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Pupil Achievement Stories

Welcome to the Pupil Achievement page.  Please see the most current pupil success stories at QEH.

Wales Peace Schools Conference! (18/11//2021)

Today Year 10 pupils and Miss John took part in the first Wales Peace Schools Conference, joining primary and secondary schools all over Wales. In the morning session, pupils learnt about climate justice and what can be done about it. This involved three informative guest speakers talking about its links to vulnerability, migration, and refugees. In the afternoon, our workshop was all about becoming a school of sanctuary and how this can help people who have been affected by climate change.


Pupils also found time today to create a display in the Gwili corridor showing the timeline for climate change!


As a school, we have had a chance to share good practice today and our next step will be to get accredited for a Level One Peace School award. 

Kieran Completes Fantastic Charity Challenge (12/11/2021)

Congratulations to Kieran on completing his 870 mile sponsored coastal run challenge. He finished the last 4.5 miles this week. He has managed to do the challenge in 10 months rather than the planned 12 months which is a great achievement. Sponsorship raised is close to £1400 for Glangwilli & NHS staff. A truly outstanding effort and achievement. 

U13s EFL Cup Win! (11/011/2021)

The QEHS U13s, 6 a side squad are through to the next round of the EFL Cup 2021/22. Well done to the squad and thank you to Mrs Reynolds for taking them.

QEHS goes GREEN! (05/11/2021)

This week pupils have become more informed on climate change and it’s links to COP 26. From whole assemblies created by our Global Goalkeepers to lessons, form activities and Google Classroom competitions. Today, as a school to raise awareness and show our commitment for change pupils were invited to wear something green.  Today, pupils in Year 7 and 8 have joined a national school campaign to form a Forest of Promises. We will be displaying the leaves made by pupils with their promises to the planet and the promises they want world leaders to make on a ‘tree of promises’ in school soon! 

Pupils in Year 8 have been learning about key human activities that set us on a course for global warming; from the early amateur scientist that discovered something incredible; key political figures that helped and hindered the negotiations to help them understand where we are now and what we will do next! 

Pupils in Year 9 have engaged with the challenges and opportunities that face us and have taken ethical action by campaigning for change writing persuasive letters to our local MP within Geography. 

Welsh Open Judo Championship 2021 (05/11/2021)

On Sunday 31st October, Lydia took part in the Welsh Open Judo Championship where she won a silver medal and gained ranking points, that moved her up to 2nd in Great Britain.  

Lydia’s past achievements include winning a gold medal in the Commonwealth Judo Championships in 2019.  

Lydia will be competing in the upcoming British Championships in December where she hopes to gain her first British Championship podium finish.  

We are incredibly proud of your achievements, Lydia, well done and good luck! 


Attached photos: 

1 Commonwealth Championships - 2019 

2 Commonwealth Championships - 2019 

3 British Schools Championships representing QEHS - Bronze medal winner  - March 2020 

4 C2 International Competition  - October 2021 

5 Welsh Open Championship - Silver medal winner - 31st October 2021 

6 Training Camp in Scotland - October 2021 

Year 8 Hockey vs Llandovery! (05/11/2021)

The Year 8 Hockey squad travelled to Llandovery College for their first hockey match this week. Much experience was gained by all the players and Josh had an opportunity to experience Goal-keeping. Bethan excelled in defence.

Llandovery College selected two players of the match from QE who were: Chloe and Emily. The college side dominated all four quarters and very much deserved the win. Many thanks to Llandovery College for hosting the match.

British Gymnastic Championships 2021 (13/10/2021)

Congratulations to Shannon who trained throughout lockdown and did extremely well competing in the British Gymnastic Championships 2021. Shannon was awarded 8th place in a very prestigious and high level competition. Well done!

U13 Girls Football Welsh Cup Win! (12/10/2021)

A fantastic 7-0 win for our U13 Girls Football Team in the 1st Round of the Welsh Cup versus Ysgol Strade.  An outstanding  team effort and great to see the Year 7 pupils stepping up and playing their part. Tia was impressive in midfield with Alix being voted player of the match by Strade.

Diolch am deithio Strade. Gem dda o bêl- droed.

Thank you to James Sloyan for being refereeing the fixture.

Year 9 Rugby vs Bro Myrddin WIN! (06/10/2021)

On Wednesday 29 September 2021 our Year 9 Rugby Team played our first school rugby match since February 2020 against our local rivals Bro Myrddin.  It was a fantastic game, with QEH wining 31-24. Lovely to see pupils back on the rugby field. Well done all!

