Spring 2017 edition of the Coombeshead Academy Aspire magazine.
LRC LITERARY ROUND UP Coombeshead Academy submitted a 500 word story from every student in Years 7, 8 and 9 in the Autumn Term as part of the BBC Radio 2's 500 words. A similar competition was run in school and the winner was Megan Lear. The top entries are now displayed in the English corridor. Budding journalists in Year 8 kept a creative journal for half a term to experiment with different types of creative writing. Students then brought them in and shared some of their work. In Year 7 students had a choice of tasks to help them to find out more about Shakespeare last half term. Some wrote modern versions of their favourite play; some created an Elizabethan version of Vogue, others created a Shakespearean Quiz Book to be sold at The Globe! IMPRESSING THE JUDGES On 22 nd of November, Coombeshead Academy took five teams to compete in the Newton Abbot Rotary Club Youth Speaks Competition. This competition gives young people the opportunity to debate topics which they feel strongly about, developing their confidence, public speaking and presentation skills. The two Year 8 teams debated the value of video games to modern society and whether the UK should invest in nuclear power. The boys all worked incredibly hard and impressed the judges who commended them for speaking about such sophisticated topics with confidence and clarity. Our three senior teams debated the representation of women in advertising, whether the burkha should be banned and whether we should stop funding panda conservation. All three teams handled these sensitive topics confidently, engaging the audience and answering questions with ease. The competition was won by Ethan Pearce, Victoria Witts and Jake Corbett who titled their discussion on conservation “Pandamonium Pandemic”. They beat teams from Stover School and Newton Abbot College. We now look forward to competing in the regional heats in the spring. 14 Aspire Magazine | January 2017
READING MILLIONAIRES Jacob Gordon is our first Millionaire Word Reader for the Autumn Term. However, there are students who will be collecting their ‘Millionaire’ badges in the New Year as the following leader list shows. Jacob Gordon 8 1,476,595 Leo Forsyth-Snell 8 957,538 Liberty Evans 8 918,236 Amber McGinnis 8 781,916 Eddie Meanley 8 705,197 Keira Gordon 8 678,008 Crystal Roper 8 660,019 Denning, Todd 8 589,318 Milly Hansford 8 501,302 Rebecca Turner 8 460,981 A GOOD MOVE Ryan McNulty was a full-time student at Coombeshead Academy until 2016, following A Level courses in Computer Science and Digital Art plus EDCL at Level 3. At the beginning of Year 13 he decided to use his skills in a different way having volunteered in the Library and Learning Resources Centre(LRC) for six months. Now formally employed in the LRC, Ryan is learning on the job in that as part of his apprenticeship this year he is studying Level 2 Business, working through the modules independently. Level 3 will follow on. He says overall it was a good move to take up the post in the LRC. He enjoys the calm working environment and is using his IT skills to support Mrs Betts! Ryan’s duties include assisting with Accelerated Reader, sourcing new stock, cataloguing, labelling, data processing for House Awards, maintaining the work stations and helping with displays. Other student supporters, on a voluntary basis, include Year 13 student Emma Taylor (pictured with Ryan) who has been supporting the LRC from Year 10. Year 12 students Daisy Boyd and Naomi Osmond also help out with homework club after school on Thursdays and Fridays. AR Millionaires Mrs Betts, LRC Manager, commented, "The students are invaluable; 100% reliable and a real asset to our learning community." NEW BOOKS IN STOCK In the Learning Resource Centre we are always trying to update and make additions to our stock, particularly the reading books for the Accelerated Reader scheme. Some of the latest additions are currently on display. Lunchtimes are always busy in the LRC - a space where students can read and relax but also challenge their friends to a game of chess or Connect 4! Aspire Magazine | January 2017 15