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    • Year 8 e-Praise Day

      date posted: Friday 24 Oct 2014

      Congratulations to all of Year 8 and the Year 8 Tutor team for a fantastic ePraise fundraising day, raising money for charities Teenage Cancer Trust and Norie House, Association for the Homeless.

      The event in the small hall was electric! A fabulous amount of choice on the at the cake stall and raised £81 from the sale of the cakes. A MASSIVE bucket of copper has been collected and sponsor money from the row and swim is still to be counted!

      Total of money raised will be counted as soon as possible accounted on the ePraise home page. The bar has been set high by this year group for the ePraise fundraising. Now it's time to start donating your ePraise points....

    • RE Celebration Day

      date posted: Friday 24 Oct 2014

      7Y spent 3 weeks creating and rehearsing a drama piece for the Somerset RE Celebration Day on October 20th.

      We travelled to Creech St Michael Baptist church to practice and perform our piece. There were children from 5 other schools who performed a range of pieces on the theme of ‘Big Questions’. 7Y were excellent ambassadors for the school and were wonderful to work with.

    • Heathfield Xmas Bingo

      date posted: Thursday 23 Oct 2014

      CAMINO WALK 2nd – 11th June 2015

      As part of the Year 10 work-related course, I am planning to take these students on a section of the Camino walk across northern Spain.

      The purpose of the “expedition” is to help these students develop greater self-esteem and to promote team skills. It is a physical and mental challenge but also a spiritual one in the widest sense of the word and will hopefully provide a life-changing experience.

      We are therefore holding a bingo evening, details can be found below. I do hope you can support us. Many thanks.


      Friday 5th December 2014
      Doors open at 6:45pm - Eyes down at 7:30pm
      Excellent prizes!

    • Non-School Uniform Day

      date posted: Thursday 23 Oct 2014

    • YEAR 8 ePraise Charity Fundraising Day

      date posted: Wednesday 22 Oct 2014

      YEAR 8 ePraise Charity Fundraising Day Thursday 23rd October 

      A lunchtime Cafe, Sponsored Swims and Rows are just a few of the fundraising events planned.

      Norie House, Taunton Association for the Homeless and Teenage Cancer Trust are the two charities selected by the Year 8 Student Council as the first ePraise charities to receive Heathfield donations.

      Bring in some cash to help support Year 8 with their fund raising efforts!

      Note; All years can donate their ePraise points. Charitable donations will show up on individual profiles. You will be able to donate through the school year. Each year group will choose 2 charities and will have their own fundraising days.

    • Think ECO Survey

      date posted: Tuesday 21 Oct 2014

      Thanks to all who have filled in the THINK ECO survey.

      The Eco Team have listened to your opinions and have decided that from Thursday 13th November, Heathfield Water Bottles will be on sale in the LIBRARY every lunch time. A massive thanks to Mrs Martin our brilliant librarian for helping to organise this.

      Mrs Caddy has contacted the company that produces the bottles to request some new colours, such as pink, orange, purple and zebra print! Watch this space to see when the new colours will be launched.

      Prices are £4 for 750ml and £3 for 500ml. This is the only Heathfield branded water bottle available on the planet, don't miss out!

    • Calling all sporty boys and girls age 5-13 this October Half Term!

      date posted: Tuesday 14 Oct 2014

      Calling all sporty boys and girls age 5-13 for an exciting opportunity this October Half Term!

      3 Day Sports Camp available in either:

      • RUGBY (led by Mr Trott) or
      • MULTI SPORTS (led by Mr Reid).

      When: Tuesday 28th, Wednesday 29th, Thursday 30th October

      Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm.

      Where: Heathfield School.

      Cost: £14 per day - £37.50 Multi Day Discount (20% off second sibling, both day rate and multi saver)

      Please contact Mr Trott for any further details and / or to request booking information.

      E-MAIL (RTsportscoaching@outlook.com)
      OR – follow this link (www.RTsportscoaching.co.uk)

      Many thanks,

      Mr Trott
      Teacher of PE
      Deputy Head of Year 11

    • Pinkery 2014 - *UPDATED*

      date posted: Tuesday 14 Oct 2014

      Heathfield’s Year 7 students are currently making their Annual Pilgrimage to Pinkery Outdoor Education Centre, Nr Simonsbath on Exmoor.

      Over a 3-week period leading up to October half term, 8 tutor groups will spend 3 days at the Centre. Over 50 staff are also involved during this time.

      It is an excellent opportunity early in Year 7 to help tutor groups bond and for new friendships to be made. The students also learn to work with their teachers away from the classroom. The isolated beauty of Exmoor offers a rich diversity of opportunities to help develop crucial team skills, to build self-esteem and self-confidence and for students to explore new experiences and feel challenged in new and exciting ways.

      We track across The Chains to Chains Barrow and take in breathtaking views. Pinkery Pond is steeped in mystery and the peace and calm of this ancient landscape settles on the group. Students also try their hand at rock climbing, abseiling, mountain biking, archery and a demanding rope obstacle course.

      The evenings are spent working collaboratively on a range of projects. There is no television, mobile phones or any other distraction!

      It is an intense and short experience. Pinkery has become legendary and is one of the great traditions of the school. Many students will tell you that their time spent at Pinkery in Year 7 was one of the most memorable experiences they had in 5 years at Heathfield.

      Over 300 tutor groups have been there and in October, Pinkery becomes an annexe of the school.

      It is only possible because of a huge investment of time and energy, given willingly by a large number of staff, which is never taken for granted. It is a considerable logistical operation requiring much planning and organisation.

