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Ysgol Stanwell School


Summer Newsletter 2013

Cylchlythyr yr Haf 2013





Clubs &



Greetings from the School

School Calendar 2013/14

School Trips 2013/14

School Holiday Dates 2013/15


Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

Outdoor Pursuits

Department News

Year Group News

100% attendance pupils

Greetings from the school

The achievements of the past academic year by Stanwell pupils certainly

makes for impressive reading! It is wonderful to see the range of extracurricular

involvement both in school and in the wider community.

We have enjoyed many highlights this year, such as our productions of ‘Miss

Saigon’ and ‘Oliver’, our multitude of sporting achievements and academic

successes. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the pupils, staff, parents,

governors and friends of the school for their support this year.

I wish you all a happy and relaxing summer break.

Mr D. Jones, Headteacher.

Y mae campau’r flwyddyn academaidd ddiwetha gan ddisgyblion Stanwell yn

drawiadol tu hwnt! Mae’n arbennig i weld y gweithgareddau all-gyrsiol di-ri

yn yr ysgol a hefyd yn y gymuned.

Rydym wedi mwynhau sawl uchafbwynt eleni, fel ‘Miss Saigon’ ac ‘Oliver!’,

llu o gampau chwaraeon a llwyddiannau academaidd. Hoffwn i gymryd y cyfle

hwn i ddiolch i’n disgyblion, staff, rhieni, llywodraethwyr a ffrindiau’r ysgol

am eu cefnogaeth eleni.

Dymunaf wyliau hapus ac ymlaciol i chi gyd.

Mr D. Jones, Pennaeth.

School Announcements

AS and A level results are published on Thursday 15th August

GCSE results are published on Thursday 22nd August

First day of Autumn term for students is Tuesday 3rd September. Monday 2nd September

is an INSET day for staff only

Parents are reminded that fobs can be topped up over the holidays using PAYPAL to

avoid delays on the first day of the Autumn term

Many schools are now using automated telephone systems and we are consulting on

whether to adopt this method. If you have any views on this subject, please email

them to

Stanwell School


Monday 2nd September INSET DAY

Tuesday 3rd September First day of term for pupils

Tuesday 8th October OPEN DAY

Tuesday 22nd October Sixth Form Information Evening

Monday 28th October HALF TERM

Tuesday 5th November Year 13 Parents' Evening

Tuesday 12th November Year 7 Pastoral Evening

Friday 20th December Last Day of Term


Monday 6th January INSET DAY

Tuesday 7th January First day of term for pupils

Tuesday 28th January Year 11 Parents' Evening

Tuesday 4th February Year 9 Parents' Evening

Tuesday 11th February Year 12 Parents' Evening

Tuesday 18th February Year 11 Options Evening

Monday 24th February HALF TERM

Tuesday 4th March Year 8 TEAMX Parents' Evening

Tuesday 11th March Year 8 WORKL Parents' Evening

Tuesday 1st April Year 8 Options Evening

Tuesday 8th April Year 10 Parents' Evening

Friday 11th April Last Day of Term


Monday 28th April First Day of Term

Monday 5th May Bank Holiday

Tuesday 6th May Year 7 TEAMX Parents' Evening

Tuesday 13th May Year 7 WORKL Parents' Evening

Monday 26th May HALF TERM

Tuesday 1st July New Year 7 Parents' Evening

Wednesday 16th July Last day of term for pupils

Thursday 17th July INSET DAY

Friday 18th July INSET DAY

Monday 21st July INSET DAY

Stanwell School

Proposed overnight trips

September 2013 to July 2014

Year Group Date Department Destination

7 September Pastoral Llangranog

9, 10, 11 October Art London

8 October DT / French France

8 & 9 November Welsh Glan Llyn

13 November Welsh Glan Llyn

10 & 11 November Geography Italy

12 November Geography Exmoor

8 November History London

10, 11, 12, 13 February Skiing Austria

All February Art Europe

9 February Geography London

12, 13 February Geography International

9 February RE London

10, 11, 12 March French Exchange

12 March History London

8 & 9 March Skiing Austria

8 March Welsh / French Disney Paris

7 & 8 March Art London

10 April History Berlin

7 & 8 April Art London

12 & 13 April Economics, BiS, ICT New York

12, 13 June Outdoor Norway

9 June History France

9 June PE Storey Arms

7 July French France

All July Music Europe

In addition there will be day trips organised. Information will be sent home as dates are finalised.

School Holiday Dates




The academic year 2012/2013 has been a very

busy and successful time for Eco-Stanwell committee

members. During March 2013, as part of

a two year cycle, Stanwell School was assessed

on its progress in making the school/local community

more environmentally friendly. Members

of the Eco-Stanwell committee worked

hard trying to improve four areas covered

within the award. These included water, recycling,

Fairtrade and a new wildlife/conservation

area for the school. The assessment day was a

great success and as a result Stanwell was

awarded its third Green Flag.

Eco-Stanwell committee members receiving the third

Green Flag award from Julie Giles, coordinator for

Eco Schools in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Other success stories:

1. The annual Christmas card recycling competition

organised by the Vale of Glamorgan

County Council was won by Clodagh

McKechnie in form 8W for contributing the

largest amount of cards individually. Pupils

from 30 Vale schools collected used Christmas

cards for this competition. Overall, the

school collected over 26,000 Christmas cards, a

record number for Stanwell School. Clodagh

successfully contributed an amazing 7,250 cards

and won a £100 gift card. The Eco Stanwell

committee would like to thank you all for supporting

this event.

Clodagh McKechnie

(8W) receiving her

award for the largest

number of

Christmas cards

collected by an individual

in the Vale.

Mrs J Laity

2. Stanwell Year 12 students win a national

environmental competition: The

“Young Reporters for the Environment”

competition is an annual event open to all

young people in Wales. The entries are asked

to report on a local environmental issue of

interest to them and all Year 12 students participated

as part of the Welsh Baccalaureate

qualification. Many of the Stanwell entries

were shortlisted and two groups went one

stage further by winning first and second position

in the written 15-18 year old category.

The winning report was entitled

“Environmental impact of the Severn Barrage”

by Ralf Warren, Jack Hayward and

Bradley Jones, who, along with the runners

up, Samantha Wood and Bethany Parkhouse,

will now be representing Wales in the

next stage, the “International Young Reporters

for the Environment” competition. Both

reports were highly commended by the judging

panel that consisted of experienced professional

journalists who were quoted as saying

“these reports were brilliant and very

professional”. Many congratulations to both


3. Bicycle maintenance skills: Two pupils in

Year 11 with a keen interest in cycling

showed initiative and motivation in attending

a bike maintenance workshop in the Bike

Shop, Penarth. Richard Arthur and Ben

Dain-Smith are hoping to continue with the

idea of holding regular bike maintenance sessions

with Year 7 and 8 pupils in the new

academic year. The skills the boys gained at

the workshop are to be passed onto the

younger members of the school in the hope

this will encourage more people to use a

more environmentally friendly mode of transport

to and from school.

“these reports were brilliant and very professional”


Mrs J Laity

4.Stanwell conservation/wildlife area.

Progress is being made on the new conservation

area for the school. The more demanding

physical work is planned for the

summer holidays 2013, when the plot designated

for the wildlife project is to be

cleared and designed the way the committee

and the pupils from the feeder primary

schools wanted. In the meantime, the funds

donated by Keep Wales Tidy “Wild Weekend”

scheme have been used to purchase

two wooden benches for the conservation

area. Also committee members have located

the best sites for some of the bird, bat

and bug boxes produced by pupils in Year

7. Some of these boxes can be seen in the

trees located around the school.

Members of Eco-Stanwell committee flying

the flag for the Eco Schools award in


Photographs showing progress in developing and

improving the wildlife at Stanwell School.

5. The Eco Youth Conference 2013: A selection of

Eco-Stanwell committee members attended the annual

Eco Youth Conference, held at the Millennium

Centre, Cardiff Bay on the 25th June 2013. This

event was organised for the whole of Wales and

young students from many schools came together to

share ideas, participate in workshops and listen to

visiting speakers. The Stanwell pupils must be commended

for the way they represented the school,

speaking confidently at the conference and mixing

well with other like-minded young people. The highlight

of the day according to the Year 8 pupils was

speaking to Peter Davies, Commissioner for a Sustainable

Future in Wales. The commissioner spent

the lunch break speaking to Eco-Stanwell members

about his ideas for a sustainable future in Wales and

asking the pupils about their experiences and ideas

within Stanwell School.

During the conference some visiting speakers

communicated through the medium of

Welsh and to help with translation pupils

were supplied with individual headphones.

Peter Davies Commissioner for a Sustainable Future in

Wales with Eco-Stanwell committee members.


“mixing well with other like minded young people”

Duke of Edinburgh

Award Scheme

Miss H Jenkins

We have had mixed weather for the expedition

season this year! The Silver participants

undertook their practice expedition around

Hay on Wye on the 11th-13th April with rain

on the first night and the remnants of snow

seen on the hills of the Black Mountains.

The improved weather on the assessed expedition

on 25th-27th April was certainly appreciated

as they followed their route cards

through the Brecon Beacons. The pupils

were able to gain lots of information about

flora and fauna which for many of their

groups was the aim of their expedition. The

participants successfully reached their check

points with many having a great time in their


The pupils who successfully completed the

expedition section of the Award maintained

high standards of behaviour throughout,

demonstrating their responsible and mature

attitude towards each other, the safety aspects

of using the cookers and general care

and respect for the Countryside Code. A

number of the pupils stood out for their efforts

on the expedition and congratulations in

particular to Emily Thomas whose enthusiasm

towards the expedition was infectious.

She adopted a committed attitude throughout

the 3 days, looking after the other members

of her team at all times and raising morale

when it was needed.

The Penarth Gold group undertook their

practice expedition on 15-17th March and

actually got snowed off! Their assessed expedition

takes place on 15—19th July. The

Stanwell Open Gold participants will complete

their practice expedition in the Brecon

Beacons on 20th - 22nd September and their

assessed expedition on 7th—11th October

near Aberystwyth. Good luck to all the participants

undertaking their expeditions.

Due to such large number of participants on

the Bronze Award the expeditions were separated

into two groups. The first carried out

their practice expedition on 18th –19th June

with their assessment on the 25th-26th June

while the second group had their practice on

the 4th-5th July and the 15th-16th July.

Both groups completed the same areas for their

expedition, going to the Ogmore by Sea area

for their practice and travelling down to the

Gower for their assessment.

Participants at all three levels of the Award

must remember to obtain evidence including

the assessors’ reports and upload the evidence

onto their eDofE accounts before they can

complete each section of the Award.

It is rewarding to see so many pupils participating

in the Award and a big thank you as always

to the parents for their support and

prompt return of clean kit and also to staff who

help throughout the year with the delivery of

the Award, completing the assessors’ reports

for the different sections of the Award (Young

Enterprise and PE especially). Thanks also go

to the staff who come on the expeditions,

camping in usually not very pleasant weather!

It would not be possible without this help.

“enthusiasm towards the expedition was infectious”

Outdoor Pursuits

Miss H Jenkins

Pupils in Year 8 undertook a 6 week Paddleower

course (Levels 1—5)from the 14th September

to 19th Octoberat Cardiff International

White Water Centre. They learned

about water safety and their own paddling

skills in a range of different craft including

the canoe, kayak and bell boats.

A group of Year 11 and 12 pupils went from

20th October to 3rd November on a visit to


leader for the day which involved managing

the budget and making decisions on activities

and arrangements for the day. The community

project in Asni gave the pupils an insight into a

different culture from ours and the limited resources

in some of the villages. The pupils also

had a greater understanding of their own

strengths and were able to successfully reflect

on their own personal development at the end

of the trip. The next overseas adventure is due

to take place in July 2014 to Norway.

A further group of Year 8 pupils have been at

the Cardiff International White Water Centre

from 17th May—12th July. They have either

been able to try canoeing and kayaking for the

first time and 14 further pupils have undertaken

the Paddle power (Level 1—5 course).

They have received certification of their water

safety and get further certification when they

successfully complete the 6 week paddle


The overseas expedition involved a 4 day

trek in the Toubkal region of the North Atlas

mountains, followed by some community

and environmental project work in Asni.

They completed their adventure with a relaxation

day in the coastal town of Essaouira

and a final day in Marrakech. On the trip,

each of the students took turns to be the

We are looking forward to taking the new Year

7 to Llangrannog in September for a team

building 3 days through the medium of the outdoor

pursuits with plenty of Welsh language

practice thrown in for good measure!

“4 day trek in the Toubkal region”


Mrs M Williams

Philip Pullman Twitter Event

Writing Competition

A number of Year 7 students entered the

Young Writers ‘The Poetry Games’ competition.

The following selection of pupils were

successful and have the opportunity to see their

work published in a special anthology: Evie

Bamford, Kaitlin Daly, Chantelle Jones,

Taiya Jones, Christina Kulamannage,

Christina Luo, Dylan Penry Williams,

Rhian Shillabeer, Joya Sims, Niamh Taylor-

Hoare, Bridget Turner and Hannah Weeks.

Visit from local author

The English department organised an interactive

session in one of the iPad rooms where

fans of the author Philip Pullman participated

in a special ‘Questions and Answers Masterclass’

via Twitter on their ipads. This exceptional

event was scheduled following Mr Pullman’s

appearance in the BBC series ‘Great

Welsh Writers’. The pupils who took part from

Years 7, 8 and 9 are all keen readers of ‘The

Northern Lights Trilogy’ and the questions

they posed in the live feed were really engaging

and intelligent. Well done to all involved

and we look forward to the next live Twitter


Four KS3 classes enjoyed a visit from local

author Des Mason on Friday 28th June. He

talked to

them about

his book

"The Scrimshaw

of Sable

Island" a

story about

the sea,


pirates and

treasure set

in the 19th

century. Pupils


asked many



and Mr Mason

was particularly impressed by how much

the Year 7 classes knew about the whaling industry!

Well done to all who took part, you

were a credit to the school.

“ impressed by how much the Year 7 classes knew about the whaling industry!”


Mrs M Williams

Creative Writing

Scheme and her passion for her English studies

this year. She has shown commendable

dedication by attending additional sessions

with her allocated students and has been a superb

and well respected mentor. Lauren has

also been a key member of the Year 12 website

team with weekly contributions.

Led by visiting speaker Mr S Chapman, Year

8 pupils participated in a workshop that

stretched their creativity and the technical

accuracy of their work.

There was an added bonus when ITV Wales

turned up to film an educational feature

for Wales Tonight and the pupils were interviewed

explaining how they helped one another

to make progress.

Award Ceremony

George Lush was awarded the Key Stage 3

prize as a result of all his hard work. His enthusiasm

and independence is always a key

part of his learning and consequently he has

made outstanding progress in Year 8.

Joshua Lawes was awarded the Key Stage 4

prize as he has made excellent progress in all

aspects of his work and approached his exams

with a great amount of maturity and

commitment. He attended every session of

homework club.

The Key Stage 5 award went to Lauren

Beeslee as she has impressed the English department

with her commitment to the Buddy


Year 8 pupils have been very busy this term

creating podcasts to promote wider reading.

Pupils worked in groups to review a range of

popular children’s novels including John

Boyne’s The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. The

podcasts will be available on Moodle for all

pupils to access.

‘There was an added bonus when ITV Wales turned up to film’

Department News


Miss R Lewis

Penarth Pavilion Project

Barcelona Visit

Pupils from Year 7 to 13 thoroughly enjoyed a

wonderful visit to Barcelona where they marvelled

at the works at the Dali Theatre in Figueres,

the Picasso Museum and MACBA (the

Museum of Contemporary Art). Research was

balanced by a gentle walk around the marina in

glorious sunshine, shopping and dining in La

Ramblas and visiting the magnificent cathedral

of La Sagrada Familia.

Primary Liaison

Pupils from all our feeder schools created beautiful

monoprints with Miss Lewis, Miss Owens

and Mrs Penny using block printing ink or oil

pastel. This workshop gave the Year 6 pupils an

idea of the materials and processes we use in the

department in Year 7.

Work has continued on the mural for the Penarth

Pavilion. Katie Streets (7R ) and Amy Stout (7A)

plus many other Year 7 pupils have given up their

time to help paint the boards.

Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew

For the first time this year a one day visit was organised

for Year 7 and 8 pupils to experience the

dramatic plant specimens at Kew Gardens, London.

Staff accompanied 39 pupils around the vast

grounds. We visited

the Shirley Sherwood

and Marianne

North galleries to

study the fantastic

botanical paintings.

Magnificent palms

and tropical plants

were seen in the famous

Temperate and

Palm Houses, whilst

cacti and other desert

plants were

viewed in the conservatories.


beautiful drawings

by the pupils complemented the ‘Pattern’ and

‘Gardens’ project undertaken in the summer term.

