Summer Newsletter 2015 - page 11

Great Torrington School Sporting Success
GTS has seen more than its fair share of success in recent weeks across the
South West.
Firstly, Emily Tyrell in Year 8 is UK Sportshall Champion in Standing Triple Jump
– go Emily! In the County Championships, sisters, Megan and Caitlin Gallagher,
both in Year 10, became county champions in the Triple Jump (Caitlin) and in
the 300 Metre Hurdles (Megan, who was also runner up in the 300m Flat),
with Emily Tyrell achieving silver in the Long Jump. These three went on to
further success in representing the school at The South West Schools Athletics
Championships with Caitlin winning the bronze medal in Triple Jump and
Megan gold in the 300m Hurdles, her time putting her in the top 10 rankings in
the UK – amazing effort there! The performance of these two, along with
Emily Tyrell meant all three had achieved the standard to be selected to
compete at the English Schools’ Athletics Championships in Gateshead in July.
Further athletics glory came when Year 8 girls became champions in the North
Devon Athletics League and in the Devon Schools’ Summer Games the Year 8
& 9 combined team (mixed boys and girls) came 4
overall. In the North
Devon Schools’ Gymnastics Championship, our under 13 girls team: Jessica
Gluzman, Jodie Rowcliffe, Kelsey Hill-Meldrum and Kathryn Mitchell came second, with Jessica winning gold in the individual event.
A great result there. Not content with succeeding at athletics and gymnastics, Ben Brown and Kye Marshall, both in Year 7, became
Devon Schools Beach Volleyball champions; and in show jumping, Dexter Dack, Sada Ord, and sisters Olivia and Charlotte Tucker
became South West Schools’ Champions.
We are so proud of the time and effort our pupils and staff put in to training for these events and of their successes; it seems that
sport at GTS just goes from strength to strength.
Employers Tea Party to Celebrate Work Experience
On Thursday 16th July employers, business partners and students attended a tea party organised to thank them for their
efforts and support across the school, whether it was offering work experience to Year 10 or being an invaluable support to the
school curriculum.
The event also announced the launch of the Big Bang at GTS on 17th December, the launch of the Build a Plane project in Year
7 and showcasing the Enterprise Passport scheme.
The Enterprise Passport Scheme is a joint initiative between secondary schools across North Devon and is due to a successful
bid from Devon County Council Enterprise in Schools grant scheme in December 2014. The aim of the ‘North Devon Enterprise
Passport’ is to ensure that students who attend one of the nine North Devon Secondary Schools in the NORDAB group, will
have a minimum of six opportunities to engage in enterprise and entrepreneurial activities and have a physical document to
share with employers. The students will be awarded their ‘ North Devon Enterprise Passports as part of their ‘Record of
Achievement’ when they leave school. To achieve their passport students will need to take part in work experience, an
enterprise activity, a primary liaison event, volunteering (either within school or the local community), a social enterprise
activity and a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) event.
BACK TO SCHOOL: Thursday 3rd September 2015
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