Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award
From September 2018, a number of our Year 10 students have pursued the Duke Of Endinburgh Bronze Award. This has been such a rewarding experience because all students have learnt new skills and gained new experiences. In order to compete the award, participants must complete a camping expedition - they are required to independently navigate a walking route, set up camp and cook for themselves.
This year the final camping expedition took place in the Gower. Each student were a credit to themselves, their parents and our school and I can’t be more proud of them.
Dance Competition Success
In March the Junior Dance Team of seven girls, five of which were completely new to Streetdance, qualified 4th in the South Wales regional competition run by UDOIT. They then choreographed a new dance with past pupil Caitlyn Waters in preparation for the UK Streetdance Finals to be held on June 26th in Stoke On Trent. After 12 weeks of hardwork, practice and lots of fun working towards this competition the team finished in 2nd place in the toughest and biggest category quoted by the judges. Well done to the team and Caitlyn on their sporting success. Well deserved!
The dance team consisted of: Daisy Way, Holly Ball, Elizabeth Lloyd, Libby Scott, Ellise Francis, Esther Knight-Webley and Maddison Perrott.
Click here to watch a video of their performance.
Success in Rotary's Young Technologists Competition 2019
Every year our partner, The Rotary Club of Pontllanfraith, hold a Young Technologist competition, where students must design and produce their own products subject to a certain design brief. This year, Iswlyn High achieved considerable success in the competition.
Firstly, some of our pupils enjoyed receiving individual prizes. Ruby Jones was placed first overall for her table lamp and Ffion-Mai Perry took 2nd Place for her child's educational toy.
Furthermore, Islwyn High won the prize for best overall school. Well done to all!
Rhyw Sir Dafydd win Primary Schools' 24 Game Competition
Thanks to everyone who took part in our first Islwyn High School '24 Game' competition.
All seven teams from our feeder primary schools took part in a mathematics game where pupils had to compete to be the first person to get the score 24 from 4 digits displayed on a card.
It was obvious that the pupils had been practising hard beforehand as many pupils showed excellent numeracy skills.
There were medals for everyone who took part, certificates for the highest scoring pupils in each school, a certificate for the highest scoring pupil overall and also a trophy for the winning school to keep for the year.
The final score was very close with Rhyw Sir Dafydd just beating Cwmfelinfach for 1st and 2nd place.
There are blank spaces on the trophy for winning teams to be engraved up to the year 2039!
Thanks to Mrs Davies, Mrs Waters, Mr Gore and all the Year 10 pupils who helped to make the competition run smoothly.
I wonder whose name is going to be on the trophy next year?
Click here for more photos of the event.
Our Year 11 Leavers
Thursday 13th June saw Year 11 take part in their last official event before leaving Islwyn High School.
The formal part of the morning involved an assembly where Head of Year, Mr Clarke and form teachers spoke fondly of the pupils that had been in their care for their time in Islwyn High School. After this, pupils then received their Yearbooks and took part in the traditional 'signing shirt and diary' event. Lots of photos were taken and memories shared.
We wish everyone the best of luck with their exam results in August and really hope they achieve their dreams in the years ahead.
We look forward to seeing many of them in their Prom at Bryn Meadows on Monday 24th June.
SSRB Taste Budz win Young Enterprise 2019
Over the last six months, Taste Budz, the Young Enterprise Team from the Special Resource Base have been designing, printing and selling their own celebrity, healthy eating, cook book.
In May, they entered the regional Young Enterprise competition, held at Crosskeys College. Securing first place after delivering a great presentation and successfully completing an interview with the judges, the team progressed to the Welsh Finals held in Cardiff University, on the 5thJune.
Competing against teams from all over Wales, Taste Budz delivered their presentation to a full lecture theatre, spoke to judges at their trade stall and answered questions on their product, at a Dragon’s Den style interview.
Sara Edwards from BBC Wales Today, presided over the Awards Ceremony at the end of the day. Taste Budz won third place in the UK Competition for the best presentation and Aaron Smith, the Managing Director of Taste Budz, was awarded the Sir John Moores Award for Special Achievement, in the Wales category.
The highlight of the day came when the team were awarded the highest accolade - Wales National Final Winners of the Young Enterprise Team Programme, 2019.
Tia Lewis to represent Wales at World Karate Championships
Year 8 pupil Tia Lewis has been selected to represent Karate Wales at the 8th WUKF World Karate Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia from 20th-23rd June.
Year 11 Netball Team Success
Our Year 11 Girls won the recent netball Ann Smart tournament, held in Swansea Leisure Centre – Islwyn High School are now Welsh Champions.
Year 8 Rugby Team Success
A superb effort by our Year 8 rugby boys. They beat Newbridge in the final of the Caerphilly Cup and are now County Champions!
Choosing Physics at Higher / Further Education
Our Science Department, organised by Mrs Pardoe, took part in a pilot project linked with five Welsh Universities (Cardiff, Aberystwyth, Bangor, Swansea and the University of South Wales). Funding was secured for 240 Year 10 and 11 pupils - by Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) and backed by WG. Undergraduates came into school for a number of weeks to deliver some after school sessions to our Year 10 pupils. The mentors are studying a broad range of subjects such as physics, astrophysics, computer games development and mechanical, aeronautical and electronic engineering. The aim is to increase Physics take-up at A-Level, especially for girls as only 18.5% of Physics A-Level students in Wales are girls and only 20% of full time Physics students go to Welsh universities.
Our girls really enjoyed the event and they were filmed on the BBC. It was shown on BBC Wales News.
Our 'WE' Winner
WE Schools is a unique, four-step program delivered by our educational partners in 16,000 schools and groups across North America and the UK, which challenges young people to identify the local and global issues that spark their passion and empowers them with the tools to take action.
Erica Rowlands links with this program as part of the Skills Delivery at Key Stage 4. Pupils were encouraged to enter a recent competition – one of our Year 11 pupils, Niall Humphreys received this email over the Easter holiday.
“Congratulations! You have been awarded a place on the Virgin Atlantic Scholarship Trip to India this Summer with WE! We were so impressed with your application and can’t wait for you to join us this summer! We received close to 300 applications for the trip this year so it is a huge testament to the hard work you put into your application!
The trip will be taking place on July 29 to August 16, with 29 other young people from across the UK.”
What an achievement! We are so proud of him. You may know Niall from his role as Belle’s father in Beauty and the Beast.