For most, half term was an opportunity to rewind and relax- but for 23 Bishop Fox’s students it was a chance to be daring, brave and win Olympic Bronze (at least in their heads at least). For those 23 students had the opportunity to hit the alpine slopes of Zell am See, Austria where they could snowboard, ski and race each other down the hill to within the last second of the race. The first morning was a perfect day- and whilst some struggled at first to embrace their boots and boards- the fresh hit of fallen snow helped to embrace any rogue falls. If skiing on the snow wasn’t exciting enough our Taunton Winter Olympic Team even tried their hand at skiing on a glacier; despite a temp of -17.50C the views across the top was breath-taking!
For the teachers it was rewarding to see the progress made by each student during their 6 days skiing- from hitting the nursery slope in the early week to accomplishing a mountain red run towards the end. Instructors even noted that the group were “one of the most well-mannered and polite English School Groups we have ever taught”. It was without a doubt a highly action packed and exciting week, and whilst for students and teachers a like sleep is still needed, it has given 23 students an experience like no other. Watch out Team GB, Bishop Fox’s is on their way to Winter Olympic Medal Position!
Bishop Fox’s school have been awarded a prestigious award from The National Citizenship Services (NCS) for their partnership work and commitment to NCS.
Bishop Fox’s have had over 100 students participate in the scalene over the last 2 years – the most in the region.
Year 11 students participate in a 2 week programme after their exams; 1 week of outward bound activities on a residential and 1 week of community action in Taunton.
The aim is to develop and promote good citizenship in young people.
Steve Summerill, Deputy Head, who was presented with the award said ‘I am delighted that Bishop Fox’s has been recognised for the hard work of our students. We believe that students leaving Fox’s should be well rounded, with excellent examination results, combined with the softer interpersonal skills promoted by NCS. Well done to all of our students involved’.
Pictured: Bishop Fox’s students, Steve Summerill and NCS co-ordinators. Date 12/01/18.
Fox’s was filled with fright and terror last week as students and staff took part in this year’s Scary School Tours. Bishop Fox’s Centre for the Deranged saw zombie’s being rehabilitated in various departments around the school – from the mad professor’s brain extraction in the Science lab to the creepy clowns creative class in the courtyard. Audiences were heard screaming through the corridors as the cast skilfully took them through the terrifying tour – a site specific, promenade performance like not other!
Head of Drama, Ms. Keedwell was impressed with the standards of the students this year saying: ‘Fox’s students are just fab! In very little time, they have managed to create work of an incredibly high standard. Tickets sold out both nights and audiences thoroughly enjoyed the experience. A truly collaborative event that celebrated Drama and Production in the school. A massive thanks to the brilliant students and staff that allow us to run such a fun event. Plans for next year are already in fully swing!’
Year 7 students have spent the week at Okehampton as part of their transition from Primary to Secondary School. The aim during the residential is Team building, developing existing and emerging friendships. For some students it is the first time they have been away from home for a period of time.
“Students have been excellent! All have thoroughly enjoyed the activities on offer. Gorge scrambling seemed to be their favourite activity amongst Archery, Canoeing, High Ropes, Cycling and night walks on Dartmoor. It has been a pleasure to witness students helping one another, making sure all complete a particular challenge.” Mr Contreras, Head of Years 7 and 8.
Bishop Fox’s students were treated to an inspirational talk from ex student & Head Prefect, Holly Lawrence. Holly is now a world class triathlete (currently holding the Ironman World Championship 2016 title) and lives in California.
Deputy Headteacher, Ray Hennessy said “Holly’s visit was a wonderful opportunity for our students to understand how hard work, determination & clear ambition can help us achieve our dreams”. The students and staff of the school are immensely proud of Holly’s achievements and wish her well in the upcoming World Championships.
Year 7 Bishop Fox’s students attended a Freshers Fayre put on by the school staff to showcase the wide range of extra curricular activities offered to students. Activities include Dance, Drama, Music, Golf, Baking, Gardening and much more. All Year 7 student are encouraged to sign up for at least one extra curricular activity. The school believes participation in extra curricular helps produce a well-rounded student who excels both academically and socially.
An annual event in the Bishop Fox’s calendar is the Year 9 Somerset Enterprise Challenge with a range of schools competing from across the county.
This year’s challenge was to create a Christmas Promotional Campaign for the Holiday Inn, Taunton. The students needed to pitch their idea to a panel of judges; including The President of the Chamber of Commerce, Nigel Pearce, Nadine Ackland of TDBC and Emma Hughes from The Holiday Inn.
The student’s ideas were fantastic ranging from Luxury Spar weekends to An Evening of Local Produce. All of the presentations were commended by the judges Emma Hughes said she felt “The students had really captured the ethos of the hotel”
Bishop Fox’s, the winning team, took the trophy for the third time narrowly beating Preston School Yeovil to second place.
Students at Bishop Fox’s School were celebrating the completion of their Extended Study Programme. The more able students in yrs. 7, 8 and 9 were given the task of creating a project of their own design to work on outside of lessons throughout the year with only minimal help from a mentor. The standard of what was produced was extremely high and all students who reached the end of the programme were a credit to the school. It was hard to choose winners amongst the numerous exceptional projects but credit goes to Oliver Thomas- Bronze, Esme Knight and Isabel Bailey- Joint Silver and Hannah Price- Gold. A massive well done to all involved.
An annual event in the Bishop Fox’s calendar is the Year 5 Enterprise Challenge day.
This year’s challenge was to come up with a theme for Macmillan’s Dress up and Dance – an event held across the UK every June. The students pitched their ideas to a panel of judges consisting of Steve Summerill (Deputy Head), Nigel Pearce (President of Taunton Chamber of Commerce) and Jo Summerill (A Macmillan nurse).
The student’s ideas were fantastic, ranging from “What do you want to be when you grow up?” to “Superheroes”! The winning team – St Georges Primary School – were commended by the judges on their slick presentation and great promotional materials. Nigel Pearce said he was “Really impressed with the level of professionalism”.
Steve Summerill said “The aim of the day is to introduce the children to Bishop Fox’s in preparation for their progression at the end of Year 6. With the added bonus of gaining great enterprise skills and highlighting a great cause to boot”.
Year 9 & 10 students from Bishop Fox’s French Club visited St James Church School on Friday to undertake a variety of French workshops. Students from Years 1-6 learnt songs in French and were taught the colours by Bishop Fox’s students as well as playing some language games together. A great day was had by all with everyone having a fun language learning experience.