      The experience encapsulates the philosophy and ethos of the school. May it long continue.

    • Core’s Trip to Brendon Orchards (Wiveliscombe)

      date posted: Monday 13 Oct 2014

      On Thursday 9th of October we went to Brendon Orchards, a community group in Wiveliscombe.

      We went to press apples, collected the day before on the Dillington estate.

      We worked hard and made 208 bottles in 4 hours! We are now ready to start selling our delicious apple juice.

      All our profits are going to a local charity supporting Somerset orchards, the charity will help regenerate more orchards across Somerset which will get keep the apple an icon of Somerset!

    • Free Seats for Heathfield Music Students

      date posted: Monday 13 Oct 2014

      “We have up to 30 free seats available for children and music students at OrchestraWest's next concert on Saturday 1 November featuring Beethoven's Violin Concerto with soloist Tamsin Waley-Cohen.

      If you would like to claim any of these seats for Heathfield music students please get in touch by emailing us. Thank you.

      As an added incentive, parents of students can claim a 33% discount off seats priced £21 and £18. Seats can be reserved by emailing us. Please contact us if you need any other information."

      Lynn Burgess | Music on the Quantocks | (01823) 451162 | Facebook
    • New York 2014

      date posted: Monday 13 Oct 2014


      On Monday 30th of October we will be taking 30 students from our Art and Photography course to New York, check out the video of our itinerary here!

    • Summer Newsletter Available Online

      date posted: Friday 10 Oct 2014

      The Summer newsletter is now available for viewing online, or download on our newsletters page here.

    • Core’s Trip to Ashwell Orchard

      date posted: Thursday 9 Oct 2014

      On Wednesday 8th of October we went to Ashwell Orchard on the Dillington Estate.

      We planned our trip with months of preparation to pick the apples we will be using to make our delicious apple juice. We started off by picking the wind falls before stretching a large tarpaulin over ground under the trees. We each held a corner stretching across the floor so the apples didn’t get bruised whilst we gently shook the tree with a large pole to dislodge the ripe apples.

      We are pressing our apples on the 9th of October which is also is another large milestone as was apple picking. All our profits are going to a local charity supporting Somerset orchards, the charity will help regenerate more orchards across Somerset which will get keep the apple an icon of the Somerset!

    • Café Paramo Café and Cake Sale

      date posted: Wednesday 8 Oct 2014

      This year’s Open Evening saw the very first Heathfield Community School Café Paramo Café.

      The students ran the café to raise money for their once in a life time trip to the Dominican Republic which they are going on next summer.

      As well as continuing to raise funds to send back to the coffee growers and their communities in the Dominican Republic. The students sold cups of Café Paramo coffee, tea and squash as well as cakes that had been made by members of staff and members of the group, especially for the event. Everyone who bought a hot drink was automatically entered for a draw to win a Café Paramo hamper which included coffee, mugs, a recipe book, a bag and bee products created by the Comenius Project team.

      In total Café Paramo raised £210.45 during the evening; £142.95 of this will go towards visiting the coffee plantations, local orphanage and schools in the Dominican Republic. Look out for Café Paramo at upcoming school events.

    • Great Heathfield Bake-off

      date posted: Tuesday 7 Oct 2014

      The Great Heathfield Bake-Off judge Charlotte-Jane from www.charlottejanecakes.co.uk was a guest baker on the Great British Bake off; extra slice last week.

      One small step for Heathfield Bake-Off one giant leap for Great British bake off an extra slice! We look forward to the next annual Heathfield Bake off in June.

    • Think ECO!

      date posted: Tuesday 7 Oct 2014

      A BIG thanks to all students who purchased a Heathfield Water Bottle last week.

      We raised over £200 to invest in Eco projects around school.

      Please can you give me some feedback on the Bottles via THIS SURVEY

      The Eco-Team is currently looking to recruit some new members.

      • *Are you interested in Eco issues and want to make a difference to Heathfield School?
      • *Are you keen to take a lead, and take an opportunity to implement Eco projects?

      Eco-team members help in the sale of water bottles, take assemblies, decide on the next Eco project at Heathfield (sustainably sourced uniform/Anti-litter campaign or another idea you may have?) They will get to go on trips, and get to wear a funky ECO TEAM badge!

      If this sounds like something YOU could get involved with, then please answer this question in no more than 50 words: HOW CAN HEATHFIELD SCHOOL BE MORE ECO-FRIENDLY? Answers to be put in the box on reception by Friday 24th October, WITH YOUR NAME and FORM ON!

    • Heathfield E-Praise Goes Live!

      date posted: Tuesday 30 Sep 2014

      Heathfield’s new school rewards system is designed to motivate students by recognizing the great things they do. Students are awarded praise points online, making things a lot quicker and easier than the traditional paper-based school reward systems. It's not just about saving time though - this system is jam packed with features such as leaderboards, achievements, milestones, certificates, draws and charitable donations which help make motivating students easy.

      Visit epraise - Heathfield school to find out more.

      Please note: Parents must register their email address with school before they can register and log on on ePraise. Contact Natasha Rand if you require assistance.

    • Heathfield Water Bottles Available Soon!

      date posted: Tuesday 23 Sep 2014

      Think ECO!

      We will be selling the water bottles at the new covered seating area launch on……

      Thursday the 2nd of October!

