Front Cover and back cover 2010 christmas - Stanwell School

Front Cover and back cover 2010 christmas - Stanwell School







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Greetings from the School

School Announcements

School Calendar

Pupil Interviews

Untold Stories


Grease the musical

Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

Department News

Year Group News

Greetings from the School

Dear Parents, Pupils and Staff of Stanwell School,

We should all be very proud of the individual and collective

achievements contained in our Christmas Newsletter.

So many of our pupils are taking the opportunity

to develop their skills and talents and this publication

seeks to celebrate the successes our pupils and staff

have attained through dedication and hard work.

There are some outstanding examples of individual brilliance

and it is gratifying to see that several Stanwell pupils are Welsh and British

international athletes. The students interviewed for their sporting, musical and

dramatic abilities are excellent role models to their peers. As a school, we encourage

all of our pupils to excel and continually seek to offer enhanced provision,

guidance and support in order for each student to achieve his or her potential.

It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointments of Miss S Owen, Mr M

Lewis and Mr J Mansfield as Assistant Head Teachers.

Merry Christmas and many thanks to all who have played a role in Stanwell’s continuing

success this term.

Mr A. Lewis

Acting Head Teacher.

School Announcements

PTA Quiz

On the 21st January 2011 the P.T.A. Quiz Night takes place. Please contact

the school office in January for tickets.


This year’s Senior Christmas production is ‘Grease’ the musical, which is taking

place from Monday 13th to Thursday 16th December. Tickets are priced at

£9 for adults and £7 for concessions. Please contact the school office for last

minute tickets.

School Uniform

Cardigans will become part of the school uniform from the start of January

2011.This suggestion came from the School Council and has been agreed by

the School Governors.


2 0 1 0 - 2 0 1 1

Please note some dates may need to be changed


Monday 6 th

Start of Autumn Term

Monday 6 th


Tuesday 14 th

Year 12 Enterprise Day

Tuesday 21 st

Governors’ AGM

Thursday 23 rd Reports issued for Year 13

Thursday 23 rd


Friday 24 th

Year 12 Dragons’ Den


Week beginning Monday 11 th

Wednesday 13 th

Thursday 21 st – Monday 25 th

Primary school visits

Open Day 3.00 p.m. - 6.00 p.m.

Geography Trip to Iceland – KS4 & KS5

Monday 25 th October - Friday 29 th October - Autumn Half Term


Tuesday 2 nd

Year 7 Pastoral Evening

Wednesday 3 rd

Higher Education Admissions Tests

Thursday 4 th Geography trip to Cadbury’s World – Year 8

Monday 8 th

November GCSE resits begin

Friday 12 th Admissions deadline for September 2011 (next year’s Year 7)

Friday 12 th Interim reports issued for Year 12

Tuesday 16 th

Year 13 Parents’ Evening

Tuesday 30 th

Governors’ AGM with Parents


Thursday 9 th & Friday 10 th School of Dreams Workshops (Year 7)

Monday 13 th – Thursday 16 th School Production - Grease

Friday 17 th

Last day of term for pupils

Monday 20 th December – Monday 3 rd January - Christmas Holiday


Tuesday 4 th

Start of Spring Term – INSET day

Wednesday 5 th

First day of term for pupils

Wednesday 5 th

Year 12 examinations

Week commencing Monday 10 th

Monday 10 th – Friday 4 th February

Interim Reports Years 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 issued

Modular A/AS Level examinations

GCSE Modules (Science)

Thursday 13 th

November GCSE results

Tuesday 18 th

Year 11 Parents’ Evening

Friday 21 st

PTA Quiz

Friday 28 th Reports issued for Year 12


Tuesday 1 st

Tuesday 15 th

Friday 18 th

Year 9 Parents’ Evening

Year 11 Options Evening

Ski Trip – KS4, KS5

Monday 21 st February - Friday 25 th February - Spring Half Term


Monday 28 th Eisteddfod – Year 7


Tuesday 1 st Eisteddfod – Year 8

Tuesday 1 st

Year 8 Parents’ Evening

Wednesday 2 nd

National RE Festival Event

Thursday 3 rd Eisteddfod – Year 9

Tuesday 8 th School Photographs – Years 11 & 13

Thursday 10 th

A/AS & GCSE Science Modular results

Tuesday 15 th

Year 12 Parents’ Evening

Tuesday 22 nd

Year 10 Parents’ Evening


Tuesday 5 th

Tuesday 12 th – Friday 22 nd

Thursday 14 th

Friday 15 th

Year 8 Options Evening

German Exchange Visit to Staufen

Cardiff & Vale Youth Wind Band Concert

Ski Trip – KS3

Monday 18 th April - Monday 2 nd May - Easter Holidays


Tuesday 10 th

Monday 16 th

Monday 23 rd

Year 7 Parents’ Evening

A/AS/GCSE Examinations

Y10 Work Experience Preparation Day

Monday 30 th May - Friday 3 rd June - Half Term


Monday 13 th

Tuesday 21 st

Wednesday 22 nd

Monday 27 th

Monday 27 th

Year 12 Work Experience

Year 12 Parents’ Higher Education Evening

Sixth Form Induction Day for Year 11 Pupils

Year 10 Geography Fieldwork Trip

Year 9 Proto Toy Day


Tuesday 5 th New Parents’ Evening – next year’s Year 7

Monday 11 th

Year 10 Work Experience

Thursday 21 st

End of school year for pupils(subject to change)

Friday 22 nd , Monday 25 th

INSET days

& Tuesday 26 th


Thursday 18 th

Thursday 25 th


Monday 5 th

Monday 5 th

Tuesday 6 th

A Level Results

GCSE Results

Start of Autumn Term


Start of term for pupils


Term Begin Half Term End No. of School







6 Sept



25 Oct



29 Oct



17 Dec






4 Jan



21 Feb



25 Feb



15 April






3 May



30 May



3 June



26 July



* See School Calendar for INSET days. TOTAL 195


2010 – 2011

Term Begin Half Term End






7 September



25 October



29 October



17 December





4 January



21 February



25 February



15 April





3 May



30 May



3 June



22 July


* First day of term for pupils: Monday 6th September is an INSET day. There are two

further INSET days to be arranged. Parents will be notified of these when the school

calendar is issued in October.

2011 – 2012

Term Begin Half Term End






6 September



24 October



28 October



16 December





3 January



13 February



17 February



5 April





23 April



28 May



1 June



25 July


* First day of term for pupils: Monday 5th September is an INSET day.

The above dates are in line with other Vale of Glamorgan schools. We do not expect the

dates to change but reserve the right to do so.


English A Level students have enjoyed

interviewing sporting and musical stars of the school.

First into the room was Tom Downey Year

11, trombonist. A reserved character in spite

a bowler than a batter”, and that her cricketing

of his imposing figure, he swiftly divulged his

instrument of choice – the trombone – and

his ensuing success: in March he played in

Carnegie Hall, New York as a part of the

Cardiff County and Vale of Glamorgan Wind

Band. He hopes to progress into orchestras

one day, perhaps even giving lessons. Not

bad for someone who took up the trombone

on the basis that “there were no trumpets


Following his punctual departure, Emma Davies

(Year 8 cricketer) joined us. Emma,

having started her career in cricket during

her primary school years, was picked for

Wales by the time she was eleven – an honour

she has retained to this day as a member

of the All Girls Welsh Under 15s. She

went on to inform me that she “was more of

has allowed her to compete against other

counties, Gloucestershire, for example.

On followed Natalie Gill (Year 10 gymnast).

Natalie was very modest – endearingly so, in

fact; she reeled off her achievements – most

notably a gold in the British Gymnastics Finals

and detailed her intensive training routine

(four sessions a week, poor girl!) Nonetheless,

she told me, she feels as though it is worth the

effort. And I do not doubt her; only last weekend

had she won a bronze for her performance

in a regional competition.

The concluding interviewee was Matteo

Holmes (Year 10 athlete). He was an interesting

figure to observe; his character oozed a

quiet, assured confidence. And one could be

left with little doubt as to why this was following

the blitz of medals he has won. A weekly

diet of two hours javelin and likewise for hammer

has resulted in: Welsh Championships –

gold in hammer, bronze in discus and javelin;

Welsh Inter-regional Championships – gold in

hammer and javelin; South Wales Interregional

Championships – gold in hammer and

javelin. What I found most intriguing about all

of the above was their modesty; they had no

real inclination to compile grandiose lists of

awards and appearances. Rather, I had to

prise the details of their achievements out of

them! Matteo’s closing line epitomised this for

me: “Anything else?” I enquired after the impressive

résumé (jokingly, of course). “A couple,

yeah” was his response. Marvellous.

Written by TGH. With thanks to Caitlin


“a gold in the British Gymnastics Finals”


Ieuan Lloyd, Year 13, has represented

both Wales and Great Britain at international

swimming competitions such as

the Commonwealth Games and the

European Junior Championships. He has

been selected for the Great Britain World

Class Development Squad which allocates

funding to the most promising athletes.

His next challenge is February’s

GB v Germany Senior duel meet.

Ieuan, how old were you when you

took up swimming?

My dad first took me swimming when I

was 3 and when I was five, my older sister

Megan got picked for the Cardiff

swimming trials. I went along too and impressed

the coaches. Since then, I’ve

worked my way up all the squads to the

top squad.

What are the most important elements

in your training regime?

I have 10 training sessions a week of

around 90 minutes each. These take

place before and after school and also at

the weekend so it’s a massive commitment.

I don’t really have a specific dietary

regime, I just have to be sensible

and healthy most of the time with what I


What was it like when you went to the

Commonwealth Games?

There was quite a relaxed atmosphere in

Team GB. The facilities were excellent in

the International zone; there was a 50m

pool, a gym and loads to do when you

weren’t competing or training. We couldn’t

go outside very much as the heat was too

draining. I already knew David Davies as

he is my teammate at Cardiff and he introduced

me to the rest of the team like Rebecca

Adlington the Double gold Olympic

medal winner and James Goddard.

What are your plans for the future?

I’m taking a gap year next year to concentrate

on swimming as that time will be crucial

in the run-up to the 2012 Olympic

Games and I really want to be picked. I am

the British junior record holder for the

200m medley and I also compete in the

freestyle 200m and 400m, so I am definitely

aiming to be in the GB Squad for

London 2012.

Lloyd Chalke, Year 12, is a Welsh Youth

International rugby centre. He also plays

for Cardiff Blues Under 18 team and is

contracted to the Cardiff Blues academy.

“aiming to be in the GB Squad for London 2012”


Lloyd, at what age did you become

interested in rugby?

When I was in junior school, I only

played football but when I came up to

Year 7 in Stanwell, some friends told me

that I should try out for Penarth RFC.

Within a month, I had not only been

picked for the Penarth team but also for

the Cardiff and Vale district team!

How did you decide which position to


I had watched rugby with friends before

starting to play and I always knew I

wanted to be a back. Because of my size

and weight, I thought I’d be better suited

to centre and that’s the position I’ve always

stayed in.

As a member of the Cardiff Blues and

Wales youth teams, do you ever get to

meet any of the senior players?

Yes, we see them all regularly at the

training centres. At under 16 level, I

played alongside George North. Martyn

Williams and Gethin Jenkins are the

players that speak to the youth team the


Who are your sporting role models

and what are your dreams for the future?

Sonny Bill Williams the New Zealand

centre is the player that I admire the

most. My ambition is to be a senior International

for Wales and to get British Lions


Owen Haswell represents the Welsh

Cross Country team at Under-20 level.

He has competed in the Home Countries

Cross Country International against runners

from England, Scotland and all-


Owen, when did you realise that you

were such a good runner?

That happened during the Sports Day

when I was in Year 7 as I won the 1500m

race by a big margin. I then joined Barry

and Vale Harriers and went to train at Jenner

Park. I started training 2 or 3 times a

week and now I’m up to training every day,

sometimes twice a day.

Do you still take part in athletics events

or do you just focus on cross country


All winter I do cross-country but I still run

track events in the summer. I run the

800m, 1500m and the 3 and 5 kilometer

races. My favourite event is cross-country


What are your objectives for the future?

I would love to get picked for an Olympic

track event and I want to compete in the

next Commonwealth Games. With Cross

country, I want to make it to the European

and World Cross Country Championships

representing Great Britain at the highest


“make it to the European and World Cross Country Championships”

Untold Stories Exhibition

Mr G . Penny

Central Gallery in King Square until the

end of January. Opening times are Tuesday

till Saturday, 10am-4pm.

Some pupils chose a family member as

their inspiration for this competition; for

example Amelia Rowlands produced a

creative piece dedicated to her great,

great uncle Archibald Rowlands who was

a key figure in the War Office during the

Second World War.

Stanwell School was pleased to be offered

the opportunity to contribute to the

“Untold Stories” exhibition, held at the Art

Central Gallery in King’s Square, Barry.

The purpose of the exhibition is to display

pieces of work, including art work,

poetry and textiles to commemorate individuals

who have suffered in past events

and also pay homage to brave heroes

past and present.

Pupils were encouraged to focus on the

Holocaust or one of the World Wars.

However, the contribution could also be

about a famous individual from history or

someone (past or present) who has

acted in a brave or humane manner and

made a difference to people’s lives.

As anticipated, an impressive number of

pupils were eager to contribute to this

initiative. The exhibiters visited the Art

and Textiles departments and were

highly impressed with the standard of

work on display.

The exhibition is an initiative to help

commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day

2011. The exhibition is working in alliance

with the Welsh Assembly Government

and the Holocaust Memorial Day

Trust. The exhibition is situated in the Art

“pay homage to brave heroes past and present”

Untold Stories Exhibition

After much deliberation the following

pupils' pieces of work were selected for

the exhibition:-

Mr G . Penny

Year 7 - Poppy Wilde, Katy Gibbs,

Josh James, Kiyan Tavanaie, Ella

Buehner Gattis, Hugo Dodd, Dominic

Littlemore, Olivia Hann, Tristan Goodway-Sims,

Jacob Troth, Liza Anna

Kiss, Joel Cockerill Evans, Calum

Wincott, Beth Macmillan, Kirsty

Jones, Jonathan Iqnacio, Morgann

Rees, Paul Monaghan, Ella Robertsem,

Seren Lewis, Dafydd Jones,

Sophia Holmes, Harri Pain, Caitlin

Ellis, Lucy Richards, Clara Hall, Lily

Machlab, Rachel Short and Emily


Year 8 - Emilie Waite, Eric Aydin,

Cerys Salter, Morgan Bird, Jac Humphreys,

Amelia Rowlands, Jessica

Boland, Stuart Keeling, Sarah Brabham,

Olivia Hamzelou, Rebecca Villis,

Phoebe Christie, Jenny Arthur, Thomas

Keenan, Andraya Campbell, Morgan

Jones, Kate Wilkins and Maisie


We hope that many pupils and their

families will take an interest and visit this

impressive exhibition. A special thanks

and congratulations to the pupils who

have worked so hard to contribute to

this initiative. There has been a considerable

level of enthusiasm and the lessons

of these stories serve as an inspiration

to us all.

