We all had a wonderful day at Appleford School at the Summer Fair and it was lovely to have so many Old Applefordians come back to visit us and share the day.
Teachers provided some great games. The kitchen provided refreshments. The Friends of Appleford ran their stalls and even some pupils set up games for people to enjoy.
The china smashing stall was extremely popular with both children and adults and the visit by Wiltshire Police with their dogs and weapons proved to be extremely popular.
Thank you to everyone who took part in helping to make it a very successful day.
Pupils from Appleford took part in the ISA South West Athletics held in Exeter. They were competing against other Independent Schools and we are delighted that 18 pupils won their event and are now eligible to compete in the ISA Athletic finals later this term.
We also had a large number of 2nd, 3rd and 4th places. All pupils were a credit to the school and did their very best. Well done to them all.
Parents, staff and friends took part in a very successful golf event in the stunning location of the Celtic Manor Golf Course in Wales (where the 2010 Ryder Cup was held).
All participants were awarded an engraved medal as a reminder of the event. Mr Cull won the Par 3 Trophy and also won the Overall Champion Trophy. Mr Hacker won the Stableford Trophy.
There were many positive comments from all who took part and it was unanimously agreed that a further Golfing Society Day would be arranged for the Summer holiday.
The Appleford Scout Troop spent much of the first weekend of the Easter holidays working hard in the small woodland beside the Beeches. After camping out under sleeping shelters made only from tarpaulin, the Scouts cooked their own breakfast on the campfire and got ready for a busy day ahead. A team of 11 Scouts and 9 adults built up an amphitheatre fire pit, created a living den out of hazel branches, built a log store for keeping our wood organised and dry and erected our own flag pole. The woodland, now transformed will become the home of the Scout Troop and will be our base for as many meetings as the weather allows. A huge thank you must go to the parents who donated to and supported the project, to Mr Shipstone for his help, Mr King for allowing us to use the space and to the Scouts that put in so much effort at the weekend.
Charlotte was crowned Izzi Stockton Prom Model 2017 at a prom model competition in Taunton. The competition was open to all year 11 girls in the Somerset area.
Charlotte said: “I am so thrilled to have won the prom model final and I can’t wait to take part in the National final. This is such an exciting opportunity as I have always been interested in fashion.”
As well as modeling the clothes on the catwalk, each of the finalists had an interview in front of five judges, where Charlotte impressed the judges with her wonderful personality.
Charlotte will now be entering the National Miss Prom UK final in Brighton which will be great fun and a fabulous experience.
Professional shoot in Tiffany Designer prom dress
This Spring Term the pupils in Lower School have been studying Romans. This culminated in a Roman banquet including spit roasted dormice, peacock tongues, wild boar sausages and a variety of whole fish, along with olives, figs and breads.
The guest of honour was Emperor Claudius, aka Mr Gilmer (parent) who gave a wonderful, realistic performance, talking to the pupils in Latin (with a translator) before being served with the tasty treats. Brave pupil Caleb was tasked with tasting all of the food before the Emperor was given his plate, just to make sure nothing was poisoned!
The pupils put on a display for the emperor including a battle and a song. They also formed a testudo under the expert guidance of Tribunus Fielder.
36 pupils spent a week having a wonderful time on the ski slopes of La Molina, Spain. Many of the pupils enhanced their skiing and were moved up to more advanced ski groups. The hotel and facilities were all excellent and feedback from the pupils was all very positive. Once again the staff received many favourable comments from ski instructors and the hotel staff on the excellent behaviour of the Appleford pupils.
Pupils were able to move into two new buildings on the school site in January. ‘The Rookery’ has two brand new fully equipped science laboratories and a drama room. ‘Willow House’ has new classrooms and a well-appointed Art and Design room. The first floor of Willow House has become the Lower School girls’ boarding house with en-suite rooms and a very spacious common room. All pupils (and staff) are delighted with the new facilities.
Following a successful year with the first ever Lower Sixth pupils at Appleford, we have now extended our Sixth Form provision through new facilities and an enhanced package of curriculum options.
Pupils are able to enter Lower 6th to study a range of vocational and academic courses with the option to retake and upgrade their GCSEs.
Benefiting from the dedicated teaching block with individual ICT access and the expertise of highly qualified specialist teachers, students are working towards gaining the qualifications needed to enter employment, Further Education or University.
David King, Headmaster of Appleford, was delighted to welcome Robin Fletcher, Chief Executive of the Boarding Schools’ Association to Appleford School on Wednesday 27 April. Appleford has now joined many other boarding schools across the country and worldwide to become part of the BSA ‘Boarding Orchard’ scheme.
The initiative was set up to plant the largest orchard by distance hence boarding schools have been encouraged to plant fruit trees in their grounds. The trees symbolise the ‘tree of knowledge’ and demonstrate each school’s commitment to growth and caring for the environment.
Appleford School aptly chose an apple tree which was planted by the Lower School outside the new Sixth Form Centre. They hope it is not too long before the tree bears its first fruit.
Head of Boarding, Kezia Maynard said, ‘It was a pleasure to meet and talk to Robin and to show him around Appleford. We hope to welcome him back one day to an apple pie, made from the fruit of our very own apple tree.’