Year 10 Oxford University Taster Day

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.

Exeter College

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.

Model United Nations

A very successful Model United Nations mini-conference involving 70 students took place at the end of term. Year 10 students chaired three separate committees where disarmament human rights and health issues were debated.

Kitty Debieux from Year 8 describes the event…

Walking into Mr Jenkins’ room on the morning of Model United Nations, I didn’t know what to expect having already read and filled in the necessary sheets and forms for my given country, I knew vaguely of the event taking place, but not much else at all.

Only when I sat down at my delegated seat did I realise exactly what an exciting affair I was getting myself involved in.
Our debate topic had been given and we were given the time to produce some strong clauses for our arguments. Help was provided by some friendly and supportive Year 10 students, offering us individual advice.
Soon enough, the debate began and some powerful counter clauses were fired across the room. Students from all ages (Year 7-Year 9) were getting themselves involved, showing a wonderful display of tenacity and relentlessness. Also, you find yourself throwing a few words of controversy on the table, wanting to join in on the action.
The experience of Model United Nations, for me, was a wonderful one, (talking and debating are both right up my street!), and I would urge any student with the same passion to put their name down, and have a go at this fantastic opportunity. I for one, will certainly be putting my name down next year.

Grateful thanks to Queen’s College for lending us country placards.

Walking Challenges

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.

Yr7 Blackdown challengeOvernight camping experience on the Blackdown hills.
Yr7 Activity camp during the last week of the summer term.
Yr8/9 Exmoor challengeTraining days leading up to the 16 mile competition which takes place during the first weekend in May.
Yr9 Dartmoor challengeMay
Yr7-9 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
Yr8-9 Activities week
Yr10 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.






Model United Nations Report

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

MUN team

SouthWest inter-schools climbing competition 2015

The Court Fields climbing squad returned to The Quay to defend their 2014 title in round one of the 2015 SW inter-schools competition. 96 young climbers from 13 schools took part event which offered 10 top rope routes of varying difficulty. The standard was much more competitive this year and the finish was incredibly close. Despite the relatively young age and inexperience of the Court Fields team we were delighted to come away with yet another victory. All the team climbed very well, but special congratulations are due to first-time member Ellie Norris who floated her way up several hard routes adding valuable points to our score and Joe Walmsley who flashed all the routes, sealing the win.

Congratulations to all the school teams who took part on the day and as always, thanks to Mr Walmsley for his help and support and the Quay staff for their organisation.
The date of the  final bouldering round is yet to be announced. Meanwhile we welcome students who want to try the sport to join us on Friday evening wall trips. Do see Mr Jenkins or Mr Dickson for more information.



Junction 24 careers event

IMGP2515On Wednesday 15th October all of our Yr11 students attended the Somerset careers fair at the J24 conference centre, North Petherton.  The event is the largest careers event held in Somerset and offers students the chance to meet colleges, local employers and many Universities from across the country.

Careers advisor, Paul Cowling said “I was pleased to see all our students having serious discussions with local employers, FE colleges and Universities.  This event is a unique chance to get so many exhibitors under one roof and everyone seemed to appreciate this opportunity”.

Year 8 Enrichment Day

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOn Wednesday the 8th of October Year 8 (‘A’ side of timetable) were treated to a morning of enrichment, that was delivered by visitors from outside agencies. From Taunton Deane Fire Service we had – Donna Nelmes, who delivered a session on Arson and the dangers of fire. Debbie Glennie and Steve Greenlagh from the Red Cross agency delivered a practical session on emergency first aid and Bob Telfer taught year 8 about road safety using the ghost program. The sessions were spread over 3 lessons and were done in a carousel style.  The ‘B’ side of the timetable will have their carousel day next term.  Feedback from the day was very positive and all students spoken to found it to be helpful and an exciting way to learn about safety. If anyone wants any further details about the sessions please contact me by filling in the form here with the subject FAO: Miss Murphy.

Photos from the days activities

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