Fantastic End to netball season…(04.04.14)

On 1st April, our Year 7 netball team travelled to King’s school to take part in their last friendly. For Hannah Rudgard, Lauren Coleridge and Emily Price, it was their first competitive netball game. In our recent tournament the girls had lost 1-2 to King’s in a tightly contested match and they were set on putting the record straight. The match started closely with a level score of 4-4 at half time but, in the third quarter, the Sidmouth girls stepped up the pressure and scored three goals with no reply from King’s. Adamant for revenge for their previous narrow defeat, the girls played some outstanding netball leaving the final score 10-8 to Sidmouth.

9 10 11 v's kingsOn the same night a team made up of Evie Morgan (Year 11), Frankie King-Keast, Aimee Vine and Lillian Caldwell (Year 10), and Emily Dawkins, Robyn Hansford and Bryony Monaghan (Year 9), also travelled to King’s to take on their Year 10/11 team. Realising that the majority of King’s team were Year 11 players, the girls were a little anxious. Nevertheless, the score at the end of half-time was 8-7. The girls then decided to try out a few new positions, and with great success as they dominated King’s in every third of the court. Some fantastic defending by Emily Dawkins and Frankie King-Keast, and outstanding shooting by Bryony Monaghan and Aimee Vine, saw Sidmouth stroll to a comprehensive 22–7 win. We are very much looking forward to next year with such depth in netball starting to come through thanks to Mrs Humphries’ specialist coaching.


Daily Bulletin – Tuesday 22nd April 2014


Year 11 – Hall
Year 9  – Gym

RESTAURANT:        Today’s Meal Deal:

-         Hearty chicken and mushroom pie with herby new potatoes
-         Mexican vegetable chilli quesadilla
-         Chocolate and pear sponge with chocolate sauce

GIRLS’ CRICKET:     After school TODAY with Nick Mansfield in the Sports Hall.

STUDENT COUNCIL: Meeting in the Conference Room at 2pm

MATHS:  Year 8 Number Shark during registration

ACTIVITIES DAYS: Your completed and signed application form should be handed in today!

WW1 BATTLEFIELDS TRIP: Consent form and £50 deposit should be handed in today.

SPONSORED WALK: Will take place on Friday 25th April.

1. Minimum amount of sponsorship to take part = £5
2. Medical form required if not taking part, otherwise your absence will go down as unauthorised
3. Wear red, to support the Devon Air Ambulance
4. Bring a packed lunch or let the Restaurant cashiers know if you are entitled to free school meals and would like them to provide a packed lunch for you.
5. Karen from the Restaurant will be selling sweets and drinks en route, just before the hall at Colaton Raleigh so you may want to bring a bit of money.
6. Prizes for the most money raised by a tutor group, most money raised by an individual, and person with most sponsors.
7. Remember to get parents to sign your form and to say whether you are allowed to go home afterwards.


Dementia Friends put learning into practice (20.03.14)

s4A group of Health & Social Care students from Sidmouth College, who recently trained to become ‘Dementia Friends’, visited the Sid Valley Memory Café with Mrs Whitworth on Wednesday. The visit allowed them to put their learning into practice by taking part in reminiscence sessions and intergenerational activities with people with dementia and their carers.

Here, one of our student Dementia Friends, Freya Busby, reports…

“On Wednesday, a group of Health and Social pupils who had trained as Dementia Friends went to the Memory Café in Sidmouth to put our new found skills into practice and see how people with dementia cope.

There were tables with games on and other activities, including a card-making activity with the idea that finished cards could be sold when finished. Each of us sat with one of the elderly people and spent time chatting to them and helping them with their activities. The lady I was talking to explained how she could remember the war like it was yesterday but could not remember what day of the week it was. She told me how she travelled the world with no money in a campervan then, not long after, gave birth to her first child. When the war broke out she was living in Sidmouth. The stories she told were fascinating.

We found it hard to be with someone who remembers who you are one minute and then forgets who you are the next, but we really loved being there and their company was wonderful. Some people bonded straight away and it felt good to have made a difference to them. It was really emotional to hear some of their stories. One women got evacuated from her parents during the war and was reunited with her mum six years later but her dad did not return. 

It was a lovely experience and we are looking forward to visiting again. It’s really nice to know that dementia sufferers have a place to go where their needs are understood and they can find a friendly face to talk to.”

Sid Valley Memory Cafe is a popular meeting place for people with memory problems and their carers.  Operating on a ‘drop-in’ basis, it gives participants the chance to exchange experiences and receive practical information and emotional support. The session was supported by volunteer Dementia Champion, Rachel Johnstone, and Sid Valley Memory Café Coordinator, Angela Thompson.

