London in March.
The nationwide schools competition, launched in September 2015 by BP, STEMNET and the Science Museum, challenges UK students aged 11-14 to put their Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) skills to the test by tackling real-world problems.
Aimed at younger secondary school students yet to make their GCSE choices, the Ultimate STEM Challenge builds on the success of the BP Ultimate Field Trip, which has engaged nearly 3,000 UK STEM university students in the past five years, and lays the foundations for younger students considering studying STEM subjects before making their GCSE subject choices.
Schools from all over the country took part in the competition for a chance to attend a celebratory event at the Science Museum in London and win £500 for their school.
This year, students were invited to develop an energy efficient solution to one of three real-world challenges: Streamline Ships, Better Buildings or Trim Turbines.
The students going forward are Moris S, Mithal M, Grace S and Abhijit B in Year 8, who developed their best ideas for the Trim Turbine Challenge, where they had to come up with an efficient way to increase energy in wind turbines.
Mr Lynch, Physics Teacher and STEM Coordinator at the school, said: “We are extremely proud of Moris, Mithal, Grace and Abhijit. All their hard work and hours of dedication to their project have paid off. We are sure that they will do an excellent job of representing Colyton Grammar School at the final.”
Samantha Bulkeley, UK Schools Education Manager at BP, who sat on the judging panel, said: “I would like to congratulate the students of Colyton Grammar School in getting through to the finals. We were really impressed by the high standard across all the projects this year. The finalist entries really demonstrate the students’ passion for STEM and enthusiasm for experimental work, and the ability to use real world applications to solve the challenge. We look forward to seeing the students bring their projects to life at the finals in March.”
The six finalist teams will be presenting their work to an expert judging panel at the Science Museum during British Science Week. Following the presentations, the students will have the chance to participate in a day of fun science activities.
Mysterious black tunnel appears in school classroom!
A very large black tunnel has appeared in T2. The strange piping is in fact part of the Year 11 technology class’s Engineering Education Scheme project. The EES provides work related learning within an industrial enterprise context.
Parents' Association Silent Auction
Fancy a week’s holiday in a 3-bed apartment in Lagos, Portugal? Or a 2-night stay in a smart apartment in York? What about a champagne afternoon tea for two at Lord's Cricket Ground? These are just a few of the 37 amazing lots available to win in the CGS Parents’ Association ‘Silent Auction’.
Running until Sunday 20th March, the online auction has an incredible selection of prizes, offering something for everyone.
All you need to do is register on the CGS PA website and place your bid before 8pm on the 20th March. If you win, you will be notified via email with instructions for paying – details about the prizes will be appearing on the PA website shortly.
All the money raised will go towards the Space4Science fund-raising project – which aims to raise money to build a much needed science laboratory at school, and then equip all the labs with new equipment – particularly needed with 88% of students taking at least one science to A-level.
Parent organiser, Matt Day, said: “We have a great selection of lots to bid on - including a day’s cookery course at River Cottage, tickets to watch Somerset County Cricket, a light aircraft flight for two and a week in a smart holiday home in Polzeath, Cornwall.”
“Local businesses, parents and parents friends have been extremely generous in donating these lots to help fund the planned new science facilities.
By student reporter, Tallie B
EUROPEAN EDUCATIONALISTS visit school
Recently a group of European educationalists, including a Head Teacher, a Chief Education Officer and Humanities and English teachers from France and Germany, visited Colyton Grammar School as part of a fact-finding visit to South West England.
Sixth Form student takes part in England netball trials
Olivia W has been selected to take part in a very competitive England netball “talent and performance” academy for the U19 team.
Following her trials she hopes to be recognised by team scouts and reach England or Netball Super League level.
By student reporter Emilia A
Colyton's Garden and Food Festival
This year, Colyton Grammar School’s annual Garden and
Colyton Grammar School to grow seeds from space!
Students at Colyton Grammar School are preparing to become space biologists and embark on a voyage of discovery by growing seeds that have been into space.
In September 2015, 2kg of rocket seeds were flown to the International Space Station (ISS) on Soyuz 44S where they will spend several months in microgravity before returning to Earth in March 2016. The seeds have been sent as part of Rocket Science, an educational project launched by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and the UK Space Agency.
Colyton Grammar School will be one of up to 10,000 schools to receive a packet of 100 seeds from space, which they will grow alongside seeds that haven’t been to space and measure the differences over seven weeks. The students won’t know which seed packet contains which seeds until all results have been collected by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and analysed by professional biostatisticians.
The out-of-this-world, nationwide science experiment will enable the students to think more about how we could preserve human life on another planet in the future, what astronauts need to survive long-term missions in space and the difficulties surrounding growing fresh food in challenging climates.
Mr Lynch, STEM Co-ordinator at Colyton Grammar School, says: “We are very excited to be taking part in Rocket Science. This experiment is a fantastic way of teaching our students to think more scientifically and share their findings with the whole school community. It is also an excellent opportunity for students across the age range to collaborate on an inspiring project which could be the motivation for them to pursue a STEM career.”
Rocket Science is just one educational project from a programme developed by the UK Space Agency to celebrate British ESA astronaut Tim Peake’s Principia Mission to the ISS and inspire young people to look into careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects, including horticulture.
Applications to take part in Rocket Science are still open and will close in March next year or until all packs have been allocated. Schools and educational groups can apply at rhs.org.uk/schoolgardening.
Follow the project on Twitter: @RHSSchools #RocketScience
Equestrian Team report
On Saturday 23 January 2016, the school’s equestrian team travelled to Bicton Arena for the NSEA inter-schools, inter-county U18 Eventers Challenge.
Photo of ‘Eventers Challenge’ team by ESP-Photographic
Physics Talk (with a difference!): A Journey into the Heart of Matter
On the 19 January 2016, all Year 11-13 Physics students and violinists across the school were invited to attend a lecture on ‘Einstein’s Universe’. The talk was by Professor Brian Foster and world renowned British violinist, Jack Liebeck. The talk covered the work of Einstein and the research at the Large Hadron Collider, with an added twist that the Physics was supplemented by Jack playing some of Einstein’s favourite music on his violin.
By Alex (Year 11)
School prefects organise Family Fortunes-style fundraiser
Just before the end of term in December, the school held a fundraising event in the Cottrill Hall, organised by the House Prefect Teams. The school put its own twist on the well-known game show ‘Family Fortunes’ with two teams of teachers - Science vs Humanities - guessing the answers to questions related to the school that had been surveyed by students.
The winning Humanities team: Mrs Bean; Miss Westhead; Mr Harris; Mr Banks; Mrs Lester
During November & December, Year 11 student Hannah B (15) managed the school’s traditional annual collection of food items for Exeter Foodbank, with the able help of students from tutor group 10 Oak and Mrs Fitzhenry.
Geographical Association Physical Geography Photograph Competition 2015 – ‘Earth Sculpture’
Congratulations to Year 9 Geography student Isabella S-H who entered this year’s Geographical Association photograph competition and was awarded a highly commended with her photograph of the 'old man of Storr' on the Isle of Skye.
Winning photo and photo of Isabella with her prize above
Six Year 12 students have won the regional heat of the ICAEW BASE National Business and Accounting competition at Exeter Racecourse.
Team: Daniel V, Kier L, Henry M, Charlie K, Jonny S, Todd O
Two teams of Colyton students have recently attended the local final of the English Speaking Union’s ‘Churchill National Public Speaking Competition for Schools’ at Blundell’s School in Tiverton.
Team members: Charlie K, Eden S, Todd O (team trainer), Harry M Naomi E, Phoebe T-M, Tristan C
Congratulations to Y12 student for winning the Royal Geographical Society 'Young Geographer of the Year' Competition 2015
To celebrate the centenary of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance Expedition, pupils nationwide were asked to respond to the question ‘Why does Antarctica matter?’
2015 marks 100 years since Shackleton’s ship, Endurance, sank beneath the ice of the Weddell Sea. Shackleton’s expedition is recognised today as an incredible feat of endurance, and is credited with increasing public fascination with Antarctica.
This year’s Young Geographer of the Year competition was an opportunity for geography pupils to explore why Antarctica matters today. Colyton Geography students from KS3, KS4 and KS5 entered the competition. With Daniel’s essay being judged the overall national winner in the 16-18 category..
Daniel received his award from Jane Rumble (Deputy Commissioner of the British Antarctic Territory), and Dr John Shears (Scott Polar Research Institute) in a ceremony at the Society’s headquarters in London on December 4th.
The day also saw the re-launch of the Discovering Antarctica website, produced jointly by the Society, the British Antarctic Survey, the British Antarctic Territory and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, which includes primary, secondary and A Level resources on Antarctica.
Dr Rita Gardner CBE, Director of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), said:
“Shackleton’s amazing story of leadership and survival is part of the UK’s great Antarctic heritage and tradition of scientific endeavours. And Antarctica is still vitally important today, not least for its role in helping us understand climate change. We asked school children to consider the importance of Antarctica and have had a fantastic response. Thousands of pupils from over 300 schools submitted entries to the competition recognising the importance of the world’s last great wilderness.”
Once again congratulations to Daniel and to all students who took part. With such captivating subject matter the standard of entries was exceptionally high this year.
PRINCE’S TEACHING INSTITUTE MARK AWARDED TO MATHS DEPARTMENT
The school is pleased to receive The Prince’s Teaching Institute Mark for 2015.
The Prince’s Teaching Institute (PTI) launched the Schools Programme in 2007, to recognise and reward school departments that develop inspirational ideas and activities which enhance the teaching of Art, English, Geography, History, Latin, Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages, Music and Science, regardless of their students’ backgrounds or abilities. It is run as a membership group for school departments that choose to commit to increasing the challenge of their subject provision.
Colyton’s Maths department received the Mark in recognition of their action research in how best to support student independence in maths, particularly with regard to summarising their ideas in a concise, mathematically correct form. This work is ongoing and this year is the final (third) year of the research process.
The PTI’s Schools Programme is open to all state secondary schools in England. To become members, school departments must demonstrate their commitment to increasing teachers’ subject knowledge, and to furthering their students’ understanding of and enthusiasm for the subject, regardless of their background or ability. To achieve the PTI Mark, departments then have to demonstrate that they have increased the challenge within their subject curriculum; developed their staff’s own specialist subject knowledge; developed subject-based links outside school and enthused their students through subject-based activities beyond the curriculum. After three years of Schools Programme membership, departments may choose to become Associate Departments by devising an advanced multi-year programme in one of these areas. As Associate Departments they will share their growing expertise with others in the Schools Programme to the benefit of all.
Headteacher Mrs Wainwright said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the PTI Mark for our Mathematics department’s innovative work, and will be proud to carry the Mark on our stationery and website as evidence of our commitment to inspirational teaching. We are also pleased to announce that the Geography department has embarked on the same programme”.
Photo: Head of Maths Mr Davis and Headteacher Mrs Wainwright with the Award Certificate
COLYTON U14 GIRLS – EAST DEVON HOCKEY CHAMPIONS
Colyton beat Sidmouth 2-1, King’s 3-1 and Exmouth 4-0 in the area final of the National Hockey competition to be crowned East Devon Champions. They went on to compete in the Devon Final on Friday 13 November at Exeter University – report to follow.
Squad: Xanthe D, Morgan S, Charlotte Y, Nicola R, Sophie B, Caitlin S, Izzy S, Evie D, Izzy B, Caitlin R, Zarina P, Hannah M.
CROSS COUNTRY SUCCESS - JUNIOR BOYS – 6TH IN THE REGIONAL FINAL
Johnny L came 3rd in the boys race which was a great achievement. It was a very muddy course and was very flat - this did not suit Johnny who likes hills!
Team: Alex B, Tom Pc, Matthew W, Johnny L, Matthew S-Sh and Dylan H.
Colyton netball teams become County U14, U16 & U19 finalists
Colyton Grammar School’s netball teams have had a good start to their netball season by winning through to the County finals in all age groups, writes PE teacher Mrs Humphries.
The U14 & U19 teams played well against strong competition. However, it was the U16s who once again raised their game to qualify for the West Final, which takes place in Truro on Saturday 30 January 2016.
This was a fantastic achievement, especially as most of the team are U15!
SWITCH OFF FORTNIGHT
During November, staff and students have been taking part in ‘Switch Off Fortnight’, a national campaign toraise awareness of wasteful energy consumption, aimed at reducing the school’s energy bills by 10% within two weeks.
On Friday 20 November the school held a ‘No Lights Day’ to raise awareness of how much energy is wasted when excess lights are left on.
Members of the school’s ‘Green Society’ have been campaigning, monitoring and reading the school’s energy meters on a regular basis to highlight energy consumption, and they also held a lunchtime ‘Energy Quiz’.
Deputy Head Mr Stidwell said, “It’s vital that we all do our bit to save energy and cut down on waste. Not only will it help preserve resources, it’s economic common sense too.”
