The annual report to parents and carers for the academic year 2014-15 can be read by clicking on the image below.
It’s been a busy time in the French department. On Friday 5th February five Year 9 pupils, Mason, Shani, Lauren, Cordelia and Lydia took part in Pupil Language Ambassador training organised by Route into Languages Cymru. Here are just some quotes from the day.
Last Friday we went to City Hall in Cardiff. We took part in a Language Ambassador training day. It was a very fun day learning more about languages in a variety of quizzes. We watched videos which showed us how important it is to take a language and how there is a shortage of people opting for a language in the UK. We were given leaflets and information booklets and learnt only a quarter of the world’s population speak English. We also talked about what we were going to do as language ambassadors to try and encourage more pupils to take a language. It was a great experience to go on a trip like this and I have learnt much more about languages.
I was really pleased that I was chosen to become a Language Ambassador for Y Pant. I thoroughly enjoyed the day learning about France and the French culture. I met pupils from other schools and worked with them doing activities. We learnt about how a language ambassador will support their school by arranging activities and events. We were introduced to students from universities that study French, telling us about their travels and experiences from taking French at GCSE and A levels. I am looking forward to representing my school as a language ambassador.
I think that the Language Ambassador training day was really interesting. I especially enjoyed the part where we learnt about French culture. We also completed a quiz which was fun, as we got to work with our school to answer the questions. I believe that the training day helped me and other pupils enhance our language skills and soon we will be encouraging other students to learn and take languages for their GCSEs.
Last summer I travelled over to Borneo to work for 4 weeks in a team building company and out door adventure centre. First I was involved in a team building exercise which I helped run. It involved 350 participants, who were professors from a university in Singapore. They had to take part in activities and assemble bicycles, with the help of me and some of my co-leaders. After the event I helped to deliver the bikes to four orphanages in the area, where we donated them, which was an incredible, eye-opening experience.
Well it’s finally over. Ten months of hard work by the pupils and staff from Performing Arts and Little Shop of Horrors played its final show to a packed audience at the Muni last night.
More Photos from the Show
Work is progressing fast on our new build. You can read more and see some fantastic aerial photos in Morgan Sindall’s latest newsletter.
Newsletter in Welsh: Ion 16
Recently we have been learning about Hindu worship and culture so we decided to make a shrine. Our shrine consisted of flowers, prayer, beads, kum kum powder, the aum symbol, insense and a Ganesh murti. We also covered our box with shiny paper.
Written and made by Isabelle Morris, Lowri Hill, Gwenllian Mellor, Heidi Thomas and Maddie Thomas
On Shrove Tuesday (9/2/16), the year 10 Ethics and Philosophy class, along with Mrs. Graves, Mrs. Burnell and a few other students, sold pancakes to raise money for a charity. The charity we were raising money and awareness for was the Salvation Army. The class chose this charity as we think the work they accomplish is remarkable, and we wanted to help people who are less privileged than us. We have been studying Christian teachings on wealth and poverty and developing our understanding of the injustice of poverty. The Salvation Army is one of the charities we have studied.
The turn out to the event was very successful and all of the pancakes were sold quickly. The total amount raised was just over £120. Thank you to everyone who purchased a pancake, we are extremely grateful.
Also thank you to Mrs Graves for holding the event and to Mrs Burnell and the students that helped on the day. Tim Keys, Abbie Way, Alice Smith, Lucy Challinor, Aimee Llewelyn, Rhianon Cummings, Lucy Enoch, Anais Rowlands, Seren Rowley, Caitlin Knowles, Kirstie Price, Sabrina Cadwallider, Callum Watts and Rosie Babbage.
The following letter was sent by Mr Fisher – Head of Maths to all parents and carers of year 10 students this week.
