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2015-spring-summer-pen-y-dre-review

PEN Y DRE NewsletterSpring/Summer 2015The High School for the Dowlais, Gellifaelog, Goetre, Gwaunfarren, Pant and Ysgol y Graig cluster.www.penydre.merthyr.sch.ukAspire Achieve BelieveWelcome to this edition of the Pen y Dre Newsletter. Where to begin?!It has been quite a year for pupils and staff at Pen y Dre High School. The school was recently visitedby football superstar Thierry Henry, and Premier League footballers are supporting a boys’ literacyproject at the school. Outgoing Head Girl Emma Morgan is currently Sky Sports Welsh Student of theYear, and new Head Boy Macauley Morgan came first in the national Urdd Eisteddfod in Caerphillylast week. Year 10 girls recently spoke at the National Assembly to inform the political debate aroundhealthy relationships, and the school is currently working in partnership with British Air League givingpupils the opportunity to fly glider planes. Two lucky pupils will even receive pilot scholarships. Ournew Head Girl Libby is one of very few students recently selected by the Welsh Government for aprestigious work experience placement with Judicium PLC in London.But firstly let’s remember the moment ex- France, Arsenal and Barcelona world football superstarThierry Henry became a staff member of Pen y Dre High School and surprised our Year 11 Head GirlEmma with her Sky Sports ‘Living for Sport’ Student of the Year for Wales 2015 award. What an honourfor Emma, her parents and Pen y Dre High School! This story attracted world wide press interest andEmma has been interviewed by local, national and international press about her achievements.PEN Y DRE AWARD CEREMONIES- WE JUST DO IT BETTER!ITtlebit better!‘A very good school with an outstanding culture’ ESTYN


New Learning Resource Centre Opens!A state of the art learning resource centre was officially opened in June 2015 at Pen y Dre HighSchool by Mr Huw Lewis AM, Minister for Education and Skills. As part of the School ChallengeCymru programme, the school has received a substantial capital investment from the Welsh Governmentin order to develop a brand new resource centre with the latest in teenage fiction, textbooks,Apple ipad and wi-fi technology, bespoke seating and shelving.The spacious new Learning Resource Centre was built by local company ECAS, employing highquality local trades, and will be available for pupils before and after the school day, as well as inlesson time, in order to support their learning. The ambition is to eventually open the space as acommunity resource in the evenings.Head teacher Keith Maher said, “This facility provides our pupils with a truly wonderful state of theart learning space. They now have the newest books, the latest Apple ipads and iMacs, the mostup to date software and the very latest reading schemes and technology in order to support theirlearning. We are very grateful to the Welsh Government for this significant financial investment; thelearning resource centre will be a lasting legacy for our pupils and community.”During the Summer term, thirty of our More Able and Talented pupils in Year 9 and 10 will beparticipating in the University of Alberta's Institute for Space Science, Exploration and Technologyevent hosted locally.During the five-day program, Space Academy Trainees explore the many areas of space withreal space scientists and astonauts. Trainees design and launch model rockets, make galaxies,build interactive robots, experience virtual reality, simulate working at mission control and takepictures of earth by sending a camera 30km into the atmosphere on a weather balloon. Whatawonderful opportunity for our pupils!‘A very good school with an outstanding culture’ ESTYN


