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Sixth Form student wins second place in photo competition

Rachael Smith (12.6) recently gained second place in the Fieldwork Britanicca section of the Joint Regional Group Photo Competition held by the Geological Society of London.

 

Her winning image is shown below.  Rachael accepted the prize from our own Mr Neighbour, Head of Geology, who is also a Committee Member for the south west Regional Group of the Geological Society.

 

You can find out more about the competition here: https://www.geolsoc.org.uk/jointphotocomp#historyof 

 

 

Year 12 Visit Houses of Parliament

In December, Year 12 students embarked on an exciting trip to London to visit the Houses of Parliament, with Politics students also having the chance to visit the offices of Amnesty International and the Museum of London and History students to attend a number of informative lectures about Russia.

 

Our train set off early from Newton Abbot, arriving in London Paddington at about 10:30am. The Politics and History groups then separated, with the Politics group headed to the underground to travel to Amnesty. We were met by Dan Jones, a supporter of Amnesty International for over 50 years, who gave a very insightful talk about the work of Amnesty all over the world and the work that he has been involved in directly himself, including fighting for the protection of vulnerable refugees. We also spoke to the Lobbying Team, who work to get human rights on the agenda of the Government - for example, working to protect the Human Rights Act. After lunch, we travelled to the Museum of London, where we had the chance to see artefacts from the ancient city, right up to the cauldron which lit up the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. In the evening, we enjoyed dinner at Pizza Express, followed by shopping in Covent Garden.

 

The next day, we were all headed to Parliament, where we were firstly given a tour of the Palace, even getting to sit in the Commons Viewing Gallery - where we listened to Mhairi Black’s Private Member's Bill being debated (the youngest MP in Parliament since the 1800s, being elected in 2015 at the age of just 20) - and in the Viewing Gallery of the House of Lords, too.  What’s more, we took in the Central Lobby, where UK citizens can meet to lobby their MPs about issues they care about, and Westminster Hall, which has hosted guests including Barack Obama and Nelson Mandela, in addition to once being a banqueting hall for Henry VIII. Following on from that, we took part in a election systems workshop, where the group was separated into three political parties, each electing a leader and making a mini manifesto. We then compared how we would all fare under First Past the Post and Proportional Representation after we took part in a mini election.

 

We were then back on the underground, headed for Oxford Street, where we all enjoyed some shopping and some lunch before heading back to Paddington.

 

It was an absolutely invaluable trip and it was incredible to have access to the corridors of Westminster, getting an insight into the workings of modern day Parliament and its illustrious history. As an AS Level Politics student, to get such an experience was extremely worthwhile - I’d recommend it to anyone studying Politics in Sixth Form!

 

-Lily James

 

 

TGGS students visit CERN

A group of Sixth Form Physics students have been inspired by a visit to CERN, home of the Large Hadron Collider.

 

During the visit on 9th December, the students discovered how CERN is helping to answer some of the most fundamental questions; how did the Universe begin? What are the basic building blocks of matter? Scientific breakthroughs such as the discovery of the Higgs boson require experimental machines on the large scale, and the students gained an appreciation of the technical and engineering challenges that the multinational experimental collaborations at CERN face.

 

Physics Teacher Mr J Castillo said, ‘it was a great experience for our students to see what’s going on at the forefront of physics, meet extremely motivated scientists and see for themselves the scale of the engineering and technology required to make this multinational research facility viable.  All students had an opportunity to build a particle detector and learn about all the different fundamental particles included in the Standard Model. Overall, a truly inspiring encounter with 21st century science!’.

 

Annabel Clarke, a year 13 Physics student at TGGS, said, “the trip to CERN has been an intriguing and informative insight into the science and theory behind particle collision furthering my understanding of Physics and inspiring future career paths opportunities”. Madeleine Brett, another year 13 Physics student at TGGS said, “it was really interesting to see Physics being applied to solve complex problems and discover new particles”.

 

While in Switzerland the students also visited the UN, took in a chocolate factory tour and experienced L'escalade celebrations in Old Town Geneva.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Citizenship Award

Congratulations to Imogen in Year 12, the first winner of our new Good Citizen Award.

 

The award has been given to the school by our recently retired and longest serving teacher, Miss Neal.  The popular History teacher, a life-long lover of politics and advocate of good citizenship, especially related to women, has generously donated this magnificent glass trophy to the school.

 

Our first winner gained the award for her outstanding charitable work with Torbay Hospital as Chairman of the Junior League of Friends. 

 

In the words of Mairead McAlinden, Chief Executive of Torbay NHS Trust,  Imogen has, "Grasped the challenge when others stand back, motivated others to participate in the effort, and achieved something that makes a difference, often in challenging circumstances."

 

Well done, Imogen, and many thanks to Miss Neal for her generosity.

 

 

 

 

Challenge Day October 2016

Many thanks to all of those people who helped organise and run our latest Challenge Day, and a big well done to all who took part with such enthusiasm.

 

You can see some photos of the day here.

 

 

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