Many congratulations to a group of Year 7-9 pupils who came second in the Junior Joint Project competition at the Urdd Eisteddfod this year. The title was “Graffiti” and the group had fun creating a project based on all sorts of famous graffiti and having a go at creating some of their own graffiti at the school – all in good taste of course! Congratulations also go to a group of Year 10-13 pupils who came first in the Joint Project under 25 years old competition (for the third time running!). The challenge was to create a magazine about a specific organisation and the group decided to focus on “Fair Trade”. Here are pictures of some of the pupils who took part in the joint projects – well done to everyone who contributed!
Congratulations to Sarah (from year 12) for winning the first prize at the inaugural DylanEd awards. The competition focused on asking students to review one of the shortlisted texts for the International Dylan Thomas Prize. As part of the prize-giving ceremony, Sarah was presented with a copy of all shortlisted texts and her prize was handed to her by Claire Louise Bennett, author of ‘Pond’ (the novel reviewed by Sarah for the competition). Our sixth form students also grasped the opportunity to chat with Hannah Ellis (granddaughter of Dylan Thomas. The prize also included tickets for Sarah to attend the ceremony of the international Dylan Thomas prize, which was won by Max Porter for his novel, ‘Grief is the Thing with Feathers’’ Once again the English department can take great pride in the achievement of our sixth form students!
With the external exams about to start, may I take this opportunity to thank all our pupils and parents for their efforts and hard work over the last 5-7 years. As usual we have organised a programme of school based revision sessions to support our pupils during this important time. Without doubt, those pupils who carry out a planned revision programme at home as well as attend the sessions provided at school give themselves the best opportunity to achieve their potential. Every pupil in years 10-13 should by now be revising for at least 2 hours per night as they prepare fully for the exams.
Following a very successful session on ‘How to support your child to revise’, run by ‘Learning Performance’ in February, we’ve attached a parent flyer on the link below. This includes a series of very useful strategies and techniques you can discuss with and support your child to use as they revise. Please take advantage of this! As you know, our pupils have also received training in how to use these strategies, also by ‘Learning Performance’ – for more information, visit their website on the link below.
May I take this opportunity to wish every one of our pupils, who will be sitting exams over the next few weeks, the very best of luck!
May I also thank our staff for all the extra work they have and continue to do in preparing our pupils for the exams. There are many lunch time and after school revision sessions still being delivered – please ensure that your child attends as many of these as possible.
If you need any further information, please contact us at school
Revision timetable : Amserlen Adolygu 2016
Revision support for parents : Revision support – Parent Flyer
‘Learning Performance’ website: http://www.learningperformance.com/
It was wonderful to receive an invitation for the school to take part in the Dafydd Rowlands Remembrance Evening this year in Manor Park, Clydach. The Senior Choir, the Cerdd Dant Choir, the Folk Dance Group from years 7-9 and the years 7-9 Recitation Group all performed. These groups will be competing in the Urdd Eisteddfod in Flintshire in a few weeks. Also, a huge congratulations to Lleucu Walters from year 13 on being shortlisted for the Dafydd Rowlands Memorial Scholarship and winning third prize.
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It is a pleasure to introduce our new head boy and girl and their deputies. There were eight applicant this year- Sara Dafydd, Catrin Hedges, Rhiannon James, Anna Matthews, Iestyn Davies, Sam McVeigh, Kadun Rees and Isaac Thomas. Following an afternoon of excellent speeches and voting by year 11, 12 and the staff, we can annunce that our new head boy and girl are Anna Matthews and Iestyn Davies and their deputies are Sara Dafydd and Kadun Rees. Congratulations to the four and all who applied.
Last week, some of our year 13 students visited Shakespeare’s birthplace in the cultural town of Stratford-upon-Avon. The day proved insightful and educational and the students benefited from the expertise of Shakespearean scholar, Dr Nick Walton. As part of the visit, students also toured Shakespeare’s birthplace and museum. All students were united in their praise for Dr Walton who provided some thought-provoking seminars on Shakespeare’s tragedy. Many thanks to Mr Shaw for organising the visit and Mr Ray Thomas for driving the minibus.