Churston’s very own Fergus Caskey-Sutton has been selected for the England U15 boys team to play in a prestigious international tournament in Copenhagen this month. Fergus has been playing basketball for six years, both at school and for the Torbay Tigers. Coaches Norman Waldron and Rick Wooldridge have been coaching talented players for the school and club for over 40 years. Rick has coached Fergus this season in both the school and the club U18 squads, reaching the National Schools semi finals. Rick said: “Fergus has played against teams three or four years older this season and has more than held his own.” “He has been in the starting five for a large number of games and is able to contribute in many areas of the game besides scoring.” Good Luck fergus!
The French exchange was a great success again this year. A happy cohort of twenty year 9 pupils went to Brittany accompanied by Mrs Reeve, Miss Lisse and Mrs Bright. We travelled in March and spent one week in Quimper, the French penpals joined us in May here in Torbay. The French exchange is an incredibly enriching trip: on top of the cultural and language input, pupils also make new connections, new friends and really experience the French way of life.
This exchange offers the children the opportunity to run activities with primary school children in France, they also visit museums and places of interest, marine centres, creperies, hypermarkets, they go bowling with their penpals and much more.
The opportunity to speak French is there at all times as children spend their afternoons and their evening meals at their penpals’ house. They then share what they have experienced when back at hotel for the evening.
We are very fortunate to have an excellent relationship with *le college de la Sabliere* and we have had this strong connection for the past ten years.
It is wonderful to see the children enjoy their time together with their friends from Churston but also with their penpals. The cultural, emotional and linguistic gains make this trip a very special one.
Churston works closely with 17 primary schools to support the KS2 Framework for languages. Primary workshops in French or Spanish are run by Mrs Bright on a fortnightly basis, the school welcomes years four, five and their teachers. The aim is to consolidate the language learnt at primary school through games, quizzes, running dictations. An array of interactive strategies help the children have fun and learn new expressions, customs which they then pass on to their peers when they go back to school.
Churston Ferrers Grammar School is proud of its strong links with primary schools in the bay: French and Spanish workshops are offered at Churston on a fortnightly basis for children aged eight to ten; sixth formers play a big part in this connection too!
The pictures were taken at Shiphay Academy where year 12 students taught French, Spanish, German and Italian to years four, five and six during their French week!
All of the students were a credit to Churston, they delivered well -paced, fun and interactive lessons , there is no doubt that the future of our country is in excellentes mains! The sixth formers deployed an array of games and engaging activities to enthuse young children and help them develop further their interest in language learning.
The lessons were “wunderbar” and needless to say that it was heartbreaking for the children to say “adios amigos!”
Sarah year 5 said “I loved the lessons, I want to learn all the languages that exist in the world, I had so much fun!”
y 12 student reflecting on the day:“The children were really enthusiastic and excited to be learning a foreign language and were very willing to contribute. Also the students showed good knowledge retention and were able to answer questions throughout the session. Also everyone in our group contributed to the presentation and when they weren’t presenting, did a good job of mixing with the children”.
Churston students have once again performed well in the Chemistry Olympiad competition. Six students from Year 13 tackled a number of difficult problems, including questions on nerve agent poisons and the neonicotinoid pesticides that are so harmful to bees. The standards are so high that certificates are only awarded to the top two thirds of entrants, yet all our students were successful. Bronze certificates were awarded to Ellen Harman and Kris Shears. Bethan Thomas, Felicity Dunn, Max Toy and Ben Lavers received the silver certificates presented to the top third of candidates. Special congratulations go to Max and Ben, who missed the gold award for the top 8% of students by only two marks.
Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th May saw just under 100 students take to the stage and perform a night of dance performances inspired by traditional and modern fairy tales. With pieces from Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Alice in Wonderland, styles ranged from ballet to contemporary to tap with dancers from year 7 to 12 involved. Featuring for the first time was the newly formed ‘Boys Crew’ sharing their Parkour inspired piece with impressive lift work and vaulting. We were lucky enough to be joined by Year 2 pupils from Galmpton Primary who, led by the Year 10 Dance Leaders, performed a fantastic version of ‘Heigh Ho’ from Snow White and The Seven Dwarves. Thursday night’s performance even saw some brave members of staff entertain us all! Audience members were wowed by the talent and professionalism students showcased. The months of rehearsals were truly worth while for all involved.
Over two weekends in May our 90 Bronze DofE participants completed their practice expedition in fine style. The routes they walked took them straight from the school door down through the Dart valley, for a river crossing at Dittisham or Kingswear, before heading to their camp for the evening – many thanks to Stoke Fleming Primary School for the continued support in the loan of their beautiful field. All 14 teams showed great determination, and there were many new skills learnt along the way. Everyone enjoyed being out in our fabulous local countryside, developing a new appreciation for looking after it on their journey. The teams are now preparing for their Assessed Expedition in June, which takes place on Dartmoor, in the Bovey Valley area, a great challenge and for many the culmination of their Bronze DofE as they have already completed the other three sections of their award – well done!
Lucas Tompson and Seth Yardy both in year 10 successfully completed the Ten Tors 35 mile challenge in May. Both Lucas and Seth are part of a voluntary group called Dart Trekkers which train young people to take part in the annual Ten Tors.
The boys trained for this event regularly with long walks each time building up their distance. Lucas said “I felt tired but it was the most rewarding feeling ever.” Both Lucas and Seth would like to challenge themselves further by taking part in the 45 mile challenge in September. Seth said “There is a big emphasis on mind over matter”. Lucas and Seth really excelled during their trek and showed exceptional leadership skills. Good luck with your next challenge!
Seventeen extremely committed Year 12 Physicists got up incredibly early to travel to Cambridge University for a taster day in a joint initiative lead by Churston Ferrers with Torbay Academy and Torquay Girls Grammar.
On arrival to the University students were given a tour around Churchill College which was built to honour Winston Churchill and was inspired by the MIT in the USA. Students were given a taste of University life and were able to see the halls of residence, lecture theatres and sports facilities.
Students then walked to the world famous Cavendish Laboratory which boasts 29 Nobel Laureates and many exciting developments in Science including evidence for the structure of the atom and the structure of DNA.
After a talk on what it is like to study Physics at University, the students were invited to complete an experiment using a pendulum to find local gravitational field strength. Our students executed the experiment well and obtained very accurate results using a university technique known as the method of exact fractions.
All students were a credit to the school and coped very well with the early start and very late finish to the day.
The Physics department is looking forward to developing this trip and perhaps incorporating an overnight stay next year.
Churston LAMDA students attended the 79th Torbay and Southwest Festival at the Palace Theatre in Paignton and were all placed very highly. Jemima Horne placed first in her category of solo drama with Daisy Pulls It Off. Rufus placed first in his category for Shakespeare solo with his Hamlet monologue Jemima Horne and Tilly Croose placed first for their Shakespeare Duologue from Midsummer Toby Brooks And Merlo Lavender-Moser placed first for their Woman in Black Duologue and received the highest marks of the festival (90). Thea Harris Murphy and Amy McGuire also placed first with their musical theatre duo from Hamilton also achieving 90. And Marshall Roper-Lowe, Noah Blake and Daisy Little placed first with their group drama piece from Harry Potter with a score of 88.
Daisy Little, Thomas Fitzpatrick and Reuben Maloney (year 7) had their first festival experience Competition was high for the 12-13 years duologues and Thea Harris-Murphy and Tia Davies placed third with their scene from Little Women. Thea Harris-Murphy placed First in the solo musical theatre category with her song from Waitress, again achieving the highest marks of the day (90) Kayla Tummon Placed second with her song On My Own from Les Miserables. Amy McGuire and Georgina Archer both received distinctions for their songs.
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