Thursday, 13 August 2015

Summer School

Just a quick update on some of the activities that have been taking place in the school during the Summer Holidays. 

We had two summer schools, one focussing on literacy and numeracy and another where learners could get involved with sport for a week.  Learners had a fantastic time and gained a huge amount from their time in school. 

Below is a copy of the press release from the Summer School and some great pictures as well.

Youngsters got an early taste of life at high school when they headed to an Abergele campus.  Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan threw open its doors to welcome some of those who will become new Year Seven pupils there in September.

Activities on offer including designing a roller coaster, firing sky rockets, learning about stars and getting hands on with art.

Summer School Co-ordinator and maths teacher Georgie Owen says the scheme is designed to help children with their transition to secondary school.  She said: “They will all arrive in September and it can be a daunting experience if they don’t know the school, teachers or other children who are moving up from other schools.    

“We have 45 signed up for the scheme from our feeder schools. They come in from 9am until 3pm Monday to Friday for a fortnight.

“Every day we do work on numeracy and literacy and then move onto to other sessions around science, drama, art, Welsh, design technology and history.

“The children are split into groups and move around so it’s fun and engaging. Summer School is about being relaxed, having fun and meeting new friends.

“It can be a very difficult and stressful time moving up to a secondary school from a small primary school. This scheme means they have already broken the ice. It also gives us a chance, as teachers, to assess where the children are up to and how they are likely to cope. It means we can draw up lessons plans and ensure the children get off to the best possible start.”

She added: “The main thing is they also make new friends before they arrive on their first day of their secondary education. It really is a massive help.

“We have 15 members of the teaching staff, including classroom assistants, in school and helping run the scheme. We also have several older pupils who attended past Summer Schools who have volunteered their time to help too.”

Year 9 pupil Emma Copeland, 13, of Abergele, said: “I volunteered to come in and help the teachers as I remember how nervous I was when I first came to secondary school.

“I went to Summer School and it really helped me. I help teachers oversee the younger pupils and give them a hand if they need help. I enjoy helping them and seeing them make new friends.”

Emma, who is considering a career as a teacher, added: “Very often they will ask me things they wouldn’t ask a teacher, like what they can expect from older pupils and what are the teachers and lessons like. It gives them confidence. I also helped out at the induction evening the school held. I think it’s important to help younger pupils settle down so they get the most out of school.”

Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan maths and Summer School teacher Dave Simons said: “It’s a great opportunity to address problems that youngsters may shy away from when they arrive in September.
“It also gives us as teachers an insight so we can address weaknesses and gain feedback early. And it isn’t all about learning; we enjoyed some ice breaking sessions first where the children tried several sports and learnt the importance of teamwork.”

Andy Goodwin, Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan head of transition, said: “We have a lot of fun through high impact activities - there’s a planetarium, we will be designing a roller coaster and building air pressure rockets which we will fire into the sky.

“It’s fun but teaches some important lessons while giving us as teachers the chance to get to know pupils before they arrive here in September.”

Summer School proved popular with pupils Leah Tulsie and Emily Williams, both 11, who are  both moving from Kimnel Bay’s Ysgol Maes Owen.
Leah said: “It is giving me a chance to get to know the school, some pupils I’ve never met before and teachers before I come here in September.

“It means I won’t get lost when I do start and I’ve already made new friends, which is brilliant.”

Emily added: “I’m pleased because I have got to see what the teachers are like and it means I won’t worry over the summer. It’s been great getting to meet pupils from other primary schools who are coming here too.”

Summer Steens, 11, of Ysgol St Elfod, Abergele and Georgina Brown, 11, of Christchurch School, Rhyl, agreed.

Summer said: “It’s a great chance to meet new people and I’ve already made three new friends. I wanted to learn my way around the school so I don’t get lost in September.”

Georgina added: “It stops us getting bored in the summer holiday and it’s a good idea to get to know a few of the teachers and other new pupils.

“I was worried because there are only three of us coming here from Christchurch and I don’t know anyone else. It meant I would be really nervous in September but now I won’t be. I also have an idea what lessons will be like to.”

Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan, which dates back to 1899, has more than 1,100 learners  with 140 teaching and support staff. 

Learners at Summer School


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