Year 9 - Silvia Suliokaite, Kathleen

Ahearne, Channing Davies, Ellie Trott,

Leah Wenger, Grace Lloyd-Williams

and Jessie Preece

Year 10 - Emma Smith, Daniel Skentelbery

and Robyn Grant

Year 13 - Amy Evans

'There is no greater agony than

bearing an untold story inside

you.’ – Maya Angelou

“Pupils ...worked so hard to contribute to this initiative”


Ms H Morgan

Eco Stanwell

September 2010 saw the introduction of

our new Eco Stanwell committee, I

would like to take this opportunity to introduce

our new members:





YEAR 10:

YEAR 11:

YEAR 12:

YEAR 13:

Emily Ross,Bethan Hearne

Jamie Green

Lucy Bond, Harvey Atkins

Utako Wirth

Leonor Worssam, Emelie


Seren Vickers, Joe Ingram

Corey Alcock,Helen


Barcley Nickels, Jessica


The committee meet once a half term to

discuss environmental issues that are

impacting on our school. The aim of the

committee is to ensure that the whole

school is working towards our environmental


Stanwell School wishes to excel at promoting environmental

awareness throughout the school and

the wider community by encouraging respect for

the environment throughout all aspects of the

school life’.

Current topics include: litter, conservation,

energy, reduction of plastic cups

and promotion of recycling practices

within the school.

Eco Stanwell has a number of action

plans to work towards this year:

Creating a Conservation Area

Reducing the use of plastic cups

Reducing Energy consumption in the


Promoting global issues e.g. mobile


In November Stanwell School achieved

its Second Green Flag Award as

Awarded by Keep Wales Tidy. Thank you

to all pupils, parents and staff for making

Stanwell a ‘Green Environment’ to be.

During Eco Stanwell week 2010 the whole

school considered the sustainability of mobile

phones. Students considered in depth

the impact that consumer choices have on

resources and conflicts around the world.

Did you know:

There are 45,000 mobile phones in use

in the UK at this moment.

77% of the population use a mobile


90% of 15 - 25 year olds own a mobile


In 2000, the estimated demand for mobile

phones and other electronic goods was at

a record high. The price of coltan on the

world market in December 2000 reached

$400 per lb compared with less than $50

per lb in January 2000. As a result of the

coltan boom, workers in the Congo who

had earned $1 a day were able to earn

$80 a day as miners. All across eastern

Congo large numbers of people from all

sections of the community, including children,

rushed to join the 'Coltan Boom'.


Please could you help us with our Christmas

Card campaign. As part of a county

competition students are asked to collect

Christmas cards for recycling. The pupil

with the most cards wins a prize. Last

Year Jack Powell Year 9 won £100 by collecting

1007 cards. See Ms H Morgan for

more details.

“Working towards a sustainable future”

Grease the musical

We talked to the cast of the senior

musical ‘Grease’, in order to see how

the production is coming along with

the curtain call fast approaching. The

general excitement about the show

seems to be building by the day and

the cast and teachers are working

countless hours in order to create a

magnificent spectacle.

Danny Zuko, leader of the T-birds,

played by Taite Drew (Year 11) is

paired with Sandy, played by Emma

Campbell (Year 13). After asking

both of them how they were feeling

about playing the lead roles they said,

“we’re very excited to be playing such

well known characters, with Grease’s

popularity being on such a global

scale, this gave it an added pressure

as everyone knows the songs.” They

continued by saying that they both felt

very pleasantly surprised for getting

the chance to be the leads and are

feeling apprehensive about their performances.

Kenickie & Rizzo are the other “lovedup”

stage couple played by Lowri

Protheroe and Thom Stephanakis

(both Year 13). We asked why they

chose to be part of the production this

year. They both explained that they

were in last year’s production and it

was such an incredible and massively

popular show that it was a “no-brainer”

in deciding whether or not to participate

this year! We also asked how the cast

were feeling about the show at this moment

in time. Thom noted that “the

general feeling in the group is one of

mass excitement, I feel particularly

proud of the show so far and now seeing

the staging and costumes coming

together really has put a lot of pride

into people’s performances. There’s a

sense that you’d be letting the team

down if you gave a lack-lustre performance.”

Watching the show coming together

with cast, crew and music is really

proving how strong Stanwell school

productions can be, with the dedicated

influence of the teachers and pupils

alike, this year’s musical extravaganza

seems set to be just as successful as

its predecessors.

“feel particularly proud of the show “

Duke of Edinburgh

Award Scheme

Miss H Jenkins

This year has seen record numbers of

participants taking up the Bronze Duke

of Edinburgh Award Scheme. The aim is

to develop the opportunity for expeditions

to be completed through the medium

of canoeing or kayaking. The walking

expedition section will still be an integral

part of the scheme and will be undertaken

during the summer term.

Many of the successful Bronze Award

participants have continued onto the Silver

Award. This means the expedition

section is for 3 days and 2 nights.

This is also the second year that Stanwell

have had so many pupils hoping to

participate in the Gold Award scheme

that we have an open Gold group.

These participants include Corey Alcock,

Niall Armstrong, Emily Chick,

Ben Cockerill Evans, Alys Davies, Zoe

Farbrace, Sam Harries, Grace Jenkins,

Tom Knight, Stuart Macleod,

Tom Pain, Cem Papaker, Iestyn Penry

Williams, Andrew Sims, Caroline

Smee, Andrew Somers, Rose Tuthill,

Rhys Ward, Eleanor Way, Faye Wigmore

and Josh Woodcock. These pupils

need to complete the 4 sections of

the Award, the expedition section being

4 days and 3 nights. The Gold participants

also have to do a further section to

the Award—a residential section.

The expedition dates have been provisionally

set for next year. They are as


Bronze Award

Sat 5th March—Cowbridge

Overnight practice

Sat 2nd July—Sun 3rd July

Assessed expedition to the Gower.

Silver Award

Fri 25th Match - Sat 26th March

Practice to Hay on Wye

Fri 1st April—Sun 3rd April

Assessed expedition to Brecon.

The open Gold participants should be

completing their expedition in the following

September, as well as those Bronze participants

undertaking a canoeing expedition.

Well done to the following open Gold participants

who have recently completed

their expedition in Mid Wales 29th September

to 3rd October. They are Georgia

Dodd, Laura Morgan, Laura Flynn, Dan

Phillips, Caitlin Couper, Alice Davies,

David King, Thom Stephanakis, Jack

Kinnersley, Jamie Lam, Nick Williams,

Hal Szary and Amila Alim. I was delighted

to receive a letter from the Expedition

Assessor on the standard of the participants

who said they stood out as being

particularly competent and able to fulfil the

challenge and that they have achieved the

expedition section of the Award in the

most difficult of conditions.

Many thanks to all the staff, parents and

those at the Vale for their continued support

without which the Award could not be

so successful.

Fri 24th June—Sat 25th June

“standard of the participants “

Department News


Untold Stories Exhibition

‘In Flanders Fields’ by Tristan Goodway Sims, 7L

Ms R Lewis

Keenan, Andraya Campbell, Morgan

Jones, Kate Wilkins, Maisie Hallett.

Y9: Silvia Suliokaite, Kathleen Ahearne.

Y10:Emma Smith, Daniel Skentelbery.

Y13: Amy Evans.

Tate Britain

Photo of London Trip

As preparation for Holocaust Memorial

Day 2011, pupils from Stanwell School

were invited to respond to the theme of

‘Untold Stories’ through their art work.

Art pieces ranged from illustrations of

war poetry to portraits of inspirational

family members. Well done to the following

pupils who have been successful in

having their work exhibited at ‘Art Central’

at Barry Town Hall. Selected work

will continue to tour the country.

Y7: Poppy Wilde,Katy Gibbs, Josh

James, Kiyan Tavanaie, Ella Buehner

Gattis, Hugo Dodd, Dominic Littlemore,

Olivia Hann, Tristan Goodway-Sims,

Jacob Troth, Liza Anna

Kiss, Joel Cockerill Evans, Calum

Wincott, Beth Macmillan, Kirsty

Jones, Jonathan Iqnacio, Morgan

Rees, Paul Monaghan, Ella Robertson,

Seren Lewis, Dafydd Jones, Sophia

Holmes, Harri Pain, Caitlin Ellis, Lucy

Richard, Clara Hall, Lily Machlab, Rachel

Short, Emily Wooster. Y8:Emilie

Waite, Eric Aydin, Cerys Salter, Morgan

Bird, Jac Humphreys, Amelia

Rowlands, Jessica Boland, Stuart

Keeling, Sarah Brabham, Olivia

Hamzelou, Rebecca Villis, Phoebe

Christie, Jenny Arthur, Thomas

On the 25th November, our sixth form visited

Tate Britain in London to develop their

critical analysis of other artists’ work. Students

worked in selected rooms to embellish

their journals and collate information

for units 1 and 3.


Continuing their gallery visits, members of

the 6th form visited an exhibition of the

work of Helga Prosser and Helen Mowatt

“successful in having their work exhibited”



at the Washington Gallery on Sunday 24th

R Lewis

Key Stage 3 Art Club

Art Club members are given opportunities

to develop their artwork by receiving additional

support with class based activities


Manga Club

Manga is a popular style of Japanese

comic strip cartoons. Pupils attending

Manga Club this term have been shown

how to create figures in the Manga style

and have started to develop their own

Manga characters. The pupils will ultimately

be able to incorporate their new

characters into a chosen story or comic

strip of their own design. Whilst learning

how to create this style of image the pupils

have developed their knowledge of the formal

elements of art and design, possible

careers in the arts industry and are encouraged

to use a variety of creative skills.

Club members include: Jessica Boland,

Patrick Charleson, Sam Chimuzi, Anton

Elliot, Caitlin Ellis, Meg Hann, Sophia

Holmes, James Lewis, Jason Machlab,

Lily Machlab, Katie Macleod, Jane Norton,

Ella Robertson, Keira Ryan, Emily

Walters, Ellie Webster, Sam Whilstshire

and Johnathan Wright.

and participating in National or local competitions.

During this term members of the

Art Club have been developing entries for

the Global Canvas Competition, based

around the theme of Tomorrow’s World.

Whilst attending the club pupils are encouraged

to expand their practical skills when

using a wide range of media. Club members

include :

Tim Burns, Alicia Chapple, Abbie Isaacs,

Seren Lewis, Harri Pain, Morgan Rees,

Lucy Richards and Ella Smith.

Primary Liaison

The Art & Design Department really enjoyed

working with Year 6 pupils who

worked with tremendous enthusiasm to

produce excellent mono prints based on

Japanese design.

“developed their knowledge of the formal elements of art and design”



Mrs J Macnamara

Young Enterprise has got off to a flying

start since September! Currently we

have two groups running in Year 10

and Year 12. The businesses are run

and managed by the students throughout

the academic year. Year 10 Managing

Director is Tom Davies, Year 12

Managing Director is Steph Leech.

Both MDs will have important roles

throughout the year, motivating their

teams and coordinating the businesses’


(Year 10 Team)

Open Day was a great success for the

teams with a range of different enterprising

gaming activities taking place.

These included ‘Beat the Welsh Stig’,

‘Name the Teddy’, Guitar Hero, and

‘Guess the number of sweets’. Students

had also taken the time to create

handcrafted items to sell at the event

including key rings, bookmarks and

cards. The teams made over £200 between

them at the event. This money

has now gone towards paying their registration

fees and for developing their

new business entrepreneurial ideas.

(Year 12 Team)

The Year 9s have started the GCSE

course well and have been studying a

range of topics including ‘Managing

their Money’ and ‘Financial Responsibility

and Decision making’. All students

have made an excellent start to the

topic ‘Big Innovation Ideas’ where they

have been designing and marketing a

new product for the UK market. Students

have shown incredible teamwork

and communication skills with the presentation

of their ideas.

Homework Club has been well attended

by students wishing to improve on the

quality of the work and gain additional

support from their subject teachers.

Young Enterprise has got off to a flying start!


The Drama department is very busy at the

moment rehearsing for our senior production

‘Grease’. Script and choreography rehearsals

are well under way and students have shown

much positivity and enthusiasm for the project.

We have high hopes the production will

be a sell out just like previous Stanwell productions.

The AS and A level students recently visited

The Theatre Royal in Bath to see a production

of Noel Coward’s ‘Blythe Spirit’. The students

were excited to meet stars of stage and

screen such as Alison Steadman who plays

Pamela in the hit TV programme ‘Gavin and

Stacey’. Hermione Norris who has appeared

in ‘Cold Feet’, ‘Spooks’ and recently the

Miss R Davies

spooky ITV Drama’ A bouquet of barbed wire’.

Another star from Spooks, Robert Bathurst made

up the cast with West End Star Ruthie Henshall

also appearing.

Class work is going very well with year 7 enjoying

studying Welsh Folk stories, year 8 studying

‘Bugsy Malone’ and year 9 looking at Willy

Russell’s famous musical play ‘Blood Brothers’.

The recent year 9 assessment was a credit to the

talented performers we have here at Stanwell.

Year 10 have been shocked by the real life case

of Derek Bentley and are currently in the process

of their very first devised piece. This means that

students create completely original drama from

scratch based on a stimulus. With such a serious

stimulus I have been impressed by students’ sensitivity

and maturity.

Year 11 are just about to complete 30 % of their

controlled assessment and we wish them very

well with this. Year 12 and 13 are also about to

embark on practical coursework. Good luck to

them too.

Extra curricular activities have been impressive

this term with

Lowri Protheroe,

Leilah Harriet

and Seren Vickers

being part of The

Royal Welsh College

of Music and

Drama’s Young

Actors Studio.

Many students are

also considering

auditioning to be

part of the prestigious


Youth Theatre of Wales. We wish them all the


The following sixth form pupils are planning to

audition for Drama School or do a degree in the

subject: Lowri Protheroe, Alex Mancuso,

Emma Campbell and Alex Varney.

And remember ’Grease is still the word!’.

“credit to the talented performers”



Mr N Gifford

It has been a very busy start to an exciting year


Year 9 and 10 have made a fantastic start to the

GCSE course and are building upon their skills.

Pupils are looking forward to their next project

where they will be making products in a range of


Year 11

Year 11 are settling into their CAT projects. Pupils

are producing some good quality work and

are looking forward to producing the artefacts

after Christmas.


Year 7 pupils have been working on a wide range

of projects from hats to lights. Pupils are enjoying

the project and are producing some excellent


The bag project in year 8 continues to be a success.

Pupils have produced a range of bags including

Boot bags, hand bags, tote bags and

drawstring bags. The food project and electronic

game continue to generate a great deal of interest

and enthusiasm.

Open Evening

Year 9 pupils Silvija Suliokaite, Jessie Preece,

Leah Wenger, Megan Morgan, Grace Lloyd-

Williams and Ellie Trott produced excellent textile

pieces to exhibit in the ‘untold stories exhibition’.

