Saturday, 18 March 2017

Sporting Activities @ Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan

Last week I reflected on some of the activities that were taking place in the school this term.  This
week I would like to reflect on some of the sporting activities that learners have become involved in.

One of our key priorities as a school is to provide our learners with as many new experiences as possible.  Experiences which will change the way they think, allow them to work as a team, to develop self confidence and many other really important life skills.  I am very proud of the activities that we offer and the 'buzz' it creates for our learners.

Below I have tried to capture a small number of the activities from recent months.

These are just a small selection of the activities that have happened in recent weeks.

If you would like more information please look at the link below to see more details of the Engage @ Emrys Programme.

Engage @ Emrys Web Page

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Awards and Transition.

This week I am going to leave the pictures to share the great things that have been going on in school this week.  It has been a really busy week and learning, as always, has been at the centre of everything that has been done.

As part of our transition programme we have taken all the learners from our Primary schools to our Forest School.  They have had a fantastic time and it has been a great opportunity for them to get to know us and us to get to know them.  We are all really looking forward to welcoming them in the new academic year.

Learners have been involved in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) activities this week.  They have worked hard and shown some really good knowledge, skills and understanding.  They also had great fun !!

We entered the National F1 competition this year for the first time with two teams.  They were fantastic and won prizes for the fastest car.   This is the start of the journey I am sure and we will be working hard to build up a great team to rival all schools. 

This week the school was one of eleven schools across the whole of Wales recognised for their work developing an International dimension to the work in the school.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

What have the learners been up to this week?

As many of you will already know the school has a well known vision. This vision is for every single learner in the school to 'Dare to Achieve'.  This highlights that we do not want anyone linked with our school to do the 'bare minimum', we should all be striving to achieve more and pushing ourselves by 'daring to achieve'.

I, as Headteacher, have the privileged of seeing this moto being carried out by so many learners and adults in the school each week that I want to share some examples with you.

Bethan Owen is a learner in our school who is the recipient of a 'Points of Light' Award from the Prime Minister.  The daily Points of Light award recognises outstanding individual volunteers. Read the report on what Bethan has been doing below. 

Bethan Owen is 14 years old and has set up a unique karate club in her home town of Rhyl, specifically aimed at supporting fellow young carers coping with the responsibility of looking after loved ones. Despite caring for her mum who suffers from severe epilepsy, Bethan took up the sport at the age of 7 and became a black belt by the time she was 12.
She gained her instructor’s badge soon after and started sessions to give young carers confidence, self-esteem and support through their daily challenges. Nearly three years on she runs five coaching sessions a week, training children and adults from across the community.
In a personal letter to Bethan, Prime Minister Theresa May said:
“Your remarkable achievements at such a young age have provided an invaluable way for young carers like yourself to find fun, friendship and support through your karate sessions”

This week we have also had learners preparing for the British Council Schools International Awards.  Learners are preparing a presentation to share with others in Wales the outstanding international work we have been undertaking as a school.  We look forward to hearing how the presentation goes and the reaction of others to the commitment of our great learners. 

Year 11 have been working really hard in preparation for their examinations.  It was great to see a whole class of single science learners realise that they can get an A*/A and share what they needed to do to ensure this happens in the summer examinations.  They really were 'Daring to Achieve'  I have also been really pleased to see learners take up the opportunity of additional after school Maths lessons to support them in preparing for the Summer Examinations.  Small group lessons that really focus on the areas of knowledge they need to develop are working well.  
Keep up the good work and we will see fantastic results from you all in the summer exams.    

We were also able to announce our winners of the Chess Competition.  Again, learners demonstrated the willingness to Dare to Achieve.  They have also encouraged others to take up Chess and we have numerous learners in the Literacy Hub at lunch time competing against each other.  Its great to see. 

We have, this week, launched a new weekly e-Bulletin for Parents.  This is to provide you with information regarding what is happening in school each week.  We will trial this for the current half term and then seek your views.  It will be posted each Friday afternoon on the schools website in the 'Parents Section'  The first version is there now.