‘I had a great day today. I loved looking at all the unique

plants from really small to absolutely huge! I also liked looking

at the patterns in the plants because each and every one was

different. Also there was an aquarium and I loved looking at

the colours and patterns on the fish’. Celsea Ferry 7X

‘Ces i ddiwrnod bendigedig! Mwynheuais i edrych ar y planhigion bach

ac enfawr! ’.



Mrs J Macnamara

Young Enterprise Welsh Finals

On 19th June ‘Innova8’ took part

in the Welsh Finals for Young Enterprise.

This year the competition was hosted

within the prestigious location of the Celtic

Manor Hotel resort in Newport.

you can also make money from it!”

Year 9 ‘Tenner’ Challenge

Congratulations to all those Year 9

students who have taken part in the

‘Tenner’ Challenge. This was a nationwide

competition to find the next generation of

budding entrepreneurs. Students were each

given an initial investment of £10 to use as

start-up capital to get their businesses off

the ground. The students had the whole

month of May to make a maximum profit!

The students have designed and manufactured

the ‘Amplitune’. This is a device

which will attach to a tablet computer enabling

the user to amplify the sound produced.

It requires no batteries or electric

sources to power this phenomenon.

The students worked hard and created a variety

of different products and services to

generate their sales revenue. They would

also like to thank the local businesses that

enabled them to run a raffle within the

school. The students donated some of their

At the event the students were awarded the

Welsh ‘Innovation and Enterprise

Award’ (Arloesedd a Menter) for their

product. This was presented by Sara Edwards

and the Mayor of Newport.

The students think that Young Enterprise is

a great scheme:“We think that it is a great

learning experience and allows us to develop

the skills that are transferable in the

world of work. It has allowed us to get

used to the business environment. Plus

profits to a variety of different charities

such as the British Heart Foundation, Marie

Curie and Macmillan.

‘Profiad addysgol gwych!


Miss R Matthews

It has been yet another busy and exciting

term within the Drama Department. Students

in both Key Stages 4 and 5 have excelled

in preparing for their GCSE and A

level practical examinations, applying their

practical Drama skills to various devising

and scripted tasks. It was extremely positive

to observe a number of pupils at GCSE

achieve an outstanding 100% in their practical

coursework projects. Rebecca Thompson,

Grace Leland and Luke Morley, to

name but a few, have been highly praised

for their practical commitment and flair

within the GCSE course as a whole. Year

12 students were given the opportunity to

refine their skills of critical analysis by reviewing

some very interesting theatre during

their visits to The Theatre Royal, Bath

to watch ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and

the Wales Millennium Centre to see the outrageously

witty ‘One man Two Guvners’.

Both performances come highly recommended!

For the first time the Drama department

welcomed parents and friends of year 13

students to an open rehearsal, where they

were able to observe the practical exam

work being prepared for the external examiner.

The response was overwhelmingly

positive, with audience members commenting

on the work, which reflected, “the sophistication

and skill of the professional

theatre”. One statement given as feedback

sums up the exceptional standard of work

perfectly; “I had no idea that the pupils were

so thoughtful, mature and skilful. Their

work has moved me and challenged me in a

way that I did not expect.”

with great energy and flair. Year 10 have produced

some poignant and powerful devised ideas

based on stimulus surrounding the Aberfan Tragedy

and contrastingly some witty interpretations

of Godber’s infamous play ‘Bouncers’.

Other achievements include:

Alexander Collins, Gabrielle Williams, Calum

O’Neill and Max Scott (Year 10) participating

in Mark Jermin’s excellent performance of


Eleanor Croft (Year 7) appearing in the professional

touring production of ‘Joseph and his

Technicolor Dreamcoat’ at Wales Millenium


Holly Keith (Year 7) appearing in two episodes

of Casualty.

Beth Evans, Ffion McGowan and Isabelle

Grafton dancing in the ballet ‘Gisele’ at the New

Theatre, Cardiff.

Beth Cowley, Seren Vickers, Taite Drew and

Mikaela Wood (Year 13) attending the Young

Actors Studio at the Royal Welsh College of Music

and Drama.

Key Stage 3 pupils have also been demonstrating

great enthusiasm in lessons and in

Drama Club. Staff report that the work produced

within this club has been presented

“the sophistication and skill of the professional theatre”.


Miss R Matthews

The Junior Production of ‘Oliver’ in July

was a roaring success as 180 performers

took to the stage to present their energetic

and explosive interpretation of

Lionel Bart’s Musical. Enormous acclamation

must go the incredibly talented

principal performers, including; Jonathan

Ignacio as Fagin, Ian Margrain as

Dodger, Andrew Salter as Oliver, Ebony

Rees as Nancy and Thomas Tunley

In particular, Zachary Ghazi –Torbati Year

12, Luke Waddon Year 12, Calum O’Neil

Year 10, Alexander Haines Year 10, Max

Scott Year 10 and Sian Smith Year 10 supported

cast members in refining and honing

the action and choreography, organising

props and worked as stage crew. Younger

pupils were inspired by these older role models

and as staff we were impressed by their

commitment and dedication to the arts!

as Bill Sykes. Their exceptionally professional

and captivating performance

work suitably frightened, entertained and

moved a full house on each and every

one of their 5 public performances. A

huge round of applause must also go to

the tremendously talented ‘pick pocket

gang’, the intimidating ‘Bill Sykes

gang’ as well as to the commitment and

enthusiasm of the whole cast, who produced

an explosive and exciting show.

During this recent production staff had

the great privilege of working with an

inspirational group of students who committed

a tremendous amount of time and

effort to supporting the rehearsal process

and stage management for the junior


An enormous well done and a fond farewell

must be extended to all year 13 Drama students.

We applaud Taite Drew and Seren

Vickers for the last time upon the Stanwell

auditorium stage and look forward with pride

and anticipation, as they make their way to

Drama school. Seren will study acting at the

prestigious Welsh College of Music and

Drama whilst Taite heads to the outstanding

institution of Guildford school of Acting

where they will both hone their theatrical

skills and prepare for their career as professional

Performers. Furthermore, Beth Cowley,

Amelia Eveleigh, Ella Maxwell and

Michael Davies all bid us goodbye to follow

their creative dreams by pursuing further

training and education within the Arts. It is

with great pride that we wish you all good

luck for the future!

“Younger pupils were inspired by these older role models”

It has been a very busy and rewarding year in

the DT department.

Students have once again displayed the highest

level of creativity and commitment, with

many spending evenings and weekends in

school completing their coursework.

A2 Product Design.



Mr N Gifford

and make a range of costumes. Paul, with his

inspirational design of a sensory room for a

disabled client has been shortlisted by the

WJEC for the student Innovations Award in

October and we are anticipating great success

in this prestigious competition.

AS Product Design.

This year students from Year 12 are sitting the

Product Design course in

either 3D design or Textile

Design. Students have enjoyed

the opportunity of

Once again the visiting moderator was impressed

with the

range and creativity

of work on display,

stating, ‘Your students



show a

great deal of


and enthusiasm for their DT work’. Rebecca

Trigg and Paul Keeling were singled out as

displaying true creativity and huge dedication

in their projects, in

particular Rebecca, who

decided to use the character

of Titania from

‘A Midsummer's

Night Dream’ as the

inspiration to design

specialising in either

3D or Textiles at this

level and both groups have produced a outstanding

range of

outcomes. Jenni

Davies is worthy

of praise for she

has developed a

new concept for

emergency shelter

which can be deployed

in either

flood or drought

conditions. Marco

Sun impressed

staff with his development of a wooden balance

bike for a 4 year old.

Well done to all our students, the visiting moderators

were unanimous in their praise!

“displaying true creativity and dedication in their projects”

GCSE Design & Technology

This year has been a very successful year

with students once again producing some

outstanding design work. Elizabeth Trigg

was identified by the moderator as producing

an excellent range of themed cup cakes while

Ellie Munro produced outstanding textiles


Graphic Products students have produced a

number of impressive designs based on a

company producing fruit drinks and a fanzine,

most impressive of which was the submission

by Joshua Lewis. His range of products

displayed an empathy for the company

and environmental concept which again impressed

the visiting moderator.

The Resistant Materials focus area was

topped by Stuart Keeling who developed a

design for a low energy light. His attention to

detail was impressive and worthy of praise

from the WJEC.

KS4 Activities



Year 9 students:




Jones, Luke

Pringle, Ella Buehner-Gattis, Alfie Chambers

and Natalie Richardson have been participating

in Go4set and once again they have

been linked with

ARUP Engineers

in Cardiff. Having

been set the task of

producing a proposal

for a outdoor

activities centre to

be placed in Car-

Mr N Gifford

diff bay, the team enthusiastically developed a

grand design that included a range of activities

from Mountain biking and Bungee jumping to

Surfing and Scuba Diving. At the presentation

day, the team impressed all who listened and

were awarded the ‘Pupils’ Award 2013’.

Land Rover Visit

On Monday the 24 th June, 39 students participated

in field trip to the Land Rover factory in


The day proved to

be a unique and

exciting experience

for everyone.

Students had the

opportunity to

visit the factory

floor and view

the construction

of the new Land Rover range followed by a

ride in a Range Rover around the test track.

KS3 Activities

Year 8 Production

Once again under the guidance of Mr Pepper,

staff and students have assisted in manufacturing

items for the Junior production of Oliver.

This year the challenge was to change the stage

from late 1960s Saigon to Victorian London!

After School Club

After school clubs for Food, RMT, Textiles

and Graphic projects continue to be popular.

During the year, many pupils from all year

groups have attended the workshops to complete

projects, to increase their skills or for any

extra support.

“the team impressed all who listened”

Economics and


Mr J Crook/Mr G Penny

Government and Politics

Government and Politics students have been

extending their understanding of the democratic

processes in the UK and the USA.

Year 13 students have taken a keen interest

in US Government this year—including

analysing the evolution of the US constitution

and evaluating the effectiveness of the

US Congess, the Supreme Court and the


For example, they investigated the legacies

of the post war presidencies to form an assessment

based on their domestic policies

and foreign policies. Opinion was fairly divided

but Johnson, Roosevelt and Reagan

were rated as the top three presidents in

terms of their success and authority. They

also debated which of the Executive or the

Legislative branches are the most influential

- the general consensus being that the term

‘Imperial Presidency’ is actually an overstatement.

Year 12 students were given the opportunity

to participate in a Model UN assembly in

March at the NAW. The debate focused on

the world food issue and 6 students had to

represent the UK and Iraq. In addition, a

number of Politics students enjoyed the experience

of a guided tour of the Houses of

Parliament in a recent History London

visit—where they were able to watch democracy

in action at Prime Minister’s Question

Time! The visit also entailed the opportunity

to engage in a Q+A session with the

Penarth MP Stephen Doughty—a fascinating

experience and one that the students

really appreciated.


The past year has been a very exciting and

interesting time for Economics. Not a day

goes by without the economy being

mentioned in the press. Students have

been exploring the rationale behind the

economic decisions of the day in trying to

achieve the government objectives of

stable prices, balance of trade, low

unemployment and economic growth. It

was also great to have Economics Professor

Graham Hall paying us a visit to present

his own views and ideas on the current

global financial crisis.

To further their understanding, students

took part in a visit to London. They visited

the Bank of England, the London

Metal Exchange and Deutsche Bank. After

an overnight stay to recharge the batteries,

the students went to Chelsea Football

Club for a tour of the stadium and a

business presentation on the challenges

faced by a Premiership Football Club.

Pictured above are Stanwell students visiting

Chelsea Football Club

‘’mae astudio Economeg fel astudio’r byd o’n cwmpas”


Mrs H Jarman

Once again the Geography department has

been exploring the wider world, both within

and beyond the classroom. The theme this

term has been ‘Geography Matters’, so the

various Year groups have been investigating

the concepts of the environment and


As part of our Primary Transition project we

welcomed a number of Year 6 pupils from

our feeder schools into the Geography

department. Whilst they were visiting, the

pupils had to complete a number of tasks

about the tropical rainforest, so that they

could escape the jungle. Tasks included

building their own hut, smelling and

touching foods and other items that come

from the rainforest and navigating their way

around. I think the Year 6 pupils would all

agree with us when we say a good time was

had by all!

rainforest environment. The opportunity to

get up close to snakes, hissing cockroaches

and other rainforest animals was a highlight

of the day.

In February, 44 Year 9 pupils had the

opportunity to visit the Natural History

Museum in London and to explore the site of

the 2012 London Olympics. Whilst in

London, the pupils had the chance to try out

an earthquake simulator, visit the Rainforest

Cafe and delve into the concepts of

regeneration and sustainability of the

Olympic Park and its legacy for London and


As part of the Year 8 curriculum, pupils have

been investigating the problems of rainforest

exploitation. Over 110 pupils visited Bristol

Zoo in June to explore the challenges of

conservation and sustainability in the tropical

“Geography matters - the planet will still be here when the politicians are long



Also in June, as part of their GCSE studies,

130 Year 10 Geographers visited the city

centre of Cardiff to complete a field enquiry

entitled: ‘How is retailing changing and what

effect does this have upon people and the

environment?’. During the day the pupils

completed land use maps, pedestrian flows,

environmental surveys and questionnaires in

and around the St Davids 2 area. As a

department we look forward to reading their

results when they complete the write up in

September, which accounts for 10% of their

final grade.

Mrs H Jarman

The Year 11 and Year 13 geographers have

now completed their GCSE and A level

studies at Stanwell and on behalf of the

department we would like to wish them all

the best with their examination results in


Year 12 also visited Cardiff this term,

however the 30 students concentrated their

studies on Cardiff Bay and the surrounding

area. Whilst in the Cardiff Bay area the

students investigated the economic, social

and environmental impacts of regeneration

on the original inhabitants of Butetown. The

students gathered a wealth of information

which lead to much debate about the success

of the regeneration scheme.

Finally, the Year 7 Sustainable Day this year

was held at The National Museum of Wales

St Fagans. The day proved to be a great

success. Whilst visiting the museum, the

Year 7 pupils had the opportunity to explore

the past, present and future, build outdoor

shelters and play softball. All pupils and staff

had a fun filled day whilst learning about

global concepts that affect us now and in the


Coming Soon.......

The Geography Department is looking

forward to:

The GCSE Italy visit in November 2013

The Year 8 “Geography of Chocolate”

visit to Cadbury World .

“Mae Daeryddiaeth yn bwysig achos mae’n ymdrin â phethau sydd yn wynebu

ni heddi– ac fydd yn wynebu ni yfory”.


Mr G Morgan

It has been another very busy and enjoyable

term in the History Department.

Year 7 pupils have been studying what life

was like in medieval society and the challenges

that Medieval Kings faced. They have

been learning about medieval religion, town

and village life, as well as the gruesome details

of medieval medicine and the Black

Death. A large number of Year 7 pupils have

also recently experienced the drama and excitement

of a medieval jousting contest at

Cardiff Castle.

Year 8 have been thoroughly interested in

studying the slave trade and its importance

and legacy in the present day. They have also

spent the term investigating Britain during the

Industrial Revolution. They have been particularly

interested in topics such as child labour

and the Merthyr Rising.

Year 9 have been studying the rise and fall of

the American economy as part of their USA

1910-1929 course. Topics covered include the

causes of the boom and the Wall Street Crash.

They have worked impressively all year and

this effort and enthusiasm will no doubt be

carried through into Year 10.

In preparation for their coursework in Year

10, thirty Year 9 pupils recently visited the

battlefields of The

Great War. They

visited the Flanders

Field Museum, St

Georges Memorial

Chapel and attended

the Ceremony of the

Last Post at the

Menin Gate. The

pupils also visited

Mametz Wood, the

scene of tragic heroism by men of the 38th

Welsh Division. The trip was a roaring success

and the pupils thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

The pupils were also commended on their excellent

behaviour and enthusiasm during the

trip. Well done!

Once again, the thriving annual History Department

visit to Berlin was a huge success. It

is now in its fourteenth year and is more popular

than ever. Eighty-eight Year 10 pupils travelled

to Berlin over the Easter holidays to visit

several sites of historical interest with particular

emphasis on Nazi Germany and the Cold

War. Sites visited included Sachsenhausen

Concentration Camp, the Olympic Stadium,

Checkpoint Charlie, the Brandenberg Gate and

the Reichstag. On a lighter note, pupils

watched, listened and danced to tribute acts

such as Robbie Williams, the Blues Brothers

and Amy Winehouse and enjoyed a lively meal

in the Hard Rock Café! The pupils thoroughly

enjoyed themselves and were a credit to the


“Mwynheuodd y disgyblion yn fawr a chynrychiolon nhw’r ysgol yn wych.”

Information Technology

Mr P Davies

Primary Liaison

Many Year 6 pupils enjoyed the e-safety

transition lessons using Movie Maker and

Flash Animation software.

iPad Club

The school’s iPad club has enjoyed a fun

packed year. The pupils have enjoyed being

able to use the iPads throughout the year

and have produced some lovely work. The

members have experienced using iMovie,

GarageBand as well as graphics apps to produce

some interesting work. The group have

especially enjoyed using the Maths challenge

games and the biology dissection


This has given

pupils the opportunity


experience the

iPads and explore

the many

apps the school

has purchased

for the different


Key Stage 3

Key stage 3 classes have had a packed term

studying databases, graphics, desk top

publishing and presenting information work.

