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National Literacy And Numeracy Tests Timetable:

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Radio Wales visits:

Radio Cymru

It was lovely to welcome back one of our former pupils Elin Medi to interview pupils from year 11 on their views about the right to vote at 16 years old. The pupils from year 11 were interviewed for the programme ‘Dal Pen Rheswm’ which was broadcast on the 15/3/18. Congratulations to Gwion, Elliw, Heledd and Alaw who took part.


Urdd 7 aside Rugby Champions: Year 7 and 8 winners 2018:

RugbyCongratulations to the girls’ Rugby year 7 and 8 team who won all the rounds in the recent urdd 7 aside championship tournament in Cardiff. Excellent results girls – well done! Thank you to Mr Kevin Thomas for coaching and arranging the event and to Mrs Glesni Rogers Jones who accompanied the girls to South Wales.


Winners of the North Wales Robotics Competition:

Wales Robotics CompetitionAs part of a project to develop learners' digital skills in science a group of year 8 and 9 pupils have been hard at work developing a robot, presentation and video for a recent regional competition. They competed in Rhyl Town Hall on Friday 9/3/18 to much praise. The fideo and presentation showed the design work that they had gone through in developing their robot. They were very successful during the competition and we have now had confirmation that they are the regional winners for their robot! They also came first with their fideo! This means that the equipment that they have worked with in developing their robot can be kept by the club as well as winning an additional £100 and £25 towards further development. Thank you to Mr Carl Thatcher who has been coaching ther group. Congratulations to all involved:

Elliot Wright, Jamie Williams, Lucy Farrell, Evan Burgess, Elea Chennel, Amy Ingham, Lily Taylor, Sam Fahy, Wil Neale, Tomi Butler, Olivia Wilding, Jonathan Driver, Ella Campbell, Libbie Thomas.


Spring Sporting Successes:

Congratulations to the climbing team on winning the Conwy Schools' competition at Ysgol y Gogarth. The following pupils will represent the school at the Eryri finals. Jacob Duncalf, Tomos Land, Gethin Lloyd and Pwyll Williams. Best wishes to each one of them.

Congratulations to the U13s and U18s football teams on reaching the quarter finals of the Welsh Football Cub. Unfortunately, both teams were enable to reach the semi finals.

Congratulations to our cross country runners at the Eryri and Welsh championships. Ella Grundy was our star performer, placing 3rd in Wales. Math Thomas, Tomos Land and Morgan Clwyd Jones also competed at the Welsh championships.

Congratulations to all our Sportshall athletics teams that competed at the recent Conwy championships. Two teams were successful and are Conwy champions.

Congratulations to the Year 10 pupils that successfully completed their Welsh Bac community challenge. They worked alongside the PE department to plan a multi activity day for over 100 pupils from our feeder schools. The day was enjoyed by all involved.

During the Autumn term, 57% of our pupils participated in extra curricula activities. We hope to see more pupils attending the activities available to them over the spring and summer term. Thank you to the senior pupils who support the activities for younger pupils, to the PE department and other members of staff who support the activities, along with our external partners – local clubs, Llanrwst Leisure Centre and Conwy Authority for supporting our activities.

Rugby update to follow …


Art and Craft Successes in the 2018 Regional round of the Urdd Eisteddfod:

Congratulations to the following pupils:

Year 7-9 2D Design
1af Jessica Jones
2il Sophie Coirer-Roberts
3ydd Owain Williams

Year 10 2D Design
1af Ela Owen

Year 7-9 Creative Work in 2D
1af Awen Williams
2il Rhudion Rees

Year 7-9 Monochrome Print
1af Eben Davies
2il Cai Williams

Year 10 Monochrome Print
1af Mali Evans

Year 7-9 Colour Print
1af Cai Williams

Year 10 Colour Print
1af Mali Evans

Year 7-9 Series of Colour Prints
1af Jessica Jones
2il Erin Mai Grove

Year 10 Series of Colour Prints
1af Mali Evans

Mask or Puppet
1af Cai Williams

32 Creative Work Year 7-9
1af Cadi, Mia a Lea
2il Parti Twm a Cai

Artefact Year 7-9
1af Cai Williams
2il Parti Ela Haf

Pottery/Ceramics – Year 7-9
1af Cadi Llyn Davies


Aberystwyth University Entry Scholarships 2018

Learners from Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy have been successful in the recent Entry Scholarships for Aberystwyth University. This year 68 scholarships have been awarded to students applying to study at Aberystwyth September 2018.

The following scholarships have been awarded this year: Stuart Phelan – Evan Morgan Scholarship; Owain Williams – Sir Alfred Jones Scholarship; unconditional offers for Lleucu Howatson, Awel Mai Roberts, Owain Vaughan a Lois Williams following their strong entry examination performance. Congratulations to each one of them.