      Large bottles (750 ml) £4.00 Small bottles (500 ml) £3.00





    • Year 11 Marine Biology Field Trip to South Devon

      date posted: Monday 22 Sep 2014


      As part of the Triple Science course, 17 students spent 2 days plunging into rock pools at Wembury and surveying the shores of the River Avon at Bigbury-on-Sea.

       Classification was the focus on Saturday morning, with the Wembury Marine Centre leading small groups off to identify echinoderms, molluscs, annelids, chordates and more!

      Specimens were then taken back to the Marine Centre and using a digital microscope we saw Bryozoans feeding, star ascidians and blue rayed limpets up close.

      Students were then given time to complete 2 surveys

      1. Investigating the shape of limpets in relation to wave exposure, by comparing populations of the exposed Wembury rocky shore to the sheltered coastline of the Avon Estuary.

      2. Survey the vertical zonation of seaweed (particularly the wracks) and the adaptations each species shows.

      Many thanks to our students, Mr Ford and Mr Dawe for making this trip so successful!

    • What does your online identity have in common with a toothbrush?!

      date posted: Thursday 18 Sep 2014

      Last Friday all of Year 7 were involved in our inaugural Computing “Crash” Day (no pun intended). Each form had two periods dedicated to:
      •         Logging on to the school network
      •         Basic “Word” applications of creating folders and saving / attaching
      •         Logging on to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
      •         Creating secure passwords
      •         Accessing school e-mail accounts
      •         Dedicated session to E-Safety

      Each student successfully achieved their first Computing badges and these have been awarded on-line. Students achieved their “Systems for Dummies” badge and their “Living Online” badge. Progress will be tracked across Years 7-9 using these badges and will reflect skills needed for 21st Century Learners @ Heathfield School. In Year 7 students are progressing towards their Bronze Award.
      An example of how this looks can be found here: CLICK 

      At Heathfield we teach Computing at KS3 across the curriculum. Each of the skills needed will be targeted by department areas and our initial plan can be found here: CLICK

      Student feedback about what they learnt on the day was really positive:

      “Never give out personal details” (Malachi)

      “THINK when using the internet” (Hollie)

      “Be Kind” (Jacob)

      “Always stop just before you press “post” (as it will be unleashed to the world)”  (Freddie)

      Finally, you should never share your online identity OR your toothbrush!

    • Get Ready! Heathfield water bottles are coming

      date posted: Wednesday 17 Sep 2014

      Launched 02/10/14

    • School Letters Available for Download

      date posted: Wednesday 10 Sep 2014


      School letters are now available for download in the "NEWS" section of the website. Letters will be uploaded as soon as possible after being sent home. To access this resource, go to "NEWS>SCHOOL LETTERS", there is also a link from the "PARENTS" section of the website, alternatively click here

    • Heathfield Summer Camp Video

      date posted: Tuesday 9 Sep 2014



      Video produced by Students and Camp mentors at Heathfield Summer Camp August 2014.
    • Heathfield School Taunton Summer Camp

      date posted: Thursday 4 Sep 2014

      We have had two weeks of fun working with our up and coming new year 7 students, developing confidence, friendships, self-reflection, learning with others, and coping with challenges. The summer camp was set up to support students that may require some addition support during the transitional period from primary to secondary.

      Over the two weeks the students have met with Avon and Somerset police dogs and handler, two police horses and riders as well as a para Olympian by the name of David Hill forma para Olympic swimmer and now triathlete. All the students have had the opportunity to meet Heathfield staff and current students from the school as they have been the ones delivering the programme alongside Create Development.

    • Results day 2014

      date posted: Thursday 21 Aug 2014

      Heathfield students and staff are celebrating once again after another set of very positive GCSE results.

      “It was very encouraging in particular”, commented Headteacher Peter Hoare “to see that in both English and Maths no less than 80% of students made at least the expected level of progress and that many students made far more than the expected level of progress. These results are comfortably in excess of national standards and come at a time when even the government’s own watchdog have warned that schools must expect to see a great deal of variation in results.”

      Overall, some 66% of students achieved 5 or more GCSEs at C or above (including GCSEs in English and in Maths) with both boys and girls achieving at well above national expectations.

      “We are incredibly proud of what our students, through their hard work and with the help and support of their teachers and parents, have achieved”. Peter Hoare continued, “they are a fantastic, hard-working year group and a credit to their Year Head, Kate Lewis. We wish them well for the future.

      Students who achieved 6 or more A or A* grades: Jade Anderson, Dalton Barham, Isabel Brooks, Oli Burton, Rupert Comer, Sophie Cording, Harry Crocker, Will Daniels, Elliot Dommett, Liam Edwards, Jake Ellis, Caitlin Evans, Ellie Gardner, Ben Giles, Grace Hammond, Rhianna Hawkins, Dominic Hodges, Emily Hurley, Tom Larcombe, Will Maunder, Alexandria Moore, Sam Murkin, Holly Parsons, Megan Pressly-Smith, Dom Robinson, Stephanie Seal, Serena Swanson, Will Sweet, Will Vile and Charlotte Warner.

    • Activities Week 2014

      date posted: Friday 18 Jul 2014

      Heathfield School ended the year in style with activities week.

      Students were able to participate in Football coaching, School of Rock, skiing, surfing, Harry Potter experiences, robotics, animation, visits to Hestercombe House, and Butlins to name but a few, as well as trips to Austria, France, Germany and Poland.

      The Year 10 enterprise activities saw students learning to drive and putting together a pop band. As always, Heathfield School would like to thank all of the students for taking part, as well as all of the staff, without whom this intense, fun-filled week could not take place.

