The geography department took a group of 60 year 9 pupils to Heatherton Activity Park in Tenby on the 24thMarch. The aim of the visit was for pupils to assess the impacts of tourism on a rural location.
Pupils took part in a range of different activities including archery, crazy golf, go-karting, zorbing and trying the 40m zip wire. A great day was had by all and the trip will provide pupils with a useful case study.
Over the weekend of the 7th-10th April St Cyres Geography department took 26 pupils to the heart of Italy’s Bay of Naples. On arrival they were greeted with excellent weather which continued for the rest of their stay – thankfully! A packed itinerary of Pompeii, Vesuvius, Herculaneum, The Amalfi Coast (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the town of Sorrento itself provided the day to day focus but this trip not only gave pupils the opportunity to learn Geography outside the classroom they were able to grow as young individuals and thrive on the responsibility of being away from home and experiencing another culture and way of life – both modern and Roman.
A local guide tells the pupils about the history of Vesuvius as they stand on it’s slopes.
The slopes of Vesuvius with Naples stretching out below.
Six primary schools from Penarth and Dinas Powys have joined together to bring the Christmas spirit to the community by starring in a music video produced by St Cyres School.
In the video the pupils can be seen singing along to Slade’s famous hit ‘Merry Christmas Everybody’ which has been a festive favourite for over forty years.
Each primary school was filmed separately and then edited equally together into one video.
St Cyres music teacher Richard Hopkin who filmed and edited the video said ‘The aim of the video project was to bring all of the schools together as one, putting a smile on the community’s face and allowing the video to be shared with families and friends through the internet.
To watch the video visit www.stcyres.org
Year 12 History students attended the Great War Debate in Barry Memorial Hall this week. The focus of the debate was whether the war on the Eastern Front was a pointer and precursor to later Nazi plans of conquest and genocide. The students that attended were Gemma Sharratt, Kyle Hill, Bryn Cartlidge, Solaman Khan, Ellie Holloway, Seren Rogers, Matthew McNicholas and Bethan Salter. They had the opportunity to listen to leading historians and examine artefacts from the First World War. Several questions produced by the students were addressed by the experts on the panel. It was an enjoyable and memorable evening.
The 2016 Christmas Shoebox Appeal was a success this year, with 58 boxes filled with fantastic gifts being sent across the globe to children less fortunate. Here is a picture of pupils from the Humanities Club who worked hard to get the boxes ready for shipping. A massive thank you and well done to everyone who helped and donated money to this wonderful cause.
In total we have raised £834 (£354 from school and £480 from online)
Since putting the video online Friday afternoon, it has had just under 5000 views!
If you haven’t seen the video here is the link, please feel free to share it as online donation page is still active.
Year 9 and 10 pupils have recently returned from the History visit to Normandy. Whilst in Normandy, we visited Honfleur, Maisy Battery, Arromanches and the American Cemetery at Coleville, overlooking Omaha beach. The Arromanches cinema and museum told the story of the Normandy landings and gave pupils a detailed insight into the preparations and consequences of the invasion.
The highlight of the trip was a guided tour around Maisy Battery which played a crucial role in German defences in the region. Pupils also had the opportunity to go bowling and visit local markets during the visit.
As part of their Level 1 / 2 Certificate in Tourism a number of Year 11 students recently went on a visit to Longleat Safari Park. During this visit they were able to gain a better understanding of tourism events and how they are run and marketed to their target audience. The group were also able to better appreciate the sustainability of key aspects of running a large organisation. Both of these aspects are fundamental in their attainment of the vocational qualification that they are studying for.
Year 12 Geography students have recently returned from a very successful and surprisingly sunny residential fieldtrip to Gower and Swansea. Pupils carried out both physical and human fieldwork.
The physical fieldwork involved pupils taking a range of measurements along Three Cliffs and Oxwich Bay. Students were assessing the beach profile and the formation of headlands and bays.
The human fieldwork day was completed in Swansea City Centre and pupils carried out a transect from the SA1 redevelopment all the way to the Brynmill area of the city. Pupils were assessing the impact of students and the environmental quality of the city.
Pupils and staff also enjoyed a meal out in Swansea and a trip to Laser Zone.
This week saw an important event where our new Year 7 pupils were issued with their school iPads so that they could fully engage with St Cyres innovative teaching and learning approach which makes full use of tablet technologies.
All pupil in St Cyres are given iPads as a tool which gives them access to a whole range of learning resources to support them in their studies. The cost of the iPad is covered in full by the school and parents make a small annual contribution for insurance and an initial contribution to the protective case which allows pupils to take the iPad home and access their learning resources wherever they are.
iPads are used in all sorts of innovative ways in St Cyres. Google Classroom is a very important tool which is used to set all homework for all pupils. Using Google Classroom, pupils are able to organise and submit homework to their teachers electronically, as well as have access to their teacher by sending messages if they have questions about homework tasks, or need extra support to complete work. Teachers are also able to give feedback to the pupils on the homework through Google Classroom which will give guidance to pupils on how to improve their work. A brand new feature of Google Classroom is currently being trialled by St Cyres where parents can receive daily or weekly emails from this App telling them what homework their child has been set and what marks they have received for homework that has been marked, along with any comments from the teacher. This feature will be available to all parents very soon!
As well as having access to tens of thousands of fantastic educational Apps, using iPads in lessons also allows teachers to share iBooks with pupils. An iBook is an electronic text book, but one which offers much more functionality that a traditional textbook which can often be out of date before it is published. These iBooks are created by teachers in St Cyres and are specific for the courses and the pupils we teach. They are also more interactive and media rich compared with traditional text books, and so will often contain quizzes, videos and animations. These iBooks are available to pupils on their iPads at all times and give both pupils and parents fantastic support as they can be used when at home or in school.