A Midsummer Night’s Dream!

I had several really positive comments and tweets from a  number of people following last week’s blog and our appearance on the national TV news and Victoria Derbyshire in connection with the Fake News project with BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones, and I also found out we had featured on the BBC World Service, so people right across the globe were able to hear of our school’s work in this area! If you missed it, you can check it out here. Thanks again to everyone involved!

It was also mentioned at the Governing Body meeting we held on Monday evening. During this meeting we had two excellent presentations from Ms Bawler, on the Digital Competence Framework, and from Mr Mock on Welsh and Y Cwricwlwm Cymreig, both in the context of our work here at RCCS of course. There is a lot of progress in both these areas of the school and I know the Governors were impressed with what they heard.

Another area of the school making progress is the newly formed Eco Team. On Tuesday afternoon several of them took part in a litter pick, supported by Keep Tidy Wales, with Ms Davies who is in charge of ESDGC (education for sustainable development and global citizenship.) It is important this group does not end up just doing the dirty work, but this shows great leadership by example. I know they’ll engage with a lot more things in school over the next few years. Here is her report:-

Armed with safety gloves, litter pickers and recycling bags we tackled the litter inside and outside the school, clearing 11 bags of rubbish before the rain came in! We found that a lot of the rubbish was made up of plastic bottles and polystyrene cups, and plastic forks. We are going to have a look at how we can reduce this rubbish and make sure that we are using more recyclable materials. We are going to meet next week and make some decisions on our next challenge and how we can continue to make a difference.

We’ve been involved in Operation Christmas Child, which is a religious charity that ensures that children from third world countries have something special to open on Christmas Day. Ms John from our RE Department has been in charge of this and I was delighted to get this update earlier in the week:-

Many of our pupils participated in filling a shoe box with carefully chosen toys and gifts deciding on if their box would be for a boy or girl and what age the child would be. The boxes were also beautifully wrapped when filled. As a school we are very proud of the effort and enthusiasm the children showed in spreading joy at Christmas and participating in the project. The project has made many children ask important questions about other children and countries and things we take for granted daily. As a school we hope to continue to support this charity and grow the amount of boxes we fill every year. A huge thank you to all the children and their families that took part this year – you have made a real difference to a child’s Christmas!OCC 

On Wednesday pupils from our ASD Centre took part in a Swimming Gala in Newbridge. This was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone involved. Everyone is now looking forward to the Christmas Fete on December 14th which is always a superb event!ASD

A number of pupils were involved in our production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Riverfront Theatre in Newport on Wednesday, part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival. This was an excellent performance enjoyed by a big audience. Congratulations to everyone involved and to Mrs Green who directed the play. It was a superb evening, and one of the best RCCS productions I have seen. We are hoping to be able to perform the play to our Primary Schools early next year. (By the way, if anyone thinks artistic and creative talent comes easily, check out the quote of the week below…)

On Thursday evening we welcomed back our recent leavers to celebrate their achievements in the summer’s exams. It was great to see them again! Good luck to you all for the future and remember we are #AlwaysYourSchool!


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