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Maesteg School Newsletter - Issue #4

Maesteg School Newsletter
Maesteg School Newsletter
Welcome to the Summer Term newsletter!
We really hope you are enjoying the new mobile friendly newsletter, which is the best way to enjoy all of our news in the palm of your hand.
With plenty going on and lots to celebrate, let’s get started with Issue #4 of our newsletter. You can also keep up to date with the latest news by following our Twitter (MaestegSchool) or our newest social media channel on Instagram (MaestegSchool)
You can also visit our website for up to date news and information.
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In This Issue:
  • Headteacher’s Welcome
  • Time Capsule Project: Maesteg Town Hall
  • Our New Curriculum: Pupil Voice Special
  • Wellbeing Day 2022
  • DT Project: Hedgehog Homes Update
  • Transition: Welcome Year 6
  • Year 7 Celebration Event
  • The Politics Project
  • Sporting Round-Up
  • Summer Activities in Maesteg
Live with 7CWD interviewing the head. Practicing our oracy skills!
What a wonderful end to the academic year 2021-2022! Now that we are permitted to open our school back up to parents, visitors and guests so have crammed in as many activities as possible this term as you can see from our action-packed newsletter. Exciting too is the reintroduction of the School Show! ‘Mary Poppins’ will be staged at the school in the Autumn Term and tickets will go on sale at the start of the new academic year! Our Year 7 pupils welcomed their parents and carers to school to show off and celebrate their best pieces of work last week. It was heart-warming to see our youngest pupils talk with so much pride about the work they have completed in their first year and their experiences at Maesteg School.  Well done to all of year 7 – we will definitely be mimicking this with other year groups when we invite parents to future ‘Celebration Evenings’ calendared for next year. We also welcomed our new year 7 cohort to our school where they experienced a ‘taster day’ of life at Maesteg School, making new friends, getting to know their new teachers, and having an introduction to new subjects.  I know that they are all excited to begin the next stage of their academic journey here with us.  
We have worked hard this year to develop communication with pupils, parents, governors, and our wider community to canvass views on ‘what should be taught at Maesteg School?’ You can read the full Curriculum Statement on our school website, but what is evident is that the majority of our community want our children to feel ‘empowered’ and be ‘aspirational’. Our new curriculum will continue to create opportunities for our children to develop their leadership skills and dream big! What has also been important to our community is that our children are taught valuable life skills and made aware of local and global issues and their impact on the world around them. 
Miss.Pearson - Maesteg School
Our uniform swap shop is up and running 😍 Pupils learning life skills while making a difference to the Maesteg community. Amazing to link up with @ThomasHBeedle to help others & be more sustainable. @MaestegSchool #uniformswapshop
As a result we focus on learning with ‘real life’ purpose and end results. We have made blankets out of crisp packets; laundered, repackaged and donated lost school uniform for our uniform swap shop; made ‘bug hotels’ for our life-giving pollinators; houses for our hedgehogs and made litter picking part of our daily routine that every child participates in to love and look after our school environment.  
Lola has achieved a Gold Crest award for all her hard work in Design Technology this year.
Lola has achieved a Gold Crest award for all her hard work in Design Technology this year.
We have continued to make use of our outside learning areas with particular focus on the allotment space where our children grown vegetables which then feature in our new school canteen menu. Please make sure that you look at our website for the canteen menu where Jo Paige’s mission is to cook every meal from scratch using fresh vegetables ensuring that our children make healthy meal choices and enjoy a healthy diet.
The final day of our summer term was spent together as staff and students, at our annual ‘Wellbeing Day’ during which we completed a 5k walk (or run depending on fitness levels) and participated in activities that promote wellbeing throughout our school. You can read more about this later on in the newsletter.
As ever, our children could not achieve these outcomes without your support, so on behalf of our school community, ‘Thank you’ and have a wonderful summer break, safe and well with your families. HJ
Time Capsule Project: Maesteg Town Hall
Maesteg School pupils have been busy creating artwork and poetry which will be buried within a time capsule to be opened in 100 years’ time.
As part of the project that is seeing Maesteg Town Hall redeveloped, pupils were invited to reflect on their ideas around community and what Maesteg means to them.
Head of Expressive Arts, Mrs Fleming thoroughly enjoyed exploring this theme with the pupils. “We have loved participating in the time capsule project this term. The tiny stones that pupils have painted represent the houses that sit in rows across the Llynfi Valley,” she said.
“All materials used were sourced from the local area, making their Artwork authentic and nostalgic. We have already started to create a larger scale version with the Primary Schools throughout our Transition Project, to keep this theme running for the rest of the year.”
To read more about the project and the plans for the time capsule, visit the Awen website here.
Neuadd y Dref Maesteg Town Hall
A time capsule documenting life in 2022 will be buried at Maesteg Town Hall containing contributions from Year 7 & 8 pupils at @MaestegSchool.

