Rocket Seeds – ‘The Results’

Last Spring students took part in an experiment with other schools from across the British Isles co-ordinated by the Royal Horticultural Society. The object was to grow seeds that had been to the International Space Station with Tim Peake in a blind test, to see whether there was a difference between the growth of seeds that had stayed on Earth, and those that went to Space.


The Results are now in and the RHS says:

“Overall we found that on average, the Earth seeds grew better than the space seeds, but not by much. We think this is most likely caused by the space seeds being slightly affected by radiation while on board the ISS. Despite this, they still grew and that is great news as it means there is still potential to grow food on long-term missions, or even another planet in the future!”

It has been a fantastic opportunity for students here at Caereinon to take part in science that has made a real contribution to the understanding of how humans might survive in space in the future.


Futher information about the results is available in a report called “Rocket Science: Our Voyage of Discovery” which can be found on the RHS website:

Natural Buzz Vouchers

This year the School applied for and received £150 of garden vouchers. The grant came from the Natural Buzz scheme run by Keep Wales Tidy, supported by the Welsh Government.
The scheme was to encourage the growing of plants for pollinating insects. All plants had to be from the RHS Perfect for Pollinators Plant list.

Year 10 and 11 Btec Agriculture have helped to prepare and sow a flower meadow on ground where the old portable classrooms were. They also, along with some volunteers, helped plant about 200 bulbs, mostly snowdrops and Aliums. Further to this they have planted lavender, rosemary and thyme outside the Food Technology classroom, these herbs provide a good food source for the insects, but can be used for cooking.




New Operators have been appointed, replacing Goldstar, on the following School Routes, COMMENCING 31/10/16:-

LC8, and LC9 to Llanfair Caereinion – Tanat Valley Coaches.

ROUTES and TIMINGS will remain the same, and in most cases the driver will be the same as well.

The Passenger Transport Unit apologies for the short notice but it was brought about by circumstances beyond it’s control.

Powys Games Winners

Each Olympic year Powys runs a year long multi sporting olympic event. The categories are overall best school and the school that wins the most medals per pupil who attend that school. This year Caereinion was the winner in both categories.

Mr Gary Oldham came and presented the shield to the head boy and girl along with some of the pupils who had taken part in the event.


Under 12’s & 14’s Football

The Under 12’s and 14’s both played Welshpool High School on Wednesday night. It was a mixed fortune for the school with the Under 12’s losing 2-0, and the Under 14’s coming back to win 3-2 after a hard fought game.


The Under 14’s had a tough game, coming back twice to finally win the game 3-2. Aled Davies scored the winning goal, with Steffan scoring twice.


Innovations Awards

Eifion and Ryan, two former pupils who left Caereinion High School in the summer have both been chosen to have their work exhibited at the WJEC innovation awards. It is a 2 day event in both Cardiff and Bangor.


The Innovation Awards is a prestigious competition and an interactive showcase for the most innovative project work at GCSE and A level Design and Technology. The WJEC work in conjunction with Welsh Government’s Department of Economy Science and Transport to encourage young people in Wales to be technologically innovative and appreciate the importance of design and technology.


The event will give industrialists, teachers and students the opportunity to see the best work of students aged 16 – 18 in Wales. The most innovative projects of 80 students at GCSE, AS and A level will be showcased and team of distinguished judges will select a winner at each level as well as an overall winner.

6th Form Head Pupils

The new head pupils of Caereinion High School are: Liam Whittington – Head Boy, Rhian Williams – Head Girl, and deputies Hanna Morgan, Eve Sulley, Reece Templeton and Jake Eaton.  Congratulations to them all.

Hanna, Reece, Liam, Rhian, Jake & Eve