Great Scot Ollii!

Ollii Cattell, who left Kingsmead last summer, earnt three caps over the Easter period as part of the U18 Scotland Rugby Team who competed in the inaugural U18 International Series, hosted by Wales. Ollii, a Forward player, competed in the three matches over an 8 day period against Wales, Italy and England U18 teams. The team won one of their 3 games, claiming a 28-22 victory over Italy. Ollii is currently playing for the Bath Academy. We wish him the best of luck in his studies and continuing rugby career.

Forest School

A group of 8 Kingsmead students have recently started “Forest School” sessions at Fyne Court. Following a successful introductory morning which was held in school, the students took part in their first official session at our National Trust woodland venue on the Quantock Hills. The group received a warm and informative welcome from the National Trust Ranger, Rob Skinner, before exploring the woodland with a scavenger hunt and wild flower identification activity. Throughout the session, students enjoyed den building, practising new knots and joining in team games. The sessions will be continuing weekly for the students this term.

Parliament Visit for Student Council

On Thursday 20th April members of our Student Council travelled to London to take part in a Laws and Debating tour and workshop at the Palace at Westminster. The students first enjoyed a wonderful flight on the London Eye; the weather was kind and there were magnificent views. They then walked across to Parliament and were lucky enough to witness the House of Commons in session and enjoyed visiting this building filled with so much history.

Boccia County Finals

On Thursday 20th April, eleven Kingsmead students took part in the Parallel Games Boccia County Finals which were held at Millfield School. Our students played in small groups as three teams representing Kingsmead and the final results on the day placed Team C in 6th, Team B in 3rd and Team A in 2nd place. All the students enjoyed their day - pictured are Dan Whiteside, Ella Keirle and Alice Crockett (all Year 7) with their 2nd place medals. Well Done.

Swimming Success

Dylan Gallagher in Year 9 competed in the Welsh National Swimming Championships over the Easter weekend and won 7 Gold Medals!! An amazing achievement. Well done Dylan.

Skirting Science is Super!

Nine students from Year 9 visited Taunton School on Wednesday 29th March to take part in a one day event aimed at inspiring the next generation of female scientists and to dispel misconceptions about science careers. Fourteen hands-on workshops ran throughout the day which students could choose to participate in; these included a ‘Sunset in a Tube’ workshop to find out how and why the colour of the sky changes at sunset, a ‘Science in Beauty/Beauty in Science’ workshop where students created and tested a bubble bath/bath soak, and a ‘Water for the World’ workshop where students learnt about water filtration around the world and how it differs.

U15 Girls Badminton

The U15 Girls Badminton team (and current KS3 Somerset County Champions), consisting of Megan Mardon, Amber Totterdell, Josie Bryan and Ella Varney, have won the 2nd round of the division II local league at Courtfields. They played against Courtfields, Castle 'C' and Castle 'D' teams on Wednesday 29 March and received gold medals for their efforts. All matches resulted in very convincing wins for Kingsmead in both the singles and doubles games with the girls scoring the full 36 out of 36 points and a total 72 out of 72 across both rounds. Very well done!

Kingsmead Supports Comic Relief 2017

Great fun was had by Kingsmead pupils (and staff) last week all in aid of Comic Relief 2017. Events were held throughout the week, with red noses for sale, a lunchtime comedy film club to enjoy, and cake sales organised by Daniel Whiteside in 7Fn and Tutor Group 9Ck. On Comic Relief day itself pupils donated a minimum of 50p each for an additional non-uniform day. At lunchtime a ‘Ninja Warrior’ style, pay-to-play assault course ran in the gym while outside students lined up to hurl soaking sponge balls at their teachers Mr Johns, Miss Rayson, Mr Keay & Mr Green.

Next Stop, County Futsal Championships

Well done to our girls’ Futsal Team who have qualified for the Somerset Schools’ County Futsal Championships. The girls team, comprising of Year 8 and 9 students, qualified after playing against Taunton Academy, Castle School and Bishop Fox’s School on Wednesday 15th March. Good Luck to the girls in the finals which take place after Easter:-

BBC School News Report

14 students from Year 9 are becoming journalists on Thursday 16th March when they take part in the BBC School News Report project. The students will be covering news stories during the day and publishing them on the Kingsmead website from 2pm. Click on the red “School News” icon on the school homepage to see their reports.