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Hello everyone Welcome to the spring newsletter. At the time of writing we are all enjoying the delights of the unseasonal warm weather and it certainly feels as if spring (or even summer!) has come.
As ever, the term has been full of activity and events. One of the highlights has been the production of ‘Oliver’ with packed houses on each of the 3 nights really appreciating the quality of the show. Many congratulations and thanks to Mr M Williams and the whole army of staff, parents, pupils and friends who helped make the event so successful. A real team effort. There always seems to be something going on in school and I would urge all students to get involved in as much as possible. Just this week we have had Duke of Edinburgh expeditions at bronze and silver, a charity event for Sports Relief and a ‘Battle of the Bands’ competition organised by our public services students at lunchtime. Then there has been the Formula 1 in Schools success, Fair Trade and Food Roadshows, the Eisteddfod and all the trips and sport activities. We have just been awarded the prestigious ‘ActiveMarc Cymru’ acknowledging the work in PE and 5x60. Well done everyone.
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I have been trying to update my blog on the website so if you want to keep in touch with what’s going on more regularly, that is one way. Another is to join the PTA (next meeting 2nd May, 7.00pm in the Learning Centre at the front of school) – why not come along? They are a friendly bunch and the meetings are very informal and jolly! If you are shopping on-line, why not do it through the school website (www.prestatynhighschool.net) by pressing the shopping trolley icon to access Amazon and a whole list of other household brands. Using this facility helps to raise money for the school. With thoughts turning to the summer, can I urge everyone with external exams coming up to use the Easter break to revise and catch up with anything outstanding. Easter School will be operating for Y11 with session times on the website. With best wishes to you all for Easter. Phil Pierce, Headteacher.
You may well have seen our recent feature in the Journal describing the ‘Digital Revolution’ associated with the 1-1 computing initiative. You will have just had a letter explaining some of the developments (copy on website if you haven’t seen it) and this major project continues to develop. Please encourage all students to look after their netbook and especially to use the podcase made in school or another hard case until they have made one.
Oliver! the musical was performed in the Main Hall at Prestatyn High School between 6th and 8th March to rapturous acclaim! All three performances were high quality and the classic musical was brought to life by an energetic and very talented cast. Adam Dawson played Oliver, Kevin Willetts played the Artful Dodger, Tom Roberts of Year 12 characterised Fagin, Paige Jackson (Year 12) played the role of Nancy and Bill Sykes was played by Ryan Neary-Clarke. There were standing ovations on the last two dates and the Thursday night performance, in particular, was magnificently received. There are so many staff who contributed many, many hours to ensuring that the performance was a success but to all involved, staff and students, many congratulations - it was brilliant!
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Monday 16th April Training Day School closed to students Return on Tuesday 17th April
There were some excellent art pieces produced by a record number of G.C.S.E. art students. Year 10 pupils; Alex Clare, Georgia Palomba, Kayleigh Jones, Erin Nalecz and Lizzie Miller are all on target for high grades at G.C.S.E. this year. These talented pupils have fast tracked the exam one year early, specialising in 3D Design and Fine Art and will complete a second G.C.S.E. in Art and Design next year. If you have opted for Art next year and are currently working at a green or gold on a level 7 target or a gold on a level 6 target and would like to be considered for the fast track programme please see Mrs Synnuck in A1. Year 11 pupils have created a wide range of art pieces including textile batiks, collages, photography and film making, graphic poster and packaging designs, paintings, models and much more. Check out the Art website to see all the G.C.S.E. art work from 2011 and 2012. www.wowschool.art.officelive.com
Three events were organised to celebrate and educate pupils about Fairtrade.The Year 10 Fairtrade committee attended a talk about ethical trading given by LUSH (Chester branch).They were given lots of free samples with the fairtrade toothpaste proving very popular! Assemblies followed the theme of taking one step to help producers in underdeveloped countries with pupils highlighting fairtrade products by performing a silly dance everytime they chose those products. Also groups of Year 7 were treated to fairtrade cookery lessons by the Year 10 Hospitality and Catering students with lots of free examples on offer. A good time was had by all.
