News

 

Ysgol Bontnewydd is an extremely busy school.

 

Our aim is to provide a wide range of experiences for our pupils.

    Here is the latest news.




     

News Archive 2012 and 2013

 

Fill a Welly scheme

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Pupils support the Fill the Welly scheme annually.

They collect coppers – pennies and twopences to fill a class wellington.



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The money collected is used to buy goats for Africa.

This year £190 was raised and 8 goats were sent to Botswana.

 


Foundation Phase Christmas Concert and Junior Department Show
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The end of term arrived with the usual festive activities. A successful show and concert were performed – Christmas Carols by the Foundation Phase and “Christmas Cards” by KS2.

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Part of the proceeds will be used to sponsor Alex Ddamulira, our sponsor child in Uganda.


Christmas Dinner

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A feast of a Christmas Dinner was provided again this year. The children enjoyed their turkey and stuffing. Many thanks to Auntie Magi and the kitchen staff for all the preparations.


Christmas Parties
Christmas PartiesParties were held to bring the term to a close. Pupils had the opportunities to enjoy their party food and various games.

Click here to see more photos

 


Carols
CarolauOn Thursday morning, December 19 the older members of the school choir walked with Mrs. Hughes, Anti Elen and Mr. Jones to Gwynfa II residential home in Bontnewydd to entertain the residents. They sang a number of Christmas songs and one or two carols so that everyone could join in. It was a very pleasant experience even though they got caught in a shower of hail and rain on the way back to school! Thanks to everyone.


Ysgol Bontnewydd ‘Nadolig Llawen’ CD
Many thanks to you for supporting the launch of our CD for Christmas. By now all the CD’s have been sold – 150 of them. We hope you enjoy listening to the music over the festival.


Governors Annual Report

The Governors Annual Report was released today. You can read the report by following the link below. Contact the school office if you want a paper copy of the report.

Governors Annual Report - click here


Dŵr Cymru
children with LucyOn Friday, November 29, we were visited by Lucy from Dŵr Cymru. Year1,2,3,4,5 and 6 pupils were given a very interesting talk about where our water comes from and how it reaches our homes and school.

She then gave each class in the junior department a lesson on how to save water by using a hippo bag in the toilet cistern and by remembering to turn the tap off when we are washing or brushing our teeth.
Thank you Lucy for a very informative day.


Energy Saving Fortnight
childrenYsgol Bontnewydd is a green school. As it is ‘Energy Saving fortnight’, the Eco Committee members have decided to monitor how well the pupils and staff are at switching off the lights, heaters and the interactive white boards when they are not needed. They have devised a reward system and are using picture cards as visual reminders for each class. The winning class will be rewarded with extra play time at the end of the fortnight.


Gardening with Anna
gardeningChildren from years 5 and 6 worked extremely hard tidying the school garden under the guidance of Anna Williams, Wildlife Gardening Project officer. It's always a pleasure to welcome Anna back to the school as she teaches us all about various aspects to do with nature and how to care and develop the wildlife garden.


Christmas CD Launch
childChristmas arrived early at Ysgol Bontnewydd. On November 21st, the pupils spent a busy day recording a Christmas CD. The CD consists of twelve Christmas songs (six from the Foundation Phase and six from KS2) and three items by the school Brass Band.

A ‘design the cover’ competition was had. Congratulations to Keelan who designed the winning cover.

We are now taking orders for the ‘Merry Christmas’ CD. CD’s cost £8:00. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity.


Operation Christmas Child

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94 boxes are on their way to Belarus. Their contents will put a smile on the face of every child who receives a present this Christmas. We would like to thank all the children and their families who have been busy preparing the gift-filled shoe boxes.


Children in Need
pudseyThere was great excitement as Pudsey came to visit the school on Children in Need Day. He was given a very warm welcome and he absolutely loved seeing all the children and adults dressed in their pyjamas or colourful spotty clothes. When he heard the great news that the school had collected £169 towards the charity he gave the children big thumbs up and smiled from ear to ear. Click here to see more photos


Assemblies
It has been a privilege to welcome Mr Owen, from the charity Operation Christmas Child, and the Reverend Deion Evans to hold morning assemblies. We thank you for your company and the important messages that you shared. We look forward to seeing you soon.


Village Band
A village Band has been formed under the tuition of Mr Dylan Williams. The band includes primary and secondary pupils. Congratulations to them on their recent success and good luck in the next round of competitions.


Electric Mountain Visit
This term Year 4 are studying an unit of work about electricity and so they and their teachers Mrs. Anwen Hughes and Mrs. Susan Williams visited Electric Mountain and the Dinorwig Power Station in Llanberis. After watching a film about how and why the power station was built they were taken by bus into the massive man made cavern, the largest in Europe, to see this amazing place which is within Elidir Mountain. Our guide was Ray who taught us a lot about the Dinorwig Power Station. Everyone had a very enjoyable and interesting day out.


Mathematical activities
plantWe were very fortunate to borrow a trolley load of mathematical games and puzzles from Thechniquest. Years 3 and 5 pupils had great fun and used many skills whilst working with a partner to solve the various mathematical problems and puzzles.

 


Bridges
children with bridgeOn Tuesday November 5 Mr. Gwilym Evans came to year 3 to hold a mathematics and science activity with the pupils. The theme was ‘Bridges’.

We learned a lot about bridges and had the opportunity to build a bridge out of paper, wood and straws to see if we could build a strong bridge. Congratulations to Tia’s group who built the strongest bridge.A big thank you to Mr. Evans.


Thanksgiving Service
plantMany thanks to year 5 pupils for preparing a special Thanksgiving service for their parents, Gwryfai Club members, Uned Gwyrfai pupils and 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.


Arwyn the TV star
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Many congratulations to Arwyn for being chosen as the voice of the character ‘Iolo the potato’ in the Welsh children’s TV programme ‘Tatws Newydd’.



Road Safety – Cycling Scheme
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Year six have been busy learning the cycling highway code. They learnt how start, stop a turn safely while riding on the main road. Pupils received a level 2 certificate and a cycle safe pack.

 


Oriel Môn Visit
childrenOn October 23 year 3 pupils visited Oriel Mon and the Llynnon mill site with Mrs. Hughes and Mrs. Owen. At the gallery we learned about a variety of things from the past including seeing some Celtic artefacts that were recovered from Llyn Cerrig Bach on Anglesey. Then we ate our lunch in a Celtic roundhouse before Ash took us to another Celtic house which was filled and decorated as it would have been in Celtic times over 2000 years ago. We had the opportunity to dress up and have our faces painted as well as learning some very interesting facts about life during that period.

Click here to see more pictures.


Halloween Disco
plant mewn gwisg ffansiA night of dancing, eating and socializing was had during our Halloween Disco. Congratulations to those who were fortunate enough to win a prize in the fancy dress competition. We would like to thank the Parents and Teachers Association for organizing the event and to everyone who cooked the delicious cakes and hot dogs.


Mathematics Show
2 blentynOn Monday, October 21, years 4, 5 and 6 pupils became great detectives during a very interesting Mathematics workshop. Every single one of them worked hard in order to find and use the clues and the various facts to establish the identity of the offender who had robbed Delyth’s Laboratory. Well done you for using your maths skills to solve the complex problem.


Libanus Chapel
children in chapelAs part of their Religious Education work, Year 1 and 2 visited Libanus Chapel in Bontnewydd. The children were welcomed by the Minister Deian Evans and Mr Clifford Jones. Year 1 took part in a wedding service and Year 2 took part in a christening service. Everyone had fun learning about the Christian faith through practical activities. Sensible questions were asked by the children. Well done, everyone.


