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Best in the Country!

Amazing achievement for Dylan Gallagher in Year 9. Dylan is now UK No 1 Champion for 200m breast stroke in his age group. This follows his recent gold win at the County Championships. Well Done Dylan!

Cross Country Update

Congratulations to Tom Heal in Year 8 who will be representing Somerset in the National Schools Cross Country Championships which take place in Norfolk in March. Tom has been selected for the Somerset Team following his successes in the County Championships in Yeovil and South West Championships in Truro last term. We wish him luck!

Taunton Festival of the Arts

Congratulations to Kingsmead students Olivia Wade, Ruby Porter, Emily Raisey, Scott Fudge, Saskia Calnon, Laura McMillan, Louis Johnson and Spike Maxwell, plus (not pictured) Ella Varney, Ella Tompsett, Meg Mardon, Olivia Mangnall and Mia Homer. The students took part in the 103rd ‘Taunton Festival of the Arts’ on the last day of term as part of the Blue Weasel Choir. The choir also consisted of children from Milverton, Oake and Wiveliscombe Primary Schools. They all did themselves proud and came away from the Festival with a Distinction and a trophy in the Choir Class! Well Done to all involved.

Safer Internet Day

Students have been joined by PCSO Louise Fyne in their Phase Assemblies in the past two weeks to learn more about Safer Internet Day. The day was celebrated globally on Tuesday 7th February and was an opportunity for students to be reminded about how they can help themselves stay safe online and use digital technology in a responsible manner.

Joseph comes to Kingsmead

A touch of the West End has come to Kingsmead in the last week of term with the school production of Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat being performed for audiences in nightly shows on Tuesday 7th, Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th February. Spike Maxwell from Year 8 plays the lead role of Joseph in the retelling of the biblical story about the favourite son of Jacob (played by Eleanor Redish from Year 10) who can interpret dreams to foretell the future. The colourful story is told through song from beginning to end and contains great performances from the cast, many of whom have dual roles. Mr Thompson’s Elvis impersonating Pharoah has been well worth seeing!

Year 8 Careers Day

Year 8 students had a change from their timetabled lessons on Tuesday 31st January when they took part in a Careers Day at school. Tutor Groups 8Ls, 8Me and 8Pm spent the day in 30 minute taster sessions, each one focusing on a different industry, to give the students an overview of the sorts of careers available in that sector and what sort of person they would suit. Industries covered included Banking, Business, Law, Sport, Acting, the Navy/Marines and Transport to name a few.

Kingsmead Badminton Champions!

Well done to our Girls Junior Badminton Team who are the new Somerset Schools County Champions! The team of four, Meg Mardon (9Le), Ella Varney (9Le), Amber Totterdell (7Fn) and Josie Bryan (9Sh), played in the Finals on Monday 16th January at Strode College in Street. The girls won 13 out of 15 games, playing against other finalists Bishop Fox’s, Sexey’s and Frome College.

Cross Country Championships

Well done to Tom Heal in Year 8 and Charlotte Brown in Year 9 who both represented Somerset in the South West Club & County Cross Country Championships which took place on Sunday 8th January at Exeter Racecourse. Tom finished first in the Boys U13 run and will now go on to take part in the National Cross Country Championships in March and the London Mini-Marathon in April. Good Luck Tom!

Kingsmead Hockey Champions!

Congratulations to our Year 8 Girls Hockey Team who are now Somerset County Champions! The team travelled to Millfield School on Wednesday 14th December to represent the Taunton Deane area in the County Finals. They had 3 matches to play – against Haygrove School in Bridgwater, Sexey’s School in Bruton and The Blue School in Wells. Our Kingsmead Team won all 3 of their matches to become the clear County Champions. A great achievement, well done to all the team.

Rugby County Finals

On Tuesday 13 December our Year 9 and Year 10 Boys Rugby teams travelled to Tor Rugby Club in Glastonbury to play in the Somerset School County Finals. First up were our Year 9 team who played against Haygrove School. The game ended in a draw 10-10, resulting in both teams becoming joint County Champions 2016.