Following the recent news Buckler’s Mead academy would like to offer the following statement.
The Director of Public Health at Somerset County Council, Trudi Grant, said: “We have been made aware that one pupil who attends Buckler’s Mead Academy has been admitted to hospital with probable bacterial meningitis.
“We would like to reassure parents that there is no reason to make any change in the school routine and no reason for children to be kept at home.
“Meningococcal bacteria are carried in the back of the throat of about one in ten people at any one time, but only very rarely cause illness. Most people who carry the bacteria become immune to them. The bacteria do not spread easily and only those who have had prolonged, close contact with the person are at a slightly greater risk of getting ill. The people who have been in close contact have been identified by the Public Health England. Others who attend the school have a very low risk of developing meningococcal disease and no further wider action is necessary at the present time.
“The best advice still remains for parents to be aware of and alert to the signs and symptoms of meningococcal disease such as vomiting, severe headache, unexplained temperature rise, dislike of bright lights, neck stiffness, a non-blanching rash, drowsiness, and altered levels of consciousness.
“If anyone is feeling unusually unwell, and displaying the symptoms they should contact their GP immediately or call 111.
“If you want further information please visit https://www.meningitisnow.org/
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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.’
John Frosdick and Paul Skipp 2 volunteers from the RLSS UK spent the day at Bucklers Mead Academy educating the entire year 7 and 8 cohort about how to prevent and save potential dangers in water.
The students were given some hands on advice about water safety as well as shown some hard hitting, but extremely important facts about the amount of people who drown due to not following simple safety guidelines, which the pupils were guided through. It was an invaluable experience for the students and hopefully may in the future be the difference between someone drowning and being saved.
John and Paul are looking to educate other schools so that they spread the message on how to have fun but be safe in open waters. If any school is interested please contact them through the RLSS UK Yeovil website.
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.
Buckler’s Mead Academy Headteacher Mrs S Gorrod was joined by the Head Boy and Girl along with students from St Michael’s Academy and Milford Junior School.
Gifted and Talented Year 9 pupils from Buckler’s Mead Academy attended Yeovil’s Literary Festival and met authors Emma Carroll and Kiran Milwood-Hargrave. The authors spoke about their recent novels, ’Strange Star’ and ‘The Girl of Ink and Stars’. Jacob Stafford from Buckler’s Mead Academy found the author’s early life stories ‘inspiring and relatable’. Evie Callaghan read the book ’The Girl of Ink and Stars’ and stated ‘I really loved the book and hope she writes more.’ Kara Wadham, Gifted and Talented Coordinator and English teacher at Buckler’s Mead Academy said, ’ We would like to thank Liz Pike and Marcus Bishop from Waterstones. This was a wonderful opportunity for the pupils to meet published authors and gain a valuable insight into the writing process.’
Pictured:Jacob Stafford, Rory Jennings, Henry Wadham, Drew Verhoest and Evie Callaghan with The Literary Festival Organiser Liz Pike.