‘On Friday 3 July 35 students from Years 9, 10 and 11 visited Flanders Fields in Belgium and Northern France. We started at Ypres in Belgium, a town that was central to the struggle for much of the First World War. Of particular interest to the group was the new memorial dedicated to the Welsh soldiers who died in Belgium. We were the only school in Wales to raise money for this quite stunning and fitting memorial that comprises of a striking red dragon bestriding a plinth made from stone quarried from Pontypridd and transported to Langemark for the monument. Amongst those killed in this part of Belgium is Hedd Wyn, a poet who won the Bard’s Chair in the 1917 Eistedddfod just days after tragically dying in the trenches.
On the Saturday evening we took part in the Last Post Ceremony that has taken place every night at 8pm since the end of World War One in order for the people of Belgium to show their gratitude to the people of Great Britain for their sacrifice in coming to their aid. Saffron Rossier (Year 10) and Will Davidson (Year 11) represented the school and laid a poppy wreath in the moving ceremony that was witnessed by many thousands. They both did our school proud!
On the Sunday, we travelled across the border to France to visit the battlefields of the Somme. Here, we again visited a memorial significant to Wales at Mammetz Wood, where the 38th Welch Division had fought to clear the enemy from the village and nearby wood. We also visited Beaumont Hammel where there still exists a section of the trench network and no-man’s land. The trip was a great success and it is clear that it opened the eyes of those who attended to the horrors of war, and the importance of not letting the colossal waste of life happen again.’
All of our pupils who attended the trip were excellent and were a huge credit to our school. Thank you to Mr Perkins for organising such an amazing and cultural trip for our pupils!
There is still time to buy your tickets for our school performance ‘We Will Rock You!’ Performances are Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th July and cost £3.00 for children and £5.00 for adults. Tickets are available from the Finance office or tickets can be bought on the door. It is going to be an amazing night and not one you will want to miss!
Prize Giving Evening will take place on Wednesday 9th September 2015.
On Monday 6 July, the Year 10 I&CT class will be sitting their online external assessment. This examination will account for 25% of their final grade.
In preparation for the assessment, students need to revise all of Unit 1: The Online World.
Students are requested to attend the revision session to be held on Thursday 2 July at 3:20 pm.
Lunchtime and after-school support sessions are always available for students. Please see Mrs Chesterman if you have any queries or concerns.
There will be a meeting today at 6pm in Hall 3 for those students and their parents/guardians who are going on the Belgium trip. There will be a chance to ask any last minute questions about the trip/schedule.
Yesterday we saw our feeder primaries visit our school to get a taste of what our high school is like! The pupils participated in a number of lessons and Music/Drama workshops and experienced what it will be like to become a student of Duffryn High School. The students had a fantastic day and a big thank you to those who helped throughout the day!
Again a big thank you to all our feeder primaries and Upbeat Project for their excellent transition concert last night! The concert was filled with brilliant performances and music from a variety of hit musicals including Annie, The Lion King, Mary Poppins and Oliver. It was a great turn out from all the parents and staff and it was a fabulous evening!
Some of our most talented students in Year Seven were chosen to have their Grimm Fairy tale published in the Young Writers’ Competition! Pupils had to pick their favourite fairy tale and choose to rewrite it from a different character’s perspective! Well done to those who had their fairy tale published!
This Wednesday pupils can come along to the old library in Pill to receive support in completing their BTEC and IVQ science assignments.Pupils will need to see their teachers and bring a task along with them to the library. Any questions see the Science department.