The week started with our half-termly Celebration of Achievement Assembly which recognised the success of pupils (and staff) in school and in the community. This has been a week where we have focused on developing our wider skills.
All of our year 10 and year 12 pupils enjoyed a very informative morning at the Positive Pathways Powys Careers Fair held at the RWAS in Llanelwedd on Wednesday 8th March. A small group of year 10 pupils were invited to meet Kirsty Williams AM Cabinet Secretary for Education.
Smoking Education in Schools
On Wednesday 8th March Miss Rhys-Jones was accompanied by four year 9 pupils who attended a ‘Smoking Education in Schools’ session led by Powys Public Health Team in partnership with the Healthy Schools Team.
Trading Standards, Stop Smoking Wales, Ash Wales, CAIS, School nurses, police, fire service, public health and Healthy Schools all attended and as a result of the sessions, the group secured a grant of £580 to plan and deliver a smoking prevention task in school.
Big Ideas Wales
On Friday 10th of March year 9 pupils showed that they were budding entrepreneurs when they took part in a Big Ideas Wales workshop.
On Thursday 9th March, we were delighted to welcome Paul Pugh back to school to speak to year 11 pupils part of the PSE programme.
Paul spoke 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 pupils 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.
Year 12 Drama
On Thursday 9th March year 12 Drama students presented The Entertainer as part of their AS level examination studies. Students from Gwernyfed and Llandrindod High Schools performed alongside Builth Wells students to provide a feast of entertainment that attacked all of the audience’s senses.
107 pupils in total entered The Young Writers Competition in December. Many are now being published in 'Welcome to Wonderland - Tales from Wales'.
We also decided to have internal prizes for the top 3 short stories. These were awarded to:
1st - Rhiannon Bradley
2nd - Holly Davis
3rd - Sion Rowland
Mrs Sharp’s year 7 English class recently competed in a 100-word story competition. The following pupils had their stories published in an anthology:
Congratulations to Oakley Middleton and Morgan Lilley for achieving 30/30 on the Numeracy Ninja test last week- Grand Master level!
The following pupils have reached the top of their 'Eiffel Tower' Challenge by completing various tasks relating to French/Languages. Bravo!
Annie Cromie 7C2
Abigail Humphreys 7C2
Cerys Pugh 7C1
Ashley Evans 8S
Laura Goodwin 8S
Lucy Brown 8S
Ben Wild 9J
Abigail Weale has recently cut some of her hair off to give to the Princess Foundation and has been raising money. It is not too late to sponsor Abi if anybody would like to support this cause. Da iawn Abi.
Gethin Lewis in 9C competed in the second round of the Rotary Young Chef competition. His conduct was very professional and his dishes were restaurant quality. Gethin was competing against students much older than him, but unfortunately, he missed out on the last hurdle.
Gethin has also been selected to represent the school in the next Cogurdd round in April. This is a competition which is arranged by the Urdd and is open to pupils in years 7-9. There is also a separate category for pupils in year 10-13. Pob lwc i ti Gethin.
Angharad Edwards 9C, was recently part of the Llandrindod Pantomime cast who performed Hansel and Gretel.
The past few months have been very busy for our YFC member. Here are some of the successes to share with you:
Builth YFC won the junior drama:
Poppy Hughes, Sion Coyle, Iwan Coyle, Caitlin Price, Daisy Hardwick, Amelia Morgan, Daisy Lynch, Libby Walker and Sylvie Garner.
Elin Davies won the best actress U26 in the one plus competition.
Eifion Davies was 2nd in One plus competition and for his Drumming he gained best individual performance in the One Plus Competition.
Aberedw YFC gained the Highest points for a Small club
Ffion Pugh, Rhys Morris, Prys Eckley, Dylan Bridegwater, Eve Bridgewater, Will Davies, Lauren Kinsey-Owen, Rhian Farmer, Nicole Davies
Rhys Morris was awarded The Alice Ellard Award for a duo sketch in their production.
Edw Valley entertainment
Hebe Price, Katie & Bella Hammonds, Jack Hammonds, Sion Rowlands, Ben Davies, Elinor Hulin-Taylor, Teddy Mitchell
Elinor Hulin-Taylor gained the award for Best Musician 26 years and under
Lucy Thomas won best actress U18 in the festival
Rhayader Entertainment gained 2nd place in the final competition
Charlotte Nixon, Will Reeves, Eifion Davies
Cantal YFC Gained 3rd position in entertainment
Teddy Mitchell, Eli Hulin-Taylor and Jack Hammonds gained 1st position in the one plus competition
Cerys Fairclough and Theo Davies were part of Howey YFC entertainment
Gwilym Davies was a member of the winning entertainment. Gwilym and his club Trecastle represented Brecknock YFC at the all-Wales entertainment festival on Saturday 4th March.
An excellent few weeks of entertainment.
Wyn Williams has recently received another belt in judo. He will be taking his black belt exam next.
Rotary Young Photographer 2017
For the third year running, we entered the Rotary Young Photographer competition as a school. We had 6 intermediate and 2 senior entrants this year, and they created three photographs on the theme ‘Reflections’. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed this and we were given valuable feedback by Mr Phil Hobbs who was the judge from Builth Wells Rotary Club. Many thanks also to the Rotary President Rev. Neil Hook and Mr Ian Baxter-Wild who organised the competition. The results were as follows:
First Prize (and through to the next round) – Carys Price – Year 7
Second Prize – Ffion Wright
Third Prize – Lauren Kinsey-Owen
First Prize – Angharad Bradley
Second Prize – James Bessant-Davies
PE and Games
Girls Under 15 Netball
On Wednesday 1st March, our Under 15 Netball girls competed in a South Powys tournament. The girls came 4th overall, losing to Brecon A, beating Llandrindod and Christ College B teams in the Group stage. They then played and lost to Christ College A in the semi-final and Crickhowell, who had beaten Christ College A in the group stage, in the playoff for 3rd and 4th place.
Blake Evans and Iwan Coyle have been selected to represent Powys in the forthcoming indoor athletics event.
Sion Coyle, Iwan Coyle, Tiegan Ward and Aled Davies (reserve) have been selected to represent Powys in the forthcoming cross country event.
Dates for your diary
Year 9 Options Information Evening - Thursday 16th March 17.30 – 18.30 in the Bwyty
Lost Property Evening - Thursday 16th March 15.30 – 17.30 in the Library
Year 9 Parents’ Evening - Thursday 30th March 16.00 – 18.30 in the Bwyty
Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Parent / Carers Presentation - Wednesday 29th March 2017 18.00 - 20.00 in Y Bwyty
INSET Day (Easter holiday begins for pupils) - Friday 7th April
Summer Term – Monday 24th April