Christ College

Powys

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  • Category: Preparatory / Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Church of Wales
  • Roll: 218 (Boys) 183 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 7 - 18 years
  • Founded: 1541

General Information

Since Henry VIII granted its charter in 1541, Christ College has influenced the lives of thousands of young people. Today Christ College is a caring community with a strong sense of identity and purpose. First class teaching enables boys and girls to achieve their full potential all within the stunning setting of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Facilities

Our Chapel and Dining Hall, both in daily use, date from the 13th Century when the site was occupied by a Dominican Priory. In addition there are 5 comfortable, modern boarding houses and 1 day house, a newly opened £2M Centre for the Creative Arts with a 400 seat auditorium, a new Science Centre, two 20 station IT suites with internet access and a wonderful refurbished library with additional PCs. There is a separate 6th Form Centre.

In addition to the huge expanse of outdoor playing fields adjoining the College, there is a large fully equipped indoor sports hall, tennis and squash courts, an all-weather pitch, climbing wall, fitness suite and a small heated outdoor swimming pool.

The extensive range of extra-curricular activities includes choirs, jazz band, orchestra, string group, golf, a variety of water sports, debating, CCF, D of E Award Scheme and Young Enterprise.

For many years pupils from overseas have been a familiar and valued part of the Christ College community. Approximately one sixth of our pupils have parents who live overseas. We have an EAL Department to support these pupils wherever necessary.

The opening of St Nicholas House, Christ College’s new junior school Junior in September 2014 has added a whole new dimension to the pupil body at Christ College. With just under 40 pupils aged 7-11 years at St Nicholas House, Christ College continues to provide the same high quality education that we currently offer to those aged 11-18.

Entrance Requirements

7+: an Entry Day with informal assessment by the Head of Juniors; 11+, 13+ : tests in Mathematics, English and Verbal Reasoning; 16+: 6 x GCSE grade C and above. A current school report is required from all applicants.

Scholarships

2019. 11+ 13+ Scholarship & Assessment Day Wed. 29th January.

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Following a large bequest, a large number of science scholarships and bursaries are available in addition to our range of art, music, sports and all-rounder awards. Sixth Form Scholarship & Entrance Assessments – November annually. Senior School Scholarship & Entrance Assessments – January/February annually. Please contact admissions@christcollegebrecon.com for details.

Open Days

2019. 6th Form Information Evening: Wed.16th October.

6th Form Scholarship Day: Fri. 15th November.

2020. 11 + & 13+ Scholarship & Assessment Day: Wed. 29th January.

For information on Open Days visit www.christcollegebrecon.com, contact the Admissions Registrar on 01874 615440 or email admissions@christcollegebrecon.com

Fees

2019/2020. Junior School Day. Years 3-5: £3162 - £4153 per term. Year 6: £6247 per term. Junior boarding, from Year 5: £6053 per term.

Senior School. Day: £5722 - £6399 per term. Senior Boarding £7467 – £10,020 per term.

Reports

Estyn Report 2017

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr Gareth Pearson

Contact for enquiries: Mrs Margaret Stephens, Admissions Registrar

Christ College
Brecon
Powys
LD3 8AF

[t]: 01874 615440
[f]: 01874 615475
[w]: www.christcollegebrecon.com

Location Description

The school occupies an enviable site of 39 acres on the outskirts of Brecon. This is a safe, small market town within an outstanding area of natural beauty and with the famous Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains close by.

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School News

Christ College Brecon independent day and boarding school Powys Wales

On Friday 17th May, 8 cadets from Christ College CCF set off for the Army Parachuting Centre at Netheravon, on Salisbury Plain, to participate in a

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First Jump parachute Course. The training started early on the Saturday, and included lessons on the equipment they would use, how to steer and control the parachute, and what they would do should something not function correctly.

The information taught was confirmed through a written paper, and practical test, both of which had to be passed before they would be signed off to jump.

Late on Saturday afternoon, in far from perfect weather conditions, all eight cadets completed their first parachute jump, and landed safely.