Girls in Sport: BBC News

Two of our learners were recently interviewed for BBC news about girls’ participation in sport (10/3/18). You can read more and watch their responses through the following link. Well done Efa and Sara.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-43316757


Urdd County Eisteddfod

As a school we are extremely proud of our young people that represented the School during the Urdd Eisteddfod on Saturday the 10th of March 2018 in Ysgol Y Creuddyn. After weeks of preparation, many pupils competed enthusiastically during prelims and on the stage. A warm congratulations to you all on your success and all the best to all that will be representing the school this May in the National Eisteddfod. We would also like to thank the members of staff that helped prepare the pupils for the Eisteddfod. Here are the fantastic results this year;

Girls Solo Year 7-9
1st Lea Morus Williams
2nd Erin Mai Grove

Boys Solo Year 7-9
1st Afan Jones
3rd Aron Brenig Jones

Duet Year 7-9
1st Lea a Lliwen
2nd Erin a Morgan
3rd Afan ac Aron

Girls Singing Party Year 7, 8 a 9
1st Parti Blwyddyn 7 Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy
2nd Parti Merched 8 a 9 Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy

S.A. Choir Year 7, 8 a 9
2nd Cor Dyffryn Conwy

Vocal Ensemble Year 10 to 19 years old
1af Parti Sion Dafydd

Individual Folk Song Year 7, 8 a 9
1st Erin Mai Grove
2nd Afan Jones
3rd Enid Hughes

Individual Folk Song Year Bl. 10 to 19 years old
1st Sion Dafydd Edwards
2nd Modlen Alun

Harp Solo Year 7- 9
1af Christopher Sabisky

Woodwind Solo Year 7- 9
1st Christopher Sabisky

Brass Solo Year 7- 9
1st Lily Taylor

Piano Solo Year 7- 9
1st Elen Basset
2nd Ella Davies

Instrumental Duet Year 13 and under
1st Christopher a Chloe Louise

Cerdd Dant Solo Year 7 - 9
1st Lea Morus Williams
2nd Marged Alun

Cerdd Dant Duet Year 7- 9
1st Cari a Marged
2nd Erin a Morgan
3rd Anna Glyn a Lea Morus

Cerdd Dant Solo Year 10 to 19 years old
1st Modlen Alun (Adran Ysbyty Ifan)
2nd Sion Dafydd Edwards

Cerdd Dant Duet Year. 10 to 19 years old
1st Elenid a Modlen

Reciting Individual Year 7 - 9
1st Cadi Llyn Davies

Reciting Individual Year 10 to 19 years old
1st Sion Dafydd Edwards

Ymgom Year 7, 8 and 9
3rd Gruffudd, Afan, Aron a Noa

Musical Solo Year 10 to 19 years old
1st Modlen Alun (Adran Ysbyty Ifan)


Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy Robotics Club Competition Entry

On 19/3/18 the Dyffryn Conwy robotics group are taking part in a North Wales competition run by G2G communities in Rhyl Town Hall. Their hard work over the year has led to this point where different teams within the group have used their different skills to combine and best prepare themselves for the competition.

There has been the build team of Jonathan and Evan who on their 3rd design came up with one that both met the competition specification and desired range of functionality. Tomi came up with the storyboard and Lily Taylor used this as inspiration for the video introduction whilst Olivia prepared a presentation. Lily, Tomi, Amy and Elea also composed their own music to put on the video.

Now all of the groundwork has been completed it is up to the programmers of Elliot, Jamie, Samuel, Will and Ella to design a coding program to complete the competition tasks/missions. All of this has been closely monitored by group leader Lucy making sure everyone contributed and led by Physics teacher Carl Thatcher project managing the whole group.

Good luck Dyffryn Conwy in the competition.

Robotics Club Robotics Club  

Saint Dwynwen Concert 27/1/18:

Saint Dwynwen ConcertCongratulations to the Dyffryn Conwy Youth Choir for an exceptional performance at the Saint Dwynwen Concert on Saturday night the 27th of January at Capel Seion, Llanrwst. The performance was superb, the choir fully deserving of the praise, applause and standing ovation received on the night from both the audience and their fellow performers. The night was arranged by Bro Aled’s Male Voice Choir and included the well know CF1 Choir from Cardiff and also folk band Pererin. Out thanks to the pupils and former pupils who took part; to their parents and the community for their support; and especially to Miss Angharad Ellis and Mr Chris Roberts for training the pupils, conducting and accompanying them. Excellent! A superb and very memorable start to the process of raising money, support and talent for the Conwy 2019 Eisteddfod in Llanrwst.


St. Dwynwen Concert

posterSt. Dwynwen Concert at Capel Seion, Llanrwst on Saturday the 27th of January in the company of the following choirs: CF1, Bro Aled Male Voice Choir and YSgol Dyffryn Conwy senior choir. Proceeds towards Eisteddfod Llanrwst 2019.

