Holocaust Memorial Day
On Friday 23rd of January BCBC held their annual Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) event
to honour those affected by the Holocaust and subsequent genocides in Cambodia,
Bosnia, Rwanda, and Darfur. This year marks the seventieth anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and the twentieth anniversary of the Bosnian genocide.
Guests including Bridgend Assembly Member Carwyn Jones, Ogmore Assembly Member Janice Gregory, Bridgend MP Madeleine Moon and Ogmore MP Huw Irranca-Davies were also shown a series of videos featuring the moving stories of Holocaust and genocide survivors.
Speaking at the event, BCBC Leader Mel Nott OBE said: “It’s our moral duty to keep the memory alive of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides so that lessons can be learnt”.
In photograph L-R: Andrew Donaghy, Mr V Gibson [English] Morgan Bennett, Mr G Lewis [Brynteg librarian], Owen Middleton, Anya Nunn, Ben Davis, Deegan-Lee Richards, Mayor of Bridgend and County Borough Councillor Gary Thomas and Mayor’s Consort Ms Kay Jenkins.
Year 7 Pupil ‘s Account of the Poem and the Holocaust Memorial Service
“It made us feel sad as we looked through the books which helped us to create our poem. We were very shocked by the pictures and information in the books. Once we had created the poem it was time to go to the Chambers. When we arrived it was quite daunting because the architecture of the building was very posh. All the people we met were very important, but very nice and friendly. We were really nervous when we went up to speak but we felt we all performed excellently. After finishing the recital we were so relieved and we were all deeply moved by the Memorial service.”
By Owen Middleton, Year 7.
ESU Performing Shakespeare Competition
Evan Ladler of Year 9, who won the prestigious Shakespeare Schools Union Speaking Competition 2014, with his powerful rendition of Henry V, has been invited to attend a ceremony in London in February. He will have his award presented by HRH the Princess Royal! Evan’s VIP invitation is a great privilege for both himself and his family and also an honour for the school. We at Brynteg wish him all the best and would like to take this opportunity to say how proud we all are!
Art Department News
The Year 13 photography students held a pop-up exhibition of their work at Bridgend College in the Sony theatre during the first week back in January. The feedback from visitors who attended the exhibition was very positive and ten students exhibited top quality photographic coursework.
Year 13 student Georgia Butterworth with her work ‘ Dream’
Isobell Dodd must receive a belated congratulations on her recent performances and those of the recent athletics season. Isobel has represented Glamorgan Valleys at the Welsh Athletics Championships where she demolished the field in the 800m to become Welsh Champion She also made it through to the British 800m final representing Wales. Isobel is also the British 1km Life surfing champion. Both achievements deserve a huge congratulations!
Aachen and Cologne 2014
On 4th December 68 pupils from Year 9 and 7 members of staff boarded a big double decker bus bound for the German Christmas Markets. The hum of excited chatter that filled the bus as we left Brynteg soon turned into tired yawns as we boarded the 2.25am ferry to Calais! Arriving in Aachen on Friday morning pupils were filled once again with vim and vigour and, with little yellow vocab cards and maps in hand and with their pocket money burning a hole in their pockets they all headed off excitedly around the numerous stands. On Saturday morning, after a much needed good night’s sleep, the bravest of the bunch climbed the 509 steps to the top of Cologne cathedral tower where they could enjoy the spectacular views of the entire city. From there we visited the four Christmas Markets in Cologne city centre where it was great to see so many of our pupils putting their German to good use, ordering plenty of goodies and souvenirs. All agreed that the trip was over too quickly as pupil reluctantly boarded the bus on Sunday morning, yet we had one more day ahead of us – and what a fun day Sunday was! Phantasialand is a large theme park and pupils – and (some!) staff – thoroughly enjoyed riding the rollercoasters before once again boarding our bus for our return trip through the night back to Bridgend. It was a really successful trip and pupils were exemplary representatives of Brynteg abroad! The bloodshot eyes and croaky voices said it all as pupils arrived back in Brynteg on Monday morning. We all thank Mrs Williams for organising yet another very successful German trip and my personal thanks go to all the staff who took part, ensuring that trips like this can happen, so thanks also to Mrs Walsh, Ms Vallance, Mr Gibson, Mr Williams and Mr Buller for your support.
Contact the Elderly Afternoon Christmas Tea
Last summer an event was organised by South Wales Police for the charity ‘Contact the Elderly.’ The event was a tea party for older residents living in the Bridgend area and was hosted by a group of Brynteg students who were studying for their Welsh Baccalaureate qualification. Part of the Welsh Bacc. course requires students to participate in community projects. The ‘Contact the Elderly’ service is the only national charity solely dedicated to tackling loneliness and isolation in older people and the aim of the event was designed to bring elderly residents belonging to the Bridgend branch closer together within the community.
The tea party proved to be very successful and the residents enjoyed the tea party and the musical entertainment immensely, so much so that the school decided to host a Christmas tea party for the residents at the end of the Christmas term. The students [both Welsh Bacc. and other sixth formers] worked extremely hard to prepare the refreshments and when the invited residents arrived they were treated to a lovely spread of refreshments and were entertained by Year 11 pupils studying for their BTEC Performing Arts qualification. Also in attendance and helping out was PCSO Peter Simpson who assisted in serving the guests and listened to any concerns they may have had. Head teacher Mr Jenkins also spoke to the guests and warmly welcomed them to the school. The afternoon was a great opportunity for the old and young to chat together and the students gained a better understanding of the needs and concerns of older people. The students were regaled with stories from the past. One elderly lady delighted the students with tales of her experiences in her time at Bletchley Park during the Second World War. It truly was an enjoyable afternoon, spent in good company and was much appreciated by all who attended.