Monday, 30 November 2015

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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.

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