Mrs Coles and I took a small group of Y11 to the Principality Stadium on Tuesday. This was part of the ‘Reach for the Sky’ project with former Welsh rugby international, Ian Gough. We all enjoyed the visit and Ian was extremely motivational and gave some great advice about preparing for the GCSEs. You can see the photos in this Flickr album! It was great to see behind the scenes- I was especially interested in the press room (see above photo), having watched some very interesting interviews taking place there on the TV!
Congratulations to Cerys in Y10 who has been selected for the Welsh national football squad playing in Dublin in April. And well done to Aidan in Y7 who has won yet another belt in kick boxing!
The GCSE art students have been taking their exam this week and I have been impressed by the work they’re producing. We have some very good artists across the whole school and I know Mrs Taylor has been sharing some of their work with some rather well known people who have been very impressed… More of this in a later blog!
On Tuesday we welcomed back ‘Technocamps’ who returned to deliver a workshop using Greenfoot Java based programming. We have been lucky enough to have worked with Technocamps for a number of years now to inspire, motivate and engage our youngsters with computational thinking and promote computer science. The sessions were very interactive and the pupils increased their skills in a key area in preparation for their GCSE onscreen tasks. The Year 11 and Year 9 pupils rose to the challenge and had created a functional game by the end of the session.
We have been delving through the school archives with the help of former staff members Lesley Rees and Sue Blakemore, and have unearthed some interesting stories, some of which will no doubt feature in our anniversary history book. At one time there used to be several animals on the school site, certainly chickens and goats, and one or two others I think, looked after by a teacher many of you will remember, Allan Parfitt. Parf is coming in to chat with our historian in a couple of weeks- he will be a mine of information!
Enthused by this we are looking to get some chickens here again, and I’ll keep you updated with where we are over the next few weeks. We hope to see the birds from incubation to hatching, and then to providing us with eggs to sell to pay their keep! We have an ideal spot on our allotment earmarked for the project! Watch this space!
Finally this week, we’ve made contact with all the previous headteachers of the school, and all four of us will be present at the Fortieth Anniversary Concert on 30th June-it’s going to be like one of those Dr Who episodes with four incarnations coming together for the first time! So Mr McKie, Miss Millichamp, Mrs Kingston and myself will all be there. Mr Heron has been working incredibly hard on this event and I am really looking forward to it.
THEME FOR THE WEEK: Resilience
ASSEMBLY: Assistant Headteacher (No Assembly on Monday for Y11)
LITERACY FOCUS: Joining commas
NUMERACY FOCUS: Fractions of an amount
NUMBER OF THE WEEK: “35 / thirty-five / tri deg pump / trente-cinq / XXXV” 35 mm film is the basic film gauge most commonly used for both analog photography and motion pictures. 35 is the minimum age of candidates for election to the United States or Irish Presidency.
WELSH WORD OF THE WEEK: cryf: strong
ENGLISH WORD OF THE WEEK: fortitude : strength, resilience
THIS WEEK’S QUOTATION: “Only those who dare to fail greatly, can ever achieve greatly.” Robert F. Kennedy
TRIVIA OF THE WEEK: The name Easter derived its name from the Anglo-Saxon goddess Eastre. Easter always falls between March 22 and April 25
TWEET OF THE WEEK:
Huge thanks to Rich @Technocamps for the Greenfoot workshop today. Some fab programming skills displayed by pupils in years 9-11.
WEBSITE OF THE WEEK: Advice to young people who may be upset by the news, from the BBC Newsround website