Bryn Elian News
2017

Estyn Award for Excellence in Education

blogEntryTopperHeadteacher, Eithne Hughes represented the school at an award ceremony in Cardiff where Ysgol Bryn Elian was one of only three secondary schools in the whole of Wales to be presented with a prestigious award recognising excellence in education and training.
In particular, the school was singled out for its inspirational leadership and highly effective work in developing pupils’ literacy and numeracy skills.

The award was presented by Chief Inspector for Wales, Meinir Rowlands and the Cabinet Secretary for Education Kirsty Williams.

Mr Wilkins Visits CERN

blogEntryTopperOn the 7th of February I was lucky enough to be chosen to take part in the annual Welsh Teachers Visit to CERN, the huge science experiment in Geneva, Switzerland. The program was aimed at providing 24 Physics teachers, like myself, with first hand experience of the cutting edge research being carried out at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN). Over four days, we attended tailored lectures and workshops delivered by a variety of speakers, all leaders in their fields. I found it surprising how many of these eminent speakers were either Welsh or working at Welsh universities. One of the most fascinating talks was on the researching of anti-hydrogen, a project run by the University of Swansea, with their findings only recently published. Read More…

Easter Eggstravaganza!

blogEntryTopperBryn Elian Performing Arts Department present 'Easter Eggstravaganza' taking place Wednesday 5th April, 7pm - 9pm in Studio One. Tickets £3 from Mrs Hildrew

Team Tech-Ex is going International!

blogEntryTopperEleven students from Ysgol Bryn Elian, Colwyn Bay sat round a table back in September to discuss a new enterprise that they could begin through Young Enterprise Wales. Six months on and the students will be the only school representing Wales in the ‘Innovative Business 2017’ competition in Lithuania next week. Read More…

Pupils build ICE Bridge

blogEntryTopper12 pupils in each year has the opportunity to experience civil engineering ‘hands-on’, working with the Institute of Civil engineers (ICE). They had to work together to construct a suspension bridge in school and then had the opportunity to find out lots of information about working in the industry. All of the pupils thoroughly enjoyed the experience, with the Year 10 and 11 pupils getting a very detailed insight into a future career in engineering.

World Book Day 2017

blogEntryTopperFor World Book Day this year, Year 7 and Year 8 Ysgol Bryn Elian students and teachers not only celebrated the day by dressing up as their favourite character from a novel, they also took part in ‘Don’t Judge a Book By Its Cover’. All pupils picked a book from the library, and then wrapped the book with paper. A blurb was then written about the book, without disclosing the name of the author or any characters. Each Year 7 and Year 8 chose a book from the blurb alone, which they read. Students then wrote a book review on their selected book to win some book tokens. Hopefully, we have encouraged our students to pick up a book, they might not necessarily have chosen!

Happy Reading!

Careers Reward for Ysgol Bryn Elian

blogEntryTopperYsgol Bryn Elian has got the grade after receiving the prestigious Careers Wales Mark for the second time.

The accolade, which recognises a commitment to continuous quality improvement within an educational institution, was awarded to Ysgol Bryn Elian for its dedication and enthusiasm in preparing and supporting young people entering the world of work or continuing in education. Read More…

Junior Boxing Success for Pupil

blogEntryTopperCieran Williams is making a big name for himself in the world of junior boxing! Cieran won the Welsh Open Championship at the beginning of March, following on strongly from his win at the Novice Championships a few months previously. In all, He has had 9 fights and won them all !!Cieran is now hoping to get selected for the Welsh squad and be entered for the GB championships ! Well done and congratulations to Cieran!!

School Garden Regeneration

blogEntryTopperMs Julie Chapman, school cover supervisor and a number of Year 8 pupils are busy re-generating the school pond, which has sadly been neglected for a while. Keep checking in for updates on their progress.

Young Enterprise Team in Lithuania

blogEntryTopperThe Tech-Ex, Young Enterprise team are going to be competing for Wales in next months ‘Student’s Innovative business 2017’ in Lithuania. The group have already made over £800 in revenue from the sales of their technical extras at various events and continue to develop their products. If you would like to see the student’s hard-work, please head to Colwyn Bay shopping centre between 10am and 4pm on Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st February to support them team. Read More…