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OCTOBER 2018

2018-19 is well under way and the summer holidays seem in the distant past. The first weeks of term have been busy, and all pupils seem to have settled down well into their new year groups. Year 7 pupils have truly settled into high school life and our Year 12 students are getting accustomed to life in the Sixth Form.

Congratulations to Tomi Bowen (Year 11) who has been chosen to represent Wales at golf for the third consecutive year. We wish Tomi all the best as he continues to excel on the golf course. A number of our senior boys have secured a place for themselves in the RGC(North Wales’ rugby) team – well done.

Once again, we organised activities in support of Macmillan Nurses at the end of September. Cakes and fruit were served at break time with an honourable sum being raised for a very worthy cause. Our Sixth Form pupils worked very hard baking and serving cakes and preparing fruit.

Warm congratulations to Tili Lloyd, Year 8 who won prizes in a STEM competition organised by Rally GB. The competition involved designing livery for a Toyota GT86 rally car. The UK wide competition was open to anyone in Key Stage 2, 3, 4 and 5 and was run by the Wales GB Rally organisers, Toyota and the EESW (Engineering Education Scheme Wales). Tili won the Key Stage 3 section and then went on to come second overall. As part of her prize, Tili was invited as a VIP to the Rally Village in Deeside to view her winning design which was on display in the ‘Big Bang’ industry awareness STEM exhibition. Tili also enjoyed a VIP lunch courtesy of Toyota and a VIP tour of the Toyota Engine Plant.

It is good to see both lower and upper school pupils playing an active part in the Science Club, held at lunchtime. The club is looking forward this year to working on the plans put forward by Mrs Vickie Faulkner and which won the school a place in the Rolls-Royce Science Prize finals.

There was a buzz of activity in Caereinion on Wednesday, October 10th as the school held its Open Evening. Year 5 and 6 pupils and their parents were invited to visit the school and were treated to a wide range of exciting activities. There were very positive comments from parents and prospective pupils and we sincerely hope that all Year 6 pupils who attended the Open Evening will be pupils in Caereinion in September. We were pleased to receive so many positive and encouraging comments at the end of the evening. Here are some examples of the comments received:

‘I thought it was a lovely evening, promoted the school as a really friendly happy environment. The speeches were great, and the classroom activities were fun and enthusiastic. I feel very happy that my children will be coming to Caereinion.’

‘I attended your school open evening last night. Please express my thanks to all the staff involved. The whole experience was very upbeat, energetic and… informative.’

There have been a number of successful sporting activities, including the Under 16 hockey team winning the North Powys champions title and the under 13 football team securing a 6-0 victory in their most recent match.

Year 13 are busy considering the next stage in their education and have started completing UCAS forms. A number of representatives from various universities have visited the school and have offered valuable assistance. To date, representatives from Y Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, Aberystwyth University, Bangor University have addressed our Year 13 pupils.

Year 11 pupils enjoyed a visit to the theatre to watch a performance of ‘Blood Brothers’, a text that they are studying for their English Literature course. They thoroughly enjoyed the performance and were good ambassadors for Caereinion High School, with other members of the audience commenting on pupils’ good behaviour. Similar praise was received by the Crucial Crew who organised PSE activities for Year 11.

The importance of good attendance is regularly a focus at the school and once again this year, pupils with an attendance of over 98% were given the opportunity of winning an i-pad in a random draw. The winner this year was Siân, Year 11. Three other pupils were randomly selected to win high street vouchers. We congratulate Sarah, Sam and Charlotte for winning those vouchers. Congratulations.

Please visit and Like our new Rolls-Royce Science Award Competition entry page:

https://caer-hs.powys.sch.uk/rolls-royce-science-prize/

We extend very warm congratulations to Mrs Vickie Faulkner whose ideas and plans won the school a place in the Rolls Royce Science Prize finals. Caereinion is one of six schools selected for the final round of this prestigious prize. During the coming academic year, we will be putting those plans into action and will be competing with the other five finalists to gain the Rolls Royce Science Prize. You will be able to follow our progress in a blog dedicated to the Science Prize.

Llongyfarchiadau cynnes i Mrs Vickie Faulkner y mae ei chynlluniau a’i syniadau wedi ennill lle i’r ysgol yn rownd derfynol Gwobr Wyddoniaeth Rolls Royce. Mae Caereinion yn un o chwech ysgol a ddewiswyd i fod yn rownd derfynol y wobr arbenng hon. Yn ystod y flwyddyn academaidd hon, byddwn yn rhoi’r cynlluniau yma ar waith a byddwn yn cystadlu gyda’r pump ysgol arall a ddewiswyd i’r rownd derfynol, yn y gobaith o ennill Gwobr Wyddoniaeth Rolls Royce. Byddwch yn gallu dilyn yr hyn sy’n digwydd mewn blog sydd wedi ei neilltuo i’r Wobr Wyddoniaeth.

Tudor Jones – Team member, Science teacher – Ysgol Uwchradd Caereinion High School

Ysgol Uwchradd Caereinion High School shared Powys County Council's post.

Powys County Council
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Llongyfarchiadau Tili. Enillydd cystadleuaeth Rali Cymru Prydain Fawr ar gyfer ysgolion. Congratulations Tili. Winner of the Wales Rally GB competition for schools. #stemcymru #walesrallygb

#ShwmaeSumae #rhocynnigarni #giveitago

“#ShwmaeSumae #rhocynnigarni #giveitago https://t.co/IEinsC8Exi”

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Congratulations Rhys year 7 ...gold medal in the u12 boys section of the Powys schools gymnastics competition!!! 🥇🎉🌟🤸👍👏

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Bydd Ysgol Uwchradd Caereinion yn cefnogi Diwrnod Shwmae / Su'mai dydd Llun Hydref 15 drwy gynnal gweithgareddau yn ystod amser cinio a bod yn falch o allu defnyddio'r Gymraeg bob dydd yn yr ysgol ac yn ein cymuned.

Caereinion High School will be supporting Diwrnod Shwmae/Su'mai Monday October 15 by offering a variety of activities lunch time and being proud that we can all try a little Welsh every day in our school and community!

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We had some fantastic feedback for our open evening last night which we've been allowed to share. Thank you so much for these kind words and thank you to everyone that came along.

I attended, along with my 11 yr old son, your school open evening last night. Please express my thanks to all the staff involved. The whole experience was very upbeat, energetic and fairly informative. It’s great to come away with such a ‘feel good factor’ – particularly as Caereinion HS will be the most likely choice. My son is totally sold on science!

Regina Hanratty



Can you pass on my congratulations to all the staff , sixformers and year 7/8 students involved in the open evening last night. I thought it was a lovely evening, promoted the school as a really friendly happy environment. The speeches were great, and the classroom activities were fun and enthusiastic, which was exactly what the kids needed to set them at ease, and get them excited about coming to the school. So, well done! It was good that our group going round was small, much smaller than other years, and Hywel did a great job of adding humor to the walkabout, which again helped the kids feel at ease. The teachers did great quizes and activities for the kids and it all went really well. Loved the pirates especially !

Marie Shirley Smith