It’s been a busy half term for pupils and staff and we are all looking forward to a relaxing break over half term before returning to school for what will be a very busy second half to the Autumn term.
Following on from our live link to the International Space Station last spring, Key Stage Four and Sixth Form students were privileged to be invited to Techniquest to meet Tim Peake. Everybody had a fantastic day and brother and sister Kit and Evie Arnold, who actually spoke to Tim while he was aboard the Space Station, were chosen to have their photograph taken with the man himself.
Sir Chris Bonington
Last week our Geography students enjoyed “An Evening with Sir Chris Bonington” at Theatr Brycheiniog. He started climbing at the age of 16 and has been on 19 Himalayan expeditions since, including four to Everest, and is renowned for having made many first ascents in the Alps and all the greater ranges of the world. With original images and raw footage, this was a rare opportunity to hear about some of the greatest expeditions of the 20th century.
Year 7 Progress Evening
On Thursday 13th October, we enjoyed meeting parents and carers of our year 7 pupils. This was a valuable opportunity to ensure that pupils were settling into school life. We look forward to welcoming Year 11 students and their parents and carers to their Progress Evening on the 10th November.
School Liaison Officer
On Monday 17th October, we welcomed PC Mark Davies to assembly where he spoke to pupils about a range of issues related to staying safe.
This week we welcomed back pupils and staff from Maiden Erlegh School in Berkshire. The PE department displayed excellent hospitality off the pitch but on the pitch, it was different story!
Professional referee Ben Whitehouse was invited up to referee the year 9 rugby match against Maiden Erlegh School. Ben also took time out to have photographs taken with some of our pupils and to speak to 3 of our year 11 boys (Prys Eckley, Ceiran Prynne and Cameron Gibson) who have recently completed their level 1 rugby referee course. Ben was very complementary about Builth Wells High School and our pupils. As a school, we would like to congratulate Ben on his recent refereeing appointment during the Autumn Internationals where he will be in the middle for Romania vs Uruguay in his 1st International match.
Welsh Cup Fixture
Year 7 boys travelled to Machynlleth this week (albeit after a wrong turn when they ended up in Aberystwyth!) where they played Ysgol Bro Hyddgen in a Welsh Cup fixture. They were unlucky to lose 2 goals to 1.
On Thursday 10th November, we will be going cashless in the Bwyty. Please make sure that you return your consent form to Mrs Bethan Powell as soon as possible.
Year 13 students have been getting some practice in preparation for their forthcoming university interviews. Mrs Lewis, Head of Sixth Form, would like to thank the members of Builth Wells Rotary Club and the Governing Body who gave up their time to lead the mock interviews.
We were delighted to welcome prospective pupils and their parents and carers to our Open Evening on Thursday 20th October. If you weren’t able to attend or would like to arrange a visit or meeting with our ALN Coordinator, Head of Year 7 or a member of the Senior Team, please telephone the school to make an appointment. We would like to thank the member of the Governing Body and the FRIENDS of Builth Wells High School who supported the evening.
On Friday 21st October pupils left their uniform at home and paid to wear their own clothes, raising £384.15 for Stand-up Cancer.
The Languages Club did a bake sale on Wednesday lunchtime, 19th October, and raised £71.61 for the victims of the hurricane in Haiti, a French-speaking country.
Congratulations to Powys Schools’ Judo competitors Lucy Jackson, Brân Davies, Billy Power, Saffron Morgan and Clarisse Bartholomew who won the Powys Schools’ Shield on the 9th October. Builth Wells High School had the highest medal count on the day.
Dates for your Diary
Child Sexual Awareness Presentation – Monday 7th November at 6.00pm in the Bwyty
On Monday 7th of November Stop it Now will be delivering an informal session for parents and carers to increase knowledge and understanding of how child sexual exploitation can happen, the risks to children and young people and what action can be taken.
Into the Woods
Don’t forget to book your tickets for Into the Woods on Thursday 17th, Friday 18th and Saturday 19th November. Tickets can be booked on line from Wyeside http://www.wyeside.co.uk/events/1547/into-the-woods# or phone the box office on 01982 552555.
A team of four inspectors will be in school from 22nd-24th November to monitor the school’s progress. They will be interviewing Senior and Middle Managers, talking to pupils, observing lessons, looking at pupil work and scrutinising key documents such as the School’s Self-Evaluation Report and Improvement Plan.
Friends Car Boot Sale