Ellie gains her Private Pilot Licence

After becoming the youngest female solo pilot on her 14th birthday in gliders, Ellie has now become one of the youngest solo pilots on light aircraft by soloing at 16 years and 3 days. She was ready to solo on her 16th and would have become the first person to solo both gliders and light aircraft at the youngest possible age (16), but storm Diane thwarted this.
Ellie as also passed her private pilots licence exams each block being a Level 3 (A level) equivalent. She has also obtained a high card colour, 90 solo flights up to two hours, bronze certificate and silver height in gliding.

Ellie has ambitions to become a test pilot in the future and with her determination we are sure she will get there.

Well done Ellie!

Chemistry Christmas lecture

On Thursday our most enthusiastic and dedicated Chemists attended a Royal Society of Chemistry Christmas lecture on Food Chemistry. We heard about the origins of Shellac, and considered the strange taste combinations of coffee and tuna, lamb and strawberries. There were opportunities for tasting too, Skittles for their Carnauba wax and jellybeans for their Shellac. We tasted After Eights for the clever use of Invertase enzyme in their production. Two brave students tasted super-hot chillies.

Our students were magnificent and it is an event that we will remember.

Thanks to Mrs Foster-Skelton for arranging the trip.

Fantastic Community Support

After the rebuild of the school, areas of the site had been left somewhat sparse and un-cared for. Due to the lack of top soil the areas were never going to produce much apart from weeds.
We contacted AJ Sing & Son Contractors to see if there was anything they could do to help us, as putting this right would leave a huge hole in our budget.
AJ Sing & Son run an agricultural contracting business and indeed are well equipped to carry out re-seeding etc. They agreed to help out and did so free of charge.
Initially they cleared the area of weeds and rotavated it. They then asked other contacts they have for further support. Baker Estates supplied some top soil from their housing site on the edge of South Molton, Nick Ager provided the haulage from the Baker site to SMCC and Sing’s excavator levelled it. The site was then rolled, grass seeded and rolled again (roller borrowed from Govier & Son at Great Hele. Agrii, who are suppliers of crop seeds and agronomy advice, supplied the grass seeds.

All of the above was done free of charge.
What a fantastic effort by all involved.

A BIG THANK YOU TO:

Nick Ager Haulage Ltd, Pathfields Business Park.
Agrii – The Agronomy Centre, Willand.
Baker Estates, North Road, South Molton.
Govier & Son, Great Hele Barton, South Molton.
and of course
AJ Sing & Son Contracting, South Molton.

Gymnastic success

Our congratulations go to Luana in Year 7 for her success in gymnastics. The under 13s team from Falcon’s Gymnastics Club won the South West Level 6 Team Competition in Newton Abbot on Sunday. Luana also got best overall individual.

She also won the Falcons Halloween Competition a few weeks ago, coming first on floor, beam, vault and overall winner. She’s having an excellent gym year.

Lauren’s success with Badminton England

Yesterday at the Devon Bronze U17 Badminton England Tournament Lauren in year 11 won silver in singles and silver in doubles.

Congratulations we are very proud of you.

South Molton Christmas Tree Festival

The Year 7 Enterprise students have been busy again and have created some Christmas tree decorations for the South Molton Christmas Tree Festival. The tree will be on display in St Mary Magdalene Church until Monday 3rd December.

The church is open during the following times:

Friday 10am – 9pm
Saturday 10am – 4pm,
Sunday 1pm – 4pm
Monday 10am – 4pm

When the festival is over, we will bring the tree back to school and sell the decorations to raise money for charity.

 

Fantastic Artwork by year 10 students

Our tribute to Pablo Picasso’s GUERNICA

Probably Picasso’s most famous work, Guernica is certainly the his most powerful political statement, painted as an immediate reaction to the Nazi’s devastating casual bombing practice on the Basque town of Guernica.
Guernica shows the tragedies of war and the suffering it inflicts upon individuals, particularly innocent civilians. This work has gained a monumental status, becoming a perpetual reminder of the tragedies of war, an anti-war symbol, and an embodiment of peace.

Mrs Southworth commented, that the year 10 art students spent time looking and discussing the symbolism in the work, and put together this fantastic version. We have shown the shattered lives, death and hopelessness of war.
But perhaps one ray of light brings hope from this atrocity, in the form of the lightbulb and its rays.
Our version of Guernica is dedicated to all those who have lost their lives during conflicts and wars.
Pictured is the original and our version.

Alfie awarded SMCC Sports Tie

Many congratulations to Alfie Harris from year 11 who recently was selected to play football for the Devon under 16 team.

Here are Mr Lewis (Principal) and Mr Potter (Head of PE) awarding Alfie with his SMCC sports tie to recognise this excellent achievement. Well done, Alfie. We wish you the very best of luck with your next game for Devon.