Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more..!

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!

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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.

IMG_5763On 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 community@riscacom.net 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.

Screen Shot 2017-11-17 at 19.15.33.pngOn 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.

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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.

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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.

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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!
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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)

Find out more about the Welsh Phrase of the Week by clicking HERE

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

8TWEET OF THE WEEK:

@RiscaCCS_Head
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
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Time for a change…?

I hope everyone had a good break for half term. This first week back has been a busy one for Y11 with Maths exams for everyone and some also doing English GCSE. Quite a few pupils had an exam every day. Results will be available in January- good luck to everyone!

There was quite a lot happening in the week before the break. On Friday Miss Bawler took a group to the Public Health Wales Conference at the Celtic Manor. This was a great opportunity for some of our pupils and they made a great impression on the leading health figures in Wales, asking sensible questions and putting forward some clear suggestions.  As a result there will be several follow up activities and further involvement with them as they seek to get a youth perspective on matters concerning the health of the nation.  Michael Sheen summed up brilliantly what he wanted Wales to look like in 10 years time “A Wales in charge of its destiny”… surely the goal of education too – wanting to see pupils able to be in charge of their own destiny.  Questions about what one thing should be the focus for making that change led to a wealth of answers from the practicality of improving transport links, to the more abstract notion of improving values and empathy of the people.  There is no one fix, but it was an interesting end to a thought provoking day.

On Thursday we were delighted to welcome Falklands War veteran Simon Weston and the Lord Lieutenant of Gwent, Brigadier Robert Aitken, to the school for a Q and A session. As well as questions about the role of the military, there was also lots of discussion about motivation and inspiration, and I know our visitors and our students really enjoyed the afternoon.

Earlier in the week we had welcomed another guest speaker, Rudi Plaut, to speak with some Y11 pupils. Here’s a brief write up from Cerys and Chloe in Mrs Madden’s English class:-

Rudi Plaut is an entrepreneur who came to RCCS with a clear message, supporting us to develop our range of abilities and reach our full potential even if it means not achieving the highest grades, teaching us that we are all equally important in the world of work and the social community. He spoke about past opportunities and challenges he has overcome to become the successful businessman he is today – establishing that success needs to be worked at, and that determination, ambition and motivation are key aspects to reaching your desired profession, making us feel important and inspired.

You may have seen an item on the BBC about a school near here, Machen Primary, having a special facility- a sensory den- opened, thanks to fund-raising by the mother of one of the pupils. Read and see more here. Well, Claire Kulisa’s daughter is now here at RCCS in Y7 and this is her own report of the special day they had:-

 My name is Lilly Kulisa and I’m in Year 7. Nine months ago my mother (Claire Kulisa) decided to raise money for a sensory den to be built in my previous school. So she ran a marathon but at 17 miles into the race she broke her leg! She was so determined to finish she carried on the other 9 miles.
On November the 7th, the den had been completed and an opening ceremony took place. Richard Mylan, a famous actor, came to the den to cut the ribbon, but instead he handed the scissors (carefully) to me and my mum, we cut the ribbon to open the den which will be used by children with additional learning difficulties.
My mum is all well and healthy now!

Thank you, Lilly, for the write-up and well done mum!

Screen Shot 2017-11-08 at 14.23.52We’re asking the community to consider a possible change to the school logo, and possibly even to the school colours. As part of this process we are conducting an internal school survey open to staff and pupils via our email service and a second survey to the wider community which is available HERE.  Keeping things just as they are, or a change in logo alone and keeping the current school colours, will have no financial implications at all for the school or for parents. Should we eventually decide to revert to the colours of the original 1977 tie, which is one possible suggestion, the only change to the normal uniform would be the tie, and everyone has an anniversary tie anyway. However, we’d have to update the signage in due course. If we also decided to change colours for sport this would obviously mean a new kit. The new logos are based on a design by pupils from the art department. Voting results will inform the decision, and any change would need then to be agreed by School Council and Governors.

