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Winners of the North Wales Robotics Competition:

Winners of the North Wales Robotics Competition:

As 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.

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:

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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.

Saint Dwynwen Concert 27/1/18:

Saint Dwynwen Concert

Congratulations 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

Mock Exam Year 11


St. 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

Pupils Christmas Fair 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.

A Special Christmas Concert: 18/12/17
A Special Christmas Concert: 18/12/17 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.

A superb Interviews Day for Year 11!
A superb Interviews Day for Year 11! A superb Interviews Day for Year 11! 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!

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:

Robotics Club Extracurricular Visit: 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.

Llanrwst Christmas 2017:
Llanrwst Christmas 2017:

Congratulations 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;
Winners of the 2017 Year 9 Volcano competition;

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
Mock Exam Year 11


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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
Mock Exam Year 11


Seiont Chapel Llanrwst, Monday, December 18th, 7pm

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Mock Exam timetable for year 11

Mock Exam Year 11


Mock 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...)

Prosiect Arloesol Digidol mewn Addysg Gorfforol: ‘Aspire2Be’

Llongyfarchiadau 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

Poster 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 Pysgota

Congratulations 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 Ifanc yn Chwarae i Gymru

Following 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

Children In Need 2017

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

Year 11 GCSE Drama Performances

For 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 U: Christmas Box Appeal for Children

This 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
6th Form Open Evening

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

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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 here to see the photos

Dafydd Chilton Visit to the Welsh Department

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)

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:

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

patrick lynch

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.



Friday 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

Education in Wales

For 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.





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

Cwricwlwm Newydd

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:


New Prospectus:


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Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy Head Pupils 2017/18:
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Congratulations 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:

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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!

An article by Tomos MacDonald:
Tomos MacDonald

An 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!

Exciting Reading Project with King’s College London:
Exciting Reading Project with King’s College London

Teachers 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:


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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:

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:



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

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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:
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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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Dyffryn Conwy Delight at Summer 2017 GCSE Results!

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Results day 2017: 24/8/17

We are delighted with this year’s GCSE results. Following excellent results last Summer, the first results of the new Core GCSEs and performance measures today show the fruit of the pupils’ hard work over the last two years. Mathematics results are particularly strong once again this year, something we are very proud of in light of the changes to two mathematics GCSEs this year. On behalf of the whole school I would like to congratulate all our pupils and their families on these excellent results. We look forward to welcoming many of our pupils back to further their studies at our vibrant 6th form.

Amongst our high fliers this year is Rosy Pearson who has gained an excellent full house of 11 A* grades! Other high fliers include Efa Celyn with 8A* and 3Bs; Ifan Jones, 6A*, 4As and 1B; Amaan Abassi 7A*, 3As and 1B. Amaan moved to Wales from London during the summer term of year 10 and has made a fantastic job of adapting to the very different courses now being studied in Wales compared with England.

Other excellent results were gained by the following pupils: Howard Wingfield 3A*, Distinction*, 4A, 2Bs; Mali Williams 3A*, 6As and 2Bs; Brenig Hughes 2A*, 2Distinction Stars, 4As and 3Bs; Elan Jones, 3A*s, 4As, 4Bs; Abbie Wilding 3A*, 4A, 1B, 3Cs; Trystan Jones, 3A*, 3As, 4Bs; Jac Cernyw 1A*, 8As 2Cs; Cara Gates A*, 5As, 4Bs, 1C; Penri Metcalf, 2 D*, 3A, 4B, 2C; Chloe Thomas, A*, 4As, 6Bs; Nicola Woods 7As, 4Bs; Ella Murphy 6As, 5Bs; a Mared Thomas 5As, 5Bs, 1C. An outstanding performance from all these talented pupils across their GCSE subjects reflecting strong performance in the higher grades for year 11 and for pupils in year 10 sitting their examinations early.

One of our outstanding subjects this year is Agriculture, taught through a partnership with Conwy Authority at Coleg Glynllifon. All the pupils sitting the course this year succeeded in gaining a double Distinction star grade including Brenig above. Another subject performing exceptionally is Fine Art where over half of the pupils gained A*/A a third of them an A*.

I am thrilled at another strong year of results at Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy, especially in light of all the changes to the GCSEs this year. She said, “I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all our students on their results and wish them all the best in the future whether continuing in our 6th form, moving to college or to the world of work. I am very proud of them and look forward to hearing all their future success stories. I would also like to thank the staff who have taught them for their continued hard work and to our very supportive parents. This is a day for celebration and pride.

Elan Davies, Headteacher, 24/8/17

A place at Cambridge University

Congratulations to Jake Jones, Year 13 who has gained a place at Cambridge University to study Law. We wish him all the best! We are extremely proud of his achivement and of the success of all our learners. Well done Jake!





A Busy A Level Results Day 2017: 17/8/17
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Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy pupils have once again performed exceptionally well with some outstanding results! This year’s results show continued success in Advanced Level/Vocational A Levels and BTECs and a high percentage of A*/A grades. Among our number of high achievers this year are: Tomos Arfon, 3A*s; Jake Jones A*AAC; and Russell Wingfield A*AA and a B in Further Maths AS. In addition 6 pupils also gained very high grades across their subjects, Angharad Jones-Young, Charlotte Wright, Peri Smith, Lowri Jones, Leusa Ellis and Meirion Layton. Congratulations to each one of them.

Pictured are Head Boy, Russell Wingfield who will be studying Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Leeds and Deputy Head Boy, Tomos Arfon who will be studying Medicine at the University of Birmingham. We wish them all the best in their courses.

Today is a day for celebration – well done! We are all extremely proud of our pupils’ achievements. They have worked hard over the last two years to gain their results and to plan their next steps for the future. I would also like to take this opportunity on behalf of the School and its Governors to congratulate all pupils their parents and families, and all of our staff for their continued hard work and dedication.

We wish all our students every success in the future and look forward to tracking their achievement through University, further study and their future careers.

Year 13 Progress Ceremony 2017:
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At the end of their formal period at Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy a Progress File Ceremony was held for year 13 pupils in order to wish them well in their A level examinations and to say farewell to them and every luck for the future. The guest speaker this year was Mr Ifor Glyn Evans, former Headmaster, who spoke wisely about making the most of every opportunity that came their way. Pupils were also greeted by Headteacher, Miss Elan Davies who took the opportunity to acknowledge the spectacular work of this year's 6th form leadership team: Head Boy, Russell Wingfield, Head Girl, Leusa Ellis and their Deputies, Lucy Brown and Tomos Arfon. They have made the most of every opportunity to represent the school this year, leading the School Council and representing the Student Body on the Governing Body.

Pupils were also greeted by their very proud Head of Year, Mrs Glenda Barlow who was full of praise for them. Everyone involved in their experiences over their time at the school and in arranging the ceremony was thanked. Pupils received their progress files from Mr Evans and we were delighted by two lovely musical performances by Chloe Elliot and Ffion Cash. At the end of the ceremony there was also an opportunity to talk, reflect and reminisce over light refreshments provided by Popty Pen Uchaf. We wish all our pupils all the best for the future and look forward to celebrating with them on their results day, the 17th of August.

Year 11 Progress File Ceremony and Prom 2017:
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Following weeks of examination and hard work, it was time for year 11 to celebrate and enjoy an evening in each other's company as we held our annual Progress File Ceremony in the School Hall, followed by an evening at The Eagles Hotel, Llanrwst for this year's Prom. Pupils arrived looking smart and glamorous in their suits and gowns for the ceremony. Parents and family members also joined them to mark the end of their GCSE course and their statutory curriculum at Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy. Speaking during the ceremony, Miss Elan Davies spoke about how hard the 'class of 2017' had worked, overcoming obstacles and persevering in their studies, determined to succeed. "We look forward to being with them on the 24th of August when they receive their hard earned results and look forward to seeing many of them return to the 6th form in September. Whatever they do in their lives beyond year 11 - we wish them every success and happiness."

The guest speaker for the Ceremony this year was Jess Kavanagh-Williams, squad member for the Wales' Womens' Rugby Team. She shared her success story with the audience, emphasising the importance of perseverance and making the most of all opportunities. Jess presented each pupil with their Progress Files, stopping to be photographed with our glamorous youngsters. Mrs Catrin Jones, Year 11's Progress Leader talked with fondness and pride about the pupils and their journey over their years at Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy. The ceremony also included readings by Mrs Tesni Chaka, Head of English and Mrs Anna Roberts, Literacy Co-ordinator. There were opportunities too to thank their tutors and all the staff involved in their progress over their time at the school, and particularly over the last year to their GCSE examinations. The ceremony over, pupils left the main hall by bus to attend the Prom at the Eagles Hotel. The room was beautifully decorated and pupils enjoyed an evening of buffet, warm company, dancing and photography. Our thanks to Mrs Allsup, Mrs Algieri and Mrs Catrin Jones for all their hard work arranging the evening's events. Our thanks too to the Eagles for once again hosting such a successful evening. A wonderful and fitting end to year 11's time at Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy. Pob lwc i chi gyd!

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Robotics Day:
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At the end of term a group of year 7 and 8 pupils had the opportunity to take part in a Robotics workshop. The theme of the workshop was 'Space' and pupils succeeded in programming small vehicles to move using their programming skills and software during the workshop. The day was arranged by Mr Carl Thatcher from the Physics department. The pupils had shown an interest in the field during their physics and/or ICT lessons. Teams from the workshop will now be taking part in a project during the Autumn term 2017. We look forward to hearing more about this exciting project!.

Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy – Pioneer School for the New Curriculum 2018-2021:

Our work as a Pioneer School for the second phase of the national programme for Wales – ‘Successful Futures’ – has come to an end. We have been contributing through our monthly meetings with the other members of the Languages, Literacy and Communication Area of Learning where we have been able to share our experiences as a bilingual school with the other schools in our group. The Head, Miss Elan Davies has also been asked to Chair the group on behalf of GWE.

We have presented our work to schools across the GWE region during several meetings to share good practice. We will be moving to Phase 3 in September, continuing with the work of planning the framework for the new curriculum for teaching languages, literacy and communication from 2021. We will also continue to research into excellence in the field and to trial different teaching and learning strategies in the classroom.

You can read more about the development of the curriculum through the link below:

Curriculum for Wales / Newsletter July 2016 Issue: 07

Year 10 – Work experiences and employment Week
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Year 10’s focus during our annual activities week was the world of work and employment. They experienced a range of activities over the course of the week that will help them for the world of work in their future. They had a workshop on Work Skills from Learning Performance; guest speakers from different fields including Swansea and Glyndwr Universities came in to talk to pupils interested in the fields of Engineering, Medicine, Technology, Business and the Arts. It was also excellent to welcome local Hair Salon, Tsunami in to run a specialist workshop on hair and make up for pupils with an interest in the field. A group of learners interested in Agriculture visited a local farm, Llwyn Goronwy to see their resources and to learn more about the industry. We welcomed back ‘Syniadau Mawr Cymru’ (Wales’ Big Ideas) with the local company Siwgwr a Sbeis, Islwyn Jones from Pen y Bryn to discuss their businesses with pupils. They also took part in a ‘Life Skills’ workshop run by Barclays, focusing on the essential skills needed for the world of work.

Pupils also travelled to Patchwork Pate and the Rhyl Business Centre to analyse and experience other kinds of businesses in the region. On Friday pupils then had the opportunity to create their own businesses, researching the market, creating a logo and product of their own before presenting it in a Dragon’s Den session at the end of the day.

Pupils said:
‘I enjoyed the Arts workshops run by Huw Garmon. We had a range of varied activities and an opportunity to taste a university experience.” Siwan, year 10.
‘My highlight was the presentation from Islwyn Jones. I thought it was a really fascinating presentation and I learnt a lot’. Cai, year 10.
‘My favourite workshops over the week was the presentation from Swansea University about Medicine. This gave me a taste of what is offered and I learnt a lot that will be useful for my future.’ Elliw, year 10.

Year 10 also took part in the annual sponsored walk around Gwydir forest working as buddies for the younger pupils and enjoying the sun and fresh air.

Year 8 and 9 Activities Week:

Year 8:
Year 8 went to Nant Bwlch yr Haearn to take part in a range of activities which included orienteering, gorge walking and high ropes course. They also took part in STEM problem solving activities. They also created their own documentary, researching, scripting, filming and editing their production. Examples of their work can be seen on the school website. Pupils also went on a trip to the Penmachno and Llanberis areas where they visited Ty Mawr Wybrnant and the Slate Museum in Llanberis. During the course of the week pupils were also able to test their sporting abilities through taking part in the annual sponsored walk, mountain biking, tennis and dance workshops. The trip was arranged by the Humanities department. During the last week of term some of the pupils also had the opportunity to take part in a robotics event arranged by Mr Carl Thatcher from the physics department.


Year 9:
Over the course of their activities week year 9 had the experience of ‘Choose Life’ theatre performance. They also took part in the ‘Talk the Talk’ workshop developing their public speaking and presenting skills with the English department. One of the pupils, Elgan from year 9 said: “I really enjoyed the workshop and learnt a lot about how to be more confident whilst speaking in public’.
They returned to the home of Hedd Wyn in Tryweryn this year following its renovation, hearing about the life of the famous Welsh first World War poet with the Welsh and History departments. Pupils in year 9 also had the opportunity to go skiing in Plas y Brenin with trainers from the North Wales Skiing Club.

They were all part of our annual sponsored walk around the Gwydir Forest – around a 7 mile walk, enjoying the sun and fresh air. Thank you to all who sponsored our pupils with the walk.

It was also great to see our 6th formers supporting these activities and acting as buddies to younger pupils over the week. It was a delightful week for all. We would like to thank all the speakers and partners who came to work with us and support us over the course of the week. Thank you in particular to Miss Japheth, Mrs Allsup and Mrs Algieri for all their hard work in making the arrangements for the week and to all the staff who took part.

