Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary

Year 7 English students made traditional 16th century biscuits to mark the 400 year anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. They judged the biscuits ‘Bake Off’ style on presentation and taste.

Thanks to Nathan Fleming, Yasmine Qureshi, Yasmin Edgcombe, Emily Trueman, Chloe Venn, Jamie White, Ophelia Cooper and Hollie Cullen for taking part.

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Madagascar Week

Madagascar’s Got Talent

Last Wednesday evening a packed school hall was treated to an amazing amount of talent, brought to us by students at Court Fields. The acts were mostly vocal, and Daisy Gatling did a beautiful rendition of Under the Sea on her clarinet, which received huge applause.

Micaela Sellick and Isaac Jones sang and danced their way through Count on Me, Shannon Keeble and Leah Fudge sang accapela versions of Take Me Home and Someone like You. Haegan Power, Caitlin Baker, Ashley Payne, and Kaitlin Rood all sang with their heart
s and souls, receiving some great feedback from the 4 judges. The runners up were Chris Coupe and Josie Owen who did a beautiful version of Dancing on My Own, and the very deserving winner of the night was Alicia Hayes, who reduced some of the audience to tears with her rendition of When We Were Young, a truly memorable performance.

The evening raised over £450 which will go towards the school that is being built in Madagascar.

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Alicia Hayes – Winner of Madagascar’s got talent Chris Coupe and Josie Owen

Madagascar Week

Students at Court Fields School have been busy fundraising all week for Madagascar.  They have organised a range of activities in order to raise as much money as possible to fund a primary school in Madagascar. Madagascar’s Got Talent was held on Wednesday and unfortunately the annual sponsored walk had to be cancelled due to the weather. It will now be held on Wednesday April 27th after school. During the week there were cake sales, raffles, a non uniform day and a penny jar collection which produced an amazing £1500 in one week!

The money which we have raised over the past few years now amounts to over £13,000.  We have provided three safe clean water projects to one school and two villages, helping several hundred people.  Thank you to all students, parents, staff and people of Wellington who have supported us in this very worthy cause.  Our aim now provide enough money to build a primary school.  Hopefully the primary school will be complete this summer. This is when our group of eight students who are going on expedition to Madagascar will be able to visit the school.

Thank you for all your support and hard work!

If anyone would like to help or support us in anyway please contact is school.

 

Ten Tors

Last weekend was the final practice for the Court Fields Ten Tors teams before the actual event  Dartmoor in May.  On the first day the teams walked into a remote wild country DSCF0134campsite on the northern part of the moor, put up their tents, cooked and planned their routes for the following day before having a well earned early night.

Heavy rain fell during the night and the temperatures fell to below zero which meant that we woke up to find ice on the outside of our tents.  As the teams ate breakfast there was also a snow shower!

The next day saw the teams heading south towards Great Mis Tor and their final destination of Postbridge.  Both teams walked well covering about 35km over the two days and are now looking forward to the actual event on 7th May.

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Year 11 Plymouth University Visit

On Wednesday the 23rd March,57 students had the privilege of visiting Plymouth University for the day. The purpose of the visit was raising aspirations, by inspiration. Upon arrival we were put into groups, assigned campus tour guides and had a comprehensive tour of the University.  Students were then treated to an interactive session with either science or art.  Art groups looked at music and the ways in which this influences art. Science extracted their own DNA which they got to take home in a pendant.

 

A few of our students had already set their sights on University and had come along to see Uni life at first hand, for the majority of our students this was an opportunity to look at post 18 options and the implications of progressing into higher education.  Some of the comments included were ‘I can’t wait to do well in my exams so I can come here, this place has everything’ and ‘I wasn’t sure if Uni would be the best choice for me as I thought it would cost too much, now I know it can be for me’. Finally ‘If I can go to Uni this is the one for me as it’s got the perfect atmosphere and all of the courses I would like to do’.