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THEME FOR THE WEEK: Responsibility

ASSEMBLY: Prefect Team

LITERACY FOCUS: Using the apostrophe for omission

NUMERACY FOCUS: Percentages (mental methods)

NUMBER OF THE WEEK:  “21  /  twenty one / un deg un / vingt et un / XXI” For many years, 21 marked the age of entry into adulthood, known as “the key of the door”

CYMRAEG YR WYTHNOS:  Mae rhiad i mi….: I need to… (e.g. Mae rhiad i mi dacluso f’ystafell : I need to tidy my room)

Find out more about the Welsh Phrase of the Week by clicking HERE

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THIS WEEK’S QUOTATION: “I believe that every single one of us, celebrity or not, has a responsibility to get involved in trying to make a difference in the world. Our generation faces many challenges, some of which were passed on to us by the past generations, but it’s up to us to find solutions today so that we don’t keep passing our problems on.”  Shakira


FACT OF THE WEEK: Wikipedia’s logo is Earth. The puzzle pieces it consists of are a symbol of multilingualism, so each is labelled with letters of different languages. Taken together, they make the word WIKIPEDIA while the missing pieces indicate that the encyclopedia isn’t finished and is constantly being updated.

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WEBSITE OF THE WEEK:  www.wikipedia.com

TWEET OF THE WEEK:

@RiscaCCS
Logo, ties and school colours. What would you prefer…? SURVEY: poll.fm/5vk0e pic.twitter.com/s5erowb2Qf
8 Nov 2017, 17:35

Remembrance.

THEME FOR THE WEEK: Remembrance

ASSEMBLY: Assistant Headteacher (Mrs Madden)

NEW LITERACY FOCUS: Using the apostrophe for omission

NEW NUMERACY FOCUS: Percentages (mental methods)

NUMBER OF THE WEEK:  “11  /  eleven / un deg un / onze / XI” We remember those who have died in war and conflict every year on Remembrance Day, which marks the signing of the armistice at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, 1918.

CYMRAEG YR WYTHNOS:  Byddwn yn eu cofio.: We will remember them

Find out more about the Welsh Phrase of the Week by clicking HERE

ENGLISH WORD OF THE WEEK: armistice : an agreement made by opposing sides in a war to stop fighting either on a temporary or permanent basis.

THIS WEEK’S QUOTATION: 

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Dulce et Decorum Est

BY WILFRED OWEN
Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs,
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots,
But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
Of gas-shells dropping softly behind.
Gas! GAS! Quick, boys!–An ecstasy of fumbling
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time,
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling
And flound’ring like a man in fire or lime.–
Dim through the misty panes and thick green light,
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.
In all my dreams before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.
If in some smothering dreams, you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,–
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori.
Note:
Latin phrase is from the Roman poet Horace: “It is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country.”

FACT OF THE WEEK: World War One was one of the deadliest conflicts in the history of the human race, in which over 16 million people died. The total number of both civilian and military casualties is estimated at around 37 million people. The war killed almost 7 million civilians and 10 million military personnel.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK:  Eric Bogle’s   “The Green Fields of France.”

TWEET OF THE WEEK:

@RiscaCCS_Head
Poppies on all the lamp posts on the main road through Risca make an impressive display of remembrance- great idea. #WeWillRememberThem
26 Oct 2017, 16:32

 

Calling all friends of RCCS!

Half term starts on Friday 27th. So this is the last blog of this half term, and there’s a prize to be won! This time you need to tell me where I have missed out an apostrophe, which is our literacy theme at the moment! (Usual rules apply, you must be a current pupil, and you need to be the first to tell me to win.)

An eerie darkness descended over the school on Monday morning- all to do with storm Ophelia. Fortunately we escaped any damage from the storm itself  but it was a fascinating phenomenon to witness, with the sun a bright orange orb in a dark grey sky. Lots of us tried taking photos on our phones, but they don’t really do justice to it.OpheliaSun

On Tuesday I had a letter from a member of the public commending two of our pupils for the help they gave his young son after he’d fallen off his scooter and hurt himself quite badly. Jacob and Lewis from Y11 called an ambulance and looked after the lad until help arrived. Fortunately he is now recovered. These acts of kindness are important. Young people can get a very bad press theses days, and I am happy to give this a mention in the blog this week- it also got quite a lot of coverage on Twitter, with well over 100 likes/retweets, including from the Children’s Commissioner and Welsh Government Education Department no less!

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The book detailing the history of the school will be available after half term. It’s a fascinating account of how the school began in the early 1970s right up until this summers celebrations! More in future blogs!

Congratulations to former pupil Amy Newnes! I mentioned her expedition in an earlier blog and can now confirm she and her friends completed the climb of Mount Kilimanjaro, raising lots of money for Tenovus Cancer Care. Very well done to everyone involved- we hope to have some pictures and a bit more detail in a later blog.