Read more here:
Our New Curriculum: Pupil Voice Special
‘Empowerment and Kindness’: Parents’ Response to Maesteg School’s New Curriculum
Deputy Headteacher Dr Duddridge talks us through Maesteg School’s New Curriculum.
Part of the joy of developing our new curriculum for Year 7s for September 2022 has been gathering and embracing the views of parents and learning more about what they would like ‘school’ to mean for their children. Over 300 parents responded to the recent questionnaire linked to our ‘Curriculum Vision’ giving their views on the values they would like to see developed in our pupils and the learning experiences they want them to have. 
Around a quarter of parents singled out the word ‘empowerment’ as the principle they most want underpinning our curriculum design, with ‘kindness’ and ‘aspiration’ also being chosen by many respondents. Parents noted that they wanted their child to ‘feel strong and confident’, to regard ‘everyone as equal’, to show ‘respect for others’ and ‘be the best version’ of themselves. One parent shared: ‘I want my son to know that he can be what he wants to be, to be empowered to not have shame in anything he chooses’. Reading through the hopes and dreams that our parents hold for their child has been a real privilege for our teachers, particularly as such aspects of education fully align with the school’s ethos of ‘motivated to strive’.
Parents also suggested a wide range of further learning experiences they hope their child can have during their time at Maesteg School. Around a fifth of parents noted that they want their child to develop ‘life skills’ with further recommendations such as ‘financial management’, ‘first aid’ and (what one parent referred to as) ‘traditional home economics’. A minority of parents also singled out ‘British Sign Language’ as being something they would like their child to learn. Another area which was referred to by many parents was developing their child’s understanding of the world of politics and local governance so they can play a more informed part in their democratic rights. One parent (who reminisced on having completed their own A-levels with Maesteg School in 2005 and considered that since then the school had gone from ‘strength to strength’) wrote children should be more aware of ‘current news … and politics’, areas which had not really been addressed in their own educational years. 
Parents also noted that they hoped to see many more educational and enrichment trips happening for their children, clearly more important than ever given the recent experiences of lockdown. In designing the new curriculum for Year 7 for the forthcoming Autumn term, teachers have fully embraced this request: at the last review of our planning, there were no less than seven possible trips being considered within the space of fourteen school weeks!
We look forward to updating you regularly on how our curriculum is developing here at Maesteg School and thank you for the feedback you have already offered. As one parent reminded us ‘school is about creating wonderful memories for life’, a goal which we certainly intend to hold throughout all our future plans for your child’s time at Maesteg School.
Click the link below for the full run-down on all things New Curriculum:
Maesteg School: Our New Curriculum Vision - Ysgol Maesteg
Wellbeing Day 2022
Mrs Joannou-Rebane talks us through the wonderful final day of term at Maesteg School, our Wellbeing Day 2022.
We always like to end the year with a celebration of our school’s success throughout the year. The final day of term is a time to spend together as a whole school community enjoying the sunshine, sharing delicious food and treats, and appreciating how lucky we are to work and learn together at Maesteg School
This year students spent time with Forces Fitness on their army obstacle courses, learning and practising Parkour, jumping around on inflatables, and expressing themselves in music and art. At the beginning of this academic year, pupils chose causes that mattered to them and decided on our Maesteg School Charities of the Year. They decided upon:
  • LATCH Cymru - a Welsh Children’s Cancer Charity supports children receiving treatment for cancer and leukaemia at the Children’s Hospital for Wales and their families.
  • YOUNG MINDS - a mental health charity for children, young people and their parents, making sure all young people can get the mental health support they need.
  • Race Equality First - Race Equality First (REF) has over 40 years of experience as the recognised lead body in South Wales for tackling discrimination and hate crime and promoting the message that Race Equality is a human right.
To affect positive change, pupils are awarded tokens by their Tutors, Progress Leaders and the Senior Leadership when they have been seen doing something that embodies our ethos of respect and demonstrates a positive attitude and commitment to community. These rewards encourage our pupils to support causes that they care about and ‘pass it on’. and so all the money raised on our final day of term will be donated to these charities in September. We hope all our students had a great time on our wellbeing day this year. Always remember: YOU matter! EJR
DT Project: Hedgehog Homes Update
Maesteg School D&T
Today a lucky Year 7 spotted a hedgehog ON SITE whilst we were out looking for signs of wildlife activity! Just in time for #HedgehogAwarenessWeek Welcome Spike the @MaestegSchool hedgehog! We've put out survey tunnels to see who else might be wandering around 🦔🐀🐇🦡🐿🦊
When a hedgehog was spotted on site this term, excitement grew amongst our Year 7 pupils who have been busy building hedgehog homes to place around the grounds of Maesteg School. After finding paw prints in our survey tunnels, Miss Bourne and her team of students, successfully positioned the newly built hedgehog homes around the perimeter at carefully selected locations.
With some of the hottest weather on record reported recently, a safe shady haven is an ideal retreat from the sun, so Miss Bourne and our pupils were thrilled to have these spaces ready and available for the Maesteg School hedgehogs. Enjoy the video below that celebrates our four legged friends and the hard work year 7 have put into this special project. Well done to everyone involved.
Maesteg School D&T
Hedgehog houses completed, and some positioned around the school ready to welcome our visitors! 🦔 #HedgehogAwarenessWeek @MaestegSchool @CUHedgehogs @GlamorganRescue @CMetSEngagement
Transition: Welcome Year 6
Welcome Year 6! Summer Term 2022 // Maesteg School
Welcome Year 6! Summer Term 2022 // Maesteg School
We would like to extend the warmest of welcomes to all our year 6 pupils who will be joining  Maesteg School  in September 2022. 
Summer term offered a chance for Year 6 pupils to visit Maesteg School and get a taste of things to come in September. Pupils and parents enjoyed the video above and presentations from Headteacher Helen Jones and Assistant Headteacher Tania Hill.
Mrs Hill talked us through all the information that year 6 pupils need to know before they start school in September as our new year 7. The PowerPoint presentation below has been converted into a video so that you can watch it at home over the summer in readiness to start with us on Tuesday September 6th:
In the meantime, everything else you need to know can be found in the transition section of our website via this link:
Year 7 Celebration Event
THANK YOU to all pupils, parents, carers, governors and staff who attended our Celebration Event this week.

