Student only Monday 18th December 3.45 pm. £1 – proceeds to Madagascar – Tickets in Finance office.
We are supporting this year’s Christmas Jumper Day in aid of the Save the Children charity. Students are allowed to wear Christmas Jumpers with their school uniform on Friday in return for donations to the charity. A blazer is not essential if it is uncomfortable to wear over the Christmas Jumper. This is not a non-uniform day.
The most important thing for our children is their safety. We foster a culture of vigilance amongst staff, students and parents. We always listen to children and take their concerns seriously. Please, do not ‘wait and see’ if you have any concern: either contact the School immediately, or use the link below which will take you directly to the Somerset safeguarding website.
Making curriculum choices in Year 9 is a very important part of your time in school. It is an opportunity for you to take control of your education and shape the way you want your future to be. The options you choose for Years 10 and 11 will affect how you spend your time at school for the next two years. The choices you make may also influence what course or job you decide to do after Year 11.
It is important to choose subjects that will interest you and motivate you. Spend some time thinking about what you enjoy doing, what keeps you interested in something and what makes you work hard. Remember that you are not alone in making these decisions, everyone in Year 9 is going through the same process. Teachers, friends, parents, carers and family will be able to guide advise and support you in this important decision making process.
Good reasons for choosing an option
- You are good at the subject
- You think you will enjoy the course
- It fits your career ideas and plans
- It goes well with your other choices
- You think you might want to continue studying it post 16
- Your research shows that it will interest you and motivate you to learn.
Bad reasons for choosing an option
- Your friends have chosen it
- You think it will be easy
- You think it’s a good option for a boy/girl
- Someone else thinks it is a good idea
- You like the teacher you have now
- You did not have time to research your options properly
Thursday 23rd November – Consultation Year 9 Parents and students – assembly and letters out. Friday 8th December 2017 – Deadline for feedback from Year 9 Parents and students.
Thursday 14th December – Governors Directors – Final Decision.
Options Process: Key Dates:
30th November 2017: Year 9 Parents Evening: Discussion of choices
17th January 2018: Year 9 Options Assembly: Process and Choices (SLT)
18th January 2018: Year 9 Options Evening: Discussion of choices
1st Feb 2018: Academic Monitoring Day: Discussion / Checking of choices by Tutor
w/b: 5th Feb 2018: HOH checking of Options Choices – further discussion with students/parents as appropriate
w/b 12th Feb 2018: SLT checking of Options Choices – final discussion with students/parents as appropriate
November 16, 2017
Somerset Skills & Careers Fair 2017 exhibitor Bristol City FC ran a competition for the most keepy uppies in a row, with a prize for the best boy and best girl on the day. Here is a video of Maddie in action:
Maddie started playing football aged 8, joining Wellington Wildcats where she still plays now for the under 18’s side. Favouring centre-mid field, Maddie has also recently been asked to play for the ladies team too.
Once she completes her GCSE’s next summer (her favourite subjects are PE and English), football fanatic Maddie has an ambition to study for a diploma in sports coaching at Bridgwater and Taunton College. From there she has big dreams of going to University and then travelling to Australia.
Well done Maddie from both The One Step Foundation and Bristol City FC, we wish you well in your fast approaching GCSE’s. You have an exciting future ahead of you, in the meantime enjoy the Bristol City game!
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- 09/11/17 Year 7 Meet the Tutor evening 4 pm – 6 pm
Congratulations to the Court Fields Ten Tors 2017 team who completed the 35 mile challenge in a very quick time, arriving back at 10:53 on Sunday morning.
After a mass start from Okehampton Army camp at 7am on Saturday morning. The team set a very fast pace, passing check points at High Willhays, Watern Tor, Fernworthy Forest, Sittaford Tor, Higher White Tor, Holming Beam, Little Mis Tor, White Barrow, Standon Farm before having to stop for the night and camp at Chat Tor. After cooking an evening meal and getting some sleep the team were up early and on their way at 6am to Great Kneeset, Hound Tor and Cosdon Hill before turning for home and arriving back at the Okehampton Army Camp by 10:53 on Sunday morning to be met by Team managers Mr Greenfield, Mr Dickson and all their parents.
A very impressive effort – well done to everyone that participated in the training and the challenge itself.
NCS ( National Citizenship Service ) has recognised the commitment and support the school has given for promoting the NCS programme to its year 11 students. The school is one of only two schools in Somerset to have been given the award. Paul Cowling, the schools Carers Adviser, says the NCS programme is a fantastic opportunity, which adds breadth and depth to a students life experience and is very please d to see so that 20 students have signed up for the 3 week programme this summer.Pictured are some of the students along with Ms Bennett, Mr Cowling and to colleagues from NCS”
The event was quieter than usual with many schools taking advantage of the good weather and out on Ten Tors training. The students climbed very well, eventually losing to a much older team from Trinity School. Katie Acton and Joe Walmsley were the highest placed finishers in their respective categories. Congratulations to all who took part.
Team from L. Lily, Ophelia, Jacob, Katie, Beth and Joe
“GCSE Geography students in Years 10 and 11 spent the first week of the Easter holidays on the Geography tour to Sicily. Study sites included Mount Etna, the Alcantara river gorge, the tourist honeypot of Taormina and the Aeolian island of Vulcano. The highlight of the trip was the visit to the southern flank of Etna where, at an altitude of 2,500m, we were able to marvel at the sight of a stream of molten lava flowing down the slope while snow was falling all around. Mr Latchford commented that this was Etna at its most awesome and the students should feel very privileged to have witnessed such an event.”