As we reach the end of January, we are all busy planning for the future. Pupils in years 10 – 13 are busy preparing for their summer examinations, working on their controlled assessments and planning their revision. Year 9 and 11 pupils are looking forward to the Key Stage 4 and Post 16 Options Evenings and considering the next stage in their education. Key Stage 3 pupils have started to prepare for the school Eisteddfod on the 16th February.
Year 6 Skills Day
On Tuesday 17th January, we welcomed 95 year 6 pupils who participated in a Skills Day as part of our KS2-KS3 Transition programme. They experienced activities based around Science and Technology to support and develop their numeracy and ICT skills. The day’s activities were based on the BLLODHOUND project.
BLOODHOUND SSC is a unique, high-technology project to design and build a car that will break the 1,000mph barrier and set a new world land speed record. Designed and constructed in the UK, BLOODHOUND SSC includes components and sponsorship from international companies and will make its record attempt in South Africa.
Maths is Your Future
On Monday 16th January, Mr Rees took a group of year 12 students to a one-day conference at Aberystwyth University.
The conference, organised by the Further Mathematics Support Programme Wales, was intended to appeal to the brightest mathematicians in Year 12 who are fairly confident that they will be taking a Mathematics rich course at university. The group enjoyed a series of workshops on fun and challenging mathematics topics.
On Thursday 19th January, we welcomed Paul Pugh to talk to Year 10 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 Year 10 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.
GCSE Exam results
In November 2016, 7 year 11 students sat a GCSE Maths Numeracy examination. They are to be congratulated on receiving excellent results:
5 x A*, 1 x A and 1 x B.
We would like to welcome Mr Sollis as our new Head of Design Technology.
Science café explores the science and technology stories making the headlines, and the latest in Welsh scientific research.
This week’s episode, broadcast on Tuesday 17th January discussed science education, following the Welsh Government's announcement of a new national network of excellence for science and technology which is to be established.
Mrs Amy Jones, Head of Science, joined Professor Dan Davies, Dean of the Cardiff School of Education, Cardiff Metropolitan University and Professor Tom Crick, Computer science and public policy, Cardiff Metropolitan University to consider the potential impact of the more than £4 million that is to be targeted at the improvement of teachers' skills in science and technology and improve pupils' experience of the subjects.
Logo design competition - Fancy winning an iPad?
Positive Pathways Powys is a group made up of secondary schools in Powys, Powys County Council, Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations (PAVO), Careers Wales, NPTC Group of Colleges, Cambrian Training and Welsh Baccalaureate representation.
The group has been set up to ensure that all young people in the county are informed of the opportunities available to them after they finish compulsory education.
There are a number of avenues available to pupils when they finish Year 11, 6th form, college, apprenticeships, university, work experience, training, gap year, international placement, volunteering or armed forces.
To do this, the group will work together to provide opportunities to improve pupils’ knowledge of the post 16 options available to them so that they can make informed decisions about their lives. One of the first projects will be a Careers Festival at the Royal Welsh Showground at Llanelwedd on March 8th 2017.
Positive Pathways Powys are looking for a logo to represent the group and they are asking secondary school pupils in Powys to design this. The logo will be used in a variety of ways: posters, letterheads, banners so will need to be recognisable whatever size it is used at.
The pupil who designs the winning logo will be presented with an iPad at the formal launch of the group at the Careers Festival on the 8th March 2017.
- Please don’t include any of the group’s logos in your design
- Artwork should be submitted on A4 paper
- The logo will need to work in colour or black and white
- It will also need to be scaleable – the logo will be reproduced at a variety of sizes, including on letterheads and banners.
Please forward a hard copy (i.e. on paper) of your artwork to Jayne Bevan at Powys County Council, Powys County Hall, Llandrindod Wells, Powys LD1 5LG by 31st January 2017 together with the following information.
- Date of birth
Inter-House Cross Country
At the end of last term, the annual inter-House Cross Country competition took place. Pupils in year 7 ran around a 1½ mile course while those in years 8 – 10 raced along a new 2-mile course. The results were as follows:
The fastest girl was Ellie Shufflebotham with a time of 16 minutes and 35 seconds and the fastest boy was Iwan Coyle with a time of 13 minutes and 40 seconds.
Won 4 – 3 against Brecon
Lost 1 – 2 against Bro Hyddgen (Welsh Cup)
Won 4 – 0 against John Beddoes (Welsh Cup)
Won 8 – 3 against John Beddoes (Welsh Cup)
Lost 4 – 5 against Llanidloes
Won 2 – 0 against John Beddoes (Welsh Cup)
Lost 1 – 6 against Llanidloes (Welsh Cup)
Lost 2 – 4 against John Beddoes (Welsh Cup)
Finished 3rd in tournament in Brecon
Finished 3rd in tournament in Brecon
In the Under-14 league, Builth beat Brecon 10 – 0.
