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On Friday 17th November, students from Ysgol Aberconwy joined the nation in fundraising for Children in Need 2017.

Students and staff across the school took part in a variety of fundraising activities from sport sessions to challenges and from tombola raffles to own clothes day.

The competitive spirit could be felt throughout the school, with the highly anticipated Ysgol Aberconwy Bake Off. Some members of staff highlighted their hidden baking talents, which even Paul Hollywood would have been impressed by!

However, the real fundraising highlights came from the students themselves…

With Year 10 students Joe Nicholas and Jack Owens raising over £200 by shaving their hair off, Year 7 students Caitlin Finnegan and Leah Birchall raising over £200 for sponsored walks, Crystal Forbes in Year 7 also completed an Indy climb raising £90 and Year 8 twins Jaydon Parry and Connor Parry together raising over £140, with Jaydon completing a sponsored run and Conor offering to carry out additional chores.

Mr Jones, teacher at Ysgol Aberconwy stated “This is the result of a fantastic team effort from the whole Ysgol Aberconwy community. I am overwhelmed by the support we have received and would like to thank everyone that has supported us with their time, effort and donations. This is a great indication of how innovative and enterprising Ysgol Aberconwy students can be in fundraising for such a great cause.”

Well done to everyone who took part in raising over £2,500 for Children in Need 2017!

Ysgol Aberconwy marked ‘Restart a Heart Day’ on Monday 16th October by training over 650 students in basic First Aid and CPR procedures in one day!

Restart a Heart Day is an annual initiative, which aims to train as many people as possible in CPR in one day, so that more people know these life saving skills.

Staff and students at Ysgol Aberconwy attended training slots throughout the day and they are now part of the British Heart Foundation’s Nation of Lifesavers. By learning CPR, they’ve armed themselves with the skills that could help save lives in our communities.

Currently in the UK, just one in ten people survive a cardiac arrest. However, in countries such as Norway, where CPR is more widely taught, almost four in ten people survive.

Abby Battle (Year 7) commented, “I thoroughly enjoyed the training. A member of my family had to have CPR so I believe everyone should know these life saving skills”

Benjamin Payne (Year 11) explained, “I was shocked to learn that if you suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in the UK you have less than a one in ten chance of surviving. Training like this is so important because I would want to help if I was ever faced with such a situation”.

Rhydian Jones (Teacher) stated, “On behalf of Ysgol Aberconwy we would like to thank Carwyn Roberts, Jamie Brown, Nerys Owen and Sean Clark for giving up their valuable time to deliver the training and share their expertise with both staff and students. We are also grateful to the Welsh Ambulance Service for offering this invaluable experience and look forward to welcoming them back to Ysgol Aberconwy again next year.”

For more information about Restart a Heart Day visit, www.bhf.org.uk

We'd like to thank the performers from Collingwood Learning who delivered 'Mirror Mirror' today to our Year 8 pupils.

This new theatre and workshop programme tackles Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and enables students to learn what CSE is, how grooming works, how they can keep safe and how they can get help.

The project is being delivered in schools across North Wales and is being sponsored by the North Wales Safeguarding Children’s Board, in partnership with Barnardo’s Gwella Project.

For more information please visit www.collingwoodlearning.co.uk 

Thursday, 24 August 2017 12:30

Ysgol Aberconwy celebrates GCSE achievements

Students at Ysgol Aberconwy celebrated their GCSE achievements this year.

They were joined by BBC Radio Wales who visited the school to share in students’ success and experience the live reactions and expressions of students discovering their grades.

Ruth Dean stated, “I was so nervous about receiving my results and to find out my grades just before going live on national radio was scary, but once I knew what I’d achieved (10 A* and 1 A) I was over the moon! In September, I’ll be returning to Ysgol Aberconwy Sixth Form where I’ll be starting my A Levels in Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Welsh Baccalaureate.

Ruth wasn’t the only one pleased with her results, as she was one of a group of exceptional students celebrating their grades: Mim Allardice (7 A* and 4 A), Rhys Bailey (1 A*, 4 A and 5 B), Nicole Coulson (1 A*, 7 A and 2 B), Lana Flood (2 A*, 7 A and 1 B), Nathan Purchase (7 A, 3 B and 1 C) and Jaxon Webb-Dunn (3 A*, 4 A and 4 B).

Headteacher Ian Gerrard was delighted with the levels of success and stated, “This is a big day for our students, many of whom will be glad the wait is over as they can now see the results of their hard work and determination. As a school we’re proud of all our students and their achievements, and we’d like to say congratulations to each and every student who received their grades today.”

Ysgol Aberconwy is looking forward to welcoming students back into the school’s sixth form in September.