      Have a wonderful Summer, and see you all on the 2nd September!

    • Ski Trip 2014 - Photos now available!

      date posted: Thursday 17 Jul 2014

      "Friday 4th April 2014, we all set of on a 24 hour journey which took us to Wengen, Switzerland for our week’s holiday.

      Arriving on Saturday 5th April after 24 hours on a coach meant that we were quite tired but, after putting our bags into our rooms, we all went out to get fitted for ski equipment.

      Every day, Mr Fielding made sure we were all aware that at 6.45am (5.45am UK time) to be ready for breakfast at 7:15am and then we left the hotel to go skiing; skiing down part of the world cup run, the start of the Lauberhorn downhill, being stood in front of the Eiger, eating outside of the James Bond 360 degrees rotating café and going to Bebbis has to be some of the highlights of this trip.

      I would defiantly recommend skiing as it is a brilliant experience and certainly one I won’t forget.
      -Alisa Calder, 11W"

      The 2014 Ski Trip DVD is now available for collection from reception or can be posted if you email Mr Mackenzie

    • Heathfield's Intern Programme

      date posted: Tuesday 15 Jul 2014

      Hello! We’re Anabel, Katie, and Mary Anne, the three American interns working at Heathfield this spring. We’re all from Bates College (an American uni) in Lewiston, Maine (Anabel and Katie just graduated; Mary Anne will be in her third year). Anabel is working with both the Science and Geography departments, Katie is dividing her time between the English and Dance departments, working with students in Years 9 and 10, and Mary Anne is working in Dance and Drama classes with the Year 10s, as well as coordinating the Dance Clubs.


    • Heathfield student wins BAFTA Young Game Designer Competition

      date posted: Monday 14 Jul 2014

      London, 12 July: The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has today announced the winners of the 2014 BAFTA Young Game Designers competition at a glittering awards ceremony at BAFTA’s Headquarters, 195 Piccadilly in London. 16 year-old Rhianna Hawkins from Heathfield School is the winner of the Game Concept Award - for the best written idea for a new game - for her game Tomatos Role. Rhianna is the first female winner of a BAFTA Young Game Designers award.

      Now in its fourth year, the BAFTA Young Game Designers initiative aims to inspire the game designers and game-makers of the future by giving 11-16 year-olds the chance to design and create their own game and develop it with industry professionals.

      For the first time this year, the winners were named at a special ceremony attended by all the finalists, their families and leading figures in the games industry. Magician and star of ITV2’s Tricked Ben Hanlin presented Rhianna the Game Concept Award, and treated the audience to some of his signature tricks.

      The event was hosted by Ross Hornby (djh3max), Chris Trott (Trottimus) and Alex Smith (Alsmiffy), gaming filmmakers from YouTube sensation Hat Films, part of the hugely popular Yogscast network.

      Along with her BAFTA Young Game Designers award, Rhianna will also receive:

      • Further development of their game with the University of Abertay Dundee;
      • An exclusive, unique, studio visit, courtesy of Jagex;
      • A selection of 2014 Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment game releases;
      • Exclusive signed artwork from previous Criterion Games releases, courtesy of EA;
      • A special PlayStation®First Education starter kit for the winners’ schools, consisting of three PS3 consoles with Little Big Planet software and three PS Vita consoles with Tearaway software, presented by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe.

      In Rhianna Hawkins’ game Tomatos Role the player directs the central tomato character through a fruit salad full of obstacles. By crossing bowls of increasing size the tomato boosts its popularity, aiming to be accepted as a member of the fruit family. As a member of the Game Concept Award jury, Ben Hanlin said of Rhianna’s game: “I can see this game becoming a brand. The game's joke has virility and the potential to stand out on indie platforms.” Fellow jury member Mark Ogilvie, Design Director at Jagex said: “It's a funny, exciting idea with a real spark. As a concept it is difficult to fault, the beauty is it is simple and tactile. I can feel the personality of this designer and would like to work with them.”

      The BAFTA Young Game Designers initiative seeks to equip young people with the knowledge, skills and confidence to become the next generation of successful game designers. It aims to demystify the creative process of games development and highlight how key qualifications in areas such as maths, physics and computer science are essential for those wishing to enter the industry.

      The competition is supported by a year-round programme of activity, including: a dedicated website (www.bafta.org/ygd ) where BAFTA members, award winners and nominees share their insights and advice through interviews and exclusive video content; a web series, fronted by internet celebrities Yogscast, that gives a light-hearted look behind the scenes of the games industry; an online ‘feedback hub’ where young people can submit ideas or questions about their entry, with the chance of gaining a personalised response from a games expert; and live workshops around the country.

      Read full details of the press release here

    • Weapons of Maths Deduction

      date posted: Monday 14 Jul 2014

      Mrs Smillie's maths class find the angle of elevation and the distance along the ground with their weapons of maths deduction.

      Then using "The Heathfield Hukka"  : SOH CAH TOA !! they used their newly found trigonometry skills to determine the height of a telegraph pole or rugby post. Oh, the joys of maths!!

    • IMPACT 2014 available!

      date posted: Monday 14 Jul 2014


      This year's IMPACT magazine is now available online.

      Click here to have a look!


      date posted: Monday 14 Jul 2014


      Expedition successfully completed

      26 Year 10 students spent two days on the Quantocks in glorious summer weather. There were no major problems with route finding - a first! Blisters and minor cases of sunburn were the only complaints.

      The four groups worked well together and were especially complimented on their camp craft by Ms Smillie who is the official Expedition Assessor.

