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Netball update

Kingsmead students from years 9, 10 and 11 recently won the SASP adult Netball spring league. The girls took part in competition at Taunton Vale at the end of April and are to be congratulated on their achievement. Well done!

Zambia Exchange 2017-19

Our Zambian Exchange Programme links Kingsmead School with Mukuba Boys’ and Helen Kaunda Girls’ Schools in Kitwe, Zambia. The programme follows a two year cycle where both students and teachers make reciprocal exchange visits. The first exchange took place in 2000-2001 and since then more than 250 students and numerous staff from the three schools have taken part in this experience.

The Tennis Foundation’s School of Tennis Programme

Kingsmead are delighted to announce that it has been chosen as one of 23 new schools to take part in the Tennis Foundation’s School of Tennis programme. The 23 new schools will join the 62 schools already on the programme.

Year 7 Somerset County Futsal Champions!

Well done to our Year 7 boys futsal team who are Somerset County Futsal Champions! The boys played their final 3 games of the season on Monday 16 April against Holyrood Academy, Crispin School and King Alfred School (winning 11-0) to take the title. Great performance. Congratulations.

County School Games

Students from across Kingsmead’s year groups competed in Handball, Table Tennis and Parallel Cricket at the Somerset School Games which were held at Millfield School on Friday 13 April.

Year 9 Somerset County Netball Champions!

Well done to our Year 9 girls netball team who are Somerset County Netball Champions! The team competed at the County Championship games at Millfield School on Thursday 12 April and all thoroughly deserve their gold medals with convincing wins over Haygrove (17-10), The Blue School in Wells (19-8) and Bucklers Mead (22-10). Congratulations.

The Crucible

Well done to the cast and crew of “The Crucible”, who performed to audiences at nightly shows over three evenings during the last week of term. The play, by Arthur Miller, told the story of the Salem witch trials in Massachusetts during the 1600s. Students did themselves proud presenting a powerful play, impressing audiences with their character portrayals and with the large volume of dialogue acted out.

RS trip to London

On Saturday 17 March Year 11 students travelled to London as part of their Religious Studies course to visit the Buddhapadipa Temple in Wimbledon. The visit gave students the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of Buddhism through a tour of the temple and observing how Buddhist monks live, explore Buddhist teachings and ethics and practice meditation. It is an invaluable insight into Buddhism as a living religion in an urban setting and will help students’ understanding go beyond the textbook. Students were brilliant of course – although a bit cold in the snow!

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.