7 December 2023

Dear Parents, Guardians and Students/Annwyl Rhieni, Gwarchodwyr a Myfyrwyr

Now it’s officially December, we can unleash our inner-Bublé!

Our beautiful Year 7 Nurture class have been working incredibly hard prepping for their Pop-Up -Christmas shop. They will be holding it between Wednesday 13th December – Friday 15th December (depending on stock levels!). They have been busy making all kinds of products: cards, recyclable wrapping paper, tree decorations and some very cute snowman garlands. Students and staff will be able to come along and can also have a go at our Tombola or take their chance on the raffle.

The team will be selling hot chocolates and festive treats. The class were very keen to help a charity, so half of the profits will go towards a trip and the other half will be donated to City Hospice. Keep an eye out for the posters and start saving your coins!

Bringing Drama to Life with A Streetcar Named Desire!

In other news, last Wednesday evening Miss Lockwood and Mr Mee accompanied their Year 12 class to the Rondo Theatre in Bath to watch a live performance of their studied text, A Streetcar Named Desire. Students were able to watch key scenes, but also ask questions to the cast about their portrayals of the main characters. It was really interesting to hear the answers to our students’ questions about why actors chose to play their roles in a certain way. Seeing studied texts brought to life on stage is a great experience for our students who all enjoyed the evening.

Climate negotiations at the  COP28 Senedd event

On Thursday 23rd November, Miss Davies took 11 Year 11 and 6th form students to take part in the COP28 Student Climate Negotiation Simulation Event at The Senedd. The day began with some powerful keynote speakers such as  Ruth Cocks, Director of the British Council and Julie James, the minister for Climate Change illustrating the pressing need to tackle the climate crisis.

It was a Model UN-style event, where students debated solutions to tackling the climate crisis and saw their proposals modelled by a computer simulation developed at MIT. Each student represented a country or the press/ fossil fuel lobby/ climate change activist/ Throughout the day took part in cutthroat negotiations, influenced by their country’s position on the climate crisis and economic makeup. They came together to propose resolutions, seeing their outcomes in real time with help from the C-Roads Calculator. It was a fast paced day of fierce negotiating and effective debating! 

Rubbing shoulders with the Welsh stars!

On Tuesday 21st of November the Welsh 6th form went out to experience the Welsh language in the community. They visited Canna Deli in Pontcanna where they ordered drinks and food in Welsh, as well as hearing the Welsh language being spoken by other customers and staff. They also purchased items through the medium of Welsh in the bookstore Caban before going to Howells school to meet with the Welsh actress Nia Roberts. Nia has starred in Dr Who, The Crown, The Feast, Solomon a Gaenor and the film currently studied as part of the A level syllabus, Patagonia. The students asked questions specific to their course and listened to Nia share her insight into not only Welsh films but film making in general.   (Those hot chocolates look absolutely delicious!)

Bringing the brain to life!

There is no let up in the learning at LHS.  Here’s one example of how learning has been brought to life this week. Our Year 13 Psychology class were challenged to create a brain to represent the function of the amygdala and it’s role in Criminal Behaviour. There were some really creative pieces, but only a few brave enough to be in the photos!

Learning Support ‘Star of the Week’

We have a couple of stars to share with you this week.  Congratulations to Tyler Neagle in Year 7 who has overcome obstacles and is participating well in all lessons. Well Done Tyler!

We then have Arlind Gashi in Year 8.  Arlind has shown fantastic teamwork and thoroughly deserves this.  Well done Arlind!

Partnership with the Rotary Club of Llanishen

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who contributed to the November collection for the Cardiff Foodbank.  A marvellous weight was collected with a total of 199.98kgs which will support 20 local people for 3 days.  Your continued support is gratefully welcomed. Our final collection date for 2023 is scheduled for 20th December and any donations can be dropped to our main school reception in advance.

The month of October 2023 saw the Rotary Club again participating in the campaign to collect good quality winter coats for the homeless. The Club had collection boxes in Llanishen Hub, Rhydypennau Hub, Llanishen High School, Thornhill Church Centre and Lisvane Baptist Church. 

In total, over 1,400 coats were collected and these were distributed to The Wallich, The Huggard Centre, the Salvation Army and the YMCA charities for donation to the homeless.

The above photo is of Rotarian’s Iain Manson and Philip Harris at the centre helping out. 

Llanishen High donated 2 full large bags that contributed to a very successful campaign, with around 400 more coats collected than last year.

We still have 2 more jam packed weeks to go before we break. I look forward to brining you more news, stories and photographs next week.

Wishing all of our readers a very healthy and happy weekend.

Thank you for reading/Diolch am ddarllen,

Mrs Sarah Parry, Headteacher

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