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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



 

Green School / Eco-Schools

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Ysgol Bontnewydd is a ‘Green School’ and has participated in the ‘Eco-Schools’ Scheme since May 2009 and the ‘Green Schools’ Scheme since September 2010. We take pride in our collaboration as a team to raise awareness of the need to preserve the environment and take measures to develop it.

 

So far, we have been awarded the Bronze, Silver and Green Flag Eco-Schools awards twice and the Bronze, Silver and Gold Gwynedd and Môn Green Schools awards. We are currently in the process of implementing strategies to keep the current standards and also working towards achieving the grades required to gain the next award.

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At the start of every school year, years 2 to 6 pupils elect two representatives to serve as council members. The Eco Council/Green Group then hold an Environmental survey involved with:
• Waste Reduction;
• Energy saving and natural resources;
• Reducing and preventing pollution;
• Preservation of the local and global environment;
• Prudent Travel
• Healthy Living
Following the survey, they set priorities for the year, prepare an action plan and, with the support of all pupils, staff, governors and friends of the school, implement them to achieve the targets. The council holds very regular meetings to monitor and reflect on the developments and decide on the next steps.

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Ysgol Bontnewydd Eco Council Members 2017 - 2018

Dosbarth yr Wyddfa
Lois Beaumont Jones
(Cadeirydd)
Megan Grant
(Ysgrifennydd)
Dosbarth yr Wyddfa
Jake Hornby
Cai Bohana
(Trysorydd)
Dosbarth Elidir
Ffion Glyn Jones
(Is-Ysgrifennydd)
Cian Evans
(Is-Drysorydd)
Dosbarth Tryfan
Owain Davies
(Is-Gadeirydd)
Moli Grant
Yr Aran 2
Anna Owen
Efan Roberts
Staff
Mrs Rowena Robert-Evans
(Athrawes Bl. 2)
Mrs Sarah Childes (Cogyddes)
Mr Glyn Roberts (Gofalwr)
Llywodraethwr
Miss Ceri Jones

 

Bags2School- 21st of February, 2018

Bags2School- 21st of February, 2018
Bags2School- 21st of February, 2018

A very big thank you once again for collecting old clothes for the ‘Bags2School’ scheme. The Eco Council received a cheque in the sum of £80. The clothes will continue to be distributed to other countries such as Eastern Europe and Africa. We are very grateful for your donations. The next collection will be in June.

Anna Williams and Eco Council- 20/11/2017

The Eco Council have been very busy helping Anna Williams and some of her students preparing the garden for the winter. The pupils had weeding, cutting and pruning responsibilities and all had to be cleared during one afternoon. The garden and the outside environment looked nice and tidy by the end of the school day. Thanks to everyone who helped out.

Size of Wales Day - 13/10/2017

Size of Wales DayThe Eco Council had an extremely busy day on Friday fundraising towards The Size of Wales Charity. The Size of Wales charity helps the rainforest around equator that are being destroyed by excessive daily cutting of trees and as a result of this, threatening the wild animals’ habitat and endangering their survival. On Wednesday, Mr Guto Dafydd came to school and gave a presentation on The Size of Wales Charity, then held a deforestation and habitat workshop with Elidir class. Within two days the Eco Council committee organised fundraising activities and sold cakes to raise extra money. By wearing green for a day and donating a £1, and the proceeds of the extra activities, the school raised £210.10. For every £1 raised the charity donates another £1, and one pound helps to plant four new saplings. 840 trees from Bontnewydd pupils, 1,680 trees including the ‘Size of Wales’ charity contributions. A big thank you for donating and thanks to Mr Guto Dafydd for visiting the school. Well done, everyone.

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Year 2 to 6 have elected the following pupils to represent their class on the School Eco Council/Green School committee:

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The Wyddfa Class
Elin Williams- Chairperson
Tomos Edwards- Secretary
Hari Jones- Treasurer
Rebecca Burdett- Under Secretary

Elidir Class
Elin Davies and Cian Evans

Tryfan Class
Anna Evans and Tomos Jones

Year 2
Natalie Childes, Zack Evans and Beca Jones

Congratulations to the new members.
They have started their work by discussing the current situation regarding the Environmental Survey and the school. They discussed the following topics.
• Rubbish and waste reduction;
• Energy saving and natural resources;
• Prudent Travel;
• Reducing and preventing pollution;
• Global citizenship;
• Healthy Living;
• Preservation of the local and global environment.

