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The Careers department had a visit from Lianne Currah and some Flybe Air Cabin Crew.
This was an ideal opportunity for anyone wishing to pursue a career in the aviation industry and was extremely well attended by students from Years 10 and 11.
The presentation gave students information on the role and responsibility of Cabin Crew, it covered all the necessary qualifications and explained the course details. It was a very interesting and informative session.
Lianne was also accompanied by two young crew members, in uniform, who were able to answer questions on how the course enabled them to progress with their career choice. Look out for information on further talks happening within the Careers Department or ask your tutor.
On Wednesday 13th March, 8 Post-16 students accompanied by Mr Wilson, attended the Regional heats of the European Youth Parliament and participated in a range of debates including Stem Cell research, Copyright Theft, rights of women and terrorism.
Exmouth Community College students Stuart Smith and Joe Atkins delivered three minute opening and closing speeches to one of the debates which were met with unanimous applause.
We also held our own in debating topics and were described by the Judging Panel as having prepared very well and having a clear and strong debating style and confidence.
We competed against some of the top Public schools across the greater South West and performed admirably, and although we did not reach the National Final, The students were a credit to the School in the professionalism and maturity of their behaviour and approach.
College students victorious in 4-0 victory against Colyton Grammar School.
A cold day, that was more suited to penguins, at East Budleigh ensured a well fought football match in the East Devon Cup Final between Exmouth Community College and Colyton Grammar School.
Colyton kicked off the first half and showed their football prowess as they neatly passed the ball between them. However, Exmouth grew into the game with a strong defensive line allowing the midfielders more time on the ball.
It wasn’t long before Exmouth got the reward for their work rate as a great run down the left wing opened Colyton up and the ball found the back of the net.
Half-time approached, with Exmouth becoming increasingly dominant, they found the back of the net a second time through some neat breakaway play by the midfield.
Half-Time was blown with Exmouth 2-0 up. A strong team talk by Mr Taylor ensured the team would push on during the second half.
Colyton started the second half off strongly again with some neat passing nearly got their reward as they went close on a couple of occasions. However, just like the first half, Exmouth grew and their confidence was flowing with their defensive line still holding strong. Their dominance paid off with two further goals in the second half. Exmouth ran out 4-0 winners and claimed the East Devon Cup Trophy.
“The game was played in great spirit and superb sportsmanship was on show. Congratulations to both teams on their conduct on and off the pitch. On top of it all, the quality of the football was terrific from both teams with some neat passing play. The lads have done the College proud and will now march on as they take on Paignton in the Devon Cup Semi-final. The students should be proud of their achievements this season, they have been a pleasure to work with,” said Mr Taylor.
GOALS: James Gill 1, Jack Sparkes 2 and Will Dean
Visitors to A La Ronde will be treated to an exhibition of stunning and interesting photographs exhibited by photography students at Exmouth Community College.
The exhibition showcased a wide selection of varied images created by students on the A level photography course. Subject matter ranged from abstract kaleidoscopic imagery to creative interpretations of classic photographic themes such as portraiture and landscape. Put simply, some wonderfully creative photography which was well received by visitors to the attraction.
A La Ronde is a National Trust property located in Summer Lane. EX8 5BD
The photograph here is one from the exhibition by Jessie Dunn on the Kaleidoscope theme.
Student Photographers Exhibit Wonderful Work at A La Ronde
The College works with many companies and institutions. We would like to draw your attention to just some of those who help us make the College an exciting place to be.
Physics Students Visit University
On Wednesday 20th March, Miss Hoon and Dr Morse took a group of Year 12 AS-Physics students to the University of Exeter to experience a Physics and Astronomy Taster Day. This allowed them to get an idea of what studying for a Physics degree is like and to see a university Physics department in action.
The day started with a question and answer session with 2nd Year Undergraduate Physics students, who explained what studying for a Physics degree and what student life is like. Students then went to the 3rd Year Undergraduate labs to do some very exciting experiments in cryogenics, which involved using liquid Nitrogen at 77K (-196°C)- very cool!