    • Amnesty International Trip

      date posted: Monday 14 Jul 2014

      Year 9 students from Heathfield’s Amnesty International Youth group recently went on a visit to the Human Rights Action Centre in London. 

      We had a very early start and spent a lot of time travelling, but it was worth it in the end! We met a youth group from another school and with them took part in some workshops on Amnesty’s latest campaigns on Torture and Women in Afghanistan.

      We planned some imaginative campaigns that we’ll be doing at school next term. We took a lot of photos and even recorded a podcast of the day. Overall it was a brilliant and worthwhile day that the students described as “thought provoking” (Amy) “inspirational” (Martha).

      Listen to the students' ideas to raise awareness

      date posted: Thursday 10 Jul 2014

      A Heathfield School band, CODE have made it into the finals of a National competition, the YOUNG CHAMBER – BATTLE OF THE BANDS!

      After completing an extensive business plan highlighting the competitive nature of the music industry and filming a promo video of their composition ‘The Desert’ in the SPACE theatre, they were 1 of 4 bands chosen from across the UK to compete in the BT TOWER in LONDON on the 16th of July!

      CODE. who have recently played in the Heathfield Summer Show in the Tacchi Morris are made up of 4 Heathfield Students, in Year 9 Azalee Dockings (lead vocals + guitar) and Adam Coles (Drummer), in Year 10 Amy Shaw (Bass Guitar) and Year 11 Boedi Harris (Lead Guitar). This is an incredible achievement and we wish them the best of luck in the competition next week in London!!

      Check out their video here!

    • Ghana Update

      date posted: Wednesday 9 Jul 2014

      Received a very warm welcome and noticed this picture pride of place in the head mistresses office picture from the art department brought over by Ian and Scott last year.

      Thursday is a big graduation day and the children will be presented with their gifts, luckily I packed a shirt!

      Patience, the headmistress, was blown away by the gift from Heathfield to help with the library.

      The Library is 95% complete.

      The weather is glorious in Kumasi, the children as to be expected are all smiles and happy to great us. We visited the other schools on the grounds and met some ministry workers giving the primary children their Hepatitis B inoculation.

      Every primary class sang us a song which was super cute, 'Patter cake baker's man' has never sounded so good.

    • Hot off the press: The Apple Project

      date posted: Tuesday 8 Jul 2014
      "As part of the Comenius project we are creating an apple juice company.

      We started our day with a visit to Ashwell orchard, part of Dillington Estate. Firstly Chris, the friendly estate manager, showed us the 2.5 acre apple orchard which he has kindly offered for us to use; we are extremely grateful for this.

      We learnt many tips about picking the apples, for when the correct season arrives. He also taught us about the land we will be using and the history of the surrounding estate.

      Next we visited Pynes Farm Shop, in North Petherton to do a bit of market research, and to discover more about types of different apple juice and the price they sell it for.

      In the afternoon we spent our time tasting the different types of apple juice, then we split into different groups to move our project forward. One group started to look at the overheads of the product, another was investigating having a web presence and the third was looking at the marketing of our product and the information on the labels.

      We cannot wait to get this project off its feet."

    • Heathfield Summer Camp

      date posted: Monday 7 Jul 2014

      Heathfield Sports Leaders take part in Mentor training for the Heathfield Summer Camp.

    • Bristol Zoo THYR

      date posted: Monday 7 Jul 2014

      Year 7 right hand band have had a great day learning about the conservation work that the zoo does around the world. Leah loved seeing the sea lions swim past her head; Ben's favourite was the tapirs! WEAL's turn to learn on Monday

    • Sweet Charity - Get your tickets now!

      date posted: Friday 4 Jul 2014
    • Year 9 Poetry Competition

      date posted: Friday 4 Jul 2014

      Presenting a speech in front of an audience of two hundred and fifty students is one of the bravest things a student can do, particularly whilst your year head, Mr Pickhaver and your headmaster Mr Hoare, jots down notes on your performance… but this is exactly what a collection of ambitious year nine students did.


      With their passionate and thought provoking speeches the audience were captivated by a range of topics from the importance of wearing a bike helmet (where Travis added a humorous twist and got the audience roaring with laughter) to Emily Reeve’s confident and engaging delivery on stereotyping.

      The teachers and audience couldn’t have been proud enough to watch Emily Reeve achieve first place with Leah Beale coming a close second and Amber Mockridge achieving third place. We are already looking forward to next year’s speeches. Congratulations year nine!

    • UKMT Maths Challenge

      date posted: Thursday 3 Jul 2014

      Pupils at Heathfield achieved 2 golds, 11 silvers and 31 bronzes in this year's UKMT Junior Maths Challenge. Over 240,000 pupils from across the UK sat the Junior Maths Challenge with roughly the top 6% receiving a gold certificate, the next 13% silver and the next 21% bronze.

      Jonah Fowler and Zak Aladin both achieved gold certificates in the challenge. Congratulations to all that took part!

    • Taming of the Shrew

      date posted: Wednesday 2 Jul 2014

      The Taunton Thespians have been touring Somerset for over 20 years and this year I auditioned for their latest production 'The Taming of the Shrew'. One of Shakespeare's most controversial plays, as well as one of his finest comedies, The Taunton Thespians will be bringing the witty satire of Shakespeare's comedy to beautiful outdoor venues across Somerset.

      What makes this production all the more exciting is the fact that it is being performed in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company's 'Open Stages' programme. We have been lucky enough to have workshops in Stratford and have been given mentoring from a director of the company.

