Builth Bulletin 25


The wet autumnal weather failed to dampen spirits this week as we celebrated our students’ success at our 2017 Prize Giving Evening. We welcomed past pupil Ollie Harding as our guest speaker.


General Announcements


Our Future’s People

We were delighted to welcome Mark Stead and Aled Vaughan Owen to launch an exciting new energy-saving project in assembly on Monday. Our Future’s People, a sustainable energy project run by Severn Wye Energy Agency, will run in 10 Powys secondary schools over the next two years.

Severn Wye Energy Agency are an educational charity with offices in Llandrindod Wales and Gloucester. They have a very successful track record when it comes to educational projects having won several national and regional awards for their work.

The new programme launches this month and will be implemented in schools in the southern half of the county this academic year and along with Brecon High, Crickhowell High, Gwernyfed High and Ysgol Maesydderwen, Builth Wells High School has been selected to take part.

A team of students will be recruited to lead the project activities in each school. They will carry out a technical energy survey of their school premises and report their findings along with an action plan for improving the sustainability of their school’s energy use to Governors and Senior Management. They will then implement energy awareness campaigns to encourage positive behaviour change among staff, students and the wider community.

Mark Stead, Senior Education Project Manager, who will oversee the project stated: “We are really excited to be bringing this programme to Wales for the first time. We have had a great response from local organisations and schools. We are about to recruit a team of students to lead the project in each school and I can’t wait to start working with them. It is so important that the younger generation see the importance of protecting our planet. They will be tomorrow’s politicians, scientists and decision-makers so the future really is in their hands.”

As part of the programme, Severn Wye will be running a sustainability-focussed careers event for students at the Royal Welsh Showground on the 7th and 8th November. This event is open to students in years 7-13 in all schools in the county and will show the range of employment opportunities available within the local sustainability sector.

As part of the event, Severn Wye are looking for local businesses to become involved in the event. These businesses can exhibit as part of a career pathways exhibition or help students as they work on a range of sustainability challenges in a series of interactive workshops.

If your business is interested in taking part, please contact Owen Calendar at OwenC@severnwye.org.uk. If your school wishes to attend the event, you can contact Mark Stead at marks@severwye.org.uk.

The Our Future’s People project is funded through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development with additional funding provided through the Brecon Beacons National Park Sustainable Development Fund and the Big Lottery Fund. It is supported by Powys County Council, Careers Wales, Rotary and STEM Ambassadors.


New Mid-Powys Secondary School

The temporary governing body for the new 11-18 Bilingual Secondary School in Mid Powys is beginning the process of naming the new school. Pupils, parents and staff have the opportunity to put forward a suggestion for the name.

All year 5 and 6 pupils in the feeder primaries are being asked to share their ideas.

Suggestions will be considered by governors of the new school before they put forward their preferred name to the Local Authority for ratification.

Look out for the letter in your child’s school bag or check your email for an electronic copy.

Please return your ideas to the school office by Friday 27th October 2017.


Rugby Tour Easter 2018

Following the success of this year’s tour to Holland, our WRU Hub Officer Jonathan Bowen is again organising a rugby and football tour for year 7 and 8 students to Holland in 2018. Any 7 and 8 pupils who are interested can pick up a letter from the PE department.


Pupil Success


Prize Giving Evening 2017

On Wednesday 13th September, we were delighted to welcome our guest speaker Mr Ollie Harding to open our 2017 Prize Giving Evening.

During his time as a pupil at Builth Wells High School Ollie was involved in many of the musical activities that the school had to offer such as Jazz Band, Orchestra and South Powys Young Jazz Orchestra.  After much guidance from the music department, Ollie completed his A Levels in Music and Music Technology and went on to study at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

Since studying at RNCM Ollie has worked as a professional drummer for the last 2 and a half years, performing live at festivals such as Glastonbury, Isle of Wight, & CMC Rocks (Australia).  Ollie has supported artists such as The Corrs and Sir Tom Jones on their arena tours and appeared on TV shows such as BBC’s The One Show, The Graham Norton Show and The Andrew Marr Show.

The evening was rounded off with the opportunity to chat informally over wonderful canapes prepared and served by our very talented Hospitality and Catering students and staff.

Click here to view the list of prize winners

We would like to take this opportunity to offer our very grateful thanks to our sponsors for their generous donations for our Prize Giving:


Caban Sgriblio

After school every Tuesday afternoon an enthusiastic crew of young people attend Caban Sgriblio workshops. Led by Emma Beynon, Community Project Officer for Arts Alive, they are writing original poetry and starting to make their own Film Poems.

These are creative writing workshops for young people who lack confidence and are finding it difficult to engage in their learning and this week, we were joined by James Bird, the National Officer for Children in Need to we are spending their money.



Year 9 hockey team played their first match against Llandrindod. A really exciting game with the score being 5 all, the final goal was disallowed as the time had been called, this was a real shame as we would have won 6-5. 



Year 8

Brecon 10 - 82 Builth

Year 10

Brecon 32 - 26 Builth



Wednesday 13th September

Year 9

Builth 3 - 0 Llandrindod

Aled Davies x 2
Iwan Coyle x 1

Year 11

Builth 3 - 1 Llandrindod

Callum Jones x 2
Ryan Jones x 1


Thursday 14th September

Year 7

Brecon 3 - 4 Builth

Rhaff Wolski x 3
Tom Hughes x 1


Jeans for Genes Day 2017

Don’t forget that next Friday 22nd September is Jeans for Genes Day 2017. Pupils can wear jeans to school and raise money for this good cause by donating £1. Pupils should wear their normal school shirt, jumper and tie with their jeans.


Forthcoming Events


Dates for the diary

Year 7 “Settling-in” Progress Evening – Thursday 21st September 16.30 – 17.30

Jeans for Genes day – Friday 22nd October - £1 donation

Sixth Form Progress Evening – Thursday 5th October 16.30 – 17.30

Controlled Assessment Evening (Sixth form and Key Stage 4) - Thursday 5th October 17.30 – 18.00

Eisteddfod yr Urdd 2018 Proclamation Day, Brecon – Saturday 7th October 11.00 start

Year 8 Parents’ Evening – Thursday 12th October 16.00 – 18.30

Year 5 and 6 Open Evening for New Mid-Powys Secondary School (Llandrindod High School) - Thursday 12th October 18.30 – 20.30

Year 5 and 6 Open Evening for New Mid-Powys Secondary School (Builth Wells High School) - Thursday 26th October 16.30 – 18.30