[LITERACY CHALLENGE! There’s a semi-colon somewhere in the blog. Can you find it and can you decide if it’s been used correctly?]
We’ve only been back for two weeks but it seems longer already, the summer holidays are a distant memory- as is the decent weather! Most people have settled in well and I have been impressed by the work being done in the lessons I have visited. Our new Y7 are great ambassadors for their former Primary Schools, and nearly everyone I have spoken with is working hard and getting on with things in a very mature and diligent way. They are polite and friendly, and possibly one of the most confident groups of people I can recall joining our school. Well done!
On Monday we had representatives from the Youth Parliament on campus, conducting a poll in which our pupils could choose which topic they would like debated in the House of Commons. This was organised by our Prefects. They are also organising the election of our new School Council over the next few weeks. This is an important organisation which is crucial in making decisions about how we move the school forward and I hope many pupils will be keen to get involved.
Sports and other cross-curricular clubs are starting up over the next few weeks and you can see what’s currently available below- but keep an eye out for updates and additions from as early as next week. Again, I urge pupils to get involved. Several sporting clubs were running on Wednesday and Thursday and it was good to see they were really well attended.The girls’ new toilets open this week. They are such an improvement on the old ones! We decided against a special ceremony to mark the occasion! Not widely known in the UK, but there is a very famous French novel and also a film called “Clochemerle” about the ceremonial opening of a public toilet- very funny and worth reading/watching if you get the chance!
Despite our best efforts and support from the Police I am afraid many people are still ignoring the road traffic regulations and collecting and dropping pupils outside the pedestrian entrance. We are again in consultation with the authority about this problem, as well as the Police, and also working with them on formulating a new strategy to manage on-site traffic which has become problematic. I shall keep you updated through this blog.
The Attendance Competition returns this week (see below). Congratulations to our first winners; they are a Y7 form, so what a start to their time at Risca! It’s Ms Bish’s 7CB. Very well done to all of you!
Finally a reminder of our Open Evening on Thursday 5th October. If you know of anyone who is a parent/carer of a child currently in Y6 please do let them know. Thanks.
ATTENDANCE THIS WEEK
NEXT WEEK: Find out how the chickens are getting on….!
THEME FOR THE WEEK: ASPIRATION
ASSEMBLY: Assistant Headteacher (Mr Coombes)
LITERACY FOCUS: Using capital letters correctly
NUMERACY FOCUS: Metric units (measures)
NUMBER OF THE WEEK: “99 / ninety-nine / naw deg naw / quatre-vingt-dix-neuf / XCIX” 99 is the atomic number of Einsteinium. 99 is also the name given to an ice-cream cone with a flake in it! Form 7CB are leading the way with over 99% attendance!
WELSH PHRASE OF THE WEEK: Diolch yn fawr iawn : Thank you very much!
ENGLISH WORD OF THE WEEK: aspiration : a goal or objective that is strongly desired; an ambition.
THIS WEEK’S QUOTATION: “Can you remember who you were before the world told you who you should be? ” —Anon.
TRIVIA OF THE WEEK: According to the English language version of a 1983 anti-war song by German singer Nena there were “99 red balloons.” In the original this is “neun und neunzig Luftballons” which just means “99 (air) balloons” in German. The word “red” was added to the English language version to make the song scan properly. (Question: What does ‘scan’ mean in this context?) Apparently Nena and her band always regretted recording the English version as the lyrics were a poor translation and took away the seriousness of the original message. Any older readers who would like to take a trip down memory lane, click HERE!
WEBSITE OF THE WEEK: The official school website.
TWEET OF THE WEEK:
Great effort by our year 10 boys for organising their Welsh bacc voluntary hours by helping with extra curricular clubs today! ⚽️
14 Sep 2017, 18:16