Last week we held our first school competition using the house system. This was set by the Science Faculty based on their Assemblies which I referred to in a previous blog. Here are the results!
1st Catrin 100 points
2nd Dwynwen 75 points
3rd Llewellyn 50 points
4th Macsen 25 points
Angharad Jones (Dwynwen)
Points were also awarded for participation.Well done to everyone involved, this was a great way to kick off our new system. As you know, Llys Dwynwen were the first on Twitter. Now Llys Catrin has joined them on social media, but they also have their own website, too. The bar is being set higher and higher!
Next week is ASD Awareness Week, and there will be lots going on at RCCS. Most of you know we are an Autism Aware school. Staff from our ASD Centre have been sharing lots of things based around the ASD Info Wales “Can you see me?” campaign. There’s also a fundraising dog walk on the 7th April, following last year’s successful event!
On Tuesday four digital leaders went with our IT/DCF Lead Teacher to the Council’s headquarters in Ty Penallta, Ystrad Mynach for a Schools Go Digital Event run by Caerphilly Council. Here’s a report from the team:
We started the day in Miss Bawler’s car with a carpool karaoke of Hamilton, then, after searching for a parking space, we entered the building and took a seat in the chamber. Over sixty members of teaching staff attended the event from primary and secondary schools and were divided into three groups for workshops.
We were with the Big Learning Company who talked about digital skills in schools and also listened to a presentation by Microsoft who introduced their mixed reality product, the hololens. We got creative with Micro:Bits, Lego Mindstorm and we even got to try the Hololens! After this, it was time for us to do our presentation. Miss Bawler talked about all things digital at Risca and showed them a video, that we had made explaining how we use Flipgrid and Skype. The audience were very interested and they even requested some ‘how-to’ guides that the digital leaders made.Then, we had a ‘question and answer’ session and the audience were free to ask any questions. After answering many questions, we then had to repeat this session three times!
The sessions were separated by refreshments but unfortunately there were no biscuits! Overall, the day was really fun and it is great to see that Risca is leading the way in terms of digital development in education.
Miss Bawler is hosting a TeachMeet at RCCS next week, which is proving very popular and with some great guest speakers including colleagues from RCCS, so things are really moving in this area of the school thanks to the dynamic leadership of students and staff alike.
Congratulations to the girls who took part in last week’s Schools Dance Competition. They came second and have now qualified for the UK National Championships in Stoke-on-Trent in June- see “Tweet of the Week” below. Remember, our tenth annual Dance Festival is taking place here at the school on 11th April, and tickets are available via our Parent Pay system.
We have a special guest taking our assemblies this week, Rev Marc Owen, who is pastor at Moriah Church in Risca, and also a school governor. He has an interesting theme for the assembly! I am looking forward to hearing what he says about it!
At lunchtime today (Friday) the Staff Football Team defeated the Y11 Boys 9 – 5 in a charity football game, played in a competitive yet friendly manner! Well done to everyone involved!
THE ATTENDANCE COMPETITION RETURNS NEXT WEEK
THEME OF THE WEEK: FOOLISHNESS
ASSEMBLIES: Rev Marc Owen
TWEET OF THE WEEK