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.
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.
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.
Former student Ed Ling, left Courtfields in 1999 and was taught Geography by our very own Mr Latchford! After competing in Athens 2004, London 2012 it was third time lucky for Ed in Rio 2016 where he won a bronze medal in the trap shooting event.
For the full story read the Somerset County Gazette.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On 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.
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.
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)
Congratulations to the Year 7 team who won the local maths challenge competition held at Taunton School. Mr Kilshaw was delighted by the performance of the team and the hopes that they can retain their title next year.
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.
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.