School

 

Bontnewydd School is a bi-lingual county school for 3 – 11 old pupils


“ This is a good school with a great deal of outstanding features
that are revealed in all the work of the school.” ESTYN



 

School Council

The Bontnewydd School Council has been up and running for several years and has a very positive impact on the school’s everyday life.  

Years 2 to 6 classes have a Classroom Council, and during the year, several meetings are held where all pupils have an opportunity to express an opinion about the school’s procedures and suggest ideas on possible improvements.

A vote is held at the beginning of every school year, where every Classroom Council elect two pupils to represent them on the School Council. These members meet at least twice a term to discuss the Classroom Council’s ideas before priorities and action programme are decided upon. Representatives are expected to report to their class following each meeting so that they understand and are aware of the decisions made.

The Classroom and School Councils provide pupils with an opportunity to express an opinion and collaborate with Staff and Governors to make improvements to and develop the school for everybody’s benefit. It also provides an opportunity for the pupils to develop numerous skills including communication, listening, expressing an opinion, problem-solving, decision making and reflection. As they keep records, receive a funding allocation, prepare a balance sheet and communicate with others in different ways they also develop various literacy, numeracy and ITC skills.

 

School Council Members 2017 - 2018
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Here is our school council for this year. After a long process in the classrooms, the Council was elected. Following this, Rebecca was elected as Chairperson and Catrin as Deputy. Congratulations to you all.

The Council members have already begun on their agenda of work for the year and are working hard in order to help develop Ysgol Bontnewydd to be a fabulous school where everyone is happy.

Classes
Representatives
Head Pupils Iolo Bremaud-Thomas
(Treasurer)
Catrin Mai Huws-Thomas
Secretary / Vice Chairperson
Yr Wyddfa Callum Owen Rebecca Burdett
(Chairperson)
Elidir Guto Williams
Gwenlli Griffiths
(Treasurer)
Tryfan Tomos Griffith Anna Ffion Humphreys
(Secretary)
Yr Aran Arthur Evans Ria Parry
Sports Ambassadors Cain Owen Gwen Rowley
Staff Eirian Madine
(Deputy Head)

Sharing information with the School Governors 2018

plantThe School Governors thoroughly enjoyed listening to the thoroughly informative Presentations given by members of the School Council, Eco Council and Welsh Charter Council regarding the work they’ve been doing during this Educational Year 2015-2016. All the Council members, along with the rest of the pupils and staff, work hard in order to make Bontnewydd School a great school.

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Main School Councils Priorities 2017-2018Prif Flaenoriaethau’r Cyngor Ysgol 2017-2018

 


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Gwynedd Schools Young Sports Ambassador

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Cain, Gwen, Katie and Cian, Bontnewydd School Sports Ambassadors, were extremely fortunate to take part in a training course at Glaslyn Leisure Center, Porthmadog. Along with pupils from other Gwynedd schools, they worked in partnership with British Sports Leaders UK to gain a ‘Playmaker' qualification.

They developed many leadership skills such as how to communicate effectively with others, organize people and equipment and to work as part of a team. Their next challenge will be to use these skills to promote sport at Ysgol Bontnewydd.

Safer Internet Day 2018

Safer Internet Day 2018
Safer Internet Day 2018

In order to share important information about Internet Safety, the School Council gave a really interesting presentation during morning assembly on the theme Safer Internet Use. They also organised for PC Pritchard to conduct a Curriculum Evening, on February 6th, to share information on the subject with parents. During the day, various classroom activities were organised by the teachers in order to further develop pupils’ understanding. We all have a responsibility to ensure a safer and better online community for ourselves and others.


Internet Safety Day

Urdd Netball Tournament

Internet Safety Day - 06/02/18

Letter for Parents - click here

 

 

Autumn Term 2017 - 100% attendance

Autumn Term 2017 - 100% attendanceDuring this term, members of the School Council have been monitoring pupil attendance. Our target from Gwynedd Council is 96.6%. The School Council would like to congratulate the pupils on their 100% attendance during the Autumn Term. Each one received an 'Attendance Pencil'.

Fill a Welly Campaign 2017

The School Council decided that we'd once again support the 'Fill a Welly' charity. During the Autumn Term the pupils have been busy collecting enough pennies to fill up a wellington. Approximately one full wellington allows the children to buy one goat. This year £184.29 was collected which was enough to send 7 goats abroad to Africa via Oxfam. Thank you all for your support.

