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|STUDENT EXCELLENCE AWARD       Home - Top||One of our Year 11 Students Samm Stevens won a Student Excellence Award at Nash Coleg Gwent on Thursday when he was named 'Year 11 Learner of the Year'.
Samm commenced his studies at Newport in year 10 as a Wyedean School link student studying mechanics. In Year 11 he then went on to complete an alternative learning program three days a week studying Vehicles Body Repair.
The college have commented:
"Samm has been a privilege to teach, work with and have as a peer within his peer group. He will be staying with us next year to further his studies and I look forward to seeing him grow and achieve even more".
We all feel that this award is well deserved and a fitting end to his time at Wyedean where he has always worked hard to achieve his full potential. Well done Samm!
|POP COMPETITION REGIONAL FINALS       Home - Top||Year 8 Wyedean students Ben Piscane and Louis Phillips at the Regional Finals of the Pop Competition hosted by 'Routes into Languages South West' on 24th June 2015.
Ben and Louis wrote a song in Spanish called: Veo el Mundo (I see the world) and were selected by the judging panel, to attend the Regional Finals at Bath University in the 11 - 14 age category.
The winning pop group walked away with a trophy and £100 cash prize with the runners up each receiving a certificate of achievement and £50 cash prize.
This is a HUGE achievement for Ben and Louis - it is difficult enough to write a song in English, let alone Spanish!!!! Huge CONGRATULATIONS to the boys and WELL DONE for getting as far as you did! ¡Enhorabuena!
|BALLROOM CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015       Home - Top||English Latin American & Ballroom Championships 2015
Joshua Hicks Y10 competed last weekend in the English Latin American Championships at Winter Gardens, Western-Super-Mare. He competed up a category with his partner, which they won, taking the title of Junior English Latin Champion. Joshua and his partner were runners up in the Ballroom section.
Josh on ITV HERE .
Joshua has now qualified for the British Grand Final in October, which is being held at Monmouth Leisure Centre. Joshua has been dancing since he was nine years old in this discipline, obtaining nine distinctions in his Gold Medal dances aged 12. Examiners spotted Joshua's talent for dancing and we started the search for a suitable dance partner. The search for a dance partner proved more challenging than we thought it would be and after eighteen months of trying, we contacted the local papers to help. The national papers and ITV news caught on to Joshua's plea for a dance partner. Joshua was interviewed locally and then went to London, where he was interviewed on ITVs Good Morning Britain. As a result, of the national campaign Joshua found his partner, who lives in Stroud. Joshua and his partner Maddie have now been training together for a year. They train twice a week in Chepstow, Stroud and Birmingham.
Well done Joshua.
|2015 WINNER ANNOUNCED!       Home - Top||Wyedean Carnegie Shadowing Group - 2015 Winner Announced!
Excitement was high in the library on Monday 22nd June when the Carnegie Shadowing group gathered in the library for the "results party" and to hear the announcement of the final winner. Buffalo Soldier by Tanya Landman won the coveted Carnegie medal. It tells the true story of Charlotte, a young African-American slave from the Deep South who is freed at the end of the American Civil War. She decides to take the name of Charley and disguise herself as a man and join the army as a Buffalo soldier. The judges said "We were particularly impressed with how Buffalo Soldier explored what it means to be truly free: the evolving idea of freedom is an essential part of this gripping, often traumatic book". Author Tanya Landman used her winner's speech to emphasise the importance of supporting school libraries and the vital importance of reading for pleasure - "Someone who reads for pleasure is much less likely to be a bully or a bigot. They are far less likely to cause harm to others because they can imagine how it would feel".
