Buckler’s Brainiacs

Respected ex-pupil Liz Pike came to talk to ‘Buckler’s Brainiacs’ – a gifted and talented literacy group run by High Achievers Co-ordinator Miss Wadham about her work with the Yeovil literary festival. Her accounts of the authors she has met captured the attention of the pupils and she inspired both pupils and staff with her book recommendations.

Pupils pictured are Molly Rousell, Amber Woodbury, Maya Lenkiewicz, Elizabeth Faulkner, Jamie Lucas, Charlotte Galliott, Aaron Cox.

 

Students and Staff present a fundraising cheque to South Somerset MIND

In honour of much loved and respected Buckler’s Mead Academy staff member Mandy Perkins, who sadly passed away in the summer 2017 students and staff at the academy have been raising money for South Somerset Mind, a charity aimed to promote good mental health and wellbeing to encourage greater understanding of mental health issues.

On 23rd January students, staff, and members of Mandy’s family presented a cheque for £1284.06 to David Fields, Community Fundraising Manager for South Somerset MIND.

Since September Buckler’s Mead Academy has hosted a variety of fundraising events in memory of Mandy and to raise awareness of mental health, supporting the South Somerset MIND charity. Events have included a Wear it Bright Day, Soak the Teacher, Welly Wanging, Cake sales, Non-school uniform days, Christmas Raffles, Craft Sales, Nail Salon, Tinsel the Teacher, I’m a Student get me out of here (Bush Tucker Trial) and a Charity Christmas Card.

Money has also been raised to refurbish the pond area at the academy to create a garden in memory of Mandy. Work will start on this in the near future, with staff and students involved. Students will be able to buy a ‘memory stone’ to decorate and have it included within the garden.

Headteacher, Mrs Sara Gorrod said ‘Fundraising will not stop there we have a number of events planned to continue raising awareness, keeping Mandy’s memory alive and supporting such an incredible charity’

More events for our Literacy Group

Several lucky Buckler’s Mead students had the opportunity to listen to the lively Cressida Cowell talk at the Yeovil Literary festival, about her new book ‘The Wizard of Once’. Cressida spoke about her childhood and described writing as “telling a great big lie”. Miss Wadham, High Achiever Co-ordinator said, “Cressida is a very talented woman who not only writes witty and engaging books, but illustrates them too. She was a pleasure to meet and certainly enthused our students!” Students are pictured with the Literary Festival Organiser Liz Pike and an accompanying fairy artist.

Best-selling American author Kate DiCamillo visits Buckler’s Mead Academy

On Friday 29th September, best-selling American author Kate DiCamillo visited Buckler’s Mead Academy to enthuse Year 7 and 100 students from Milford Primary about reading, writing, and resilience. Both students and staff alike were absorbed by Kate’s story. Kate’s persistence in pursuing her dream, even after 473 rejections before she was published, gave students a clear message to never give up.

 

After an inspirational talk and a student led question session, students were able to purchase books from the fantastic Yeovil Waterstones team and have them personally signed by Kate.

 

Kate certainly gave Buckler’s a buzz and we feel incredibly lucky and grateful to have welcomed her to our Academy. Thank you Kate, Rosie, Milford Primary and the Waterstones team for an inspiring afternoon.