Wellington under 15 rugby

Match report Wellington vs Taunton

Wellington’s under 15s boys rugby team made history on Sunday 29th April when they became the first side in Wellington Rugby Club’s 144 year existence to retain a title winning the Somerset Cup for the second year in succession, beating local rivals Taunton 20-10 at a breezy Weston super Mare.  Nine Court Fields boys played their part in this victory including a try from Evan Greening and a conversion from Jonty Ogilvie.

Wellington, for a lot of this first, were penned into their 22 by a relentless Taunton attack with big hits coming in. It seemed only a matter of time until Taunton would breach Wellington’s defence. Taunton had a chance to take the lead via a penalty right in front of the posts. They opted for a kick at the posts but somehow, the fly half hit the crossbar and it ricocheted back into play.

Wellington scored a try via the number 8 barrelling over the line to score. The try was then converted by the fly half Jonty Ogilvie. When the first half was coming to a close Taunton scored a controversial try to make it 7-5 to wellington. Again the kick missed the target, leaving Welly with their noses in front at the break

Evan Greening’s try came early on in the second half to stretch Wellington’s lead.  A difficult angle and gusty conditions meant converting this try would be difficult. Despite this, Jonty put in maximum effort and the ball shaved the posts; unfortunately, not on the inside though. 12-5 to Wellington.

Jonty Ogilvie was subbed just as Wellington were given a penalty in front of the posts. So the new no.10 went for a kick at goal converting it to make it 15-5 to Wellington. Jack Higgs picked up a bouncing ball and made a run down the wing to then pop the ball off to the number 8 to score his second try and to make 20-5 to Wellington. The kick wasn’t converted. The game was almost over when Taunton pushed over the line for their second try of the game, the fly half missing again.

Late in the game, the Wellington captain received a yellow card, reducing the team down to 14, but they held on, getting a final penalty, which the scrum half gleefully kicked out of play to bring an end to the match. The final whistle went and Wellington under 15s had made history in their town, and the celebrations could begin, once the cup had been awarded and all the players received their medals.

The Court Field boys involved were Evan Greening, Jonty Ogilvie, Joshua Harper, Louie Justice, Benn Lowman, Jack Higgs, James Candia Massey, Archie Lang, Zac Monteiro.

Madagascar Week 2018

Court Fields School has had an amazing Madagascar Week! Staff, students and parents have raised over £2,000 in one week. During the week we had various activities happening each day, including sponsor silences, cakes sales, nail bar, quizzes, non-uniform day plus lots more.  The ‘Madagascar’s Got Talent’ show on the Wednesday, which was won by the fantastic trio of singers, Rebecca Watts, Elaine Robinson and Megan Leslie and finishing off on Friday with the annual sponsored walk to the monument and back. The student carried bricks and planks of wood as this is how the children in Madagascar often have to walk each day when they go to school. The children then use the wood and bricks for desks and chairs when they get to school.

With the money already raised this year we will now be able to pay for a classroom extension on the school which Court Fields has already paid for. This will mean that the older students will now be able to go to school nearer their homes and not need to walk long distances for their education, or carry planks of wood and bricks each day.

Over the past 9 years Court Fields School has managed to raise over £20,000! This has paid for three water projects and a primary school, which we will be able to build an extra classroom on this year. These projects would not have been possible without the time, hard work, compassion and generosity of everyone at Court Fields School. We can be truly proud of the differences we have all made to the harsh daily lives of the people in these villages in Madagascar.

Our next main fundraising event will be a Christmas Craft Fair, which will be held on Saturday 10th November, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.  We are now taking applications from stall holders. Already we have had over 100 enquiries!  Please contact the school if you would like any information or can offer any help or support for our fundraising.

Thank you all, past and present staff, students and parents for this fantastic achievement.

Stress Busting Fish Arrive at Court Fields School

Court Fields School students are delighted to welcome over 50 tropical fish to their new home, in the school’s Achievement for All base.

Thanks to the amazing generosity of Maidenhead Aquatics and Andrew Paxton from Interpet in Taunton, the students at the school are now enjoying learning about these beautiful fish and their habitat.

