Following a recent workshop by Oxplore, an innovative new digital outreach program from the University of Oxford some of our students entered a ‘Big Question Competition’.

We were delighted to discover that 2 of our students were winners. Akeel Miah and Lewis Oram from Y10 won first prize for their big question ‘Why should we care about colonisation’. 

The prize for first place was a trip for both of them to the Oxplore national launch;  On Wednesday 20 September 2017 they travelled to Pembroke College, for a day themed on ‘Would you want to live forever?’ with workshops from Oxford specialists and a visit to one of Oxford’s museums.  The day ended with voting on the question, the launch of the Oxplore website, and with Akeel and Lewis being recognised for their winning question.  The also go to hear an Oxford academic answer the question!

You can find out more about Oxplore: The Big Question at https://oxplore.org

    

 

We were delighted to hear that during the summer break, Jack Hughes won a prize in a competition for schools run by Cardiff Met.  Jack was one of a number of students across Wales who submitted a recipe to the New Product Development School Prize competition.

The competition judges were unanimous in their decision in selecting Jack's entry as one of the winning recipes.

The prize was an iPad and also transportation and complimentary Royal Welsh Show tickets for Jack and his family attend the show to receive his prize.  Unfortunately, Jack was on holiday and unable to attend, however Mrs Noon the canteen manager, collected the prize on his behalf. Jack collected picked up his iPad when we returned to school.

 

The competition has been so successful that it will run again in 2018, with another chance to win an iPad.

 

On 12th July the school was awarded its third Eco Schools Green Flag Award by Keep Wales Tidy.

To achieve this the school’s Eco Committee produced an Eco Plan, the most important targets of which were to reduce litter on the site and to increase recycling.  A number of strategies were adopted to reduce litter, such as food packaging not being taken out of the canteen, promotion work through litter bunting and assemblies and litter picking rotas. 

Recycling has been improved by extending paper and card recycling and introducing plastic and tin recycling.  Most classrooms now have paper and card recycling bins and five plastic and tin recycling points have been established.  Since February 2017 the school has cancelled 10 scheduled waste skip collections due to the increase in recycling.  This equates to a reduction of approximately 4.5 tons of landfill and a saving of £1,016 this year. 

The school’s Eco Club has worked hard since the Autumn to restore the school garden and the club are growing fruit, vegetables and herbs.  They have worked closely with the Canteen Manager to recycle food waste into compost for the garden.  Bryony Bromley of Keep Wales Tidy said “The Green Flag award is a fantastic achievement. 

The school, staff and pupils should feel proud of their hard work and commitment”. 

In July the school was awarded its Healthy Schools Scheme Level Four award.  The award recognises the school’s ongoing work to educate students on the dangers of substance misuse and to promote healthy eating and fitness. 

Caerleon is the first secondary school in Newport to achieve Phase Four.

On Tuesday July 11th four Year 12 students represented the school at the Welsh Baccalaureate Dragons's Den Business Class finals. The four students were Oliver Johnson, Joel Wells, Matthew Evans and Aaron Berrow.  The team beat off fierce competition from the other Newport Secondary Schools to impress the three judges and secure first place. 

Our students created a fantastic, innovative idea in conjunction with Zodiac Aerospace.  They were tasked with designing a premium head support for passengers on first class flights.  This proposal was implemented through the The Engineering Education Scheme Wales (EESW) and was supported by the Design and Technology department, supervised by Miss Gibbs.

The judges were full of praise for the idea and the students' ability to confidently deliver a professional presentation to a room of 40 people.  They also commented that the Business Plan they devised was better and more detailed that many they see for their businesses.
 
Here are the team being presented with their award.