Awards - Investors in People, Best School Nature Garden in North Wales 2010, International school, Healthy school, Eco-School, North wales Weekly News Champion School 2009, John Muir Environmental, Basic Skills 1,2 and 3rd award and Llandudno in Bloom Silver medal.
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This is a county primary school (nursery / infants / juniors). It is a day, bilingual and co-educational school.
Ysgol Craig y Don
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Phone: 01492 878906
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Before the summer holidays, Pupils from Years 3 & 4 took part in a 'Bug Count Survey'.
The children had to look around the school grounds and find different types of bugs. The children had so much fun taking part.
The school found out when returning back to school after the October half term, that Ysgol Craig Y Don had come 1st PLACE!!
The children won lots of equipment for them to carry on searching for bugs around the school.
Da Iawn Pawb!
Well done to all pupils who represented the school in the recent Swimming Gala at Llandudno. Following their sucesses, the following pupils will now be representing the county at the All Wales Final, held in Cardiff on January 25th, 2014:-
Emily Davies - 1st in the Freestyle Girls (Year 3 and 4)
Finnan Close - 1st in the Breaststroke and the Individual Medley Boys (Year 5 and 6)
Emily Davies, Meg Jones, Ella Wigzell and Romany Carlisle -
Girls Freestyle Relay (Years 3 and 4)_________________________________________________________________
Meg also came 2nd in the Girls Backstroke (Years 3 and 4)
Farhan Zeb came 3rd in the Boys Backstroke (Years 3 and 4)
Emily came 2nd in the Girls Breaststroke (Years 3 and 4)
Parental attendance at school meetings and parent's evenings - additional assistance.
If any parent or carer has additional needs relating to disability and/or language, cultural issues with which they require assistance at a particular school event, please contact Mr Gareth Williams (Headteacher) at the school to arrange the assistance requested.
Mark came in to talk to us about not touching things we shouldn't and making sure we tell an adult.
He also taught us about Stranger Danger and Drug Abuse.
Some of Year 6 went on a trip to Conwy Feast.
There was a World War II role play activity where the children were shown a list of rationing items and discussed how people during the war needed to use ingredients effectively.
The children were then able to make their own Craggy Buns as they would have been made during the war.
The children were then asked to help sort fruit and vegetables from the Food Co-Operative.
Finally, the children had a BOBs cooking lesson, led by the children of Emrys ap Iwan, where they made wraps and cous cous. Yummy!
A few weeks ago, we were lucky to be invited to Queen Elizabeth Court as part of their celebration of Older Persons' Day.
Ben, Connor, Meghan and Paige (Dosbarth Siabod a Dosbarth Wyddfa) gave an ICT presentation to the residents at Queen Elizabeth Court, showing how to use a search engine, send an e-mail etc.
The residents thoroughly enjoyed the presentation and even rang up the school to thank the children again and to mention how well-mannered and polite the children were. Lovely news to hear!
The children also saw a telegram which had been sent just after World War II, which they found very interesting.
Two weeks ago, unfortunately, we had to say Goodbye to Mr Hughes.
We were very fortunate to receive a cherry tree and a beautiful print of a Red Kite bird off Mr Hughes. Diolch!
Pob lwc yn y dyfodol!
Blwyddyn 4 were very lucky to go on a trip to Spaceport at the beginning of term.
We learnt lots of interesting facts about space and also got to launch rockets!
We are all very excited to learn more about Earth and beyond this term.
We have settled into the new school year now and are continuing our S.M.A.R.T Kids awards for showing Respect, Effort and Friendship.
Here's a list of our S.M.A.R.T Kids so far this year...
Rhys Scargill, Abbie Hughes, Lily Hobson,
Elise Scupham, Edwards Lunt, Meghan Casey,
Lucy Marshall, Emily Jones, Alfie Roberts,
Connor Hansom, Zac Poupart, Roisin Doherty,
Elizabeth McKibbon, Katy Mason, Byron Morris,
Charlie Jackson, Quinn Doherty, Summer Cantwell,
Emily Phipps, Owen Healy, S.S.,
Rhian Williams, Kaitlyn Hansom, Michael Morris,
Jamie Woodhouse, Romany Carlisle, Jake Phipps,
Oscar Charnley, Ben Buglass, Lewis Woods,
K.M., M.L., Max Williams,
David Hansom, Sofia Rodriguez Mendoza, Miah Taylor,
Lucy Welsh, Lucas Abbott, Reuben Owen,
Clio Thomas, Erin Hefferman, Sean Geale,
Lilly Hanmer, Maddy Williams, Erin Smith,
TJ Shinga, Hannah Norton, Charlotte Carrier.