Fill a Welly 2017
Fill a Welly 2017
Fill a Welly 2017

T4U Christmas Boxes

T4U Christmas Boxes
T4U Christmas Boxes

Many thanks to the families who contributed a Christmas Box for a child in another country. The T4U charity appreciates all the assistance they are given to make children’s Christmas’ better.
This year 87 boxes were collected and they will be going to Bosnia and Belarus. Many thanks.
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Hi-Visibility Jackets

Hi-Visibility Jackets
Hi-Visibility Jackets

The School Council would like to thank Mr Peter Garlick for his kind gift of £100. The members have bought 30 Hi-Visibility Jackets with the money. These jackets will be worn by Ysgol Bontnewydd pupils during school educational visits. Keep an eye out for them, they look very smart.

Children in Need
Children in NeedMany thanks to all pupils for supporting the Children in Need Day. Most pupils had forgotten to wear their school uniform today!!!!! Many were still wearing their PJ’s and some were in Pudsey Bear outfits. £205.10 was collected for this good cause.

 

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Indian Day
Indian DayThe School Council arranged a special international day - Indian Day.The School Hall was decorated with flags whilst children and staff wore their colourful clothes. Pupils had the opportunity to learn about different aspects to do with India and about how people live there. The highlight was a special banquet at lunch time.

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Thanksgiving 2017
plantThe School Council decided to ask for donations for the Caernarfon Food Bank again this year. They like the idea of being able to help local people who are less fortunate. Gwyn came to receive the food on behalf of the charity and to thank the children. Thank you to all who supported.

 

Bontnewydd School, Sponsored Walk, September 2017

Sponsored WalkGreat excitement was had in Bontnewydd on Monday, September 25, as approximately 140 children participated in Ysgol Bontnewydd’s Sponsored Walk. It was the School Council’s idea to run this exciting activity in order to raise funds for the school. Luckily, the sun was shining and everyone had fun walking along Lon Eifion, Cycle Track to Caernarfon and back. Once we arrived at Caernarfon, everyone had a little break to relax and have their picnic before heading back to the School. The Perfect Picnic was prepared by the kitchen staff.

The Reception Pupils were also busy raising money as they participated in various physical activities in the School Hall and on the yard. They had great fun while keeping fit. So far we have raised £1.400 with money still coming in. The School Council, after suggestions from pupils, will decide how to spend half the money and purchase valuable resources for the benefit of all pupils. The rest of the money will be transferred to the PTA fund. We would like to thank everyone who sponsored the pupils.

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School Council’s Topsy-turvy Day children

The School Council organised a last day of term Topsy-turvy day in order to raise money for their fund. All the pupils came to school in their own clothes and the adults in school uniform. All paid a £1 for the privilege.
The School Council will decide how to spend the money (£142) following feedback from the Class Councils. Thank you all for your support.

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Internet Safety Day

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The School Council decided that we would hold a School Safety day on February 7 Web to coincide with International Safer Internet Day. The purpose of the day was to develop pupils' understanding of how to use the Web safely. PC Pritchard came to discuss related issues with KS2 learners. The School Council also organized for PC Pritchard to conduct a curriculum evening to share important information regarding Internet Safety with parents. Many important messages regarding being responsible and developing positive use of digital technology were shared. We all have a responsibility to ensure a safer and better online community. 'Be the change: Unite for a better internet'.

Anti-bullying week

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The School Council decided that it would be a good idea to hold an Anti-bullying week November 14-18, Our aim was to develop pupil's understanding of what bullying means and what to do if they found themselves in such a situation. We had great fun making 'Anti-bullying Super hero' masks. Every one was given a copy of our Child-friendly Anti-bullying policy. We also discussed what makes a good friend and PC Pritchard visited and worked on activities regarding the theme with Years 5 and 6 pupils.

Policy - click here

Main Priorities 2016-2017

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'Fill a Welly' 2016 - Goats to Africa

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The School Council decided that we'd once again support the 'Fill a Welly' charity. During the Autumn Term the pupils have been busy collecting enough pennies to fill up a wellington. One full wellington allows the children to buy a goat to send to Africa through Oxfam. This year £175.83 was collected which was enough to send another 7 goats abroad. Thank you all for your support.