COLYTON STUDENTS RECEIVE PRESTIGIOUS ARKWRIGHT ENGINEERING SCHOLARSHIPS
Seven sixth form students - Harry W, Izaac C, Jake L, James H, Jason W, Keir L and Tom O - were each awarded a sought-after Arkwright Engineering Scholarship recently, at a ceremony in London supported by the Institution of Engineering & Technology and the Rail Industry, led by Network Rail, Carillion and Colas Rail. They were presented with their Arkwright Scholarships by Principal Guest Naomi Climer, President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology 2015/16. They also met the five organisations that are sponsoring their scholarship over the next two years. They are: TDK-Lambda; The Reece Foundation; Engineering Construction Industry Training Board; Association of Train Operating Companies and Cobham Plc
Photos show the students being presented with their certificates by a representative from their sponsoring organisation
ResIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIP FOR GERMAN LANGUAGE STUDENT
Ollie T (14) has taken up a place on a prestigious ‘German and Sport’ residential scholarship.
Student-led production of Footloose wows audience
For many months year 13 students Issie P and Martha H (both 17), put together their production of ‘Footloose’, the stage musical based on the 1980s film.
By student reporter Ellen W
BRITISH SCHOOLS SCORE CHAMPIONSHIPS
A team of six students organised and led by Jonty E-H (Year 12), has won second place in the British Schools Score Championships held on Chobham Common, Surrey, on Saturday 10 October 2015.
Main photo shows the Sixth Form team with Edward P far left.
it's a family sporting affair at colyton
Three children from the same family, who all currently attend Colyton Grammar School, have had significant recent success in sport.
Student 'Braves tHE sHAVE' TO RAISE MONEY FOR CHARITY
Year 8 student Rosie L joined the ‘Brave the Shave’ campaign in the summer holidays and had her hair lopped off in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
Rosie reports she has now raised over £1800 and says she “hopes to raise a little more”.
Rosie, 12, donated her hair to the Little Princess Trust, an organisation which makes wigs for cancer sufferers who have lost their hair during treatment.She says: “It is an odd way to raise money, but I did it because I knew it would make a difference”.
Colyton hockey player selected for england
Year 13 Colyton Grammar School student, Kye S, has recently succeeded in gaining a place in the Under 17s hockey team representing England in the Sainsbury’s School Games.
Kye went to Manchester in September, where she competed against players from across the country.
Kye (17) said that she feels “very pleased”, adding “it was great to compete against so many other teams from across the UK.”
The Sainsbury’s School Games will see the England team compete against teams from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Kye has been playing hockey since she was seven years old and now trains with ISCA Hockey Club as a part of the ‘Player Pathway’, a programme designed to strengthen and develop budding talent in hockey.
Safi L, Student Reporter
Images from a student-led production of the popular musical Footloose, which was staged over three evenings in November 2015, to sell-out audiences.
Year 11 studentcompetes in men's medley race
Back in the summer, Year 11 student Charlie K competed for Exeter in the men’s (14-16) 4 x 200m freestyle relay and the men’s (14-16) 4x100m medley relay at the ASA National Swimming Finals in Sheffield.
For the freestyle, the team had been listed as first reserves, and took the 20th and final position when another team dropped out. So expectations were modest, but they swam superbly to qualify for the final and finish 9th.
In the medley relay, for which Charlie swam the backstroke leg, they were seeded 9th. After coming 6th fastest in the heats, all four swam personal bests to take silver medals in the final.
Attached is a photo of Charlie’s team with their medals: Charlie is on the far right.
'Lesser-spotted sciences day' at oxford
Three year 11 students have attended the ‘Lesser-Spotted Sciences Day’ at the University of Oxford’s Department of Computer Science.
Alex A, Jake L and Max W were able to attend some sample lectures, hear from the University Careers Service and get the opportunity to visit an Oxford college.
Alex said that the tour of the college was a “fascinating way to get an idea of university life.” The accompanying talk gave him an insight into what it would be like to be a student. He added that overall the day was “a great introduction to some of the less well-known sciences.”
The day aims to inform school students about subjects such as Earth Sciences, Engineering, Statistics, Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences.
By Ellen W, Student Reporter
Girls' into engineering - robotics competition
A team of five 6th Form girls recently rose to the challenge of creating a video entry for the national Girls Into STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics) competition, run by the Women’s Engineering Society to explain “What is Engineering?”.
The idea of the competition is to promote engineering as a career for girls.
The team came up with a variety of ideas, including ways in which engineering enhances people’s lives.
The girls: Kendall F, Rachel I-J, Zoe H, Emily G and Tallie B, faced some tough opposition from across the country but were one of only twenty teams to be awarded a £1,000 grant to build a VEX EDR robot.
Once they have built the robot and explored the programming capabilities, they will enter the regional finals.
Rachel said: “The whole team pulled together fantastically to get the grant; we now have a huge but exciting challenge ahead of us”.
STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach.
By student reporter Tallie B
Long-serving member of school support staff retires
After spending almost 25 years working at the school, one of our longest-serving members of support staff has retired. At the end of October Colyford resident, Mrs Hazel Webb, left the school.
Not only has she been a vital part of the school’s working day for staff and students requiring help with their work, she was also the main first aid post in the school, regularly dealing with nose bleeds, grazed knees, fainting incidents or broken bones.
bronze and gold duke of edinburgh's award successes
An impressive 39 Year 11 students have been awarded Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards.
Harriet (19) from Whitford, and Aimee (21) from Exeter, began the Award while still at school.
Ruth Bint, Head of Administration for DofE Devon, congratulated the students and thanked long-time volunteer parent organiser Meg Williams for her work with the students.
By student reporter Tallie B
YEAR 7 STUDENT IN BBC JUNIOR BAKE OFF
One of our Year 7 students is taking part in the BBCs Junior Bake Off competition.
Eleven year old Alice B applied over the summer and, after a telephone interview,
The series began airing on Monday 2 November on CBBC, with each episode
Alice will appear on Monday 9 Nov at 3.50pm CBBC / Tues 10 Nov 7.45am BBC2.
This trailer features Alice’s bee cake and she briefly pops up putting some
Photo shows Alice practising her showstopper cake at home
Colyton students collect for KOS Refugees
Year 9 students at Colyton Grammar School have collected donations for the Kos Kindness appeal, a charity founded to help refugees on the Greek island of Kos.
Mrs Simpson, 9 Cedar’s form tutor, said, “Over the summer I was very moved by the plight of people travelling from Syria, and it’s been wonderful to be part of a positive response to that. I’m very grateful to everyone who donated.”
By student reporter Alfie H
In early October, six Year 11 Design and Technology students from Colyton Grammar School were among 50 students who attended this year’s Engineering Education Scheme launch event at HMS Raleigh, Torpoint, Cornwall.
The EES provides work related learning within an industrial enterprise context. Students were given an exclusive insight into the training given to all Royal Navy staff on how to fight fires at sea. After lunch the students took part in team building activities delivered by the Royal Marines physical training staff.
The Colyton students will be going on to work with a company called AMSAFE Bridport, a world leading provider of safety restraint products for the aerospace and defence industry, to enable them to experience how a real engineering project is carried out. Jason W, the leader of theColyton team, said he was “Looking forward to the challenge ahead”.
By student reporter, Rida M
Photo shows the Navy’s fire-fighting area at HMS Raleigh
At the Exmouth Sea Cadet Annual Award Ceremony in October, Rupert G was presented with a shield for being chosen as Exmouth Sea Cadets Junior Cadet of the Year 2015.
He was commended for always wearing his Sea Cadet uniform correctly, for his excellent lead in the parade ground at their recent inspection, which was the day before his 12th birthday when he became a Senior Cadet, and for always putting in good effort for every task he's presented with.
The following Saturday Rupert and two of his sisters travelled to Gosport to spend a week at sea, with Sea Cadets from other units in the country, aboard T. S. (Training Ship) John Jerwood. Each day they sailed to a different location, including the Isle of Wight.
POETRY COMPETITION WIN
Beanie (Colette) S, a 17 year old student from Colyton Grammar School, has recently won the ‘Christina Broom & the Suffragettes Writing Challenge’ run by the Young Poets Nehristina Broom was the first female press photographer, who captured iconic moments of the early twentieth century especially those involving women.
Beanie’s poem, ‘London’s Daughter is a Suffragette,’ can be found on the Young Poets Network website.
Her work has also featured recently as a Highly Commended entry in the Foyle Young Poet of the Year Competition, one of only 85 from an entry of 7,600.
Beanie said that her success was “very excitin
twork in association with the Museum of London.
Cg” and that she was “looking forward to entering more competitions.”By student reporter Eden S (15)
national rowing champion
Y10 student Tallula B, has recently triumphed over her rivals in the British Rowing Championships, to become the National Champion in her age category. Tallula, who travelled to Strathclyde in July for the competition, came first in the U-14 age category with a time of 8 minutes 36 seconds over a 1500m course.
The previous month she had triumphed in the Junior Inter-Regional Rowing Regatta in Nottingham, coming first in the women’s junior 14 event and winning gold by 40 metres.
Talulla has been rowing since she was eleven and trains with Exeter Rowing Club as a single sculler. She said: “It was great to race against rowers from across the UK.”
Tallula, who lives near Ottery St Mary, received a gold medal and her name will be recorded in the British Rowing Championships ‘Book of Winners’. She will also be awarded British Rowing ranking points. British Rowing attempts to “increase participation and create a thriving legacy for the sport”.
By student reporter, Georgia S
Pictured left: Tallula standing centre after receiving her gold medal
SUPPORT our LOCAL LIBRARies
The Friends Groups of Seaton and Colyton libraries have been shortlisted in the Skipton Building Society's Grassroots Giving competition. The Society will give 162 community groups £500 each.
The 2015 winners will be announced in November.November Update: A big thank you to everyone who took the time to vote for The Friends of Colyton Library or The Friends of Seaton Library, on the Skipton Building Society website. Support must have been very high as both groups have successfully won £500. This would not have been possible without the support of the community!
Colyton student in International Gymnastics Event
Colyton Grammar School student, Charlotte B (14), has recently triumphed in the Acrobatic Gymnastic International Cup held in Turin, Italy from 3-5 July 2015.
Charlotte, from Honiton, was awarded a gold medal along with her two teammates.
Charlotte, who trained for the competition for a year, was delighted saying she felt “really good” about her achievement. She is now busy training for further competitions this year.
Acrobatic Gymnastics (nicknamed ‘Acro’) is a competitive gymnastic discipline where partnerships of gymnasts work together and perform figures consisting of acrobatic moves, dance and tumbling, set to music.By student reporter, Hannah W
Love Physics competition
Four CGS students have recently won first and second prizes in the #LovePhysics competition, run by The Ogden Trust’s Exeter & East Devon Partnership.
The competition required each pair of students to produce a two-minute video on a physics topic of their choice.
Damon said: “It was challenging but rewarding, allowing us to express our interest in a subject we were passionate about.”
By student reporter Todd O
COLYTON ROUNDERS SUCCESS
The Year 9 rounders team has won both the U14 and U15 East Devon Rounders Tournaments recently. They won 13 games in total at the tournaments.
The U14 competition was a Devon Summer Games qualifier. They will now travel to Plymouth on Wednesday 24 June, and represent the area at the County event.
The squad: Leah H, Emily R, Amy O, Hannah B, Anna M, Issy H-P, Sadia H, Megan T-S, Rosie L, Josie B and Holly E.
Results in the U15 Tournament:
Results in the U14 Tournament:
The girls played extremely well and demonstrated some tight fielding and some tactical batting. Leah, Anna, Holly and Megan should be congratulated for their consistent batting, scoring many full rounders between them. However, the whole team were a cohesive unit and it was their ability to work together that brought them success on the day. Well done to everyone in the squad!
School gives green advice to the USA!
Mr Stidwell was surprised recently to receive a call about the school’s Ridan Composter, from a consultant in a company in New York providing advice on green issues to universities, other public bodies and companies across America.
The Ridan Composter has been using food waste from Take 5 to produce compost, which is then used on the school gardens.
Mr Stidwell, who spoke with the consultant for about half an hour, said, “It is important to spread our knowledge about recycling and reducing food waste, so to receive a call from New York in the middle of the afternoon was a welcome surprise”.
An average school in America that is the same size as Colyton Grammar School would waste 160 gallons of food a day, according to the consultant.
A Ridan Composter is a specialist form of composter designed specifically for food waste. The school has had one for three years.
By student reporter Luke J
Mock General Election
Student ambassadors for Politics and History organised a mock general election at school during election week.
There was a turnout of 73% among the students, who could vote throughout the day in the polling station in the school library.
Year 11 student Todd O, who stood as a candidate, said, “It provided a great opportunity for those looking to be engaged in politics.”
Organisers were surprised to find that the turnout was higher than that of the real election.
By student reporter Luke J
Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
Susannah F, a Year 13 student at Colyton Grammar School, has been awarded the Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award after completing all five sections of the programme.
For Susannah, the award involved developing her photography skills, volunteering at Elmwood Care Home in Colyford, attending Zumba classes and doing a five-day residential, which she spent working on a farm.
