We trust you have all managed to enjoy the Easter break and are hopeful that the fine weather which we had during the first week may return again soon. School is very much back in session and even this week our Year 10 students have been sitting their Welsh oral examinations.
We are very grateful indeed for the effort and commitment of the many staff, who ran revision sessions in the school building over the holidays. The vast majority of these sessions were exceptionally well attended and students were thankful for the extra input. The main public examination period is now imminent and we are all keen to support each of our students in every way possible. Once again, please be so good as to remind your children that staff are always available and willing to help where students are having difficulties, whether emotional or academic.
The Year 10 ski trip returned during the Easter break and everybody had a superb time. Despite the lengthy outward journey and unwanted delays our students and staff embraced the excellent weather and fine skiing conditions. The trip was a great success with plenty of progress being made on the ski slopes in a setti
ng of absolutely stunning scenery. Staff and students have reported that all of the evening activities were great fun, particularly the Bowlio Deg (traditional Austrian skittles). The frivolities included many party games, competitions and a pizza n
ight in St. Michael. We would like to thank everybody who has made this trip possible and especially Miss Sarah Edwards and the team which accompanied the students.
Our congratulations go to Celyn (Year 10) for a recent appearance on television and also to Poppy (Year 13) who competed for Wales U18 in the recent Tri-Nations rugby competition.
We are always very keen to encourage all students to engage in extra-curricular activities. Students who have participated in these clubs were asked to complete a card for a draw and Mr. Ellis selected Esme and Amelia (both Year 7), as winners. Well done girls and indeed everybody else who is making the most of all the opportunities available outside standard lessons at Castell Alun. Please note a new extra-curricular timetable has been published and is available here.
Looking to next week, Welsh oral examinations continue for Year 11 students and foreign language students in the Sixth Form will also sit their spoken assessment. On Thursday, we will run a transition day for some of our local primary school students in order to help them to become more familiar with Castell Alun, our staff, lessons and routines. On Friday, a number of friends of the school from local businesses and industry will participate in our Dragon’s Den Year 12 Enterprise Day. This is always a highlight of the year and we are incredibly grateful for the support of such people, who feels bring their expertise and guidance to enhance the learning experiences of our students.
One final reminder – Monday 1st May and Monday 8th May are both Bank Holidays this year. The Monday 8th May Bank Holiday is part of the King’s Coronation weekend celebrations.
Have a lovely weekend.
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