To celebrate this prestigious event, an array of fictitious characters took over the teaching and leadership of THS for the day. The Ministry of Magic moved decisively to deal with continued high spirits and positive attitudes at Tiverton High School and our replacement Head Master for the day was the Dark Lord, who shall not be named. He now left the building.
Staff and students entered in to the spirit of the event and all had a great day. We are already planning to make next year’s WBD even bigger!.
Tangle International Theatre Company were welcomed by Tiverton High School to perform to students who had taken part in Drama workshops before half term.
Actors from the group had worked with local primary schools and Year seven students to explore the theme of ‘diversity’. At that time the students had learned about ‘Haikus’, a short poem which uses imagistic language to convey the essence of an experience. Students then wrote their own Haikus and over 100 are now on display in the High School reception. THS then hosted the celebration evening with ‘Tangle’ producing a great oratorical and theatrical performance. Over 60 students from the High School and other Tiverton Co-Operative Learning Partnership schools then gathered in reception to be part of the experience. The focus of the performance was the ‘I have a dream’ speech by Martin Luther King, Jnr. It was a truly inspirational and uplifting experience for the pupils and others who witnessed it, including staff and parents. Anna Coombes, from the Tangle Group, said after the show ‘’There was moments of magic watching the young people’s faces. We have enjoyed working with everyone and we hope to be invited back soon!’’. Angie Timms, Drama Teacher at Tiverton High School said of the process, ‘'Working with 'Tangle' was amazing - an opportunity that could not be missed and I look forward to further projects at Tiverton High School looking at diversity in the South West.
We are delighted that Tiverton High School Choral Society has been selected to take part in the Devon Music Education Hub Singing Excellence Day. The singers had to submit a recording in order to audition for the day, and only the very best vocal groups from schools in Devon have been chosen to attend.
They will then take part in workshops in Jazz, World Music and Choral Singing with specialist Vocal Coaches. In the late afternoon there will be an opportunity for the choir to perform to other schools. In the evening the choir are invited back for a concert in Exeter Cathedral at 7pm, in which they will perform work from the day alongside the Military Wives Choir. There is a great sense of excitement amongst members of the choir and members of the Music Department are very proud of their achievement.
As soon as the Ski trip places were available, I asked my mum and dad if I could go. Luckily and thankfully they said yes, because it was honestly one of the best experiences of my life.
As the countdown began we all got more and more excited. Finally it came around and I couldn’t have been happier. Even though I mostly slept on the coach journey, it was lovely to bond with everyone before the trip even began. As we arrived, tired but hopeful, the views really began to sink in - nothing like Tiverton anyway! We got our room keys and settled in for the night, choosing beds and deciding who would get to shower first.
The first time skiing for most of us was honestly incredible, much easier than the dry ski slope! Getting the hang of it pretty quickly, we soon advanced to the top of the mountain which was breath-taking. It didn’t seem real at first - it looked like a picture from a postcard. Our Italian instructor was lovely and spending a week with him and getting to know him was a pleasure. There were three course meals for lunch and dinner every day (mostly pasta but we soon adapted to it), which we burnt off skiing. We made friends with everyone from Cullompton School and soon got really close to them after a whole week.
Anyway, skiing everyday with my best friends, (and best teachers) was better than anyone could wish for. The routine of putting boots and skis on and taking boots and skis off, never got boring. The feeling of drifting on skis down the mountain was the best and even though a few of us acquired injuries, it was totally worth it. It snowed on two of the days, which made the skiing much more of a challenge. We also went to a karaoke night club called ‘The Igloo’ where we danced and sang karaoke for hours and cheered each other on.
If I got the chance to go again, I would definitely take it because it’s an opportunity of a lifetime and you’d definitely be missing out if you didn’t take that chance. You get fit, meet new friends, have the time of your life and leave with memories you’ll never, EVER forget. I loved every second of it and I think everyone would agree with me. Thank you to the teachers who took us and made the 2013 Ski Trip a holiday and experience never to forget :D
For more information on this years ski trip please collect a letter from the Account Office.
A selected group of year nine Drama students will be creating a 'play in a day' with Miss Timms based upon the theme of E-safety on Thursday 23rd January 2014. The theme and title was chosen by a group of Yr 8 boys.
It would be wonderful if students and staff attend to support this performance taking place in the auditorium at 4:30pm - 5pm.
The start of the Spring term is always an important time for Year 9 students as they make choices about what examination courses to study in Year 10 and 11. Thanks to numerous changes by the Government to the way those courses are judged to ‘count’, this year it is even more crucial that students get those choices right. In light of this we have decided to push back the options process by a few weeks in order to ensure that our preparations are as clear and supportive as possible. Please note therefore the following new dates for the Year 9 Options Evening and the Year 9 Parents’ Evening: Year 9 Parents’ Evening: Tuesday February 11th (All subject teachers will be available on this evening. Teachers will be happy to talk about possible examination course options as well as give feedback on progress) Year 9 Options Evening: Tuesday February 25th (Subject Leaders and Senior Leaders will be available to talk through the various examination courses on offer and to answer any questions about those courses and the options process itself)
Pupils and staff at Tiverton High School recently held a fundraising day in order to raise money for the victims of the Philippines Typhoon Disaster. The day was scheduled by senior staff after so many pupils asked to do something after hearing news reports of the story. The pupils all had the chance to attend in non-uniform clothes, for the cost of £1.00. On top of that there were cakes sold at break time and a special performance from the pupils on the schools Rock School course was held outside at lunchtime. Tutor groups around the school all held their own fundraising ideas over the course of the day.
Year 11 pupil, Shannon, baked cupcakes and a Christmas Cake, and staff bought raffle tickets to win them. She was delighted to learn that her hard work and imagination had made £90 towards the total. Shannon said, ‘’I enjoy baking, and thought it would be a good idea to raffle a cake. I never expected it would raise so much, but I am really happy it did.’’
In total, in one day, the school raised an outstanding £1559.57. Andrew Lovett, Head Teacher at Tiverton High School said, ‘’When the pupils approached staff and said they wanted to help the communities in the Philippines, we decided to put all our efforts into one day. Once again, our community has come together when they see people in need. It should remind us all what fantastic young people we have in our midst.’’ The British Red Cross community fundraiser for Devon, Rowena Cross said, “The generosity of the pupils, teachers and parents at Tiverton High School is amazing and I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who raised this money. We have been overwhelmed by the reaction of the local community who have contacted us to make donations, volunteered their time to take part in bucket collections and fundraising events or who have donated items of unwanted clothing to our local shops on behalf of the Typhoon Haiyan appeal. These expressions of concern for the people in the Philippines have been very touching".
Tiverton High School has now, over the last 12 months, raised over £5000 for various charities, both local and national.