The exhibits have been chosen by the Arts

Council. Well done Girls! Once again pupils

have helped with the demonstration of both materials

and equipment, particular thanks to Amila


After School Textiles Club

Pupils are encouraged to attend the workshops

after school to complete projects and to increase

their machine skills or for any extra support.

Food Technology

Year 11 have made a great start this term in their

assessment work. They have shown commitment

and creativity in their designs of chilled deserts and


Years 9 and 10 have been busy making and

decorating a range of cake and pastry products

that have been truly scrumptious.

Year 8 have exceeded all expectations

in their practical

work, creating sophisticated

and exotic meals such as sushi,

calzone, paella and lasagne.

Year 7 have shown great potential and ambition in

their cake projects making some truly unique,

decorative cakes.


Again this year a team of enthusiastic Yr12 students

consisting of Helen Brabham, Katie Rowlands,Andrew

Simms, Alex Samual, Rosie

Tuthill and Danial Luxton, will participate in the

Engineering Education scheme in Wales. For a

3rd year we have been teamed with Aberthaw

power station and have been set a challenging

task. The team have already had an informative

site visit and gained further understanding of the

project. The team will be working to solve the problem

over the coming months.


Design Technology

All year groups have made a fantastic start to

the year. Years 11, 12 and 13 are currently finalizing

the designs ready for manufacture next


Three members of the 6 th form; Amila Alim,

Beth Owens andJamie Lam have enjoyed success

earlier this term. Their projects from last

year were selected for the WJEC innovation

awards and were on display for two weeks at

venues across the country.

Seven pupils from Yr9 : Kathleen Adheren,

Megan Wokey, Jay Kupria, James Humpage,

Alasdair Cavelair, Jack Powell and Tommy Higgins,

have embarked on the Go4set engineering

scheme. Following the launch event we have been

linked with ARUP engineers in Cardiff and have

been set the task of designing a new sports venue

for the Penarth area. The team have discussed

ideas with the link engineer and are currently preparing

for a presentation in February.

“exhibits have been chosen by the Arts Council”

Economics and


Mr J Boggan

Economics has proved to be a popular

choice with students choosing their options

either in year nine or ten. Year ten

students have recently completed their

’Guide to the Local Car Market’ miniprojects.

They produce a ‘Which’ style report,

offering recommendations and ‘ones

to avoid’ in three price categories. This

covers the syllabus requirements of

budgeting, personal life-cycle issues and

competition between suppliers. Among

many good efforts Lauren Beeslee,

Emma Hughes and Emma Berry produced

first-class work.

Year 10

As part of their study of how firms compete

the year ten group have just played

the ‘Fresh Oven Pies’ business game.

Each team has to decide on its price, output

and advertising budget. Their orders

are influenced both by these decisions

and those of their rivals in a market that is

first growing then shrinking. The most

profitable team and hence the winners

were the team comprising Victoria Ling,

Harry Fudge and Lucy Mort who proved

adept at matching supply and demand at

a profit-maximising price.

At the time of writing this group is undertaking

a project on the ‘Best bank account

for fifteen year olds’ using weighted


Year 11

Year eleven students have been learning

about the macro-economy—how we

measure economic performance and

what tools the Govt has at its disposal for

trying to achieve low inflation, economic

growth and minimum unemployment simultaneously.

This was followed by a discussion

of the causes, effects and possible

solutions for poverty in a country like


Sixth Form

It is a pleasure to report that three students

in year thirteen are attempting to

gain entry to Oxbridge—two for P,P and E

at Oxford (David King and Jack Kinnersley)

and one for Economics at Cambridge—Martin


This group has been studying the macro—

economy, the case for and against the

cuts in public expenditure and arguments

for and against our joining the euro—

topical indeed.

The year thirteen group have been studying

whether or not our political system

sustains an ‘elective dictatorship’ and

whether or not there is a crisis in participation

and should this crisis be addressed by

making voting compulsory. The formation

of the coalition has provoked many interesting

questions too—are ‘hung’ parliaments

likely to be a regular feature from

now on? What are the implications of the

UK adopting the AV system for General

Elections for a smaller Commons elected

via constituencies of more equal size?

We have been impressed with the quality

of presentations produced by the A2 group

on ‘Aspects of the US Presidency’ - these

presentations help satisfy some of the requirements

of the Welsh Baccalaureate

qualification. Particularly impressive have

been the efforts of Peter Woolley, Amy

Evans, Holly Flynn, Alex Wing and

Laura Thomas.

“quality of presentations produced by the A2 group “


Miss S Owen

Magazine writers’ club

All the English teachers are very proud

that some of the very best young writers

in Stanwell have formed a writing society

under the able leadership of Kirsty

Woodford, Year 13. Members meet

every Monday in the resource centre to

discuss current affairs and decide on

topics for their articles. Around 30 young

writers attend each week and are guided

in their efforts by the senior editorial

team consisting of Kirsty as Chief Editor;

Tom Harry Year 13, Political Correspondant;

Kim Lewis Year 12, Home Affairs;

Bill Jones Year 13, Science and Technology;

Frankie Law Year 11, Entertainment;

Laura Thomas Year 13, Legal Affairs;

Alice Fudge Year 12, Fashion and

Media. Lauren Beeslee, Tom Rose,

Ellen Rowlands, Millie Earp and Laura

Gilbert who are all Year 10 pupils, are

the senior feature writers. The society

always welcomes new members of all

ages and plans for a trip to London to

visit the Houses of Parliament are being


Japanese penfriends

Year 7 have been writing penfriend letters

to Futsu Chu-Gakku (Futsu Junior High

School) in Kyushu, Southern Japan. Stanwell

students have been telling Japanese

pupils about life in Wales, our festivals and

culture and what it's like to be a pupil at

our school. They are eagerly anticipating

their replies from Japan in the new year.

The standard of pupils’ work on this topic

has been superb in terms of content and


Mini sagas

Miss Light’s Year 8 class have been devising

pared down short stories for the national

mini sagas competition. This involves

creating an entire story in no more

than 50 words! Some of the entries so far

have been true feats of ingenuity.

Open Day

The school’s open day was a very busy

time for the English Department, with

many prospective parents of Year 7 and

Year 12 taking the opportunity to discuss

the curriculum with members of staff. Miss

James and Miss Phillips ran a creative

writing workshop and Mrs Sheldon held an

interactive literature quiz.

“Pupils’ work….superb in terms of content and presentation”


Fieldwork Fun!

Geography has been fieldwork friendly

this term with a visit to Iceland - the

country, not the supermarket! During

October half term a large group of GCSE

and A Level students spent 5 days

visiting a huge array of geographical

sites and scenery in this amazing

country. Geysers, waterfalls, black

volcanic beaches, the Mid-Atlantic ridge,

hot springs, geothermal power stations,

volcanoes and glaciers were just a few of

the amazing places of interest on our

fun filled itinerary. Pupils even had time

to experience Icelandic Horse Riding,

visit Reykjavik’s famous Ice Bar,

undertake a Zip Wire Challenge across

the River Varma and swim in the famous

geothermal Blue Lagoon!

In contrast, Year Eight visited Cadbury

World in Birmingham to complement

their unit of study entitled “The

Geography of Chocolate”. Pupils

experienced a talk on The Location of

Industry and the benefits of Fair Trade;

developing an empathy and

understanding of issues surrounding

farming in LEDCs. A tour of the factory

and some free samples were gladly

accepted and a visit to the Chocolate

museum and the interactive exhibition

were also thoroughly enjoyed.

Year 12 AS Level students were

fortunate enough to be invited to a

Tectonics Conference in London,

learning about the cause and impact of

volcanic and earthquake hazards around

the world. Guest speakers included Dr

Iain Stewart from the BBC TV series

Ms H Morgan & Mrs R Selman

“Power of the Planet”. Well informed

students are now ready to tackle their

first AS Level examination with added

interest and case study materials to

enhance their exam answers!

Open Day

Fieldwork fashion at its best!!!

A warm dip in the Blue Lagoon

An eventful evening was had by all in the

Geography department, with Chocolate

tasting, fair trade quizzes and interactive

map games entertaining both pupils and

parents alike. Pupils were astonished at

how much profit a typical chocolate bar

company makes and most were ready to

support, or at least sample, some Fair

Trade chocolate by the end of their visit.

“Autumn Term Has Been Very Fieldwork Friendly!”


Mr G Morgan

It has been another busy and enjoyable term

in the History Department. Highlights have

included the October Open Evening with a

Medieval theme. The opportunity to test their

archery skills was enjoyed by both pupils and

parents alike! The department was delighted

that so many History Club members came

along to help out including: Lewis Bennett

(7T), Sebastian Gordon-Davies (7X), Emily

Pearce (7X), Elizabeth McCulloch (7E),

Lydia Ferriday (8O), Amy Gifford (8O) and

Lauren Vowles (8W).

Year 8 have enjoyed performing plays to find

out why Henry VIII got married 6 times and

why Elizabeth decided not to marry at all! They

thoroughly enjoyed their visit to the Tower of

London in November especially seeing the

place where Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard

were executed. They also had a great time

exploring the cultural side to London; especially

visiting Covent Garden and seeing Blood

Brothers in the West End.

History Club has once again been a roaring

success with an enthusiastic group of pupils

from Years 7, 8 and 9 all eager to learn about

History outside the classroom environment.

They have been meeting regularly on a Monday

after school and have been creating displays

on topics such as famous assassinations

that will be exhibited in several of the

History classrooms. They have also demonstrated

their creative skills in preparing and

creating props for the Open Evening.

History pupils have studied a lot of interesting

key issues this term. In Year 7 pupils have

been learning about the Battle of Hastings

and who became King of England in 1066.

At GCSE level Year 9 and 10 have been

studying the problems and challenges of

1920s America including the Prohibition and

the rise of gangsters. Both Years have made

an encouraging and enthusiastic start to the

course. Well done!

Year 11 have been examining life in Nazi Germany

before and during World War II. Recently

they have studied the reasons for the

Holocaust and the impact of war on Germany.

“History pupils have studied a lot of interesting key issues this term”

Information Technology

Mr P Davies

As part of Stanwell School’s Transition arrangements,

the ICT department played host to pupils

from Albert, Sully and Evenlode Primary Schools

earlier in the term. The aim of the project is to

enable pupils in year 6 to use the ICT Departments

software in preparation for when pupils

come to Stanwell in September 2011. Following

on from the transition activities, parents were able

to see the work that their children had produced

during the school Open Day. Open Evening was

again a big success, a big thank you to all pupils

who supported the department. The ICT department

had its regular Cyber Cafe; delicious cakes

were baked this time by Isabel Grafton 7R and

Abby Mills 7K, thank you girls! Key Stage 4 pupils,

Robert Turton 9M, Kieran Gibbs 9O, Kyle

Strenstrom 9R, Zed Strong 9K and Corrie

Wolfenden 10E, helped organise and advertise

the Games Zone. This allowed parents and Year

6 pupils to experience both playing games, with

the Nintendo Wii, and game creation, using the

latest Mission Maker software.

At KS3 we have been developing pupils web

design and databases skills and many pupils

started to create their own online blog which will act

as a project diary and they are enjoying updating this

at the end of each lesson. Pupils are already achieving

a very high standard of work in lessons and this is

a very pleasing start to the course. With coursework

deadlines looming for year 11 pupils ,they have been

working hard to complete their DIDA Unit 1 and Unit 3

coursework. Although homework clubs have been

quiet this term, they have been very beneficial to

those who have attended, being able to take full advantage

of the focused support from teachers. Some

pupils have worked exceptionally well in their own

time, notably Joe Keenan, Callum Masters, Alexander

Williams, Ben Ware and Rachel Thompson.

have shown a high level of ability in class completing

good work and offering support to others

when it was needed.

Key Stage 4 pupils in year 10 have produced

some excellent work this term, particularly Riyad

Auckbarally, Nicholas Pimlott, Chelsea Mace

and Sian Moss . Pupils have very successfully

In order to support pupils learning Stanwell School

has introduced a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

which aims to give pupils access to teaching and

support resources both in school and at home . The

ICT Department have now placed their sixth form and

Key stage 4 resources online and aim to have their

Key stage 3 resources online by mid December.

where homework and marking will now be done electronically,

starting in the New Year.



Mr M Lewis

Once again the “Maths Mindbenders” on

Open Day was a great success. Many

current and potential pupils enjoyed the

six-puzzle treasure hunt around the Department.

A record number: 140, completed

the puzzles and received a certificate

and a bar of chocolate.

The double Mathematicians in the Sixth

Form took part in the “Senior UK Maths

Challenge”, with the top student being

Matin Boden in Year 13, who achieved

a Gold certificate. Silver certificates

went to the following Year 13s: Jack

Law, Jack Yeo and Liz Elder. Bronze

certificates were awarded to Tom Williams,

Year 13, Rhea Ghosal and

Daniel Luxton, both Year 12. Our congratulations

go to all of these for their


Teams were entered in the University of

Glamorgan's Under 19 and Under 17

Maths “Pub Quizzes”. Two Stanwell

teams were entered in each competition,

both competitions had 54 teams from 24

different schools.

In the Under 19 quiz the Year 13 team of

Jack Yeo, Jordan Ford, Liz Elder and

Martin Boden came joint 4th with the

Year 12 team of Liam Pace, Daniel Luxton,

Rhea Ghosal, Nial Armstrong and

Wei Ong finishing 12th.

In the Under 17 quiz the Year 11 team

(pictured below) of Harry McDonough,

Kai Cheung, Joe Ingram, Charles Fear

and Frankie Law were 4th and the other

Year 11 team of Rachel Fegan, Amy

Palin, Joe Keenan, Seren Vickers and

James Chaffey finished 12th. All the students

enjoyed the afternoon competitions

and did very well in our first year in the


The Key Stage 3 “Puzzle of the Week”

competition has been enthusiastically received

this term. A different Mathematical

problem is set each week with a randomly

selected correct entry drawn.

The winners so far this term are :

Year 7— Ethan Hutching, Lewis Bennet,

Jamie Penberthy and Alex Hamzelou.

Year 8— Daniel Roberts and Nicole Butler.

Year 9— Jack Powell.

Homework Club for Year 11 has started

and will be continuing on Mondays. This

proved invaluable last year, producing

very good results, and we look forward to

seeing a positive response again this


“Teams finished 4th in both the Under 19 and Under 17 Maths Quiz competitions”

Media & Film

Mr I O’Rourke

The Media & Film department has much

to celebrate so far this year and many

things to look forward to in 2011. The

first high point was on the GCSE and A

Level results days in August, when staff

were delighted to note the high standards

of attainment reached by most pupils.

A*-C was 87% at GCSE and 100%

of A Level pupils attained a D or higher—

well done to all!

The department has also started teaching

the first year of A Level Film Studies.

The new Year 9 cohort have made a

confident start to their GCSE course and

have already displayed their skills as media

analysts in recent textual deconstructions.

Pupils who have worked particularly

well this term include Channing Davies,

Lambert Kalongo, Joel Ringer

and Kirsty Lam.

