Tavistock College Remembrance Day Service
On Armistice Day, 11th November, Tavistock College held their annual Remembrance Day service in St Eustachius. The service was conducted by the Rev Andy Barton and attended by all year 9 and year 13 students. Readings from the head and deputy head boys and girl, Jed Coiley, Amy Collacott and Jamie Brown were followed by prefects Joe Waye and Issy Stuart reading out of the names of all those from the then Tavistock Grammar School who died in the First and Second World Wars. The tribute and epitaph was given by sixth form cadet Guy Williams, while a special part was played by six bilingual students reading a poem by Siegfried Sassoon in their native languages, to commemorate the world wide nature of the wars. Sofia d’Alessio introduced the poem in Italian, Louis Taylor spoke in French, Natasha Griffiths in Greek, Alex Norgate in Russian and Norika San Juan and Alyssa Benito spoke in Tagalog. The college army and air force cadets provided an honour guard for the occasion.
The service was attended by many parents and grandparents, along with former members of staff and friends of the college. It was a particularly poignant and moving occasion and the college is very grateful to Mrs Maureen Wilkinson, of the Royal British Legion, Mr Tony Holder, who played the Last Post and Reveille, and to the Town Hall for their kind offer of hospitality after the service.
AS Geography Students at Plymouth University Lecture
On Thursday 6th November Mrs Froud and AS geography students attended a lecture at Plymouth University as part of the public Mark Blacksell lecture series, titled ‘Why do we need to look at military landscapes?’ The lecture was a fascinating exploration of physical geography as well as social and political aspects of the military’s use of landscapes within the UK.
Mrs Froud commented: “Our students were the youngest there, but conducted themselves in a mature manner and were a pleasure to spend the evening with in a fascinating lecture hosted by the Geography Faculty of the University of Plymouth”.
Natural Partners:Tavistock College links with school in Kathmandu, Nepal
Staff from Tavistock College have begun an exciting new development for the school. Having secured funding from the British Council, Principal Helen Salmon and Assistant Principal James O’Connell, were fortunate to visit Adarsha Saula school in Kathmandu, Nepal – currently judged to be the most successful state school in Kathmandu – over half term.
The aim of the visit was to build a partnership between the two schools so that students and staff from both schools can learn from each other. The broader aims are to develop a spirit of global citizenship and to create strong links so that more staff and students can visit Nepal and Adarsha Saula.
Students in Nepal and Tavistock have already begun communicating with each other via email and letters and there are a number of joint projects beginning in both schools to enable the students to learn from each other. These include studies of each other’s festivals and cultural traditions, a study of diets and food where students will attempt to make each other’s local dishes, and a science and geography project looking into the effects and power of water.
Helen Salmon, Principal of Tavistock College said: “It has been a real privilege to visit Adarsha Saula where we received an extremely warm and hospitable welcome. What impressed us most was the passion and enthusiasm of the students who are desperate to learn, recognising education as their chance for fulfilling careers and happiness.”
Saroj Acharya, Principal of Adarsha Saula, Kathmandu, said: “We have been very happy to welcome our visitors from Tavistock and learn more about your school and area. We very much look forward to our visit in 2015 and building an even closer relationship.”