Builth Wells High School has received a formal notice from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales Estyn, that the school has been removed from special measures.
Sadly I have to inform you that following the tragic fire in Llangammarch Wells, that one of our pupils is unaccounted for. Two of our pupils escaped and survived the fire and have since returned to school.
The tragedy has shaken our school and as a school community, we are supporting our pupils and carrying on the best way we can.
The school has been supported by our School Community Police Officers, the Powys Education Psychology Service, our School Nurse, Challenge Advisors, Governors, Cruse and the Powys Communications Team. They offered help and guidance and will be there for us in the weeks and months ahead.
Your child may well be upset and you may find two guides: “Listen, Protect and Connect” and “After the event” helpful. Both documents can be downloaded from the website and are available at school, by request. Please do not hesitate in contacting us if you need any further specialist advice or support.
We are deeply saddened by this event and, on your behalf, I extend our condolences to all of the family.
The wet and blustery start to October has removed most of the leaves from the trees and the school site is carpeted in gold. Despite the noticeable chill in the air, students are taking advantage of the dry days and are making the most of being outside at break and lunchtimes.
Gŵyl Gyhoeddi Urdd 2018
To welcome the Urdd National Eisteddfod’s visit to the area, a proclamation parade and festivities was organized in Brecon on Saturday 7th October 2017.
Students, staff, parents and friends of Builth Wells High School joined the parade, which was headed by a fabulous banner designed and made by Mrs Yeandle and our art and textile students. Following the parade, we enjoyed an afternoon of activities and the junior choir, joined by staff, performed on stage.
The 2018 Brecon and Radnorshire Urdd National Eisteddfod will be held on the Royal Welsh Showground 28th May – 2nd June 2018.
We would all like to send Mrs L Davies (and Mr Davies of course!) our congratulations following the birth of Ffion – llongyfarchiadau oddiwrth staff a disgyblion yr ysgol.
Sixth Form Progress Evening
On Thursday 5th October, Sixth Form students and their parents and carers had the opportunity to meet subject teachers to discuss their targets and to ensure that they are making a positive start to their courses.
Controlled assessment evening
On Thursday 5th October, Key Stage 4 and Sixth Form students and their parents and carers were invited to our second Controlled Assessment Evening. Assistant Headteacher Miss Dyke shared the 2017 – 2018 Controlled Assessment Calendar and explained the importance and organisation of the Controlled Assessment element for GCSE, AS, A2 and BTEC examinations.
Copies of the Controlled Assessment Calendar and Information for Candidates documents have been emailed and are also available in the Pupil and Parent Information sections on the website.
On Thursday 5th October, we once again welcomed Paul Pugh to talk to students about the dangers of alcohol and the effects it can have on people’s lives as part of the Paul’s Pledge campaign against violent crime.
Paul was captain of Cwmamman United when he was the victim of an unprovoked assault in January 2007. Paul was left with serious injuries leaving him unable to walk, talk or care for himself.
Paul spoke to students about their responsibility to keep themselves safe, the effects of alcohol not just on victims of violent crime but their families and friends. He also spoke movingly about his personal drive to be able to live independently again and that everyone had the strength within them to be successful.
1st X Cross Country race of 2017 at Crickhowell High School
Race report by Tiegan Ward, team captain.
Builth Wells High School students recently took part in the first school cross country race of the season at Crickhowell on the 26th September. It was a brilliant start to the season and good to see a big turnout.
The junior girls did very well with 14 runners from Builth taking part in their race and the team coming 2nd overall. The junior boys also made a very promising start. All 10 boys did very well and Iwan Coyle gave a strong performance, coming third to bring his team in second overall.
The senior girls fielded a full team with all four girls doing very well. Tiegan Ward gave a very strong performance coming home as the first senior girl in her first year as a senior and bringing her team home in fourth overall.
There were strong performances from two senior boys Sion Coyle and Cieran Prynne to complete an excellent start to the season.
Year 11 schools hockey
An outstanding performance competing in a very competitive pool of schools. The pupils have found it very difficult to train as a whole team and so playing the first game they were a little slow to start with some basic errors, resulting in a 1-0 defeat against Crickhowell. A 20 minuite turn over before playing their next game, the team brought the skills back into the game, earning them a skillful goal set up by the forwards for Rhian Farmer, resulting in a 1-0 win over Llandrindod Wells. By the final game, tiredness and stamina got the better of the team and again some basic skills we're lacking, however it was an outstanding game to watch with Brecon winning 4-0.
I am very proud with how the team played and they all know as a team of what they need to work on and where to go for the next game. A promising and hard working team will develop out of this group of pupils!
Steffan Evans - coach
Congratulations to Elin Bolland who has worked with Jess and Mike at Malt Barn Recordings recording three of her compositions.
Following on from the success of Into the Woods, Builth Wells High School presents its next BIG hit.
Welcome to the 60’s where Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, is on a mission to follow her dreams. You Can’t Stop the Beat as she sets out to dance her way onto national TV with The Nicest Kids in Town. Tracy’s audition makes her a local star and soon she is using her new-found fame to fight for equality, bagging local heartthrob Link Larkin along the way!
Tickets are on sale now http://www.wyeside.co.uk/events/1790/hairspray
Thursday 7th December: 7:30pm Market Theatre
Friday 8th December: 7:30pm Market Theatre
Saturday 9th December: 7:30pm Market Theatre
Year 8 Parents’ Evening – Thursday 12th October 16.00 – 18.30 in Y Bwyty
Year 7 CATS tests – start Thursday 12th October
Year 5 and 6 Open Evening for New Mid-Powys Secondary School (Llandrindod High School) - Thursday 12th October 18.30 – 20.30
European Restart a Heart Day – Monday 16th October
Year 13 Mock Interviews – Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th October
America Exchange – departs 26th October
Year 5 and 6 Open Evening for New Mid-Powys Secondary School (Builth Wells High School) - Thursday 26th October 16.30 – 18.30
School Council Meeting – Friday 27th October
Half Term Holiday – Monday 30th October – Friday 3rd November – students return to school on Monday 6th November