Classics Trip to Rome

Students were treated to a unique opportunity to visit Rome and Pompeii to explore the history and see the sights of the Ancient Roman world. With several students’ first ever flights under their belts, we started our journey with a visit to the awe-inspiring, massive Colosseum. Students were able to have a glimpse of one manner of entertainment in Ancient Rome as this is where gladiator games were held. From there we moved to the Roman Forum, the heart of religion and politics in ancient Rome. Students had the opportunity to explore the temples, political buildings, and palaces in the Forum along with some breath-taking views of the Forum with the Colosseum in the background from the top of the Palatine Hill. After a short trip to the gigantic Italian monument to national unity, we proceeded to the Piazza Navona, one of the nicer squares in Rome, where students enjoyed some time to shop, eat lunch and enjoy the sights.


Year 10 Latin & Classics Students at an Italian restaurant

On the way back to the hotel we stopped for a visit at the Trevi Fountain which was unfortunately undergoing restoration on most of it but the students managed to find a gelato shop which made up for the disappointment. After a long day of walking and with sore feet, we all settled down to a wonderful Italian meal at a local restaurant

Day 2 was just as busy as the first with the main visit of the day being Vatican City. First up was the Vatican museum where students were treated to a huge collection of artefacts from many different time periods. The Upper Sixth Form students in particular enjoyed the experience as many of the statues they are currently studying were on display here. After some time to get souvenirs and have lunch, we joined the queue to enter St. Peter’s Basilica where many of the students were stunned by the sheer size once inside. We had the wonderful pleasure to be in St. Peter’s when a Mass had begun and many of us stopped to listen to beautiful hymns being sung. On the way out, our students took the opportunity to stop and take pictures of the Swiss Guard in their colourful uniforms. Walking back to the hotel we passed the Castel St. Angelo and went across the river on the Ponte St. Angelo, both of which were lovely sights. We stopped at the Spanish Steps on the way back for a short break where many of the students had to resist taking the roses that vendors were trying to hand out and convince you to buy.


Mr Hare leads the group around Roma.

Our final day of sight-seeing in Italy was a trip to Naples to see the ruins of Pompeii. It was an early start to the day but with a long coach ride many students took the opportunity to grab some extra sleep. While some students went to explore the walled city of Pompeii themselves, many others took the opportunity to avail themselves of their teacher’s knowledge of Roman life and the city. Exploring the amphitheatre, theatres, Forum and homes of Pompeii was a wonderful and interesting experience with many students asking questions and eagerly looking for buildings they had studied in lesson. Many of the Latin students were delighted to be able to find the house of Caecilius, a Roman who died in Pompeii which the Latin textbooks use to create a narrative and teach Latin through. While many of our students would have liked to spend more of the day in Pompeii, or several days, we moved on to our next stop, Vesuvius. Travelling up the mountain by coach provided some exquisite panoramic views of Naples and the bay below. Twisting and turning, we finally arrived at our destination near the summit of the volcano. Unfortunately the summit was closed and we couldn’t go up to the very top but we weren’t far from it. Students said it was freezing cold up there and in between taking pictures of the mountain and surrounding area, selfies, and group photos, many were huddled around each other and bundled up in their coats. With the temperature according to weather forecasts being at -5°C it was cold and windy according to Isle of Wight definitions of cold. I myself, being Canadian, found it quite pleasant with a long sleeve shirt on and very refreshing.


6th Formers and Mr Hughes near the summit of Vesuvius

The students enjoyed their experience to Rome. They learned a lot about the history of Ancient Rome and were able to see many of the sites they have learnt about or will learn about in their courses. They also enjoyed trying Italian cuisine and being able to do a bit of shopping. Overall it was an excellent experience and one not soon forgotten.

Mr G Hughes

Sixth Form Public Speaking Competition

Success at the First Christ the King College Sixth Form

Public Speaking Competition.

Public-Speaking-29-01-15-(55)-web-sizeCongratulations to Sevim Ehrler, Charlie Goodstien-Oliver and Alicia Wills for being the winning team in the very first Christ the King College Sixth Form Public Speaking Competition.
The evening was organised by Teachers Mr Hare and Mr Torrington and was supported by the Catenian Association who made the generous donation of a shield which will be inscribed with our winners’ names. Six teams competed in argumentation about weighty topics such as the privatisation of the NHS, state education and the reintroduction of capital punishment. Each and every participant did a wonderful job and we hope they are proud of what they achieved. We also hope they will consider taking part again at the next event or even the National competition in Manchester, to which a College team has now been invited due to our students’ performances. Well done, all!


The winning team, Alicia Wills, Charlie Goodstien-Oliver and Sevim Ehrler, with David Cawdery, one of the Catenian Association Directors who presented the shield.