The Wyedean Shadowing group engaged with the process excellently since the shortlist was announced in March, turning up consistently every Monday in the library to debate, discuss and compare the titles. All 15 students all contributed excellent individual reviews to the group page of the website and Bethany Garland and Mia Thompson put their creative and ICT skills to great use to produce this catchy book trailer for their favourite shortlisted book "The Middle of Nowhere" by Geraldine McCaughrean. The trailer also contains some lovely artwork by Olivia Kilby - a brilliant team effort girls! The group enjoyed the process so much that they are continuing to meet as a book group once a fortnight, with a focus on reading the classics. Well done everyone!!
|SKY SPORTS LIVING FOR SPORT       Home - Top||Sky Sports Living for Sport Project.
A group of Gifted and Talented Year 8 & 9 PE students are working on a 'Sky Sports Living for Sport' project, which involves them meeting one Lunchtime per week to plan and try out a variety of activities which they will deliver to a group of primary school students later this term. Having registered for this project, the school had the opportunity to have a day visit from our mentor, Craig Figes, Captain of GB Water Polo team at 2012 Olympics. During his visit, Craig spent 2 hours working with the G & T students, giving them some insight to his sporting career and delivering a number of enjoyable but challenging practical activities to highlight the following six keys to success:
Mental toughness; Hunger to achieve; People skills; Sports and life knowledge; Breaking barriers; Planning for success.
For the remainder of the day, Craig worked with the Year 10 GCSE PE group and some Year 7 & 8 girls' PE groups. All groups enjoyed the sessions, learned much about how to work together as a team and were extremely competitive in all activities Craig delivered!
|LANGUAGES POP VIDEO COMPETITION       Home - Top||WELL DONE TO BEN PISCANE AND LOUIS PHILLIPS IN 8B - For getting into the REGIONAL FINALS for the LANGUAGES POP VIDEO COMPETITION in the whole of SOUTH WEST ENGLAND!!!
BUT You still need to vote for their video!!
PLEASE GO online to vote for their video at:
Also look at http://youtu.be/LUG_si6D80o
The details on how to vote for Ben and Louis' video will also appear on the opening page of the YouTube Channel (see the link above) with the correct link to the online voting poll, where you can vote for Ben and Louis' video. This is very important as : The video with the highest numbers of online votes will win the most sought-after 'Online Viewers' Award'!
|PUZZLE OF THE WEEK       Home - Top||Students are now being encouraged to use their numeracy and problem solving skills in their tutor period with the new puzzle of the week.
Here are this week's puzzles. See if you can do them. Enjoy! Click HERE to download.
|YEAR 5 ACTIVITIES DAY       Home - Top||On June 9th, Wyedean held its second Year 5 Activities Day. This year we based the events on healthy lifestyles. The students enjoyed experimenting with different foods and testing nutritional values, including burning some foods (bread, crisps, crackers and pasta). They then made healthy snacks called ‘Rainbow Cracker Wraps’ and burnt off some of their energy with sporting activities. Click on the link below to see how the Year 5s got on in Science.
|COUNTY ATHLETICS       Home - Top||Congratulations to the following students who represented the Forest of Dean District in the County Athletics Championships last weekend.
It was a fantastic achievement to be selected and there were some excellent results. Special mention to those who won medals:
Huw Gilchrist - Silver in Long Jump
Abbie O'Connell - Bronze in 200m
Christine King - Silver in shot
|WYEDEAN MFL LANGUAGES FAIR 2015       Home - Top||Year 9 students became teachers to teach Year 6 students French and Spanish.
|PRODUCT DESIGN EXHIBITION       Home - Top||A2 and AS Product Design final solutions were presented in an open exhibition at Wyedean school. Staff and parents were invited to talk to the designers about their products and inspirations and to give feedback on their work.
Please click HERE to download the full press release.
|WYEDEAN LANGUAGES FAIR       Home - Top||The Languages Department at Wyedean is hosting a Languages Fair on Thurs 4 June for Year 6 pupils.
Year 9 languages students from Wyedean have made their own French and Spanish games and are running a carousel of games stalls for Year 6 pupils.
There will be tapas and French pastries available to taste, Spanish music to dance along to and all Year 6 students will leave the fair with a Wyedean Languages goody bag!!