Year 7 Activities Week at Ysgol Dyffyrn Conwy:

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Year 7 pupils had a range of different experiences over our annual activities week this July. They had a number of memorable presentations from a range of external agencies including the fire service, road safety and young carers as part of their Health and Wellbeing curriculum. They also experienced a range of sporting activities including tennis where we were fortunate to have one of our ex pupils, Emily Watson training the pupils; dance and biking – again provided by local partners to the school. It was excellent to see the pupils enjoying these varied activities outdoors. They also went on a trip to Bala arranged by the Humanities department, visiting the World of Mari Jones and Llyn Brennig. They also took part in a treasure hunt around Bala. They also experienced a theatrical performance by the theatre company ‘Mirror Mirror’ which made them reflect on aspects of the PSHE course. Their Pastoral day also included a relaxation workshop, creative writing day and sessions on Healthy Eating and self image. This is what some of the pupils had to say – ‘My favourite activities were the workshops on Friday especially the workshop on Self image.’
‘My highlight was the sponsored walk on Wednesday and the disco on the school field in the afternoon.’

Dyffryn Conwy pupils inspired by CERN visit:
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Dyffryn Conwy students have been inspired by their recent visit to CERN, home of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). During the visit on 15/7/17 they discovered how CERN is helping to answer some of the most fundamental questions; how did the Universe begin? What are the basic building blocks of matter? Are there any other dimensions out there? Carl Thatcher, a physics teacher from Dyffryn Conwy said: “The aim of this trip has been met having inspired pupils to study physics and to open their eyes to opportunities out there and consider a career path either in physics or another STEM subject. It was also to show that these subjects are not just for the boys but also for the girls and to break the stereotype of traditional ‘boy’ subjects.”
Part of the trip was to visit Bern and the former dwellings of probably the most well-known physicist in Albert Einstein where he lived during his work on special and general relativity and also visit the museum dedicated to his life.

Year 11 pupil Rosy Pearson who will be studying physics at AS/A-level in September said “I was so excited when I heard about the opportunity to visit CERN, I was really looking forward to the trip. It turned out to be so amazing that it has inspired me to want to do my year out of my languages degree in Switzerland due to its multi lingual nature and also to hopefully work in CERN itself whilst I’m there.” The UK has been a member of CERN since the organisation was founded in 1954. Membership allows British researchers to take a wide variety of roles that contribute to CERN’s on-going success. The Dyffryn Conwy students’ visit was led by members of the CERN community who talked from personal experience about their contribution to CERN’s research programme.

STFC’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Brian Bowsher said “The scale of the science and technology at CERN is awe-inspiring. There is no doubt that seeing it at first hand, and meeting the people who work on the experiments, can influence young people’s future education and career choices.”

Our thanks go to the staff who went with the pupils on their journey: Miss Hannah Jones, Mr Penri Jones and trip organiser, Mr Carl Thatcher. An excellent and memorable opportunity for our pupils!

End of Term Concert at Seion Chapel, Llanrwst

On Tuesday the 18t of July we celebrated reaching the end of term with a superb concert of talented musical individuals from Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy at Seion Chapel in Llanrwst. Thank you for everyone who attended for their support – the collection will go towards the Air Ambulance charity and to support the Music Department’s activities. We would also like to thank Seion for hosting the concert and for their support to the Dyffryn Conwy Youth Choir’s practise for the Eisteddfod next month. Amongst those perfforming we had a number of items from our recent school Eisteddfod including the Geirionydd Ensemble perfforming a Disney Medley arranged by Cadi Edwards. We also heard performances from both the girls’ and boys’ singing groups, including a performance of a song which has become a bit of an ‘anthem’ following the school Eisteddfod – ‘Ty ar y Mynydd’ (House on the Mountain) by Maharishi. We were also entertained by the talented trio Modlen, Angharad and Elliw who performed the song ‘Angels’. The fruit of the labour from all the rehersals of the Youth Choir was also shared – a taste of what they will be performing during the Eisteddfod in August – best wishes to the choir! We also had a number of instrumental items including Lily on her Baritone and a harp group from year 7. A number of soloists also perfformed – thank you to Erin, Afan, Beca, Cari, Awel and Gwion for their powerful performances. We also had two duets – thank you to Lliwen and Lea, and to Gwern and Aron. A feast of performances – thank you to all involved, and a special thanks to the Music Department and their team for a lovely evening.

The Iorwerth Jones Art Prize:
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We are delighted to announce that this year’s winners for the prize are: Lleucu Howatson, for her paint study of farm animals, and to Elin Cawley who produced a series of studies of close-ups of cats. Our congratulations to Lleucu and Elin, and our much appreciated thanks to Iorwerth’s family for their generosity.

Here’s some information about Iorwerth:
Iorwerth was a pupil at Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy between 2981-87. He had demonstrated great talent in Art and Photography and had so much enjoyment following the courses that he decided to follow on to study a course in Visual and Aural Arts in Wrexham. This gave him a foundation in order to follow a HNC course in Film, Photography and Television at Plymouth Art School. After completing his course he had the opportunity to direct a black and white film called, ‘Efleychiad’ which was shown on S4C to much praise. This led to further work commissioned by S4C and to the production of a second film, ‘Er Cof’ (in Memory). There was excellent response to this file when S4C showed it; this gave him a boost that led to a colourful and successful career in the film and television industry. His work on S4C allowed him to travel around the world and the opportunity to work on numerous and varied projects over the years.

Art was central to Iorwerth’s life, and so his family felt it appropriate to award an annual award to the Art Department at Ysgol dyffryn Conwy, where his impressive art journey began.

We are extremely grateful to Iorwerth’s family for presenting the prize in his memory and also for the generous award to pupils who have demonstrated genuine commitment to their work and produced work of the highest standard.

Gwion Roberts, Yr. 12 – Talented Young Trainer for Squash!


During our recent transition sports activity days we had the privilege of activities from Gwion Roberts, a pupil in year 12 who was recently named as a national young trainer for Squash in Wales! Congratulations to Gwion on his success, not only playing Squash but also in training others in the field – quite an achievement! We thank him for his work with younger pupils, particularly as part of our recent year 5 and 6 transition days. It’s great to have such a talent working with us!



Year 5 and 6 Multi-sports and Rugby Days:


We also had a number of other events involving year 5 and 6 recently including out Rugby Tournament and Multi-Sports days organised by our year 10 Enterprise students. Pupils had the opportunity to compete, to collaborate and to be trained by pupils at the school, members of our Physical Education Department and our Rugby Officer, Mr Kevin Thomas. There was great excitement and anticipation during the three days with success being experienced in many different activities. The weather managed to stay favourable too! Our thanks goes to everyone who was part of the activities, especially to the PE department staff.

Year 6 Taster Days:

Last week we had the pleasure of welcoming our new Year 7 class for September 2017 for two taster days. During the two days pupils met their new form tutors for September 2017, met new friends, began to be acquainted with the school site and building and lunch time arrangements, as well as the route into and from school and a range of taster lessons that will be part of their timetables from September 2017. We had a fabulous two days in their company beginning to get to know Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy’s newest members. During the two days they had experiences in: Welsh, English, Science, History, Geography, Physical Education, Drama and Technology workshops. There was also an opportunity on the Tuesday evening for pupils and their parents to visit the school to find out a bit more about arrangements for September. It was great to meet them all. We look forward to welcoming our new year 7 to the Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy School community in September! We thank them all for their company, our primary schools and parents for their support and all the staff who were involved in the activities. We wish them all an excellent summer.

Young Poet:

Congratulations to Evan Burgess from year 7 who recently won the 3rd prize in the 11-15 age category for his poem ‘Why’ in the ‘Turn up the volume Poetry Challenge’ on the Young Poets Network. The poem can be read Evan’s poem by clicking on the following link:

National Literacy And Numeracy Tests Summer 2017:

A link to an animation from Welsh Government about the national Literacy and Numeracy tests which are due to be published at the end of the Summer Term 2017: Read here

The latest on arrangements for reporting on literacy and numeracy: Read here

Parents’ and carers’ guide to secondary school for children aged 11 to 14: click here

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On Monday the 3rd of July Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy’s Eisteddfod Festival 2017 was held in the school. It was a vision of colour and talent, including individual and group performances musical, dance and recitation. The staff mime to music provided much excitement; as well as this year’s new item for year 10 the ‘Hair and Beauty’ contest. Choirs competed from each of the four houses and fabulously entertaining items such as the sketch and ‘story and sound’ contest provided much humour. We also held the formal items including the Chair, the Crown, the Drama medal and the medal for Composition, finding winners in each of the four competitions. At the end of the day it was announced that first over all the contests was Geirionydd with Gwydir a close second, Hiraethog third and Crafnant in fourth place. We’d like to thank all the pupils who took part including the year 10 and 12 pupils who led their houses and individual items; to the staff for their support and inspiration. Our thanks goes also to Miss Andrea Parry for arranging the day and to our fabulous judges – Mr Dilwyn Price, Miss Erin Rossington, Miss Angharad Jones-Young and Mr Rhodri Sion for supportin us on the day and for their enthusiastic feedback to all who competed. Thank you too to our generous sponsors for supporting us with our main trophies and prizes. It was superb to spend a day in the company of such talent.

To view 'Is there Peace?’ Report - click here

Eisteddfod Page - click here

Numeracy Bulletin July 2017 - click here

Literacy Bulletin June 2017 - click here

Bangor University Geography Quiz Champions:


Congratulations to the two teams from year 9 who competed in Bangor University’s ‘WelshWise’ Geography trip on the 29th of June. The group won both first and second prizes, with YDC1 team gaining 70 points and 2nd place, and YDC2 gaining 75 points and first prize. Eight teams competed in the competition. We are extremely delighted with the group’s achievements. The award will be held by the school for the next year. Out thanks to Mr Carwyn Williams, Head of Geography for arranging the event and to Mr Kevin Thomas for driving the pupils there and back.


Congratulations to the School Eco Council on gaining the Eco-Schools Green Banner Award:

The School Eco Council, under the guidance of Mrs Anna Roberts have been very busy this year with a number of initiatives around the school, including their recent mission to reduce rubbish on and around the school site. Their work has led to many improvements including a noticeable reduction in the rubbish collected during their last activity early this month. The success of their work has now been recognised by gaining the coveted Green Banner Eco-Schools Award following a recent visit by Catrin Hughes from ‘Keep Wales Tidy’ to assess the progress made by the council towards the award’s criteria. The work of the council was praised during the visit and we have now received the award officially! Well done! We will now continue with the programme and respond to the recommendations in the award before the next visit in two years.

Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy Win A Coveted National Award - click here

Success in Llanrwst's Eisteddfod:
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Pupils from 7 Garmon and 7 Pandy recently competed in the Llanrwst Eisteddfod. The pupils wrote poems on the theme of 'Storm' in their Welsh lessons. Eben Davies came first in the contest with his poem whilst Owain Williams came 2nd and Ffion Phillips 3rd. Congratulations to all three and to those who competed.

Equestrian Team - success in Herefordshire


Two members of the club went to Kings Bromyard in Herefordshire over the weekend (18/6/17) to compete. Eben Davies came 3rd with his horse, Ben in the 75cm competition, and he will now go through to the championship in Keso. He will also be able to represent the Welsh School's jumping team at Addington Manor. Twm Cernyw also competed in the 85cm jumping contest, winning with his horse George and coming 4th with his horse Billy. This means that both horses are through to represent Wales in Addington Manor and Billy goes through to Keysoe. Huge congratulations to both on these excellent results!

School Eco Council
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As part of Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy's Eco Council's mission to reduce litter around the school site and our local area in Llanrwst, pupils from the Eco Council held a litter picking event on Tuesday the 6th of June. A team of pupils and staff were busy during the afternoon collecting and monitoring the litter around the school and along Nebo Road. The Eco Council were delighted to find out that less rubbish had been collected than during past events showing the support for their actions. Our thanks go to the community, staff and students for their support.

CONWY and NORTH WALES Schools’ Climbing Competition:

Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy recently attended the Conwy Schools’ climbing competition at Ysgol Gogarth. Four teams took part and the motivation and determination they showed was such a joy to see! Here is a short write up from Elea Chennell (Year 7) . . .
When me and my group received a letter one day and saw that it was about climbing; we couldn’t believe it! We were so happy.
The following week we were sitting in a mini bus travelling to the climbing competition, where we would be representing our school and competing against other schools from Conwy County.
Finally we arrived. As we walked through the welcoming corridors I saw the colourful climbing wall with a few people scattered on it. I knew it was going to be a great afternoon!
We squeezed into our climbing shoes, buckled our harnesses safely - and we were off: climbing to the top, route after route. At first we were all speeding up the wall and feeling such satisfaction each time we reached the top of a climb. Only after climbing several routes did the satisfaction become slightly harder to achieve; we were tiring quickly! We weren’t going to let our tiring limbs stop us from at least trying to get to the top.
Time was up. I guess we were kind of happy seeing as we were all quite fatigued. The senior boys had managed to climb all of the available routes and between us, our team, the junior girls, had managed to have a go at most of them.
A few days afterwards we received some news, very good news actually. It turned out that Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy had won the Conwy schools climbing competition and some of us would now be representing Conwy in the next round: the North Wales schools finals - Yey!
Our senior boys and junior girls’ teams joined up with junior boys and senior girls from two other schools and travelled to Indy climbing wall on Anglesey to compete in the next round of the competition. This was going to be somewhat tougher than the previous round!
Bouldering this time. In my opinion bouldering is freer than climbing a climbing wall. You don’t have a rope so you can move freely to get to the next hold on the problem. Problems were graded from 4a all the way up to 7a, and we were competing against climbers from Anglesey and North / South Gwynedd. We had three attempts at each problem, and there were twenty problems to attempt altogether. It was once again quite strenuous and tiring! We really enjoyed the bouldering despite the fact that we came fourth overall; but oh well – it’s all about the taking part isn’t it!


