WALES, EUROPE AND THE WORLD
On Monday 27th June 2016, Routes into Languages organised an event at Bangor University entitled ‘WALES, EUROPE AND THE WORLD’. 35 Aberconwy pupils who have opted to continue studying a GCSE Modern Foreign Language in September attended this event alongside pupils from other schools stretching from Holyhead to Wrexham.
After a welcome speech from the Head of Bangor University’s School of Languages, a range of information sessions and workshops were offered throughout the day including games, useful information about studying and working in Wales and abroad, language taster sessions in Spanish, Italian and Mandarin, Chinese dance and Chinese calligraphy. Each pupil did themselves and Aberconwy proud in their conduct and participation and it was an enjoyable day for all. Thank you to Routes in to Languages for organising the event and inviting us along.
Keen to increase opportunities to promote modern foreign languages, the Aberconwy Language Ambassadors decided to run a competition for all pupils who were not participating in the morning events on sports day last week. Small groups of year 8, 9 and 10 learners were invited to produce short articles about sports day in different languages, so whilst competitors demonstrated their fitness abilities on the track, other ‘competitors’ were demonstrating their academic and linguistic abilities in the classroom.
1st prize – French article by Chloe Turner, Courtney Mobley & Kayleigh Murray – year 10 (pictured above)
2nd prize – German article by Elizabeth Morgan, Chelsea Foulkes & Abbie Sutton – year 10
3rd prize – Welsh article by Daniel Raybould and Kyle Roberts – year 9
Well done to the prize winners and thank you to all the pupils who took part.
Da iawn, gut gemacht, très bien J
Language Ambassadors who promoted this competition are: April Ehlke-West, Alice Dyson, Thomas Wilson, Anthony North, Sebastian Evans, Nathan Jones (year 9 pupils)
Open the attachment below to see all 3 winners!
During this summer half-term the Language Ambassadors have been busy running competitions to promote modern foreign languages around the school.
They started by running a poster competition for KS3 pupils. Pupils were invited to design a poster advertising our German and French clubs which take place at lunchtime every Wednesday and Thursday. All entrants received a participation certificate and we were encouraged by the amount of entries we received.
The winners were:
1st place Mia Rawling 8LLC
2nd place Elin Watson 8LLC
3rd place Stephanie Morris 9CC
These entries will be placed around the school to advertise our lunchtime language clubs for September.
Click on the link below to see the winning posters and their creators!
15 girls from Years 8 & 9 took part in a wind turbine workshop last week as part of National STEM week. The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics incentive is aimed at giving young people opportunities to develop skills and gain further knowledge and interest in these areas.
For more pictures, open the attachment.
For more information on STEM, click the link below.
Year 12 Crafnant students Emily Holt & Helena Griffiths handed over a cheque today (27/06) for £852.22 to Ty Gobaith.
Ty Gobaith is Crafnant House' chosen charity & they were very grateful for the amount that was raised. Area fundraiser Beverly Bradley (pictured above), thanked all those at Ysgol Aberconwy for their huge effort.
As Head of Crafnant House - Miss Janette Hughes (pictured far right), was proud of her House for raising another fantastic amount for this worthy cause. For more information or to find out how you can help support Ty Gobaith, click on the link below.
Over half term (May 28th - June 5th), pupils from Aberconwy visited some important locations from the Battle of the Somme. The pupils, from a range of year groups, were humbled by the historical sites and all took part in commemorating those whose lives were lost almost 100 years ago. A wreath was also laid by the students at the Welsh Divisions memorial.
Congratulations to four of our staff members who took part in the Chester Half Marathon on Sunday (15th May).
Mrs.Moynihan, Miss.Jones, Mr.Howe & Mr.Forster were among the 5000 runners who gathered for the annual event. Accompanied by all sorts of wonderful characters including Captain America, a giraffe and Flash Gordon, the staff were happy with their respective times and even a couple of PB's were smashed despite the blistering heat!
Da iawn pawb!
