We are delighted to announce that four of our SEREN (more able and talented) year 12 students have been accepted in to summer schools this year.
Congratulations to Erin, Lucy, Emily and Gabriel!
They all had to apply through the Welsh Government SEREN network and faced stiff competition from students across Great Britain and abroad. Two will be going to Jesus College, Oxford, one to Cambridge and one to Bath University. They were all delighted when they found out they had places.
The summer schools they are attending cover a range of subjects from Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Philosophy and Theology, Law, Politics and Economics and Engineering. Gabriel specifically looked for a summer school where he will actually be able to stay in Halls of Residence on campus and have a hands on week of Engineering activities.
Lesley Sewell, More and Talented Co-ordinator at Ysgol Aberconwy said,
"The SEREN programme has been an invaluable life line to our More Able and Talented students across the whole school through lock down. They have been able to attend on line enrichment events, university open days and university faculty events, including time with lecturers and professors. For our younger students it has given them the opportunity to work together on challenge activities. Having the opportunity to attend prestigious university summer schools has been a great reward for all their hard work and commitment this year."
"Everybody has a story to tell" formed the basis of the Gathering The Stories project which seeked to tell stories of Conwy and aimed to bring members of the community together. Gathering The Stories was a Ffilm Cymru-funded community film education project, run by Lal Davies and Huw Davies of Ffilmiau Cymunedol Davies who worked with a selection of our students and staff. Each participant was helped to create and develop a first-person narrative short film that was no more than 4 minutes long. The students were encouraged to talk about and share their thoughts on an object/place/person/activity that was important to them. This has resulted in a diverse range of themes and some emotional and interesting stories that we can now share with you. The films were originally taken and shown at community events but now they are available to watch online. You can enjoy them too by clicking the link below:
Watch our award winning production of "Our Souls"
The 2020 Iris Community, Education and Micro Short Award winning film “Our Souls” is now available for you to view online! Watch our students and staff perform the award winning script, in the style of a fly on the wall documentary, by clicking here. As a result of coming first in the Iris prize script writing competition the play was professionally filmed and students were given the opportunity to work alongside industry professionals. Here's what the critics said about the play... “Our Souls was engaging, convincing and sophisticated film making. Schools are still a place where LGBT+ kids can suffer, and this clearly shows the positive impact talking about it can have. A moving, important film.” We hope that you enjoy this production too.
Aberconwy Events invites you to come and watch our latest student performance – Wind Rush Generations(s).
Wind Rush Generations(s) is a poetic exploration of momentous events that take place on the land and shores of the British Isles. Some of these are historic, others are current and they are all are marked by trauma and injustice. It looks at the power and greed of Empire and the resilience and brilliance of pioneers - both noted and unsung. The story unfolds from the perspective of a group of quirky history students in their fresher week. It is punctuated with humour and underscored with hope.
There are three ticketed performances, all in our drama studio:
Wednesday 4th March from 12.20 - 13.10
Wednesday 4th March from 15.30 - 16.30
Thursday 5th March from 18.00 - 19.00
Connor Parry, a student in year 11, met up with chef Bryn Williams last week at his restaurant in Porth Eirias in Colwyn Bay.
He contacted Bryn to ask if he would be willing to be interviewed by him, which Bryn was happy to do. Connor has chosen to speak about Bryn’s life and career – he grew up in North Wales - as a part of his Individual Presentation controlled assessment for his GCSE Welsh first language. Well done Connor and thank you to Bryn!