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Court Fields climbing success

The Court Fields climbing squad came away with second place in the South West Schools Championships this year. The standard of competition was much higher than previous years and our team contained three young novice climbers who showed a great deal of persistence over a long tiring day.

Special congratulations to Joe Walmsley who flashed every single route as well as winning his category in the British Youth Series contest on the previous day which means that he will be travelling to Edinburgh for the National Finals at the end of April.

Thanks as usual to the Quay for hosting the event.

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Fame

On Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th March year 10 and 11 students showcased their talents in the Court Fields production of Fame. The cast were challenged in roles and seamlessly executed the technical choreography to bring the show to life. I would like to thank all the students and cast involved both on stage and behind the scenes. Without this help and support shows like this would not be possible. The cast had a fantastic time and this was clearly seen on stage.

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Duke of Edinburgh Award

dofeThis year, for the first time in a number of years, students at Court Fields are working towards their Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award. The four Silver teams have been out and about doing their training – map reading on Exmoor and putting up tents, cooking and practising some very cold outdoor first aid. Hopefully if they ever really need to put a teacher into the recovery position, they now know how not to roll them down a hill by accident!

The Silver teams were also out on a three day practice expedition on Exmoor on the weekend of the 11-13th March. Four groups set off from different points and made their way to Cloud Farm campsite by the beautiful Badgworthy Water, the last group arriving just as darkness dropped in. The weather was kind to us but next morning the tents were coated in ice and could probably have stood up without any poles. After a breakfast (cooked on gas stoves by the students, just like their previous night’s meal) everything was packed up for another hike across the moors, this time to Porlock. The third day saw everyone heading off on different stretches of the coastal path towards Minehead.

A number of lessons were learned for the next camp – not over packing backpacks, thinking carefully about food, being tidy in camp and taking time over route decisions. However everyone did really well for a first time out camping with all the gear needed for 3 days and the only people who seemed to get really lost were some of the staff helpers!

Badminton Champions

This year our U15 girls badminton team came first in division 2 in The Somerset schools Badminton League and the U18 girls team came second in their division.   All the players have improved their game during the season in order to achieve these results and both teams played brilliantly during the season and have been a credit to the school.

U15 Team

Renee Hooper, Daisy Gatling, Sianne Chambers and Georgia McGrath

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U18 Girls

Lottie Radford, Karolina Thomas, Megan Beale and Kathleen Power

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Events for our feeder Primary Schools

Court Fields Sports Leaders have been busy again helping to organise and run events for our feeder Primary Schools.  We have held 4 Central Venue League Netball Tournaments with the leaders giving up their time to umpire, time keep and score for all the games.  They have had lots of compliments from Primary staff and parents on how good their umpiring and communication has been for all tournaments.  Well done.

 

We held a Year 2 Multi Sport festival for over 200 children on Friday 26th February.  The sports leaders work very hard delivering running, jumping and throwing events within the sports hall for over 2 hours.  The Primary children thoroughly enjoyed testing their skills and were helped by leaders to gain bronze, silver, gold or platinum levels for many of the activities. Congratulations to all our sports leaders for helping to run another hugely successful Festival.  Our next Festival will be held on Wednesday 23rd March at the Princess Royal Sports Centre.

Mrs E Lees

(Court Fields School)

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Pocock off to National Championships

Lewis Pocock from Year 9 has been selected to represent Somerset Junior Boys in the National Cross Country Championships in Nottingham on 4th March. Lewis is a member of Lewis Pocockan 8 Strong Somerset squad running for the National Championship.

Lewis started his season before Christmas by smashing the Year 9 Court Fields Cross Country record. Since then he has gone from strength to strength, first by qualifying in 7th place at the Taunton Area trails held at Kings College, then finishing 9th in the Somerset trails at Aldon Hill near Yeovil.  As a result of his efforts Lewis earned his Somerset Athletics Vest and a place in the Junior boys team who competed at Cheltenham in February and now a place in the National Championships.

Good luck on 4th March Lewis!