DofE assessment

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On Saturday 11th June 24 Year 9’s and 10’s were up and about early, in school by 7.30 pm, for the start of their Bronze DofE Assessment Expedition. We set off in two minibuses to Simonsbath on Exmoor and met our assessor who weighed our bags to check they weren’t too heavy! Despite them feeling very loaded, they were all about a quarter body weight or less, which is a DofE requirement. Then we set off in four teams, going in different directions. The assessor checked on us (and our navigation skills) at the source of the River Exe and then we were off again. It was one of those annoying weather days when every few minutes it would rain briefly and then get too hot again for waterproofs, but the scenery was great, with some very steep hills – at least the worst one was downhill! From about 4 pm on wards groups started arriving at the camp in Malmsmead, and once again the assessor was there checking on our camp craft skills and watching us cook up tea (pasta and boil in the bag rations being the preferred options). It was a nice night and we had a campfire and chatted until about 11 pm, when everyone suddenly realised there was a  6 am start the next day and went to bed quickly.

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Sunday started with a bit of a downpour, wetting the tents nicely, but we had breakfast and had all the tents down and were off again before 8 am. Once again we had different routes, with two groups following parts of the coastal path and others the Lyn Rivers. Eventually we arrived at the final destination – Lynmouth. There we had a debrief with the assessor who picked out strengths and weaknesses in our teams – thankfully more strengths. We all passed our expedition.

Softball winners

On Wednesday 8th June the Upper school softball team made the long away trip to West Somerset College. Electing to field first and being kept bust by some good home hitting and a lightning quick outfield they eventually got 3 outs for 6 runs. Court Fields, now batting, found the gaps and went into the 2nd innings leading by 1 run. Some more thought was applied to the fielding with the deeper fielders going really deep. This stemmed the flow of home runs by West Somerset and a double play saw off the top of the 2nd with West Somerset now on 8 runs.

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The West Somerset pitchers struggled with form which allowed Court Fields to get runners on plates. Bottom of the 2nd finished with Court Fields now leading by 5 runs.  Court Fields looked ever more settled with their experience showing on a variety of tag-outs, force outs and aggressive running between bases. The top of the 5th saw the score at 21- 8 to Court Fields. A late surge by West Somerset, who continued to improve as the game progressed, was not quite enough and saw Court Fields emerge as 21-15 winners with an innings to spare.

 

Court Fields School celebrates students’ achievements.

On Wednesday 8th June, 21 students from Court Fields School received their Achievement Prizes, awarded to them by local Councillor, William Brown.

The 2016 Learning Support Faculty Awards was held in the newly refurbished Conference Suite at Court Fields School.

This annual event recognises, celebrates, and rewards the achievements of those students at Court Fields School who are supported in their learning in a variety of subject areas, according to personal needs.

This year, the Faculty were delighted to welcome local councillor and former pupil, William Brown, to present the awards and address the students.

Mr Brown, (who went onto read History at the University of Aberystwyth)  gave an inspirational talk,  explaining to the students that nothing in life should be a barrier to  them achieving their goals.

Successful students were presented with achievement medals, and certificates detailing their particular success or achievement.

 

National Citizen Service

Twenty six year 11 students have signed up to participate in the exciting 3 week youth volunteering development scheme that operates under the banner of the ” National Citizen service” ( NCS).The students will be involved in a 10 day residential plus 5 days in the local community over the summer holidays. Activate, the company who have been awarded the contract to run the programme in  Somerset said ” the project aims to give young people the opportunity to build skills for work and life and to make a positive impact in their communities” The Queen spoke of the importance of the NCS in the state opening of parliament recently  confirming its significance  as the “flagship youth volunteering and development scheme.”

Musicians Celebrate Exam Success!

Students from year 10 and 11 recently took their graded singing exams. Congratulations go to Ashleigh Payne and Dilly Croxall who gained Distinction passes at Grade 8, Abi Lockyer and Lizzie Boyd who both gained Distinctions at Grade 6 and Ross Boniface who gained a Merit at Grade 6. We are very proud of all the hard work that they put in to get these amazing results and really pleased that Court Fields School maintains our 100% pass rate success.

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Primary Festival

Last week Court Fields hosted a Year 3 Athletics Festival for our feeder primary schools. Over 170 children attended for an afternoon of athletics based activities including shot putt, sprinting, hurdles and jumping.   Our fantastic Sports Leaders lead the whole festival and worked really well with the children, helping them to improve their techniques and giving them feedback on their achievements.  The children worked hard all afternoon on reaching gold, silver or bronze standards in the activities.  The primary staff were very complimentary of our sports leaders, commenting on how much the primary children loved working with them.  Well done to everyone involved.  Our next festival will be a Reception Festival.

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Ten Tors success

This weekend two Court Fields teams successfully completed the 35 mile Ten Tors challenge on Dartmoor.

Team A, consisting of Beth Griffin, Olly Morrell, Jack Selwood, Beth Garratt, Harry Radford and guest team member Codie Hounsell, completed the course by 12.11 on Sunday 8/5/16.

Team B consisting of Jai-Leigh Sears, Corey Perry-Jones, Sianne Chambers, Georgia McGrath, Josh Corby and guest team member Ben Spowart completed the course by 12.49.

For the second year in a row we were proud to have two teams who completed the challenge without anyone dropping out through injury or fatigue.  An excellent effort by all those who took part.

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Team B

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We would like to thank all the parents who came to cheer the teams over the finishing line, this was greatly appreciated by the teams and staff.

 

Rounders

Court Fields Rounders teams have played their first fixtures this season.  On Wednesday 4th May Court Fields hosted Year 7 & 8 Rounders teams from Bishop Fox’s and on Thursday 5th May hosted Year 9 and 10 teams from Kingsmead.  All teams played really well and displayed some excellent fielding skills against some big hitting players.  The batting from all Court Fields teams has been improving due to recent practice sessions.  All results were very close with Court Fields Year 8, 9 and 10 winning their games.  Our next fixtures will be against Heathfield.