Friday 12th November 2021

Yesterday we held a poignant reflection on the theme of sacrifice made during war.  For Remembrance Day we held a time of silence across the school and talked to our classes about the hope which we have for the future that the mistakes of the past will not be repeated.  Thank you for all contributions made to the British Legion through our School Gateway.

Yesterday evening’s Year 13 Parents’ Evening was a great success.  We value highly parental engagement with such events because educating students is truly a partnership.  As a wise person once said, “it takes a community to raise a child”.  Our Year 13 students are now considering life after Castell Alun and we are very keen to assist them in all ways possible so that they can follow their dreams.

One example of a student who is aiming to pursue his passion is Murray (Year 12).  Murray will soon attend the Manchester Animation Festival which, we hope, will give him a greater understanding of the skills and techniques required to pursue a successful career in the animation industry.  Murray will receive tuition on themes such as character creation, storyboarding and scriptwriting.

This week we are in awe of Amber in Year 9.  Many of us find it difficult to pass our driving test first or even second time however, Amber regularly competes in Autograss car racing competitions and we are pleased to announce that at her last race meeting she actually won first place in each of her races.  At the age of 13 this is nothing short of absolutely stunning.  We will follow your career with great interest Amber!

Also in Year 9, Joe has again been selected for the Wales Football Regional Development Squad and is destined to become an accomplished player. The coming training event is in early December and full international honours may well be the next step.  Go for it, Joe!

Furthermore, on a football theme well played and really hard luck to our U13s Girls’ Football team who fought hard against Ysgol Glan Clwyd this week and narrowly lost 6-5.

Last Saturday, Oscar, Year 8, was in action representing Castell Alun in the National Schools League Ski Competition.  Although held in wintry conditions at Llandudno ski slope he achieved a fantastic second place overall.  Brilliant stuff Oscar and we can see that your hard work and dedication at those long ski racing camps is really paying off.  We really hope you qualify for the Welsh Alpine Championships in Switzerland in 2022.

Looking to next week, we will celebrate Children in Need Day on Friday 19th November, and all students are invited to wear non-uniform at a cost of £1 to be made via School Gateway.  The following week on Thursday 25th November, we will hold a virtual Year 12 Parents’ Evening and bookings for this will open soon using SchoolCloud as usual.

It looks like it’s going to remain dry over the weekend.  Have a nice time.