Phoenix Program - Llanidloes High School

Phoenix Program
Bags 2 School
GCSE results 2014
The Bags 2 School company has
been booked to collect clothing, soft
toys, shoes, belts and handbags
(no bric-a-brac please) from the
school. The company will pay the
school at least £200 per tonne.
Bags are available from the Main
Office. Please return filled bags to
school by end of day Tuesday 14th
October. We would be grateful if
you could send bags in as close as
possible to the 14th due to storage
issues at the school.
It has been a pleasure to see the
vast majority of pupils coming back
from the summer break in perfect
Just a reminder that
school shoes should be plain black
with no emblems stripes or
coloured laces. Pupils should be
wearing a school jumper or a
school hoodie as the weather
becomes cooler. Non uniform tops
should not be worn. Coats and
jackets should be worn over school
uniform not as an alternative to it.
Last Year's enterprise project was a
huge success with all projects
reaching a profit. During the final
week of term Year 9 students ran
their own businesses and sold their
products and services to members
of the school and wider community.
The project is part of the WBQ
which all Key Stage 4 students
Lab In A Lorry
The Science Curriculum Area is
eagerly awaiting a visit from the
Institute of Physics 'Lab In A Lorry'.
This exciting project allows Key
Stage 3 pupils to experience a
range of hands on experiments to
help inspire budding physicists. The
lorry will be visiting us (in the
Visitors' Car Park) on Thursday 9th
and Friday 10th October. We hope
that all pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9
will take part.
We are delighted by this year’s GCSE results that have again
exceeded local and national averages. We have surpassed last
year’s excellent results and are maintaining the high standards
that we set here. All of our students have performed
exceptionally well in their academic and vocational courses –
we send our warmest congratulations to them all.
68% of our students (59% in Powys and 55% in Wales)
achieved at least 5 GCSE grades at grade C or above
including English and Maths which is the most important
statistic. The performance of disadvantaged students and able
students was also above national averages. High achievers
were; Jade Fitzgerald, Alexander Jones, Florence Turley,
James Davies, Sinead Hegarty and Bethany Jones. Students
have been rewarded handsomely for their hard work,
enthusiasm and determination to succeed. I would also like to
thank the hard working staff and parents for their contribution
to this year’s success.
A Level results 2014
We are delighted with this year’s excellent set of results for our
A Level students that have enabled our students to either
follow the courses of their choice in University or to pursue
careers in other fields. High achievers were Alice Crush, Catrin
Edwards, Chloe Foster, Iestyn Davies and Ella Sherrard. The
Welsh Baccalaureate results were also excellent. Our warmest
congratulations go to all students and we wish all of our
students every success in the future. .
Wales Online 2014
I am delighted to inform you that we were the top performing
High school in Powys according to 21 performance measures
used by the Welsh Government. We were ranked 24th out of
the 217 state schools placing us in the top 11% of all
secondary schools in Wales. The second best placed Powys
school was Crickhowell High School who were 32nd.
Showing Pupils the Benefits of Languages
At the end of July, Year 8 pupils enjoyed taster sessions in
Italian, Swedish and German as part of a week long
celebration of European language and culture. They also took
part in activities based on a French/ Spanish/ Welsh song, took
part in a European quiz and tasted foods from a variety of
We were also pleased to welcome two external speakers from
Laura Ashley and Quartix to take part in Languages Week.
Both spoke about their places of work and how they use
French on a daily basis as a way of communicating with other
businesses across the world.
It is hoped that the taster sessions will inspire pupils to learn
more about the language and culture of European countries
they do not normally study.
Fairtrade’s 20th anniversary by
making a Fairtrade Rainbow cake.
The school is one of only a few
Welsh Schools who have the
Fairtrade Status, ensuring that the
Fairtrade is embedded into school
Students have been taking part in the Phoenix project. This
involved students visiting Newtown's Fire station and learning
about what it is like to be a fire fighter and completing a course
in problem solving and teamwork. The school has taken part in
the programme for several years.
We would like to
congratulate all of the students who have taken part and
completed the course this year.