Students then visited the 1st Year undergraduate labs to take part in a variety of experiments, with Physics postgraduate students on hand to supervise. This involved everything from electronics to visualising quantum effects using sand. This was noisy but incredibly interesting and helped students to apply the learning from their lectures to another situation.
In the afternoon, the students were lucky enough to receive an Astronomy lecture about exoplanets from Chris Brunt, which was highly enjoyable and informative. The day was a huge success and the Physics students at Exmouth Community College would like to thank the University staff and students for their time and enthusiasm.
As part of the Science and Engineering week 2013, Year 7 were challenged to build a device that would propel the egg the furthest without breaking the egg. The winners from each Y7 class were invited to the final that took place lunchtime on Wednesday 17th April.
First place was achieved by Jack Hope 7ATT who propelled his egg 8m 21cm. Second place went to Olivia Loyd 7B1 who achieved 5m 72cm. Third place went to Taylor Roberts 7KR with a distance of 4m 21cm.
Other participants in the winners final included: Matt Garnett & Lewis Holland; Finley Gilbert & Ben Sheil; Shane Underwood, Charlotte Pigeon and Jack Woodthorpe. Congratulations to all who took part and to Mr Farleigh for organising the event.
On 13th March 40 year 12 Chemistry students attended the National Science and engineering week Bio fuels event at the University of Exeter. During the day as well as a tour of the university campus and a talk from a leading academic researching in the area of sustainable Bio fuels. The students carried out several practical’s in the undergraduate teaching laboratories investigating the ideal conditions needed to grow algae which produces oil used as a bio fuel. This was followed in the afternoon with the students took part in a ‘Dragons Den’ activity producing presentations pitching for funding for imaginary companies producing algal bio fuels.
All the students gained a lot from the trip, the presentations were all of a very high standard, and the students got a good look at a top science department ahead of their UCAS applications next year. The students were accompanied on the visit by Dr Gelling, Miss Bowles, Mr Knott and Mr Williamson.
Chemists attend Science & Engineering week event.
The National Youth Theatre is an organisation in London for 14-18 year olds and it is very difficult to gain a place there because it has a superb reputation for producing actors of quality. The National Youth Theatre has launched the careers of many top actors and actresses including; Daniel Craig (James Bond), Dame Helen Mirren, Matt Smith (Doctor Who) and Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Caribbean, Lord of the Rings).
In order to get a place you have to audition for two weeks in the summer. Holly Quilter has been successful in the audition process and will now be attending the National Youth Theatre after her exam period at the College has ended.
Holly, who won the Rotary Service to the College Community Award in 2012 and the KS3 Premier Awards Prize in 2011, said , " I have no idea where this will lead but the experience and the skills I have the potential to develop will make it a very valuable experience."
Miss Heron, who encouraged Holly to audition, commented. "Having taught Holly and worked with her on several of the school shows we identified her as a perfect candidate to go for an audition. It was at a time when Holly was unsure of what the best option was for her and we thought this would be a great opportunity for her."
Congratulations Holly! Holly will be talking about her audition and her hopes for the future on the Youth Show broadcast on Saturday mornings by Bayfm in the near future.
Following the visit of the German students from Oettingen to Exmouth before the Easter holiday, students from the College visited Germany from 10th to 17th April.
During the time there they were able to visit lessons in the Albrecht Ernst Gymnasium and reflect on differences between school in Germany and in Exmouth.
The group visited the Nymphenburg Palace in Munich as well as the historic city centre. In addition they explored Oettingen itself and Nördlingen, a nearby medieval walled town.
Students Discover German Education, Architecture and Culture
Charlie Higson, successful author, actor, comedian and writer for television visited Exmouth Community College on Friday 26th April.
Charlie who has been writing since the age of ten: he has written and acted for many TV shows including The Fast Show.
