Friday 19th January 2018

Our whole school assembly this week was on the theme of the New Year and was ably led by Year 10.  Our readers were Grace Royle and Tommy Ellis, and Joshua Berdouk performed a wonderful piano solo, which he had composed himself.  He is an exceptionally talented musician.

On Tuesday our Year 7 finally got to attend their festive pantomime at Theatr Clwyd!  Although snow did threaten to cause difficulties once again (“oh no it didn’t!”) everyone had a fantastic time and the event was well worth rescheduling.

A group of our Year 7 students were treated to a visit to Tesco, Broughton, this week, as part of the ‘Farm to Fork Trail’.  Students made dough, learnt about different fish and tasted cheese, amongst other tasks.  Everyone had a wonderful time.

I would like to draw your attention to our Sixth Form Open Evening once again, to be held on Thursday 1st February, starting at 6.30pm.  Anyone with an interest in Sixth Form life and courses available at Castell Alun is most welcome to attend.  All students joining our Sixth Form become part of a vibrant, dynamic, sociable group of learners, who are wonderful role models to children in Years 7 to 11.  Students in our current Year 11 also have the opportunity to attend talks on all subjects offered in the Sixth Form during registration time over the next three weeks.

On Thursday of next week (25th January) we hold our Year 12 Parents’ Evening, starting at 4pm.  Students in Year 12 are now making appointments with their teachers.  Some Study Club activities will still take place on the evening and students should check with their teachers in advance.  Study Club buses will still run.

Well done to all students in Years 10 and 11 who sat their English Speaking and Listening exams or Science practical assessments during the course of this week.  Things have run very smoothly and our students have prepared for, and undertaken, these examinations with great maturity.

This week Sadie Spencer of Year 10 qualified for the Welsh Cross Country School finals, having performed brilliantly in both the Flintshire and NE Wales rounds of the event.

We don’t usually associate motor racing with younger students, however, Ryan Powell of Year 9 has just won the UK Autograss Junior Championships.  He has been racing in his vehicle category for a year and a half, following in the footsteps of other family members.  Well done Ryan!

If you would like to read our Governors’ Annual Report to Parents (academic year 2016-2017), please take a look at this document on the school website.

And finally, a quick reminder about girls in Years 8 and 9 who will have their HPV injections on Tuesday morning of next week – these girls should attend school on the Tuesday in their PE T-shirts.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.