T4U 2016

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Many thanks to those of you who were able to donate a Christmas for the T4U charity this year. The School Council has nominated this term as our Charity Appeal term. This year 68 boxes were collected. The boxes will be sent to Romania this year

Children in Need 2016

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During Children in Need Day, there was great excitement at Bontnewydd School as all the children and adults were dressed in their colourful pyjamas or other suitable clothing. We collected £212 towards the charity.

Aled Hughes from Radio Cymru, who was on his bike ride challenge from Penrhyndeudraeth to Bangor, called to say hello and to take our donation to the centre in Bangor. The School Council would like to thank you all for your support.

Thanksgiving Service 2016
childrenMany thanks to The Wyddfa class pupils for preparing a special Thanksgiving service for members of their family fellow Bontnewydd school pupils. They took the opportunity to remind us all of the importance of being thankful for everything we have and of ways we can help others who aren't as fortunate. This year, the School Council, decided to ask for donations for the Caernarfon Food Bank. Gwyn came to receive them on behalf of the charity and to thank the children. Thank you all for being so kind. Click here to see some photos.

School Council at work July 2016
sportsYear 6, School Council members at work writing a Child-friendly Bullying Policy. Thank you for your commitment and hard work throughout the year. The policy has been passed/adopted by the School Governors and will be shared with all pupils in September.

 

Sharing information with the School Governors

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at the fairThe School Governors thoroughly enjoyed listening to the thoroughly informative Presentations given by members of the School Council, Eco Council and Welsh Charter Council regarding the work they’ve been doing during this Educational Year 2015-2016. All the Council members, along with the rest of the pupils and staff, work hard in order to make Bontnewydd School a great school.

Autumn Term 2015 - 100% attendance
plantDuring this term, members of the School Council have been monitoring pupil attendance. Our target from Gwynedd Council is 96.6%. The School Council would like to congratulate the 33 pupils on their 100% attendance during the Autumn Term. Each one received a ‘Attendance Pencil’.

'Fill a Welly' - Goats to Africa
childrenThe School Council has been supporting the avove charity since 2007.

During the Autimn Term pupils collect enough pennies to fill up a wellington.

One full wellington allows the children to buy a goat to send to Africa through Oxfam.

Up to date, 50 goats have been sent to Africa. This year £173.73 was collected which was enough to send another 7 goats abroad.

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Members of the School Council 2015-2016

Class
Representatives
Yr Wyddfa
Llio Jones - (Chairperson)
Morgan Jones (Vice-chair)
Anest Griffiths - (Treasurer)
Joseff Thomas (Secretary)
Elidir
Elin Williams (Secretary)
Hari Jones (Treasurer)
Tryfan
Cara Owen
Dyfan Pritchard
Year 2
Anna Celyn Evans
Owain Davies
Staff
Miss Eirian Madine

 

Bwriadau'r Cyngor Ysgol 2015-2016 (Welsh only)

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Monitoring Attendance
childrenCurrently, the presence of pupils of pupils at Ysgol Bontnewydd is good. Members of the School Council want this standard to continue. As a result, they have decided to monitor the situation on a weekly basis. Every Monday morning they will be recording pupil's attendance percentage during the previous week on a sign outside each classroom. Each learner with an attendance of 100% at the end of the term will receive a prize from the School Council.

T4U Christmas Boxes

Many thanks to the families who contributed a Christmas Box for a child in another country. The T4Uscheme appreciates all the assistance they are given to make children’s Christmas’ better.

This year 71 boxes were collected. Many thanks.

Anti-Bullying Week 2015

Following a decision made by the members of the School Council, a focus on the theme of 'Anti-bullying' and 'How to be good friends' was had in each class during the week of November 16-20, 2015. It was great to see the outside blackboards full of statements made by pupils noting who are good friends and why.

Children in Need day
The School Council committee members would like to thank everyone for their fantastic effort in supporting the Children in Need charity. It was so nice to see everyone smiling while wearing their pyjamas. We raised £199.65.

