Melvin Burgess visit to Bishop Fox’s School

As part of World Book Day celebrations, acclaimed author Melvin Burgess visited Bishop Fox’s School to deliver talks and workshops. Melvin has won the Carnegie Medal for Literature, as well as the Guardian Childrens Fiction Award, and is a huge name in teen fiction. He spoke to Years 7 and 8 about his books and the writing process, and took a range of searching questions from both groups of students. He also ran a creative writing workshop with some Year 10 students. A book signing took place at lunchtime with Brendon Books of Bath Place. Literacy Coordinator at the school, Liz Harvey, who arranged the visit said: “Melvin Burgess’ visit was fantastic. The students were enthralled by his talks, and they were queuing out of the door for the book signing event. There was a real buzz around school, and it was great to see the students so engaged with books and reading.”

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Fox’s Students represent Somerset in Regional Business Final

8 Bishop Fox’s students have represented Somerset in the Regional Finals of the Coca-Cola Real Business Challenge after coming first place in Somerset. The teams met at @Bristol to participate in the business final where they were given the challenge of designing a marketing campaign for the Special Olympics. This had to include a social media campaign and a radio advert. Steve Summerill, who supported the students at the event, said ‘Our students were fantastic, I was so proud of them and their achievements’.

Pictured: Bishop Fox’s Team with the Regional Winners trophy.

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Bishop Fox’s Curriculum Day

Bishop Fox’s ran a curriculum day for all year groups. A curriculum day is organised whereby all lessons are suspended for the day to allow all students to participate in activities or work in curriculum areas for a full day to allow a deepening of their understanding

Year 7 students visited either @Bristol or Buckfast Abbey, they will visit the alternate location on the next Curriculum day.  The visit to Buckfast links to the RE curriculum and allows students to experience and find out about life in a ministry.  The @ Bristol visit allowed students to participate in a range of Science activities linked to their Year 7 programme of study. Year 8 students participated in a full day of Careers Education with talks and presentations form local colleges including a visit to the schools careers fair.  Year 8 students make GCSE choices in Year 8 as the School runs a 3 year Key Sage 4. 

Year 9 took part in a ‘Stand against Violence’ series of activities lead by members of the SAV team, sessions included first Aid and self-defence. Year 10 and 11 students focused on Careers education and study skills with a range of workshop s organised to outline the full range of options post 16 including A Levels, Apprenticeships such Media and Computer Science and opportunities at local universities.  

Steve Summerill, Deputy Head who co-ordinated the day said ‘it is important to offer this type of event as students need the opportunity to experience a range of learning environments. For our students making decisions about their future it is vital they have access to up to date, independent and relevant information’

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D of E achievement

Over 25 Bishop Fox’s students achieved the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze and Silver award. Students were presented with their awards by Mr Summerill, Deputy Head of the school who said ‘I am incredibly proud of these students, the silver students completed their expedition in driving rain on Dartmoor and the Bronze students completed their expedition on Exmoor in searing heat. We believe the opportunity the school gives to the students to complete such aware is invaluable in creating well rounded decent young people form Bishop fox’s.’ Darren Contreras, HOY added ‘I completed the Gold award as a students and many of students will go on to do the same.’

Pictured: Bishop Fox’s students with their D of E awards

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Taunton Schools Cross Country

24 of our students took part in the Taunton Schools cross country held at Kings School, running against students from other schools on an undulating and muddy course. The wind was bitterly cold, but our students did not disappointment.

The first race was the Year 7 race where they had to run 1500m, all the students did very well and finished with real determination but the star of the show was Gabriel Billington – where he finished 3rd. Cassey Allaway was the first Year 7 girl to finish, in 6th position.

The year 8s and 9s ran together where they had to run 2600m. The Ponter brothers stole the show where one finished right behind the other in a sprint finish. Sam was 2nd and Joe was 3rd. Potentially the next Brownlee brothers?! Special mention to Weronika Bak, the only girl in Year 9 to put her name down to run- she was fantastic!

In the Year 10/11 race we had Jonah Billington who started strong, Liam Phillips and Ben Sibley. They ran 4.5km, just under 3 miles. With Jonah being in Year 10, he ran a super race – he finished 14th overall. The unexpected performance of the day was Liam Phillips – he finished 3rd and Ben Sibley finished in the top 10.

Enterprise at Bishop Fox’s

All of the Year 8s at Bishop Fox’s get the opportunity to take part in an enterprise project.

This year we challenged them to design a bag that was inspired by Somerset and create a delicious sausage recipe.

Both the projects were generously sponsored by local businesses with the proprietors giving up their time to judge the winners, this was a tough task!

After much deliberation the winning sausage accolade was awarded to Anya Fear. Malcolm Pyne from Pynes award winning butchers said “it was an all-round success full of flavour and the perfect texture too!”

The Somerset inspired bag award was snapped up by Billy Jackman with his theme of lush green fields and the iconic wicker man. Catherine from Ginger Fig said she was especially drawn to this image as it very much said Somerset to her!

Both the sausage and the bag will be available to purchase in the respective businesses. Bishops Fox’s would like to thank these local entrepreneurs for their support in this fantastic experience for the students!!

Steve Summerill, Deputy Head, added ‘it is important part of a school’s curriculum to develop enterprise skills with students – these real life scenarios allow the students to develop these skills in partnership with our local community’.

Pictured – Malcomb Pyne and winning students
Pictured – Steve Summerill with winning bag students

Calway House Carol Concert

Bishop Fox’s students entertained the residents at Calway House with Christmas carols and songs.  The Choir performed a range of Christmas songs and lead a number favourite carols which the residents joined in.  Steve Summerill, Deputy Head who organised the event said ‘we are delighted to support our local community, it is important for students to give something back to the community’.  One resident spoke on behalf of the audience as the end of the concert saying ‘you will not know how much this means to us all, it has made our Christmas’

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Scary Schools Tour

Students and staff at Bishop Fox’s school have had a spooktacular start of term making and performing an immersive Theatre event, with this year’s Scary School Tours: The Zombie Apocalypse.

The sell-out event (Monday 31st October and Tuesday 1st November)was a huge hit, with audiences touring school in an interactive zombie chase where they went in search of codes and antidotes to save the day and stop the zombie outbreak!

Inspired by a number of sources, including Punchdrunk Theatre, Banksy’s Dismaland and Escape Room, Head of Drama Selina Keedwell expressed how proud she was of the student’s approach to the whole event:

“The students have been amazing – making their own costumes, applying Special FX make-up techniques and designing their own performance spaces, characters and scripts. 70+ students performed 13 times each night, with tours going every 10 minutes. We are very proud of the professional approach they took. It’s been a joy to work with such a brilliant cast and crew.”

A special thanks goes to ISPS Production Services for their technical support.

Bishop Fox’s go to London

On Wednesday 12 October, Bishop Fox’s music department took their Year 7 students on the annual trip to see the Lion King in London’s West End.
Students took part in vocal workshops at London’s famous Pineapple studios which was hosted by members of the cast.
During the day students also had a sightseeing tour and some time exploring Covent Garden. The day gives students an opportunity not only to experience London but to experience live music performances in a professional setting.

Deputy Head, Stephen Summerill said ‘This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to experience London’s West end , not only do the students watch the show but also develop an understanding of the demands of the performers, the students undertake a workshop with performers from the Lion King and learn a song and dance routines form the show at Pineapple studios’

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