Sixth Formers Complete DofE Gold Award

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goldgroupOn 14th September, 19 Year 13 students undertook their Gold assessed expedition in  the Rhinog Mountains of Snowdonia, starting on Harlech beach and finishing on the beach at Barmouth four days later. The teams proved to be excellent navigators in wild country. They coped with the difficult terrain and challenging weather conditions whilst carrying rucksacks containing everything required for their time in the mountains, (equal to around one quarter of their body weight!). The teams met the objective of the expedition, which is to be self-reliant and independent whilst incorporating outstanding team work.

The students were rightly proud of their achievements and the much longed for fish and chips in Barmouth were consumed just as competently! Congratulations to
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Y13 Students are Radio Presenters for a Day

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vampsOn the 3rd October 2013, we had the amazing opportunity to go to The Hits radio station in Manchester for a day of work experience. It was a fantastic insight into the world of radio broadcasting and production as we helped James Everton with his drive time show by researching what was happening in the news that day.

We were also shown around the various studios and had an introduction to using the controls for live broadcasting – a very stressful experience!  James was interviewing The Vamps whilst we were there and we actually got to meet them and ask questions about the music industry. It was even more exciting as they had just learnt they were No. 1 in the midweek music chart! Going on this trip really inspired us to continue with our ambitions for careers in broadcast radio. We would like to say a massive thank you to Mrs Everton, who kindly organised the trip, James Everton who took us on for the day and let us help him with his show, and finally The Hits radio station for making it possible for us to be able to live a day in the life of a radio presenter.

by E Stockman and S Passey – Year 13.

Tarporley ski racer’s TV debut

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During a recent race training camp with Dragons Alpine Racing,  Chill Factore sponsored ski racer, Rhodri Gale,  was invited to take part in a TV shoot with BBC One’s sports reporter Mike Bushell. Rhodri and Mike tried out the new snow scooters on offer at Chill Factore,  and experienced the thrill of extreme sledging from the top of the indoor slope. This was followed by an interview which was aired on 17th August during the BBC One – Breakfast show.

Rowing World Cup at Eton Dorney

IMG_1547A group of students attended the Rowing World Cup at Eton Dorney in June.  The school were lucky enough to be allocated 40 tickets to spend a day at the London 2012 Olympic Rowing Venue and what a fantastic day they had! Not only did they get to see some World Class athletes on the water, they also got the opportunity to meet some of the Olympic stars in the flesh!  Helen Glover (Gold Medalist, London 2012) and Greg Searle (Bronze Medalist, London 2012) were on hand to have photographs taken and sign autographs for our students on what proved to be a very memorable day.

IMG_1561Students who attended the trip (Mainly Year 8) applied for a place, as a result of their own commitment to school sport. So a big well done to those students and all the remaining students who have represented a school team or attended a lunchtime club this year. Hopefully, similar opportunities will arise in the future. A fantastic day and of course, our students were fantastic ambassadors for the school.

Tarporley Skier Flying High

main14 year old Tarporley High School student, Rhodri Gale, finished the winter ski season in style with an impressive 3rd place in his age group in the slalom event at the British Alpine Championships in Meribel, France. This resulted in him being selected to take part in the next stage for the British Children’s U16 team.

Over the summer months he will be making the most of indoor ski facilities, by attending twice weekly race training sessions, in addition to having the opportunity to develop his moguls and boarder cross skills. He is looking forward to putting these skills into practice in the English Moguls Championships and several other competitions to be held over the summer, along with many other slalom racing events.

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Poetry Success for Tarporley High School’s ‘Freedom Writers’

tpgStudents from Tarporley High School’s Gifted and Talented ‘Freedom Writers’ group, have been rewarded for their considerable writing talent, achieving success in the regional rounds of Young Writers competition ‘The Poetry Games’.

This national writing competition divides the country into twelve districts. Within these districts school students were given the chance to submit a poem on any topic that moved, interested or inspired them, choosing from a range of topics including the environment, body image, space and even fantasy worlds.

Ten Tarporley High School students were successful in the national rounds, and their poems have been selected to be published in an anthology for entries in the North West. The students were Anna Richardson, Georgia Hazeldine, Thomas Adkins and Isobel Clarke of Year 7, Tegan Berry, Rebecca Barry and Alice Hodgson of Year 8 and Megan Latham and Eilidh Bodfish of Year 9. Well done, Freedom Writers!

Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award

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On 19th March, Mrs Everton and 21 intrepid Year 12 students set off to the Elan Valley in Mid-Wales to start a four day practice expedition for our Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. At the time, we were completely oblivious as to what lay ahead and, after a kit check, headed off in good spirits for a short acclimatisation walk on the first afternoon. We returned to cook our tea, only to discover that the weather was forecast to deteriorate and shortly after, as predicted, heavy snow began to fall. After tea we clambered aboard the minibus to get warm before we sheepishly headed to our tents in the cold snowy conditions. Fortunately, Philip, one of the leaders from Learn Outdoors, had been to his store to collect more sleeping bags, which lifted our moods slightly.

linewalkOn day two, our assessors, Philip and Paul, gave us the news that it would be too dangerous to climb to the heights we had planned on our route cards and instead we should follow a shorter route at a lower altitude. This we did and arrived at our campsite at around 3pm. Luckily, we had a really friendly site owner who very kindly allowed us to sit and chill in a dry, warm room, where most of us huddled around the radiator all evening!

groupDay three arrived and we encountered our first full day of 9 hours walking up and over mountains, at times experiencing ‘white outs’ and having to rely on compass work to navigate our route. Although it was a difficult day, we all felt a huge sense of achievement upon reaching the summit, which proved to be a highpoint for many of us, even if we did appear to be in the middle of an arctic expedition! We finally reached our ‘wild camp’ at around 4:30pm and rushed to get our tents up and food cooked before dark. As Mrs Everton, Phil and Paul waved goodbye and set off for their warm house, we headed to our tents, only to be awoken at 1:00am by high winds and snow. Not much sleep followed and we were all up by 5:00am to discover snow drifts leaning into our tents.

scenaryUnfortunately, (or fortunately, depending on your outlook) by the fourth day there was so much snow on the ground that we were unable to risk walking in the hills and mountains and so finished earlier than planned at the Rhayader Visitor Centre, where we were greeted by a café and central heating. Sheer bliss! After a de-brief, those of us who were being collected by parents set off, whilst everyone else headed back to Tarporley on the minibus. We all decided that if we could complete our practice and survive these conditions, then our assessment expedition in September will be ‘easy’!

Emma O’Nions 12SR

BBC School Report 2013

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Following in the footsteps of our current Year 11, who were last year invited to Media City in Salford, students from Tarporley High School were once again asked to produce thought-provoking news coverage to grace the BBC’s schedules.

Given a brief to investigate how teens use social networking in order to mark Safer Internet Day on Tuesday 5th February 2013, a group of dedicated Year 10 students worked tirelessly along with a BBC producer and our own Mrs Eaton to produce a provocative report that quickly went live on the BBC website. If you want to see them in action, their professional-quality work can be viewed via the following link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schoolreport/21328728.

See our students interviewed for BBC Magazine 2013:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21876118

And on Thursday 21st March, Year 10 students will again be putting their journalistic skills to the test to create news reports on topics as diverse as GCSE reforms, the recession, and the impact of technology in the 21st century. This is part of a nationwide initiative titled BBC News School Report and our students’ stories should be published at 14:00 GMT on that day, so please return to this page to check them out, or look out for them on BBC platforms including the BBC School Report Channel on the red button and iPlayer.

SKI ITALY February Half-Term 2013

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During the half term holidays a group of 47 students went to Bormio, Italy. It was the first time that the school had taken students to Europe on a school ski trip for several years.

resortThe students arrived on Saturday the 16th of February early in the morning after a few hiccups along the way including a few lost passports, boarding cards and forgotten suitcases, ready to hit the slopes the next morning. With majority of the group being newcomers to the sport, there was a lot of falls throughout the week that were worthy of a mention. Miss Pizzuto took the whole of her group out several times, people were trying to practice their turns on the button lift, which did not work out quite how they planned.

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The beginner group managed to make it up to the top of the mountain by the end of the week, with many scenaryleaving feeling very confident skiers. Later in the week the group took a trip to the Bormio spa, which was very luxurious, they also went to a disco and a local pizzeria another night! There were as many funny moments off the ski slopes as there was on the slopes, with everyone having a great time, the trip was a great success.

 

We look forward to returning in 2015, newcomers or experienced, you will have a great time.

Hannah and Jenna

Car Bazaar set to go far…..

enterprise On Friday evening 1st March, I accompanied three year nine students to the Starship Challenge Enterprise Awards held by Weaver Vale Housing Trust. This is the first year of the competition and the organisation had invited students from local schools to enter teams with a product/service idea which could be pitched to local business people. The team has been working hard since September; submitting a business plan in December and facing a “Dragon’s panel” in February. Ewan Price, Alex Palmer and Jake Griffiths had been passionate about their business “The Car Bazaar” from the word go. Their service is simple – build links with exclusive car brands and access their merchandise at a cut price. The unique selling point is the fact that most of this merchandise can usually only bought by people who own a car belonging to that brand. The Car Bazaar makes products accessible to all but only in small quantities.

The awards evening was held at University of Chester Academy Northwich (UCAN) and as we arrived it was clear that this was serious – tables were covered in crisp linen, while wine glasses waited to be filled with something fizzy (sparkling water!). The food and entertainment was fantastic and we were particularly impressed by the magician who wowed us with many tricks. After some very interesting guest speakers the moment of truth was upon us and the boys appeared to be very calm and relaxed. Third place went to The Russett School with their brilliant idea of recyclable gift bags. Then we held our breath and waited for second place to be announced. The Car Bazaar boys were delighted to achieve second place and were awarded with a lovely glass trophy and £250 which they are hoping to put into the business to help it grow. The winning team was UCAN who will go on to compete in the regional finals so a big well done to them too!

The whole experience has been fantastic and most of all the boys are now planning to take their dream even further. Miss Wade