Ysgol Glan Clwyd News
An evening to celebrate 60 years of Welsh secondary education and Ysgol Glan Clwyd’s birthday took place on March 31 2017
Everyone had a fun filled evening at the school’s new ‘Hafan’ on March 31. The Hafan was transformed into a venue worthy of any Oscars or Baftas ceremony or a five star hotel! A diligent team of staff and pupils had been busy for weeks preparing for this special evening and it proved to be a resounding success.
Iwan Charles was the evening’s compere who welcomed past pupils to entertain us: Ynyr Llwyd, “Mared Williams a’r Trwbs” and Steffan Rhys Hughes along with Mike Peters who is a great friend of the school. Naturally, the school choir also provided entertainment on the night and we must say a big thank you to all instructors and pupils that prepared and performed to such a high standard. The staff and pupils’ choir was a definite highlight as they sang a song commissioned especially for this occasion. We were very fortunate that Leah Owen and Eifion Lloyd Jones agreed to co-write such a beautiful and meaningful melody and verse under the title ‘Ysgol Glan Clwyd’.
The evening was an opportunity for many of our past pupils, parents and friends to get together, relax and enjoy a fantastic meal and entertainment. It was lovely to see pupils playing their part in many ways during the preparations and the evening itself. Some were serving, singing, decorating and Cadi Mars Jones (Yr13) had even baked a magnificent cake especially for the occasion!
The importance of this celebration is condensed in the words of Ffion Gwen’s englyn – we thank her for her willingness to record the occasion in such a refined manner.v
We now look forward to the 100!
Past and present Headteachers with Cadi Mars-Jones (who made the celebration cake)
Big Bang in Llandudno – A team of Year 12 pupils visited Llandudno and were victorious in one of the competitions and won £500.
18 Yr 12/13 pupils attended a science visit in Oxford and had a taste of college life and the work undertaken within the different departments
7M succeeded to raise £143.50 towards the charity Epilepsy Action by selling cakes and painting nails and faces.
THE URDD EISTEDDFOD– Bridgend 2017. Congratulations to the following students from Ysgol Glan Clwyd who were successful in the Eisteddfod this year
Cerdd Dant solo yr 7 – 9: 1st Owain John Jones (yr 9)
Cerdd Dant group yr 10 and under 19: 1st - Alys Brown, Celyn Cartwright, Lisa Dafydd, Mali Elwy, Siriol Jones, Cadi Mars Jones, Ruth Roberts a Gwen Williams (yr 11, 12 a 13)
Cerdd Dant group yr 7 – 9: 2nd
Cerdd Dant duet yr 10 and under 19: 2nd Celyn Cartwright and Siriol Jones (yr 13)
Monologue yr 10 and under 19: 3rd Mali Elwy (yr 11)
Girls Singing group yr7 – 9: 3rd
Vocal Ensemble yr 10 and under 19: 3rd i Alys Brown, Celyn Cartwright, Siriol Jones a Gwen Williams (yr 12 a 13)
Creative 2D work yr 7 – 9: 2nd Cai William Davies yr 8
2D design yr 7 – 9: 1st Miriam Owen (yr 9) and 2nd Cai William Davies (yr 8)
Mask or puppet yr 7 – 9: 2nd Emily Morris (yr 7)
Creative 3D textiles yr 7 – 9: 3rd Miriam Owen (yr 9)
First Lego League – You read our story in the last edition of this paper, and between May 25 and 28. we competed in the European final in Denmark . We worked hard to upgrade our robot and were confident that we progressed towards creating the best robot possible! Our robot was named “Dil Mêl” ("Honeycomb"), which was in keeping with our theme. It was an unbelievable experience to compete in the European Championship, and once again we were successful. We were the British team who had the highest score in the competition, and we were also amongst the top quarter of the whole teams who took part. An excellent achievement and a truly worthwhile experience for the pupils who took part.
To enable us to take part in Denmark, we received sponsorship from Qioptic in St. Asaph and Airbus and we are very grateful for their support. We would be more than happy to share further details about our team with you, and you can follow us on “Twitter” @YgcEgni
Congratulations to all members of Côr Cytgan Clwyd who are students at school on their outstanding success in the Pan Celtic Festival in Ireland over the Easter holidays. The choir were successful in winning the youth choir, the open choir and second with the male voice choir, with Brannon Liston-Smith from yr 11 conducting the choir. The highlight of the trip was that the choir won the main Choir Festival prize for the second year in succession. They are now practising for the National Eisteddfod to be held in Anglesey in August.
