I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all students in Year 10 for their efforts in preparing for the individual presentations in English Language. Both myself, the department and the Senior Leadership Team have been mightily impressed with the mature attitude that has been displayed. We have listened to many engaging and ambitious speeches. The pupils have done themselves proud and taken the task seriously.Well done!
Important Dates in Maths
Our current year 10 pupils will be sitting GCSE Numeracy and GCSE Maths in November 2017. The dates of the external exams are listed at the bottom. In preparation for this they will all be involved in mock exams to be held in October 2017.
Set 1 will be sitting higher tier and set 2 intermediate tier (with the option of then sitting higher tier the following summer). Set 3 will be sitting the intermediate tier and sets 4 and 5 the foundation tier (with the option of then sitting the intermediate tier the following summer). It is anticipated that the majority of pupils will re-sit these exams in the summer of 2018 in order to improve their grades. When pupils re-sit they always keep their BEST grade.
Nov 6th GCSE Numeracy – Unit 1 (Non-Calculator) (1¾ hours)
Nov 8th GCSE Numeracy – Unit 2 (Calculator) (1¾ hours)
Nov 10th GCSE Maths – Unit 1 (Non-Calculator)
Nov 13th GCSE Maths – Unit 2 (Calculator)
If you are a year 9 pupil – or the parent/carer of one – everything you need to know about the options process and details of the subjects on offer is now available on our dedicated website.
Congratulations to our team of young garden designers. Last term they took part in a Royal Horticultural Society project – and won! Here’s their write-up about the competition. We’re looking forward to seeing their garden come to life!
Last term we took part in the Royal Horticultural Society “Green Plan It” Challenge. Our project was to design a garden for our school. We chose the rooftop area on our new school. We had to take into consideration the cost of things and we also had to make sure everything promoted biodiversity and was sustainable. At the start of the year, we visited the Botanic Gardens at Bristol University. This was where the competition was introduced to us. We met our mentor and we had a guided tour of the gardens. Our mentor was Juliet and she is a head gardener at St Fagan’s. She helped us choose the best plants, herbs and vegetables for our garden and she also helped us to understand why they were the best. We found out from the council ecologist that building the new school had destroyed the habitat of some butterflies that used to eat “devil’s bit scabious” which grew on the marshlands around the school. We tried to incorporate a marsh garden into our design to provide a new habitat for the butterflies so that we could help with their conservation.
By week 8 we had to hand in a written report, this contained team introductions, garden designs, research, plant types and an evaluation. We created a drawing of our garden plan and then developed a computer version. Next, we made our own model from recycled materials. We created a script for our presentation and developed an eye-catching display. At the start of December, we returned to Bristol University for an assessment and award ceremony, we had 30 minutes to set up our display and then the assessors came and listened to our presentations. They also asked us questions about our work. At the award ceremony, we were presented with the award for “Most Innovative” garden design and we received a certificate and trophy along with vouchers to buy gardening equipment for the garden.
Congratulations to our brilliant mathematicians in year 11! The whole year group sat their Maths and Numeracy GCSE exams in November and we’re delighted that 67% of them gained at least one C grade and eleven pupils gained two A* grades. All our pupils worked hard for these exams and we’re very proud of them.
Pupils were given their grades during a special exam results session this morning and many took the opportunity to phone home.
For those whose grades were not quite as they’d hoped, there will be another opportunity to sit both exams in the summer and we will provide targetted support to those who need it.
This week, years 11 and 13 were fortunate enough to be able to listen to Falklands War veteran, Simon Weston, deliver an inspirational speech. Drawing on his experiences since the dreadful events of 1982 (when Simon was on board the Sir Galahad which suffered heavy bombing) he encouraged the students to take responsibility for their own lives.
His message of resilience, self-containment and learning from your mistakes was an important one. Simon was also able to give advice to those who asked questions. Students said afterwards they’d been inspired by Simon to make the most of their lives and the opportunities open to them.
On Thursday 15th December, just a few days after we’d taken possession of our new building, the Performing Arts department put on our annual Christmas Carol Concert in the new Main Hall. The pupils taking part had given up the option of a day off school and had instead come in to rehearse in the new space. Getting to grips with not just a new stage, but lighting and sound systems too, both pupils and teachers had their work cut out. Nonetheless, as we’ve come to expect over the years, the concert, played to a packed audience, was fantastic. A few photos are included over the page but many more are available on our website.
There was a wide variety of performances on show, many of which were developed and supported by our excellent peripatetic teachers.
Thanks also to those who bought raffle tickets on the night, and mulled wine and mince pies. The proceeds from these have made a significant contribution to our Learning Resource Centre. We’re grateful for the staff of The Boar in Tyla Garw for providing the refreshments.
Congratulations to the pupils and staff for such a festive end to the year.
Ieuan Davies (Trepak)
Classical Choir (Somewhere In My Memory & Hail Holy Queen)
Sarah Pugh (The Christmas Song)
Mali Rhys-Thomas (Where is Love)
The Cast of Oliver (Be Back Soon)
Millie Smith (Reading—The Night Before Christmas)
Woodwind Group (Frosty the Snowman)
String Group (Sans Day Carol Wind Through the Olive Trees)
Year 10 Band (Walking in a Winter Wonderland)
Orchestra (Various carols)
Hannah Mealey (Reading from Dylan Thomas)
Percussion Group (Roll On Christmas)
Brass Group (Silent Night)
Ukelele Club (Various songs and carols)
Pop Choir (Need a Little Christmas)
Year 12 (God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen)
Tom Prosser (Reading—Luke 2:1-20)
Year 13 (Faith)
On Remembrance Sunday 13th November, I performed The Last Post whilst wreathes were laid in honour of those who have given their lives for our country. Even though this is the second year I have performed it was still a heartfelt experience and amazing to see how many people were there (but also very nerve-wracking to have so many people watching!) Members of the armed forces, police service, scouting and guiding laid poppy wreaths at the memorial, followed by a short service, the last post and the two minute silence. The service then continued inside the church.