The amount of time people spend on social media is constantly increasing. Teens now spend up to nine hours a day on social platforms, while 30% of all time spent online is now allocated to social media interaction. And the majority of that time is on mobile - 60% of social media time spent is facilitated by a mobile device.
Having missed this last year due to prior commitments, I went along to this years Internet Safety "parents evening". I was surprised to say the least, that aside from Mike and myself, your PTA co-chairs, there were only THREE other parents in attendance.
The information you missed related to social media, cyber-bullying and grooming. You will have the opportunity to speak with PC Thomas when she attends some of the other parents evenings in the near future.
I've added a new website section containing some of the information shared on the evening, along with important website links. Please try to take a look at them.
Just before school started back, our Co-chair Mike along with Cyfeillion members/parents Leeanne, Julie, Glyn and Michele had an informal chat/meeting with our new headteacher.
Amongst ideas and topics discussed were parent volunteers being allowed into school (subject to necessary DBS checks, of course). Our member Michele is keen to help out organising the library, especially now as we've said goodbye to our librarian, Helen Thomas, who moved away from the area at the end of last term. The 6th form pupils will now be taking an active role in management of the inventory - a bit tough for them as currently, there is no library management system.
Michele is currently looking for funding to buy a library management system, so if you have any expertise/ ideas that might help with this, let us know. As you may know, Cyfeillion donated several hundred pounds to pay for books last year and a lot of the funds already raised will be used this year to buy new reading books and magazine subscriptions for both the English department and Geography.
We discussed communication with school and the various departments. This is essential not just for parents communicating directly with the school, but also important for Cyfeillion to understand the needs of the various departments better, in terms of fundraising for specific projects.
Having raised the point that the Governors lists/staff members are out of date on the school website, this is being looked into.
Hot topic - changes to uniform/policy
With regards the school uniform Miss Bolton said she has no plans to change the uniform but will be taking a look at uniform policy, so that all staff/pupils will have clear guidance should there be a recurrence of this year's soaring temperatures. The issue surrounding the water coolers will also be addressed.
As I write this, the new year 7 pupils are boarding coaches off to Glan Llyn for the week of bonding over various activities.
Your child, in the safe hands of experienced staff, will have experiences they can't get in the classroom. Instead of coming home today and telling you they were lost in school, they'll be with new friends, recounting exciting adventures of the day.
You'll miss them terribly - until they come home with the bag full of dirty, wet clothing, missing socks and someone else's t-shirt.
On the day they return, whilst you are waiting for the coaches, come and join us, Cyfeillion Gwynllyw, for a free coffee in the school. We have been there, fretting over late coaches (though they're usually good for timing) and thought it would be a good opportunity for you to get to know some of the other parents.
We'll be in the school hall from around 6.30pm on Friday, as the coach is expected around 7.30pm.
Why not join us, get a free coffee while you wait and perhaps buy a cake from us to kick off this year's fundraising?
Welsh writers writing in English - Llenyddiaeth Gymreig
Dylan Thomas - Under Milk Wood - (copy in library in Welsh but not in English)
Alexander Cordell - Rape of the Fair Country
W H Davies - any of his poetry
e.g Leisure - What is this life, if full of care, we have no time to stand and stare.
Famous work: Autobiography of a Supertramp
(W H Davies was a Newport man who hobo-ed his way across America. The title of his work was taken by the rock group for their name)
Idris Davies - poems
'The Bells of Rhymney' was taken and its words set to music by Pete Seger which made the poem internationally known.
