Congratulations to Ashleigh Steer from Year 8, who won a team bronze with Newport Harriers U13 girls at the Welsh Athletics Cross Country Championships held in Swansea last weekend!

Congratulations to the Year 12 students that competed in the 'Young Interviewer Competition', generously sponsored and supported by Newport Uskmouth Rotary Satellite Club. Students interviewed Mr Bill Upham, Chief Executive of the mental health charity 'Growing Space'.

Congratulations to all four finalists and good luck to the overall winner, Hannah Ali, for the District Final on 3rd March.

Photograph from left to right: Megan Seymour, Heidi Thorpe-Yon, Keelin Jenkins and Hannah Ali.

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!

On Tuesday 7th February, the Geography Department arranged for two Geography Ambassadors from the Geographical Association to speak to all students in Year 9 in four, 1-hour sessions.

Topics covered were geographical jobs, geography in the news, why big companies employ geographers and a geography quiz.

The presentations were both interesting and enjoyable as well as being very interactive:  Students were made very aware of how relevant the subject is and how it impinges on all aspects of peoples lives.  A good day!

On Wednesday 25th January, the Geography Department organised a STEM event (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).  The day was based around the idea of renewable energy, specifically the construction of a fully functioning wind turbine, working in groups of three.

Sixty Year 9 students were invited to attend, split into two groups of thirty, with each group attending one of two, 2-hour sessions.  The day was really successful with the students benefitting both academically and socially.  They were interested and engaged throughout, and realised the importance of working together, effectively, as a team, if the task was to be completed.

The department will definitely arrange for this day to be run again in the future!

All photos can be found in the GALLERY