Business Enterprise Challenge in year 7 & 8

Year 7 and 8 students have been undertaking business and enterprise lessons this year to help develop their employability skills.  The students have been developing games to help fundraise for the school mini-bus.  This photograph shows a group of Year 7  students explaining how the Wheel of Fortune (made from a bicycle tyre) works. The tyre was held in place by a plastic drinks bottle filled with sand to stop it bending. It had been modified to spin on the bamboo frame which held it all together. The group worked well as a team and are one of the 8 finalists to go through to the second round of the SMCC Dragons Den competition out of the 21 teams involved. We are grateful for the time provided by a team of 6 Lloyds Bank Managers were judges of the competition.  Special thanks goes to Shirley Partridge for the time, effort and commitment she has given to these students preparing for the  competition.

Writing Club success

Five of our year 10 students from the Writing Club entered Young Writers’ Spine-Chillers mini saga competition.  We are delighted to say that all five were successful and are being published within a special anthology.  A copy of the book that our students’ work will appear in will be published on 31st July – a copy will be sent to South Molton College.  Once the collection has been published the top five writers will receive additional prizes – including a Kindle Fire HD! We are really proud of our students for creating such original and unique writing.  Congratulations go to Hannah Facey, Georgia Everett-Brown, Ellie Saxby,  Holly Rennie and Rhiannon Cottle.


SMCC’s students complete the Ten Tors Challenge

On Saturday 7th May fourteen students from South Molton Community College set off across Dartmoor to compete in one of the most arduous youth challenges in the UK, the Ten Tors Challenge.

The weekend started for the students with registration and scrutineering on Friday, the atmosphere was very exciting, especially fuelled with the sound of the helicopters!  Radio Devon was at Ten Tors Base Camp and interviewed many participants, including SMCC.  Will Wardle said he was “quite ecstatic, it’s nerve-racking whilst checking bags, we want to make sure it’s all ready for scrutineering.”  The training over the past few weeks had gone well according to Alex Glasspool, he said “we’ve had two overnight stays which went very well, we’re looking forward to doing the event”.

The teams began their challenge at 7am with twelve year 10 students split into two teams undertaking 35 miles, led by Team Leaders Alex Glasspool and Will Wardle.  Year 11 students, Emily Yelland and Belle Kennedy-Brown joined forces with Honiton Community College to complete the 45-mile challenge.

After twelve to fifteen hours hiking carrying their camping equipment and supplies, each weighing a maximum of 30lbs, the teams set up their camps for the night. By 6am Alex Glasspool’s team were the first of the three teams to be packed up and back on their feet.  Unfortunately, Emma Sing, who was in Will Wardle’s team, was already carrying an injury prior to the event and made the hard decision to withdraw on Sunday in order not to jeopardise her team’s chances of finishing the challenge within the time limits.

All students put into practice the skills they had learnt over the past few weeks during their training sessions, led by Claire Campbell and Kay Willmott.  They had to rely on their teamwork, navigation skills and resilience to finish the challenge and just after 3pm Sunday afternoon everyone was delighted to have crossed the finish line.  Josh Thorne’s comment as he finished was “I can’t wait for next year!”

tt 2 35 mile team

tt 35 mile team

tt 3 35 mile team