Many of you will know that GCSE Maths is changing in Wales. Our current year 10 cohort are following the new GCSE Maths specifications in which pupils sit two Maths GCSEs. These are entitled ‘GCSE Numeracy’ and ‘GCSE Maths’. GCSE Maths is similar to the current exam in many ways but GCSE Numeracy is quite different. It is essentially a test of numerical reasoning in which pupils are presented with a range of information and need to extract and use the relevant data. Pupils in year 10 have already had considerable practice in this area (using the RUCSAC technique).This exam will test the resilience of pupils as well as their mathematical knowledge and techniques.
As GCSE Numeracy is a new exam we intend to enter the entire cohort for these papers next November in order to give them an early exposure to this new exam. All pupils will then sit the other GCSE Maths exams the following summer. At that time they will also have the opportunity to retake GCSE Numeracy in order to improve their grade. Each exam will have three tiers. Higher tier will cover grades A*-C, Intermediate tier grades B-E and foundation tier grades D-G (with a C grade available for exceptional performance). There will be 2 papers in each GCSE one of which will be a non-calculator paper.
Further details will be available from your child’s subject teacher in the year 10 parents evening on February 25th. Should you have any further queries about these exams please feel free to contact me at the school, on extension 241.
Ray Fisher (Head of Mathematics)
Safer Internet Day 2016 will be celebrated globally on Tuesday 9th February with the slogan ‘Play your part for a better internet’.
Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.
The UK Safer Internet Centre – a partnership of three leading charities; Childnet, the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation – provide resources for children, schools and families, and tools for getting involved at www.saferinternet.org.uk.
Globally, Safer Internet Day is celebrated in over a hundred countries, coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and national Safer Internet Centres across Europe.
The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet. Get involved to play your part!
There are ways in which we can all contribute:
- Children and young people can help to create a better internet by being kind and respectful to others online, by protecting their online reputations (and those of others), and by seeking out positive opportunities to create, engage and share online. They can help to respond to the negative by being ‘helpful bystanders’: supporting peers if they encounter issues online, taking a stand against cyberbullying, and reporting any inappropriate or illegal content they find. Above all, children and young people should be encouraged to take their stand as digital citizens of the future – participating in debates on the future of the internet, and making their voices heard.
- Parents and carers can help to create a better internet by maintaining an open and honest dialogue with their children about their online lives, by supporting them with their personal development online and helping them to deal with any concerns or issues, seeking out positive opportunities to engage with their children online, and helping their children to find and use good quality digital resources. They can help to respond to the negative by staying engaged with their child’s online activity (as appropriate to their age), by modelling positive online behaviours themselves, and by also reporting any inappropriate or illegal content they find.
- Educators and social care workers can help to create a better internet by equipping children and young people with the digital literacy skills they require for today’s world, and giving them opportunities to use – and create – positive content online. They can help to respond to the negative by supporting young people if they encounter problems online, and by giving them the resilience, confidence and skills that young people need to navigate the internet safely.
- Industry has a role to play by creating and promoting positive content and safe services online and by empowering users to respond to any issues by providing clear safety advice, a range of easy-to-use safety tools, and quick access to support if things do go wrong.
- Decision makers and politicians need to provide the culture in which all of the above can function and thrive – for example, by ensuring that there are opportunities in the curriculum for children to learn and teachers to teach about online safety, ensuring that parents and carers have access to appropriate information and sources of support, and that industry are encouraged to self regulate their content and services. They must also take the lead in governance and legislation, and ultimately ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and young people through effective child protection strategies for the online world.
We hope that you will join with us, and Safer Internet Day supporters across the globe, on Tuesday 9 February 2016 – and beyond – to play your part in helping to create a better internet!
Find out more about what is happening in the UK on Safer Internet Day at www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day
Find out more about what is happening globally on Safer Internet Day at www.saferinternetday.org.
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Here’s a sneak preview of The Little Shop of Horrors filmed by Chris and edited by Scott – both in year 11.
Remember you can get your tickets to see it next week from http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/muniartscentre