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|WRITE FOR RIGHTS       Home - Top||I would like to thank the Sixth Form Amnesty International Team, and Mr Rugg in particular, for organising today's Write for Rights campaign. The event raised awareness of human rights abuses across the world and helped to shine a light on the murky actions of some governments. Our students signed petitions and wrote letters to demand the release of prisoners of conscience and investigate miscarriages of justice. Wyedean School's intention is to broaden horizons and encourage our students to be active citizens - this event is just one element of that process. Well done to the Amnesty International Team!
John Lane - Head of Year 13
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|REMINDER...       Home - Top||Reminder it is non-uniform wear a Christmas jumper on Friday 19th December it will cost £1 and all monies collected will go to the Chepstow Food Bank.
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|SHOEBOX APPEAL 2014       Home - Top||On Tuesday 9th December 2014 the staff and students of Wyedean School and Sixth Form Centre came together to do something incredible. They managed to fill, wrap and stack around 300 shoeboxes that will be sent off around the world to children less fortunate than themselves.
The enthusiasm of the staff and students was overflowing and the empathy towards the children they were helping was outstanding. They worked through their PSHEE tutorial period to make sure every single shoebox was as well filled and well wrapped as the last.
Every single student played a crucial role in this most special of days. As the students in the main school filled and wrapped the boxes, the Sixth Form students helped with bringing the boxes back to the main Sixth Form foyer, stacking and counting the boxes.
The event is something for the whole school to celebrate.
Thank you to all those in our community whose generosity made this such a meaningful success. Special thanks should go to Ffion Jones (Year 13) who co-ordinated the event so well.
|READ OUT LOUD CLUB       Home - Top||It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas here at the library, and the Wednesday lunchtime Read Out Loud Club is the place to be! Angela the librarian read us few spine tingling chapters from the ultimate Christmas classic, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Be sure not to miss next Wednesday's final sparkling, scintillating Read Out Loud favourite before the Christmas holidays! AND! If you've attended 3 in a row, you might just be that lucky winner in our fantastic festive prize draw!
|NATIONAL PHYSICAL LABORATORY       Home - Top||National Physical Laboratory - School Science Film Challenge 2014 - Winners Announced!
Congratulations to Dominic and Ben for their recent success in the 2014 NPL Science Film Challenge. Their video The Bouncing 'Eggsperiment!' came first in the 'Best Cinematography' category and was also nominated in three other categories.
Watch their video below:
Click here to see the results:
|WYEDEAN CHRISTMAS CONCERT       Home - Top||The annual Christmas Concert will take place on WEDNESDAY 17th DECEMBER at 7.00pm at St Marys Church, Chepstow. The concert will involve both choirs, the Chepstow Community Big Band and the school MicroJazz Band. There will also be a selection of soloists and other ensembles. Tickets for the concert will be on sale from the Cash Office or on the door at a price of £5.00 including refreshments. Children aged 18 and under will not need to purchase a ticket.
|WRITE FOR RIGHTS       Home - Top||The Sixth Form Amnesty International group will be holding the annual Write for Rights day on Tuesday 16th December in G15 during lunchtime. It is an open invitation for students and staff to sign cards and petitions for Prisoners of Conscience - these will then be mailed to destinations around the world.
|Read Out Loud Club getting Christmassy!!       Home - Top||The Christmas spirit has arrived at the Read Out Loud Club this week, and Mr Jones got the Christmas storytelling started in style with his suspense-filled rendition of “A Kidnapped Santa Claus” by L.Frank Baum. It was a classic story of good versus evil, wherein Santa Claus is kidnapped from the Laughing Valley by the five Daemons of the cave - Selfishness, Envy, Hatred, Malic and Repentance. The daemons hated Santa Claus for the simple reason that he made children happy. Can Christmas be saved? Good always prevails and Santa's favourite 4 assistants all rallied round to get the presents delivered in his absence and the Daemon of Repentence helped Santa to escape. Mr Jones told the tale brilliantly and Angela's little helpers all rallied round to make sure the event went smoothly! There are exciting plans afoot for the next few Christmas themed Read Out Loud sessions... don't miss the next exciting instalment!!