After his university days at Norwich, Charlie joined a band called ‘The Higsons’ which were a punk/funk band. Charlie wrote for the band and also performed over the six and a half years they were together. He then moved into decorating before becoming a scriptwriter for comedy TV show.
Charlie who also wrote the ‘Young James Bond’ books, entertained various year groups in the Main Hall with his enthusiastic performances and talk about his writing career. A gory, zombie trailer for his latest book ‘The Sacrifice’ was shown.Charlie, whose latest series of books is described as Zombie Adventure, said: “Girls and Boys like horror! If I could terrify a kid and make it a book that is memorable then I have done my job as writer. I am a great lover of Horror and Zombies for me are one of the most terrifying.” Students also had the opportunity to purchase Charlie’s books and get them signed by him. There was a question and answer session with the talented author. The College wishes to thanks the Library team for a terrific event and a well decorated hall. We would also like to thank Charlie for his time.
Girls Under 16s Win County Cup
On Thursday 25th April the under 16's girls were crowned Devon County Cup champions! After playing three matches, drawing one and winning two the girls were comfortable winners against some tough opponents. The girls first match was against Great Torrington, after a sluggish start and going one nil down it took until the second half for the girls to find their rhythm. The girls equalised late in the match to salvage 3 points for a score draw. The second match saw the girls face a hard working KEVICC team. This match provide 5 goals with Exmouth coming out 3-2 winners. The girls final match saw them play a physical Paignton side, who unfortunately felt the wrath of Exmouth's free flowing football and comfortably breezed past them with a 3-0 victory!
Kelly Ball, team captain, lifted the trophy to mark the a happy ending to her and her fellow teammates footballing history at EEC as they venture into post 16 and beyond.
Mr Mercy had nothing but praise for the girls effort, ''We had such a strong team and I am over the moon that the girls won the cup. The girls have constantly turned out for football practice showing their dedication and commitment and it was a fitting end to their school football achievements! Well done girls!!''
Year 7 Boys Win Devon Cup
The Community College Year 7 football team travelled to St James' Park the home of Exeter City for their Devon cup final against St Luke's school. The Students have had an exciting route to the final with wins against Paignton 3-2, after being 2-0 down and an incredible 5-3 victory against Ivybridge who had reached the last four in the National Uk cup.
Both teams arrived at the ground and were greeted by Paul Tisdale, Steve Perryman and other Exeter City board of directors. The team were invited into the ground as any other professional club would be on matchdays. Mike Mallarkey who ran the line at the World cup final in 2010 also gave up his evening to officiate the final.
The match was closely fought throughout with some talented players on show from both teams. Exmouth started brighter and passed the ball neatly on the excellent St James' pitch. Early dominance led to the first goal, With Jack Sparkes picking up the ball just inside the St Luke's half, beating two player's and with an audacious half volley from 25 yards the ball hit the top left corner of the goal. St Luke's came into the game and began building pressure on the Exmouth Goal, with 5 minutes till half time, the goal came with a excellent curled effort from outside the box into the bottom left corner.
The Second half was a tight affair with St Lukes gaining more possession but with a resolute defence organised superbly by Will Dean clear cut chances were kept to minimum. With the game looking like heading into extra time time Exmouth were awarded a free kick on the half way line, Will Dean flighted the ball into the box and was magnificently headed home by Jack Sparkes, the team's captain.
Mr Taylor who coaches the team said: " It has been a unbelievable season for the squad, in every round they have given their everything, coming up against some excellent teams. To play at St Jamess' park was very special, something they will never forget. Each and everyone of them should be immensley proud of their achievements this season. I would like to thank Exeter City FC, St Luke's school, Mike Mullarkey and all the supporter's for making it such a enjoyable evening ".
U13 Boys Win Devon Cup
The College under 13 (Yr 8) boys footballl team were victorious against Ivybridge wiinning 3 - 2 after a hard fought final last week.
Congratulations to them and to all the teams who have been so successful. See below
Bodyguard Author: Chris Bradford
Famous author, Chris Bradford, delivered an entertaining and enthralling presentation to students in the Main Hall. The author, who wrote the Young Samurai series, was in College to promote his latest series based on a teen Bodyguard.