They have had the opportunity to

collaborate with each other as well as work

individually to produce another term of

excellent work. A number of pupils are to

be commended for their lesson participation,

achievement and effort this year including:

Year 7 pupils; Felicity Allen, Jack Ruelle,

Joshua Cook, Tom Atkinson, Joe Hitches,

Mary-Kate McGrath and John Mark

Jones. Year 8 pupils; Seb Ackerman,

Lauren Ellis, Sam Holland, Georgia

Howe, Emily Skinner, Sam Stapleton and

Jessica Teague.

Key Stage 4

Year 9 option pupils have completed some

excellent work this year, they have particularly

enjoyed web design and editing html.

Additionally, Year 9 option pupils David Bird,

Joshua James, Sean Mian and Callum

McSorley have enjoyed learning some

programming skills with Codeacademy.

Year 10 pupils Jack Bosley and Rhodri

Guerrier have very successfully held a

programming club all year teaching Years 7 –

10 how to programme with Python.

Year 10 option pupils have submitted their

graphics unit to the exam board and awaiting

confirmation of their results. Well done to all

pupils involved. There were many excellent

pieces of work submitted by students, these

include; Simon Barber, Jack Bosley, James

Caple, Sebastian Dumitrescu, Rebecca

Egerstrom, James Harvey, Sasha Horrobin,

Katie Macleod, Thomas Mullett, Mark

Norton, Joshua Lewis and Rebecca Rahman.


Key Stage 5

At AS and A2, exceptional Graphics and

Multimedia projects were produced by Ben

Ware and Jemma Pitt as part of their A2.

Also congratulations to Balaji Krishna who

produced a flawless AS Computing project.

“Year 6 pupils enjoyed the e-safety transitions lessons”


Miss E Murphy

It has been a successful year in the

Mathematics department. Years 11, 12

and 13 have taken their GCSE, AS and A

Level examinations respectively. We say

goodbye and good luck to our Year 13

students and look forward to welcoming back

some Year 11 pupils for AS Maths and Further

Maths in September.

Year 10 have now nearly finished the GCSE

Maths course. They will be concentrating on

revision techniques and practising past papers

as preparation for their GCSE exam in

November. A weekly homework club will

run from September and will be open to all


Following on from recent success, a team of

Year 8 and 9 pupils was entered into the

prestigious UKMT team challenge. The team

consisted of Daniel Grosfils and Seren

Marsh (Year 9), Daniel Anderton and Benjamin

Roderick (Year 8). The team finished

in 6th place out of 24 teams. They all thoroughly

enjoyed the challenge and competing

against schools from across the UK.

achieved the best score in the school and qualified

for the IMOK Maclaurin round of the

competition. Following his excellent performance

in the competition, Balaji was invited to

attend the National Mathematics Summer

School. Huge congratulations go to Suzie

Collins, Adam Jones, Tato Katsikeas, Balaji

Krishna, Rebecca Te Water Naude, Leo

Tucker, Robert Turton and Elis Vandyck

(all Year 11) who achieved gold certificates in

the competition. Also, well done to Jack

Bosley who achieved the best score in Year 10

and Daniel Grosfils who achieved the best

score in Year 9.

In April, the top sets from Years 7 and 8 took

part in the National UKMT Maths challenge at

Junior level. Congratulations to Year 8’s Benjamin

Roderick, who achieved the best score

in the school and a gold certificate. Other gold

certificate winners were Annie Higgins, Dylan

Hughes, Elin Gray (Year 8), Felicity Allen,

Ben Evans, Phoebe Skelton, Andrew Te

Water Naude, Evan Warburton and Hannah

Ross (Year 7).

Well done to all the pupils that took part in the

UKMT Maths challenges, in particular those

that achieved a gold, silver or bronze medal.

Key Stage 3 Maths Homework Club continued

this year with games, numeracy activities, help

with homework and revision tips. We have had

several regulars, including Saumik Dhar and

Joseph Hobbs.

In February, the top sets from Years 9, 10 &

11 took part in the National UKMT Maths

challenge at Intermediate level. Congratulations

to Year 11’s Balaji Krishna, who

Finally, a big thank you to the Year 12 and 13

pupils who complete their community service

with the Maths department. Whether it’s helping

in Key Stage 3 or Key Stage 4 Homework

Clubs or assisting within Maths lessons, their

time and efforts are greatly appreciated.

‘Dymunwn hwyl fawr a phob lwc i’n myfyrwyr Blwyddyn 13’

Media & Film

Mr I O’Rourke

It is most satisfying to look back on a productive

year in the department; so many things

have happened and so much has been achieved.

Year 9 & 10 students have started to become

confident media analysts, with two examinations

under their belt and some very promising

pieces of early coursework – especially their

self-devised Comics and Science Fiction Controlled

Assessment. This work will be on display

in the Autumn Term in time for Open


Mikaela Wood for their originality and technical



The department has also been extremely busy

with extra-curricular activities this term. This has

included the design and production of the promotional

material for ‘Oliver!’ Members of the department

also continue to provide back stage support

and assistance for the shows.

Year 11 applied themselves throughout the

year to the task of becoming thoroughly prepared

for their GCSE examination. This involved

the production of a coursework folder

reflecting their very best work, and sitting a

written examination in June. Outstanding

coursework was produced by Bethan Gillum,

Tommy Higgins, Duncan Keeling, Kirsty

Lam, Sinead McCausland and Alexandra

Wagstaff. This year’s paper focused on TV

Drama and Web-based Drama. Both topics

stimulated great interest and enthusiasm on the

part of pupils, many of whom naturally enjoy

these aspects of media output in their personal


Year 12 seem to have relished their first year

of A Level study, and have just finished the

first two of their four modules. The first module

was a series of coursework pieces that

tested their creative and analytical skills to the

limit and the second was a tough external exam

that focused this year on magazines for older

people. Students of note for coursework excellence

include Chloe Brady, Tamsin Hackett,

Bethan Miller and Dan Skentelbery.

Year 13 have concluded their two year programme

of study and we wish them all the very

best for their exam results and future choices.

We have seen some of the most accomplished

coursework pieces ever from this cohort particularly

from Leah Dalby, Victoria Isaac and

The department also designed and produced the

programme for the Stanwell School Awards Ceremony.

At the ceremony, the Media Studies

Awards for GCSE and A Level were won this

year by Kirsty Lam (Year 11) and Mikaela

Wood (Year 13). Kirsty has worked enthusiastically

and consistently, producing an outstanding

coursework folder, whilst Mikaela received this

year’s A Level Media Prize for her consistently

high standards of attainment.

Film Studies

2012/2013 has been another encouraging year for

Film Studies. The standard of filmmaking has improved

again with impressive productions in

Years 12 and 13. There have also been creative

screenplays submitted for the first time and this

bodes well for the future. The inaugural Film

Studies prize goes to Elis Jones for his contribution

to an excellent short film and his overall enthusiasm

throughout the year.

“Blwyddyn gyffrous arall ar gyfer Astudiaethau Ffilmiau”


Mrs T Davis

Spelling Bee Regional Final 2013

Following their success in the Stanwell Year

7 competition and, as the Year 7 champions,

James Dawson, Ben Evans, Karishma

Krishna and Phoebe Skelton travelled to

Llanelli to take part in the South Wales regional

competition of Spelling Bee. A number

of other local schools took part with 163

Year 7 competitors in total. All had worked

hard to learn the vocabulary and to master

the French alphabet sounds with the help of

Jack Ruelle and Guillaume Bigsby, their

‘mentors’. They all displayed their ability

and courage on the day and are to be commended

for their performances. Our hopes

were on Karishma who managed to progress

to the second round where she faced stiff opposition.

She gained a high score but was

unfortunate not to progress to the final round.

This is the third year the competition has

been held but the first time Stanwell has

taken part. We hope that our finalists this

year gained from their experience and will be

able to advise our future Year Seven ‘Spelling


Year 8 Paris Trip

The annual

visit to

Paris was

again thoroughly



both the

staff and

the 53 pupils of Year 8. Pupils visited some of

the famous Paris monuments including the Eiffel

Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral. On arriving

in Paris there was the chance to enjoy

the atmosphere of the city on an evening cruise

on the River Seine followed by a meal in a restaurant.

The highlight for some pupils was the

day spent in Disneyland where a St David’s

Day event was taking place. The pupils had the

opportunity to

celebrate the culture

of Wales and

then contrast it

with that of

France. Pupils

practised their

language skills

and quizzes were

held on aspects

of the French and

the Welsh cultures. Our thanks to Daniel Anderton

for his assistance in helping the teachers

and for his enthusiasm to use his language


‘champions take part in the South Wales regional competition of Spelling Bee’


Mrs T Davis

German Exchange Visit 2013

Easter saw the German department on the

move again, as Mrs Davis and Mrs Jones accompanied

38 pupils from Y8 and Y9 on its

30 th annual exchange to Staufen in the Black

Forest. As well as attending lessons and

learning what

our partner

school is like,

there was also

an excursion

to see the lake

at Titisee,

complete with

a walk in the snow covered Black Forest. We

visited the beautiful city of Freiburg, as well

as competing in a treasure hunt around

Staufen, after climbing up to see its castle

ruins. The day spent at the Europapark was

once again a real highlight. The rides get bigger

and more terrifying every time we go!

The trip was rounded off with a farewell

party with many pupils sad to leave their


The whole exchange was voted a great success

and the Year 8 pupils are already looking forward

to the arrival of their partners in Penarth

next July.

Exciting new links with French partner

schools planned

The French GCSE pupils have been busy writing

letters to pen friends in France recently and

are eagerly awaiting replies. This is in preparation

for a future link with a school in Montpellier

in the Languedoc region in the south of

France. We are planning to take the first group

on an exchange visit next March. We are currently

finalising arrangements and plan to combine

this with a Sixth Form exchange with a

lycée (similar to a Sixth Form college) for the

A level students. Teachers and pupils look forward

to establishing the links which will

greatly improve language skills and be beneficial

in forging relationships with our closest

European neighbours.

Year 12 Film workshop

In May, the Year 13 German class took part in

a film workshop at Cardiff University School

of Languages, which was

based on the film which

they are studying as part

of their A2 course;

Goodbye Lenin.

The session was very

interactive, and our pupils

made lots of valuable

contributions to the discussion.

All involved agreed that it was a very

worthwhile and informative trip.

‘The whole exchange was voted a great success’


Mrs T Davis

Stop Press-Pupil News

Congratulations to Bethany Parkhouse of

Year 12 who will be enjoying a 2 week study

visit to Hamelin (the “Pied Piper” town!) in

August where she will stay with a host family.

There was a lot of competition for places

and she will be joined by 11 other people

from all around the UK and Ireland. She will

attend a German school for part of the time

and upon returning will have to give a presentation

to a primary school about Germany

and her trip. She is not supposed to speak

English whilst there so it should do wonders

for her spoken German! We wish her the best

of luck!

Hannah White of Year 11 has an obvious

flair for languages! She is currently studying

Welsh, French,

Mandarin Chinese,

Japanese, Korean,

Russian, Polish,

Italian and

Thai. She has secured

a place in Atlantic

College in

Hong Kong where

she will study the

International Baccalaureate

and study

Cantonese Chinese,

to add to her impressive repertoire. Due to

the cultural diversity of the college, only 2

places have been offered to British students

this year, and Hannah is one of them! She

was selected on merit by the National Committee

of Britain, and underwent a rigorous

process of application forms, selective interview

and nomination to the college. Hannah

is contemplating studying international relations

in the future. Congratulations Hannah,

we wish you well for the years ahead!

Silva Brindle (7T) went to Paris during the

Whitsun holidays and wrote a wonderfully

detailed diary about her trip which she shared

with her teacher and class. Silva was particularly

enthralled by Paris’ vast array of artistic

and cultural sights.

Our A level students await their results to

finalise their future plans. Cameron Jones has

applied for an internship in Buenos Aires as

part of his gap year and then hopes to do a degree

in Spanish and Russian. Beth Morgan,

who recently received the Myerscough

Schwenk A-Level Languages Cup at the

Awards Ceremony, is eagerly anticipating

starting her degree in French and linguistics at

Southampton University. Best wishes to all

those receiving their results and heading off to

different destinations.

Libero Tassinari (7X) spent ten days in Foix,

near Toulouse in the Pyrenees in the south of

France visiting a French family. He travelled

independently, attended school with his partner

and experienced complete immersion in the

language, attending lessons in French. He also

took part in school activities and trips. Both

culturally and

linguistically it

was an invaluable




“Mae llawer o ddisgyblion Stanwell yn astudio dramor”


Mrs J Richards

The Summer Term began in earnest as students

worked diligently to prepare for their

practical assessments in GCSE, AS and A

Level. A number of Year 10 GCSE pupils

took the practical module a year early and the

visiting examiners at all levels were really impressed

with their performances. Coursework

was presented after a great deal of creative

effort and we are sure that everyone has done

their best to achieve their potential. Mrs Richards

has worked with all students to finalise

the coursework portfolios, and rehearse the

practical recitals, along with help from other

staff, particularly Mr Sambell. Thanks also to

some accompanists who helped out

(especially Ms Rebecca Selley and Miss Sara

Ghazi Torbati, ex-pupil of Stanwell school).

The standard presented was excellent—we

wish them all good luck for a brilliant set of

results in the summer!


The music department is always an integral

part of the Eisteddfod, and provides a platform

for many of our young performers to

showcase their individual talents. There were

many impressive entries this year, both in the

instrumental solo category but particularly so

in the singing categories.

Lesotho concert

On March 13 th , Luke Waddon (Year 12) organised

the Lesotho Concert - Outsiders and

Girls' Choir came together to perform a joint

item 'You Only Get What You Give' to raise

money for charity. Well done to all the pupils

involved, and thanks to Miss Cooksey for rehearsing

the items.

Music Department Concert

Rehearsals were soon underway for the Key

Stage 3 concert which included hundreds of

our pupils and took place this year on the 15 th

May in the auditorium. The whole of Year 7

performed a medley of songs by boy bands and

girl bands, which had been learnt and rehearsed

in their music classes. Some of the

items included numbers by: The Supremes,

Jackson Five, One Direction, Backstreet Boys

and The Spice Girls. 26 pupils in Year 8 (2

from each class) were chosen to introduce each

act of the concert—and there were clearly a

number of potential professional announcers in

the making! The Outsiders Boys’ singing

group and Girls' Choir also presented pieces

that they had been rehearsing throughout the

term, and they performed stylistically and with

real enthusiasm, playing items that had been

rehearsed and prepared by Miss Cooksey. The

String Group is always a favourite and they

entertained with ‘She’ by Elvis Costello and

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ a terrific arrangement

written by Joe Keenan (Year 13) - many thanks

for that! Junior Jazz, rehearsed by Mr Sambell

performed two numbers: Duke Ellington’s ’It

Don’t mean a Thing’ and Leiber/Stoller’s

‘Jailhouse Rock’, which featured a bluesy solo

by guitarist Joseph Short (Year 9). Soloists

came from the Eisteddfod winners and included

Maddy Carver (Year 7, accompanied

by a harp), Sam Hancock (Year 8), Elspeth

Robertson (Year 8), Hannah Weeks (Year 7)

and Henry Waddon (Year 8). Another fantastic

success, again following Stanwell tradition;

very well done to everybody who took part.

‘..the visiting examiners at all levels were really impressed’


Mrs J Richards

Rotary Club Concert

On the 16 th May, we hosted the annual Rotary

Club competition, where a selection of pupils

from Penarth schools and members of our department

presented musical items in aid of

charity ( this year, Ty Hafan). Stanwell

School Brass Band gave their inaugural performance

and the group, led and conducted by

Ms Lomas played two pieces; "Swingin' Safari"

and "Get up Go" which were warmly

received by the audience! Many thanks to all

those who performed – again to such a high

standard – and to all pupils and staff who

helped to organise and support the event.

sional dancers and choreographers about

work in the Performing Arts industry.


Meeting dance practitioners was particularly

useful for the students studying Performing

Arts as their controlled assessment work in

Year 10 will involve researching different

job roles within the world of the arts. A special

mention must go to Olivia Barrett,

Cara Chivers, Shaun Donovan and Beth

Evans who attended both workshops and

were praised for their creative choreography

by the organisers.

Motion Control Dance company visited the

school on the 7 th June to deliver workshops to

the Year 9 GCSE Performing Arts cohort and

to selection of dancers from Year 8, 9 and 10.

