Amelia Ashill, Holly Morgan, Ellie Allsop and Caitlin Price, all from Year 11, are Hockey Young Ambassadors. The Hockey Young Ambassador (HYA) programme within Hockey Walesactively develops young leaders and volunteers in hockey.

The girls can be seen in the photo below attending the HYA Conference recently.  We are extremely proud of their achievements and delighted to share the following write up, about the girls, that we received this week from Hockey Wales:

Amelia, Holly, Ellie and Caitlin are now into their second year as a Young Ambassador for Hockey Wales and the progress they have made of their first year has been fantastic. The 4 of them are so passionate and enthusiastic about inspiring the next generation of hockey players and the work they have put in to develop our next generation of players is faultless.

The girls have been supporting the local primary school sessions that feed into Gwent Hockey Club as well as the monthly Tournaments that John Burrows organises to offer the beginner players a competitive outlet. Within the school sessions they lead on the coaching activity and umpire the matches played at the tournament. No doubt that without the girls umpiring support at the tournaments, the matches wouldn’t go ahead.

As well as the coaching / umpiring support, the girls also took it upon themselves to organise a Christmas Quiz for the Hockey Club that would be used as a fundraiser for the Youth Section of the club to get new and more equipment to support the growth of the club, and this was a huge success. Following on from this, the girls will be holding another fundraiser this year to raise money to purchase first aid kits and face masks for the youth and senior teams, both important items of equipment to maintain the safety within the club, which the girls identify as an important element.

As part of the training opportunities provided by Hockey Wales, the YA’s have never been shy to jump in and give everything a go, varying from leadership, coaching and umpiring workshops. Holly, Ellie and Caitlin also took up the opportunity to volunteer at the Senior Women European Championships that we hosted in Cardiff in August 2017. Holly and Ellie took on the role of ball patrol and Caitlin was a FanZone assistant, all putting maximum effort into their roles and doing the school and club proud.

This year, Holly and Amelia have already attended the Introduction to Umpiring Award that we delivered at our national Conference and now have that award certification to also support their 4689 in coaching award. The numbers of YA’s joining the programme from the club has doubled this year and personally I think this is down to the fantastic work that the girls done last year that has inspired more girls and boys to take on the role to support the growth and promotion of their club and schools.

The focus that the girls have identified for this year is providing hockey opportunities to those schools that don’t currently deliver much sport, and even though children may not move onto Gwent HC, this doesn’t matter to the girls as all they want to do is give the younger generation a quality Hockey experience.

The girls will definitely continue to go on and do great things both inside and outside of Hockey as they are excellent leaders and have the ability to transfer these skills into all aspects of life. They really are a credit to the themselves, Gwent HC and their school.

The German students at Caerleon Comprehensive have had a busy time this week socialising with fellow students from Hannover and giving them a taste of education in Wales.

On Monday 22 Abitur (A level) students and 3 teachers arrived at the school and attended lessons here at Caerleon. They very much enjoyed their time at school joining in with lessons and especially liked the school uniform; something they don't have in Germany.
 
Wednesday afternoon, many of the the Year 12 students at Caerleon arranged to meet up with their new German friends and showed them around Cardiff. They felt it was only fair to let them try out the delicacies of Nando's for an evening meal. The German teenagers enjoyed it very much!
 
Thanks to this opportunity and social media, friendship groups have been forged and the Welsh/German students intend to stay in contact. Some are already planning a return visit to Hannover in the near future. 
 
A lovely evening with our German friends showing them around Cardiff and treating them to a Nando's experience.
  
  
 
 

Following a recent workshop by Oxplore, an innovative new digital outreach program from the University of Oxford some of our students entered a ‘Big Question Competition’.

We were delighted to discover that 2 of our students were winners. Akeel Miah and Lewis Oram from Y10 won first prize for their big question ‘Why should we care about colonisation’. 

The prize for first place was a trip for both of them to the Oxplore national launch;  On Wednesday 20 September 2017 they travelled to Pembroke College, for a day themed on ‘Would you want to live forever?’ with workshops from Oxford specialists and a visit to one of Oxford’s museums.  The day ended with voting on the question, the launch of the Oxplore website, and with Akeel and Lewis being recognised for their winning question.  The also go to hear an Oxford academic answer the question!

You can find out more about Oxplore: The Big Question at https://oxplore.org

    

 

Congratulations to our Caerleon Debate Team made up of Isaac Thurgood and Ruby John who are regional debate winners.  Isaac has been part of the winning team for two consecutive years!

We wish the the best of luck in the semi-finals in Newtown later in November.

We were delighted to hear that during the summer break, Jack Hughes won a prize in a competition for schools run by Cardiff Met.  Jack was one of a number of students across Wales who submitted a recipe to the New Product Development School Prize competition.

The competition judges were unanimous in their decision in selecting Jack's entry as one of the winning recipes.

The prize was an iPad and also transportation and complimentary Royal Welsh Show tickets for Jack and his family attend the show to receive his prize.  Unfortunately, Jack was on holiday and unable to attend, however Mrs Noon the canteen manager, collected the prize on his behalf. Jack collected picked up his iPad when we returned to school.

 

The competition has been so successful that it will run again in 2018, with another chance to win an iPad.