Commenting on the students’ visit, Rachel said, “We so appreciate this visit.  I passionately believe that the students are key to reducing all the stigma that surrounds dementia – and isolates so many people from their community when they get a diagnosis.  I can’t tell you how it felt to see the students interacting – with empathy, interest and humour – and treating the people with dementia as ‘people they genuinely wanted to get to know better’.  There didn’t appear to be any barriers in the way at all – and I was just so impressed by the maturity of all the students, and how they just ‘fitted in’.  One of the members, Judith, whose dementia is in the moderate to advanced stages usually gets very agitated when her husband (her carer) isn’t around but was holding one of the girl’s hands during the card-making session.  Wherever I looked, the girls were talking, laughing and interacting.  I hope that some of the students will be inspired to investigate careers working with older people because they are all naturals!”

Health and Social Care teacher, Mrs Whitworth, said, “This was a hugely rewarding visit for both our students and the dementia sufferers and their carers and I’m incredibly proud of the empathy and care shown by my students. We hope this will form the beginning of an ongoing relationship with the Sid Valley Memory Café and have already planned a second visit on 2nd April.  I’m also planning to invite dementia sufferers and their carers to an event at the College in the summer, where they will have the opportunity to reminisce about their own school days.”



U12 Hockey girls crowned East Devon Champions… (14.03.14)

Our girls’ U12 Hockey team have been crowned East Devon Champions for the second successive year after winning the tournament in style on Monday this week. This was despite the fact that two of our players, Hannah Rudgard and Emma Seward, came to the tournament straight from competing for Sidmouth in the Lady Taverner’s County Cricket Finals!

The girls showed great teamwork and determination to win 4-0 against Colyton, 4-0 against Uffculme and 1-0 against King’s.  Congratulations go to Emilia Smith, Milly Jarrett, Lucy Gosling, Jasmine Scott, Daisy Hall, Katie Gilbert, Emma Seward and Hannah Rudgard.

Girls Hockey champs

Hospitality students rise to the challenge (07.03.14)

Loft groupThe Sidmouth College Catering and Hospitality Students hosted an evening for parents and teachers of the College at The Loft in Sidmouth on Thursday evening. The event contributed towards the Year 13 student’s final piece of coursework and was wholly organised by the students themselves, assisted by Year 12 students interested in gaining experience for their own event next year.

Diners were treated to a delicious array of canapés before tucking into a three-course menu with choices including  broad bean and pea risotto with parmesan crisp, lasagne of roasted squash and wild mushrooms served with sage butter and fresh salad and strawberries with sable biscuits and orange and lemon syllabub. The meal was rounded off with coffee and petit fours.

This was the first collaboration the College has had with The Loft and the students and their teacher, Mrs Kirsch, are extremely grateful to owners John and Katrina Hort, who were brave enough to hand over use of their kitchen and restaurant for the evening and also gave invaluable support and guidance. The evening was a charitable event and the proceeds of £125 are being donated to Devon Air Ambulance.

Hospitality and Catering teacher Mrs Kirsch said, “The evening was a huge success and we had very positive feedback from all guests and from The Loft owners.  I’m extremely proud of all of the students – they worked really hard and it certainly paid off. All of them thoroughly enjoyed the evening and have taken away some extremely valuable experience. The Year 12 students are now very much looking forward to hosting their own event next year.”

Comments from the diners included:

“Lovely food and lots of effort.”

“First class, just like being in a restaurant.”

“Excellent. The meal was superb.”

Well done to Year 13 students Joe Fowler, Ben West, Dani Gay, Lucy Quinn, Aimee Hunt and Mabel Cornwell and Year 12 students Alice Derryman, Sasha Cottam, Karl Main and Sam Woodward.



An emotional journey: Holland/Belgium Trip 2014 (28.02.14)

Auschwitz memorialA group of 30 students from Years 11, 12 and 13 have recently returned from a fascinating and, at times, harrowing study visit to sites in Holland and Belgium associated with the First and Second World Wars. Here, Miss Hext reports…

“After a long coach journey, our first night’s accommodation was in a moated castle at Heemskerk, just outside Amsterdam. The following morning we went into Amsterdam and began with a tour of Anne Frank House – the Secret Annex where Anne and seven others hid from the Nazis for over two years before being arrested by the Gestapo. Anne’s Diary – written during her months of hiding – is on display for people to see today. We also visited the Theatre, where Jews had to wait before being deported to the concentration camps, and the Auschwitz Memorial.

We then travelled to Arnhem to see the site of the major Second World War battle codenamed Operation Market Garden. The Church of St Eusebius has a memorial to the airmen killed and most students went up the high tower to look out over the river and the town. Our second hostel gave students the chance to unwind with pool and air hockey.

