Buckler’s Mead Academy’s talented writers have done it again. Pictured are a selection of thirty three talented writers who have been selected to be featured in a book called ‘Welcome to Wonderland’ published by ‘Young Writers’. Miss Wadham, who ran the competition said, ‘Once again, I am delighted that Buckler’s Mead has been selected to appear in this prestigious publication, reflecting our pupils’ many story writing talents.’
LED Leisure Management Ltd to manage Buckler’s Mead Leisure Centre in Yeovil
LED Leisure Management Ltd, who already manage Goldenstones Leisure Centre and Westlands Sports and Fitness Centre in Yeovil, are delighted to have been selected as the preferred partner to manage the Buckler’s Mead Leisure Centre.
The centre has a fantastic range of facilities, including a gym, sports hall and activity halls, and a superb, newly re-surfaced 4G all-weather pitch along with tennis and netball courts.
LED’s Unlimited members in South Somerset will soon be able to take advantage of the full range of facilities and activities on offer at all three of LED’s Yeovil sites, as well as at Wincanton Sports Centre and all of LED’s facilities across East Devon.
Peter Gilpin, LED’s CEO said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Buckler’s Mead Academy to take over the management of the Leisure Centre. I believe that it will provide wider opportunities for customers and staff of both organisations, and the people of Yeovil as a whole.”
Sara Gorrod, Buckler’s Mead Academy Headteacher, said “It is a great pleasure to announce that we are entering into a partnership with LED for the management of the Buckler’s Mead Academy Leisure Centre. Their range of venues will add value for our existing members. We have carefully chosen LED for their experience, expertise and approach to leisure.”
It is intended that LED will take over the management of the centre from September.
The themes explored were Detail, Shelter, Surroundings and Out of Place
Year 11 Photography pupil’s have been responding to their chosen theme from the GCSE Photography exam paper. These images show their experiments and investigations so far – which they will develop to produce a final outcome during the 10 hour exam. Their chosen themes are:
Eleanor Batson, Jamie Evans – Creative Landscapes
Will Witham, Blake Walker – Motion
Meghan Kirk – Shelter
Annalise Guppy – Out of Place
Scott Harris – Detail
Yr9 GCSE: the Big Still life Painting Challenge. Inspired by the current BBC series, y9 students have challenged themselves to produce their own still life study in just 2 hours this term. All students were asked to link their work to the style of one of three famous Still Life artists: Morandi, Thiebaud or Matisse
On 24th February, Year 10 students at Buckler’s Mead Academy worked with expert trainers from the education charity Talk The Talk.
Talk The Talk’s mission is to improve students’ communication skills to enable positive interaction in all life situations.
Talk The Talk has trained over 10,000 students in the past twelve months in England and Wales and nearly 50,000 since we first started – using a programme developed over the past five years.
This exciting and engaging master-class in essential speaking and listening skills within a creative classroom environment teaches students how to use persuasive language techniques to get ‘their message’ across. The day highlighted and nurtured employability skills, interview techniques and key presentation skills. Via numerous speaking opportunities, students were coached and supported throughout the day to deliver a structured two-minute presentation, on a topic for which they have a genuine passion, to their peers.
Head of English, Stephen Howe said ‘There is no doubt that grades open the door to opportunity for our students. But when they walk through that door – it is a completely different set of skills. We are striving to ensure that all young people are suitably equipped with the essential tools and skills to communicate confidently in a variety of situations – both within school and in their lives beyond.’
Year 9 students Drew Verhoest and Henry Wadham met author Maz Evans, promoting her book ‘Who Let the Gods Out?’ A very bubbly Maz entertained the students with her ideas and enthusiasm. Thank you to Marcus Bishop at Waterstones for organising the event. Miss Wadham
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DEPUTY MAYORS DELIGHT
Deputy Mayor of Yeovil David Recardo was invited to talk to a group of gifted and talented pupils at Buckler’s Mead Academy about his favourite book.
David captivated the students with his re-telling of a novel by local author Jackie Gingell.
‘Buckler’s Bards’ co-ordinator Kara Wadham said “David certainly entered into the spirit of Buckler’s Mead’s own version of a literary festival. He was entertaining, humorous and re-told the tale well. This was a fantastic opportunity for pupils to meet with a figure in the public eye and understand that reading for enjoyment occurs at any age”.
The Deputy Mayor was presented with a commemorative ‘Buckler’s Bards’ trophy by Ellie Lister in Year 9, with which he was delighted.