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DISNEYLAND PARIS trip
The Vocational Services Department took a group of 50 KS4 students to Disneyland Paris during February half term for 4 days. The students visited both parks in Disneyland Paris and ventured up the Eiffel Tower. The trip was a huge success despite the freezing temperatures!!
Parent Pay is now the prefered method for payment of dinner money, trips and 1-1 netbooks. Please note cheques are no longer accepted as payment for The winners are: Mathew Moss (1st prize), Daniel Meet our two French school meals. This can Meehan (2nd prize) and Charlotte Griffiths (3rd assistants: Emilie be done online using the prize). Félicitations tout le monde!!! Batut and Camille secure website or through Stahl. We have local stores where you see been so lucky this the PayPoint logo. year as both of Your support by using them have been of a ParentPay will help the tremendous help to the school enormously, thank French department. They have prepared nice you. Logon to www. games and activities for our KS3 classes but more parentpay.com importantly have helped our GCSE pupils, as well as NETBOOK KS5 students with their speaking exams. PAYMENTS ARE our Merci beaucoup les filles!!! NOW DUE, if you This year, the French department has decided to haven’t already done so you need to activate enter the Eisteddfod with the song of the days of the week but also with a homework challenge. your account. If you require a username and Well done to all the year 7 pupils who have entered password for ParentPay the competition. We have been overwhelmed with the quality of work and imagination. Some berets please request one from the school office. have been created, real flans baked accompanied by Alternatively you can a recipe in French and Eiffel Towers made request a barcode to pay out of K’nex, just to name a few. at a local convenience store.
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In February, 42 students and 4 members of staff travelled to Krakow in Poland to visit the sites of the Holocaust. During the educational visit we toured Oskar Schindler’s factory, the Jewish district in Krakow and Auschwitz-Birkenau. We were privileged to meet concentration camp survivor, Jozefie Pilsudskim a survivor of one of the Nazis harshest concentration camps, Mauthausen. Jozefie talked to the group about his experiences of being a concentration camp inmate and answered questions from pupils. After listening to his remarkable story all pupils had an opportunity to meet with Jozefie and have their picture taken with him. It is hoped that this experience will ensure our pupils will avoid the mistakes of the past and also take an active role in protesting against and preventing similar occurrences in today’s world. The school was praised in particular for the adoption of new initiatives into PE, including the role the of School Sports Council and the use of the new ‘netbooks’ for webcam analysis. Other strengths included the diverse nature of the 5X60 Programme, PE Exam results and the extent that Physical Education is embedded into The PE Department are very proud to announce that they have been successful the school as a whole. in gaining the ‘Activemarc Cymru’ award.
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A St David’s Day lunch was held in Caffi Enfys to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care Charity. The event was organised by the Year 13 Welsh Baccalaureate Team Enterprise group. Amy Jones, Rebecca Beaumont-Bullock and Kirsty Edwards. A big thank you to Mrs Maybery and her Hospitality and Catering students for their help as well.
“The pupils have learned a great deal about the role of government departments and how they work together in such a situation. The links we have created with the Ministry of Defence and Andy is a fine example of a large employer working in partnership with
the further education system to expand on our students’ learning experience and provide a vocational context to their studies.” Gwillym Cornes, Public Services Teacher. The Ministry of Defence outreach programme was recently nominated for a prestigious Civil Service Award, in which the work with Prestatyn High School was chosen as the centre piece to be presented in front of the Prime Minister. 80 Public Service pupils took part in an Army Personal Development Day last Tuesday. Pupils from years 10,11 and 12 participated in 8 command tasks designed to test their problem solving skills, communication, conflict management and teamworking abilities. The day was completed with a MASSIVE tug-of-war. www.prestatynhighschool.net 2 Princes Avenue, Prestatyn, LL19 8RS
Congratulations to Olivia Beale, Pluto 12, who over Christmas has become a World Dance Champion in America after qualifiying throughout the year in Scotland, Sweden and Ireland. She won 3 titles and came 2nd in couples. Overall she has been World Champion 10 times since she was 12! WELL DONE.