Under-14 County Netball
The Blue team won their pool, beating Brecon 11 – 2.
The Yellow team came third in their pool.
Under-13 Boys Indoor Athletics Team
- Adam Powell – 2nd in 2-lap and 2nd in vertical jump
- Blake Evans – 3rd in 2-lap, 1st in 4-lap and 2nd in long jump
- Archie Lloyd (year 7) – 7th in 2-lap and 1st in speed bounce
- George Lloyd (year 7) – 10th in 4-lap and 6th in vertical jump
- Aled Davies – 3rd in 4-lap and 2nd in triple jump
- Taylor Thorneycroft – 10th in 6-lap and 2nd in shot
- Hal Mathias – 9th in 6-lap and 9th in speed bounce
- Iwan Coyle – 1st in 6-lap and 3rd in shot
- Ceri Jones (year 7) – 11th in 4-lap and 10th in speed bounce
The team finished 1st and 5th in Relay and 5th in Paarlauf
Under-13 Girls Indoor Athletics team
- Katie Powell (year 7) 3rd in 2-lap and 2nd in triple jump
- Bella Hammonds (year 7) 9th in 2-lap and 10th in vertical jump
- Ruby Thomas (year 7) – 7th in 2-lap and 11th in vertical jump
- Freya Evans (year 7) - 8th in 4-lap and 6th in speed bounce
- Isabelle Packer (year 7) – 12th in 4-lap and 12th in shot
- Ellie Shufflebotham – 2nd in 6-lap and 10th in speed bounce
- Yazmin Jones – 5th in 6-lap and 9th in shot
- Ebony Bridgeman (year 7) – 12th in vertical jump
The team finished 2nd in the Relay and Paarlauf
On the 8th of December 12 Year 9 girls were invited to a STEM event in Cwm Elan to promote careers for women in Science, Technology, Maths and Engineering.
Dwr Cymru ran the event and set the girls a very challenging task where they had to plan, cost and construct a waterway system which would provide water to 6 separate buildings across a town within a £12,000 budget. This challenge is usually given to 6th formers and so all 3 groups did exceptionally well to succeed in their challenge. Da iawn bawb.
Congratulations to the following pupils who have passed their music examinations:
- Leilani Gethin – Grade 2 piano with a merit
- Elliot Francis - Grade 8 saxophone with a merit
- Katie Powell and Gwen Witherston – Grade 2 piano
- Hannah Walker – Grade 5 flute
- Libby Walker – Grade 2 saxophone with a distinction
Rotary Young Musician of the Year 2017
The Builth Wells round of the Rotary Young Musician of the Year Competition was held on Thursday 19th January. The adjudicator Mr Paul Sweeting had a busy evening with no less than 17 competitors taking part this year.
The winners were as follows:
- Reuben Davies
- Mabli Jones
- Elin Bolland (piano)
- Libby Walker (piano)
- Ffion Price
- Joint Lucy Thomas and Mair Davies
- Joshua Watt (piano)
- Bethan Jones (piano)
The area round of the competition will take place in Ebbw Vale on the 4th February.
Seren is a network of regional hubs designed to support Wales’ brightest sixth formers achieve their academic potential and gain access to leading universities.
On the 1st December, year 12 students Caitlin Power, Hannah Mustafa, Ed Reeves, Elin Davies, Megan Lord and Sally-Ann Bevan were invited to an event at Llandarcy where they participated in workshops in a number of subjects beyond their usual experience, including Medicine, Critical Thinking, Law and Politics. The workshops were intellectually stimulating and helped the students gain a picture of the academic demands of top courses.
Congratulations to Troedrhiwdalar YFC Under 14 Reading team (Nia Evans, Lucy Thomas and Elin Protheroe) who achieved 1st place in the recent reading competition held in the Royal Welsh Show ground. Lucy and Nia were selected to represent Brecknock in the Wales finals which will be held in April with Elin and Sion Coyle as reserve members of the team. Such a high standard in the competition.
Congratulations to Mr Ayre, Mr Price and Mrs K Lewis who recently completed their First Aid at Work 3-day training.
Powys School Modernisation update
The Authority is currently compiling an objection report, which will include the issues raised in objection to the proposed closure of Builth Wells and Llandrindod High Schools on the 31st August 2018 and the authority’s response to these. Cabinet will then consider the objection report in order to make a decision about the proposal (Cabinet Meeting on 28th February 2017).
Powys War Memorials Project
On Wednesday 15th March 2017 at 7:00pm the digitally restored version of the film Battle of the Somme will be screened at the Wyeside Arts Centre in Builth Wells. Entry is free.
A date for your diary
On Wednesday 1st March, we will be holding a concert to celebrate Saint David’s Day.