The workshops focused on developing students'

contemporary dance technique through

the performance of complex routines. It also

gave them the opportunity to question profes-

Award Ceremony

Congratulations and warm thanks are extended

to all the young musicians who have

performed so beautifully in the Award Ceremonies

this year. Naomi Farrell Griffiths

(Year 12) and Taite Drew (Year 13) performed

separate vocal items to really appreciative

listeners in the certificate presentations,

and in the main Award Ceremony in

July, Rhodri Jones (Year 11) performed a

Nocturne by Grieg, and Taite sang ‘Bring

‘...warm thanks to all those young musicians who have performed so beautifully’


Mrs J Richards

Him Home’ from Les Miserables - both to

rapturous applause! They were also recipients

of music awards: Rhodri received the Stanwell

Music (instrumental Award) and Taite

was awarded the Glenda Palmer Award for

Extra Curricular Performing Arts, both very

well deserved! Other music award winners

were Alice Short (Year 7) and Henry Waddon

(Year 8 ) who won the key Stage 3

Young Musician Awards; Zachary Ghazi –

Torbati (Year 12) who received the Hilary

Midlane Young Singer Award; Joseph

Keenan (Year 13) who achieved the Sixth

Form Music Award and Charlotte Preece

(also Year 13), who was the second recipient

of the Glenda Palmer Award for her contribution

in Performing Arts.

Performers receiving their prizes from the

Guest of Honour, Mr Lewis Vaughan Jones:

Rhodri Jones

Taite Drew

Key Stage 3 Production 2013


The end of a summer term in Stanwell

would not be the same without the traditional

Lower School musical! Now streamlined

to involve talented youngsters from

Year 8 and 9; members of the cast, crew and

orchestra have been working tremendously

hard to present ‘Oliver!’ (July 8 – 10 th inclusive)

in the school auditorium. A terrific

amount of dedication and work has been put

in by teachers and pupils alike. Always an

ambitious project, but the achievements are

spectacular. Massive congratulations to everybody

involved: the principal performers

(Jonathan Ignacio as Fagin, Ian Margrain

as Dodger, Andrew Salter as Oliver, Ebony

Rees as Nancy and Thomas Tunley as

Bill Sykes); the remaining cast, and all the

backstage and set crew; and finally but by

no means least, the orchestra which consist

entirely of Key Stage 3 pupils – mainly

Year 9. Many congratulations to all involved!

“Always an ambitious project, but the achievements are spectacular”


Mrs J Richards

OLIVER! Band in rehearsal:

Pupils in the iPad suite.

In addition to this facility, pupils are able to

compose using computers in their music lessons


OLIVER! Cast in rehearsal:

Pupils composing using Cubase in the music


Computers and Music

The iPad suite has been a welcome addition

to the Music department, as Key Stage 3

classes have been introduced to the

‘Beatmaker’ and ‘Garage Band’ to record

their creative ideas in Music.

Computer music tuition is available for all

pupils at Stanwell. Using Reason, Cubase

and MIDI keyboards, pupils are taught the

necessary skills to create their own electronic

music compositions. These skills include

drum programming, synthesis, arrangement,

mixing and a recording studio is

Computer music tuition is available for all pupils at Stanwell.


Mrs J Richards

Goodbye to our Sixth Form!

We bid a tremendously fond farewell to all

our Year 13 students, many of whom are

leaving Stanwell to further their training in

Music and the Arts. We have been so proud

of you all, and will remember with pride

your commitment and superb contribution

that you have made, both to the department

and to the school. We will miss you dearly –

but wish you every success in your future

careers. Keep in touch!

also available where pupils can learn to record

and mix live performances. This year has seen

the completion of the 2013 album which features

11 songs from pupils in Years 9, 10, 11

and 12. Included in the album is a DVD disc

containing interviews with the pupils regarding

their music productions. Lessons occur

after School every Wednesday to Friday and

cost £7. Please get in touch with the music

department if you are interested in joining

classes. For more information please visit our

new website at

Instruments for loan and Peripatetic Music


Looking forward.....

Every September, peripatetic music teachers

hold a meeting so that existing and potential

learners can sign up for lessons – this year,

the meeting is scheduled to take place on


AUDITORIUM at 2.00pm

Interested pupils should excuse themselves

from class last lesson and go to the auditorium

for details from Mrs Richards. They

will also be given the opportunity to meet

up with the peripatetic teachers which are

from CAVMS and Cardiff and the Vale

County Music Service. It is important that

everyone interested in receiving tuition via

the school attend this meeting; it may not be

possible to sign up so easily at a later date.

We advise that the decision to have vocal or

instrumental lessons is discussed carefully

“pupils can learn to record and mix live performances”


Mrs J Richards

before attending the meeting, as the commitment

is for at least a term. The agreement is

made between the pupil and the music service,

either CAVMS or County and Vale of

Glamorgan Music Service. All pupils who

play or sing are expected to contribute to

school performing groups throughout the


Lessons will commence week beginning 16 th

September – all information and further details

will be available from the music department

at the start of term. Listen out for notices!


There are a small number of school woodwind

instruments available for loan. These are

available for free, but lessons will need to be

paid for. Anyone interested should see Mrs



The Rock Academy runs weekly music

workshops in school for aspiring rock performers.

Pupils sign up for a course, which

culminates in a gig held in Cardiff – exciting!

This is a fantastic opportunity for all

singers and performers interested in learning

how to perform as a group – and the results

of the 10-week course this year was showcased

in a gig on 7 th June in Cardiff’s Buffalo

Bar. If you want to see what it’s all

about, come and chat to staff at the beginning

of next term – also, there is a summer

school available for learners. For further

details, contact

“ysgol Haf ar gael i ddysgwyr”



Mr I Summerfield


In the AEGON tennis Vale tournament held in

May both the girls and boys in the U13 and

U15 competition completed successfully.

They now go through to the next round in

September to be held in the National Tennis

centre.10 pupils from Years 8 and 9 participated

in a touch tennis tournament at St Richard

Gwyn school in June. Pupils played in

pairs and played for 2 hours non-stop! Congratulations

to Thomas Marsh and Harry

Williams who won the competition and were

given tennis equipment for the school.

challenge. Jay Morse won the discus, setting a

county record in the process. Callum Eva came

2 nd in the 1500m, and Matthew Dawson came

5 th in the 1000m walk. Taiya Jones came 2 nd in

the high jump and 1500m and Silva Brindle

came 2 nd in the long jump. Well done to everyone

who took part and there will be many more

competitions next year.


Stanwell pupils have taken part in a number

of athletics events held this year and have produced

some good results. In the knock out

cup, all 4 teams got through to the final where

the U16 Girls finished in 2 nd place. There

were some fantastic performances from Elizabeth

Birch Hurst, Emily Wooster, Emily

Ross, Phoenix Kaged, Rhys Jones and Jay


Many of the pupils were selected to the represent

the county in July at the Welsh schools

athletics competition.

The Year 7 boys’ and girls’ teams recently

participated in the Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan

Year 7 Championships at Jenner Park.

For many this was their first experience of an

athletic competition and everyone rose to the

5 x 60 Officer

The 5x60 programme is a government initiative

that aims to increase the number of secondary

age pupils taking part in sport or physical activity

for 60 minutes, at least five times a week. The

PE department are pleased to introduce our new

5 x 60 officer

Sophie Wilkinson.

Sophie has

already set up

taster sessions

for pupils that

have included

girls’ football,

street dance and

“U13 and U15 girls and boys competed successfully”



Mr I Summerfield

lawn green bowls. More clubs and activities

will be available after school in September.

If pupils have any suggestions then Sophie is

based in the PE department on Tuesdays,

Wednesdays and Fridays.

Storey Arms

The PE department has again this summer

run a very successful trip to the Storey Arms

Outdoor Educational Centre, where nearly 50

pupils participated in various activities such

as gorge walking, rock climbing, caving, canoeing

and orienteering. They were also required

to look after themselves in terms of

cooking, cleaning and making beds; all life

skills which have hopefully been replicated

since returning home!

winners from other counties. Stanwell produced

a good performance finishing 5th


Boys’ football

All year groups had a successful season in

the Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan Cup.

Year 9 and 10 reached the quarter finals,

Year 11 made the semi finals and Year 7

made it to the final. The Year 7s had a close

game against Whitchurch High, eventually

losing 3-2. Outstanding performances by

Ellis Dibble, Callum Eva, Lucas Murray,

Thomas Atkinson, Wataru Yamada and

Cai Lloyd.

We are looking forward to continued success

next season.

Girls’ Basketball

Girls’ football

The Year 9 team reached the SE Wales football

final after coming 2 nd in the Vale tournament.

Pupils travelled to Heolddu school in

Bargoed where they played against the

Year 7 and 8 girls have had a good season

this year obtaining numerous wins against

“commitment and enthusiasm”



St Cyres and St Richard Gwyn. Their commitment

and enthusiasm in participating and improving

their skills has been outstanding and

all the girls have worked extremely hard. The

Year 9 girls’ team has also had a very successful

year. Their hard work and training

paid off when they were entered into the 5x60

girls’ basketball competition. They played

against a number of teams in the Vale of Glamorgan

and achieved 3 rd place overall. They

were also entered into the Welsh Schools basketball

competition at the Rhondda Fach Leisure

Centre. Again they competed against varies

schools in the South Wales area and got

through to the semi-finals of the competition.

They put up a fantastic fight in the final but

unfortunately lost the match by one basket.

All the girls thoroughly enjoyed the day and

were complimented on their high standard

of basketball by many coaches that observed

their matches. They were outstanding assets to

Stanwell School. The Year 10 girls have also

played several matches this year against St

Cyres, Cwm Rhymni and Pen-Y-Dre. They

are now looking forward to starting a new season

next year with more games lined up to

hopefully continue their success. Special mention

goes to Rosie Peterson who has this year

been selected to represent the Welsh U15s

development squad. Well done!


The Year 7 Rugby team has made a good start

to their school rugby career, with many boys

looking to have the potential to become excellent

players. In the forwards George Cowley,

Daniel Hicks, Dylan Penry Williams, Ellis

Smith, George Price and Jay Morse have all

played with enthusiasm and contributed all

season to become a robust set! In the backs,

players have striven all season to play an expansive

game and have scored some excellent

tries. Matthew Frost, William Hall, Cai

Lloyd, Benjamin Hanson and Ben Hayes

have all contributed to many games during the


Mr I Summerfield

The Year 8 rugby team has had an excellent

season, further developing the ability that was

evident in Year 7. After winning the Vale of

Glamorgan League, the team lost narrowly in

the cup final. The benefits of striving to play

open rugby has paid dividends this season with

many tries being scored on the counter-attack.

Geraint Williams, Thaine Baker, Morgan

Jones and Jack Vowles have worked tirelessly

all season to provide ball for the talented backs

Rhys Jones, Ben Jones, Henry Carter and

Maximilian Paley.

The Year 9 rugby team had a slow start to the

season with many matches being cancelled due

to poor weather conditions. However, when

they did manage to get on the field they showed

an abundance of skill and flair teamed with high

levels of fitness and power. The standard of

rugby in the Vale at this age is at a very high

level, however no less than 10 Stanwell players

have been selected for the Vale of Glamorgan at

county level.

The Year 10 rugby team has really progressed

this season with the team showing real maturity

throughout. This led them to being undefeated

in the Vale league. As well as representing the

school, many of the players have represented

the Vale of Glamorgan schools rugby team.

Following this, Dan Watts, Caleb Docking,

Edward Drake, Deklan Grotz, Morgan

Smith and Soliman Khan have now been

asked to train with Cardiff Blues over the summer.

The Senior rugby team has had their most

successful season thus far. Led by captain Luke

Crockett, the side remained undefeated in all

14 league matches with a points difference of

334 points for and just 35 points against. Luke

Crockett, Thomas Smith, Miles Jones, Huw

Evans, Andrew Richards, Tom Murray,

Joshua Ellis and Harry Wood will be sorely

missed, but with strong players joining the

squad next year this high standard of performance

should be maintained.

“undefeated in the Vale league”


Miss K Hall

AS Psychology

In lessons this term, students are receiving

taster sessions in the topics they will be studying

next year. They are particularly looking

forward to learning about Forensic Psychology

and how Psychology has been applied to

areas such as Eyewitness Testimony and Offender


Cardiff Metropolitan University Psychology

Open Day

Year 12 students interested in studying Psychology

at University attended an Open Day at Cardiff

Metropolitan University on Tuesday 25th

June. They attended fascinating talks on topics

such as Forensic Psychology, Relationships and

Addictions, as well as being given useful information

on applying for Psychology courses and

future careers in the field.

A2 Psychology

The Department bids farewell to a number of

excellent students this year and we wish them

the best of luck for the future. Congratulations

go to Elinor Cheason on winning the Psychology

Award following excellent examination

results throughout the course. She is

looking forward to studying Psychology at

University next year, as are many of our students.

Welsh Baccalaureate Individual Investigations

Year 12 students have now returned to school

following their examinations and have been

carrying out their Welsh Baccalaureate Individual

Investigations. They have researched a

range of Psychology and Health and Social

Care related topics. Students covered a range

of areas, for example comparing substance

misuse in Wales and another country. Lettie

Chatham and Luke Waddon produced work

of a particularly high standard investigating

mental health issues.

Health and Social Care

Year 12 Health and Social Care students finished

some excellent pieces of coursework last

term and took part in a range of interesting and

valuable activities as part of this. All students

designed and implemented their own Health

Campaign as part of the Promoting Good

Health Unit. They covered a variety of topics

including bullying, smoking, stress management

and healthy eating. As well as delivering these

campaigns to Stanwell students, some also went

to local Primary Schools. All students were

praised for the planning and delivery of their

campaigns and were a credit to the Department.

“Students were praised for their campaigns and were a credit to the Department”



Carol Evans RE Award 2013

Ceylin As in Year 7 received this award at the

Stanwell Award Ceremony on 26th June. Ceylin

is a diligent pupil who shows great enthusiasm

every lesson. Her work is exemplary and

expresses deep empathy and understanding.

One of her more creative pieces of work,

which won the Year 7 Eisteddfod Home competition

earlier this year, has been displayed in


A “Wicked” Time

This year’s London trip was a great success

with 40 Year 9 pupils having the opportunity

to explore several sites of religious interest

including St Paul’s Cathedral and an East

London mosque. Our scheduled 30 minute

tour of the mosque over ran by an hour and

was undoubtedly the best part of the trip as our

guide managed to capture all the pupils’ interest

and answered their challenging questions.

We were lucky enough to have time to experience

and enjoy London’s culture with a visit to

the West End for a performance of the musical

“Wicked”. The photo below shows pupils at St

Paul’s Cathedral.

Mrs J Skilton

Rome 2013

Over the Easter holidays, the RE department

travelled to Rome with 30 students. This trip

provided us with an opportunity to increase understanding

and empathy for religious beliefs

and practices as well as knowledge and understanding

of culture and history. It also allowed

everyone to experience life in Italy's capital city.

Over the four days, the pupils thoroughly enjoyed

the electric atmosphere of Rome at the

start of the Holy Week celebrations which was

made even more exciting with the presence of

the recently appointed Pope Francis I! We were

fortunate to be present in St Peter’s Square during

the Pope’s first Palm Sunday blessing.

As well as taste-testing the large variety of ice

creams and pizzas Rome had to offer, the trip

was filled with visits to the tiny Sovereign State

of Vatican City, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s

Basilica, the Colosseum, the Forum, the Pantheon,

Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, the Spanish

Steps and the Catacomb of St Callixtus,

which left everyone in awe. I think it is fair to

say we were all exhausted with the amount of

walking we did during our visit but with the sun

shining it really felt like a holiday!


“Being in St Peter’s square on Palm Sunday was amazing!”

Science Mr P Johnson


Science Club continues to be a popular activity

for Year 7 pupils. Jake Finch, Samuel Froggatt,

Harry Lam, Daniel Marsh, Arron and Jordan

Speake and Nathan Terry have all attended

regularly, carrying out activities such as building

a volcano, flame tests , chromatography and

making ‘flubber’.

The Science Council, under the Chairmanship of

Mr Doyle, has met on a number of occasions to

discuss matters that affect all pupils studying the

Sciences. Members of the panel are; Haaris

Khan, Esther Buckton, Jessica Boland, Zed

Strong, Henry Stephanakis, Molly Crowther

and Andrew Richards.


Congratulations to Lisa Gourley who was

awarded the Kathleen Evans Biology Prize this

year; this award is in recognition of her effort and

commitment to her studies over the last two years.

13 Year 12 students have recently been involved

in a project based at Cardiff University. The three

day project was funded by a Royal Society grant

and gave pupils the opportunity to visit and work

in the biosciences laboratory. While there, the

students worked with Dr Trevor Hay and Lily

Ordonoz carrying out a range of practical activites

including DNA analysis, genetic transformations

and microscopic analysis of tumour cells. The

work was based around the university's research

looking at cancer therapies.

Isobel Sinnott-Newland

loading a gel to analyse

DNA samples.


Congratulations and thanks go to

Isabella Macgregor for winning the

Chemistry prize for this academic year

as the best A level student and also

serving as a representative along with

Lloyd Allen on the Industrial Liaison

Panel that meets at Dow Corning on a

regular basis.

