Friday 10th December 2021

We are now near the close of term and once again find ourselves in a position of some uncertainty with regards to the virus development and any implications in the near future. At the time of writing, no further announcements have been made by Welsh Government, although we do anticipate that Mr. Drakeford will speak on this issue later today. We can say that our students have been superb in their adherence to our mask-wearing rules around the building and in class. We are all absolutely mindful of the need to look after each other and ourselves once again.

The school has a Christmas feel to it now, but there are still a great many wonderful learning experiences and indeed exciting enrichment opportunities occurring. We informed you last week that Year 7 attended the ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’ panto at Theatre Clwyd and all students had a brilliant time. Many have commented how much fun it was to be back in a live event and in such a fun atmosphere.

This week, Year 9 students have all participated in ‘Talk The Talk’ workshops, in which they worked with visiting trainers to develop their public speaking skills and confidence when talking to an audience. The students thoroughly enjoyed the day and learned valuable skills which will help them in the future. Their English teachers were extremely proud of their students, who made exceptional progress and showed real positivity and determination. The Talk The Talk trainers were highly complimentary of the students and commented on the excellent behaviour and attitude displayed by all. Well done Year 9!

In certain Year 7 classes our links to France and our partner school over there are being further strengthened. Our students have been busy making Christmas cards and nameplates also for our French friends, only serving to confirm the fact that learning foreign languages can be great fun.

Congratulations to the Year 10 football team who have progressed to the last 16 of the Welsh Schools FA Cup. Our lads beat Grango 2-1 away this week and really enjoyed playing on the Cefn Druids pitch, which was in great shape. Let’s go all the way boys!

Next week the winning tutor group in each year group will be rewarded for accumulating the most praise points. Groups will be treated to a film and snacks, or something similar, and given a little time off lessons in order to recognise the massive effort that they have put into their studies this year to date. Also next week our Year 10 students will hold their Christmas market in order to enhance their skills profile and this is likely that festive treats will be consumed by all at a nominal price. On Friday Performing Arts students from Years 10, 11, 12 and 13 will show off their skills when they entertain Year 8 in a show called ‘Through the Decades’. The performance will showcase a great deal of talent and it will take place during the school day.

One final reminder please, the last day at Castell Alun for students and staff is still Tuesday 21st December as things stand.

Have a lovely weekend.