Italian Day
plantThe School Council decided that this term the school would have an 'Italian Day'. With the help of Auntie Magi and the rest of the kitchen crew, an Italian lunch was organized in order to give everyone a chance to taste popular Italian food. Many pupils wore Italian style clothing and everyone had a chance to carry out various activities to develop their awareness and understanding of the country and the Italian language. We are now looking forward to hearing, from the School Council, which country will be celebrated during the Easter Term.


The Library Reading Challenge
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It was a pleasure to receive a letter from Gwynedd Council explaining that 38 Bontnewydd School pupils had successfully managed to complete the national ‘Reading Challenge’.

 

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Well done you for visiting the library at least three times during the summer holidays and reading at least six books. Keep up the good work.

 


Daily Post's Wish Scheme
wish daily postThe Foundation Phase has been successful and is one of the 150 organisations that are part of the Daily Post’s Wish scheme. Please collect tokens that will be appearing in the Daily Post from now until December. The more tokens we collect the bigger our share will be of the £25,000. Please send your tokens to school.


SEN Curricular Evening
poblAn interesting and informative evening was held in the company of Ffion Edwrads Elis , Senior Child Psychologist for Gwynedd and Môn. The subject was Special Educational Needs.
Ffion introduced the steps in the code of Practice, including information on specific Language problems including dyslexia


An Evening with Stars, The Galeri
A wonderful concert was hosted at the Galeri on Friday 11th of October.
Amongst the stars were Dafydd Iwan, Y Moniars, Dylan and Neil, Bryn Fon and Geraint Lovegreen. Without a doubt the real stars of the night were Bontnewydd School Brass Band!
An excellent performance by the band, conducted by Mr Dylan Williams.


The Welsh Netball tournament
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A warm congratulations to the netball team that came second in the Welsh Netball tournament. The team played extremely well, winning seven games, and losing only one. Well done girls!!

 


T.Llew Jones Day
children dressed upThere were very colourful characters to be seen in year 6 today as the class celebrated T.Llew Jones Day. The class was filled with pirates, thieves, gentry and ghosts. A very interesting day was had reading extracts from his books and learning about some of his colourful characters. Click here to see more pictures.


Year Six’s visit to Glanllyn
Year six pupils spent three adventure packed days in Glanllyn. They had fun participating in various activities such as canoeing, raft building, swimming, climbing, orienteering, ten pin bowling and the high ropes coure. It was a great opportunity to make new friend and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

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Year 5 Educational Visit – Llanberis Slate Museum

partiOn Monday, September 23, Year 5 pupils had a very interesting day whilst visiting the National Slate Museum , Llanberis. During the day they learnt about the work of the quarry men and the history of the Quarry. It was a real treat to see a quarry man splitting and dressing slates plus the slate wagons moving up and down the incline. While visiting the Fron Haul quarrymen houses, the pupils were able to compare the contents of the different homes from different time periods. Many thanks to the entire Museum staff for their warm welcome.

 

Reception Class Trip

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Par y sleidOn Friday, July 12th, the pupils of the Reception class enjoyed their annual school trip. This year it was spent at “Pili Palas”, Menai Bridge. Everyone had a great time with fantastic weather. The children enjoyed participating in various activities, and had a day to remember!


Sixties Party

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Year six pupils had a sixties party before saying farewell to the school. There were very colourful characters to be seen and they had a fun filled day full of laughter. Click here to see more pictures.

 


Bowls

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A very interesting morning was had by year six learning how to bowl at the Caernarfon Bowling Club. Everyone enjoyed learning a new skill. Some pupils showed a natural skill and ability – the bowlers of the future perhaps??


Nursery Party
partyThe Nursery pupils celebrated the end of term with a teddy party. The children played games and enjoyed dancing in the hall, before venturing out in the garden with their teddies to eat a delicious picnic in the summer sun.
Click here to see the photos


Alaw’s Appeal
We would like to thank everyone who has contributed towards Alaw’s Appeal. So far we have collected £ 305. We wish Alaw and her family the very best and we look forward to seeing her back in school very soon.


Wild West Day

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This term the School Council decided that the school would have a ‘Wild West Day’ as well as raising money towards ‘Cylch Meithrin’, Bontnewydd . With the help of Auntie Magi and the rest of the kitchen crew, a Wild West Day lunch was organized in order to give everyone a chance to taste popular American food. Many children and teachers dressed up and everyone had a chance to carry out various activities. Everyone had great fun and we are now looking forward to hearing, from the School Council, which countries will be celebrated during the next educational year.


Sporting Club Award
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Congratulations to Bontnewydd Year 5 football team who received the award for being the fairest team in the football league. We were ever so pleased to hear this news, keep doing your very best.

 


Tennis Activities

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A fun filled lunch time was has when Huw the duck and members from the Arfon Tennis Centre held tennis activities on the yard with the junior department pupils. A fun time was had by all.

 


School Visit – P.C. Williams – School Contact Officer

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childrenP.C Williams – The School Contact Officer for the Police visited, and gave various presentations to years 1,3,4,5 and 6. Important lessons were learned about the people that help us, how to make wise decisions, anti social behaviour and the danger of drugs.


A visit to Cardiff - Years 5 a 6
plantOn June 19-21 fifty years 5 and 6 pupils traveled with their teachers, Miss Madine and Miss Pritchard, and three assistants to the capital city of Wales. On the way down South, they called at Big Pit, Blaenafon where they learnt many facts about the life and times of miners and children during the Victorian age. They stayed at the Urdd Centre, Cardiff and whilst in Cardiff they visited the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff Bay, the Millennium Stadium and St Fagan. They also had an opportunity to watch a movie and play a game of ten pin bowling. Everyone had a fantastic time; they certainly saw and learnt a lot. We’re sure that the experiences had will be a treasured memory for the children.

Click here to see some photographs (photos coming soon)


Key Stage 2 Sports Day

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Pupils from years 3, 4, 5 and 6 had great fun taking part in this year’s school sports day. Great competition was had with every pupil doing their very best to collect points for their team.

This year it was team Gwyrfai’s turn to win. Well done.


Traffic Survey
Recently Year 5 pupils spent one hour counting all the traffic travelling on the A487 through Bontnewydd village. Can you believe we saw over fifteen hundred vehicles between ten and eleven o'clock in the morning? The survey was done in order to gather data to support our opinion on the hot geographical topic ‘Bontnewydd Bypass’.


Annual Trip

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On Monday June 17, year 3 pupils went on their annual trip to Brynteg caravan park in Llanrug. with Mrs. Hughes and Mrs. Farrer.

 

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They had loads of fun taking part in wall climbing, archery, swimming and playing in the soft play area. Many thanks to the staff at Brynteg for helping to make the day such a success.


Urdd Athletics
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A warm congratulations to the athletics squad that competed in the Urdd Athletics competition held on the playing fields of Syr Hugh Owen school last night.

 

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Good luck to Ela, Cai Tudur, Ifan and Elis (yr6), Guto (yr5), Megan Euros (yr4) and Gethin (yr3) who are competing in the next round in Treborth tonight.

 


School Visits
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As part of their annual school trip, Year 1 and 2 pupils visited Parc Glynllifon and Dinas Dinlle this year. We were guided through the woodlands by Mr Gareth Jones, the park warden. He showed us some of the plants and gave a brief history of the park.

plant ar y traethAfter lunch we went to the seaside. Some pupils were interested in life in the little pools and caught sight of a crab eagerly digging itself to safety! Everyone was well behaved and enjoyed themselves. It was a wonderful day and the weather was excellent.


