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College archive day

Posted: 13 July 2016

About 50 former pupils of Tavistock Grammar School, from the classes of 1946-1952, recently came to the college to watch a fascinating film of life at the school during the reign of Mr Anderson, headmaster 1947-1954. Sports Day, Founders Day, swimming (at Bannawell Street pool), dramatic productions, the cadets’ visit to Warminster and cross country running featured in the film, taken by Mr Anderson and passed on to the school this year by his daughter Mrs Hilary Richardson. It was a time for memories, reminiscences and meeting up with old classmates, while we were all struck by seeing a steam train pass by on the horizon – a real insight into the changes that time has brought. Sporting activities during those days brought several sharp gasps from the PE staff there – Mr Forster said he was surprised so many had survived shot put and javelin practice then! Visitors were served refreshments by current Year 7 students and memories recorded by Year 10 History students, to be kept for the archive in due course. Mr Forster produced the old house shield and was able to tell the visitors that the winning house in 1950 was Drake which brought loud cheers from the audience. Tavistock Grammar School then was situated in what is now Tavistock County Primary School so at the end the visitors went out onto the field to get their bearings and there was much that was still familiar.
Altogether it was a wonderful experience for the current staff and students to meet up with so many alumni, such as the Head Girl for 1953 Jennifer Stephens (now Sanders). They were all delighted to be able to turn back the clock and remember their schooldays, which by all accounts were highly disciplined but also great fun.

Helen Harris, who organises these days, said: ‘The College is planning to have more such Archive Days and while we do have an extensive collection of photographs we would welcome any film or video footage. Even if it is on old film reels, or VHS tapes, our technical experts can transcribe such footage for a digital age. Please do get in touch if you can help.’

End of Year Tests

Posted: 12 May 2016

As part of the College’s assessment policy students will be sitting an end of year examination in all of their subjects during the week beginning Monday 6th June for year 7, Monday 13th June for year 8 and Monday 20th June for year 9. These tests will give teachers accurate information to judge what progress has been made by students over the previous year and inform the last report due before the end of term. Students will be following the timetable as set out below. End of year tests in geography, history, art, music, performance studies, ethics and beliefs and computing will take place in their respective lessons that week. Please encourage students to revise thoroughly for these tests and teachers will be advising students on how best to do this.

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Year 9 and Plymouth University Theatre and Performance

Posted: 28 April 2016

Tavistock College Creative Arts Faculty were proud to work with Dr Cath Gristy of Plymouth University (Lecturer in Education Studies) and her colleague Dr Lee Miller (Lecturer in Theatre and Performance) who brought a group of four Plymouth University students (working at Undergraduate to Masters level) to meet with some of our Year 9 Performance Studies students.

Across a four hour exploratory workshop all the learners worked intensively around the thematic title of ‘Travel’ and specifically looked at their morning and afternoon journeys between home and their place of education. For the year 9s it was a fantastic experience allowing them to dedicate time to the thought processes connected with telling and creating stories. They shared the sights, sounds, physicalities, connections, distractions and interruptions of their journeys as well as recognising and analysing the emotional impact of them.  They also appreciated the opportunity to work with those working dramatically at a higher level and as their questioning showed they are keen to use their drama and performance as life long learners. They were highly commended for their focus and commitment to the workshop by the leaders.

The work will form part of the basis of Dr Gristy’s research around sustainable travel, inform some of the direction of the research and performance work for the University students and hopefully marks the start of a strong connection between the Creative Arts at Tavistock College and Theatre and Performance at Plymouth University.