Builth Bulletin - 2


It hasn't just been the weather that has been hotting up this week. Pupils across the school have been busy experiencing the wider curriculum. Year 8 have been to Borth gathering data at the beach, Year 10 Agriculture students have been to  Corwen and the Twm Sion Cati crew enjoyed a day at Trinity St David, Carmarthen.


General Announcements


Year 11

 Year 11 Leavers Tea change of date - now Thursday 23rd of June at 2.15 in the Bwyty. 

Also FINAL deadline for prom money Wednesday 15th June. 

If you are returning to the Sixth Form and want to go on the Exchange visit to America please see Miss Hourahane for details and application forms.


History Trip

Pupils should make sure that Miss Jones has a copy of their passport, medical form and signed rules sheet.  We shall be laying a wreath donated by Builth British Legion at The Menin Gate, Ypres, on behalf of all pupils at Builth Wells High School in commemoration of the 100 year anniversary of Jutland and in particular 'The Somme', especially the Welsh soldiers who died at Mametz Wood.


Pupil Success



Congratulations to Luke Sparrow who has achieved a Distinction in his Grade 6 Classical Guitar exam.

Several pupils from Builth Wells High School took part in the South Powys Youth Orchestra’s concert on Wednesday 8th June in Brecon.  The event was a great success, but it could not happen without the dedication and commitment of both pupils and tutors, so we would like to congratulate them for their efforts.


Hay Festival 2016

Years 7, 8 and 9 visited the Hay Festival with Mrs Edwards and Mr Lewis where the Hay Schools Programme created a mini-Hay experience for every pupil.

During our visit we were privileged to listen to real life adventurer and author Matt Dickinson recount his stories about scaling Everest. We heard transgender author Juno Dawson give a witty but helpful insight into mental health issues. Some pupils got to take part in a workshop on Hamlet, led by The Royal Shakespeare Company whilst others heard American author, journalist and lecturer, Patrick Ness tell us about his new science fiction novel for young adults.

It was a fun day -   including the obligatory ice creams, picnics and, of course, opportunity to meet their literary heroes. 


Urdd Eisteddfod

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Congratulations to Gethin Lewis 8C who competed in Flint in the Urdd Eisteddfod on 31st May in the Cogurdd competition.

On the day he had to compete against another 17 yr7-9 children, gaining points for hygiene, preparation, health and safety, presentation and a taste test. As in previous rounds Gethin prepared and cooked flat breads, hummus, mango salsa and 12 small decorated carrot cup cakes. Gethin was told at 3pm that he was in the top 3 points scorers, and would be cooking a technical challenge along with another 2 competitors.

The challenge was 3 small sticky toffee puddings with a toffee sauce and cream.  They had an hour and a half to read, prepare and present these puddings.

Gethin had finished in 35 mins and presented 3 perfect puddings. 

After a lot of deliberation he was presented with the silver medal (1 point between him and the gold medallist). He was then presented with his medal and his certificate on the main stage in the pavilion. 



Congratulations also go to the following pupils who represented the school but were not placed in the top 3:

Elin Bolland
Shakira & Tayla
Martha Powell


BTEC Agriculture – Grassland Event 2016

Nine enthusiastic agricultural students headed north to attend the Royal Welsh Grassland Event 2016 hosted by Meirionydd County.

The focus of the educational day was to support their BTEC studies into grassland management and browse the shop window of the top of the range machinery from John Deere, New Holland and McHale – Theo Price was in charge of the credit card.

Basking in glorious sunshine and enjoying the specialism and the high-tech machinery (big boy toys), the students took on board the skill required and the dynamics of grassland management.

Brochures from demonstrators were collected and read thoroughly to decide the number one choice for mowing and forest harvesting.

The final meeting arrived and it was time to head south and call in McDonald’s; a superb day was had by all.

Unfortunately the day was extended by technical difficulties but the good humour, excellent behaviour and 1st class roadside assistance eventually returned us to home.

Quote of the day – “This trip we will never forget, it’s a story to tell the grandchildren”

A thoroughly enjoyable day with a great group of lads, banter and a good atmosphere.

Click here to see photos of the day.


NASUWT Powys Athletics Team Competition 2016

On Tuesday 7th June, 34 students from year 7 – 10 travelled to Maldwyn Harriers Athletics Track in Newtown to participate in the NASUWT Powys Athletics Team Competition for 2016.

In the under 13 and under 15 girls competition the students participated with heart and commitment, with many students competing against older year groups, and although not getting in the top 3, both teams should have been very proud of their performance.

In the under 13 and under 15 boys competition the students were regularly getting into the top 3 of their events with many outstanding individual performances. This consistency of performance enabled both teams to place 2nd overall in the competition and they have now been selected to represent Powys in the all Wales NASUWT Cymru Cup Plate Competition, which will take place from 12 noon on Wednesday 9th July 2016 at Penlan Athletics Track, Brecon.

We wish the boys the best of luck in the finals.

PE Department


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Pupils should make sure that they have plenty of drinking water to stay hydrated in this hot weather.