The Somerset Schools Golf Championship 2015 was held at Worlebury Golf Club in Weston Super Mare on Thursday 26th March. Representing Court Fields School in a 60 strong field was Year 11 student, Tom Trowbridge playing off his impressive handicap of 1. The current Under 16 South West captain was faced with increasingly blustery conditions after his 9:56am tee off time. The competition looked strong with a number of low handicap golfers from Millfield School & Kings College. Tom started with a bogey on the tough, long Par 4 first hole but quickly regained his composure with a birdie on the intriguing drop hole second, a par 3 with a very small target. Tom calmly rolled in his 20 foot putt for his 2 and remained at level par until the par 4 eighth hole where Tom collected his second bogey. However, with great bounce back ability Tom birdied the par 5 ninth & reached the turn in a strong position at level par.
Talented young climber Joe Walmsley competed in the third and final round of the South West Youth Climbing Series on Saturday 21st March. After completing some really tricky routes against some strong competitors he managed to secure 2nd place in the round and qualified in 3rd place for the region so will be able to compete in Edinburgh at the National Final, representing the South West Team.
Joe and the other members of the school climbing team will be attempting to retain their SW inter-schools title at the Quay Climbing Centre on Sunday 29th March. Supporters are welcome!
On Saturday 14th March, Court Fields sent 3 delegations (Iceland, Zimbabwe and Nigeria) to the annual Queen’s College Model United Nations debating competition.
The day began with some refreshments before we entered the main hall for an introduction to the day. We then left to join our separate committees: disarmament, health, economic, human rights and Middle East and political. We spent the morning debating a multitude of issues ranging from the sale of small arms in post-Arab Spring states, to the issue of legislating worldwide stem cell research. Each committee debated two separate issues, and looked to pass clauses around the issue to build up a resolution for the issue.
After lunch (which was brilliant), we joined forces with another member of our delegation to debate another issue. In the joint disarmament and political committee, we debated the question of immigration from war-torn North African countries to Europe. This session was a bit more light-hearted, and culminated in the delegates from Mali and Russia participating in a rap battle!
The day ended with every delegate entering the main hall for a General Assembly surrounding a fictional scenario, which involved a few silly suggestions! Finally, the awards were dished out, and Lottie Radford was Commended in the Political committee representing Zimbabwe and Ruby Fenn was also Commended in the Disarmament committee representing Iceland.
Thanks to Queen’s College for an excellent day!
Written by Kaan Dal
On Friday 20th March our Ten Tors teams went to Dartmoor for their first taste of overnight camping and carrying a large rucksack. The group set off at 3pm and arrived at their wild country campsite at 6.30. Tents were quickly put up and cookers were soon on and producing a variety of tasty meals. As the sun set the temperatures dropped quickly and cooking had to be finished by torch light.
After a cold night the group were up early but still had to cook breakfast, pack up all their equipment before setting off to do another 20km. The weather on the Saturday was excellent and both groups demonstrated some good navigation skills and are looking forward to the next camp in April.
On Thursday 19th March the year 9 Court Fields football team took on local rivals Castle in the semi-final of the district cup. The game started at a brisk pace with Castle looking the more settled side. Possession soon turned into points and Castle scored a superb 20yrd shot to take an early 1-0 lead. Court Fields needed to dig deep and responded with a good through ball to Rohan Poulsom who netted to make it 1-1. This was quickly followed by another and the sides turned around with Court Fields 2-1 up. Nerves started to creep in as the full time whistle approached and Castle launched everything against the Court Fields back line. The pressure was relentless and Castle managed an equalizer just before the whistle. With honours even after extra-time players nervously stepped up for their penalties. The star of the show for Court Fields was Finn Pocock who pulled off 2 fantastic saves to see Court Fields through to the final, taking the win 4-3 on penalties. This is the second team from Court Fields to make it through to the district finals. The finals will be played shortly after the Easter break.
Court Fields Comic Relief bakers proudly show off their certificates and a sample of the cakes made on 12/3/15.
On Tuesday the 3rd of March four students, Danielle Campbell, Bethany Channon, Dan Belfield and Sam Welsher, travelled to Western-Super-Mare along with maths teacher Mr Kilshaw to represent Courtfields School in an exciting opportunity to begin an understanding in Further A- Level mathematics. We were warmly welcomed by the school headmaster and then quickly the day started. The event was kicked off with a special card counting exercise where we were asked to lay out fifty two cards and continuously count in a pattern from the top. The catch was that almost every time when counting you would fall into what was known as a ‘Trap Card’ and always end up finishing on the same card.
After this fun exercise to get our brains working we started on a probability challenge called ‘Knock Knock’, actually used on a TV game show! The idea of this was to be faced with four sets of five doors, two of which were hollow and you could break through and three of which were solid and impossible to break. You had to guess which doors to go through, four times in a row to win. Obviously we weren’t there to smash down doors though we were there for calculations and everyone got started with some probability trees to work out the chances of getting through the right doors. In more detail we then looked at certain things like whether there was someone in front of you who had knocked down some doors or who hadn’t and this actually contributed towards different equations in total. We then had a twenty minute break in which to recharge our brains, aided by juice and biscuits.
On the 27th February to 2nd of March I was on a trip representing Wellington and Court Fields School out to the battle fields and cemeteries in France and Belgium. This adventure all started in September 2014 when we were all invited to apply. It was all part of a government plan to educate students on World War 1 in the year of its centenary, sending two pupils and a teacher from each school that wished to take part. The hard work started weeks ago with lots of research on local soldiers. I was lucky enough to research a local solider called Tom Tarr whose family still live in the area. I was privileged to be invited to their home to view his medals, bible and letter from the king. This was important background to the trip which was a fun, educational packed 4 days.
Warm and cheerful echoes of Two Little Ducks could be heard around Court Fields School on a chilly evening last night when nearly two hundred pounds was raised during a fun-packed Bingo Night!
The night, held on 26 February and organised by the newly re-launched Friends of Court Fields School, proved a complete success. It was attended by some fifty people ranging from enthusiastic younger bingo novices (School Year 7s) through to some evidently more seasoned bingo players from Wellington’s professional circuit! On offer were fantastic seasonal Line and Full House Prizes through to the night’s Top Prize which was a whopping £50 voucher for a local supermarket. Almost every table proved an eventual winner after the night’s Raffle which was held during a break amid the groovy soundtrack of Guardians of The Galaxy. Refreshments and free biscuits were also on offer at the charmingly named Doug’s Café. Concentrations levels were so high that Doug was even seen to be offering table service!