After a nights rest, the cadets were up bright and early to get back to the parachuting centre to complete their refresher training to complete a second jump.

This time the weather conditions were considerably better, and as a result the exit’s from the aircraft, and subsequent body position were much improved.

All cadets thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and there are talks of going back to undertake further jumps.

Christ College Brecon independent day and boarding school Powys Wales

With over 12,000 school pupils across Powys (including Christ College) taking part in the recent Powys schools battery recycling competition, 3.32 tonnes (3,321.92 kg) of

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batteries were collected for recycling.

This works out at around 132,000 individual batteries (standard AA Battery = 25 g) (approx. one for every person in Powys) (if you lined them all end to end they would stretch almost 7 kilometres!)

These were sent to G&P Batteries in the West Midlands for recycling where they are separated by chemistry into different metal types for remelting.

Each year the UK gets through 40 million tonnes of portable batteries. Only 45% of this is recycled, which means around 22 million tonnes of batteries are either sitting in our homes or have been dumped into holes in the ground or burnt.

Heavy metals like lead, mercury, cadmium, zinc, manganese and lithium can be hazardous if not disposed of properly, millions of batteries every year end up in landfill, with the potential to leach into the ground and water supplies if not carefully managed.

We were so impressed with the enthusiasm from the Christ College community, that we have decided to keep a battery box behind reception and so we will continue to collect used batteries.

All Houses have been notified, so please support us in helping the environment to be a cleaner place.

Christ College Brecon independent day and boarding school Powys Wales

Parents, staff and Old Breconians gathered at The Castle of Brecon for a Dinner and Promise Auction kindly organised by the Society of Friends of

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Christ College.

Guests were entertained by pupils in the school’s senior wind sinfonia who played old favourites from famous film scores before the Auction got underway.

Old Breconian Andrew Morgan (1970-1977), of Morgan & Davies in Lampeter, auctioned off items and experiences which had been donated by parents and alumni such as tickets to the Wales v England rugby match at the Principality Stadium this weekend, a meal for two at The Hardwick in Abergavenny, a 4×4 Landrover driving experience, a tour of the BBC Newsroom in London and a day trip to Skomer Island. There was also an online auction during January and February which the whole community was able to take part in.

Local businesses including Paddy Sweeney, BJ Jenkins, Williams Coaches, Mitchell Meredith, Brecon Tap, The Bank, Ship Shape, Casa, Flowers by Becca Jane, Llanfaes Dairy, The Hours, Bulwark House and The Bear in Crickhowell supported the event through sponsorship or donating items for the raffle.

The online and grand auctions raised a total of £16,000 for the school, which will be spent on ensuring the library is an inspiring 21st century learning space with digital resources and segmented study areas.

Gareth Pearson, Head of Christ College said: ‘We are so grateful to the Society of Friends of Christ College for arranging this event for the school. I know it involved a tremendous amount of preparation and hard work to put together. I think it is safe to say that the evening was enjoyed by all with a fantastic amount of funds raised thanks to the generous support of parents, staff, Old Breconians and the wider Chris College Brecon Community.’

Christ College Brecon independent day and boarding school Powys Wales

Senior Boys Clay Pigeon Shooting Team enter the William Powell National Schools Shooting Competition

Hosted by the Oxford Shooting Club, Chipping Norton, the team was joined

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by Old Breconian Stewart Lloyd, the captain of the Old Breconian team, who helped advise and coach the boys

The team comprised of captain Archie Hawkins, Matt Reynolds, Henry Alp-Williams and James Laurie Chiswell. There was a large turnout of opposition eager to please their team coaches. The competition was 60 shots over 8 stations.

The clays were of varying speeds, heights and distances which added to the excitement. Archie and Henry finished as the team’s best shooters. A wonderful day and a wonderful experience and the team left having enjoyed the competition and wanting to do more. Many thanks to OB Stewart.

