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A group of boys from Yr 7 and 8 had an opportunity to experience a workshop with the author and artist Huw Aaron on Friday 3/3/17. Huw Aaron is the creator of the cartoon magazine Mellten and the pupils were delighted to read the magazine and then create their own cartoon characters and short stories.
Morgan Greenway was one of the boys who took part in the workshop, “I learnt how to create interesting cartoons to help children to enjoy reading. We learnt how to show positive and negative emotions. Thanks very much to Huw Aaron for coming to us.”
We celebrated World Book Day once again this year with a variety of activities. The celebrations began with the World Book Day Service. The sixth form led the service and showed a DVD that had been created over recent weeks of members of the sixth form and staff discussing what they are currently reading. It was wonderful to see that a group of school staff and pupils had shown considerable imagination dressing up as characters from books.
At the end of every lesson during the day, an adaption of a short story was read over the tannoy, with Mr Davies, Mr Jenkins and Mrs Edwards-Jones displaying great acting skills! Everyone had heard the whole story by the end of the day.
During break time, a coffee morning was held and Siop Tŷ Tawe came to sell various books.
A group from Yr 13 who are studying Welsh went to perform the tale of Branwen for the children of Ysgol Felindre. Very original props were used!
A group from Yr 9 had an opportunity to read with Tirdeunaw, Lôn-las and Gellionnen schools. 5 stories were read to the children in turn and the children voted for their favourite book.
Hopefully, everyone was reminded of the enjoyment provided by reading books.
Our Chairing Ceremony was held on 1 March as part of the school’s St David’s Day celebrations. This year, a brand new chair was created for the occasion: one that will be used and treasured for years to come. Thanks very much to Mr Brian Evans and Mr Bridgens for their delicate work creating the beautiful chair. The reigns were handed over, as usual, to the school’s head pupils, i.e. Anna Mathews and Iestyn Davies, who presided over the ceremony superbly.
This year, the Chief Poet Aneirin Karadog was the judge. It was good to welcome him back to us after he held two poetry workshops at the school recently with Yr 9 and 10 boys.
Everyone listened attentively to the criticism for the Chair and it became obvious that ‘Saunders 2’ had pleased the judge greatly. It was wonderful to see Sara Dafydd of Year 13 rising from her seat at the back of the packed hall to accept the privilege of being the school’s top writer this year. Huge congratulations to her. Second for the chair was Lowri Powell of Yr 10, with Hannah Morgan of Yr 10 third. The Welsh department would like to thank everyone who competed, particularly the staff and pupils who were part of the ceremony – especially Jasmine Lewis and Rhys Whatty for accompanying on the harp, Kirsty Lewis for singing the chairing song, Rachel Hadley and Sam Dawson for playing the fanfare, and Tara Camm and Rhys Evans for fetching the winner. It was wonderful also to see representatives from every year on the stage after they were chosen for commitment to Welshness at the school.
Congratulations also to Bethan Levy for winning the English trophy.
Here are the other literary results:
Yr 7 Poetry
1st- Angharad James
2nd- Dafydd Roberts
3rd- Kiera Fetch
Yr 7 Prose
1st- Sion Thomas
2nd- Mirain Owen
3rd- Anest Cunliffe
Yr 8 Poetry
1st- Ffion Tomos
2nd- Annwen Morgan
3rd- Ben Lervy and Hannah Non Cordingly
Yr 8 Prose
1st- Ffion Tomos
2nd- Amy Johnson
3rd- Grace Lancey
Yr 9 Poetry
1st- Thea Wood
2nd- Aaliyah Janes
3rd- Erin Owens
Yr 9 Prose
1st- Angharad John
2nd- Thea Wood and Megan Davies
3rd- Cameron Jenkins and Erin Owens
1st- Jasmine Lewis
2nd- Ffion Gould
3rd- George Foley
Yr 10 Poetry
1st- Lowri Powell
2nd- Hannah Morgan
3rd- Lowri Evans
Yr 10 Prose
1st- Rhys Beynon
2nd- Manon Keeble
3rd- Rhodri Jenkins
Yr 12 and 13 Prose
1st- Sara Dafydd
2nd- Rhydian Cleaver
3rd- Sara Dafydd
We are proud to share with our parents that we have been recognised as a ‘Green Category’ School’ for this year. Parental Guide National Categorisation. A big thank you to all our staff and pupils for their continuous hard work!
18 boys from year 9 had the opportunity to take part in a workshop with the Poet Aneurin Karadog. The pupils were set a challenge to write a poem about War and had the opportunity to read their poems at the end of the day, with some pupils rapping their poems to the beat of Aneurin’s post. Many Thanks to Aneurin and congratulations to the boys for creating memorable poems that will be displayed in the school in the near future.