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.
Gōng xi fā cái! Wishing you a prosperous New Year!
This was one of the phrases Ysgol Aberconwy pupils heard during the Chinese New Year celebrations from 8th to the 12th February.
Following the success of our Confucius classroom which was launched in 2013, we have been fortunate enough to get an insight into this wonderful occasion from our Hanban teacher Patrick Zheng, who has experienced the joys of the celebrations for many years in his home region of Guizhou.
Many pupils from years 7-12 experienced lessons which were slightly different from the norm due to a timetable which was revised in line with the Chinese New year celebrations, also known as the Spring Festival. Lessons were delivered by Patrick and several other members of staff who all got into the spirit of the celebrations.
Pupils learnt about the origin and traditions of the festival as well as other aspects of Chinese Culture. Activities included making dumplings, Tai Chi, making paper cuttings and lanterns traditionally used as decorations during the festival, Beijing opera masks, calligraphy, Chinese puzzles, and Chinese New year cards. Pupils also discovered facts about the Terracotta army, the story of Nian, the heritage of the dragon and the Chinese zodiac animals. Some year 7 and 8 pupils had a taste of the Mandarin Chinese language and soon discovered that learning the language is made easier by using pinyin (phonetic writing) as well as traditional Chinese characters.
Our assemblies were also based around the celebrations and were delivered by year 8 pupils who shared their knowledge of this special festival with the guidance of Mrs. Helen Samuel.
The GCSE Geography class were taken for the day to Anglesey on an educational visit. Once the minibuses had survived the side winds on the Menai Bridge, we parked up by the sand dunes and got on with the GCSE fieldwork. We were testing a hypothesis based around the impact of tourists on the environment, and were trying to see if the impact decreased with distance from car park.
The Year 11’s spent the first part of the morning looking at the impact of visitors on the environment near the Newborough Warren beach car park. They went on to look at how the environment faired further away from the car park & into the woods. The last stop was along a track into the woods, quite a way away from the car park, closer to Llanddwyn Island.
At each stop the pupils looked at footpath erosion, the impact of vehicles, noise, litter, and tourist facilities.
We returned with good data to write up our findings, and to create graphs to show our results. It was a good day, even if it was a bit windy.
A team of budding engineers from Ysgol Aberconwy recently took part in the first 'Lego League Trash Trek Challenge'. The students built and programmed their robot to complete various challenges, achieving great scores in all three rounds and even took the award for Best Robot Design! After finishing 2nd place overall, the team are hoping to compete again next year and progress to the national finals.