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December 2015 Newsletter

Susan-Gwyer-RobertsDecember 2015 Dear Parent/Guardian As this term draws to a close, may I take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support of the school, which is a strength of the good partnership between parents and our school. As always this has been a busy term with pupils and staff proactive in many and varied ways to enhance the learning experiences we provide. A snapshot of our highlights this term include:
  • We were delighted to welcome Year 7 pupils into the school in September. Mrs Jones, Transition Pathway Leader, has been pleased with the way the new recruits have settled so speedily and happily into the school routine.
  • We held a very successful GCSE Information Evening for our Year 11 parents in October, guiding them in how best to support their child in this very important year.
  • In October we held our Open Evening for Year 6 pupils and parents. Over 400 people attended the two sessions between 5pm and 8.30pm. Parents and pupils praised the evening and acknowledged the warm welcome and interest displayed by our staff and pupils towards our guests.
  • Silver Eco Award has been achieved by the school. Many thanks to Mrs Iggulden and her pupils for this excellent success. Next step… GOLD!
  • As part of the Welsh Heritage Schools Initiative our entry won fourth place out of all the Welsh schools in the Admiral Group PLC awards category, and included a cheque for £500.00. Our thanks to pupils and Mr Handford for leading this successfully
  • Emily Batten has been offered a place for solo clarinet, which is the only one offered this year with the Royal Marines. She will be fast tracked through her BMUS, and will go on tour with the Marine Band
  • Once again there is a wealth of sporting successes. Many thanks to Mr Reed and his team for their commitment and support of our pupils.
  • Our Careers Fayre on the 19th November was again a huge success and our thanks to Mrs Christoffersen, Mrs Maunders and all contributors for supporting our pupils.
  • The school’s Music and Readings for Christmas took place in Grayhill Hall on December 11th. The standard was excellent and set us up for the Christmas Season.
  • Caldicot School is the only secondary school to be a member of the HRH Prince William Award Group task team! This task team has been established the Duke of Cambridge Award,for 7-14 year old pupils. Pupils at Caldicot are the first to achieve this award in Wales. This is a fine achievement
  • Carol singing in Waitrose and the school carol service raised £275.00 for Caldicot Foodbank. Many of the pupils performed in the Gwent Extravaganza concert on Sunday 13th December in Newport Centre as part of the Gwent Youth Choir and Gwent Youth Orchestra.
  • A number of our pupils are in the Gwent Youth Wind Orchestra who recently performed at the Royal Albert Hall.
  • Well done to Mrs Christoffersen and her pupils and her latest success for the school, as we have won the High Impact Award for Global Entrepreneurship week 2015
As you can see there have been many successes this term and we are very proud of the way pupils live and work together to support each other and the school. I would like to thank the staff at the school both teaching and support staff for their commitment and dedication to our pupils. We are always sad to say goodbye to staff who are leaving us.
  • Mrs S Banfield, Head of the English department, has decided to retire at the end of term, after thirty seven years at the school. We thank her for her contribution to the school and we wish her a very happy retirement.
  • Mrs Pat Morse and Mrs M Wheeler, who retire from many years’ service to the school
Mr Sexton would like to thank all parents and pupils for their patience while the website had undergone a major update. We hope to have this fully complete by the Spring term With regard to the New Build, the first phase for Caldicot New School build is on schedule for completion at the end of February. This work includes all preparation in order to start the actual build such as providing new or rerouting existing services, erecting a wooden hoarding around the build site, the opening of a temporary building to house the Technical Studies department, demolition of the Learning Centre and old ‘Tech Block’. To date, the rerouting of the services have been completed and so too, the successful decant of materials, equipment, staff and pupils to alternative sites across the school and into the demountable building which can be seen from the road nearest to the village. The wooden hoarding has been partly completed and the internal clearing of the single storey building (the Learning Centre and old Tech. Block) is underway.With the pupils happily settled in the temporary accommodation we are waiting with anticipation for the new build to commence. Everything looks good for the opening in September 2017. Our In Service Training day for staff will be on Monday 4th January 2016. The Spring Term commences on Tuesday 5th January 2016 for ALL pupils. On behalf of the Governing Body and Staff, may I send you our good wishes for Christmas and the New Year. Yours sincerely Mrs S Gwyer-Roberts Headteacher
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