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Somerset Step into Sport Event

Eight Kingsmead students from Years 8, 9 and 10 were chosen to attend the SASP (Somerset Activity & Sports Partnership) Sports Leaders Course at Westfields Academy in Yeovil on 16th November. The day focussed on developing the students’ leadership skills and inspiring them to lead and volunteer in sport.

Year 7 & 8 Athletics

Congratulations to our Year 7 boys team and Year 8 girls team who are Area Athletics Champions following competition on 1st November against eight other schools in Taunton Deane. As a result they have qualified for the County Finals which will be held in January. Equally amazing were our Year 7 girls and Year 8 boys teams who both came in second place on the day. Well Done.

Kingsmead’s Year 12 Big Reunion

Year 12 students who left Kingsmead this summer were welcomed back to the school for a “Big Reunion” evening on Thursday 9 November. Students were joined by parents, staff and governors to celebrate their individual and collective accomplishments and for the presentation of academic and sporting leadership awards. The evening began with music provided by Year 10 GCSE Music students Joseph Middleton and Ferne Hennessy who performed the Adele song “Love in the Dark”. Mara Carey Wood was awarded the Flook Cup for her all round contribution to school life and Emilia Silaste was awarded the Peace Cup for her outstanding language learning as a dual linguist.

Year 11 visit to Poland

28 students from Year 11 spent part of their October half term break on a study visit in Krakow, Poland. The students, who are studying Religious Studies and/or History, spent time at the Galicia Jewish Museum and at Auschwitz. They also met with a lady called Maria who took time to speak with the students about her experiences as a young child with her mother in a concentration camp during the Second World War.

Kingsmead Art Shop

Starting after half term the Art team are very excited to be running an Art shop from room M9 one breaktime a week, primarily for Art students. The shop will sell items such as pens, pencils, rubbers, sharpeners, sketchbooks, paints and a range of other art materials, so we can sell to all students, however GCSE Art students will have priority. We won’t be beaten on prices, as an education we cannot make money from sales, our main focus is for our Art Students to be able to afford the equipment and be able to use them at home. We are very excited about this and will be having a grand opening for the occasion.

Duke of Edinburgh

Eight teams of Year 10 students (a total of 56) have enrolled to participate in this year’s Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award Programme, which is run in conjunction with Kingsmead. During September and October they have been spending lunchtimes preparing for their first Practice Walk and Practice Expedition, as part of their ‘Expedition’ element of the award, by learning skills such as navigation, map reading, camp craft, cooking and first aid.

Senior Student Elections

During the week commencing 2nd October, eight candidates for the senior student positions were asked to present their ideas at Hustings in the Establishment, Advancement and Realisation assemblies. The Year 11 senior students play a vital role in liaising between the Core Council and the Leadership teams in the school. The senior and deputy senior students sit on the Core Council, and attend selected Senior Leadership Team meetings and Governor Sub-Committee meetings to represent the voice of the student body.

Lunchtime and Afterschool Activities

Kingsmead has a variety of lunchtime and afterschool activities which students can take part in. There are lots of different activities on offer throughout the school week, for instance sport, music, drama, science club, languages club and 10 radio club to name a few. A full list of all the clubs on offer this term can be found by clicking the link below.

Year 7 Trip to Hestercombe

On Friday 29th September our Year 7 students spent the day on a Team Building and Activity Trip at the 1610 Sports and Activity Centre based at Hestercombe. The trip was an opportunity for the students to spend quality time with each other and their Form Tutors, working in groups and participating in a variety of different challenges, including tug of war, leaky pipes, roller ball and a blindfold challenge.

Year 10 Careers Day

Year 10 students took part in a Careers Day on Thursday 28th September. They spent part of the day taking part in 30 minute careers-taster sessions, each one focusing on a different industry, to give them an overview of the sorts of careers available in that sector and what sort of person they would suit.