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It gave me great pleasure last week to open the local newspaper to be confronted with a page full of photos of Caereinion High School pupils. Our pupils have excelled in all fields and I doubt whether many other schools of our size enjoy such success at school, county and regional levels. Amongst the successes are:

Year 10 team – winners of the North East Wales title
Year 9 team – reached the quarter finals of the Welsh Schools Cup
Year 8 team – runners up of the North East Wales title
Year 7 – North Powys champions
Year 7 – North Powys champions
Under 13, 16 and 18 – North Powys champions
Under 14 and under 18 – North Powys champions
Under 13 – North Powys champions
Year 10 boys – North Powys champions and fourth in North Wales
Year 8 girls – North Powys champions and second in North Wales


*Jack Lewis (Year 7) to represent North Wales – under 13 hockey
*Carys Gittins (Year 8) will train with the Wales under 13 girls football squad
*Hannah Shirley-Smith (Year 8), Caitlyn Bloor (Year 7) and Rhodri Jones (Year 7) will represent Powys in the Welsh Cross Country Championships
*Toby Whitticase (Year 7) to represent Powys at under 13 football
*Jennifer Jarvie (Year 9) to represent Powys at under 15 girls’ football
*Millie Evans (Year 7), Emily Gallier (Year 7), Emma Williams (Year 8) and Carys Gittins (Year 8) to represent Powys at under 13 girls’ football
*Sarah Astley (Year 10), Cian Hanratty (Year 9), Ellie Phillips (Year 8), Arthur Powell (Year 9), Keira McVeagh (Year 9), Kelsie Webster (Year 8), Lwsi Roberts (Year 8), Emma Williams (Year 8) to represent Powys at the Welsh Indoor Athletics Competition.

Heartfelt congratulations to Ryan Andrew (Year 13) who has won a scholarship to Southwestern College, Kansas to play and study basketball. Ryan will spend a year in the USA. All the best to him.

We extend our warm congratulations also to Billy Brian (Year 11) who has been selected as one of twelve army cadets from all over the United Kingdom to participate in the Whitehorse Cadet Expedition Instructor Course in the Yukon, Canada this summer.

During the week five of our Year 12 pupils attended the Seren Network Conference at Crickhowell High School. The conference is attended by high performing students from across Powys and it is a credit to the school that we had five students this year who reached the required criteria to attend the conference.

On Friday, June 15th, we welcomed Mr Edward Baldwin to the school. Mr Baldwin will be commencing his duties as Assistant Headteacher in September.

Congratulations to the three forms who have won ‘early lunch passes’ for their high level of attendance during the first half of this term. 7G were the winners with an attendance percentage of 98.8%. They will, therefore, be entitled to a week’s early lunch, 7C came second on 97.7% and 9H were a close third with a percentage of 97.4%. They will be entitled to three and two days’ early lunch.


All external examinations have now come to an end and our year 11 and year 13 students can start enjoying a long summer holiday.

Year 9 and year 10 pupils participated in the county’s rugby 7s competitions and performed well with Year 9 gaining second position and year 10 third position in the county. Our tennis players also performed well in the North Powys tennis tournament.

Mr Sam Andrew, Head of Year 7 has been busy visiting our prospective pupils in their primary schools. He has been accompanied by a variety of other members of staff, eager to meet those who will be joining us in Caereinion in September. We look forward to meeting all our prospective Year 7 pupils during the transition days during this week.

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

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”

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Congratulations Rhys year 7 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