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Chinese New Year
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Following a decision made by the School Council, we had a very interesting international day celebrating the Chinese New Year. As well as having a delicious Chinese lunch, every pupil developed their understanding by participating in various educational activities. We'd like to thank Mrs Mair Jones for giving a presentation about her visit to the country. The photographs were well worth seeing and the tea tasting a nice surprise.

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New Playtime Equipment 2015-16
plantThe School Council have been busy thinking of ways to spend the money raised during the Sponsored Walk. Following feedback from the Class Councils, the School Council members decided to purchase more playtime equipment to keep the Foundation Phase and Key stage 2 pupils happy and busy on the school yard. Approximately £850 has been spent on purchasing a good selection that will be enough for this year and the following year. These include: a variety of balls, badminton equipment, throwing games, yo-yo, connect 4, hop scotch, skipping ropes and hula hoops. The new equipment seems to please and are being used on a daily basis by the children. The School Council aim to monitor the use of these during the term.

Sharing information with the School Governors

Children
The School Governors thoroughly enjoyed listening to the thoroughly informative Presentations given by members of the School Council, Eco Council and Welsh Charter Council regarding the work they’ve been doing during this Educational Year 2014-2015. All the Council members, along with the rest of the pupils and staff, work hard in order to make Bontnewydd School a great school.

 

Bontewydd School, Sponsored Walk
childrenGreat excitement was had in Bontnewydd on Friday, June 12, as more than 150 children and over 20 adults participated in Ysgol Bontnewydd’s Sponsored Walk. It was the School Council’s idea to run this exciting activity in order to raise funds for the school. Luckily, the sun was shining and everyone had fun walking along Lon Eifion, Cycle Track to Caernarfon and back. Once we arrived at Caernarfon, everyone had a little break to relax and have their picnic before heading back to the School. The Perfect Picnic was prepared by the kitchen staff - it was very tasty.

childrenSo far we have raised £ 3,000. The School Council, once they’ve held discussions with the various classes, will decide how to spend half the money and purchase valuable resources for the benefit of all pupils. The rest of the money will be transferred to the PTA fund.

We would like to thank everyone who sponsored the pupils.
Click here to see a good collection of photographs.

New Playtime Equipment 2015
childrenThe School Council have been busy thinking of ways to keep pupils happy and busy during playtime. After investigating, the Council decided to use £100 of their budget to buy new play equipment for both the Foundation Phase and Key Stage 2 pupils.

Following feedback from the Class Councils, the School Council members decided to purchase: a selection of bats and balls for both the Foundation Phase and Key Stage 2 Pupils, a selection of small toy cars for the Foundation Phase and new football goals for Key Stage 2 children. The new equipment seems to please and are being used on a daily basis by the children. They School Council hope to buy more equipment in the future when they have the funds to do so.

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Supporting Others - Autumn Term 2014/15

Children in Need
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During Children in Need Day, there was great excitement at Bontnewydd School as all the children and adults were dressed in their colourful pyjamas. We collected £167 towards the charity. Thank you all.

T4U Christmas Boxes
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Many thanks to those who sent a box full of Christmas gifts. 77 boxes were collected on behalf of T4U. The boxes will be going to orphanages in Romania.

 

Fill a Welly Campaign
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All pupils have been busy collecting pennies towards the ‘Fill a Welly – Goats to Africa ‘ charity. This year £150 in pennies was collected, enough to buy 6 goats. The goats should arrive in Africa by Christmas.

 


Sponsoring a Child
The proceeds from the Christmas concert went to sponsor a child’s education for a whole year. For many years now we have been sponsoring Alex in Uganda. As he is about to leave school, we have to say goodbye to him and we all wish him all the best for the future.

Mbalenhle Moyo will be our sponsor child for the forthcoming year. She is six years old and lives in Zimbabwe. We hope she will be happy with her Christmas present from all at Bontnewydd School. We look forward to receiving a letter from her soon.

School Council Logo
plentynMembers of the School Council felt that the Council needed a Logo and, as a result, decided to run a compétition for Years 1-6 pupils. They were blown away by the quality of the entries and had some very hard choices to make before coming to their final conclusion. After a lot of discussion and deliberation they decided on Cain's design as they thought it incorporated the School Council's intentions of co-operating and supporting each other to make everyone at Bontnewydd School happy. We congratulate him and thank everyone who took part.