Christ College Brecon independent day and boarding school Powys Wales

On Friday 22nd March in bright sunny conditions, the CCF held its annual Drill and Turnout competition. All the houses had put in many hours

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of practise into the drill sequence, and the preparation of their uniforms. The cadets were inspected by WO2 (RQMS) Evans, and as the person responsible for issuing the CCF uniform to the school, he was meticulous in his inspection.

The houses then moved onto the drill phase, which is led by a senior cadet from the house. The inspecting SNCO, COH Moses from the 160th Bde CTT was very impressed by the slow march, which requires balance and gracefulness by all participants.

After all the houses had competed, the cadets formed up outside the CCF store, under the Christ College CCF RSM to hear the results.

This year’s winners, and retaining the trophy that they won last year were de Winton, followed closely by Orchard and Donaldson’

Christ College Brecon independent day and boarding school Powys Wales

The annual search for the Christ College Singer of the Year took place on Monday 25th March in the Chapel. The Intermediate round in the afternoon

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was adjudicated by Lis Priday & Delyth Taylor, and the Advanced round in the evening was adjudicated by Catherine Perfect, a professional singer and teacher firmly established in the Gloucestershire area.

Abbott Sze (Year 10) won the Intermediate Round for his performance of The Swallow arr. Barratt, and in the Advanced class, Catherine Perfect chose Alfie Jones (Year 11) as the clear winner, for his performance of If I Were A Rich Man by Bock and Time To Say Goodbye by Sartori.

The runner up in the Intermediate round was Jasmine Anderson (Year 10) for her performance of How Could I Ever Know by Simon & Norman. In the Advanced round, Eleanor Williams (Year 10) was chosen as runner up for her performance of Come Again by Dowland and The Singer by Head.

We are most grateful to Creative Risk Solutions for their generous sponsorship of this competition each year. The winner of the competition, Alfie Jones, was presented with The Dargavel Trophy, a magnificent prancing horse which is named after the late Tom Dargavel, who did so much to support the Creative Arts here at Christ College.

Christ College Brecon independent day and boarding school Powys Wales

To mark the 30th anniversary of Broadway’s popular Phantom of the Opera, Christ College Brecon collaborated with local theatre companies and professional actors

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to create a student-led performance of the acclaimed musical.

Over the years, Christ College Brecon’s drama department has replicated many prominent theatre productions to give pupils an in-depth insight into plays that have captivated culture and society.

Head of Christ College Brecon, Gareth Pearson said: “At Christ College Brecon we see drama as a living part of cultural heritage. It inspires our pupils to enter a world filled with creativity, and enables pupils to develop their ability to speak in public, increase confidence and develop sensitivity towards the feelings and opinions fictional characters experience.”

West End performer Evan James joined the Christ College Brecon team to choreograph some of the famous routines, while Nantyglo singer and actress Katy Treharne, who previously portrayed the lead-role of Christine at Her Majesty’s Theatre London, gave an insight into the world of theatre.

Head of Drama, Lucy Richards said: “We’re so grateful for all the professional support we received during our preparations and the performance itself. Katy’s inside knowledge of the musical gave everyone a clear understanding of their characters and how to portray them”.

“One of the biggest challenges we faced during set-up was the installation of the chandelier. It’s become a cult prop within the musical, so it couldn’t be missed in our production. Thanks to Celtic Prop Hire, Pyramid Theatre Management and CCB Technical Team we were able to install the chandelier and create the iconic fall”.

“It was also gratifying to see so many local companies support our production, such as Cwmbran-based Stage a Show, Sound Engineers Dean Richards and Jordan Day-Williams of C.O.B.R.A. Music and Script to Screen from Cardiff, who designed the costumes.

The musical showcased the calibre of talent of Christ College pupils. Martha Skibniewski-Woods from Haverfordwest portrayed the female-lead Christine Daaé while Alfie Jones from Crickhowell was casted as the mysterious Phantom.

