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!)
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
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.
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.”
The following students, Matthew Caddick, Alex Henwood, Thomas Morgan and Charlotte Vile from Court Fields School took part in the ‘Young Chef’ competition, run by the Rotary Club. They designed a three course meal for two, costing less than £15. They were then selected to cook their meals at Bridgwater and Taunton College for local chefs and many supporters. Their food teacher Miss Coggins escorted the young chefs and was very impressed to see their independence in a highly pressured situation. They were judged on their table setting, presentation of the dishes, texture, taste and flavour combinations. It was a fantastic opportunity and experience for all the students that took part, and an exceptional achievement for Thomas Morgan Year 8 who received first prize, he will now go on to the next stage of the competition on Saturday 4th February. Matthew Caddick Year 9 received a close second place. Thank you to Philip Greenway for organising the competition this year.
The July 2017 activities week brochure for Yrs 8 and 9 was sent home on 27th January. Bookings and deposits will be accepted by the finance office from 8.30am on Monday 30th January. Please make sure that your form and deposit are in an envelope with your name and form on them before you put them in the box in reception.
If you have lost your brochure spare copies are available from the front office or can be downloaded from the link below.
Brochure&Booking form 2017
Year 7 students wrote to Prince Harry after researching him and his life. Many students were surprised to find out that Prince Harry is dyslexic. His office wrote back individual letters to the students and enclosed photographs.
Court Fields school held their work experience launch evening on Wednesday 23rd November. Parents and year 10 students attended to find out more about securing and completing a one week work experience placement next July.
The evening also included a presentation to 10 year 11 students , who undertook their work experience in July of this year and who were identified by either the employer and /or a member of staff who visited them , as being particularly outstanding. The school also awarded a plaque to Boldscan of Wellington as “ work experience employer of the year” in recognition of the support and quality of the placements it offered to students this year and in previous years.
Any employer who would be interested in supporting a student for a one week work experience placement next year, should contact Mr Cowling at school.
Pictured receiving their awards are from top left:-
George Barber, Harry Herbison ,George Seeley, Bronwyn Cheshire, Becky Mercer, Chloe-Ann Mair.
Bottom left Emily Horswell, Mel Hurley, Leanne Payne, Caitlin Hemburrow
On Saturday the students of Court Fields School Choir performed at the annual Christmas Craft Fayre held at the Skylark. Nearly 30 members of the choir wowed a packed audience with their renditions of Christmas music ranging from traditional carols to White Christmas and Somewhere Only We Know.
We have two more events before Christmas – please come and join us at our Carol Service in St John’s Church and at Carols Round the Tree at school – both taking place on the 13th December.
On Saturday 19th November our Ten Tors team had their first practice walk for the event in 2017. The weather was kind and the walk was completed in good time and we also avoided the torrential rains that struck the south west the following day, We will be out again in December and January for day walks and then camping trips in April and May.
The Science Faculty at Court Fields recently organised a STEM day to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
The theme of the day was based around the variety of science used in and around Hinkley Point Nuclear power station. The day started with some information about careers in EDF and apprenticeships that are available at Hinkley Point.
The focus was then placed on explaining the workings of a nuclear reactor and the importance of safety when transporting the uranium fuel rods. Students were set a task to design a vehicle that would be launch using a high pressure air pump. The vehicle would be carrying an egg and the task was to ensure that the design of their vehicle protected the egg and allowed it to travel the furthest. The designs had to be constructed following strict criteria, including a budget. Working in groups of five, the students spent two hours designing, building and testing their vehicles – with rubber eggs.
In the afternoon the competition began with the groups firing their rockets across the sports hall with boiled eggs as cargo. The competition was close but a few points separating the top five vehicles, but only the top three made it to the final, with the raw egg.
All the finalists presenting their work and answered questions about their designs. In the final, group 4 took a commanding lead sending their egg safely over 15 metres. The other groups never caught up but did have safe landings for their cargo.
The champions were awarded their prize and all the eggs got home safely.
Last Saturday saw the first of the Court Fields School Choir Christmas performances. We were out and about in Wellington town centre singing as ‘art of the Christmas Celebrations. The choir sang numbers ranging from ‘Somewhere Only We Know’ and ‘Hallelujah’ to Christmas favourites such as ‘By Candlelight’ and ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’. There will be another opportunity to hear us again on December 3rd at The Skylark and later in the month on 13th December at our annual Carol Service at St. John’s Church.