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Online safety Parents Evening 5th October

We will be hosting an online safety Parents evening on 5/10/16 in the hall from 7-8.30pm

Letters will be going home via registers this week so please ask your son/daughter and look in their bag!

The sessions are run by Alan Earl, SWGfL Harm Reduction Officer & Police Constable
for Avon and Somerset Constabulary’s Internet Child Abuse Team.

Within the parents sessions we like to explore the myriad of issues surrounding a child’s use of the internet and help to demystify the risks and technologies by providing parents with real and practical advice including how to manage that risk, take positive action and create a dialogue with your child.

Please return the letter ASAP is you would like to reserve a seat.

Unfortunately, the evening is for parents only and is not designed for students.  However, this will give you a chance to raise questions with an expert in the field of E-safety.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Outdoor Pursuits dates

If your child is interested in outdoor pursuits we have the following exciting opportunities for your child to participate in:

Blackdown Challenge 24-25 September – see Mr Brookes for more details.

Snowdonia North Wales residential – Thursday 13/10/16 to Saturday 15/10/16.  Exciting opportunity where you will explore mines, climb mountains and hopefully get to stand on top of a 3000ft mountain! See Mrs Robertson or Mr Jenkins for a letter ASAP.

Watch the video to find out more.

Ten Tors 2017 – 35 mile challenge open to Yr9 and Yr10.  Training starts in November and the event is in May 2017.  See Mr Dickson or Mr Greenfield for more details.

D of E 2017 – Suitable for Yr9 and Yr10 – see Mr Brookes for more details.

Yr7 North Devon Residential July 2017 – Activities include surfing, lazer tag, climbing wall, high ropes and the Ultimate assault course.  See Mr Saunders or Mr Dickson for more details.

Ardeche residential July 2017 – there are a couple of places left on this week long residential in France.  Open to Yr8 and Yr9.  See Mr Latchford for a letter.

Congratulations to our Class of 2016

Court Fields Year 11 students have excelled in their GCSE exams achieving the best results in the school’s history.2016 results Neve 67% achieved 5 A*-C including English and Maths with one in five students getting the top grades of A*/A in 3 or more subjects. Congratulations to all of our students in the Class of 2016 – we wish you every success at College and in your future careers. Thank you to all staff at Court Fields who have worked tirelessly to ensure our students achieved great results and to all of our parents who most probably have had a turbulent year with their teenagers who can now relax and enjoy the next phase in their development! Well done – a great team effort.

Rachael Bennett
Headteacher

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Madagascar Expedition members open new school building

On Saturday 16th July the Court Fields School Madagascar Expedition  members were present at the inauguration of the new primary school at Ambohimahitsy.  The school has been financed by Court Fields School fundraising activities over the last three years.

Also present at the opening of the school  were the Secretary General of the Analamanga Region, the Regional Governor, the Deputy District Head, resplendent in his dark blue uniform with gold embroidery,  two Mayors, the local representative of the Ministry of Education (Chef CISCO) and the Village Head.

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The school expedition group were accompanied to Abohimahitsy by journalists and cameramen from TVM, the Malagasy state broadcaster,  and MaTV,  one of the most popular private television stations – both of which carried lengthy reports a few days later on their main evening television news bulletins.

Our route to the marquee, was lined with local children and villagers who gave us a very warm welcome.  During the speeches, the Village Head expressed her appreciation to the students and staff of Court Fields for raising funds to build this “beautiful new school”. Small children she said had previously had to make a long and tiring journey to the nearest school.  The opening of the new school would improve children’s lives and be a great relief to their parents. She ended her speech by announcing she had gifts for Court Fields – which turned out to be two live ducks in a basket, one of which proved to be alarmingly vocal !

The Chef CISCO said how grateful she was to Court Fields for their support for development in the Analamanga Region.  The authorities  did not have sufficient funds to be able to build schools like this.  She felt honoured to participate in the inauguration of Ambohimahitsy Primary School,  and thanked everyone at Court Fields for their generosity. Madagascar2

Expedition leader David gave a speech which summarised the work of the Madagascar Development Fund and the partnership between MDF and Court Fields,  and explained, to applause,  that apart from Ambohimahitsy school Court Fields had already, generously and imaginatively, raised funds for three safe, clean water systems elsewhere in Madagascar.

