|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.
|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!
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|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.
Press and Publicity Officer
|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)
|WORLD BOOK DAY!!!       Home - Top||Happy World Book Day 2015! On Thursday 5th March all of us Wyedean bibliophiles will be going completely bonkers about books! This year we wish to pay visual homage to our love of books by creating an awesome collaborative collage to brighten up the library. We are asking EVERY student (and member of staff!) to participate by writing the name of their favourite book title inside a hexagon shape (see your form tutor for this) and illustrating your book title as colourfully and imaginatively as possible. A £20 voucher will be awarded the most attractive entry. Check out the WBD website for details of a whole range of online booky shenanigans to mark the occasion, including the opportunity to chat live online with a dazzling array of authors including Malorie Blackman, David Almond and Marcus Sedgwick. Not forgetting, of course, our annual treat of a £1 National Book token for everyone in the school which you can exchange for one of 10 exclusive WBD titles (see website for details) or alternatively you can use your token to get £1 discount off any title. All entries for the art competition must reach the library by the end of World Book Day and the judges' choice for the most visually attractive illustration of your book title will be announced on Friday 6th March so don't delay and Happy World Book Day!
|BRITISH VALUES TUTORIAL       Home - Top||Just before half term, Year 8 were lucky enough to have a number of visitors come in and speak to them about British values and the issues surrounding them. British Citizens of the Muslim Faith, Salma Kaka and Shebaz Razvi, as well as Duncan Arinze, a Black Police Officer, spoke to both staff and students about their experiences. This gave the students a very meaningful insight into 21st Century British values, with students coming away with a wider understanding and more empathetic views. The students were very responsive and offered plenty of positive comments:
"We should communicate with other religions instead of being racist because of the media or something that happened in the past."
"People should be able to be whatever religion they want."
"Everyone should be able to believe in what they like and be able to respect each other!"
"I think Teachers, Police, people in our homes, students at Wyedean, myself should all take responsibility about the British Values being followed."
|COUNTY BADMINTON FINALS       Home - Top||Congratulations to the Year 9 girls' badminton in their excellent performance at the County Badminton Finals. Representing the Forest of Dean, the team played some fantastic badminton and finished a very creditable 3rd place. Well done to Emily Tsui, Megan Napper, Cerys Williams and Carys Player.
|NFU VISIT       Home - Top||The Wyedean School's Campaigns Group were inspired by a visit from NFU spokesperson and local dairy farmer Andrew Guest.
They invited Mr Guest in to discuss the issue of falling milk prices and how this has affected the dairy business in general. This is a significant issue for many in the local area and the Campaigns Group are passionate about making a difference to the industry and the lives it affects.
They learned that milk prices had fallen due to political instability (Russian and China halted imports on certain commodities) and oversupply in the world market.
Contrary to popular belief, some supermarkets pair more than the cost of production to farmers. However, supermarkets selling milk at a discount which devalues the milk in the mind of the consumer. Milk processors, such as First Milk, are also partly to blame because they are paying under the value of production for milk to the farmers. The cost of production for milk on average is 31.51p. Tesco and Sainsbury's pay around 32p per litre and First Milk pay about 21p per litre which is a loss of 10p per litre.
The Campaigns Group has planned to take several actions such as: writing to our local candidates for election, prominent supermarkets in our area and also to raise awareness throughout Wyedean school.
|MARK HARPER MP VISITS WYEDEAN       Home - Top||On Friday 30th January local MP Mark Harper visited Wyedean to talk to both teachers and students. He began his meeting with a meeting with the head teacher, Mr Pemberton, before being led on a guided tour of the school and Sixth Form by a very enthusiastic group of Year 11 students who did not hesitate to fully engage with the MP and give a very good run down of what happens here at Wyedean. Following this he sat and ate lunch with a selection of students, and proceeded to answer some very inquisitive questions from them, with a number of Sixth Form students asking particularly well thought out questions. In all Mr. Harper's visit was a thoroughly enjoyable experience for all involved, and brought a real insight into the work of an MP.
