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Welcome to our first edition of Flint Times this year. I would like to express my sincere thanks to staff, students and families for their on-going support, which makes our school such a happy, thriving and successful community. The school governors are delighted with our exam results and the excellent progress overall. With thanks,

Flint Times November 2012 Flint High School’s Jade Jones hailed the armed forces as the “real heroes” as she helped launch this year’s Poppy Appeal at Flint High School on October 23rd.

His mum Cathryn says the Poppy Appeal is vital for supporting bereaved families and injured troops.

Jade, pictured alongside Tom McCarthy, was joined by Cathryn Griffiths – mum of Wrexham soldier Jamie

“It’s very important, not just this year but every year,” she said. “People are forgetting to wear poppies and they shouldn’t as war is stronger than ever.” Cathryn added: “Jamie was very lively, very bubbly – the life and soul of the party. “He never had a bad word to say about anyone, he was always there to help people.”

Shadrake who was tragically killed in Afghanistan in August – in promoting The Royal British Legion’s 2012 Poppy Appeal. Jade has enjoyed hero status since clinching gold at London 2012 but she believes past and present servicemen and women are the true heroes. She said: “It’s an honour to do this and to try and get people behind the appeal. “Fighting for your country – it’s an amazing thing to do. They’re the real heroes.” Jade also spoke of her sympathy for Cathryn and other families who have lost loved ones in battle. Guardsman Jamie Shadrake had only just turned 20 when he was killed defending a checkpoint in Afghanistan.

This year the Legion’s national fundraising target is a record-breaking £42m, and they are hoping North Wales’ contribution will be as much as £500,000. Peter Kingston, North Wales District chairman, said: “All money raised will go towards providing vital support for the armed forces and their families, so we’re urging everyone to get involved and raise as much as they can.” Flint High School students sang and read out poems during the launch event which was also attended by army, air and sea cadets from our school. Headteacher Pam McClean said: “We are honoured to be able to participate in this launch and proud to welcome back Jade. “The community of Flint and our school always supports the Poppy Appeal by selling poppies and holding a special remembrance service attended by local dignitaries and friends of the school.”

Students from Flint High School and Ysgol Maes Hyfryd have been making giant leaps into the world of ceramic sculpture during an arts based project. The collaborative project, aimed at further developing integration, involves around 60 students from Year 8 through to Year 10 from both schools working in groups to make small scale sculptures of ‘giants’ using clay. The project was organised in conjunction with Flintshire Arts Service who commissioned local ceramics sculptor Katie Scarlett-Howard to deliver the workshops. Katie says “the inspiration for the project came from a book called ‘Giant Tales from Wales’ by Brenda Wyn Jones. The book is full of legends associated with giants across the seven regions of Wales but there is nothing that mentions a Flintshire giant. This led to the idea of involving school students to create clay Flintshire giants based on their own ideas and research.” “The students have modelled all the limbs and constructed their giants which will be fired in a kiln back at my studio. On 22nd of November, an exhibition of the finished giants will be held at Clwyd Theatr Cymru.” Katie adds “This is a really exciting project. It’s great to see how the students have incorporated elements from the stories in the book and used this to help influence their own designs. Each giant is unique and the students have really taken ownership of their artwork. It has been a wonderful experience and seeing the students from both schools working so well together has been inspirational.”

We were thrilled again with our exam results in the summer. All our Year 13 students passed their A-levels and many have now started at university. We wish them all the best. It was a great day, as you can see from the photograph. We have welcomed back a very strong cohort into year 12, who are hard working and able; no doubt they will be record breakers in two years’ time.

For Year 11 too, there was much to smile about. A record 88% of students achieved at least 5A*-C grades and when you include Key Skills as well, the figure of Level 2 passes ( equivalent to A*-C) rises to an amazing 94%. Mrs Andrea Roberts, Chair of Governors, said she was delighted that students and staff have worked together to achieve this set of results. She and the governors are very proud and wonder whether our current Year 11 -, whom we have dubbed the Diamond Year – can do even better.