Arfon Orienteering Festival – Parc Padarn, Llanberis
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A busy afternoon was had by the year six pupils in the Arfon Orienteering festival in Parc Padarn, Llanberis. We wish Ynyr and Elis all the best in the next round in Glynllifon on the 28th of June.

 


Eisteddfod yr Urdd Penfro 2013
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Congratulations to the school's Brass Band at the Penfro Urdd Eisteddfod.

The Band payed wonderfully. Many thanks to Mr Dylan Williams for all his hard work.

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Congratulations to Deio Llyr on his success again. This year he took 2nd prize in the Brass Solo and 3rd in the Cerdd Dant Solo.

 


Year 4 trip to the summit of Snowdon.
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Yesterday, the 22nd of May, year 4 went on our school trip on Snowdon Mountain Railway train right to the summit of Snowdon.

 

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The sun shone in Llanberis and it appeared to be a bright , clear day but unfortunately, fog fell on the summit as the train approached Hafod Eryri.

 

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Although it was impossible to admire the scenic views as planned, a fabulous, memorable day was had by all.




Eisteddfod Môn

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Congratulations to Ynyr Pritchard on his first prize in the Strings Solo Years 6 and under.

 


3 plentynCongratulations to the group who competed at Eisteddfod Môn. Here are the results for the Brass Solo
1st – Arwyn Edwards
2nd – Ela Williams
3rd – Cristian Rowley

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Congratulations to the Ensemble who came 3rd in the under 19’s competition.

 

 


Patagonia Concert
cyngerddIt is always a pleasure to support former pupils as they move along in life, and that was the purpose of the Patagonia Concert. Gwen Thomas, a former pupil of Bontnewydd School will soon be venturing on an expedition to Patagonia, where she will be supporting Welsh schools and societies. The concert at Ysgol Brynrefail was organised in order to gather funds for materials to take to Patagonia. The Cerdd Dant Party took part in the concert - well done – excellent performance. Thanks to Mrs Rona Hughes for coaching the group.


Urdd Eisteddfod Sir Benfro - Measles
As the Urdd National Eisteddfod is a public event, we ask that you read the advice given before travelling to the Eisteddfod. Thank you

Click here to see the advice


Goodwill Message
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Year 6 presented the Urdd's annual Goodwill Message as part of the school assembly. The message was composed this year by young people from Pembrokeshire .

 

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The message is important and highlights how technology can be used in a positive way to improve the welfare of others.

 


Morning Assembly
On Friday May 10 it was year 3’s turn to take part in the morning assembly. In words and song they conveyed all sorts of different things that we choose to celebrate. Within this they acted out a Christian baptism with all the pupils taking part.


Caergylchu
On Thursday morning, May 9, Miss Gwenllian Roberts came to speak with the pupils of year 3. She works at Caergylchu, the recycling centre at Caernarfon and she tried to teach us how to look after our environment by recycling as much of our waste as we can. She also told us what sort of work goes on at Caergylchu. It sounds like a very interesting place. (It would be great to visit some time!)
Thank you Gwenllian.


Year 3 Geography Work
Year3On Wednesday afternoon, May 1st, year 3 pupils, accompanied by Mrs. Hughes and Miss Burford, went for a walk to learn about the village of Bontnewydd as part of our geography work. We went to see the rivers, the bridges, the roads, some of the streets and estates as well as other buildings. We all had a lovely afternoon.


Change of Staff
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Best wishes to Mrs Alwena Lewis who has left the school to take up a new post as a Foundation Phase support teacher. Mrs Lewis has been a teacher at Bontnewydd for 15 years. Many thanks for all her hard work and best wishes for the future.

 

A warm welcome to Miss Rachel Wills who has returned to the school as our Year 1 teacher.


The Urdd RugbyTournament
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Well done to the rugby team that competed in the Urdd Rugby Tournament on Wednesday, 24th of April. The team played extremely well. We thank Mr Jason Parry for training them.


Welsh Book Competition - Years 5 and 6
childrenCongratulations to the ‘Year 5, Book Quiz team' who were runners up out of the twenty-one teams who competed in the Gwynedd Library, Welsh Books Competition. According to the judges, because of their personal and emotional response through the medium of Welsh to the two books under discussion, the group of four 'deserved special praise as they were a very close second’.


Cross Country Running
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Many Key Stage 2 children participated in cross country running on the Faenol estate last night, Thursday, 18th of April. Every pupil successfully completed the course and received a medal for participating. Well done everyone that took part.


The Urdd Football Tournament
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Well done to the football team that competed in the Urdd Football Tournament on Tuesday, 16th of April. The team played extremely well, winning three games and drawing one game.

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We thank Mr Aled Thomas and Mr Carwyn Williams for training the team.

 

 


Visit by the Fire Service
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The Fire Service visited Year 4 at school last week. We had a lot of fun trying on the fireman's clothes and special helmet. The clothes have been
made specially to be worn in fires.

The main aim of the visit was to remind everyone of the dangers caused by
fire and the importance of having fire alarms in our homes. We learnt a lot
and everyone enjoyed the visit.


Year five’s visit to the Welsh Government office, Llandudno
childrenYear 5 pupils thoroughly enjoyed learning about the work and responsibilities of the Welsh Government whilst visiting their office in Llandudno. They had to imagine that they were members of the Government with the important task of sharing money to the various areas that have been devolved including Education, Health, Transport, Environment, Agriculture, Culture and Social Care. Many a heated discussion was had whilst they organized the areas according to their importance and agreed how much money they should get and why. Who knows, maybe some of these children will be future members of the Welsh Government!

Click here to see some photos (photos coming soon)


Brass Band
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Our school's Brass Band had amazing success at the National Youth Brass Bands Champioships on Sunday and won Band of the Day and first prize in their section.


The competition was held at The Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester on Sunday 14th April and proved to be a wonderful experience for the pupils. The children receive brass lessons at school through the County's Peripatetic scheme. The support of their teacher Mr Dylan Williams is much appreciated by the school.

According to the judges Paul Andrews and Morvern Gilchrist, their performance was 'inspired' and the skill and tone for such young children was excellent. Ysgol Bontnewydd School Band was the only band from Wales in this section and flew the flag proudly for their country.

Click here to read the report

The performance can be seen on You Tube


The Urdd Football Tournament for girls
showA warm congratulations to the girls team that came second in the Urdd Football Tournament. We thank Mrs Linda Jones for training the team.

 

 


Indian Day

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The School Council arranged a special international day yesterday – Indian Day.

The School Hall was decorated with flags whilst children and staff wore their colourful clothes. Pupils had the opportunity to learn about India and how people live there.

The highlight was a special banquet at lunch time. The Korma curry was wonderful Auntie Magi!


Pel rwyd Rhanbarth Eryri (welsh only at this time)
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Llongyfarchiadau mawr i dim pelrwyd yr ysgol ar ddod yn ail agos yn ffeinal Eryri. Gwych genod.

 

 


Another successful year in the Urdd Art and Craft Competitions!hat

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prizes at local level
38 prizes at regional level

12 prizes at the National Eisteddfod.


