Mr James' Year 7 mathematics class building a Sierpinski Pyramid (Fractal Christmas Tree) with Koch Star on top! Very clever!
On Monday 18th December, student representatives from each Form Group who are members of the Student Council were invited to take part in a 'Question Time', posing questions to a panel of staff members. Mrs C Handley, Assistant Headteacher organised the event as part of the school's commitment to listening to our Student Voices. Members of the Sixth Form Senior Student Team facilitated.
The event was modelled on the TV programme, Question Time, with the panel made up of:
- Mrs L Picton - Headteacher
- Mr A Jenkins - Site Manager
- Mrs M Jones - Chartwell's Catering Manager
- Mr C Maidment - Head of Business Studies (and also Digital Learning)
The panel answered questions from the student audience and they in turn will take their answers and feed back to the students in their form groups.
The event was a great success with both sides of the debate benefiting from hearing each other's views. We are sure it will be repeated in the future.
Well done to everyone who took part.
After weeks of excitement, whispered discussions and furtive scribblings on scraps of paper; all of the entries in the name the owl competition have been carefully judged and we have a winner!
The very wise, Carys Jones, from Year 8, has won the naming competition, with her suggestion of, Page. Carys, who was one of 11 shortlisted is an avid reader and was one of the first students to submit her entry. Competition was fierce and the judges had a very hard time choosing the finalists.
Runners up in the competition and their entries were:
Lucas Martin - Sir Flapper
Alexandra Watkins - Katniss Beaker
Harry Connell - Stephen Wing
Thank you to all the students and staff who brought in items for the Food Bank collection to help those less fortunate than us this Christmas. We donated a huge amount to two local organisations, Stow Park Community Centre and Christchurch Food Bank.
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.