Our warmest congratulations also go to

Jay Kapuria (Year 11) for winning the

GCSE Chemistry prize.


Congratulations to Kathleen Ahearne

and Omar Ghandour for being

awarded the KS4 and KS5 Physics

prizes respectively. Their commitment

and interest in the subject has been


Year 12 students recently attended a

session at Cardiff University

Engineering department introducing

them to aspects of the Year 13 Physics

course. Activities included building a

matchbox radio which was highly


“Mae’r clwb Gwyddoniaeth yn llwyddiant o hyd”

Welsh Mrs

C Flaherty

We are delighted with the successful

events and trips that have been organised

by the Department since Christmas.

To name but a few, Year 12 immensely

enjoyed their revision day at Cardiff

University on January 20th where they

participated in various language workshops

and attended lectures given by the

lecturers in the Welsh Department at the


Year 12 and 13 enjoyed a trip to the

newly renovated Sherman Theatre to

see the production of a Welsh play

‘Dyled Eileen’ a new play produced by

Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru telling the

fascinating story of Eileen and Trefor

Beasley’s eight year protest in the 1950s

to receive their tax bill in Welsh, a

struggle that left them with almost nothing.

Years 7 and 8 thoroughly enjoyed the

Eisteddfod on March the 4th. Many

pupils took part in the homework and

stage competitions. These included

Welsh, English and French recitation

as well as vocal solo, Musical Theatre

and Popular Music, Dance, Instrumental

and many others. Mini-Terao Rich

came first in the Year 7 Welsh

homework competition, Karishma

Krishna came second and Mary–Kate

McGrath came third. Silva Brindle

won the Welsh recitation and Connor

Hamilton came second. Powys won

the Year 7 Eisteddfod overall. Seren

Mirza-Davies won the Year 8 Welsh

homework competition, Rebecca

Johnson and Simran Sandhu came

joint second and George Lush came

third. Robert Brown and Iman Haq

won the Year 8 Welsh recitation,

Michael Conway and Lia-Maree Dyer

came second and Annie Higgins and

Kathryn Morgan came third. Mor

gannwg House won the Year 8 Eisteddfod

overall. Llongyfarchiadau!

Many pupils were entered in the Urdd

Design and Technology competition and

we are delighted that Sonal Kerai of

Year 9’s work successfully made it to

the final round.

“We are delighted with the successful events and trips that have been organised”

Welsh Mrs

C Flaherty

The Welsh and French trip to Disneyland

and Paris from March 7th to

March 9th was enjoyed by all 53 students

from Year 8 and six members of

staff. The trip on the Bateau Mouche

was amazing and the students had a

wonderful day at Disneyland Paris

where EuroDisney was celebrating The

Welsh St David’s Day Festival. Before

returning home, they visited the Eiffel

Tower to take in the amazing views of

Paris and they also visited the wonderful

cathedral of Notre Dame.

Congratulations to 9 pupils who are

featured in April’s issue of the Welsh

magazine ‘Iaw!’ giving their opinions

on sport.

In May, Geraint Scott from the Urdd

organisation came to Stanwell to give a

presentation to Year 8 about the Urdd

activity centre in Glan-llyn, Bala, North

Wales. We are organising a trip to the

centre for Year 9 next year to enjoy the

many activities offered by the centre in

a Welsh language environment.

Congratulations to Elspeth Robertson

of Year 8 who was awarded the Ann

Johnson Memorial cup for Welsh and

Music. Elspeth is a very conscientious

student who has produced outstanding

work in Welsh. She shows a passion for

the language and culture and has contributed

to lessons and to the Eisteddfod

with great enthusiasm.

Also, congratulations to Georgina Attwood

of Year 13 who was awarded the

Alwyn Prosser Memorial cup. Georgina

studied Welsh at A level. During the

course she has shown great enthusiasm

for the Welsh language and culture and

has been a committed student who has

made outstanding progress. She hopes

to continue her studies in Welsh at university


Well done to Jack Ruelle who has

been awarded the Key Stage 3 Welsh

award and to Charlotte Thompson

who has been awarded the Key Stage 4

Welsh award for their commitment towards

their studies and the enthusiasm

that they have shown in their Welsh


We, of course, wish our GCSE Year 10

and 11 pupils, Year 12 pupils, Emma

Sharpe, Riah Knowles-Brock, Anja

Pepper & Year 13 pupils Georgina

Attwood, Lauren Gimber and Eloise

Procter the very best of luck as they

await the results of their external examinations.

Wishing you all a very restful and enjoyable

summer. Gwyliau hapus!

“Llongyfarchiadau i ddisgyblion Blwyddyn 9 ar gyhoeddiad eu gwaith yn y cylchgrawn Iaw!


Mr. R Deighton-Jones

Congratulations to the all 23 of the Year

11 students who all completed the

BTEC Extended Certificate qualification

gaining two ‘B’ grade GCSEs.

Not only have

they gained an

academic qualification

but also

raised money for

the Children’s

Society, Children

in Need

and the Brain

Tumour Trust.

Pictured above

are Josh

Crothers and

Wei Haw Ong

washing car cars to raise money for

Children in Need.

Pictured below are Katie Way, Jade

Harry, Georgia


Hannah Mattey

and Hannah


with their group

selling homemade cookies for the Brain

Tumour Trust.

The Year 11 WorkSkills class celebrated

their success on a windswept Barry Island

in May undertaking some voluntary

work with the Visible Services department

at the Vale of Glamorgan Council. Well

done and keep up the volunteering work everyone!

I am sure that the students will look back

and have good memories of their volunteering

work at Porthkerry Park, Barry Island and


This term the Year 10 pupils have been using

the WorkSkills course to prepare for their

Work Experience placement in July. The pupils

have spent a week at the following organisations

- Thomas James; Specsavers in Barry,

Harvey Valvo; Penarth Quay Marina, Lewis

Carde; Express Motors Ltd Cardiff and Austin

Squire-Wood has been working as a

trainee chef at the Holland House, assisting in

the preparation for the sixth form Valedictory

Dinner on the 12th July.

Good luck to all students and make sure you

get your booklets completed please!

The Year 9 students have been undertaking the

short course Level 2 BTEC in Money and Finance


they completed


course in

June and





Emily Roberts,

Savannah Holbrook-Fox, Ethan Fettah,

Jordan Sawyer, Luke Spear, Nathan

Hicks and David Warner on successfully

passing the course and gaining their first GCSE


I know that they are looking forward to undertaking

some further volunteering work in the

Autumn term and hopefully the weather will

remain favourable!

“prepare for their Work Experience”

Year Group News

Year 7

Miss R Sterlini and Mr M Baldwin

A pupil`s first year in a new secondary school

is always of such vital importance and we are

proud of the pupils who have met with such

success this year. Their successes have been

across the entire range of activities; academic,

sporting and social. The year group has made a

superb contribution to charity fundraising and

aiding their local community. The pupils have,

without exception, risen to the challenges that

the year has brought.


Silva Brindle competed in the knock out cup

athletics competition in Leckwith and achieved

a new personal best of 4.08 metres in the long

jump event. Gregory Cole received ‘Player of

the Year’ award for Dinas Powys Football

Club. He was also chosen to play in the Mike

Fowler Elite Soccer side in the Amsterdam cup

in May. Darcey Conway obtained her grade 4

in flute this year, while Ellen Driveman

passed her grade 3 piano exam.

Taiya Jones competed in the Challenge Cup

for gymnastics in Swansea and obtained 1 st

place and also gained 1 st place in the South

Wales region for the combined events of vault,

bars, beam and floor. Louisa McDonald

passed her grade 1 trumpet exam. Jay Morse

this year has become the Welsh number one in

discus in athletics for his age range. Caitlyn

Simmons took part in the 5k Race for Life in

June to raise money for breast cancer

awareness. Hannah Stephens entered the

Great Britain Surf and Lifesaving competition

and came 15 th overall in the surfboard

category. She has also attained her level 3

first aid award in June. Lily Tanner has

been chosen to play a part in ‘Joseph’ in the

Millennium Centre in August and Hannah

Weeks has also earned herself a part in

‘Grease’ the musical with Superstars drama

club in Barry in August.


Jonathan Drake got his purple belt in

karate. Connor Evans earned a place in his

second football team. Connor Hamilton’s

hockey team came second in Wales, but

first in South Wales. Hugo Holmes is the

South Wales and South West champion of

professional karting. Katie Jackson took

part in ‘The Big Performance’ to raise

money for charity.

Grace Mallory won a gymnastics

competition and got through to the live

auditions of ‘Only Kids Aloud’.

Elin Phillips attained a distinction in her

ballet exam. Phoebe Skelton won the

‘Abergaveny Bakeoff’ in the junior baker

category. Holly Thomas performed in an

Agatha Christie play in the Paget Rooms.


Hannah Ross has moved up to the U14

Barry girls` hockey team. Grace Beacall

got invited to advanced gymnastics squad

after just 3 sessions. She is also doing her

grade 3 in piano. Bridget Turner is doing

her grade 5 piano exam in a few weeks.

Alice Young performed at the St David`s

Hall with her dance group, Dance Angels.

Karishma Krishna is in the Welsh

National Opera and will be performing a

piece called Mayhem on the 27 th July.

“Player of the Year ”

Year 7

Miss R Sterlini and Mr M Baldwin

Christina Kulamannage is doing her grade

4 piano exam. Jack Ruelle has passed his

grade 4 for brass and will be doing his grade

5 on 16 th July. Jack also plays football for

Sully A. Sonny Edwards and Guillaume

Bigsby play football for Sully A. Charlie

Thomas & Hannah Fletcher have level 1-

10 for figure skating IVI.


James Dawson, Dylan Penry-Williams and

Nathan Waite all play for Sully F.C.

Georgia Ferda passed a Musical theatre

exam with distinction. Luke Haynes won a

competition for silver cleaning whist

attending Sea Cadets. Emily McConnon

sang for Prince Charles at a special concert.

Mila Monaghan continues to represent

Team GB in sailing at several venues around

Europe. Wataru Yamada plays for Mike

Fowler’s football club in Sully.


It has been another busy term for the pupils

of 7X. There has been much musical activity,

Cyril Hickman has continued his flute

lessons and is preparing for his grade 4

practical exam. Rhys Meddins has passed

his grade 4 trumpet exam and Isabella

Morse is preparing for her grade 1 in

singing. Joya Sims has achieved grade 5 in

piano and grade 4 in French horn, she also

played in a concert at St David's Hall while

Lou Williams has passed his grade 3 in


Continuing on the musical theme, Kate

Buckland has passed grade 1 of modern

dance. Isobella Morse is busy preparing for

a show time concert with Jeff Guppy school

of musical theatre and Megan Marsden has

participated in a concert with Anita's Theatre

School. Mya Denton and Ellena Jones are both

members of Dance Angels dance club. We have

some helpful pupils in 7X, both Cyril Hickman

and Kayleigh Taylor volunteer to help out at

Murchfield and Byrd Crescent local youth clubs


There have been many pupils busy with sporting

activities too. Matthew Barber continues to play

football and rugby for Sully A team. Alexander

Brown plays football for Dinas, Cardiff and the

Vale clubs. He also plays rugby for the Old Pens.

Jake Finch also plays rugby for the Old Pens.

Jack Moloney plays football for Sully B team.

Gabriel Butler Kavanagh took part in the Dew

Tour Snowboarding event and won second prize

in the under 13 age category.

Mya Denton has taken part in a gymnastics

competition for her local YMCA club. She

performed to a high standard and was second

overall in the 10 to 14 age category, coming

second in both vault and tumble events and third

in beam. William Hall has been travelling with

his sailing clubs, he has been to Venice to

compete with the GB team, France for the Wales

squad and is going to the European competition

this summer. Elinor Hawkins is a member of

Penarth gymnastic and Leige Manor Equestrian


John Mark Jones took part in a badminton

competition with his club. Rhys Meddins has

reached the men's 4th team at Dinas Powys tennis

club. Sarah Pascoe has taken part in a hockey

tournament with her vale club. Jordan Sheppard

is a member of Penarth tennis club and

basketball club. Libero Tassinari and his water

polo team Welsh Wanderers took part in the

water polo finals in Manchester. John Mark

Jones continues to be a member of the kayaking

club in Cardiff and CIWW and Sarah Pascoe is a

“Concert at St David's Hall”

Year 7

Miss R Sterlini and Mr M Baldwin

member of the dragon paddling kayak club.

Kristy Webley has participated in a horse

riding competition at Sully Bank Equestrian

Centre and obtained first place.


Pupils in 7W have had a very successful year

in a number of activities. Thomas Atkinson,

Lucas Murray and Rhys Woolmer were all

members of the Newport County team that

came first in the regional football league.

Dillon Lee and Lewis Donovan came first

and second respectively in their football

leagues. During May half term, Kab

Fordjour went to Amsterdam for a football

tournament and reached the quarter finals.

Thomas Atkinson, Lewis Donovan, Kab

Fordjour, Lucas Murray, Ellis Smith and

Rhys Woolmer came first in the inter-house

rugby competition.

Morgen Jay came first in a dance

competition with Dance Angels and second

in a singing competition. At the beginning of

June, Kate McCarthy achieved third place

in a show jumping competition. Lydia

Milward’s athletics team took part in a

tetrathlon in Monmouth and achieved first

place. She also came third in the individual

competition. Charlotte White came fourth

in a gymnastics competition. Harrison

Williams is preparing for his black belt in

karate and he recently won gold and bronze

medals in the Welsh karate league in

Swansea. Many thanks to our form

representatives Morgen Jay and Lucas

Murray for all their hard work this year.


Fiona Brunker is a member of a modern dance

club that has lessons in Cogan leisure centre, she

recently achieved her grade 3 in modern dance.

Joshua Cook won the under 14s men Welsh

championships in gymnastics that took place in

Sophia Gardens in February, he is considered a

good all round competitor in his sport. Joe

Driscoll plays for Old Penarthians in rugby and

Dinas Powys football club. Jacob Hatcher plays

for Dinas Powys cricket club. Louis Hilbert

achieved level 8 in swimming at Cogan

swimming pool; he has also achieved a red belt in


Antony Jomon achieved a distinction in his

grade 2 violin exam and is currently working

towards his grade 3. Kelli Poole took 1 st place in

the Cardiff schools trampolining competition.

Jacob Rosser plays for Barry Celts football

team. Joseph Williams achieved a brown belt in

kick boxing at MKA Old school and has got into

the Vale of Glamorgan swim squad. Joe also

plays for Old Penarthians in rugby.


7R have been keeping themselves very busy in

2013! Holly Keith, Lily Sellick and Connie

Shah have all been regular attendees of

Stanwell’s netball club, so too were Sara

Buckland and Mary-Kate McGrath whose

team came second in the school competition;

Katy Cutts, Georgia Davies, Toby Dyer and

Chloe Lam have continued to play for the

badminton squad. There are many promising

athletes in the form group, well done to Sara

Buckland, Katy Cutts, Georgia Davies,

Eleanor-Rose Griffiths, Josephine Harris and

“Dance Angels and champion gymnasts”

Year 7

Miss R Sterlini and Mr M Baldwin

Callum Russell. The participation in clubs

and activities outside of school is as

impressive as in the Autumn Term. Several

of the boys support rugby and football clubs,

as well as playing for the clubs in school:

Toby Dyer plays for the U12 Cardiff City

football team and the Sully A team; Ryan

Packer plays for the U13 Cogan team;

Benjamin Hayes also plays for the Sully A

team and in the Penarth U12 rugby team;

Matthew Hocking is involved with the All

Penarthian rugby club and Sully B football

team, recently winning the accolade of ‘Most

Improved Player; Callum Russell plays for

the U12 Penarth rugby team, as does

Matthew Frost who also plays with the

Cogan U13 football team and the U13 cricket

team in Penarth!

In other sports, Katy Cutts has been moved

up another half grade in horseriding;

Josephine Harris has been promoted to

level P6 in Cardiff Swimming Club – she can

cover 50m in an impressive 35 seconds!

She’s also pretty fast on dry land, coming 3 rd

in the 800m at a competition in Leckwith.

Kieran Murphy and Jozef Bailey both

swim in Cogan swimming club, and Jozef is

also training as a rookie lifeguard. Jamie

Locke-Jones is a member of the Cardiff

Kayak Club enjoying the facilities at the

National White Water Centre. Katie Streets

was involved in a sporting appearance of a

different sort, further adding to her televised

appearances: at a recent international cricket

match in Cardiff Wales Stadium, shown on

Sky Sports, she walked out as mascot with

New Zealand captain Ross Taylor.