On the Saturday morning, we visited Oosterbeck War Cemetery where those who died in Operation Market Garden are buried. After this, we travelled down to Vught – a concentration camp where we were shown around by Dutch guides. It was chilling and thought-provoking to stand by the crematorium ovens and the memorial to the children who were sent from the camp to the gas chambers. The conditions in the camp must have been truly terrible – people suffering and dying because of their race, religion or political views.

Next stop was Ypres, in Belgium, where three Sixth Formers, James Perchard-Richards, Clare Baker and George House, laid a poppy wreath on behalf of Sidmouth College at the Last Post Ceremony under the Menin Gate. 2014 marks the hundredth anniversary of the start of the First World War and it was a very special moment to attend a ceremony at the site remembering 54,896 of those Allied Soldiers who have no known grave.

We also visited several First World War sites including Hooge Crater (a chance to walk in a First World War trench and see artillery casing, barbed wire and other debris from the war) and Essex Farm (where we visited the grave of Private Strudwick who died aged 15 – or possibly even younger). A visit to Langemark German Cemetery reminded us that war always has two sides. We ended our tour by laying a wreath in the rotunda at Tyne Cott cemetery – the largest Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery where 11,954 are buried. Several graves have recently been added as every year more bodies are discovered.

The trip was a huge success and students and staff have taken home many memories and a great deal to think about. As we remember the First World War we need to play our part in building a brighter and more peaceful future. A quote by Albert Schweitzer is printed on a board outside Langemark Cemetery and reads, “The soldiers’ graves are the greatest preachers of peace.”Sidmouth College wreath


Grease is the word…(14.02.14)

The hottest ticket in town last week was for Sidmouth Youth Theatre’s sell-out production of “Grease.”  With a talented 70 strong cast from Years 8 to 13, the stage was bursting with energy and enthusiasm from curtain up to curtain down.

Performances were strong from every cast member and audiences were treated to fabulous songs, period costumes and props and excellent acting throughout.

dancingThe leather-jacket clad T-Birds were ably led by Jake Burlow as super-cool Danny, with Mark Rose, Zac Robinson, Pascal Bisson and Joe Buckland providing strong, strutting support as gang members.  Jasmine Horth gave a tremendous performance as Sandy, who fully embodied her role in both looks and character.  She was well supported by the Pink Ladies – Matilda Reynolds, Sasha Cottam, Lauren French and Molly Morton who all shone with well-defined characters.

There was great humour throughout and the audience thoroughly enjoyed Doody’s (Zac Robinson) attempts to count his way through the formal dances, Frenchie’s (Molly Morton) horror when her precious magazine containing pictures of Ricky Nelson  was trampled underfoot and Roger (Pascal Bisson) finding the courage to ask Jan on a date.

Toe-tapping songs such as “We Go Together” were delivered by the strong, talented and disciplined chorus.

“Beauty School Dropout”, well sung by Sam Neal as Teen Angel, saw a chorus of ‘angels’ sporting silver toilet roll headdresses and silver capes, whilst two angels (Guy Hilliar and Lee Clayden) on roller skates leggings drifted across the stage raising a huge cheer from the audience.

All the characters who had solos sung well and with conviction, keeping faithful to their characters throughout.

“Magic Changes” was visually captivating, with Zac Robinson wowing the audience with lead vocals and a colourful dynamic chorus supporting him.  Whilst “Greased Lightning”, sung and danced with amazing energy by the male ‘greasers’, brought the house down.

This was a slick production in every sense, from the well-trained chorus, who looked amazing in their accurate 1950’s costumes, strong soloists including Myles Reed (Hand Jive) and Vicky Wyant (It’s Raining on Prom Night),  a stage crew who worked tirelessly in the background to ensure scene changes were quick and unobtrusive, to a hugely talented band of musicians, led by Allan Fouracre and including our own Year 11 student Jerome Blackburn on drums and ex-student Jonah Hitchens on guitar, who all played flawlessly throughout.

Grease was an enormous hit with audience members of all ages. Musical theatre enthusiast, Laura Billington, said, “I came to watch your production of Grease on Saturday afternoon and would like toThe kiss take this opportunity to say congratulations on a great show! I very much enjoyed it! The whole cast was enthusiastic, the dancing was slick, and the costumes very in keeping with the era. The principals were confident and took their roles well, and the chorus provided a strong support. The T-Birds were great and I thought Jake Burlow and Mark Rose did a fantastic job in their roles as Danny and Kinickie respectively. The Pink Ladies were funny and very much reminded me of the famous gang in the film.  I particularly enjoyed the performance by Samuel Neal as Teen Angel who sang with style and humour.  Congratulations to Miss Angela Davies for directing such a fantastic group of children so well and creating a fabulous show!”

