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.
Court Fields School Choir undertook the first ever tour in the summer. 34 students and staff
went to Lake Garda in Italy where we performed 2 concerts, an impromptu sing in the Verona Amphitheatre before visiting Juliet’s Balcony, along with a day in Venice and a fun day at Gardaland theme park. A fantastic time was had by all and the choir was given rave reviews for both concerts. Our next tour to Spain is planned for July 2018 – please see Mrs Chidgey for details.
All girls hockey teams have been training well this term and the Year 9 team have made the step up to 11-a-side full pitch hockey. They took on Taunton Academy and worked well as a team holding their positions successfully on the bigger pitch. The final score was 0-0 and they all came away with a positive attitude and a better understanding of the full sided game. The Year 7’s have experienced their first Central Venue League Tournament at Bishop Foxes and did really well in their first games representing the school, with a win, a draw and a loss. The Year 8 team had a tough game against Heathfield recently and despite some excellent tackling and team work could not get past the Heathfield defence and lost 2-0. Well done to all girls involved and we look forward to our next set of fixtures after half term, including the Year 10/11 team taking on Castle.
Our Sports Leaders have been busy this term and have hosted a Year 3 and Year 2 Primary Sports Festival at Court Fields. This has involved nearly 400 Primary children from out feeder schools and 70 Sports Leaders. Many of the Sports Leaders are new this year and have loved the opportunity to work with Primary children organising and running the sports activities. We have had nearly 100 Year 8 and 9 students sign up to be sports leaders and have more Festivals next term for them to try out their new leadership skills. The feedback from the Primary teachers has been extremely positive with many of them expressing how amazed they were when they found out that a lot of the leaders were inexperienced. They complimented the Leaders on their organisation and communication skills. Our next Festival will be on Friday 25th November. (Pictured are some of the Year 9 Sports Leaders)
Mrs E Lees
(Court Fields School)
On Thursday 13th October 20 Court Fields students from Years 7, 8 and 9 went to Snowdonia for the school’s annual residential trip.
On Friday 14th the group took on the challenge of scrambling up the North Ridge of Tryfan. For many students this was the first time that they had visited North Wales and also the first time they had climbed a mountain. The group were accompanied by 3 experienced members of staff who were all very impressed by the team work and resilience shown by the students.
Maya Thompson-Gardiner and Micaela Sellick take up the story
At the top of Tryfan we stopped for a summit photo at two large rocks named Adam & Eve and Mr Jenkins entertained the group with some mountain poetry before we headed down the south ridge and back to the Ogwen valley. On the walk back to the minibus the group found a sheep with its head caught in a wire fence but Mr Greenfield came to the rescue and managed to free the animal. Back at the centre we were provided with hot chocolate and Mrs Robertson’s cake and later on an evening meal before an early night to rest our tired legs.
We were up early the next day to explore the Rhiw Back slate mines and find out more about the history of mining in North Wales. We discovered that North Wales slate was once exported around the world as a roofing material but these days’ slate has some more unusual uses such as bulking powder in makeup and toothpaste!
Our underground trip started with a paddle through a flooded cavern on an inflatable boat. Next we went on a zip wire across another pool which was great fun. Wherever we walked there was water and the adults in the group had to duck their heads to avoid some of the low roofs. After the zip wire we abseiled into another chamber and stopped to eat our lunch. We then climbed up another level and found out more about the dangers of being a miner and what it was like having to work by candlelight without the benefit of any of the modern safety equipment.
Whilst we were underground we watched a film that was projected on to the side of the chamber about the work of some Welsh miners this was one of the earliest Welsh language films ever made.
Our final challenge was to exit the mine by climbing metal steps up a waterfall which was very exciting. We were lucky because during our time in Wales there was no rain and it was sunny so there wasn’t as much water running down as usual so we didn’t get as wet!
After saying goodbye to our instructors we headed back to the centre to wash the slate off our faces, pack the buses and start the long drive back to Somerset.
Many thanks to Mr Jenkins, Mr Dickson, Mr Greenfield and Mrs Robertson for organising the trip and looking after us while we were away.
Through their commitment in training the Year 7 Rugby Squad were able to field 2 full teams of 12 in a recent Central Ventue Event at Bishop Fox’s.
The teams played against the other schools in the area and showed bags of enthusiasum and commitment. Both teams should be proud of what they have achieved. For many of the students this was their first experience of playing competivtive rugby. Definitely some boys to watch out for in the future.
In their first match of the academic year, Court Fields School under 16’s came away with an emphatic 52-0 victory over Preston School (Yeovil). Noticeable performances from Finley Pocock with 5 tries and Jai-Leigh Sears who was outstanding in defence.
Left to Right (Back): Ryan Henwood, Jackson Wilkinson, Will Hodgeson, Cristian Satu, Finley Pocock, Rowan Blazeby, James Blackmore, Rohan Poulsom, Harry Roberts, Josh Thorne.
(Front):- Jai-Leigh Sears, Jayden Bowerman-King, Corey Perry-Jones, Freddie Coles, Harry Hanaford (captian) Ethan Osbon, Travis Baker-Way, Jack Payne