As an ecologically aware school, Penmaes is doing what it can to reduce energy consumption and combat waste.
Therefore, this all new online version of our popular printed newsletter will allow us to reduce costs and reach more people than a limited print run could ever hope to do.
We hope you enjoy it.
The Penmaes Post Team
The Penmaes Post
During the Health and Well-being Day, A5 enjoyed using the Wii Fit as a way of being active!
We also had a swimming
session in the hydro pool.
This is one of our favourite activities!
This term, we have used a variety of healthy fruit and vegetables in our food technology lessons.
For our ASDAN Transition Challenge, we had to organise an event to raise money for charity. We decided to fundraise for the Brecon Area Dementia Friendly Community by holding a tea party and raffle in our classroom, while Anne–Marie also completed a sponsored silence. Rhiannon (from the charity) spoke to us at the tea party to thank us for our efforts and we were delighted that altogether we raised £94.31. We enjoyed preparing the food, hosting the tea party and looking after our guests. Everyone seemed to enjoy the afternoon and we’re glad that we have been able to make some money for such a good cause.
Class 4's Tea Party
Animal Care Option Group
We’re always busy looking after the chickens come rain or shine! Everyone loves to help and to get involved.
Friends of Penmaes Coffee Morning April 15th
The Friends have held a Coffee Morning for over 15 years and last year was possibly the least productive, in terms of support and monies raised. Therefore all of the committee involved were more than a little trepidatious about the results this year.
The year before for various reasons we had held the event on the first Friday after the Easter holiday, I feel a lot of the staff and parents etc had forgotten and we had very few pupils in attendance. Last year I went to the school on the Friday morning to collect cakes and there were none; this year it was vastly different and I had almost two car loads.
We always get a lot of books to sell and odd toys, board games and jig-saws donated from the parents/carers, this is my stall and invariably I end up giving lots of it away mainly to pupils and classes.
The most important stall this year was the Cake stall which raised nearly £175 on its own. Considering we only made £230 in total the year before, this was a major improvement. The raffle made over £110, the Chinese raffle made over £80, in all we grossed £530; after the float and cost of the hall were taken out we made just over £400.
Lessons we learnt from the two year - more reminders and text messages to the parents/carers. This year we managed to get some of the teaching staff “on board” who organised cake-making for us and reminded the rest of the staff. We had a lot more pupils attending and this is my favourite part as they come up and get lots of bargains from my stall.
We can no longer rely on the public, as our main customers are dwindling year on year. Let’s hope in the future we can get some more parents/carers to attend as this year was a great success.
Thank you for your support
Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award
This is our D of E expedition. On the first day we walked up the Allt and on the second day we went up the Crug it was fun and we all enjoyed it. For some of us this was our final expedition as we’ve now completed our Bronze award!! (Ethan Long)
We’d like to thank all the staff who have helped us during DofE this year and especially those who came out and met us during our expeditions.
For our final Silver expedition we camped for two nights in Tal-y-bont. During our three days of walking we also looked for any evidence of past industry. This included the canal, disused rail tunnels and the very bumpy and uneven tramway. Navigating up and around Tor-y-Foel was a bit of a challenge plus trying to beat the rain when putting up and taking down our tents!! (Callum Arnold)
Lower 2 have been very busy this term learning all about the Olympics. The pupils' favourite aspect of the topic were the sporting events they have taken part in. We were lucky enough to be invited to The Rio Olympics, set up by Jemma Alderson, the sports development officer at Brecon leisure centre, along with all other primary schools in the area. What fun we had!!!
This term we have really enjoyed learning all about the Olympics. We have found out lots of information and facts about Rio, Brazil and the rainforest. We have discovered about the history of the Olympics, Olympic torches, medals and the colours of the Olympic rings (which we made as jam tarts…YUMMY!).
●Dinah and Katie – ‘We enjoyed making the jam tart Olympic rings, it was great.’
