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.
A Level Government & Politics students at Ysgol Aberconwy have been gearing up for their summer exams in fine style. Guto Bebb MP and Janet Finch Saunders AM have both supported the course before and once again they accepted invitations to meet the group. Their reward was to be grilled about a wide variety of issues including lobbying, the merits of electoral systems, devolution and the effectiveness of the UK constitution. The group are also going to Westminster for an official tour and the chance to observe a debate in the House of Commons. Ysgol Aberconwy’s LINC Government & Politics course is now in its fifth year and includes students from Ysgol John Bright, Ysgol Bryn Elian, Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy and Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan as well as students from the host school, Ysgol Aberconwy.
On Friday Marth 18th, Hiraethlyn House organised a charity day for Wales Air Ambulance. As well as having a non-school uniform day, event organizers Hiraethlyn House Council also sold cakes & sweets, provided amazing face paint, had a 'how many eggs in a jar?'game and held an obligatory raffle!
The total so far is £811.90 but there are still some more donations to come in - stay tuned for the final result!
The proceeds will be going to Wales Air Ambulance, an incredible charity that needs to raise £6,000,000 every year to provide urgent medical attention via helicopter.
Click on the link below to find out more information and to donate if you wish.
Back in January, seven Aberconwy students took part in The Phoenix Project at Llanfairfechan Fire Station. The aim of the 5 day course was to engage young people in fire safety training and to educate them on all roles involved within the Fire Service.
One pupil (Tony Roberts of 10LLC), impressed the organizers so much that they offered him a place on Phoenix Project 2!
This was a more in-depth course offering a greater insight into the work that Fire Service Officers encounter on a daily basis. Participants gained knowledge of using RTC equipment, using breathing apparatus & search and rescue from a burning building.
Congratulations to Tony, who part of a team of 11 young people, were offered the extra course!
Congratulations to Amelie Partington of 7LLC as she came back from a Cardiff gymnastics competition with yet another medal!
Currently competing for Grays Gymnastics Club, her latest success was part of team Eryri (under 14's girls) Tumble & Vault, in which they came first overall out of the whole of Wales. Amelie's contribution was a commanding performance in both disciplines. Hannah Rushden (coach at Grays Gymnastics) was delighted with the girls efforts - ''They trained hard for this competition and were rewarded for their long hours of practicing!''
On Thursday 11th of February, National Dance Company Wales paid some of our dance-enthused students a visit.
Even though they are in the middle of a Spring tour, NDCW still had the time to show us a snippet of a routine and introduce the students to the world of physical theatre.Those involved in the workshop were asked to perform both individual and group pieces in the style of the company's work. Drama Teacher Mr Burrows spoke very highly of the workshop, ''a wonderful opportunity for our students to work with such highly talented & professional performers, we can't wait to have them back''.
Everyone enjoyed the afternoon and were lucky enough to watch the weekend performance of 'Folk' (NDCW's new production) at Venue Cymru.