There has also been much involvement in the

arts: Eleanor Rose-Griffiths took part in the

High Schools concert in St David’s Hall

earlier this year; Matthew Hocking came 1 st in

the Art competition in the school Eisteddfod;

Matthew Frost found time between sporting

activities to pass grade 4 piano with merit and

grade 3 theory also with merit; Georgia Davies,

Holly Keith, Lily Sellick, Connie Shah, Katie

Streets are all members of the school’s drama

club, and of course a huge number of the form

sang their hearts out in the Year 7 concert in

May. Well done to all in 7R – have a welldeserved

summer break and all the best for Year



Kate Beeslee has just obtained her black belt in

karate. Ellis Dibble has played for Cardiff and

the Vale Football team all season. Elinor Hain

has obtained her Ballet grade two. Zacchary

Filliau has recently joined Cardiff Devils Ice

Hockey team and after four weeks has made the

squad. Seren Lewis gained third place at

Sunnybrook dressage competition. Oliver Marsh

has represented the County at golf.

Stanley Murphy-Johns has been training very

hard and completed five miles in under 40

minutes. Hannah Salmon has just obtained her

grade one in tap dancing. Eleanor Warren has

recently been awarded a grade three distinction in

flute. Benjamin Hanson was player of the year

for the Old Penarthians junior rugby. Bethan

Woodley has just passed her young Lifesavers



7L have had a very busy time since Christmas. In

addition to their commitments and

responsibilities to their lessons and clubs inside

“....walked out as mascot with New Zealand captain Ross Taylor”

Year 7

Miss R Sterlini and Mr M Baldwin

school, many of them have been working

hard on their hobbies outside of school as

well. Renee Eshel and Darcy Richardson

came 3 rd in a trampolining competition in

Monmouth recently and are currently

preparing a synchro-trampolining routine for

another competition in October. Eleanor

Croft has passed her lifeguard examination

and recently competed in lifeguard

competitions on both sea and still waters

with her club, Llantwit Major SLSC. Dylan

McKee has achieved his inside flag rock

climbing badge and has applied for the

Welsh rock climbing trials, which take place

over the summer.

Boden on Junior Vets on CBBC if she makes it

through the application process. Well done 7L

and good luck to you all next year.

In conclusion, we are sure that readers will

appreciate how magnificently our Year 7 pupils

have performed and we are confident that they

will continue to thrive. Their dedication to their

studies has been of the highest standard and we

would not be surprised to see any number of

these pupils as the top Stanwell sportsmen and

women in years to come! We wish them all well

in their future endeavours.

Despite being only 12 years old, Joe Elias

won an over 16s snooker competition. Well

done Joe! It seems Gabriella Merrick is

multi-talented as she has competed in a

tennis competition for under 16s and a golf

competition for under 16s. Renee Eshel also

competed in a tennis competition in Penarth

this summer. We also have an array of

musical and drama talent in our form this

year and among them are Thomas Ralphs

who passed his grade 3 piano exam and Alice

Short who passed her grade 6 tenor horn

with a merit.

Eleanor Croft has auditioned to be part of

the choir in a production of Joseph and the

Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in the

Millennium Centre and Anna Webster has

joined Stagecoach Performance Troupe and

they are rehearsing for an upcoming show in

Barry. We also look forward to seeing Katie

Pictured above is Jack Ruelle receiving his

award from news reporter Lewis Vaughan Jones

at this year`s Award Ceremony.

“Lifeguards and rock climbers....”

Year 8

There have been many interesting and exciting

events happening since Christmas. Pupils have

been taking part in canoeing, where they have had

expert instruction at Cardiff International White

Water Centre in Cardiff Bay. The Year 8 Musical

‘Oliver’ has been keeping many pupils busy due

to rehearsals. The annual Eisteddfod was very

successful with many pupils showcasing their

talents on stage and in homework competitions,

well done to all those involved. We have been

very pleased with Year 8’s response to the house

point scheme and 85 pupils were rewarded with a

trip to the West Midland Safari Park. All pupils

have made mature decisions this year regarding

their GCSE subject choices ready to start in Year

9. The ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ presentation

was informative and a great success!

Our form representatives this year have been -

8T- Harrison Ashby and Emily Alford

8E - Cameron Jones and Holly Strong

8A - Anton Trunin and Jade Eastwood

8M - Alex Milner and Samanta Caramella


8X - Daniel Anderton and Chloe Taylor

8W - Macauley Winton and Maddie Lloyd

8O - Jake Carr and Lily McJennett

8R - Joe Munn and Tamasin Stephens Collins

8K – Rhys Wookey and Sophie Page

8L – Vaughan Johnson and Rebecca Davies

A huge congratulations to the following pupils on

receiving an award in the school’s annual Award


Daniel Anderton (Academic Achievement),

Elin Gray (Academic Achievement )

Stephanie Knight(Academic Achievement),

Simran Sandhu (Academic Achievement),

Matthew Charles ( Endeavour), Idrees

Mrs K Chellingworth and Mr R Macpherson.

Maskeen ( Endeavour), Alec Smith

( Endeavour), Clodagh McKechnie

(Service to the School) Elspeth

Robertson ( Ann Johnson Memorial

Cup (Music/Welsh), Kabir Knupp ( Art

& Design Award ), Alexander

Whitfield ( Dow Corning DT Award ),

Rhys Jones ( Junior Sportsboy), Emily

Skinner (Junior Sportsgirl), Joshua

Cheeseman (Miss Nancy Jones Cup

(Progress), Shannon Davies ( Miss

Nancy Jones Cup (Progress), Geraint

Williams ( Mrs Y Crotty Key Stage 3/4

Rugby Shield), George Lush ( Stanwell

English Award KS3), Lucia Cavaliere

(Stanwell Linguist Award (Key Stage

3), Henry Waddon(Young Musician


Congratulations also to the pupils who

have achieved 100% attendance during

the year.


There were many impressive achievements

from 8T in 2013. Ben Jones won ‘Player

of the year’ at Penarth rugby club while

Harrison Ashby became ‘Clubman of the

year’ at Cowbridge rugby club. Emily

Alford was successful at auditioning for

the Welsh National Opera’s ‘Tosca’.

Elspeth Robertson passed her ballet exam

with distinction. Ben Croll and Ben

Richard Jones took part in a Sully Sailing

Club taster session, just about managing to

stay dry. Dylan Hughes achieved a gold

award in the UKMT Maths Challenge.

“All pupils have made mature decisions this year regarding their GCSE subject choices.”

Year 8

Mrs K Chellingworth and Mr R Macpherson.


A number of pupils have been very active outside

of the school this term. Both Harry Smith

and Cameron Jones were part of the Sully

Sports team who won the Cup Final this year, as

well as finishing top of the league. Alexander

Whitfield has been taking to the water recently

and came 4 th in the Welsh Topper Championships

in Llandegthedd, and also won the Gold

Fleet Toppers in the Mumbles CYRC. He is

currently a member of the Welsh Squad. Congratulations

Alex. As well as sporting activities,

members of the form have been progressing

with their music. Lucy Dutfield has recently

passed her grade 2 on the clarinet, and Benjamin

Roderick has passed grade 4 on guitar and

grade 6 on piano.


A number of pupils in 8A have been busy during

the last term. Kathryn Morgan been competing

in gym and dance competitions and Jade

Eastwood recently came 3 rd and 2 nd in two

races at a recent swimming gala. Anton

Trunin, Eli Jennings, Menna Bafaqih, Olivia

Griffin, Caitlin Colley, Jade Eastwood and

Dafydd Morgans are all currently heavily involved

in rehearsals for the upcoming production

of Oliver. Dafydd also won this year’s

Drama Cup award.


A number of pupils in 8M have raised money

for different charities this term. Henry Waddon

swam 5 kilometres in aid of Marie Curie

Cancer Care; Lucie Isaacs has been busy organising

events, including a talent show for the

local charity LATCH and, in addition to this,

Rebekah Coles took part in a charity walk (Pen

-y-Fan) in order to raise money for Hope for

Justice. Tomas McSorley bravely attempted to

walk a mile wearing high heel shoes to raise

awareness of Domestic Violence. Sporting

achievements in 8M include Rhys Walker

achieving 3rd place in a recent swimming gala.


Many girls from 8X participated in the Cardiff

Race for Life including Eiman Khan, Darwin

Alford, Daisy Osborne-Walsh, Chloe Taylor

and Cora Squire. Cora Squire also raised

money for cancer charities by running 6 laps of

Cosmeston Lake with her guide troop. Chloe

Taylor has also be fundraising with her family

raising money for Marie Curie. Sporting

achievements include Lauren Stephens who

has captained the girls’ netball team as well as

representing Canton and Vale netball teams.

Torrin O’Neill, Maximilian Paley, Daniel

Anderton have represented the school in rugby.

Dan Anderton has captained the school football

team. Joseph Scrivens has also represented

the school in football and has been recognised

for his striking potential as the top scorer this

season. Daniel Anderton has also participated

in regional and national badminton championships,

whilst in a regional Scouts Shooting contest,

Niall McSorley came second. Jack Cooke

is a keen athlete participating in national events

coming 12th in the national long jump contest.

Seren Mirza-Davies continues to develop her

gymnastic potential passing her grade 11!

“Alex Whitfield is a member of the Welsh Sailing Squad.”

Year 8

Mrs K Chellingworth and Mr R Macpherson.

Owen Harvey has taken a keen interest in

tennis and has joined a local tennis club.

In their martial arts club, Mason Dargie and

Adam Robinson have each gained another belt.

Jack Francis-Oaten is enjoying his

participation in Tae-Kwon-Do winning a bronze

medal in the national TAGB Goodwill

tournament in his age group and has been

awarded the title of ‘student of the Year’ for the

Vale of Glamorgan TAGB.

The school canoeing scheme remains a popular

activity, with many pupils including Simran

Sandhu, Lia-Maree Dyer and Lauren

Stephens taking part.

‘Oliver’ has been popular with pupils from the

form with Zain Yousef playing the role of a

pick pocket; Lauren Stephens, Bronwyn

Morgan, Lauryn Perkins, Chloe Waite,

Darwin Alford, Daisy Osborne-Walsh also

had parts in the production.

Bristol Zoo has been a popular trip with

Simran Sandhu, Holly Courtney, Bronwyn

Morgan, Eiman Khan and Katie Hudd

participating. Joseph Scrivens has received a

silver award in the United Kingdom Maths

Challenge, while Zain Yousef, Niall McSorley

and Maximilian Paley were awarded bronze.

Bronwyn Morgan, Lauryn Perkins and Cora

Squire have enjoyed participating in school

choir and have helped with the Year 7 concert.

Daniel Anderton and George Lush were

recognised for their academic efforts this year

achieving Year 8 academic awards in the

Awards Ceremony. Lauryn Perkins together

with her dance club ‘Dance Angels’ performed

in Disneyland Paris as a part of the St David’s

Day celebrations.


Congratulations to Adam Hearne, Macauley

Winton, Cameron Jones, Jordan Birchall

and Morgan Evans, (otherwise known as

‘would you like fries with that?’) for winning

the 5 aside Stanwell School football tournament.

Another football victory was for Joshua

Lewis and Richard Lee with their team ‘Sully

A, Under 13’ who won the Cup and the league.

Anna Pringle did very well to pass her grade 4

piano and Samuel Holland also passed his

grade 4 NICAS rock climbing. Well done.


Lyle Keane-Adams has been actively involved

with playing football for Sully Sports,

this season they have won their league and

cup, and have been promoted to the Welsh

league. Morgan Ashton has played for

Penarth Rugby U13s and has won an international

cup whilst on tour in Ireland. Sophie

Watkins has completed her first horse riding

competition and came fourth. Tom Trezise has

completed his LAMDA exam in Drama. Chloe

Adney has reached level 2 in sailing and kayaking;

she has also been promoted to an OC in

cadets. Jack Vowles has been selected to play

for the Cardiff Spartans rugby league team; he

is playing right-centre and scored four tries in

his first game. Daniel Rogers plays cricket for

Penarth U13s.


Thaine Baker was nominated as ‘Player of the

Year’ for his ‘Clubside’ Rugby. Ellis Hawkins

-Payne had a poem published professionally.

“Production of ‘Oliver’ and Bristol Zoo trip have been popular with pupils from Year 8.”

Year 8

Mrs K Chellingworth and Mr R Macpherson.


Madeline Lloyd has taken her grade 8 flute

exam and was also in the band for the Oliver

production. Olivia Davies took part in a dance

competition as part of a dance group called

‘Iconic me’. They won first prize and have

become the Welsh Street Dance Champions of

2013. She was also a member of the Oliver

Chorus and part of a group of Year 8 girls who

are currently preparing for their second LATCH

fundraising event. LATCH is a charity which

raises money for children who are diagnosed

with cancer. Bethany Keane, Kitty Dunning,

Katharine Sellen-Moore, Megan Jenkins,

Sophie Chapman and Carmela Hermogeno

were members of the chorus for Oliver. Ella

McConkey also played the part of an orphan in

the show.

Katherine Sellen-Moore is a keen horse rider

and competes regularly, coming second twice.

Katie Thomas is a keen sportswoman. She is a

member of the Penarth netball team and has

competed in dance competitions and athletics

events. Samuel Salisbury plays for Penarth

Football Club and was elected by his fellow

players as player of the season. Jacob Mills has

won a fishing plaque for catching a specimen

fish. Sam Stapleton was elected most improved

player for the Penarth U13 Football Team. Sam

also played in the school’s 5 a side football


Antonio Peacock competes for Barry and the

Vale athletics club. He has also competed in

cross country events for South Wales schools

and Cardiff and the Vale. Samuel Hancock

played in the band for the production of Oliver.

Rhys Wookey and Ethan Harris play for Sully

Football Club and they won the Vale of

Glamorgan league and cup final. They also

came third in a football tournament in Selsea in

the south of England. Danny Donovan is a

member of Wenvoe Colts football club.


Rebecca Davies has passed her music exams

in the clarinet, piano and cornet. Emily

Skinner and Alana Stokes have represented

the school in tennis, football, running and

athletic tournaments. Isabelle Hodgson took

part in the writers’ club with Year 6 pupils

from the Primary schools.

Jack Lee played rugby for Dinas Powys U14s

and went on ski trip to Austria. Euan

Shardlow completed a 30 mile bike ride for

the Scouts, while Harry Newman went to an

eco - schools conference.

Kristopher Black went on German exchange.

Alec Smith won school endurance award.

Oliver El-Jawhiri joined Penarth Tennis Club

and earned a bronze award in a set 1 maths


Luke Williams got to the final in a 5 a side

football tournament.

Jack McConkey has achieved two sailing

club awards.

Owen Day has raised money for Sea Cadets

with a sponsored 23k rowing event, he also

went on the ski trip to Austria.

Joshua Cheeseman enjoys attending

homework club regularly and went on the

Bristol Zoo trip.

Kabir Knupp swam for City of Cardiff

Swimming club and is working hard to

improve his fitness.

Well done all these pupils who have continued

to develop their extra-curricular interest both in

school and outside school this year. Keep up

the good work!

“They won first prize and have become the Welsh Street Dance Champions of 2013.”

Year 9

Miss L Bekker &

Mr G Penny

There have been many exciting and interesting

events taking place for Year 9 this year. Pupils

have begun their GCSE courses in all subjects

with great enthusiasm and have coped well with

the challenge this has presented. There was considerable

interest in applying for courses at Cardiff

& Vale College and Military Prep College

next year. All pupils performed very well in their

interviews and thoroughly enjoyed the taster sessions

at the college. In March this year pupils

took advantage of a careers fair at Howells

school. The pupils were excellent and they took

full advantage to speak with a wide range of employers

and representatives from the Welsh Universities.

Year 9 students have had many memorable and

inspiring visitors during the term.

Taking Flight Theatre Company performed a

theatre piece over two days to Year 9 pupils in

February. It helped to educate the pupils about

the impact of Disability Hate Crime on the lives

of disabled people. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed

the performance and workshops, in particular

the performance by Cara Readle (an actress

from Tracy Beaker). Many relevant issues

affecting children in their everyday lives were

covered. Pupils had a chance to explore the issues

of Body Confidence and Self-Esteem.

In January, ‘Everyone’s Future’ started a rota of

workshops at Stanwell. The workshops highlighted

issues of age discrimination and the

negative stereotyping of older and younger people.

Pupils received valuable business advice from

guest speakers in the recent Dynamo Project.

The Proto Toy Day was a success with some interesting

and innovative designs being shown. It

appears there are some budding entrepreneurs in

Year 9!

100 pupils participated in a reward trip to

the West Midland Safari Park after receiving

the most housepoints in Year 9.

Several members of the year group have

been involved in the excellent Year 8/9 joint

production of ‘Oliver’.


Rhys Jones won player of the year for his

rugby team Cricc (a Cardiff team). Benjamin

Stewart won his first boxing fight in

Cogan for Penarth ABC. David Warner

plays for the school football team and

reached the semi-finals. David also won the

finals for Cogan A football team. Seren

Marsh received the Middle Sports girl

award at the recent Awards Ceremony.

Seren also sat her grade 5 piano theory

exam and is awaiting results. She also won

the Under 15 badminton competition and is

now Welsh Champion, as well as reaching

the quarter finals of the British School Tennis

Championships. Matthew Dawson represented

Cardiff & the Vale for cross country.

