Monday, 18 April 2016

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A couple of news stories  from the press.

Abergele school a cut above the rest with hair and beauty salon

An Abergele school is proving a cut above the rest thanks to its own hair and beauty salon.

Pupils at Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan can chose to study for GCSEs at the on-site salon - with fellow students, family and local residents all snapping up the chance for cut-price treatments.

The students work under the guidance of fully qualified staff - including one mum who went back to the school to brush up on her own qualifications.

Kate Winter now runs her own salon in St Asaph as well as teaching at Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan, and believes the facility and courses on offer to pupils gives the teenagers a head start in a career in hair and beauty.

The salon is run by Sharon Jones, who has been the school’s head of hair and beauty for 19 years.

She said: For many years we were located away from the school but we now have a purposely designed salon within the school.

We have always offered hair and beauty at Keystage 4 for Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan pupils and we also take mature students too.

In fact we also take pupils of other schools who come here to study under the guidance of fully trained and qualified staff. Health and beauty offered at Key Stage 4 counts as two GCSEs.

And sixth form students can gain professional qualifications at BTEC Level 3 which means they can go straight into work at salons or even open their own business.

In fact a number of our former students have gone onto open their own salons or are working in salons across the region as well as further afield, even on cruise ships.”

She added: What we are always in need of are new clients. I’d encourage mums of pupils, in fact anyone from the local area, who would like to sample the service we offer, to get in touch with the school to book and appointment.

It’s especially important for sixth form students to have the opportunity to carry out treatments on members of the public as part of their course.

And, as we only charge for the cost of the products used, it’s a great and cheap way of having a new hair style or beauty treatment whether that’s a manicure or something else.”

Kate opened her own salon, Ruby Tuesday, in St Asaph after studying at Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan as a mature student.

And the 33-year-old, who named her salon after her own seven-year-old daughter, said: I
actually attended Prestatyn High School and began studying hair and beauty at Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan at 18. I didn’t qualify until I was 20 so students studying at the school have a head start.

I teach students BTEC beauty therapy including manicures, pedicures, facials, make up and client care and product services. It really is very professional.”

She added: I would also encourage mums and local women to book an appointment at the school’s salon. I even send some of my own clients there as it gives learners some much-needed experience.

The time I spent studying at Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan has proved invaluable when opening my own salon.  And I couldn’t be happier the way the salon and my business is going.”

Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan head teacher Lee Cummins said: “Our fully functioning salons offer a wide variety of hair, beauty and sports therapy treatments, all of which are carried out in a professional and stylish environment at affordable prices.

“The aim is to give students the chance to study subjects at GCSE and BTECH standard and give them a good start in their career. It is proving very popular with those living locally, as they can get high quality treatments at affordable prices, as well.”

To book an appointment for any hair and beauty treatments or for more information call Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan reception on 01745 832287 and ask for the salon.

Sixth formers get measure of career in medical physics

High-flying sixth formers from North Wales have been getting the measure of a career in medical physics.

Science students from Abergele’s Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan, St Asaph’s Ysgol Glan Clwyd and Flint’s St Richard Gwyn Catholic High School were given an insight into the world of medical physics.

They attended an event at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd in Bodelwyddan which was organised by Julian MacDonald, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board’s head of radioisotope physics and clinical engineering.

Healthcare scientists working in medical physics apply physics and technical skills to the practice of medicine to help prevent, diagnose and treat many kinds of diseases and health conditions.

Ysgol Glan Clwyd student Matthew Baines, 17, of Dyserth, was impressed with what he saw during the visit.

He said: “It’s been really good and it gives us another career option to think about. The equipment and how it is used is amazing. I never realised just how much physics can be involved in treating disease.”

Fellow Ysgol Glan Clwyd student Iwan Stanyer, 17, of Rhyl, said: “I had no idea just how diverse the application of physics is within medicine."

Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan student Darci Tyler, 18, of Abergele, said: “The visit to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd has really opened my mind to new career opportunities. It’s definitely given me something to think about.”

Fellow Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan student, Jack Huang, 16, also of Abergele, added: “There are real career opportunities within medical physics and, once I’ve been to university and hopefully got my degree, medical physics is something I’m going to have to carefully consider as a career option.”

Julian MacDonald was delighted by the enthusiastic response from the sixth formers.

He said: “I’m thrilled with how the visit went. It is the first time we have done this. The students were so switched on, mature and asked many pertinent and well thought questions.

“I certainly hope to be inviting schools along again in the future. Medical physics isn’t widely known about, or advertised as a career option, so we wanted to raise awareness of it and showcase its many facets.”


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