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It was lovely to welcome Rhian Watts from the Bridgend Carers Centre in school today. Rhian presented us with the Young Carer Friendly Award because of the work we have been doing to support our Young Carers at CCYD. Aaron Cosker, Emily Stevens and Mrs Pope were delighted to receive the award.
CCYD would like to introduce its newest member of the team “Daisy”. She is currently living her best life as the school’s wellbeing dog. A number of learners are developing a great bond with Daisy who plays a huge role in making everybody smile and having a positive impact with their wellbeing. One picture shows Daisy resting after a long day in “work”.
Cost of Living event being held on Tuesday May 17th 2022 at the Richard Price Centre, Llangeinor. The event is being attended by organisations including Citizens Advice Bridgend, Baobab-bach Community Food Pantries, Power Up, BCBC Local Community Coordinator, the Bridgend Repair Café, Valleys to Coast Money Matters team, the Childcare Offer team, the Wales Illegal Money Lending Unit and more.
The aim of the event is to help people look at ways it might be possible to reduce bills, find new ways to make savings and find out if they are entitled to any additional financial support.
We would like as many people to attend the event as possible as we believe it will be extremely useful. The event runs between 3pm and 6pm and parents are welcome to bring their children along. Some refreshments will be available.
A BIG thank you to the Eco Committee for their commitment and courage for delivering assemblies all week to each year group on recycling and litter. They work hard each day and show great passion for our school environment. Well done everyone involved and keep up the great work.
Hello, my name is Rebecca and I am writing to you today from Bridgend Community Outreach Centre. (CIC 11367568) I would like to make you aware of our services that may benefit some of your families. Along with several other projects, including our food security projects, where we offer £5 food bags for collection.
We are now running our connect project, this offers free support and help to families with children. We offer support and advice, Help families to look for playgroups or parent and child groups, support for single parents or families with children up to age 16, and help them access any services or benefits they are entitled to. The connect worker will build a relationship with the family and be there to support them, even if it’s just a chat with another adult. ( all support staff hold a safeguarding qualification and DBS checked)
We are also running our young mentors scheme, this involves a group of volunteers that are aged 18-25 who support teenage family members, their befriending and support can range from encouraging young people to make friends and join groups to encouragement to attend school. The young mentor project also provides confidence building and can be accessed from home or local cafes, schools or youth clubs ( all our young mentors have a child safeguarding qualification)
We run an adult training centre for over 16’s where we offer a variety of courses from food handling, customer service qualifications, drug and alcohol courses, parenting courses and many more, these courses are done on line at home with an interactive tutor or in the centre with our own teaching assistant.
If you may have any families that may benefit from these, or any other of our services please feel free to refer them or pass on our details for a self referral, I have attached a referral form.
Rebecca, outreach manager @Bridgend community outreach centre 11367568
On Monday 14th March Head Girl Millie Howell and Ellie-Mae Davies attended the Berwyn Park and Minors memorial Opening Ceremony. The Berwyn Centre was opened in 1902 and demolished in 2013. Many ex-pupils will have visited the Berwyn Centre to watch and take part in school shows.
CCYD is proud to present its new outdoor wellbeing gym. Whether during Health & Wellbeing lessons, PE lessons or break/lunch times our learners have the opportunity to burn excess energy and keep fit with a range of fun and engaging sports equipment. Pictured below is our Headteacher Tracey Wellington leading by example and our learners enjoying the new equipment.
Lots of positive postcards going home to our wonderful learners!
Year 13 learner Eeva Salo has applied to attend a University in Finland and has been selected to tell her story to @Seren_Network. Keep an eye on the SEREN blog to read her story…https://serennetwork.
CCYD learner Loveday Lock in year 8 entered an essay writing competition organised by The University of Oxford named “OXPLORE” and won her category!!!
This is a huge achievement based on the vast amount of competition from across Wales, Cornwall and the South East of England. We are so proud of Loveday and her achievement and attach her winning entry below.
