Friday 17th June 2022

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Blog 17th June 2022  / Dydd Gwener Mehefin 17eg

It’s great to have our Year 12 students back with us. Everybody has come through the examination period, although some have expressed frustrations about certain papers.  These frustrations have already been passed onto the WJEC and further feedback will be provided to the board as necessary on an individual and whole school level.

The examination period continues for a further week but academic rigour never ceases in the classroom for Years 7 to 10.  Please take a moment to wonder at some of the outstanding work that a number of our DT students have produced in their new workshops over recent weeks that can be found on the CAHS Design & Technology Twitter account.

The RWCMD Jazz Band and Dionne Bennett are performing at Theatr Clwyd later this month and on Thursday 23rd June they are visiting us to perform a concert for Year 8 students and the Year 10 GCSE Music class.  We are really excited about this opportunity and hope that it may further inspire some of our younger musicians to participate in musical ensembles themselves in the near future.

As promised last week we have a number of sporting stories to tell you about.  Really well done to Sam (Year 7), who represented Wales in a bowls competition against Staffordshire in Wolverhampton last week.  Sam plays for the Cunliffe team and has only been bowling for a year and a half.  He was inspired by his dad and there is doubtless now hot competition between the two!

Our Years and 8 and 10 Athletics teams competed in the Flintshire Schools’ competition at Deeside earlier this week.  The final results have not yet been published but we are so proud of the competitive spirit and performances of all of our students.  We can mention Dan (Year 8), who won the overall high jump and long jump events.  Great job Dan……… and we hope there are more positive results to inform you about in the near future.

Well done to everyone in the Years 8 and 9 Girls’ Cricket teams who competed in the North East Wales Schools’ competition at Hawarden Cricket Club recently.  It was a great day and our girls were a credit to us, performing to a fine standard against a number of strong teams and on a really hot day too!

Our KS3 basketball team, ‘Boston Celtics’, visited Aberystwyth University, where they played in the Welsh National finals this week. The team showed great form in qualifying for the finals and everybody had a great day, winning one of the games and losing two to a very strong field of teams from around Wales.  Well done everybody!

We would like to give a special mention to Charlie (Year 9), who has recently qualified to represent North East Wales at the national championships in high jump this summer.  We are all rooting for you; go for it Charlie!

In tennis we can report that all of our boys and girls won in both their singles and doubles events against the Mold Alun tennis team this week……  and it would appear that some of our players are not far from Wimbledon now!

It is National Schools Sports Week next week and we will be running a number of activities and competitions both in lunchtime and after school.  We hope for excellent participation as we encourage our young people and staff to enjoy all the fun, camaraderie and many other benefits that being physically active can surely bring.

Yesterday, our AS PE students were treated to an informal interview with Sports Commentator, Jonny Bryan, who is of course an ex-student of Castell Alun.  Jonny talked at length about his career path, a high point of which was when he commentated on the Olympic Games, and many of our students were clearly inspired by the great number of famous people that Jonny has interviewed to date.  We are always really keen to provide opportunities such as these for each of our students.

We love promoting activities outside the standard curriculum, perhaps especially when they allow us to further our students’ appreciation of bilingualism.  Please can we ask you to take a quick look at the following link for the a leaflet which advertises a programme of events available to all families at the Greenfield Valley Heritage Park.

It’s a hot one today and let’s hope that the weekend weather isn’t too disappointing!

Mwynhewch y tywydd braf!