Monday, 30 November 2015

Latest news...

Teams4U Shoebox Appeal

Year 7 and 8 learners showed that they care with their fantastic effort in collecting contributions for the Teams4U Shoebox appeal.

Teams4U is a charity set up in North Wales by Dave Cooke, who has over 20 years’ experience working within international relief and development. In 1990 Dave was moved by the needs of the of the Romania children on the TV screen so he put teams together and took aid to the Romanian orphanages. In 2006 Dave founded Teams4U to enable many others to be able to have the opportunity and experience of working with and supporting vulnerable children and their families.

Year 7 and 8 put together decorated shoeboxes each containing gifts and messages from the children at the school. The boxes left Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan on the 24th of November destined for underprivileged children in Romania. For most of the children who will receive a shoebox this will be the only Christmas present they receive. 

Homework Update 

At Emrys ap Iwan we are committed to ensuring that learners are given every opportunity to succeed both inside and outside of the classroom.  We are excited to announce a homework competition that is currently running within school.   Learners are being asked to submit their best piece of homework by 18th December; the winning pieces of work will then be used to create a portfolio of excellence. The portfolio will be shared with parents, learners and staff and will be used as an example of best practice. Prizes will be given to learners whose homework appears in the portfolio.

In addition to the homework competition I would like to make you aware of homework club which runs every day before school from 8.30 and after school until 4.30 in the library.  Homework club is an ideal opportunity for learners to complete homework in a quiet environment with access to resources and help from staff. 

Music Pioneers Day

The Music Department recently held another successful Young Pioneers Day, with musicians from Ysgol Sant Elfod, Ysgol Saint George, Ysgol Y Castell and Ysgol Maes Owen. Over 60 learners attended and joined forces with the Emrys Vocal ensemble. The massed choir were given a challenge of learning two new songs and recording them in under 4 hours.

Year 10  GCSE Music student Chloe Wain and Celyn Roberts report:
“We thought the young pioneer’s day was a good experience as we were able to share and improve our skills with younger children. With our encouragement, the primary school children were able to become more confident in showing off their singing abilities. We also enjoyed singing two part harmonies and working in smaller groups. Each  small group then had the opportunity to take solo section.
We thought it was an almost impossible challenge to complete the group recordings for ‘Do they know it’s Christmas time’ by Band Aid in the time allowed. It was hard to get everyone to learn the words, timings and stay in the right pitch throughout the full song but after a few pre-recorded practices the whole group were able to sing the song successfully.
The second song ‘Where ever you are’ by the Military Wives was much easier to perform and we did all of this song in under an hour! This didn’t include any harmonies and it was much easier to stay in pitch. We would like to be further involved with one of these events next time, possibly to help run the day. We are really proud of the recordings too!”

A recording of “Wherever You Are” can be found on

We have had some more great news this week.  Bethan from Year 9 is a Young Carer.  She has also exceptionally set up her own Karate Club and has also achieved a Black Belt.  As a reward for all her hard work she was invited to the House of Commons for a private tour.  She really is an exceptional young lady and has achieved so much.

We look forward to sharing her progress and we will share it with you.

Saturday, 21 November 2015

International Visit

Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan is leading the launch and planning of the Erasmus+ project, with delegates from Europe attending last week.  It was great to catch up with international partners we have not met before and those who we have worked with before.

Staff were involved in a range of planning activities and also observed lessons from across the school and looked at the quality of learning and teaching across the school.

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Learner Voice

The School Council.

The school Council are
Year 7 Sam Hansen and Samantha Cassidy
Year 8 Alex Jones and Harrison Evans
Year 9 Jack Lea and Billie Bennett
Year 10 Tegan Pilkington and Leon Best
Year 11 Scott Jones, James Hill and Annie-Rose Williams
Sixth Form Naomi Winterbottom Harry Hansen Iwan Coghlan, Katie Salle
The aims for 2015-16  are to continue to act as the learner voice on a whole range of issues that affect the daily lives of learners at Emrys. The aim is to devote more time to teaching and learning related topics during this year. The first half term saw a whole school debate on the issue of homework. Information gathered will be used to influence the future of homework setting and completion.

