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Ysgol MAESTEG School Newsletter S p r i n g Te r m / N ew y d d ia d u r y G w a n w y n 2 0 1 2 Headteacher’s letter to parents….. The staff of the school have worked tirelessly this term and the pupils have progressed and responded well by showing great commitment, effort and attendance. Time for extensive revision to back this hard work up is crucial and I ask all parents to ensure that their children are revising hard at home. The Yr 11 and Yr 12/13 examinations timetable will be published next half-term. Please check through it with your child and make sure they are in plenty of time for the start of the examinations each day. It is essential that all pupils are equipped for their exams with a black pen, pencil, ruler and subject specific equipment, e.g. calculator. Pupils are reminded that (summer) school uniform should be worn when coming into school for examinations. It was lovely to see so many of you at the Parents’ Progress evenings, Option Evenings and the School Concert. Again this term the Heads of Year have been celebrating the successes of the pupils through the Year Achievement Assemblies. Well done to pupils! Wishing you an enjoyable Easter Holiday. Ms Carhart Head Teacher

Sixth Form News…. Lloyd Reeves was awarded the 200 hours Millennium Volunteer Award for his sustained voluntary activity with various local groups throughout 2011. These include serving on Gwirvol, a youth led grant awarding panel, and organising volunteers for a Literacy After School Club in Garth Primary.

Shannon McCann, Head Girl, was awarded a plaque by the Royal British Legion for her part in the Annual Remembrance Day Concert held at Maesteg Town Hall in November. Shannon stood for almost an hour on stage whilst holding a flag and was thrilled when she was recognised for her participation in this prestigious event.

Dates for the Diary 17 April—New term starts for pupils

10 May— Presentation Evening 14 May— GCSE/A level exams start 25 May— Yr 7 reports issued 1 June— Yr 8 reports issued 20 June—Sports Presentation Evening 22 June—Yr 9 reports issued 28 June—Yr 6 Parents visit 5 July — Yr 6 Parents visit 11 July—Art Exhibition 11 July—Yr 6 Parents Open Evening 13 July—Yr 10 reports issued INSET days 16 April 6 July 9 July 19 July (Thurs) End of term. [[\

Young People’s Anti-Bullying Conference 7 March 2012 Callum Delaney (Yr 7)and Felicia Llewellyn (Yr 10) attended the conference... There were representatives from all schools in Bridgend at the Anti-bullying Conference. The day was divided into talks and drama presentations which saw professionals and pupils participate. Mess up the Mess from the Amman Valley dramatised the feelings that pupils encounter if they are being bullied.

Science News…. During January the Science faculty held a breakfast revision club for pupils on the morning of their exam, so they could complete an hour’s revision, have some breakfast, get their mark, then go straight into the exam. I was very pleased with the turn out and the results in March reflected the hard work of the pupils. Mr. Kiff

Diverse Arts from Leicester delivered a very powerful presentation full of sobering statistics and hard hitting films to illustrate the misery of all forms of bullying. The presentation contained a powerful dramatised, animated poem, a film on cyber-bullying and homophobic bullying. Several schools and youth groups in BCBC contributed with songs and presentations which were again powerful. The pupils attended 3 workshops on how to prevent bullying and what they would do to help young people if they were bullied. The Children’s Commissioner, Mr Keith Towler had given his own presentation on the nature of his job. If you are a victim of bullying – tell a responsible adult – report it and stop it. Remember Bridgend and Maesteg School says -

End Bullying Now! Home Access to School  Network All pupils are now able  to access their school  user area from outside  of school. The Home  Access system is  available from the  home page of the school website, it works on a  download and upload basis so pupils will need to  remember to upload any documents back to their  school user area a er saving it to their home PC.

Business Studies News…. Year 10 Business students took part in the 'One Cwtch' competition to raise money for Ty Hafan - our pupils raised over £250 for this. They represented the school at Bridgend College where two pupils Siobhan Walters and Megan Evans took part in a sponsored Cwtch raising over £100 - well done girls. The pupils now have the support of Gareth 'Alfie' Thomas and are to raffle off a signed -shirt next term again to raise money for Ty Hafan.

Also, during February half-term, pupils from yr 11, 12 & 13 Business classes went on a 2 night visit to London. The educational trip was an excellent success and pupils were lucky enough to visit Bloomberg where they witnessed how a huge multinational business was operated. Whilst in London pupils not only got to see the sights but they also took in a London show - Billy Elliot and visited both Madame Tussauds and London Dungeons (which proved to be very scary for some pupils!!!!)

