10 Mar

  • By lucywilliams

Weekly Update

Welsh Day 2017

Bendigedig! (Excellent or Amazing in Welsh)

The primary building was once again filled with lads and lasses bedecked in Welsh costume, rugby shirts, daffodils, leeks, and dragons as Welsh day got underway again this year. We were lucky enough to have been given free Welsh cakes and daffodils by Morrisons in Newtown, in support of the Welsh custom of holding an Eisteddfod (or Arts competition/festival) and during the day pupils took part in Welsh themed performance, cooking and art activities.

Love spoon Cookies

Miss Sneade led pupils in the design of giant love spoon shaped cookies. They explored the meanings of the various symbols which young Welsh men used to carve into wooden spoons to give to their sweethearts and worked these into biscuit dough. This proved an especially challenging task because of the spreading nature of the dough, but they all looked attractive and I imagine tasted delicious.

How fierce is your dragon?

The challenge set by Mrs Watkin was to draw a really fierce looking Welsh dragon. Pupils had a choice of materials to use, and these really were a feast of colour and design. The winning designs were those which captured the ferocious nature of the beast, and some really captured the feeling of flight, texture and attitude.

Music, Poetry, Comedy and Welsh Facts in Performance

‘The performances get better every year’ was one audience comment, and some other regular attendees said ‘They absolutely loved it, and wouldn’t miss it. There was always so much talent’. There was an excellent variety; musical items included drumming, songs, piano and violin playing, and there were many fabulous poems – some written by pupils themselves and others performed with expression and confidence. It was lovely to have the performances enriched by some fascinating facts about Wales and Welsh football and there was a memorable comedy item. As always it was extremely hard for judges to choose winners, but the contribution by all pupils throughout the day represented a significant achievement by all, and something to build on in future. Da iawn, pawb! (Well done everyone), and a special thanks to all parents for the preparation, heartache and nervous energy.   Many of you will now relax knowing this is over for another year!

The day always ends with a celebration of poetry and we announce the bards for the year. The winning poems were written by Wynton Brown and Jemimah Carron. Here are some verses from their poems:  (Please use link below to take you to verses and pictures)

Welsh Day Pictures

By Mrs Davies

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Uniform and Equipment

Last week a uniform and equipment spot check was carried out.  It was pleasing to see all students in correct uniform, however some students did not have a pen, pencil and a ruler.  This coming week a uniform spot check for PE will be carried out.

Year 13 Business Presentations

              The Business Presentations

The date for the presentations has now been moved to the 5th April.

Parents Afternoon

On Tuesday 4th April the school will close at 1pm for parents to attend parents afternoon, to meet with your child’s teacher(s) to discuss progress.  This will be for both Primary and Secondary students.  The afternoon will start at 1pm and finish at 4pm.  Students will remain in school until parents have met the relevant teacher(s). If you wish your child to accompany you to the meeting, this will be no problem.   If you cannot attend, please make arrangements for collecting your child from school.   Following feedback from the last parents afternoon, appointments will be made by students but for a longer period of time.

Data on your child’s progress will be collected prior to the Parents Day and sent home via email.

Sports Day

Mr Wilson, from Stockport campus will be visiting this week to discuss Sports Day plans.  PE lessons will be altered to help prepare for sports day and email will be sent to parents to confirm the arrangements.

Gloucester Campus

We will be having a visit from some Gloucester students this week, who will be joining Mr Robinson’s lessons.  We are wishing them a warm welcome and hope they have an enjoyable and productive day.

School Photo’s

The school photographer will be in on Tuesday 25th April, all students will need to be full school uniform.

Dates for your Diary

Houses of Parliament Trip (Year 9&10) –  27/03/17

Amazon Warehouse Trip (year12/13 Business Studies students) – 28/03/17

Parents Afternoon 1pm – 4pm  –  04/04/17

Year 13 Business Presentations   – 05/04/17

Sports Day  –  17/07/17