|READ OUT LOUD!       Home - Top||This week it was the turn of the head teacher to share his favourite book in the Read Out Loud Club. Mr Pemberton entertained students with a favourite short story from the Daredevils and Scaredy Cats collection by Chris Powling. Lorna Penfold was dubbed "Thingy" and treated as an outcast by the other kids at school because she only had half an arm, but the tables get turned on the gang leader by Teddy who gives her a proper status rather than being the butt of the joke. Mr Pemberton really drew out the humour and the sadness in equal measure, and whilst most of the students were laughing they were able to see the clear message of friendship, courage and standing up for what is right.
"I liked it because it was really funny but also really sad" (student, year 8).
"Mr Pemberton was brilliant and really shouted some bits, making us jump out of our skin!" (Laura Kwiatkowska, 7A).
Who will be next to read their favourite story out loud? Come along and find out next Wednesday 1.45 in the library.
|THE BIG TIDY UP       Home - Top||On Monday, Nov 21st students and staff from Wyedean school joined forces with the Street Wardens and members of Two Rivers Housing Association in a community project to tidy up Sedbury. The weather was kind and the students did us proud proving energetic, responsible and keen to do more. We will build on these projects and are proud to be a part of any initiative that nurtures the community spirit.
|WYEDEAN FINISH 2nd       Home - Top||Wyedean finish 2nd in District Cross Country.
57 pupils from years 7 to 11 represented Wyedean at the Forest of Dean schools district cross country championships at Newent Community School on Wednesday. Pupils competed on a tough course with conditions difficult underfoot, but pupils put in brilliant performances across the board. The year 7 girls and intermediate (year 10/11) boys both finished 3rd out of 6 schools, with Layla Howells and Becca Kennedy (3rd and 6th in minor girls) and Harry Clarke (4th in intermediate boys) putting in excellent performances. The intermediate girls (year 10/11) finished 2nd, with Lowri Lougher finishing 3rd. The year 7 boys, junior (year 8/9) boys and the junior girls all put in fantastic individual and team performances, all finishing first in the team events. Tyler Hooper finished 4th in the minor boys event, whilst Eleanor Flack and Alex Green finished 4th and 5th for the junior girls. In the junior boys, 6 of the team finished in the top 15, with Connor Wilson and Mark Shanley finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively. With these brilliant results, 23 pupils (10 boys, 13 girls) finished in the top 15 in their races, and will move on to the county championships in Newent in December. Unfortunately, the team just missed out on the overall award, finishing 2nd by just 32 places to hosts Newent. Overall, it was an excellent performance by all the pupils, who represented the school in superb fashion!
|READ OUT LOUD CLUB       Home - Top||The launch of the new exciting "Read Out Loud" club in the library on Wednesday 12th November during year 7 library lesson was an amazing success ! Miss Smith had year 7 students captivated with her Deep South American accent in her riveting reading from Of Mice and Men. Her "Lenny" was an Oscar contender! Each Wednesday lunchtime at 1.45pm teachers, staff and occasionally outside celebrity guests will come to the library and read from a favourite book. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy being read to, and each time you attend "3 in a row" you will be entered into a fabulous prize draw! The first lucky winner of a fabulous prize was Jordan Bevington from year 7 - congratulations to Jordan! The first lunchtime reading will take place on Weds 26th November- be there or miss out on a real treat!
|LOST PROPERTY       Home - Top||
We have a huge amount of lost property all named items are on reception but all displayed items are unnamed. Please feel free to check when you attend your Academic Mentoring Appointment if you child has lost anything. Please note all unnamed items will be disposed of after Friday 14th November - Many thanks
|WYEDEAN OUT OF SPECIAL MEASURES       Home - Top||
Wyedean School and Sixth Form Centre is out of Special Measures after only twelve months, following a successful Ofsted monitoring visit last week. The school was praised by inspectors for improvements in achievement, teaching and leadership, and for the behaviour of its students. Wyedean's GCSE exam results this summer were the best in the school's history, closely followed by improved Sixth Form results.