Congratulations to all the pupils who took part in the Eisteddfod over half term. The following had considerable success on the stage:

Christopher Sabisky, 2nd in the Wind Instruments Solo for years 7-9;
Modlen Alun, who won 3rd in the Folk Solo, for years 10 and under 19; 1st in the Cerdd Dant solo for year 10 and under 19; and 3rd in the solo from a Musical for year 10 and under 19 years old.

Congratulations to the following who were also successful in the homewor and Arts and Craft competitions:

Cai Williams, 3rd – Mask or Puppets for years 7, 8 a 9
Mali Bleddyn Evans, 2nd – Monochrome Print for years 7, 8 a 9
Sion Pyrs Owen, 1st – Artefact for years 7, 8 a 9
Cadi Gwyn Edwards, 1st and 3rd – Mucisal Composition for years 12 a 13

Our thanks goes to the staff and parents who supported them.

Year 8/9 Girls' Rugby

Congratulations to the year 8/9 girls' rugby team who won yesterday (7/6/17) in the 7 aside Urdd rugby tournament in Bala. The girls won against Brynhyfryd in the semi-final and against Llanidloes in the final. Our thanks to Mr Kevin Thomas, School Rugby Officer for arranging the activity.

Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy Rugby update Summer 2017:


Congratulations to all those who competed in recent rugby tournaments. Here’s a summary:

Eryri under 18s Cup Final:
YDC 20/10 Ysgol Brynrefail

Eryri under 13s Cup Final:
YDC 46/0 Ysgol Botwnnog

North Wales Under 13s Cup Final:
Ysgol Uwchradd Caereinion 12 - 38 YDC
Ceisiau Tal Taylor 2, Morgan Jones -2, Owain Morris -1, Deio Williams -1.
Trosiad Ilan Roberts -4.

Our thanks go to Mr Kevin Thomas, Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy’s Rugby Officer for coaching, organising and arranging training and matches.

Congratulations to Fflur Williams

superb footballer from year 11. Fflur has been chosen once again for the Wales under 18s team for June. She will be travelling to Cardiff to play against the under 19 team. Whilst in Cardiff she will be staying with the Wales Women’s Football team and going to watch the UEFA Women’s Champions League Final. Well done Fflur – we wish you every success!





Internet Safety information night

As a school we would like to inform you of the Internet Safety Night held in Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy’s hall on Monday the 19th of June at 18:00. Parents of local primary schools are also welcome to join the Cyber Crime team of North Wales as the present the most recent information on how to keep children and young people safe online. Warm welcome to all.

Click here for more information

Urdd Eisteddfod
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We are extremely pleased again this year to celebrate the success of all our pupils in the Urdd Eisteddfod – both in the homework competitions and on stafe.
Congratulations to the following for their success already in the Pen-y-bont a’r Ogwr Urdd Eisteddfod this year in the homework competitions:
• Cadi Gwyn Edwards – 1st and 2nd for Musical Composition for years 12 and 13
• Sion Pyrs Owen – 1st for creating artefacts in years 7-9
• Mali Bleddyn Evans – 2nd for a monochrome print for years 7-9
• Cai Williams – 3rd for creating a mask or puppet in years 7-9
• Elea Chennell, Amy Imgham and Lily Taylor – 3rd for Digital Content in the secondary age group.
As a school we also wish all the pupils competing in next week’s Eisteddfod all the best and congratulate them for their success in last month’s County Eisteddfod:
Lily Taylor – brass solo years 7-9; Christopher Sabisky – harp solo and woodwind solo for years 7-9; Sion Dafydd Edwards – folk song solo, cerdd dant, boys’ solo and individual recitation for years 7-9; Lea and Lliwen – year 7-9 duet; and the year 7-9 Boys’ and Girls’ singing group; and Modlen and Elliw with their year 10-13 sketch.
Good luck to all! Here are pictures of some of our winners.

Rugby Tournament in France
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Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy’s under 13 and under 14 boys’ Rugby teams went to Paris during the Easter holiday to compete in the Disneyland Paris tournament. They were extremely successful there with the under 14s team finishing 3rd in the Cup final; the under 13s winning their Cup Final – well done boys! Siencyn Metcalfe was awarded Player of the Tournament and Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy were awarded as the Tournament Team. In their last game the under 14s beat the Truro team 17 to 5 to come 3rd in the competition. Tries from Luke Roberts (2) and Carwyn Jones (1) and a conversion from Siencyn Metcalfe securing their win.
In the under 13s Cup Final, Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy won by beating hitchin Boys’ School 20 to 0 with tries from Aron Davies (1), Tal Taylor (2) and Owain Morris (1).
During both days, Dyffryn Conwy boys were awarded Star of the Game twelve times – Owain Morris (3), Tal Taylor (2), Kyle Kelly (1), Morgan Jones (2), Carwyn Jones (1) and Siencyn Metcalfe (2). Congratulations to all the boys for their success – they were excellent ambassadors for the school and its local community. Our special thanks go to Kevin Thomas and all the staff and parents of the school for arranging and supporting the trip.


During the past few weeks, one of our year 7 classes has been taking part in a project with the Arts Council Wales. The aim of the project was to develop creative writing skills through in English, which has been led by their English teacher Michelle Mosley. As well as developing their writing skills, the pupils had opportunities to develop their art skills by bringing their stories and poems to life through various images. The pupils attended a series of ten workshops with professional writer Heather Dyer and professional artist Alana Tyson. At the end of the project, the pupils’ work was gathered to publish a book, “Creative Kids of Y.D.C.”
To celebrate the success of the project, as well as the pupils’ work, a special launch event was held at the school on Monday evening, 15th of May. Parents of the pupils who took part were invited to learn more about the project and view the book featuring the pupils’ work.
This is what some of the year 7 pupils had to say about the project and their experience:
• “I really enjoyed taking part in the project, because I learnt new skills.”
• “I really enjoyed the project because we made some printing and we had lots of fun during the story boxes.”
• “I have immensely enjoyed taking part in this project, I have learnt so much about myself.”





To find out more about the project click here

‘Bin It’ Presentation

On the 12th of May a theatre performance called “Bin it” performed to all Year 7 and 8 pupils in Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy’s school hall. The performance promoted recycling as well as putting our rubbish in the bin and closely links with the Eco Council’s near future scheme to keep Llanrwst tidy. Members of the School Council and the Eco Council will be collecting litter around Nebo Road, Llanrwst and around the school site to raise awareness of the importance of recycling and putting rubbish in the bin. It has certainly been very helpful in raising awareness and reducing the amount of rubbish on our school fields after lunch!

Information for Year 11
Revision and Exams Timetable Year 11 - click here
Revision Sessions Letter Year 11 - click here

Wales Schools’ Under 18s Cup

Date: 7/5/2017
Place: Stadium Park Hall, New Saints, Croesolltwallt
There was great excitement on our journey to the final round of the 2017 Welsh Schools’ Under 18s Cup. Pupils looking forward to their second final round in three years, and others experiencing it for the first time… To read more click here (Welsh version only - translation to follow).

Easter 2017 Skiing Trip: by Nanw Grug

Report on Skiing Trip to Les Deux Alpes 2017
We were really looking forward to our skiing trip to France – the excitement accelerating as the day neared! We needed to get up early on Friday the 7th of April to get the bus from school. I arrived at school to meet everyone arriving with their multicoloured cases, each one dragged in turn to the back of the bus. That was the beginning of our journey – everyone sitting on the bus full of excitement, ready for the long journey.

After finally arriving at the hotel, “Moutet Pied”, completely exhausted we took our cases to our rooms. We walked around the village that would be our home for the next five days, admiring the fantastic views. In any direction, high mountains were covered in a white snowy blanket. We went to fetch our skiing gear to use the following morning before enjoying a tasty supper and crawling to our beds, extited and tired.

After an early awakening, change and breakfast – a feast in the dining room of toast, bread and fruit – we left, our bellies full, our full gear on, ready for the day’s adventure ahead. I enjoyed the lift up to the skiing place – an opportunity to relax before our first session with Nancy, our skii instructor. On this first day I had fun, falling everywhere, a taste of what was to come.

The second day began with my exhausted self walking down the stairs for breakfast. Today we were going to be able to go further on the snow, on the ‘Magic Carpet’. This was a lot of fun, skiing the whole way down. At night we had a 10 pin bowling session after supper at the hotel – a lot of fun and more delicious food.

As the third day dawned, an even more exhausted self emerged – but I carried on regardless. The morning brought another journey on the magic carpet followed by a skiing obstable race through plastic cones and pulley ropes to help us back up the slope. The sun was burning hot and bright. In the evening we went to the arcade – spending all our spare coins.

The last day, the fourth day of skiing dawned. Today we went on the blue slope in the afternoon – the best day so far. Skiing down the side of the mountain enjoying the breathtaking views. We went on the chair lift to reach the top. On our way down the breeze blew in our faces. By the end of the day we had gone down the slope at least 4 times. This was the last night so a tasty celebration of pizza for us! I slept well that night – completely exhausted!

On the last day our gear was returned to the shop. We stayed behind that morning to pack. By now we were looking forward to our journey home, some sleep and the chance to see our families again. Even so it was disappointing to leave France. Once everyone had returned from the slopes we did a little sunbathing. The bus was due to leave at five pm with the long drive home getting us back to Dyffryn Conwy by 3pm the next day.


We would like to thank Mrs Bassett for her very generous donation of Easter Eggs in the run up to Easter. Pupils in year 7 had the opportunity to go around pupils and staff at the school selling raffle tickets with these lovely Easter Eggs as the reward. In light of the generous support for all £200 was raised towards the school fund. Thank you to everyone who supported us with this event.



We are extremely proud of the talents of our pupils and on Saturday the 11th of March we received the fantastic news that Cadi Gwyn Edwards, from year 12 had won this year’s 2017 Song for Wales competition with her song ‘Rhydd’ (‘Free’).

Cadi is extremely musical and has been composing since she was 10 years old. She is masterful at playing the guitar, piano and singing. We are thrilled to hear of her success in this national and prestigious competition. We wish her all the best with the next step and know that we are bound to hear far more from this talented composer in the future.

Geography Department Field Trip to Manchester

On March the 21st the Geography Department organised a field trip to Manchester for year 11 GCSE and 6th Formers studying the subject. The group’s focus was understanding the human geography of a city setting. As part of the day pupils were given a presentation with staff in the Lowry Outlet shopping centre before taking a journey to Media City where they produced some map work. After lunch in the dockland area they attended an exhibition on how the cotton and textile industries worked in the Museum for Culture and Science. This was an opportunity to explore the different and interesting exhibitions about the history of these industries in the city.
During the afternoon we visited the city centre to see how the CBD has developed and explore the Arndale centre’s shopping experience. Before leaving to journey back to Llanrwst we visited the Etihad Stadium in the east of the city – the home of Manchester United. It was a busy and varied day – and we were lucky with the weather which helped! We hope that what we learnt about the city’s economy and landscape will help us prepare for questions based on industrialised settings – in contrast to our rural Conwy Valley.

Research Visit to Hong Kong
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Recently, we welcomed Miss Japheth back to the school after an exciting and successful visit of Hong Kong. Miss Japheth was representing the school with the British Council as she researched into the use of ICT within the classroom setting. She was invited to visit pupils at various schools across the city and see their use of iPads and robots in class. This is what Miss Japheth has to say about her experience:
“It was fascinating to see pupils using ICT to develop their learning within the classroom. During the visit, I has fortunate to meet and discuss with pupils from various backgrounds in Hong Kong. We here in Wales have much to share with our friends in Hong Kong and I hope that we will be able to develop the links made in the near future.”


Rydym yn hynod o falch fel ysgol o dalent ein disgyblion a chafwyd newyddion ardderchog nos Sadwrn y 11eg o Fawrth wrth i Cadi Gwyn Edwards, disgybl blwyddyn 12, ennill y gystadleuaeth Cân i Gymru 2017 gyda'i chan “Rhydd.”

Mae Cadi yn gerddorol tu hwnt ac wedi bod yn cyfansoddi caneuon ers oedd hi’n ddeg oed. Mae’n feistr ar chwarae’r gitâr, piano ac wrth gwrs canu a braf oedd clywed am ei llwyddiant arbennig. Rydym yn dymuno gorau iddi ac yn sicr byddwn yn clywed mwy am y gyfansoddwraig dalentog yma i’r dyfodol.

Conwy and The Great War : "Y Rhwyg"


Pupils from the school have been busy researching and preparing a performance that explores the effect of World War One on the language, culture and society of rural Conwy county, "Y Rhwyg." There will be two performances produces by Eilir Jones. One performance will be in Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy's Hall on Wednesday the 5th of April. We welcome your support and wish the production all the best.

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St David's Day Quiz

A chance for pupils to win Welsh themed prizes by competing in our St David's Day quiz.

St David's Day
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Our pupils dressed in Welsh colours as part of our St David's Day celebration on March the 1st and raised over £300 for Hope House. The school council also arranged Welsh music to be played in the canteen during the day.

A Skiing Success


Scott a Year 7 pupils over the past few months has been busy representing Wales and England in a Ski competition in Les Croset Portes du Soleil in Switzerland.

On the 20th of January he travelled from North Wales to Switzerland a journey that took him 22 hours. He took part in race training for three days and then on the fourth day, the 26th of January, the competing began.

He races a 39 gate on a 250 meter course, Giant Slalom, and came 19th overall in 1:22:18. On the following day he races again in a 24 gate, 240 meter course called Stubby Slalom. He came 20th overall with the time of 39.25. He also took part in The North Wales sports club race and came 1st.

