Spring 2017 edition of the Coombeshead Academy Aspire magazine.
MY YEAR GROUP ON TRACK FOR SUCCESS Year 11 have made a fantastic start to their important year as they approach their GCSE examinations. The year started with a record number of applications to be prefects. Mrs Rogers, Head of Year, Ms Chappell and Mr Hulbert, along with Chair of Governors, Lyndsey Yelland, interviewed the candidates and appointed Head Girl Alice Lentern, Head Boy Ethan Pearce, Deputy Head Girl Maddie Stevens and Deputy Head Boy Tyler Joint. Thirteen Heads of House were also appointed and a further 35 students appointed as prefects. These students have risen to the challenge and are running lunchtime clubs and supporting the Academy in Open Evenings and attending Governor’s meetings amongst their duties. After that positive start to the year, 50 Year 11 students visited Plymouth University for an Open Day. Here they opted to attend a selection of different degree course lectures ranging from Geography, Illustration, and Marine Biology to name but a few. To get them in the examination mind frame, Year 11 recently completed their PPE examinations. These are mock examinations taken under the same conditions as the actual GCSE examinations this coming summer. Students have been helped by their tutors with examination revision techniques, writing revision timetables and time management. So far, teachers have reported good results from Year 11 and are very positive about this summer’s results. To support Year 11 students in their path to success this year, intervention sessions have begun. Twice a week, in tutor 36 Aspire Magazine | January 2017 time, they work together in subject groups on completing/ upgrading their work and then graduating from that subject to another to really give them the best chance of success. In addition to this provision, most subject areas are offering catch up sessions after school and at lunchtimes; Year 11 have embraced this help and support and are very keen to excel. Thursday 24 th November saw Year 11 and parents and carers come in to The Templer 6th @ Coombeshead Open Evening. The event started with a presentation by the Sixth Form team and Year 12 and 13 students in the Study Café. The best attended for several years, there was standing room only with the Study Café ‘fit to burst!’ Being in Year 11 is all about looking to the future so, in early December, students were ‘Year 12 for a Day’ as part of a whole school Careers Day. Students selected five Post 16 taster lessons including Criminology, Psychology, Animal Care, Maritime Engineering, Digital Illustration and Sociology as well as the choice of subjects they do now in Year 11. They used the Study Café, Post 16 teaching rooms and had a chance to experience the vibe in the Sixth Form Centre. The following week they had a chance to visit the Templer 6th @ Teign as part of the collaborative arrangements within the Trust at Post 16 so that they will be informed and prepared if some of their subject choices are taught there. Exciting times - go Year 11! Mrs Rogers, Head of Year.
NEW STAFF NEW FACES IN MATHS Curriculum Team Leader Faye Robertson welcomed three new member of staff to the Maths department this year. Our first impression of Coombeshead Academy was of clean, bright, modern buildings with an angry owl plastered everywhere. The start was intense; new timetable, new systems, learning names, but most difficult of all was getting used to being the new teacher again after years of familiarity. It has been challenging but fun to meet some of the characters at Combeshead along the way. The other main impression though is the huge positivity and support that we have received from everyone - from the Headteacher to the cleaners. Everyone has made us feel very welcome. Our highlights from the first term: • Christmas lights in the staffroom in November • Year 7 Camp; it was really rewarding to see my ‘quiet’ tutor group coming out of their shells and take part in various activities including Laser tag and building camp fires • Mr Rose in the reward points bidding assembly desperately trying to get Year 10 interested in a red bike horn • Borrowing Mr Balsdon’s football boots, twice, and a tie once… for a Leeds fan he only has red ties? Secret LFC supporter! • Playing keyboard in the first rehearsal for High School Musical • Taking twelve Year 10 students on an eight hour round trip to Warwick to watch the amazing Ben Sparks and others • Rocking to the Beatles on the way to the Maths Masterclass in Plymouth • The Year 10 Business day, watching their faces light up when they realised that being on social media was actually being encouraged • The amazing food – Brazilian spinach and chicken curry! 32 Aspire Magazine |January 2017