Presentation Evening

Invitations are going out this week to our 2019 year 11 leavers to join us for a celebration evening and presentation of GCSE certificates.

UoC Blazer designed by former student

This photo is from one of our former students Jack McGovern.

One of the few boys who took Textiles GCSE many years ago, he achieved an A grade.

The picture shows the rowing blazer he designed for the Chancellor of the University of Chester-Gyles Brandreth former conservative MP (and former regular on countdown!).

Good to hear what former students are doing now!

SMCC Production: Blood Brothers

An exciting opportunity to become involved.

A meeting for those who want to be involved; actors and actresses, as well as stage crew. Pupils must be in years 7-10.

Monday 11th November at the start of lunchtime in the Drama Studio.

Character details, audition scripts and rehearsal commitments will be discussed.

Latest sports tie awards

Anthony and Toby have been highly recommended by David Roper the Basketball Coach for North Devon.

Together Anthony and Toby have improved tremendously in the last year and have represented North Devon in several matches and Competitions. Both play in the ‘guard position’ and have excellent ball handling and ‘one on one’ skills as well as being very competent defenders.

I think they both have a very bright future in basketball if they wish to pursue it at higher levels.

Anthony and Toby are pictured with Mr Lewis and Mr O’Sullivan, Head of PE.

Champion School Status

We are delighted to confirm that South Molton Community College has been awarded Bronze Champion School Status from the NCS Trust for 2018/19. This has been awarded to us in recognition of the dedication shown throughout 2018/19 in facilitating an engaged and motivated year group – with more than 1 in 5 Year 11 students participating in the summer experience!

This would not be possible without our schools commitment to NCS, allowing NCS to attend events and promoting the programme internally. This highlights that as a school we are passionate and enthusiastic about providing excellent student enrichment opportunities beyond GCSE exams. A truly Broad and Balanced approach to our educational delivery.

Special thanks must go to Mr Jones who drives this project in school as part of his careers management role.

Artwork of the week

This week “Artwork of the week” goes to Molly Young in Year 9 (Grenville).

Molly has been producing consistently high quality work during the mixed media unit and this is her artist poster based on the scrapbook artist Teesha Moore.  Molly spent several lessons carefully painting the figure and the results are fantastic!

Well done Molly, we are all really proud of you.

K Noseda

Sports Elite Tie award

Molly recently represented her local pony club at Bleinhem International Horse Trails in the 90cm Arena Eventing. Molly and her Horse Megan managed to get a double clear bang on the optimum time!

Molly said “It was such an amazing experience to ride at the trials”.

Overall the team came and incredible 11th out of 40. Well done Molly, a fantastic achievement.

Molly continue to represent both her club and the school at a very high level and in recognition of this she receives her SPORTS ELITE TIE.

Well done a fantastic achievement.

Pictured is Molly receiving her tie from one of our Co-chairs of Governors, Mr Redpath and Mr O’Sullivan our new Head of PE.

Artwork of the week

This week, Jamie Talbot, in Drake, stunned me with his amazing summer work.

In year 10, we are working on the theme of “inspiration”, where students are designing very personal pieces based on topics such as their favourite film/cartoon characters and favourite band etc. Jamie produced both of these high quality outcomes in his summer break.

A massive well done to Jamie; we are really proud of you. K Noseda

Information from Devon & Cornwall Police

Letter from Mr Lewis to all parents.

Dear Parent/Carer

Firstly, thank you for your support in making the start of term such a positive one. Students have arrived looking smart and ready to study. The atmosphere around school is positive and productive.

We start the term off the back of another very successful set of GCSE results. I will forward some figures to you over the next few weeks.

On Friday we received the following message from North Devon Police, which they have suggested we share with you. Initial reports have not suggested South Molton students are involved but in sharing the information, it allows you to make appropriate choices about the event.

“North Devon Police have received information that children from schools from the local area have arranged to meet at Barnstaple Carnival & Fair with a view to fighting with each other. Intelligence officers have been made aware that knives and other weapons will be taken to the event. North Devon Police will have zero tolerance for violence and weapons at this event. The Police have the ability to stop, detain and search any person reasonably suspected to be carrying weapons and the ability to disperse large groups causing issues. It is an arrestable offence to carry knives or other weapons and to ignore any direction to leave. Any offenders will be dealt with robustly and will have the full weight of the law levied against them.”

If you are going to the carnival or fair, by all means go have a great time, and enjoy yourselves. Do not do anything that will have an effect on the rest of your lives or someone else’s.”

We would always urge parents and carers to be clear in their expectations of their child’s conduct and to be very clear where their child is at any given time. We would suggest that if children are intending to go to the fair, then it is advisable that they are accompanied by a responsible adult.

If you do hear any further information in connection with the Police message, we would urge you to share this with us and, of course, the Police.

Yours faithfully

Mr D J Lewis