Important dates for this year
Y7 Parent’s Evening – 22nd January 2015
Y7 Exams – 1st – 8th June 2015
Y7 Reports – 9th July 2015
Y8 Parent’s Evening – 26th February 2015
Y8 Exams – 13th – 22nd May 2015
Y8 Reports – 29th June 2015
Y9 Options Evening – 12th March 2015
Y9 Exams – 13th – 17th April
Y9 Reports – 11th May 2015
Y9 Parent’s Evening – 21st May 2015
Y10 Parent’s Evening – 5th February 2015
Y10 Exams – 16th -20th March 2015
Y10 Reports – 1st May 2015
Y11 Parent’s Evening – 27th November 2014
Y11 Exams – 8th – 12th December 2014
Y11 Reports – 26th March 2015
Autumn Term-3rd September – 19th Dec (half term 27th – 31st October 2014)
Spring Term–6th January – 26th March (half term 16th – 20th February 2015)
Summer Term–13th April – 17th July (half term 25th – 29th May 2015)
Free School Meals
Just to remind you that if you are
claiming Income Support, Income
based Job Seekers Allowance,
Pension Credit, Support under
Part VI of the Immigration and
Asylum Act, 1999, Employment
Support Allowance or are Entitled
to Child Tax Credit but not
Working Tax Credit you may be
eligible for Free School Meals.
Please contact the school for a
Smile Club
Located in E5, Smile Club is open
to anyone in Year 7, 8, & 9 every
break and lunch. It is run by
trained 6th formers who act as
mentors. Learners can come and
chat, play games or even get help
with homework.
Please can Parents/Guardians
phone the school as soon as
possible when they know their
child is going to be absent from
school. Please explain the reason
for the absence and if possible the
likely length of time of the
absence. A message can be left
on the school answering machine
but unfortunately we cannot
receive texts. Thank you
Mrs H Davies
(Attendance Officer).
Media Trip
The media department has visited
Aberystwyth University's Film and
TV department. During the trip
students learnt how a TV show is
created using the university's film
and editing facilities. Students
also stayed in the university's hall
of residence and visited the
student union for a quiz.
Would you please inform the
school if your address, telephone
numbers or any other details have
The PE Department has kicked off with a bang this term with school competitions already taking place. Football
results from Thursday lunchtime fixtures saw Year 9 run out 2-1 victors over Year 8 and Year 11 beating Year
10 2-0.
The next fixtures to be played are Year 11 vs the 6th Form and Year 7 vs Year 8 before the start of our Welsh
Schools Football Association fixtures.
The U13s and U15s will be taking on Bro Ddyfi away with Newtown and John Beddoes pulling out of our home
fixtures. We also are awaiting the final date of the Welshpool small sided football tournament.
Five confirmed rugby fixtures are also in the schedule with the visit of Llanfyllin, Llanfair, Llandovery College and
Oswestry Boarding School to Cae Hafren playing fields before we take another trip to Welshpool.
To fulfil all these fixtures and to continue to build on the fixture list so that our Llanidloes HS pupils can receive
the best sporting opportunities it is important that they take responsibility for their punctuality, kit and returning
their permission slips on time.
To support the PE department with coaching of the lower school, the 6 th form, as part of their study, will take
lead roles in contributing to training and fixtures for their designated teams.
Rhys Roberts
Huw Spear
Ben J.Rolfe
Emlyn Jones
Archie Walker
Alex Jones
Will Denham
Callum Breese
Josh Co!on
Joseph Jones
Jack Jones
Jacob Mason
Rob Jones
Tom Jerman
Lewys Jones
Elliot Hopkins
Secondary Schools North Wales Tennis Finals
Congratulations to the following girls who represented Llanidloes High School & Montgomeryshire in the North
Wales Tennis Competition.
Year 8: Chloe Hamer, Rhian Jones, Nia Williams & Sian Jerman.
Year 11: Amy Hill, Megan Jones, Molly Hughes & Ffion Williams
The girls played against Ysgol Penweddig and Newtown in the first round in June then went on to beat
Welshpool in the Montgomeryshire final.
Both teams lost to St Joseph’s High School (Wrexham), but won matches against Rydal Penrhos School
(Colwyn Bay) with the Year 11’s beating them 4-2.
For further information on 5 x 60 at Llanidloes High School please contact Katie Hamer on 07766 248617 or
[email protected]