Margo and Amy of Caereinion High School sixth form recently visited one of the most well known death camps in Europe, Auschwitz Birkenau. It’s an annual visit organised by the Lessons From Auschwitz project. They flew to Poland for a one day visit with 180 other Welsh sixth formers and visited Auschwitz One and Auschwitz Birkenau, where they saw the place where over a million Jews were killed during the second world war. It was a very harrowing visit, but the two girls came back and decided to teach the lower years of the school about what had happened at these camps, and how important it still is today. The two girls did a workshop with year 9’s for two lessons where the children learnt about who was killed, why they were killed, what happened and what could happen in the future if we don’t learn from this. At the end of the workshop all of the children wrote something they had learnt on a leaf and the girls created a tree with the help of D.T. student Ryan Jones. The tree is currently being displayed in the school conservatory.
Congratulations to Cara Smith, Mary Hadrill and Holly Sherwood who have all won prizes in The Montgomeryshire Society’s Schools’ Art Competition. The winning entries were exhibited at Newtown Library. Cara was first in the Yr 7-8 competition, and Mary 2nd, with Holly winning the Yr11-13 competition.
Lady Elinor Bennett is pictured presenting the pupils with their prize money, alongside Mrs Siân Pugh(Acting Headteacher), and Mr Mike Humphreys (Head of Art)
Congratulations to all the competitors from Caereinion High School who participated in a very successful Montgomeryshire Urdd Eisteddfod. The winners will now go on to represent the school in the 2015 Urdd National Eisteddfod which is being held in Llancaiach Fawr near Nelson, Caerphilly.
Good luck to them all.
What an unforgettable day we had on Tuesday the 17th of March where the school hall was transformed into the famous Maes B of the Eisteddfod Genedlaethol! Mei Gwynedd worked throughout the day with members of Year 9 and 10 to decorate the hall and prepare to film the gig at the end of the afternoon. The hall was beaming with excitement as our Year 7-9 pupils enjoyed our new school rock band ‘Degawd’s’ first performance, performing a song which they have written themselves for the Eisteddfod in Meifod! We look forward to hearing more form the band! And then of course we welcomed Candelas, the band who have won the ‘Best band in Wales’ award this year to the stage and as the lead singer Osian said; “The hall went nuts”!. Caryl Lewis in our Sixth Form also performed with the band to sing their iconic song ‘Llwytha’r Gwn’ which was certainly a crowd pleaser! It was an unforgettable experience for all involved and I’m sure that Candelas now have many more followers on Facebook and Twitter, especially our Year 9 and 10 girls…I wonder why?!
Pupils and staff have had a successful day fundraising for Red Nose Day with a total of £908 being raised. The 6th form were busy organising and collecting money throughout the day. Not only was there a non school uniform day, but pupils had also been busy baking, and selling cakes at break time, which proved to be very popular with the cakes selling out in record time.
At lunch break the 6th formers organised a very entertaining ‘Just Dance’ competition which brought out the competitive streak in the teachers. The team comprising of Miss Liwsi Merrigan, Miss Catrin Davies, and Miss Delyth Roberts pipped the team of Mr Tudur Jones, Mr Mike Humphreys and Mr Gareth Smith to become ‘Just Dance’ Champions.
OASIS (Our Advice Shop in School) is a Princess Diana award winning scheme offering peer support to students in years 7, 8 & 9. It’s organised by Helen Coleby, Youth Woker along with pupils in year 11.
Due to the OASIS group’s success over the past year and due to their input with Healthy Schools, the group were invited to attend the Healthy Schools development day at Llanfyllin High school. This gave them the opportunity to share their success and achievements with other high schools in Powys. 12 members of the OASIS group attended the afternoon session and explained all the work they’d completed over the past year. The OASIS team are currently working on a project with ‘Fixers’ on the topic ‘Fitting in’ when starting high school.
The school was once again fortunate to receive a kind donation of 300 saplings from the Woodland Trust. The Woodland Trust is the UK’s leading woodland conservation charity that inspires pupils and students to love woods and trees.
The agricultural students put their practical skills to good use in planting the saplings in the school grounds, and in Deri Woods. Hopefully in years to come this will provide an ideal habitat to attract wildlife around the school.
It only takes 12yrs for saplings planted now to flourish into young woods, helping to boost the UK’s tree cover from just 13%.
The Institute of Physics ‘Lab in a Lorry’ arrived in the school on March 3rd for a day of science. This initiative is funded by the Welsh Government and gave an opportunity to the year 7 pupils and those in the school Science Club to take part in the various hands on activities.
The pupils were given the opportunity to participate in three activities:
Sound Waves – seeing what happens to a resonating wine glass.
Fibre Optics – Investigating optoelectronics in medicine by trying out endoscopes.
Light Scattering – Creating an atmposphere using only water and dettol to investigate why sunsets are red.
Special thanks to James Bamford and the two science ambassadors, Rachel and Peter who volunteer their time to lead the various activities.
The School Health Research Network is a network of secondary schools in Wales who have joined together with researchers, the Welsh Government, Public Health Wales, Cancer Research UK and Cardiff and Vale University Health Board to support young people’s health.
The Network will bring schools, researchers and policy makers closer together to ensure that we facilitate research that is relevant and timely and that the evidence we generate is used to inform school health policy and practice.
Our school has chosen to be part of the Network at the very start. There are 69 Secondary schools around Wales who also belong. We will be involved in shaping the first School Health Research Network in the UK. As members of the Network we will receive student health reports every two years and resources to support various areas of the curriculum and our healthy schools work.