Fantastic showcase of work completed by our very talented Year 7 pupils. We’re all very proud of you! What a fantastic year @MaestegSchool @MSAssistantTHL 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
This term we welcomed the families of our Year 7 pupils to Maesteg School for our Year 7 Celebration event. It was fantastic to meet parents and carers and revel in the work of our pupils with them. If you missed the event or want to re-live it, please enjoy the video highlights below:
Year 7 Celebration 2022 // Maesteg School
Year 7 Celebration 2022 // Maesteg School
The Politics Project
Year 7 pupils got the chance to interview Huw Irranca-Davies @huw4ogmore the Welsh Labour & Co-Op Member of the Senedd. Here’s a sample of questions from the session, with an interesting question relating to Stranger Things! Please enjoy the video with Huw and our pupils below:
Sporting Round-up: Summer 2022
Find our latest sporting news below:
Find our latest sporting news below:
We Are The Champions: Yr 7 Cup Final Victory!
The Bridgend Cup winning team photo.
The Bridgend Cup winning team photo.
A story of redemption for our Year 7 football team coached by Mr Baston, who talks us through the Bridgend Cup victory:
September 2021, the first round of the Welsh Cup Maesteg School vs BryntegMaesteg made a good start to the game but were soon overpowered by a strong and cohesive Brynteg side. We lost that game 9-2 and the feeling of disappointment was felt across the school. We were out of the cup before we had even finished picking the team, it seemed. All was lost.
However, after a friendly against Llangynwyd where we won 10-1, spirits rose. We were into the new year and onto the first round of the Bridgend Cup with confidence. We breezed past Cynfig with a comfortable 12-0 victory and it was onto the quarter final. Archbishop put up a good fight but the Maesteg boys were flawless in every way. The semi final at home proved to be challenging. After a comfortable 2 goal lead into the second half, victory seemed inevitable. Bryntirion scored early in the second half to make it 2-1 and the boys fought to the dying seconds to hold them off. We were into the final… (cont below)
Watch our Year 7 team celebrating their Bridgend Cup victory
Watch our Year 7 team celebrating their Bridgend Cup victory
After a postponement we found out our competitors in the final were our old nemesis, Brynteg. The nerves on route to the game were spreading and a forgotten kitbag with our tops and practice balls in it didn’t help the tension (Blame the manager for this). Finally, we kicked off. Somehow we found ourselves 2-0 down with about 10 minutes to go in the first half, and the general consensus was ‘is this a repeat?’
After a scrappy goal and a superb volley we found ourselves back in it at 2-2. With about 5 minutes to go in the game Brynteg scored to make it 3-2. The resilience and passion the Maesteg boys showed from there was inspirational. A late penalty scored by Man of the Match Keano Conaty put us level with minutes to go. Incredibly, Maesteg scored in the dying seconds to make it 4-3 with less than a minute to go. We held on for victory and our redemption story was complete.
I am so proud of these boys and how they have acted throughout the year. They have been professional, resilient and incredibly hard working and they deserve the victory. Special mention to Captain Rohan Thomas who has guided the team through this year with brilliance and tenacity. BB
Congratulations Year 7, a fantastic end to an eventful season!
Mrs Helen Jones
I have never seen such excited boys returning from a game but Mr Baston wins the award! It was the nature of their win that was so impressive and so deserved. The epitome of ‘Motivated to Strive’.
Mrs Scudamore
I am overwhelmed with pride today! Congrats to Year 7 winning 4-3 and our 10s losing on Penalties! Despite two very different outcomes pupils showed real character and you are all champions to me! Thanks to Mr D and Mr B #motivatedtostrive #character @MrDaviesPL @MaestegSchool
Mr Davies - Year 10 Progress Leader
Massive shoutout to our very own Kai John for representing Wales and competing in the Four Nations tournament in Dundee this weekend.

