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.
  
  
 
 

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.

 

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

    

 

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.