A report from Toby Jones:
The Oxford trip was very informative as the people there were very helpful and open. The tour was great in that we got a good understanding of Uni life and how Oxford works generally. We got to hear an organ play in Exeter College and it had a great sound.
Then after we had lunch in the Hall we had a sort of Easter hunt, except with the Colleges that make up Oxford University, not chocolate bunnies. Shortly after that we had an enlightening lecture about magnetic fields, the history of our own magnetic field, it’s possible future and finally about other planet’s magnetic fields. All in all it was a great, informative trip.
At Court Fields we offer students a range of walking challenges and outdoor pursuits opportunities. We believe that these challenges help to develop resilience, perseverance as well as developing fitness and a love of the great outdoors.
||Blackdown challengeOvernight camping experience on the Blackdown hills.
||Activity camp during the last week of the summer term.
||Exmoor challengeTraining days leading up to the 16 mile competition which takes place during the first weekend in May.
||North Wales residential – Mountains and minesResidential trip to an outdoor centre in North Wales. Climb a mountain in the Snowdonia national park and explore an underground cave system in a disused slate mine.October/November
||Ten Tors 35 mile teamTraining throughout the year leading to the challenge in May. Potential team members need to demonstrate walking experience and a high level of commitment to take part.
The summer activities brochures have now been issued to Yr8 and Yr9. If you were not in the assembly on 25/4/14 you can get a brochure from reception or the finance office. The finance office will be accepting your booking forms and deposits from Monday 28/4/14 via the post box in reception.
This year we have a a great range of activities for you to participate in including; Photography, London Musicals, Street Art, Cooking, Gardening, Design Technology, Rock Guitar, Coasteering, Rock Climbing, Fishing, Canoeing, BMX racing, Mountain Biking, Caving, Wakeboarding, Gothic Adventures, Surfing, Local Walks, Golf, Equestrian, Dartmoor Camp, Multi Sports, Skateboarding and the Ardeche Adventure.
If you have any questions please contact Mr Dickson or the Finance office.
After our successful ascent of Tryfan, the group returned to the base for hot chocolate and another delicious meal of sausage casserole prepared by Mrs Robertson. Everyone enjoyed an impromptu musical performance led by Chris and Casey that made us forget our aching knees! Unsurprisingly, everyone went to bed quite a lot earlier!
The next day we headed off to Rhiw Bach mine. Year 7 students Starr and Becky continue the tale…
The Outdoor Club has just returned from the annual Snowdonia trip. This year we were based in the Ysgol Latymer Centre, at the end of the remote Penmacho valley, with nothing but the distant popping roar of the cars on the World Rally Championship night stage in the hills above the Centre for company on the first evening. Replete with Mrs Robertson’s delicious chilli, the students entertained themselves with board games and popcorn before settling down for the night.
Letters are now available for this exciting trip that will take place on 14-16 November. See Mr Jenkins or Mr Dickson for more details.
The last school week in July is when Court Fields students get the opportunity to do a wide variety of enrichment activities and this year the weather cooperated by being absolutely perfect. The staff provided a wide variety of interesting activities including: coasteering, climbing, surfing, canoeing, cycling, BMX, cooking, gardening, art project, DT project, equestrian, fishing, photography, local walks, multi-sports drama/music the Ardeche residential and many more.
Well done to all the students that took part, especially if you challenged yourself by doing something different that you haven’t tried before.
- Art Project
- Yr7 camp
The Geography department have returned from a brilliant trip to Sicily with a group of 31 GCSE geography students (and a couple of history infiltrators)
On the first day we set out from our base in Giardini Naxos to make the journey up Mt Etna in 4 wheel drive vehicles. Unfortunately the summit area was inaccessible due to heavy snow but we continued on foot to a point where we could see a small eruption in progress. A bitter wind encouraged us to turn back to the Rifugio Sapienza for a hot chocolate. Once fortified, the party split into two groups to investigate the Silvestri craters.
The 18th October 2012 dawned sunny as 10 girls and I set off in a very big transit van for Goathust, where they were all invited to have a go on a low and high rope course with BlackRock Outdoors. There were many magic moments in that day, some of which are recorded in these photos, but mostly what I hold onto is the bravery of all 10 girls in the face of some very challenging climbs, heights and their need to develop trusting each other as they worked in teams. One measure of the days success is in how they all want to do it again! (and we will and maybe I will face my own fear of heights!?) Thank-you all for having a go. Rhonda