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Cross Country Championships

21 Kingsmead students competed at the County Cross Country Championships on Saturday 20 January, held at Aldon Hill, Yeovil. This followed qualification by the students at the Taunton District Trials held earlier in the month at Kings College where 55 Kingsmead students participated. Well done to Tom Heal (who came first place and is County Champion!), Charlotte Brown and Tom Winter whose performances on Saturday earnt them a place representing Somerset at the next stage of the competition - the South West Championships. Another 7 Kingsmead students are on the reserve list. Good Luck to them – the competition takes place on Saturday 3rd February at Stover School in Newton Abbot.

Generation Code Project

27 students from Year 7 took part in a ‘Generation Code Project’ morning on Monday 22nd January. The morning was held for students who had expressed an interest in the coding aspect of ICT, with the session giving them the opportunity to develop and enhance their coding skills through a series of practical coding tasks. Our thanks go to Youth Workers from ‘In the Mix Youth Project’, who ran the morning in collaboration with Code Leaders from Richard Huish College, with funding support from Microsoft. It is hoped that follow up clubs will be offered in the future to continue the work carried out in school or allow others to take part.

Year 10 Geography Field Trips

Year 10 Geography students visited Bristol on 15th and 17th January to carry out field work in support of their GCSE studies. The students first went on a boat trip from Wapping Wharf to investigate the re-development of the docks in the city. They then moved on to the shopping centres at Broadmead and Cabot Circus to carry out field work for the ‘UK People and Places and Dynamic Inner Cities’ unit of their course. They also visited two contrasting residential areas to look at the quality of life throughout the central Bristol area. In class students will be using the data they gathered to aid them towards the fieldwork part of their GCSE exams.

National Karate Championships

Congratulations to Chloe Chapple and Danielle Hardy, both in Year 11. On 13 January they competed at the EKF KYU National Karate Championships in Leicester and both won a bronze medal! A great achievement for both and the first time they have competed at this level. The girls participated as members of Wiveliscombe Karate Club and while at the Championships also got to meet the England Under 21 Coach Aimee Sell.

Somerset Youth Parliament

Congratulations to Jago Yelland in Year 9 who has recently been offered and has accepted the post as Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) for Taunton Deane & West Somerset. Jago has been a member of Somerset’s Youth Parliament Advisory Group for the last year and will commence his new role in February 2018. Jago’s new role will include attending meetings with other MYPs, campaigning for his manifesto a 'curriculum for life', attending conferences and the annual MYP Sitting residential and visiting the House of Commons.

Swimming Success

Dylan Gallagher in Year 10 competed in the Welsh National Winter Swimming Championships in Swansea over the first weekend in December. Over the 3 day event he won an amazing 8 medals! 3 Gold, 1 Silver and 4 Bronze. Well done Dylan.

Year 9 Careers Day

Year 9 students had their Careers Day on Tuesday 28th November. They spent the day taking part in 30 minute careers-taster sessions learning about industries ranging from the RAF, Navy, Construction and Transport, to Engineering, Environment, PR and Sport. Visitors provided detailed overviews on the sorts of careers available in that sector, what sort of person they would suit and qualifications required. Some students also had to solve the riddle of the mystery guest by asking key questions to work out what he did for a living.

Well Done to Finley Burns!

Congratulations to Finley Burns in Year 10 who was recently placed 2nd in the Somerset County Squash Tournaments. Finley trains and plays as a member of the Wellington Squash and Racquetball Club. Well Done!

Open Stage 2017

Students took to the ‘Open Stage’ on the evenings of Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th November when they entertained audiences with their own variety style shows. Every year group was represented on the bill with acts showcasing the amazing talents of our students. There was something for everyone with singing, instrumentals, dancing and magic!

Year 11 Child Development

Students in Year 11, who are studying for their BTEC in Children’s Play Learning and Development, visited The Paddocks Nursery in Wiveliscombe on Wednesday 22nd November. This is one of two visits planned with the nursery and students used the opportunity to observe the young children at play and talk with the nursery staff. Our thanks go to The Paddocks Nursery for their time and help which is greatly appreciated.