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2012 in review

December 30, 2012 Leave a comment

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 11,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 18 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Calne academy opens field of dreams

November 14, 2012 Leave a comment

A school’s vision of having classes run outdoors has become a reality.

Springfield Academy in Calne, which cares for vulnerable children, has opened its new Greenfield Campus on land it rents from Goatacre farmer Kevin Iles.

The campus will offer lessons in animal care and therapeutic sessions not just to Springfield pupils, but to students from other schools in the area.

Funding from the Springfields Charitable Trust has paid for a new barn, a custom built classroom so lessons can continue whatever the weather, as well as pens and paddocks.

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Gough’s Charity Golf Day 2012

September 25, 2012 Leave a comment

The day was organised by Martin Lang, Head of the Commercial Department. This was an opportunity for Goughs to thank clients for their continued trust and commitment and for choosing Goughs to represent their business interests, but was also an event with a clear focus of raising much needed funds for The Springfields Academy Extreme Classrooms initiative

It was a golf charity day with around 60 clients and associates participating in an 18 hole Stableford competition. There were opportunities along the way to win prizes for nearest the pin and closest the line – as well as prizes for the overall winning individual and winning team.

Goughs were an integral part of the transformation Springfields took to becoming an Academy, a relationship blossomed and Martin said that he and his fellow partners at Goughs, were proud to be associated with such an inspiring organisation and felt that they wanted to do something to show their appreciation, for what the Academy does for the young people that attend the Academy.Martin Lang gave a heartfelt and thought provoking speech at dinner where he described Trystan Williams and James Lynch as inspirational and described their dedication to changing the lives of children who as Martin put it, have been forgotten about by society.

Calum Carter, a pupil at The Springfields Academy who attended the event was happy to talk to the many people present about his own personal experiences, describing the difficulties he faced in the past – right up to his amazing experiences participating in The Extreme Classroom expeditions such as The Arctic and his recent trek in Tanzania. Calum was happy to talk openly about what The Springfields Academy has done for him, and how the Springfields Academy had supported and inspired Calum to always strive for better.

Congratulations to the winners  and a heartfelt Thanks to the Partners of Goughs for a truly amazing day

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The Springfields Olympics Opening Ceremony

June 26, 2012 1 comment

The Springfields Olympics

This first, great, big, event started on 26 June with the Junior Olympics, lasting two days until 27 June, which features the Senior Olympics.

200 people will take part in 5 events and 6 schools compete in one big event, hosted by the Springfields academy and St Mary’s School and Calne Leisure Centre.

Mr Lloyd, Head of PE and Mrs Wishart, Head of Specialism, have organised this event.

The first day began with the opening ceremony where athletes took the Olympic oath before going to their individual events.

The events are: table tennis, basketball, swimming, athletics and BMXing.

Reported by Miles Year 7

The Springfields Academy Junior Team

Mr Hobden, PE teacher at SPringfields said that “the day is ace, exciting and amazing, especially as we are using many facilities in Calne.”

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4D Max Experience

With water, wind and smells the 4D experience was amazing. Great start to the London Eye experience.




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Climate Change Conference 2012

Today we are at Hardenhuish school attending this years 2012 Climate Change Conference. Students attending are Richard, Leon, Josh and George.
We arrived at Hardenhuish this morning where we researched affects of climate change in the future.
After lunch we were given Bangladesh as our country to represent on Wednesday at the actual conference. We researched and wrote up a media statement which was filmed by George and read out by Josh. This will be shown to delegates on Wednesday.

Tomorrow we will be travelling to London to visit the London eye and Thames flood barrier

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Alan Chambers inspires at the Academy

It was a true pleasure to have Alan Chambers at the Academy on Thursday 24th May. He shared with students and staff his experiences of walking through extreme conditions to make it to the North and South Pole.

Alan is the inspiration behind the concept of ” Extreme classrooms” and with the support of all staff we are on the verge of a new dawn – a revelation in teaching our vulnerable students an outdoor curriculum teaching them in a way that is not only inspirational but challenging and engaging.


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