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Coombeshead Academy Aspire Spring 2017

Spring 2017 edition of the Coombeshead Academy Aspire magazine.

MY FIRST TERM SO PROUD

MY FIRST TERM SO PROUD So my first term as a new Head of Year has come to an end and what a term it has been. I have had the pleasure of welcoming and working with the new Year 7 cohort. We began together on the 4th September, the first day for Year 7 at Coombeshead Academy. The many nervous and worried faces in the morning wore big beaming smiles by the end of the day. Year 7 have already achieved many amazing things in the 14 weeks of being at the academy. Everyone has made new friends and had the chance to try a variety of different things, from the range of clubs available to representing the school in Sport and Music, the Give it a Go programme and taking part in Careers Day. We have been to Camp – an overnight residential at Hannahs Seale Hayne, with team building and fun activities, not forgetting songs around the camp fire. The students have raised £191 during our Charity Day supporting Cancer Research Kids and Teens. Amber Beasley 34 Aspire Magazine |January 2017 shaved off her hair for charity and raised a further £300 for the same charity. Some students have become Community representatives for their tutor group and will now go on to represent the Year group on Student Councils. Several students have also been successful in their application for the Sport and PE Gifted and Talented Academy and have already worked with Olympian Annie Vernon. The term finished with the Christmas Celebration Assembly where many students won different awards within tutor groups for attendance and epraise. The special Head of Year Awards went to Rosie Arnold and Daniel Branch for their exceptional effort, organisation, punctuality and attitude towards school. As Head of Year 7 I could not be more proud of the students after our first term together and am now looking forward to what the rest of the year might hold for us. Well done to everyone!

MAISIE WILSON Maisie came to Coombeshead from Rydon Primary School as she ‘fancied a change’. She already knew three girls from her football team WBB Girls so although she was the only student from her primary school she felt comfortable with that. She recalls how important a tour around the school with Mr Whiffen in the summer was in helping to make her decision about secondary education. Maisie is very sporty and besides winter training with WBB Girls’ football team, she also plays rugby at school. In addition, she belongs to 1st Kingsteignton Guides. During her first term, the Coombeshead football team for whom she also plays, have had some great matches, coming third recently in a local tournament. The best thing so far has been meeting new friends. Maisie was Student of the Month for December – nominated for hard work and effort; PE is definitely her favourite subject. Looking ahead Maisie very much enjoys school and is looking forward to Enrichment Week next summer. OLIVER TAYLOR Oliver Taylor started his first term as Student of the Month in September for being a good student in Camp at Hannahs Seale Hayne and his polite attitude. His reason for coming to Coombeshead was largely down to his ‘gut feeling’ having visited other local schools with his twin brother Thomas. Oliver is involved with the 1st Highweek Scouts and is a competent guitarist, having just achieved Grade 6. Overall, he has had a good term. The teachers are nice and friendly, firm but fair! Music and Design Technology are favourite subjects, the latter taught by Mr Kidwell, who is also his form tutor, He has achieved high marks in Science topping his group. When I first came to Coombeshead Academy I had butterflies. I was really excited and nervous about coming into a brand new school, a lot bigger school compared to my old primary school (Decoy Primary School). So a week or two went past and I eventually started to comfortably settle in at a nice pace. One day when I was enjoying my Music lesson, a woman came through the door and asked if she could borrow me, so I went out and she told me I was Student of the Month. I felt amazing; I was speechless. It showed me that I had already made a great start to school and that I was exceeding well. My hard work was paying off which I was really glad about and my teachers recognised my hard work. I told my teachers I was Student of the Month and they said it didn’t really surprise them. The nicest comment was from one my Technology teachers, Mrs Horton. She said” It doesn’t surprise me because you are polite and keen to learn and your endeavour is great” which I was really touched by and happy about. It just shows that if you work hard it can pay off and will be noticed by teachers. I have settled in greatly at Coombeshead – really well because of nice teachers and a happy atmosphere. Oliver Taylor Aspire Magazine | January 2017 35

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