Builth Bulletin - 9


With three weeks of term completed we are all settling down into our school routine. Year 7 pupils know their way around the buildings and are looking forward to sharing their experiences with year 5 and 6 pupils when they join us for our Open Evening on Thursday 20th October.


Keeping in touch

The student planner is an important tool and the front-line in sharing information between home and school. Please check your child’s planner as often as possible to ensure that you are kept informed. You should now notice an email contact list for key staff who are responsible for supporting your child. The list includes their Progress and Wellbeing Manager, Form Tutor and subject teachers.

 Please remember to log in regularly to your Go4Schools.com parent portal to see the progress of your child. Included on the portal is information on academic achievement, attendance figures and an up to date account of all behaviour incidents, whether positive or negative. If you are having difficulty with Go4Schools and would like further support, then please contact Assistant Headteacher Mr Powell.

If your son or daughter is achieving success out of school, please get in touch so that we can celebrate their achievements in our monthly Celebration of Achievements Assembly and here on the website.


General Announcements


“Braking Point”

This week we welcomed PIE (Performance in Education) who specialise in supporting the PSE curriculum. They performed “Braking Point” for our Sixth Form students. This was a memorable learning experience that will hopefully make a difference and leave a lasting legacy.

Staying safe behind the wheel involves learning how to stay in control of yourself as well as your vehicle. By creating this awareness in young people, "Braking Point" is able to make a positive difference to young drivers and passenger behaviour.


Controlled Assessment Evening

On Thursday 22nd September we held a Controlled Assessment and Coursework Evening for Key Stage 4 and Sixth Form students and their parents/carers. The resources from the evening have been distributed to all parents/carers but if you missed this event, please contact Assistant Headteacher Miss Dyke who will be able to answer your questions.


#save a life

St John Ambulance joined us again this week as part of the Save a Life September initiative. Just one in ten people have the skills to save a life and here at Builth Wells High School we’re determined to change this. Following the training for the Sixth Form, Key Stage 3 pupils are now learning how to save a life.


Jeans for Genes day

On Friday 23rd September staff and pupils wore their jeans to school to support Jeans for Genes day 2016 and raised £300. The monies raised by schools and workplaces on Jeans for Genes Day fund a range of initiatives that improve the lives of children affected by a genetic disorder.


Army Careers

On Tuesday 20th September we welcomed Army Careers to school. Students from year 8 – year 13 had the opportunity to find out about the range of over 200 careers available with the British Army.


Student Success


Scurry and Driving

On the 10th & 11th September, year 11 student Melita Powell competed in the Scurry and Driving trials at the Five Nations Championship which was held at Sandringham.  We are pleased to announce that Melita is the Five Nations Champion for this event.  Melita was also the youngest competitor to take part in this competition.

Due to her ongoing success in this field, Melita has been awarded a £500 scholarship to go towards lessons in Kent. On Saturday evening Melita attended a dinner and presentation where she was acknowledged for her recent success.  Well done to our British Champion.


A date for the diary


Sixth Form Progress Drop-in Evening

On Thursday 6th October between 4:30 and 5:30pm there will be an opportunity to drop in and meet Sixth Form subject teachers to discuss progress. No appointments required.


Year 7 Progress Drop-in Evening

On Thursday 13th October between 4:30 and 5:30pm there will be an opportunity to drop in and meet Year 7 form teachers, Curriculum and Progress Manager, ALN Co-ordinator and the Senior Leadership Team to discuss progress. No appointments required.


Year 5 and 6 Open Evening

On Thursday 20th October between 4:30 and 6:30pm we will be holding our Open Evening when year 5 and 6 pupils and their parents/carers are invited to find out more about life as a student at Builth Wells High school. There will be an opportunity to see the school in action, try out practical activities and attend lesson “tasters” as well as plenty of time to talk to staff and current pupils.


Year 11 Progress Drop-in Evening

On Thursday 10th November between 4:30 and 5:30pm there will be an opportunity to drop in and meet Year 11 form teachers, Curriculum and Progress Managers, ALN Co-ordinator and the Senior Leadership Team to discuss progress. No appointments required.


Into the Woods – watch this space for dates and ticket updates

Later this term we will be presenting Into the Woods, a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The musical intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault fairy tales, exploring the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests. Performances will be held at Wyeside during the week commencing 21st November 2016.