A student at Bedminster Down School has been making the headlines in more ways than one.
Fourteen-year-old Zakoor, a refugee who fled Afghanistan at the age of ten, is a great sportsman and has broken school records for sprinting and shot putt.
His success was featured on local TV and caught the attention of retired RAF engineer Chris Reynolds, who attended Bedminster Down School more than 50 years ago.
Chris heard that Zakoor, who lives with a foster family, had ambitions to be a pilot, so he offered the teenager a flight in his light aircraft.
Zakoor’s first time in the air - he came to the UK in the back of a lorry - was also captured by BBC Points West, as was Chris’s first return visit to the school he left in 1967.
Dan Goater, PE teacher, said Zakoor was a brilliant sportsman who showed great resilience. “He is an inspiration and a pleasure to teach,” he said.
Pictures: BBC West
Having considered the views of parents and other interested parties, following a listening period that ran for 5 weeks from 23 October to 27 November 2018, Ministers have now made a final decision to close The Bath Studio School at the end of the summer term 2020.
Thursday 14th February 2019
Wellsway School’s production of Grease took place last week, with four nights selling out within four hours of going on sale! It was a huge success with 120 students taking part either acting, in the band, backstage, technical support and costumes. Each main part was double cast, playing two nights each, in order to showcase as many students as possible.
Hannah Davies, Director and Subject Lead for Drama and Ingrid McLean, Musical Director and Assistant Team Leader for PE and Performing Arts said: “We’re extremely proud of the hard work and commitment shown by every member of the cast and production team. The rehearsal process has been highly enjoyable for all and the reaction from the audience has been fantastic.”
The first masterclass at IKB Academy gave invitied Year 11 students from other schools the chance to investigate the world of particle physics.
IKB’s principal Debbie Gibbs, a passionate physics teacher, led the day, which included a series of activities and presentations, culminating in the group making their own cloud chamber to see the tracks made by cosmic rays from space.
Mrs Gibbs said: “Even though the tracks were quite elusive, the students thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to see how inspiring A-level physics can be.”
Participants’ comments included: “It was lots of fun and I enjoyed the dry ice”; “It was relaxed and fun and I also learnt interesting stuff”; “It was very informative and interactive”.
IKB, which has a science and engineering specialism, is planning a series of masterclasses to showcase its range of A-level and Btec Post-16 options, in which students are achieving great success. These include product design, maths, engineering and biochemistry.
If you are in Year 11 at any school and would like to attend a masterclass, please contact IKB Academy for an invitation.