James Shelley from Newport Wins Place at Claremont McKenna College on Sutton Trust US University Programme

James Shelley, 17, from Newport, who is completing his A levels at Christ the King College, has won a place and a financial aid package to study at Claremont McKenna College in California after participating in the Sutton Trust’s US Programme run in partnership with the US-UK Fulbright Commission.James Shelley

Last summer, James was one of 175 students selected for a summer school in the US at either Yale or Harvard University, or the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), spending a week living on campus and visiting a number of other American campuses. James benefited from residential activities and received an intensive programme of support, delivered by the US-UK Fulbright Commission over a number of months before and after their US visit, which covered admission tests, college choices and the application process.

James competed with 2,200 applicants to win one of 175 places on the programme. The aim of the US Programme is to encourage academically talented, low and middle income British students to consider studying at American universities. The 2014-15 programme cohort comes from across the UK and 70% of the students will be the first in their family to go to university.

James from Newport, at Christ the King College said, “I chose to study in the US because I feel that the liberal arts and sciences undergraduate degree is perfect for me. I am honoured to be a recipient of the prestigious Interdisciplinary Science Scholarship at Claremont McKenna College and I am overwhelmed that I have been offered this incredible opportunity which has been made possible with the support of the Sutton Trust US Programme. I am extremely excited to broaden my knowledge, expand my education and experience a new culture!”

James is one of 38 students who have been selected under the early application deadline to US universities, and more students will be applying by the January deadlines with results available later this spring.

The 38 participants admitted early have been offered a total of approximately $8.5 million (£5.5 million) of financial aid from the universities over the next four years. They have been accepted to a range of leading institutions including: Amherst, Barnard, Bates, Brown, Carleton, Claremont McKenna, Columbia, Dartmouth, Duke, Harvard, Lafayette College, Middlebury, New York University Abu Dhabi, Northwestern, Princeton, Skidmore, Smith, St Olaf, Swarthmore, Trinity College, Union, University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, University of Richmond, Vanderbilt, Wellesley and Yale. Included in the early successes are two participants who have received the Robertson Scholarship based at Duke or the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Additionally, one participant has been selected as a finalist for the Morehead-Cain Scholarship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch is the US programme’s Founding Corporate Partner; their investment has been matched by Peter Baldwin and Lisbet Rausing who have supported the programme since its launch.

Of the 38 accepted students, about two-thirds of participants are from households that earn less than £25,000 a year, and about 70% will be the first in their family to go to university. 

The Sutton Trust logo

Sir Peter Lampl, Chair of the Sutton Trust and of the Education Endowment Foundation, said: “I am delighted that 38 students from our 2014 US programme have already been offered places at top American universities. In just three years the scheme has grown from 64 students participating to 175 places being available this year. As today’s figures show, it’s not just increasing numbers of students being able to access the programme that we’re celebrating – it’s also increasing levels of success in gaining places at these elite universities.

It is wonderful to see students from low and middle income families getting the opportunity to enjoy the breadth and depth offered by US degree programmes, which have long been popular amongst those from private schools. The level of financial aid available to students on our programme means many will be able to graduate debt-free from some of the best universities in the world.

The new partnership with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, puts the US programme in an excellent position to continue to thrive and expand in future years.” 

Fulbright Commission

Penny Egan CBE, Executive Director of the US-UK Fulbright Commission, said: "We are thrilled by these early university admissions results. To have 38 of our applicants admitted in the early admissions round and for them to receive such generous financial aid offers, is a wonderful achievement and a testament to the high calibre of the programme participants. This programme means that an American university education is within the reach of very talented young people, who previously would not have had the tools to access this specialist support. We are hugely proud to be a partner with the Sutton Trust in this unique programme."

The US Programme is based on the Sutton Trust’s successful flagship programme in the UK which now runs at ten leading British universities and has benefited over ten thousand state school students.  

Year 11 History trip to Krakow and Auschwitz. November 2014

We must begin our report by thanking Mrs Howard for all her help with the administration and also the four drivers who kindly gave up their time and their sleep to take us to and collect us from the airport.

The trip started with a bit of drama, Red Funnel announced on the day of the trip that the ferry we were due to catch had been cancelled.  This meant that all involved had to adjust their plans in order to catch an earlier ferry.  Mrs Hutchings kindly helping out by contacting all the parents.  It also meant that we had a longer wait at Gatwick, the difficulty of early flights and limited ferries becoming clear to all!  At the airport we tried to catch some sleep, Sarah doing the best of the group and at least managing a few hours.  The rest of the journey was without incident and the transfers and organisation from the travel company in Poland was faultless. 

