Yr10 Technocamps Workshops

Last week, our Year 10 ICT pupils took part in a two day workshop, delivered by Technocamps. During their time, pupils got to grips with new software, which will help them in their coursework.

On day one, pupils unleashed their creative side, learning the ins and outs of Adobe Animate. The program allows pupils to create 2D graphic animations, using a variety of methods, including frame-by-frame animation, and ‘tweens’ – which allow the pupils to set the particular properties of their object from one frame to another, whilst Animate works out the motion in between.

Day two saw pupils get a bit more technical, as they started to expand their knowledge and understanding of website. In the morning, they were introduced to HTML and CSS coding, to manually create the look, layout, and content of a website. Later, the pupils began to explore Adobe Dreamweaver, and how they could utilise it’s features in combination with the coding they had already studied.

We’re very grateful to the team from Technocamps for sharing their expertise! Not only will these tutorials help pupils with their wider understanding of ICT, they will be invaluable when it comes to their controlled assessment; worth 30% of their final grade, pupils are given a scenario by the WJEC to create a promotional website, that includes an animation.

Mr Thornton, Head of ICT, was impressed by pupils’ focus and engagement throughout the two days, and pupils are excited to begin experimenting with their newly acquired skills!

Pencoed Comprehensive Eisteddfod 2022!

We were thrilled to be able to host our first in-person Eisteddfod earlier this month, for the first time in 2 years! It was also the first one for Year 7 and 8 pupils as part of Pencoed Comprehensive.

Each year group had the chance to enjoy 2 hours of games, performances, and dancing, as the Sports Hall played host to a slightly smaller crowd than usual. Despite the diminished size, each year group made the noise of five, as they cheered each other on!

Whilst there was plenty of talent on stage, a number of pupils had also taken part in off-stage competitions, run by different departments. Some beautiful pieces of artwork were produced in response to the Art Depts ‘Welsh Icon’ competition – Mrs Davies, Head of Art, had a tough time picking a winner!

As always, there was some fierce competition between the Houses when it came to point-scoring! However, one thing that makes every Pencoed Comprehensive Eisteddfod special is the respect, encouragement, and support pupils give to those who are brave enough to get up on stage – regardless of their House.

Well done to everyone who took part in competitions, both on and off stage, and to all pupils for embracing the Eisteddfod spirit! It was a close finish, but results were as follows:

1st place – 423 points – Gwenllian (Blue)
2nd place – 413 points – Llywelyn (Red)
3rd place – 376 points – Branwen (Yellow)
4th place – 324 points – Owain (Green)

Click the playlist below to see some of our performers, a few dubious dance moves, and some impressive ball skills!

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