After the competing there was a prize giving ceremony in Champery and Scott had his picture taken with Richard Parks, a former Wales International Rugby player and Extreme Athlete, now an Ambassador for Snowsport Wales. It then took 25 hours for Scott to return home to North Wales.

Scott is a registered Racer for Snowsports Cymru Wales and has skied for North Wales Snowsports Club at this competition, the club is local based at Plas Y Brenin, Capel Curig. We as a school wish Scott all the best in his future competitions and I’m sure we will hear much more about his successes in the future. All the best Scott.

Young Composer – Cadi Edwards, Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy


As a school we are very proud of the talents of our pupils. Last week we had the excellent news that Cadi Edwards, a year 12 pupil at the school and a talented composer has been successful in having her song ‘Rhydd’ (Free) in the final 10 songs for this year’s 2017 ‘Can I Gymru’ competition (A Song for Wales).

Cadi is extremely talented in music and has been composing songs since she was 10 years old. She is an accomplished guitarist, pianist and of course singer. Her latest composition, ‘Rhydd’ tackles the complex issue of abuse within a relationship and the desire to break free from the relationship. It is always a delight to hear Cadi perform her songs which astound her audiences.

In addition to studying for Music, French, English and Welsh as well as the Welsh Bac at A Level, Cadi is busy supporting a range of different activities within her community. She is a passionate member of Llangernyw Aelwyd and a member of the school’s Senior Choir. She was also one of the main characters in our recent musical, ‘Grease’ taking on the role of Rizzo which she performed superbly!

Cadi will be performing on the stage during the ‘Can I Gymru’ contest on Saturday the 11th of March at 8.30pm and we will all be supporting her from Dyffryn Conwy. We hope you enjoy her song too and you will pick up the phone to vote for Cadi, Dyffryn Conwy’s talented composer! Good luck, Cadi!

Schools Climbing Wall Contest:

Congratulations to all the enthusiastic teams who competed in this first competition. The competition was strong but during the event both the year 7 and 8 girls' and years 9-11 boys' teams came first in their competitions - the girls gaining 260 points and the boys a very impressive 480. The year 9-11 girls' team also came third scoring 153 points. As a result of everyone's efforts the School gained first place overall with 950 points. Thanks to everyone who took part - congratulations to all!

Remembering the Holocaust: a visit from Arek Hersh


On Tuesday the 31st of January, following Holocaust Memorial Day on the 27th of January, pupils had the privilege of listening to Arek Hersh, an 88 year old Holocaust survivor originally from Poland. He shared his experiences of a number of concentration camps and his account of survival through atrocities astounded and inspired the pupils from years 10 to 13 who came to listen to him. He brought their understanding of the Holocaust, relevant to their study of history, alive to them through his talk. It was also a pleasure to welcome staff and pupils from Ysgol John Bright to the event. The hall was full. We would like to thank Arek for visiting us and sharing his experiences with the pupils and staff. Our thanks also to Sharn Asbridge from the Llandudno Holocaust Memorial Day Committee for arranging the event with Ms Beca Brychan, Head of History.
Arek Hersh an 88 year old originally from Poland who amazingly survived a number of concentration camps

Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy - one of the NEW PIONEER SCHOOLS for the future Curriculum in Wales:

As a result of our school to school work on Language and Literacy we have recently been announced as one of the 25 new Pioneer Schools for the new Curriculum. As a Pioneer School we will be working closely with other schools at a National and Regional level through the Pioneer Network, focusing specifically on the Area of Learning and Experience for 'Languages, Literacy and Communication'. This will be an excellent opportunity for staff, pupils and stakeholders to be a direct part of shaping, planning and developing the New Curriculum for Wales.

You can find out more about the Pioneer Schools and the new Curriculum through the links below, including Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy's response to being a new Pioneer School on the 'Curriculum for Wales BLOG':

2017 School Categorisation:

2017 School Categorisation: For more information about the school's performance and Categorisation for 2017 click here

Following the announcement of the annual school Categorisations in Wales on the 31/1/17 we are very pleased that the work we have done as a school to sustain and improve standards and to develop our practice and processes as well as supporting other schools has been recognised. Our categorisation for capacity to improve has changed from B to A reflecting the work done over time to improve standards, develop teaching and learning and responding to school priorities at every level. We have also been working for over two years now as a leading school for Language, Literacy and Numeracy for GWE and working with schools across the North Wales region. You can read more about the Categorisation process through the link above, including a guide for parents.

National Literacy and Numeracy Tests 2017:
Information for year 7-9 parents: National Literacy and Numeracy Tests 2017. Letter and timetable for the tests - click here.

Under 13s Eryri Cup:

Congratulations to the under 13s rygbi team who were recently victorious in their game against Ysgol Friars. They won 37 to 10 with the following scoring:

Tries: Tal Taylor -4
Kyle Kelly -1
Morgan Mc Breeze -1
Cain Jones -1
Conversions: Aron Davies -1

Well done boys! Thanks to Mr Kevin Thomas, the school's Rugby Development Officer for coaching and supporting the team.

Fabulous Footballers!


Huge contratulations to Owain Jones and Sam Roberts who recently represented Wales in a friendly against Australia with the under 18 Football Team. This is what Sam had to say about his experience:

“This year I have the privilege to play for Wales under 18’s national team in a friendly against TNS, where we lost that game however it was our first game together as a team. I also have played for the Wales school boys under 18’s team in a friendly against Australian school boys where we won 7-4. I am hoping to be selected for upcoming games for both Wales under 18 teams, to also hopefully gain an international Capp representing Wales in a competitive game. There is a tournament coming up for the welsh school boys called the centenary shield where we will play The republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and also England school boys teams. I am hoping I am selected for this tournament as it will be an amazing experience for me and I will gain more knowledge of skill and understand new ways of playing which will improve me as a player.“ Sam Roberts, Blwyddyn 12.



Congratulations to the 6th form Football team who won their recent game against Syr Hugh Owen 7-2 on Thursday afternoon 12/1/17. The game’s goal scorers were: Sam Roberts (3), Owain Jones (2), Jac Parry (1), AronHughes (1). Well done boys! They are now through to the semi finals – in the last 8 in Wales!

Congratulations too to Sam Roberts and Owain Jones, two members of the victorious team who will be representing Wales against Australia on the 19th of January in Cardiff. An excellent opportunity and privilege for both.

6th Form Open Evening




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Click here to see the 6th form handbook




Level 2 Rugby Leadership Course, WRU an RGC

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Our thanks go to the RGC and WRU staff for arranging and running a very successful Level 2 Rugby Leadership course last term. The course, delivered to years 12 and 13 helped support essential aspects of the A Level Physical Education course - tactical, technical, physical, psychological and community skills. The pupils involved had the opportunity to develop their planning, preparation, presentation and reflection skills during the training sessions aimed for developing young players.


Mathematics Challenge

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Congratulations to both teams who took part in the recent Mathematics Challenge. Pupils from both year 13 and year 11 competed this year.



Urdd Swimming Gala

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Congratulations to the year 7 pupils who recently competed in the Urdd Swimming Gala. The pupils received their certificates during the end of term assembly for years 7, 8 and 9.



End of term Carol Service:

During the last morning of term we held a carol service for years 7 and 8, and 9 and 10. This was an opportunity to celebrate the end of term together and to consider the true meaning of Christmas together. Thank you to all the staff and 6th form pupils who took part in the service and to Mrs Glenda Barlow and Mrs Rhian Evans for arranging the service. A lovely opportunity to end the term singing and celebrating together.

Christmas Child Box Appeal: Year 7-9

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Thank you to all the pupils in years 7, 8 and 9 who contributed gifts and boxes towards this year’s Christmas Box appeal. During November 35 boxes were collected as part of the School Council’s initiative to support as many different charities as possible. Well done you!



2016 Christmas Jumpers Day: 16/12/16

Congratulations to the year 10 COPE group who raised over £400 today towards their three chosen charities – St John’s Ambulance, Save the Children and Ty Gobaith Hospice. The pupils held a raffle and a number of other activities leading to the Christmas Jumper day on the last day of term. The work will be part of their GCSE qualifications and support the charities they have chosen. The staff and pupils who won the raffle left happy at the end of the day today! We would like to take the opportunity of thanking the local businesses who were very generous in their donations towards the pupils’ cause – thank you very much!

Grease the Musical at Dyffryn Conwy!

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A Phenomenal Production: Grease the Musical at Dyffryn Conwy!
Congratulations to all the cast who were part of this week’s excellent performances of Grease the musical. The show was phenomenal! A feast of performances from a very strong cast, including two teams of main characters who shared the responsibilities for managing back stage and performing on stage across all four performances. On Monday morning the 12th of December we had the pleasure of welcoming pupils from our primary schools to see the premier performance of the show and to take part in the performance following a series of workshops over the previous weeks with Miss Angharad Ellis, Miss Llio Japheth and cast members. Their enjoyment and enthusiasm was superb – thank you!

On Monday night the first performance of the show to the public took place to a full hall anticipating and enjoying an excellent show! A very successful first night. The enterprise groups from year 12 took turns to provide a raffle and a refreshments for those attending. Everyone left elated, full of praise for the high standard of the performances. The cast left happy and excited after a very successful first night. Thank you to everyone who supported us over the three nights.

After an essential day’s rest on Tuesday the performance was back on in the hall on Wednesday and Thursday night – the hall full to the brim and the audience entranced by the very high level of the performances by all the cast from the chorus to the main characters who performed or shared performance and stage management over the four performances. Again there was extremely high praise for all the pupils who took part. Well done, all of you!

We would like to thank everyone who came to watch the performance; everyone who sponsored the enterprise work or supported by buying raffle tickets and refreshment; to all the school’s staff and partners for their support; to the band; to parents who supported the shows and all the evening and weekend practises; and in particular to thank the awesome team in the Music and Drama Departments, Miss Llio Japheth, Miss Angharad Ellis and Mr Christ Roberts! Superb work – well done!

Parents Bulletin

Bulletin for Parents - December 2016 - click here

Year 11 Mock Interviews

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Congratulations to all members of year 11 who took part in the mock-interview day on Friday 9/12/16. They were formally dressed for the occasion and grew in confidence over the course of the day. They were given the opportunity to take part in a formal interview during the day, winning prizes for best interview, best presentation, best CV and best application letters. At the end of the day awards for each category within each of the 7 groups were awarded along with the overall prizes accross all aspects of the day. Congratulations to all the winners including the overall winners - Ifan Jones who won first prize, Rosie Pearson second and Amaan Abassi in third place – well done to all three. We would like to take the opportunity to thank all the partners from local businesses, employers and agencies who helped us over the day for their support, their time and expertise as well as their feedback to the pupils. More information about the day’s winners can be found by clicking here.

Celebrating Conwy School of the Year PE Award 2016: A visit from Ashley Dykes

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To celebrate the PE department’s ‘School of the Year’ award year 7 and 8 pupils were treated to a presentation by Mr Ashley Dykes. Mr Dykes is a British Adventurer, Extreme Athlete and 2X World First Record Holder. He has been invited to 10 Downing Street on two occasions after his feats, was shown social support by Bear Grylls, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Duncan Bannatyne and won the 2015 UK Adventurer of the Year Award and the 2016 Welsh Adventurer of the Year Award.

In 2014 – he became the first person ever to walk across Mongolia solo & unsupported, over the Altai Mountains, Gobi Desert & Mongolian Steppe, 1,500 miles in 78 days whilst pulling 120kg in a wheeled trailer carrying provisions needed to survive.

In 2016 – he became the first person ever to traverse Madagascar’s length, through its interior taking on eight of the highest mountains on the fourth largest island in the world, 1,600 miles in 155 days.

The pupils were enthralled by his presentation and there were some excellent questions at the end. This was a very memorable occasion.

RGC Under 15 Rugby Match:

Congratulations to the following pupils who have been selected to play for RGC west under 15 v Swansea Schools on Saturday, December 10th at St Helens, Swansea.
I'd like to applaud their commitment to the recent training sessions, and congratulate them on being selected to the squad for this Match.

Sam Jones - Dyffryn Conwy a Nant Conwy
Osian Dobson - Dyffryn Conwy a Nant Conwy
Deian Roberts - Dyffryn Conwy a Nant Conwy
Dylan Jones - Dyffryn Conwy a Nant Conwy

Wales Champions: Senior Girls’ Rugby Team 2016

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Huge Congratulations to our senior girls' Rugby team who are now National Champions having won their series of matches in Cardiff yesterday. We congratulate the girls on their ability to work as a team and to bring such success in their achievements. Excellent work, girls! Our thanks also go to their coach, Mr Kevin Thomas and Mrs Nia Roberts who went with the group to the capital yesterday. We are also grateful to the partners who have enabled us to emply Mr Kevin Thomas as our Rugby Development officer.


Rememberance Service 11/11/16: Melin y Coed Church

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On Friday the 11th of November, Pwyll from year 10 represented the school at the annual Rememberance Day Service at Melin y Coed Church. We thank the church for the invitation to take part and Pwyll for representing the school at the event.

Over the period leading up to the day 6th formers also sold poppies on behalf of the British Legion, raising over £100 towards the cause. We thank Russell Wingfield and Leusa Ellis our Head Boy and Head Girl for arranging this.


Best GCSE Results in Conwy 2016!


Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy’s Governing Body is delighted to
announce that the school, in addition to gaining their best
ever GCSE results this Summer also gained the best results in
Conwy in the main GCSE indicators including the percentage
of pupils who gained 5 A*-C GCSEs or more including
Mathematics and Welsh and/or English. 73% of pupils gained
this key indicator above the school’s aspirational target of
70% and the Conwy average of 52% and all Wales average of
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Unexpected visitors: 29/11/16
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On a quiet and sunny lunchtime, Tuesday the 29th of December a hot air balloon landed on the Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy playing field. Colourful in the bright blue sky the staff and pupils who came out to see it were astounded as it landed on the playing field. Pupils had the opportunity to see how the balloon was lowered and turned from a floating object to a neatly folded package and basket to fit into the back of a van. Quite an achievement! A very eventful lunchtime in the end for all who witnessed this unexpected sight.

Thanks to Gareth, year 9 for his excellent photos of the event!

The Cast of 'Grease' Are Busy Rehearsing
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The cast of 'Grease' are busy rehearsing - here's a snap shot from one of their rehearsals. Tickets for the performances (12th, 14th and 15th of December) are available from the school reception.

Ysgol y Flwyddyn 2016

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Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy announced as winners in this year’s Annual Award Ceremony by Conwy Education Authority, 25/11/16

We are delighted to announce that on Friday the 25th of November, the Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy PE department attended the annual awards ceremony held at Venue Cymru to receive the accolade of ‘School of the Year 2016’. Attending were members of the school’s Physical Education Department, Mr John Roberts, Deputy Head and pupil representatives including Young Ambassador, Angharad Jones Young. The award recognised all the curriulum and extra-curricular activities that the Department and our pupils have been participating in over the last year to develop pupil participation, skills and talents in the field. We are extremely proud of this recognition and this award as it recognises the school’s work in this important field. Our thanks go to the staff, pupils, parents and key partners who have supported and contributed to this work over the last year.

Children In Need Update

By now we have raised over £1,000 towards Children in Need!

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Considerable excitement and activities took place today as part of our celebrations in aid of ‘Children in Need’.

Over £860 was raised for the charity through a range of activities including: own clothes day; lunchtime fair of competitions and baked goods; sports challenges; the popular ‘sponge the teacher’; and staff fancy dress contest. Considerable fun was had by all over the course of the day. Our thanks go to everyone who was involved, particularly those who were leading the different activities including members of the School Council, Sports Council, Miss Japheth and Miss Iola Jones.

In the pictures are the staff in their fancy dress and some of the stalls selling baked goods - click here


Congratulations to the pupils who competed recently against St. David’s in a netball match. Particular praise goes to Leah 7M and Elan 8T who were nominated player of the match in their respective games. Year 8 girls won their match 6-4. An excellent start for the year 7 team too. Well done, girls!

Volcanoes Competition



Congratulations to all the pupils in year 9 who have recently been very busy creating model volcanoes as part of the Geography Department’s annual competition. Pictured are Tomos and Aron from 9T who won this year.




MOCK EXAMINATIONS YEARS 10,11, 12 and 13 November/December 2016

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Senior Maths Challenge

Congratulations to the following pupils from years 11 and 13 who have recently taken part in the Senior Maths Challenge. Year 11 were particularly successful competing against 6th form pupils. Well done. The following achieved bronze and silver awards:

Russell Wingfield Gwobr Arian / Silver Award
Meirion Layton Gwobr Arian / Silver Award
Charlott Wright Gwobr Efydd / Bronze
Howard Wingfield Gwobr Efydd / Bronze
Trystan Jones Gwobr Efydd / Bronze
Rosy Pearson Gwobr Efydd / Bronze

Two teams will now be competing in the next round at Rydal. Good luck to Russell, Charlotte, Howard and Trystan; Meirion, Gwion, Rosy and Amaan.

Dyffryn Conwy Rotary Club
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Thank you to the representatives from Dyffryn Conwy Rotary Club who recently visited the school to award some of our pupils in the Learning Hub with colourful dictionaries. We are very grateful for their generous gift to the pupils and school.

Historical Artifacts
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Year 7 pupils recently presented different historical artifacts in their history lessons. Many fascinating presentations were given by the pupils about the different artifacts they had brought in – an excellent opportunity to share memories and things of local historical significance.

Physical Education and Sports Award Ceremony


On Tuesday the 8th of November we held our first annual awards ceremony for physical education and sports. This was a wonderful evening, an excellent opportunity to begin this new tradition at the school. By now there are so many successes in the sporting field and in physical education at the school – including success in subject and the academic, extracuricular and competative elements. It’s been hard to aknowledge all these successes within our annual awards ceremony – time to give full attention to the physical education and sports department. We are extrememly proud of all our pupils who received awards during the evening. You can read more about the awards in the following booklet.

The evening was also an opportunity to recognise the support we have from all the clubs and agencies who work with us in this field including Nant Conwy Rugby Club, Llanrwst Fishing Club and the Youth Workers, Llanrwst Football Club and Conwy Authority’s Sports and Fitness officers. Mrs Ann Davies, recently retired from the School and PE Department was welcomed back as guest to present the awards. Amongst the many awards during the evening was the Best Team Award, this year going to our exceptional Equestrian Team for all their success and hard work competing in the name of the school. There was an excellent turn out of club members on the night along with their very supportive families. Another award recognised for exceptional achievement went to Angharad Jones Young, one of our leading Sports Ambassadors. Angharad’s excellent troupe of dancers opened the evening with a special choreographed dance. Angharad’s passion for her field and her enthusiasm and expectional work with the young people in the school was fully recognised during the ceremony.

Tomos Land was the recipient of the Christie Holt award. The award has been given annually to the top athlete at the school, in memory of Christie a former pupil at the school who sadly passed away. We are incredibly grateful to Christie’s family for the award in her name and for their presence during the evening. It was a great priviledge to be able to remember and recognise Christie’s achievements and life during the evening. Tomos is more than just an exceptional athlete, as we learnt from Mr Roberts, Deputy Head who presented the award on the evening.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who attended and supported the evening. Also to the PE department for arranging the ceremony and for their work in supporting both the curriculum and extracurricular activities. Within that the support given to the school through the grant from the WRU, Zip World and Nant Conwy Rugby Club to invest in our Rugby Development Officer, Mr Kevin Thomas has been invaluable in helping to develop and broaden a whole host of different activities both within and outside the curriculum. Diolch!

We now look forward to the next event Autumn 2017!

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Rememberance Day

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As part of Rememberance Day arrangements we were privileged that Pwyll from year 10 attended the service at Melin y Coed Chapel, playing his cornet as part of the service. Pwyll also contributed to our school arrangements, taking us through our minute of rememberance during the morning. We thank him for his contribution on the day.





A visit from former pupil, Tolly Taylor: Project Trust
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Recently our sixthformers had the excellent opportunity of listening to Tolly Taylor, former pupils about his experiences on a gap year with the Project Trust. He had a post with the Trust educating young people and helping reduce poverty in Guyanna.

His experiences were eloquently shared with the students who listened with interest and admiration as Tolly shared photos and stories about his year abroad. He also shared with them his experiences from applying to beginning his gap year with Project Trust, including the work he undertook to fund his year. We wish him all the best this year at University. I’m sure he’ll be back to share more of his experiences and stories with us again in the future!

For more information about the Project Trust click here:

Year 12 Geography Fieldwork
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Recently year 12 Geography students went on a fieldwork trip to Plas Tan y Bwlch. You can read about their experiences in the following article by Lois Williams - click here

School Musical, Grease

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We are delighted to announce that performances of this year’s School Musical, Grease will be on Monday the 12th, Wednesday the 14th and Thursday the 15th of December. Tickets will be available from the school reception from the 21st of November. Rehearsals are progressing with pace and we are very much looking forward to the performance! We wish the cast all the best!

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Eirias Park in the County Championships

On a very cold November afternoon the Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy Cross Country team competed at Eirias Park in the County Championships. Our learners once again excelled with a number of them qualifying for the next round of competition to be held in Dolgellau early 2017. Stand out performance included;
Math Thomas 1st
Evan Burgess 2nd
Nel Metcalfe 3rd
Tomos Land 1st, and
Gruffudd Edwards 6th.
Congratulations to all that competed!

Photography Competition

Congratulations to year 7 pupil, Evan for gaining joint first prize in a recent S4C photography competition linked to the series ‘Y Gemau Gwyllt’. To win the prize he had to send a photo under the theme ‘Wild Wales’. Prizes included a camera and a choice of adventure activities.
To see the winning images click here


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At the beginning of October a visit was arranged for year 10 and 12 pupils at the school to attend the national ‘Skills Cymru’ conference held at Venue Cymru. At the conference pupils had the opportunity to find out about a range of careers including vocational careers such as hair dressing, catering and construction. There were opportunities for pupils to try different activities linked to the different sectors with large national employers taking part in the day. Opportunities to find out about the qualifications needed to follow careers in specific fields and to talk to providers and employers about different career paths and receive guidance. This was an excellent opportunity for pupils across a range of interests. All seemed to have enjoyed and gained a lot from the experience and looked forward to a return to the conference next year!

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It was a pleasure to invite Careers Wales and guest speakers to hold a question and answer session for our year 11 pupils on the 18th October as part of the Apprenticeship Week. The pupils were given the opportunity to enquire into possible future careers and receiving many different pieces of useful information.


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Thursday 6th of October was our Skills Day for the pupils of Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy, where all pupils took part in a variety of activities throughout the day. Year 10 and 12 pupils took part in a Careers Skills Day at Venue Cymru, where they learned about different career pathways for the future. Year 9 also took part in a careers-based workshop, learning about different future careers and options and were fortunate enough to receive presentations from Myrddin ap Dafydd Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, Gaz Thomas from Gaz Thomas Media Ltd, Islwyn Jones from Pen y Bryn Falconry and Tim Penn. Year 13 pupils worked on their revision skills with the Learning Performance company. Internet Safety was the focus for our year 8 pupils, learning about different safety aspects through interesting lessons delivered by PC Meirion Williams. As part of their transition from primary to secondary school, year 7 pupils took part in Growth Mindset workshops where all pupils had the opportunity to take part in a sports challenge and develop their problem solving skills.

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On Tuesday 18th of October, year 8 pupils had the opportunity to learn CPR as part of the national Restart a Heart day. We were fortunate to have two community first responders from the North Wales Ambulance Service join us for the day and running workshops in the school hall with the year 8 pupils. By the end of the day, each year 8 pupil had the opportunity to learn new skills in saving lives in the future

RYLA Leadership Course

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Three pupils from the 6th form attended a RYLA leadership course during the Summer 2015. The course is arranged by the North Wales Rotary and places on the course were sponsored by Dyffryn Conwy Rotary, Ymddiriedolaeth Llanrwst and the school for three pupils – Tomos, Ffion and Lucy. The pupils and their families were invited to join Dyffryn Conwy Rotary Club on the 17th of October to present their experiences during the course and its effect on their leadership skills. This was a memorable occasion for the pupils to develop their leadership skills, collaboration and problem solving skills, and to enjoy a unique way to learn through experience in the outdoors at the Arthog Centre. Mrs Glenda Barlow, Year 12 and 13 Progress Leader attended the evening with the Rotary and was delighted by the confident and engaging presentations the pupils shared with Rotary members. Our thanks go to the Rotary for arranging this excellent experience and allowing three pupils to attend again this year, and to ‘Ymddiriedolaeth Llanrwst’ for their sponsorship too.

Developing Mathematical and Numeracy Skills
Support for developing mathematical and numeracy skills. Free support for pupils with the new GCSE courses for free through the following link - click here

Congratulations to the Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy Kayaking team

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Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy Kayakers were in great form at Plas y Brenin on September the 28th, the team consisted of Tomos Land, Tomos Jones, Owain Williams, Deio Jones, Sam Roberts, Jacob Duncalf and Evan Burgess. Competitors raced twice with their best time being converted into a place (points) which determined their place in the Regatta. At the end of competition Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy finished in 1st place and will now proceed to the Eryri round being held at Llyn Padarn on the 13th of October. Good luck in the next round!



We thoroughly enjoyed having year 6 pupils from our cluster primaries visiting for their first official ‘taster day’ on Monday the 3rd of October. During the day they had the opportunity to taste different subjects including: English, Mathematics, Music, Technology and French. They were supported during the day by our sixth form pupils who along with the staff involved were delighted to spend the day in their company. We very much look forward to seeing them again during the year including at the very first performance of our school musical, ‘Grease’, our sports challenge days led by year 10 and other subject taster days. A second taster day and parents’ evening will take place on Monday the 3rd of July.

Year 7 Football Team

Congratulations to the year 7 Football team who won their first game by 6-2 against Ysgol Aberconwy.

Under 18 Rugby Team

Congratulations to the under 18 rugby team who won against Ysgol Eirias 32 to 12 in their match on Wednesday the 28th of September.

Tries 2 - 6 Penri Metcalfe (1), Russell Wingfield (1), Brychan Dafydd (1), Gethin Roberts (1), Kieran Russell (2)

Conversions 1 -1 Steffan Morris (1)

Under 18 Football Team
Congratulations to the under 18 Football team who won 8-0 on Monday the 16/9/16 in a home game first round match for the Welsh Cup.

Congratulations to the Equestrian Team

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Congratulations to the Equestrian Team who were competing in Cheshire at the weekend. A superb set of results! Congratulations to everyone who took part and to the families who supported them there. Here are the results – our thanks go to Ceri for arranging for the team to compete in the event and for the update of results.

“Saturday 24/9/16

• Dressage Team - Mared and Harri Williams, Jac and Twm Cernyw – 4th position
• Showjumping - Twm Cernyw 3rd out of 40 pupils under 17 (narrowly missing out on the next round at Addington)

Sunday 25/9/16

• Twm Cernyw 2nd in the Individual event out of 58 pupils under 14 years old and securing a place in the next leg of the Championships at Addington
• Team under 17 (80 cm) Harriet Williams, Alex Neale, Jac and Twm Cernyw First with Jac yn 5th out of 77 competitors – again through to the Championships at Addington
• Team under 17 (90cm) Harriet Williams, Efa Davies and Jac Cernyw 3rd with Harriet Williams in 3rd place in the individual and Jac 4th (36 competing in this event)

Eben Davies and Cari Jones also represented the school in the two day event. The team are to be praised for looking after each other – down to sharing equipment where needed. The team would like to thank the PE department for the rugby shirts used for the team events. We wish them all the best in the next round at Addington!”