National and European Badminton Success 2021 (27/09/2021)

Recently both Amay and Eshaan have competed at many prestigious National and European Badminton Championships.
Congratulations to Amay who was selected to represent Wales in the U17 Badminton European Championships 2021 in Slovenia this September.  The national team including Amay performed extremely well; beating Portugal and narrowly losing to Finland. A great individual and team achievement. In addition to this, Amay has also recently won the U15 Singles National Junior Championship of Wales 2021 and was the runner up of U19 Singles National Junior Championship of Wales 2021. Bearing in mind he is only 13 years of age this is a terrific sporting achievement.
Both Amay and Eshaan competed together at the U15 Doubles National Junior Championships of Wales 2021. They were highly successful and were crowned the Runners Up of the tournament. 
Fantastic effort and achievement.  Well done from everyone at QEH!

Silver Medal Achievement! (17/09/2021)

Congratulations to Toby for winning a Silver Medal as part of a relay team in the Welsh Championship road relay races held in Pembrey recently. Toby regularly attends athletics training with Carmarthen Harriers.  Well done from everyone at QEH.

Supporting Cancer Research UK(17/09/2021)

Emily and Caitlyn ran in the Race for Life in aid of Cancer Research UK on Sunday 12 September 2021. Da iawn merched. A fantastic effort!

Music Examination Achievements (14/09/2021)

Congratulations to the following pupils who all successfully passed graded music exams during the summer. All that hard work in school and extra practise clearly paid off!
Rhys - Grade 7 Guitar (Distinction)
Oscar - Grade 6 Guitar (Distinction)
Isaac - Grade 3 Drum Kit (Merit)

Carmarthenshire's School's Global Goalkeepers Scoop National Peace Award! (09/09/2021)

Children and young people from 18 Carmarthenshire schools were recognised for their positive contributions to peace and global citizenship. Queen Elizabeth was one of these, as a result of their hard work, they won the overall winner’s prize at the Young Peacemakers award ceremony which is organised by the Welsh Centre for International Affairs (WCIA) and the Llangollen International Eisteddfod.
The young people (aged 14-15) were celebrated during the ceremony are Global Goalkeepers in the Walk the Global Walk project, an EU funded initiative which encourages young people to raise awareness of sustainable development goals.
The Trophy is to be shared between the schools concerned for a fortnightly period each throughout this academic year. We look forward to our turn!

Spirit of the Games Award (06/09/2021)

Congratulations to Storm who was selected to compete in the prestigious UK School Games in Loughborough over the weekend. She attained an excellent 5th position in the Discus competition in the U17 age category, throwing 33m, in an event where the winner threw 36m! In addition, she won the title - Spirit of the Games Award out of 360 athletes.  Storm attained the Award not only for her performance on the field, but for helping others within the sport, being courteous, mature and a good ambassador. Really well-done Storm; all of our community at QEHS are very proud of your achievement and we wish you every success in the GB games Derby later this month, where Storm will be one of only two competitors representing Wales in the discus! 

Rhythmic Gymnastics Welsh Championships 2021 Achievement! (02/09/2021)

Imogen represented both Wales and GB at the rhythmic gymnastics Welsh Championships 2021. Imogen placed 3rd in Wales in the Junior Intermediate Category and gained three silver medals and one bronze. This is both a phenomenal individual and club achievement that Imogen has worked so hard for; sacrificing so much for her passion in gymnastics, training six days a week in Cardiff and Llanelli for 25 hours. A fantastic achievement and well done from everyone at QEH.

Welsh Athletics Championships Gold & Silver (07/08/2021)

Storm was successful in the Welsh Athletics Championships held in Cardiff during the holidays. Storm won Gold in the u17 category. Another successful and talented athlete is Dolly Evans who won Silver in the u15 category at the Welsh Championships.

An exciting future lies ahead for these two hard working athletes.

Instrumental Music Exam Success (16/07/2021)

Several of our pupils have been working towards instrumental music exams with their school peripatetic teachers this term. We are still waiting for some of the results to be published, however we are proud to announce that so far the following students have all successfully passed:
Madi Wood Guilfoyle - grade 6 drumkit (merit)
Alexander Ford - grade 4 trumpet (pass)
Corin Maxwell - grade 4 trumpet (merit)

Cricket for Wales! (16/07/2021)

Congratulations to both Carwyn and Carys for representing Wales this Summer in Cricket. A fantastic achievement made by both.

Year 7 Interform Rounders 2021 (15/07/2021)

Well done to all the participating students.   Congratulations to the following forms:

Winners: 7A

Runners Up: 7Q 

Lessons from Auschwitz Project (13/07/2021)

Some of our year 12 pupils took part in the Lessons from Auschwitz Project. They would like to share what they have learnt with you. Please click the button below to access their work.

FIRST PRIZE in the Young Peacemakers Awards 2021 (02/07/2021)

QEH on film!
Today, the Year 9 Global Goal Keepers were chosen to share their successes as part of the Peace Project they have been promoting this term. They were filmed this morning and questioned on the positive impacts their campaign has created. Alongside this, they were told they had won FIRST PRIZE in the Young Peacemakers Awards 2021 for being Global Citizens of the Year! This is an outstanding achievement! Congratulations to them all, along with Miss John who has been leading the project this year in school. 