Over the years Christ College Brecon pupils have excelled in theatre, as pupils made their debuts in national productions. Last year, Ben Masters, who held a leading role in the school’s production of Phantom of the Opera, made his West End debut in the Youth Music Theatre UK production of Tess of the d’Urbervilles.

Christ College Brecon independent day and boarding school Powys Wales

This year, pupils sat the full suite of linear GCSEs with increased content and no coursework or modules. Despite concerns nationally about how pupils would

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cope with this form of assessment, Christ College pupils have achieved some outstanding results, with an overall 94% pass rate.

The new GCSEs are graded 9-1 with grade 9 classified as a super ** grade and 8 as the old A*. This cohort achieved 31% at grades 8 or 9, and 52% of all grades were 7,8 and 9.

In English Literature, 12 candidates achieved a level 9 (31% of all entries). In History, 20% of entries were at grade 9 with 29% of entries at the same level in Religious Studies. 23% of candidates in Art and 25% in Photography also attained the coveted grade 9.

Best performance in the school:

Erica Morgan from Monmouth who achieved 9 grade 9 s and one grade 8.

 

Best performances by local pupils:

Rhiannon Coleman 9 grades 9/8 (Brecon)

Kate Jenkins 9 grades 9/8 (Llangynidr)

Sasha Pearson 8 grades 9/8 (Builth Wells)

Alice Edwards 7 grades 9/8 (Llandovery)

Joe Houghton 6 grades 9/8 (Brecon)

Aidan Hurst 6 grades 9/8 (Pontneddfechan)

 

Best performances from further afield:

Vincent Chua 8 grades 8/9 (Hong Kong)

Endy Wu 7 grades 8/9 (Hong Kong)

 

Gareth Pearson, Head of Christ College, commented: “This is a fantastic set of results. I am especially proud of how well our pupils and staff coped with the challenging transition from the old GCSE syllabus to the new system. This completes a fabulous year for Christ College Brecon with five ‘Excellents’ in our November Estyn Inspection, 20% A*’s in our A-level results and now 31% 8/9 in our GCSE results.

 

Photo: Erica, Sasha and Alice

Christ College Brecon independent day and boarding school Powys Wales opens sister school in Malaysia

475 years of renowned education pedigree and Welsh spirit is now being emulated in Kuala Lumpur.

One of Wales and the UK’s top independent day and

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boarding schools, Christ College, Brecon, has officially opened its first overseas sister school, as pupils in Malaysia were welcomed to King Henry VIII College for the new school year on Monday, 3rd September.

Christ College Brecon will be drawing on the experience it has built over close to five centuries to evolve and meet the challenge of expansion developments through this new and exciting chapter in the college’s history.

Located in Cyberjaya, 30 minutes from Kuala Lumpur and its international airport, King Henry VIII College Malaysia emulates the longstanding Christ College Brecon model, with a mix of boarding and day school students, complemented by nursery and reception classes, as well as a small Sixth Form offering.

It replicates the Wales-based school’s structure, ethos and achievements but in a more modern setting within the Malaysian global tech hub – and with an initial student population exceeding 250 pupils, the immediate popularity of the new school is a promising indicator for its future.

Founding Head, Old Breconian and former Christ College Brecon Deputy Head, Simon Spencer said: “It has been an extraordinary couple of years to get to where we are today.

“Less than two years ago the site of King Henry VIII College was jungle and we only cleared the site for the ground-breaking ceremony and construction on 1st March last year.

“There is still work to do, but we already have a vibrant school community, and have certainly confirmed the excellent reputation of Christ College in this part of South East Asia.

“We all look forward to maintaining excellent links between our two schools, in all aspects of school life, not least cultural exchanges and shared learning experiences.”

Christ College Brecon independent day and boarding school Powys Wales

Leading independent school Christ College, Brecon, is celebrating yet another successful year for its Sixth Form pupils.

Against the background of uncertainty created by the full

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introduction of harder, linear A Levels, Christ College Brecon pupils have achieved excellent A Level results, with one in five grades being A*.