Aim of The BoBs Group is to:

·         Enhance opportunities for learners to access a healthy diet and to develop a positive attitude towards food and health
·         Create a sense or responsibility and ownership amongst learners regarding food in school.
·         Promote sound nutrition knowledge and cooking skills amongst the Learners.
·         Trail and test the healthy eating dishes in the school menu and collate feedback.
·         Make recommendations for change.
·         Generate partnership working between relevant parties.
·         Supports and promote the development of a School Food and Fitness Policy.
·         Support the recommendations set in the Welsh Assembly Government document Appetite for Life Action Plan (2008).

Benefits of being a BOB’s member:
·         Empowers learners; enabling school learners to give their views on the food available in school.
·         Partnership building; bringing people from all aspects of education together towards a common goal.
·         Educates learners about nutrition and the importance of healthy eating.
·         Develops young learners cooking skills.
·         Provides extra curricular activities for young learners to be involved with.
·         Promotes self confidence /self esteem in young learners.
·         Provides a framework to support the development of a live Food and Fitness Policy

·         Teach primary schools at the Conwy Food Festival about healthy eating and pass on new cooking skills
·         Bob’s from local primary schools cook every Thursday after school. The Bob’s group help support in the activities
·         Take part in taster days to promote different dishes in the school restaurant, collect data and analyse the results
·         Take their level 1 award in food safety awareness in catering and receive a certificate when they pass


At Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan we have our own eCadetts groups.  This has 26 learners from across Year 8, 9 and 10.
eCadets – “Our vision is to help kids and parents to understand how to be safe online.”
The eCadet scheme is the 1st structured peer empowerment eSafety scheme which trains and supports a team of learners to be able to help classmates to stay safe online.
The scheme enables learners to log into the website and complete activities that will inform and empower them, over time, to act as a first contact to their peers if they have any minor concerns. Issues or questions regarding eSafety.
Aims for this year are simply:-
·         To learn about eSafety
·         To promote eSafety
·         To participate in Safer Internet Day

We also have the Eco Committee.  Below shows some of the priorities that they will be working on in this year.


Parental Engagement

As a school we are highly committed to ensuring that all our learners gain the best possible education, not only academically but in all areas of life. We believe that in order for this to be achieved we have to work very closely with parents and carers, offering every opportunity to involve you as closely as possible.
As a result, the school has recently embarked on a national project – The Leading Parent Partnership Award (LPPA). The LPPA provides a challenging framework to enable schools to strengthen their partnership with parents and carers. In order to gain the award, the school will undertake a rigorous self evaluation process and undergo quality assurance by Prospects (The award provider). 

There are numerous benefits for everyone connected with the school through gaining LPPA and these are as follows:
·         Improved learner attendance, punctuality, behaviour and progress.
·         Increased parental participation and involvement.
·         Enhanced parental support for children’s learning.
·         Improved home-school communications.
·         Evidence of improvement and success.
Please keep and eye on the school website, especially the parents section. It is on this section that we would like to keep you informed of developments, including links to adult learning opportunities. All letters are available on the school website, also you have access to our school policies and helpful guidance on how to support your child's learning. You will also find feedback about events that parents have attended and how we act upon this information. As a school we would also be keen to hear your views on any developments that you would find beneficial in improving the links between school and home. Should you have any ideas please do not hesitate to contact me.
I look forward to keeping you informed of developments on this project over the future months. Should you have any questions or comments regarding this information, please do not hesitate to contact me Mrs Kelly-Roberts, the Parental Engagement Co-ordinator

Sunday, 8 November 2015

More news from Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan

More news from Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan

Conwy Food Festival

In the last week of the half term we had a small number of learners who helped deliver some of the sessions at the Conwy Food festival.  This is what the staff at the festival said about our learners.

'Thank you very much for all your loyal support and participation at the Conwy School Food Festival. Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan's BoBs members/pupils were so professional and so capable of delivering 6 one hour workshops to a total of 96 primary pupils during the 2 day event. They confidently delivered the nutrition and practical cooking workshops to all ages and they certainly made a very good impression on the younger pupils participating in the event.'

What a great review for all involved.

Parent Partnership

This week has seen the launch of a further opportunity for us to work in partnership with parents.  A number of parents have signed up to learn more about Literacy and Numeracy and how they can support their own child.  We are delighted to have started this programme and look forward to expanding this further to include other exciting groups during and after school.  Further details are available below.

Awards Evening

Finally I want to share with you a picture of our learners who won the main awards from our Awards Evening.

Next weeks news.

Next week I will be sharing some of the work that our learners have been doing as part of the Learner Leadership programme in the school.  I will also be letting you know how our European visitors have enjoyed their time in Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan as part of our European Partnership programme.