The pride that Angela Davies, Director, and Kylie Joyce, Assistant Director, felt was genuine and heart-felt.  Angela has, once again, produced a professional and hugely enjoyable production that was described by Principal, Kenny Duncan, as “Magnificent”.  This has been echoed by everyone who saw it.  Those who missed it, missed an absolute treat! Visit our Facebook page for more photos of the production

Year 10 boys cruise past Honiton in East Devon Cup (07.02.14)

Football teamSidmouth College Year 10 football squad will meet King’s in the Quarter Finals of the East Devon Cup after a victory against Honiton at home on the astro-turf pitch.

A goal either side of half time saw Sidmouth with a 2-0 lead going into the last 20 minutes and, with an assured defensive display from Pearse, Marks, Hodge, Allen and Jones, Sidmouth never looked like relinquishing their advantage. Goalkeeper Perez was rarely tested and looked comfortable throughout. Murphy had given Sidmouth the lead with a 20 yard rocket, and Newbery doubled the advantage when he proved too quick and tricky for the Honiton defenders. A quality midfield display from McLean, Ruigrok, Sargent, Miller and Jarrett kept Honiton on the back foot for large spells. Well done to all the boys involved, particularly the four Year 9 boys who played up. Training is on a Monday on the astro for anyone wishing to learn from the coaching expertise of Mr Gillon and Mr Williams.

Squad: Oliver Jarrett (Y9), Harvey Sargent, Mark Pearse, Aaron Hodgson, Jake Allen, Matt Jones (y9), Fin Marks, Oliver Perez (Y9), Connot Murphy, Jamie Newbery, Josh McLean, Roel Ruigrok and Ben Miller (Y9).



Official opening of Keith Owen Media Suite (07.02.14)

Keith Owen cheque presentationTeachers, governors and Sid Vale Association representatives attended the official opening of the College’s new Media Suite and Darkroom on Tuesday evening. The new facilities were made possible thanks to the support of a £12,000 financial contribution from the Keith Owen fund and will greatly enhance the learning of our Photography and Media Studies A Level students as well as those students studying our new Photography GCSE.

The cheque was presented by Keith Owen Fund Secretary, Liz Warren, and Chairman, the Revd. Handel Bennett who said, “Keith Owen would have been totally behind this initiative. He would have foreseen the likely benefits to be gained by students and the wider community.”

We are extremely grateful to the trustees of the Keith Owen Fund for their support. The new facilities are available for use by local community groups and for adult education by arrangement through the College.


U15 cricket team crowned Devon County Champions (31.01.14)

On Monday 27 JanuaryBoys cricket, our U15 boys’ cricket team travelled to Exeter University to compete in the Devon County Finals. Having won the East Devon round previously, the boys were in confident mood.

Seven schools had qualified from each of the four districts and Sidmouth found themselves in a pool with Okehampton and Hele School (Plymouth). In a close-fought match against Okehampton the Sidmouth team played intelligent cricket and paced themselves to a great opening victory. The game against Hele School was more comfortable and a victory ensured a semi-final place.

With strong batting performances from Harvey Sargent, Finn Marks, Sam Goodier and Will Down, alongside accurate bowling from Harvey, Finn, Sam, Jamie Newberry and Kersley Sutton, Sidmouth were fast becoming the team to beat.

The semi-final was against a strong Bideford side. Bowling first, we conceded far too many runs and the boys knew they had a game on. It was in this game that the depth and strength of squad came into play and, with Harvey taken out early, the team realised that they had to raise their game. All of the boys, including Dan Thomas and Josh McLean, scored runs to take us near to the total and a last wicket partnership between Kersley and Finn took us into the final.

What followed was an epic battle between two East Devon Schools. Honiton had looked strong throughout the day and had rightfully taken their place in the final. Batting first, they piled on the runs managing to score 89 runs in their 8 overs. Sam Goodier was the pick of our bowlers and took three wickets in one over without conceding any runs. Nevertheless, the Sidmouth boys now needed to score the highest total of the day if they were to win. A solid start kept us up with the run rate, however, key wickets went down. With both Finn and Will having retired, we had them waiting to return as we still needed 20 runs off the last two overs. Will was run out, chasing the total. That left Finn needing 12 off the last over. His intelligent and inspired batting not only won him ‘player of the tournament’ but also took Sidmouth to victory and the title of Devon Champions.

Vice Principal Mr Ingham-Hill, who accompanied the boys, said, “What a day and what an amazing achievement! The boys were awesome. Their attitude was first class. Normally in cricket it is just two or three players score the runs or get the wickets but our team’s win was a result of the valuable contributions made by every single player. These boys were a credit to Sidmouth College and deserve the title and accolade of Devon U15 Champions. Well done!”

Team: Harvey Sargent, Finn Marks, Sam Goodier, Will Down, Jamie Newberry, Kersley Sutton, Dan Thomas and Josh Mclean