During this term we have had the opportunity to experience different sports at the Leisure Centre and in our PE lessons. We have learnt vocabulary and phrases about sports and leisure activities in both German and Welsh and had lots of fun making some healthy recipes in Food Technology.
We have also had a great time learning to use different ICT programmes on the I-Pads and Chrome books (Purple Mash and Quiver).
●Joe and Michael – ‘We enjoyed the sports at the Leisure Centre and trying out new sports’
●Thomas – ‘I like swimming!’
●Cerys – ‘I liked Purple Mash on the computers!’
In Science we have been looking at the body, our digestive system and energy from foods. We even took part in an experiment on how foods pass through your digestive system and get the goodness to other parts of the body….YUCK!
We went to Christ College to watch their stage performance of Annie, with their guest actor – a live dog! We have also had an adventure at Bristol zoo, exploring different habitats, seeing lots of different animals and taking part in a work shop about Brazil and the Amazon Rainforest. We enjoyed experiencing different rainforest smells, learning some interesting facts and got to hold/touch a snake, hissing cockroach and a stick insect….AWESOME!!
●Demi and Huw– ‘I like the real dog in Annie. Woof Woof!’
●Richard – ‘Monkeys. OO OO OO!’
●Rhys enjoyed the sensory rainforest experiences and touching the live animals at Bristol zoo.’
It has been a fun and fact filled term. Have a safe and enjoyable Summer.
We’d all like to wish Keely lots of luck at college, we’ll miss you!
One of our highlights this term was our sports day trip to Garwnant
‘ I liked finding the different creatures on the sculpture trail and making perfume’ Keeley B
We’ve also celebrated the summer solstice, been working hard on ASDAN and been improving our fitness during swimming sessions. Well done Jasmine, Jamie and Kyle for achieving your target lengths.
What a day! They sang, danced, drummed, played guitars, told jokes, acted, did magic tricks…...
SO MUCH TALENT!!
PENMAES' GOT TALENT 2016
This term Class One have been learning about the Olympic Games. We learnt lots of facts about the Ancient Olympics as well as Modern Day Olympics. We know what the rings represent and where the 2016 Olympic Games are being held. We made our own Olympic torch to represent a Flame of Friendship.
We researched different types of sports that are played in the Olympic Games. We got to choose our favourite sport and designed medals.
As part of out theme about The Olympics we have also been learning about the Brazilian Rainforest. We enjoyed looking at the rainforest animals and all the other creatures on our trip to Bristol Zoo.
This term we have been finding out about the Olympics. We went to Brecon Leisure Centre and took part in lots of different sports.
Another year has flown by and here we are saying good bye to another groups of sixth formers who are moving on to pastures new – to colleges in Brecon, Ebbw Vale, Llandovery, Neath and Gloucester. We wish them well.
Two staff are also leaving us – Carol is moving to a similar teaching post in another special school and Hywel is going to be working with Powys engineering department. Good bye and good luck to them in their new ventures.
We had a very successful Core Visit 2 from our Challenge Adviser Sian Fielding who was accompanied by Pippa Sillitoe, head teacher from Ysgol Cedewain, our ‘sister’ school in Newtown. Her report will go to Estyn to say we have made good progress in meeting the recommendations from our inspection last year. I am very grateful to all the staff for their continued hard work to achieve high standards for our pupils.
We have continued to work with a range of other schools in literacy, numeracy, ICT, leadership and person centred planning. Staff have attended training in Autism, behaviour approaches and literacy interventions. I have been working on behalf of the South Wales special schools with the University of Wales, Trinity St Davids and am thrilled to tell you that we will be running a new Graduate Diploma course for teachers in special schools in the new school year.
The new Penmaes building will have been open for 10 years in September and we are using this occasion to make a few changes. We are renaming the classrooms with tree names and will use their leaf shapes to label the doors; staff now have their own ‘school uniform’ (not compulsory) and look great in purple!
We are also planning to have a garden party/picnic to celebrate
10 years of the new school on Friday 23rd September.