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Congratulations to the following teams:

Excellent performance from the year 8 boys competing against Rhyl in a recent football match. The boys won 4-1 and are now through to the final round in Wales – a home match this time!
For more information please visit 'Trydar yr Adran Addysg Gorfforol': @PEDyffrynConwy


Year 12 Mock Examinations

Year 12’s mock examinations will be held at the beginning of the Spring Term 2018 in a number of AS subjects. A copy of the timetable can be downloaded through the following link - click here


Pupils Christmas Fair

During the term as part of their Enterprise Challenge with the Welsh BAC pupils of year 11 have been busy planning and creating events to raise money for the charity Hope House. On Wednesday the 13th of December the pupils held a Christmas Fair in the hall. There were over 15 stalls selling a range of different Christmas products such as a Festive Hot Chocolate, Milkshakes and cakes. The hall was full of pupils and staff supporting their work. They raised over £250 for Hope House. Thank you to everyone for their support.

 

Ffair Nadolig y Disgyblion Ffair Nadolig y Disgyblion  

A Special Christmas Concert: 18/12/17

At the beginning of the last week of term the school held it’s bi-annual Christmas Concert at Capel Seion, Llanrwst. The church was warm and full, ready for a feast of music performed by pupils across the year groups in school. The programme included choral and ensemble vocal groups from year 7 to the sixth form; small group and paired performances as well as readings from senior pupils. At the beginning of the evening, those arriving were able to enjoy Patrick Lynch and Angharad Butler’s skilful playing of the piano and harp, their music ranging across many well known carols and tunes to celebrate Christmas. Amongst the highlights of the evening were the choral performances of ‘Hallelujah’ and a Welsh version of the classic Pogues Christmas anthem, ‘Fairytale of New York’. Cadi and Sion Dafydd had also penned their alternative Christmas medley, providing joy, laughter and a unique comic touch to the evening. We were also treated to two polished performances from pupils of the drama club who had been busy rehearsing under the guidance of Miss Llio Japheth.

Pupils taking part in the musical items had been rehearsing hard over the last few weeks under the guidance of Mr Chris Roberts and Miss Angharad Ellis. They were supported by the team of teachers including Mrs Sian Gibbson and Dafydd Huw who trained the individual singers and harpists. A number of instrumentalists also took part this year, supporting the choirs on their various instruments and working together on a medley of Christmas tunes. Thank you to the staff, pupils and parents for all their time and support.

This was a superb way to begin the last week of the autumn term and to wish pupils, parents and our local community a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Cyngerdd Nadolig Arbennig: 18/12/17 Cyngerdd Nadolig Arbennig: 18/12/17  

A superb Interviews Day for Year 11!

Congratulations to all the year 11 pupils who took part in today’s annual interviews day. Each one arrived dressed to impress and prepared for their interviews – with attendance and commitment completely evident. Thank you to all our local partners – business people and employers for giving so generously of their time to interview the pupils and to provide professional feedback to them on their application letters, CVs, their presentation and their interviews. A very valuable day for all involved. Thank you to all the staff involved including our year 11 tutors, Mrs Gwenno Ifan, Mrs Glesni Rogers Jones, Mrs Tina McDonnell a Mrs Leah Jones. A special thank you to Mrs Elliw Davies, Careers and World or Work Co-ordinator and Mrs Iona Owen for all the arrangements for and during the day.

The following are the winners of the different categories:

Best CV in each group: Pwyll, Jess, Cara, Gwen, Tom, Osian, Gruff and Modlen.
Bet application letter in each group: Osian, Elliw Jones, Elliw Ford, Pwyll, Toby, Modlen, Ruben and Chloe.
Best presented in each group: Siwan R, Iwan Lloyd, Alaw, James, Garomon, Cassey, Heledd and Dylan.
Best interviews in each group: Tomos, Sam O. Jones, Maimee, Bethany, Iwan, Sion, Modlen and Angharad.

The overall winners in their applications for the job were: Ruben, Modlen, Bethany, James, Maimee, Pwyll, Alya and Angharad.

The overall winner for the job was: Ruben – congratulations Ruben! Coming close in second place was Pwyll and in third place Angharad.

Well done year 11 – we are very proud of you!

Diwrnod Cyfweliadau Blwyddyn 11 Gwerth Chweil! Diwrnod Cyfweliadau Blwyddyn 11 Gwerth Chweil! Diwrnod Cyfweliadau Blwyddyn 11 Gwerth Chweil!

Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy Christmas Fair:

Due to the weather the Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy Christmas Fair scheduled for 12/12/17 has been cancelled.


Robotics Club Extracurricular Visit:

Pupils from the Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy Robotics Club recently went to Pontio in Bangor to a public robotics exhibition where they interacted with robots of different personalities to have their reactions studied. The group met with Merel Bekking who explained the aim of the study and introduced the rest of the design/programming team to the pupils. After the participation in the study the pupils were then shown extra robots (Now and Cosmo - neither of which were available to the general public) and had an informative discussion with the designers and loads of questions were answered. The pupils left the exhibition at the end full of smiles and inspired to throw themselves back into the competition preparation, 3 months to go! Thank you to Mr Thatcher for arranging the event.