Year 10 have been working hard on their

induction course and have been focussing

recently on constructing original film

posters in preparation for their coursework.

Creative work has already been

produced by Megan Tunley, Zach

Ghazi-Torbati, Louis Curtis, Ella Butler-Kavanagh

and Broni Coles.

Year 11 pupils have been busy completing

pieces of coursework for their final

folders based on ideas for posters advertising

new teen films and excellent work

has been done by Alana Thomas, Lisa

Gourley and Joe Clissold.

Year 13 pupils have been working hard

this term on their coursework module,

which is worth 50% of their total A2

grade. They have been producing research

investigations on topics of their own

choosing and towards the end of term

started planning their creative pieces. Particularly

strong pieces of work have been

produced by Bethan Savoury, Sophie

Chatham, Darren Breed, Becky Boyce

and Alex Mancuso. Year 12 pupils are

starting their coursework module soon and

are already planning their films! Pupils who

have already produced excellent work include

Olivia Davies, Jacob Smith, Jordan

Holt, Sam Green, Jennifer Adams and

Tom Campion.

Earlier in the term, a group of our Year 12

& 13 students participated in National Film

Week and visited the Odeon Cinema at

Cardiff Bay for a special screening of

James Cameron’s Avatar.

The department also created the digital displays

for Stanwell’s production of ‘Grease’.

Projections were used as part of the stage

set with the original designs courtesy of

Year 13 pupil, Matthew Goodfellow. Matt

also helped with the production of the programme

advertising the show. Film students

from within the Media Department

recorded the production for posterity!.

Open Day was a great success this year.

Year 12 & 13 coursework films were on

show as was our portable lighting rig, film

camera and editing suite.

“The Media & Film department has much to celebrate this year and many things to look forward to in 2011.”

Modern Foreign Languages

Mrs T Davis

This term has seen a big change for us

in the Modern Languages department as

we have decided to strengthen the ties

between French and German resulting in

more joint ventures.

The first evidence of this was the

“Europa Café” on Open day. It’s popularity

was unaffected by the change of

name and if anything the wider range of

cakes available made it even more popular!

First prize went to

Isla Williams

(Y13) with her very


“Hamburger” cup


Second prize went to Phoebe Christie

(Y8) and joint third prize to Ellie Davis

(Y13) and Emma Davies and Milly Williams

(Y8). Amy Yeo (Y7) also had a

prize for the best presentation as her cupcakes

arrived in a beautiful box tied up

with ribbon!

There was a fabulous selection of cakes

and biscuits, kindly baked by our talented

students. Eva Vestergaard (Y9)

baked an authentic German “Gugelhopf”

cake which was delicious.

The “Decorate a cup cake” competition

took place again and the entries were

wonderful and very creative, making

choosing the winners very difficult. Luckily

PC Emma Mudie was on hand to

help us select the winners.

We also had a quiz where people had to

identify why various German and French

people were famous. This was won by

Daniel Casseldine (Y7) with a little help

from mum!

A big thank you to our helpers on the day:

Martin Doyle (Y8), Ellie Davis (Y13), Ergenia

Brusnitskaya (Y8) and Christina

Bugert (Y8).

“The Europa Café on Open Day was a huge success!”

Modern Foreign Languages

Mrs T Davis

In September we

celebrated the European

day of Languages

by giving

pupils taster sessions

in other languages,

such as

Spanish, Italian and


The prize for the most adventurous

teacher goes to Miss Lemon who taught

some Swedish at the request of her Y11

class. Some very keen pupils had even

been to Ikea to purchase some authentic

Swedish food to add to the festivities and

baked some traditional Swedish delights.

In October a group of A level French students

saw Truffaut’s “Les 400

Coups” (The 400 Blows) at Chapter Arts

centre as part of the National Schools

Film week. The pupils enjoyed their first

experience of “New Wave” cinema,

which was introduced by a senior lecturer

from Cardiff University.

Planning for next year’s German exchange

has begun. In April we will be

travelling to Staufen. Year 9 are looking

forward to meeting up with their penfriends

again after spending a most enjoyable

ten days together in July. The

year 8 pupils are being matched up and

will soon be finding out the names of

their partners.

On the international

front Mrs


will be taking

a group

of 55 Year 8

pupils to

Paris in

March next

year. This is

a joint venture with the Welsh department

to sample the St. David’s Day celebrations

which take place in Disneyland Paris. Pupils

will also be enjoying a boat trip down

the Seine, a visit to the Eifel Tower and to

the cathedral of Notre Dame.

Lots of pupils in French and German have

been working hard this term and we have

awarded a record number of merit points

and certificates. These pupils have then

been entered into the monthly raffle draws

and there have been lots of lucky winners.

In German:

Y8 Lucia Attanasio,Y9 Clara White

Y10 Bryony Guerrier,Y11Joe Keenan

Y8 Kira Geach, Y9 Megan Herritty,

Y10 Nishma Bhatia, Y11 Sara Aeyad

In French:

Y7 Emily Geen, Y8 Lucy Bond,

Y9 Elliott Davies, Y10 Laura Gilbert

Y11 Anna Walsh

Y7 Georgia Logan, Y8 Thomas Mullett,

Y9 Fiona McGavin, Y10 Jack Baker,

Y11 Kayleigh Porter

Joyeux Noël and Fröhliche Weihnachten

to you all!

“We have awarded a record number of merit points and certificates this term.”


Mrs J Richards

Following excellent summer results both at

GCSE and A Level, we were soon steeped

in serious auditioning when we decided to

present the hot West End musical ‘Grease’.

We obtained the rights to perform the

show, and have been extremely busy in

rehearsals ever since! The performances

have been scheduled to take part Dec 13 th

-16 th inclusive in the school auditorium -

and at the time of writing, students are

really looking forward to the performances.

The production offers opportunity for creative

staging, exciting solo, ensemble and

chorus pieces– not to forget our talented

musicians, always accompanying the

singing and dancing so professionally.

Taite Drew in Year 11 has been cast as Dann

and Emma Campbell in Year 13 as Sandy.

Other senior groups and Key Stage Three

extra curricular music groups have also

been working hard this term and have enjoyed

building up repertoire and skills in

weekly after-school rehearsals. The senior

jazz group and senior choir began learning

their new repertoire in earnest at the start

of term, and all Key Stage 3 music clubs

such as Outsiders, Junior Jazz and Girl’s

Choir have been preparing for a concert,

which they hope to perform in the New

Year. Girl’s Choir are singing songs such

as ‘Put Your Records On’ and ‘What If’.

Junior Jazz have been playing ‘I Feel

Good’ and ‘Rock Around the Clock’. Outsiders

(KS3 boys choir) have been performing

songs such as ‘Dreaming of You’

and ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’.

It is always such a pleasure to rehearse

with our pupils as their hard work, obvious

talent and dedication brings superb rewards.....all

these groups will have an opportunity

to perform publicly next term – so watch

this space!

Many pupils in Stanwell have peripatetic instrumental

or vocal lessons and the numbers

this year are again high. It should be noted

that the department has a selection of instruments

available for pupils to learn, (these include

an oboe, bassoon and some cellos). If

anybody is interested in learning, please see a

member of the music department to find out

more details, as pupils can sign up for lessons

after Christmas.

Many pupils have again attended Music Technology

workshops, which are held regularly

after school and appeal to many pupils. Mr

Reid, the music technician, has prepared

courses which so many pupils really enjoy.

The computer suites and the recording studio

have been updated to include the latest versions

of Sibelius, Cubase and Reason - and

this has been most beneficial, not only to Key

Stage three classes , but especially to our current

examination students who are working

hard to produce compositions for their GCSE

and AS / A Level coursework portfolios.

Many pupils have been busily preparing themselves

for music practical examinations at the

end of this term. We hope all your hard work

has been worthwhile...and that you pass with

flying colours.

In addition, Stanwell is always well represented

in County Music concerts at the end of

term, and all those involved deserve praise

and recognition for their contribution. During

the last week of term, many of our pupils will

have performed in City Hall, St Davids Hall

and Cardiff County Hall, in senior County

groups such as Jazz News, the County Youth

Choir and the County Youth Brass Band. Well

done everybody.

Have a Happy Christmas!

“pleasure to rehearse with our pupils”




Year 7- This club has proved popular

once again with over 40 girls attending

every Wednesday after school. It has

been really difficult to chose an A and a B

team with the standard being so high. The

girls have played in a number of matches

with successful wins against St. Richard

Gwyn and Bro Morgannwg. The 7B team

recently played in a 7B tournament at

Talybont, where after playing an

exhausting 7 matches made it through to

the final against Llanishen. They

unfortunately lost in the final 4-1 but

showed an excellent display of netball

throughout. The girls were awarded with

medals by a Welsh netball coach.

Hopefully the 7A netball team will do as

well in March.

Year 8– The Year 8 team has continued

to build upon the excellent play produced

in Year 7. They have won a number of

matches including beating Llantwit 13-1

and St. Richard Gwyn 7-0. The girls are

working hard in the build up to the county

tournament where they narrowly missed

out on reaching the final last year.

A special mention to Milly Williams who

has joined the team this year and has already

made some valuable contributions.

Year 9- Training has been going well with

the Year 9 team with plenty of competition

for positions. They have had some good

matches against St. Richard Gwyn and

Llantwit. Keep up the good work girls.

Mr I Summerfield

Special mention to Carys Warner, Leah

Wenger and Laura Gale who have all

played very well so far this season.

Year 10– Year 10 have also been working

well so far this season. They have lost 2 of

their 3 matches but had a good win 6-2

against St. Richard Gwyn. It has been

really nice to see Martha Jenkins back

training and playing after a year out. She

has contributed well to the team. All girls

have played well so far and need to keep

up the good work.

Cross country

Girls– The cross country season got off to

a good start in September with good runs

from Emily Wooster (Yr 7), Kate Coker

(Yr 9) and Anna Mirza Davies (Yr 8).

These three girls have progressed in

every race and are currently in a very

good position going into the championship

in January.

In the South Wales schools competition,

there was another impressive run from

Kate Coker.

On a cold day in November, a team of 10

Year 7 and 8 girls travelled to Brecon for

the Welsh schools competition. Kate

Coker produced a fantastic run coming

4th in a very tough field, while Emily

Wooster, Anna Mirza Davies, Rebecca

Humpage and Annabelle Birch– Hurst

finished in close succession which resulted

in the Year 7 and 8 team coming

4th in Wales. Well done girls!

“girls were awarded with medals by a Welsh netball coach”



Boys - The boys’ cross country team got off

to a flying start in September with the Year

7 team coming second in their first race.

Strong performances from Cameron

House, Ethan Hutchings, and Alex Langrish

helped the team make their mark

against tough opposition. The whole team

have showed commitment in their training,

turning up in any weather conditions with

their hard work paid off in the second

league race which they won as a team and

Spencer Robinson winning out of over 200

competitors. They are currently 1 st in the

league with one race left to go in January.

The team recently travelled to Brecon to

compete in the Welsh Schools Championships,

gaining vital experience ready for

their January league race.

In other years, Rhys Fford (year 8), Ieuan

Jones, Elliot Richards, Tamas Barry and

James Flanagan (year 10) have all worked

hard in training and improved through each

race with Rhys, Ieuan and Elliot representing

Stanwell at the Welsh Schools Championships

in Brecon.

Girls Football

Year 7, 8 and 9– We have recently started a

girls’ football club here at Stanwell and it

has gone from strength to strength. Attendance

rates have been very pleasing and

new pupils continue to show interest in joining.

In the matches, the girls have performed

extremely well and are currently undefeated,

having beaten Bryn Hafren 2-0

(goal scorers: Kelsey Murray and Ellie

Wenger (Yr 8) and Cowbridge 9-0

(goal scorers: Kelsey Murray, Ellie

Wenger, Lucia Attanasio (Yr 8) and

Ellie Rees (Yr 9). Well done girls and

good luck for the rest of the season!


Mr I Summerfield

Year 7– An excellent start to the year,

for Year 7 Rugby with many enthusiastic

and talented Rugby players. At

present the team is unbeaten having

played Llantwit Major, Barry Boys

and a strong Cowbridge side. The

team has been well led by Spencer

Robinson and has received excellent

support from Joe Short, Charles De

Grey, Will Gale and Morgan

Humphries. The top try scorer of the

three games has been George Roberts

in the backs.

Year 8– The Year 8 Rugby team are

making steady progress but are being

hindered by poor attendance at training.

The team has benefited from an

influx of new players who have

equipped themselves really well. Zak

Dyer, Oliver Shore, Liam Quinn,

Ellis Pymon and James Cople have

been present at all games and training

. With regular attendance at training

by all players, performances will


Year 9- The year 9 rugby team has

played some very high quality rugby

this term, with a number of strong

“showing commitment in their training”



powerful forwards and fast running

backs, they have been able to provide

some breath taking moments of rugby

for the many dependable spectators that

have watched their matches come rain

or shine.

Year 10- Year 10 rugby has started on a

positive note with some very good away

wins. This is a side that has shown, in

some hard, physical games over the

past two seasons, that they have a passion

for the sport and the potential to be

a very good side. With four current district

players (Harry Roberts, Nicholas

Boudier, Matthew Allen and Alan

Doyle) and many others playing to that

standard , it will be interesting to see just

how well these young men can do.

Seniors- This has been a very exciting

year for the Senior Rugby Side. They

began with a team building evening at

the White Water Rafting Centre which

was a huge success. This was followed

by being accepted into the Blues South

League in which they have put on many

good performances against teams such

as Howells and Ysgol Bro Morgannwg.

They have also been lucky enough to

have a new Canterbury kit given to them

by Stanwell PTA for which they are very


Girls Basketball-

Year 7,8 and 9– Basketball club has

proved to be very popular again this year

with its attendance growing in Years 7, 8

and 9. The girls have shown excellent

commitment and dedication to their training

and have worked extremely hard

since the start of term. They are now

looking forward to beginning their season

with a number of games lined up for the

end of December against St. Cyres and

Cowbridge. I am sure that we will see the

same success from these young girls as

last year. Special mention goes to Seren

Marsh, Rebecca Humpage, Anna

Jones (Yr 7), Rebecca Egerstrom,

Shanice Donovan, Ellie Wenger (Yr 8),

Keeley Durham, Harriet Blunden and

Leah Wenger (Yr 9).


Mr I Summerfield

Year 8 - The Year 8 football team, led by

Mathew Bennett, has made a great start

with a win away at Barry, the team is going

from strength to strength in training

and we are looking forward to more fixtures

in the near future.

Year 10 - The Year 10 team had a strong

start to the season with a 5-0 win against

Michaelston Community College. The

team have been showing commitment in

their training and have worked hard in

their other matches and are looking forward

to future fixtures. Top goal scorer –

Fraser Hodgkins, Captain – Max Bramhill.

“team building ...huge success”


Miss L Donovan

It has been a busy and enjoyable term in the

Psychology Department. Highlights have included

the October Open Day which was a

great success as visitors were keen to get involved.

