Friday 15th December 2017

Well, it’s been an incredibly busy week, even though school was only open for four days!  Thanks ever so much for your patience and understanding on Monday and the previous Friday.  As you know we only ever close school if it is absolutely necessary to ensure the safety of our children and we base this decision upon site conditions and the availability of school transport.  It was a real shame that we had to postpone our Year 7 annual Pantomime, however I am pleased to be able to tell you that we have managed to reschedule this fun event for the afternoon of Tuesday 16th January.

Our two Christmas Concerts on Wednesday and Thursday provided a wonderful showcase for a wealth of talented students in the arts of music, drama and dance.  Thank you so much for attending these evenings.  We all had lots of fun and we are so proud of everybody who took part.  I would also like to personally thank all staff and Governors who worked together to make the events such a success.

This morning our Year 8 students have been taken over to the Parish Church for a Christmas service.  We have a great relationship with the good people from the local church and we are truly appreciative of their welcome and support in holding events such as these.  Well done to our bell ringers Charlie Probert, Daisy Allen, Zoe Kershaw, Bradley Edwards, Isabelle Grice and Ewan Venables, our readers Charlie Davies and Ella Harrison and the lower school choir who sang ‘somewhere only we know’ beautifully.

We are proud to announce that a couple of small groups of students in Year 7 and 9 have competed in the Word Mania Championships.  Word Mania is a global tournament which runs for four weeks and students are given three minutes to form as many words as possible from their given letters.  Our Year 7 team came 1st out of all participating schools in Wales and 33rd out of all schools world wide.  What an awesome achievement!  I will be asking them to assist in writing my Blog in future!

Once again this week I have had the great pleasure of congratulating students who have returned top Student Tracking Review (STR) grades this term.  I met with the following Year 8 and Sixth Form students in order to formally recognise their superb work ethic and outstanding achievements :-

Year 8 – Amira Berdouk, Megan Davies, Ellie Harrison, Abigail Bartlett, Niah Bradley, Leah Harrison, Archie Peffers, Jamie Austen, Jessica Harris, Llewellyn Thorold, Phoebe Davies, Amelie Griffiths, Katie Jones, Amy Jukes, Sophie Kelly, Emmy Llewellyn, Sophie Williams, Liberty Cave, Rachel Grant, Amelie Griffiths, Sophie Keenan, Olivia Arthur, Charlotte Fox, Maddie Owen, Daniel Smith, Pruthin Subakaran and Mischa Williams.

Sixth Form – Natasha Austen, Katie Bruce, Darcy De Winter, Caitlin Faulkner, India Griffiths, Yasmin Hewitt, Celyn Jones, Hannah Jones, Rebecca Jones, Charlotte Lloyd, Emma Pryce, Hannah Stevenson, Holly Atkinson, Kamenka Durban, Nathan Errington, Harry Jones and Laura Wilson.

On the sporting front, our under 16 lads’ basketball team won three of their four games in a tournament this week and they will doubtless go from strength to strength in future competitions after Christmas.

On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week all students will be able to have a Christmas lunch in the school canteen and our Sixth Form students are already eagerly anticipating their annual lunch and festivities on Thursday afternoon.  We have a number of varied activities planned for our students throughout the week and Study Club will not run on Tuesday or Thursday as a result of this.

I wish you all a lovely weekend and hope the shops are not overly crowded for those of you who, like me, still have just the odd present to purchase!