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

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

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.