Court Fields v West Somerset College
Last Thursday saw Court Fields play their Yr10 District Cup final match against a well drilled West Somerset College team. The game was very close throughout with Court Fields leading 29-20 at half time, but the bigger West Somerset pack made inroads in the last 10 minutes to grab the win 46-34. Jordon Mace was by far the most creative player on the pitch with darting runs and well placed kicks and as always a rock solid defence which kept his side in the game. As a result of this Jordon was named man of the match.
Try’s Ethan Staker x 3, Jacob Coles x 2, Jordan Mace
Conversions Jordon Mace x 3
After our successful ascent of Tryfan, the group returned to the base for hot chocolate and another delicious meal of sausage casserole prepared by Mrs Robertson. Everyone enjoyed an impromptu musical performance led by Chris and Casey that made us forget our aching knees! Unsurprisingly, everyone went to bed quite a lot earlier!
The next day we headed off to Rhiw Bach mine. Year 7 students Starr and Becky continue the tale…
The Outdoor Club has just returned from the annual Snowdonia trip. This year we were based in the Ysgol Latymer Centre, at the end of the remote Penmacho valley, with nothing but the distant popping roar of the cars on the World Rally Championship night stage in the hills above the Centre for company on the first evening. Replete with Mrs Robertson’s delicious chilli, the students entertained themselves with board games and popcorn before settling down for the night.
Over the half-term period Jack Baker took part in the ASA South West Regional Disability Swimming Championships in Bristol and performed brilliantly, securing 4 personal bests and picking up a 3rd place bronze in both the 50 metre freestyle and 50 metre backstroke (see attached photograph). The South West Region covers the 6 Counties of Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. Jack has now been entered for the National Short Course Championships and will represent the South West in Sheffield over the weekend 23 and 24 November 2013.
On Saturday 26th October I went to a Karate Competition in Exmouth. I entered 4 categories: Kumite (fighting), Ippon Kumite (first form of fighting, Individual Kata (group of moves performed by individual) and Team Kata (group of moves performed by 3 people). In Kumite you are fighting for 1 point. I got through the first round and was automatically fighting for first/second place. I lost that fight and got a silver medal. In Ippon Kumite the judges decided in first and final round that I was the best one there – I got gold!! In the finals of the Individual Kata my friend and I got the same score so they did some random maths and because I got the higher number, my friend won. Another Silver for me! The final event was an easy win for us in the first round but unfortunately we got second place in the last round so the last silver medal was for us.
After the competition they took some time to decide who they wanted to get the trophy/shield and all of the judges voted for me. I didn’t know this until Tuesday 5th November when I was presented with it in my Karate lesson. It was for great perseverance, attitude, resilience etc. I was so happy!
by Anita Year 7 / Rb5
We are absolutely delighted that, during a routine monitoring visit by Her Majesty’s Inspectors last week, sufficient progress was noted to trigger a full Section 5 Ofsted inspection. It is the judgement of the inspectors that Court Fields Community School no longer requires special measures. This is a significant event in the life of the school and is a vindication of our and your efforts since November 2012.
Ofsted inspectors praised our school for its rapid progress in improving standards with our 2013 GCSE results soaring by an impressive 16%. Moreover, they noted that Maths results are now well above national averages. Whilst there is still much work to be done to achieve a ‘good’ judgment we are incredibly pleased that inspectors recognised that the Leadership of our school at all levels is now good and will continue to drive the school forward on our journey to be outstanding. In order to help us achieve this goal, the inspection team have given us clear guidance on the areas we need to improve.
20 Year 8 students, 7 teachers and 2 dogs successfully achieved our new outdoor event: The Blackdown Challenge last weekend. Students set off at 9am on Saturday and walked 15 miles cross country via The Monument, Culmstock Beacon or Hemyock over the Blackdown Hills to Forest Glade Holiday Park at Blackborough. Students then pitched their tents and cooked their supper before getting an early night in. They continued their hike back to Court Fields following the route they had planned at school. Some students found this incredibly challenging but did not give up. They got wet, cold and extremely tired but their spirits remained high. Students covered 30 miles over the weekend which was a superb effort. A very big well done to Leah Waygood, William Powell, Esme Peace, Elise Parkinson, Lili-Asha Palmer-Taylor, Jasmine Newstead, Oliver Morrell, Hannah Livesey, Toby Jones, Emily Horswell, Will Hodgson, Amber Higgs, Harry Herbison, Bethany Garratt, Aaron Filler, Casey Evett, Megan Enticott, Chris Coupe, Jamie Corbett and Maddy Collins.
On 16th October 135 Year 11 students from Court Fields attended the Careers Fair held at Junction 24 and organised by Taunton organisation, One Step Foundation. Over 2000 students from the local area made use of the event where 80 businesses and education establishments were represented. It was the largest and most comprehensive carers fair for 12 – 18 year olds in Somerset.
L – R Hannah Waygood, Bethany Lowman, Alisha Day with Rebecca Pow Prospective MP for Taunton Deane looking at opportunities offered at Richard Huish College whilst attending the Careers Fair this week.