During the last week of our academic year we have KS3 Activities Week. This provides students with an opportunity to collaborate with others and learn new skills. During the week students are offered residential opportunities and also in school activities, which include day visits.
Our residential school camp has traditionally taken place at Swanage and provides students with a real camp life experience.
Our in school activities offered by departments are Spanish Cookery, Music Technology, Art, Textiles, Maths, English and Media, Science, Sports and bushcraft teambuilding. Out day visit experiences include paddleboarding, visit to Longleat, Splashdown, Brean, Sandbanks, Bristol Hippodrome, Bowling and Go Ape.
DofE is about helping you along the path to a productive and prosperous future. As many of our participants say, it's life-changing. Achieving an Award will give you skills, confidence and an edge over others when you apply for college, university or a job. At Somervale school we offer the Bronze and Silver DofE awards. Students can start the award in Year 9 and over the year work to complete their sections in Skills, Physical and Volunteering. On top of these commitments students also participate in a variety of activities, such as camp skills, navigation, camp food preparation and route planning to enable them to complete a practice and final expedition over 2 weekends. Many of our students go on to complete the Silver and Gold award throughout their education at Somervale and Midsomer Norton Post-16 Centre.
The Boys Group gives boys a platform to discuss issues that are a concern for them at school. Somervale School should be a space where all boys feel happy, safe, supported and respected. This group aims to ensure that student voices are heard and positive changes are made to improve everyone's experience of being at Somervale. Boys group is also a great place to socialise and support other students from different year groups.
Takes place at 1pm on Thursdays in MM8. Staff also involved Mr Batten, Mr Kehoe, Mr Kelly and Mr Holt.
Translation Club is an excellent opportunity to develop language skills through translation. We translate all manner of texts (poems, songs, fiction and nonfiction) and we will be entering the Anthea Bell Prize for Translation, run by The University of Oxford. With previous national and regional successes in this competition, we hope to have further success this year! All welcome!
Takes place at 1pm on Wednesday in MM8. Miss Wilkinson.
Eco Club works to improve the school and local area's sustainability. The club works on various environmental initiatives. Last year we improved the woodland nature reserve by the central courtyard in the school. We have grown oak saplings in pots and soon they will be planted around the school site. We do regular litter picks around the school grounds. We invite in experts to deliver workshops on environmental issues.
Eco Club will be relaunched again in March (when the weather improves). If your child would like to get involved please contact Ms C Merriman in Humanities. During the winter months the Eco Council have been meeting to plan our activities for 2022 and they will be sending out communications about this in tutor time.