Talking of ex-pupils, on Thursday I met with our Future First officer, Nabila. Future First runs our alumni (i.e. former students) network and we have quite a few ideas to move this forward this year. Former students who have not yet signed up can do so HERE.

Today, Friday, lots of us have been wearing red to show our support for “Show Racism the Red Card” day. Racism in any form is intolerable, as is any form of discrimination and we hope this is an ethos shared right across our community.

Next week we are welcoming Falklands veteran Simon Weston and Robert Aitken, Lord Lieutenant of Gwent to our school to discuss the changing role of the military with a group of history students and other interested people. They are both good friends to our school and we are very lucky to have such guests back at RCCS.

Please take care over Halloween if you go out trick or treating, and remember to respect those people who have chosen not to take part.

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We are getting a ‘Friends of RCCS” group together to support the school with community events and fundraising- and indeed anything else that might help “make the difference.” Please see below for more information and do get in touch on the community email address if you can help. Thank you! We’ll have our first meeting after half term.

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THEME FOR THE WEEK: Our different learning needs

ASSEMBLY: Principal Teacher of ALN (Mr Lloyd)

LITERACY FOCUS: Using the apostrophe for belonging

NUMERACY FOCUS: Addition and Subtraction (written methods)

Six-2NUMBER OF THE WEEK:  “6  / six / chwech / six / VI” The main international European rugby tournament is the Six Nations. There are six strings on a standard guitar. The prefix ‘hex- ‘means ‘relating to six.’ A hexad is a group of six. What other hex- words do you know? A cube has six sides, the highest score therefore on a standard dice or die is six.

CYMRAEG YR WYTHNOS: Ble mae…? : Where is…? (EG: Ble mae’r llyfrgell? Where is the Library?)

Find out more about the Welsh Phrase of the Week by clicking HERE

ENGLISH WORD OF THE WEEK: cognition: the mental action or process of acquiring knowledge and understanding through thought, experience, and the senses.

THIS WEEK’S QUOTATION: ‘Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” Benjamin Franklin

TRIVIA OF THE WEEK: About 20 percent of the earth’s land is made up of desert, and the world’s largest desert is the Sahara of North Africa.

WEBSITE OF THE WEEK:  Virtuworld.net. The site included this virtual dice for games etc

TWEET OF THE WEEK:

@RiscaCCS_Head
Very proud of two of our pupils. As the gentleman says, young people get a bad press sometimes. This goes a little way to redress the balance. Well done. pic.twitter.com/Efs0mGDyKd
17 Oct 2017, 17:12   

#GoRisca!

We held a Leadership Forum meeting on Monday with senior staff to discuss a number of issues, including the new standards for teaching and leadership and an approach to ‘learning walks’- short visits to classrooms to focus on aspects such as pupil progress. We also discussed our INSET day programme. Regular readers of this blog know that at  RCCS we are committed to collaborative working; part of this means that once every two years we ask teachers to spend a day in another school, looking at how they are approaching things which are also part of our school’s improvement plan. This is then fed back to colleagues. We have two days coming up in November, the 20th and 21st, when we’ll be engaging with this programme. A reminder that pupils are not in school on those days.

On Tuesday I caught the second half of the Y7 boys’ rugby game against St Julian’s. This  was played in a good spirit and our boys came out as winners by five tries to two! Well done lads, and thanks to Mr John for his time in setting up and refereeing the fixture. Later in the week Y8 and Y9 girls played netball against Blackwood (a draw and a win) and the Y11 boys won their football match against Newbridge 3-0. Needless to say there have been quite a few tweets this week using the hashtag #GoRisca!

I’m delighted to say that a few parents are keen to start up a PTA, a “Friends of RCCS” group, or something similar to support the school by fundraising, helping out at events etc. If we can get this up and running it would be great. I am personally very keen to develop the community aspects of the school and this will be a very effective way of doing this. There are quite a few links already and they are growing- we have parents interested in helping with sport and music for example.

Miss Bawler and Mrs Nash have been interviewing for our new ‘digital leader’ roles. These are pupils who will be trained to support IT across the school. I have sat in on a couple of the interviews (they are done in groups) and have been extremely impressed.

The cast of this year’s Shakespeare Festival play “Henry V” had a workshop at the Riverfront in Newport on Thursday. It was a really successful day and the actors learnt a lot from the experience. Our performance will be on November 15th and I am really looking forward to it!


