|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.
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|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.
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|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.
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|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
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|CELEBRATION EVENING 2015       Home - Top||Just before Easter, Wyedean held its third Celebration Evening to recognise many deserving youngsters for a variety of achievements, both academic and pastoral. The Celebration Evening proved a very popular event, with several hundred in attendance including parents, staff, governors and other guests. We were lucky enough to have Wayne Barnes (International Rugby Referee), as our guest speaker. Wayne, a local boy made good, added an extra dimension to proceedings and delivered a wonderful speech, reflecting on how his own life journey, and success as a barrister and highly respected referee, represent the values that we as a school hold dear.
|MATHS CHALLENGE       Home - Top||Students at Wyedean school achieved 1 Gold, 2 Silver and 15 Bronze certificates in this years's UK Maths Trust (UKMT) Intermediate Maths Challenge. Over 200,000 students from across the UK sat the Intermediate Maths Challenge with roughly the top 6% receiving a gold certificate, the next 13% silver and the next 21% bronze. The Intermediate Maths Challenge is run by UKMT and is aimed at students in years 9 & 10 and sat in schools.
In year 10 our highest achievers were:
Iolo Fudge - best in school, best in year and he achieved a Gold certificate. Iolo also went forward to the next round, the Pink Kangaroo. Isobel Gittings - achieved a Silver certificate and Tomos Absalom, Libby Hollies, Rhydiann Neale, Evie McGinley, George Sorrell, Nicholas Stockley, Joshua Taylor & Travis Challener-Morgan all achieved Bronze certificates.
In year 9 our highest achievers were:
Joseph Symons - best in year and he achieved a Silver certificate.
Declan Boyle, Abbie Hayes, Thomas Blore, Carys Player, Eve Jones, Amelia Thomas & Matt Corney all achieved Bronze certificates.
Some of our year 12 & 13 students sat the Senior UKMT Maths Challenge. Their results are as follows:
In year 13 our highest achievers were:
Nicole Rhodes - best in year and she achieved a Silver certificate.
Adam Rigbey, Charlie Conridge & Emi-Lou Barker all achieved Bronze certificates.
In year 12 our highest achievers were:
Laura Chimes - best in school, best in year and she achieved a Gold certificate.
Alex Dewar - achieved a silver certificate
We congratulate all our students on their great performance and and their achievements in the Maths Challenge.
|SOLAR ECLIPSE       Home - Top||On Friday 20th March 2015 we had the wonder of seeing a partial eclipse of the sun. For those of us lucky enough to see it, it was a magnificent event.
The coverage reached about 86%, which is the largest eclipse seen in this country since the total eclipse of 1999. There are a number of partial eclipses visible over the coming years, however there won't be one as good as Friday's until 2026. The next total eclipse visible in the UK is not until 2090.
Solar eclipses occur when the moon's orbit coincides with the orbits of the sun and the earth, moving the moon between us and the sun. This can happen only at new moon and the alignment is referred to as syzygy. We are very fortunate on our planet in that the sun is 400 times bigger than the moon but it is 400 times further away from us, giving a perfect total eclipse. Eclipses happen on other planets but they are not as perfect as ours!
|EASTER REVISION SESSIONS       Home - Top||Please download HERE
|BRECON BEACONS GEOGRAPHY TRIP       Home - Top||Early in March the Geography Department took a number of AS students out on a trip up to the Brecon Beacons to complete field work, investigating the changing characteristics of the River Usk. Despite horrendously wet and cold conditions they just about managed to stay cheerful and the results work well.
Trips such as these aren't just a good day out; they're an excellent opportunity for students to put what they've learnt in the classroom into practice and physically see what they've been studying.
Press and Publicity Officer.
|WAYNE BARNES VISITS WYEDEAN       Home - Top||On Wednesday 25th March international rugby union referee Wayne Barnes visited Wyedean School. During the afternoon he took part in a talk with a number of PE staff and students from across the upper half of the school, Year 11 to Year 13.
The talk with the staff and students by Mr Barnes was wide ranging, from students asking him questions such as "How do you cope with media pressure following a controversial decision?" To Mr Barnes himself asking them "What's your proudest achievement in the last 12 months?"
All in all the afternoon was very good with staff, students and Mr Barnes alike all expressing their enjoyment.
Wayne was then our guest of honour for Wyedean's annual Celebration Evening. His speech was inspirational and touched on Wyedean's core values of Respect, Stamina for Learning and Inspiration. Wayne gave out nearly one hundred awards to students who embody these values in what proved to be a wonderful evening. His key message to all our students was to work hard to overcome challenges, learn from mistakes and have the strength of character to become better and more successful people every day.
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|NETBALL TOUR 2015       Home - Top||This weekend 34 girls from Year 8, 9, 10 & 11 took part in the annual Netball Tour at Liddington PGL Centre. They played in some very competitive matches over the weekend, showing some great team work and effort. The Year 8 team played very well and were close to earning themselves a place in the semi-finals. Year 9, 10 and 11 teams all played in semi-finals but despite some fantastic play, none were able to secure a place in the final.
Certificates were awarded to the following girls at the end of the weekend:
Most Improved Players: Tia Prelevic (Year 8), Carlie Bailey (Year 9), Erin O'Connell (Year 10) and Brittany Hobbs (Year 11).
Players' Player: Jess Edwards-Bowden and Kaite D'andrea (Year 8), Maya Tyrell (Year 9), Kate Gilchrist (Year 10) and Holly Wilson (Year 11).
Coaches' Player: Evie Purcell (Year 8), Abbie Hayes (Year 9), Morgan Luff (Year 10) and Emily Bartlett (Year 11).