Ymweliad Addysgol Clwb Robotics Ymweliad Addysgol Clwb Robotics  

Llanrwst Christmas 2017:

Nadolig LlanrwstCongratulations to Ela Evans, the winner of this year’s Christmas Card competition run by Llanrwst Town Council as part of ‘Nadolig Llanrwst’ celebrations. As part of her prize, Ela had the honour of lighting the Christmas lights on the tree in the square. Congratulations also to Sara Roberts who came 2nd place and Alex Valentine, 3rd prize. Many pupils had been busy taking part in thie year’s competition under the guidance of the Art Department, designing and carefully crafting their Christmas cards over the last few weeks. Thank you to Llanrwst Town Council for their support and to the Art Department and to all who took part.

During the evening, year 7 and year 9-10 students also took part in the celebrations in Crwst Church. There was high praise for the girls who sang, accompanied and led by Miss Angharad Ellis during the evening’s carol service. Thank you to all who took part. It was a wonderful taste of the musical feast ahead in this year’s Christmas Concert at Capel Seion, Llanrswst on Monday the 18th of December.


Winners of the 2017 Year 9 Volcano competition;

Ennillwyr cystadleuaeth

Year 9 have been busy over the last few weeks collaborating and working independently on their volcanoes project. Having judged all the entrants we are proud to announce this year’s winners.
Congratulations to the following on their excellent volcanoes:
1st - Tom Parry
2nd - Talia Rippin
3rd - Lily Backsall
Well done to all three.

Congratulations to all the pupils who took part. Thank you also to the Geography Department and to our parents for their support.


6th Form Handbook 2018 - 2019

Llawlyfr6th Form Handbook 2018 - 2019 - click here


A Level Geography Fieldwork at – Cwm Idwal and Llanberis

As part of enrichment experiences in geography, the small group of us studying the subject at A Level were looking forward to our field trip to Plas Tan y Bwlch, a drive of around half an hour away to Maentwrog and then to Cwm Idwal. After a little time spent gaining an overview of the work ahead of us, and to meet our fellow-pupils from Ysgol Morgan Llwyd, we dressed up warmly against the wet and cold weather ready for our field work.

Out in Cwm Idwal we learnt a range of things including seeing how the landscape had changed over time due to ice flows thousands of years ago. After our successful visit to Cwm Idwal we returned to Maentwrog to review and analyse the data we had collected.

On our second day we travelled to Llanberis to study the development of the area as part of our A Level course. Whilst we were there we visited ‘Snowdonia Watersports’ where we were able to question staff on a range of issues related to human and physical geography. We also visited the Slate Museum where we continued with our questions and discussion.

The two days gave us an excellent opportunity to put our study in practice and to experience what we have been studying first hand. It was also great to be able to learn from the experience of others working in the field. We all enjoyed our visit to Plas Tan y Bwlch and the local areas, inspite of the challenge of the weather in Llanberis. I would like to thankk the Geography Department for arranging the trip and to Ymddiriedolaeth Llanrwst for their generous support.

Meilyr Williams , Year 12

 


Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy Christmas Service

Gwasanaeth NadoligSeiont Chapel Llanrwst, Monday, December 18th, 7pm

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Mock Exam timetable for year 11

Gwasanaeth NadoligMock Exam timetable for year 11 from 29/11/2017 until 08/12/17

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Prosiect Arloesol Digidol mewn Addysg Gorfforol: ‘Aspire2Be’ (Welsh only available...)

Aspire2BeLlongyfarchiadau i Mali Edwards, Deio Williams, Cain Jones, Nel Metcalfe ac Aron Brenig Jones am gwblhau prosiect ar dechnoleg mewn chwaraeon a drefnwyd gan Aspire2Be. Pwrpas y prosiect oedd ffilmio rhaglen rygbi eu hunain i ddadansoddi perfformiad Cymru yn erbyn yr Alban yn Murrayfield. Disgwylir i'r disgyblion ymgymryd â rolau cyflwynwyr teledu, cyfwelwyr, sylwebyddion a dadansoddwyr. Wedi ffilmio, golygu a chyflwyno eu gwaith, cafodd y disgyblion eu llongyfarch am eu gwaith caled a'u gwahodd gan Aspire2Be i ddadansoddi gêm rygbi, i'w chwarae yng Nghaerdydd, yn y flwyddyn newydd. Cyflwynwyd clip ffilm y grwp yn ystod ein Seremoni Dathlu Llwyddiant Addysg Gorfforol diweddar lle roedd y disgyblion yn rhan o’r grwpiau/unigolion yn cael eu gwobrwyo. Da iawn chi.


Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy Christmas Fair 12/12/17

Ffair Nadolig Year 11 pupils have been busy over the last few weeks in preparing, as part of their BAC enterprise challenge, activities and products to sell in our Christmas Fair that will be held in the School Hall on the 12th of December. The doors will be open at 4 o’r clock with free entry.
We are also very grateful to a number of local companies for their support with the event. There will be stalls by Bys a Bawd, Siop Sioned and Tlws. We are really looking forward to the evening and a chance to enjoy the spirit of Christmas. A warm welcome to you all.

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Conwy Crosscountry Success:

Congratulations to the following pupils for their recent success in Conwy’s Crosscountry championships.