Well done to the year 10 and 11 learners that stayed for after school English and Science sessions!
In all, a very interesting and productive day, a fitting way to end the half term of work.
A huge thank you to the pupils and staff involved who allow us to continue to run the program and make progress on each session.
Choose your Future 2022 – All Wales digital event. Join us online as we team up with employers and industry experts from across Wales to showcase careers and jobs from a variety of priority sectors.
Well done to the year 11 learners that stayed after school tonight for extra Welsh revision!
Wear a RED TOP (normal bottoms) on Friday 4th February to raise money for charity.
Optional donation on the main entrance doors.
Headteacher Mrs Wellington presents CCYD’s EESW 2021 team with a certificate for their project, a gold crest award and their award for the best use of engineering and technology, awarded from IET and their prize money.
The team was commended by The Engineering Scheme for their excellent teamwork, report, project outcome and design work. The team fulfilled a brief set by Sony to design and develop a contactless workplace tracking system using industry 4.0.
Team: Dafydd Roberts, Hollie Keeping, Kieran Pritchard, Samuel Gould
They designed the hardware and software for a smart watch that can be used on the factory floor. Mrs Deeming and Miss Pritchard were proud to support such a wonderful team.
A lovely morning at CCYD today as Year 11 collected their Numeracy GCSE results. We are so proud of them. Doing exams after so much disruption was not easy. But they had brilliant results!
Velindre’s annual WEAR RED campaign is BACK in time for the Six Nations return in February and we want YOU to join us. #WearRed2022.
Supporting Velindre Cancer Centre has never been easier! Simply Wear Red and donate £1 to Velindre on Friday 4th February to show your support for Wales’ Premier Rugby Teams and Wales’ Premier Cancer Centre.
This ALL INCLUSIVE event is open to everyone! Join in as an individual, family, school, business or community group by simply signing up today.
Every penny raised from our Wear Red Campaign is invested back into Velindre Cancer Centre to fund a range of services, roles and resources that has a significant impact on the experience and treatment journey of our patients and their families.
How to get involved:
Click the link below and complete the short online form to register yourself, your business, your school or organisation for the event. Once this is done, you can relax knowing that you are on your way to making a difference. Velindre Cancer Charity will be in touch in January with your fundraising pack and will provide all the information you need in preparation for collecting and paying in your funds on 4th February.
Urgent letter from BCBC Director of Education regarding school return in January.
Our young carers met today for our annual Christmas coffee morning. Musical chairs and cakes! Thank you to BING for the gifts.
Christmas holiday free school meal payment vouchers
The local authority is currently issuing vouchers for pupils eligible for free school meals (eFSM) to the value of £39 for the Christmas break. Please be aware that it might take several days for all vouchers to be issued to parents/carers. Please only contact the local authority if you have not received your voucher by Friday 17 December. Communication received before this date will not be responded to.
As vouchers are issued in batches, you may not receive all your vouchers together. If you are expecting more than one voucher (one per child), you may receive some vouchers by text and some by email depending on the contact details that have been provided by your child’s school.
Please check your SPAM folder before you attempt to contact the local authority.
You will receive the voucher either by text message to your mobile from ‘Cash Out’ or by email from email@example.com
Wednesday 15th December is Christmas jumper day. Thursday 16th December is the last day for learners. INSET day Friday 17th. Thank you.
Congratulations to Year 10 pupils Gethin Manning and Hakeem Mumine who both made their Bridgend Schools U15’s debuts. Both boys played extremely well against a physical Swansea side and both can be very proud of their efforts.
I just wanted to say huge thank you to everyone that contributed to my 250km (5x50km) challenge. We set off early on Saturday morning with 15 individuals taking part, but only 9 of us completed all 5 ultra marathons. I finished my 5th and final event early hours Sunday morning, with a total time of 21 hours and 42 minutes – I was chuffed to bits!
More importantly, my team has raised over £9000 for the Movember charity fund; the most of any team event in the UK this year.