Many congratulations to those who succeeded at this level:

Elin Mai Williams 1st Drawing Yrs 2 and under

Grwp Jac -1st Ceramics yr 3 and 4

Grwp Gruffudd - 3rd Ceramics yr 5 and 6

Ela Davies -1st Printing yr 5 and 6

Megan Euros- 2nd Textiles 2D yr 3 and 4

Grwp Efa Ceiri - 2nd Textiles 2D yr 5 and 6

Nia Glyn - 1st Textiles 3D yr 3 and 4

Grwp Erin Medi - 1st Weaving yr 3 and 4

Grwp Cadi Lloyd - 2nd Weaving yr 5 and 6

Elis Thomas - 2nd Headress yr 6 and under

Ifan Thomas - 3rd Design and Technology yr 5 and 6

Grwp Catrin a Max - 3rd Artefact yr 2 and under

See the results on the Urdd's website - click here

 

Food Standards Agency Show
showLaughter, laughter and more laughter filled the school hall as years 1 to 6 pupils watched the show given by the Food Standards Agency. Then, after the show finished the 'Scientists' visited the classrooms in order for the children to help them solve the mystery of why all the employees at the hotel were becoming ill.

After studying all the clues, the pupils came to the decision that the workers had food poisoning because the chef did not adhere to any of the 'Food Safety' rules. By the end of the day, the pupils were able to assist the scientists to inform and teach the hotel chef and manager about the importance of food safety and could explain the reasons why we need to keep in mind the rules concerning ‘Cleaning, Cooling, Cooking and Cross contamination’ to stay healthy.



Year 4 Visit Llanberis
plantAs part of their Geography course, Year 4 visited Llanberis at the beginning of March. They walked along the High Street making a list of all the various businesses there. After lunch at the Gilfach Ddu, Padarn Park, they visited Dolbadarn Castle. The weather was fine and everyone, pupils and teachers, had a very enjoyable day.


Science and Maths Extravaganza Show
childrenYears 3 and 5 children thoroughly enjoyed the Science and Mathematics Extravaganza Show, at Electric Mountain, Llanberis. The show was arranged by Techniquest and Liverpool University and the pupils had great fun solving varied mathematical problems and working as a group in order to devise a way to transport an egg safely through the air as slowly as possible.


Urdd County Eisteddfod
Some of the pupils were extremely busy during the Regional Eisteddfod at Bangor. Many successes were had as well as some disappointments – that is the nature of the Eisteddfod!

Congratulations to Deio Llŷr on winning the Cerdd Dant and Brass Solo.
First again for the Band and onwards to the National Eisteddfod in Pembrokeshire.

Results:
Deio Llŷr – 1st Cerdd Dant Solo Under 12
Martha Ceiriog – 4th Solo under 12
Ynys Pritchard – 2nd String Solo Under 12
Ela Davies – 2nd Harp Solo Under 12
Deio Llŷr – 1st Brass Solo Under 12
Ela Williams – 3rd Brass Solo Under 12
Cerdd Dant Party – 2nd
Deulais Party – 4th
The Band – 1st
Well done also to Catrin, Luned and Glyn for competing so well.


Arfon Sporthall Athletics competition

Congratulations to the year 6 team who competed in the Arfon Sporthall Athletics competition. They thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the numerous activities and their hard work paid off since they came third.


The Under 5's
childrenThe Under 5's have been extremely busy this term. They were busy making bricks from clay as part of their theme My House, Your House.

Pupils had the opportunity to celebrate St David's Day by dressing up in their Welsh costumes and writing with a feather - just like Dewi.

Onwards to celebrate World Book Day and a chance to dress up as their favorite character. Pupils from the Reception class were given a pack of books as part of the Welsh Governments Reading incentive. Click here for more photos.


Smoke Free Playing Fields
AMBASSADORSOn Tuesday 12th of March Gwynedd launched its Smoke Free Playing Fields Policy. Gwynedd's School Ambassadors were invited to the launch.
Bontnewydd's Ambassadors Cara and Ifan represented Bontnewydd School at the launch. This is what they had to say:

"Thank you for coming here today to support the launch of Gwynedd's Smoke Free Playing Fields Policy. Ifan and I, Ambassadors from Bontnewydd School, as well as all pupils from our school, support this campaign. We do a lot of work in school about the effects of tobacco, and passive smoking. These can cause many illnesses and worsen conditions such as asthma in children.

As Ambassadors, we are eager to see children taking part in activities which promote fitness. As there are over 7000 chemicals in cigarettes, including
70 that are poisonous, this can affect the environment we play in and in turn our ability to be healthy. We are anxious to see a smoke free Gwynedd and Wales and one step towards that goal is to ask you not to smoke on our
playing fields."


St David’s Day Concert

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Click here to see the programme

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A special St David’s Day concert was held at the Community Hall by pupils from the school.

The hall was full and the children gave some excellent performances. ‘ Better than anything on the television!!’ according to some members of the audience.


Working in the community

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Pupils from years 1 and 2 entertained members of the Gwyrfai Club in their monthly meeting.

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The members attended school to celebrate St David’s Day in the company of the pupils and to enjoy afternoon tea. A pleasant afternoon was had in the company of the older members of the community.


Urdd Art and Craft
gwaith celfAnother successful year was had at the Urdd art and craft exhibitions. Congratulations to all the pupils and staff who supported them.

61 prizes at the Regional Eisteddfod
38 prizes at the County Eisteddfod

You can log onto the Urdd website to see a full list of results - click here


St David’s Day
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Many thanks to pupils from year 2 for preparing a special St David’s service for their parents and pupils of the school. They had the opportunity to retell some of St David’s memorable stories as well as reflecting on why we celebrate this special day.

As usual, pupils wore their Welsh costumes either traditional or their Welsh rugby shirts.

Thanks to Auntie Magi and the kitchen staff for preparing a special Welsh lamb dinner.


Urdd Regional Eisteddfod
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Pupils and staff were extremely busy in the regional Urdd Eisteddfod at Brynrefail recently. A wonderful day of competing was enjoyed. Click here to see more photos.


Here are some of the results:
Catrin yr 1 – 2il Solo under 8
Luned and Osian yr 2 – 2nd a 3rd Recitation under 8
Martha and Deio - 2nd and 3rd Solo under 12
Arwyn and Ynyr – 3rd Duet under 12
Deio – 1st Cerdd Dant Solo under 12
Glyn yr 3 – 1st Piano Solo
Ynyr yr 6 – 1st Strings Solo
Ela and Deio – 1st ac 2nd Brass Solo
Ela yr 6 – 1st Harp Solo
Ensemble – 2nd
Brass Band – 1st
‘Deulais’ Party – 1st and 3rd
Cerdd Dant Party – 1st
Recitation Party – 2nd
Choir – 3rd

Best of luck with the competing at the Eryri County Eisteddfod at PJ Hall Bangor University on the 16/3/12


Victorian School Day
dressed in victorian costumeOn the fourth of February, Year 5 pupils had a very different school day. All the pupils had the opportunity to act out and experience what life was like for a Victorian school child during the nineteenth century. Indeed Miss Madine’s character also changed dramatically as she walked around the classroom with a cane! During the morning the children were given the opportunity to work under harsh and strict conditions and use chalk and inc to write. They also practiced their multiplication tables over and over again. Some children were given the opportunity to be 'student teachers' and all children had to remember to speak English for fear of having to wear the 'Welsh Not'! Of course no one smiled when the photographer came to take the class photo.

The afternoon was much more informal and the children had the opportunity to play with marbles as well as studying pages from Bontnewydd School’s old log and punishment books. The pupils certainly enjoyed the varied activities and their understanding of life during the Victorian era developed.