Some of our GCSE English results were disappointing and no grade boundaries were changed, because we take AQA not WJEC. We have protested on behalf of the students who we believe were entitled to a grade C (17 of them) and some have re sat the exam. We hope they will be given what they deserve.

Hundreds of people packed out Flint High School to watch talented students perform in their annual show. Students from all year groups took part in the production of Sandy Wilson’s The Boy Friend and put on four sell-out shows for friends and family. Leading roles went to Year 10 GCSE drama students. Devan Woodward starred in the role of Polly Browne and her would-be boy friend, Tony, was played by Tom Harrison. The show was organised by the sixth form as part of their performing arts A-level course. Teacher Olivia Tattum added: “We had a live orchestra for the first time in many years at Flint High, a mix of professional musicians and students, which added a wonderful atmosphere to the show. “I am so proud of my students, to turn this around in just six weeks is incredible. There were 22 songs in the show, each one choreographed, so they have had to sing, dance and act! They have come so far in such a short time. Their talent astounds me!”

European Language Day. The first workshop we did was an interactive French course. We played lots of games and learnt new words, some of us were in the winning teams. After an enjoyable snack, we learnt about children's books from across the European Union, and read some Portugese literature. After lunch we split into two groups; one group went to learn Chinese writing and the other went to learn how to speak Chinese, we then swapped over. It was soon time to travel home. We had a great day. Hannah Wilson 7SH and Sarah Tunney 7SH

Year 7 students recently embarked on a mountainside maths lesson as they studied topics from angles to estimation on the slopes of Moel Famau. The Maths Department have successfully run this activity each year and continue to give Year 7 students a firm foundation in the practical Burnaston Hall was bursting at the seams when Flint High application of School students joined more than 50 other young people of TMUK’s Young Engineer school clubs to present their mathematics. work to the Management team and Directors of TMUK at the annual end-of-year presentation and prize-giving event.

On Wednesday the 26th September 16 year 7 students were selected to go to Llangollen for the

The aim of Young Engineers is to inspire young people to recognise the importance and excitement of engineering as a career. Flint High School thanks Pete Dove who supports the Young Engineer club on a weekly basis by providing professional guidance and technical advice. The Young Engineer club aims to open students’ eyes to the diversity of technical activities involved and illustrate the enormous impact that engineering has on the modern world. Hopefully this will inspire some our students to follow a career in engineering through either the higher education route or as technicians and apprentices. While at Burnaston, students were treated to a trip around the test track and lunch, and were presented with a gift to recognise their hard work over the academic year.

Ms Grandy is re-starting her very popular Kayaking Club. It runs on Wednesdays at Flint Pavilion from 7.30pm until 9.00pm. For more information please Congratulations to the year 10 &11 dodge ball team see Ms Grandy. on winning the Flintshire schools’ tournament. They won all of their matches. The team were so indestructible that in 1 game it took them 15 seconds to get 6 of the opposition players out; that’s speed! They will now go on to represent Flintshire in the national finals in Manchester. Well done to Danny Well done to all those students that have attended PE McAdam, Tom Bibby, Liam and Ryan Lloyd, Ieuan extra curricular clubs this term. Remember you get Rowe and Om Roscoe! achievement points for attending after school clubs.

We’ve won 3 out of 4 What a great season! tournaments so far! (Flint, Connah’s Quay, Saint Richard Gwyn and Holywell). Year 11 The one we didn’t win was this one. We lost 0-1 to Connah’s Quay and we ground out a fine 0-0 draw with SRG. Head up son! Year 10 Won all 3 matches v CQ 1-0, v SRG 2-0 and Holywell 3-0. What a great bunch of lads who richly deserve this success. I love the camaraderie of this team. A big well done to Tom Collins for his immense Lunchtime dodge ball on a Wednesday is very improvement in performance over the last couple of popular this term with 30 students playing in the years. sports hall over lunch. All year groups are welcome, but don’t forget your trainers. Year 9 v SRG 2-0, v Holywell 2-1. A great performance from the lads. We didn’t ever look in trouble. The defence are much stronger thanks to Jack “the rock” Collins and the teamwork has improved massively. Da iawn Rodber and new super signing Joe Anyone interested in playing basketball for the under to MVP Luke Johnson. 14s team please see Mrs Roscoe, We are very lucky to have a very successful basketball club in school and training is

