Caerleon Comprehensive School is the first secondary school in Wales to officially declare it’s school gates a non smoking zone.  The tobacco control charity ASH Cymru has been lobbying schools across Wales to ban smoking at their gates and has produced guidelines and signage to support schools wanting to take part.  Newport Cabinet Member for Education and Young People, Gail Giles, and volunteers from ASH Cymru came into school in November to promote the smoke free gates initiative with students and to deliver tutorials on the dangers of smoking. The full story can be found at http://ashwales.org.uk/en/whats-new/newport-secondary-school-gates-become-no-smoking-zones

Year 7 Design Technology classes designed a unique Christmas Card for the Times Educational Supplement (TES) .  A number of designs were entered but Tabitha Buxton 7G1 was selected as the overall winner.  Her design has been used for their Christmas Card  and is gracing the homes of hundreds of teachers and educators this Christmas!  Tabitha received £50 in book vouchers as well. Congratulations!

 

On 21st October the school held a non-uniform day, during which students were asked to wear red to support the charity ‘Show Racism the Red Card’  This is an anti-racism education charity, which works in schools across Wales delivering ant-racism workshops to more than 10,000 young people every year.  £1,144.35 was raised for this very worthwhile cause. 

You may remember earlier this year we reported that we supported Disability Awareness Week with a number of activities including six brave students scaling Sugar Loaf Mountain blind folded.  They aimed to raise enough money through this challenge, together with the proceeds of a non-uniform day, to purchase specialist equipment for the Leonard Cheshire Home in Llanhenock.

We are delighted to let you know that a specialist swing has been purchased and some of our students were able to visit the home to see it last week.

  

During activities week a group of Year 9 pupils worked with the Art Department to create a fantastic rainforest inspired mural in the Geography department. Zach Miller, Leah Jukes, Finlay Price, Jack Hughes, Samia Islam, Molly Lord, Nia Owen, Darcie Childs and James Noon worked solidly for 3 days to produce the huge painting filled with rich animal life. Both departments would like to commend the pupils involved on their efforts in completing the project in such a short time and with such maturity and enthusiasm. Their creative flair and talent has made the corridor area a real talking point.

Congratulations to Emily Fairlie, Samantha Strangwood, Alice Basford, Lowri Adams, Gabriella Dance, Freya Rideout, Brogan Mahoney, Gabrielle Jones and Holly Hayes on their participation in the European Youth Parliament National Competition, held at Liverpool Hope University in between 8th and 11September.

They were involved in two days of comittee work, followed by two days of debating against students from across the UK.  They were superb and did us proud.  Well done girls!