Spring Newsletter 2015 - page 2

Youth Speaks Success —
GTS team makes it to the Regional
finals at Tiverton
Each team consists of a Chairperson, a Speaker and a Proposer of the
Vote of Thanks. Emily, Lilith and Nell, pictured here with Torrington
Rotary president and chair of Governors, Mrs Pat Grimwood-Taylor,
competed in the local heat at Shebbear College. They then proceeded
on to the District Competition at Bideford College, where they won first
place to stand on stage at the Regional event at Tiverton. Miss
Smaldon said, “The girls gained lots of confidence throughout this
process and I was so proud of their performances. What shone out
above all, was the intellectual nature of their topic and the articulate
and mature manner with which they discussed the moral issues
associated with modern drone warfare. Well done ladies!”
Lilith Foster Collins was singled out at the Regional event as being the
best chair of the evening.
Pictured L to R: Emily Herbert, Lilith Foster-Collins, Mrs Pat
Grimwood-Taylor and Nell Gierke.
Chocolate, Slavery and Fairtrade
For their Forest of Stories challenge, adinkra
symbols were studied along with their meaning.
Students combined these symbols with their own
to make elaborate designs for book covers.
Traditionally, these symbols represent proverbs in
Africa. One clear example of the use of the
Adinkra patterns is shown on the design work of
Divine chocolate bars, which are a Fairtrade
product. Pupils discussed the slavery as part of
the story and the more recent Fairtrade
movement, before starting their artwork.
Dear Parents, Carers and Pupils,
It seems such a short time since Christmas and yet so much has
happened. The outstanding efforts of the staff and pupils at GTS
has been recognised nationally by the SSAT. Due to GTS being in
the top 6% of schools in the country we have qualified for the
Educational Outcomes Award.
No one enters this profession to gain ‘awards’ but I am very proud
that all the staff and pupils have received acknowledgement for
what was achieved last year. If, however, I am allowed to share
one of my favourite moments this term, it would have to be the
eclipse. Sharing that moment with all the staff and pupils was very
special and one that I hope they will never forget, I certainly won’t.
If you haven't seen the photos on our Facebook page please do
take a look.
As we break up for Easter, we have to say goodbye to Miss Keddie
who is returning home to the Bristol area to take up her new post.
We wish her well for her future career. We also say farewell to
Mrs Tillier, who has been at GTS for nearly 15 years. Mrs Tillier will
be greatly missed by staff and pupils but we wish her well in her
promotion to Head of Media at Bideford College. In June, we will
welcome Miss Beer, who will be joining the Science Department
and Mrs Clarke who will become the
manager of the Hardy Centre.
I hope you all have a wonderful Easter.
Tracey Amos
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