Our students are hit for six in London

Students visit the Oval
  • Students from school visit the Oval cricket ground in London to watch Surrey v Glamorgan
  • NatWest T20 Blast match finishes in highest-ever T20 total for Welsh side, winning by 25 runs
  • Students guests of Sport for Development charity Active Communities Network as part of their wider work in Wales with the Asda Foundation

On Monday 18th May our journalism students had the opportunity last Friday to witness first-hand the very best county cricket as
Surrey opened their NatWest T20 Blast campaign at the famous Oval cricket ground in south London. As part of Sport for Development charity Active Communities Network and their wider network work in Wales with trustee Alex Mehta and the Asda Foundation, 14 students from Year 7 and Year 8 made the near-300 mile round-trip to London as part of their sports journalism work. Guests of honour in an Executive Box, the Year 8’s - who completed the course last year - each acted as a mentor to the Year 7 pupils and were accompanied by Assistant Head teachers Jamie Goddard and Emma Mellen alongside Luca, a Year 10 media student who filmed the visit as part of his work.
Students were chosen and identified as having specific areas of literacy and skills they needed to develop and were given different roles for the trip involving instructional writing (rules of T20), researching the history of the Oval and conducting interviews which included the corporate hosts and matchday stewards. Jamie Goddard, Assistant Head teacher, Chepstow School said: “It was a fantastic experience and hugely enjoyable day for the students alongside the two lucky teachers who accompanied them. “The students' behaviour was impeccable, they really appreciated the executive box and the atmosphere of the game was incredible; a real party. The game itself was exciting with lots of runs were scored. “We arrived back at school at 1am, a very tired but very satisfied group and will now work hard on putting it all together – writing a match report, newsletter and producing a video. “It was a fantastic experience for the students.” Alex Mehta, Active Communities Network Trustee said: “It was great that these pupils could see such an amazing spectacle of cricket in London. “Chepstow School is a big school for cricket and cricket clubs and it was great to use this opportunity to engage those struggling with literacy to become actively engaged. “It was a long day for everyone going up and coming back in a mini bus, but the feedback we have received has been excellent. The students will now write up their newsletters, draft newspaper, edit their video blogs and we hope to present these at a future PE Conference happening in Wales later this year.” For further information about the journalism programme or Chepstow School then call 01291 635777, email jamiegoddard@chepstowschool.net or visit www.chepstowschool.net