First in their class: Math Thomas, Tomos Land, Ella Grundy

2nd in their class: Evan Burgess, Nel Metcalfe

3rd in her class: Begw Williams

Congratulations also to the rest of the team competing: Will Neale, Matthew Cawley, Morgan Clwyd, Jonathan Driver, Gruffudd Edwards, Ynyr Euros, Elea Chennell, Enid Hughes, ac Erin Jones.


Fishing Champions

Pencampwyr PysgotaCongratulations to Dylan Jones, Gruffudd Edwards a Rooney Moore from the school’s Fishing Club who have been chosen to represent Wales! We wish the boys all the best in their competitions this year. They have received sponsorship from Ymddiriedolaeth Llanrwst – we thank the trust for their generous support. This will help the boys make sure they have all the necessary equipment to compete.


Young Footballer playing for Wales

Peldroediwr IfancFollowing last year’s footballing success stories, we are delighted that Jac Parry, Year 13 has been selected to play for the Wales under 18 team. We wish him all the best with the team this year.


Football and Rugby Results: Autumn Term

Football Results:

Under 18
YDC v Syr Thomas Jones 11-2
YDC v Bodedern 10-1

Under 15
YDC v Eirias 4-0
YDC v Tryfan 2-3

Under 14
YDC v Dyffryn Ogwen 4-1
YDC v John Bright 2-2; (but lost on penalties).

Under 13
YDC v Aberconwy 2-1
YDC v Emrys ap Iwan 5-2

Under 13 (Merched)
YDC v Creuddyn 10-1

Under 12
YDC v Bryn Elian 1-9

Rugby Results: Autumn Term

Dan 18
YDC v St David's College Curo 38-0

Dan 16
YDC v Eirias Curo 41-0
YDC v St David's College Curo 50-0

Dan 13
YDC v Eirias Curo 55-0

Dan 12
YDC v Berwyn Curo 15-10


Children In Need 2017

Plant Mewn Angen On Friday the 17th of November the school was full of excitement in supporting the charity Children In Need. Pupils were wearing their own clothes and some had fancy dress costumes. The School Council and the Sport Council had been busy planning and organising different activities for pupil during lunch time such as cake stalls, sponge the teacher and a maths challenge. Holly, Mali and Lucy as members of the school council took part in Aled Hughes's radio show on Radio Cymru on Thursday morning discussing the activities planned for Children In Need. Together we raised over £650, thank you very much. To see more pictures of the activities visit our twitter account @ysgdyffrynconwy

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Year 11 GCSE Drama Performances

Perfformiadau DramaFor weeks Year 11 Drama GCSE pupils have been busy creating and preparing their creative performances and on Monday the 20th of November there were very memorable performances in the Drama Department. During the day there were performance to year 9 and 10 pupils transferring very interesting and important messages about equality and the Welsh Language. During Monday night, parents and friends came to watch the performances and it was a pleasure again this year to see the Drama room full of support for our young talented pupils. Thank you to all the students for their hard work. To hear more about performances and activities within the Drama Department follow us on twitter @DramaYDC.


Teams 4 U: Christmas Box Appeal for Children

Teams 4 UThis year we continued to support the important Charity Teams4U as our teachers and students came together in filling shoe boxes with different materials and essentials as a Christmas present. It was a pleasure to see all 43 boxes go on their way to Children and families in need on Monday the 20th of November. Thank you to everyone for their support.

T4U Poster - click here


6th Form Open Evening

Noson Agored 6ed Dosbarth

Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy’s annual 6th Form Open evening will be held this year on Tuesday the 28th of November between 5.30 and 7.30pm. Doors will be open from 5.15pm. During the evening there will be a presentation from Pupils and Senior Staff about what the 6th Form at Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy has to offer your child. There will also be the opportunity to discuss with subject teachers about any of the options your son/daughter might be considering. A copy of the 6th From Prospectus for 2018/19 will be shared during the evening. We hope that this will be an opportunity for your son/daughter to begin to consider 6th form options and to take part in the initial free choice options for our post-16 curriculum. Further discussion will also be possible during the year 11 parents’ evening on Tuesday the 6th of February following your son/daughter’s full report.

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Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy Equestrian Team compete at Addington 2017

Tîm Marchogaeth

Congratulations to the Equestrian Team who recently competed in the second round of the NSEA Championships at Addington. Twm and Eben competed in the 70cm Show jumping round with both competing fantastically well and Twm gaining 3rd place on his horse Billy out of a class of 55. Superb results – well done, Twm!. On the Thursday evening both competed as part of the Welsh Schools’ Team in two competitions, the 70cm and 80sm Showjump. Twm was the only member of the Welsh team to jump the 80cm clear, both teams gained 3rd place. On the Friday, Twm competed on his horse, George in the 80cm individuals where he came 1st out of a class of 72 pupils under 17. A phenomenal achievement! The competing continued into the Saturday with Harri and Jac joining Twm and Eben in the challenging 90cm jump.