She also went on a four-day expedition across Dartmoor in September 2014, two years after she began working towards the award.
Although there were times when the challenges were substantial, Susannah was certainly “very pleased” to have completed the programme.
By student reporter Alfie H
Barclays Premier League trophy Visit
The Barclays Premier League trophy visited Colyton Grammar School at the end of April, as part of the Barclays Spirit of the Game initiative.
During the visit, students were invited to the main school hall to have their photo taken in small groups with the trophy.
By student reporter Todd O
Young Geographer Photography Competition
This year the School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Science (GEES) at the University of Birmingham ran the first ‘Young Geographer Photography Competition’, open to all young people studying a GCSE, A-level or equivalent Geography course. The judging panel were highly impressed with the entries and the multiple interpretations of the theme ‘Changing Geographies in my local area.'
Second prize was awarded to Georgia S in Year 11, for her photograph ‘Sunset or sunrise,’ symbolic of the challenges facing coastal towns. All winners were congratulated for thinking geographically about their local area.
ANYONE FOR TENNIS?
Year 3 and 4 pupils from Colyton, Kilmington, Seaton, Shute and St Mary’s Primary Schools took part in the Axe Valley Mini Tennis league held at Colyton Grammar School recently.
The Grammar School’s student Sports Leaders introduced the pupils to a range of mini tennis activities, including ‘Get out of Jail’, ‘Champions’ and ‘Tennis Rounders’, before supporting the pupils with their competitive doubles games.
St Mary’s were the overall winners with Colyton a very close second. Both schools will represent the Axe Valley at the East Devon Finals which will be held at the Exmouth Indoor Tennis Centre.
Primary School ‘Quadkids’ competition
Quadkids Primary is a team-based quadrathlon competition, where individual performances are scored using a points table and the winners are the team with the highest cumulative points.
Teams are made up of four girls and four boys and each athlete competes in four events: 75m Sprint, Vortex Howler Throw, 600m run and the Standing Long Jump.
At the end of April, All Saints, Beer, Kilmington, Seaton and St Mary’s Primary Schools competed at the school. The competition was run by Year 12 Sports Leaders who coached the children and officiated at each event before calculating final results and awarding certificates.
Kilmington were the overall winners, with All Saints a close second. These two schools will represent the Axe Valley in the East Devon round on Tuesday 2nd June.
Colyton student takes part in International Festival of Orienteering
Jonty E-H in Year 11 has taken part in the Jan Kjellström International Festival of Orienteering in the Lake District.
The festival included two long races, in which Jonty came 23rd out of 60, and a sprint in which he came 21st out of 59. He also represented Devon in a relay race, coming 7th in his leg.
The 3,000 runners included the international elite preparing for the World Orienteering Championships in Scotland this summer.
Recently, Jonty competed in the British Orienteering Championships, coming 9th in his age category.
Jonty said that the festival was: “A really valuable and enjoyable experience.” “I'd really encourage people to try the sport,” he added.
Jonty also arranged an orienteering event at Escot Park recently. For more information about other upcoming orienteering events and news in Devon, visit www.devonorienteering.co.uk.
TEN TORS 2015
Congratulations to our 2015 Ten Tors teams, who successfully completed the challenge last weekend.
With strong winds and heavy rain, four teams set out at 07:00 on Saturday 9 May, to walk 35, 45 or 55 miles across Dartmoor in two days, along with some 2,000 others.
In an experiment, the 35 mile team contained some younger (Year 9) students for the first time and they stormed round, arriving back at Okehampton Camp at just after 11am on Sunday morning.
In a spectacular display of fitness and team spirit, the first of the two 45 mile teams arrived back eight minutes before the 35 milers, despite having done an additional 10 miles. They were only narrowly beaten, being one of the first teams on their route.
No doubt as a consequence of the good reputation Colyton has in the competition, we were allowed to have an additional 45 mile team, which enabled an additional six students to take part. They again exceeded expectations, arriving back with 2.5 hours to spare and fully justifying their selection.
The 55 mile team achieved the unbelievable feat of walking over 35 miles in one day, continuing to walk for 14 hours until it was nearly dark. They arrived back at the quite staggering time of 13:51, less than three hours after the 35s. Some of the team even had the energy to jump around at the end to celebrate!
Congratulations to them all on a stupendous result all round.Ten Tors is a challenge for 14-18 year olds from schools and youth organisations. Teams of six have to walk 35, 45 or 55 miles across Dartmoor, visiting ten tors on the way. Leaving at 7am on Saturday, they have to be completely self-sufficient, camp overnight on the moor and return to Okehampton Camp by 5pm on Sunday. Colyton Grammar School has a proud history of involvement in the event and this year entered four teams.
The Senior Choir gave their annual concert at Exeter Cathedral on Saturday 21 March, performing a selection of music by composer Will Todd, including his hugely popular Mass in Blue. Will’s music encompasses a wide range of musical styles and genres - from jazz to contemporary liturgical music. His work, The Call of Wisdom, was commissioned by St Paul's Cathedral and featured in the Diamond Jubilee thanksgiving service.
Listen to 'Lighting the Way'
The school concert was a great occasion enhanced by having the composer himself playing the piano, with Joanna Forbes L’Estrange singing the Soprano solo. Joanna is one of London’s top studio session singers, regularly working at the famous Abbey Road Studios. She is a former Musical Director of The Swingle Singers, works as a singing coach and has been a guest conductor for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain.
Performing to an audience of over 500 people, the choir sang traditional choral music including the reflective ‘The Rose’ and starting with Year 13 students singing the magical ‘My Lord has come’ unaccompanied. The first half ended with a gentle and effective jazz arrangement of ‘Amazing Grace’ and an upbeat foot-tapping arrangement of ‘When the saints go marching in’. This was followed by Mass in Blue, which places a traditional Mass in a jazz setting, producing a stunning sound. It combines excellent choral writing with great jazz grooves, superb music for the accompanying band and terrific moments for the Soprano soloist - the Cathedral was filled with sound!
Mr House, Director of Music said, “It was very exciting to perform in such a wonderful building with 140 enthusiastic students who rose to match the standard of the fantastic professionals”.
Year 13 students Harvey M and Beth H described it as “amazing to be part of something so special”. This is now the second time that the school has performed this piece and the Senior Choir will be performing parts of it again, along with other music by Will Todd, in their summer tour to Nuremberg this July.
By student reporter Alex F
Flute group visit
On Monday 23 March, the Flute Group, led by Elle C in Year 12, performed another short concert for the residents at Elmwood Residential Care Home in Colyford.
This group is run entirely by students who choose and rehearse the music and organise the parts and players. Students from Years 7 to 10 performed with Elle. The residents enjoyed listening to the students and singing along with ‘My Favourite Things’, ‘Edelweiss’ and Offenbach’s ‘Can-Can’.
The school’s new Cottrill Hall has opened after over seven months of refurbishment, and has already been used for a Higher Education evening, The Big Colyton Art Show and a Comic Relief lunchtime stand-up comedy event.
With 240 roll-out seats, a servery for public events, a spacious lighting gallery and a foyer, the new building is a much improved venue.
The project, which also included the construction of new changing rooms in the Sports Hall, cost approximately £2.6m, with £1.24m coming from an Academies Maintenance Fund grant.
Paul Evans, Headteacher, commented, “Since I have been Head, it has been my ambition to sort out the school hall and I’m delighted with how it’s turned out!”
He added: “It is a great asset to the school, and the improved lighting, acoustics and air conditioning will be excellent for putting on productions and many more school events.”
By Student Reporter, Zoe K
Goethe Institut Sixth Form Scholarships Awarded
We would like to congratulate Fi J and Hannah D, two Year 12 German language students who have recently been awarded scholarships from the Goethe Institut. The scholarships are worth about 3.500 € each and are designed to enable them to study in Germany for three weeks this summer with other students from around the world!
Colyton qualifies for these scholarships because of our PASCH links. The scholarship covers flights, lessons, accommodation, meals, a varied and action packed leisure programme and even 75€ pocket money!
This year the course, which is conducted in German, will be held in the city of Schwäbisch Hall, in Baden-Württemberg, not far from Stuttgart in South Germany.
Fi and Hannah have both shown real commitment to their AS studies and we are sure they will make the most of this fantastic opportunity! We would like to thank all the students who put themselves forward for this award and also Mr Smith and Mr Gregson, who organised the interviews and made the selection this year.
Student receives Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award from Prince Edward
Y13 Student Flo W, recently attended St James’ Palace in London to be presented with her Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award by Prince Edward.
Flo received a brooch and a certificate to mark her achievement, which took 18 months to complete.
As part of the process Flo enrolled as an Air Cadet, played for Chard Ladies Hockey 1st team and passed her Grade 8 Flute exam.
The expedition, which is the final part of the qualification, took place in the Brecon Beacons.
Flo described the experience as, “Hard work, requiring a lot of determination but it was also very enjoyable”.
By student reporter Alex F
Y13 student achieves Gold Duke of edinburgh's Award
Year 13 student Alice B, has recently been awarded the prestigious ‘Gold’ Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, following completion of all five sections of the programme.
Alice said the social aspect of the award was the most enjoyable part, having completed her volunteering section with a local children’s orchestra.
She described the overall ‘D of E experience’ as “thoroughly enjoyable.”
As part of the award, Alice completed activities such as organ-playing and a four-day expedition.
Alice will receive her award at a special presentation at St James’s Palace, London
By student reporter Todd O
Biology Olympiad Success
Colyton Grammar School students have had great success in Round One of the British Biology Olympiad, which “challenges and stimulates students with an interest in Biology to expand and extend their talents.”
An outstanding set of results was achieved this year, with six students awarded a Gold, 12 awarded a Silver, and seven achieving a Bronze award.
Students who achieve a Gold award are in the top 7% of biologists nationally.
One student, Manal Patel, succeeded in advancing to the next round, which selects students to take part in the International Biology Olympiad.
2015 has been “undoubtedly the best year of results”, said Head of Biology, Mr Smith.
By student reporter Yasmin R-L
Students and Staff Create Recycled Art to win Peruvian Rainforest
Colyton Grammar School’s Green Society has recently been organising a competition open to all students and staff to design a piece of art made entirely of recycled materials, with the aim of protecting a small part of Peruvian rainforest.
Once all entries have been submitted, there will be an exhibition of work in the school’s library from which judges will select a winner whose name will be used to ‘endow’ half an acre of Peruvian rainforest which the Green Society purchased at the start of this term from the charity Cool Earth, which works alongside indigenous villages to halt rainforest destruction.
In addition, they and two runners-up will have the chance to exhibit their work in ‘The Big Colyton Art Show’ taking place in school on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd of March. The competition is a chance for students not only to explore the idea of recycling, but to have their artwork displayed amongst pieces by professional artists in a large public exhibition.
“Colyton’s Green Society exists to raise awareness within our school community, of the need to re-use materials and to live more sustainably,” said Rex Stidwell, Assistant Headteacher at the school.
By student reporter Anna H
SCHOOL EVENTING SUCCESS
A team of four students came fourth in an Arena Eventing Competition at King’s Sedgemoor Equestrian Centre on Friday 20 February, beating 13 other entries from across Devon and Somerset.
This is the second event for the school team, whose members are Bella B and Misha T from Year 9, Thomas F from Year 8 and Year 7 student Indie H.
Misha said: “We were pleased that we did so well.”
The competition involved jumps of up to 85 centimetres, consisting of eight show jumps and nine cross-country jumps.By student reporter Alfie H
students outperform stock market in investment competition
A team of four students has outperformed the FTSE 100 share index and secured its place in the semi-finals of a national investment competition.
Students Daniel V, Eric B, Sam Z and Sebastian H made more than £20,000 dealing in virtual shares in just three short months of trading and will now represent the school at the semi-final, to be held in March.
If successful at the semi-final stage, they will have the chance of making it through to the national final in April, when an all expenses paid educational trip to New York and £2,000 for the school is up for grabs.
The free to enter competition, run by ifs University College and supported by Bloomberg, provides teams with £100,000 of virtual money to buy and sell shares in FTSE 100 companies. The competition gives teams of four students aged between 14 to 19 years old the opportunity to experience the dynamic world of share dealing and investing in the stock market. Now in its 20th year, the competition is the largest of its kind in the UK and is also open to international students.
Alison Pask, Vice Principal at ifs University College said: “This competition gives students the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of making investment decisions, which will benefit them throughout their lives when making financial choices. It also introduces them to core concepts such as risk, reward and diversification. This is a real achievement and many congratulations go to the team from Colyton Grammar School.”
SAINSBURY’S ACTIVE KIDS VOUCHERS 2015
The PE Department is collecting the Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers – the collection box is in the school library.
Active Kids vouchers can be collected from 28 January until 5 May 2015 at all Sainsbury’s stores, petrol stations and when ordering groceries online.
So, if you shop in Sainsbury’s we would be very grateful to receive your vouchers. Thank you.
Devon Schools’ Cross Country Championships Success
Over twenty students from Colyton Grammar School competed in the Devon Schools’ Cross Country Championships at Stover School in January.