Following the survey, they set priorities for the coming year. They have already started on implementing on maters that needed attention. The priorities will be implemented in turn and all activities will be noted on the website.

The group have recently created the ‘Bags2school’ scheme pamphlets for the purpose of distribution among the community. So, if you have any old items of clothing and pairs of shoes, bring them to school after the half term. We are eager to accept any contribution because you will be helping the environment and the school will receive a contribution per Kilo of weight. Thank you.

Bags2School - November 2nd, 2016

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A very big thank you once again for collecting old clothes for the ‘Bags2School’ scheme. The Eco Council received a cheque in the sum of £128. The clothes will continue to be distributed to other countries such as Eastern Europe and Africa. We are very grateful for your donations. The next collection will be in February.

Sharing information with the School Governors

at the fair at the fair  

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.

Sowing Wild Flower Seeds - 24/03/16
childrenOn Thursday Anna Williams and two of her colleagues came to the school to sow wild flower seeds. Year 2 pupils went out in turns to help to prepare and then sow the seeds in our wild meadow patch. One of the Eco Council’s priorities is to create a vegetation area. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the experience, even the rain didn’t dampen their spirits. We can’t wait to see the fruits of their labour in the summer.

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Bags2School - February 24th
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A very big thank you once again for collecting old clothes for the ‘Bags2School’ scheme. The Eco Council received a cheque in the sum of £106.40. The clothes will be distributed to other countries such as Eastern Europe and Africa. We are very grateful for your donations. The next collection will be in June.

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Year 2 to 6 have elected the following pupils to represent their class on the School Eco Council/Green School committee:

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Bontnewydd School Eco Council 2015-16

Class
Representatives
Yr Wyddfa
Efrog Bristow - (Chairperson)
Catrin Jones (Secretary)
Glyn Porter - (Treasurer)
Annabelle Pierce-Jones - Under Secretary
Elidir
Tomos Edwards
Gwen Rawley
Tryfan
Cadi Pierce-Williams
Deian Smith
Year 2
Anest Smith
Joe Griffiths
Staff
Mrs Rowena Robert-Evans (Year 2 Teacher)
Mrs Magi Johnstone (Cook)
Mr Glynne Brown (Caretaker)
Governors
Miss Ceri Jones



Congratulations to the new members.

They have started their work by discussing the current situation regarding the Environmental Survey and the school. They discussed the following topics.
• Rubbish and waste reduction;
• Energy saving and natural resources;
• Prudent Travel;
• Reducing and preventing pollution;
• Global citizenship;
• Healthy Living;
• Preservation of the local and global environment.

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Following the survey, they set priorities for the coming year. They have already started on implementing on matters that needed attention. The priorities will be implemented in turn and all activities will be noted on the website.

plantThe group have recently created the Rag Bag Scheme pamphlets for the purpose of distribution among the community. So, if you have any old items of clothing and pairs of shoes, bring them to school after the half term. We are eager to accept any contribution because you will be helping the environment and the school will receive a contribution per Kilo of weight. Thank you.

As we are a green school, saving energy and money is very important. The Eco Council committee members have started monitoring the use of unwanted lights, heaters and computer equipment during break times. The best class that saves energy will be rewarded with extra playtime. So remember, if you don't use it, switch it off!

Bags2School- November 26th
childrenA very big thank you to all of you who had been busy collecting old clothes for the ‘Bags2School’ scheme. The van came to collect the bags and they weighed in at 416kg. The Eco Council received a cheque in the sum of £166. The clothes will be distributed to other countries such as Eastern Europe and Africa. We are very grateful for your donations, we have helped others and the environment by recycling.
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Sharing information with the School Governors

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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.

 

Sbarci and Fflic
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On the 12th of March Ffion Haf Williams and David Lewis, Gwynedd County Council Energy Manager visited year 1, 2, 5 and 6 pupils of the school. The main aim of the visit was to raise pupils awareness on how to save energy, reduce cost, protect our environment and save our planet for future generations. Appropriate presentation was given and the pupils listened carefully and responded to questions enthusiastically.

