We are delighted to confirm that we are now officially an “autism aware” school. As most of you know, we have an ASD Centre here at Risca, so it was natural for us to want to win this accreditation, which involved training of the whole school community including the governors. I’d like to thank Mrs Howells and Mrs S Coles for the work they have done leading this. Great news!
Miss Bawler has been looking at some new equipment she is keen for the school to invest in: virtual reality headsets. The digital leaders had a try out early on in the week, and everyone was very impressed. I had a go myself and I must say things have really moved on in this area of technology. The educational possibilities are great, but it is quite an expensive resource. No doubt Miss Bawler will be coming to see me in the near future to discuss how we can move forward!
Mr Knott took a group of students to Rodney Parade this week to try out some interesting apps and other technologies being used as part of a project with Dragons rugby. They had a tour of the ground and facilities, met some of the players, and then worked on digital presentations. Everyone really enjoyed the day!
Boys from Y7 and Y9 have been participating in the Urdd Rugby 7s tournament this week. This was a great experience for everyone involved. As anyone who has played it will tell you, Rugby 7s is a tough game, and the boys from both teams we fielded acquitted themselves very well. Schools across Wales were represented. The bad news was that unfortunately the Y10 day was cancelled on the Thursday due to flooding. Here are the squads, Y7 on top. Can you tell which photo was taken before the tournament, and which at the end?! Many thanks to Mr Mock for organising this.
The work on the Sensory Garden is underway, and there will be more information and pictures in future blogs. Thank you to everyone who has been involved with this and to those who have supported the various projects such as the FORCE quiz night and the Tesco blue token scheme which we have used to raise funds.
This is not school related but I was sad to learn of the death of Stephen Hawking on Tuesday, and I have chosen one of his quotes for the “Quote of the Week.” and also an interesting fact about him when he was a child. What an inspirational man he was, possessing so many of the qualities we often talk about in school: resilience, perseverance, triumph in adversity. An amazing role model for all of us to look up to, and a great scientist.
THEME FOR NEXT WEEK: Anniversaries
ASSEMBLIES: Pastoral Leader Y9
NEW! LITERACY FOCUS: Joining commas
NEW! NUMERACY FOCUS: Fractions
NUMBER OF THE WEEK: “41 / forty-one / pedwar deg un / quarante et un / XLI” RCCS is 41 years old. Mozart’s longest symphony is his 41st- and it proved to be his last. The race number worn by Sir Roger Bannister when he broke the mythical 4-minute mile barrier in 1954.
CYMRAEG YR WYTHNOS: “Penblwydd hapus” : “Happy Birthday.”
ENGLISH WORD OF THE WEEK: Anniversary :the date on which an event took place, or an institution was founded, in a previous year. (e.g. “2017 was the fortieth anniversary of the opening of Risca Comp.”)
THIS WEEK’S QUOTATION:”However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.” Stephen Hawking
FACT OF THE WEEK: Stephen Hawking didn’t have the sort of successful early academic career you might expect from a scientific genius. He claimed he didn’t learn to properly read until he was 8 years old, and his grades never surpassed the average scores of his classmates at his secondary school.
TWEET OF THE WEEK:
Yr8 pupils about to interview @dragonsrugby prop LLoyd Fairbrother using the Green Screen Application! pic.twitter.com/ymO4QVlp4p
14 Mar 2018, 11:18