Here at Ysgol Aberconwy we run the Accelerated Reading Program. At its heart, Accelerated Reader is simple.
A pupil reads a book, takes an online quiz, and gets immediate feedback. Children respond to regular feedback and are motivated to make progress with their reading skills.
We encourage all year 7 and 8 pupils to participate in the program, one quiz every half term, which is six a year.
We’re delighted that Amy Saxon has read 50 books to achieve her 2,000,000 words and passed 42 quizzes!
Amy is hoping to reach 3,000,000 before she starts Year 8!
Well done Amy!
Ysgol Aberconwy pupils receive prestigious Welsh Livery Guild Award.
Ysgol Aberconwy pupils, Chloe Bailey (Year 13) and Ben Payne (Year 10) have been presented with their Worshipful Livery Company of Wales award on Wednesday 17th May 2017 by Jean Bryson, after successfully passing a formal interview which took place in March 2017.
During the process students at the school were carefully selected and put forward by teachers. After a formal interview process Chloe and Ben were successfully chosen by the interview panel to receive the prestigious award.
The Worshipful Livery Company of Wales was set up to promote education, arts, science and technology and through their awards they’re able to develop the talents of young people throughout Wales. Jean Bryson explained “the standard of Ysgol Aberconwy candidates was high during the interview process and we selected Chloe and Ben, as we saw them as conscientious students who have a wide range of interests both inside and outside of school.”
Both Chloe and Ben were presented with framed certificates and awarded £250 each to support their ongoing educational needs. We caught up with Chloe, who is currently sitting her A Level exams and has applied to study Politics at the Queen Mary University of London, to find out what she thought about the interview and more importantly what she’ll be using the money for…
“I was nervous before the interview as I hadn’t had a formal interview before so I didn’t know what to expect however, the interview panel made me feel at ease. I was surprised and grateful that I had been chosen as one of the successful candidates to receive the award and the money will be going towards a brand new laptop, which will help me during my studies at University.”
Mr. Ian Gerrard, Headteacher, stated “As a school we’re immensely proud of what Chloe and Ben have achieved and we’re delighted they’ve received support and recognition for all their hard work in and out of school. Long may their studies continue once they leave Ysgol Aberconwy and we look forward to working with the Guild in the future.”
Crafnant House is proud to have raised over £800 for Ty Gobaith on the Charity Day. Together with the money raised by the sixth form Christmas Fayre, the total came to £1171 - an outstanding amount for a very worthwhile charity. The pupils, Ben Payne, Hollie Owen, Michael Corcoran, Joshua Wynne, Erin Hughes, Lucy Birtwhistle, Sasha Jenkins, Aaren Hill and Annabelle Protheroe were extremely proud to present the cheque to Beverley Bradley, from Ty Gobaith. Well done Crafnant!
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’.
It is timely to remind all parents of the procedures in the event of the school being closed due to bad weather.
When a decision is taken to close the school we will make the information available as soon as possible - please download our letter about how to find this information by clicking here.
Unless communication is received through these means, then please assume that the school remains open.
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.
The school now publishes a fortnightly newsletter. We email this out to parents and carers, but you can also view a copy on this page.
Please click here to download our news update from October.
Please click here to download our fortnightly news update from 11th December.
Please click here to download our fortnightly news update from 10th February.
Please click here to download our fortnightly news update from 1st April.
Please click here to download our fortnightly news update from 5th May.
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!