Winners at Salters’ Festival of Chemistry

Year 8 students Ella Varney, Ava Blandford, Mitchell Whitlam and Deiniol Brown journeyed to Bristol University to represent Kingsmead in the Annual Regional Salters’ Festival on Wednesday 11 May 2016. The students took part in two competitions during the day, pitching their skills and scientific knowledge against 14 other schools from the South West. Our team worked hard within the 'Chemlabs’ (the University's state of the art laboratories) under the supervision and judgement of the research staff, where they had to demonstrate their team work, safety awareness, practical skills and scientific knowledge to tackle the two challenges set for them; to solve a forensic murder mystery and to use a chemical reaction as a clock.

Art Medal Congress

Nicola Kerslake, our Art and Design Technology Technician, has been given an exciting opportunity to attend the prestigious International Art Medal Federation (FIDEM) Congress in Belgium after receiving a scholarship. Nicola will not only attend the bi-annual congress in Ghent this September but will also receive tuition from the UK renowned medal artist Ron Dutton as part of the scholarship.

Year 9 Careers Day

Year 9 students had their Careers Day on Wednesday 4th May. They spent the day taking part in 30 minute careers-taster sessions learning about industries ranging from Construction, Retail, the Army and the Government and Environment. Presentations were also given on Post-16 options from College and University Representatives. Visitors provided detailed overviews which will help students in making better informed career decisions.

10 Radio Lunchtime Club

An increasing number of students are being introduced to the world of broadcasting thanks to Kingsmead’s close ties with 10 Radio. In fact there is a growing list of students who wish to present their programme, live on 10 Radio (105.3 FM), between 1.30-2.00pm every Wednesday.

Sports Update

Kingsmead students took part in the Sainsbury County School Games at Millfield School on Thursday 14th April. The Parallel Games team took part in wheelchair basketball and boccia. Meanwhile in Handball our U13/14 boys team played and won silver and our U15 team won bronze. Great results for a sport which is relatively new within the school.

Religious Studies trip to Bristol

Year 11 Religious Studies students visited the Sakya Thinley Rinchen Ling Buddhist Centre in Bristol during their Easter break. The day trip, organised by the RS department, was a unique opportunity for the students to understand a key part of their studies through observation of worship and discussion with practising Buddhists at the centre. Later that day students had time to walk part of the Banksy tour in the city before heading home.

Apprenticeship Event

On 12th April Kingsmead students attended an Apprenticeship information gathering event supported by training providers from across Somerset. Apprenticeships are a fantastic opportunity to gain industry experience, a qualification and get paid. “Learners left the event feeling more able to make an informed choice about their post-16 options.” Charlie Pierce – Head of Careers

Work Experience in Catering at Oake Manor Golf Club

Kingsmead student Jack Wheeler has embarked on an exciting catering Work Experience scheme with Oake Manor Golf Club. Jack has been supported in learning about food preparation and cooking in the busy Oake kitchens under the support of Jason Ashdown, Executive Chef. Jack will complete an NVQ in Catering in preparation for a possible apprenticeship upon leaving Kingsmead. We are immensely grateful to the team at Oake Manor for providing Jack with this opportunity.

Sports Relief Update

Kingsmead held a number of events last week to support Sports Relief 2016. Students and teachers played Volleyball and Benchball games on Tuesday lunchtime, cheered on by a crowd of spectators (the fancydress wigs and headgear sported by some teachers didn’t seem to affect their game too much!). Students also made and sold cakes and homemade crafts during the week, as well as selling Sports Relief Wristbands.

EU Debate

On Thursday 17th March Kingsmead hosted a debate and then asked Year 11 students to vote, as the British voting public will on June 23rd; Should Britain Leave the EU or remain a member of the EU. Two visitors were welcomed to the school, Stephen Fitzgerald from UKIP and the Leave Campaign and Mick Lerry from the Labour party and Stay Campaign. Students and staff listened to both sides of the debate and then the students were invited to ask questions; which they did with maturity and consideration.