St Dwynwen’s Day Disco
To remember and celebrate Saint Dwynwen, the patron saint of Welsh lovers, a disco was held in the school hall on Thursday, January 24th. A very enjoyable evening with lots of dancing and eating was had. We would like to thank the Parent Teacher Association for organizing the night and to all parents who sent various contributions including the delicious cakes.


Mathematical Show
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The Foundation Stage Pupils participated in a Mathematical Show arranged by “Techniquest” on Tuesday, January 15th. They enjoyed “Arranging a Party”, using and developing various Mathematical skills whilst participating in practical activities.


‘Hei Hogiau Bach / 'Hey Little Boys’ Show.
showKey Stage 2 pupils had a lovely time while watching the show 'Hei Hogiau Bach. The Library Service was responsible for the work and during the show parts of various books were read and acted out by the actors Dyfrig Evans and Catrin Mara. 'Saving money' and 'Living green' were the main themes and, by the looks on their faces, it was clear that the children thoroughly enjoyed listening and seeing the actors bringing the stories to life. They were all also very eager to know what was going to happen next and, as many of our pupils visit the local libraries with their families, some have now set out to read the rest of the stories heard.


Year six’s visit to ‘Danger Point’
childrenYear six went on an educational visit to ‘Danger Point’ in Talacre to learn about the dangers and hazards that exist in their every day life. They spent the day touring the different zones, seeing, and learning about the possible dangers in different locations and scenarios i.e. in a train station, in their homes, in the countryside, on the road, an in the sea side.
A fun filled day was had by all and important lessons were learned. Click here to see more pictures.


Urdd Netball Tournament
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Congratulations to the netball squad that came first in the first round of the Urdd netball tournament. We wish them all the best in the next round.

 

Christmas 2012
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Term ended with the usual Christmas activities. The school held four Carol services instead of the usual Christmas Shows and this will be the pattern from now on - shows and carols on alternative years. It was great to see the pupils performing so confidently.

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To reward the pupils for their hard work, Christmas parties were also held as part of the Christmas celebrations.

The school choir performed at Morrisons and at the Chamber of Trade event at Caernarfon. We were very proud of their achievement. The choir will also appear on the Big Screen in the week leading up to Christmas.
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The Christmas Dinner was a feast again this year with most of the pupils joining in this special meal.
Many thanks to all the staff for their hard work in preparing for these events.



‘Dwylo’r Enfys’
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Today, Cawod and Heulwen and the crew from ‘Dwylo’r Enfys’ came to school to film.

The children were excited to meet the characters and to watch the first programme on S4C’s Cyw.

The series has been created by Ruth Jones, Enfys and Danial’s mother. Congratulations to her on her venture.

You can watch more of the series on S4C’s Cyw on Monday’s at 8:30. Remember to tune in on Christmas Eve to watch a special programme featuring pupils from Bontnewydd and Pendalar.



Operation Christmas Child


We would like to thank all the children and their families who have been busy preparing gift-filled shoe boxes to send to children who are less fortunate than we are here in Bontnewydd. 94 boxes are on their way to Bosnia and we know that their content will put a smile on the face of every child who receives a present this Christmas.


Singing with Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog

During the summer term, Year 4 pupils, who are now in year 5, had the opportunity to compose a song and perform with the Welsh group Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog. The song is now available on the CD 'Cofi Roc', which includes nine songs performed by pupils from all the schools in the area and are based on the theme ‘Our Area’. The children certainly enjoyed being involved in the project and I'm sure everyone who’ll listen to the CD will have a feast.


Children in Need
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In order to support and collect money for the charity Children in Need, all the children and teachers wore either pyjamas or spotty clothing to school.

 


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Year 2 children held a morning assembly in order to share some information about the charity and its importance.

So far we have raised £184.

 


Halloween Disco

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A fun evening was held in the company of skeletons and witches in the Halloween Disco.

 


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The children enjoyed the dancing and the fancy dress competition. Here are the winners.


Many thanks to the PTA for arranging the evening.


Road Saftey – Cycling Scheme

Year six have been busy learning the cycling highway code. They learnt how start, stop a turn safely while riding on the main road. Every pupil received a level 2 certificate and a cycle safe pack.
Click here to see more photos.


Year 3 Educational Visit

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On October 15 year 3 pupils went with Mrs. Hughes and Mrs. Parry to Oriel Mon and Melin Llynnon to learn about the history of the Celts in Wales.

In Llangefni Ceri showed us many Celtic artefacts that were recovered from Llyn Cerrig Bach.

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In Llynnon Lloyd and Arwyn showed us the Celtic roundhouses. We learned a great deal about how people lived in Wales over two thousand years ago.

 

 


The Welsh Netball tournament
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A warm congratulations to the netball team that competed in the Welsh Netball tournament on Monday, 15th of October. The team played extremely well, winning three games, drawing three games, and losing one.


Year 5 Educational Visit – Welsh Slate Museum, Llanberis
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On September 17th, Year 5 pupils had a particularly interesting day whilst visiting the National Slate Museum, Llanberis. The whole purpose of the visit was to develop the children’s understanding of the life and work of the quarrymen during the nineteenth century. It was a real treat to see a real quarry man splitting and dressing slates. Two lucky children were extremely fortunate to try this difficult task.

During the day we also had a chance to go on the Vivian Quarry walking tour and see the slate trucks transporting slate up and down the incline. While visiting the Fron Haul quarrymen houses the pupils were able to use their detective skills and recorded a lot of information about the different homes from different time periods. Indeed it didn’t take them long to discover how different these were to their own homes. Because of this visit, the children certainly learnt a lot and we would like to thank all the Museum staff for their warm welcome.

Click here to see some photographs.


The Bionic Ear Show
On Wednesday, September 19th, the Bionic Ear Show visited the school and gave us all a very interesting educational show. Not only did they educate us about how we hear, they also explained how to protect our hearing. After the show, some of the teachers had a hearing test and it was proven that the teachers at Bontnewydd School have excellent hearing.


Al Fresco Evening
al frescoA successful evening was held in the school ground on September 21st. The Al Fresco evening or ‘informal evening’ was held so that parents could socialize and get to know one another in an informal family atmosphere. Approximately 70 people attended the event and a wonderful buffet was provided. Please join us next year!

The new school garden was officially opened by Anna Williams from the North Wales Wildlife Trust. The school received a Gold Award for this development.
Click here to see more photos.


Year Six’s visit to Glanllyn
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Year six pupils spent three adventure packed days in Glanllyn. They had fun participating in various activities such as canoeing, raft building, swimming, climbing, orienteering, ten pin bowling and the high ropes coure.

It was a great opportunity to make new friend and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Click here to see more photos.

Sixties Party
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Year six had a sixties party before saying farewell to the school. There were very colourful characters to be seen and they had a fun filled day.
Click here to see more pictures.

 


Educational visit to ‘Yr Ysgwrn’ and the Tryweryn dam
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As part of their year six Welsh work this term, year six visited the poet Hedd Wyn’s home in Trawsfynydd. They got the opportunity to see the infamous Black Chair and to hear Gerald’s interesting stories.

After lunch, they went on to the Tryweryn reservoir to see where the former Cwm Celyn valley stood before the building of the dam. They had a great day, and learnt a lot about the local history. Click here to see more pictures.


Water Skills Course
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Year 5 pupils have had a fantastic time while developing various water skills at Plas Menai. The four days have flown by and the pupils, Miss Madine and Miss Evans have thoroughly enjoyed participating in the canoeing, kayaking and dingy sailing activities.
What a fantastic way to end a busy academic year.
Click here to see some photographs.


