Vale of Glamorgan Council Archdiocese of Cardiff ST RICHARD GWYN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL Argae Lane, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, CF63 1BL Tel: 01446 729250 Fax: 01446 720898 E mail: email@example.com Website: www.strichardgwyn.co.uk Headteacher: Mr M J Clinch BA (HONS) FEBRUARY 2009 FROM THE TOP … … Oh yes it was! – a great success, that is! The school panto played to sell-out audiences three nights running. Well done to all our very talented pupils (and staff!) who showed such commitment and to the support given by parents and friends alike. We look forward to the next production! (DVDs available from Monday : £7 payment please) “INCLEMENT WEATHER” Although our caretaker and staff ensured the school was safe and warm on Tuesday, the Local Authority closed its schools by sending the buses early, so it was taken out of our hands. Our new efforts to communicate via our own website, the www.bbc.co.uk/wales website and a recorded message on our phone did encounter some problems. It has been a salutary lesson for all but we are attempting to improve our communication systems for the future. UNIFORM A few members of our community have been ‘pushing the boundaries’ recently. Please note that after half term any ‘hoodies’ will be confiscated whatever the weather ~ (school sweatshirts and coats are just as warm) and only plain black scarves may be worn or brought to school. (School scarf now available £6 from ‘Class Apart’ or order from Reception.) PRIZE GIVING ~ this special evening will take place in March, date t.b.c. Last call for trophies please. Any individuals/companies willing to sponsor an award please contact Ms Morrish (DHT). Y9 RELATIONSHIPS DAY – THURSDAY, 26TH FEBRUARY Visiting speakers & a theatre group wil be in school to help pupils think about the choices they will make in their personal life and to provide them with the knowledge & confidence to do so. ‘Is It? Theatre’ will perform ‘Other’ in which the main characters in their early twenties discover the choices they make impact on somebody else. The rest of the day will be a combination of workshops and presentations delivered by school staff & visitors including the School Nurse, Sure Start Midwife & Women’s Aid speakers. Topics covered will be the Gift of Sex, Sex & the Law, Teenage Pregnancy, Family Planning, Safe Relationships and How to Repond to Relationship Problems. If any parents would like further details please contact Mrs Sanders PSE Coordinator at school. Y7 ANTI-BULLYING PRESENTATION – 12TH FEBRUARY ‘Is It? Theatre’ will be returning to the school to perform ‘Why Don’t You Weep?’, based on a true story about a girl who was bullied. It reinforces the messages and strategies discussed in recent PSE lessons and is followed by a talk back with the actors. LIBRARY QUIZ Who is supposed to have been buried at the Via Flaminia north of ancient Rome on 14 th February? Answers on a piece of paper with name and form to the library desk by Monday, 16 th February. Correct entries earn a merit and bonus merits go to the answer drawn out of the hat. TIMES BOOK TOKENS FOR SCHOOLS All readers of the Times and Sunday Times please collect the Book Tokens allowing schools to claim free books. There is a collecting box in the library and all donations will receive a merit. Thank you. WORLD BOOK DAY – 5TH MARCH Look out for your £1 World Book Day Tokens. A good opportunity to get money off any revision guides for Y10 & Y11. A BIG THANK YOU To ‘Vic Hopkins’ Butchers in Barry and ‘Thompson & Lush’ Butchers of Penarth for their very kind donations to the Science Department. MARCH GCSE SCIENCE MODULES The March GCSE Science modules will take place on Wednesday, 4th March (Y11) and Friday, 6th March (Y10 & Y11). You must find out which exams apply to you and make sure that you are in school on those days with all necessary equipment (you will need an HB pencil, an eraser and a calculator). Remember that if you fail to attend the examination you may be charged the entry fee. Y10 & Y11 ~ BE PREPARED! Revise!! Revise!! Revise!! Revise hard over the coming weeks for your science exams: extra time at home is needed, especially as they are just after work experience week. GCSE EASTER REVISION COURSE English, Maths & Science teachers will be selecting suitable (ie motivated C?D to C) pupils for places on these valuable courses. CHARITIES 13th March is Red Nose Day ~ If any pupil, form or house wants to organise activities, they should see their form teacher and Mrs Price. ‘Do Something Funny For Money’. Valentine Rose ~ Llantarnam House are selling red roses for Valentine’s day for £1 in the street