We are very proud of the achievements of this talented team!Click hereto see the photos


Dafydd Chilton Visit to the Welsh Department

Ymweliad Dafydd Chilton

On Thursday the 12th of October, we had the pleasure of welcoming the Welsh author, Dafydd Chilton to the Welsh Department. Dafydd is the author of the book ‘Dim’ which we are studying for our GCSE Welsh Literature course. Some of our class members know Dafydd because he lives locally and some had seen him riding his bike around the local area. It was very generous of him to come in to answer our questions about his novel. He also brought in photos of the places featured in the novel. It was really interesting to hear about his stories, about his place of birth and to understand that many local historical characters were in his novel. This included biographical details – ‘Dim is very much about me’ he said. He also had a collection of books he read when he was growing up. His visit definitely brought the novel to life for us and we really enjoyed his company. Diolch Dafydd.
Ethan, Jack, Mathew, Sion


Geography Field Trip

On the 26th of September, I and the other pupils in year 11 who are studying Geography, travelled to 3 different sites on the River Conwy in order to study the river’s flow. We had to ensure that we were properly dressed and equipped for this field work, wearing anti-water trousers and heavy wellingtons. The focus of the day’s work was then explained to us by a member of staff at the Rhy-y-Creuau centre in Betws y Boed. They supervised the day’s activities and helped us with our field work.
Our first stop was a small stream called ‘Nant y Brwyn’ where we studied the river; with some of the more adventurous amongst us approaching the river with enthusiasm whilst others stayed on the banks. We studied several aspects of the river including its length, depth, width and even the kinds of stones at the bottom of the river in order to test the geographical predictions linked to the changes in the river’s course.

We then moved on to our second site where two rivers merged; the water was deeper here, meaning we got wetter and were glad of our waterproof clothing. On the way back on the mini bus, with everyone tired and wet, two members of the group got caught up in the bogland along the path. Help was at hand to help them (and their wellingtons) escape the bogland.
After a final visit to Ysbyty Ifan where we could see the river had grown further we went to the Rhyd- y-Creuau Centre to analyse the data we had collected and record our findings and observation towards our coursework.
On behalf of all the pupils who went on the field work, I would like to thank the staff at Rhyd-y-Creuau for supporting us throughout the day, and to the staff in the Geography Department and Mr Carwyn Williams for arranging the day’s experience for us as part of our GCSE course.

Elliw Fflur Ford (11T)

Gwaith Maes Gwaith Maes  

Radio Cymru visits Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy:

Radio Cymru

Nia Cerys Gwynn visited the school on Monday the 9th of October to record a section for Radio Cymru’s Post Cyntaf programme. The focus was on the school’s pioneering new programme, Let’s Think in English which is being developed within English lessons. Nia visited one of our year 9 classes and interviewed Tommy, Brienne, Elen and Sion about their experiences of learning through ‘Let’s Think. The programme encourages learners to develop their responses to challenging reading material through talk and discussion, focusing on questioning, thinking and reasoning skills.

You can hear the interviews with the pupils and with Mrs Tesni Chaka, Head of English and Mrs Anna Robers, Literacy Co-ordinator through the podcast link here: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007rkzw/episodes/player


Talented young pianist from Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy taking part in a charity event at Maenan Abbey Hotel

Pianydd talentog This is the description from Patrick Lynch, year 11 about this important local event.

“I have the amazing opportunity last Friday to play the piano in a charity event at the stunning Maenan Abbey Hotel. As the occasion was quite formal, I decided to play challenging pieces to accompany the sophisticated atmosphere and to demonstrate my abilities. The pieces I played were: ‘The Lark’ by Glinka ‘Moonlight Sonnata’ by Beethoven and other grade 7 and 8 pieces such as ‘The Butterfly’ and ‘Romance sans Paroles’. This opportnity was amazing and once in a lifetime!”

Patrick’s performance on the evening was highly praised. Thank you Patrick for representing the school and supporting the local community.


YSGOL DYFFRYN CONWY ‘BAKE OFF’

BAKE-OFFFriday the 28th of September the school gym was full of a variety of tasty cakes. The teachers and sixth form students had been busy baking cakes for the Bake off competition. We are very grateful to Rhian Williams from Siwgr a Sbeis for taking the time to come in and judge the competition for us. After the tasting session, the crown of Star Baker was awarded to Ms Julie Hall from the English department for the amazing there tier heart shaped cake. Annest from year 13 came second and Mrs Buddug Jones came third. Elinor form year 7 won the winning cake with the raffle. The School council and the sixth form students were busy selling cakes and sweets throughout lunch time, all raising £460 towards Macmillan. Thank you to everyone for their support and especially to Rhian Williams form Siwgr a Sbeis for being our judge.


Education in Wales: Our National Mission

Addysg yng NghymruFor the information of parents and stakeholders.

Newly launched Educational Mission for Wales document expressing the vision for education in Wales from 2017 to 2022. The document was launched by the Cabinet Secretary on Tuesday the 26th of September. The school is playing an active part in this vision through our role as a Pioneer School for the Languages, Literacy and Communication Area of learning. The Headteacher, Miss Elan Davies joined the Cabinet Secretary, Kirsty Williams to present as part of the launch.