Favourite activities included the

Stroop test, which required participants to

override the automatic process of reading

meaning into words, as well as attempts to

guess the real smile from a series of genuine

and posed photographs.

Year 12 have worked hard this term as they

have been introduced to research into the nature

and structure of memory. This has involved

practical class experiments to assess

the differences between short term and long

term memory. Students have also used cognitive

models to explain how memory works.

They particularly enjoyed designing models

of their own in class. This knowledge of

memory has been applied to everyday life

when looking at the accuracy of eye witness

testimony and techniques to improve memory

including mind maps and peg word methods.

Students have examined evidence which

shows these strategies work. This has an important

message as the students prepare to sit

their first AS exam in January on Memory,

Attachment and Research Methods.

Year 12 groups have been looking at the key

impact of attachment theory on society. They

have looked at the roles of comfort, responsiveness

and food in order to understand that there

is an interaction of many factors in producing

developmental outcomes. More recently students

have enjoyed looking at topical issues relating

to attachment including the issue of day

care. They have examined research which suggests

day care can be potentially harmful whilst

other contradictory studies have asserted the

benefits of day care for social development.

Year 13 are also preparing for exams early in

the new year. They have shown great interest in

the topic of psychopathology as we have discussed

the issues surrounding the classification

and diagnosis of depression. Students have enjoyed

exploring the various explanations of depression

and the different approaches to treatment

ranging from drug therapy to psychoanalysis

or ECT. Students have also enjoyed

studying the new topic of addictive behaviour.

They have looked at initiation, maintenance and

relapse of specific addictions such as smoking

and gambling and more recently have been

learning about interventions to deal with such

addictions. In research methods students have

been revising the various ways in which research

can be conducted and have been considering

how the scientific method can be applied

to human behaviour.

Many students in Year 12 and 13 have taken

advantage of Psychology drop-in sessions on

Wednesdays from 3-4.30pm. Students have

used these sessions as an opportunity to begin

revision early or to revisit more challenging aspects

of the course. These will continue in the

new year and all Psychology students are welcome

to attend.

We wish all the students taking exams in January

the best of luck.

“Students ….taken advantage of Psychology drop-in sessions”



Mrs J Skilton

Open Day

The RE Department had a steady stream

of visitors during the evening. Many prospective

pupils and parents contributed to

the “Questions for God” asking challenging

questions of God. As thinking skills remain

such a key focus in RE it was encouraging

to see so many future Stanwell

pupils thinking philosophically.

Artefact displays provided a colourful

background and many were interested in

the Smart Board display of work produced

by students to publicise the work of the

Pooncholai Children's Home, for which the

RE Department has raised funds over the

last few years. The presentations highlighted

the difference in lifestyles between

pupils at Pooncholai and those at Stanwell

and the link with India provides real-life examples

to support the pupils’ study of

wealth and poverty as part of their GCSE

course. As both Year 9 and 10 have

raised funds for the children’s home this

year, it was interesting for visitors to see

the range of publicity material promoting

the work of Pooncholai produced by Stanwell


Pupils signing Christmas cards for children

at Pooncholai Children’s Home

Year 13 hard at work!

The RE Department’s first cohort of A Level

students are working hard as they approach

their final exams. They are now studying

how to apply ethical theories to the issues of

war and medical dilemmas including cloning

and stem cell research. Dealing with such

controversial topics is what makes the

course so stimulating and exciting and all

the students are rising to the challenge.

Pooncholai Pupils celebrating Christmas

Stanwell pupils are making a difference


Mr P Johnson


Year 7 pupils have been enjoying some extracurricular

activities in their first term at Stanwell.

Under the enthusiastic guidance of new

members of staff, Ms Brown and Mr Patterson,

they have been attending Science Club each


evening after

school to get

some hands-on

experience with

activities such

as ‘Flubber’,

making paper

aeroplanes and

water rockets, as well as Alka Seltzer rockets.

They have been having lots of fun building

‘straw structures’ and carrying out some

Forensic Science with Fingerprinting. Other

activities have included a CSI Investigation

entitled ‘Who killed Woolly’? and have also been

carrying out a Space research project.

Regular attenders include : Ffion McGowan,

Grace Samuel, Orla Emberson, Grace

Loweth, Tristan Goodway-Sims, Izaak Lee,

Henry Price, Paul Monaghan, Tristam

Worssam, Joel Cockerill-Evans, Amy Bond

and Josh James.


Alex Hodgson and Ben Hopkins (both Year

13) continue to carry out an excellent job as

Stanwell representatives on the Industrial

Liaison Panel which meets regularly in Sully,

discussing issues and events at the major

Industrial sites between Sully and Barry which

may impact on the immediate community.

Open Day in the Chemistry Department proved

to be very successful with many visitors

experiencing such events as ‘Purple Clouds’,

‘The Mighty Whoosh’, custard powder

explosions and how not to put out a Chip Pan

fire !There were also displays on ‘Chemistry

through the Key Stages ‘.


It has been an exciting time with the

introduction of A level Applied Science in

September. The students who are studying the

course have thrown themselves into the first

topic on Health Science. It has been a pleasure

to teach such an enthusiastic group—but

somewhat disturbing to see how much some of

them relish the dissection ! The whole

department wish them every success with their

first external examination in January.


Despite this very busy term two members of

year 13, Jessica Herrity and Elizabeth Turner

have found time to complete the CREST Gold

Award for work that they did in university this

year, congratulations to them on receiving this

prestigious award from the British Science

association. Open Day was very busy in the

Biology department, the most popular activity

being testing different foods.

Homework Club and the 6th form revision

sessions have been well attended this term,

thanks to all those pupils and students who

have kept us busy.

Year 12 enjoyed an informative visit to Cardiff

in December to the annual Genetics Lectures

organised by Gene Park Wales.

Year 13 also found the visit of Anne Marsden,

a specialist in the treatment of kidney disease

particularly informative, and her talk prompted

much discussion.

Finally we would like to wish all those taking

external examinations in January every



The Physics department has had a very busy

start to the year. It has been particularly

pleasing to see and support so many keen

GCSE and A level students in study periods

and after school.

Open day for the Physics department proved

particularly popular this year with many visitors

competing for the best fruity battery and crowds

gathering to watch the balloon on a bed of nails

pressure demo.

“Year 12 enjoyed an informative visit to Cardiff in December...”


Mrs C Flaherty

As ever, the Welsh department have

started the new academic year in a very

busy manner!

11 and a group speaking exam.

In November we took a trip to Glan-llyn

Urdd centre in North Wales for a group of

Year 10 pupils.

They had the chance to take part in a

variety of outwards bounds activites in a

Open day was very successful. ‘A Taste of

Wales’ was well received by numerous

visitors who were happy to sample Welsh

cakes, a selection of Welsh cheeses,

cockles, lava bread and other delicacies.

Visitors also had the opportunity to play

Welsh Scrabble and see the resources

used in class.

Pupils in Years 9 and 10 have begun

studying the new GCSE course. In Year 9

and 10 the topics studied are Holidays,

Sport, Fashion, Welsh Stars, Cinema and

the World of Film, Pop Music, Charity and

Part-Time Work, The Area, Welsh Culture,

Myself, Special Events.

Year 10 pupils will sit an hour-long reading

and writing examination in June which will

be worth 25% of their final grade. They will

also complete a controlled assessment in

the Spring term.

In Year 11 the topics studied are Leisure

Time, Alcohol, Drugs and Smoking, The

Environment, Keeping Fit and Healthy,

Family and Friends, Home, The Weekend,

The Media, Technology, Celebrations and

School Experiences.

Year 11 pupils will sit another hour-long

reading and writing examination in the

Summer term which will again be worth

25% of their final grade. They will also

complete a Controlled assessment in Year

Welsh environment on the banks of Lake

Tegid near Bala.

An excellent time was had by all and the

pupils behaved exceptionally well. Despite

the wintry conditions, pupils were able to

take part in climbing activities, a rope

adventure course and lake-based

activities. In early December, the year 12

& 13 students and staff enjoyed a visit to

the Millennium Centre to see a Welsh

language pantomime– oh yes we did!

We’re looking forward to our trip to

Disneyland Paris with the French

Department to the St David’s Day festival

for Year 8. Pupils will be able to enjoy

Disneyland to the sounds of Welsh choirs

and a Welsh crafts market. We will also

“In November we took a trip to Glan-llyn Urdd centre in North Wales”


Mrs C Flaherty

be visiting Paris and seeing the famous


Welsh homework club for KS4 is on a

Monday to offer additional support and help

to pupils.

Welsh club for KS3 is on a Wednesday in

G19. Pupils can come to have extra support

and help with homework or just to enjoy fun


Many pupils in Year 7 have shown great

promise already! Da iawn Robyn Iredale,

Jack Powell, Sofia Nardone, Chloe Poole

and Alice Bright. A special mention is also

deserved by Tristan Goodway-Sims, Izaak

Lee, Poppy Wilde, Bethan Davies, Claire

Halligan and Jasmine Rahman, who have

also been working very hard. Olivia North,

Isabel Grafton, Amy Hickery and Ray

Vandyck, Joseph Short and William

Marsh and Jay Ruckley have worked

extremely hard, da iawn! Rowena Cameron,

Megan Jones, Chloe Parselle, Daisy

Williams and Alice Durham all scored

100% in their recent speaking exam, da


Year 8 pupils have been studying the topic

of holidays and have recently completed

their speaking tests. Callum O’Neill, Sol

Khan, Harry Griffiths Ben Rose , Taylor

Alexander and Kieran McGavin all

performed particularly well, ffantasteg!

Rhodri Guerrier, Max Shepherd and Peter

Tutill performed an interesting and well

prepared conversation, da iawn!

Year 9 have studied the local area this term

and can now confidently describe the Vale

of Glamorgan in Welsh! Matt Holder, Owen

Rees, Georgia Chaffey ,Chloe Fletcher,

Emily Thomas, Megan Wookey, and

Rebecca Te Water Naude prepared very

detailed and interesting conversations. Tim

Binding, Isaac Ridgley, Aidan Singh,

Joel Ringer and Cassie Richards also

performed exceptionally well.

Year 10 pupils have responded very

favourably to the new GCSE course, their

speaking exams have shown great promise

and a very mature attitude towards the

demands of the course. Jack Hayward,

Rory Hay and Adam Rees spoke very well

as individuals and as part of a group in their

test about holidays in Wales. Lucy Berry

and Stephanie Price also performed well.

Erin Murray and Natasha Hole have also

shown great effort and determination in

preparation for the speaking test.

In March a group of Year 11 will be sitting

their first external speaking exams and will

be performing role-plays and giving

presentations about their favourite topics,

pob lwc! The Welsh department staff are

available at all times to support pupils and

help them prepare for these exams.

Of course the Eisteddfodau will be taking

place in early March too, lower school

pupils should ask their subject teachers for

details about homework and stage

competitions in order to earn points for their

houses. In

Welsh lessons

pupils are

rewarded for

effort, good

work and good

behaviour with raffle tickets which are then

entered into regular draws. Recent winners

are Erin Louise Gwynne, George

Prickett, Rebecca Johnson, Hannah

Lewis, Hannah Williams, Ffion Wood,

Liam Fisher, Elizabeth Trigg and Nicole


“We’re looking forward our trip to Disneyland Paris with French Department ...”


It is the second year of this BTEC course

and has been introduced into Year 9 and

Year 11 for the first time. The Year 11 students

have been completing their coursework

from Year 10 and evaluating their Summer

Work Experience placements. Some

students will be able to go on and study for

the Extended Certificate Qualification to gain

a second ‘B’ grade GCSE.

Year 9 and 10 pupils have been investigating

Volunteering and welcomed Holly Williams

from the Vale Volunteer Bureau as a

guest speaker in October. Holly explained

about the different types of volunteering

Mr. R Deighton-Jones

Denny White from the Visible Department of

the Vale of Glamorgan Council visited school

on the 2 nd November to provide a Health and

Safety briefing with the Year 10 pupils and arranged

for them to undertake litter picks with

her team on Barry Island.

work available and the benefits of volunteering

when applying for employment or further

education courses. Holly arranged for the

Year 9 Pupils to volunteer with ‘Keep Wales

Tidy Campaign’. The pupils undertook litter

picks at The Knap and the Causeway in

Barry and the Cliff Tops in Penarth.

They gained teamwork and communication

skills; learned about environmental responsibility

and the highlight for many of the pupils

was the hot chocolate from Marco’s Cafe on

the Island! On the 19 th November the pupils

visited the Council’s ALPS offices to collect

their Certificates from Miles Punter ‘Head of

Visible Services’ at Vale of Glamorgan Council.

“benefits of volunteering when applying for employment”

Year Group News

Year 7

Miss R Sterlini and Mr M Baldwin

The start of a new term is always a busy time

for both staff and pupils. The new year seven

cohort has been especially active, with two

major fund raising efforts in aid of leprosy

charities and Children in Need. The pupils

worked tirelessly in aid of these charities and

raised literally hundreds of pounds.

Membership of clubs and societies is at record

levels and the new sporting initiatives have

been a very welcome addition to extracurricular



The form is full of promising pupils. Many of

the boys play rugby for either league leaders

Sully or else Dinas Powys. Joe Short has

become captain of Cardiff Blues under-12

squad and Matthew Dawson was picked for

trials to play for Cardiff. Alex Hamzelou is

now a green belt in Taekwondo and Emma

Spray achieved Grade 4 in dance. Ella

Buehner Gattis achieved a level 4 in sailing,

whilst Maisy Holland has achieved a Grade 6

in kayaking. Harri Pain is to be congratulated

on being selected to represent Wales in


Charlotte Hardy passed her Grade 5 flute

exam with merit and has been singing with the

Welsh National Opera, along with Paul

Monoghan and Hollie Day. Dafydd Jones

now has a Grade 4 in guitar and Seren Marsh

has achieved a Grade 1 in piano.


Chloe Poole came second in South Wales in

gymnastics competition with her team called

Cardiff Central and raised £50 for LEPRA.

Elizabeth McCulloch and Amy McAndrew

are both in the regional team semi-finals with

their swimming club. Amy was also part of

the Stanwell netball team that came

second out of twenty teams in a recent

tournament, whilst Elizabeth was also

awarded over 100 merit stars in French.

Rhian Cull achieved a silver award for

cheerleading. Emily Glaze was awarded

142 merit starts in French. Ella Robertson

was part of the Stanwell running team that

came first in a Cardiff and the Vale

competition. She also completed her

grade 3 piano exam. Abigail Mock moved

up a level in horse riding and achieved a

grade 2 in violin. Abigail Mock, Alice

Durham, Jasmine Rahman and Joel

Price were all awarded more than 100

merit stars in French. Alice also got more

than 50 daffodil merits in Welsh.

Francesca Le Guilcher was part of the

Stanwell netball team that beat

Westbourne school 12-1 this term. A

significant number of the rest of the form

received merits in a variety of subjects.