Year 9 learners will be selecting their options for the 1st time over the next fortnight (follow up Feb). They will be having information talks all week in Tutor time and all of the information needed is also on their Year Google classroom and on our website in year 9 options https://ccyd.co.uk/
Face Coverings in Schools
Acting upon advice from PHW we have been advised that all face coverings should be maintained in secondary schools. This is because the rate of infections in the 10-19 year old band remain high. PHW will review this again in December.
For this reason please remind your son/daughter to bring a mask every day. This along with good hand hygiene helps to control the spread of the virus.
Thank you for your continued support.
Mrs T Wellington
On November 27th, Tom Seldon (Learning Support Officer) will be embarking on five Ultra-Marathon’s back to back for Movember!
- First a 31 mile (50km) run: from Mumbles to Bridgend,
- Then onto the machines, a 31 mile (50km) Row,
- A 31 mile (50km) Ski Erg,
- A 31 mile (50km) Bike Erg,
- Then finally a 31 mile (50km) Assault Bike.
We anticipate the challenge to run over 24 hours being a 250km event.
Congratulations to year 13 CCYD learner Eeva Salo for playing her trumpet on Remembrance Day with a beautiful rendition of The Last Post and Reveille. As always we are super proud how you represent yourself, the school and the wider community.
Free School Meal Vouchers from half term will expire on the 21st November. If you did not receive your voucher please email FSMCOVID19@bridgend.gov.uk
CCYD Learner Evyn Williams swam 22 miles (english channel) to raise money for diabetes uk. He raised £100 in total. His challenge was set over 12weeks but he had to have 2 weeks off due to covid.
Both the family and the school community are so proud of him for showing the determination and resilience to carry out this challenge. His parents said “We are super grateful for all the hard work and commitment that staff at CCYD do at the school, you are shaping the children every day to help make them who they are”.
Well Done Evyn, completing such challenges in life especially at such a young age makes you realise that anything is possible and will surely inspire all those around you.
A huge thank you to all the learners, parents and carers for your support during these difficult times. We have collected over 600 food items for this years annual harvest. All donations will be delivered to Bridgend Food Bank to support those in our local community and will be very much appreciated in the months leading up to Christmas. Thank you so much for your support to all those involved.
Please find below information regarding changes to contact tracing and self isolation from this September.
Congratulations to all our learners at CCYD on today’s GCSE results, you have endured a very difficult time and showed real resilience throughout.
Some of our exceptional scoring grades were achieved by the following learners:-
Huge congratulations to Darcey-Jayne Williams of year 9 who became under-14 girls British wakeboarding champion last week at Windsor. Everyone is very proud of you and the fantastic achievement. Brilliant.
In addition to delivering lessons, School Community Police Officers (SCPOs) are required to be fully involved with the day to day life of schools and are in a prime position to assist with problems that require police attention or advice.
At all times the Police will have children and young people’s interests at the forefront of their considerations and will work hand in hand with the school’s wishes and policies wherever possible.
Parents who are concerned about their child should contact their school in the first instance and if an incident needs to involve the Police the school will contact the SCPO who can then provide support, advice and arrange police attendance if necessary.
Please click on the leaflets below for more information
A team of five year 12 learners from CCYD have all received Gold Crest awards for their innovative engineering design project, working to a brief provided by local company Zimmer Biomet. The team entered the scheme, led by EESW STEM Cymru, and were able to successfully use their skills to deliver a working 3D printed prototype, engineering report and presentation on their product. They developed a tool to insert an Avantage Acetabular Cup which forms part of a total hip replacement.
Please find below a letter from Mr Lindsay Iorwerth Harvey – Corporate Director – Education and Family Support Bridgend County Borough Council regarding some information being distributed outside schools, and across social media, relating to relationships and sexuality education within the school curriculum.
Please can learners in years 7, 8, 9 and 10 return any borrowed laptops to school after the Easter break. Thank you very much.