Llwyddiant ym Mharc Gwledig Pen-bre, Llanelli - Welsh Road Relays: (Welsh only available...)

Welsh Road RelaysLlongyfarchiadau mawr i Math Lloyd Thomas o Lanrwst, disgybl blwyddyn 8 Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy ar ei lwyddiant yn cystadlu ym Mharc Gwledig Pen-bre, Llanelli mis penwythnos y 16 a 17 o Fedi. Yno roedd yn rhedeg ras Welsh Road Relays. Roedd yn rhedeg fel rhan o dîm athletau Menai. Enillodd y tîm wobr aur a hefyd cafodd Math fedal aur am redeg y lap cyflymaf yn y ras. Camp arbennig – da iawn ti, Math.


Sharing excellent practice as a Pioneer School for the New Curriculum:

Rhannu arferion rhagorol Last night, Miss Elan Davies, Headteacher at Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy joined the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams at the launch of her new Mission Statement for Education in Wales at the National Museum, Cardiff. This was an excellent opportunity to share the school’s good practice ans learner success with the Cabinet Secretary and other representatives at the launch.

You can read more about the new Mission Statement for Education in Wales through the following link: http://learning.gov.wales


New Prospectus:

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Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy Head Pupils 2017/18:

Prif DdisgyblionCongratulations to Rhydian Jones and Mali Sion from Year 13 who have been elected as this year’s Head Boy and Head Girl (2017/18). Meredydd Walker and Eve Jones were also elected Deputy Head Pupils. Their work has already begun, including the process of chairing and leading the School Council and school activities and priorities. The quality of the presentations this year were very high by everyone taking part – well done! We look forward to the work from your lead pupils over the year.


Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy’s Equestrian Team competing in National Championships:

Congratulations to all the pupils who took part in the first round of the NSEA (National Schools Equestrian Association) National Championship Qualifiers at Southview over the weekend of the 23rd of September. Competing were: Jac Cernyw, Efa Davies and Harri Williams from year 12; Eben and Twm from year 8 and Morgan from year 7. A very hectic schedual of competitions across Showjumping and Dressage events confronted the talented team over the weekend. We are very proud of their efforts and look forward to hearing their success stories over the year’s events.

Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy Equestrian Champions: NSEA Southview 23/9/17 Results

These are the team and individual results:

Morgan Haerr 3rd Dressage
Twm Cernyw 2nd, Dressage and 2nd Showjumping 75cm
Harri Williams 1st and 3rd Dressage
Jac Cernyw Jumping with Style 1m 5th

Showjumping Team - 85cm Eben Davies, Efa Davies, Harri Williams and Twm Cernyw 5th
Showjumping Team - 95cm Harri Williams, Jac Cernyw and Twm Cernyw, Efa Davies 1st
Showjumping Team with Style - 95cm Harri Williams, Jac Cernyw and Twm Cernyw 3rd

As a result of their fantastic success the team are through once again this year to the National Event. Well done – fantastic!

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An article by Tomos MacDonald:

Tomos MacDonaldAn article by Tomos MacDonald, former pupil and Deputy Head Boy at Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy about life as a Welsh student at Oxford University:

Congratulations to Tomos on his article for ‘Wales Online’ about his experiences during his first year at Brasenose College, Oxford. You can read Tomos’ article from the link below.
Tomos was one of the talented 6th formers who left us at the end of 2015/16 to study at Oxford. We wish him all the best in his second year!

www.walesonline.co.uk


Exciting Reading Project with King’s College London:

Prosiect CyffroesTeachers and pupils at Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy have begun working on an exciting project to develop higher order reading and thinking skills. The school is working with Laurie Smith from King’s College London as part of the School’s Pioneer Schools work. The school is the first school in Wales to be part of King’s College’s accelerated reading programme Let’s Think.

As part of their Pioneer work for Languages, Literacy and Communication, staff at the school have been researching different pedagogies for teaching languages, literacy and communication, including exploring ways to develop pupils’ higher order reading skills, to raise standards in reading and develop pupils’ bilingual and multilingual skills. The partnership with Kings’ College London has developed as part of this research work.

Headteacher, Elan Davies, is GWE Lead for the LLC Area of Learning for the new curriculum. The school is delighted to be working with King’s on the Let’s Think in English project as part of our pioneer work. Laurie came to speak to the national Languages, Literacy and Communication group in June. His recognition of how the project could work with our research into what matters and ways of working towards the new curriculum inspired the staff at the school. He has since visited the school to deliver professional learning and to demonstrate the impact of the methods used by the project. The language departments are very much looking forward to continuing their work with King’s and are delighted to be the first school in Wales to be part of Let’s Think.” Over the course of the project the school will be exploring how the strategies can be used across the language subjects and to support literacy across the curriculum.

2017/18 is a Year of Reading at Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy with experiences to support and enrich reading and literature planned over the course of the year.