The overall pass rate reached an impressive 98%, with 46% of grades being A*/A; 70% of grades being A*-B.

On the basis of these results, many Welsh and international pupils will now proceed to top universities including Oxford, Cambridge and elite Russell Group institutions to study for highly selective courses.

Leading the way are Adonijah Airede (from Nigeria) and Hayato Kaneda (from Japan) who will proceed to Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge and University College, Oxford to read Natural Sciences and Physics respectively, following their 4 A*.

With 3 A*s, Kevin Zhao (from China) has secured his place to read Engineering at St Edmund Hall Oxford and Aisling Tarpey (from Cradoc, Brecon), who already received an unconditional place following her results last year, will read English at Lincoln College, Oxford.

Also achieving 3 A*s are Hanna Prytherch (from Aberystwyth), HMC Scholar Adam Brozsko (from Poland), Cai Williams (from Herefordshire) and Yuhan Xie (from Hong Kong). We are also thrilled that Anna Philips, from Clynderwen, has gained her full scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Chloe Hiew (from Malaysia) and Imran Khan-White (from Ystradowen) followed close behind, with two A*.

Performance in Maths and Chemistry was particularly high with 32% and 38% of grades at A* respectively, a performance closely followed by Physics with 29% at this elite level.

Head of Christ College, Gareth Pearson, said: “I am delighted that the hard work by our Upper Sixth pupils has been rewarded with some excellent grades. Despite the more rigorous A-level programmes the fact that over 1 in 5 of our grades were A* is an incredible achievement. We were also thrilled with our pupils’ performance in the extended project where 83% achieved an A* or A. This is an independent research based project highly valued by universities.

“It is testament to their teachers and the level of aspiration of our pupils that 90% of those planning to attend university have got into their first choice university and 35% have gained places at a Russell Group universities. The destinations of those leaving us include great institutions such as Cambridge, Oxford, LSE, Imperial, UCL, Manchester, Cardiff, Exeter, Edinburgh, Bath, Loughborough and Nottingham. We wish all of our leavers the very best of luck for the future.”

Photo: Proud parents and the Head at Christ College

Christ College Brecon independent day and boarding school Powys Wales

DURING THE LAST SCHOOL ASSEMBLY FOR 2017/18, THE HEAD WAS DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE THE HEADS OF SCHOOL AND PREFECT TEAM FOR 2018/19 ACADEMIC YEAR.

Prefects are

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chosen to provide support and guidance to the younger pupils in the Christ College family, working closely with the Head of School, Niamh Draper and Deputy Head Boy, Harry Jones. We are sure they are all up for the challenge ahead.

Following assembly they were all presented with their prefect ties.

Congratulations to them all in their future roles.

The 2018/19 team is as follows:

Head of School  Niamh Draper

Deputy Head of School/Head Boy    Harry Jones

Head of School House    Daniel Clark

Head of St David’s           Oliver Lewis and Beth Wood

Head of Donaldson’s       Poppy Lawley

Head of de Winton          Milly Davies

Head of Orchard              Ben Masters

Heads of Alway                 Archie Trevethan and Carys Cronin

Heads of St Nicholas House    Heledd Evans and Fergus Stevens

Sacristan                             Hannah Mathias

Overseas Liason Prefect   Brietner Hoe

Sixth Form Centre Prefects    Darius Rameshni and India Lilly

Captain of Rugby              Oliver Lewis

Captain of Sevens            Oliver Newey

Cadet RSM (Head of CCF)    Archie Trevethan

Heads of Choir                   Martha Skibniewski-Woods and Carys Cronin

Assistant Sacristan           James Allen

Chair of Senior Essay Society    Harry Jones

Secretary-Senior Essay Society  Phoebe Sussmann

Captains of Hockey         Poppy Lawley and Fergus Stevens

Captain of Cricket            To be announced later in the year

Alway Chapel Leaders    Sarah Jeffes and Trystan Lloyd

Christ College Brecon independent day and boarding school Powys Wales

IN MAY THIS YEAR, 9 YOUNG PEOPLE (INCLUDING 3 CURRENT PUPILS) FROM CHRIST COLLEGE IN BRECON, WALES, ATTENDED A PRESENTATION IN THE GARDENS OF BUCKINGHAM

