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|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!
|SHELTERS - PRESS RELEASE       Home - Top||Students at Wyedean School celebrate the arrival of new shelters.
At the end of 2014, Wyedean School Council was able to purchase the long awaited shelters, to provide students with a dry place to go at break and lunch time.
There are now four of these shelters in the school, which the school council are enormously pleased with, as they have been trying to get them for a long time.
Ms Taylor (Deputy Head) said that she was "so proud we've managed to get it done this year, it's a big achievement for the students who have been trying to get them for two and a half years."
The money for the shelters came from the school council budget, a donation from the school and a generous donation of £3000 from Monmouthshire transport, which we are very thankful for.
Chloe Taylor was one of the students' who spearheaded the campaign, but all of the school council has worked extremely hard.
These shelters have been a long time coming and everyone is delighted. One student in year 8 said the shelters are "just the thing for sheltering you from the rain or keeping you in the shade in the summer. Me and my friends will use them a lot."
|KS4 GCSE SCIENCE REVISION TIMETABLE       Home - Top||KS4 Higher GCSE Science revision timetable after school on Mondays 3.25 - 4.25
Science revision is starting on Monday for students in Year 11 sets 1-3 and year 10 sets 2-4.
See the schedule below.
|LATEST NEWSLETTER NOW AVAILABLE!       Home - Top||Please click HERE to download.
|ADULT EDUCATION CLASSES!       Home - Top||New Year New You! Adult Education classes start next week - don't miss the chance to get a head start! Browse the list of courses available - you're sure to find one to suit you.
Please download the Spring 2015 brochure HERE
|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.
|FOREST OF DEAN CARERS' FORUM       Home - Top||
|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!