Nepal – how we are helping

Why are we supporting ShelterBox?

Nepal, what a terrible tragedy, it is over thirty years since I last went to Nepal – a beautiful and enchanting place but also a place of poverty and challenge. You might know Nepal best as the home of The Gurkha Brigade, they are a long standing and important part of the Commonwealth Forces in the British Army. The Brigade of Gurkhas is the collective term for units of the current British Army that are composed of Nepalese soldiers. The brigade, which is 3,640 strong, draws its heritage from Gurkha units that originally served in the British Indian Army prior to Indian independence, and prior to that of the East India Company. The brigade includes infantry, engineer, signal, logistic and training and support units. They are famous for their ever-present kukris, a distinctive heavy knife with a curved blade, and for their reputation of being fierce fighters and brave soldiers. It is their ancestral homeland that the epicentre of the recent earthquake occurred.

Have a look at the BBC link here:

Our school is helping. We have an ongoing relationship with a school in Nepal and hosted some staff from a school there earlier this year. This is what we are doing.

Great goal for us: Raise £8,848 – the height of Everest in metres. 

Below are some details about future plans that are being developed.  The fantastic and wonderful Sally Hubbard and Tori Froud are making these things happen – they’re brilliant.

You’ll see below that our Nepal Club who met today are meeting again week this Friday, 8th may, lunchtime.  You would be more than welcome to come along if you are free?

Friday mufti day- student volunteers to meet Sally in reception at the start of registration to collect money.

Friday break and lunchtime- Cake Sale in the Concourse and the Octagon.

Please bring cakes in to sale but also go and buy cakes, else Phil will buy them all! Student volunteers will be leaving lessons 20 minutes early to help set up these stalls. Any clarifications of names needed, please contact James, Sally or myself.

Friday lunchtime- Cicely’s Staff v student Rounder’s. Please take part or at least come along and put some coins in the buckets that will be shaked at you!

Each Shelter Box is £590…the Nepal Club would love us to raise enough money to buy 4!

Each tent houses 10 people.

How much money can we raise?

Everest – 8,848m high.    £8 8 4 8 0 0.  You decide where to put the decimal point.

Above is what is being sorted for this Friday, but we had some incredible ideas for further necessary fund raising too, as this needs to be kept in the minds of staff and students for many months to come:

Perhaps we could have a Nepal Fundraising Friday once a month??

A onesie walk/run/relay race. Mr Forster is this something that PE would like to assist organising please? 22 laps would be the height of Everest. Perhaps it could a sponsored event, or students have to pay to get out their lessons to take part!! (SLT, not sure where we stand on that idea, but it is a great one!). This was an idea from a year 7- so perhaps the year 7 year team could help organise it too?

A Nepalese Themed Bake off- Mrs Harris, what do you think? Would Mrs Monk be up for the challenge? This was an idea from a year 8, so perhaps the year 8 year team could help to organise it?

Kapardi Tournament- Harry and Bert to organise a tournament of a traditional Nepalese contact sport- perhaps teams have to pay to enter?

HoY- would any of you like to get involved?

James Head of 6th Form said, “I was immensely proud of the students in the meeting today, the topic was not pleasant, but you are focused and an inspiration, thank you.”

Next Nepal Club Meeting in G3, Friday 8th May, at lunchtime- please bring your lunch

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Come on lets help!



There is an election coming…

We are running a Mock Election at school…here is how it works.


Now:     All candidates need to select their 6th form support team.

They also need to check out their party manifesto, available on the internet.

Start planning your election posters and your oral presentations to assemblies – you will each speak for a maximum of 2  minutes, following an introductory PowerPoint. We recommend keeping it to 5 or 6 key points.

Wednesday 22nd April:

There will be a meeting at break in H1 for any students from KS3/4 who would like to be part of a team. All candidates and 6th form supporters to attend. Then you can finalise your campaign teams – make sure they are not too large.

Mon 27th April:

Put up posters – keep it positive, maximum 10, A4 maximum size. Make sure they are put up straight and in sensible places.

Mon-Fri 27th April – 1st May:

Each candidate will speak in KS3 and kS4 assemblies (Mon Year 11, Tues Year 10, on to Fri Year 7)

Tues 5th May:

Candidates will speak to the Year 12 assembly

Tues and Wed 4th and 5th May:

Hustings meetings at lunchtime, when students will have the opportunity to speak to candidates to find out more about their policies. The venue is to be confirmed but you will each have a stall where students can come and ask you questions.