Headteacher Clive Pemberton said
"The whole school community is delighted to have achieved such a successful outcome in so short a time. Most schools take between 18 and 24 months to achieve what we have achieved. Staff and students have worked incredibly hard over the last twelve months to show Ofsted just how good a school we are, and the inspectors recognised that we have made significant and sustainable improvements".
We are looking forward to a very positive official inspection report, which will be published in a fortnight's time, and will be available on the Wyedean and the Ofsted websites.
|REMEMBRANCE       Home - Top||On Monday, November 10th students and staff held two services to mark Remembrance. We were joined by Mitch and Crick, members of our local regiment - 1Rifles. Two very moving assemblies were held, during with the soldiers shared their personal experiences and talked about what Remembrance meant to them. The Last Post signalled a time for reflection for all concerned. At the end of the assembly, we were pleased to present 1Rifles with a cheque for £500 made out to their charity 'Care for Casualties'. We are proud of the partnership we have with 1Rifles and hope it will continue to flourish.
|SIXTH FORM OPEN EVENING 20th Nov 6-8 pm       Home - Top||
|WE ARE OUT OF SPECIAL MEASURES!       Home - Top||Following a two day inspection this week, Ofsted inspectors decided that the school had improved so significantly that the Special Measures judgement could be lifted.
The inspectors saw improvements in the quality of teaching, in student achievement (in the main school and in the Sixth Form), in student behaviour, and in the quality of leadership.
The official Ofsted report will be published in two to three weeks. Until that time I am not able to give any further details of the judgement. All parents will receive a copy of the report as soon as it is published, and I will hold a meeting for parents to discuss its contents.
We are absolutely delighted with this outcome. Staff and students have worked extremely hard over the past year to show exactly how good a school Wyedean is. To be removed from Special Measures after only a year is very rare, and is something which the whole school community can be extremely proud of.
|WYEDEAN STUDENTS PAY TRIBUTE...       Home - Top||Students and staff at Wyedean School and Sixth Form held a non-uniform day to mark National Heroes Day this year. Some students took the opportunity to wear items that linked to the Heroes theme of the day (see below).
A cheque will be presented to a representative from The Rifles, who are based locally. All money raised will go to the Care for Casualties charity which helps support injured soldiers and their families.
|WYEDEAN SCIENCE STUDENTS TO SEE PROF. ROBERT WINSTON       Home - Top||
The Science Department has organised a unique opportunity to hear world class speakers in their field. Fifty Year 9 students have the chance to see and hear five of Britain's top scientists, all working at the cutting edge of their specialisms. GCSE Science Live! at the Colston Hall, Bristol on Wednesday 28 January 2015 is an excellent opportunity to experience exciting lectures by prominent people who can really engage students. In addition, examiner Stewart Chenery will provide top tips for exam success.
The day will be fast-moving, exhilarating, thought-provoking and will give students the chance to raise issues with the scientists. Each student will receive a well-produced booklet with details about each scientist, the lectures and some general articles about studying science and working as scientists – as well as a number of pieces from an experienced chief examiner on success at GCSE.
The scheduled speakers include:
Professor Robert Winston.
Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock.
Dr Kate Lancaster.
Professor Andrea Sella.
Professor Bruce Hood.
Further details and information can be obtained at http://gcsesciencelive.net/ The total cost of the trip is £30 which includes entrance to the event (£20.40), coach travel and staffing. The coach will depart Wyedean School at 9.00am and we should return at 4.00pm. All students must wear school uniform and bring a packed lunch and a drink.
If you would like your son or daughter to attend this trip, please complete the tear off slip on the letter issued to your son or daughter (this will be issued to them before 24 October 2014) and return it to the Cash Office by Monday 1st December 2015. Please make your payment of £30 online via your child's account. This trip should now appear under the trips section of their account.
We have a limited number of tickets and so the first 50 students to return their reply slips will go. Places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.
Feedback from students last year was very positive and students commented that the day was a memorable and inspirational.
(Above) Professor Robert Winston: He is a medical doctor, distinguished scientist, particularly in the area of human fertility. He, like most of the contributors, has the gift of being able to communicate in a most engaging way. Not surprisingly he is also a well-known television presenter and in addition he is also a politician who sits on the Labour Party benches in the House of Lords.