 

Autumn Term
• Arrange a ' Fireworks' lunch;
• Arrange to collect money for the Children in Need charity;
• Collection 'T4U' Christmas boxes.

Spring Term
• Hold meetings on a more regular basis (to be led by Miss Madine);
• Develop the notice board in the hall;
• Hold a competition to create a ' Logo ' for the School Council;
• Establish a ' Language Charter' committee and act on their priorities (to be led by Miss Wills);
• Buy more Playtime equipment - football goals, various balls, bats and small cars;
• Order a new goldfish tank for the Foundation Phase;
• Arrange to have mirrors in the Key Stage 2 toilets;
• Arrange a 'Welsh day' with special lunch;
• Seek to ensure that all pupils are happy and behave appropriately on the playground.

Summer Term
• Continue to seek to ensure that all pupils are happy and behave appropriately on the playground;
• Organise a day 'Stay Healthy Day' with a focus on various playground activities;
• Arrange a fundraising activity;
• Arrange an 'International Day' with special lunch to coincide.

 

Here is a Picture of the School Council

Year 6 Nathan Jones Anna Hughes
  Dion Morgan Catrin Lloyd
Year 5 Joseph Thomas Anest Griffith
Year 4 Iwan Morris Caitlin Childs
Year 3 Cain Owen Gwen Rowley
Year 2 Cian Evans Ffion Jones
Staff Mrs Janet Wyn George (Pennaeth)

 

 

 

Year 6 Sion Dafydd (Chairperson) Efa Ceiri (Secretary)
  Guto Jones Malan Hughes
Year 5 Nathan Jones Anna Hughes
Year 4 Joseff Thomas Anest Griffith
Year 3 Hari Jones Alaw Morgan
Year 2 Iolo Bremaud Thomas Gwen Rowley
Staff Mrs Janet Wyn George

 

 
cyngor ysgol
Year 6 Cai Tudur (Chairman) Norrie Jones (Secretary)
  Ynyr Pritchard Mared Hughes
Year 5 Sion Dafydd Efa Ceiri
Year 4 Jac Owen Catrin Lloyd
Year 3 Sion Jones Sian Roberts
Year 2 Hari Jones Erin Thomas
Staff Mrs Janet George (Pennaeth)

Summer Term
* Wild West International Day
* Alaw Appeal Day

Autumn Term
* Didoli ac adnewyddu teganau buarth
* Gweithredu cynllun 'Cymraeg Campus' - Siartr Iaith
* Gwella trefnu cyfarfodydd y Cyngor Ysgol

Spring Term
* Gweithredu cynllun 'Tua'r Copa' Siartr Iaith
* Trefnu diwrnod rhyngwladol Indiaidd
* Cynyddu nifer aelodau'r Cyngor Ysgol i gynnwys aelodau Ysgol Iach a Llysgenhadon Efydd

 
cyngor ysgol
Year 6 Guto Jones (Chairman) Ffion Elain Evans (Secretary)
  Owain Thomas Lois Bee
Year 5 Cai Williams Norrie Jones
Year 4 Richie Parry Malan Hughes
Year 3 Jac Edwards Anna Hughes
Year 2 Joseff Thomas Llio Jones
Staff Mrs Janet George (Headteacher)

Autumn Term
• Renovate the Toilets – Complete the painting work and order new seats
• Organize and implement ‘Playground Buddies’ time-table
• Prepare posters to promote ‘Corridor Rules’

Easter Term
• Place orders for more Play Time equipment
• Organize an Italian International Day
• Establish a notification system to facilitate the lunch time supervisors work

Summer Term
• Order more P.E equipment
• Order more Design and Technology equipment
• Order new classroom cupboards
• New toilet seats in K.S 2 girl's toilets
• Organise a Chinese Day

Developing the Toilets – Painting completed and new toilet seats

 

  play equipment

The School Council have been very busy during the term thinking of ways to keep pupils happy during playtime. After investigating, the Council decided to buy new play equipment for both the Foundation Phase and Key Stage 2. They were given a budget of £350 to spend on equipment to develop play skills as well as keeping fit.
Guto Alun and Dafydd Eryl from Year 6 and Lois and Joseff from Year 2 were put in charge of choosing and ordering the equipment.
Playtimes seem far happier and children more contented now that the new games have arrived.
Well done School Council.