Graphic Moves ExhibitionFrom Friday June 5 – Sunday June 28, The Riverfrontin Newport will house ‘Graphic Moves’, anexhibition of film, sculpture, and sound createdby young artists from Pen y Dre High School inMerthyr Tydfil. - Graphic Moves is part of the ProductiveMargins programme, an Economic andSocial Research Council funded venture bringingtogether community organisations and socialNineteen pupils from Pen y Dre High School competed in the finals of the National Urdd Eisteddfodat Caerphilly during half term. They had won the right to take part after winning their competitionsat the County Eisteddfod at Ysgol Rhydywaun in March. The pupils from across year 7-10 competedin individual and group recitation competitions against other schools from all over Wales andachieved great success. The group from year 7-9 reached the stage final, appearing live on S4C andcame 2nd overall in a very close competition. Lewis Leigh from year 8 competed in the individualcompetition, putting in an excellent performance in the qualifying round and narrowly missing outon the stage final. The group from year 10, competing against groups from up to and including year13, were exceptional in reaching the stage final, finishing in 3rd place. Finally Macaulay Morgan, partof the year 10 group went on to reach the stage final in the individual competition for pupils betweenyear 10 -13. The recitation piece for this competition was titled “Y Sbectol Hud” “The MagicGlasses”. Macaulay was outstanding in reaching the stage final, again against much older pupils, andin a performance full of expression and charisma went onto to win the final. Headteacher Mr Mahercommented “We are very proud of this fantastic performance by our pupils. A lot of hard work anddedication has gone into their outstanding achievements”enterprises in Bristol and South Wales. The projectalso sees collaboration between academicsfrom the University of Bristol, Cardiff University,and the University of Aberdeen. - Working withacademics, community partners and artists, theProductive Margins programme aims to releasethe creativity, knowledge and passions of youngpeople .The event is part of a series of exhibitions coproducedby young people and the artists. Atthis event, young artists from Merthyr have createdexhibition pieces about their relationshipwith their town and landscape. - Dr Gareth M.Thomas, a Research Associate in the School ofSocial Sciences, says of the event: “The exhibitionis a fantastic outlet for young people fromMerthyr Tydfil to demonstrate their talents andhighlight the relationship they have with theirtown and their landscape. It also provides a differentperspective of Merthyr, a place often subjectedto unfair and disparaging portrayals inthe wider media.”The exhibition will then move to The Redhousein Merthyr.‘A very good school with an outstanding culture’ ESTYN‘A very good school with an outstanding culture’ ESTYN


University of Oxford Access ProgrammeNineteen pupils from Pen y Dre High School competed in the finals of the National Urdd Eisteddfod at Caerphillyduring half term. They had won the right to take part after winning their competitions at the CountyEisteddfod at Ysgol Rhydywaun in March. The pupils from across year 7-10 competed in individual and grouprecitation competitions against other schools from all over Wales and achieved great success. The groupfrom year 7-9 reached the stage final, appearing live on S4C and came 2nd overall in a very close competition.Lewis Leigh from year 8 competed in the individual competition, putting in an excellent performance inthe qualifying round and narrowly missing out on the stage final. The group from year 10, competing againstgroups from up to and including year 13, were exceptional in reaching the stage final, finishing in 3rd place.Pen y Dre High School is proud that five of our pupilswent have on to reach graduated the stage final in the from individual the competition world for pupils class between Universityyear 10 -13. TheFinally Macaulay Morg http://www.penydre.merthyr.sch.uk/media/17404/mat2.jpg an, part of the year 10grouprecitation piece this competition was titled “Y Sbectol Hud” “The Magic Glasses”. Macaulay was outstandingof in reaching Oxford the stage in final, the again last against much seven older pupils, years, and in a reading performance full subjectsof expression andcharisma went onto to win the final. Headteacher Mr Maher commented “We are very proud of this fantasticas varied as jurisprudence (law), music and engineering.This term Mr Davies took our latest groupof highly able and talented pupils to Oxford tolearn about life as an Oxford student and the applicationand selection process. They were able toparticipate in a science lecture from undergraduatesat St. Hilda’s and Jesus College.performance by our pupils. A lot of hard work and dedication has gone into their outstanding achievements”‘A very good school with an outstanding culture’ ESTYN‘A very good school with an outstanding culture’ ESTYN