BTEC Public Services pupils at Prestatyn High School took part in a Crisis Scenario Citizenship Workshop. The course was delivered by Andy Gillman, MBE, MOD Education Outreach Officer and involved students watching video footage, and then in teams role play the Prime Minister, and Ministers from the FCO, MOD, International Development and the Home Office in trying to solve the fast-moving overseas crisis. The teams then delivered a ‘Ministerial’ Press Conference setting with other teams playing members of the press.
A team of 3 Year 8 girls from Prestatyn High School have recently achieved success in the F1 in Schools competition at the North Wales Regional Finals. The competition to design, manufacture and race the fastest car possible based on either a Formula 1 race car, or the Bloodhound SSC car. A total of 14 pupils from Years 8 and 10 took part from Prestatyn High School, led by teacher Mr Peter Hughes, and assisted by technician Mr Gwyn Price and Learning Support Assistant Mrs Kath Jones. The team of 3 girls won the award for ‘Best Team Marketing and Sponsorship’. The 3 school teams were lucky enough to benefit from a very kind sponsorship deal of £500.00 from local businessman, Mr Nick Gibbs. Gibbs General Engineering
Ltd (Steel Fabricators) sponsored all 3 teams from the school and enabled the pupils to design and order their own team clothing, banners, posters and promotional gifts. The team, who consisted of Lauren Herbert, Megan Greenough and Cordelia Parmley-Graham was awarded the glass trophy which now stands proudly in place in the main entrance of the school. Teacher Mr Peter Hughes, also awarded 2 other students individual trophies in recognition of their triumphs in school in the run-up to the Regional Finals. Christopher Hughes received the trophy for perseverance within the competition and Rhys Jones received the individual trophy for the most committed and reliable team member. The school and the pupils involved in the competition would like to thank Mr Nick Gibbs, of Gibbs General Engineering Ltd (Steel Fabricators), for his kind sponsorship to enable the teams to enrich their education and to take part in the F1 in Schools Competition.
The school is now searching for sponsorship agreements for the 2012/13 competition and welcomes any enquiries from local companies and businesses.
Thirty five Year 10 pupils sat the UK Intermediate Mathematical Challenge in February. Over 200 000 pupils took part around the UK and the following PHS pupils were awarded certificates: Robbie Lee (Neptune 10) Megan Vaughan (Mercury 10Y) Lewis Blackshaw (Mercury 10X) Ryan Bower (Orion 10) Sean Synnuck (Neptune 10)
Silver and Best in School Silver Bronze Bronze Bronze
Well done to all!
The Year 7 Eisteddfod was held on March 1st and was a massive success. There were so many talented pupils competing and it was a huge honour to watch them all perform. We must give a special mention to the fabulous musicians and solo singers, they were really impressive. Jupiter 7y were the overall winners again for the 3rd year running! Well done to Lowri and Casey, also Jupiter 7y for their Welsh recitals. Mr Pierce presented Jupiter y with the Cwpan yr Eisteddfod and Jon Philips, Neptune 7 was presented with the Cadair yr Eisteddfod for Best Performer in this year’s Eisteddfod for his piano playing. We would also like to send our best wishes and many congratulations to our Year 12 students, Amy Stamford, Ellis Pridding, Emma Jones and Ceri Cairns for being entered for Welsh Learner of the Year at this year’s Eisteddfod yr Urdd. We are all very proud of them. Diolch yn fawr, Yr Adran Gymraeg.
World Book Day 2012 was celebrated in style by the library with a ‘who done it’ week. Pupils spent the week solving clues and codes in order to solve a mistery. Congratulations to: Hannah Owen, Pluto 8 for achieving 1st place and runners up: Ellie Haton, Jupiter 8 and Jack O’Connor, Mercury 10x. It was uncovered that Mr P Pierce was murdered by Mr G Turner and then Mr T Rogers stole his Liverpool tickets.
University of Oxford Physics Olympiad Competition Recently Miss Roberts encouraged 18 of her Year 11 Physics students to take part in The British Physics Olympiad competition. The competition aims to encourage the study of Physics and recognise excellence in young physicists through four annual Physics competitions.
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