It’s really great to be back again and at the same time almost impossible to comprehend how so many students could have grown so much over just six weeks!
A massive welcome to our new Year 7 and their parents/carers. We welcome warmly also a large number of new students to our Sixth Form from other schools. Our staff have been really busy making everyone feel at home and we clearly have a very enthusiastic and indeed talented new cohort of learners in our school.
We are thrilled to have opened our new building, and students and staff alike have already begun reaping the benefits of the wealth of fantastic new resources on offer. It will obviously take us some time to resolve any snagging issues but the future is indeed an exciting one as we are now able to boast one of the most impressive school blocks in all North Wales.
As you will doubtless now be aware, a number of the mitigations put in place over the last academic year have been relaxed in Flintshire schools, according to national guidance. We continue to respect fully the feelings of all members of our school community and safety and wellbeing will remain a high priority for us of course.
We are always proud of students’ successes at Castell Alun. As usual, we can report back on some sporting brilliance. In football Luca (Year 9) was asked to join Wrexham AFC U14s playing in the position of right wing-back and in only his second game he scored his first goal against Rochdale with a magnificent long-distance chip of the keeper! During the summer holiday, Luca was also asked to join the Tier 1 Regionals Training Camp for FAW Welsh squad, along with players from various premier league clubs. Wonderful stuff Luca – keep it going!
In further football news, we are always proud of the successes of our ex-students. Having recently moved on from Castell Alun, 17-year-old Dan received an international call up to the Wales U18s Football Squad to play England and Dan was on the field for 60 minutes of the match, which ended in a 1-1 draw. Dan is on a scholarship at Wrexham and is loving every second of it.
In further sporting news Tyler (Year 9) has just taken Silver in the Welsh Swimming Championships 200 metres Freestyle and Bronze and the 200-metre Individual Medley. Tyler is currently ranked second in Wales for the 200m and 50m Butterfly and third in Wales for the 400m Freestyle and Individual Medley in his age group. There can be no doubt that Tyler could well one day represent Great Britain in the Olympics. Absolutely fantastic Tyler – well done!
We are always really keen that students engage fully with all of the opportunities on offer to them, and we truly hope that a greater variety of options will become available to all as covid relents. Please follow this link for our current PE Extra-Curricular schedule but note that at present we are unable to run study buses for these sessions.
On Wednesday 22nd September (am) Year 7 will sit CATs tests. However, these are not in any sense examinations and no prior preparation is necessary whatsoever. Students will be walked through the process gradually and so please be so good as to ensure that nobody feels in any way anxious about this test of potential.
We have been told that once again we will be unable to run a live New Intake Open Evening or Open Morning at the close of September. Although this is extremely disappointing we will of course share a wealth of information with you via our website and School Prospectus over the coming weeks. More information will follow on this, so do please let families of current Year 6 students know that all of their questions will be answered in the near future now.
It looks a little cooler this weekend, which many would say is perhaps a good thing! Have a lovely weekend everyone.