Court Fields climbing news

Court Fields finished as runners up in the 2017 SW Schools climbing competition. The event was quieter than usual with many schools taking advantage of the good weather and out on Ten Tors training. The students climbed very well, eventually losing to a much older team from Trinity School. Katie Acton and Joe Walmsley were the highest placed finishers in their respective categories. Congratulations to all who took part.

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Team from L. Lily, Ophelia, Jacob, Katie, Beth and Joe

Sicily trip 2017

DSC_0968“GCSE Geography students in Years 10 and 11 spent the first week of the Easter holidays on the Geography tour to Sicily. Study sites included Mount Etna, the Alcantara river gorge, the tourist honeypot of Taormina and the Aeolian island of Vulcano. The highlight of the trip was the visit to the southern flank of Etna where, at an altitude of 2,500m, we were able to marvel at the sight of a stream of molten lava flowing down the slope while snow was falling all around.  Mr Latchford commented that this was Etna at its most awesome and the students should feel very privileged to have witnessed such an event.”

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YEAR 11 PLYMOUTH UNIVERSITY VISIT

On Wednesday the 22rd March 38 students visited the University Of Plymouth for the day with the aim of raising aspirations, by inspiring more students to consider university and higher education. Students were put into groups, assigned campus tour guides and had a comprehensive tour of the University, as well as attending information sessions covering university life.  Students were also treated to an interactive lecture in either science or art.

Some students had already set their sights on University and had come along to see university life at first hand, but for most it was an opportunity to look at post 18 options and the implications of progressing into higher education.  Comments from students who attended included

“I had a brilliant day. I was surprised how many people there were and how friendly everyone was”.

“I was thinking about University but thought I wouldn’t be able to go, this trip has proved to me that I can get a place at University. Really valuable experience.”

Another said “I really enjoyed the science activity, extracting my own DNA and getting to keep it in a pendant. The tour showed me how different university was to what I thought it would be like.

Another commented “It made me really want to go to University and the information on student life was very useful.”

Computer Science Trip

On Tuesday 28/03/17 the Computer Science students from Yr10 and 11 went to Bridgwater and Taunton College for some enrichment workshops.  The first workshop was on bubble sort algorithms and using the programming language C++.  The second was on computer hardware where students worked in teams to completely take apart a desktop PC, removing every component including the RAM, motherboard, fan, power supply and optical drive and then rebuild it and test it.  The photo below shows Bethany Griffin, Sianne Chambers and Megan White working with the network technician from the College.

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Cake Competition

IMG_7901On Friday 24th March Court Fields School held its annual cake completion in aid of ‘Red Nose Day’.  The entries were particularly impressive this year with entries from all year groups and houses.IMG_7900

Congratulations go to; Oliver Rogers a year 9 student, for his inventive interpretation of the theme, Charley-May McDonald a year 7, who added a creative three dimension element to her cake, Hollie Cullen and Ellie Popplestone, year 8 students for their professional chocolate cakes and Emily Horswell a year 11 for her eye catching Red velvet cake.

IMG_7902The sale of the cakes was extremely popular with students queuing to purchase the creative goodies at break and lunch times; £64 was raised.

Well done and thank you to all students who baked and/or ate cake and a special thank you to Miss Coggins and Mrs Frayling for organising the event.

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Duke of Edinburgh Expedition 2017

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Silver Duke of Edinburgh Practice Expedition

 

Over the weekend of the 17th – 19th March, nine students and four staff braced the 40 miles per hour gusts of wind and horizontal rain to do a 3 day and 2 night expedition across Exmoor. The teams started just outside Wheddon Cross and walked to Minehead, staying at Cloud Farm in the Lorna Doone Valley and spending a night in Porlock.

Despite numerous blisters and the challenging weather conditions the groups really enjoyed their expedition and learnt a lot in preparation for their assessed expedition in July.

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Court Fields awarded NCS “Champion Status”

NCSCourt Fields School has been awarded “Champion Status” from the National Citizenship Service (NCS). The school is one of only three in Somerset to receive the accolade from the NCS in recognition for their commitment to supporting, promoting and recruiting young people onto the NCS programme.

Paul Cowling who is responsible for careers in the school said “It is a great achievement to be given champion status. Our commitment to the programme has been rewarded by the amazing and positive feedback we have received from students who took part last year. NCS, has provided our students with the opportunity to meet people from different backgrounds, to take on new challenges, and perhaps most importantly learn about their community and how they can make a difference.”

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Ten Tors

On Saturday, the Ten Tors team were out on Dartmoor for a training walk.  The weather was very cold with snow flurries for much of the day. The walk started from the Okehampton army camp and took in High Willhays, Dinger Tor, Okement Hill, Watern Tor, Fernworthy forest, Grey Wethers stone circle and finished at Postbridge, a total of 21 Km. Mr Dickson and Mr Greenfield we very impressed by the navigation skills and speed of the students whilst walking.  The next trip will be an overnight camp and walking with big rucksacks! IMG_1403[1]

 

 

Ski trip 2017

The arrival: We have arrived after a trouble free journey. Skis have been fitted and we’re about to explore the town. Snow and blue skies surround us. Tomorrow we hit the slopes for the first day (hopefully not too hard!)resort

Day one: Austrian skiing at it’s best. Warm sun and soft snow. Both the beginners and the intermediates have been making progress.The biggest casualty so far has been the poor bus driver who broke his nose slipping on the ice. Continue reading

Maths challenge

DOZENS of pupils from primary schools in the Wellington area joined the Maths department at Court Fields School in the town for an investigation morning.

The event aimed to help the 54 Year 4 and 5 pupils develop their problem-solving skills and resilience for tackling tougher Maths questions. The pupils faced code-breaking challenges from GCHQ and investigated the magic square found at La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.

Pupils and staff enjoyed the morning and Court Fields Maths teacher Mr Saunders said he was impressed with the pupils’ levels of numeracy and the determination they showed to work together to master Maths. Maths-Jan17

The pupils came from Beech Grove, Wellesley Park, St John’s, Rockwell Green, Langford Budville and West Buckland primary schools.

Headteacher Rachael Bennett said: “We work closely with our primary schools throughout the year, with teachers collaborating and sharing best practice and resources to improve the education of all children. Teachers and pupils benefit enormously from working together across our family of schools on great initiatives like this Maths Investigation Day.”