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Work Experience

Students at Court Fields have just completed their week of work experience.  It has been another fantastic opportunity for our young people to enjoy the work place at first hand.  This year has been particularly diverse both in businesses and geographical location, with some placements taking place out of Somerset. work exp em meg and es - wellesley park

The majority of Year 10 were out on placement from Monday the 11th of July until Friday the 15th of July.  Some students have been out at different times due to them going on various overseas school trips e.g. Madagascar and a choir trip to Italy. IMG_0851

 Students on work experience have seen at first hand, all aspects of employment and business operations, how the work place is run and experienced a different structure to their working day to the one that they are familiar with at school. 

 Students were visited by staff to ensure all was running smoothly from a student and employer perspective and both groups have said that it was a valuable experience.  Students have felt inspired and have grown in confidence, as well as it helping them decide on future career paths and further education routes.  There have been many offers of apprenticeships, further voluntary work/work experience and part time employment.  Next year’s Launch Evening for work experience will be 7pm on Wednesday the 23rd of November.

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Student work at local gallery

Court Fields year 10 GCSE Art students Charly Cottrell and Lauren Scofield are honoured to have been chosen by the Polka Dot Gallery of River Place Taunton to exhibit their work as part of Taunton Live, the performing and creative arts festival. The week is running between Monday 18th and Saturday 23rdJuly, and is showcasing  work by local artists and performers.

Polka Dot Gallery were very impressed with the quality of the work and felt that both students should strongly consider career within art. It has been quite an achievement as their work has been included amongst degree students work as well as professional artists.

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Enterprise Project 2016

At Court Fields School Year 9 students have been developing their Design Technology enterprise projects. This year they had a ‘Euro 16’ theme, the different teams developed food products, promotional products and display stands to represent the different countries. I think it is safe to say that their success was marginally better than England in the football! With the support of Mrs Osborne, Mr Brooks, Miss Coggins, Mr Walton and Mrs Frayling students set up their Trade Fair stalls for the end of the year 6 induction days.

The year 6’s were given 5 Court Fields pounds and had to use their shrewd purchasing skills to sample the products.
The project was a great success with students embracing their team skills and showing off the DT projects to the up and coming students.

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5-a-side Football

girls footballOn Wednesday 22nd June the Year 9 Girls 5-a-side football team took on local opposition in the “Womens World Cup” hosted by Richard Huish College. The girls played nine games in total against local rivals Heathfield, Bishop Foxes  and Kingsmead as well as less familiar opposition from Stanchester, Wessex and Kings College. Their opening game saw them face Kingsmead and Court Fields were quick to open the account and went 1-0 up within a few minutes. Kingsmead then fought back and managed to grab a goal at the end to make it 1-1. 

The next match was a 0-0 thriller against a strong side from Kings College which was as good as a win and the girls were looking forward to the rest of the games. A fair mix of wins, draws and losses were to pan out and the girls gave an incredible account of themselves against many older players and were able to give many County players something to think about. Ebony Sellick was solid and fearless between the posts with Anita Seaborne and Molly Pepper being 2 rocks at the back. Grace Casson battled hard in midfield with Amy Rodger and Kelly Poole also winning many crucial battles. Amelia Bowler was an absolute terrier throughout and never gave up on anything. Starr Penfold showed great individual skill beating many top level players 1 on 1. Maddie Davey was a force to be reckoned and constantly denied the opposition their time and space. We look forward to them playing in the fuller version of the game in September. 

Prince’s Trust awards

Congratulations to the Year 9 Prince’s Trust students at Court Fields School.  The  have worked hard and achieved the Level 1 Award in Personal Development and Employability Skills or their Level two Teamwork Certificate.

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Pictured Harvey Pierce, Jess Verrier, Tyler Bennett, Mr Appleby,  Mollie Pepper and Josh Cozens. ( Not pictured Tyrone Billenger,  who has also received his Level 1 Award in Personal development and Employability Skills)