Many of you will be aware that I will be retiring in August 2015. In order to give Governors enough time to recruit an outstanding Principal I made my intentions known to staff and Governors at the beginning of January. Unfortunately this was leaked to the Tavistock Times who wished to report the story. I questioned this with the Tavistock Times as I had not had the opportunity to formally notify parents. However they published their report this week which was a balanced and fair story.
Governors and staff are in a strong position to sustain the excellent progress that the College has made and we would like to reassure parents that all energies are being focussed on recruiting an outstanding replacement.
I have really enjoyed working with the Tavistock community and will miss the support that I have received.
It was my privilege over the half term holiday to be able to visit our partner school in Nepal. I was accompanied by our Head of Sixth Form, James O’Connell. We are now able to create all sorts of links with Adarsha Saula School in Kathmandu which will lead to joint curriculum projects in areas such as Science, Geography, English, RS and Food Technology. Two teachers from Nepal will visit Tavistock College in the New Year. We intend to apply for further funding so that other teachers from the College will be able to visit the school and we hope in the future that 6th form students on GAP years will be able to volunteer there.
The first large school event across the Trust Partnership of schools was a huge success. Students from all of the Trust schools came together to participate in the Poetry Festival which culminated in a very successful event at the Town Hall.
The Trust schools have also launched a Leadership Development programme for Aspiring Leaders.
We are extremely proud of the success of all of our youngsters in sport. Tate Budge in Year 11 has done exceptionally well at the British Tae Kwan-Do Championships by becoming the British Under 16’s sparring champion and British Under 18’s 2nd degree black belt patterns champion. This is an amazing achievement and congratulations go to Tate and his family for all the dedication and hard work he has put into achieving his goal.
A productive start to the term
We have had a very busy and productive start to the term. We are pleased that 78% of students from Year 11 last year will be studying in the Sixth form. The new Year 7 have had a very good start and have come into College keen and ready to learn. This is a testament to all the hard work of our colleagues in the local primary schools. We have launched the SIMS Learning Gateway for parents. This will give you instant access to see key information about your child. You will be able to check things like homework, rewards and attendance.
Students in Year 9 will be carrying out some research in their lessons into the use of new technologies in their learning. We held a very successful event for Year 10 and 11 parents outlining how they can support their children through the GCSE courses.
Our Horticultural team at the College, led by Helen Harris were proud to be part of the winning submission for Tavistock in the Britain in Bloom competition. We also welcomed visitors from the local churches and the Tavistock Food Bank to the college to celebrate Harvest Festival. Produce grown by the students in the school orchard and garden was raffled to support the Food bank.
Next week the Tavistock Cooperative Learning Trust is hosting the Poetry festival across all the schools. Every school will have a poet in residence and a range of activities going on in schools. This will culminate in events at the College and in the Town Hall next week. Full details of these events will be on the website.