All year groups have settled back well into school and the fine weather is clearly helping each of us to enjoy time in the fresh air when we are not required in classrooms.
Yesterday evening we held our virtual Year 7 Parents’ Evening and this method of running such events has been well received by many people, despite occasional teething problems. Later in the year we will review our procedures in order to consider how best to conduct subsequent Parents’ Evenings in the new academic year. Thank you very much to all parents/carers of Year 7 students. I am told that conversations were supportive, informative and productive.
With regards to the proposed Lateral Flow Testing for students in Years 7 to 9, may I remind you that these are entirely voluntary and we will soon be in a position to send out the required consent forms and information leaflets detailing our approach, which we hope to begin within a week.
It is wonderful to be able to inform you of some success stories which have occurred in the past few days. On Wednesday a group of Year 8 girls completed some training for the Football Association of Wales Girls’ Football Programme. These girls took part in a virtual session which was aimed at enabling them to both promote and coach girls’ football, and we are eager to see further growth in this area of our school extra-curricular programme in the near future. The girls have also been invited to attend a virtual question and answer session next week with a Welsh Ladies international player.
Also in Year 8, we have a budding writer. Callum has had one of his short stories chosen for inclusion in a new book which showcases talented young writers. Keep an eye out for the book called ‘Unsolved UK Tales’ which is scheduled for publication on 11th June, 2021. Fantastic job Callum, well done!
In Year 9 news we have a class which has received letters from their pen friends at the ‘College Louis- Augustin Bosc’. Our students were so excited to receive these communications on Wednesday, having exchanged information during Autumn term via a secure internet site. The class will now write to their pen friends about life in North Wales and give details about their villages and towns.
Again on a sporting theme, Seren of Year 10 was in action for TNS Under 16 Girls at the weekend. She is a gifted footballer and won the player of the day award, helping her team to triumph 3–0 against Ercall in Shropshire. Great stuff Seren!
As you can see we have many gifted students, not least of which David, Year 13, who has successfully become a Youth Entrepreneurship Agent for Big Ideas Wales. David regularly attends Business Bootcamp seminars facilitated by the Welsh Government. Big Ideas Wales encourage young people across Wales to be entrepreneurial and help those interested in starting a business and take their idea forward. As part of this process, David has been given a business mentor to help develop his own business (which is top secret at this moment in time!). He hopes to pursue his business proposal after his Sixth Form studies. Next stop Dragons Den!
If you are interested in this excellent scheme for future entrepreneurs, more information can be found at https://businesswales.gov.wales/bigideas/youthagents#:~:text=Who%20are%20Big%20Ideas%20Wales,on%20behalf%20of%20Welsh%20Government.
The lovely weather looks like it’s going to continue into the weekend. I hope you have a nice one!
Mr Colin Ellis – Headteacher / Eg Priathro