The form has enjoyed sporting and musical

success this term. Emily Geen has been

awarded a brown belt in karate. Spencer

Robinson plays for Penarth RFC and they

came second in the District Cup. Harry

Williams enjoys playing for Cardiff City FC

at the under 12 level. This term Liam

McLelland has achieved Grade 1 in

drums, whilst Ellen O’Rourke has been

awarded Grade 4 in trumpet. Also, Coire

Clarkson completed her stable

management qualification.

“The pupils worked tirelessly in aid of these charities and raised literally hundreds of pounds.”

Year 7


The form has had a wealth of achievements

already this term. Amy Bond won a Gold

medal in the 50m breast stroke at a Welsh

Swimming Gala. Rhys Capener came

fourth in a Jubilee Field Shooting event.

James Price beat all competitors to come

first and win the Masters Trophy in Golf.

Well done to Caitlin Denton who came

second in a Welsh rock climbing competition

at Boulders, climbing faster than most of

Wales. Good luck to Ffion McGowan in

your Grade 3 Ballet exam and Lucy

Richards who is preparing for her Grade 1

Piano exam. Morgan Humphreys has been

selected to play cricket for Wales.


The form have had a very busy term indeed!

As well as practising hard for their Christmas

assembly, they have also been winning

medals and competitions galore. Francine

Couzens came second in a horse riding

competition. Not only did Bethan Rose win

a show jumping competition, she was also a

champion in the Mountain and Moorland

horse riding competition. Well done girls!

Nathan Frost won bowler of the year for

Penarth under 13s, while Kyle Brooks

passed his grading in karate and went on to

win silver in this category in the Welsh

league, don’t mess with him! Daisy

Williams came third on bars in a gymnastics

competition, as well as coming first on the

beam. Lauren Slater, another budding

gymnast, won a gold medal on beam and

came third on the floor exercises.

Also, Lily Winnan won a gold medal in the

Butterfly stroke and finally Kyle Llewelyn

received his gold award in lifeguarding.

Nathan Frost passed his grade 3 theory and

grade 4 practical examinations in piano. Sam

Tucker passed his grade 4 on the drums and

has won “Music Maestro” twice!

Within school, Dan Buckingham won pupil of

the month in English and numerous other pupils

in the class have won similar accolades in other

subjects. And finally, Ben Thomas won the

Primary Liaison Geography competition, he was

awarded a jigsaw for his excellent Year 6

Passport to Stanwell.


7O are a very sporty form group this year.

Jamie Evans, Rhys Lane and George Prickett

play football for Cogan, Joshua Dixon, Jacob

Troth, Joseph Odgers and Joseph Valek play

football for Sully and Thomas Pascoe not only

plays for Wenvoe, he is also their top goal

scorer! Lloyd Hanson came third in the South

East Wales Regional Swimming Championships,

while Faye Bramhill and Grace Pope are both

Level 10 swimmers. We also have some

talented cricketers, with Morgan Rees, Jacob

Troth, George Prickett and Morgan Crimp all

playing for Penarth. Lloyd Hanson, Lewys

Davies and Morgan Rees all play for local rugby

teams and Megan Jones, Jacob Troth, Joel

Cockerill-Evans and Thomas Pascoe are all

members of a local tennis club. Well done to

Georgina Smith who recently came first in a

horse-riding competition and to Grace Pope who

rides to a level 4 standard. Rachael Salisbury

is a member of the National Ice-Skating

Association and Joel Cockerill-Evans is also a

keen ice-skater. 7O’s talents do not lie solely in

“Faye Bramhill and Grace Pope are both Level 10 swimmers.”

Year 7

the sporting world, we also have some

fabulous actors and actresses, with George

Prickett appearing in a film version of A

Christmas Carol and Amy Hickery

appearing in a production of Annie. Along

with many others, Jasper Aeschlimann and

Maya Shamte are keen musicians, both at

grade two on the guitar.


Erin Summerhayes has played a leading

role in the school`s football team that has a

hundred percent record of success this

season. Alex Langrish came ninth in

Cardiff and the Vale cross-country

competition. Annalelle Birch-Hurst has

played netball for the year 7A team and was

part of the girls` team that came fourth in the

all Wales cross-country.

Charles de Grey enjoys playing for the Year

7 team and Lewis Campbell has

represented the school in cross country. Ben

Walsh and Ethan Inker both play football for


Emily Roberts passed her out-of-water

exam as part of her swimming course. Lucie

Dyer was part of the 7B netball team that

came second in Cardiff and the Vale



Morgan Rose came first in both the Dragon

Challenge and Club Championship at

Llandow. Fantastic result! Finn Hunt is the

top goal scorer for Sully Football Team. He

scored 34 goals in 10 games helping put

Sully at the top at the Cardiff Cup League.

Brilliant effort! Olivia Hann won a trophy for

swimming—50m butterfly, well done!

Congratulations to Abby Mills who took part

in a 15 mile for run for Children in Need. Dylan

Jones has been busy helping out at the Cardiff

food bank, packing boxes of food up for those in



7X have been busy preparing for their joint

Christmas assembly with 7W. The theme of the

assembly is X factor and the meaning of

Christmas. Several pupil have been given solo

singing and speaking parts. Congratulations to

Joshua Brooks who has been awarded first

place in five swimming races. Caitlin Ellis was

involved in a Netball tournament in which 20

school in the Vale took part. The school team

were awarded second place. Orla Emberson

achieved her grade 2 piano. Congratulations to

Ethan Hutchings who was Awarded a Maths

prize for “Puzzle of the Week.”Rebecca

Johnson was awarded ‘player of the year’ for

the Sully football team. Seren Lewis came

second in the Welsh Challenge Cup for gym.

William Marsh plays for Sully football team and

his team are now top of the league and have

qualified for the semi finals. Jay Ruckley has

been filming ‘Sparticles’ for CBBC. He has also

starred as Jason Mason in the CBBC

programme, ‘Grandpa in my pocket’.


Congratulations to Rachel Short who came third

in Welsh Novice Champs gymnastics. Murray

Boyne plays football for Sully. Tim Collins

represents the school cross country team. Cian

Burne has completed grade 3 in piano and

clarinet. Will Gale is a member of Cardiff Blues

rugby team. Shay Gibbons is a member of the

vale football squad. Ieuan Hicks is working

towards grade 1 on the guitar. Amy Walsh has

had an audition for the Gong Show and was

successful and is currently performing in the New

Theatre in ‘Wind and the Willows’.

Well done to the whole year group on a very

promising start to the academic year!

“Ethan Hutchings who was Awarded a Maths prize for Puzzle of the Week.”

Year 8

Miss L Jenkins and Mr A. Meddins

This has been an active term for Year 8. All

pupils have embarked enthusiastically on the

electronic version of the Real Game. This is

an effective and fun way of allowing pupils a

glimpse of what it is like living and working as

an adult. Mr Pritchard from Careers Wales

has also been helping to prepare our pupils

for their option choices later on this year.

Alongside this, assemblies have taken place

and recognition has been given to World

events, activities and the precepts of the

week, including The Real Game, 9-11,

Respect, Values, Remembrance and Antibullying

Week. The ‘Is it’ Drama Company

delivered a powerful production and

discussion on bullying. Ms. Emyr from the

Rotary Club spoke about polio and the

planting a crocus campaign. PC Mudie gave

several informative presentations on

Halloween, fireworks and gangs. She has

also started her lessons on Drug Awareness.

This year our School Council

Representatives are Emma Davies and

Harry Jowett.

Each form has elected representatives for

the Year 8 Council. They are as follows:

8T- Emma Llewellyn and Rhys Knight

8E- Tesni Chinn and Thomas Keenan

8A- Kelsey Murray and Matthew Jones

8M- Milly Williams and Rhys Fford

8X- Emma Davies and Harry Jowett

8W- Sian Smith and Caleb Docking

8O- Sally Jones and Calum O’Neill

8R- Harriet Alderman and William Brown

8K- Elinor Mahoney and Edward Herbert

8L- Seren James and Max Scott

This year our Eco-School Representatives

are Lucy Bond and Harvey Atkins. Ryan

Johns and Michael Regan are our Food &

Fitness Representatives.

Jacob Heaton-Jones, James Senior,

Sarah Brabham, Georgia Atkinson

competed in the All Wales Schools

Liaison Police Quiz recently. The team

came 4 th but the final scores were very



A busy term for 8T, with many getting

involved in sporting activities. Shanice

Donovan plays football for Dinas

Powys under 14 and also represents

the girls’ football team at school.

Emma Llywellyn competed in a karate

competition in Wrexham and won 6-0!

Benjamin Tanner plays football for

Dinas Powys. Samuel White plays

rugby for Penarth and football for Sully

A. Annabel Richards competed in a

recent tennis tournament, representing

Windsor Tennis club and winning 4

trophies. Verity Tucker has been

asked to dance in an upcoming show in

the Paget rooms. Hannah Sood has

recently performed at the Paget Rooms

with the Jeff Guppy School of Musical

Theatre and she has also acted in the

Wizard of Oz in the New Theatre in



Daniel Watts has represented East

Wales at rugby and is a member of the

Penarth rugby team. He also plays

football for Cardiff City and Dinas

Powys. Matthew Bennett plays

football and dodge ball for the school.

He also plays football for Sully A team

and the Vale of Glamorgan. Isaac

Freeman is also a footballer and plays

for Cardiff. Samuel Jennings is a

member of the school’s rugby and

football teams. Congratulations to

“All pupils have embarked enthusiastically on the electronic version of the Real Game.”

Year 8

Miss L Jenkins and Mr A. Meddins

Teigan Couper for passing her grade 4

Saxophone exam!


Megan Hain has recently performed in the

Kontakt production in the Sherman theatre

in Cardiff. Kelsey Murray plays football for

Dinas Powys as a striker and is also a

member of the under 13 netball team.

Georgia Atkinson is also a member of the

under 13 netball team. Maisie Squire is a

member of Barry Harriers running club and

also represents the school at cross country.


A busy term for pupils of 8M. Elizabeth

Birch-Hurst is a member of the Under 13

netball team and has also represented the

school’s team who are unbeaten this term!

Well done ladies! Lucy Bond has

competed in a swimming gala and

represented Cardiff Swimming club. She

has also improved her personal best

recently! Nicole Butler is rehearsing for her

street dance performance with Mollie

Doble. Callum Lee plays rugby for Barry

and they have recently beaten Brecon RFC

to go through to the next round. Joshua

Lewis plays football for Sully A and has

scored 13 goals so far this season. Michael

Regan plays rugby for the school team.

Max Shepherd recently came 2 nd in a

Water polo competition. Well done all!


A talented form! 8X have been very busy!

Congratulations to Christina Bugert who is

currently working on her gold level in figure

skating. Ashley Cullen and Sebastian

Dumitrescu both train regularly with Sully

rugby club and Cardiff fencing club. Emma

Davies is a member of the Wales U13’s

Girls Cricket and Canton netball team.

Good luck to Ellie Donovan who is

currently studying her grade 2 flute and

grade 1 Piano. Congratulations to Elliot

Green who has a yellow belt in Judo.

Alice Holder competes regularly in horse

riding competitions and has won several

trophies. Yoko Hargreaves also enjoys

horse riding and has recently taken part in

a show jumping event in her riding school.

Congratulations to Rhodri Guerrier who

has passed a mechanical and electrical

course in Sea Cadets. Harry Jowett is

currently working towards his grade 5

piano exam and recently passed grade 4

on the trumpet. Nicole Rose regularly

runs for Cardiff Athletic Club.

Congratulations to Iestyn Willis who now

has a yellow belt in Judo. Callum Keating

regularly enjoys surfing in Llangenith.

Alexandra Warren is working towards her

grade 4 piano exam but has found time to

raise money for Children in Need by

dancing with Kate Wilkins. Well done all!


Callum Bevan plays football for Sully A.

Caleb Docking represents the school and

Penarth at rugby. Joseph Fettah is a

boxer for Rhoose ABC. Emma Harrison is

very busy playing football, ice-hockey,

basketball and taekwondo. Ellis Pyman is

a member of the Cardiff Devils U14 ice

hockey team. Congratulations to Lucy

Skentelbery who came 4 th in a trampoline

competition. Sian Smith is looking forward

to performing in Scrooge in the New

Theatre, Cardiff. Joshua Whittaker has

recently joined Sully’s rugby team and

came 2 nd in an athletics competition.

Daniel Wilson has also joined Sully

football club.

“The school’s netball team are unbeaten this term!”

Year 8

Miss L Jenkins and Mr A. Meddins


Leon Appiah is a member of the school’s

football and rugby teams. Congratulations

to James Harvey who came 1 st in a Karate

competition. Well done to Thomas Mullet

who won a gold medal in a Kumite

tournament . Lucia Attanasio represents

both the school’s and Dinas Powys U14

girls’ football team. The school’s football

team won their first match 2-0. Well done!


Harriet Alderman and Emily Franks are

looking forward to December when they’ll

be performing with their dance group

around Wales. Eric Aydin has recently

joined the school’s rugby team and has

played in his first match. Simon Barber is a

keen member of the badminton club.

Congratulations to Sayalie Borade for

achieving grade 3 piano with a merit.

Evgenia Brusnitskaya is very busy after

school swimming, horse riding and learning

the piano. Tonicha Harlow is also a

member of the girls’ football team at school.

Thomas Moreton plays rugby and football

for the school teams and is also a keen

tennis player. Liam Quinn has also played

for the school rugby team.


Congratulations to Jenny Blunden who

came 1 st in a horse riding competition.

Lauren Bryars is a member of the girls’

choir. Alexander Dale recently participated

in a golf competition. Jacques Broomfield

came 2 nd in a golf competition in Dinas

Powys. Congratulations to Annabel Davies

who came 1 st in a swimming competition

and also Scott Duffield who has won 3

trophies playing tennis. Dylan Falcon

represents Penarth U16 basketball team.

Congratulations to Samuel Grace who

came 2 nd in the Welsh ski team and

Rebecca Lim who came 2 nd in a

badminton tournament. Niall Seeley plays

football for Cardiff. Good luck to Samuel

Wilcox who will be taking his grade 4

piano exam soon.


Harvey Atkins plays rugby for the school

team and Sully. Keeley Bevan is a

member of a street dance group and has

won many competitions and awards.

Congratulations to Solomon Borde who

came 3 rd in a squash competition. Holly

Gillingham plays football for the girls’

school team. Well done to Lois Crandon

who came 1 st in her horse riding

competition. Hazel Doran is currently on

her gold stage with the Lifeguards.

Stephanie Friend has recently passed her

grade 2 on the piano with distinction.

Seren James has passed her green belt

in Karate. Thomas Jones has joined the

football team at Sully Sports.

Congratulations to Virginia Leo who

passed grade 3 on the piano with merit.

Hannah Lewis is very busy with after

school swimming, playing 5-a-side football

for Dinas Powys and playing the

saxophone. Austin Squire-Wood is a

member of the Cardiff Bay Ski Club and

has recently passed mono skiing. Morgan

Smith plays rugby for Penarth and football

for Sully. Max Scott plays rugby for Sully.

“The school’s football team won their first match 2-0. Well done!”

