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.
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’
Congratulations to Naomi Riches from Ruishton Primary School who was the winner of our Golden Ticket Draw. The draw was held on our Open Evening (Thursday 22nd September) and Naomi won an Apple iPad Mini!
Bishop Fox’s School provided the venue for the National Bin it Roadshow when it visited Somerset. Year 7 and 8 students took part in a interactive and dynamic roadshow looking at the dangers of rubbish and litter.
Steve Summerill, Deputy Head and organiser of the event said “Bishop Fox’s is set within a beautiful and fantastic site and and it is important to encourage students to not only treat the school environment with respect but the whole local area. We are very pleased to support the National anti-litter campaign.”
Pictured: Year 8 students, Mr Summerill, Local Councillor Mrs Herbert and the cast of the Bin it Roadshow.
Our new Year 7 students have embarked on their annual residential trip to Okehampton. The year group was split into 2 groups, with each group staying 2 nights. The students had the chance to explore the area and take part in outdoors activities such as archery, climbing, gorge scrambling and mountain biking
Kennedy Clarke, Head of Year 7, said ‘Taking students on an induction residential is an important process in the planned transition for our Year 7 students. When they arrive from primary school, we have students from 30 different primary schools, this residential allows the students to work and live together helping them to develop friendship bonds that may last a life time’
Students across all year groups are being given the opportunity to become a ‘Clever Fox’. We have fifty Clever Fox badges to give out, and to be in with a chance of winning one of them, students need to complete two challenges:
Challenge 1: Produce a piece of creative writing to be considered for Tales from the Fox, an anthology showcasing the writing talents of students and staff at Bishop Fox’s. This can be a piece of descriptive writing, short story or poem, up to a maximum of 1000 words on the theme of ESCAPE. Entries should be posted in the ‘Clever Fox Box’ in the CLC. Deadline: Thursday 20th October.
Challenge 2: Produce an excellent, up-to-date Reading Diary with a log of all the books you’ve read, along with pictures, photos, book reviews, biographies of your favourite authors etc etc. This can be in the form of a scrapbook, notebook or folder. Reading Diaries should be handed into your English teacher. Deadline: Friday 16th December.
Year 7 students at Bishop Fox’s took part in a ‘Freshers Fayre’, a chance for them to view the wide variety of extra-curricular activities on offer at the school. Packed with stalls to promote both new and existing clubs, the Fayre was a showcase of the huge range of opportunities on offer from sports to music, science and languages, drama and dance, to baking and golf. There really was something for everyone.
The school believes strongly that these extra activities can have a really positive effect in terms of making new friends, learning new skills, working collaboratively and enriching school life outside the classroom. All of Year 7 are expected to commit to at least one activity, and at the Freshers Fayre students were able to visit the stalls, meet the staff and students involved, and sign up for their chosen clubs.
Bishop Fox’s Drama students in Year 7 to 9 presented an adaption of Alice in Wonderland to packed audiences in the schools purpose built theatre. The feedback from Audiences was fantastic and the students received standing ovations each night. The production was directed by Drama teachers Selina Keedwell and Sue Hampson and included a cast and crew of over 50. Sue Hampson said ‘The students were incredibly enthusiastic and showed great commitment which lead to a fantastic production’. Steve Summerill, Deputy head added ‘Bishop Fox’s drama department have had consistently the best Drama GCSE results in the county, this is due to the commitment of the Drama teachers but also of the talent and commitment of our students – we are rightly proud of all the students that took part’. The show was sold out each night and the cast ran a matinee production for local primary schools and ran student lead workshops in 5 local primary schools and a special school. Jo Evans explained ‘We believe very strongly in community at Fox’s and so take great delight when we can work with local primary schools to help develop drama skills amongst our local community’
Bishop Fox’s school ran a Brazil based Art day for local primary schools including St Georges and Blackbrook – students from Year 3 and 5 joined the Art department at the school to participate in a circus of activities, the Primary school students were supported by Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 students from Bishop Fox’s that are part of the FAB art club. The art day was organised by Mrs Thomas an Art teacher at Fox’s said ‘the students participated in 3 workshops – we ran a pottery workshop where students designed and made tropical birds, an Art workshop where they made carnival masks and a third workshop where the students made healthy smoothies based on Brazilian grown food’. Steve Summerill, Deputy head added ‘Working with our local community is important to us, if we can offer workshops to our local schools that allows then to develop skills and use facilities they normally do not encounter until secondary school then we are pleased to help’.
Pictured students participating in arrange of Art based activities.
Students gathered on the school field for a remembrance photograph for the Think Amy charity. Wednesday 15th June marked the 5 year anniversary since the death of Bishop Fox’s student Amy Hofmeister. Amy was only 13 years old when a car lost control at 80mph and ploughed onto the pavement where Amy was cycling, killing her instantly.