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THEME FOR THE WEEK: Behaviour for learning

ASSEMBLY: Principal Teacher of Science (Mrs Nash)

LITERACY FOCUS: Using the apostrophe for belonging

NUMERACY FOCUS: Addition and Subtraction (written methods)

NUMBER OF THE WEEK:  “36  /  thirty-six / tri deg chwech / trente-six / XXXVI” 36 is both the square of 6 and a triangular number, making it a square triangular number. It is the smallest square triangular number other than 1, and it is also the only triangular number other than 1 whose square root is also a triangular number. It is also a circular number- a square number that ends with the same integer by itself (6×6=36). (SOURCE: Wikipedia)

CYMRAEG YR WYTHNOS: Da iawn! : Well done!

Find out more about the Welsh Phrase of the Week by clicking HERE

ENGLISH WORD OF THE WEEK: respect : due regard for the feelings, wishes, or rights of others.

THIS WEEK’S QUOTATION: “If we accept being talked to any kind of a way, then we are telling ourselves we are not quite worth the best. And if we have the effrontery to talk to anybody with less than courtesy, we tell ourselves and the world we are not very intelligent.”  -Maya Angelou

TRIVIA OF THE WEEK: A tap that leaks at a rate of one drip per second would leak about 3,000 gallons of water each year!

VIDEO OF THE WEEK:  This is a great clip, showing the head of the US Air Force training school (USAFA) making clear his views on racism to to the whole academy. Very powerful.

TWEET OF THE WEEK

@RCCS_MissBawler
5 more great appointments today to our Digital Leaders programme @RiscaCCS this time from year 9.
11 Oct 2017, 17:01

 

Our community, our school…

 

Let’s start with netball news, and both Y10 and Y11 won their  games against Blackwood school on Monday evening. Netball has always been a real strength at this school, and continues to be so. Well done to both teams.

One of our former pupils, Amy Newnes, is raising funds for Tenovus Care following the loss of a close friend to cancer. Amy left Risca in 2003. She is part of a wider group of eleven people who will be climbing Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania later this month. They have already raised an amazing £45,000 for this excellent charity. On October 9th they will begin the climb which will take six days to complete! More of this in future blogs.

Mrs Howells the Principal Teacher in charge of the ASD Centre has had a busy week! On Thursday pupils from the Centre had a visit to a local farm in Risca for a special animal therapy session. On Wednesday she had been attending the first meeting of the disability sport forum to organise some collaborative sports sessions for our pupils, and on the same day the new film club, supported by students on the Welsh Baccalaureate course, had been launched in the Centre. You can find out lots about what happens in this special provision area by following Mrs Howells on Twitter, @RCCS_ASD.

Congratulations to Elliot in Y10 who won the inaugural CSSA triathlon event which was held here at Risca this week. It involved swimming six lengths of the pool, a 1.5km bike ride, and a run over the same distance. A great achievement.

On Thursday we held our Open Evening  for parents of pupils in Year Six. It was great to meet new people and see some familiar faces as well. If you were unable to visit that evening, please get in touch with the school and we can arrange a tour. I must congratulate the pupils who were involved in the event and the prefect who did a great job as hosts and guides. They are the best ambassadors for RCCS!

Finally, one letter can make a lot of difference. Nine years ago when I came to RCCS we set the “motto” for the school as “Your community, Your School. Making the Difference.” For some time now we’ve felt this needs to change, so we’re going to lose the ‘y’s and go with “Our Community, Our School. Making the Difference.” This small change puts the school at the heart of the community rather than on the outside looking in, and I think this is really important.

 


THEME FOR THE WEEK: Number crunching

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ASSEMBLY: Principal Teacher of Maths (Mr Hobson)

LITERACY FOCUS: Using the apostrophe for belonging

NUMERACY FOCUS: Addition and Subtraction (written methods)

NUMBER OF THE WEEK:  “50  /  fifty /   pump deg / cinquante  / L” The atomic number of tin. The score of a bullseye in darts. 50 runs in cricket is called a half century.

CYMRAEG YR WYTHNOS: Faint o’r gloch ydy hi? : What’s the time?

Find out more about the Welsh Phrase of the Week by clicking HERE

ENGLISH WORD OF THE WEEK: numerate : able to understand and work with numbers

THIS WEEK’S QUOTATION:  “If I were again beginning my studies, I would follow the advice of Plato and start with mathematics.”  -Galileo

TRIVIA OF THE WEEK: The number Pi (the ratio of the circumference to the diameter of a circle) is an irrational number. It never repeats and never ends when written as a decimal. Here is Pi written to 100 decimal places: 3.1415926535897932384626433832795028841971693993751058209749445923078164062862089986280348253421170679 How many can you remember?!