The students were selected from local heats across the County, and some races had up to 45 runners.
Of those taking part, six finished in the top ten, therefore qualifying to compete for Devon at the South West Championships in Chippenham in February.
These include two podium placed runners, Eliot M, who finished first in the Junior Boys, and Johnny L who finished third in the Minor Boys category.
Miss Shute, Head of PE, commented, “It was quite a fast and flat course, making it favourable to more sprint based runners.”
She added, “Well done to everyone who competed, and good luck to those going on to the South West Championships!”
Qualifying runners were:
Isabelle S - 9th in Minor Girls
By Student Reporter Zoe K
Young Pianists Competition
Year 8 student, Joseph D, has come joint second in Seaton Music’s Young Pianists Competition, in an evening performance at the Gateway in Seaton in January.
The competition, open to players between 12-18 years old, came down to six finalists who each performed a fifteen minute recital to a panel of adjudicators.
Instead of awarding a prize for 1st place, the adjudicators chose to award both Joseph and another entrant joint 2nd place.
Joseph played several pieces, including a ‘rag’ by his piano teacher Mr Nicholas Brown.
Joseph described the experience as “daunting”, but added that “some of the best things are!”
By student reporter Alex F
Y9 student in Torbay Chess Congress
Year 9 student, Edmund K, has won a prestigious trophy and come second in the Torbay Chess Congress.
Edmund was awarded the John Whitfield Cup for being the best-scoring junior competitor across all four sections of the tournament, with a total of four out of a possible five points.
Edmund highlighted how he had “needed to persevere” after a challenging opening to the tournament, but concluded that “it was an intense and thoroughly enjoyable.”
Started in 1965, this was the Congress’s 48th tournament, and was held at the Raleigh Hotel in Dartmouth.
By student reporter, Todd O
Leavers Award Ceremony
Just before Christmas, last year’s leavers returned for a prize-giving held at Seaton Town Hall.
The evening was the last time the whole year group will come together, and was a chance for the former students to round off their experiences at the school.
Headteacher, Mr Evans commented, “It was a very happy evening and a great way to celebrate all of the year group’s achievements.”
He added, “It is exciting to see how all of the students are getting on in their first terms at university, and all their other endeavours this year.”
By Student Reporter, Zoe K
National Performance Tables
Publication of Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 National Performance data today shows Colyton Grammar School students continue to achieve excellent results. The tables rank all state and independent schools in England on a range of measures.
At Key Stage 4, the school is ranked 4th nationally on the key measure, with a total average (capped) point score of 450.6 per pupil. (Colyton was top for ‘total average points per pupil’ with 703.9) At Key Stage 5, the school has moved up to 2nd nationally with an average point score per ‘A’ level student of 1332.0.
Head teacher, Paul Evans, who steps down from his post at the end of the year says, “I am delighted that the school has retained its position amongst the most academically successful schools in the country.”
Colyton Grammar School has a unique curriculum where students complete their GCSE’s a year early. This enables students to enjoy a broad three year sixth form programme, ensuring that they do far more than just pass examinations. Colyton students compete successfully to secure places in sought after universities and on challenging courses.
Mr Evans said, “It is a privilege to see our students succeed academically while also developing as young adults ready for the challenges of university and the world of work. In an increasingly difficult financial climate, I am pleased that we are sustaining the breadth and high levels of student academic achievement.”
The Big Colyton Art Show
The school will be hosting an art show on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd March, organised by the Parents’ Association, in order to raise funds for additional science facilities. This will be the first major event to be held in the newly refurbished Cottrill Hall.
The show will feature more than 50 outstanding artists with national and international reputations, such as Anthony Frost and Cathy King. The art show will also feature the patron, south Devon-based Charlie O’Sullivan, whose paintings are sought after across the world. She was discovered by the distinguished artist, Michael Morgan, in 2009. Since then she has established herself as possibly the most significant artist to emerge from the South West in recent years.
Work by the school’s excellent Art Department will also be on display, and there will be an opportunity to purchase imaginative and innovative artwork from GCSE and A-level students.
Admission is free for children and £2 for adults, with a children’s trail on the Saturday and a raffle on the Sunday.
The event is being sponsored by several local businesses, including the Marine House at Beer. For full information, including opening times, the show’s dedicated web page can be found here.
Prospective buyers will be able to view the online catalogue and start purchasing in advance of the show – keep an eye on the website for the live catalogue launch.
By student reporter Yasmin R
CGS students collect food for Exeter Foodbank
Just before Christmas, students in Oak House at Colyton Grammar School organised a collection of food for the Exeter Foodbank.
The annual school appeal, this time organised by Todd O in Year 11, is in its eighth year and this time a total of 1,344 items were donated – well over the 1,000 item target which the students had set themselves.
Foodbank representative, Pete Scott, who came into school to collect the donation at the end of December, said, “This donation equates to the amount which is given away each week by the Foodbank – nearly a fiftieth of what we’ll give out this year. We would once again like to thank the Colyton community for their help.”
The Exeter Foodbank is an organisation that provides three days’ of emergency food supplies to those in crisis who cannot afford to put food on the table.
By student reporter, Todd O
SUSANNAH FELSTEAD'S EXTENDED PROJECT
Year 13 student, Susannah Felstead, has written and illustrated a children’s book as part of her AQA Baccalaureate Extended Project.
The Flying Colours tells the tale of a grey world where colour is illegal. A ‘swarm of colour’ is set free and goes about recoloring the planet, chased by the colour police.
The writer said, “It was very time consuming, but I really enjoyed it.”
“It gave me very useful experience for what I would like to do in the future,” she added.
The book can be found by clicking here (give it time to download!)
By student reporter Yasmin R
Former Colyton student wins Oxford 'Blue'
Former student, 20 year-old Adam Speake (pictured, far right), has recently been awarded an ‘Oxford Blue’ as an outstanding performer for the Oxford University Cross Country Club.
Adam, who is from Seaton, is the first ex-Colyton student to receive the coveted ‘Blue’ in cross-country, gained for performances against Cambridge University.
In the recent inter-varsity match, Adam came 5th overall and 3rd runner home for Oxford, who won the Gentleman's Blues Varsity Match for the first time in 4 years - 35 points to 46 (lowest points total wins).
Adam, a student at Worcester College and Men’s Vice Captain at the Oxford Club, is entitled to wear the special dark blue blazer as a result of the award.
By student reporter Gemma S
Colyton students recently performed their version of the musical Guys and Dolls at The Gateway, Seaton Town Hall.
The show, which ran over three nights in early December, was directed and stage-managed by Head of Drama, Mrs Brownley, together with Year 13 students Freya B and Sasha C, as part of their AQA Baccalaureate ‘Extended Project’.
Students from many year groups were involved in the production, which has music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and is based in turn on the writings of Damon Runyon, reflecting a New York of gamblers, small time crooks and habitués of Broadway and Brooklyn.
The musical premiered on Broadway in 1950, and has won the Tony Award for Best Musical, as well as being adapted into a well-known film with Marlon Brando in 1955.
After sell-outs on all three nights, Mrs Brownley commented, “Being part of Guys and Dolls was a fabulous experience and I hope that everyone involved, and everyone who came to see it, enjoyed it as much as I did.”
Headteacher Mr Evans said, “This was a brilliant achievement and I very much hope that working closely with Seaton Gateway will become a regular event for us.”
By student reporter Alex F
Students' success in first round of public speaking competition
Two teams of students have been successful in the local round of The English Speaking Union’s Churchill National Public Speaking Competition for Schools, held at St Luke’s Science and Sports College in Exeter.
The competition is open to teams of three students in Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) and each team member takes one of three roles – chairperson, speaker or questioner. Students who participate in the competition develop their knowledge of topical issues, while enhancing their speech writing skills, their speaking and presentation skills and their ability to think analytically on their feet. The competition also helps to develop confidence in its participants.
The two Colyton teams went through to the area round as winner and runner-up. Harry M, from Year 10, earned the award for best participant in the competition in the role of questioner. Eden S, speaker from the winning team, said, “It was a highly enjoyable evening with a series of passionate speeches which were inspirational for all attending.”
The ESU works principally with young people, providing opportunities to build skills and gain experiences to help them realise their full potential.
The regional finals of the competition will take place between February and March, and the UK final will take place in April.
By student reporter, Todd O
Young Geographer of the Year
Year 11 student Victoria S (pictured, far left) has recently won the prestigious Young Geographer of the Year Competition in the 14-16 years (Key Stage 4) category, from a national entry of over 700 hundred entrants.
The competition, run by the Royal Geographical Society posed the question: ‘How can Geography help me?’. Students were asked to present their responses in the form of an A3 poster.
Victoria (15), who entered the competition as a homework assignment, focused her answer on how Geography could help her with understanding current affairs, poverty and both physical and human elements of her local environment.
Commenting on the win, Victoria said, “I’m thrilled to have won because I really didn’t expect to and I was so excited to go up to London.”
Steve Brace, Head of Education at the Royal Geographical Society said, “The Society congratulates Victoria on her deserved award. We were delighted with the quality of entries this year, and were particularly impressed to see our young geographers demonstrating the relevance of geography to many aspects of their lives, be it at the local or global scale.”
By Student Reporter, Zoe K
Students compete in Bar Mock Trial Competition
A group of Sixth Form students travelled to Bournemouth in November to compete in the regional finals of the Bar National Mock Trial Competition.
The team was made up of 16 students from Years 11 to 13, who competed against eight other schools from across the South West.
Students took on the roles of barristers, witnesses and court room staff to present their cases against other teams in real courtrooms, in front of real judges.
Additionally, two students, Emily D and Yasmin R, entered the Court Reporter and Court Artist competitions.
Although unsuccessful on this occasion, Assistant Headteacher Mr Gregson, commented, “Team members produced a really strong performance on the day and were a real credit to the school.”
“They have all shown great commitment throughout the term, attending lunchtime and after school meetings and a number are considering legal careers as a result”, he added.
By Student Reporter, Zoe K
Hardcopy or #Hashtag? Young People’s vision for a Digital Parliament
Nick S, a Year 12 A-Level Politics student, has competed at a Political Studies Association (PSA) event at Portcullis House, in Whitehall.
The event was staged for the annual ‘Parliament Week’, which aims to address young people’s disengagement with politics through digital means.
Nick was contending with 14 other school ‘teams’ nationally. Representatives had 20 minutes to visit other students’ work, as well as explain theirs ahead of their main presentation. Nick won the first round with his presentation outlining how Twitter could be used to improve public engagement with Prime Minister’s Question Time.
Head of Politics, Mr Harris said, “Nick produced a marvellous contribution, showing that young people can be fully engaged in political debate.”
“He was a credit to the school,” he added.
By student reporter Ben L
Axe Valley Primary Schools' Gym Festival
The school hosted a Gymnastics festival last month for approximately 200 Year 3 and Year 4 children from the surrounding Axe Valley area.
Mrs Harris, who organised the event as part of her role as Axe Valley Schools’ Sports Co-ordinator, ran four festivals across a two day period with the help of a team of 24 student sports leaders.
The aim of the festival was to assist the children in “acquiring and developing a skill” in jumping, balancing, rolling, travelling with weight on hands and partner work, and also to give the accompanying members of staff ideas about teaching gymnastics back at school.
The schools are expected to return to Colyton in February, to take part in a gym celebration, when the children will be given the opportunity to showcase the skills they have been working on.
Mrs Harris said she was very pleased with what was “a very successful event” and thanked the Colyton Sports Leaders for their “hard work and dedication”.
By student reporter Gemma S
Brother & sister gymnasts
Brother and sister Charlotte B (Year 9) and Matthew B (Year 7), have recently competed in the British Gymnastics championships in Stoke on Trent.
Charlotte competed with two other gymnasts as a trio, finishing in an impressive 5th place, and Matthew achieved bronze as part of a men’s pair.
The pair have already competed in two other similar competitions and are looking forward to a fourth next March.
WW1 CENTENARY WEBSITE
The school has recently launched a new section to its website, to commemorate the special World War One centenary event held at the school on July 1st this year.
The website collects together the work that the students produced on the day, and is designed as a commemorative and informative community resource from which everyone can benefit, including some local history about ‘sailors from Beer’ and old boys from the school who served in the war.
The school’s media specialist, Mr Moran, designed and created the web pages from scratch and has included photos, videos and interactive content to showcase the day’s events, for which teachers and support staff offered a huge menu of activities for the whole school to choose from.
The project came about after Mrs Harvey, who is Head of Student Personal Learning, successfully bid for a £3,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
To see all of the activities that students and staff were involved in, you can access the ‘First World War Centenary Commemorations’ website via this link
By student reporter, Yazmin R
German Sports Scholarship Opportunity
Over the October half-term holiday, Year 12 student Tom H, and Caroline W in Year 10, had the amazing opportunity of travelling to Frankfurt for a week-long German sports residential, fully funded by the Goethe Institut.
They stayed at a Sporthotel with other students from all over Europe, including the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Finland – 20 participants in total, who were all aged between 14 and 17. The scholarships included travel, flights, hotel accommodation, food, activities and sports training.