Year 9

Mrs K Chellingworth &

Mr H Roberts

It has been an exciting and challenging start

to Year 9. For the first time pupils have begun

studying their GCSE Options in Year 9

and are approaching their studies with great

enthusiasm and maturity. We are sure that

the pupils will continue this hard working

and mature attitude throughout their GCSE


Pupils have been working hard on their Progress

Files and have been gathering evidence

of their successes inside and outside

school. As the year continues, pupils will be

writing Personal Statements and adding further

information to their Progress Files.

The pupils have received talks from PC

Mudie on Drugs Awareness and Halloween

as well as a presentation from the theatre

group Going Places.

This year our School Council representatives

are Georgia Quick and Calum

Hughes and they have been working hard

in meetings discussing issues raised by

Year 9 pupils.

Each form has elected representatives who

will be on the Year 9 Council:

9T- Georgia Quick and Archie Speake

9E– Daniella Cabral and Rhys W Evans

9A– Ellicia James and Daniel Parselle

9M– Megan Herrity and Elis Vandyck

9X– Rebecca Thompson and Aidan Singh

9W– Yasmine Cole and Calum Hughes

9O– Nia Harris and Duncan Keeling

9R– Kiera Ryan and Peter McDonough

9K– Suzie Collins and Zed Strong

9L– Emily Moulton and Tim Binding


There have been some excellent achievements

from 9T this term. Beth Johnson is

singing and dancing in a Christmas Production

of “Puss in Boots” at the Paget Rooms.

Kathleen Ahearne has been volunteering at

Christian Aid in Cardiff Bay where she has

been helping to sort and pack presents

for less fortunate children. Congratulations

to Alice Nottingham on a very

successful season at Cardiff AAC which

resulted in her coming in 20th place in

the Welsh Long Jump competition. Well

done to all of 9T for their generous contributions

to Operation Christmas Child.


There have been some notable performances

this term with Abigail Phillips taking

part in a ballet show and Megan

Woolmer performing in a pantomime.

Well done to Luke Morley for achieving

distinction in his Grade 1 drums and

good luck in his upcoming grade 4 piano



9A have been very busy on the sporting

front recently. Well done to Rhodri Harmes

who won some tennis tournaments

over the summer while Stanley Johnson

won a shooting competition. Congratulations

to Siena Monaghan for getting

a place on the South West Wales

Regional Sailing Squad. Good luck to

Steffan Penry-Williams and Ben

Chalke as they work towards upcoming

musical exams.


Several theatrical members of the form

have been rehearsing hard for upcoming

productions: Alasdair Cavaye and

Fiona McGavin will be appear in PODS

Christmas Pantomime while Leon

Rogers is performing in Peter Pan. Well

done to George Kynaston in achieving

Grade 2 in saxophone and taking part in

a recent kayaking competition.

“pupils will continue this hard work”

Year 9


Good luck to Kathryn Tann as she performs

in the upcoming PODS Pantomime

of “Puss in Boots” and also to

Lydia James as she performs in play

titled “Luggage”. Congratulations to Rhodri

Jones for passing his Grade 6 Piano



There have been some notable musical

achievements in 9W with Balaji Krishna

passing his Grade 3 guitar and Ben

Brewer, Zola Hargreaves ,Grace Hewlett

and Sam Lewis all passing piano

exams. Emily Thomas passed her Intermediate

Foundation ballet exam with a

merit and Jade Detheridge passed her

Grade 5 ballet exam. Congratulations to

Spencer Ward-Henry for being selected

for the Cardiff Blues West Under 14’s

and Jamie Hitchen for attending trials

for the Welsh Cricket Squad.


There have been some excellent sporting

and musical achievements from pupils

in 9O. Duncan Keeling, James

Squire-Wood and Dan Cerasale have

been members of a successful Sully

football team. Well done to Rebecca Te

Water Naude on passing her Grade 3

violin exam and good luck to Lissie Britten

in her upcoming Grade 5 drum



There have been some impressive sporting

displays from many of the form this

term. Morgan Clarke, Kieran Hopkins,

Jacob Frost, Niall Curtin and Cea-Jay

Morgan have all been members of successful

football teams. Gabriel Ackerman

recently won a rowing competition

while Harriet Blunden has won a show

jumping and dressage competition.


There have been many and varied

achievements from pupils in 9K. Will

Creaven is in the GB National Sailing

Squad and came 1st in the Welsh Sailing

School Championships while Jaq Allen

was part of a team that came 2nd in a kayaking

competition. Congratulations to Joe

Prosser and Tommy Higgins for passing

their drum exams and Hanir Mousa and

Patrick Charelson for passing their piano

exams. Emma Bright has returned for her

7th year at the Helen O’Grady Drama

Academy and Megan Holland has

achieved her Grade 5 jazz dancing award.

Good luck to Suzie Collins as she prepares

for her Baden Powell Award in Girl

Guiding and Isaac Ridgley as he represents

the school in the Welsh National Indoor

Rowing Championships.


Congratulations to Kate Coker for her excellent

performances in Cross Country running.

Kate has represented South Wales

this season and came 2nd in a recent competition.

Well done to Leah Wenger for

getting a trial for the County Netball team.

Gabrielle Williams has continued to work

hard in the performing arts and has been

awarded a Bronze Medal for completing

three years at Stagecoach.

A final special mention must go to Calum

Hughes for his presentation to raise

money for diabetes research. He did an

excellent and informative talk and should

be congratulated. Well done Calum!

“excellent sporting and musical achievements”

Year 10

Mr G Penny &

Mrs M Williams

This has been a busy term for Year 10

who are embarking on their chosen GCSE

courses. Having achieved very good levels

at the end of Key Stage 3 pupils find

themselves having to adapt to the rigours

and expectations of study at GCSE level.

Many departments have already begun

controlled assessments that will contribute

to their overall grades and it is essential

that pupils appreciate that work completed

in Year 10 will be examinable in the summer

of 2011 or even before.

The majority of pupils have been issued

examination timetables for Science Modular

exams in January.

Pupils have begun planning for their work

experience placements which will be undertaken

in the penultimate week of the

summer term. They benefited from an assembly

headed by a representative of Careers

Wales and pupils are advised that

they should be searching through the Careers

Wales website for suitable placements

as vacancies do get filled very


A number of pupils have been attending

vocational lessons at Barry College to further

their career opportunities in these

fields of interest - Health and Beauty, Engineering

and Motor Vehicle Mechanics. In

addition, 10 members of the year group

have enjoyed attending Military Preparation

College on Thursdays.


Congratulations to Kate Mathias and Annes

Lloyd who have achieved Grade 5

and Grade 6 in their piano examinations

respectively; Annes has also achieved

Grade 4 in her Clarinet examination. Calum

Jalil has joined the Penarth Patriots

Basketball team and played in his first

match. Well done to Ralf Warren who

gained a distinction in his Guitar Grade 2

examination. Lauren Mudie has just auditioned

for a part in the production of The

Pirates of Penzance in the Everyman

Theatre, she is also singing in a Christmas

Concert. Erin Murray has also been

selected to play for Wales in Basketball

and Football. Isobel Sinnott-Newland has

begun preparation for her grade 8 piano



Congratulations to Samantha Wood as

she has raised £50 for the Dog’s Trust by

participating in a 10km fun-run. Harry

Roberts recently scored a hat trick for

Sully A against Cogan. Bethany Parkhouse

enjoyed the recent visit to Glan

Llyn with the Welsh Department. Josh

French has joined a mixed martial arts

class and came second in a Ju-jitsu tournament.

Henry El-Jawhari is progressing

well in karate, and he is currently first in

his category/group. Daniel Soltys is participating

in Grease.


Well done to Paige Wilding who gained a

distinction in her recent L.A.M.D.A acting

examination. Joe Pollock enjoyed the recent

Geography visit to Iceland and

James Bendon enjoyed the recent visit to

Glan Llyn with the Welsh department.

Emma Smith’ s contribution to the Untold

Voices Competition has been on display in

the Central Art Gallery in Barry. Annika

Bugert has passed her grade 5 violin

exam with merit. Emilie Johnson continues

to play wing attack for Canton Netball

Club. Congratulations to Tom Williams

who has competed for the Welsh Athletic

Squad in the Celtic Games.

“This has been a busy term for Year 10”

Year 10


James Flanagan has completed the

Duke of Edinburgh Award and entered

the Welsh National swimming competition.

Matthew Allen has been playing

rugby for the Vale and he recently

scored 2 tries. Sam Rose and Tom

Rose have passed the Bronze Medallion

Lifeguard Course. Rakeem Islam,

Stephanie Price, Laura John and

Emma Hughes all enjoyed the recent

visit to Iceland with the Geography Department.

Joe Dyer gained a distinction

in his Grade 4 guitar assessment.


Jacqueline Dich, Beth Carter and Eve

Cater are all looking forward to participating

in a Dance performance in October.

Emma Jones has enjoyed her recent

trip to Glan Llyn with the Welsh Department


Well done to Ieuan Jones who has competed

in all of the Cross Country races

so far. Congratulations to Kieran Britten

who has passed his Grade 6 guitar

examination. Sam Sellick has just competed

in the Welsh indoor rowing championships.

Zach Ghazi Torbati is looking

forward to the school production of

Grease, he is a ‘T Bird Gang member’.

Friederike Rabiger has enjoyed her

stay in Wales and Stanwell but will be

returning to Germany before the Christmas



Well done to Rob Jones, he has been invited

to take part in a Maths course in the

University of Glamorgan. Ross Freaney,

as part of the Penarth Air Cadet Squadron,

has volunteered to build a hovercraft.


Well done to Leah Byrne who has passed

her Grade 3 piano examination with merit.

Congratulations to Taro Wirth who has

been awarded the Edith Wilson award and

best string performance in the South Glamorgan

Festival for Young Musicians for

his performance on the cello. Taro has

also achieved an A* in his GCSE German

examination and Nicholas Constantino

Russell achieved an A* in his Spanish

GCSE. Tomos Davies is the Managing

Director of a business called ‘Young Guns’

and has also been selected for the

Penarth Hockey team. Liam Walker and

Scott Taylor have both joined the Penarth

Panthers football team and have scored a

combined total of 14 goals; they are also

undefeated! Saul Enos has kindly volunteered

to help coach the Albert Road

School rugby team.

Kate Mathias, Max Bramhill, Saffron

Collins Tong, Luke Smith, Emilie Johnson,

Josh Biss, Danielle Carey, Rakeem

Islam, Hannah Scott, Oliver Strong,

Chelsea Mace, Zach Ghazi Torbati, Zoe

Harding, Robert Jones, Victoria Ling

and Liam Walker have been voted in as

form group members of the year council.

Chelsea Mace and Oliver Strong have

also been selected to represent the year

group on the School council.

“Throughout the term there have been various opportunities for pupils”

Year 11

Mr B Crompton &

Miss H Jenkins


Charlotte Preece has one of the main roles

in the musical Grease. Molly Crowther, Liz

Pascoe, Leah Dalby and Beth Hopkins

are also involved in the show. Emma Jagne

and Mott Morgan are helping backstage for

the production. Aimee Brinn achieved her

Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award. Other recipients

of the Bronze award are; Sam Watkins,

Hamish Couper, Oliver Tucker, Mott

Morgan and Thomas Lewis. Tegwen Alsop

won a medal for the 100 metres running

AAC at Leckwith.


Catherine Porteus is working towards her

grade 6 piano and her grade 7 violin. Josh

Ellis is in the orchestra for Grease.

Bhaveena Gami entered a chess competition

and completed a charity walk for diabetes.

Victoria Isaac worked as front of

house for the school production of ‘Grease’.

Elis Jones has completed his grade 4 in

drums. Emily Woodley has completed a

trampolining coaching course. Rebecca

Trigg is completing a cheerleading course

and is in the production of Grease. Henry

Stephanakis is also in the production, as a

T Bird.


Amy Lovering plays for the school Netball

team. Tami Grotz is in the production of

Grease along with Amy Palin and Jenny

Selio. Tom Downey and Michael Williams

are part of the orchestra for the school production.

James Porteus is in the Welsh development

squad for cricket. John Ellis and

Ben Burrows both went on the Iceland trip.


Rachel Mahoney, Sally Wigford and

Laura Elder are all taking part in ‘Grease’.

Joseph Keenan is doing a recital at

Llandaff Cathedral. He is also participating

in Grease and successfully

completed his Bronze Duke of Edinburgh

Award. Daniel Seal, Jemma

Pitt and Christine Stevens are participating

in the Duke of Edinburgh

Silver Award this year. Seren Vickers

has successfully completed her

Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award ,

she is also part of the eco-schools

committee. She is participating in the

school show and has also just started

a course at the Royal Welsh College

of Music and Drama and is working

towards her Grade 6 in saxophone

and Grade 8 in cornet. Amy Young

represented the girls junior hockey for

air cadets. Taite Drew is taking the

lead in the Grease production.


Beth Cowley is one of the Pink Ladies

in the school musical. She is

participating in the Duke of Edinburgh

Silver Award scheme. She is also

working towards her grade 6 piano.

Beth is also involved in the composition

section of the Penarth Pavilion

Project and has been accepted to

play for South Glamorgan Under 16

“successfully completed her Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award”

Year 11

Mr B Crompton &

Miss H Jenkins

11 W continued..

Lauren Bishop is helping backstage in the

school musical. Matteo Attanasio is in the

band for the production of Grease and is

working towards his Grade 8 in trumpet.

Callum Willis is in the soccer team for the

Cardiff Development Squad. Tom Lander

is working towards his Silver Duke of Edinburgh



Ross Miller plays for the Cardiff Devils

U16’s team. They won the league without

losing a game. Kirsty McGarrigle has

been fundraising for the breast cancer unit

at Llandough Hospital. Christy Simmonite

went on the school trip to Iceland and

helped backstage in the musical. Mikaela

Wood won first place in her trampolining

competition and will now be competing at

national level. Mikaela is also participating

in Grease, along with Elin Davies and

Fiona Bell. Vincent McKernan is taking

part in the Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award.


Gwynfor Parr, Joe Ingram, Martha Shepherd,

Molly Andrews and Maddy Payne

are in the Grease musical. Joe Ingram has

also taken part in (Boys Only) with the National

Dance Company of Wales. Ethan

Sherridan Bazzard has passed his grade 3

guitar exam. Charlotte Bishop is playing

county hockey and has been selected for

the county hockey team. Shafila Alim

achieved grade 7 in the violin and is playing

in the band for the show. Joe Clissold

won two gold medals in the Tae-kwon-do

British open and got into the British international

squad. Chris Moffat completed

grade 8 in the guitar.


Emma Davies has recently passed the

Bronze Medallion course in swimming.

Eloise Procter is in the main chorus in

Grease. Bethan Colley is also helping

with the lighting for the musical.

Isabella MacGregor achieved her

grade 5 in guitar. Osei Neale

achieved his grade 6 in trombone.

Paul Jones went white water rafting

with the school senior rugby team.