Year 8 v SRG 0-1, v CQ 3-0, v Holywell 2-0. Fortunately results went our way, although we should never have lost to SRG. A bit of dodgy finishing let us down and we fell foul to one of their few attacks. However we rode our luck and Charlie Hughes came good in front of goal and the midfield and defence stayed solid. A big shout out to Tom Hyndman who was super skilled in midfield and Tom Burrows, Stefan Owen and Kieon Davies in defence. Well done all the boys.

I was running to raise money for the Dystonia Society, as my mum suffers from this disease. Dystonia is a condition which causes sufferers to experience painful and uncontrollable muscle spasms. I was thrilled to complete my third marathon in under Thanks to everyone who sponsored me, as with the help 4 hours - 3 hours and 54 minutes to be exact. This is of staff and students I have raised approximately £1000 better than my two previous marathons in Blackpool for the Dystonia Society. (4 hours 30 minutes) and London (4 hours 15 minutes). The run started on the Wirral, taking in the front at New Brighton, the North Sea and The Mersey. The Jade Jones wasn’t the only Flint High School student to weather on Sunday was fantastic which helped. My appear at the Olympic Games, Sixth Former Bethan aim was to run 9 minute miles, however I was aware Phillips got fully involved in the Olympics by that I would dip at the end so I would have to run volunteering as a Games Maker at Cardiff Millennium faster at the Stadium. Bethan writes; start. “If I could do it I would On entering again without a second the tunnel at 12 miles I thought. Just to be was feeling part of it was ok, but a little amazing! I have so many memories, concerned but if I wrote them about the mileage in all down, they front of me. would easily exceed Coming out 50 pages and I of the tunnel would still have however, the missed things out. Being there as part doubt of the greatest started creeping in show on earth, and my legs made it feel like I started to was part of something special. I would do it again just so ache, but that I could see the happy faces of all the people that I with support from the crowd and other runners I kept helped in any one of a hundred different ways.” a steady pace. Bethan’s experience is a lesson to us all in her desire to Parliament Hill at 16 miles was not pretty, but I got get involved. You reap what you sow. The challenge talking to another runner who had lost 9 stone in a now is to use the inspiration of the Olympics to get more year through his training. Inspiring stuff and I stayed people involved in positive activities such as sport. Parents, please encourage your sons and daughters to with him and his mate for a little way. Great to see and hear my wife and her friend on 20 support the school’s extra curricular programme. Unless miles. This is where traditionally I crash and burn, but you try you will never know what amazing things you thanks to all the training, although I was feeling it, my can achieve. pace stayed consistent. The plan was working! As the end approached, I realised that I could dip below my 9 minute mile pace and still achieve my goal. This was good as with 2.5 miles left, the cramp kicked in causing me to stop and stretch for 30 seconds or so. Knowing I was going to complete my target time kept me going in the last few miles. It was a fantastic feeling to cross the line; all the training and hard work had paid off!

Flint High School Year 7 Netball Team recently took part in a tournament at John Summers High School in Deeside. They challenged Castell Alun and won 4-1; John Summers and won 5-0 and drew 0-0 with St. Richard Gwyn. The girls displayed teamwork and sportsmanship throughout the tournament and earned recognition for themselves and the school. However, none of this would have been possible without the input of Miss Tondziel and Mrs Roscoe and the girls send their thanks. Keep up the good work girls and PLAY ON! Hannah Wilson - Yr7 Netball Captain

FHS Newsletter November 2012  
FHS Newsletter November 2012  

FHS Newsletter November 2012