In the mornings students had intensive teaching for their German language; in the afternoon they did football training with trips and activities organised for the evening.
The highlights for Tom included the “great atmosphere” at the German Cup game, as well as “meeting so many people from other cultures and improving my German.”
PASCH Co-ordinator at the school, Mrs Dell, commented, “We are very proud of Tom and Caroline for taking up this exciting opportunity!”
By Student Reporter Zoe K
Well-known poet visits schooL
Nationally-renowned poet Brian Patten has recently visited Colyton Grammar School as part of the prize won by Year 8 student Noah B for his second-placed entry in the prestigious John Betjeman Poetry Competition (see earlier article).
The poet, who first came to prominence in the 1960s with the Penguin Anthology The Mersey Sound alongside Roger McGough, gave a reading of some of his best known poems.
Highlights included ‘Dear Mum’ on the adventures of a young child while their mother is out; ‘Hair Today, No Her Tomorrow’ on relationships; ‘Blake’s Purest Daughter’, a tribute to the English poet Stevie Smith and ‘The Armada’, a poem about bereavement, studied by GCSE students in schools.
Answering questions from the audience, Brian Patten described poetry as having “crept up” on him and that the purpose of poetry was the “expression of feelings.”
Brian Patten is the author of many books for adults and children, and is a recipient of the Cholmondeley Award for services to poetry.
By student reporter Todd O
French Ambassadors Gemma S and Rebecca H have recently held a French-themed cookery competition.
Students were divided into houses and required to cook crêpes during their lunchtime.
Year 7 students produced a vast variety of crêpes.
Judging was done enthusiastically by teachers from the Modern Foreign Languages department, who chose Cedar House as the winners.
All those who participated received a certificate for their efforts.
French Ambassador Gemma S said: “Everyone who took part seemed to really enjoy themselves and I was surprised by the high quality of the entries”.
By student reporter Ben L
ELMWOOD LUNCHTIME CONCERT
A group of student musicians visited Elmwood residential home in Colyford on 15 October, to perform the first lunchtime concert of this term for the residents.
Liam H and Rowan H, who are both A-level music students, performed solos on the piano and Suki H and Sylvie H performed three songs composed by Suki.
Music teacher Mrs Lester said: “The residents really enjoyed it. It was also lovely to hear the girls singing in harmony”.
There are two more trips to Elmwood planned for this term, including the A Cappella group providing a sing-along Christmas themed session.
By student reporter Alex F
The school has retained its Eco-Schools Green Flag for a further two years, following an assessment last week.
We have a long track record of working on environmental issues since the first Green Flag was awarded in July 2010. The award, issued by Eco-Schools, is important recognition of the hard work of the students and staff to cut energy use and waste. The assessor was impressed with both the approach to energy production and energy efficiency in the buildings and grounds, and the series of campaigns run by the students to reduce and recycle waste, and to be more energy efficient.
In the last two years the school’s recycling rate has risen to 67%, which exceeds the Devon County Council rate of 55%!
All food waste is now composted and is recycled back into the flower beds in the school grounds. Other unglamorous and invisible improvements include loft and cavity wall insulation and high-tech heating controls and light bulbs, which have reduced energy use by 10-15%.
Head of Green Society, Mr Stidwell, says that: “Educating students about sustainability issues and our impact on the environment is fundamental in creating responsible individuals who will live in a far more energy insecure world in the future. Over the past two years we have worked to integrate subtle environmentally friendly changes into school life, establishing habits that we hope students will take home and retain after leaving school”.
He added, “The award of this third green flag has involved all members of the school community - students, teachers, and site staff - in gaining a prestigious international award which we are very proud to hold.”
Photo: Groundsmen Mr Postin and Mr Clarke (rear left), and Mr Stidwell (far right) are pictured holding the Eco-Schools Green Flag, with members of the school’s Green Society
SCHOOL TAKES DELIVERY OF NEW MINIBUS
Headteacher Mr Evans said, “We are very grateful to the Parents’ Association for their ongoing support and commitment to the school. Many students will benefit from this new bus and we appreciate all of the efforts made to fundraise on behalf of our students. Thank you.”
Photo: Mr Evans and Senior Prefects Ellen F and Harvey M are pictured receiving the keys to the new minibus from Mark Agnew, on behalf of the PA
FORMER CGS STUDENT ACHIEVES GOLD DofE AWARD
Former student Daniel Knapp (19) from Seaton, who left Colyton Grammar School in the summer, has recently achieved the prestigious ‘Gold’ Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
The Gold Award requires students to complete and provide evidence for an ‘extended’commitment to volunteering, a skill and a sport, and also to take part in an expedition and a residential.
Daniel volunteered with the Scouts at Seaton Cub Scout pack, attended hockey club at school and, in order to complete his skill section, aimed to improve his marksmanship (air rifle and air pistol shooting). He also visited Snowdonia with the National Trust, on a working holiday with a group of people he had never met before.
Finally Daniel travelled to Dartmoor where, alongside other Colyton students, he succeeded in completing the four-day expedition.
Daniel said that the award was “a challenge” but he “had fun achieving Bronze, Silver and Gold and enjoyed meeting new people along the way.”
His DofE supervisor at the school was Meg Williams, who said “Daniel has been superb; this is a fantastic achievement.”
Daniel will receive his Gold Award during a special presentation at St James’s Palace, London
By student reporter, Gemma S
Noah second place in John Betjeman poetry competition
Year 8 student Noah B (12) has won second place in a field of 2,200 entries, in the prestigious John Betjeman poetry competition.
The competition, established by the family of the former Poet Laureate, is open to students aged 10-13 and this year was on the theme of ‘place’.
Noah read his poem beside the John Betjeman statue at St Pancras station on National Poetry Day (2 Oct), in front of the other successful entrants, as well as several honoured guests.
These included the founder of Gifford’s Circus, Nell Gifford; actors Edward Fox and Joanna David; and the chair of the Betjeman Society, Edward Wild.
Noah won £150 and four Eurostar tickets, which he intends to use to travel to Paris with his family over the Easter break.
Noah’s prize also includes a visit to Colyton by renowned poet Brian Patten, author of ‘The Mersey Sound’ and children’s book ‘Gargling with Jelly’, who will run a workshop later in the year.
By Student Reporter, Zoe K
You can read Noah’s poem, ‘A Lighthouse’ on the competition website
Photo Credit: Sam Lane - taken at St Pancras Station
Year 12 Sports Leaders deliver primary schools' sports festival
In October, the school hosted a ‘multi-skills’ sports festival for Key Stage 1 pupils from primary schools in the surrounding Axe Valley community.
Nine schools, and 220 children aged from four to seven, took part in a day-long variety of activities aimed at developing key sporting skills.
Year 12 Sports Leaders ran the day, through twelve disciplines all designed to improve agility, balance or co-ordination and to support the PE lessons the children have back in their own schools.
PE teacher at Colyton, Mrs Harris, who organised the event in her role as Axe Valley Schools’ Sports Co-ordinator, was “thrilled that so many children and members of staff were able to attend. The energy and enthusiasm of the Sports Leaders ensured it was a very successful event,” she added.
By student reporter, Gemma S
CGS STUDENT TO TAKE PART IN FESTIVAL OF REMEMBRANCE AT ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL
17-year-old Joseph G, who is in his final year at Colyton, has been selected to sing with the ‘National Youth Choir of Great Britain’ at the Royal Festival Hall, on London’s historic South Bank, as part of the Festival of Remembrance.
When auditioning at the Royal Albert Hall, he chose a piece that “tested my sight-reading and musicianship skills, as well as demonstrating my vocal range”.
He attributes his success to Mr House, Director of Music at Colyton, and regular singing and touring with the school’s Senior Choir.
Joseph stated his audition was one of those “spine-tingling moments” and that he felt “very lucky to be part of the performance”, which takes place on Sunday 9 November.
By student reporter Ben L
2013-2014 MUSIC EXAM SUCCESS
Last year was a successful one for the 150 students taking termlyAssociated Board of Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) music exams, 35 of whom gained the highest Grades 6, 7 and 8.
Over half of these students gained a Merit or Distinction, with four achieving this in more than one instrument.
The Qualifications and Credit Framework [QCF] consider these higher grades equal to A-levels, and they attract UCAS points for students applying to university.
Mr House, Director of Music said, “We would like to offer our congratulations to all students who took music examinations last year.”
He added, “They all worked extremely hard and their endeavours have been rewarded.”
By student reporter, Zoe K
INTERNATIONAL SHOOTING COMPETITION
Year 13 student, Mike B, has travelled to Granada in Spain to compete in the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) World Championships.
Facing competition from around the world, Mike’s class was the Junior Men’s 10m air pistol.
Qualification was achieved by being in the top three shooters in the class from Great Britain, based on national ranking.
Mike, from Charmouth finished 57th in the world, making him the highest placed British competitor in his class.
He was delighted at his performance saying, “I am very pleased with my result and am looking ahead to the next competition.”By Ben L, Student Reporter
FORMER STUDENT ATTENDS POETRY SUMMER SCHOOL AT OXFORD
Former student, Luke Van Den Barselaar from Chard, has recently attended the Tower Poetry Summer School at Christchurch College, Oxford.
Luke, alongside 12 others, was tutored by poets Jane Griffiths and David Wheatley.
The students also heard from the winner of the £5000 Royal Society of Medicine’s 2014 Open International Hippocrates Poetry and Medicine Prize winner, Jane Draycott, and discussed poetry with Professor Mishtooni Bose.
Luke, a prize winner in last year’s prestigious Tower Poetry Competition run from Christchurch, said his experience was “pretty amazing”. His latest work will be featured in the 2014 Tower Poetry Summer School collection.
Luke, who left Colyton last year, begins his degree in English at Oxford this year.
By student reporter Gemma S
Archive photo shows Luke winning his prize in April 2013
JEANS FOR GENES DAY
Prefects from Ash House recently organised the school’s participation in Jeans for Genes day, in order to raise money for Genetic Disorders UK. Students and staff wore jeans with their uniform and made voluntary donations to support the cause.
One of the prefects said, “Considering that one of our House charities is the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, this was a perfect opportunity to get involved in a nationwide event that would help a really worthwhile cause.”
Genetic Disorders UK aims to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by genetic disorders.
The figure raise was a whopping £500.
By student reporter Alex F
Y11 STUDENTS VISIT SAATCHI GALLERY
On Thursday 11 September, Year 11 Art students visited the Saatchi Gallery in London to look at the ‘Pangaea: New Art From Africa And Latin America’ exhibition.
Everyone enjoyed the debut UK solo exhibition of Spanish artist Xavier Mascaró.
We also visited the National Portrait Gallery to see this year's 25th year of the BP Award. The BP Award showcases 55 of the most outstanding and innovative new portraits from around the world. The gallery is also home to the largest collection of portraits in the world, with nearly 2,000 on display from the middle ages to the present day.The Year 11s had a long but rewarding day, collecting information, drawing from primary sources and experiencing art first hand. This will be a source of inspiration for their AS coursework projects this year.
The Senior Prefect Team organised a Sixth Form vs. Staff Family Fortunes event in July, to raise money for their charity Hand in Hand for Syria.
The panels consisted of Mr Lynch, Mrs Simpson, Mr Bedford and Miss Youens on the teachers team, competing against Ed H, George H, Tom W and Rowan W, with Mr Bush playing the part of Vernon Kay as host.
Teaching staff were surveyed beforehand and the teams had to guess the most popular answers given in order to win points for their teams.
One question asked ‘What happens in Staff House?”
Answers included “moaning” and “high stakes poker”!
The event managed to raise over £180 for the charity, which focuses on providing emergency aid directly to those living under threat in Syria.
Sixth Form student Sasha C said, “The event was great fun and it’s a good way to raise money for such a worthwhile cause”.By student reporter Eleanor W
RACE FOR LIFE
Year 8 students Carly S, Lizzie O and Emily R have participated in the 10K ‘Race for Life’ in Taunton in aid of Cancer Research.
The girls raised £1,000 for the charity between them from friends, school friends and family.
All three girls threw themselves into the fund raising and ran a fantastic team race as ‘Carly’s Angels’ on the day.
Carly said: “We really enjoyed it and it’s all for a great cause.”
“Seeing everyone come out and cheer us on was brilliant,” she added.
SIXTH FORM ESSAY SUCCESS
Year 12 student Louie T has won joint second place in the Heythrop College Essay Prize, securing £100 in prize money.
Louie wrote an essay pondering the question: ‘To what extent is the problem of evil ‘fatal’ for traditional atheism?’
The annual competition, run by the University of London’s Heythrop College, aims to ‘promote academic excellence in the disciplines of Philosophy and Theology’.
There were around 100 entries from around the country.
Entrants could also choose to answer on questions such as: ‘How do you know you’re not a brain in a vat?’
Louie, who submitted his entry in April, said, “It was a nice surprise!”
