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)

Girls’ Hockey

This has been a great season for the girls’ hockey teams. The Year 9&10 Girls played their first full pitch games and did fantastically well against Taunton Academy and Bishop Fox’s. They played very well together as a team and their fitness levels remained good for the duration of both games, despite the increased size of the pitch!

 

 

The Year 7 team have had a brilliant start to their hockey performances as they secured lots of wins in their Central venue league tournaments and finished third overall. They are a promising group of players and we are already looking forward to next season.

After Christmas we will be looking forward to starting the Netball season with practices for all age groups.