Walk the Global Walk - Peace Garden Picnic (30/06/2021)

Some pupils in Year 7 (7C and 7R) joined the last Walk the Global Walk celebration which focused today on our wonderful Peace Garden funded by the project which has been secured by Miss John. It is looked after daily by pupils in these forms. All schools that were part of the project linked via Teams to enjoy the gardens, reflect and have some well-earned treats (cupcakes!) and down time after a challenging year. 

Excellent work from Year 7 - 'Show What you Know' English lessons (25/06/2021)

Well done to our wonderful year 7 pupils that have been showing off their digital skills during their English 'Show What you Know' lessons. Here they have created a video game trailer based on the play they have been studying: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Well done to Mia Davies, Olivia Thomas, Ruby Hill and Emily James for creating this trailer. 

QEH Orchestra awarded 1st place in Urdd National Eisteddfod 2021 (07/06/2021)

Huge congratulations to everyone involved in our school orchestra’s winning entry in this year’s Eisteddfod. It’s a tremendous achievement to have been awarded first place in this national competition, and a fantastic reminder of just how talented and hardworking our pupils are. It was particularly rewarding to see our established instrumentalists being joined in the recording not only by pupils from across many of our key stage 3 music classes, but also past pupils, music department staff and staff from Carmarthenshire music service. A real sense of team spirit and community shown by all involved. It’s amazing what we can achieve when we all work together! 

Year 9 Global Goalkeepers meet with schools in Lesotho, Mozambique, and Portugal! (28/05/2021)

The last day of term has brought an international moment for QEHS today as the Year 9 Global Goalkeepers and Miss John met with schools in Lesotho, Mozambique, and Portugal! This happened over Zoom today where pupils introduced themselves, including sharing their favourite things, a snapshot into their countries culture, and their hopes and dreams for the future of their home country.

Living Pictures Project Achievement (28/05/2021)

Oscar is a pupil in the Sixth Form within Canolfan Elfed. He has been attending a Living Pictures project based at Coed Dylan in Llangain for two years. Oscar has gained numerous skills including horticulture, carpentry and cookery. Oscar has recently gained paid employment on the Kick-start project where he will continue to attend Living pictures for two days per week whilst attending college. This is a fantastic achievement as he will be the first pupil to gain meaningful employment through this project. We are very proud of him

Year 8 English Podcasts (28/05/2021)

Our wonderful Year 8s have created engaging and creative podcasts on the subject of Salem and the Witch Trials. From in-depth interviews with Matthew Hopkins, the Witchfinder General, to striking stories of the Afflicted; our Year 8s have excelled in creativity! They've used their knowledge of the Salem play as the foundations for great storytelling. Enjoy their hard work!

Year 9 Global Goalkeepers (26/05/2021)

Last week, our Year 9 Global Goalkeepers helped celebrated diversity and promoted our inclusive community at QEHS. They planned a sweet shop, created an informative display board on the lower Gwili corridor, and changed the corridors appearance to give awareness to the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. This is part of their project to help create a peaceful world. It is global goal 16 of 17 sustainable goals - SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. On top of this, they created a digital assembly on the issue played to all forms and entered a competition with a video to show all their work. All profits made from selling sweets are being put towards the Peace Garden in school, which is linked to this project.
Pupils- Tilly, Jabob, Hannah, Yuta, Megan, Charlie.

Year 12 'Hockey for Wellbeing' match (18/05/2021)

Our Year 12 students organised a ‘hockey for wellbeing’ match. Well done to the pupils for their initiative and enthusiasm in getting together to raise awareness for mental health.  Outstanding play by all. Well done. Llongyfarchiadau.

Football Achievements (08/05/2021)

As a school we would like to congratulate the following 3 pupils that have excelled on the football pitch.  Congratulations to Erin for representing the CARMS Schools Football squad, Alix for representing both the West Wales and CARMS schools Football squads,  and Libby for representing both the Swansea City U12s and CARMS schools football squads. Fantastic achievements by all.

Garden Peace Project Progress (11/05/2021)

Miss John (Geography) was delighted to have secured funding through the Walk the Global Walk Project to develop a Sustainable Peace Gardens in school earlier this year. Our school was one of only 10 in Carmarthenshire to be selected after sending in an application. 

The garden will serve as a lasting legacy, bringing together the learning from the 3 Sustainable Development Goals that have been our focus in school (Sustainable Communities, Climate Action, and Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions). The Peace Garden will be a space for quiet reflection and serve as a symbol of hope for the future, especially in current times. Some pupils from Year 7 along with Mrs Killingsworth helped plant and clean up the area today. Form groups 7C and 7R will help maintain the garden. 

