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OASIS

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.

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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.

Kind Donation from Woodland Trust

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.

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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.

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It only takes 12yrs for saplings planted now to flourish into young woods, helping to boost the UK’s tree cover from just 13%.

Lab in a Lorry

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.

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Fibre Optics – Investigating optoelectronics in medicine by trying out endoscopes.

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Light Scattering – Creating an atmposphere using only water and dettol to investigate why sunsets are red.

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Special thanks to James Bamford and the two science ambassadors, Rachel and Peter who volunteer their time to lead the various activities.

Health Research Network

SHRN-Main-RGBThe 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.

AWARDING OUR MATHS BUDDIES

Ffion Williams, Delyth Williams, Endaf Owen, Joseff Thomas, Caleb Davies and Michael Summers (Hannah Coe not in the photo).

Year 13 students at Caereinion High School continue to volunteer their support for lower school pupils in lessons and with literacy and numeracy.  The numeracy support project which is referred to as the ‘Maths Buddy’ scheme involves sixth form students taking part and offering support and encouragement  to Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils.  The younger pupils certainly enjoy the assistance they receive from the older students and feel at ease when asking for help if they are uncertain or need further explanation with a maths query.  The scheme not only helps younger pupils improve their maths but it also develops a sociable, friendly relationship between the lower school and the sixth form.  The sixth form students also benefit because it provides them with an understanding of teaching and hopefully this scheme may inspire some of these students to enter the teaching profession in the future.

In recognition of their commitment and support the sixth form Maths Buddies were rewarded with certificates at the end of half term.  The hours of volunteering given by these students will also go towards their Welsh Bacc. qualification.

THE END OF AN ERA

It is with great sadness that we report that Mrs Doreen Jones has retired from her duties as a lollipop lady at the end of this half term.  Doreen has been a familiar and friendly face to generations of our students at the beginning and the end of the day.  She will be greatly missed by staff and students at both the Primary and Secondary school.  We would like to pass on our sincere thanks and appreciation to Doreen for 42 years of dedicated service to the young people of our community.

URDD CHAMPIONS AWARDED FOR THEIR SUCCESS

Following their success at the Urdd National Eisteddfod at Bala last May, members of the Welsh Learners Recitation Group were treated to a free weekend at the Glanllyn Urdd centre near Bala from 3-5th October.  This gift was bequeathed by the late Mrs Eryl Walsh a Welsh Teacher at Rhymni High School.  It was her wish to award the special prize for Welsh Learners in the Eisteddfod and it was therefore a great honour for our pupils to attend.  The pupils certainly enjoyed their stay at Glanllyn participating in a number of outdoor activities including canoeing, climbing, high ropes course and of course 10-pin bowling.  They would like to thank the Urdd and all the staff at Glanllyn for a thoroughly enjoyable weekend.

(photo: Our Welsh learners enjoying messing about on the lake!)