Mr Jacklin leads the way!Nineteen pupils from Pen y Dre High School competed in the finals of the National Urdd Eisteddfodat Caerphilly during half term. They had won the right to take part after winning their competitionsat the County Eisteddfod at Ysgol Rhydywaun in March. The pupils from across year 7-10 competedin individual and group recitation competitions against other schools from all over Wales andachieved great success. The group from year 7-9 reached the stage final, appearing live on S4C andcame 2nd overall in a very close competition. Lewis Leigh from year 8 competed in the individualcompetition, putting in an excellent performance in the qualifying round and narrowly missingFrom out on Friday the June stage 5 – final. Sunday The June group 28, The from Riverfront year 10, in Newport competing will house against ‘Graphic groups from up to and includingMoves’, year 13, an were exhibition exceptional of film, sculpture, in reaching and sound the stage created final, by young finishing artists in from 3rd Pen place. Finally Macaulay Morghttp://www.penydre.merthyr.sch.uk/media/17404/mat2.jpg an, part of the year 10 group went ony Dre High School in Merthyr Tydfil. - Graphic Moves is part of the Productive Marginsto reach the stage final in the individual competition for pupils between year 10 -13. The recitationprogramme, an Economic and Social Research Council funded venture bringing togetherin reaching community the stage organisations final, again and social against enterprises much in older Bristol pupils, and South and Wales. in a performance The full of expressionpiece We for were this competition delighted was titled to learn “Y Sbectol in Hud” March “The Magic 2015 Glasses”. Macaulay was outstandingthat our very own Mr Jacklin, Head of P.E. hereproject and charisma also sees collaboration went onto to between win academics final. Headteacher from the University Mr Maher of Bristol, commented Cardiff “We are very proudUniversity, of thisatfantasticPen yand the University performanceDre, wonof Aberdeen. bytheourMerthyr- pupils. Working A with lot academics, ofHalfhardMarathonwork community and dedication has gone into theirin an incredible time of 1 hour and 15 minutes.What an inspiration to our young athletes!partners and artists, the Productive Margins programme aims to release the creativity,knowledge and passions of young people .The event is part of a series of exhibitions co-produced by young people and the artists.At this event, young artists from Merthyr have created exhibition pieces about their relationshipwith their town and landscape. - Dr Gareth M. Thomas, a Research Associatein the School of Social Sciences, says of the event: “The exhibition is a fantastic outletfor young people from Merthyr Tydfil to demonstrate their talents and highlight therelationship they have with their town and their landscape. It also provides a differentperspective of Merthyr, a place often subjected to unfair and disparaging portrayals inthe wider media. This is one of many exhibitions going on over the next few monthsand we’re really pleased to be working with young people to engage with, and drawupon, their collective knowledge, resources and capabilities”. -‘A very good school with an outstanding culture’ ESTYN‘A very good school with an outstanding culture’ ESTYN‘A very good school with an outstanding culture’ ESTYN


Llangrannog 2015Mr Jacklin leads thttps://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?ui=2&ik=3f85c1eae9&view=fimg&th=14dbfdf5d9e0298a&attid=0.4&disp=inline&safe=1&attbid=ANGjdJ_XXKV_aq6rsyHXmG27IlMLmXhttps://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?ui=2&ik=3f85c1eae9&0UzHW6LGoEJb-tC2s9VwQ8XtQBgJ3ibL4YzCKigr93mgm97XnRP72UzBBYmkdj1vdf5d9e0298a&attid=0.4&disp=inline&safe=1&attbid=ANGmQunMe4COJ06KucjmbVPOubzTQXqRNhWE&ats=1434392583038&rm=14dbfdf5-mG27IlMLmX0UzHW6LGoEJb-tC2s9VwQ8XtQBgJ3ibL4Yzd9e0298a&zw&sz=w927-h515zBBYmkdj1vmQunMe4COJ06KucjmbVPOubzTQXqRNhWFrom Friday June 5 – Sunday June 28, The Riverfront in Newport will house ‘Graphicm=14dbfdf5d9e0298a&zw&sz=w927-h515Moves’, an exhibition of film, sculpture, and sound created by young artists from Peny Dre High School in Merthyr Tydfil. - Graphic Moves is part of the Productive Marginsprogramme, an Economic and Social Research Council funded venture bringing togethercommunityYear 7 andorganisations8 pupilsand social enterpriseshaveinjustBristol andreturnedSouth Wales. Theproject also sees collaboration between academics from the University of Bristol, Cardifffrom an excellent visit to Llangrannog.University, and the University of Aberdeen. - Working with academics, communityTheypartners andwereartists, theaccompaniedProductive Margins programme aimsbyto release120thepupilscreativity,knowledge and passions of young people .from our Primary feeder schools in aski-ing to go-karting, to horseridingfantasticThe event is part of3a seriesdaysof exhibitionsfullco-producedof activities.by young people andFromthe artists.At this event, young artists from Merthyr have created exhibition pieces about their relationshipwith their town and landscape. - Dr Gareth M. Thomas, a Research Associateandin the SchoolanofassaultSocial Sciences, sayscourse,of the event: “Theallexhibitionpupilsis a fantasticenjoyedoutletfor young people from Merthyr Tydfil to demonstrate their talents and highlight thethe trip, got the chance to practice theirrelationship they have with their town and their landscape. It also provides a differentWelshperspectiveinof Merthyr,a sociala place often subjectedenvironmentto unfair and disparagingandportrayalseveninthe wider media. This is one of many exhibitions going on over the next few monthssaw the sun on the last day!Daupon,iawntheir collectivepawb!knowledge, resources and capabilities”. -and we’re really pleased to be working with young people to engage with, and drawWe were delighted to learn in Mthat our very own Mr Jacklin, He‘A very good school with an outstanding culture’ ESTYN‘A very good school with an outstanding culture’ ESTYN


