We were very proud to take part in last Friday’s Armistice Service at Moriah Church in Risca. Two of our Y8 pupils, Joe and Phoebe, read poems, Phoebe’s being her own composition which by tradition will feature in print on next year’s programme. Next year is very important as it marks 100 years since the end of the Great War. As I said at the service, it is important we never forget the sacrifices made by men and women in times of war and conflict.
We’ve had a very busy week here at RCCS. On Monday we were joined in Y7 Assembly by Mr David Price from DS Smith, our Careers Wales Business Class partner. We are running a competition to design a poster to encourage recycling, and the winner will have their poster above the smart new paper recycling bins we are getting. They will also win some impressive prizes- more to follow in a couple of weeks!
That evening we held a meeting of the Governing Body. We were delighted to be able to share some very positive news about the school’s 2017 examination performance in the light of recent data, and talk about the new “Friends of RCCS” group we are hoping to establish.
On Tuesday we took delivery of the book about our school’s history. This is a fascinating read and is recommended as a Christmas gift for anyone connected with our school, covering as it does the time of the school’s inception right up to last summer’s concert and time capsule ceremony. Parents of pupils currently at the school can purchase the book through the ParentPay online system. The book can also be paid for by cash or cheque via Reception. Please send any queries about purchasing to email@example.com Thank you.
It was good to see so many parents at the Y8 evening on Tuesday. We are continuing with our appointments system, which was broadly speaking very well received when we introduced it last year. The next Parents’ Evening will be on Monday December 4th, and it is for Y11.
On Wednesday we took part in the Shakespeare Festival at the Riverfront Theatre in Newport with a production of “Henry V.” You may recognise the title of this blog as one of the best known quotations from that play. It was a superb performance by all, but I have to mention one person in particular, Angharad, who played the title role with great authority and passion. Thank you to Mrs Green and her team for all their hard work behind the scenes. I am looking forward to next year’s play already.
On Thursday we welcomed students from Cardiff Met University to talk to Y9 about opportunities for employment in art and design. This was a really useful session and is food for thought when considering options.
Today we’ve had a non-uniform day to mark Children in Need, and also a netball match between the male and female staff. In a hard-fought contest the women came out 14-6 winners! Well done everyone for raising nearly £500 for this excellent cause.
Next week starts with two consecutive INSET days when staff will be visiting other schools and then sharing their findings with colleagues. We will be working with more than twenty schools across South Wales! This is excellent professional development, and we are very grateful to our colleagues for accommodating us.
Finally, you may remember I mentioned in a previous blog about former pupil Amy Newnes? She was going to climb Mt Kilimanjaro. Well, she did it! Here is her account. Well done Amy, and all for a great cause!
I first signed up for Kilimanjaro in September 2016. I didn’t really give it much thought, I just knew I wanted to do something different, something out of my comfort zone. Earlier that year my cousin’s husband passed away after an 18 month battle with cancer at the age of 29. It got me, it broke my heart, the same age as me and it gave me a fire to make sure I make the most of life.It has been a rollercoaster of highs and lows! I was never sure if I would fundraise enough money or get far enough for the mountain but I just had to keep going. My two biggest supporters my mum [Carole Newnes, who works in our ASD Centre] and my boyfriend Huw, baking until 2am with mum for so many cake sales!.. Bagpacking, organising a gig night, raffles, cycling for charity, walking for charity!Tenovus Cancer Care, based in Wales, aren’t as well known but in many ways they are leading the way for cancer patients. the first charity to develop mobile cancer units. Similar to the blood donor vans they park in nearby supermarkets and provide life saving treatments close to patients homes.So to the mountain…Kilimanjaro showed no mercy! It was tough, when you can’t do the most natural thing in the world…breathe! Over 7days, 11 of us became the best of friends and supported each other all the way through nose bleeds, headaches, swollen hands, faces and dare I say tears! It is the hardest thing I have ever done!Reaching the top was like nothing I can describe, exhausting but it felt like I was stood on top of the world!We will have the final fundraising total at the end of November but I’m proud to say I have personally raised £5000 so far and our team total currently stands at nearly £55,000!Thank you to everyone who has supported my journey, I am beyond grateful!
THEME FOR THE WEEK: Successful Futures
ASSEMBLY: Assistant Headteacher (Mr Oliver)
LITERACY FOCUS: Using the apostrophe for omission
NUMERACY FOCUS: Percentages (mental methods)
NUMBER OF THE WEEK: “14 / fourteen / un deg pedwar / quatorze / XIV” Fourteen Locks is a well-known place of interest near Risca. See Website of the Week for more information.
CYMRAEG YR WYTHNOS: Dw i’n mynd i… : I am going to… (e.g. Dw i’n mynd i wylio gêm : I am going to watch the match)
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ENGLISH WORD OF THE WEEK: interim (adj): provisional; for a short period; temporary (e.g. “An interim manager will be appointed to take charge of the club until the end of the season”)
THIS WEEK’S QUOTATION: “Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow’s reality.” Malala Yousafzai
FACT OF THE WEEK: The longest aqueduct in the UK is the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct on the Llangollen Canal in North Wales. The aqueduct stretches over the River Dee Valley and is 1000 feet long.
WEBSITE OF THE WEEK: Fourteen Locks Canal Centre
TWEET OF THE WEEK:
Congratulations to everyone involved in tonight’s superb production of Henry V! A great performance from a very talented cast. Very well done indeed!
15 Nov 2017, 22:25