U14 Girls’ Football Team Play in Catherine Fraser Memorial Tournament

On Friday 10th March the U14 girls’ football team travelled to Exeter University to play in the Catherine Fraser Memorial Tournament. Catherine worked behind the scenes at Exeter City, but in 2015 died of breast cancer. Her family organised the tournament in her honour.

With 14 school teams attending it was always going to be a very competitive tournament. In the group stages Dawlish had to play Exmouth CC and Maynards twice, this resulted in 1 win, 2 draws and a loss. The girls had been drawn into the plate competition and felt that they could do very well in it, and so they did. Once again they had to play Cranbrook and Torbride twice, and came away with 3 wins and a draw. Goal scorers included Sasha Mole (Y9), Elli Hawkins-Way (Y9), and Magenta Fraser (Y8).

In the plate final they came up against a very strong and older Saltash team who scored two early goals, and Dawlish found it hard to come back from this. However, the girls played some excellent football and were over the moon to be plate runners-up.

The team were Sasha Mole (Y9), Elli Hawkins-Way (Y9), Tilli Hawkins-Way (Y9), Lauren Blick (Y9), Abi Blick (Y9), Magenta Fraser (Y8), Daisy Pullen (Y8), and Tia Festa (Y7).

Maths Star of the Week: 13th – 17th March

Maths Star of the Week: 13th – 17th March

‘Star of the Week’ is an award The Mathematics Faculty makes in recognition of the students who consistently demonstrate excellent attitudes to their work, over a sustained period of time.

Winners receive 10 Epraise points, and students who win more than once within one academic year will receive a special recognition of their efforts, which will include a prize and nomination towards the College’s Annual Awards Evening in the summer term.

This week’s winners:

Year 7- Charlie-Anne Rudge

Year 8- Gabriel Drake

Year 9- Daniel Barham

Year 10- Oliver Santer

Year 11- Jeroen Thomas

DCC Alumna Talks to Students About Her Place at Oxford University

Amber Borowiec, who left Dawlish Community College in June 2015 and who subsequently won a place at the Exeter Mathematics School (EMS), has been offered a place at Hertford College at the University of Oxford for October 2017.

Amber left DCC with several GCSEs, including an A* in Mathematics, and is currently studying for A-Levels in Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics at the EMS. In December, after applying and going through the rigorous interview process, Amber was given the good news that in October she will move to Oxford, where she will be studying Mathematics alongside the country’s top mathematicians at undergraduate level.

She is very excited about the challenges ahead and has plans to continue her studies in Mathematics to at least Master’s Degree level. Amber kindly agreed to come back into the College earlier today and gave a talk to our Year 11 students about her achievements. This inspiring talk gave our students an idea of what can be achieved through hard work and dedication, reflecting the College’s motto of ‘Aspire, Believe, Achieve’.

During her assembly Amber talked through her process of applying to University through UCAS, as well as projects she has worked on at EMS including a data analysis project for the MET Office. She stressed to our Year 11s that reaching their goals is achievable if they are willing to put in the effort and hard work, but that enjoying your studies is of great importance too.

The College is extremely proud of Amber’s news and we wish her all the very best, both with her A-Levels and the sparkling future ahead of her.

BBC School Report 2017

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bbc2017This year we have the following students involved in the BBC School Report – All from Year 7: Alexander, Olivia, Josh, Luke, Abbie, Ewan, Callum, Helena and Becky.

Students started the day by watching some introduction videos from Hugh Edwards at the BBC and then a discussion in the group to talk about the aims for the day.  Mr Jukes talked to the students about the type of news to look at and how to produce news articles.

The students needed to research 3 news stories and write up a report.  They then had the opportunity to record an audio version of their best report.

 

Here are their typed reports:

Alexander:

New cycle path in Dawlish – Alexander

Will England rugby team secure the Grand slam in the Six Nations – Alexander

World Book Week – By Alexander

 

Olivia:

Epidermolysis Bullosa – Olivia

ED WHITLOCK – Olivia

 

Josh:

Marine A – Josh

 

Luke:

Is the new RS a rival for the Honda civic type R – Luke

 

Abbie:

Ed Sheeran to start a boyband – Abbie

Black Swans of Dawlish Under Threat Over Pollution Row – Abbie

Bumblebees smelly feet trick – Abbie

 

Ewan:

Football – Ewan

NASA find 3 earth like planets – Ewan

 

Callum:

Donald Trump – Callum

Speed limits outside of DCC – Callum

 

Helena:

Social Media – Helena

Somalia ship hijack – Helena

Madeleine McCann case extended by six months – Helena

 

Becky:

More than 800 000 song birds killed at army Base – Becky

Storm hit Dawlish Warren in – Becky

Turtle eats 1000 coins – Becky

 

 

Here are their audio reports:

Abbie:

 

Alexander:

 

Olivia:

 

Callum:

 

Helena:

 

 

Maths Star of the Week: 6th – 10th March

Maths Star of the Week: 6th – 10th March

‘Star of the Week’ is an award The Mathematics Faculty makes in recognition of the students who consistently demonstrate excellent attitudes to their work, over a sustained period of time.