By student reporter, Alex F
TECHNOLOGY STUDENTS VISIT THE PECO FACTOR IN BEER
Design and Technology A-level students recently enjoyed a trip to the Peco factory in Beer, to discover how components for model railways are manufactured. Peco have been manufacturing model railways and electric trains for 68 years, they distribute to countries all over the world and are renowned for their very high quality.
Students were able to follow the entire design process, from the generation of computer concept models and engineers drawings, through production and packaging to final display in a retail setting. Students were delighted to be given an in-depth tour of the factory with expert commentary from Paul Hitchcock (the New Products Development Manager) and Tim Vincent (the shop floor manager).
A highlight of the trip was seeing Peco’s ultra-high-precision machines in action, for example a wire eroder that can make 0.1mm cuts through steel using an electrified brass wire and a computer controlled CNC milling machine that can run at speeds in excess of 38,000 rpm, using tools a fraction of a millimetre in diameter! They also saw injection moulding, printing and semi-automatic hand assembly and the many quality control checks employed throughout manufacture. One student said “the precision to which they produce a product that seems so simple defies belief”.
Ms Hunter, Head of Design and Technology said of the trip, “We were incredibly lucky to be given such a thorough tour, the students gained valuable insight into how high tech manufacturing methods can be used to assure quality”.
WW1 CENTENARY DAY TALK
As part of Colyton Grammar School’s ‘World War I Day’ on 1 July, Sixth Form English students attended a talk by Prof Tim Kendall, Professor of English at Exeter University.
The students are studying poetry of the First World War, which is Professor Kendall’s principal area of research.
He has recently published a new anthology of First World War poetry that brings together the best poetry by soldiers and civilian men and women, with a fresh assessment of the work on the centenary of the Great War's outbreak.
His book, ‘Poetry of the First World War: An Anthology’ is one of many that the students can choose to study for their coursework, so it was a privilege for them to ask questions about the anthology and the poems included.
Prof Kendall did a workshop with the students, analysing Rupert Brooke’s ‘The Soldier’ alongside Thomas Hardy’s ‘Drummer Hodge’.
English student Lydia M said, “It was a great opportunity to listen to someone who is an expert in their field.”
“I have now broadened the choice of poets I wish to study as part of my coursework”, she added.
By Student Reporter Eleanor W
Year 8 student Rowan E has been selected as the reserve member of the South West Region Cycling Team for the UK School Games.
The School Games is a premier sporting event for future athletes who have the potential to compete at even Olympic level.
Rowan will have only just turned 13 when the games take place in Manchester in September, and could be racing against competitors three years older than he is.
His participation at such a prestigious event is a tribute to the dedication and discipline he puts into his sport.
Rowan said, “I am very pleased to be where I am and hope to progress my cycling further in the future”.
By student reporter Ben L
Students take part in Smallpeice Electronics with Cyber Security Course
Year 10 students, Ben C and Matthew G, recently attended a residential course on electronic engineering and cyber security at the University of Portsmouth.
The course, organised by The Smallpeice Trust, aims to inspire and encourage young students to consider a career in cyber security and electronics engineering, through both practical and theoretical elements.
Over four days, the 53 students attending took part in: ‘solder and keep’ workshops; designing and building circuits; presentations; socials; and many other activities.
The course was also supported by engineers from GCHQ and QinetiQ, who ran hands-on activities and provided students with useful information about possible career paths.
Additionally, Matthew was part of the team which managed to gain the most ‘accumulated points’ over the activities throughout the week, and won an IPod Shuffle and Raspberry Pi.
Dr. Nick Savage, Head of the School of Computing at the University, said, “Cyber security is a key discipline, so it is crucial to enthuse young people while they are still at school.”
The Smallpeice Trust is an independent charity set up in 1966 by Dr Cosby D P Smallpeice - a brilliant, self-taught engineer - which has helped promote engineering as a career through courses for young people aged 12 to 18.
Over the past year, it has engaged with 17,495 students through 35 subsidised residentials, in-school Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) days and starting up STEM clubs.
By Student Reporter, Zoe K
East Devon Athletics Championships
Students from Years 7 and 8 have competed in the East Devon Athletics Championship in Yeovil recently.
All the students involved performed extremely well in both Track and Field events, with both the Year 7 and 8 girls winning their respective trophy from the eight schools competing.
To cap an excellent all-round performance, the Year 7 boys were runners-up, and the Year 8 boys were joint first with Exmouth Community College.
Miss Shute, Head of PE, said, “There were many strong individual performances, but the team spirit was what really made the atmosphere amazing.”
“I was really impressed with how students cheered each other on supportively!” she enthused.
By Student Reporter, Zoe K
ADDING UP TO IMPRESSIVE
Four Year 11 students went to London recently to take part in ‘Win at School Live’, a national Maths competition, coming an impressive 4th overall.
Competing against hundreds of other schools, Colyton’s team successfully got into the final round with twelve other schools.
Teammates Hannah D, Michael T, Ed S and Emma H had a range of questions to answer, including never-before-seen statistics-related challenges.
After the competition at the Royal Statistical Society and dinner with the team, Emma H, team captain, said, “It was really fun, and we learnt so much!”
Maths teacher Mrs Hudson said, “This was an absolutely brilliant experience for the students; we hope to be back next year!”
By student reporter, Alex F
Students in Year 9 have competed alongside 100s of others from the South West Academic Trust (SWAT), in a region-wide Biology essay writing competition.
The task was to do a ‘report’ envisaging ‘What will humans look like in 3014?’.
Colyton students were primed for the task, having previously attended a talk on evolution from Professors Richard Dawkins and Alice Roberts at a ‘Science Live’ event held in Bristol.
Year 11 Biology ambassadors chose the best three to go forward and represent the school (photo attached) and they were then judged against entries from the other ten SWAT schools.
Eliane R was the best placed Colyton student, coming second in the competition overall after being judged by Exeter University academic Dr Nicola King.
Lily H, one of the Y11 subject ambassadors said, “The standard of entries from Colyton students was very high.”
By student reporter Ben L
DEVON SUMMER GAMES
Our athletes have recently done exceptionally well in the Devon Summer School Games, held in Plymouth, where they competed against teams from all over Devon.
Both Year 7 and 8 teams won in the Team Pursuit Cycling event and the Orienteering team came second in their competition.
In addition, Dan G was given an individual medal for showing determination and passion whilst competing.
Head of PE, Miss Shute, said: “It was a fantastic day; the teams performed really well and they fully deserved their silver and gold medals.”
The winning cyclists were Nicola R, Alex B, Leo G, Simon D, Anna M, Oliver U, Jonathan C and Tom O.
The Orienteering team consisted of Will S, Max W, Suki H, Aimee G, Jonty E-H, Harry M and Mary C.
By student reporter Gemma S
As part of the World War One Centenary commemorations taking place in school in the summer term, a memorial garden has been completed to remember the Colytonians who died in conflict.
The memorial provides a lasting feature beyond just one day, to remind us of the great sacrifice made by our servicemen. The garden is designed with a patriotic red, white and blue theme and includes flowers called ‘Thank You’ and ‘Memory’.
On Tuesday 1 July, the school’s designated ‘World War One Day’, students and staff will purchase poppies to lay beneath the memorial stone to help raise money for the Royal British Legion.
The flowerbed was designed by Groundsman Mr Postin, the wooden plaque was made by Site Manager Mr Hutchings, and the metal signage by Technology Technician and former student, Mr Doble.
Also in the photograph are Beth H and Toby R from Year 12.
By Student Reporter, Zoe K
Year 8 student, Luke J, has recently been selected to play for the West Panthers U13 hockey team, representing the west country in the UK Festival of Hockey in Nottingham.
Luke had to participate in four different training sessions in which he competed against forty other players for the final eighteen places.
At the festival, which is on the weekend of 14-15 June, Luke and his team will play against nine other teams from around the UK.
Luke said “I am very happy I got in and that the hard work paid off.”
By student reporter Gemma S
Work begins in Earnest!
Major building works are underway at Colyton Grammar School with several changes planned including the refurbishment and expansion of the Cottrill Hall along with new changing rooms for students.
Giant holes have been appearing all over the site due to the rerouting of gas mains which will reduce costs to the school.
The Cottrill Hall and changing rooms work is scheduled to begin on the 7th July in and should be finished around mid-January 2015.
Mr David Hutchings, Site Manager at Colyton, was pleased with the progress of the project so far saying: “Everything is going to plan and the rerouting of gas mains has allowed us to be greener by improving efficiency.”
By student reporter, Ben L
STUDENTS COMPLETE CYCLE RIDE FOR CHARITY
Year 11 students Tristan A, Eloise C and Andrew T have recently cycled coast-to-coast in aid of the British Heart Foundation.
The trio, who raised £484 in sponsorship, cycled from Sidmouth to Burnham-on-Sea in Somerset, travelling a total of around 57 miles in five and a half hours.
They “all had a great day” despite the steep hills, the punctures and navigation issues that they encountered. Tristan said: “I chose this charity because my Granddad had a heart attack just over a year ago.”
“Happily he survived and I thought I’d like to raise some money for the BHF, so that more people in the future will survive heart problems,” he added.
The cyclists made a YouTube video about their day which can be viewed here.
The British Heart Foundation is Britain's largest ‘heart’ charity.
By student reporter, Gemma S
The school’s groundsman, Mr Trevor Postin, is turning canteen food waste into quality compost that is being used to fertilise the school’s plants.
The project, initiated by the school’s ‘Green Society’, has been running for two years now and is starting to show significant results.
All kitchen waste is loaded into the composter, along with pellets of wood, where it decomposes for a total of six months before being ready to distribute on to the gardens.
The composter can hold up to 900 litres and Mr Postin estimates that he can produce four loads per year, saving the school a considerable sum of money.
Mr Postin said, “It makes a massive difference as we don’t have to buy compost, it suppresses the weeds and the flowers have almost doubled in size because it is really good stuff!”
By student reporter, Alex F
Howzat for Cricket Success?
Two junior students, Tom S (12) and Luke J (13), have been selected to play cricket for Devon.
The boys were selected by their coaches to attend trials last season after playing in the District games, with 11 players from each of the four districts.
Tom, who plays for Sidmouth, was “really happy” to be chosen.
This is the first time Luke, who plays for Whimple, has been selected for the Devon squad.
Both boys said they found it tough to get in this year, but are excited to go to the West Cricket Festivals weekend at King’s College, Taunton in the summer.
By student reporter Alex F
Due to the success in winning a Heritage Lottery Fund Award, on Tuesday 1 July we will be marking the 100-year anniversary of the beginning of the First World War with various events during the school day, concluding in the evening with a joint concert at 8pm in the school’s Cottrill Hall with Sidmouth Town Band, who will be performing some WWI pieces and music of Remembrance, also featuring student performances of poetry, music and drama.
All students will be off timetable for the day to take part in a variety of workshops with both teachers and guest speakers, on topics such as wartime technology, music of the war and the use of Dartmoor moss as an antiseptic. The school library will be turned into a field hospital and front line command post for the day.
There will be particular emphasis on Colyton ‘Old Boys’ with a permanent display being created at the front of school consisting of medals and other historical artefacts. Furthermore, 50 students will have the opportunity to win a trip to the recently renovated London Imperial War Museum, tickets to which will be issued throughout the day.
English Teacher, Fiona Harvey, who is jointly co-ordinating the events with Head of History, Christopher Harris, said, “We are privileged to have received the National Lottery grant; it is really exciting to organise such a worthwhile event for students.” She added “It is really important for students to be aware of the experiences and stories of those involved in the war.”
The Heritage Lottery Fund aims to make a lasting difference through support for heritage, people and communities and since 1994 has supported over 36,500 projects, allocating more than £6billion across the UK.
During the evening, there will also be an opportunity to see examples of the work students have created during the day as part of the special Centenary event.
Readings from war poems and other texts will help tell the story of the war, and students will also be performing some of their own work at the concert.
The concert will conclude with a performance by the school orchestra and choir of ‘Benedictus’ from Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace – a moving finale to a day of activities in which the students will be learning about the events and experiences of a war which shaped the society we know today.
Any money left over from the event will be put towards creating a record book of the day, so that in 100 years’ time people can look back and see what was done. Any profits after that will go to the Royal British Legion.
By Student Reporter, Zoe K
University of Cambridge Essay Competition Success
Student Rebecca Y, 17, has been highly commended in ‘The Woolf Essay Prize’, a competition run by Newnham College, Cambridge.
The competition commemorates a lecture by Virginia Woolf, who spoke at the college in 1928 on ‘Women and Fiction.’
Rebecca chose to answer on ‘Is there a difference between the ‘creative power’ of men and that of women?’ a topic she wanted to ‘unravel.’
Rebecca, from Ottery St Mary, said, “It was very different to working on a school essay as it was completely under my control and gave me lots of room to explore.”
The Woolf Essay Prize is an annual competition open to all girls currently in Year 12, and questions are designed to give students the opportunity to think and write about women in literature, history, society and culture, while developing their independent study and writing skills.
“I did a lot of background research, and I’m really pleased to have done so well!”, Rebecca said.