We arrived the following day at our Hotel and were able to have an hour to settle in before we began our walking tour of the Jewish quarter in Krakow.  The guide took us to many interesting places including some of the old squares dotted around the city and also some of the locations used for the film Shindler's list.  We were able to buy some lunch and then went on to visit some of the old synagogues and memorials from the Jewish quarter.  By 4pm we had reached the Schindler factory museum, set up within the actual building.  It is a wonderful museum with very creative and provocative displays charting the changing roles and lives for the Polish people after German occupation and also the Jewish people particularly. Unfortunately we were all so tired by this stage that we felt we needed to go back to properly appreciate the museum.  We saw Schindler's desk and also a display that shows the names from Schindler's list. That evening we enjoyed our first dinner in Poland and then all went straight to bed.

The following morning we were up early for our trip to Auschwitz 1&2.  The students had had some preparatory sessions in the weeks running up to the trip to prepare them for the visit, but clearly nothing can fully prepare you for such a trip.  The displays were obviously upsetting and thought provoking.  The guide emphasised the two different roles of Auschwitz.  One as a prison, the other as a death camp.  What struck me was the scale involved with the 'harvesting' of the Jews for anything of value.  The huge display of shoes and suitcases reflect only a week's quota of the genocide at that site.  The other aspect that struck me was the number of Polish political prisoners, intellectuals and opponents to the occupation.  That evening we had a debrief and the opportunity to ask questions and reflect on what we had seen.  We ended by remembering the last thing the guide had said, 'It is important that everyone comes at least once in their life to remember how evil humans can be to one another.'  We ended the evening by having some fun to counter the impact of the trip and we all had an evening of bowling, table football and pool.  Mixed teams, making new friends – the students were a wonderful credit to themselves, their families and Christ the King College.

Our last day we had a well-earned lie in!  We then walked up to the old castle and cathedral founded in the 13th Century.  At the base of the castle is a dragon's lair and the dragon symbolism featured prominently on most of the souvenirs on sale.  We went on a tour of the splendid cathedral, including a visit to the royal tombs and a walk up the bell tower which afforded amazing views of the old city of Krakow.  The afternoon was spent shopping, drinking hot chocolate and topping up on McDonald's (Jade).  Ben Harvey enjoyed a sword fight against a knight in shining armour.  We ended the evening by finding a lovely courtyard building that served pizza, but also had a dance floor.  Sophie et al enjoyed performing their moves before we walked back to the hotel to meet our transfer home.

The students thoroughly enjoyed the trip, they made it a great experience for their teachers too and we hope that it encourages them to get engaged with the topics ready for their GCSE this summer.  Thank you to Miss Cave for her instigation and organisation.  

Mr Sutton

Jacob Rees-Mogg MP, visit to Christ the King College

On the afternoon of Friday, 21st November, students, staff and parents of Christ the King College attended a talk with well-known Conservative party politician and MP, Jacob Rees-Mogg.

Mr Rees-Mogg, who has regularly been a guest on popular television programmes such as “Have I got news for you” and “Newsnight”, spoke mainly about his life in politics as a Catholic citizen and the influence that his faith has had on his career and his personal life to date. Mr Rees-Mogg then took questions from the floor and from a prepared list put together by students of the College.

College Principal, Mrs Pat Goodhead, said, “It was both a pleasure and a privilege to host such an articulate and intellectual speaker at the College and a wonderful opportunity for our students to gain a wider understanding of political issues today. Mr Rees-Mogg handled some controversial questions with ease and was inspirational to the young people.”

To close the talk, Mr Rees-Mogg left students with a very important message, “If you really want to do something, despite whatever setbacks you may encounter, always remember to try, try, try and try again. You can do whatever it is you want to do, but you must never accept no and always seek alternative ways to achieve what you want.” He likened this advice to some of his Etonian school friends who would have made fantastic MPs, but gave up after not being successful in their first campaigns. Mr Rees-Mogg was successful after approximately 20 attempts showing his determination to succeed.  

Local ward councillor, Cllr Chris Whitehouse (Conservative, Newport West), arranged the visit on behalf of the College and said, “Jacob is one of the most sought-after speakers in the House of Commons, so it’s a real coup to have secured him to visit Christ the King College. He’s always willing to give generously of his time and promised a return visit in the future. He’s a top Tory toff alright!”

Quiz Night at the Sun Inn, Hulverstone – 17th October 2014

Team Ecuador had a fantastic night at the Sun Inn on Friday 17th October with a hugely successful quiz night in aid of our trip to Ecuador next year.

Spirits were high after the meals had been served and everyone had eaten, and plenty of tables had been filled by our friends, families, colleagues and teachers. The evening had a very relaxed and fun atmosphere, and everyone was excited and enthused by our wonderful Quiz Master, Tony Young, as he cracked a joke and made a smile as he announced each question, whilst we progressed through the evening.

