Mr T Pratt
Headteacher: Mr T Pratt MBA, (BA Hons)
Headteacher's Assistant: Ms L Gardner, BA FCCA
Caerleon Comprehensive School, Cold Bath Road, Caerleon, Newport, NP18 1NF
Tel: 01633 420106 (calls may be recorded for training and security purposes)
Fax: 01633 430048 / 431495
The Art Department have recently taken two trips to London galleries.
At GCSE pupils studying Art and Design develop individual projects from a range of given starting points. Visiting galleries and getting to see artwork first hand is an essential part of this process and on Wednesday October 2nd 2013 our students visited two very different galleries in London, the Tate Modern and the National Portrait Gallery. Viewing a wide range of artworks, both contemporary and traditional, inspire and lead on to outstanding work from Year 11. Photographs of completed projects will be posted over the next few months. Many thanks to Mrs Barrett (History), Mr Jackaman (DT), and Mr Jones (Deputy Head) for accompanying the Art Department on this fantastic visit with 62 pupils.
On Wednesday 9th October 2013 our AS and A2 Art students visited the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery in London. Visiting galleries and seeing work at first hand is fundamental to success in the subject. Analysing the scale, technique and emotional impact of artworks allows pupils to develop meaningful ideas and themes in their own work. Year 12 pupils are in the process of documenting the visit in an illustrated journal and Year 13 pupils will use this visit as the basis of their written investigation.
Thirty students from Years 11 & 12 at Caerleon Comprehensive School have been selected to be part of a two year Comenius Project funded by the British Council.
The students are split into groups of six students and each group will take their turn to be part of an exchange visit to other countries taking part in the project; Poland, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Hungary, France, Romania and Czech Republic. During a week in the partnership country each group will study the impact folk art has had on modern day culture.
Comenius Projects aim to develop an understanding of the diversity of European cultures and to help young people to acquire life skills. This was certainly realised last week in La Cote Saint Andre near Lyon in France, where the first exchange visit took place.
The focus of the week was Hector Berlioz’s music, since La Cote Saint Andre was the town of his birth. Students took part in a number of workshops, sang ‘Sosban fach’, folk danced and learnt a traditional French folk song. Time was also spent in Grenoble and Lyon. During their visit the students stayed with host families to truly experience the French way of life.
It was an inspiring experience for the staff accompanying the group to see young people from all over Europe integrating together and learning about each other’s cultures.
The first return exchange visit to Caerleon will be in February followed by a further group of six students from Caerleon travelling to Hungary in April.
Spanish Club is now running for Year 10 students in I3 every Wednesday during the lunch break (from 1.30pm) - all Y10 students are welcome.
A group of highly driven Year 12 students recently travelled to the Gower Peninsula, Swansea to complete the extremely challenging Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award. The sun was shining as students started out at Caswell Bay, but just a few hours into their three day hike they began to experience the full force of the notorious Welsh weather. Extreme winds and constant downpour did little to dampen the students' experience as they knuckled down, lifted each others spirits and ploughed on through to the first campsite in Slade. The wind and rain continued throughout the night, but it did little to change the buoyant mood of the students in camp.
On day 2 students faced an eight hour trek to Llangennith and the weather was far more pleasant . With the observing teachers (Miss Livesey, Mrs Meredith and Mr Parr) enjoying well deserved coffee and cake in the Oxwich Bay Hotel, the students were making great time and got to their second campsite ahead of schedule.
Day 3 proved to be the most challenging of all with the extreme wind and rain trying hard to force the students to quit. But the weather was not going to get in the way of these Caerleon students achieving their goal. The final eight hour trek to the Gower Heritage Centre was tough but again completed in excellent time. There was time for some Hot Chocolate and Cake before the group took to the bus and headed home for a well deserved rest before returning to school the next day!
Well done to all students who demonstrated the drive and determination that will undoubtedly help get them through all of the challenges life has to throw at them! We are very proud!
"Thank you to all those who contributed to or brought in shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.
The total number received was 315 - almost one hundred more than last year!
A very good effort from all involved."