He also reached the semi finals with the

school football team as well as representing

the school in rugby. Matthew reached the

finals for the Blues cup for Penarth Rugby

& currently plays football for Sully. Ella

Buehner Gattis achieved her piano grade 6.

She also came second in the Go4Set competition

for Engineering for her design of a

sports centre. Ella also came second in a

sailing race for CYRC. She also played the

double bass for the orchestra for the school

100 pupils also “begun travelled their for a GCSE fun-filled courses day to in all subjects with enthusiasm”

Year 9

Miss L Bekker &

Mr G Penny

production of ‘Oliver’. Anna Jones received

an academic achievement award at Stanwell’s

recent Award Ceremony. Anna has

also represented the school in a few tournaments

playing basketball. Victoria

Pemberton recently sung in the Millennium

Centre in an event run by Vibe – she performed

the song ‘Skinny Love’ by Birdie to a

massive audience. Victoria has also got a part

for the production of ‘Grease’ with Superstars

in the Making.


9E pupils have shown their commitment to a

wide variety of extra-curricular activities. A

number of pupils in the form have been involved

in a range of sporting events. Jamie

Penberthy showed off his football prowess

by scoring 24 goals in the season for Penarth

under 14s. Ben McCullagh and James Adney

play for Sully A football and were part

of the team that were runners up in their

league. Congratulations to Alexander Drake

who was selected for the Vale of Glamorgan

rugby team. Clare Halligan made it into the

final of the 100 metres and came second in

the relay at a recent athletics competition at

Leckwith. Elizabeth McCulloch achieved a

merit on her grade 4 piano. She also had a

poem published in a Young Writers edition

of poetry.

9E is very proud of its musical talent which

includes Alice Durham who has passed her

grade 3 piano and grade 5 flute, she is currently

studying for her grade 4 piano and

grade 6 flute. Another musical talent within

the form is Jonathan Wright who passed his

grade 4 guitar. Sophia Holmes was cast as a

supporting actor in the new series of Stella

that is being filmed for Sky TV, in addition,

Emily Glaze was chosen to play a main part

in a short musical production outside school .


George Roberts helped Sully A Football

Club reach the Tesco Cup Final. Spencer

Robinson and his rugby team, Penarth RFC,

made it to the final of the Blues Cup. He has

also been selected for the Vale of Glamorgan

schools’ rugby team. Victoria Spray ran the

Race for Life and has raised lots of money in

doing so. Emily Ross has been picked for the

Cardiff and Vale Schools athletics team.

Georgia Logan Davies represented the

school at the under - 15s schools competition.

She managed to get to the semi-final in

the 1500m. Francesca Merrick took part in

the race for life and raised money for a cancer

charity. Rory Andrew has participated in

the Beast of Bryn fundraising event as a cook

and helper for 3 years. He has managed to

raise lots of money for a Cystic Fibrosis

charity. Grace Samuel won the first round of

a school tennis competition. She also helped

“shown their commitment to a wide variety of extra-curricular activities”

Year 9

Miss L Bekker &

Mr G Penny

the school win the National badminton tournament

in Newtown. Jessica Martin and

Grace Loweth took part in a cake sale and

raised over £200 for Marie Curie. Grace

Loweth and Bethan Hearne took part in the

Tenner Challenge. They washed cars and

raised over £300, of which half went to

charities, including Macmillan, Marie Curie

and the British Heart Foundation. Joshua-

James has been picked for the Vale of Glamorgan

Schools’ rugby team for next year.


9M pupils have had a busy and productive

year, both inside and outside of school. Pupils

have participated in several charity and

fundraising events, such as the Tenner Challenge

and have taken part in dance workshops

in school. Many pupils have been involved

in extra- curricular ensembles for the

Music concert in May and cast for the production

of ‘Oliver!’. Several of the pupils are

members of the school sports teams: rugby

and football teams (Morgan Humphreys,

Owen Lloyd and James Price ); athletics

and cross country teams (Jonathan Ignacio,

Owen Lloyd, Lucy Richards) and the basketball

team (Rosina Peterson).

Outside of school, pupils have also been very

busy in Army Cadets (Samuel Chimuzi and

Ryan Lane), go karting (Ethan Maher),

Sailing (Jamie Cross), karate (Gwennan

Jones), Climbing (Ethan Maher), zumba

(Lucy Richards) and chess (Morgan Humphreys).

Ffion McGowan achieved a merit

in her grade 5 modern dance exam and is part

of the English Youth Ballet. Bryony Aird is

currently preparing for her grade 5 piano

exam. Jamie Cross took part in sailing races

at Port Talbot and the Mumbles, in which he

was awarded 1 st place in the event.

Jonathan Ignacio is a member of Penarth

Cricket Club, Cardiff Amateur Athletics and

Virgin Active Tennis. Rosina Peterson plays

Basketball for Barry Huskies and was selected

to play basketball for Wales in Gibraltar.

Morgan Rees enjoys kick boxing, boxing,

golf, football, tennis and squash. Ryan

Lane is a member of the Sully B football

team. Owen Lloyd is part of the Vale rugby

Squad and took part in the Cardiff football



Rebecca Johnson participated in the 5k

Race For Life fund raising event. Rhiannon

Pearce raised £53.53 for breast cancer. She

also completed her grade 2 piano and tookpart

in Oliver. Joseph Burge came first in a

run to raise funds for a cystic fibrosis charity.

Ethan Hutchings and William Marsh represented

the school in a tennis tournament.

Jay Ruckley has begun filming the new series

of “Grandpa In My Pocket”.

“busy and productive year inside & outside of school”

Year 9

Miss L Bekker &

Mr G Penny


The pupils of 9W have had an excellent summer

term. They have been working hard academically

and have also managed to clock up

some fantastic extra-curricular achievements.

Beth Macmillan achieved her bronze medallion

for Lifesaving.

Well done to Jordan Thomas as her basketball

team came 2 nd in the 360 competition.

There was also a brilliant result for Lauren

Jennings-Slater, who successfully made it

to the British Gymnastics Final. Adam

Yusef was selected to take part in the Cardiff

football trials and also picked up another

brown stripe for his karate belt.

drew in entries from throughout KS3 and the

very fact that it all ran so smoothly is testament

to his excellent organisation skills.

Emily Wooster, a first class athlete, continued

her athletics development by winning the

county 300m title as well as competing well

in the Welsh cross country championships

earlier in the year. The range of running

events makes her performances even more



Great news for Nathan Frost’s football

team, who won The Vale Cup and the rugby

team went on to become finalists in The Vale

Rugby Cup. Well done to Francine Couzens

who was part of the school’s winning trampolining

team. Robyn Iredale had an amazing

experience dancing at Her Majesty’s

Theatre in the West End!

Finally, we would like to congratulate Lily

Winnan, who has been training hard all year,

and managed to secure 4 th place in the Welsh

Rowing Championships.


Chloe Parselle displayed her sporting prowess

while being a part of the school’s Welsh

Badminton National 5x60 tournament champions.

Mohamed Hersi organised a hugely

successful 5-a-side football tournament as

part of the Tenner Challenge scheme. This

The pupils of 9R have had an excellent summer

term. Izaak Lee won the ‘Academic

Achievement’ Award; Joseph Green the

‘Nancy Jones’ Award; Lewis Campbell the

‘Young Musician’ Award; Emily Roberts

the ‘Endeavour Cup’ Award, and Annabelle

Birch-Hurst the ‘Sports’ Junior Girl’

Award. The following pupils participated in

“working hard academically”

Year 9

Miss L Bekker &

Mr G Penny

also participated in the Tenner Challenge by

holding a raffle and washing teachers’ cars

after school. £300 was raised in total; congratulations

Tom! Dominic Alstead

achieved 2 nd and 3 rd place in the rowing races

in Monmouth as well as gaining grade 6 guitar

and grade 3 piano.

Ray Vandyck received the silver award in

the UKMT Maths challenge as well as passing

grade 3 drums and grade 7 clarinet. Basil

Crack was chosen for the Vale of Glamorgan

rugby team and received the sports

award during the Awards Ceremony in July.


a variety of fund-raising events: Annabelle

Birch-Hurst, Joeseph Green, Morgan

Hayman, Ethan Inker, Alisha Marsh, Elin

Matthews, Frankie Norton, Joseph Phillips,

Matthew Rogers, Benjamin Walsh,

and Casey Webley. Pupils have enjoyed a

variety of trips, including trips to Storey

Arms, London, Austria and Germany. These

pupils are: Annabelle Birch-Hurst, Lewis

Campbell, Lucie Dyer, Bethany Fitt, Katy

Gibbs, Morgan Hayman, Ethan Inker,

Daniel Jennings, Izaak Lee, Danielle Litton,

Alisha Marsh, Elin Matthews,

Frankie Norton, Joseph Phillips, Nicole

Putland, Matthew Rogers, Erin Summerhayes

and Benjamin Walsh. Most pupils of

9R have attended extra-curricular activities

and Isabel Grafton has been accepted into

the ‘English Youth Ballet.’


Many pupils are actively involved in the

school production of ‘Oliver’ whether it be

performing on stage or working behind the

scenes. These involve: Cerys Carson,

Olivia Hann, Thomas Lam, Thomas

Tunley and Ray Vandyck. Thomas Lam

Duke of Edinburgh Award : The following

members of 9L are involved in the D of E

Award scheme at varying levels; Alice

Bright, Cian Byrne, Rowena Cameron,

Tom Collins, Jordan Fitt, Jorawar Hayer,

Lex Hemogeno, Danielle Lane, Megan

Lim, Olivia North, Ellie Ritchie, Tom

Sharpe, Rachel Short, Amy Walsh and

Lily-May Williams.

To support the Tenner Challenge, Ethan

Fettah, William Gale and Shay Gibbons all

played in the 5-a-side Football competition.

Jordan Sawyer refereed a number of the


The following pupils all participated in this

year’s production of ‘Oliver’; William Gale,

Lex Hermogeno, Elizabeth Ingram, Olivia

North, Thomas Sharpe, Rachel Short,

Amy Walsh and Charlotte Way. A number

of 9L pupils gave freely of their time to generously

help with a number of events; Olivia

North and Megan Lim both completed the

‘Midnight Walk’, Megan Lim and Rowena

Cameron also competed in the ‘Race For

this year’s production of Oliver”

Year 9

Miss L Bekker &

Mr G Penny

Life’ event. Amy Walsh and Lily-May Williams

helped with the cake sale for the

Joshua Foundation and Amy Walsh has also

taken part in a charity concert.

Alfie Chambers, Jordan Fitt and Ieuan

Hicks have also contributed to events in aid

of the Joshua Foundation and Cian Byrne,

Tom Collins and Jorawar Hayer all completed

the mile run for Comic Relief. Olivia

North sings for the Welsh National Opera

and has performed at Buckingham Palace for

Prince Charles. She is also a member of the

girls choir and has achieved grade 4 in her

singing qualifications. Cian Byrne is grade 4

piano and grade 2 clarinet, Thomas Sharpe

has achieved grade 8 piano and grade 7 violin

and Elizabeth Ingram is grade 5 for both

piano and violin.

her bronze standard Lifesavers award. Lex

Hermogeno is the year representative on the

School Council and is also an Eco School

representative. Land Rover visit :The following

pupils took part in this successful

visit, with the company being very impressed

and complimentary about the whole school

group; Tristan Goodway-Sims, Alex Lean,

Megan Lim and Benjamin Turpin.

Alice Bright and Thomas Sharpe have carried

out their duties as form representatives

with diligence this year and have been excellent

ambassadors for the form.

William Gale plays at county level in

cricket, football and rugby and has played

rugby for Penarth in the final of the South

Wales Cup. Alex Lean has achieved Level 2

in windsurfing and Ieuan Hicks is a member

of the school badminton team. Alice Bright

was a member of the victorious trampoline

team in the schools’ competition and Rachel

Short was a member of the Welsh gymnastics

team as well as having trials for the

group champion at Penarth swimming club.

Jorawar Hayer represents the Cardiff and

Vale cricket team and Amy Walsh is the non

-age group champion at Penarth swimming

club. Shaun Donovan is a member of the

school gymnastics team and finally, Megan

Lim is a member of the victorious school

badminton team that won the national title.

Elizabeth Ingram is grade 6 for ballet and

tap dance, Kyrsty Jones is a member of the

school choir and Megan Lim has achieved

We are sure that the year group will go from

strength to strength next year and congratulate

all the pupils who are taking advantage

of the many opportunities offered to them

both inside and outside of school.

“the company being very impressed and complimentary about the whole school”

Year 10

Miss R Povey &

Mr A Meddins

As the summer term draws to a close for Year

10 pupils, we can look back over a very varied

and successful year. Pupils have had to work

hard as they prepared for their external GCSE

exams and we are now looking forward to results

day in August. Good luck to everyone

who has worked so diligently. Many subjects

have already completed coursework assignments

and pupils realise the importance of time

management and meeting deadlines.

A ‘Work Experience Preparation Day’ has

been completed and students found it both fun

and informative. All Year 10 pupils completed

their Work Experience and found it very useful

and inspiring.

We are very proud of Samuel Jennings who is

a member of ’Only Boys Aloud’. The group

sang for the Queen at her birthday gala in

Buckingham Palace.

As usual the take-up for Duke of Edinburgh

has been impressive, the highest number of

pupils ever! As part of the Duke of Edinburgh

scheme the pupils have undertaken fundamental

first aid training. The end of year reward

trip was very popular and congratulations to all

pupils who went. Pupils and staff had a great



Shanice Donovan has been very busy playing

for the school’s basketball and football teams.

Louis De Claire has played football for the

school team and also helped Sully ‘C’ FC win

their first match in 2 years, well done! Peter

Tuthill has also played football for the school

team as well as Sully ‘A’ and Mike Fowler’s

academy. He has also found time to pass his

grade 6 euphonium exam with a merit.


Matthew Bennett is a keen footballer and has

played for both the school team and Newport

County. Phoebe Christie, Milissa Sorenson

and Niamh Teague are part of the Teenage

Cancer Trust committee who have raised over

£12000. Teigan Couper helps out at the Riding

for the Disabled Association. Isaac Dyer

plays football for the school and is the goal

keeper for Cardiff. Thomas Keenan plays for

Penarth rugby club who came first in the U15s

tournament. Joshua McConkey enjoys playing

striker and wing for Sully C. Curtis-Lee

McDonnell has gained grade 5 guitar. Cerys

Salter will be performing in ‘Giselle’ with the

“singing for the Queen’s birthday in Buckingham Palace”

Year 10

Miss R Povey &

Mr A Meddins

English Youth Ballet. Ella Skinner is part of

a fashion group in Llanover Hall, they have

put on a fashion show along with photo


Daniel Watts and Edward Drake have been

selected for the U16s Cardiff Blues squad

(see below)

achieved her Bronze Crest Engineering Award

and is part of the Penarth Yacht club team for

dinghy sailing. Sarah Brabham was the managing

director for the Young Enterprise team

Inspire that won an award for ‘Best Trade

Stand & Interview’ in the Cardiff and Vale

Business Studies awards ceremony. Oliver

Shore represented WAGS in an inter regional

regatta in Nottingham. Joshua Lewis took part

in the Carten 100 and cycled from Cardiff to

Tenby in one day. He also won the Dow Corning

award at the award ceremony. Tizzie Birch

-Hurst has been selected for the Wales U16

basketball team and has represented the school

in a number of athletics competitions.


Alex Donovan plays football for the Sully

U15’s and the Mike Fowler academy. Andraya

Campbell has participated in Young

Enterprise and has made eco-friendly candles.

Georgia Atkinson and Kelsey Murray

have been representing the school in basketball

and netball, as well as playing football

for the Vale Ladies.


Olivia Dwyer, Rhys Fford and Milly Williams

were all part of the U15 tennis team

that won the Vale AEGON tennis tournament

and have progressed to the next round that

will be played in September. Lucy Bond has


Tasha Smith has kindly volunteered at Scope

in Sully to help with the fun day. Rhodri

Guerrier and Alex Warren received a prize at

the award ceremony for academic achievements.

Alice Holder was part of the Young

Enterprise team Inspire that won a prize for

‘Best Trade Stand & Interview’ in the Cardiff

and Vale Business Studies awards ceremony.

Harry Jowett gained an impressive Silver

Award for the UKMT maths challenge as well

as being part of the young enterprise team Eco-

Logik who won the awards for ‘Environmental

Awareness’ and ‘Best Presentation’ at the

Cardiff and Vale Business Studies awards


“Duke of Edinburgh has been impressive”

Year 10

Miss R Povey &

Mr A Meddins


It has been another successful year for

Emma Davies who has continued to excel in

cricket—she has represented Sully, Newport,

Cardiff and the Vale and the Welsh team.

She has also found time to pass on her

knowledge to the U11 Newport Squad.