Winners receive 10 Epraise points, and students who win more than once within one academic year will receive a special recognition of their efforts, which will include a prize and nomination towards the College’s Annual Awards Evening in the summer term.

This week’s winners:

Year 7- Josh Meredith

Year 8- Ben England

Year 9- Lewis Lidstone

Year 10- Hannah Rutter

Year 11- Yasmin Hughes

Y9 Students Participate in Talk About Talk Secondary Workshop

A group of Year 9 students have been participating in Talk About Talk Secondary, a pilot programme of speech and language intervention in conjunction with I CAN.

On Wednesday 8th March the group held a 2-hour workshop for members of Dawlish Rotary Club, presenting what they had learnt during their Talk About Talk sessions with Lead TA Mrs Howell. Using interactive challenges and role play, they explained the difficulties some young people face in communicating with others, and what can be done to support students with these issues in order to enhance their employability in later life.

I CAN is the leading charity for children and young people’s speech, language and communication. It provides effective, practical evidence-based solutions that change the lives of children and young people with communication difficulties, and support all children’s communication development.

Talk about Talk Secondary is an evidenced training and mentoring intervention that supports young people’s transition into the workplace. Aimed at 13-16 year old students in Years 9, 10 and 11 who have language difficulties, it develops the communication skills that support other ‘soft’ employability skills such as team working, time management and problem-solving students. In a series of 12 sessions, trained school staff mentor students so they can co-deliver workshops about communication to local employers.

Through this and through tutoring sessions between workshops, students learn, practise and improve their communication and presentation skills. A Talk for Work profiling tool tracks the development of these skills, and provides school staff with a measure of progress.

The programme is currently being piloted in 18 secondary schools across England including Dawlish Community College. The College decided to become involved with Talk about Talk Secondary as a way of extending our  provision in school for pupils with Speech, Language and Communication Needs. I CAN has been working with the College over the last year, training staff and supporting them to deliver the intervention. This is the second cohort of pupils who have presented the workshop to local employers. By being involved students learn about communication and have an opportunity to develop their skills which will help them be more effective in interviews and in the workplace.

We would like to thank Dawlish Rotary Club for participating in the workshop, as well as Liz Wood from I CAN. Well done to the Year 9 students for their fantastic effort in this project!

Maths Star of the Week: 27th February – 3rd March

Maths Star of the Week: 27th February – 3rd March

‘Star of the Week’ is an award The Mathematics Faculty makes in recognition of the students who consistently demonstrate excellent attitudes to their work, over a sustained period of time.

Winners receive 10 Epraise points, and students who win more than once within one academic year will receive a special recognition of their efforts, which will include a prize and nomination towards the College’s Annual Awards Evening in the summer term.

This week’s winners:

Year 7- Marley Patrick

Year 8- Molly Leigh

Year 9- Esme Lothian

Year 10- Jared Mills

Year 11- Amy-Jean Richmond

A special congratulations to Esme Lothian and Amy-Jean Richmond, who are winning this award for a second time this year!

Y10 and 11 Art Trip to Birmingham

On 9th February, a group of Year 10 and 11 Art students spent the day in Birmingham gathering sketches and photographs for their upcoming exam projects.

After an early start to catch the coach, the first stop was Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Here the group explored the permanent collection as well as the temporary exhibition of more contemporary art, which was very popular:

‘When we arrived, we could immediately see how the whole of Birmingham was just jam-packed with amazing art, shapes and forms filling the surroundings. Then we went to the Art Gallery which held work by many amazing artists, with so much detail it was just jaw-dropping.’ – Charlie Tilt, Year 11

After a lunch break in the gallery, it was time to visit Birmingham’s amazing library. The students were really impressed by the architecture of the building itself, and enjoyed being able to view the whole of the city from the roof terrace:

‘The building reminded me of a wedding cake with all the different coloured tiers. In the yellow cylinder you could view Birmingham for miles and admire the real artistic charm of the city.’ – Sara Cameron, Year 11.

The group walked back through the city centre via the canals at Brindley Place, and after a long day were very happy to have a bit of time to explore The Bullring shopping centre and find some dinner before heading back to the coach.

We look forward to seeing the artwork that this group produce later in the term inspired by their trip!