On Tuesday 31st January 88 year old Arek Hersh and his wife came to visit Ysgol Aberconwy to speak to all Year 10 and Year 11 pupils as well as many Sixth Formers about his experiences during the Holocaust. Arek, a survivor of Auschwitz, spoke to the pupils about how as a young boy his life changed forever as result of the actions of the Nazis. All pupils found the experience to be incredibly moving and they took much away from his talk. Mr Roche, Head of History at Ysgol Aberconwy said that ‘to have the honour to be able to listen to Mr Hersh relay his experiences of the Holocaust and then to be able to ask him questions at the end of his talk is something that both pupils and staff will not forget for a very long time’.
On Thursday 8th December our Modern Foreign Languages department hosted a careers event for year 9 pupils from across Conwy County and Denbighshire. A range of workshops were provided by North Wales professionals in which they provided information about their field of work and the benefits and opportunities for employees with foreign language skills in their respective businesses. The professionals delivering the workshops were from industries such as banking, geology, commerce, and academia. Feedback from the different schools who attended was positive and the vast majority of pupils who attended said they were definitely considering, if not would definitely be continuing their foreign language learning into year 10.
There is a common misconception that foreign language skills are only needed if you wish to work abroad or want to become a translator or teacher. Our careers event showed pupils that foreign language skills can open many doors later down the line, regardless of what career path they may eventually embark upon.
A huge thank you must go to our visitors for volunteering to come to Ysgol Aberconwy to deliver their workshops and to help promote the value of having foreign language skills. And a special mention must go to our Language Ambassadors without whom the day would not have run so smoothly and been so successful. Merci beaucoup, vielen Dank, muchos gracias, diolch o galon.
Whether you're a parent, student or staff member - why not join Ysgol Aberconwy's Charity Miles team?
This App allows you to earn sponsorships on behalf of certain charities while walking, running, biking and participating in other activities. For every mile that you travel using the Application, you can earn money for a Charity (up to 25¢ per mile while walking or running, and up to 10¢ per mile while biking), subject to an overall Cap.
Please use this format to enter your user name : all STUDENTS have their profile name as: Joe Bloggs (9DM), STAFF: Mr. R Jones (PE) and PARENTS: Ms. Hughes (8CM-son/daughter's form class).
Move with purpose / Symudwch efo pwrpas!
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Our Psychology students visited Chester Crown Court on Wednesday 12th October - this is their account.
When we arrived at the court we had to go through a security check similar to an airport security check. We were told in advance that no mobile phones were allowed in court and no bags, so we were prepared and all passed through with nothing to declare!
Once we were all through, we were told to go and wait outside court number 1. We waited for a few minutes before the Clerk to the Court came out and gave us a brief review of the case and then introduced us to the barrister who was prosecuting the case.
We were then asked to take our seats in the public gallery and the different areas of the court were explained to us, including the bench where the judge sits and the box that the defence is taken to (called the dock).
The way that witnesses are treated was also explained to us and the elaborate steps that are taken to protect them, especially from the defendant, including putting curtains around the witness box. The barrister came to tell us about the case and what was likely to happen when the court session started.
The defendant was escorted in and once everything was in place, the judge came in and we were all asked to rise, and the court session started once we had been re-seated. The jury came in next and sat down opposite the public gallery. The trial was one that had started a few days before and continued with a video of the next witness. We saw the first part of the video and then we had to leave.
The group's teacher added that she was very proud of the students when the Clerk to the Court stopped her on the way out and expressed her opinion that they had been extremely well behaved and were welcome back at any time!
Hiraethlyn House handed over their cheque of £761.85 for its chosen charity Wales Air Ambulance. Mr Tony Wilkinson (Head of Hiraethlyn House) stated he was extremely pleased with all the pupils involved in organising the events to raise this money. Activities included a Disco, raffles, stalls and a non-uniform day. At the presentation of the cheque Mr Medwyn Hughes (WAA) stated he was delighted with all the pupils’ efforts and hoped that this was the start of a long and fruitful relationship between Hiraethlyn House and the Wales Air Ambulance.
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.