      It has been a fantastic experience for me (I will be playing the role of Bianca), and I hope to see some of you there.


      Tuesday 15th - Bishop’s Hull House, Bishop’s Hull, Taunton
      Wednesday 16th - Maunsel House, North Newton
      Thursday 17th - Museum of Somerset, Taunton Castle
      Friday 18th - Compton House Hotel, Axbridge
      Saturday 19th - Muchelney Abbey, Langport
      Tuesday 22nd - Dillington House, Ilminster
      Wednesday 23rd - Museum of Somerset, Taunton Castle
      Thursday 24th - Roadwater Village Hall Grounds
      Friday 25th - Mount Somerset Hotel, Henlade
      Saturday 26th - Hartwood House, Crowcombe Heathfield


      Charlotte Newman (Year 10)

    • Football Shirts Appeal *UPDATED*

      date posted: Wednesday 2 Jul 2014

      ***UPDATE*** Bristol City 5 away shirts winging their way to Ghana Thank you!


      A big thank you to the students who have started bringing in football shirts. These kind gifts will be making their way to school children in Kumasi in Ghana early next month.

      I still have some space available so any more shirts that can be brought in before Wednesday next week will be greatly received.

    • Amazon talk - Annabelle Schmeltz

      date posted: Friday 27 Jun 2014

      Some students in year 8 geography were lucky enough to receive a talk on the Amazon rainforest from visiting American Intern, Annabelle Schmeltz.

      Annabelle has spent time in Brazil as part of her degree programme and had some really interesting photos and facts to share with the students, did you know 30 million people live in the Amazon Rainforest?! Annabelle really left the students with a sense of awe and wonder about this fascinating place.

      "Today we had an American visitor called Annabel Schmelz who gave us an eyewitness perspective of the rainforest, and showed us a slideshow of pictures that she had taken herself!
      She told us many new facts, like that iron and aluminium mines destroy The Amazon. I wish that we could have this lesson again!"

      Tony Lyford-Smith 8H

      "Today we had a presentation from a person that had first-hand experience of The Amazonian rainforest. She showed us pictures that she had taken and told us the story behind them. It was really interesting and I enjoyed it a lot."
      Che Hart-Alexander 8Y

      "I really enjoyed today, we were shown and taught a lot about Brazil, things that were really obscure and unique. It was nice to listen to somebody who had actually experienced going to Brazil, and you could see it from their point of view."
      Hannah Owen 8H

    • BAFTA Young game designers award

      date posted: Thursday 26 Jun 2014

      Congratulations to year 11 student Rhianna Hawkins on becoming a finalist in the Game concept category for the BAFTA young game designers competition 2014 with her game "Tomato's Role".

      On June 23rd Rhianna was successfully chosen to be just 1 of 9 finalists from hundreds of entries. Fingers crossed for 12th July when the winner is chosen.

      You can read more about Rhianna’s game concept over at http://ygd.bafta.org/Tomatos-Role you can also see the other finalists in the game concept category by visiting http://ygd.bafta.org/2014-game-concept-nominees

      Well done Rhianna and good luck on the 12th July, you’ve designed a fantastic game!

    • Year 10 History Trip

      date posted: Thursday 26 Jun 2014


      The CVHF is now in it’s fourth year and goes from strength to strength. It combines lectures from leading historians with practical demonstrations, hands on exhibitions and displays of the weird and wonderful. This year it also managed to take place in glorious sunshine!

      Nine of Heathfield's brightest and best had lectures on big history, female emancipation and on the ‘new cold war’. These were delivered by authors, University lecturers and Peter Hennessey (Mr. Lowndes’ hero). They were also shouted at by drill sergeants, chatted up by medieval knights, splattered with Flanders mud and experienced Miss Martin’s eccentric navigational skills.

      This is what they said:

      "My favourite part of the day was either the first talk that we watched or the trenches as they were both interesting. I also enjoyed going to the German Medical Tent." Skye

      "My favourite part of the day was the first talk. It was so interesting and it made me realise how history really is a part of everything." Emily

      "My favourite part of the day was the trenches, as it bought you closer to seeing what life was really like for soldiers." Alice

      "I really enjoyed the lectures, they presented then all uniquely and it was really interesting." Zantana

      "I really liked the first talk of the day. The idea of the bigger picture in history was something I hadn’t really thought much about and the guy was awesome." Katy

      "I enjoyed today a lot, especially the second lecture we attended. We explored the journey of women's empowerment, during and after WWI, she was so good at engaging the audience." Megan

      "My favourite part of the day would be the second talk. It really gave you an insight of the lack of gender equality and how it differentiates to now." Niamh

      "I enjoyed the first two lectures of the day. The first was interactive and portrayed history as an even more worldwide topic, where the second was focused specifically on women and gave a brilliant portrayal of women through world war one." Fleur

      "I thought that the lectures were fabulously thought provoking. Also I liked the stall where people were in character as historical characters. The day was fabulous. " Tayla

       Mr. Lowndes and Miss Martin had a great time too. The only disappointment was we didn’t bring more students. We will remedy that next year!

    • Year 7 Bristol Zoo trip

      date posted: Wednesday 25 Jun 2014

      7 THYR had a great time at Bristol Zoo today learning about the conservation work the zoo carries out around the world.

      7Y went hands on with hissing cockroaches, an Egyptian tortoise and a tenrec (looks a bit like hedgehog, but is more closely related to an elephant!).

      Leah loved the fur seals swimming over her head; Joe thought Jock, the silverback gorilla, was awesome.