Bravo à tous!
Miss Simpson - Subject Leader of Languages
|YEAR 8 TRIP TO THE HAY FESTIVAL       Home - Top||This year instead of our usual school author visit we would try something adventurous, fun and different and take ourselves off to the world renowned Hay-on-Wye literary festival, a place where students could rub shoulders with the crème de la crème of authors but also experience the incredible book buzz for which the Hay on Wye festival is famous! The Schools Programme is a wonderful annual event laid on especially for students for two days before the main festival, giving them a chance to indulge their love of books in the beautiful setting of Hay-on-Wye.
We headed straight from the coach to the Tata Tent where we were ushered into an enormous auditorium filled with hundreds of screaming excited book fans! The students were being warmed up by a uber enthusiastic host for the Horrible Science illustrator Tony de Saulles who walked on stage to rapturous applause and a sea of white paper waving in the air.
This entertaining and interactive session began with a masterclass in cartoon drawing. "Everyone can draw" he told us, and proved it by showing us how to draw dust mites, crocodiles, and even the inner intestines of a chopped in half dog! We all doodled along producing our own unique masterpieces at the end of this illuminating, imaginative, inspirational, infectious and imaginative session! The Horrible Science cartoonist made us laugh, made us draw and sadly finally made us leave, as it was already time for book signings and lunch. The Wyedean students made haste to the bookshop and queued patiently to get as many author signatures and chats as possible. Books before food! - our students definitely had their priorities right! We were thrilled that after the event Sarah Crossan sent a special message to our Carnegie Shadowing Group to thank us for reading Apple and Rain "YOU are what makes the whole thing worthwhile!". "Keep reading!" were her motivational words to the group.
The sun shone at lunch time and the buntings billowed in the breeze as we all enjoyed chilling out in the picnic area. The Shepherds ice cream stall did a roaring trade. Then once again we counted heads and made for the Telegraph tent and were lucky to get prime position near the front for Mr Skellig himself, David Almond. There was an air of real excitement as the excitable host announced that we were about to see one of the most famous and successful authors on the planet, and he walked on stage to screaming applause that would match any One Direction concert!
Hearing David Almond speak was an absolute joy and inspiration. This lovely, gentle and super talented author has a unique ability to inspire confidence, mainly by his sheer ordinariness and his celebration of the ordinary and everyday things which go on in our heads. He got us all to measure the size of our heads with our arms, and said it was all "quite daft" how such unique and extraordinary things can happen in each of our heads from time to time! He dispalyed his messy and chaotic notebooks, full of doodles, rubbings-out and scribblings, and marvelled at how these eventually became the beautifully formatted pages of novels like Skellig and A Song For Ella Grey.
The students really warmed to David Almond and there were hundreds of hopefuls with their hands up at the end to ask a question (Laura Willingham and Courtney King were the lucky ones from Wyedean who were handed the microphone!). On the coach home there was singing and high spirits aplenty, and students pored happily over new book purchases. The inspiring message of the day from all of the authors was "you can do anything if you try hard enough and believe you can do it".
"My favourite part of the day was the David Almond talk as the author gave me lots of life tips. I liked it because he gave us a chance to ask questions and gave us honest, helpful answers" (Laura Willingham, year 8C).
"My favourite part of the day was the Tony de Saulles workshop because he got everyone included in drawing and made it fun. It also made me consider becoming an illustrator when I am older" (Mia Thompson 8W)
Roll on next year for some more Hay Fever!
|EXAM RESULTS DATES 2015       Home - Top||Please click HERE to download the results dates.
|PUZZLE OF THE WEEK       Home - Top||Students are now being encouraged to use their numeracy and problem solving skills in their tutor period with the new puzzle of the week.
Here are the first puzzles. See if you can do them. Enjoy!
