The last few weeks have been hectic with pupils in years 11 – 13 completing and submitting their remaining controlled assessment and coursework tasks for GCSE, BTEC, AS and A2 examinations. We would like to wish all pupils in years 10 – 13 who are taking examinations this summer the very best and trust that their preparation will stand them in good stead.
When we return to school after the half-term holiday, we will be following a new timetable. Current year 9 pupils will start their GCSE examination courses.
Powys Secondary School Modernisation Programme
On Thursday 18th May Mrs Sharon Hammond who has been elected Chair of the temporary governing body of “Mid Powys Secondary School”, visited school to meet with the Captens/Is-Gaptens to share with them information regarding the first steps in establishing the new school. This was followed by a meeting with all staff. Progress updates from the temporary Governing Body will be shared over the coming months.
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden death of Mr Ivor Cox. Mr Cox was a stalwart of the peripatetic music team; in addition to providing tuition for individual students of all ages, he led the string orchestra, giving up his time to rehearse with the string players every week. He will be sadly missed by staff, students and the wider community, where his enthusiasm and his contribution to music will live on.
We are proud to announce that the excellent examination results achieved by the Music Department have been recognised with the award of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) Trust Bronze Certificate in Music 2017. The excellent A*-C GCSE results put Builth Wells High School in the top 35 schools in Wales.
On the 9th of May over sixty pupils from year 7 to year 13 took part in a Musical Evening. The choirs that will be representing the school and South Powys in the Urdd Eisteddfod in Bridgend performed as well as the string orchestra, jazz band, school orchestra, cello group and the brass group. We were also entertained by a number of vocal and instrumental soloists. It is now a tradition that the final performance of the evening is that of the “Year 13 Leavers” who delighted us with their rendition of the Queen classic “Somebody to Love”.
Earlier this year, pupils participated in the Young Writers Welcome to Wonderland competition. They were challenged to create a fictional world before writing a mini saga, a story in just 100 words, inspired by their world. We are delighted to announce that forty-nine pupils have had their stories published in Welcome to Wonderland – Tales from Wales. This is more than any other school in Wales.
Little Princess Trust
We are very proud of Year 10 pupil Jamie Pembridge who recently cut his long hair and donated it to the Little Princess Trust. The Little Princess Trust provides real hair wigs free of charge to boys and girls across the UK and Ireland that have sadly lost their own hair due to cancer treatment and other illnesses.
Congratulations to Year 11 pupil Wyn Williams who was awarded the Ken Webber trophy for Outstanding Young Referee by British Schools Judo Commission at the British Schools Judo Championships. Wyn also gained his National C Award as a result of his effective decision making and ability to deal with pressure.
Lucy Jackson and Brân Davies took part in the Samurai Orange & Under Championships at Kidderminster on the 22nd of April where Lucy won Gold and Brân Bronze.
Wyn, Brân and Lucy are members of Irfon Judo Club http://irfonjudoclub.co.uk/
We must mention past pupil and Commonwealth Gold Medal winner Natalie Powell who won a Bronze Medal at the European Judo Championships in Warsaw, Poland on Saturday 22 April 2017.
Irfon & Tywi Pony Club
Congratulations to Nerys Protheroe, Keira Grannell and Amy Evans who won first place in the pony club care competition.
During the Easter holiday, Rhiannon Bradley qualified as a PADI scuba diver.
On Friday 19th May six of pupils (plus one past pupil and two future pupils!) won Radnor YFC's dancing competition at the Albert Hall in Llandrindod. They now go on to represent Radnor at the Royal Welsh Show in July. The children were all coached by Katie Hammonds (Year 9) and include Katie, Tom Price, Ted Mitchell, Hebe Price, Bella Hammonds and Carys Moore (Mark Nixon a past pupil, Fenella Price and Evie Hammonds). The same pupils, Katie, Hebe, Bella and Fenella (plus Maisie and Nancy McPartlin) won the same competition last year and then went on to win at the Royal Welsh Show winning the whole of Wales YFC dancing competition. We will be watching them in July. Good Luck.
Congratulations to all of the members of Junior MPYT who performed in The Hoarder’s Fountain during the Easter holiday.
Welsh Three Peaks Challenge
Congratulation to Mr Evans, our newest member of staff, who last weekend, completed the Welsh Three Peaks Challenge, which takes in the three peaks of Wales: Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) in the North, Cadair Idris in mid-Wales, and Pen y Fan in the South.
The Welsh Three Peaks includes a total walking distance of 17 miles (27.4km) and an ascent of around 1500 metres (4920ft), in less than 24-hours.
He was very tired on Monday but proud to have completed the challenge and in doing so, raising a significant sum for Prostate Cancer UK.
Diary of the Easter 2017 Rugby and Football Tour to Holland
Day 1 - 8pm we say our final goodbyes and wave off the parents to start our 20 hour journey to Den Haag. The boys are in high spirits and Mr Bowen had already left the DVDs at home........! After a number of renditions of Will Griggs On Fire by Tom Offa we stop in Leigh Delamere services for a spot of dinner and to meet our driver for the tour - Neil. We knew we were in safe hands when Neil told us “I am no super hero but I will get you there” - to be fair to him he got us on the earlier ferry. Tiredness kicked in and the boys found a comfy spot to sit down and relax before the next leg of the trip.
