We recently reported on the success of Luke Turner and Toby Savidge, representing Wales at U18 level in Water Polo. We are delighted to inform you that they have been selected for Wales for the EU Junior Men's Championships taking place in Brno, Czech Republic in April. We wish them all the best and look forward to finding out how they get on!
What a fantastic day, run by KS4 & KS5 students! Year 7&8 pupils enjoyed a day of singing, acting, rapping, gym and dance and musical items. The standard of performances was exceptional.
The main event was the Chairing of the Bard ceremony where we saw Lottie Keyes win the Welsh bardic chair, and Dylan Norman the English. Many congratulations to both! After a variety of stage and homework competitions, with pupils competing for house points, Dyfed house (yellow) were the winners with 582 points. Da iawn Dyfed !
A huge diolch yn fawr to everybody who helped with, and contributed to, this event. Let's start planning for next year!
The last few weeks has seen all of our school teams excel in all sports across the principality. From coming in the Top 8 in Wales at both Rugby and Hockey, via London and Barry for 7s success, onto the very Successful hosting and match versus R A McMath School, Vancouver. It has been enjoyable, exciting and disappointing in equal measure.
U14 Rugby and Hockey had both made it through to the last 8 in the National competitions with difficult matches v Gwyr, and Howells and Bro Dinefwr in the knockout and pool stages. Unfortunately it wasn’t our day, the girls couldn’t quite qualify out of the group to reach the semi finals and the boys drawing 15 all at home, however, it is the away team who goes through. Even though the players (and staff) were disappointed we are competing at the Top Table of Welsh School Sport, it is the place where all of us wish to be.
Sundays in the rain were abundant as firstly Yr 9 rugby won the Bowl competition at the Barry Invitational 7s in what can only be described as atrocious conditions, then Yr 8 travelled to Berkhamsted in London to remain Unbeaten in the competition last Sunday. A fantastic achievement as the tournament plays host to 64 of the top schools in England and Wales.
This week also saw our tradition go before us, as we hosted McMath Wildcats from Canada for 2 days. A note of thanks to all families and staff who hosted the players. All feedback has been amazing and judging by the text messages we have received the hosts at Sutton Coldfield are not up to the Caerleon hosting precedent!
The touring match on Monday afternoon was a brilliant game of rugby. A bumper crowd saw Caerleon 1st XV win 15-12. However, the friendships and camaraderie along with the Rugby Family were the real winners. It is hoped in future that a reciprocal visit and tour to Vancouver will be instigated – watch this space!
Other notable mentions – Year 7 Netball runners up in the County Championships, Year 7 rugby through to the semi finals, year 7 football in the Newport final, Year 8 rugby in the semis, year 8 football in the semis, Year 10 rugby in semis. British Championships in Stoke on Trent for our Gymnastics squad – who were representing Wales at the competition.
Finally and maybe the best is last. Congratulations to Yr 13s James McCarthy and ex pupils Josh Reynolds and Corey Howells all selected to start for Wales U18 Rugby v France this weekend, Tolly Spencer Worthy Wales U16 Hockey and Tom Rowan Final Trialist for Wales U13 Boys Hockey. Go well all of you. The Whole of Caerleon school sport will be watching.
Mr J Savastano - Head of PE
We are very pleased to report that Toby Savidge (year 12) and Luke Turner (year 11) represented Wales in the Under 18 Waterpolo Championships in Watford last weekend. Toby and Luke are two of three boys who were chosen from the Newport Squad to represent their country in the 13 man squad.
To achieve this standard the boys train for many hours in Carmarthen, Swansea, Cardiff and Newport as well as making trips around the country to matches.
The boys can be seen here after their matches.
On Friday 26th January, Year 11 students thanked Mr and Mrs Nolan, on behalf of all staff and students, past and present, for their dedication to fundraising for our school.
Mr and Mrs Nolan began holding car boot sales nearly 25 years ago. The boot sales that have run fortnightly from April to October every year, only every being cancelled by the weather and this has probably been at the expense of their own summer holidays! We estimate that they have raised around £250,000 for the school in total. This has made such a significant difference to the school, funding many, many resources for our students over the years including a school minibus, grand piano, sports affiliation fees as well as expensive items of school equipment for Science and Design Technology. Many events have also been funded, such as travel arrangements to music and sports competitions and even the student planners have been subsidised using the money they have raised. Without their efforts our students would not have benefitted from an array of extra provision.
Mr and Mrs Nolan were given a small token of thanks from the students and we hope they will enjoy their gift, perhaps using it to do something else one Sunday now that the boot sales have stopped!