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.
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.
Students at Court Fields School have been enjoying the challenge of looking after the School Allotment and their House Flower Beds. As many as 14, Key Stage 3 students have been involved in projects throughout the Summer and Autumn months to encourage positive values such as resilience, communication, motivation and teamwork.
The students have been supported by the Friends of Court Fields Gardening Co-ordinator Steph Colman and former staff member Kay Alderman who have been giving up their time to assist the students during lunchtimes. All 4 of the School Houses have been represented with their own separate House Beds to look after. The School Allotment has produced an outstanding harvest with a bumper crop of strawberries, runner beans, onions and raspberries over the last 6 months.
Students from Court Fields School attended the Somerset round of the Delancey nationwide schools chess tournament which took place at Millfield School on Sunday 10th May. The final is always a challenging tournament, but it is a day worth making the effort to attend, if only for the experience of playing at such a highly competitive level. All six students played a total of 6 matches each, with all of them winning at least one of their matches. At the conclusion of the tournament, both Lauren Troake and Naomi Fielder were delighted to find themselves awarded trophies for being the top girls in their age groups.
Mr Woodward said “I am very pleased with the effort made by all the team members and the progress that they have all made this year”.
Pictured with their certificates and trophies are: Alex Henwood, George Hookway, Lauren Troake, Naomi Fielder and India Webster.”
On 24/3/15 46 Court Fields students and 4 members of staff spent the day at the University of Plymouth looking at the opportunities available to them in Higher Education.
The day started with an introduction which provided an overview of higher education in general and covered topics including finance, study, social life, the difference between school and university, and the range of degree courses on offer. This was followed by a tour of the University campus. Students then had an opportunity to sign up to a specific subject faculty area where they could find out more about that course.
Paul Cowling, the schools Careers Coordinator, said “ It provided a fantastic opportunity for students to find out more about higher education and the what a degree level course involves”.
Pictured are students on the campus tour and participating in a science quiz in one of the universities laboratories.
On Friday 20th March our Ten Tors teams went to Dartmoor for their first taste of overnight camping and carrying a large rucksack. The group set off at 3pm and arrived at their wild country campsite at 6.30. Tents were quickly put up and cookers were soon on and producing a variety of tasty meals. As the sun set the temperatures dropped quickly and cooking had to be finished by torch light.
After a cold night the group were up early but still had to cook breakfast, pack up all their equipment before setting off to do another 20km. The weather on the Saturday was excellent and both groups demonstrated some good navigation skills and are looking forward to the next camp in April.
On the 27th February to 2nd of March I was on a trip representing Wellington and Court Fields School out to the battle fields and cemeteries in France and Belgium. This adventure all started in September 2014 when we were all invited to apply. It was all part of a government plan to educate students on World War 1 in the year of its centenary, sending two pupils and a teacher from each school that wished to take part. The hard work started weeks ago with lots of research on local soldiers. I was lucky enough to research a local solider called Tom Tarr whose family still live in the area. I was privileged to be invited to their home to view his medals, bible and letter from the king. This was important background to the trip which was a fun, educational packed 4 days.
On 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
On Friday 25/3/14 students from the BTEC Business Studies group went to the Exeter Festival of Food and Drink in Northernhay Gardens Exeter. The festival is held in the last week of April each year and attracts local food producers from across the south west region and has cookery demonstrations from local chefs including Michelin starred Michael Caines.
The Business studies group were looking at how small brands grow and develop and how they use marketing and events such as the festival to increase customer awareness of their products.
Wellington and District Twinning Association Youth Exchange with Court Fields School and The Castle School
The much anticipated half term exchange trip saw 20 young people from Wellington and Taunton boarding a Berry’s coach and heading off to Dover. A most unfavourable weather forecast made little impact on the spirits of the group and after 11 hours waiting in the port for the storms to subside we finally made it onto the ferry for a bumpy Channel crossing. The long delay meant that our first night in Germany was an unplanned stop in Karlsruhe Youth Hostel, but an early start the following day saw us arrive in the delightful alpine town of Immendstadt in time for a late lunch. The students greeted their German partners like long lost friends thanks to the modern miracle of social networking and soon everyone was happily ensconced with their host families.