The snaps show the progress so far! We planted a tree today along with many plants and edibles! The tree was planted via funding from the Connecting Classrooms Project. QEHS is a lead school on this project which consists of a cluster of Carmarthenshire schools and schools in Lesotho. Each Welsh school is partnered, ours is Bocheltsana in Thaba Tseka. We will all be planting trees to meet the aim of SDG 13 Climate Action.


Pupils that helped on this date were:

7C; Hari, Harvey, Heidi, Charlie and Gervin

7R; Kamron, Grace and Bethan

Outstanding effort!

Young Writers Poetry Competition (30/04/2021)


What a fantastic achievement! 


Some of our very talented pupils entered the Young Writers poetry competition in which they were asked to write a poem on the theme of 'Imagine' and we are delighted that they have all been chosen for publication. 


Well done to:

Maciej Glawenda 

Erin Gilbert 

James Lynch-Morris 

Lila Davies 

Lindsey Hyde 

Alex Webster 

Natalie Nugent 

Olivia Thomas 


Miss Howells and the English department are very proud of you all! 

Cricket: National Success (30/04/2021)

Congratulations to Carys, Year 7, who started cricket when she was 7 years old. Carys now plays for the West Wales Mixed Cricket team and the Wales Under 13 girls’ team.

Rhythmic Gymnastics for Wales and GB (30/04/2021)

Congratulations to Imogen, Year 7, who started Rhythmic Gymnastics when she was 7 years old. She now represents and competes for Wales and Great Britain.

Maths Advent Calendar Winners (25/03/2021)

Just before Christmas the Mathematics Department ran an Advent Calendar, providing pupils with a themed Maths problem to solve each day. 

Various pupils took part across all year groups, and the students who showed consistent effort, along with answering the most correct, were finally able to receive their prizes this week. 

The Maths Department would like to say a massive well done to everyone who participated and we hope you all enjoyed yourselves

QEH Stem Success (19/03/2021)

This year the QEHS Y13 STEM team won the Engineering Education Scheme Wales prize for best Team.  Pupils completed a 6th month project designing and building a prototype wireless sensor that could be fitted to bicycles, to allow real time tracking. This would enable the millions of bicycle owners, who had their bicycles stolen, to potentially track and retrieve their stolen bicycle. This project was carried out in conjunction with UWTSD. The photo shows pupils with their prize money and their Gold Crest Awards. Many congratulations to them for their hard work!


Kate achieves at Swansea City Ladies (19/03/2021)

Congratulations to Kate for having made the Swansea City Ladies Football team playing in the Wales Premier League and being the ‘face’ of the Swans AFC Community Trust.

A fantastic achievement.

Mathematics Achievement (19/03/2021)

Billy has been working really hard during lockdown particularly in Maths. As a sign of his effort and hard work he has been awarded a certificate of achievement.

We are extremely proud of him. Well done Billy!

Success at Swansea City U18s (18/03/2021)

Congratulations to Sebastian having been picked to play for Swansea City U18s.  He has played 3 full games and has scored and assisted during these matches.  A fantastic achievement.

Kieran Andrews - Charity Run! (04/03/2021)

Kieran is currently undertaking a charity virtual run of the entire coastal path of Wales. All money raised will go towards Glangwili Hospital, Hywel Dda. He has a year to complete the run but aims to finish by September. It's all tracked on Strava. You can see from the image opposite how far he has gone so far. 
Donations are up to £395 so far!
Terrific effort Kieran.

Ardderchog Lona (26/02/2021)

Lona completed a sponsored walk and raised over £300 for West Wales Poundies Dog Rescue where she works as a volunteer.

Ardderchog Lona!

Da iawn i Liam Upton - Boorman! (28/01/2021)

In November Liam took part in the Swim Wales Super Series representing Nofio Sir Gar (county swimming squad).
The Swim Wales Super Series was a virtual competition where swimming clubs throughout Wales had the opportunity to submit race times for their swimmers. The swimmers were then ranked by their performance in their different age categories. Liam had a number of personal bests in this event. This was a great achievement as training schedules have been affected by COVID and the swimming pool being closed. We would like to congratulate Liam on doing so well in this event and for being chosen to swim for the county swimming squad. 

'Show What You Know' (09/12/2020)

It's 'Show What You Know' fortnight in the English department. Here are some of our lovely year 7 pupils interpreting what they've learnt this term in a creative way of their choice. Fantastic effort!

Young Writers Competition 2020 (27/11/2020)

Members of the Poetry Club, run by Miss Howells of the English Department entered a Young Writers competition and were successful in getting their poems published in an anthology, entitled "Through Their Eyes". A fantastic achievement and the entire Department is very proud of them!

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