Head Pupils 2017/18:

Congratulations to Rhydian Jones and Mali Sion who were elected as Head Pupils today. Congratulations alto to Eve Jones and Meredydd Walker who will be their Deputies.
The quality of this year’s presentations were very high this year – well done to everyone who was part of the process. We are very proud of you all.

The School Council will be meeting for the first time next week. Best wishes to all with their important leadership roles.

We will also be looking for 6th form leaders to lead on different aspects of the school. More information to follow next week …


Own Clothes day for Jeans for Genes and Macmillan Cancer Care:

Thank you to everybody for their support today for both charities. Through our own clothes day we have managed to raise over £400.


Open Evening:

Noson AgoredClick here to view information about the open evening


Useful Online Safety Resources for Parents from Welsh Government:

1. A parent and carer's guide to Google safe search and YouTube safety mode;
2. A parent and carer's guide to age ratings of apps and games.


Electing Head Pupils 2017/18:

Ethol Prif Ddisgyblion Some of our Head Pupil nominees for 2017/18 after their excellent presentations to pupils. We look forward to hearing the remaining presentations on Thursday and to the election process. Good luck to all taking part!


New – September 2017 Parents’ Bulletin:

Bwletin i RieniNew – September 2017 Parents’ Bulletin, Key Dates, parents’ evenings and reports to parents 2017/18.

Click here to view the bulletin


Electing New Pupil Leaders for 2017/18:

There is considerable excitement this week with pupils in year 13 preparing to apply for the key roles of Head Boy, Head Girl and their Deputies for the next year. Following inspirational presentations from Leusa and Russell, our Head Girl and Boy over 2016/17, the process of application and election has begun. We look forward to their applications, interviews and presentations, wishing each applicant all the best in the process this year.


Open Evening

We will be holding our Open Evening for year 5 and 6 pupils and their parents on Tuesday the 10th of October. Doors open at 5.15pm with a presentation in the hall from the Head and Senior Leaders at 5.30pm and an opportunity for guided tours of the school between 6 and 7.30pm.


Rewarding Success - Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy Annual Awards Ceremony:

Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy recently celbrated it’s annual Awards Ceremony, an opportunity to celebrate the amazing success of our pupils following this Summer’s exceptional results. Amongst the first awards presented were the Governors’ Awards for excellence at A Level. Winning the coveted William J Lewis scholarship this year for his A Level results of A*A*A was Tomos Arfon. Tomos will be going to study Medicine at Birmingham University and was delighted to receive the award. The award, along with the Dr Harold Williams scholarship, was presented by Huw Roberts, Chair of Governors. Receiving the award for their A* and two As each this year were Jake Jones (going to study Law at Cambridge) and Russell Wingfield (off to study Engineering at Leeds). The boys have not only been busy and successful in their studies, they also took leading roles within the school community including Head Boy (Russell) and Deputy (Tomos). Kyron Mc Cavish and Dion Williams, also from the 6th form, were this year’s recipients of the Celf Alfred Davies Art Scholarship to support them with their further study of Art at university. Their excellent art work was shown during the ceremony.

The list of recipients for excellence at GCSE, awarded by the Conwy Valley Rotary Club was the longest in the award’s history with 10 pupils receiving the award from Rotary President Elect, Mr Kevin Grifiths and Mr Richard Howe: Rosy Pearson, Efa Celyn Davies, Amaan Abbasi, Ifan Jones, Mali Williams, Howard Wingfield, Brenig Hughes, Elan Jones, Trystan Jones, Abbie Wilding. Additional awards were also awarded by the school to Jac Cernyw, Cara Gates, Chloe Thomas and Penri Metcalf for their outstanding results. Their success was particularly strong in light of all the changes to the GCSEs this year and the fall in national performance. We are particularly proud of them and their whole year group who once again achieved excellent results in comparison with local and regional results. Their performance in the new Numeracy GCSE in particular stood out, placing the school in the top two across North Wales.

This year’s first award for Special Recognition this year was Harri Roberts, now in year 11 for his work as the school’s Young Photographer, enabling the school to capture and celebrate many of our key moments last term. As a result of their excellence in year 10, achieving an A* in both English Language and Numeracy a year early, the second special recognition award went to the talented trio – Elliw Ford, Gwen Arfon and Ethan Witt. Quite an achievement – well done!

Many pupils from KS3 were also awarded prizes during the evening, including for excellence at KS3: Mali Evans, Iolyn hennell, Ela Owen, Nel Davies, Sky Alfree, Gwenlli Jones, Haf Robets, Sara Roberts, Sion Dafydd Edwards, Glain Jones, Jac Lloyd and Sion-Meirion Williams. 22 pupils also gained an award for 100% attendance over the year, sponsored by Llew Jones bus company, Llanrwst. To close the ceremony, before enjoying some light refreshments, 16 pupils were awarded for top scores in the national Literacy and Numeracy tests. Head, Elan Davies, expressed her pride in the success of all the pupils awarded during the evening and to the school’s staff, parents and partners for their support.

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