Day 2 - After the crossing the bus was silent apart from the snores of Mr Price. 9amish - We were woken by Neil to inform us we were stopping for breakfast and we were 2 hours from our destination, 6 hours earlier than Mr Bowen’s ETA. Good job someone was clued on with their numeracy!!
11am - We arrive at our destination only to be informed that we had been double booked but luckily, we had been upgraded. The boys were given an opportunity to explore the theme park before we were allocated the rooms which gave Mr Ayre the opportunity to show off his numeracy skills and get 45 boys into 8 rooms.... easy he said. Once the rooms were allocated the boys were given the afternoon to MAKE THEIR BEDS themselves (Archie Cooke excelled at this), unpack and chill out before meeting at 7pm for dinner.
After dinner, we challenged the group to a karaoke competition of which only Rhys Davies, Sion Coyle and Gruff Price accepted. 10pm and it's lights out... apart from a group of year 10s who decided it would be fun to have a water balloon fight. Those boys were dealt with and had to clean up after everyone after breakfast.
Day 3 - RUGBY is cancelled. Due to the team we were meant to be playing having a cup match that day, our fixture is re-arranged for tomorrow. Luckily, we have a trip to A&E (Kieran Heatlie had fallen over and hurt his arm) and the water park to keep us entertained before going bowling later that afternoon. After breakfast had gone down we head to the water park which was nicely situated on site. 3pm we meet to go to bowling... we have another casualty, Iwan Davies had jarred his shoulder so Mr Bowen took him to A&E to get checked out. The rest of the touring party go bowling. The teams are ready and the competitiveness has started. Group 3 were the winners (Mr Ayre, Will Davies, Cerith Davies, Eifion Davies, Joe Davies, Kyle Davies, Nathan Evans, Thomas Offa, Tom Price and Ben Woods). By the time bowling had finished Mr Bowen and Iwan had turned up with the good news that his shoulder was only bruised. Back to the resort we go just in time for dinner. A challenge had been set... “who can eat the most plates of food?” After a valiant attempt from the staff, Sion Coyle came out on top with 8 plates of food and an ice lolly to cleanse his palate. A meeting was called for after dinner where arrangements for the Sunday (7:30 meet for breakfast) were given and a lights out curfew for 10pm was set. After a long day, there were no qualms about this and we didn't have a repeat of “Water balloon gate”.
Day 4 - GAME DAY - We set off just after 8:30am and our “Super Hero” (Neil) misread his documents and took us to the football ground 6 hours too early!! This meant we were slightly delayed for our rugby fixtures. The year 8s were up first and the boys were shocked to see that in Holland they play mixed gender rugby up until colts level. This didn't faze the boys and they ran out comfortable winners with everyone playing exceptionally well, most notably Iwan Coyle, Ryan Hughes, Dylan Bridgewater, Dylan Jones, Blake Evans, Adam Powell and Aled Davies. Next up were the year 10s. After a slow start the boys came to life again running out comfortable winners and again with everyone playing exceptionally well. Notably the year 9 boys who played up a year and Kyle Davies, Rhys Davies, Sion Coyle and Owen Clare. After an excellent after match function and food, where captains Ryan Hughes and Sion Coyle said some brief words, we set off for the football fixtures.
Both teams set out and kicked off at the same time singing the national anthem. Both teams narrowly lost in their games and rightly felt aggrieved as they both played very well considering they had played rugby in the morning. There were some tired bodies and cramp started to kick in, but this didn't stop Ryan Jones (year 10) or Hal Mathias (year 8) who both picked up man of the match awards in their respective fixtures. After another excellent post-match function and a mingle with the team in which the boys had played we set off back for some much-needed dinner and some rest and recovery in the pool.
As staff, we decided to award the boys with a later night to pack and spend more time in the pool as this closed at 10pm. This worked out nicely as the boys were all in bed and lights were out by 11pm ready for an early start and a long journey home.
Day 5 - The boys stock up with sweets from the supermarket and head to breakfast. We head off at 9am in attempt to catch an early ferry (think Neil had had enough of us!!). After a couple of stops and some suspect singing we arrive at Calais where we were greeted by a few bus-fulls of students from English schools. On the ferry Sion Coyle, Dan Wright, Theo Davies, Joe James and Will Davies noticed some girls and puffed their chests out when walking around the top deck.
The final leg... We board the bus and make our final leg back to Builth in the hope of being home by 9pm, then we reach the M25... and that hope was lost. So, after more suspect singing from the group we decide to hand out some awards.
Donkeys of tour - Iwan Davies and Kieran Heatlie for their injuries
Best Tourist - Morgan Price for being best company on tour
Man of tour - for contributions to the tour and both fixtures:
Year 8 - Dylan Jones
Year 9 - Aled Rhys
Year 10 - Sion Coyle
Time for a nap....
11:50 we arrive back at Builth tired and ready for bed after a successful long weekend on tour.
Dates for your diary
Tuesday 23rd May - 2017 Urdd Performers’ Concert at 18.30 in Y Bwyty
Friday 24th May – Break up for Half Term Holiday
Monday 5th June – Return to school
Thursday 8th June – Lead Creative School. project premiere – details to follow
Thursday 13th July – Summer Fair
Friday 21st July – Break up for Summer Holiday
Thursday 17th August – A Level and AS Results issued (from 09.00)
Thursday 24th August – GCSE results issues (from 09.00)
Monday 4th September – pupils return to school