For further details please contact Mr. Motson (3i/c Sciences ) firstname.lastname@example.org
|JUNK FOOD MAKES WAY FOR FRESH FRUIT FRIDAY!       Home - Top||Concerned about the amount of unhealthy food being eaten by Sixth Formers, staff at Wyedean School came up with a novel way of changing eating habits. In the week beginning Monday 13th of October, all junk food brought in to the Sixth Form building was taxed to the tune of 20p per item. Despite some initial opposition, Sixth Formers responded to the policy with good nature and humour. There was even a noticeable decline in the amount of junk food being consumed. As a reward to the students, Sixth Form Learning Mentor, Isla Arendell, bought a range of fruit from the junk food tax and made over 200 fruit kebabs. These were given out free of charge on Friday to the delight of students who ate all 200 in the space of 15 minutes! Challenging lifestyles habits is never easy but we hope that attention has been drawn to the amount of junk food being consumed and a healthier alternative promoted.
|FOOTBALL       Home - Top||Year 12 boys get the football season off to a solid start with a convincing 1 - 0 over the Year 13 team.
|WYEDEAN TOPS 70%!       Home - Top||Following the upgrading of some of our GCSE results by the examination boards, the percentage of Wyedean students who achieved at least 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C including English and Maths has risen above 70%.
This year's GCSE results were already our most successful - they just keep on getting better!
This fantastic set of results reflects so positively on all the hard work done by staff and students over the past year.
|UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL TRIP       Home - Top||
Four students from Yr13 Applied Science Level 3 BTEC went on a visit to the School of Chemistry at the University of Bristol on Monday 8th September with Mr. Motson from the Sciences Faculty. The aim of the trip was to allow students to familiarise themselves with laboratory procedures and practices at one of the biggest and most successful scientific research facilities in the world. To give an idea of the size and importance of the facility, The School of Chemistry has 260 Ph.D. students, 100 post-doctoral chemistry researchers and 62 professors working on treatments for cancer, the design of new materials and drugs and advanced analytical techniques to name a few.
The four students (Lora Jones, Hollie Powell, Megan McGonagle and Ellie Dunn) observed first-hand how safety, efficiency and effectiveness is an integral part of laboratory design. Students saw a wide range of advanced chemical apparatus including mass spectrometers, the ultrafast laser laboratory and cutting edge nanotechnology equipment. The range and size of the laboratories was inspiring. For example the School of Chemistry has 126 fume cupboards! In contrast, Wyedean School has four.
Students successfully used the information to bolster and augment their BTEC Assignments on Working in the Scientific Workplace. Part of our Science vision at Wyedean is to try and take Science out of the classroom where possible and allow students to experience it for real. We have worked closely with Dr. Tim Harrision from the University of Bristol who has delivered inspiring demonstrations to the current Year 8 and 9 year groups. We look forward to working more closely with the School of Chemistry to further improve of AS and A2 Chemistry outcomes and inspire more young scientists of tomorrow.
Our thanks to Dr. Tim Harrison University of Bristol, School of Chemistry (above).
|EARLY FINISH THURSDAY 2nd OCTOBER       Home - Top||Due to the Year 6 Open Evening on Thursday 2nd October, lessons will finish at lunchtime to allow students to depart at 1.20pm. The canteen will not be providing lunch, but will be open as normal at break time. The school buses will leave at 1.30pm instead of 3.30pm.
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Wyedean school and Sixth form would like to thank Chepstow garden Centre for supplying plants and shrubs and supporting the year six parents evening.
|THE WORLD'S BIGGEST COFFEE MORNING       Home - Top||The staff have been busy doing their own homework this week; baking!
It's all for a good cause to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer as part of The World's Biggest Coffee Morning. Wyedean staff have been supporting this worthy cause for several years now and have raised hundreds of pounds with their sponges. This week is no different with a sumptuous display of home baking to tempt the tastebuds and bring in the donations for this very worthy cause. The event is taking place over two days to maximise the pleasure of the culinary delights.
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