The French Department are very proud of Lily Roberts who has been awarded a cash prize of £300 from the Franco-British Society for being the student who achieved the top A-Level score in French among all the schools in Newport. Lily is now off to Cardiff University to study French and German and we wish her every success for the future.
Lily is pictured with the Mayor and Madame Harrhy and Madame Muggleton from our French Department.
Since Dan Rabbit arrived at Caerleon Comprehensive in year 7, we have regularly reported on his success at every level of Judo competition. Dan's hard work and potential have been recognised by British Judo and he has been invited to be part of the GB Futures Programme. Dan will be travelling to Japan in October take part in a training camp that will provide players with an experience of Japanese culture in the host country for the 2020 Olympic & Paralympic Games and to reinforce the importance of technical development for Junior and Senior success.
Congratulations to Dan and we hope he enjoys this fantastic experience.
On 12th July the school String Orchestra made up of students from years 7 through to 13 enjoyed a full day workshop with members of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales as part of the BBC Now scheme. The day began with the school strings giving a wonderful performance of the Carmen suite by Bizet to the visitors, directed by Mr Peter James. The leader of the BBC orchestra, Leslie Hatfield, directed a workshop session with the students introducing them to a wide variety of performance techniques to develop their sound. A very intense day that focused on every element of the piece was concluded with a performance by a combined orchestra of BBC players and the students. Many thanks to all the students who attended and to the visiting musicians who made the day so special.
Students from Caerleon Comprehensive School have completed a disability awareness week involving local primary schools and raising money for the Leonard Cheshire Home for the Physically Disabled. The week included disability sport, art and a challenging walk up Sugar Loaf Mountain.
The week began with six brave students scaling Sugar Loaf Mountain blind folded. They raised enough money though this challenge, together with a non-uniform day for the whole school, to purchase specialist equipment for the Leonard Cheshire Home in Llanhenock near Caerleon.
The idea for the challenge came from the students, aged fifteen and sixteen, who wanted to experience some of the challenges that disabled people have to overcome as part of their daily life. They wore black-out eye shades, and guided each other up Sugar Loaf in pairs all the way to the summit.
Teacher, Miss Viv Clement accompanied the students on their walk along with Hayley Ali from Leonard Cheshire Disability. Miss Clement said, “The students did remarkably well on this challenging walk. They have put so much time into planning this, and it was fantastic to be part of their enthusiasm to embrace Disability Awareness Week at Caerleon.”
Hayley Ali added: “When asked to do something that raises awareness of disability, the students were quick to design and organise a creative, memorable event that would challenge misconceptions about what people with disabilities can do. The students experienced being blind and partially sighted, putting their trust into their partner to get them to the top safely, and also experienced the other side by being a guide and having that responsibility. They have raised their own awareness whilst raising money that will help others.”
Later on in the week, Year Seven students took part in Paralympic sports including goalball, silent football and wheel chair rugby. Year Five students in local feeder schools also had the opportunity to try sitting volleyball and arts projects completed without using their arms.
Miss Clement, said: “The idea for the Disability Awareness Week came from Leonard Cheshire Disability, which the school has strong ties with through volunteering. They provided support and resources so that the students could design, organise and run activities that raise awareness of disability or the challenges that people with disabilities face.”
Sixty students who study German from years 9, 10 and 12 visited Cardiff University’s School of Modern Foreign Languages on July 7th to attend the Think German Wales Conference. Students took part in a variety of workshops, which included language classes, presentations and lectures. These aimed to improve performance in exams as well as to stimulate interest in the German language, people, German history and culture. The Conference’s theme was World War One and students were given the opportunity to participate in lectures that focussed on German poetry and postcards home from the period, as well as attending the ‘War’s Hell!’ The Battle of Mametz Wood in Art WWI exhibition, which is currently visiting the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff.
Other lectures and workshops included “Anyone for Fußball: The Bundesliga quiz”, “The Rosenstraße Protest of 1943”, “Short and Sweet - German Short Films”, a “translation challenge”, “German and the World of Business” and a talk about the year abroad experience. Ein wunderbarer Tag!