Welsh Department News….. Llongyfarchiadau i Chloe Brain, Eilish Thomas, Rebecca Burgess, Dewi Johnson, Ewan Thomas, Stephanie – Marie, Alisha Lewis a Maddison-Rose Thomas. They have all had Welsh written work published in the magazine IAW! Copies can be seen in the Welsh rooms and on display boards!! Da iawn chi!! Year 12 Welsh A level pupils have almost reached the 100 hours of voluntary work needed to achieve the first Millennium Volunteers scheme. Pupils have helped with Welsh sessions, supported staff on a residential trip to Glanllyn Urdd Centre and helped with Eisteddfod preparation. Da iawn i Rhiannon Morgan, Lowri Bird, Ben Cole Edwards, Lewis Hurley a Cory Tyzack!! Mrs Brown’s Year 7 Welsh classes have e-mailed the IAW editor with letters about themselves. Keep an eye out for their work in the colourful Welsh magazine IAW. Copies are available in all Welsh classrooms.

Maesteg School Parents’ Classes Our Parents’ Classes have flourished this year! They include, “Keeping Up With My Child In Maths”, “ICT For Beginners”, “Helping Hands”, “Parent Information Group” and “Carers Group” and an informative talk delivered to parents regarding Internet Safety which was a great success! We are looking to establish a “Welsh for Parents / Families” group. If you are interested please contact Mrs Alison Davies (Family Engagement Officer) at the school.

Tree Planting @ Maesteg Maesteg School has been privileged to be involved in an environmental project funded by CCW (Countryside Council for Wales), in partnership with Keep Wales Tidy. The aim of the project was to enhance an area of ground in close proximity to the school, to improve biodiversity and habitats in the local community. The work has been successfully completed with our grateful appreciation and thanks to CCW and Keep Wales Tidy, to McCarthy (Civil Engineers) for their outstanding effort in preparing the ground, Bryncethin Nurseries for supplying top quality trees and for their support and professional advice and to Mark Jones (Maesteg School's Operations Manager) for his dedicated approach and effective management of the project. We are also grateful to the pupils of Maesteg School and our local primary schools for their involvement in the planting. They have played an integral and important role, not only by their hard work on the day, but for the legacy of their work which will be viewed and admired for many, many years to come, and they should feel extremely proud of the interest and commitment shown to their community. Mrs Davies

Prince’s Trust news….. The following members of the year 11 Prince's Trust xl group have all passed and gained their Prince's Trust Silver Awards: Raymond Buckpitt, Kyle Griffiths, Kyle Hill, James Jarvis, Daniel Jenkins, Michael Ludlow and Thomas Smith. Well done to them all! Chris Hill & Jan Clarke

Maesteg Sixth form had a non-uniform fundraising day on Friday 30th March to raise funds for their Summer Ball. They raised over £100 and kindly donated a third of this to Velindre Cancer Care, a charity that the school supports every Easter and Christmas through the sale of chocolate eggs covered in novelty knitted costumes. I’m not sure if they look more scarey with the “heads” on or off!!!!!

Welsh Schools Rugby Under 16 Cup Competition The Maesteg Year 11 rugby team have been highly successful, not only in winning the local Bridgend Competition, but also reaching the semi-final stages of the Wales National Competition. As a result of wins over Whitchurch, Gwyr and Monmouth Schools, they are to play Corpus Christi of Cardiff. The game will take place after Easter, the week beginning 23rd April 2012. We wish them the best of luck!!! Mr. Heatley Welsh Department News…..

Year 7 & 8 celebrated St David’s Day with an Eisteddfod. It was a superb mix of song, verse, instrumentals, dance and gymnastics. It was wonderful to see so many pupils volunteering to take part. The “off stage” English competition for Yr 8 was to write a poem about your Welsh Hero. Well done to Morgan Rogers for winning the competition by writing a tribute to Gary Speed. The poem was emailed to Gary Speed’s wife for the tribute match at the stadium. Yr 7 were asked to design a leaflet advertising Wales as a tourist attraction. Well done to Sophie Williams for winning this competition. Sophie and Morgan were “crowned” in the official ceremony. The crowns were designed and made by pupils in the off stage Art competition. 1st – Evan John, 2nd – Georgia Brownhill-Davies, 3rd – Thomas Edmunds. The Technology competition to design a medal was won by Zoe Lee Yr8. Mrs Brown would particularly like to thank the 26 Yr 8 rugby who proved that they could entertain us both on and off the field. Congratulations to P.U.P.I.L. Scheme Pupils on Winning National Crimebeat Award! Twelve Maesteg School pupils were involved in a programme called P.U.P.I.L Scheme (Pupils Understanding Problems in their Locality) under the guidance of Mrs Diane Sayce (LSO). The group spent two days in a classroom creating an animation DVD, hand making the characters, backgrounds, recording the voiceovers, producing the credits and writing the storylines. The animation on Drug Abuse has grown from strength to strength. It is shown in many A&E departments throughout South Wales. On March 15th, the group was invited to The High Sheriff Mid Glamorgan Youth Community Awards winning £250 with 2nd place. The DVD was also entered into the National Crimebeat Awards and received 1st prize, winning £1000. The group travelled to London on 21st March to receive their prize which included a meal in the Royal National Hotel, an afternoon on the London Eye and a Tour of London on an open top bus in recognition of their outstanding contribution in their community.

Newsletter spring 2012

Newsletter spring 2012