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PALACE, LONDON, WHERE THEY RECEIVED THEIR GOLD DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S AWARD FROM BBC WALES TODAY PRESENTER JENNIFER JONES, AFTER SHARING THEIR EXPERIENCES WITH PRINCE WILLIAM, DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE; PRINCE EDWARD, DUKE OF WESSEX AND PRINCESS EUGENIE OF YORK.

During the Gold Award Presentation, the members of the Royal Family congratulated the group from Christ College on their successes and heard about their D of E journeys, which took each young person 12-18 months of hard work and dedication.

Those who achieve a Gold D of E Award will volunteer, learn a skill, get fit, take part in a week long residential and plan and undertake an expedition in Wild Country. Widely acknowledged as the world’s leading achievement award for young people, D of E programmes enable any young person, aged 14-24, to develop key skills for life and work, such as confidence, commitment and team working.

Barney Goodrich, who is the D of E Leader at Christ College, said, “We are very proud of our recipients, who we have seen work incredibly hard to achieve this distinguished award.

“They undertook a range of projects including the completion of a gruelling four-day expedition in the Black Mountains and residential activities that ranged from sailing expeditions off the Pembrokeshire Coast to Cadet courses in the Yukon, Canada. All completed volunteering sections requiring strong levels of commitment over eighteen months including regular assistance with the Disability Sports Group at Brecon Leisure Centre and helping people in need at Usk House, the Day Hospice in Brecon.”

“Working for the community and developing such important skills throughout the whole process has been a life-changing experience for them all and I am delighted that they have been able to celebrate together at such a prestigious ceremony at Buckingham Palace.”

Speaking about her DofE experience, Jessica Facey, who was one of the Gold Award holders at the presentation, said, “I decided to take on the challenges of the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award whilst doing my A Levels so that I could not only push myself physically but to also develop important life skills such as teamwork, personal organisation and perseverance. At times it was gruelling and overwhelming but usually it was fun!

“The most rewarding aspect for me was to be able to give back to my local community through volunteering. Along with some friends from school, I helped out with a disability sports club in the Brecon Leisure Centre every Friday evening for a year. It was really enjoyable and gave me a much better perspective about what is important in life!

“I chose to do a sailing course for my residential section with the Royal Yacht Association spending five days and four nights on a yacht off the coast of South West Wales with complete strangers (aged 17 – 65). I was immediately thrown into the deep-end, as this was a completely new skill combined with living in a very small space with each other. By the end of it, I had made some great friends, was able to cook a delicious meal in the tiny galley, and helmed the boat with dolphins bow-riding along as well as earning my ‘Competent Crew’ qualification.

“During the physically demanding expedition section (80km over 4 days in a mountainous area carrying all your equipment) you also learn how to exercise patience and the importance of teamwork within your group.

“I have definitely gained in confidence, pushing myself out of my comfort zone by trying new activities that have turned out to be amazing experiences as well as developing skills and sports I have loved for years. For me, having to make decisions in tricky situations has been the most challenging aspect and I know that this, and other skills I have learnt whilst participating in The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, will certainly serve me well in the future.

“I would like to thank my teachers, volunteer parents as well as my parents and grandparents for their support and encouragement. It has been a really enjoyable balance to my A level studies and meeting members of the Royal Family and receiving my Gold Award from Jennifer Jones in the gardens of Buckingham Palace in May with fellow students from Christ College, Brecon was a fantastic highlight to complete this journey.

“Ironically, the worst blisters I experienced weren’t from the 80km expedition in the Black Mountains but from wearing brand new shoes around London for the day of the Award Ceremony!”

There are currently around 440,000 young people taking part in a DofE programme across the UK through a variety of centres including both state and independent schools, special schools, businesses, prisons, young offender institutions and youth groups.