Aberconwy students are celebrating outstanding A level successes with A and A* grades (or equivalent) making up over 30% of all results.

Some exceptional performances were achieved by Joseph Macmanus (A*, A*, A*, A*), Danielle Pinkerton (A*, A*, A*, B), David Jones (A*, A*, A*), Helena Griffiths and Anna Hughes (A*, A, A) and Megan Roberts and Chloe Taft Jones (A*, A*, B).

Many of the school’s students are now looking forward to going on to study a wide variety of exciting degree courses: Mathematics, Computer Science, Criminology, Media Studies, Fashion Design, Applied Medical Sciences, Theatre and Performance Design, Yacht and Power Craft Design, and Politics at Universities across the UK such as Southampton, London, York, Warwick and Cardiff.

Headteacher Ian Gerrard congratulated students and staff, saying he was very proud of an exceptional group of young people who have achieved their potential and who are now moving on to study interesting and challenging courses. He added, “We wish them well for the future and look forward to hearing of their continued success in the years to come.”

A huge well done to all students in Hiraethlyn House at Ysgol Aberconwy! Through their tireless fundraising efforts throughout the year, they’ve raised an impressive £747 for the Welsh Air Ambulance.

Students Geneva Henson, Nina Rowlands and Arran Shackleton presented Medwyn Hughes with the monies raised by their school house team.

Mr Hughes commented “I’m overwhelmed with the support these students have given to raising funds to keep our helicopters going. As a charity we’re delighted Ysgol Aberconwy have continued their links with fundraising for the Welsh Air Ambulance and we’re very grateful to receive this cheque from the school.”

To find out more about the Welsh Air Ambulance Charity and how you can get involved visit www.walesairambulance.com

Throughout the year our Year 10 Welsh Baccalaureate students have been busy working towards their 10 hours of voluntary activities.

The main activities they’ve been involved in have ranged from developing the school garden and pond area, to planting trees, and painting, cleaning and enhancing changing rooms at a local football club.

This week they’ve also helped the school welcome local Year 6 pupils during our transition week, as these pupils will be starting with us in September.

Through our transition week we aim to make the process as smooth as possible for Year 6 pupils, so they feel welcome and supported, as its daunting moving from primary school up to secondary school.

Our Year 10 students supported pupils getting to know teachers and staff at the school and more importantly finding their way around the buildings.

We’d like to say thank you to all our Year 10 Welsh Baccalaureate students.

Conwy Youth Service celebrated on Friday 23rd June, after winning the ‘Outstanding project promoting cultures in Wales’ award.

Hollie Owen and Stephanie Morris, Year 10 at Ysgol Aberconwy, travelled down to Cardiff, to represent the project team at the ceremony and were delighted to win the award.

Conwy Youth Service were shortlisted to receive a Youth Excellence Award for community and project work within Conwy, following their successful ‘Understanding our heritage’ project.

Throughout the project, the team of 10 young people, seven* of which attend Ysgol Aberconwy explored the Welsh history throughout the county of Conwy and visited Conwy Castle, Plas Mawr, the Great Orme Copper Mines, Penmachno Mines, Nant BH Outdoor Education Centre.

On the night Hollie led the project team onto the stage where they were joined by Tommy Lyness, Professional Youth Worker for Conwy Youth Service to receive their award.

“It was a nerve-wracking experience walking up to collect the award with the team, as you have the fear over tripping over, but I’m pleased to say we all managed to make it up on stage without a stumble and with huge smiles on our faces,” said Hollie.

Stephanie summed up the whole experience as, “exciting and rewarding. It was our first time down in Cardiff and we loved every minute of it. We really enjoyed being part of the ceremony and meeting other youth club members, but the best bit was winning the award.”

A huge well done to Conwy Youth Service and everyone involved in the project team.


*Chloe Benjamin, Hollie Owen, India Molloy, Stephanie Morris, Francesca Roberts, Ruby Flowers & Adele Hughes


Lorenzo Cutts, Year 12 at Ysgol Aberconwy, is not only studying for his AS levels, he also spends time each week training in the Snowdonia Slalom Eryri Club.

Lorenzo first started kayak lessons at a local swimming pool four years ago. After two years kayaking he joined the slalom club and soon progressed to canoe slalom in open waters.

After talking to him about his experiences, he admitted the first time he went out into real water conditions was really scary, but he explained “that’s the best way to build up your experience, especially in learning to get out of a ‘capsize’.”

He first started in division four in the UK and has progressed over the last couple of years into division one. But that wasn’t down to luck, he’s spent many hours each week, during the competition season (March – October) practising physically for fitness and strength, whilst also mentally walking through each course, so his plan is in place for each race. Outside of the competition season (November – February) he increases his training hours and puts himself through a tough schedule, to ensure he’s ready for the upcoming competitions, which take place across the UK.