      7 WEAL go on Monday - hope the weather is good to them too.

      Many thanks to Mrs Guild for organising this trip for the Year 7s again.

    • Year 8 Maths Trip to Techniquest, Cardiff

      date posted: Tuesday 24 Jun 2014
      We went to a maths show and it featured lots of magic tricks using maths. Then they explained how the tricks worked using maths like probability and algebra. We also did some maths puzzles before watching the show. It was very interesting and there was lots of things to do. The best thing we found was where a machine would take a picture of your shadow while you pose. I really liked the fake tornado that was made out of mist that you could destroy with your hands. I also liked the tube that, when you put your hand on it looked like lightning. T'was amazing!
      By Hannah & Rosey
      One word summary:
      resting, Inspiring, Educational, Enjoyable, Mathematical, Challenging, Fascinating, Magical, Fun, Funny, Good, Fantastic, Scientific, Mathsy, Good, Amazing, Educational, Good use of team works, Funny, Inspirational, Good, Lol, Mathemagical, Teamwork, Satisfactory, Interesting, Pleasure-some, Cracking, Fantastic, Cool, Superb, Bien, Cracking, Different, Epic, Fun, Ok ish, Sciencey, Great, Interesting, Fun, Alright, Maths, Different, Alright, Mathtastic, Brilliant, Walkaroundy.
    • Global Citizenship Day 2014

      date posted: Tuesday 24 Jun 2014

      On Friday Year 7 spent half the day in a workshop with ACDArts learning about Ugandan culture, which included singing, dancing and story telling.

      A great deal of fun was had all around.

      One year 7 student said "I'd give it 100 out of 5!"

    • Ex-student scores winning try!

      date posted: Monday 23 Jun 2014

      Joel Conlon, former Heathfield Student, helped England U20 side to World Cup victory in New Zealand at the weekend.

      The 20 year old, Exeter Chief star was on hand to score England's winning try against South Africa, in their 21-20 victory. This means the National side hold onto the World Cup, which they won in 2013 and hope to successfully defend it next year.

      In an interview, with Stuart Barnes, after the game, Joel was as modest as always about his achievements and as is the Heathfield way praised the team effort.

    • Heathfield's annual Primary Dance Festival

      date posted: Wednesday 18 Jun 2014

      History was proud to be part of Heathfield's annual Primary dance festival.

      8 primary schools came and worked with the Dance department to create a dance routine, based on historical themes. The youngest pupils were reception classes and the oldest were year 6. They then performed in front of a packed house of 250 people.

      On the day of their performance they came to Heathfield for a dance workshop, a technical rehearsal and a 'big school' history lesson. The lessons were based on the same topics as their dances (pirates, flooding, transport, Vikings, the world cup, Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King). These pictures show pupils learning through artefacts...

    • Sustainability Show

      date posted: Wednesday 18 Jun 2014

      On Sunday 15th June, the Sustainability Show was held at Queen’s College in Taunton.

      It is a show dedicated to a greener lifestyle as well as being ‘a lovely family day out’ especially in the beautiful sunshine that was ever so predominant on the day.

      Cafe Paramo, for the third year running, took part in the Sustainability Show; bringing in a lot of interest along with selling our coffee to intrigued buyers. Our stall was ‘enticing, colourful and beautifully set up’ with our cultural throws and orderly display of the coffee.

      We earned over £200 here which will go back to the Dominican Republic to help the local people which we are planning on visiting and helping even further next summer.

      Overall, it was a lovely sunny day which sparked many interests into Heathfield’s Cafe Paramo and earning a substantial amount for the cooperative and orphanage in the Dominican Republic. We look forward to next year!

      Milly Forbes-Day

      Marie Fraser, Marketing Director, Allium Furniture said....

      'Marketing being my profession, I'm always keen to see how others promote themselves. I'm also the mother of a teenager, so I watched with awe on Sunday to see just how well the pupils from Heathfield School presented themselves to the public. Not only was the organisation and presentation of their stand impressive, but I really admired the way in which pupils engaged members of the public in a very natural way, to tell their coffee story and encourage sales.

      Their techniques were particularly persuasive - no doubt practised endlessly on their own families! Still it really takes guts to face the general public and they did this with great panache. I only wish my daughter were at Heathfield School with the fabulous example they set.'

    • Bridgwater College Textiles printing workshop

      date posted: Tuesday 17 Jun 2014

      On Monday 16 June 21 Year 7 students took part in a Textiles printing workshop.

      2 members of staff from the Art, Design and Media department led an hours workshop that allowed students to experiment with block printing. It was an exciting session that allowed students to experiment with new techniques and create original pieces for Textiles.

      Thank you so much to Bridgwater College for delivering such an insightful workshop.

    • GCSE Year 10 Catering Exam 9-16 June 2014

      date posted: Tuesday 17 Jun 2014

      The Year 10 Catering Practical exams took place from the 9-16th June and as always a busy couple of days and months leading up to the exam.

      The students involved had been planning and practicing for the months leading up to the exam where they were required to make and present 4 dishes that had a fruit or vegetable ingredient. Skills and preparation were to be judged in this exam as well as being able to work to a time plan and of course produced well present and delicious dishes!

      A variety of dishes were prepared, cooked and baked and after a week's hard work staff were pleased with the outcomes achieved by many.

    • Trying to make sense of the map.

      date posted: Monday 9 Jun 2014

      Friday 13 June 2014 sees the Year 10 Duke of Edinburgh students embarking on their practice expedition.

