I am delighted to confirm that Casey Baxter from our school has won the annual Islwyn Essay Competition, and she will be collecting her prize next month during a formal visit to the Guildhall in London. Very well done, Casey, we are all very proud of you! I haven’t had a chance to read the winning story yet but I am really looking forward to doing so.
Talking of essays I have now received the entries from five finalists in the Risca 40th Anniversary Essay competition. I can’t tell you who they are… because I don’t know! They have been anonymised for the judges. Five of us will be choosing our favourite one, and the overall winner will have his or her story put in the Time Capsule. The other judges are Nicole Garnon, the editor of the Argus newspaper, Chris Evans, our MP (though strictly speaking I believe he is not the MP at the moment since Parliament was dissolved this week), Keri Cole the Chief Education Officer and our former deputy headteacher David Parker.
Over the weekend we had confirmation that former Risca Comprehensive student Jamie Baulch will be the special guest at our day of celebration on 23rd June when, amongst other things, the time capsule will be buried. Jamie is an inspiration to our school, and I am delighted he will be joining us. Following a hugely successful career in athletics as a world champion and Olympic silver medalist, Jamie has worked as a TV presenter and also done a huge amount for charity. Most recently he has been seen on television researching his family. He shows all of us what can be achieved by a young person from Risca, as I put together in this picture tweet earlier in the week.
Next week the Anniversary Wishes board will be completed- this will display the messages we have received from various people to wish us well for our anniversary year.
As mentioned in last week’s blog, our chicks have really captured everyone’s imagination. They are being kept nice and warm in Miss Lewis’ 7A classroom at the moment- but not running free, I hasten to add! Here’s a write up from two of the pupils, a big thank you to Callum and Eva for helping me with this week’s blog!
It was Monday 24th April when the chicks arrived with 12 eggs in the incubator. By Wednesday, three chicks had cracked through their eggs. They hatched quickly in school but had been incubating before.
We had to keep the temperature between 37-38 °C and fill the incubator tray with water to keep the conditions for growth right.
By day two, one egg was ‘pipping’ which meant it started to bounce up and down and tweet from inside the shell. By day three, a crack had appeared in one egg and the teachers were calling Ms Lewis ‘Mother Hen!’
One of the eggs hatched at 1.55pm and was a boy, he laid in the egg for quite a while though lifted his wing, then he started lifting his head but was still weak. After about ten minutes then he started gaining energy and got up and started to move around and tweeting.
Next morning, when we came into registration ten eggs had hatched overnight, two boys and eight girls. One egg was left to hatch. Five were put into a brooding box while the others kept the other egg company. They would fall asleep and wake up every minute and it was hilarious to watch!
The chicks have grown very quickly. They are now large enough to go into an indoor run. Next week they may have their first time outside too.
We have all held the chicks and our class has had loads of visitors. We have thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
By Eva Morris and Callum Martin 7A
Finally, I was delighted to hear that ten of our athletes qualified from the Islwyn Athletics meeting on Thursday and they’ll go forward to the wider district competition. Well done to everyone who took part!
THE ATTENDANCE COMPETITION RETURNS NEXT WEEK
THEME FOR THE WEEK: Aspiration
ASSEMBLY: No Assemblies (exams)
LITERACY FOCUS: Listing commas
NUMERACY FOCUS: Percentages
NUMBER OF THE WEEK: “10/ ten / deg / dix / X” Our counting system is based on the number ten, it is presumed this is because we have ten digits (fingers and thumbs) on our hands. This is called a decimal system.
WELSH PHRASE OF THE WEEK: I hope… : I yn gobeithio…
ENGLISH WORD OF THE WEEK: aspiration : a hope or ambition of achieving something.
THIS WEEK’S QUOTATION: “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Harriet Tubman
TRIVIA OF THE WEEK: Although the official guidance is to place an “x” in the square next to the name of the candidate you wish to vote for in a General Election in the UK, you can cast your vote with a tick, a number, or maybe even an emoji! The Electoral Commission says papers will not be voided, and will go toward the final count as long as “the voter’s intention is clear on a ballot paper.” But it’s probably best to stay safe and stick with the traditional “x”!
TWEET OF THE WEEK:
Very proud of all the athletes today! 10 @RiscaCCS pupils making it through to the next round #daiawn
4 May 2017, 18:17
WEBSITE OF THE WEEK: The official website of the UK Parliament.