next week. Buy for your loved one and also support the NSPCC at the same time. Marie Curie Daffodils ~ will be on sale soon. Buy one and be bright for spring while helping Holme Towers. PARISH MASS Sunday, 8th February is Education Sunday and we will be joining St Helen’s Church, Barry at 10.30 am for Mass. Please be there by 10.10 am if you are reading or singing. FULL UNIFORM. All welcome to join us. CALDEY HOUSE CAKE SALE Thank you to everyone who supported our cake sale last Friday (30 th Jan). We raised £74.00 for Marie Curie Hospice. MATHS IN REAL LIFE! Ten Y7 pupils have been chosen to take part in a Maths mentoring scheme in partnership with Dow Corning. Employees from Dow Corning come into school on Tuesday mornings to help them with their maths skills and show them how they can relate some of these mathematical techniques to real life. The sessions will run for ten weeks and will be rounded off with a visit to Dow Corning in March, where the pupils will be shown round by their mentors. PANTO SEALED BID WINNERS Loan of a brand new Renault Megane for a whole weekend – Harry Emery Goodmans Portable Stereo with Remote Control – Maureen Sullivan Renault F1 Team Remote Control Car – Wayne Edwards Many thanks to all who entered our Sealed Bids draw and congratulations to the winners. EISTEDDFOD – 12TH MARCH All pupils are encouraged to take part in Eisteddfod competitions this year! See departments for each subject’s particular competition. House points will be awarded for all entries. Further points available for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in all competitions. See Miss Bonnell or Miss Coates if you are interested in participating in stage competitions/performances on the day! House points will be awarded for performers!! All pupils are encouraged to wear their House Colours on 12 th March with suitable casual own clothes (usual rules for hair, make up and jewellery apply). If your House is not obvious from this then you must wear school uniform. BOYS PE RESULTS Y7 Football v Plasmawr – drew 4-4 Y7 Football v Glyn Derw – lost 0-4 Y8 Basketball v Glyn Derw – won 43-10 Y8 Basketball v Llantwit Tournament Champions Y8 Basketball in semi-finals of Welsh Schools Y10 Basketball v Llantwit – lost 20-30 Y10 Basketball v Bro Morgannwg – lost 15-18 Y10 Basketball v Michaelston – won 27-10 Y9 Football v Mary Immaculate – lost 1-2 Y9 Basketball v Cyfartha – won 58-4 Y9 Basketball in quarter finals National Schools David Debono and Niall Griffiths (Y9) selected for U16 Wales Basketball trials. Boys’ Gym Team finished 3rd in the Welsh Schools Championships. CONGRATULATIONS! To our successful girl footballers ~ Charlotte Waller, Mica Buffin and Emma Cordy were all successful at South Wales League Football and will play for the South Wales Girls’ League Teams this year. 5 X 60 NEWS The school’s street dance crew did exceptionally well in the 5 x 60 inter-high school street dance championships. The school came 5th place out of 32 schools that competed in the national final, which was held at St David’s Hall, Cardiff. Well done to all the girls for their hard work and commitment! Year 9 Jessica Lewis Kelly Harrison Shannon Ryan Chloe Young Sarah Stokes Sky-Marie Field Year 8 Olivia Harris Olivia Miller Olivia McCormack Keera Gravett Frankie McGill Bethan Rees Girls‟ Tag Rugby Tournament in March ~ for a chance to play come along to the sessions on a Friday after school. Remember if we get through the regional qualifiers the national finals take place in the Millennium Stadium!!! New 5 x 60 activity available for Y10 & Y11 Girls – „Trixter‟ cycling ~ Experience a fantastic total body workout that brings the excitement of outdoor cycling indoors! Sessions take place on a Friday after school (3.20 pm – 4.20 pm) at Barry leisure centre. For more information see the 5 x 60 noticeboard by the boys’ changing rooms. There are a limited number of spaces so see Ben to sign up! CHRISTMAS CARD RECYCLING 31,002 was to the total number of Christmas cards received by the school for recycling. Congratulations to Lauren Williamson who came top with 8,778! DATES FOR YOUR DIARY 12 & 13 Feb – Y10 Health & Safety/work Experience Preparation Days 16 – 20 Feb – Half Term 23 – 27 Feb – Y10 Work Experience Week 25 Feb – Ash Wednesday 26 Feb – Y9 Relationships Day 26 Feb 6.30 pm – Y9 Options Evening 4 March – Y11 GCSE Science 6 March – Y10 GCSE Science 10 March – Y9 Parents’ Evening Core Subjects 4 – 6 pm 12 March – EISTEDDFOD House colours please. Early lunch. 31 March – Lenten Service 7 pm 1 April – Y10 Parents’ Evening 4 – 6 pm 2 April – Y8 London Trip (Payment should now be complete) 3 April – End of Term.