On March the 1st the school launched its own ‘Do the Little things’ St David’s day competition. The competition was open to all year groups and involved pupils going out into the community to complete little jobs making someone else’s life a little easier. Over 200 log books were collected and pupils recorded carrying out a range of tasks in helping elderly neighbours, relatives and teachers from shopping to gardening and even making products to sell for charity!
We are very proud of the effort made by all our pupils!! A £10 Voucher was presented to pupils from the four houses that made the most effort and a £50 voucher awarded to the most impressive overall! Congratulations to all of them!
Pictured are: Erin Roberts 7LLC ,Molly Williams 7DC ,Thomas Budgen 7CC, Keiran J Herring 7HC and Kereece Plester 7DC (who is holding her awesome traines she bought with her voucher)!
A big thank you to all at Ysgol Aberconwy for taking part in the Charity Day organised by the Crafnant House Council. Pupils and staff paid to dress as a fictional character – everyone was there from Mary Poppins to Katniss Everdeen and with a few Superheroes in between. Crafnant pupils organised a lunchtime of raffles, tombolas and quizzes and even managed to pie a teacher or two. In just one day Crafnant House managed to raise over £850 for local charity, Tŷ Gobaith.
Tom Birchall year 11 has been involved in a project run at North Wales Training in Mochdre every Wednesday this year to build a fully working kit car. The project is funded by Conwy 14 to 19 provision across the county. The car is now finished and driveable and today visited Ysgol Aberconwy with the tutors. Several students were able to sit in the car and some were taken for a very exhilarating test drive around the bus park at school. As a result of participating in this project and completing a Motor Vehicle level 2 course at Rhyl College last year Tom has been able to complete an extended work experience opportunity with Mercedes Benz and is hoping to start an apprenticeship after his GCSE results.
Routes into Languages: Pupil Language Ambassador Training 17th March 2016
A group of six Aberconwy pupils interested in and enthusiastic about foreign language learning, were selected to undergo official training at Venue Cymru to become Pupil Language Ambassadors this term. This is what they said about their experience:
“The P.L.A. training day was an amazing opportunity for us to develop our foreign language skills whilst meeting fellow students also interested in modern foreign languages. We gained many ideas regarding how to promote languages within the school. The numerous activities we did helped us share our ideas and there were opportunities to talk guest speakers who we found to be influential and inspirational people, for example Paul Kaye, a translator from the European Commission.
After an enjoyable day, we felt much more confident about the importance of the role we have taken on. We have many creative and innovative ideas which we plan to share with KS3 pupils next term in order to not only increase their enthusiasm towards language learning, but also to raise their awareness of the many different doors languages can open up to you in the future.”
The PLA team: most recent members.
Guto Bebb MP visited the school on March 18th to discuss renewable energy with some Year 7 students. The question & answer session with Mr Bebb was invaluable to the class and gave them an excellent opportunity to quiz him on his thoughts about renewable energy ideas that are currently being implemented in North Wales.
Below is a write-up from one of the students!
We had a visit from Gutto Bebb, during our project lesson, and I got to ask him a question. Gutto Bebb is a Member of Parliament, so he is an important person, he helps run the country.
He came in, because everybody in our PBL class (Project Based Learning), wrote a letter to him. Mr O’Rourke also posted our letters to Elizabeth Truss MP, and she wrote to each of us individually. I got a letter from the House of Commons!
Our letter was a piece of persuasive writing, aiming at encouraging the government to use more renewable energy instead of fossil fuels. We included facts and figures about global warming, from graphs we plotted in class.
In our PBL lessons, we learnt how fossil fuels contribute to the greenhouse effect. We researched alternative fuel types online, and did presentations to the class, to teach them what we learnt. We did a draft of our letter, and we checked each other’s letters, giving them feedback on spelling, punctuation and grammar, (mine was excellent!).
Gutto Bebb thanked me for my question, and he answered it in lots of detail. He talked about the tidal lagoon and HEP station on the River Conwy, but I knew about that already.