Tim Penn, Founder of Signature Leather, visited the school on Friday 15th January at the invitation of Miss J. McAllister, head of MFL. He had a positive and important message - that languages and business go hand in hand!
Tim, also a qualified teacher (PGCE) delivered his message through amusing and thought provoking anecdotes using both his background and career in business and sport. As a former jockey Tim was based for one year in Chantilly near Paris.
He underlined that it was his ability to speak French and later German that enabled him to break into new markets, meet clients and establish strong relationships across diverse cultures.
As well as enthusing the pupils, Tim was very keen to show them how getting the gist is what is essential when communicating in a foreign language. His company’s world-wide sales are generated through close collaboration and partnership with partners in Germany, Hong Kong and North America with Japan and China next on the list of target markets.
Year 8&9 (U14) Conwy Netball Group Stage
Game 1: Vs Bryn Elian
Aberconwy started really well, with Mia Rawling scoring the two opening goals of the game with two well taken shots. The game continued in the same manner with Mia then scoring another great team work from Aberconwy. We had a very strong start, and soon again Mia scored with a great long shot. Aberconwy were able to open a great 8 goal cushion with some great transitions from defence to attack to lead 8-0, being superbly led by Jeannie Duncan.
Our strong defence allowed for Hannah Partington to then get onto the score sheet. Our passing game seemed to be a strength creating many opportunities. Bryn Elian get their first score of the game, but Aberconwy continue to pull away with excellent communication between the Aberconwy team and a flourish of goals, we end up victors over a very determined and hardworking Bryn Elian side.
Final Score – YAC 16:1 Bryn Elian
Game 2: Vs Eirias
The game against Eirias was one which was so closely fought throughout. YAC started the brighter with early goals from Mia Rawling and Hannah Partington following good support from the centre Isabelle Williams. Our tight defence allowed for the attack to flourish and with two more goals from Hannah we started to build a lead. Eirias, with a very good side strong in all areas finally sprung to life with a quick flurry of goals to take the lead.
Aberconwy then sprung back into life with two more goals from Mia Rawling to regain the illusive lead following great teamwork from Isabelle and Elin Watson. The lead chopped and changed between YAC and Eirias, with an outstanding performance from Isabelle who constantly found free space to allow the game to flow for the YAC attack. The game was a great contest of two evenly matched teams who cancelled each other out to end in a draw. Both sides progress onto the Conwy Finals Night. Llongyfarchiadau i bawb.
Final Score: YAC 10:10 Eirias
Squad: Elin Watson, Mia Rawling, Isabelle Williams, Hannah Partington, Alice Dyson ©, Jeannie Duncan, Molly Kewley, Charlotte Stevenson, Rebecca Freestone, Callie James
Information for report provided by Jeannie Duncan and Callie James.
The sounds of beat boxing was heard on the corridors of Ysgol Aberconwy in the week before Christmas with the visit of Ed Holden aka Mr Phormula to the school on Friday December 18th. Mr Phormula was working with a group of Year 7 and 8 Welsh pupils in creating a rap about the History of the Welsh Language and their opinions of being bilingual. The pupils performed their rap with Mr Phormula and a CD was made!! Budding rap artists in progress!!! Mrs Sioned Williams, Head of the Welsh Department said “We, as the Welsh Department are extremely proud of what the pupils have achieved with Mr Phormula! We would like to thank Branwen and Rhydian from Urdd Conwy for organising this workshop and to Mr Phormula himself for his hard work today.” This workshop is one of a series of workshops/activities held this year for students studying Welsh.
This year, Ysgol Aberconwy performed High School Musical and it was a great success. Over a thousand people came to see the six performances. Main characters, Troy Bolton and Gabriella Montez, were played by Reubens Syddall and Chloe Taft-Jones, with many audience members commenting that “they did a fantastic job”. The set was designed by the schools art department. There were over 120 primary school students involved in the performance , from Ysgol Pant-Y-Rhedyn, Ysgol Glan Conwy, Ysgol Porth-Y-Felin, Ysgol Deganwy, Ysgol Nant-Y-Coed, Ysgol Maelgwyn and Ysgol Capelulo.
Luke O'Donnell - Aberconwy Productions