On Tuesday Mrs Madden and I accompanied four KS3 students, (pictured above, left to right Harrison, Sophie, Ellie, and Eve) to a meeting at Cardiff City Hall. Together with young people from Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni and the Cardiff Youth Forum they had been invited to present to Professor Graham Donaldson, the author of “Successful Futures,” the document behind our new curriculum in Wales, and the Children’s Commissioner Sally Holland, as well as representatives from Welsh Government and headteachers on the advisory committee. So this was a pretty high-powered event!
The invitation came as a result of a Student Curriculum Conference we had put on in our Hexad group last summer. I was really proud of the way all the pupils presented their views and then participated in the discussions which followed. RCCS pupils started off the meeting with a talk in which they explained the work of the Hexad and shared their views on the curriculum- based on the discussions they had had at the conference. This was followed by full and frank discussions about how we take things forward in Wales and the pitfalls we need to avoid. I thought it was very interesting and informative, and judging by all the tweets afterwards everyone involved thought the same!
Don’t forget Quiz Night on 15th Feb! It only costs £5 to enter and we have some great prizes lined up!
Year Eight have been involved in exams this week. This is not only a good way of assessing their progress but it also prepares them for the GCSE exams in Y11. I am looking forward to seeing how everyone got on.
The new Welsh Bac has provided our KS4 students with lots of opportunities, in and out of school. I have been impressed by all the projects I have heard about, and I am really pleased that many of them are community based. The programme has given our students the opportunity to help their peers in the school, and I am thinking especially of the expert support some have provided to younger pupils in rugby, and the excellent work others have done to help in the ASD Centre. There are other examples, too. Very well done to everyone involved and to the teachers who facilitate this.
The School Council has a meeting in early February with the Chief Education Officer, Mrs Keri Cole. She is keen to get the views of young people in CCBC schools, and under the leadership of the head boy and head girl I am sure the Council will be delighted to share their opinions. This is another example of the importance of all of us involved in education listening to young people, and something I feel very strongly about. I hope to include more information on this in a later blog.
Best of luck to Newport County for Saturday’s game against Spurs! Lots of us at RCCS are very excited! Then the following weekend the Six Nations kicks off. Wales play Scotland, so, as is the tradition here, we’re flying the Scottish saltire during the week before the game, and the flags of our subsequent opponents throughout the tournament.
Well done to 9JF for being top form for attendance again this week. Overall attendance has been lower than we would hope, though there is a lot of illness about at the moment, with quite a bit of ‘Australian ‘flu’ it seems.
THEME FOR THE WEEK: Confidence
ASSEMBLIES: Assistant Headteacher
LITERACY FOCUS: Paragraphs
NUMERACY FOCUS: Long multiplication
NUMBER OF THE WEEK: “9 / nine / naw / neuf / IX” A human pregnancy normally lasts for nine months. There are some interesting number patterns involving the numbers up to 9 in multiplications. Here are some examples:-
12345679 × 9 = 111111111
12345679 × 18 = 222222222
12345679 × 81 = 999999999
CYMRAEG YR WYTHNOS: “Agorwch eich llyfr!” : “Open your book!”
ENGLISH WORD OF THE WEEK: fortitude : courage in adversity
THIS WEEK’S QUOTATION: “Through my education, I didn’t just develop skills, I didn’t just develop the ability to learn, but I developed confidence.” -Michelle Obama
TRIVIA OF THE WEEK: The great glasshouse in the National Botanical Garden of Wales, Carmarthenshire, is the largest single-span glasshouse in the world, measuring 312ft in length and 180ft in width
TWEET OF THE WEEK:
Very proud of our pupils who delivered a presentation and took part in some great discussions today on the new curriculum here in Wales, with @GHCDon and @childcomwales. So important their voice is heard. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/NTdky6I8II
23 Jan 2018, 14:21