To find out more about the DofE and how it enables young people to succeed, please visit www.DofE.org

Christ College Brecon independent day and boarding school Powys Wales

Alway and Year 9 pupils were this week treated to a range of fascinating interactive sessions as part of a showcase of medical careers. Medical

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Maverick workshops inspire students to make informed decisions about their career & lifestyle choices.

Sessions included:

– Use the ultrasound machine to see inside their body and measure the size of their blood vessels

– See inside their eye with an iPhone retina scan

– Record and print an ECG from their heart

– Hear their pulse with a Doppler Probe!

– Try key hole surgery on a training device used by surgeons

– Use a real needle to take fake blood from an fake arm

– Experience different eye diseases with the pathology goggles

– Test hearing and reflexes

– Take basic medical observation such as blood pressure, oxygen sats and temp

– Suturing fake skin

– Recording respiration rates

A fantastic workshop showing our pupils the amazing opportunities and jobs that could be available to them.

Thank you Medical Mavericks, lots to think about!

Christ College Breconindependent day and boarding school Powys Wales

AFTER 6 MONTHS OF HARD TRAINING, THE CHRIST COLLEGE UNDER 18’S HOCKEY TEAM ARRIVED AT SWANSEA UNIVERSITY SPORTS VILLAGE FOR THE HOCKEY WALES NATIONAL SCHOOLGIRLS

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U18 FINALS.

The first pool match set the tone for the rest of the day with Christ College beating a very good St Joseph’s Roman Catholic High School  1-0, with a fantastic goal from Lydia Drinkall.

Christ College then played Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni, with Willow Ransome securing a 1-0 win. Two terrific goals from Sarah Jeffes  and Katy Garrett  in their next pool match against Ysgol Glan Clwyd  led to a  2-1 win and  their place  in the semi-final secured.

The Semi Final against Ysgol Glantaf was never going to be easy. During the 1st half of the game Christ College were awarded a short corner which saw Beth Wood score the first goal of the match.  Cerys Jones  (U18’s Captain) gave the girls a constructive team talk during the break and as the 2nd half got underway, Beth Wood scored another goal leading to a win for Christ College and a place in the final versus St Joseph’s Roman Catholic High School.

Tensions were high and Christ College made terrific tackles and were fast on the attack. U18’s Captain Cerys Jones made terrific saves in goal and managed to keep the score 0-0 at half time.

The 2nd half ended at 0-0, which meant it was down to penalty shuffles-5 chances at goal to score within 8 seconds.  Hebe Thomas, Phillipa Ogilvie, Elin Jones, Sarah.Jeffes and Beth Wood took their chances at goal. Both teams at the end of the penalty shuffles drew 1-1 and had to then go through to sudden death penalty shuffles.

Beth Wood was first up and managed to get the ball past the goalkeeper and score. Cerys Jones then took her place in goal and read exactly what her opposition was going.  St Joseph’s missed the goal by a fraction to make Christ College the Hockey Wales National Schoolgirls U18’s Champions for the second year running with a 2-1 result.

Christ College Brecon independent day and boarding school Powys Wales

Anna Phillips, a Music Scholar in Year 13, has been awarded a scholarship to study Harp at the Royal Academy of Music in London from

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next academic year.  She was also offered places by most of the other leading music conservatoires.

Anna had already gained ABRSM Grade 8 in Piano and Violin before joining the Sixth Form at Christ College and was delighted to gain the highest mark on record at the school of 142 for her Grade 8 Harp.

Anna is currently taught by Claire Jones (formerly Harpist to the Prince of Wales) and she has taken part in masterclasses given by famous international harpists such as Gabriella Dal’Ollio and Skaila Kanga.

On 9th March, Anna will join Claire Jones in a special concert in the Christ College Chapel as part of Claire’s new album tour. Further information here

Anna will also be touring the US with the Claire Jones Harp Ensemble and the American Youth Harp Ensemble.

 

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