Please click HERE to download.
|YEAR 11 REVISION       Home - Top||Please click HERE to download the revision flyer.
|PRIDE OF THE FOREST AWARDS       Home - Top||A short while ago Laura Chimes (Upper Sixth Form), made the finals for the 'Pride of the Forest Awards'. This was a very prestigious event and we were delighted that one of our own made it so far for her outstanding work in the community and for charity. Recently, her work in organising the Music Marathon to raise awareness about toxic shock syndrome touched us all. Her general contribution to the school community is amazing and includes: Gospel Choir musical director; mentoring Year 10 and 11 students (maths); Secretary for the School Council; running the Monday After School club for Y6 to do performing arts; teaching music theory to Year 13 students. Laura is a massive asset and we are very proud of her.
|MAY REVISION SESSIONS 2015       Home - Top||Please click HERE to download the May half-term revision sessions information sheet.
|FROM THE HEADTEACHER       Home - Top||There have been two recent events which in different ways have reflected very well on Wyedean students.
Yesterday we sent a team of athletes to compete in the District Athletics tournament. They performed brilliantly, winning the tournament by over 100 points, and a number of students have been selected to represent the Forest of Dean in the County Championships in June.
The other incident occurred last week, when someone from the Transport Department at Shire Hall travelled on one of our school buses to check the route. She called the school afterwards to say that it was a pleasure to travel with our students and that they were a credit to the school. She was particularly impressed with the interaction between the students and the way that the older students looked out for the younger ones.
Both of these events are reminders of what a terrific bunch of students we have at Wyedean.
|DISTRICT ATHLETICS CHAMPIONS 2015       Home - Top||Congratulations to the 55 students who represented Wyedean at the District Athletics Championships held at Prince of Wales Stadium in Cheltenham this week. There were some fantastic individual performances and all students competed strongly to secure a clear victory over all the other district schools. A number of students will go on to represent the Forest at the County Championships on 7th June which is a great achievement. All students who took part were a pleasure to be with and were a credit to Wyedean; they should be exceptionally proud of the team performance. Very well done everyone!
|WYEDEAN CARNEGIE SHADOWING GROUP       Home - Top||Every Spring the CILIP organisation (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) invite school reading groups throughout the UK to get involved with the process of "shadowing". Despite the weird sound of the name, this is not some sinister undercover spy mission, but rather a group of ultra-keen book enthusiasts who have committed their time and effort to read and review the 8 shortlisted titles for the Carnegie medal prize and (come the 22nd of June) decide on a winner for the coveted Carnegie Medal prize. This year the Wyedean Shadowers have adopted the alias "Dumbledore's Army" and we meet every Monday lunchtime in the library to discuss and review the books.
From the outset everyone was keen to stock up on several titles to read over Easter and many are well on the way to completing the full list! The books this year are an engrossing and thought provoking mix, dealing with a wide range of personal and political issues. "When Mr Dog Bites" by Brian Conaghan is the candid and compelling story of Dylan Mint, a 16 year old with Tourette's syndrome. Believing he is going to die he sets about his bucket list while constantly battling to "keep the bad stuff in". In contrast, "Apple And Rain" by Sarah Crossan is a gentler more lyrical account of family and love, while Sally Gardner's "Tinder" is a fantastical re-imagining of Hans Christian Anderson's classic fairy tale "The Tinder Box". "Cuckoo Song" by Frances Hardinge is a sinister, creepy novel full of twists and turns, featuring a girl who wakes up after an accident with an insatiable hunger and pages torn out of her diary. She needs to piece together what is happening to her, and this suspense-fuelled novel certainly keeps the reader on tenter hooks throughout. We will also be discussing "The Fastest Boy" in the World by Elizabeth Laird, following the journey of Solomon, an eleven-year old athlete who has dreams of being on the Ethiopian Olympic gold medal winning team. Tany Landman's "Buffalo Soldier" is a heart-rending tale of Charley, a young African-American slave from the deep South who is freed at the end of the American Civil War. "The Middle of Nowhere" by Geraldine McCaughrean, set at a telegraph station in the Australian outback provides a vivid portrayal of Aboriginal culture, racism and segregation but those who have read it so far have been commenting on the engaging and heart-warming way the story unfolds.
