World Down Syndrome Day on 21st March 2018

World Down Syndrome Day is celebrated every year on 21st of March, the date having been specifically chosen as Down Syndrome is caused by having 3 copies of chromosome 21. It is a chance to celebrate and raise much needed positive awareness to dispel some of the negative stereotypes and language used around the condition. Displaying a balanced view is important, so we are pleased to be able to show this clip of one of our own students. Thank you to Pippa and her family for sharing this inspirational video.

Stage-ed Workshop

Year 11 Drama students took part in an all-day workshop on Thursday 8 March run by theatre company Stage-ed. The day focussed on the musical ‘Blood Brothers’ by Willy Russell, which the students have been studying as part of their Drama GCSE. The students spent time working through the play, understanding the historical context of the story, learning about the playwright and acting out scenes under the guidance of west end professional Mike Southern, who appeared in the show in the West End for 10 years.

Kingsmead production of ‘The Crucible’

Kingsmead students are busy rehearsing for their upcoming production of “The Crucible”. The play, telling the story of the Salem witch trials in Massachusetts during the 1600s, will be held at 7.00pm each evening on Wednesday 21st, Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd March in the school hall. Tickets are available at the school reception – Adults £5 / Concessions £4 (note the play is not suitable for younger children). Tel 01984 623483

Inspiring Writing Project

On Tuesday 27 February (and before the snow), 45 of our Year 7 students went back to their primary schools for the day to work with Year 6 students on a story writing project, 'Inspiring Writing'. Students from all year groups in the primary schools within the Tone Valley Partnership worked on a story that day, all with the same starting point of “What if I drank this potion?”. Some Kingsmead students in Years 7 and 8 did the same in their English lessons. The plan is for stories to be shared in English lessons this week.

Year 8 Careers Day

Year 8 students had a change from their timetabled lessons on Thursday 22 February when they took part in a Careers Day. Half the year group spent the day in 30 minute taster sessions which gave an overview on various employment sectors, including the types of jobs available in that sector, what sort of person they would suit and the qualifications required. Industries covered included Construction, Engineering, Agriculture, the Armed Forces and the Arts to name a few.

Sportshall Athletics Champions

The Sportshall Athletics County Finals were held on Tuesday 30 January at Richard Huish College and Kingsmead were amazing! Well done to our Year 8 Girls Team who came 2nd and to our Year 7 Boys Team who came 1st in the competition and are Somerset County Champions!

College drop-in Session

A college drop-in session was held in school on Friday 26 January. The lunchtime session gave students from all year groups the chance to meet college representatives and find out more about their post-16 choices and collect course literature.

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.