      28 students have worked hard since last July to complete 3 sections of the award. We have put up tents, ensured that stoves can be used safely and now hope that the map reading skills used on the Quantocks in May will get the groups to camp and back!

    • Year 7 Futsal

      date posted: Monday 9 Jun 2014


      Our Year 7 Futsal travelled to Paignton Community College on Sunday 1st June to play in the South West Finals of the National Schools Futsal tournament.

      They arrived unbeaten after winning the area and county competitions earlier in the year. The boys are still unbeaten in the tournament, but narrowly missed out on reaching the finals, after winning 1 match and drawing 3, against schools from Devon, Cornwall, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.

      The team of Tom Edwards, George Farmer, Nathan Byrne, Noah Coppin, Callum Watts, Joe Bassett and Will Thompson played superbly and were very entertaining to watch, scoring 10 goals in their 4 matches. Congratulations to all the boys and coaches

      Joe Aries and Alex Caird from Year 9.

    • Y11 Leavers

      date posted: Thursday 29 May 2014

      Year 11 Leavers Day. This photo sums it all up! We will miss you all so much. Thanks for all the fab memories

    • Bridgwater College Workshop

      date posted: Monday 26 May 2014


      On Thursday 24th April Bridgwater College came to visit our Food Technology department and deliver a workshop to our year 8 students on the sugar in our drinks.

      The students took part in a number of exciting experiments that showed the amount of artificial sugar used to sweeten our favourite drinks and the proportion of real fruit to sugar that is used.

      Even those with the sweetest of tooth thought that the artificial sweeting agents used was ‘amazing’ and that an orange drink was in fact not really orange at all!

      Debs Smith: Head of Food and Textiles
    • Year 11 Catering Exam 2014

      date posted: Monday 26 May 2014


      The Year 11 Catering Practical exams took place on the 13th and 14th of February and as always a busy couple of days and months leading up to the exam.

      The students involved had been planning and practicing for the months leading up to the exam where they were required to make and present a two course meal from a choice of three briefs offered. The most popular choice was to create a meal for a local hotel that is holding an international week – the country of choice was down to the student to decide.

      A variety of meals were produced and after two days hard work staff were pleased with the outcomes achieved by many.

      Debs Smith: Head of Food and Textiles
    • Author Alex Scarrow visits Heathfield

      date posted: Wednesday 21 May 2014


      On Weds 7th July Alex Scarrow, author of the bestselling ‘Time Riders’ series of books, visited Heathfield.

    • Bring Back Our Girls

      date posted: Monday 19 May 2014


      Year 8 at Heathfield today showed their solidarity with the families of 200 school girls who have been kidnapped in Nigeria.

      The #bringbackourgirls international campaign has made us recognise the value of our education and freedom for which we should never take for granted. As one student said “What is happening is tragic. Girls have a right to go to school and get an education safely.

    • Tone FM Interview

      date posted: Monday 28 Apr 2014

      Listen to Mrs Rand's recent interview on Tone FM by clicking here
    • Shakespeare's birthday celebrations

      date posted: Thursday 27 Mar 2014

      On Weds 23rd April we celebrated Shakespeare’s 450th birthday! A host of activities were put together by the English Department and the Library to celebrate this momentous occasion.

      Competitions ran all day: Year 7s baked a Shakespeare cake or made a birthday card, Year 8 made Shakespearean ruffs and Year 9 produced speeches about the impact of Shakespeare’s life and work. All 3 year groups also took part in a ‘Quote Quest’, hunting down quotes from the Bard which had been put up around the school.

      The highlight of the day was lunchtime when staff and students gathered in the Library to dress up, perform excerpts from Romeo and Juliet and hurl Shakespearean insults at each other! We also witnessed a flash-mob performance of the fight scene from Romeo and Juliet by some Year 10 boys whose brilliant performance began out of the blue during the other activities and kept us all spellbound!

      It was also an opportunity to engage with the local community – our activities were posted live on Twitter all day and were used as part of a local project to raise money for the Brewhouse Theatre. Some of the pictures of our amazing Year 7 cakes were re-tweeted by The Globe Theatre!

      It was a great event that created a buzz around the school all day, a chance to reflect on Shakespeare’s life and work and have some fun!

    • The Heathfield Bake Off

      date posted: Thursday 27 Mar 2014


      The Heathfield Bake off

      On the 28th January, 14 year 9’s took part in the annual Heathfield bake off. Their year 9 food tech teacher put them forward if they felt that they were good at cooking and if they enjoyed it. They then had to design a cake which they would be capable to bake during the school afternoon. Miss West and Miss Wych picked the best fourteen designs and they then went forward to participate to make their cake. We knew they could cook and design but how would they cope against some of the best bakers in the year group.

      We are happy to say that there were no major disasters. Everyone worked hard and it all came together by the time they had to show their delicious cakes. We know that everyone performed to the best of their ability so they should all be proud for what they have achieved.

      As we are all well aware of there could only be one winner- this person has asked not to be named in this article, so we would like to keep them anonymous. We know that the winner did not expect to win and was overwhelmed when she found out the results. We also know that the cake looked extremely delicious and the teachers agreed with this decision made by a cake specialist who was invited into the school by Miss West and Miss Wych because they wanted to get a professional opinion.

      Overall it was one of the best events for the year 9’s and it was a great success. Everyone was proud of what they had done and they deserved to be. It was a great opportunity for the students to show off their work and show the school what they could do. Everyone did their best!

      Well done everyone!


      By Chloe Bellamy: Year 9

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