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World Book Day 2017

Kingsmead teachers have been sharing their favourite books with students in recognition of this year’s World Book Day on Thursday 2nd March. Teacher’s class doors have been displayed and decorated with book covers and students are taking part in a book themed quiz in registration. A house competition is also taking place over the next week to create a reading display in students’ tutor rooms – watch this space!

Indoor Athletics Champs!

Kingsmead’s Year 8 girls won their second county title of the school year on Tuesday 28th February when they became Somerset County Sports Hall Champions! The games took place at Richard Huish College where the team competed against the other top four schools in the county in indoor sprint, jumping and throwing. The girls are also Somerset Schools’ Hockey Champions. Well done to Joanna Wilson, Olivia Wade, Hanna Jarvis, Lottie Hardy, Ruby Porter, Poppy Tuaima, Romilly Jones, Emma Baker and Laura McMillan.

BBC Micro:bit Computers

Kingsmead Year 8 students are spending time in their ICT lessons this term learning the basics of how to use their very own micro:bit; a pocket sized, codeable computer. Every student in the UK in this year group have been given their own free micro:bit as a one off project funded by the BBC, as part of their Make It Digital campaign. Students are learning how to create code and effectively use their micro:bits before being allowed to take them home where they can continue to experiment and develop code in their own time as they wish.

Solidaritea

Advancement Phase students were visited in assembly in the last week of term by Kingsmead ex-student Rosie Johnson to hear about the voluntary work she has been doing to help refugees in Greece. Rosie, together with friend and fellow volunteer Lily Stephenson, shared their experiences of working in a refugee camp and the people living there who have had to leave their own homes.

Best in the Country!

Amazing achievement for Dylan Gallagher in Year 9. Dylan is now UK No 1 Champion for 200m breast stroke in his age group. This follows his recent gold win at the County Championships. Well Done Dylan!

Cross Country Update

Congratulations to Tom Heal in Year 8 who will be representing Somerset in the National Schools Cross Country Championships which take place in Norfolk in March. Tom has been selected for the Somerset Team following his successes in the County Championships in Yeovil and South West Championships in Truro last term. We wish him luck!

Taunton Festival of the Arts

Congratulations to Kingsmead students Olivia Wade, Ruby Porter, Emily Raisey, Scott Fudge, Saskia Calnon, Laura McMillan, Louis Johnson and Spike Maxwell, plus (not pictured) Ella Varney, Ella Tompsett, Meg Mardon, Olivia Mangnall and Mia Homer. The students took part in the 103rd ‘Taunton Festival of the Arts’ on the last day of term as part of the Blue Weasel Choir. The choir also consisted of children from Milverton, Oake and Wiveliscombe Primary Schools. They all did themselves proud and came away from the Festival with a Distinction and a trophy in the Choir Class! Well Done to all involved.

Safer Internet Day

Students have been joined by PCSO Louise Fyne in their Phase Assemblies in the past two weeks to learn more about Safer Internet Day. The day was celebrated globally on Tuesday 7th February and was an opportunity for students to be reminded about how they can help themselves stay safe online and use digital technology in a responsible manner.

Joseph comes to Kingsmead

A touch of the West End has come to Kingsmead in the last week of term with the school production of Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat being performed for audiences in nightly shows on Tuesday 7th, Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th February. Spike Maxwell from Year 8 plays the lead role of Joseph in the retelling of the biblical story about the favourite son of Jacob (played by Eleanor Redish from Year 10) who can interpret dreams to foretell the future. The colourful story is told through song from beginning to end and contains great performances from the cast, many of whom have dual roles. Mr Thompson’s Elvis impersonating Pharoah has been well worth seeing!

Year 8 Careers Day

Year 8 students had a change from their timetabled lessons on Tuesday 31st January when they took part in a Careers Day at school. Tutor Groups 8Ls, 8Me and 8Pm spent the day in 30 minute taster sessions, each one focusing on a different industry, to give the students an overview of the sorts of careers available in that sector and what sort of person they would suit. Industries covered included Banking, Business, Law, Sport, Acting, the Navy/Marines and Transport to name a few.