Hugely Successful Open EveningHugely Successful Open Evening
More than 140 families attended our open evening to gain an insight into every faculty and participate in a host of interactive activities, as well as hearing from its newest students about their experiences since joining in September.
Ysgol Treffynnon has hailed the evening as a resounding success, exceeding last year’s record attendance to become the school’s ‘best ever’ open event.
John Weir, headteacher, said: “The open evening was an unparalleled triumph for our school. Parents were overwhelmingly positive, commending our dedicated staff and wonderful student helpers and speakers, as well as the accessible and engaging environment we enjoy here at Ysgol Treffynnon. Attendees had the unique opportunity to delve deeply into the Ysgol Treffynnon experience, gaining hands-on insights across all academic disciplines.
“The children who visited from our partner primary schools were an absolute credit to their families, exemplifying the highest standards of politeness and engagement. Their enthusiastic participation in activities and thoughtful conversations with our staff and students significantly enriched the event.
“I would like to thank everyone who came on the night, and our amazing staff and students for making it such a wonderful evening.”
Ysgol Treffynnon students showed families around the school’s facilities and provided information about organised activities in each subject area for the children to take part in.
The languages, literacy and communication faculty organised a range of activities including Maze Runner “In the Bag,” a poetry station to ‘make your own’ haiku or acrostic poems, Scrabble Cymraeg, and a Shakespearean Insults Graffiti Wall, as well as having examples of work, textbooks, and revision guides on view.
In expressive arts, there were keyboard pieces to play on the Apple macs, drum demonstrations, and student performances, while in art, children could learn printmaking techniques, and use games and activities on the Tate website with student helpers on hand to assist.
There was a laser cutting demonstration of key rings for children to take home in the science and design technology faculty, and 3D printer and CAD/CAM demos. Children were able to test acids and alkalis in science, have a go at a heart and rat dissection, and watch flame tests and a methane bubbles teacher demo.
In humanities, there was a variety of interactive geography-focused learning opportunities from decorating cakes with map symbols and guessing foods from around the world while blindfolded, to a geographical photo booth. Visitors explored information panels created by history students and were also able to “dig” for artefacts.
A range of maths and logic puzzles, games and activities, demonstrations of TT Rockstars and MathsWatch engaged children in the mathematics and numeracy faculty.
The health and wellbeing faculty held various cookery sessions including bread making in the food technology department, and in physical education Ysgol Treffynnon students demonstrated the gymnastics equipment and trampoline.
Visitors were given goody bags comprising a branded PE bag containing a pen, pencil, pencil case, water bottle, note pad, prospectus, a copy of the latest newsletter, and a flyer about the school’s breakfast and homework clubs.