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Week beginning 26/01/15 Bird Survey
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During the weekend, 24th and 25th of January, every pupil from year 1 to 6 observed wild birds in their garden. The main focus of the work was to find out what breed of bird was popular and which breed of bird was not as popular in our area. The survey sheet came back on Monday so that each class could collate the results and analyse the information collected. The result found that Jackdaws are very popular and little birds such as Dunnock, Greenfinch, Song Thrush and Wren are much rarer. Thanks to all who participated in the bird watch survey.
The Eco-Council

Gold Gwynedd and Môn Green School Award
We are delighted to announce that Bontnewydd School has received the Gold Award in the Gwynedd and Mon Green School Scheme. The School thoroughly deserves this for the ongoing commitment and work all the pupils and teachers have done to improve our environmental performance and understanding.

Well done members of the school Eco Council for promoting the work and making the pupils and staff more 'green'. Many thanks to Miss Madine for leading the Eco Council since it's formation in 2009. Mrs Roberts Evans will be leading the Council from 2015 onwards.

Here is a Picture of the School's Eco Council Members

Year 6 Steffan Element Megan Euros Jones
  Kyle Dunt Ela M Roberts
Year 5 Efrog Bristow Annabelle Pierce-Jones
Year 4 Reece Hughes Luned Eryl
Year 3 Cai Bohana Sara Baines
Year 2 Spencer Parry Freya Jones
Staff Miss Eirian Madine
(Dirprwy Bennaeth / Athrawes Bl 5)
  Mrs Magi Johnson (Cogyddes)
  Mr Glynne Brown (Gofalwr)
School Governor Mr Huw Ceiriog

 

The Eco-School AwardEco-School Award Bontnewydd

Hooray! We are delighted to announce that Bontnewydd School has received the special Eco-School Green Flag Award for the second time. The Eco-Schools scheme is the world's largest environmental education program and as a result this high achievement award is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence. The School thoroughly deserves this for the ongoing commitment and work the Eco Council members, all the pupils and teachers have done to improve our environmental performance. Keep up the good work; you're doing a marvelous job. Remember the Eco Council's motto - 'Our World, Your Choice'.

Green Day
childrenWe had a great time during our Green / Eco day on Friday, May 16. The focus of the day was to raise awareness of the importance of 'recycling'.

Aled Roberts, who works at Caergylchu, Caernarfon, came to conduct a whole school morning assembly and then the pupils participated in various classroom activities in order to further develop their understanding of 'recycling'.

A number of pupils brought various items to school to exchange / recycle with their friends. Pupils in years 1 and 2 had great fun creating models out of empty plastic bottles.

Thanks to everyone who participated and to the Eco council for organizing the day. Remember the Eco Council motto 'Our World, Your Choice'.

Rag Bag
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We would like to thank you once again for bringing in bags full of old materials to be recycled.



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Not only are you helping the environment, but Ysgol Bontnewydd pupils too as the school receives a money contribution for every kilo collected. During the next educational year, we will be running a similar scheme with the company ‘Bag 2 School’.

 

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
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Children 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.

 

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Year 6 Richie Parry (Chairperson) Martha Ceiriog (Secretary)
  Owain Siôn Evans (Treasurer) Ela Williams
Year 5 Jac Parri -Edwards Megan Euros Jones
Year 4 Glyn Porter Llio Jones
Year 3 Max Element Luned Eryl
Year 2 Osian Edwards Catrin Hughes – Thomas
Staff Miss Eirian Madine
(Deputy Head / Yr 5 Teacher)
  Mrs Magi Johnson (Cook)
  Mr Glynne Brown (Caretaker)
School Governor Mr Huw Ceiriog

Year 6 Elis Thomas (Chairman) Ceris Lloyd (Secretary)
  Siôn Ynyr Thomas (Vice-Chairman) Ela Davies (Secretary)
Year 5 Richie Parry (Treasurer) Martha Ceiriog (Treasurer)
Year 4 Nathan Jones Kelly Davies
Year 3 Oliver Szelinski Anest Griffith
Year 2 Max Element Tia Jones
Staff Miss Eirian Madine (Deputy Headteacher / Year 5 teacher)
  Mrs Magi Johnson (Cook)
  Mr Glynne Brown (Caretaker)
School Governor Mr Huw Ceiriog

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.

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.  

