Head's Welcome

Head of College Welcome

Welcome to Dawlish College.

It continues to be an absolute privilege to be the Headteacher at Dawlish College – the staff and students are second to none and take all of life’s challenges in their stride. Despite current uncertainties as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, we continue to hold onto our core purpose in all that we do. Behind all of the decisions taken and measures put in place sits the balance between keeping staff and students safe whilst also providing them with a varied and exciting school experience.

Dawlish College is a vibrant and exciting place to be, where we have the highest expectations of staff and students alike and seek to provide challenge at every available opportunity. As a small school, we have a very proud record of holistic support, care and individual attention: the happiness and well-being of our students is of paramount importance and is a vital foundation for their growth and development. Our college has an atmosphere of creativity and positivity that is generated by the provision of excellent opportunities for every individual thereby maximising the outcomes and improving the life chances of the young people in our care.

As a parent myself, I understand that you want your child to be inspired, supported and challenged to be the best version of themselves within an environment that knows them and values them as an individual. Thank you for entrusting me with the care and education of your child, present or future, and I look forward to unlocking their ambitions as I get to know them and work closely with you.

R Wickham

Art Excursions

The Art Department have been out and about, using opportunities in Bristol and Plymouth to support and enhance the skills of the students.

We left for Bristol expecting rain and wind and arrived to a blue sky. Our first stop, the museum and art gallery bought a good mix of paintings, sculpture and natural history. A favourite with students was Banksy’s winged angel splashed with pink paint.

We ate our lunches on a ferry tour of the harbour area enjoying the mix of industrial and modern architecture and colourful terraced houses on the hill. Before visiting the MShed wildlife photography exhibition which was extremely thought provoking and inspired the students with youth photography exhibitors aged just 13 years old.

We strolled up through Saint Nick’s market enjoying the sights and smells of multicultural cuisine followed by free time in Cabot Circus providing retail therapy and time to rest and refuel before the journey home.

Meanwhile, Year 7 students visited the National Marine Aquarium to source inspiration and knowledge on Marine Life, to support the students with their new topic in art: ‘Natural Forms’.

When we arrived the National Marine Aquarium had prepared a series of drawing activities to enhance the students observational skills and to explore a range of drawing techniques (tricky to draw things that constantly move) such as line, pattern, blind continuous line drawing and depth. The students really engaged in these activities and certainly have a deeper understanding of the Marine Life and the vast array of species held at the National Marine Aquarium.

The students were fantastic ambassadors for the college and super sketchbook pages have been made to support their exam and identity projects and we really look forward to the outcomes that are made in response to these trips.

Don’t forget to email your favourite image taken in the National Marine Aquarium to your Art teacher: eparr@dawlish.devon.sch.uk llithgow@dawlish.devon.sch.uk

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