Students' sixth year of success
STUDENTS at a Totnes school have shone once more after winning a series of awards for the sixth year in a row.
Pupils from King Edwards VI Community College won the national 'Spirited Arts' competition.
From more than 20,000 students ranging from ages five to 18 who entered the national religious studies competition the KEVICC students have won two of the categories making it the only school in the country to achieve this level of success.
The Opening for Change category was won by a class of year nine students who remembered Holocaust Memorial Day by designing and making umbrellas of protection and remembrance.
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The second winning entry by Rheanna Davison, Gisella Fraquelli, Hebe Stopard and Mollie Hackford was in the Hope for the World category, which focused on the teachings of Gandhi.
The students chose the subject Hope for the World because of their belief in hope for the future, for themselves and the generations to come.
One of the students said: "Hope is important as it allows people to believe in themselves and achieve their goals.
"Our artwork pictures a rose and Gandhi surrounded by rose petals with a blue background. Around each petal there is a meaningful word that represents hope and shows Gandhi's beliefs."
Principal Kate Mason said: "We are very proud of the success of our students. It shows very clearly that they have the skills, the motivation and the enthusiasm to rise to the challenges that studying such intensive courses present.
"This will give them real confidence in their learning as they move through the college. We look forward to their successes in the future."
Meanwhile, fast track students had a successful year in this year's GCSEs.
For the first time this year, year eight students were entered for the GCSE extended project qualification.
This is a qualification which allows students the opportunity to explore an area of interest and develop it through a more independent style of learning.
Students took on the challenge, completing projects on a range of topics including 'are we alone?' which explored the possibility of extra-terrestrial life, 'How has religion caused conflict in India?' 'Who were the Cockleshell Heroes?'
Of the 84 students who entered 98 per cent achieved A* to C grades with 53 per cent awarded A*/A.