Students are also benefitting from the therapeutic qualities of the new aquarium. Senior Teaching Assistant, John Myers, explained “the new aquarium is fantastic as it creates a very calm and soothing atmosphere for learning.”

The Achievement for All base supports over 100 children during the school week with extra learning opportunities including outdoor learning, gardening. cooking/life skills, and swimming. If you are interested in volunteering in the base, please contact Helen Towler-Williams via the school office.

Upcoming Events

Friday 16th March 2018 Easter Bingo – Court Fields School Hall
Monday 19th March 2018 Year 11 Progress Reports to Parents
Friday 23rd March 2018 Non Uniform – Sport Relief
Monday 26th March – Friday 6th April 2018 Easter Holidays
Monday 9th April 2018 Students return to school
Monday 9th April 2018 Year 9 Progress Reports to Parents
Thursday 12th April 2018 Year 11 Parents Evening (Selected
Students)

Outlook Calendar

Yr 9 EDF Visit

On Wednesday 21st March Science welcomed a representative from EDF in conjunction with Hinkley Point C to run a work shop with year 9. The morning focused on the current energy crisis and how we can solve it. Students competed to build the most efficient wind turbine, as well as learning about the production of electricity, and the wealth of careers available to them within the STEM industry.

 

Ski Trip 2018

 

Sunday

We have arrived! After a brief (28 hour) coach trip we arrived at our hotel at about 8pm in time for a tasty dinner and fitting of ski equipment. Everyone then collapsed into bed for a good night’s sleep.

The first day out on the slopes was brilliant. The temperature varied between minus 8 and minus 1, but the sun was shining and the slopes weren’t that busy. As a result all the non-skiers did superbly well and were working their way down blue runs, and taking chair lifts up again, by the end of the day. Better than expected progress!

Stem Works Day

Court Fields School hosted a fantastic STEM works day in conjunction with EDF on Wednesday
7th February. The day involved 86 Year 8 students working in teams to design and build the furthest
travelling egg carry rocket! The students worked in teams of 5 and tested their designs before
making adjustments. Pictured below are the winning team, the groups where marked not only on
how far the rocket travelled but also their design, presentation and team work. The day focused on
getting students engaged in problem solving ideas and possible future STEM carriers.

Cheque for children in need

The final total for Children in Need 2017 was £825.27. This was an outstanding fundraising effort and Ms Bennett would like to congratulate all those that took part, made donations, baked cakes or took part in sponsored events.  We are very proud of your achievements.

Students hold up the presentation cheque for Children in need.

Court Fields School receives a further award from the National Citizen Service

Court Fields School was presented with its second award from NCS ( National Citizen Service ) in recognition of its proactive support in encouraging its year 11 students to participate in the 3 week NCS programme of activities. Pictured receiving a plaque and a certificate are Paul Cowling, responsible for careers and the main link with NCS, Rachael Bennett, Head Teacher and Flavia and Sarah from Activate, the company responsible for delivering the NCS contract in Somerset.

50 year 11 students from the school have already signed up for the 2018 programme.

The NCS programme is aimed at 16 -17 year old. It takes place over the school holidays. As well as two separate periods of away from home residential which includes a range of exciting  outdoor activities, students will also be given time to develop new skills whilst learning more about their communities and how they can make a difference through social action projects.

Trip to the Fleet Air Arm Museum

We went on Wednesday 13th December to the Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton. Mr Woodward drove us in the school minibus. Students from both Nurture groups, Sunstone and Citrine went with Mrs Smith and Mrs Hopkins as well as Mr Woodward.
We went to take part in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) workshop, which looked at the different materials used to make aircraft over the last 100 years.
We were able to test the different materials such as wood, metal, fabric, carbon fibre, leather and honeycomb composite to see if they were flexible or stiff and rigid. This tied in with what we had been learning about materials in our science lessons. We also tested how strong the materials were by standing on them.
They day was fantastic and it was great to be able to use the learning we had done in school to help us with the workshop activities.
By: Tristan Stanley, Roman Scotcher, Katie O’Connor and Paul Storey (Sunstone Nurture Students)