Caleb Docking is involved with U16’s Cardiff

Blues squad (see picture on previous

page) and Katie Moger ran in the ‘Race for

Life’. Sian Smith will be performing in a

dance production for the National Dance

Company Wales.


Abigail Hodges won a UK dance competition

in London where she was lucky enough to

meet Diversity! Liam Quinn continues to play

football for Sully and Tom Moreton has

played tennis for Penarth.


Scott Dutfield was a member of the team that

reached the regional finals in Tennis. He also

plays for Penarth Windsor Tennis Club.


Lois Crandon is a member of a horse riding

team who qualified for the National Championships

for showjumping and cross country

called “The Festival of the Horse”. Hazel

Doran has passed her grade 8 in Cello.

Alex Collins had an audition for a Nintendo

advert in London. Owain Osborne-Walsh is

clearly an entrepreneur in the making as he

won 3 awards in a recent Young Enterprise

event involving many schools—watch out

Lord Sugar!! Seren James passed her bronze

exam in figure skating and her grading in karate.


Tom Mullett won the English karate Open

competition (see above). Madeleine Roberts

and Alicia Chapple are in the process of arranging

an 8 mile walk/jog to fund raise for

the “Make a Wish” foundation.

We wish our Year 10 cohort every success

with their GCSE module results this summer.

We are sure that all their hard work and revision

will pay off! Good luck everyone!

“The end of year reward trip was very popular”

Year 11

Miss L Jenkins & Mr B Crompton

Since Christmas, Year 11 students have undertaken

GCSE modular examinations, been preparing

themselves for the summer GCSE assessments

and deciding on their options for September.

In order to help them decide whether to stay

in Stanwell, to study at college or to seek employment,

there have been the 6th Form Options

Evening, intention interviews, assemblies and

Induction Day to introduce the new subjects

available in the 6th form and the conduct required

to excel at AS/A Level.

The summer GCSE examinations started on

Monday 13 th May and ended on Monday 24 th

June, during which time formal revision sessions

were held in Maths, English and Science and

other sessions were arranged by other departments

in order to consolidate learning and ensure

key skills were refreshed immediately prior to

the important external exams. Attendance at the

formal revision sessions averaged 86%, which

shows the enthusiasm and commitment of Year

11 pupils.

This has been a very exciting year for Year 11

with regards to their sporting achievements. Several

individuals have had great success in their

particular fields.

Congratulations to Timothy Harry (11M) who

won the Wales Inter County Team Championship

and the Duncan Putter Golf Trophy and also

to Joel Ringer

(11X) who has

been selected for

the U16 Welsh

rugby squad.

Well done to Calum McWilliam(11T)

who cycled from Cardiff to Tenby (100

miles) raising money for charity along

the way. Congratulations to Cengizhan

Ziyaeddin(11T) on being selected to

play for the Cardiff Blues U16 and the

Welsh U16s initial squad. Well done to

Alice Nottingham(11T) for achieving

3 rd place in the Hurdles U20s Welsh

Indoor Athletic Competition. Congratulations

to George Kynaston (11M) on

reaching the South Wales basketball

finals. Well done to William Creaven

(11K) on becoming a member of the

Welsh sailing squad and Welsh Youths

Regatta and also to Isaac Ridgley

(11K) who represented Wales in the

inter-regional regatta in Nottingham.

Congratulations to Matthew Holder

(11O), Rhys Savory (11W) and

Spencer Ward-Henry (11W) on being

selected to play for Cardiff Blues U16.

Pob lwc to Jack Davies(11E) who will

be competing in the rowing event during

‘Gemau Cymru’. Callum Page-

Beighton (11L) competes in fencing

and is through to the second round in

his competition. Da iawn to Alex Riley

(11L), captain of Wenvoe football

team, on leading his team to victory

and winning the Vale League Classic

Cup Trophy (U16s). Congratulations to

the school’s netball team who came 4 th

‘This has been a very exciting year for Year 11’

Year 11

Miss L Jenkins & Mr B Crompton

in the Cardiff and Vale County Netball tournament

and also to the Senior rugby team who

won the Blues South/Central League.

Congratulations to Emily Thomas(11W) on

passing her intermediate modern dance with

distinctions and her grade 6 violin exam with

merit. Well done to Robyn Keane (11A) on

achieving her bronze medallion Lifeguard

Award. Rhys William Evans (11E) has secured

the lead role in a short film. Good luck

to Luke Morley (11E) who will be completing

his grade 5 music theory exam. Congratulations

to Thomas Dwyer (11E) on completing

grade 8 on the drums and to Megan Woolmer

(11E) on passing grade 6 on the piano with

merit. Well done to Rebecca te Water Naude

(11O) on completing the Blades 1 ‘Learn to

Row’ course at channel view. Congratulations

to Elisabeth Britten (11O) on coming second

in show jumping in her very first show, dal ati!

Good luck to Hannah White (11K) who will

be sitting her grade 4 piano exam soon. Congratulations

to Elinor Brunker(11K) on completing

her young lifesaver award and working

towards her young life saver plus with St.

John’s Ambulance. Well done to Rhodri

Jones (11X) on passing grade 8 guitar with

distinction and Lukas Moser (11X) on passing

grade 4 on the drums. Good luck to Harrison

Stock (11X) with his lifeguard training. Congratulations

to Edward Betts(11R) on achieving

grade 7 on the guitar. Well done to Katie

Black (11R) on passing both her recent dance

examinations in ballet and disco. Congratulations

to Keira Ryan (11R) on achieving a

merit grade 3 violin. Well done to Megan

Morgan (11R) who has completed her master

Lifeguard Award. Congratulations to Peter

McDonough(11R) on sitting his grade 5 piano

and for taking part in the National Youth brass

band championship with the County music service.

Llongyfarchiadau i bawb on completing

Cardiff & Vale College courses and

Military Preparation School course in Cardiff.

The top 100 housepoint scorers of

Year 11 were taken on a reward trip to the

Harry Potter Studios near London. Despite

a longer than expected bus journey, the students

and staff were amazed by the sets and

models on display. They were taken on a

guided tour of all the iconic sets and would

thoroughly recommend the experience to


The Year 11 Moodle pages have been successfully

developed and enhanced throughout

the year. They have proved to be an invaluable

source of information to pupils and

parents with details of exam timetables,

GCSE re-sits and homework clubs being

published there. In particular, key information

was communicated to pupils once the

GCSEs had commenced and pupils were on

study leave. Details of arrangements for results

day will be published via Moodle and

the school website, so please keep checking

for updates. Indeed, we look forward to results

day on Thursday 22 nd August where

we hope that the pupils’ hard work will be

suitably rewarded with excellent GCSE

grades. We wish Year 11 every success and

look forward to seeing many of the pupils

return to Year 12. We wish those not returning

to Stanwell all the best in their chosen

career paths.

‘We wish Year 11 every success’

Year 12

Mrs R Connor & Mr

K Watkins

It’s been a busy couple of terms for the Year

12 students. The new prefect team has been

appointed with twelve of the year group being

chosen to fill these positions of responsibility.

This year, the standard of application was very

high. Congratulations must go to Luke Waddon,

Zach Ghazi Torbati, Tomos Davies,

Kieran Britten, Robert Jones, Joe Dyer,

Ellen Rowlands, Sian Evans, Emma

Hughes, Holly Flynn, Chelsea Mace and

Lauren Beeslee.

Students have also started to consider their post

A Level options. The majority of Year 12 attended

the Higher Education Open Day at Cardiff

Metropolitan University and the University

of Wales College Cardiff Open Day in April.

These were opportunities for students to speak

with admissions tutors and visit academic departments

of interest in order to help them in

their decision. Individual students have also

been attending various university open days up

and down the country.

Since their return from study leave for their

external AS examinations, the students have

been focusing on completing several elements

of the Welsh Baccalaureate qualification. The

vast majority of students have completed at

least one week’s work experience and all have

been working on the Individual Investigation

in a subject area of their choice. Work has also

been completed on several of the Essential

Skills, namely ‘Improving Own Learning and

Performance’ and ‘Problem Solving’. The year

group has also enjoyed sessions with some

guest speakers; the company Damaris spent

time with the students working on a ‘President

for a Day’ workshop and also Chris Matthewman

came in to talk to the year group about

forming positive relationships. The whole of

Year 12 visited the Museum of Wales, St Fagans

as part of the Heritage and Culture element

of the Welsh Baccalaureate.

Barrie Clark of Swansea University spoke to the

students about the advantages of attending university

and Caroline Coleman-Davies, also of

Swansea University, led our Higher Education

evening providing parents with vital information

about the UCAS process and financing the

university years.

The Problem Solving Essential Skill task was

incorporated into our Higher Education week.

Students were introduced to the UCAS process,

given a presentation on gap year choices by

‘Project Trust’ and were provided with an opportunity

to attend a ‘CV Writing and Advice

on Seeking Employment’ workshop.

May we take this opportunity to wish all our

students the very best of luck for their AS examination

results and hope that they all fulfil

the requirements for continuing their studies at

Stanwell in Year 13. AS results will be available

for collection from 10am on Thursday,

August 15th from the sixth form area.

“Students have also started to consider their post A level options.”

Year 13

The Spring term began in earnest with may of

the Year 13 students sitting A2 or resitting AS

modular examinations during the January session.

The results of these, published in March,

showed a high percentage of the year group

reaching or achieving above their A Level

Target grades which, of course set them in

good stead for the final June examinations.

Virtually all UCAS applications were completed

and submitted on time and students

have now made their final decisions. Congratulations

to all members of the year group

who have been offered conditional places.

Mrs A Mansfield, Mr

M Gershenson

and Mr R Relph

featuring in many of the offers they have received.

Visiting speakers have, once again, contributed

to the pastoral programme. Julian Gould-

Williams of Cardiff University Business School

gave the students an insight into Learning at

University providing them with a mock lecture

based on an excerpt from the film ‘Antz’ , in

order to prepare them for the style of learning

and teaching they will experience at undergraduate

level; even setting students a task to

complete and submit for assessment.

Maddy Lynch

Researching universities in the Year 13 Study


The summer term is always a hectic one for

Year 13 and this year has been no exception.

All students have been very busy ensuring that

final pieces of coursework are submitted and

that all aspects of the Welsh Baccalaureate

have been completed before timetabled lessons

ceased and their study leave began.

They have worked hard to cover all elements

of this qualification, and it has been encouraging

to see the vast majority of Year 13 rewarded

for their efforts with the ‘Welsh Bacc’

Morgan Harries

Congratulations to Maddy Lynch and Morgan

Harries for submitting the best ideas for this

work and were the worthy winners of a box of

chocolates. Further preparation was given by

Barrie Clark of Swansea University who gave a

humorous insight into university life in general.

“a high percentage of students reaching or achieving above their Target grades”

Year 13

Mrs A Mansfield, Mr

M Gershenson and

Mr R Relph

In keeping with tradition, last year’s Year 13

students were invited to the school to attend a

ceremony during which they were presented

with their A Level certificates followed by a

reception in the Sixth Form Cafe where refreshments

were provided by the catering

staff. It was a most enjoyable afternoon giving

both staff and former pupils the opportunity to

catch up with their achievements and experiences.

We hope to organise a similar event for

the current Year 13 students.

The Senior Team

A reception was held for last year’s Year 13

students following the presentation of their A

Level certificates.

A special thanks must go to our Head Girl and

Boy, Catherine Porteus and Lloyd Allen and

to their deputies, Beth Hopkins and Harry

McDonough, along with the senior team of

prefects. All have worked tirelessly, contributing

to whole school events, year group issues

and have generally provided an excellent, effective

and supportive link between staff, senior

management and students.

This academic year drew to a close with the

year group photograph and final assembly. This

was a fitting way for students to reflect upon

their school life in a light-hearted and nostalgic

manner, before embarking on the intensity of

the examination period, which we hope went

well. We now look forward to the Valedictory

Dinner at the Mercure Holland House Hotel in

Cardiff on the 12 2h July and wish all members

of Year 13 the very best of luck, not only for

Results Day on August 15 th , but in everything

they do in the future. We have very much enjoyed

working with them.

“We wish all students the very best of luck for Results Day on August 15th.”



Please see below for a list of pupils who achieved 100% attendance this year – our biggest number

ever! Attendance plays an integral role in success at school and all our ‘100%ers’ are to be

commended on their fantastic achievement.

Year 7



1. Arshad, Hinah 7O

2. Barber, Matthew 7X

3. Barden, Samuel 7M

4. Brindle, Silva 7T

5. Davies, Elliot 7R

6. Davies, Natasha 7A

7. Dawson, James 7M

8. Driveman, Ellen 7T

9. Dyer, Toby 7R

10. Evans, Ben 7W

11. Frankling, Grace 7E

12. Frost, Matthew 7R

13. Griffiths, Eleanor-Rose 7R

14. Hayes, Ben 7R

15. Hocking, Matthew 7R

16. Jomon, Antony 7O

17. Jones, Ellena 7X

18. Jones, George 7R

19. Jordan, Amy 7E

20. Krishna, Karishma 7A

21. Lee, Dillon 7W

22. Lloyd, Cai 7L

23. Matthews, Jack 7A

24. Meddins, Rhys 7X

25. Nadeem, Ali 7L

26. Pires-Jenkins, Rebeca 7L

27. Price, George 7K

28. Streets, Katie 7R

29. Taylor-Hoare, Niamh 7E

30. Te Water Naude,



31. Thomas, Madeleine 7W

32. Turner, Bridget 7A

33. White, Callum 7E

34. Woodley, Bethan 7K

35. Wright, Samuel 7O



Year 8



1. Alford, Darwin 8X

2. Bagshaw, Scott 8T

3. Baker, Thaine 8R

4. Bratby, Bethany 8W

5. Bratby, Rebecca 8T

6. Bull, Emily 8M

7. Bushby, Noah 8A

8. Cavaye, Juliette 8R

9. Chamberlain, Olivia 8R

10. Dhar, Saumik 8M

11. Donlan, Gwynfor 8K

12. Dutfield, Lucy 8E

13. Ellis, Lauren 8W

14. Gallone, Anna 8R

15. Griffiths, Thomas 8R

16. Haq, Iman 8R

17. Hickery, Elysia 8L

18. Higgins, Anna 8M

19. Hobbs, Joseph 8A

20. Howe, Georgia 8O

21. James, Samuel 8O

22. John, Scott 8O

23. Jones, Ben Richard 8T

24. Khan, Aymen 8K

25. Lawley, Moses 8R

26. Lewis, Rachael-Leah 8L

27. Mirza-Davies, Seren 8X

28. Osborne-Walsh, Daisy-



29. Owens, Alexander 8E

30. Paley, Maximilian 8X

31. Peach, Katherine 8X

32. Rotherham, Katherine 8E

33. Skinner, Emily 8L

34. Smith, Alec 8L

35. Smith, Harry 8E

36. Spinola, David 8R

37. Stapleton, Samuel 8K

38. Thomas, Owain 8O

39. Williams, Geraint 8E

40. Wirth, Kota 8E



Year 9



1. Adams, Ffion 9O

2. Andrew, Rory 9A

3. Birch-Hurst, Annabelle 9R

4. Collins, Thomas 9L

5. Couzens, Francine 9W

6. Dodd, Hugo 9X

7. Frost, Nathan 9W

8. Gale, William 9L

9. Grafton, Isabel 9R

10. Hanson, Lloyd 9O

11. Hermogeno, Lex 9L

12. Humphreys, Morgan 9M

13. Iredale, Robyn 9W

14. Johns, William 9W

15. Jones, Anna 9T

16. Jones, Kyrsty 9L

17. Jones, Megan 9O

18. Lawrence, Samuel 9W

19. Lee, Izaak 9R

20. Loweth, Grace 9A

21. Marsh, William 9X

22. Matthews, Cerys 9O

23. Morley, Thomas 9A

24. Pearce, Rhiannon 9X

25. Price, James 9M

26. Rees, Morgan 9O

27. Saji, Linda 9A

28. Shamte, Maya 9O

29. Sharpe, Thomas 9L

30. Sibert, Lucy 9O

31. Thomas, Benjamin 9W

32. Troth, Jacob 9O

33. Turpin, Benjamin 9L

34. Williams, Harry 9A

35. Wincott, Calum 9W

36. Wooster, Emily 9O

37. Wright, Jonathan 9E

38. Yusuf, Adam 9W



Year 10



1. Bird, Morgan 10M

2. Bosley, Jack 10E

3. Brabham, Sarah 10M

4. Chatham, Evie 10W

5. Doyle, Martin 10T

6. Guerrier, Rhodri 10X

7. Hallett, Maisie 10L

8. Jones, Lauren 10O

9. McConkey, Joshua 10E

10. McGavin, Kieran 10A

11. Prosser, Adam 10K

12. Seeley, Niall 10K

13. Tanner, Benjamin 10T

14. Tuthill, Peter 10T

15. Warren, Alexandra 10X

16. Wiltshire, Georgia 10W

Learning to Excel

Ysgol Stanwell School

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