Friday 17th November 2017

Another week races by, and there is lots to report on once again!

On Tuesday this week we held our Remembrance Assembly.  Our Year 13 History students led the assembly with fine readings from Sam Wiggs and Nathasha Austin.  Thanks to Hannah Jones, Year 13 who played a lovely piano solo and to Ella Perks who performed the Last Post with Mr. Searson.  It was a pleasure to welcome many members of our Governing Body together with Rev. Pawley who led us in our prayers.  Our time together was marked with great respect and proved to be a most thought provoking gathering of the school family.

It’s always a real treat for me to spend time congratulating students, especially those who give nothing less than their best to their school studies, week in week out.  This week I met with a selection of hardworking  Year 9 and 11 students, who had been identified through their first rate learning ethic and STR monitoring grades.  Really well done to Lilly Duggan, Ieuan Jones, Celyn Felton, Freya Searle-Jones, Jessica Spridgeon, Elin Faragher, Daisy Higginson, Abigail Perkins, Lara Bellis, Hannah Ison, Charlotte Clark, Abigail Evans, Lucy Eyes, Penny McCormick, Eleanor Pughe, Isobel Scott, Milly Peters, Izabel Peters, Lucy Cartwright, Jack Davies, Aaron Lea and Harry Richards –  Year 9.  The Year 11 students were Heather Peters, Dylan Drew, Josie Welch, Nathan Stennett, Jessica Barber, Owen Raynor, Eleanor Walters, Cara Jones, Freya Davies, Elliot Bull, Samantha Tresidder, Adam Rothero, Michael Astbury, Kathryn Austen, Dewi Parry, Jessica Whitehurst, James Attwood, Jack Ellis, Cari Haynes and Sian Jones.  Fantastic job people, keep it up!

Year 12 Welsh students have enjoyed various extra-curricular activities this week.  Firstly, Hannah Wright from the Urdd came in to talk to them about her trip to Patagonia.  Hannah spoke about the Welsh language in Patagonia, which is actually part of the AS Level Welsh course.  Secondly, the Welsh drama company ‘Mewn Cymeriad’ came in to put on a show about the history of the Welsh people who migrated to Patagonia in 1865.  It was a brilliant show which involved plenty of audience participation.

The students found both activities very informative and enjoyable and they now have a far better understanding of the history and Welsh culture in Patagonia.  In further Welsh news, a group of our Year 13 students have spent three days developing their oracy skills in a really fun environment at Glan Llyn this week also.

Our Expressive Arts’ successes have been too numerous write about in great detail this week.  We have had victories in a wide range of sports, wonderful musical performances and high quality dramatic practices in preparation for school exams and our Christmas festivities.  Please be so good as to check out Twitter for further details.

Please note that on Thursday 23rd November certain study club activities will not run due to a staff training event.  We will let our students know exactly which clubs are still taking place early next week.

Today we held a non uniform day in aid of Children In Need.  As always, staff and students got into the spirit of this event and raised lots of money for this wonderful cause.  Many of our Sixth Form students (and even some staff!) decided to attend school in pyjamas or onesies….. causing quite a stir!