E-safety Evening for Parents

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On Tuesday the 27th of September an e-safety evening for parents will be held in the school hall. The evening is being hosted by the North Wales Cyber Crime team and our school Police Liaison Offer will also be there to answer any questions. For more information about the evening click here:

Further information can also be found from the following website:

Additional web-links for parents:

Head Boy and Head Girl

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Friday the 16th of September was a very exciting day for Sixth form pupils and staff at Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy as everyone voted for the new Head Boy and Head Girl of the school. Earlier on in the week seven members of Year 13 had been through an interview process with the Senior Management Team. Every candidate made an impression and on the morning of the 16th they all made a presentation to the rest of the sixth form on why they should be voted the next Head Pupils of the school. During the morning pupils and staff members voted. We are very pleased to announce that this year’s Head Pupils are Leusa Ellis and Russell Wingfield with two Deputies Lucy Brown and Tomos Arfon. We wish them all the very best in their new roles.


Own Clothes Day
On Friday the 23rd of September Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy’s pupils wore their own clothes day to raise money and awareness for two charities, Jeans for Genes and Macmillan. The day was a success and over £500 was raised, the money will be shared between the two. Thank you everyone for your support.

Open Evening for year 5 and 6 pupils and parents - 4/9/16 4-30pm – 6.30pm

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2016 Celebration of Achievement Ceremony: Tuesday 13/9/16

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Some of the pupils who received the Conwy Valley Rotary Award for excellent GCSE results by Mr. John Mitchell and Mr. Richard Howe of Rotary Conwy Valley

On Tuesday the 13th of September the annual Awards Ceremony was held in the school hall. The evening was an opportunity to celebrate the superb successes of our students in their A Level, AS, GCSE, KS3 and National Tests. Our guest speaker for the evening was Mr Paul Matthews Jones, Head of Ysgol Syr Hugh Owen and former Head at Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy. It was delightful to be able to welcome him back to the school for his wise and entertaining words of praise and inspiration. He noted that the school was celebrating their best results this year at GCSE, the highest in Conwy, and another year of excellent A Level results. The Derbyniodd William J Lewis scholarship went to Luca Carpena for the highest A Level results this year. Receiving the Dr Harold Williams scholarship for their excellent A Level results were Tomos MacDonald a Luyba Donskaya. Hannah Cash and Elin Angharad Evans received this year’s Holt scholarship. Other members of the sixth form receiving awards during the evening were Maisie Bowker, Talitha Fenton and Hannah Cash who each received a scholarship bursary from the Alfred Davies Art Scholarship award. We were also delighted that Guto Jones, Tomos MacDonald and Alannah Russell received an award to support them with their further study of History at university from Llanrwst’s History Society. We wish all of them all the best as they leave for university.

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Angharad Jones Young receiving her award by Llanrwst Town Mayor

Receiving the Governors’ award for excellent AS results this year were Tomos Arfon a Russell Wingfield. The evening also gave us an opportunity to recognise the invaluable contribution made by Angharad Jones Young through her dance clubs with younger pupils including year 7 pupils in Llanrwst and some of our primary cluster pupils. Angharad received the Llanrwst Town Council award this year which was given to her by Councillor Ian Jenkins, Llanrwst Town Mayor.

Following the school’s best GCSE results it was great to celebrate the achievements of the top 9 students who received the best GCSE results from an exceptional year group. The students were rewarded with Dyffryn Conwy Rotary’s annual achievement award. It was also an opportunity to reward individuals who had overcome personal challenges to reach successful GCSE results in the core subjects and in their chosen subjects. The successful Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy Fishing Club were also recognised during the ceremony and given a bursary to help them with their next adventures and competitions. Attendance was also high on the agenda with the 14 pupils who had achieved a full 100% attendance from September the 1st 2015 until the 20th of July given an award from sponsors, Llew Jones. There were also awards fro the 11 pupils with the highest performance at the end of year 9 and for the 15 pupils who achieved the highest scores in the national Welsh and English reading tests and numeracy tests in May.

We are very grateful to all our generous sponsors, to the parents and pupils who attended the evening including Cadi and Siôn Edwards, Modlen Alun, Elliw Jones and Angharad Butler who performed during the evening. We would also like to thank all the staff involved in arranging the evening and to Mr Paul Matthews Jones our guest speaker. We now look forward to the Physical Education Department’s first Annual Awards Ceremony on Tuesday evening the 8th of November.

For more information read the evening’s programme here

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Annual Awards Ceremony
We will be holding our annual awards ceremony on Tuesday evening the 13th of September at 6.30pm. This will be an opportunity after this year’s excellent results, to congratulate the pupils who have won governor bursaries, or prizes from the school and our local partners for their A Level, AS, GCSE, KS3 or national test results. This will also be an opportunity to congratulate pupils who have achieved 100% attendance and those who have been active in the school community and the local community. Our guest speaker on the evening will be Mr Paul Matthews Jones. Pictures and further infromation to follow after the evening.


Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy celebrate their best GCSE results so far!
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A huge congratulations to year 11 2016 for gaining our best GCSE results yet!
Read more about their success stories in our press statement - click here

Superb A Level results 2016
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Congratulations to all our pupils on their A level results today! We wish all our year 13 pupils all the best in their future pathways, world of work or further education. We look forward to hearing all about your future successes too. We also look forward to welcoming year 12 back to complete their A level courses on the 5th of September.

We are very pleased with this year’s results. All pupils entered for 2 A Levels or more succeeded in passing (100%) with a high number of pupils gaining the higher grades, A*-C. Some of the individual highlights can be found in our linked press release below. Congratulations to all our pupils!

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2016 Activities and Skills Week
Some of year 12 Marshalls for the sponsored
walk with Mrs Ann Davies, Healthy Schools
Co-ordinator who arranged the sponsored walk.
The Runners – including the 3 winners,
Tomos Land, Gruffudd Edwards a Dylan Jones. Pictured with staff runners Mr Eurig Williams
and Miss Hannah Jones.
The first group of walkers from year 7 with Miss Angharad Ellis, Year 7 Progress Leader.

During the week of the 11th of August years 7, 8 and 9 took part in our annual skills and activities week. They participated in a range of different activities at the school and around North Wales. Here are some of the images from the week. I would like to thank the staff and partners who arranged and took part in the week. I would also like to thank our parents for their support. It was a busy and exhausting week for all with a range of different activities experienced.

During the week pupils walked in the local area through Gwydir Forest as part of the week and will choose their chosen charity to support from the money raised in September through their class and year forums. Particular congratulations go to Tomos Land, Gruffudd Edwards and Dylan Jones who came first, second and third in the running race on the day. Tomos had a fantastic result of 36 minutes and 58 seconds for his run – an excellent result, Tomos – well done! We would like to thank everyone who took part and those who sponsored our pupils for the activity.

Year 10 were also given an opportunity to develop their employability skills through a range of activities during the week linked to work experiences. We are extremely proud of the achievements of the pupils who took part over the week. They will have the opportunity to practise many of these skills during our annual ‘Interview Day’ for year 11 in the autumn term.

Summer 2016 Geography and History trip to Italy
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The 2016 trip to Italy was both educational and enjoyable. Over the six day course we managed to visit many historical sites and monuments including the ancient ruins of Pompeii, and well-known geographical locations, such as the Amalfi coast. For me, the best day of the trip was our visit to the Vatican. Despite being one of the smallest countries, the Vatican is filled with religious history and out-standing architecture. Whilst in Sorrento, we travelled to the famous volcano Mount Vesuvius. The walk along the steep mountain gave incredible views of the town below and the information from the tour guide served for both historical and geographical purposes and is sure to be of use to further my educational interests. This is definitely a trip I would participate in again and I would urge others to do the same. It was both educational and there was plenty of leisure time for us to roam the streets of Italy and experience a new way of life. Shannon Jones, Year 10

Out of all school trips Italy was by far the best. With its beautiful sceneries and historical sites, it was definitely a trip to remember. My favourite place by far was the visit to the Colosseum. It was very educational and gave us the change to follow in the footsteps of the gladiators. Another favourite of mine was the visit to the Amalfi coast. We travelled along the coast for a large proportion of the day and from each viewpoint the views were phenomenal. We got to see a new lifestyle to ours and experience a new culture. The boat ride along the cast gave an amazing view of the town above and to see is from another perspective. I would definitely go on the trip again because not only was it educational, but it was enjoyable as well, and I would definitely recommend it to others. Jemma Roberts, Year 10

In June this year, we as a school went on a trip to Italy. Over the course of a week, we visited Sorrento and Rome. In Sorrento we visited many historical and geographical sites. On the first day we visited Herculaneum, which was a village the volcano Vesuvius destroyed. We also walked up Mount Vesuvius, and we had a very interesting factual talk from a geologist guide at the top of the volcano. To us this was one of the most interesting parts of the trip as we learnt many different facts about Naples and the volcano. We then went down to explore Pompeii, which was also destroyed by Vesuvius, after being buried in the hot ash when the volcano erupted. We got the chance to look at all the bodies which were buried in the ash, and we also got a tour of Pompeii city itself. Towards the end of our time in Sorrento, we got the chance to visit and go swimming in the Amalfi coast. Some people got the chance of going on a boat trip whilst others could walk around the town, to see all the different places. At the end of the week we visited Rome. During this time we visited the Vatican, and got to explore the city of Rome and its famous landmarks such as the Colosseum. On the last day we also got the chance to go shopping around the beautiful city centre of Rome, were we got to visit many lovely restaurants and shops. Overall this was a lovely school trip, and we would both love to go again soon. Izzy Roberts & Harriet Williams, Year 10

Important Dates

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The school will close for staff and pupils on Wednesday the 20th of July and will re-open for pupils on Monday the 5th of September 2016. Further information about term times and INSET days for 2016/17 can be found in the following document. Click here for more information. The school will open for year 13 between 9am-12.30pm on Thursday the 18th of August for the A Level Results. Year 12 results will be available from 10am -12.30pm. Staff will be available to discuss results with pupils and to give guidance on their next steps.

GCSE results will be shared between 9am and 12pm on Thursday the 25th of August with an opportunity for those pupils wishing to return to the 6th form to discuss their option choices on the 26th of August between 9am and 1pm.

Pupils from outside our catchment area who would like to join us for the 6th form are welcome to come in and see us between 11am and 1pm on Thursday the 25th of August or to make an appointment for the morning of the 26th of August. We are very much looking forward to celebrating with our pupils on these days after all their hard work revising and sitting their examinations and external assessments.

National Quality Award from the Welsh Healthy Schools Scheme

Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy have recently been awarded the National Quality Award from the Welsh Healthy Schools Scheme following a 2 day visit by representatives from the Welsh Government. Pupils from the School Council, Healthy Schools (BOBs) Group, Sports Council and Eco Council presented the school’s work in promoting wellbeing at the school. Some of the strengths noted in the report are the: ‘The very well organised and successful school council’; “student participation across the age range of the school and the mature way these groups deal with their work”; and “the behaviour and courtesy of students.” The role of key partners in the school such as the school nurse, Mrs Sian Edwards and School Counsellor, Ms Jill Riley were also recognised. The work of the Physical Education department, including the range of extracurricular activities provided was also noted as a strength in the report.
In the feedback to pupils contained in the report, Mrs Eurwen Hulmston said: “You were very welcoming and open in your discussions and the behaviour of all students was outstanding - polite, cheerful and welcoming. A calm and happy atmosphere at Dyffryn Conwy is indicative I believe, of the fact that the students feel happy and safe at school.” She also added that: “student participation in school is particularly high and it is good to see young people who are so willing to share their time, skills and maturity with others to help them live healthier and safer lives. The work of the Sex Education Buddies, the Sports Ambassadors, the school council, the BOB's and 6th form teams was extremely good. Well done all of you.” Pupils and staff were delighted that the hard work, contributions and behaviour of the pupils had been recognised in this very positive report. We would like to thank Mrs Wendy Ostler, Conwy’s support officer for helping us as well as Mrs Ann Davies, the school’s Health Education Co-ordinator and Assistant Head Miss Llio Japheth for all their work in preparing for and co-ordinating the visit, as well as to the pupils, staff and partners of the school who were part of the two days’ visit.
The school will receive their award at a ceremony on the 14th of July held by Conwy Authority. The full report can be accessed here.

Raising the attainment, achievement and aspiration of children who are looked after - a best practice report
As a school we are particularly proud of the recognition in supporting pupils who are looked after children as part of one of 12 case studies of good practice in Estyn’s recently published thematic review on ‘Raising attainment, achievement and aspiration of children who are looked after’. The school has been recognised for our work in this area following our 2014 inspection and follow up good practice visit from the inspectorate in the Autumn 2015. Our thanks go to our pupils and their foster carers, and to the team of external partners and agencies who have worked with us, as well as to the staff at the school who have worked with and supported our pupils. The report can be accessed from the following link - click here

Iorwerth Jones Arts Prize 2016 awarded by Mrs Elizabeth Jones

Congratulation to Lowri Jones and Peri Smith from year 12 who have won the prize this year. Pictures of their excellent art work are attached.

St Crwst Flower Festival Winners
Congratulations to the following pupils who were successful in last weekend’s flower festival a St Crwst Church in Llanrwst (weekend of the 3rd of July): 2nd Elen Jones 7 Pandy and 3rd Gwenllian Lawrance 7Machno. Well done girls!