Special commendations go to:
L.M., Romany Carlisle, Maisy Johnson,
Charley Jones, Kai Lewis, Matthew Edwards,
Timothy Bardsley, Matthew Edwards, Sophie Seddon,
Rhys Scargill, Neveah Parry, Rhys Kelly,
Izzie James, Mason Tharme, Megan Mazy Davies,
Mani Cox, Fin Close, Elise Scupham,
Oscar Charnley, Ben Buglass, Jamie Woodhouse,
Jamie Wu, Taliya Shinga, Oscar Charnley.
Children's names that appear twice have been spotted doing something extra on more than one occasion! Ardderchog!!
Today, our SMART kids were awarded for their recent good behaviour. All certificate winners' names were entered into a grand draw. Each year group in Key Stage 2 had the opportunity to win vouchers and days out. The winners were...Joe Belmont (Year 1)Megan Mazey-Davies (Year 2), Taliya Shinga (Year 3), Michael Morris (Year 4), Ben Price (Year 5) and Leah Heath (Year 6).
Yesterday, Year 3 visited Cwm Idwal for their field trip. We had previously found out about Snowdonia, so we went to see the amazing landscape for ourselves.
Cwm Idwal is located South of Bethesda on the A5. It is above Ogwen Valley.
Mr. Hywyn Williams and staff from Snowdonia National Park met us to take us on a guided walk around the lake, Llyn Idwal.
While we were there, we learnt lots of information. Firstly, we sat on the shale beach and were silent. We could only hear the waterfall flowing, sheep mehing and birds chirping. Secondly, we learnt about the difference between Cwm Idwal and Llandudno. The main difference is that it has much more rain there. At least 4 Ben Nield's worth!
Next, as we walked sensibly around the peaceful lake, we noticed there were no trees apart from where sheep couldn't get to.
After lunch, we set off again and we watched people climb the Cwm Idwal Slabs. They were very brave!
Then, we strolled along and noticed spit like stuff on the grass. The warden told us it was protective material to keep the larvae of the frog hoppers safe from predators. Also, we rubbed the leaves of some Mountain Thyme, which is an edible peppery herb.
Soon, we had walked all the way around the lake and we had a paddle to cool off. The water was cool and refreshing!
Finally, we descended the mountain and waited patiently for the bus. We had had an excellent experience and hopefully will be able to go again. Fingers crossed.
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At Ysgol Craig y Don, we aim to incorporate music into our ethos as much as we can! Apart from lessons and whole school visits, we are privileged to be able to benefit from the Conwy Music Service, where peripatetic teachers come to teach the learning of an instrument. These are professional musicians who endeavour to encourage our youngsters in the skills of learning an instrument, which is invaluable in supporting other learning experiences. Services that are available at the moment are : HARP, VIOLIN, DRUMS, GUITAR, BRASS AND WOODWIND. If your child is interested in learning one of these instruments, ( juniors only) please ask the class teacher for details. LET'S GET A SCHOOL ORCHESTRAL BAND GOING!!!!
Recently children from Ysgol Gogarth came to visit us at Ysgol Craig Y Don. Dosbarth Clwyd enjoyed making new friends ! We played games and sang our favourite songs together.
Llongyfarchiadau Blwyddyn 2!
Congratulations Year 2!
This morning, a group of children from Dosbarth Conwy and Dosbarth Clwyd took part in a Welsh Book Contest. They had to perform a short musical play all about Pirates!
They also had to answer questions about the Welsh pirate books they had been reading. Da iawn chi!
Lewis Helsby, Ellie Thomas, Brooke Byrne,
Lucy Jones, Kaylee Booth, Aaron Peters,
Jessica Bowen Roberts, Sam Moore, Lily-Ann Smith,
Lilly Hamner, William Thomas, Erin Smith.
Michael Johnson, Mia Davies, Leah Heath,
Barka Mohammed, Madison Browne, Isabel Woods,
Bradley Parry, Alfie Hold, Thomas Smith,
Lucy Marshall, Alfie Roberts, Jenni Bradley,
Elliot Wellings, Byron Morris, Jake Christie,
Emily Prewitt, Maisy Johnson, Miles Jones,
Michael Nicholson, Mackenzie Owen, Jasmine Andrea,
Romany Carlisle, Jamie Woods, Saul O'Brien.