WEBSITE OF THE WEEK: Web calc, an  online scientific calculator

TWEET OF THE WEEK:

@RCCS_ASD
We had a fabulous afternoon at Lylac Ridge farm today for our animal therapy session @RiscaCCS pic.twitter.com/YojkXLl5xR
5 Oct 2017, 16:39

Digital leaders required!

This week our KS3 pupils had a brilliant opportunity and experience by being able to access and engage in their RE curriculum through a fun, relevant and interactive way, as we were fortunate enough to have  GSUS LIVE at our school.  GSUS LIVE is an interactive learning experience on board a mobile bus, with a multi-media classroom.  During their timetabled RE lessons, pupils in years 7, 8 and 9 participated in thought provoking workshops, using interactive touch screen computers, where they explored the themes of: bullying, rejection, death, fear, relationships and forgiveness, through the teachings of Jesus.  Pupils were prompted to think through scenarios, make decisions and offer advice.  These themes will continue to be explored during pupils P4C (Philosophy for Children) sessions during their RE lessons in the forthcoming weeks.  It has been a really good, enjoyable experience for our pupils, and we look forward to welcoming back GSUS LIVE in 3 years time! Thanks to Mrs Cartlidge for organising this opportunity.

I was delighted to hear three of our Y9 netball players had been selected for the SE Wales trials, and congratulations to Lizzie for making the squad. I was also really pleased to see our boys’ mountain bike teams had done really well at an event in Caerphilly. This is a very popular sport in our part of the world but not one you’d always associate with school, so it was great they had a chance to get involved. We also had pupils competing in a cross-country competition and our Y8 football teams were involved in the CSSA tournament in which they acquitted themselves well.

We’re going to take part in the Show Racism the Red Card day on Friday October 20th. This will be a non-uniform (wear red, easy for us in Wales!) day, more information to follow. It’s being organised by Miss Jones and Mr Knott from the PE Department.

The School Council had their first meeting on Monday. They already have lots of ideas. I also know that teachers are queueing up to get some time on their agenda.

Miss Bawler is organising some Digital Leaders– pupils who will have responsibility to get involved with helping others in the school with all things connected with IT. We have lots of pupils with a real talent in this area, and it’s really good for them to be able to use this in our school community.

On Thursday Mr Coombes and I met with the prefect team who have a responsibility for student well being. It was a useful first meeting and we are keen to progress our work in this important area, so keep a look out for more on this in future blogs.

The ASD Centre are holding their special version of a Macmillan Coffee Morning this afternoon, and parents of the pupils have been invited in for tea and cake. It’s an excellent cause andI hope they raise lots of money!

Ty Sign Primary School is fifty years old this year, and their celebrations are underway this week. We’d like to wish them all a very happy birthday! Penblwydd Hapus!

The attendance competition returns next week.


THEME FOR THE WEEK: A love of literature

ASSEMBLY: Principal Teacher of English (Miss Pitcock)

NEW! LITERACY FOCUS: Using the apostrophe for belonging

NEW! NUMERACY FOCUS: Addition and Subtraction (written methods)

NUMBER OF THE WEEK:  “5  /  five /   pump / cinq  / V” According to ancient Greek philosophers, the universe is made up of five classical elements: water, earth, air, fire, and ether. The Olympic Games have five interlocked rings as their symbol, representing the number of inhabited continents represented by the Olympians (Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and Oceania, and the Americas).

CYMRAEG YR WYTHNOS: Fy hoff lyfr ydy… : My favourite book is… (EG: Fy hoff lyfr ydy “Harri Potter a Maen yr Athronydd” : My favourite book is “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”

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ENGLISH WORD OF THE WEEK: literature : written works, especially those considered of superior or lasting artistic merit; books and writings published on a particular subject; leaflets and other printed matter used to advertise products or give advice.

THIS WEEK’S QUOTATION: “It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”  –Oscar Wilde

TRIVIA OF THE WEEK: Having sold more than 500 million copies worldwide, Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling is the best-selling book series in history. The best selling single work of fiction is “Don Quixote” by Miguel de Cervantes.

WEBSITE OF THE WEEK: www.amazon.co.uk 

TWEET OF THE WEEK

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28 Sep 2017, 21:17