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

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!

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

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

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.