Not only did he represent his country, but also captained them!

Keep smashing it pal, this is only the start!


#MyTeam #21
This day marked a huge milestone for Josie (Y13) as she ran her first boxing #fitness session at Maesteg School a couple of weeks ago!

We shared her story a while back but it is great to update on more of her incredible progress with #SOHK. Well done Josie! 👏
Mr Davies - Year 10 Progress Leader
I’ll tell you what I’m bored of - massive shoutouts for people in my team tearing up.

👆🏼 that is a lie.

Todays goes to our very own Iestyn Jones who has spent the last week in Croatia playing for @FAWales against 🇧🇬, 🇲🇰, 🇧🇦 & 🇮🇪 (guess the countries below).

#MyTeam #3 #Proud
Mr Cronin 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿⚽️
Great day at the Glamorgan Valleys middle and senior athletics meet in Aberdare. Everyone competed well and can be proud of their efforts, particularly Jack O’Brien (yr11) who won the 200m final convincingly. Da iawn 👏🏼
Kellie Rowles
@KatieRowles747 making her debut for Swansea City under 16s today against Plymouth Argyle. Super proud parents 🤩 @MaestegSchool @MaestegPE
The Oasis // Ms Sayce // Mrs Rees // Miss Walters
Fantastic Friday at @pencoedcollege enjoying all sporting activities 🏉 Thank you @RdaDavies again for giving our pupils a wonderful experience. #funday #motivatedtostrive @MaestegSchool
Forces Fitness
Great start to the day with Yr 9 #health #wellbeing #outdoors #teamwork 4 service children & their class mates Loved the comments "That session was Sick Sir!! " & Can you come.back tomorrow "💪👍 Dai iawn, amazing effort @MaestegSchool @MissPPearson #Maestegschool #Ysgolmaesteg
Miss Elsom
Well done to our year 7 pupils who took part in a cricket competition today. 2 games played and 2 games won 💪🏼 Awesome effort boys. Diolch Mr Kinsella for taking them 💛🖤 @MaestegSchool
Maesteg CS Rugby
Great day today‼️ 🏉

14 year 9 and 1 year 10 pupils have completed their @WRU_Community Rugby Leaders award 🙌🏽

Well done to all pupils who completed the course👏🏽@MaestegSchool @Breezey_boy
Miss Hopkins-Weaver - Year 9 Progress Leader
My favourite emails are when I get to hear about all the fantastic things pupils do outside of school. Huge kudos to Maisie in year 9 for her incredible dance achievements! She is also currently training hard for the Hip Hop International in Arizona in August representing the UK!
Ospreys in the Community
🙌Massive thank you to @bryntawe rugby leaders & @MaestegSchool TACKLE students for their outstanding help today at our Swansea beach festival

☀️Also a huge shout out to all the schools who attended with 450 children participating throughout the day

Maesteg CS Rugby
Well done to the Maesteg year 8 pupils today who took part in a rugby festival 🙌🏽🏉

Thank you to @CCYD_Rugby and Mr Dicomidis for hosting and organising the day 👍🏽

14 pupils who are getting better every week, well done girls 🏉 @MaestegSchool
Mr Davies - Year 10 Progress Leader
🗣 Siri, show me a photo of 15 Year 10 pupils on their way to a final.

Outstanding 1-0 win over a cracking @PencoedPE team.

Team showed real grit and completely emptied the tank for each other!

Couldn’t be more proud!

@FAWales style photo to finish too 😎

#MyTeam 🖤💛
Summer Fun: Free Activities in Maesteg
There are four weeks of activities planned this summer at Maesteg Sports Centre. Book a place for your child via The activities are for ages 12-16 and run throughout August. Check out the flyer below:
That's a Wrap!
We hope you enjoyed our Summer Term newsletter and all the latest news from Maesteg School. Wishing all our readers a restful summer break - we will see you in September for the start of the Autumn Term. Take care and see you very soon!
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