The evening was made extra special by the huge number of prizes available in the raffle; thanks to Hursts for donating a Kitchen Appliance, The Brighstone Village shop for donating a box of fresh fruit, and to anyone else who donated items for our Raffle.  After the raffle, all minds were set to the results of the quiz. Congratulation to Miss Calloway and her family and friends, who managed to defeat all others and come first!

Thank you to everyone who came to show their support for Team Ecuador, we are so very grateful! We raised £286.50 for the whole evening – a huge success! We, as Team Ecuador, would like to say a massive thanks to Tony Young, our wonderful Quiz Master, Karen Sheath, for organising the event. Karen formulated the questions and arranged the venue and the proceedings of the evening. Thank you so much, Karen! And finally, the Sun Inn, our wonderful hosts for the evening.

Mr Stolborg


IWLF at Christ the King College.

Our day started with Sarah Holding presenting to Year 7s and then Year 8s a creative writing workshop. Sarah engaged students and staff with details of how she became a writer of Science Fiction and read from her book SeaBEAN the title of which is a piece of futuristic technology shaped as a black cube that can travel through time and space. Students were then put into groups and given a black box containing items and pictures. Their task was to create a story set on the Isle of Wight one hundred years from now using some or all of the items. Students brainstormed what changes may have taken place over the one hundred years. Students then created a narrative for the items writing a blurb to entice readers. This created the top of their “SeaBEAN” cube. The sides were made up from parts of chapters of their story, characterisations, illustrations and cliff-hangers. These were then taped together to form the students very own “SeaBEAN”.

Guy Cross, General Manager at Medina Publishing Ltd, presented to the Sixth Form Creative Writing and English students. His presentation covered the many different career options in publishing from the well-known roles to newer roles that have been created by changing technology such as blogging or creating algorithms for Google to increase sales. Guy said, “I thoroughly enjoyed presenting to the Sixth Form and was pleasantly surprised at how many of them are doing your Creative Writing ‘A’ level.”

After lunch Julia Golding, who also writes as Joss Stirling and Eve Edwards, took Year 9 students on a very entertaining journey of writing a fantasy novel using her Young Knights series as an illustration. Students were delighted to participate in creating a new character. This was done by using a small bean bag and a large die to choose character traits. The Young Knights series has a parallel world to ours which for every year there, it is one hundred of our years. To illustrate this, Julia took us through the ages from Egyptians to Romans to Medieval times using hats and props to depict how a character in the other world has existed for millennia in ours. Lastly Julia dressed Ross Taylor in a pirate costume, each part representing an aspect of writing a fantasy novel. Charlotte Kent said, “Really interesting talk and loved the way Ross was dressed as a pirate.”

Next on the agenda was Linda Newbery who writes stories for young readers through to adult novels. Linda chose her Carnegie Medal nominated book The Sandfather to illustrate the creative writing process with a group of Year 8s.  Linda was inspired to write by her holidays as a child at Little Hampton beach. As an adult, when embarking on writing The Sandfather, Linda returned to Little Hampton and photographed it extensively so she could get details exactly right in the book. The Year 8s were particularly impressed with Linda’s research extending to learning to sail as one of the main characters sails in the book.

Last, but not least, was Cecilia Busby, author of the Deep Amber series which has a portal from our world to a magical one. Cecilia told us of her inspiration for this series coming from daily life. Ideally items should not move between worlds but a portal has opened giving rise to a number of adventures. Cecilia took the Year 8s through a writing workshop focusing on describing items. Characters in her book come across what to us are everyday items which they have never seen or used before. The students’ task was to step through a “portal” into “a new world” and describe what they see. Students then had the opportunity to “step” through a portal and read to the class their new world. Many of the worlds had unstable ground; “the ground was a wobbly as jelly”, “bouncy as a trampoline”, “like a bouncy castle”, “always moving “ and “the most spongiest grass ever” which left us all a little giddy.

Ms Ryan




Year 11 Thorpe Park Visit

On a wet and drizzling October 14th, 54 Year 11 Business Students visited Thorpe Park in preparation for their Business Studies coursework

The students had a chance to test out the customer service on the rides and tour the park before having a talk organised to investigate matters from the recruitment processes to target marketing and environmental issues.

Despite the ceaseless damp, the student's spirits remained high and their behaviour was exemplary; all seemed to gain from the experience.

Mrs Gard must be especially congratulated on overcoming her fears and going on her first ever rollercoaster.  She just happened to pick one which goes from 0 -80mph in two seconds.  No photographic evidence exists of the event, but she was still smiling at the end!

Mr Davie
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Bishop visits College

The Church of England's Bishop of Portsmouth the Rt Rev Christopher Foster visited our Sixth Form students on Monday 13th October. The Bishop spoke about inequality and injustice to which the students engaged with many interesting questions.