Reception class trip
The reception class pupils had a day to remember on Thursday, July 12th, when they visited Llanberis. They all enjoyed a trip on the Padarn Lake railway train, followed by a picnic on the lakeside in glorious sunshine!  After lunch, we had fun playing games before embarking on a physical challenge in the nearby play area. All the children were tired on the way home but had enjoyed every minute of the outing!

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Nursery Picnic

To celebrate the end of term, the Nursery pupils had a Teddy Bear's Picnic.
The children brought along their favourite teddy and enjoyed a morning of games and dancing as well as a tasty picnic.

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Year 4 trip to Glasfryn
Year 4 went to Glasfryn for their annual trip this year. They had a great time there, practising archery, speeding on the go Karts and playing in the soft ball area in the morning. The afternoon was spent playing ten pin bowling, and a fantastic time was had by all . Here are a few photos of their outing.

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Environmental Day

The Eco Council / Green Group decided it would be great to have an Environmental Day before the end of the school year. The whole purpose of the day was to remind pupils of the ways they can care for the environment.

In order to reduce their carbon footprint a number of pupils walked to school. Others came by bike, bus and some even decided to share cars. During the day Years 1 and 2 pupils were use recycled materials to create some fantastic artwork. They certainly had fun.

Key Stage 2 pupils created posters to encourage people to save water, electricity and to care for the environment in various ways. They also studied the information on the Sbarci & Fflic website and worked extremely hard to tidy the school garden. The swap shop was a great success and the Eco Council / Green Group were extremely busy making sure everyone was happy with their goods. I'm sure there will be more days like this during the next school year.


Cowbois Rhos Botwnog

Year 4 have been busy recording a pop song about the area with Welsh group 'Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog. The group composed both music and lyrics with the pupils before recording the finished product. The song will appear on a CD alongside other compositions by local schools.
We hope the CD will be ready by September.

Click here to see the photos


The Green Flag Award

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Hooray! We are delighted to announce that Bontnewydd School has received the special Eco-School Green Flag Award for the work and ongoing commitment the pupils and teachers have given to improve our environmental performance.

The Eco-Schools scheme is the world's largest environmental education program and as a result this high achievement award is recognized internationally.

Being part of the Eco-Schools scheme has encourage teamwork and helped us to create a shared understanding of what is needed in order to run a school in a way that respects and enhances the environment. Tackling climate change is one of the biggest challenges our generation faces. By educating and supporting our children to take action, we are making a big difference now and for the future. Can you believe that we have reduced Ysgol Bontnewydd’s energy consumption by 12.1% this year alone? The ‘Energy Detectives’ have taken their work seriously and they have certainly kept the pupils and teachers on their feet!

In October we received the Silver award and, because of the hard work the pupils and teachers have done over the past two years, we have now achieved this fantastic prize. Our next challenge is to retain and develop current standards. You’re doing a fantastic job, keep it up.  


Olympic Games Day
diwrnod_gemau_olympaiddIn order to celebrate World’s Sports Day, June 25th, year 5 pupils had the opportunity to take part in an Olympic Games day at Caernarfon Leisure Centre. Teachers and year 12 pupils from Syr Hugh Owen School organised the event. The pupils, alongside year 5 pupils from other local school, were grouped into teams which represented different counties: China, America, Australia, Kenya, France and Jamaica. Not only did the children develop their hockey, football, long jump, relay race, basketball and badminton skills but made new friends in a friendly but competitive environment.
More photographs coming soon.


Summer Fair
A short and sunny spell was secured for the Summer Fair in the middle of the recent wet weather. There were plenty of stalls and activities to entertain both pupils and parents alike. The fire engine and penalty shoot out proved popular. In school the cake stall was an attraction as well as the sensational scones and beautiful burgers. Many thanks to the pupils, staff and parents for all their hard work. Thanks for supporting the Fair. The treasurer estimates the Fair will have made £2000, which will be spent on enriching the children’s education.


Year 1 and Year 2 go on a Trip

trip bl 1 a 2plant plantOn June the 18th, Year 1 and 2 pupils visited Cae’r Graig farm in Efailnewydd. Mr Gwyndaf Jones the farmer had plenty of animals and machinery to show. He explained how life on the farm works and demonstrated how he cares for different animals at different times of the year. The pupils were interested in his work and asked sensible questions. Everyone was very well behaved and respected the animals. We had a lovely sunny day and we all enjoyed ourselves. Thank you for the welcome Mr Jones.


Classe de Mer – Beach Safety Day
on the beach in the water childrenYear six had a fantastic day on Rhosneigr Beach in Anglesey. They learnt about the hazards of the seaside and how to keep safe. The highlight of the day for many was learning how to surf, and some even managed to stand up! A fun filled day was had by all and important lessons were learned. More pictures coming soon.

 


Martyn Geraint
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Monday 25th of June a special visitor arrived at school. The Foundation Phase pupils were very pleased when Martyn Geraint arrived to put on his show. Everyone enjoyed the performance, and one or two volunteered to help out!

 



Urdd Athletics
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A warm congratulations to the pupils that competed in the Urdd Athletics competition held on the playing fields of Syr Hugh Owen school on Tuesday, 19th of June. Good luck to the pupils that are competing in the next round in Treborth on the 26th of June.


Cricket Festival
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A fun filled day was had by year six in the Arfon Cricket Festival held on Tuesday, June 19th. It was a beautiful sunny day at Coed Helen, and it was a pleasure to see so many children from the area participating and having fun.


Urdd Eisteddfod, Glynllifon
Congratulations to all the school children who performed or compete recently in the Urdd National Eisteddfod. There was much praise for all of them.

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The school Brass Band came 2nd in the Band / Orchestra competition and all members deserve a special congratulation on their success.

 

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A group of enthusiastic pupils received a prize on behalf of the school for the ‘Welcome to the Eisteddfod’ mural competition. By now, the winning mural is back on the school grounds - come and see.



Traffic Survey
traffic survey pupilsYear 5 children are trying to decide if they’re for or against the proposed plans for the Bontnewydd bypass. For three quarters of an hour during the afternoon of Wednesday, May 30th they conducted a traffic survey and were very surprised that over 1000 vehicles passed. Are you for or against the idea?


Environment Prize
Recently we took part in the 'How Eco-friendly is your school?' competition conducted by Greenwood Forest Park. We are delighted to announce that Bontnewydd School has won the 2nd prize. The organizers were delighted to learn of the great interest the school children take in planting trees, creating habitats for wildlife and working towards improve the external environment. They also liked the fact that we as a school do our very best to be ‘green’ by recycling, targeting energy conservation and, under the guidance of the Eco Council members ,participate in an environmental survey before setting priorities for the school year. Keep up the good work children, teachers and classroom assistants, you’re doing a fantastic job.


The Olympic Flame
olympic flameThe Olympic Flame came through Bontnewydd on the 28th of May. Dr Dwynwen Myers carried the torch on this leg of its journey. There was much celebration in the village. A Sports afternoon was held at school before families congregated to watch the flame travelling through the village on its way to the Faenol. Click here to see more photos


Urdd Art Mural Competition
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Congratulations to Key Stage 2 pupils on their splendid mural. The mural has been successful in a recent Urdd competition. The work is on the school fence at the moment, but will be moved to Glynllifon on Wednesday.


Art in the Café
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If you visit Mr Urdd’s café at Glynllifon Eisteddfod you will see a large piece of art work by Years 3 and 4. These classes worked with the artist Ann Catrin on a very colourful piece of art. It’s made from plastic spoons!


