Year 11 Marine Biology Field Trip to South Devon

South Devon Marine Biology Field  Trip 2014As 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.

Limpet Survey

Limpet Survey

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

Whole-School Student Survey Results

These are the key requests from the whole-school survey (845 responses) that took place in June 2014

You Said:
On a wet break/lunch 68% of you said that there were not enough wet weather rooms/areas open for you to use.

We Did:
There are at least two designated wet weather rooms in each department, the small hall and the new shelter on the hard court.

You Said:
80% of you said you do not like the longer period 1 on a Tuesday.

We Did:
We have got rid of this and now all 5 days have the same times!

You Said:
74% of you said that written feedback is important for you to make progress.

We Did:
Feedback (written and oral) is a whole-school policy for every department this year.

You Said:
85% of you said that turning merits into money for charity would encourage you to collect more rewards.

We Did:
Our new online merit systems, called e-Praise, is revolutionising the way we give merits and the impact this has on you, staff and the wider community.

Agricultural Dairy Careers Taster Day – A date for your diary!

Agricultural Dairy Careers Taster Day – Blackmore Farm, Cannington, 10 til 2.45pm, 24th September 2014.

If you are interested in a career in dairy farming and related industries and would be interested in attending this Taster Day please see Miss Rogers next Mon or Tues in H4 or Humanities office.

Heathfield School Taunton Summer Camp

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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.

Heathfield Fantasy Football League

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Calling all Heathfield football fans
Students, Parents and Staff
Why not try your hand at the amazing
Heathfield Fantasy Football League ?

What you have to do (by September 12th):
1) Log on to the fantasy league website and click on “sign up now”.
2) Follow the instructions to create your team.
3) Enter your team in the “Heathfield League” (a “private league”) – entering the following secret code : 547813-141860
4) Choose your team for the next gameweek – and off you go.
5) Monitor how your team gets on and make transfers as we go through the season

It’s simple – and fun – and you don’t actually have to know anything about football to join in !

If you were in the league last year then you should automatically be added to the league when you refresh your team.
(Many of you have already done this)

The league will start on Friday Sept 12th so everyone starts from zero points (to make it fair)

You have until September 12th – so get your team organised now !
Julian Breeze (League Administrator)

BAFTA Announces Winners of Young Game Designers Competition

Rhianna Hawkins (year 11) receives her award from celebrities Conor Maynard and Ben Hanlin at special ceremony

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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. The winners, chosen by a jury of industry experts and celebrity gamers, are:

• 16 year-old Rhianna Hawkins, from Taunton in Somerset, 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.

• 15 year-old Adam Oliver from Warwick in the West Midlands, winner of the Game Making Award – for a game made using computer software – for his game AlienX. This is the third time that Adam has reached the final stages of the competition, having made the top 10 for the Game Concept Award in 2010 and 2011.

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. Singer-songwriter Conor Maynardpresented Adam with the Game Making Award whilst 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.

Harvey Elliott, Chair of the BAFTA Games Committee and the BAFTA Children’s Committee, said: “Rhianna and Adam are two very exciting new young game designers. Rhianna, our first ever female winner, bodes well for the future of our male-dominated industry, and Adam, who has received a top award at the third attempt, demonstrates the power of perseverance. It’s wonderful to be able to celebrate their achievements alongside all the other finalists at this special awards ceremony.”

Along with their BAFTA Young Game Designers awards, Rhianna and Adam 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.”

Adam Oliver’s game AlienX requires players to stop a horde of aliens from reaching a teleporter, using an array of weapons, travelling through four solar systems and finally battling the big boss, AlienX. The Game Making Jury praised Adam’s use of logic and weaponry, and his dedication in creating 21 levels of the game. Jury member Maddie Moate, presenter and technology specialist (Earth Unplugged and O2 Guru TV) said: “I really enjoyed playing it. I particularly liked the planets, and thought it had a polished style.” Andrea Wastlund, Assistant Producer at FreeStyleGames, said: “AlienX has so much thought put into it…I’m very impressed with the design and puzzles, and it could work on iPad. Amazing!”

For a full list of jury members, go to: http://ygd.bafta.org/Jurors-2014.

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.

http://www.bafta.org/press/bafta-announces-winners-of-young-game-designers-competition,365,SNS.html

URGENT NOTICE – ACTIVITIES WEEK FRENCH TRIP

Change of departure time for Activities Week French Trip:

Due to advice from our travel company we have had to change the departure time on Monday 14th July to 03:00. Could we please ask you to arrive at school at 02:45. Thank you and apologies for any inconvenience.

Hot off the press: The Apple Project!

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Our trip to the orchard and pines farm shop.

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“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.”