The book which has caused the most sensation so far is "More Than This" by Patrick Ness. The group have all been impressed by the power of this book which many have compared to the Matrix film. A boy dies right at the beginning and wakes up bruised, alone and in a strange place. Confusion and uncertainty pervade this page-turning script. It is a must read for anyone who hasn't read it yet.
Forming a Carnegie Shadowing group is, to my mind, an extremely enjoyable and worthwhile exercise, giving an opportunity to network with other schools and Shadowing groups, developing skills and confidence in communicating and debating in a literary context, reviewing books and having a lot of fun into the bargain! The online teaching resources provide a good focus for getting discussions going, but we never really know which direction the debate will go in and the time flies far too quickly! We are also looking forward to meeting Sarah Crossan in person to discuss "Apple and Rain" at the Hay-on-Wye literary festival. For more information check out the author's videos on the Carnegie Shadowing website.
Check out the group's activity and read our book reviews by visiting: www.carnegiegreenaway.org.uk/shadowingsite
|KS3 GIRLS' RUGBY       Home - Top||On the 21st April 2015, The England RFU coach Tom Edolls was invited by Miss Dobler to visit Wyedean School and Sixth Form Centre's PE department to promote transitional Rugby to KS3 Girls. The majority of the female pupils at Wyedean had not experienced or had the opportunity to try contact Rugby before. This led to a mixture of emotions, both excitement and nerves. However, with the help of the PE department, support staff and the in-depth knowledge of Tom Edolls the girls enjoyed a safe but fun experience of contact Rugby. Throughout the duration of the lesson, the girls learnt how to fall down safely and how to appropriately tackle their team-mates in one to one practice before entering into conditioned games.
|NEW HEADTEACHER ANNOUNCEMENT       Home - Top||Your Board of Governors is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Robert Ford as our new Headteacher with effect from September 2015.
Click HERE to download full details
|LITERACY AND NUMERACY FAIR - THURSDAY 30TH APRIL       Home - Top||For one night only, staff at Wyedean will be running our first ever Literacy and Numeracy Fair. This will be located near to the main school entrance between 4:30 and 7:00pm on Thursday 30th April. This night will be a traditional and exciting evening with "All The Fun Of the Fair" - hook-a-duck, giant puzzles and prizes to be won! The fair will help you and your child to see how to boost their grades in all subjects, by mastering Literacy and Numeracy Skills to reach their best potential.
Click HERE to download full details
|WYEDEAN ELECTION 2015       Home - Top||The election is only a few weeks away, and we are determined to capture the anticipation and excitement surrounding this momentous event. A General Election is a fantastic opportunity for all students to engage with politics, democracy and active citizenship and we will be looking to optimise its impact with a range of events.
We are asking all students, Parents, Carers and Guardians to complete the following form. This is an anonymous form that will produce data on the voting habits of Wyedean's community. This data will then be interpreted by each form class in a special numeracy based tutorial lesson before the election on Thursday 7th May.
Thank you, we look forward to publishing the results.
Please click http://goo.gl/forms/ZhcDMlcISY to go!
|TRIP TO BRISTOL UNIVERSITY       Home - Top||On Thursday 16 April 2015 intrepid, inquisitive and inspired BTEC Level 3 Applied Science students visited the prestigious University of Bristol School of Chemistry.
The aim of the visit was to experience the real world of cutting edge scientific research and help prepare students for an assignment on the efficient, effective and safe design of a synthetic chemical laboratory.
Students enjoyed a tour of the impressively equipped £30 million research facilities with Dr. Tim Harrison. Students were shown many state of the art analytical instruments such as the nuclear magnetic resonance apparatus used to characterise the shape of compounds. Students were impressed with the power and scale of such machines with magnets so powerful that anyone wearing a heart pace maker was not even allowed in the room!
