Sunday, 29 January 2017

24 hours in Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan


As I was writing this blog I was amazed at how many things can be happening in our fantastic school in such a short space of time and so I am just writing about a couple of things that were taking place in a 24 hour period in the school...

A number of learners attended Glyndwr University this week.  They had a great time and were focusing on higher order literacy skills through Creative Writing.  They had  great time and learnt a great deal.




This is  a message we received from the tutor.

Thank you for coming to Glyndwr today with the group of students. They were a delight to work with and showed very impressive skills of reading and comprehension and were excellent listeners and contributors to the discussion.

They really are a credit to the school.

All best, for now,

Dr Deniz Baker,

Programme Leader, BA English and Creative Writing School of Creative Arts

We also had some Year 9 learners who are working on the Year 9 More Able and Talented Literacy Project.  They were carrying out some research in the local community.  












Learners spent Friday Night at the Chill Factor in Manchester.  Again the learners were a credit to the school and grateful thanks to the staff for giving up their time to take them.

Learners also took the opportunity to raise some money for charity while they were there!

Thanks to learners on last nights trip raising £43 for MrD's marathon total is £353



Also... don't forget






Saturday, 21 January 2017

Press Articles


Following the blog last week the story has appeared in the Rhyl Journal.  Its great to see that the positive work of the school is being shared with the community.

The article can be found by following the link below.

http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/Launch.aspx?PBID=5b28845c-8273-4b3e-b47c-b344a8c9b906

This week we had learners from Ysgol Sant Elfod visit the school to carry out some DT work.  It was great to see them in the school.  We look forward to welcoming each class during the course of the year.





Last week in my blog I talked about my pride in terms of the work that staff and learners were engaging in after school.  I feel we have an offer of after school activities which is as good as any in the country.  I forgot to share with you the article which had appeared in the Western Mail just before Christmas celebrating the after school provision.


Year 11 continue to work hard on their GCSE's and other qualifications.  Many received great Mathematics results this week and all know what they need to do to build on these results.

We will be sharing some more information on revision plans in the coming week for all Year 11 learners and their parents.




Calling Parents of Year 5/6 Pupils!

We are always pleased to show visitors what we do at Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan and have an ‘open door’ for all parents and prospective learners. We would welcome you to visit to Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan at a time to suit you.


Saturday, 14 January 2017

BBC News Report


Another great week in school.  Many of our learners continue to demonstrate their commitment to their learning and are getting the benefit of their efforts in great results.

This week many of our Year 11 learners received modular Science results.  It was great to see the
learners reactions and see them talking to their teachers about how well they had done and how motivated they are to do even better.  What a great moment to witness.



Steve Sandry from the BBC News School Report team gave learners from Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan the opportunity to pick his brains when he visited the school on Thursday. The group had interviewed the manager, Niall McGuinness, and midfielder Alex Jones from Rhyl Football Club at the end of last term. They had recorded a number of clips with them which Ellie O’Mahony is putting together to produce the final interview. Steve was able to coach the learners on how to make a great piece of news.  He went through the clips with the team and made suggestions on how they could improve the finished piece. He thought it would be a good idea to reshoot a few clips and then forward the final piece to the BBC who will consider featuring it on one of BBC Sport’s programmes.

The learners were able to ask Steve questions and discuss what would make a good news story for the BBC News School Report News Day on March 16th. They talked over various and wide ranging issues such as mental health, politics and celebrities. This has fired them up for their next assignment called ‘The Pitch’ which is looking for stories that affect the lives of young people, their friends, their family or the local community. They are considering a number of ideas that the BBC, and other media sources, aren’t reporting on.
The group meet in their own time every Thursday lunch to review what has been happening and what their next step is going to be. The learners complete all the work themselves including contacting potential interviewees, planning the format, conducting the interview and producing the finished piece. They are supported by Stephanie Brettle who helps to organise their activities and offer support when needed. She works with Martin Newall who oversees the technical issues of putting their work on the school website and tweeting their ventures.

The learners could see what a fantastic opportunity this was.  Below are some quote from them after their meeting with Steve.