To research for his books Chris embarked on an intensive 'close protection' course to become a qualified professional bodyguard. During his training, he acquired skills in unarmed combat, defensive driving, tactical firearms, threat assessments, surveillance, and even anti-ambush exercises.
In what was a dramatic presentation both Mr Alexander and Mr Allen were saved from a potential threat.
Students were given the gold seal of Bodyguard approval at the end of his presentation and also had the chance to buy his books as well as get them signed.
Chris also took a moment to sit down for lunch with some students and have a questions and answer session. He revealed that during his Bodyguard training he was attacked with paintballs! Chris is also an accomplished musician who has performed for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
299 Exmouth Sqn Air Training Corps yet again successfully completed this years Ten Tors Challenge, at 35 and 45 mile distances over a bleak, wet and windy Dartmoor this weekend.
This year’s weather produced a more testing time than normal for the teenagers. Thick fog making navigation extremely challenging and rising river levels meant additional mileage for the teams as they were diverted from planned crossing points. Nevertheless Exmouth Sqn rose to the challenge and both teams finished on Sunday afternoon.
The 35 mile team crossed the finish line at 15:52. The team was Cpl Nick Sly (leader), Cdts Saffeen Kay, Charles Buckley, Jazz Hoe, Richard Buston and James White.
The 45 Mile team crossed the finish line at 16:31. The team was F/Sgt Jack Pile, F/Sgt Emily Thompson, Sgt George Fulston, Sgt Kerry Smith, Cpl Dan Bagnall and Cpl Ollie Hackney.
Anyone interested in joining Exmouth Air Training Corps and to see all the other activities we do, please go to you could even be competing in next years challenge!
Another successful Ten Tors for 299 Exmouth Air Cadets
The Languages Department have just returned from Normandy where they spent the week with a group of 38 Year 8 pupils immersed in the French language. Everyone on the trip had the opportunity to take part in archery, climbing, fencing, an assault course, circus skills, bread making and many other activities during their stay. Students threw themselves into all the activities with gusto ensuring that they achieved the maximum from each task.
We also had the chance to practise French during meal times, a visit to a local French market and shopping in Mont St. Michel. The best thing for the staff that accompanied the trip was that during the week the students were able to improve their understanding and communication in French led by a fantastic team of “animateurs” who conducted all the activities entirely in French.
A selection of enthusiastic photographers gathered in the Green Close Library on 13th May to be presented with certificates and prizes for the Rotary Club's 'Young Photographer' competition. In attendance were representatives from Rotary International, Mr Alexander and Photography teaching staff. The theme for this year's competition was 'Peace', and the entrants had interpreted this in varied and inspiring ways.
Post 16 student Jennifer Wellington was the winner in the Senior category with her sepia toned portraits in a Victorian style; the winner of the Intermediate category was Year 8 student Jacob Congreve, whose photograph of a swan in flight, not only won the District stage of the competition, but also came top at a Regional level and went through to the National Final! Each won a cash prize, with all entrants receiving certificates in recognition of their efforts and achievements
The theme for the Young Writers Competition was also 'Peace'. Students had to compose a single side of A4 in the form of a letter with peace as the theme or inspiration. The students were highly imaginative in their approach to such a broad task, composing letters to their own future grandchildren as well as the children of war torn countries. They had clearly thought long and hard about what peace meant to them and ways that it can be achieved in a troubled world. There was some poignant and original writing produced and the Rotary members were most impressed with the students' creative flair.
The following Year 7 students were invited to the presentation in the Green Close
Library: Poppy Perry-Hake, Lewis Escott, Maisy Farr, Courtney Mitchell, Beth Merry,
Rebecca Jackson, Alice Wright, Elizabeth Jackson and Damian Lis. The winner was Maisy
Farr and the runner up was Elizabeth Jackson.
Rotary Club's Young Photographers & Young Writers competitions
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