Other significant moments included a visit inside the Laser Room where nanoparticle synthetic diamonds are manufactured. One application of their use is as a semi-conductor to use inside a human nerve cell. The artificial neurones can then to carry electrical signals from the human brain to control artificial limbs for amputees. In another area of the building students saw a range of mass spectrometers which are studied theoretically at Wyedean School, but way beyond our budget.
The students viewed and photographed a wide range of specialist design features including: fully atmospherically sealed glove boxes for very dangerous experiments; chemical emergency shower stations; helium, nitrogen and oxygen gas supplies; integrated waste management controls; specialist chemical storage facilities and gas chromatography analysis machines.
Students also had a chance to explore some of the campus, talk to post-graduate scientists, watch Ph.D students at work and even got to visit the Post Graduate Common room and sample the official School of Chemistry biscuits!
The University of Bristol enjoys close links with Wyedean Science Department and we are very grateful again to Dr. Tim Harrison for sharing his valuable time to personally show us around. The School of Chemistry is one of the UK's best chemistry departments (ranked 4th in the UK) and is recognised globally for world class research and teaching. Read more about the School of Chemistry at http://www.bristol.ac.uk/chemistry/
Stuart Motson (3ic Sciences)
In the picture below: From left Dr. Tim Harrison, Luke Pedder, Lisa Holland, Ryan Pedder, Dexter Dowd, Mr. Motson and Henry Blight.
|500 WORDS: NIALL HAYES THROUGH!       Home - Top||Every year BBC Radio 2 run a short story competition for secondary school students with one stipulation - it has to be 500 words or under, hence the name of the competition. They are always inundated with entries with over 120,000 entries submitted this year, and of those only 3,800 go through to the second round of judging. This is why we are extremely impressed by Niall Hayes (Year 7) and his short story 'Feral' which has made it to the next round of the competition. In this round the 3,800 stories that made it through will be sent off to the Reading Agency for a second round of judging. They will then report back in early May and we'll all be able to see if Niall has done the extraordinary and made it on to their final 50.
Press and Publicity Officer
|THE GAFF HOSTS RUGBY PLAYER       Home - Top||This Wednesday (April 22nd) our local youth centre, 'The Gaff', will be hosting a Gloucestershire rugby player. Youngsters are invited to come along and meet him, ask questions and learn more.
See you there.
|WYEDEAN SPRING CONCERT!       Home - Top||The annual Spring Music Concert (formally the Eisteddfod Concert) will take place this Wednesday - 22nd April at 7.00pm in G15. Music will be performed by several soloists as well as both Choirs, the Microjazz Band, the Trombone Group and "Swingcopation" - The Chepstow Community Big Band.
Tickets are available on the door at a cost of £5.00 for adults. All children and students under 19 are free. The ticket will include refreshments on the evening.
Doors open at 6.30pm - We look forward to seeing you there!
|AS PHYSICS TRIP       Home - Top||At the end of March the Physics Department embarked on their annual trip up the Severn Crossing with the AS physics students. The students saw the inner cross-sections of the bridge and the sheer tensile strength of the cables used to suspend the bridge, with each cable being made up off around 8322 wires each with a diameter of 0.196 inches.
They also ascended the bridge and have seen the vast size and scale of the bridge.
Following this they went down and saw the large "feet" of the bridge - which is an excellent viewing platform to see the gravity anchor that is an integral part of the bridge.
But it wouldn't have all been sightseeing. They have also been given a talk about the bridge itself by the people who physically work on the bridge, giving the students an excellent opportunity to ask questions that will help them with their upcoming controlled assessment - based on a tensile test.
To see the students on the bridge and to see the other exciting activities of the Wyedean Science Department check out their YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/user/wyedeanscience
Press and Publicity Officer.