 
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Year 6 Owain Hughes (Chairman) Elan Jones (Secretary)
  Elis Jones (Vice-chair) Llio Bryfdir (Treasurer)
Year 5 Siôn Ynyr (Treasurer) Ceris Lloyd
Year 4 Siôn Evans Megan Armitage
Year 3 Dion Morgan Megan Jones
Year 2 Sion Jones Isra Smith
Staff Miss Eirian Madine (Deputy Head/ Y5 Teacher)
  Mrs Magi Johnson (Cook)
  Mr Glynne Brown (Caretaker)

Main Priorities 2011-2012 :
1) Energy Saving
2) Developing the Environment
3) Waste Reduction and prevention

 

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Autumn Term
• Electricity Saving Detectives - Read and record school gas and electricity readings weekly, visiting classes to monitor use of electricity.
• Develop the Internal Environment
• Develop the School Garden – complete the herbs circles and maze.
• Continue the ‘Rag Bag’ campaign (each term).

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• Hold a ‘Green Class’ competition – monitor use of electricity.
• Continue to develop the School Garden – create a willow dome, bird boxes and a wild flower area.
• Place orders for picnic tables.

Summer Term
• Hold a survey of ‘The Magnificent Box’ – reduce waste paper.
• Plant and sell goods grown in the classes garden boxes.
• Hold a ‘Developing the Environment’ day.

 

Environment Prize
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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.

 

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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.

year 2 in the garden

On Friday, 27th April, year 2 and some of year 5 children were been busy planting flowers in our Little Welsh Cottage Garden.

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.

 

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The garden is doing well and we hope for good weather in order to appreciate its beauty. Every single pupil enjoys working in our outdoor classroom.

On 27/04/12, Claire Jones from Welsh Water, came to Ysgol Bontnewydd to teach the pupils how to conserve water in the home and at school. During the whole school assembly she explained the Water Cycle and how the Alwen Centre helps to make sure that clean drinking water reaches our homes. Years 3 and 4 children also had the opportunity to discuss and investigate how many litres of water we use each day. The Eco-group worked alongside Claire in order to carry out a water survey as well as looking at ways in which to save water. Everyone learnt a lot and were very eager to take part in the ‘Save water while brushing our teeth’ Challenge.

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.

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Over the past 18 months, school staff and children (mainly the Junior Department), have been busy with their project of creating a garden on the school grounds (See the Album for more photos). They have gained numerous experiences and worked with specialists and teachers in a pleasant natural environment. The project has undoubtedly encouraged team work, expressing a view and making real decisions related to respecting and improving the environment. Throughout the project, they have an opportunity to collaborate and have fun when learning a great deal about nature and science and the world around them.

We thank Mr Ian Sturrock (Coed Enlli) and Mrs Anna Williams, Wild Life Gardening Officer, for their support.

The patch of land has now undergone considerable development and several pupils enjoyed creating the Willow Dome. We look forward to seeing the changes being made during the Spring.

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During this term, Eco Council/Green Group members have been ‘Energy Detectives’, monitoring energy use in the classes, Head teacher’s office and Staffroom. They decided to reward pupils in the class/classes who were the best energy savers through giving them an additional ten minutes of play time. Traffic lights signs were used (red, amber and green), to notify the classes of their progress and to remind them to switch off the lights, computers, interactive white boards and the heaters.

Congratulations to Reception class and Years 5 and 6 pupils for winning the competition for this half-term. Which class will win at the end of the Easter Term?

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During our Thanksgiving celebrations and as part of our campaign to develop the internal environment, donations of plants or money were received to place orders for materials. By now, every class and corridor has at least one plant to adorn and improve the environment. Thanks to everybody for their support.

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So as to know how to make effective use of the ‘OWL Energy’ monitor, members of the Eco Council/Green Group received instruction from Mariel Edwards, Energy Conservation Officer, Gwynedd. The ‘OWL’ monitor is a very useful devise to monitor electricity use at the school. The Council keeps a weekly record and notifies the whole school of their findings. They also e-mail the readings to the companies who supply the school’s Gas and Electricity.

rag bag Each term, members of the Parents and Teachers Association and the Eco Council/Green Group, collaborate to run a ‘Rag Bag’ campaign. In addition to fund-raising for the school, the scheme raises awareness of clothes re-cycling projects. It also reminds pupils and friends of the school how they can protect the environment through increasing the number of materials re-cycled, reducing the amount of materials that go into land-fill sites. As part of their Science and Geography work, year 3 pupils will visit Caergylchu, Caernarfon annually, to observe the re-cycling process in operation.