The Year 10 and 11 Geography trip to Sicily began with a very early start, leaving Wellington at five minutes past midnight! It was a very excited (if a little sleepy) group of geographers that arrived at Gatwick before dawn and we quickly made ourselves comfortable on the seating areas dotted around ‘World Duty Free’ at the airport. Our plane left at around 7:30am allowing us to enjoy, not only the spectacular view of England, but also of the Alps and of Mount Etna as we flew to Sicily.
We landed in Catania airport and promptly met our bus driver, Sebastiano, who drove us to Giardini Naxos where we would be staying for the next few days. Everyone was basking in the fantastic weather that we were greeted with as we drove through the beautiful Sicilian scenery. When we arrived at Giardini Naxos we went to a local pizzeria for lunch which was delicious, despite the fact that a few students had a little difficulty keeping their eyes open! Then we made it to the Hotel Nike, our home for the duration of the trip. It was sat right on the edge of the sea with a beautiful view both out to sea and inland. Having settled in, we headed out to do some field sketches, where Harvey also had the opportunity to demonstrate his excellent drawing abilities. After dinner we were quite thankful to be able to go up to our lovely rooms and finally sleep knowing that we had a busy day ahead.
The following day we were all set to head up the south flank of Etna. We arrived at Rifugio Sapienza, a secondary cone of Etna. It was a chilly 7˚C when we arrived there and a very, very blustery walk along the edge of the crater. The view, however, was spectacular. As we walked up and round we could see the island laid out before us and even right down to the sea.
On Wednesday the 15th April 15 of our Sports Leaders travelled to the Princess Royal Sports Centre, Wellington. They spent the morning setting up and running a Year 4 Net/wall Festival for children from our feeder Primary Schools. There were over 150 primary school children taking part in activities including Volleyball, tennis, badminton and table tennis. The Sports Leaders did a fantastic job working with the Year 4 children and they showed excellent organisation and communication skills.
Alison Slater from Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP) comment
ed on how brilliant the leaders were and how well they interacted with the Year 4 children. Our next Festival is on Friday 15th May for Reception children.
On 29th March the Court Fields Climbing team entered round 2 of the south west inter-schools climbing competition. Round 2 was a bouldering competition and the Court Fields squad had to battle hard to maintain their winning margin from the round 1. Paul Russell Manager of the Quay climbing wall said “it was a very close competition but Court Fields managed to win by just a few points.
The video below shows the team in action. Thanks to Mr Jenkins for arranging the competition. We will back again next year to see if we can make it three wins in a row!
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.
On 24/3/15 46 Court Fields students and 4 members of staff spent the day at the University of Plymouth looking at the opportunities available to them in Higher Education.
The day started with an introduction which provided an overview of higher education in general and covered topics including finance, study, social life, the difference between school and university, and the range of degree courses on offer. This was followed by a tour of the University campus. Students then had an opportunity to sign up to a specific subject faculty area where they could find out more about that course.
Paul Cowling, the schools Careers Coordinator, said “ It provided a fantastic opportunity for students to find out more about higher education and the what a degree level course involves”.
Pictured are students on the campus tour and participating in a science quiz in one of the universities laboratories.
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.