Chemistry Olympiad Success

Despite the lockdowns, Churston students have achieved further success in the Chemistry Olympiad competition. Organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry, this is a challenge open to the top A-level students in the UK. Four of our Year 13 Chemists tackled a number of perplexing problems, including the total synthesis of hydroxychloroquine and the role of phosphine (PH3) in recent reports regarding the possibility of life on Venus.

Edward and Bradley attained bronze awards, with Ola and Anna scoring in the top 20% of participants to achieve silver certificates. Ola remarked “The Olympiad was very challenging, but I really enjoyed preparing for the competition and using my knowledge of Chemistry to solve complex problems”.

Devon County Swimming Championships

At this years Devon County Swimming Championships, 9 Churston pupils represented Paignton Swimming Club over 4 weekends in January and February. 
Medallists were Junior Club Captain Nathan Apps with 7 gold, 7 silver and 2 bronze from 17 finals, Junior Club Captain Flo Hadley with 4 gold, 4 silver and 2 bronze from 13 finals, Club Captain Harry Joiner with 1 silver and 2 bronze from 5 finals, Club Captain Isobel Brown with 1 gold from a total of 4 finals, Ed Brown with 1 gold and 1 bronze from 8 finals, Amy Best with 1 bronze from 2 finals and Alice Brown with 1 gold from a total of 3 finals. 
The following swimmers also produced excellent swims including Personal Bests and swims in finals: Finnegan Hadley and Izzy Dover. Many of these swimmers will now be going forward to the South West Regional Championships to be held in Plymouth, in Bristol and at Millfield School during April and May. 

Primary Workshop

A big Bonjour from Anna, Alice, Isla et Lottie the year ten students who taught the children from Hayes and All Saints primary schools this month. It was a pleasure to see them engage so well with years four and five. The girls were a credit to the school, fantastic role models for les enfants. All four delivered well -paced, fun and interactive lessons.

Pains au chocolat, bonbons et croissants were treats for the children as they would play the pass the parcel game, learn colours through songs,  practise saying food and clothes items in French. The students’ sessions were fantastic additions to the day that the children were spending at Churston, learning about sea animals en français!

Longitude Explorer

Three teams of Y10s from Churston recently flew to London to take part in NESTA’s Longitude Explorer Prize semi final event.  

The challenge is to create or improve a product, app or service that uses AI technology to make the world a better place.  Based on the premise that we would all like to live in a world where people can live longer, live better, live together, and live greener, and that technology has a positive part to play in this optimistic future.

The event was held at the Olympic Park in East London where the students attended a series of workshops run by industry leading experts.  Topics such as pitching and presenting, robotics, app development, ethical issues, security concerns and the potential of AI were covered in a series of inspiring inputs.

The students have now developed their ideas based on their experiences at the event and have a nervous wait until the end of March when the finalists will be announced.  Churston have had at least one team in every national final so far and their ideas were warmly received by staff from NESTA. The finalists get to pitch their idea at the Dragon’s Den studio in Manchester in July, with the prospect of a £25,000 prize on offer, watch this space!

Churston Students’ Success in Philosophy Competition

The Philosophy and Ethics department is pleased to congratulate Rufus Sherville (Thompson) and Lily Reshad (Brunel) for coming fourth and fifth,
respectively, in the University of Nottingham’s Dare to be Philosophical? competition.

Open to year ten students across the South West of England, applicants were asked to submit a philosophical essay to Dr Andrew Fisher of the University of Nottingham.

Rufus wrote an articulate and ponderous piece on what it meant to be a philosopher, while Lily composed a thoughtful and analytical essay on the nature of reality. Thanks to the philosophical prowess of Rufus and Lily, out of all the entries, Churston managed to secure two of the top five awards.

Both students were commended for their philosophical technicality, authorial voice, and for the accessibility of their work.

National Apprenticeship Week

National Apprenticeship Week runs until 9th February, celebrating diversity in apprenticeships and the benefits they bring.  More and more young people are choosing to do apprenticeships each year and the biggest and most popular companies are hiring apprentices – check out our display in the school foyer for more information!  On Tuesday, our students had the opportunity to meet with a careers adviser and a Level 3 business apprentice from South Devon College. 

Thank you to the volunteers for introducing our students to useful websites to learn more about apprenticeship opportunities!  Some of our older students visited the Torbay Apprenticeship Fair to meet with employers and training providers.  On Friday, Careers South West staff will facilitate a workshop in school to help our students to research and apply for apprenticeship opportunities. 

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A Night at the Musicals

Over 100 students from years 7 to 13 were involved in last terms’s performance of “A Night at The Musicals”. After some tough auditions the lead roles were cast and the rehearsal process began. Staff and students worked tirelessly for the 3 month build up giving their lunch times and after school hours to rehearse and perfect their performances. Working collaboratively throughout, 19 musicals were covered in the form of scenes, songs and dances. West End classics such as Oliver, Grease, and Annie shared the stage with modern musicals such as Hamilton, Mama Mia and Nativity. Students demonstrated a real Churston spirit, supporting one another; most notably when illness meant roles were to be filled with little notice. Miss Young, Miss Godsland and Mrs Brown are incredibly proud of all involved, whether it was their first or last time braving the stage. Cast and crew performed with professionalism and passion to create a showcase of talent not to be forgotten. 

Bonjour Les Enfants

Bonjour Les Enfants – Wonderful children from All Saints Babbacombe primary school

Churston Ferrers Grammar school welcomed Babbacombe Primary School on Tuesday 9th December for a French workshop. It was all about les animaux marins et les chiffres, la presentation and c’était of course  très amusant et instructif!

Years 4 and 5 enjoyed half a day at Churston practising new sounds, learning new words such as requin and tortue, étoile de mer et le dauphin, engaging in rhyming activities. 

It was an opportunity to further develop a foreign language studied at primary school. 

The children enjoyed discovering a different culture, they thrived in team work  activities in a secondary environment. From hot potato games to running dictations, the children developed a range of skills wrapped up in bonbons and biscuit au chocolat evidemment!

Churston Ferrers Grammar School is proud to nurture strong links with neighbouring primary schools and to offer language expertise and support in the delivery of Modern foreign languages.

Au revoir Babbacombe and bonjour soon to Furzeham primary school who will join us here on 7th January 2020…. 

“Thank you, Millie had a great day. Thanks for organising it” x

“Megan and Grace has said if they can going again in February as they both enjoyed it”.

Thank you. He had a blast and you are more than welcome for the help x (Nathaniel)

Grace thoroughly enjoyed today thank you!

“Imogen enjoyed herself very much and hopes to be able to go again next year, Ollie had a great time”.



1st Degree Thomas

On Sunday 6th October 2019, Thomas Ridalls (year 9) from South Hams Martial Arts travelled to Sherborne to grade for his 1st Degree Black Belt. Thomas passed and is now a 1st Degree Black Belt……the result of hard work and years of dedicated training. Well done Thomas.

Top Scorer!

Congratulations to Joel Clifton 10S who is currently ranked top scorer at Wheelchair Basketball in Division 3 for Plymouth Raiders.
As Joel has now progressed to playing in the Adult League, this is a huge achievement.