Years 5 and 6 Visit - ‘Y Foryd’ / Caernarfon Estuary

y forydOn May 17th, Years 5 and 6 children had an interesting morning whilst visiting ‘Y Foryd’, Caernarfon. The Estuary has been protected from being further developed to protect wildlife in the area.



year 5 and 6Everyone enjoyed being detectives and discovering which animals and plants inhabit the Estuary. A large variety of small animals, animals in cases, crabs and crab-like animals, a few birds and at least six different types of seaweed were found. Some pupils helped to improve the environment by collecting litter and others drew diagrams depicting the various zones of the Estuary. Because of this visit, the pupils have developed several skills and also their understanding of habitats. They’ve also learned the importance of caring for this special environment which is placed within our local area. Click here in order to see some photographs


Year 4 visit to Llanberis
During this term, Year 4 will be studying a unit of work on Llanberis and as a consequence visited the village on Wednesday May 2nd. The first task was to walk through the village noting all the different shops, restaurants and other buildings of interest. Thepupils noted the great variety of amenities there as a centre for tourism in the area, especially for those tourists interested in walking and climbing mountains. The highlight however was a visit to the Honey Farm shop for a tasty ice cream and a chat with the owner, then onwards, to Padarn Park for a picnic lunch. After lunch we were joined by Mrs. Heather Lowe as we arrived at the Quarry Hospital. There the pupils worked diligently sketching Dolbadarn Castle. Amazingly, in a week of torrential rain, the weather was warm and dry for our visit which was enjoyed by pupils and staff alike.



Urdd Rugby Tournament

Congratulations to the rugby squad that came third in the Urdd tournament.
Thank you to Mr Dewi Jones for training them.

 


Year 5 Residential Visit (April 30th - May 1st)

As part of their Geography studies on the National Parks, Year 5 pupils had the opportunity to spend two days and one night in the Rhyd Ddu area. The whole class thoroughly enjoyed every minute of their visit.


They had great fun walking the various mountain paths, observing the beautiful landscape and scenery and jumping across a couple of rivers while walking through Beddgelert forest. Luckily the sun was shining and everyone was warm in their suitable clothing. Although the weather was dry, there were some very wet and boggy areas and some children nearly lost their walking shoes in the mud! We believe that the various experiences had will remain in the children’s memories for quite a while.
We would like to thank Morfydd and Cemlyn, our walking guides, and the parents who helped during the day and who cooked our delicious meal on Monday evening.

Click here in order to see a few photos of the trip.


Gardening

Year 2 children have been busy planting flowers in our Little Welsh Cottage Garden on Friday, 27th April.


The children had lots of fun gardening out in the fresh air under the supervision of Anna Williams and Anna Budesha, Wildlife Gardening Project Officers. The garden is doing well and we hope for good weather in order to appreciate its beauty.

Click here to see the photos


Bontnewydd Eisteddfod

Bontnewydd Eisteddfod was held on Saturday, April 28. There was an excellent turn out during the afternoon session. Well done to all those who competed.


The adjudicators praised the standard of the competitors. Congratulations to all those who were successful.

Here are the main prize winners:
Best Solo (Voice or instrument) - Arwyn Edwards (yr 4)
Best Recitation - Llio Bryfdir (yr 6)
Most promising artist - Elis Ynyr Thomas (yr 5)
Most promising author - Ffion Elain Evans (yr 6)


Welsh Water
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Friday afternoon, April 27, Claire from Welsh Water came to school to teach the pupils how to conserve water in the home as well as school.

 

Years 3 and 4 had the opportunity to see and discuss how many litres of water we use each day as well as looking at ways in which to save water.


Gwynedd Sportshall Final Round Athletics


teamA warm congratulations to the athletics squad that competed in the final round of the ‘Sporsthall’ competition in Porthmadog on Wednesday, 25th of April. The children had fun competing in the various games and competitions and they thoroughly enjoyed the experience.


The Urdd Football Tournament

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A warm congratulations to the football team that competed in the Urdd Football Tournament on Tuesday, 24th of April. The team played extremely well, winning two and drawing two games. Thanks to Mr Euros Jones for training the squad.


Radio Star

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Jasmine Owen was a radio star on 25/4/12. She was the daily DJ on Caryl and Daf's programme on Radio Cymru.
"Helo my name is Jasmine Owen and I'm your DJ. Best wishes to all my friends at Ysgol Bontnewydd. I've chosen 'Harbwr Diogel' by Elin Fflur as my special song for my teachers, helpers and my family back home. Enjoy."

 

Urdd Eisteddfod - Urdd 2012

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Two of the successful competitors.









The end of a very busy and successful term arrived bringing to a close the local and regional Urdd competitions. Over 70 pupils competed in the local Eisteddfod at Brynrefail. Many pupils were successful and it was great to see every one giving of their best. The regional Eisteddfod at P.J. Hall Bangor and Disco Dancing at Dyffryn Ogwen saw excellent performances once again.

ensemblCongratulations to Deio (Yr.5) on winning the Cerdd Dant Solo Under 12; Ynyr (Yr 5) for winning the String Solo under 12; Ela, Lois, Dafydd and Deio for winning the Ensemble and the Band for gaining first prize in the Band/Orchestra section once again this year. Congratulations to Ela (Cofi Clogs) on her success in the stepping competition. Best wishes to you all in the National Eisteddfod at Glynllifon.

The pupils also had great success in the Art and Craft competitions. It is a pleasure to note that over 140 pupils were given the opportunity to show their artistic talents in some form. The pupils received many prizes including 60 At local level and 30 at regional level. Many thanks to all the staff for their support.

The National results have just been posted and many children have recieved prizes at this level. Their work will be exibited in the Art and Craft Pavilion at the Eisteddfod in Glynllifon.
Congratulations to:-
Jasmine's Group – Ceramics Year 5 and 6 (3rd)
Holly a Sion – Textiles Year 2 and under (2nd)
Ffion'd Group – Textiles 2D Year 5 and 6 (2nd)
Nia Glyn – Textiles 3D Year 3 and 4 (1st)
Sian Elen – Weaving Year 2 and under (3rd)
Megan Euros – Weaving Year 3 and 4 (3rd)
Lois Angharad – Weaving Year 5 and 6 (1st)
Keryl – Jewelrey Year 5 a 6 (2nd)
Cynan ac Anest – Design and Technology Year 2 and under (2nd)

Click here to see the work


30/03/12 - The Eco Council / Green Group
Throughout the term, members of the Eco Council / Green Group have been 'Energy Detectives' in order to monitor energy use in the classrooms, Head Teacher’s Office and the Staffroom (See the Children's Department for more information). Congratulations to the Reception Class and Year 6 pupils on becoming victorious and winning the award for the 'Best Green Class' for this half term. We hope you enjoyed your extra ten minutes of play time.

Hooray the garden / outdoor classroom is almost complete! By now the Willow Dome is in place as well as the entrance and willow fence. Many thanks to Mrs. Anna Williams, Wildlife Gardening Officer for her help. Three picnic table have been bought and we look forward to sitting on them during the warm weather. Our aim now is to complete the maze and plant flowers in our 'Little Welsh Cottage Garden’ area.

The gardening season has arrived. Please contact the school if you are available to volunteer to help us either during the day or during our Gardening Club (3:30 p.m.- 4: 30p.m. fortnightly). Will will be very grateful for any help.

Click here to see various pictures of the garden.


