The school’s head boy, Josh Lynbeck, has secured a place at the University of Oxford following excellent A level results. Josh achieved an A* in History, an A* in English Literature and an A in French. Josh will read History at Balliol College, Oxford.
Head teacher Jon Wilson said: “This is a fantastic achievement by Josh and, although it is no surprise, we are all so proud of him here at Duffryn.
“We have been on an unbelievable curve of improvement as a school in recent years and we have now reached the point where we will be targeting high achieving students in Year 7 to ensure they go on to the Sixth Form and apply to the very best universities. The proposed new build for the school together with the recent Estyn judgement that 83% of teaching is Good or Excellent shows that we are well-placed to be at the forefront as Newport schools move into a new era.”
The school will be open on Thursday 21 August for students to collect their GCSE and BTEC results at the following times:
Year 11 GCSE, BTEC OCR National and IFS Results 10.00am – 1.00pm
Year 10 & 9 GCSE and BTEC 11.00am – 1.00pm
No results will be available after 2.00pm.
Results for Y12 and 13 GCE (AS and A2), BTEC and OCR National Results and IFS Year 13 are available tomorrow – Thursday 14th August – at the following times:
Year 13 9.30am – 11.30pm
Year 12 11.00am – 1.00pm
No results will be available after 2.00pm.
The school uniform shop will be open during the following times:
Wednesday 20 August 9.00am – 1.30pm
Thursday 21 August 9.30am – 1.30pm
Friday 23 August 9.30am – 1.00pm only
Monday 25 August Closed for Bank Holiday
Tuesday 26, Wednesday 27 Thursday 28 9.30am – 1.30pm
Friday 29 August 9.30am – 1.00pm only
DipFs (Unit 3) re-sit results will be available on the IFS website on Friday 18th July. CeFs (Part B) re-sit results will be available on Monday 21st July. We advise all students to log on to their personal IFS accounts to view their final result. If there any problems, please contact the Examinations Officer at the school on 01633 654100.
Newport City Council recognised our sporting heroes awards at the School Sport Volunteers of the Year Awards. Bethan Redman, Jymeela Lewis and Matthew Williams were recognised for their commitment to volunteering beating competition from across the entire city. Tom Lewis received an award for his dedication and hard work to volunteering within the West Cluster community, winning West Cluster Community Volunteer of the Year. Brooke Bashir and Nateaya Brown were awarded Street Dance Leaders Level 1 for their coaching and training at Bella Bella Dance Studio.
Aby Bidgood said, ‘It was an excellent night, with lots of Duffryn High School pupils in attendance. The students looked immaculate and represented the school fantastically. Mr Tucker and I were really proud to be part of the night alongside our amazing students. Our winning students beat competition from across the city and this is a really big achievement for them!’
In June students who are taking the Year 10 Computing and ICT courses attended the Digital Wales 2014 conference at Celtic Manor Hotel. The event provided an excellent opportunity for students to learn about careers in the digital industries and the skills required for the modern workplace. Prior to the conference, a workshop was held in school whereby student feedback was used to feed into the main event to write a manifesto. The students met Maggie Philbin, presenter of the Big Bang and Jamie Owen, newsreader. Some of the students also met young entrepreneurs working in the Digital industries. Nico Ross and Sherridon Borg in particular impressed entrepreneur Gianni O’Connor (creator of Mozrt) with their enthusiasm and creative ideas.
The afternoon session consisted of a series of workshops whereby students were able to get hands-on experience of games programming and control; 3D printing workshops; mobile phone use to control a helicopter and using digital software to monitor eye movement and to decide wind turbine locations. Ruman Ali and Saki Mohamed were both impressed by what could be done with technology and left the event feeling excited for their career prospects.
To conclude the day, Harrison Rands and Georgia Bird met Ken Skates, the Welsh Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology. They presented Mr Skates with a manifesto from over 1,000 young people across Wales. The manifesto was written to secure the future of the digital industry in Wales.
Mrs Chesterman, Head of ICT, said ‘All the students were excellent ambassadors for Duffryn High School and we are proud of their input towards writing the manifesto and being part of the digital vision for the young people of Wales’.
A group of seven Year 8 students visited Howell’s School in Cardiff for the Carnegie Shadowing Awards this term. Throughout the year the Reading Group have been have been reading eight books which have been nominated for the Carnegie Book Award.
We each had to work with other students from other schools to create a presentation on one of the shortlisted books. Isobel was asked to represent the book ‘Ghost Hawk’ written by Susan Cooper which was a book she thoroughly enjoyed reading. Nancy represented ‘Blood Family’ by Anne Fine. We chose our favourite parts of the book and adapted them to produce a group presentation on the book. The next day we showcased our presentation in front of four judges, family and friends in a chance to win best book presentation.
We were also lucky enough to meet famous writer Phil Earle who talked to us about creative writing and the importance of using our imagination. Over the two days we made lots of new friends from different schools across Cardiff and Newport who shared a love of reading. We loved showcasing our group’s talents to other schools, families and friends in the evening performance. We took part in drama workshops which really helped me build my confidence. It was great fun and we were very lucky to get this opportunity.
By Isobel Cole and Nancy Williams, Year 8.