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.

 

In July the school was awarded its Healthy Schools Scheme Level Four award.  The award recognises the school’s ongoing work to educate students on the dangers of substance misuse and to promote healthy eating and fitness. 

Caerleon is the first secondary school in Newport to achieve Phase Four.

On Tuesday July 11th four Year 12 students represented the school at the Welsh Baccalaureate Dragons's Den Business Class finals. The four students were Oliver Johnson, Joel Wells, Matthew Evans and Aaron Berrow.  The team beat off fierce competition from the other Newport Secondary Schools to impress the three judges and secure first place. 

Our students created a fantastic, innovative idea in conjunction with Zodiac Aerospace.  They were tasked with designing a premium head support for passengers on first class flights.  This proposal was implemented through the The Engineering Education Scheme Wales (EESW) and was supported by the Design and Technology department, supervised by Miss Gibbs.

The judges were full of praise for the idea and the students' ability to confidently deliver a professional presentation to a room of 40 people.  They also commented that the Business Plan they devised was better and more detailed that many they see for their businesses.
 
Here are the team being presented with their award.
 

On 12th July the school was awarded its third Eco Schools Green Flag Award by Keep Wales Tidy.

To achieve this the school’s Eco Committee produced an Eco Plan, the most important targets of which were to reduce litter on the site and to increase recycling.  A number of strategies were adopted to reduce litter, such as food packaging not being taken out of the canteen, promotion work through litter bunting and assemblies and litter picking rotas. 

Recycling has been improved by extending paper and card recycling and introducing plastic and tin recycling.  Most classrooms now have paper and card recycling bins and five plastic and tin recycling points have been established.  Since February 2017 the school has cancelled 10 scheduled waste skip collections due to the increase in recycling.  This equates to a reduction of approximately 4.5 tons of landfill and a saving of £1,016 this year. 

The school’s Eco Club has worked hard since the Autumn to restore the school garden and the club are growing fruit, vegetables and herbs.  They have worked closely with the Canteen Manager to recycle food waste into compost for the garden.  Bryony Bromley of Keep Wales Tidy said “The Green Flag award is a fantastic achievement. 

The school, staff and pupils should feel proud of their hard work and commitment”. 

The academic year 2016 - 2017 has once again provided our school with the opportunity for the pupils to show their talents in a wide variety of Sporting arenas and deliver at the highest level in Wales.

Highlights include Indoor Rowing Team Welsh Champions – 2nd consecutive year – U18 Milano Gymnastics Welsh Champions (Team represented Wales in the British Championships in Stoke) Yr 9 Rugby and Hockey being ranked in the top 8 in Wales and our U14 and U16 girls Athletics teams, alongside U16 Boys Athletics in reaching the Welsh Schools finals - coming 3rd, 5th and 6th in Brecon. Year 7 Football made it to the last 16 in Wales, not bad for their first year in High school.

These teams are underpinned by successes at regional and local level.

Yr 7 Hockey County league champions       Yr 7 Football Newport Champions

Yr 8 Hockey U14 league winners               Yr 8 Rugby Newport Champions

Yr 9 Hockey league winners                      Yr 9 Rugby Newport Champions

U16 Netball County finalists                      Yr 10 Rugby Newport Champions

U14 Legues finalists                                 Yr 10 football Gwent Champions

Yr 7 Netball county runners up.                 U13 & U15 Tennis  County Champions

But it’s not just team sports!

U19 Sports Acrobatics Welsh Runners Up  U19 Tumble & Vault County Champions

U14 Sports Acrobatics Bronze Medallists    U14 Tumble and Vault Runners Up

Urdd Swimming Championships

Then there are our individuals!

International Caps for James McCarthy & Josh Reynolds U18 Rugby, Sam Bowen U16 Football Meg Davies, Jessie Taylor and Niamh Warrender U14 Football, Ollie Robson U14 Cricket, Sailing Dylan Norman, Water Polo Ben & Luke Turner and Toby Savage, GB Judo for Dan Rabbitt, Cycling Matt Burke, Dan Coombes and Emily Tillett. Welsh Gymnastics Hannah Foster, Emily Akers and Ruby Tugwell. Gwennan Lewis Welsh Athletics. Dan May Wheelchair Basketball. Tom Rowan Wales Hockey.

Regional and County Caps for Ethan Clayden and Ethan Phillips U16 Rugby, Amelia Ashill, Ellie Allsopp and Caitlin Price National Age Grade Hockey. Jack and Shay Ryan for Tennis. Scarlett Major and Kameron Clarke British National Swimming.

Finally, the PE Department also enter tournaments Internationally. U14 Rugby gained 6th place, in defending the trophy, at The Challenge Jean Roy in La Roche sur Yon, France and U14 Hockey travelled to Holland to become tournament Winners and Bronze medallists with Yr 8 & 9 teams.

Alongside the school our Ex Students continue to excel with Hannah Cozens, Roseanne Thomas and Abi Welsford playing Wales Hockey in European Hockey Championships in Cardiff this month.

Mr Savastano and All of the staff would like to say Congratulations and thank you to all of the parents pupils for their support this season and we look forward to the upcoming years of sport and success, as we aim to be the top in Wales. Catch you on the touchline soon.