Cambridge University Visit
A group of Year 10 and 12 students from Tavistock College have recently visited Cambridge University in order to learn how to apply successfully to Oxbridge and Russell group universities. The group were the guests of Downing College and found it highly motivating to stay in the Undergraduate halls ( we stayed in a room formerly occupied by John Cleese, in his undergraduate days!)
The group of very able students were shown around both Downing , Emmanuel College and Trinity College and spent an afternoon viewing the College “backs” from a punt on the River Cam.
They attended two academic sessions to show them what a typical seminar would be like and honed their critacl thinking and debating skills.
We are hugely grateful to Downing College who host Tavistock College every year and their schools liaison officer goes so far as to say, “it is one fo the highlights of his calendar to host students from Tavistock College.”
Year 12 Geography and Business Studies students have embarked on an
exciting opportunity to use their classroom based skills and knowledge
in a real world situation.
Working with SW Lakes Trust the 14 students will be working on a project
to rebrand Burrator Reservoir with an aim of assisting visitors to
‘learn about the area and look after the area’.
Mrs Froud from the Geography department said “a sustainable world for
future generations to enjoy is an essential ethos of geography today, so
the opportunity to work with Business Studies and SW Lakes is fantastic
geography in action”.
Mrs berryman, from the Business Studies department will be focused on
the funding and marketing elements of the project said “We’re looking
forward to working on this exciting project and giving the students the
opportunity to experience real world learning”.
The project has an initial time scale of 12 months, but it is hoped that
it will evolve and be an on going relationship between the College and
an area of stunning beauty.
Tavistock Poetry Festival : “From the Tamar to the Tavy a flow of words from children.”
A recent Tavistock poetry festival saw 11 local schools and the community draw together to write and celebrate poetry and was a resounding success.
Poets: Roselle Angwin, Vanessa Kisuule, Bob Liu- Devreux, Phil Bowen and Celia Warren worked in schools with children from 4 to 18. Much of the writing was centred on the theme of “our local area” and the photographs of local photographers, including Gary King from Tavistock College, were instrumental is sparking inspiration.
Vanessa Kisuule, from a group known as “Slambassadors”, worked with older students at the College and her trusting, sensitive way of working allowed students to explore their feelings and compare how others perceive them to their own sense of self. These students were encouraged to perform their poetry and willingly share their thoughts. A beautiful example of the poetry which came from these sessions was written by Emily Handel, age 12 from Tavistock College:
People assume that if you don’t speak up,
You have nothing to say.
Because your voice isn’t the loudest,
Your thoughts aren’t the strongest.
But we live in a world where we all speak at once
And when everyone’s shouting
You can’t hear what’s said.
Maybe, just maybe,
People are quiet because they’re biding their time,
Waiting for a break in the endless roar.
So when they do speak they’re quiet but everyone hears.
They may not be shouting,
But the meaning is clear.
The Poetry Slam which was held at the end of the week saw a team from each school perform an original piece of poetry. The trophy for first place was won by Tavistock Community Primary School with their poem about the area in which we live. It was delivered with much animation and movement :
The Tavy to the Tamar
Francis Drake cries, ‘Spanish Armada!’
Dartmoor Prison says, ‘Let me out!’
The market shouts, ‘Oranges for sale!’
Buckland Abbey says ‘Hey, have a walkabout!’
The White Lady murmurs, ‘I’m drowning!’
The Cauldron cries deep and dark.
‘Step on me,’ says the viaduct.
The meadows beckons ‘Come to my park!’
The Gem Bridge says ‘Walk across!’
Crebers says, ‘Smell my coffee!’
The Town Hall sings, ‘Come and see a play!’
I Love Candy says, ‘Have some toffee!’
The class says, ‘Good Morning!’
The teacher says, ‘Good Night!’
‘Come and stay,’ says The Bedford
And Goose fair says, “See the lights!”
Tamar bridge says “Welcome to Cornwall!”
Morwellham Quay says “Come and join the past!”
The Plymouth Hoe says “Sail across me!”
The sea says “You’re free at last!”
The Key Stage 3 competition was won by Emily Frost and Katie Gray.
The Saturday saw a splendid and vibrant event in the Town hall with every school performing their work and displays of poetry and photographs. Tors, rivers, scrolls and postcards from Tavistock were beautifully displayed and conveyed in poetry. The school winning the “Build a Poem” competition, judged by a public vote, was St Peters Primary School and the beautiful photograph of Cox Tor at sunset, taken by Gary King and displayed in the Town Library all week, was won by Samuel Beard.
Sky that’s red and fire that burns,
Sunlight cascading over bracken and ferns
Moorland turned crimson with dying light,
Tors growing dark with the coming of night
A moment of beauty,
Seen from a hilltop
Fields flowing and rolling,
Ploughed with farmers’ new crop
Trees framed with sunlight,
Skeletal and thin
Night time creeps in
This landscape that’s lit,
By sunlight infernal
Shall remain untouched,
By Samuel William McGoldrick Beard
All the participating schools are keen to hold another Festival next year and again invite the community to get involved and be creative!