By student reporter, Zoe K
University options widen for Y12 student
Y12 student Isabella B, 17, has been selected by the Sutton Trust for a week’s trip to America this summer, to get a taste for Higher Education in the US.
Isabella, from Budleigh, will spend a week in Boston at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), attending university fairs, visiting Harvard and Yale universities and learning more about what is involved in studying stateside.
With over 2,000 people applying, Isabella had to complete a long application process before being invited as one of the select 200 to the finalists’ weekend when students received talks, including one from the US ambassador.
Having then been selected for the final 175, Isabella also received tutoring for the upcoming ACT exam which she will sit this June. ACT (American College Testing) is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests in English, Mathematics, Reading and Science, and is accepted by all universities in the United States.
Isabella said, “I am delighted to have been selected for the Sutton Trust US Programme, and am excited about the prospect of visiting and applying to US universities.”
By student reporter, Alex F
The Great German Bake Off
Year 8 students have recently participated in an inter-house German gingerbread baking competition.
The students were presented with both the German and English versions of a recipe for the traditional German gingerbread ‘Lebkuchen’, and were then tasked with cooking and presenting it in under an hour.
The judges evaluated both the taste of the gingerbread and the originality of the presentation; concluding overall that those from Oak House were the champions.
The winners were given prizes such as German bags, pens and badges, all of which were supplied by the Goethe Institute.
Mrs Dell, who organised the competition, said, “The Year 8 students followed the German instructions with real skill and should be congratulated on their creative decoration of the Lebkuchen. We felt that the competition was a great success and look forward to future cooking collaborations!”
By Y11 student reporter Gemma S
Student wins prize in national anti-racism competition
Last term, a Year 9 student, Emilia A from Sidmouth, was awarded 3rd place in the ‘Year 7-9 Artwork’ category of the ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ competition, attending the awards ceremony at Manchester City FC’s Etihad Stadium.
The competition, organised by the Show Racism the Red Card organisation, challenged entrants to create a piece of artwork, writing, video or song to highlight the issue of racism in sport. Show Racism the Red Card is the UK’s anti-racism educational charity, established in January 1996. The organisation utilises the high-profile status of football and football players to help tackle racism in society.
Emilia (14) was invited to Manchester for the awards ceremony and to meet the Manchester City Women’s Football Team, before a tour of the stadium.
Emilia’s artwork, created in tutorial lessons and for homework, was a colourful 3D piece using mixed media with the words ‘break free from racism’ inscribed on it.
Emilia said, “I loved the experience and it feels great to think that my work had a small yet positive effect.”
By student reporter, Alex F
Year 12 student Anna H has created a CD in support of the charity B-eat which was successfully released to coincide with the school’s Garden Fair earlier this month.
The music, which is all in the form of original pieces written by Colyton students, ranges from acoustic-based songs to up-tempo electronica and more tranquil piano music, in a diverse range of tracks.
Copies of the CD are now on sale from the school library priced £5.00.
Anna (17), who hopes to create a second disc this summer, said she “Just wanted to encourage as many musicians as possible to get involved.”
“I am amazed by the incredible musical talents of students from all years”, she added.
B-eat is the leading UK charity for people with eating disorders and money from the sales of Anna’s CD will help fund life-changing work to help sufferers.
Y13 STUDENT RECEIVES SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
Year 13 student, Walter G, has recently been awarded a prestigious Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) QUEST Scholarship.
The Scholarship, which will be worth £1000 a year for up to four years of study towards a degree in Civil Engineering, is the first one to have been awarded to a student from our school.
ICE members are providing the funding hoping to encourage more talented young individuals to look towards a career in engineering, as well as strengthening the link between ICE and the school.
Regional Director Trish Johnson confirmed that Walter impressed all with the high standard of his application.
Ms. Johnson who was on the judging panel said: “QUEST Scholarships are awarded to those striving for the highest standards. Walter has shown great enthusiasm for engineering and will use the Scholarship to aid him in his studies. We wish him success in his future career.”
Commenting on the award, Walter said: “What draws me to civil engineering is its scope. Creating something new opens an infinite field of unexplored possibility and with the world changing as quickly as it is today, civil engineering is becoming even more fascinating.
“It is a brilliant paradox that civil engineering is one of the world's oldest professions, and yet also one of the most dynamic and ever-changing. For thousands of years, civil engineering has been driving human development.”
Walter is pictured receiving his award at the school from David Butler of ICE.
By student reporter, Gemma S
Student takes part in British Schools' Biathlon Championships
Year 9 student Grace H, has competed in the U14 category of the Pentathlon-GB British Schools’ Biathlon Championships. The Modern Biathlon consists of a separate swim and run for all age groups with the distances depending on the competitor’s age.
Grace, a keen athlete, had to compete at regional level in order to get to the national finals held at the Olympic Park in London last month; she was one of the first to participate in events at the pool since it was downsized.
Prior to the event Grace said she was “very excited to be going to the biathlon final this year. It is a great opportunity to swim in a world class venue and I have worked really hard to qualify”.
Pentathlon-GB is an organisation aiming to encourage young people to participate in biathlons, triathlons and pentathlons.
By student reporter, Ben L
CGS Student in Dressage Competition
Cameron B, who is in his final year here, has recently competed as part of the Sid and Otter Valley Riding Club junior team, winning the British Riding Clubs Junior Winter Dressage Championships at Hartpury College in Gloucester.
Riding in one of the more difficult tests, Cameron (18) was placed 5th out of 20 riders on his horse Freddie, contributing to his team’s comfortable win.
Dressage is a highly competitive sport that involves riding and training a horse in a manner that develops obedience, flexibility and balance, and each rider performs a routine that tests these key areas.
Cameron, who lives in Whimple, has been the Junior Team manager of the Sid and Otter Valley Riding Club since the start of 2013; it was named the most successful junior club of over 400 in the UK at the end of 2013.
Cameron said: “It was a great weekend with great people, which we convincingly won thanks to an excellent team!”By student reporter Alex F
School wins £1.24m grant for hall refurbishment
The school has recently won an Academies Capital Maintenance Fund grant from the Government’s Education Funding Agency, to completely refurbish its main school hall.
The grant, worth £1.24 million, will enable the leaking roof to be replaced, toilets, heating and lighting to be improved, and floor space to be increased by 20%. Additionally, old sports changing rooms will be demolished and replaced with a new building to form a backstage green room, toilets and storage.
The main building will have a new foyer, a small refreshments servery for public events, a new lighting gallery and 200 roll-out seats, making it easier to watch and put on productions.
Headteacher Paul Evans said, “The Cottrill Hall is the focal point of the school and we have needed these exciting improvements for a very long time.”
The first stages of construction will be the building of replacement sports changing rooms, which will be completed by October half term. The main hall will be finished in January 2015.
By student reporter, Zoe K
CGS student sails away
The competition challenged students to create a design for a sail which will be unveiled at the opening of the Foundation in May, in memory of Olympic Sailor Andrew Simpson.
Although narrowly missing out on being the winner in his age category, Thomas (16), was delighted with the praise for his design which he says, “was inspired by the sea”.
By student reporter, Alex F
GLORIOUS GEORGES SEASON AT KENSINGTON PALACE
Because of the school’s association with the Goethe Institut, Headteacher, Mr Evans, was recently invited to Kensington Palace for the launch of the Palace’s ‘The Glorious Georges’ season, celebrating 300 years of the Hanoverian Succession. The chief guest at the event was Dr Rudolf Adam, the German Embassy's Deputy Head of Mission.
With the death of Queen Anne in 1714, the British turned to her distant relatives in Hanover for a monarch, leading to the ‘Georgian period’ - a vibrant time for the arts and sciences. The anniversary of this link is being celebrated by numerous events in Britain and Germany.
Kensington Palace, where the glittering court of George II and Queen Caroline burst onto the scene in 1727, has seen William Kent’s splendid state apartments restored to their former glory. At the palace, Mr and Mrs Evans were greeted by old Colytonian, Felicity Sutherland, who left Colyton in 1999 and is now Development Manager for Historic Royal Palaces.
They were introduced to ‘George II’ and enjoyed a private view of the apartments before they opened to the public. Mr Evans said, “It was a privilege to be one of the first to see the refurbished apartments and, as always, a delight to meet a successful Colytonian!”
By student reporter, Nicole T
March 2014: Year 8 student, Charlotte B, has recently competed in the British Gymnastics Acrobatics Competition in Bristol, coming in a superb 4th place.
The event, lasting a whole weekend, saw a high standard of acrobatics and Charlotte was “proud” to have earned her impressive finishing position.
Charlotte is “looking forward” to competing again this month, with the same routine, in Stoke-on-Trent for the British Championships.
By student reporter, Eleanor W
STOP PRESS: Since the above article was written, Charlotte has returned from the British Championship with a Bronze Medal for her performance in the Age Group Mixed Pair category with her partner, Josh Jackson, from Plymouth. The partnership performed two routines in the qualification stage. The first incorporating a range of partner and individual balance elements, with the second focused on dynamic catches, somersaults and tumbling. At the end of qualification they were placed fifth overall, knowing they needed to up their game to achieve their target of a medal.
For the finals, Charlotte and Josh performed a brand new combined routine including the most difficult balance and dynamic elements. As in qualification, this was choreographed to music and demonstrated their strength, agility and artistic skills. Despite the pressure, they succeeded in performing all the required skills without faults, ultimately securing third place and the satisfaction that they had significantly improved their performance during the course of the weekend.
Following this success, Charlotte has now been invited to compete at the Winti-Cup in Switzerland in early May, and is training hard in preparation for this exciting international opportunity.
The Winti-Cup takes place every two years in Winterthur and is one of the largest acrobatic competitions in the world.
Students Wear a Hat for Charity
Students and staff got creative recently and wore a hat of their choice in aid of the Brain Tumour Research Charity.
There was a great turnout, with everyone sporting hats from sombreros to fezzes, in return for a donation to the Buckinghamshire-based charity.
‘Wear a hat day’ is an annual, nationwide event aiming to raise £1 million to build a new sustainable long-term research centre.
Year 12 student Miranda S, who co-ordinated the event at the school said, “I’m really pleased with the amount of people who have worn hats for such a great cause, everyone looked amazing and we managed to raise £424!”
By student reporter Zoe K
Sixth formers organise music workshop for primary students
On 17 March 2014, three Year 12 students organised a music workshop for St Mary’s Primary School in Axminster.
The event saw 33 string players from St Mary’s coming to Colyton for the day, to learn several new pieces in preparation for a final performance.
Entirely organised by Alicia H, Alice B and Annabelle B, the workshop will contribute towards their Gold Arts Award.
The scheme, run by Trinity College London, aims to support young people who want to deepen their engagement with the arts, build creative and leadership skills, and to achieve a national qualification.
Alice said: “It was hard work and sometimes difficult to get the children to concentrate, but the day was fun and very rewarding.”
The primary school children learnt a piece called ‘Ripe Banana Ripe’ by Peter Martin, which they thoroughly enjoyed.
School concert in Exeter Cathedral
The Orchestra and Senior Choir travelled to Exeter Cathedral on Saturday 29 March, to put on their major concert for this year.
After impressing last year with a performance of Handel’s Messiah, the Music Department returned for a combined Choir and Orchestra concert which involved over 150 students performing alongside professionals.
The evening had a German theme - represented by music from German composers whose work spanned four centuries - which was inspired by the school’s recent partnership with the Goethe Institut.
The Orchestra, which consists of students from all ages in the school alongside adult players, accompanied the piano soloist Samantha Ward in the first half, performing Schumann’s ‘Piano Concerto in A Minor Op. 54’.
The second act involved the choir singing a variety of pieces, from composers such as J.S. Bach, Schutz, Rheinburger and ending with Faure’s Requiem.
Throughout the choral pieces there were solo performances from former students Chloe Stratta (left 2010) and Daniel Rudge (2006), who were both previously members of the Senior Choir and Orchestra and have now gone on to pursue music professionally.
The evening was a great success and the school’s Director of Music, David House, said, “Over the years we have built our own tradition at Colyton of performing major works on an annual basis, and it is a really great opportunity for the students to be able to perform in such an amazing venue and to see them having so much fun in the process.”
The choir is to return to the cathedral on Wednesday 23 April, to sing the service of Evensong.
By student reporter, Eleanor W
CGS Students Debate at Exeter University
Eleven students from Years 9 and 10 have been to Exeter University recently to compete in the South West Academic Trust’s Debating and Public Speaking event.
The teams challenged other schools from across the Southwest region, debating subjects such as: ‘Should wind farms be banned?’ and ‘Should we tax unhealthy foods?’.
Their discussions were judged by students from the various schools from Years 10 and 12.
Our students performed well, with the Year 10 team finishing runners-up after debating: ‘Should home-schooling be banned?’, after just 40 minutes preparation time.
Year 9 student, Safi L, said, “It was challenging to work under the time pressure, but we all had a great time and learnt a lot about public speaking and working as a team.”
The South West Academic Trust is a partnership of leading grammar schools from across the South West with Exeter University, whose aim is to raise standards and aspirations through gifted and talented research, subject department links, student activities and links with community schools.