The pupils will have a busy Christmas

revising for their external exams in

January. The dates for these examinations


Resit Biology 1: 13th January 2011

Biology 2

Resit Chemistry 17th January 2011

Chemistry 2

Resit Physics 19th January 2011

Physics 2

The paper 2 examinations are for the

pupils who have taken the separate

Science options.

The Applied Science resit exam is on

13th January 2011.

Economics exam 26th January 2011.

“revising for their external exams in January”

Year 12

Mr K Watkins and

R Relph

It’s been an exciting term in Year 12 with

the Welsh Baccalaureate course well underway.

Students have been busy working

on the Team Enterprise activity that

serves as a basis for the requirements of

the Key Skill of ’Working with Others’.

The teams worked on designing, planning,

producing, financing and marketing their

products, leading up to the October Open

Evening where a ’Trade Fair’ was held for

the new businesses to sell their products.

This was incredibly successful with all

teams selling high quality products, making

a profit and pupils thoroughly enjoying

the new experience. We may see some

budding entrepreneurs from the year

group in the future. All groups were given

school loans decided on by local business

people to finance their product. How

much depended on how they impressed in

a ’Dragons’ Den’ style presentation given

by each group. We would like to thank all

the ’Dragons’ for their help and contribution

in making the Team Enterprise activity

such a success.

The students are also in the process of

fulfilling their 30 hour ‘Community Participation’

commitments. Some have chosen

to do this in school through helping

younger pupils in classes as part of Stanwell’s

long running ’Buddy’ Scheme whilst

others are helping out in the community.

Many have continued the links that Stanwell

has with various charities including

The Red Cross, Marie Curie, The Alzheimer's

Society, PHAB and Oxfam.

As part of the ‘Wales, Europe and the

World’ element of the Qualification, students

have taken a module entitled

’Understanding Democracy.’ They considered

how Stanwell would operate as a direct

democracy and the arguments for and

against lowering the voting age; as well as

investigating the political systems in other

countries. They have also embarked on

their ’Essential Skills Wales’ communication

work by considering the position of the

Welsh language in contemporary society.

Several of our students are already seriously

planning for the future, taking part in

the Medlink and other Workshop conferences

at Nottingham in December. Others

have been spending time with Barry Magistrates,

who have been taking sessions in

school with those interested in a career in


Several students-Ben Bellingham, Kate

Humphries, Victoria Scaglioni, Sarah

Boden, Jasmine Vincent, Natalie Caple,

Tom Elliott, Jorjah Chedzey, Emily Davies,

Miles Braithwaite, Sochia Enos,

Elise Westcott, Grace Jenkins, and Jessica

Neff are looking forward to raising

money for the Joshua Foundation. Patrick

Mullan, Ella Mott-Riley, Andrew Graham,

Victoria Scaglioni and Tom Elliott

are busy raising funds for the Lesotho


Daniel Luxton, Alex Samuel, Helen Brabham,

Andrew Sims, Katie Rowlands and

Rosemary Tuthill are working hard on

their Engineering Scheme project.

We would like to finish with a reminder that

Year 12 students will receive a Mid Year

report on their progress in January and also

to thank all parents for your acknowledgements

of the November Interim reports.

“incredibly successful with all teams selling high quality products”

Year 13

Mr K Watkins and

R Relph

Since completing their AS examinations,

Year 13 have been focusing sharply on

their post-18 intentions, which for the majority

means moving into Higher Education.

Indeed, much time has been spent

researching courses and making important

decisions about what to study and

where. Personal Statements have been

drafted and re-drafted, UCAS forms have

been completed and references have

been written and then discussed in 1:1


A lot of tutorial and assembly time has

been dedicated to UCAS-related activities,

representatives from Cardiff University

have given a valuable talk on interview

techniques and they and other agencies

have conducted a series of mock interviews.

With this the largest Year 13 the

school has ever had, it is not surprising

that we have a record number of students

applying to Oxbridge with a total of 21, as

well as an additional 10 who have chosen

to study Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary

Science. We wish them and all our other

students every success.

The highlight of the term, though, has undoubtedly

been the opening of the new

Year 13 Study Centre on Monday, 13 th

October. This provides a very large, multi

-functional and attractively furnished area

with access to computers and private

study rooms, as well as informal seating

and a new secretarial office.

The Head Boy and Head Girl, Daniel Phillips

and Sarah Jones, performed the

opening ceremony during which they expressed

their gratitude to all staff, builders

and contractors, who had worked so hard

to complete such an exceptional facility.

Year group members have also been busy

in a personal capacity:

Emma Campbell starred in the lead role of

Sandy in the Senior Musical Grease and

Isla Williams played Patti Gilmour. Arthur

Kelly played in the band.

Joe Rogers, Joshua Wainscott, David

Richards, James Verdon, Jordan Rhaman

and Tom Gillanders continue to perform

regularly for the Senior Rugby team.

Several students have continued links with

various charities-Joe Turner with St

John’s Ambulance; Sophie Mair with

Marie Curie, Amy Pemberton with PDSA,

Natasha Martell with the Joshua Foundation

and John Teagle with a monthly

‘Homeless Run’ in Cardiff with his church.

Many students have been successful with

their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award- Peter

Wooley, Jessica Eades, Georgia Dodd,

Peter Pemberton, Tomos Davies, Caitlin

couper, David Ring, Laura Flynn, Sam

Pena-Taylor and James Brown.

Jamie Lam and Amila Alim had their

Product Design projects selected for display

at the Wales Innovations Exhibitions.

“record number of students applying to Oxbridge”

Congratulations to the following pupils who have all achieved 100% attendance from 7 th

September 2010 to 30 th November 2010:

Year 7


Adams, Ffion

Adney, James

Aeschlimann, Jasper

Bain, Robert

Beedell, Olivia

Bright, Alice

Chambers, Alfie

Cole, Gregory

Collins, Thomas

Crack, Basil

Crimp, Morgan

Cull, Rhian

Dawson, Matthew

Donovan, Shaun

Drake, Alexander

Durham, Alice

Edwards, Daniel

Ellis, Caitlin

Emberson, Orla

Evans, James

Franks, Lauren

French, Elias

Frost, Nathan

Gibbons, Shay

Gibbs, Katy

Grafton, Isabel

Hamzelou, Alexander

Hardy, Charlotte

Harmes, Sali

Hartland, David

Harvey, Robert

Hayer, Jorawar

Hayman, Morgan

Hicks, Ieuan

Hilbert, Amy

Holland, Maisy

Hopkins, Iwan

Hopkins, Mathew

Hourihan, Joanna

Humpage, Rebecca










































Humphreys, Morgan

Hunt, Finn

Iredale, Robyn

James, Joshua

Jennings-Slater, Lauren

Jones, Anna

Jones, Dafydd

Jones, Gwennan

Jones, Kyrsty

Jones, Milo

Langrish, Alex

Lee, Izaak

Lewis, James

Lim, Megan

Lovering, Tara

Loweth, Grace

McCulloch, Elizabeth

McSorley, Callum

Mian, Sean

Mills, Abby

Mock, Abigail

Morgan, Robert

Norris, Finlay

Odgers, Joseph

O'Rourke, Ellen

Pain, Harri

Parselle, Chloe

Penberthy, Jamie

Peterson, Rosina

Phillips, Joseph

Phillips, Taylor

Pollock, Matthew

Poole, Chloe

Price, Henry

Price, James

Prickett, George

Proctor, Catherine

Putland, Nicole

Rees, Morgan

Rees, Morgan

Richards, Lucy

Rogers, Matthew











































Rollings, Ellie

Saji, Linda

Salisbury, Rachael

Samuel, Grace

Shamte, Maya

Short, Rachel

Sims, William

Stanton-Foo, Amy

Stewart, Benjamin

Summerhayes, Erin

Tavanaie, Kiyan

Thomas, Chloe

Troth, Jacob

Tucker, Sam

Tunley, Thomas

Turpin, Benjamin

Valek, Joseph

Way, Charlotte

Williams, Daisy

Williams, Harry

Wiltshire, Samuel

Wincott, Calum

Winnan, Lily

Wright, Jonathan

























Year 8

Fettah, Courtney


Morgan, Megan



Appiah, Leon

Arthur, Jenny

Asprou, Mario

Atkinson, Georgia

Attanasio, Lucia

Aydin, Eric

Barber, Simon

Bartlett, Georgina

Bennett, Mathew

Bills, Katherine

Borade, Sayalie

Borde, Solomon

Bosley, Jack

Broomfield, Jacques

Caple, James

Chatham, Evie

Couper, Teigan

Crandon, Lois

Crothers, Daniel





















Fford, Rhys

Fordjour, Kwabena

Frankland, Thomas

George, Callum

Guerrier, Rhodri

Hallett, Maisie

Hargreaves, Yoko

Heaton-Jones, Jacob

Herbert, Edward

Ireland, Max

Jones, Sally

Jowett, Harry

Keating, Callum

Knight, Rhys

Kuck, Isabella

Lee, Callum

Lewis, Christopher

Lewis, Hannah

Lewis, Joshua




















Morgan-Jones, Ioan

Mullett, Thomas

Norton, Mark

O'Leary, Caitlin

Patel, Kishan



Phillips, Michael

Procter, Euan

Prosser, Adam

Pyman, Ellis

Reed, Chantelle

Rees, Emma

Richards, Annabel

Roberts, Daniel

Rogers, Lauren

Rowlands, Amelia

Sharpe, Lucy

Skentelbery, Lucy



















Cummins, Lauren


Lieu, Kerstin


Stafford, Jamie


Davies, Annabel


Lim, Rebecca


Stroud, Hayley


Dhar, Tanni


Mahdi, Samir


Tanner, Benjamin


Doble, Mollie


Matthews, Greg


Warren, Alexandra


Docking, Caleb


McConkey, Joshua


Wilson, Daniel


Doyle, Martin


McDonnell, Curtis-Lee


Wiltshire, Georgia





McGavin, Kieran


Dyer, Ella


McGavin, Stuart


Evans, Megan





Year 9

Legge, Thomas



Ahearne, Kathleen

Allen, Jaq

Andrew, Mark

Birch-Hurst, Kayley

Black, Katherine

Blunden, Harriet

Britten, Elisabeth

Browne, Tomei

Campbell, Jake

Cavaye, Alasdair

Chaffey, Georgia

Chalke, Ben

Collins, Suzie

Crack, Matilda

Cranston, Daniel

Davies, Channing

Davies, Evan

Davies, Jack

Donovan, Emma

Doran, Megan

Farmer, Tom

Findlay, Andrew

Fisher, Liam

Franks, Chloe

Frost, Jacob

Gale, Laura

Geen, Thomas

Gunner, Ashley

Harrington, Tamsyn

Harris, Nia

Higgins, Thomas

Hitchen, Jamie

Hopkins, Kieran

Hourihan, Daniel

Howe, Benjamin





































Lewis, Jacob

McGavin, Fiona

Miller, Lauren

Milward, Hollie

Monaghan, Siena

Morgan, Jonathon

Morgan, Megan

Munro, Ellie

Nottingham, Alice

O'Brien, Megan

Ong, Wei Haw

Packer, Chloe

Paley, Phoebe

Parselle, Daniel

Phillips, Abigail

Price, Dylan

Ridgley, Isaac

Robinson, Seren

Scott, Jemima

Scrivens, Amy

Sheppard, Ellicia

Sibert, Imogen

Strong, Zed

Tann, Kathryn

Te Water Naude,


Thomas, Emily

Trigg, Elizabeth

Vandyck, Elis

Warner, Carys

Way, Katie

Wenger, Leah

Williams, Hannah

Williams, James

Williams, Victoria

Wooster, Daniel




































Johnson, Cameron


Jones, Oliver


Kalongo, Lambert


Keane, Robyn


Keeling, Duncan





Krishna, Balaji


Lam, Kirsty


Year 10

Rodwell, Laura


Year 11


Beeslee, Lauren

Bellingham, Thomas

Berry, Lucy

Bhudia, Shravan-


Biss, Joshua

Boudier, Nicholas

Boyle, Sophie

Bridge, Sara

Broomfield, Saffron

Carter, Eve

Cavaye, Robert

Chatham, Lettie

Coughtrey, Matthew

Dich, Jacqueline

Doust, Sara

Duggan, Jessica

Earp, Emily

Elsen, Alexander

Fford, Dewi

Flanigan, James

Flynn, Holly

Frankland, Bethan

Gill, Natalie

Guerrier, Bryony

Harding, Myles

Harry, Samuel

Herve, Eleanor

Ho, Chun

Hodgkins, Fraser

Hopkins, Henry

Hughes, Emma

Jones, Robert

Lam, Haw Yee

Lee, Matthew

Minns, Tabitha

Ong, Pei Pei

Pena-Taylor, Emilio

Pollock, Joseph

Price, Stephanie

Prusak, Sofia










































Samrout, Henryk



Skentelbery, Daniel

Squire, Ellice

Taylor, Amy

Thomas, Sion

Warren, Ralf

Wilding, Paige

Williams, Iwan

Williams, Owain

Wooding, Samuel













Allen, Lloyd

Allen, Louie

Attwood, Georgina

Benjamin, Alex

Couper, Hamish

Cross, Bethan

Davies, Emma

Davies, Owen

Elder, Laura

Ellis, Joshua

Finlay, Kyle

Ford, Abigail

Frost, Laura

Geach, Jordan

Gimber, Lauren

Gourley, Lisa

Hill, Allister

Hodgson, William

Hopkins, Beth

Horrobin, Sinead

Isaac, Victoria

Johnson, Jake

Jones, Cameron

Jones, Elis

Lander, Thomas

Law, Francis

Macleod, Katie

Margetson, Jack

Masters, Callum

McAndrew, Elliott

McGarrigle, Kirsty

Parr, Gwynfor

Phillips, Christopher

Porteus, James

Robinson, Chloe

Runnalls, Edward

Stavrakis, Ashley

Stephanakis, Henry

Thomas, Alana

Woods, Laurence










































Righton, Daniel


Roberts, Harry


Robinson, Florence


Year 12

Year 13


Biss, James




Barry, Lauren



Blunsdon, Chloe


Boden, Martin


Borade, Tanvi


Bowles, Laura


Caple, Natalie


Chatham, Sophie


Cattle, James


Cooksey, Alice


Doyle, Megan


Davies, Ashley


Game, Alexander


Dennison, Ross


Graham, Andrew


Gambling, Laura


Harbour, Holly


Geere, Joe


Johnson, Stephanie


Harry, Thomas


Jones, Talia


Hodgson, Alexander


Lam, Natalie


Kelly, Arthur


O'Beirne, Ciaran


Law, Jack


Offley, Andrew


Mair, Sophie


Parkhouse, Naomi


Morgan, Daniel


Petherick, Alexander


Noble, Matthew


Price, Calum


Pimlott, Tom


Samrout, Mouna


Richards, David


Sheppard, Joseph


Tyndall, Clare


Troth, Rosanna


Woodford, Kirsty


Woodcock, Joshua


Woolley, Peter


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