Sporting success at Pen y Dre!Nineteen pupils from Pen y Dre High School competed in the finals of the National Urdd Eisteddfodat Caerphilly during half term. They had won the right to take part after winning their competitionsat the County Eisteddfod at Ysgol Rhydywaun in March. The pupils from across year 7-10 competedin individual and group recitation competitions against other schools from all over Wales andFrom achieved Friday great June 5 success. – Sunday The June group 28, The from Riverfront year in 7-9 Newport reached will house the stage ‘Graphic final, appearing live on S4C andMoves’, came 2nd an exhibition overall of in film, a very sculpture, close competition. and sound created Lewis by young Leigh artists from from year Pen 8 competed in the individualcompetition, putting in an excellent performance in the qualifying round and narrowly missingy Dre High School in Merthyr Tydfil. - Graphic Moves is part of the Productive Marginsprogramme, an Economic and Social Research Council funded venture bringing togethercommunity organisations and social enterprises in Bristol and South Wales. Theproject also sees collaboration between academics from the University of Bristol, CardiffUniversity, and the University of Aberdeen. - Working with academics, communitypartners and artists, the Productive Margins programme aims to release the creativity,knowledge and passions of young people .The event is part of a series of exhibitions co-produced by young people and the artists.At this event, young artists from Merthyr have created exhibition pieces about their re-All smiles from Jamie in Year 10 afterbeing awarded his first Wales u-16football cap after playing againstIceland, Faroe Islands and NorthernIreland.‘A very good school with an outstanding culture’ ESTYN


‘A very good school with an outstanding culture’ ESTYN‘A very good school with an outstanding culture’ ESTYNI.T. and RoboticsThis month pupils have been involved in a range of curricular andextra-curricular opportunities within ICT. Mr Price has organised aseries of activities with Technocamps that has involved our learnersimproving their coding using Rasperry Pi computers, Kodu andPython programming.Stockmarket Challenge 2015Over the year a Mathematics club has been running atlunchtime for Year 7, where year 10 act as mentors tohelp younger pupils develop problem solving skills.A group of year 10 mentors also recently visited CardiffMetropolitan University to participate in the ‘stock marketchallenge 2015’ run by First Campus. Here our pupilspitted their wits against other budding stock brokers,bankers and traders in order to learn more about theworld of finance and global finance and investment markets.


More Sporting Success at Pen y Dre‘A very good school with an outstanding culture’ ESTYN


Air League 2015This month pupils have been involved in a range of curricular andextra-curricular opportunities within ICT. Mr Price has organised aseries of activities with Technocamps that has involved our learnersimproving their coding using Rasperry Pi computers, Kodu andPython programming.This term fourteen Year 10 and 11 pupilsparticipated in a gliding taster sessionat South Wales Gliding Club in Uskas part of the Air League Gliding ScholarshipProgramme. Pen y Dre is theonly school in Wales out of five in thewhole of the UK to be awarded this opportunity.This inspirational and educationalexperience is designed to showpupils that aviation could be a realisticcareer option. Two of our pupils will beOver the year a Mathematics club has been running atselected lunchtime to for attend Year 7, where a year two 10 act week as mentors trainingtoprogramme help younger pupils to gain develop their problem solo solving glider skills. pilotlicence following a selection processat the British AirwaysMaintenance Centre in Cardiff.A group of year 10 mentors also recently visited CardiffMetropolitan University to participate in the ‘stock marketchallenge 2015’ run by First Campus. Here our pupilspitted their wits against other budding stock brokers,bankers and traders in order to learn more about theworld of finance and global finance and investment markets.‘A ‘A very very good good school with with an outstanding culture’ ESTYN


‘A very good school with an outstanding culture’ ESTYN


STEM Girls Into Engineeringder a future role as an engineer!‘An Inspector Calls’ at Pen y Dre High SchoolThis term, Year 11 enjoyed a perfomance of J.B.Priestly’s classic play at the school.‘A very good school with an outstanding culture’ ESTYN


As we move towards the end of another successfulacademic, cultural and sporting year at Pen y Dre, weagain give thanks to all the hard work of our wonderfulpupils, our fantastic staff and of course all theparents who give the school such great support.Next year promises to be even better, and we are alllooking forward to seeing our pupils in their smartnew uniform.Pen y Dre is a smaller, community -focused schoolwhere pupils are happy, respectful and eager tolearn. If you want to find out more please follow uson twitter @penydre, look at our website:www.penydre.merthyr.sch.ukor pay us a visit!‘A very good school with an outstanding culture’ ESTYN

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