Remembrance Service was held at St Mary's Church, Chepstow on Thursday 11 November 2016. Thank you to our Sixth form for all turning out and representing Chepstow School for an important occasion.
Transition week 4th - 8th July 2016. Monday 4th July saw the return of our Yr 11 students as they joined external students from several schools for their 6th Form transition week. The first day consisted of skills-based sessions delivered by a wealth of external providers from CITB Ambassadors to UCFB, Reading University and Techniquest. USW and Cardiff University also delivered sessions on topics ranging from maths to animation, and feedback from students was superb. We enjoyed meeting our new Yr 12s, who will now follow their options timetables for the rest of the week, where they will receive skills-based lessons which help bridge the gap between GCSE and AS. Our Prefects also did us proud, buddying up with new starters at the school to make them feel welcome, and showing our many guests to their rooms. Student leadership was at its best; we are proud of all of our 6th formers.
Our Respect Week started with a bang with activities taking place across the school, from the Yr 6s working on their transition projects on the themes of respect, equality and diversity, to our student-led LGBT group running a media campaign using a Snapchat geofilter that they had designed to promote how welcoming and loving our school community is, with photos tagged with #standbyme. Staff and students were busy –and happy- as the school was full once again with the arrival of our Yr 12s, and the building was a hive of activity. Students have followed a supplementary PSHE programme on the same topics, and this will culminate in a Respect March on Friday 8th involving over 1000 students demonstrating how Chepstow School values diversity, respects equality and promotes wellbeing.
Monday 6th July saw the first day of our transition week with our new Year 12s. An excellent day was had by all, with external providers such as Techniquest, University of South Wales, UCFB Wembley and a CITB Ambassador, Ann-Marie Smale.
Topics covered leadership, medical pharmacology, creative writing, accounting, Psychology, Geography, Buddhism, construction, ‘Digital Identity Crisis’, Maths in Science, Business in Sport, and Citizenship, Diversity and Public Services, plus many more. Feedback from pupils was superb.
Students will now follow their AS timetables for the rest of the week, having ‘skilled up’ today. We look forward very much to working with them.
Head of 6th Form
I was asked by Airbus Defence and Space to be the official photographer for the yearly Morgan Botti Lecture and formal dinner held in the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff on 8th June 2015. During the event several VIPs attended, including the First Minister for Wales - Carwyn Jones and the former First Minister Rhodri Morgan. The Morgan Botti lectures are aimed towards promoting innovation and science in Wales with a particular emphasis towards schools and young adults. Previous speakers have included Dr Robert Winston. This year Mr Andrew Hopper CBE FRS FREng FIET who is the Professor of Computer Technology and Head of the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory spoke about Innovation in Practice. After the dinner had finished Carwyn Jones gave a speech to the guests on his thoughts and opinions on the event. Carwyn Jones also mentioned about how important it is to seek opportunities like mine for when applying to universities or for a job relevant to your experience.
It was a real honour to be asked to photograph this event and I hope to be asked again.
Jenny Taylor, Year 12.
Year 13 students can now order their leavers’ hoodies . They need to see Emily Pine-Smith in Sixth Form with order form and money to be given to Mrs Tyler or Reception. The more students that order through Emily, the cheaper the hoodies will be! Students can request a nickname to be printed on the reverse of Hoodie, however, if deemed inapporpriate, the order will be rejected. They will then be delivered to the school directly for the students to collect.
Our Sixth Form Centre once again proudly welcomed some guests from Mencap - including two ex students who now work for the charity !
Matt Miles and Christian Andrews (13M2) were delighted to present a cheque for £56 which their tutor group had raised; we were very happy to hear that the money will go towards a new kiln for the Mencap pottery group, with a view to selling the pottery at their charity shop in Bulwark.
We look forward to buying some !
Santes Dwynwen is the Welsh saint of love and is celebrated all over Wales on January 25th each year. Students and staff at Chepstow had the opportunity to send a rose with the message “Dw i’n dy garu di” to their loved one. This was a very popular event and £53 was raised from the selling of roses to help Chepstow and District Mencap.