Annual Awards. We held our annual Awards service on Wednesday, May 10th. Awards were given to students who were nominated by staff for their achievements in various fields
Tlws Hafan Deg – Cadi Mars Jones and Lisa Dafydd. Recognition of a high standard in welsh.
Tlws June Mosley – Mathew Baines and Imogen Roberts. Special contribution in the Community
Tlws Eurwyn Keith Jones – Tomos Davies. Special contribution in English
Tlws Elfed Islwyn – Celyn Cartwright. Contribution in Drama and performing
Tlws Coffa Gareth Rees – Harry Jones. Special contribution in Performing Arts
Tlws Mairlyn Lewis – Siriol Jones – female student who contributed most to sports in the school
Tlws Tony Betts – Rhys Johnson – male student who contributed most to sports in the school.
Tlws GYTS – Deio Clwyd – Contribution, example or leadership in using the welsh language.
Tlws Rhys Wyn Thomas – Elin Owen – contribution and most progress in sports
Science Yr 13 – Tesni Houlston
Other worthy winners from year 11 included Iwan Evans for his contribution to sports throughout the 5 years in school, Elin Evans – who excelled in Science, Sam Carter in Electronics,
Sarah Baines and Cari Miles in Astronomy and Manon Harvey in Maths
A new award for this year was” Mentor of the Year” and this was presented to Nia Roberts 13E for her work in helping the younger students with their reading skills.
Congratulations to Josie Smith on being selected to represent Wales’ under 15 Girls Football Squad against Brittany and also for being signed up to play for Everton ladies team next season. Best wishes for the future.
Congratulations to Ilona MacTownend, Yr 13 on being selected to be a part of the Gap Year activity PROJECT TRUST. This is quite an achievement.
Congratulations to Holly Jones, Year 11, for winning the British Judo Championship.
Congratulations to Rebecca Trehearn (past pupil) for winning the award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical at the Oliver Awards recently. It’s great to hear about the success of our past pupils in West End shows.
Congratulations to Joe Simpson – our rugby development officer who was a member of the RGC team who recently won the WRU National Cup Final.
Congratulations to Gregory Williams 8U on organising an event in Rhyl to raise awareness of Asthma which raised £655 towards the charity.
Here are some of the members of the year 9 girls’ rugby team who took part in the Urdd competition in Bala Rugby club. Team A won the Plate and team B were second in the competition. Well done girls!
Our best wishes to Mrs Judith Williams on her recent marriage.
Best wishes also go to Mrs Ann Davies and Mrs Haf Evans who are retiring from their posts at the end of this term. The same wishes for the future go to Mrs Nicola Hughes, Ms Rhiannon Vaterlaws, Ms Delyth Pyrs, Ms Mari Scanlon and Miss Hanna Roberts who are all leaving to take up new posts elsewhere.
A/AS/GCSE level exams. The busy examination period is over! Best wishes to all our student in their future careers. Here are the dates for collecting the results.
A/AS level – August 17th
GCSE – August 24th.
Lisa and Cadi (both in yr 13) with their award and certificates
Record of Achievement. This took place at the Cathedral on Friday, May 5th. This is a record of the pupil’s five years at Ysgol Glan Clwyd and their memories of their period at the school. Mr Martin Davies (previous headteacher) was guest speaker, and it was he who presented each pupil with their own personal record. Musical items were by ‘Dienw’ (a yr 11 rock band), solos by Alaw Broster and Lowri Haf Jones, a duet by Brannon Liston Smith and Jos Wilks and to finish off the afternoon, the whole year choir sang ‘ Fe Ddaw Yfory’.
Extreme Physics. Over the Easter holidays, Ieuan Gittins, Calista Keyes, Owain Jones, Megan Lloyd-Jones, Osian Winstanley, Alexandra Jones, Trystan Roberts, Grace Poole-Jones, all in year 10 visited Wycombe Abbey School in High Wycombe to take part in three days of competition. The teams won six of the challenges set. The teams showed that they could organise, research information and work well as a team. Each team member got the chance to take part in the ‘iFly’ – which is an indoor sky-diving experience and everyone managed to get to the top of the vertical air tunnel. They also took part in a climbing activity.
Salters Festival of Chemistry. On May 3rd, Jo Moffat, Gemma Prime, Elliott Maitland-Davies a Toby Devenport from year 8 accompanied by Mr Owain Davies (Chemistry teacher) to Bangor University to compete on behalf of the school in this Festival. There were two challenges to complete successfully before an impressive show and award ceremony. Congratulations to the team for securing second place in the main challenge of the day. Thanks go to the pupils for their dedication, scientific skills and organisation whilst taking part in the competition. Gemma also had a chance to experiment with liquid nitrogen to cool flowers and break them!