Interpreting National Reading and Numeracy Test Results

The latest information from the Welsh Government about how the year 7-9 reading and numeracy tests have been published on the following link

Eisteddfod Bro Aled

Congratulations to the following who were successful in the Bro Aled Eisteddfor over the weekend. The pupils all received part of the special arts award for their excellent art work:
Rosie Pearson, Blwyddyn 10 – 1st
Ella Murphy, Blwyddyn 10 – 2nd
Becky Cash, Lauren Taft, Trystan Jones ac Alys Erin Hughes, Blwyddyn 10 – joint 3rd.

Year 11 Progress Files Ceremony


Year 11 enjoyed celebrating on Friday evening the 24th of June when they received their progress files during a ceremony in the school hall followed by the year 11 prom at the Eagles Hotel in Llanrwst. The guest speaker during the ceremony was Ms Alwen Williams, a former pupil at the school who is now the Director of BT Wales. She inspired the audience with her presentation, sharing her memories of the school, including her own progress file and her career journey to date. Following the ceremony pupils and staff attended the prom at The Eagles Hotel. The pupils were beautifully dressed and suited for the occasion. They enjoyed a buffet and disco and spent time having photographs taken by the professional photographers attending – as well as taking many ‘selfies’ of their own. A lovely evening was had by all.

PDG Grant

Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy Pupil Deprivation Grant Statement 2016 - 2017 - click here

Year 6 visit and sports community challenge with year 10

We thoroughly enjoyed welcoming our year 6 pupils to the school for their second formal visit on the 27th of June. During the day they had the opportunity to attend taster lessons for a number of subjects including science, drama, geography, food technology and physical education. It was delightful to see them enjoying the activities, making new friends and setting into the school environment. At the end of the day an information evening was held for parents and pupils with the opportunity to buy school uniform/sports kits and to ask any questions. We very much look forward to welcoming all the pupils back on September the 5th when the school will re-open to pupils after the summer holiday.

Follow up visits have also been held through year 10’s community challenge for the Welsh Bac on the 29th and 30th of June. As part of their challenge year 10 pupils have organised two days of different sporting events for year 5 and 6 pupils from our cluster schools. The activities have included tennis, dodge ball, fitness and circuit activities, netball/basketball and weather permitting rugby and football. It was lovely to watch the pupils enjoying the activities and year 10 managing and coaching them so professionally. Our thanks to the primary schools for their support and to the PE department and year 10 pupils for arranging the day.

School Fishing Club

Congratulations to the school Fishing Club who won first prize for a national rural fishing club at a prestigious ceremony Friday evening. For further information and a video of their presentation see the Conwy Youth Service’s Facebook page - click here
Dylan Jones and Gruffudd Edwards represented the club at the ceremony. Well done boys!

Attendance Awards
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Congratulations to all our pupils that had 100% attendance over the last term. As part of the attendance raffle the following pupils received an award. Congratulations to the following pupils. Year 7 pupils Poppy, Angharad a Michael; Year 8 Rhys a James; Year 9 Modlen a Jacob and year 10 Cail, Chloe a Katie.

Ysgol y Gogarth Visit

Pupils form Ysgol Y Gogarth joined our Physical Education team and their activities on Wednesday the 8th of June lead by Mr Ricky Jones. The activities were lead by our gold and silver ambassadors who have recently completed a 'Qualification in Sport' Workshop. These workshops are held through Sports Wales and we are very proud of our ambassadors leading the workshops to Ysgol Y Gogarth’s pupils. The ambassadors that lead the activities were Anagharad Jones Young, Rebecca Elliot and Harry Thomas other ambassadors will be part of the process in the next few weeks.

Year 12 : CV and Personal Statement Workshop by Glyndwr University
disgyblion disgyblion It was nice to welcome back Glyndwr University on Thursday the 24th of June to present and hold a workshop with our year 12 on CV and personal statement writing. During the day pupils developed essential skills needed in the future to ensure a successful University and job application.


On Monday the 20th of June year 12 pupils volunteered in Ysgol Bro Gwydir taking part in their Growth Mindset day. They lead and worked with other members of the school to ensure the pupils were enjoying and persevered through the activities. We are very proud of our year 12 pupils as they presented the school so well and thank you to Ysgol Bro Gwydir for the opportunity to take part in the day.

Year 10 : Talk the Talk Workshop
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On Tuesday the 21st of June year 10 pupils were given a full day workshop by ‘Talk the Talk.’ During the day they developed their communication and presentation skills. The day was a huge success with the pupils actively involved in the workshop. By the end of the day pupils were presenting their view confidently on their chosen subjects. This workshop and skills will be essential for the pupils when working towards their GCSE next year and for the future.

Eisteddfod Yr Urdd
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It was a pleasure again this year to support our pupils during the half term holiday as they competed in the Eisteddfod yr Urdd in Flintshire. Their effort and dedication was a credit to them all, and we would like to thank the continuous support of all the staff and parents. We as a school would like to offer our huge congratulations to the individuals who were successful this year on the stage but also with homework tasks that were on display in the Eisteddfod. On the Wednesday Sion Dafydd Edwards and Modlen Alun recieved second prize with their Cerdd Dant Duet year 9 and younger. Christopher Sabisky was also successful coming third with his harp solo year 7- 9. On the Thursday Sion Dafydd Edwards was on the stage again and received a second prize with his Solo year 7-9. Pupils were successful with their homework tasks Cadi Gwyn Edwards came first and third in the composing competition ; Lliwen Dafydd Williams was first in year 7,8 and 9 jewellery making competition; Mali Bleddyn Evans came second in the monochrome photography competition year 7, 8 and 9 ac Elan Williams received first prize for her weave/crotchet competition for year 7,8 and 9 . We are extremely proud of every single one of you, congratulations.

Even though we weren't so successful this year within the other competitions, the choir, dramatic performance, dancing, parti bechgyn and parti merched we were very happy and proud of each performance as they were very high in standards. We had very complementing feedback noting that many of our performances were ‘very very close to the stage.’ A warm congratulations to everyone, and thank you for all your hard work.

Supporting Wales
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YDC Fishing Club success in logo contest for Llanrwst Fishing Club

Congratulations to Gruffudd Edwards, year 9 who came first in the logo competition for Llanrwst Fishing club, winning £20.

All members of the Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy Fishing Club won a year's fishing permit licence on Llanrwst river for competing from Mr Pierino Algieri, representative of Llanrwst Fishing Club. Our thanks go to Eifion and Garth for their work with the Fishing club and for encouraging the members to compete in the logo contest.

Congratulations to the under 15 girls’ rugby
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Congratulations to the under 15 girls’ rugby 7 aside team who won the national round of the Urdd 7 aside rugby competition yesterday (9/6/16). The girls won by 27:0 in their final round. Excellent results girls!

Scholastic Book Club
Not yet sorted your child’s summer reading out? The latest Scholastic Book Club offers are out. Simply go to to browse the latest books and order online. Please note, for every £1 you spend on this month’s Book Club, our school will earn 20p in Scholastic Rewards, which allows us to purchase more books for your child’s classroom.

Please place your order online by Friday, June 17th, 2016.

Congratulations to Tom – member of the final band line-up for the S4C series ‘Pwy Geith y Gig 2016’ (‘Who Gets the Gig).


As part of his entry into the competition Tom performed against others on the programme to reach the final selection and become part of the winning band performing at this year’s Urdd Eisteddfod in Flintshire. Tom’s progress in the competition was shown on S4C over the half term holiday. The final performance at the Eisteddfod will be shown on Wednesday Evening the 8th of June.

Flint Urdd Eisteddfod
Congratulations to all who took part in the Flint Urdd Eisteddfod over the half term week. In particular our congratulations go to those who reached the finals and performed on the Eisteddfod stage including: Sion Dafydd Edwards, second for the year 7-9 boys’ solo; Sion and Modlen who came second in the ‘cerdd dant’ duet; Christopher Sabisky, third in the harp solo for years 7-9. We are very proud of all who were competing. Our thanks go to the teachers who prepared them and to the families who supported them. Well done!

Year 13 Progress File Ceremony


On Friday the 27th of May 2016, we had the opportunity to wish a fond farewell to our year 13 pupils during their Progress File Ceremony. Our guest at this year’s event was Professor Arwyn Tomos Jones, Professor or Membrane Traffic and Drug Delivery at Cardiff University. He gave an inspiring and entertaining presentation which gave the pupils plenty of guidance and thought for their life journeys ahead emphasising the importance of friendship, roots, and making the most of every opportunity.
Following the presentations we had the opportunity to reflect and chat over some light refreshment. We would like to thank everyone who took part in the ceremony, including our Head Girl, Hannah Cash and Head Boy, Sam Power and to the staff who helped prepare for the ceremony, especially Mrs Gwyneth Griffiths who was responsible for organising all the progress files and arrangements for the ceremony. It was a bitter-sweet moment when the pupils presented Mrs Griffiths with a bunch of flowers as this will be Mrs Griffiths’ last ceremony in her role supporting the sixth form. We wish her all the best as she retires this Summer. We also wish all our pupils the very best with their forthcoming examinations and for their extended summer break. We look forward to seeing them all at the A level results day on the 18th of August. Good luck to you all!

Year 12 Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy


Congratulations to all year 12 pupils who presented some excellent business presentations last week as part of the BAC Enterprise Challenge.

After months of hard work creating and developing their business enterprise ideas, Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy's year 12 pupils presented their work to a panel of dragons as part of their Enterprise Challenge for the Welsh Baccalaureate. The business pitches were of an excellent standard, displaying innovative and creative ideas along with prototypes as part of the process. It was a pleasure to young entrepreneurs excelling in front of the panel. A big congratulations to all who took part in the presentations as well as the dragons.


"Rocket Science"


Earlier this month, the science department took part in an exciting experiment called "Rocket Science" with pupils from year 7 taking part. The experiment was part of a campaign into raising awareness about how research into space influences on our lives. Two different types of seeds were planted as part of the experiment, one type which had been into space and one type that hadn't. The pupils will be monitoring and comparing the growth of the seeds in the coming weeks. At the end of the period, the pupils will collate all the relevant data and come to a conclusion as to which seed type had been to space by sending their findings to the European Space Agency. This will give the pupils a fantastic opportunity to develop their knowledge of careers based on scientific fields. All the best year 7!

Rondo Auditions
It was a pleasure to invite television company Rondo to the school this month to hold auditions for an upcoming television series on S4c. Boys and girls from years 8, 10, 11 and 13 attended the auditions with the company and the show's writer which is to be broadcasted next year. We are proud to announce that year 11 pupil, Mali Sion has been successful in obtaining a call-back for a second audition. We wish you all the best of luck Mali.

"King Lear"
A group of sixth form pupils attended a performance of the famous "King Lear" at the Royal Exchange theatre in Manchester with the English department. The pupils and staff thoroughly enjoyed the show. The performance contained striking scenes such as experiencing rain inside the theatre! The performance will prepare our pupils towards their English Literature exam in the summer. Best wishes to each and every one.

STEM Cymru Activities
We are delighted that STEM Cymru recently visited the school’s Technology department to conduct activities and to raise awareness of coding skills. These are essential skills for preparing our learners towards the business world of the future. The pupils’ behaviour and participation in the activities was highly praised. Pupils from both year 7 and 8 took part in the activities. Chelsea from year 7 said ‘I really enjoyed taking part in the STEM activities. My favourite part was when we created traffic lights using the computer and LED lights. I learnt so much from the day’.

We thank STEM Cymru for visiting the school and to Mrs Heledd Griffiths, Head of Technology for arranging the day.

Sporting Success


Congratulations to year 10 pupils who recently completed their Sports’ Leaders qualification. To complete the course they planned and delivered a successful day of activities for years 5 and 6 at Ysgol Bro Gwydir. We now look forward to the next days of activities for Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy cluster schools including a rugby tournament planned by the year group!

Congratulations also to the 7 aside boys’ rugby team from year 7 who won their recent tournament on Friday the 29th of April.


Updated Year 11 Examination and revision timetable 2016

Click here to download the timetable

Bethesda Trip 2016


As part of our A Level Welsh course, our class travelled to Bethesda to meet the author, John Elwyn Hughes, who was a good friend of Caradog Prichard, author of ‘Un Nos Ola Leuad’, the novel that we’ve been studying. J. Elwyn Hughes took us on a fascinating journey around the village and showed us many locations that appear in the novel ‘UNOL’. We began our journey on foot, walking along Bethesda High Street, and saw the Blue Bell, Rheinws, Capel Bethesda and many more buildings found in the novel. Then we boarded a minibus to visit places that greatly influenced Caradog Prichard when he was writing the novel, e.g. the coalhouse in which he was locked by his mother. We also went along Lon Bost which is often referred to in the novel, and briefly visited the football pitch where the momentous game is played in the novel. We were also lucky enough to be given permission to visit Penrhyn Quarry where Caradog Prichard’s father died. We saw many of the locations that the boy in the novel attended, such as Ysgol Glanogwen (Rysgol), Glan Ogwen Church (Reglwys) and the homes in which C.P. lived. Before leaving, we were taken by J. Elwyn Hughes to the graveyard where Caradog Prichard and his wife, Mati, are buried. He showed us the graves of other famous people from the area, such as R. Williams Parry. We had a very interesting and useful day that increased our understanding and brought the novel to life, preparing us for the oral examination.