Lorenzo explains, “When it’s race day you’re filled with so many emotions. Before the race starts you do feel really nervous however, once the race is underway you get the thrill of adrenaline running through your body. When I‘ve had a good ‘run’ the sense of achievement is amazing and makes you want to do it all over again. If my times are slower than I had hoped for, I focus harder on training for the next race!”

Not only is he succeeding in his passion for Canoe Slalom, he’s achieving fantastic results in the classroom too, which only goes to show through hard work and dedication you can achieve anything.

Lorenzo is almost half way through this season, he only needs three wins or 4,750 points from five races to place him in the Premier Division for the UK, watch this space…

Ben Foggo, Year 10 student at Ysgol Aberconwy, travelled to Austria last week to represent Wales at the Junior Battle in Austria. Ben was one of 11 specially selected Welsh Weightlifters, to fly over to Austria and compete in the U17’s category.

He faced some tough competition from across Europe, but this didn’t faze Ben as he went on to winning gold and becoming the European Weightlifting Champion in his category.

The talented Welsh weightlifter completed a 65kg snatch and an 80kg clean jerk, which took his overall competition total to 145kg, that’s almost three times his own body weight!

Not only that, he achieved a 19kg competition PB (personal best) and also through his hard work and commitment, he’s qualified for the British U20s event, all at only 14 years old!

Ben who trains at NW1 Weightlifting Club in Llandudno said, “Leading up to the event I felt confident and ready for the competition. Although I was prepared, I felt overwhelmed to have won gold in my category. My ultimate goal is to reach the Olympics, which I’m determined to do.”

“As a school we’re proud of our students achievements and in particular their extracurricular successes. Well done and congratulations on behalf of everyone at Ysgol Aberconwy,” Stated Mr Ian Gerrard, Headteacher.

This is only the beginning for Ben, with his hard work, dedication and passion his only way is up.

Hollie Owen and Stephanie Morris, Year 10 at Ysgol Aberconwy, have been specially chosen to attend the Youth Excellence Awards in Cardiff, taking place at the end of this month.

Conwy Youth Service has been shortlisted to receive a Youth Excellence Award for community and project work within Conwy, following their successful ‘Understanding our heritage’ project. Through the project they’ve challenged the traditional youth club programme and introduced the ‘Understanding our heritage’ project, which allows young people to explore the Welsh history around the county of Conwy.

The ambitious local Welsh history project for young people aged 13 to 19, included after school, weekend and residential opportunities, to absorb the sights, smells and tales of Conwy. The young people involved have spent in excess of 100 hours each, out of their own time to dedicate themselves to the project over the last 18 months.

Throughout the project they’ve visited Conwy Castle, Plas Mawr, the Great Orme Copper Mines, Penmachno Mines, Nant BH Outdoor Education Centre and exhibited their work at Mostyn Art Gallery.

As a school, we’re especially proud of Hollie and Stephanie and their involvement, dedication and commitment to this project.

Tommy Lyness, Professional Youth Worker for Conwy Youth Service, explained why they’d be chosen to attend the awards, “Hollie and Stephanie have been part of the project from the beginning. They’ve always got involved with all the tasks of the project with no hesitation and they’ve helped others to gain their accreditation. They’ve been determined to see the project through to the end and for their rewards, we’re delighted to invite them to attend the awards.”

Understandably Hollie and Stephanie are looking forward to visiting Cardiff and attending the awards ceremony. As Hollie said, “We’re both really happy and proud to have been invited, as a reward for all our hard work and we hope to win and bring back the award, to show the rest of the team involved in the project, friends and family.”

We wish Conwy Youth Service all the best with the upcoming nomination and we’ll keep our fingers crossed for you all.

Good Luck!

On Friday 9th June a group of Ysgol Aberconwy students from Years 7, 8 and 9 attended the All Wales Boat Show, which took place at Conwy Marina, next to the school. The show is in its third year and is a celebratory festival of all water-based activities, which is unique to the region.

Students from the first language groups spent the day with staff from the Urdd, communicating through the medium of Welsh. They also got the chance to dip their toes in the water, which gave people visiting the marina something to smile about. With students letting out screams as their  canoe wobbled on the water, to another group of students going around in circles, in the wrong direction on their raft, they were quick to realise they all had to communicate and work together to head in the direction they were meant to.

Overall the children had an enjoyable day and as Jayden Parry, 7HC, stated “We’re lucky to have opportunities like these near our school. We’ve learnt lots about team work, whilst having fun at the same time.”

Many thanks to members of staff from the Urdd, Conwy Marina and the organisers of the All Wales Boat Show, for involving our students in such a prestigious event in the area.

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