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|ANOTHER SET OF EXCELLENT GCSE RESULTS       Home - Top||Students at Wyedean have achieved another excellent set of GCSE results this year. Last year's record number of A* and A grades has been exceeded again this year; Wyedean students racked up a best ever 376 A* and A grades. There were many outstanding individual achievements; Danni Bottrill, Elisha Burke, Patrick Llewellyn, Ceira Moulton, Caitlyn Powell, Sasha Sharpe and Coral Smith all achieved six or more A* grades.
Headteacher Clive Pemberton said "This splendid set of grades is the result of immense hard work by staff and students. These excellent outcomes are richly deserved. Coming as they do after the school's best ever A level results, today's achievement show that Wyedean's powerful academic tradition ensures top quality education for all our students".
|BEST EVER A LEVEL RESULTS IN 2015       Home - Top||
|YEAR 6 OPEN EVENING       Home - Top||
|BEST EVER A LEVEL RESULTS AT WYEDEAN       Home - Top||Students at Wyedean's Sixth Form Centre have achieved the best ever "A" level results in the school's history.
Over 60% of the grades achieved were A*, A or B, which represents a 15% improvement on last year's results, and is 6% higher than Wyedean's previous best ever results. When BTEC distinction grades are added, the higher grade percentage rises to the mid-60s.
Headteacher Clive Pemberton said: "These excellent results are due to the massive amount of hard work put in by staff and students alike. Last year we achieved our best-ever GCSE results, and to follow those with our record "A" level results this year shows a continuing positive upward trend. Our Year 12 students have also recorded some outstanding AS level grades, which bode well for their performance next summer".
This represents another huge stride for Wyedean's Sixth Form and we are very proud of the high standards we have achieved. Congratulations to everyone involved in this tremendous achievement.
|EXAM RESULTS DATES 2015       Home - Top||
|WYEDEAN YEAR 6 VISIT       Home - Top||Last week, Wyedean's Year 6s visited us for two days and engaged in a huge range of activities to help them learn about secondary school and the opportunities it offers, ready for September.
Their first day involved working with staff and students in our Creative Learning Area. In Drama the students explored physical theatre by learning basic techniques of lifting, catching, leaning on and linking. They did this with each other in groups to create performances of complex machines in motion. In Art the students worked tirelessly in teams to produce fashion wear from newspapers, followed by a fashion parade. In Graphic Design they toured the school taking pictures of different sections and piecing these together to map the school out ready for their start in September.
For Dance, the students designed their own routine and performed this on the day. In photography, they learnt how cameras worked and got a chance to explore this technology for themselves.
On the second day, the Year 6s engaged in series of linked activities produced by staff in Design Technology. The whole day was based around product design. Students were challenged to design and make a wooden truck, bake their own personalised cakes, complete with packaging and logo, using the latest D&T equipment and software. They then assembled the various pieces into one final product. The results were amazing.
A big thank you to all the staff involved, and hats off to the students, all of whom embraced the activities with energy and enthusiasm.
All in all it really was something to celebrate and a great start to Wyedean for our latest additions.
|LOST PROPERTY       Home - Top||There is a large amount of lost property please encourage your son or daughter to check for lost items. All lost property will be disposed of after Friday 17th July.
|SIXTH FORM COMMON ROOM       Home - Top||Well done to year 13 for doing a terrific job in redecorating the Sixth Form common room. Let's hope the new Year 12s approve!
|MADRID TRIP 2015       Home - Top||The Madrid trip party have arrived safely in Madrid and have enjoyed their first day in 38* heat!
|YEAR 6 STUDENTS ENJOY SCIENCE - JUNE 2015       Home - Top||Around 150 Year 6 students enjoyed a successful afternoon in Science on Monday 29th June 2015. Five classes of enthusiastic Year 6 students separated salt and sand from water using filter paper, funnels, conical flasks, evaporating dishes and Bunsen Burners. Students dissolved, filtered and heated successfully. Students worked cooperatively and sensibly in small groups to recover sodium chloride from the mixture of soluble and insoluble solids. Well done to all the eager young scientists involved. Good behaviour and determination is always expected at Wyedean, and the visiting students did not disappoint. Many thanks to Mrs. Van den Braak who organised the resources and lessons so thoroughly.
|SIXTH FORM INDUCTION WEEK       Home - Top||The last day of June saw the new sixth form students arrive for their four day induction programme. Staff and students worked extremely hard to make the new students feel welcome and help them to settle. The feedback received was extremely positive, with many students commenting that they had found the induction useful for confirming their choice of subjects and had enjoyed the lunchtime activities.
Here is a selection of comments made:
•   "All the subjects went really well and the teachers were more than accommodating."
•   "This week helped to ease my fears about sixth form and made me feel more comfortable."
•   "I found the lessons useful and very interesting."
•   "I've enjoyed my week. The different events held were fun."
•   "I am looking forward to the new challenge and am gaining confidence."
•   "I found this week really easy to settle in and relax with new friends."
|PLEASE READ:       Home - Top||Students need to remove all belongings from the lockers before the summer holidays as the lockers are cleaned. Anything left in the lockers will be disposed of.
|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.