Builth Bulletin 22


This week we welcomed visitors from Virginia, USA to school. Over the next two weeks they will be attending lessons and visiting attractions such as St Fagans, Cardiff Castle and Big Pit. We hope that they have a fantastic time and would like to thank staff and parents for hosting them. Special thanks to Miss Hourahane who has organised this visit. We hope to return to Virginia in October and any year 11 students who are returning to the Sixth Form should see Miss Hourahane for further information.


General Announcements


Geography Fieldwork

The geography department have been taking advantage of the early summer weather to carry out fieldwork. Our new year 8 pupils have been to the river Duhonw while year 9 enjoyed a very hot day in Borth.


Harry Potter

Friday 16th June was a day full of adventures as we took 53 children to Harry Potter World! It was a fantastic day where the children were able to enjoy seeing the props of the book which they had read about in English Last term. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves as did the teachers - despite spending a long time on the bus! The children were a credit to the school and were very excited to be able to get a picture on the Nimbus 2000 broomstick! It was a very successful day and definitely one we can do again in the future!



Friday 16th June was a busy day for the Cluster Primaries’ Golf Day, where over 120 year 1, 2 and 3 brushed up their skills at Builth Golf Club. Mr Nash, our 5x60 Officer was supported by 19 year 8 – 10 pupils. Staff attending the event commented on how well the Builth High School pupils explained the activities and supported and encouraged the younger pupils.



Year 10 were soaking up the atmosphere of the seat of Government on Friday 23rd June in Siambr Hywel, the National Assembly's original debating chamber in Cardiff Bay.

We were invited to bring a team of up to six students to debate the question Who is responsible for animal welfare? 

Ben Cripps and Finlay Chew presented the case FOR the RSPCA having the greatest responsibility for animal welfare and Saffron Morgan and Vas Wright presented the case AGAINST them doing so. 

Dylan Sterry and Ethan Smith acted as Media Officers and live Tweeted while the debate was going on, collected quotes and took photos.

After the debate, we were given a tour of the Senedd and we were introduced to the idea of forming a Youth Parliament for Wales.

A good day was had by all. We have some future politicians amongst us and there was lots of interest in the Youth Parliament of Wales.

Please see Mrs Edwards in H5 if you would also like to get involved and want to know more about debating, or the Youth Parliament of Wales.

Thank you to the team. You did yourselves and the school proud!


Pupil Success


The Welsh Mountain Bike Championships were held at the showground in Builth Wells on the 18th June with some great results for Builth Wells High School pupils.

In the youth (under 16) category:

  • Iwan Evans was 2nd
  • Sam Ryland was 4th

In the under 12s

  • Freya Evans was 1st

They all fought off tough competition in the scorching heat to secure great results.



Lucy Jackson has added another Gold medal to her haul after success at the Brain Tumour Charity Judo Tournament 2017 on the 17th June.

Year 11 pupil Wyn Williams should also be mentioned for his excellent skills as referee at the event.

We would like to congratulate past pupil Kirsty Powell who won Gold at the same event.

We must also mention past pupil and Kirsty’s sister, Natalie Powell, who won Silver in Cancun, taking her up to 3rd in the world after winning her 15th grand prix medal.

Well done Irfon Judo club http://irfonjudoclub.co.uk/



National Rotary Young Photographer of the Year

On Thursday 22nd June, the National Rotary Young Photographer of the year awards were held at the Senedd, in Cardiff. Representing Builth Wells were Carys Price (Yr 7) and Angharad Bradley (Yr 13). They had taken photographs on the theme of 'Reflection'. They both recieved certificates of participation, and Carys went on to be awarded Runner Up in the Intermediate age category. 



Forthcoming Events


Dates for your diary

Thursday 13th July – Summer Fair
At 18.00 there will be a presentation for year 6 parents in Y Bwyty.

Monday 17th July – Race for Life in aid of Cancer Research UK
Parents, carers, Governors and members of the community are welcome to join us. Please contact Mrs Ennis for details.

Tuesday 18th July – Sports Day

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 issued (from 09.00)

Monday 4th September – pupils return to school