By Student Reporter Zoe K
STUDENT QUALIFIES FOR NATIONAL BIATHLON FINAL
Grace H has qualified for the final of the British Schools’ National Biathlon Championships 2014 in April.
The event was open to school-age children, requiring them to run and swim various distances according to their age.
Year 9 student Grace, aged 13, has qualified for the final for the first time, which will be held in the London 2012 Olympic pool at the London Aquatics Centre.
Grace, a very keen athlete who swims for Chard and District Swimming Club, said she is “very excited to be going to the biathlon final this year”, as she has “worked really hard to qualify”. “It is a great opportunity to swim in a world class venue”, she added.
Around 1600 athletes aged nine to 18 will descend on the Olympic Park for the championship finals. The younger athletes swim 50m and run 800m, while the older age groups swim 200m and run 1600m. The girls’ competition is on Saturday 5 April, with the boys in action on Sunday 6 April.
Athletes qualified to compete at the championships by setting qualifying times at a number of events around the country. Around 4,000 young people entered those qualifiers.
By student reporter Eleanor W
STUDENT CHASES OLYMPIC DREAM
Lauren H, a Sixth Form student, has been selected for the final round of the Olympic recruitment programme ‘Girls4Gold’.
Girls4Gold is a nationwide search for fit, powerful, competitive female athletes who want to fulfil their Olympic ambitions as part of the Female Canoe Sprint Programme and the Olympic Team.
It is a perfect opportunity for the girls who apply to develop potential and see if they have what it takes to compete with the elite in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Lauren, from Charmouth, took part in a number of training days as part of the application process, which tested her power, stamina and speed.
Out of over 1,000 applicants, Lauren was one of 120 girls selected to attend a more sport-specific Phase 2 assessment in Nottingham last month.
Mark Hoile, GB’s Canoeing UK Talent Lead Coach said, “Compared to past campaigns, I would say that the quality of athletes we saw were of a much higher calibre than we have seen before.”
“The girls we saw looked very athletic, they were focused and determined and excited about this opportunity,” he added.
Lauren, who is about to turn 17, said, “It has always been an ambition of mine to be in the Olympics and I really hope that I get through to the next round - it’s challenging but so enjoyable and worthwhile.”
She will hear in the next few weeks whether she has been successful.
By student reporter Eleanor W
OFF BY HEART
Year 13 student Libby N, has qualified for the national final of the Poetry By Heart Competition by winning the regional heat at Ivybridge Library on 12 February 2014, competing against schools from across Devon.
Libby recited three poems including a First World War poem, The Stretcher Bearer by Tommy Crawford, from memory.
Libby will take part in the National Finals, hosted by founder of ‘Poetry By Heart’ Sir Andrew Motion, in mid-March, on an all-expenses-paid trip to London. The final takes place in the National Portrait Gallery.
After winning the regional heat, Libby was straight back to school for an 11.00pm departure of the A-level History study visit to Krakow.
Her English teacher, Mrs Harvey, described her performance as “sensitive and moving”.
By student reporter Alex F
YEAR 8 SPELLING BEE
Feb 2014: Mr Bush presents Tristan C with the inaugural Year 8 Spelling Bee trophy, minutes after his exciting victory on behalf of Cedar House, witnessed by all of Years 7 and 8!
Y11 student Beanie S, is to audition for the National Youth Recorder Orchestra 2014 Summer School.
Beanie (15) has already been playing with the 'second' orchestra for three years, but is now eligible for the first orchestra, having passed Grade 8 with distinction.
If accepted, participants study with professional tutors and conductors at the Easter and Summer residential courses and at Recorder Days around the country, benefitting from tuition covering all aspects of technique and interpretation.
The National Youth Recorder Orchestra is promoted by the Society of Recorder Players, to demonstrate the highest quality of youth orchestral performance, and the summer schools end with a prestigious public performance.
Beanie says she is “very excited and quite confident about the outcome of her upcoming audition”.
By student Reporter, Charley H
STOP PRESS: Beanie was successful and had been accepted to the National Youth Recorder 2014 Summer School.
By Gemma Smale, student reporter
STRING QUARTET COMPETES IN CHELTENHAM
The school’s Year 12 String Quartet travelled to Dean Close School, Cheltenham on 4 February 2014, to compete in the regional heat of the Pro-Corda National Chamber Music Competition.
Despite not being chosen for the semi-final, the Quartet, consisting of Alicia H, Joseph G, Annabelle B and Alice B, all learnt from the experience and received very favourable comments from a top violinist.
Mr House, Director of Music at the school said, “I am very proud of the four musicians, not only did they play with great intonation on the day, but they rehearsed and organised the whole thing themselves.”
“The whole group enjoyed the day very much, particularly the tea and cakes afterwards!” he added.
By Student Reporter, Zoe K
STUDENT SELECTED FOR NATIONAL YOUTH CHOIR
Feb 2014: Year 12 student, Joseph G, has become a member of the ‘Training Choir South’, the regional sub-division of the acclaimed National Youth Choirs of Great Britain. The NYC comprises a total of eight choirs for 750 gifted young people between the ages of 8 and 24. Thousands of students try for places at the Royal Albert Hall auditions, performing a short section from two prepared pieces - one of which is an unaccompanied traditional song.
Joseph (17) chose a Baritone solo from Fauré's Requiem, a wonderful choral work due to be performed by the CGS Senior Choir in Exeter Cathedral at the end of March.
Director of Music at the school, Mr House, commented that Joseph’s success was, “A fantastic achievement and testament to his dedication and growing vocal confidence.”
By student Reporter, Ben L
STUDENTS INVEST FOR SUCCESS!
Feb 2014: A team of four Year 13 students have recently reached the regional final of the Institute of Financial Services (IFS) ‘Student Investor Challenge’ competition.
Students Will W, Henry S, Jake H and Harry W competed alongside 30,000 students from across the country.
The team made more than £9,000 in just three months of trading in virtual shares, outperforming the FTSE 100 share index in doing so.
They are due to represent the school in March 2014, at the South West England and South Wales Regional Finals in Bristol.
Head of Business Studies, Mrs Rew said: “This is a fantastic achievement - we are eagerly anticipating the finals.”
By student reporter Gemma S
FORMER STUDENT MEETS CANADIAN ASTRONAUT
Feb 2014: Former student Heidi Thiemann, from Woodbury, who left school in 2013, had the privilege of meeting Colonel Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian astronaut, at the University of Leicester recently.
Colonel Hadfield was the Commander of the International Space Station, who became an overnight sensation with his stunning space photography and educational ‘how to’ videos on life in space.
During his visit to the University, he met a number of Physics and Astronomy students, Heidi among them, who shared their research with him through displays and demonstrations.
Heidi (18) helped demonstrate the University’s ‘pretty awesome Planeterella experiment’, which simulates the Northern Lights.
The same machine was then used by Professor Brian Cox on BBC Stargazing Live about a month later.
Leicester is home to The National Space Centre and the University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy is highly rated.By student reporter Eleanor W
Y13 student Emma H, rated 4.1 and 5th nationally, has achieved highly in tennis recently.
Emma (17) secured a huge success in January 2014, in the Bath Grade 2 U18s Girls’ Tournament, where she reached the finals of this highly-rated national event.
Emma secured wins against full-time national performance players to reach the finals of the event, closely missing out on the final win against a 3.2 rated player (from Cheshire). The final match score was 6-3, 7-5.
Emma said, “I am really proud to have reached the finals of this really competitive tournament; it was unexpected, but shows that my hard work in training is paying off!”
By student reporter Isabella B
SCHOOL SUPPORT STAFF LONG SERVICE AWARDS
Two staff members have each been given a Long Service Award for 20 years of dedicated work.
Mrs Burns-Price and Miss Parsons, the Librarian and the Headteacher’s Personal Assistant respectively, both joined the school in 1993, and can remember it undergoing many changes.
In twenty years the school has expanded significantly and new buildings such as the Sports Hall, the Sixth Form Study Centre and the Walker Building (which houses the library) have gone up.
Mrs Burns-Price even remembers “being shown the Internet for the very first time by an IT teacher”.
Both women have contributed a great deal during their time at Colyton.
Mrs Burns-Price has been commended in particular for the work she has done to develop the school website, and for organising the team of volunteer parent helpers. Miss Parsons has been praised for the great range of administrative work she deals with super-efficiently.
Miss Parsons, a former pupil of the school, particularly enjoys the “element of community” that the school has, as well as the variety of work she receives. “Every year is different,” she says.
Similarly, Mrs Burns-Price feels: “It’s a pleasure to come into work,” as the environment is “stimulating” and there’s “always something new every day”.
They received their awards at the end of January 2014, from the Chair of the Governors’ Staffing Committee, Mrs Linda Linnell.
By student reporter Siobhan P
GERMAN POETRY COMPETITION
In September 2013, some of our Sixth Form German students entered a competition to raise awareness of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and his work, by translating a poem for display in the main school reception.
The poem was chosen to fit the location, with the apt title “Willkommen und Abschied” (“Welcome and Farewell”).
Prizes were awarded at the Goethe Institut launch in two categories: ‘Accurate translation’ and ‘Presentation’.
The winners are pictured holding their framed works. Our thanks to Mr Fitzgerald from the Art Department who has done a fantastic job of mounting and displaying the work!
SIXTH FORMER TO EMBARK ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT ADVENTURE
Nicole T in Year 12 has been selected to participate in Raleigh International's 10-week expedition to Costa Rica and Nicaragua from July to September 2014. She will be helping a local community to build clean, safe water supplies and build schools, as well as helping to protect the environment; looking after the local wildlife and working in the rainforests.
Finally she will undertake a 19-day adventure, trekking across the two countries, between active volcanoes and along beaches
She has set up an official fundraising page on JustGiving and would be very grateful for your support.
Former Colyton Student Achieves Media Promotion
Dan, who joined the paper in 2012, is currently following investigations into Michael Schumacher’s skiing accident.
Originally from Honiton, Dan explained that when at university he spent a lot of time working with the student newspaper, editing it for two terms.
“This helped me to get bits of work experience, which in turn got me on to the Telegraph's graduate scheme,” he explained.
Headteacher Paul Evans commented, “It’s great to see the sheer variety of jobs that former students are now securing.”
By student reporter, Anna H
Y10 student plays for Devon on South African cricket tour
Jan 2014: Year 10 student, Billy R, has been selected to represent Devon on the U15s cricket tour of South Africa.
The team is due to fly out for two and a half weeks in February, spending the first week in the Kruger National Park and the rest of the trip in Cape Town.
Billy will play seven matches during the tour; one against a township side whose kit has been part-funded by the visiting side.
The team will also visit Table Mountain, Robben Island and go on a safari.
Billy said, “I am really looking forward to the cricketing challenges, and the opportunities I will get to see South Africa.”
Report by Isabella B, student reporter
STOP PRESS: In February, Billy went to South Africa as captain of the Devon u-16 cricket team.
The team spent two weeks in South Africa where they played 7 matches. The team won twice and drew in another match against some tough opponents.
During their time in South Africa the team visited Table Mountain, Robben Island and went on a safari.Billy said: ‘It was a great opportunity to play cricket in another country, and to experience their culture and wildlife’.
Jan 2014: Thank you goes out to the one hundred and seventy six parents who responded to our recent homework survey. The results can be seen here. The data has already been used by the school to identify areas where we can make small improvements to enhance the independent learning experience of students completing homework. We are currently looking at the information provided by parents and students to improve our homework policy for the future. Thanks again for the detailed and thoughtful comments.
Former Head Boy wins 'Only Connect'
Jan 2014: Hywel Carver, former Head Boy and a regular on TV quiz shows, has tasted success once more in BBC4’s ‘brainbox’ series Only Connect.
The quiz, hosted by Victoria Coren, asks fiendishly difficult questions of contestants, challenging them to make connections between apparently unconnected things.
Hywel and his team the ‘Board Gamers’ were champions after winning through four rounds of increasingly baffling challenges.
Hywel, who has been described as a ‘game show veteran’, won £20,000 on Who Wants to be A Millionaire a few years ago and, more recently, he was in a UCL team for University Challenge that made it as far as the semi-finals.
By student reporter, Eleanor W
Jan 2014: The school’s Chamber Choir travelled to Cornwall on Thursday 9 January, to sing the service of Evensong in Truro Cathedral. Cathedrals throughout the UK hold daily services and it was a real privilege to be invited down as a visiting choir.
The 41 Sixth Form students performed psalms, responses, a setting of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis by George Dyson and an anthem by the Italian composer Lassus, in which the choir sang in eight parts as two Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass groups.
Director of Music, Mr House, said of the event: “I was delighted to take the choir to my home city of Truro, and give everyone the chance to sing in the wonderful acoustics of the cathedral.”
“The singing throughout Evensong was confident, controlled and very musical,” he added.
As with all Chamber Choir events, the trip was rounded off with an excellent meal out before the journey back to Devon.
By student reporter and choir member, Maddie G