Staff would like to thank all girls who took part for representing the school in an extremely positive manner and for making the weekend such a pleasant experience for all concerned. Very well done!
|MOUNTAIN BIKE COMPETITION       Home - Top||
Well done to the Year 9 Boys and Girls mountain biking teams in the District competition at Lakers School this week. With only 2 riders, the girls worked hard to finish 4th. The boys competed hard in all laps and finished a very creditable 2nd.
|TRUST TEAM MATHS CHALLENGE       Home - Top||On Friday the 20th of March four students from Wyedean took part in the UK Mathematics Trust Team Maths Challenge at St Katherine's school in Bristol. Declan Boyle, Thomas Blore, Laura Willingham and Olivia Gribble were a credit to the school and performed very well, eventually finishing a very respectable 12th place out of 30 competing schools.
|ULTIMATE PI DAY       Home - Top||Friday 13th of March 2015 represented Ultimate Pi Day (3/14/15, in the Americanised form). Students at Wyedean had a great time celebrating the event and took part in various mini games such as a freehand circle drawing competition, a target game, a reciting pi competition, creating a pi out of pennies, pi fact cards scattered around the school and a pi biscuit bake sale. £41.07 was raised during the event, which went towards Comic Relief. Special mention to Olivia Kilby who managed to recite pi to an astronomical 87 decimal places!
|WYEDEAN SCHOOL COMIC RELIEF       Home - Top||Wyedean has done it again and helped to raise over £1,000 for Comic Relief. There were plenty of students and staff doing something funny for money, alongside the usual non-uniform day which always brings in droves of donations. These ranged from cake sales through to a Year 11 vs. Staff netball match to which, although the teachers fought valiantly, the staff were ultimately undone by the impressive co-ordination and skill that the Year 11 girls had. All round though it was another tremendous effort from all of the Wyedean students and staff, who really pulled out all of the stops to help raise money for some very important causes.
|iPad boosted learning for Social Studies       Home - Top||The Social Studies learning area are delighted to announce that they have been awarded funding for 10 new iPad Minis from the Ernest Cook Trust. These new iPads allow students to undertake transformational learning activities within the classroom, something the department has been a large advocate of. This will allow students' learning to flourish and allow an even greater level of teacher-student and peer to peer interaction within lessons. Applications such as Socrative give instant feedback on questions and allow students to add a degree of competitive fun to their learning with their scores being projected live on a screen.
Another benefit is that the iPads can be used as excellent research tools allowing students to develop increasingly important independent learning skills. Students can now have access in class to the wealth of information available on websites as well as some amazing online databases.
The biggest advantage of iPads over other technologies is their long battery life, they're easy to transport from classroom to classroom and hopefully they should last for a long time.
But the department doesn't want to stop there. The Head of Social Studies, Mr Conridge, is targeting getting a whole class worth of them and has said to me that to get "30 [iPads] would be amazing". So he's asking anyone out there if they have any ideas about how he can get hold of any more, or if anyone would be kind enough to donate any (including old ones), to contact him.
It would seem that the only way is up in terms of technological innovation within the Social Studies department. Both the students and teachers love them and they are definitely mixing it up in the classrooms. With students from all year groups being able to use them, it's good to see the department fully utilising what's at their disposal for the benefit of all.
Press and Publicity Officer
|WYEDEAN BOYS CLEAN SWEEP AT LAKERS       Home - Top||On Wednesday afternoon, football teams from years 7, 9 and 10 travelled up to Lakers School for a round of fixtures. All three teams put in fantastic performances: Year 7 won 6-0, Year 9 won 8-1, and Year 10 won 3-1. A number of pupils were commended for excellent performances, including Harris Thomas (Hat-trick for Year 7), Connor Wilson (Hat-trick for Year 9) and Mack Sadler (outstanding saves in goal for Year 10), but it was the endeavour, teamwork and quality of football played from all pupils which was extremely pleasing for the members of staff who travelled with the sides. Well done boys!!!
Pictured below are the Year 7 team.
|WORLD BOOK DAY ART COMPETITION       Home - Top||Huge congratulations to Josette Deeth, 8c, who won the first prize in the World Book Day Library Art competition. Josette's design was a spectacular collage-style illustration of The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick - a very deserving winner! A second prize was awarded to Zoe Ashwood, 9B, who produced a beautiful atmospheric depiction of Looking For Alaska by John Green. The standard of all the entries was very high, so well done everyone and watch this space in the library for our lovely collage of all the entries, a great souvenir of World Book Day 2015!
|SIXTH FORM GENERAL ELECTION       Home - Top||With fewer than 100 days until the General Election, Sixth Form students at Wyedean performed an election of their own. An enthusiastic group of students represented five leading parties: the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Greens and UKIP, and campaigned on their behalf. They had to make a party political broadcast, canvass voters and perform a Question Time activity in front of over 200 of their peers and staff members. The candidates were terrific and did a thoroughly professional job. Their research and level of knowledge was superb.
I am extremely proud of the following students for playing a leading role in the event: Sophie Drinkwater, Thomas Saunders, Abigail O'Connell, Bryn Evans, Adam Shanley, Jacob Buckley and Lewys Phillips. I'm also grateful for the assistance of those who helped with the logistics of the event such as Millie Collins, Emma Sayer, Jordan Roderick, Gregg McKelvey, Tom Lewis, Jake Dawson and Will Barthelmie.
Congratulations to Sophie and Thomas who campaigned on behalf of the Conservatives and won the election. Analysis of the result suggests that Wyedean students are left of centre politically but their vote split three ways between the Greens, Labour and the Liberal Democrats. There was a healthy 84% turnout. It will be interesting to see whether these results are reflected in the General Election of May 7th.
From John Lane (Head of Sixth Form)