Cara Bryn Williams, 13C


Eryri Cup Winners

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Congratultions to the under 13 boys’ rugby team who yesterday (20/4/16) won the Eryri Cup in the last round at Ysgol Syr Hugh Owen. Congratulations also go to the under-15 girls’ team who won 5 rounds over the day winning the final 6th round! Superb results for both teams. Our thanks go to Mr Kevin Thomas the school’s Rugby Development Officer for making the arrangements and to the parents and staff who helped to support the teams’ progress and final matches.


plant plant Congratulations to Tomos Arfon, Russell Wingfield and Annest Jones, year 12 who were successful in Bangor University's Chemistry Department's recent Schools' Analyst Competition over the Easter break. We are delighted with their work and their achievements. Their efforts have resulted in a beautiful trophy for the school. Our thanks also go to Dr Mark Thomas from the Chemistry Department for organising their entry. Following their success the university will be holding a workshop at the school.

Sports Relief

It was a joy to see so many pupils from Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy taking part in activities for the charity “Sports Relief” before the Easter Holidays. Under the leadership of the School Council a number of different activities took place over lunchtime on Friday the 13th of March in aid of the charity. In addition, year 7, 8 and 9 pupils worked in teams during their PE lessons to run a sponsored marathon. Over £800 was raised for the charity through these activities. As a school we would like to thank everyone that was part of the activity.


Students On Board to raise Autism Awareness

Conwy sixth formers are ‘on board’ to help raise awareness of the issues and difficulties facing children and young people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). To mark Schools' Autism Awareness Week [14-18 March 2016] Conwy’s ASD Outreach Team have been meeting sixth formers at local secondary schools to share information and resources produced by the National Autistic Society about autism. Thanks to a generous donation of bus and driver time from Arriva Wales Rhyl, the ASD Outreach Team were able to visit Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy on the day.

The sixth form students were invited onto the bus at each school to find out more about Autism and to collect resources they’ll be able to use in workshops and school assemblies over the coming weeks, as they help spread the word amongst their fellow pupils about why it's so important to understand and accept autism.

Cyng Wyn Jones, Cabinet Member for Education said, “The ASD Outreach Team are part of Conwy’s Education Service and they support children and young people with autism to access mainstream schools. A major part of integration is to help other people in the school community understand that autism is a spectrum condition that affects each person differently.

“This week’s visits to schools, followed by the workshops and assemblies organised by the sixth formers themselves, aim to help pupils understand the barriers that people face and how these barriers can be overcome with the right adjustments and support."

Important Message - Easter Holidays

The Spring term ends for pupils at 3.30pm on Wednesday the 23rd of March this year. Thursday the 24th of March is an INSET day with Friday the 25th a bank holiday this year. The school will re-open for pupils and staff on Monday the 11th of April 2016. We wish all our pupils, staff and their families a Happy Easter.

AS/A level geography students discussing flooding scenarios
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Here we have members of the community and also students studying AS/A level geography in Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy discussing flooding scenarios in order to gather young people's opinion on flooding. NRW will take on the opinions in order to better many flooding schemes around Wales.

Information about the 2016 National Literacy and Numeracy tests for Yr. 7, 8 and 9

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Letter about the 2016 National Literacy and Numeracy tests for Yr. 7, 8 and 9 - click here

Year 12 Drama Performances

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On the evening of 4th March, parents and pupils were invited to watch year 12 pupils’ drama performances.


Parents, pupils and teachers made up an intrigued audience for the three performances. The pupils performed a bilingual extract from “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller in the style of Physical Theatre and the practitioner Berkoff. This performance was followed by two devised performances in the style of Artaud. One of the performances was based on execution during the Second World War and the other on mental illness.

The Drama Department would like to thank parents, pupils and teachers who have supported throughout and help make a very successful evening.

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Year 9 Trip: Justice in a Day

A small group of year nine pupils attended a “Justice in a Day” workshop in Llandudno on Friday March 4th. Along with being taught practically about the justice system, pupils also visited the Llandudno court. Thank you to Theatre Clwyd and North Wales Police for the opportunity to be part of the day which was a very memorable experience for the pupils of Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy.

Visit of Dr Ruth Hussey, Wales’ Chief Medical Officer
2 boys Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy looks forward to the visit of Dr Ruth Hussey, Wales’ Chief Medical Officer. Dr Ruth Hussey, a former pupil at the school, is visiting the school on the 11th of March to speak to pupils from the 6th form and year 11 about pathways in medical care. Further information about Dr Hussey can be found through the following link

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St David’s Day 2016
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St David’s Day 2016 was a day to celebrate. The day began with a special St David’s Day assembly. During the week pupils from years 7, 8 and 9 also took part in a Famous Welsh Personalities Quiz. Morgan Jones from year 7 was the winner. Pictured are the pupils who came 2nd and 3rd.

2 boys There was a lot of activity during the day including the DJ sessions of Welsh Music provided by members of the 6th form at lunch time and break time. It was also an opportunity for the school to support Macmillan Cancer Care’s daffodils campaign
2 boys Other winners on the day were Patrick Lynch from year 9 who recently won a creative writing contest and received his prize during the assembly. It was also an opportunity to hold our termly attendance raffle – congratulations to all the pupils from years 7, 8 and 9 who won in the raffle and to the pupils who have managed to sustain their 100% attendance.

Maths Challenge

Congratulations to all the year 10 and 11 students who took part in the recent maths challenge. Between them they won 2 gold, 3 silver and 6 bronze awards which is a fantastic result! Our thanks go to the maths department for arranging and training the students.

Hannah Roberts 65 Gold Gwion Jones 50 Silver Owain Vaughan 44 Bronze Ar on Hughes 43 Bronze
Howard Wingfield 65 Gold Rosy Pearson 54 Silver Brenig Hughes 50 Silver Ifan Jones 49 Bronze
Efa Davies 47 Bronze Aiden Quilter 46 Bronze Trystan Jones 40 Bronze  

Reading for Pleasure: English

We have recently set up the Scholastic Book Club online, this means parents and guardians can order and pay for books on line. Click here to browse the latest books and order online. Please note, for every £1 spent on this month’s Book Club, our school will earn 20p in Scholastic Rewards, which allows us to purchase more books to support the curriculum and for your child’s classroom.

Food Banks

During our tutorial lessons this year, we as year ten Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy pupils had the opportunity to discuss social issues such as poverty. We were given a series of presentations from our tutors that included information and facts about the subject and the support available to people and families in need. After looking at the subject in general, we concentrated specifically on food banks, with the aim to support Conwy Food Bank.

Along with other members of the Year Forum, I considered how best to raise awareness of our project and how to involve the whole school. We shared ideas and decided that we would present a service to each year group, offering them information about how Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy would support the Food Bank. This was a good opportunity for us to explain to pupils how to contribute and about the types of food the forum and school would be collecting. We also presented posters around the school to raise awareness for pupils and school staff.

The project has been very successful and we are extremely happy with the response we have had. The support has been excellent and we are very appreciative of everyone’s effort. We would like to thank everyone who has contributed in supporting not only the school but the local community.

By Rosy Person, Year 10


S4C's 'Pnawn Da'
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On Wednesday the 10th of February the film company, Tinopolis visited the Geography Department to discuss the recent floods in Llanrwst and their effects. Sixth Form pupils, Ilan and Branwen were interviewed as well as Head of Geography, Mr Carwyn Williams. The film crew also captured footage of the Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy stream which has felt the impact of this year's high rain fall. The footage will form part of the S4C afternoon show, 'Pnawn Da' during the half term break.

Have a good half term break!

We wish all our pupils, parents and staff a good half term break. The school will re-open on Monday the 22nd of February.

2016 Examination Timetable

A message for year 10, 11, 12 an 13 parents - a drafft copy of your son/daughter's summer 2016 examination timetable has been sent home today.

S4C's 'Pawb a'i Farn'

Pupils from Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy took part in the S4C programme 'Pawb a'i Farn' from Llanrwst on Thursday evening the 11/2/16.

Philippa Tuttiett - Sport for girls

A unique opportunity to promote sport for girls: On Wednesday the 10th of February pupils at Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy had the opportunity to be inspired and coached by Philippa Tuttiett, one of Sky Sports' ambassadors promoting sports for girld nationally. During the day Philippa shared her experiences with pupils, joining them for rugby and learning about the activitiespupils take part in and enjoy as well as inspiring pupils to take part in more physical and sporting activities. We were very glad to welcome Philippa to the school for the day and thank her for her inspiration and participation during the day.

Congratulations to the BOBs group

Congratulations to the BOBs group who have been developing their knowledge about healthy eating and running workshops for primary pupils during the Food Festival at Glasdir on the 4th and 5th of February. Congratulations also to Sam and Lowri from year 8 who were working as mentors for the current year 7 BOBs group.

Under 16 Rugby

Congratulations to the Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy under 16 Rugby Team on their success in the latest round of the Welsh Cup on Friday the 29th of January.

Pupil Governors

Congratulations to our Head Boy and Head Girl for completing their training as Pupil Governors.

School Welcoming Back Former Pupil

On the 8th of January the sixth form pupils at Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy, Llanrwst, were privileged to receive a presentation by a former student of the school about the Lloyds Scholarship scheme. Viktor Hewitt, who is now a student studying politics at the University of Warwick, attended the school on Friday morning to deliver an interesting talk about the values of the Lloyds scheme. In a matter of minutes we learned a lot of valuable information about the programme run by the Lloyds Banking Group who supports young people from lower-income families who are attending one of the eight universities in partnership with the programme. Some of the universities involved are the University of Birmingham, University of Oxford, University of Bath and the University of Warwick.

The scheme offers a complete package of financial and vocational support, including cash awards, mentors, paid internships and the chance to develop your employability skills. In return for this package Scholars are committed to at least 100 hours of voluntary work in their local community.

Following the presentation delivered by Viktor there were a number of students who seemed eager to learn more about the programme. This is what one of the pupils, from year 12, had to say after her conversation with the Scholar: ‘Before Viktor’s presentation I was unaware of the Lloyds Scholar Scheme. This has definitely made me start to research not only this scholarship but also what other universities offer. It was a very beneficial experience and has made me consider careers in the financial sector.’

The school was very happy to welcome Viktor back to the school and to hear of his success at his first year at Warwick University.

By Elin Williams, Year 13 pupil at Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy


Guidance for parents on the National Categorisation of Schools 2016

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Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy Careers Fair for year 9
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On Wednesday the 27th of January the school hall was filled with local businesses and presenters for the year 9 annual Careers Fair. The fair gave pupils the opportunity to find out about different careers pathways for the future – important as they are currently making their option choices for year 10. Stalls included representatives from local businesses including ‘Siwgr a Sbeis’; Howell Jones Solicitors; The Welsh Agricultural Union; Llanddoged’s Groesffordd Garage; North Wales Training; Coleg Cambria; Cywain; along with Mrs Sian Edwards from the Welsh Health Service. Pupils had the opportunity to question the employers completing questionnaires and collecting information about the various pathways. The day was a huge success – we would like to thank all our guest speakers for sharing their experiences and time so generously.

Year 8 Rail Safety Presentation

On the 26th of January members of the local police force visited Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy to give a presentation about rail safety to year 8. Pupils listened well and responded to the thought-provoking points raised by the presenters and to the accompanying video clips. Pupils from 8 Cennin, reflecting on the presentation said that it was “a very interesting presentation – I liked the way the images were used to help us think and realise the potential dangers and how to keep safe” and “It was an emotional experience to hear about the real life stories of those injured or killed on the rail tracks – it made me realise the dangers involved.”

Holocaust Remembrance Week

As part of the Holocaust remembrance week over 200 pupils from years 10 to 13 had the opportunity to listen to a presentation from Mrs Ruth Hughes, a Holocaust survivor. She told the story of her family and their journey to Britain before the beginning of the 2nd World War, and her experiences of going back to Germany and her home more recently. The pupils listened attentively with many pupils asking questions at the end of the presentation about her experiences and her views. We would like to thank Ruth for visiting the school and sharing such an important message with our pupils. It will have been a memorable and thought-provoking experience for all of them.

6th Form Open Evening on 26/01/16

Letter to Year 11 parents – Parents’ Evening and Sixth Form Open Evening - click here

Poster - click here

Congratulations to Tomos MacDonald

Congratulations to Tomos MacDonald, year 13 on being accepted to Oxford for 2016/17. Tomos was delighted at being accepted following a competitive application and interview process. Tomos will now be concentrating on his final exams for History, Science and Government and Politics A Levels. We wish him all the best – Congratulations Tomos!

FFUG GYFWELIADAU BLWYDDYN 11 18-12-15 (Cymraeg yn unig)

Congratulations to year 11 on their GCSE Mathematics Results. Their success in Summer 2015 and November 2015 mean that they have already reached their target of 76% for Summer 2016! They will now be concentrating on improving their results by Summer 2016 with some beginning to study for A Level and Additional Mathematics. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the Mathematics Department, school staff and our parents for all their support.


Dyma restr o’r gwobrau a gyflwynwyd i’r disgyblion:

Best Application Letter
Llinos Williams
Nathan Rowlands
Connor Boswell
Kelcee Frost
Elin Cawley
Kimberley Godbert

Best CV
Lloyd Evans
Tom Smith
Amelia Maddox
Chloe Adams
Elain Davies
Beca Williams

Best Presented Pupil
Owain Vaughan
Tayler Wilkes
Lleucu Howatson
Sam Roberts
Aron Hughes
Chloe Congrave
Cyfweliad Gorau/Best Interview
Cassidy Bailey Tomkins
Dylan Roberts
Hannah Roberts
Loui Harris
Jac Metcalfe
Mali Sion
Sophia Edwards
Kelcee Frost
Shauna Lyons

Successful Applicant
Kimberley Godbert
Cadi Edwards
Lleucu Howatson
Gwion Roberts
Kelcee Frost
Amelia Maddox

Cadi Gwyn Edwards

Fe wnaeth un panel benderfynnu rhoi gwobr am CV Gorau i Mary Jane Brauanton ond nad oedd yn ysgol i’w dderbyn.


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