Jacob Riddle said, “I think the BBC coming in helped us with ideas.”
Kia Darlington agreed, “It taught us about new ideas that we hadn’t thought of.”
Ellie O’Mahony, “Through the BBC, the group has allowed us to have a different creative outlet and meet new people.”
Hannah Prescott said, “The lunch time meetings are like a therapy session. You talk about anything and everything which leads to ideas for reports.”
Jemma Chapman, “There are lots of opportunities with the BBC which give us a chance to express ourselves.”

Headteacher Lee Cummins commented that ‘ This is a great opportunity for our learners to practice the skills they are learning in their lessons and apply them to a very practical situation.  They are all working really hard and I wish them every success on the BBC News School Report News Day on March 16th .  Another great example of learners Daring to Achieve.’

There has been a recent addition to the Engage @ Emrys programme in the form of horse riding.  A number of learners head off each week to learn how to look after and ride a horse.  Its great to see them involved in this activity.












Don't forget to follow the link to see all the activities that are available through the Engage @ Emrys programme.

http://www.emrysapiwan.conwy.sch.uk/Schedule/

Admissions

Admissions to the School
We have recently received a number of requests for admissions to the school.  Please see the information below on how applications can be made.  We are always ready to accept applications for our school and are happy for you to visit us and see what we can offer to your son / daughter.

For In-Year admissions to all year groups

From time to time there will be places available in various year groups.  If you are moving into the area or have already moved,  please contact our Admissions Office as soon as possible.
 
Please contact Mrs M Kelly – PA to the Headteacher    staff.mek@emrysapiwan.conwy.sch.uk


Saturday, 7 January 2017

Happy New Year !


Happy New Year to you All.

How great it is to be back.  It was fantastic to see the learners return to school ready to learn and full of optimism for the New Year.  This is something we will be looking to build on as the term goes on.  As always we have a busy term ahead and some great opportunities for all of our learners.

News from the English Department

Mrs Brettle’s Year 8 English class have taken part in a new poetry competition called ‘Busta Rhyme’ which encouraged them to write a poem about something they felt passionately about. Twenty one learners’ work has been selected for publication and have the chance of winning £1000 for themselves. The winner will be announced around Easter 2017. The subject matter ranged  from current affairs, religion and identity to love, loss and everything in-between. Summer Steen’s entry is entitled ‘Life isn’t Perfect’ whilst Emily Jones gave her work the title ‘Millionaire’. Other learners focused on specific issues such as Warren Parry-Jones’ work called ‘Care Home Abuse’.

The English Department enter various writing competitions each half term. There is another chance to enter the next ‘Busta Rhyme’ with the opportunity to win the next £1000 for the best poet. Closing date is Friday 17th February 2017. #Dare to Achieve.
 
 

Engage at Emrys is the name for our range of extra curricular activities we have available for all our learners.  We have a very extensive range of activities so learners can develop a wide range of skills to make them successful young people.  The latest activities are available to view on the website (See link below).  Please contact school if you have any questions regarding these.
 
 
Year 11 are starting a really important part of their preparation for the forthcoming GCSE's.  There is lots of information and support available for all our learners.  This can be found on the school website by following the link below
 
 
I will be writing to parents this week to share with them exactly what is available for all learners.
 
Attendance and Punctuality
As you will be aware we are very keen to ensure that all learners are in every day and that they arrive on time.  During this week the Leadership Team have been meeting learners as they are late to school and ensuring that they realise they are missing learning.  There have been very few this week and we look forward to your support on making sure learners are in school on time.
 
Attendance in the school is higher than ever which is fantastic, particularly worthy of note are Year 8 who had 98.4% attendance.  This is fantastic.
 
Admissions to the School
We have recently received a number of requests for admissions to the school.  Please see the information below on how applications can be made.  We are always ready to accept applications for our school and are happy for you to visit us and see what we can offer to your son / daughter.

For In-Year admissions to all year groups

From time to time there will be places available in various year groups.  If you are moving into the area or have already moved,  please contact our Admissions Office as soon as possible.
 
Please contact Mrs M Kelly – PA to the Headteacher    staff.mek@emrysapiwan.conwy.sch.uk