Thurs May 7th:

Voting at registration, break and lunchtime only. Candidates should tour the college, with their teams, to encourage voting.

Period 5: Counting in the Octagon. Candidates to be present with their teams.

Good luck!

The manic and slightly deranged world of ‘Le Nevet Bete’ visited upon Tavistock College last night.

A year on from their cowboy show ‘Once Upon a Time in a Western’, the four members of the theatre group Le Navet Bete, Nick, Al, Dan and Matt arrived at the college to perform their new show ‘Dick Tracy’ currently touring the UK.

With a much higher level of investment from new Arts Council funding that provide better props, masks, stage sets and Alex the technician, the four guys variously dressed at cops, an assortment of male and female characters, goodies and baddies and of course Dick provided a world of laughs and raucous comedy during three hours of fun and games.

They set up during the morning and then ran a workshop in Clowning and Comedy Acting for students at the College taking Drama or performance based courses. The feedback I got from one of the kids was hilarious, he said that, “The energy of the group was real, and everyone was taking part and going for it. My face ached!”

The school has a good front of house team and great technicians and the head of Preforming Arts who organises this and other extravaganzas, was on hand throughout the evening. The school sold around 200 tickets and lots of refreshments and the hall echoed with the sound of laughter. They were worth their rave reviews, I laughed all evening and the audience loved every minute of it. Not bad for a bunch of ‘Daft Turnips’ from south Devon.

Governors Blog – Tavistock College School Sports Tour – April 2015

Governors Blog – Tavistock College School Sports Tour – April 2015


Well Easter has come and gone and I have been to Paris, more precisely Disneyland, even more precisely, the ‘Tavistock College School Sports Tour’. I am a Governor at the college, have been for a year or so now, and it is hard work, but hey guys, guess what? It is a breeze compared to being a teacher!!

Forty seven children, five staff and me.  One big bus. We left at 06.30 for five days.  A long time away for some children, coming from every background as they do, and for some a first trip abroad. Did they do well? It was amazing.  Two netball teams and two football teams. Two cup competitions, 30 hours of Disneyland, over 800 meals, hundreds of miles of coach travel, four full team kits, first aid, water, bin bags, toothbrushes, sticking plasters were just some of the logistics.  Now, I have organised a few tours in my time but… not with children who miss their parents, are unsure of the language, worry about the food, want to do well and play hard, and then have their own worries and concerns about life and growing up.  I have one boy of 15 still at home, and if you are a parent reading this you know it can be tough at times, you have to work it out and worry about making mistakes… but I don’t have 47 kids for five days to worry about.
You know what I found most amazing? It was the relentlessness of the teaching staff. We have all heard the one about how we remember the teachers that made us feel good about ourselves, gave us confidence, and made things fun and interesting, well I was with five of them. They just worked from 6am to 2am, after the kids ‘lights out’ at 10:30pm they were still planning tomorrow, adjusting timings, phoning, organising, packing, sorting, you name it. I was knackered by supper time but no, they just carried on working. They were counsellors, medics, conflict resolvers, award givers, certificate writers, present and award buyers, budgeters, encouragers, listeners; constantly aware, constantly interacting, and they cared about every child. About all 47 of them, they really cared.….. they had no time away, no time to just sit and think. It was extraordinary; it set the tone of the trip.  Forty seven children, all well behaved, polite, well mannered, interesting and interested. This was the tone of the trip, you would be proud of all of them.  We got lots of comments about this.  As the coach driver ‘Scotty’ said, “If my teachers had been like this, I would have had a much better time at school than I did.”

Then on top of all this, all the kids played loads of sport, loads of football matches against the Welsh (which we beat) and the French (which we didn’t) and the English, which were 50/50. We went to a coaching session with French national selectors, the boy’s teams won the referees award for Fair Play and as a rugby man this was the best thing we could have won. The netballing girls won a cup, lots of matches and had a training session with England Netball! All this happened between eating, sleeping, Disneyland and going round the Stade de France in fancy dress after the PSG game the night before, and sitting in the seats of players!!

As a Governor I can visit lessons, attend as many events as I can and generally ‘be around’ but until you spend time, like this, where there is nowhere to hide you don’t see all the skills our staff have and offer the children. Go on a trip guys, its great!!


Nigel Larcombe-Williams

Co-Opted Governor