Please put the date in your diary – we will send more information next term.
I wish you all a very happy and sunny summer!
Cael pawb gwyliau da!
Julie Kay, Headteacher
We have staff training days on Monday and Tuesday 18th and 19th July and again on 1st and 2nd September. Term starts for pupils on Monday 5th September 2016.
Staff would like to add that the Upper 6th pupils have all worked really hard this year – in particular their ASDAN work, with Connor, Ben and Shay all achieving their Gold Award. Well done!
Well, what a term we have had…….
In May ‘Powys People First’ and the ‘Ambulance Service’ came to talk to us about how the service operates; we also went up to the office were ‘Powys People First’ are based and had a tour around the building.
David the Chinese teacher taught us how to talk in Mandarin which was really good. He taught us some really useful words and how to count.
In July we went out for a meal to say good bye to Hywel Price who is leaving, we all enjoyed our lunch in the pub!
We finished off the term with the sixth form ball which really went well and we all enjoyed. The last trip of the year is a visit to the cinema and a picnic.
It's time to say goodbye to some friends who are leaving this year. The friends who are leaving are Connor Craddock, Carla England, Alison Hughes, Jack Griffiths, Shay Shepherd, Uther and Gawain Hale, Michael Maryon, Keely Francis, Ben parry and Adam Fleming - we will miss you all.
We have had a very busy term learning all about the Olympics. We have been out on the big yard using all the different equipment to get fit and have been learning to swim in the Hydrotherapy pool.
We have painted flags from different countries and danced to music from around the world. Osian from class 1 has been showing us how to ride our bikes and giving us rides.
To perform as an athlete, we needed to eat healthily. So this term we have been making a number of healthy meals to try. One of them was a vegetable stir fry.
Upper 3 have been very busy this term, learning about different places and practising our skills through our topic on the Olympics.
We have learnt lots about the 2016 Olympics host city, Rio de Janeiro, and compared it to London in 2012. We have also learnt about the rainforest in Brazil, and compared it to the Brecon Beacons. We learn even more about the rainforest when we went to Bristol Zoo last week.
To help us learn more about the experience of being an athlete, we took part in Olympic days at the leisure centre. We represented Japan and took part in a parade of nations.
This has been a very quiet year for the Friends, in that we have had very few requests. As usual all requests have been passed, as I have said before this is not our money, we are only custodians.
Two interactive whiteboards purchased and fitted. £6000
Fixtures and fittings for 6th Form common room. £172
Bike helmets £225
New chicken coop £315
Magazine Subscription £150
Cookery Tools £250
We are now down to three Parents/Carers on the committee; this represents about 1.5% of the Parents/Carers at the school. I realise not everyone can attend meetings in the evening due to child care etc. Would anyone be interested in day-time meetings? We have to get numbers of Parents/Carers up as I do not feel it is fair that 6-10 committee members cover all the events.
We have four days already booked for selling raffle tickets:
Friday 28th October Co-op Brecon
Friday 11th November Co-op Brecon
Saturday 12th November Co-op Brecon
Friday 9th December Morrisons Brecon
If anyone can give an hour of their time to sell tickets it would really be appreciated.
We had our best coffee morning in quite a while, this was due to the response of the parents /carers and staff who made and sent in cakes, who cleared out the unwanted presents and got rid of bric-a-brac. Thanks to all of you, I will try and make sure it is well advertised again next year.
I know it’s summer, but early notice - we will need donations for the Christmas Hampers. These need not be just Christmas items but cans and jars of all varieties.
We will keep going for another year, and I hope you feel the Friends are an important asset to the school, but we can not carry on without some more members. If you have any ideas or can spend time for a meeting, or helping at an event, please contact myself or the school.
I hope you have a great summer break and hope that we might see some new faces at our AGM on Thursday 22nd September at Penmaes School 7.00pm
Alex Bennett, Chair of the Friends of Penmaes.