Special commendations go to
Rhys Scargill, Ioan Rowlands, Jacob Edwards.
Thomas Guinn, Holly Garland, Stella Roberts,
Sarah McEwan, Millie McLardie, Sienna Watts,
Erin Hoffeman, Lewis Williams, Lucy Welsh,
Hannah Norton, Alfie Parkinson, Charlie Sutton.
Heather Borland, Ben Hughes, Lloyd McElroy,
Rosie Roberts, Hannah Lamb, Lowri Mitchell,
Ioan Rowlands, Rhys Scargill, Liam Hampson,
Sean Wright, Owen Mazey-Davies, Roisin Doherty,
Jacek Zawisza, Harry Montgomery, Mathew Edwards,
Jessie Jones, Hannah Jones, Reece Roberts,
Meg Jones, Jacob Edwards, Emily Davies,
Lucas Anderson, Kacey May Hender, Charlotte Roberts.
Special commendations go to
Miah Taylor, Melissa Leary, Michael Nicholson.
Dosbarth Crafnant have been very busy researching and creating group projects on our topic 'Hot and Cold'.
We used iPad's and information books to research what we wanted to learn more about and then we created a giant poster and presented our projects to the rest of the class.
We learnt lots of new facts and really enjoyed working in our groups.
Mrs Dunne and Miss Williams thoroughly enjoyed watching the presentations and there was great team work throughout. Da iawn pawb!
Chloe Jones, Evie Bamforth, Chloe Knowles,
Tomas Angus, Jake Harris, Aaron Williams,
Edward Lunt, Paige Kemp, Luke Jones,
Millie Jo Joy, Lilly Street, Catherine Markwick Fry,
Aban Zeb, Charlie Jackson, Victoria Rodrigues,
Amelia James, Conner Cunliffe, Emily Phipps,
Cai Garland, Ella Wigzell, Aimee Stevens,
Jamie Woodhouse, Ben Nield, Sophia Andrea.
Special commendations go to
Cai Garland, Jacob Edwards,
Cameron Williams, Maddison Bargate, Courtney Bargate
and Macey Lee Morgan.
"I was very pleased to be given the opportunity to bring in 5 chicks that I had hatched to show children in Crafnant and Heulfre. In a sign of the times I had bought a half dozen fertilised Maran eggs (dark brown) and a half dozen Cream Legbar eggs (light blue) from eBay and they arrived in the post. The eggs take exactly 21 days to hatch and need to be incubated at a constant temperature of 37.5°c. Once hatched the chicks learn how to walk in about 1 hour and the chicks I brought in were 1 week old and very lively! The light brown one is the only Cream Legbar that successfully hatched and is a hen, they are a breed that are different coloured chicks depending on whether they are boys or girls, as it is difficult to tell with chicks until they are several weeks old. The children in both classes seemed very interested in them and asked lots of questions about what they eat, where they live etc. and some said they had never seen chicks before and many touched or held a chick for the first time."
Our topic is Hot and Cold and we have been learning about the three states of matter - solid, liquid and gas. We found out that we can change the states by heating and cooling. We decided to make chocolate cornflake cakes to see how chocolate changes state when heated and when cooled.
Here are our projects that we have done on World War II this term. Now we know lots of history on WWII. We worked really hard at home and are very pleased with our finished projects.
Jennifer ac Ellie (Dosbarth Wyddfa)
Here are some photos of an afternoon of fun making and setting off rockets. It was a very entertaining afternoon.
Jennifer ac Ellie (Dosbarth Wyddfa)
Jade Williams, Bethany Roberts, Jennifer Townley, Megan Anthony, Ffion Anthony, Abbie Hughes, Hannah Mc Glory, Lucy Wynne, Lucy Griffiths, Quinn Doherty, Elizabeth Mc Kibbin, Kai Lewis, Emily Prewitt, Saphire Stokes, Adam Kierlik, MacKenzie Owen, Isobel Smith, Miah Taylor, Ben Buglass, Ceiro Evans, Isobel James.
Special commendations go to Farhan Zeb, Isabelle Duffy and Leon Marsh.
Blwyddyn 1 a 2 went on a trip to Manchester Museum. They have been learning about dinosaurs. There were palaeontologists there telling them all about dinosaurs, and they were very impressed with how much information the children already knew!
See if you can spot Stan the T-Rex...