Any novels or poetry by the following:
R S Thomas
We’d also love to have:
JRR Tolkein - Lord of the Rings - The Hobbit
Caroline Lawrence - The Roman Mysteries Series
Cornelia Funke - Inkspell
Markus Zusak - The Book Thief
Bram Stoker – Dracula
Jane Austen - Pride and Prejudice
Any novels by:
D H Lawrence
Romeo and Juliet,
Anthony and Cleopatra,
A midsummer Night's Dream (copy in library in Welsh)
As You Like It,
Henry lV (pt 1 + 2),
Love's Labour's Lost,
The Merchant of Venice (copy in library),
The Merry Wives of Windsor
Much Ado about Nothing,
Prince of Tyre,
The Taming of the Shrew
The Two Gentlemen of Verona,
The Two Noble Kinsmen
The Winter's Tale,
Timon of Athens
Troilus and Cressida
All's Well That Ends Well
Comedy of Errors
Harry Potter Series
1. The Philosopher's Stone
2. The Chamber of Secrets
3. The Goblet of Fire
4. The Prisoner of Azkaban
5. The Order of the Phoenix
6. The Half-blood Prince
7. The Deathly Hallows
Our Facebook Page is not the same thing as a group.
The Facebook page is a "Fan Page" - I post stuff, you "follow it" (If you want to) - We don't chat, it's not fun, it's not private - it's intended as an advertisement. Anyone who sees it, sees everything on it. That's why it contains a warning in the description for people - Don't post personal information on it - it's a "billboard" for all to see. If you do this and an admin spots it, we'll take it down - for safety's sake.
The group, however, is a different beast. Join, chat, post, all private/secret. Just for Gwynllyw parents/guardians. Anything you post there can only be seen by the members in the group. Until you join, you can't see what's going on in the group. Request to join here....
We're looking for a translator - to keep an eye out for mistakes like the one about. Or are there more? If you have 5 minutes to spare......
It is with great sadness that we have had to cancel our plans for the Summer "It's a knockout" event.
Some concerns were raised by the education department and in light of the recent tragic event at Drayton Manor theme park, the school was unable to fully support to the event at this time.
The only viable option was to cancel and Cyfeillion Gwynllyw may have to forfeit the deposit paid if the company cannot re-sell the event at such short notice.
We can assure you this has been discussed at length and every effort has been made to resolve this matter.
Hopefully, with more time to prepare, we will be able to schedule something for next summer, as long as all health and safety concerns can be addressed and we are fully supported, both by the school and the parents - we can't arrange events on this scale without your support.
We realise this will be disappointing news for some and can only apologise but in the circumstances it is beyond our control.
Thank you for your continued support.
Jayne & Michael
Co-Chairs, Cyfeillion Gwynllyw
Earlier in March, during a "Communities Together" session at Bron Afon Community Housing, the Environmental Teamleader, Steve Caddy, offered to support the upcoming activities afternoon by providing a "Grow Wild" wildflower planting kit to the PTA, which comprised plant labels, seeds and a guide to planting. Hopefully, over the coming weeks, you'll be able to see some of the wildflowers pictured below flourishing in the school grounds.
Pupils engaged in various activities on 7th April, including planting some free "Seeds for Bees" obtained for the PTA from 38 Degrees, who actively campaign about almost everything, including promotion of wildlife.
Just Bee Drinks - the company that recently featured on Dragons Den allowed me to purchase a box of 50 packets of seeds at a very generous discount. I donated these to the school for planting on the activities afternoon.
In addition to the wildflowers, the PTA recently received 960 sunflower seeds (one for every child in the school) from The-big-sunflower-project, which is an initiative using sunflowers to raise awareness of a rare neuromuscular condition.
Could you be the next eddie butler, jonathan davies, Sara elgan or Catrin Heledd?
A recent survey by PTA UK, the national charity which supports parent associations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and of which Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw's PTA "Cyfeillion Gwynllyw" is a member, found that their members as a whole spend three million hours a year volunteering their time in schools nationwide. Based on the minimum wage, this is the equivalent of £20 million a year in time being donated to schools.
The research carried out in October 2016 also showed that as a group, PTA UK members raised over £99 million through fundraising initiatives which goes directly back into schools.
Parents at Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw have volunteered their time on the school parent and teacher association (PTA) by being actively involved in building the school community, supporting teaching, and holding events that raise money to pay for school improvements and new equipment for local children.
News and views from the PTA. We're a small committee of people trying to fund-raise for the school, so your children can have a new book, a new bench outside, or even a party, without breaking the bank.