Year 11 BTEC Music students presented a Showcase of music this week. Each student had to perform either as part of an ensemble or solo. The evening was a huge success with many excellent performances. Special mention goes to the band Blank State Empire who have been asked to perform to the whole school on the end of term final assembly.
Monday 31st March at 9:20am was the official re-opening of Wellington Library. A small group of students were invited to attend and have tea and cakes as well as look around the new and improved premises. We arrived at the library, listened to an opening speech and then watched the red ribbon being cut.
We then had a chance to look around the new premises and be able to read a few books from the wide variety on display. We were also invited to come back to the Library in the summer holidays to help out with the younger generation of readers in Wellington.
We thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity and think the new library will help to encourage a lot of visitors to the area.
Tom Trowbridge, a year 9 student at Court Fields School, has experienced a busy and intense time in recent weeks with his golf development reaching new highs in an already blossoming career. On Saturday 15th March, Tom was visited by the English Golf Association selectors at the South West Development Squad Training facilities. The selectors observed Tom’s talents against fellow junior competitors and gave him some positive feedback at the end of his match. Tom impressed the South West selectors so much that he has been given the honour of captaining the squad in upcoming fixtures.
A team of students from Court Fields School, John Gilding and Bronwyn Cheshire from year 8 and Daniel Belfield and Rhian Mitchell from year 9 competed in the UK Mathematics Trust Junior Maths challenge in Bristol. There were 29 schools competing from all over the South West and our team came a very creditable 17th . Mr Kilshaw was very pleased with the effort and commitment that the team showed when competing against some of the best young mathematicians in the south west.
Fourteen students from Year 9 to 11 attended the annual Queen’s College Model United Nations Conference to represent the diplomatic interests of our traditional choice of countries, Australia and Iceland. The day opened with a speech by Jeremy Browne MP before the real debating began, pausing only for the usual excellent lunch. In the afternoon the General Assembly debated the situation in Crimea and we were delighted that two of our delegates, Maddy and Ellie were commended and highly commended respectively for their contributions. Both teams were a great credit to the school, and we thank Queen’s College and especially the organizing students, Hobz and James for their hard work in making the day such a success.
World-class climber and adventure athlete Tim Emmett gave a memorable series of talks to a variety of audiences during his visit to Court Fields. Tim was keen to motivate students with his simple message for success: keep an open mind, make an effort and persevere with your challenges, whatever they may be. He spent time with the school climbing team as well as the Year 8 students who are raising money to visit Madagascar in two years time.
He then delighted an evening audience with a high-octane account of his latest adventures, that included his recent ascent of the world’s hardest ice climb at Helmcken Falls, British Columbia, an expedition to the Trango Towers in Pakistan and various climbing and wing-suit flying adventures around Squamish, Canada. The Wellington Scouts were pleased to win a free climbing session kindly donated by the Quay Climbing Centre in Exeter.
The winning castle by Katie Reeves (Ruby) and Charlotte Ball (Topaz) – Motte and Bailey
Mr Alfano reports that there were 50 entries. Some fabulous ones didn’t even make the top 4 as the quality was so good (one even had real water in the moat – although it did leak!) There were lots of novel construction methods (from the 3rd place cake castle to ones made of pasta and even old baked bean cans)
Megan White has just successfully completed her Orange belt grading on 21st Feb 2014. She is a member of For Life Martial Arts Academies which is a club for anyone interested in mixed martial arts. She has been a member of her club for about a year and their Dojo is based at St Johns Primary school where they they meet every Friday. They cater for any age up to adults.
Megan says that “Its Great fun as you have to constantly push yourself. Its good fitness and you learn all about self-defence techniques”
Her next grading is in 3 months time and we look forward to hearing about how she gets on.
For more details why not check our their website at www.forlifeacademies.co.uk
Wellington and District Twinning Association Youth Exchange with Court Fields School and The Castle School
The much anticipated half term exchange trip saw 20 young people from Wellington and Taunton boarding a Berry’s coach and heading off to Dover. A most unfavourable weather forecast made little impact on the spirits of the group and after 11 hours waiting in the port for the storms to subside we finally made it onto the ferry for a bumpy Channel crossing. The long delay meant that our first night in Germany was an unplanned stop in Karlsruhe Youth Hostel, but an early start the following day saw us arrive in the delightful alpine town of Immendstadt in time for a late lunch. The students greeted their German partners like long lost friends thanks to the modern miracle of social networking and soon everyone was happily ensconced with their host families.
Over 2000 schools participated in the annual Fai-Tea competition which sees UK
schools competing with schools in the USA for the most medals on the Mangahigh maths website.
Ryan Beech was the schools top performer with 24 gold
medals on various mathematical challenges. Leanne Payne was the top female contributor with 16 gold medals and Jackson Wilkinson also gained 16 gold medals. Our aim is to target the top 3 next year. Well done to everyone who participated.