New Playtime Equipment
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Under the leadership of the School Council, playtime at Bontnewydd School has changed for the better. After being given a budget of £350 the School Council members decided to invest in new playtime equipment. By now many more children are seen to be more active during playtime. It is lovely to see the Foundation Phase and Key Stage 2 children happily using the variety of new equipment safely and developing their play skills as well as keeping fit. Many thanks to Guto Alun and Dafydd Eryl from year 6 and Lois a Joseff from year 2 for being responsible for choosing and ordering the equipment.


22/03/12 - Italian Day
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Since the ‘Mexican Day’ last term was so successful, the School Council decided that this term the school would have an 'Italian Day'. With the help of Auntie Magi and the rest of the kitchen crew, an Italian lunch was organized in order to give everyone a chance to taste popular Italian food. Many children and teachers wore Italian style clothing and everyone had a chance to carry out various activities to develop their awareness and understanding of the county and the Italian language e.g. ciao, buongiorno, arrivederci, grazie.
Everyone had great fun and we are now looking forward to hearing, from the School Council, which country will be celebrated during the Summer Term.


22/03/12 – Science Activities

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Many thanks to Techniquest for letting us borrow such a variety of science equipment and games. Years 4 and 6 children had great fun experimenting and developing their understanding about Forces and Motion.


21/03/12 - Bingo Night
On March 21st, a very successful Bingo Night was held at Bontnewydd Community Centre. Siôn Jones, Chairman of the PTA, called the numbers and much excitement filled the hall as everyone listened out for their lucky numbers. We would like to thank all who contributed towards the prizes and to everyone who supported the evening.


20/03/12 – A visit to Beddgelert
Since they had been studying the story of Gelert the Faithful Dog, Year 2 children were very excited as they set off on their educational visit to Beddgelert.
While there, all pupils thoroughly enjoyed walking along the river Glaslyn and having a picnic by Gelert’s grave. They also had an opportunity to act out the story in the old ruin. Everyone had a great time and very valuable experiences were had by all.

Click here to see the photos


20/03/12 – Class de Mer
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Year 6 pupils thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to go on the Menai Straits to study the local wildlife. They had great fun sailing along the Straits, identifying different species of birds and learning about the history of local landmarks. The conditions were perfect and as a result they were able to sail around Puffin Island and see the beautiful sea lions basking in the sunshine. A great day out was had by all and they are now eager to use what they have learnt when studying the local wildlife on the Foryd in a few weeks time.
Click here to see photos of the various experiences undertaken.


16/03/12 – Arfon Athletics Sporthall Competition
teamCongratulations to the year 6 team who competed in the Arfon athletics competition. They thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the numerous activities and their hard work payed off since they came second. We wish them all the best in the next round which will take place in Porthmadog on the 25th of April.


13/03/12 – ‘It only takes a Second' drama performance
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Pupils from years 5 and 6 thoroughly enjoyed watching a performance of the show 'It only takes a second' by a local educational theatre group. The main theme of the play and the subsequent educational workshop was to encourage road safety.
“A great show! " was the opinion of the children and, during the lively discussions which followed, it was obvious that they had learned and taken notice of the important message.


1/03/12 - St David's Day Concert
On the evening of March 1st, a St David’s Day Concert was held at Bontnewydd Community Centre for parents and friends of the school. Since over seventy children from the School had competed in the Urdd Eisteddfod, this was a great opportunity for people to see these pupils performing and to celebrate their hard work. It was also an opportunity to be entertained and hear a collection of St David’s Day songs being performed by the Nursery class children. It was certainly a very successful evening and it was a great pleasure to see the diverse talents of so many pupils. Many thanks for your support.


01/03/12 - St David's Day Service
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This year, our St David's Day service was undertaken by Year 3 pupils. Many parents and members of ‘Clwb Gwyrfai’ attended and it was lovely to see so many familiar faces. During the rest of the day the children, in their classes, participated in various activities to commemorate and celebrate the patron saint of Wales.
Click here to see some of the photographs taken during the day.


20/02/12 – A visit to Caergylchu, Caernarfon
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As part of our Geography work, year 3 pupils spent a very interesing afternoon at the Caergylchu recycling centre in Caernarfon. Gwenllian Roberts kindly showed us around the factory and we learnt a great deal about all the different materials that can be recycled. It was a very busy and noisy place.
Click here to see photographs of our visit.


10/02/12 – Arfon Swimming Gala
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Many congratulations to the Swimming team for coming third in the Arfon Swimming Gala. It was a pleasure to see the whole team doing their very best and many individuals and relay teams won prizes.


31/01/12 – Getting fit with a professional athlete
stevenWe had a very exciting morning when the professional boxer Steven 'Swifty' Smith came to visit the School. Steven is a former Olympic Gold Medallist and, during his visit, he explained to the children the importance of healthy eating and how exercise helps to keep the body healthy. He also shared information about all the hard work and practice Olympic and Professional Athletes do to reach their goal.
The children then had the opportunity to work with him and undertake numerous exercises activities. Everyone had great fun doing so. A large number of pupils had been sponsored by family and friends to participate in the event. A percentage of the money collected has been allocated to help young Welsh Olympic Athletes and £1184.55 to the school fund. This money will be used to purchase P.E. equipment and will be available for all pupils to use during lessons and playtime.
Congratulations to Ela Williams, year 4 and Year 6 children for raising the most amount of money as an individual and as a whole class. Many thanks for your support.
Click here to see the fun we had.


27/01/12 - Mr Urdd’s 90th Birthday
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In order to celebrate Mr Urdd turning 90, we had a big party to mark the special occasion. Auntie Magi, our fabulous cook, cooked a huge birthday cake and everyone had a piece. It was delicious!

 


27/01/12 – A visit to Nant Gwrtheyrn
nantTo celebrate Saint Dwynwen’s day year 3 pupils visited Nant Gwrtheyrn. We heard the story of Rhys and Meinir and were able to see some of the important locations in the story. We also did some art work and decorated biscuits. We saw the inside of one of the houses in the Nant to learn about how the people used to live. Later on we dressed up and acted out a wedding ceremony in the chapel. It was a great experience.
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25/01/12 – St Dwynwen’s Day Disco
In order to celebrate St Dwynwen's day, a disco was held in the school hall. An enjoyable hour and a half of dancing was had by all.


18/01/12 – Victorian School Day
victorian dayOn the eighteenth of January, Year 5 pupils had a day to remember! The class was transformed to emulate a 'Victorian School' class and all the pupils had the opportunity to act out and experience what life was like for a school child during the nineteenth century. Indeed Miss Madine’s character also changed dramatically as she walked around the classroom with a cane!
During the morning the children were given the opportunity to work under harsh and strict conditions. They used chalk to write on slates and copied pieces of poetry and sayings from the Bible several times. They also practiced their multiplication tables over and over again. Some children were given the opportunity to be 'student teachers' and all children had to remember to speak English for fear of having to wear the 'Welsh Not'!
The afternoon was much more informal and the children had the opportunity to play various games from the period as well as studying pages from Bontnewydd School’s old log and punishment books. The pupils certainly enjoyed the varied activities and their understanding of life during the Victorian era developed extremely well.
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10/01/12 – Wales Biggest Quiz
cwis mwyaf cymru
Years 5 and 6 children had great fun while filming ‘Wales’ Biggest Quiz’ at The Gallery, Caernarfon. Several children were selected to participate in the activities and many were successful. We’re all looking forward to watching the programme being broadcasted on television.