It has been an exciting year in the Tockington Manor Art Department. We have been busy at work laying the foundations of the TMS Sculpture Trail with the installation of three sculptures to be found around the school. Year 8 have contributed with their Giacometti humanoids on the drive, our Artist in residence Ceramicist Julia Davey produced a Dinosaur Skeleton that graces the courtyard. Lastly
the Class of 2010′s contribution takes a proud position in the alcove, created alongside last year’s Artist in Residence James Jones.
Year 8 spent a great week in Stackpole in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and all worked hard on their in-depth study of the sand dunes at Freshwater West. Year 7 studied ‘Out of Town Shopping’ at the Mall, Cribbs Causeway, interviewing 528 customers in a 50 minute period. Year 6 spent an exciting day in the Brecon Beacons National Park studying the River Caerfanell. They experienced blue skies, hailstones, thunder and lightning, not to mention flash flooding during their outing. Year 5 studied the type and volume of traffic on Washingpool Hill Road, Tockington. They recorded 172 vehicles over the two time slots spanning an hour.
Their subsequent enquiries were of an excellent quality. The following pupils achieved 100% for their projects: Ruairi Clayton, Tom Holloway and Leonora McCaldin (Year 8); Simon Sheppard, Nathan Adams, Natasha Binnie, Jason Ingamells and Rebecca Moss (Year 7); Sophie Marshall and Holly Griffiths (Year 6); Loveday Kossmann, Jack Brain and Seren Clayton (Year 5).
The standard of entries in the Cartography Competition during 2010-2011 was most impressive. The termly competitions were won by Tyler Schwartz, Rachel Caul and Kieron Li.
This has been another successful year in the science department. We have enjoyed a range of activities, including a CSI morning as part of Thornbury Science Festival and Project Eggs Factor in cooperation with Airbus. Pupils have continued to enjoy a hands on approach to science. The high science results scored recently in the Common Entrance examinations show that the things we do here, we do well. It has also been a pleasure to see the Ornithology competition continue to improve and pupils beginning to recognise birds in their natural habitats.