Friday 1st October 2021

One year ago we lost Chantelle.  In keeping with her family’s wishes, we held a thoughtful, reflective time together today with her closest friends, which helped us to celebrate that which Chantelle held so dearly.  Friendship, fun, tolerance and kindness will always remain foundation stones at Castell Alun, just as Chantelle remains part of our family forever.

As October begins we seek to appoint some new Parent Governors.  Letters have been sent home with students this week with nomination forms.  If anyone hasn’t received a nomination form please be aware that one can be collected from the school office.  We would ask that all nominations are with us by 3 pm on Wednesday 6th October.  Our Governing Body plays an essential role in supporting and guiding our school community, so if you feel you could bring a positive contribution to the team, please do get in touch.

Students have settled in well to their new classes this academic year.  If you are a parent or a carer of a student in Year 10 or 11, please have a look on the school website for a short video about important GCSE information relating to all the core subjects that your child is taking, along with some ideas of how your child can achieve their potential and how you can help to support them at home.  We will also email out links to our library of videos early next week. In normal circumstances, we would hope to be able to share such information with you face to face, but unfortunately, that is not currently possible in Flintshire.  Thank you for your support!

The first year group due to receive their school reports this year is Year 9.  We really appreciate all of the feedback that parents/carers have given us, detailing thoughts on effective ways to make our reports both meaningful and succinct.

For the last few weeks, our Year 11 GCSE Religious Studies classes have been performing wedding ceremonies as part of the ‘Relationships’ unit.  They have been looking at and understanding the importance of weddings and obviously enjoying music and cake at the reception! Congratulations to the happy couples!  We do aim to bring learning to life for everyone in ways that are readily accessible to all students.

At last, our athletes have had a chance to excel publicly in their disciplines once again.  Our Year 10 and 11 GCSE PE athletes competed at the Flintshire Schools Athletics competition on Thursday.  A great number of excellent performances were recorded and things bode well for the school PE results this year once again.

Chloe, Year 7 has had amazing success recently.  She has now achieved her Black Belt ‘with Star’ in Tae Kwondo.  At the tender age of 11 Chloe is actually too young to be called a ‘Dan’.  How amazing is that!

Our Years 8, 9 and 10 Boys’ Football Teams played in the first round of the Welsh Schools Cup this week.  Year 8 played at home against Connahs Quay and won on penalties.  Year 9 took on Rhyl High School away and were victorious with a 5-1 scoreline.  Our Year 10 team won 8-0 over Ysgol Rhiwabon at home.  That sounds like a good reason for celebration for all!

Autumn has clearly landed!  I hope you all enjoy a peaceful weekend.