|HALF TERM REVISION       Home - Top||Please download the timetable HERE
|YEAR 12/13 TEST MATCH       Home - Top||On a bitterly cold Friday afternoon in February, Year 12 and Year 13 squared up for their eagerly anticipated third of a three-match test series. The first had gone to the Year 13s with the second finishing as a draw. This was the Year 12s' chance to level the series. The match was gladiatorial in its physicality, with no year group giving an inch. However, that little bit of extra class from Year 13 told in the end. Two nicely worked tries from Connell Mills and Will Barnston proved decisive in what was a bruising and rumbustious encounter. In the game's best moment, man of the match, Isaac Phillips, cut through midfield like a knife through butter and off-loaded to the towering presence of Will Barnston to run home what proved to be the deciding try. Year 12s rallied in the closing stages and had the chance to level when Solomon Thompson enjoyed a two man overlap. However, a tap tackle from Nick Weaving brought the gutsy centre down before he could deliver the pass. Another moment of class; another victory for series winners, Year 13.
|BADMINTON CHAMPIONS.       Home - Top||Year 9 Forest of Dean District Badminton Champions
Congratulations to Emily Tsui, Megan Napper, Cerys Williams and Carys Player for winning the Forest of Dean District badminton championships this week. In the first round the girls convincingly beat Lakers School 5 - 0 and then fought hard to beat Dean Magna 4 - 1 in the final. They now go on to represent the Forest of Dean in the County Championships in Cheltenham on Wed 25th February.
|YEAR 9 BOYS GO CLOSE IN TOURNAMENT       Home - Top||Year 9 Boys go close in district 7 a-side tournament
Wyedean's Year 9 7 a-side team narrowly missed out on winning a district 7 a-side tournament at Forest Academy on Wednesday. The boys played four games in some difficult weather conditions, winning their first two against Lakers (4-0) and Forest Academy (1-0), before drawing with Newent (0-0). Going into their last game with Dene Magna, they needed to win to have a chance of winning the tournament.
Despite taking the lead through a Dan Tozer goal, Dene Magna proved too strong, scoring two high quality goals, with the game finishing 2-1 to Dene Magna. The eight boys who travelled all put in a terrific effort, and played some excellent football at times!
|EXAM RE-SIT DEADLINE!!!!       Home - Top||A reminder that the deadline for submitting Summer re-sit GCSE, AS and A level entries is Wednesday 28th January. All forms and entry information can be found in the Exam's section of the School website.
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|WYEDEAN FUNDRAISING       Home - Top||On the 20th December 2014 the Wyedean Youth Group completed a hectic day of fundraising at the Lydney Co-op. The group not only managed to receive praise from the public for their impressive bag packing skills, but also managed to raise the astronomical amount of £432.88. This outstanding figure in no small way reflects the drive and effort that was put in by the staff and students who volunteered to brave the extremely busy shopping day to help raise funds to help pay for future trips for the group.
|WORLD BOOK DAY!       Home - Top||World Book Day 2015 is on 5th March this year, and an exciting award is being given to the school that comes up with the best response to the statement:
You can respond in a number of different ways with your entry, for example write a short story, poem or news article, a drama performance, a song or a dance, create a display, a mural or a poster, make a model or a video trailer... the list is endless. There are 5 amazing prizes, the first prize is a staggering £10,000 worth of books for the school library, however in addition to this a very special individual prize will be given by the school to the entrant who comes up with the winning entry for Wyedean! The closing date is Friday 30th January, and all entries must reach the library by Monday 26th January. So - no time to spare!!!... let your creativity and imaginations run free! All details can be found on the 2015 World Book Day website: http://worldbookday.com/wobod/
Good luck everyone!
|READ OUT LOUD CLUB IS BACK!       Home - Top||Welcome back to a brand new year of the ever popular Read Out Loud Club! We had a very special treat from Miss Griffiths on Wednesday as she read us a really amazing short story called "Special Friend" penned by her very own hand! This was the first time she has read her story in public and everyone agreed it should definitely be published one day! Everyone could really relate to the theme of having an imaginary friend and the characters and dialogue were so lively and engaging... Well Done Miss Griffiths! the Read Out Loud Club unanimously agree that this story is a winner!!! Come along next Wednesday 1.46pm to see what our next Read Out Loud treat will be!