Friday 24th March 2023


P’nawn da,

This week we celebrated International Women’s Day with a Lower School Assembly on Wednesday.  We were treated to a wonderful performance of ‘We are all made of stars’ by Lily (Year 7), who sang with great poise and confidence.  Lily recently won 3rd place in the Oswestry Music Festival with this song.  James (Year 9) contributed extremely well with a thought-provoking reading.

As we approach examination season there is most certainly a deeply studious feel to the campus.  Alongside examination preparations for our older students we welcomed a large number of Year 6 students from some of our local primary schools for a Wellbeing Day on Wednesday.  The purpose of this day is to get to know students who will join us in September and allow them to get to know each other and the school, in a way which grows their confidence, through activities such as dodgeball, art and other performing arts.  We have had lots of really positive feedback and look forward to welcoming students from other primary schools again in the near future.

Well done to everybody who participated in the A-Level and GCSE PE Moderation days this week.  The anticipated high standards were reached and a great many students did themselves proud.

Diolch yn fawr to all parents/carers of students in Year 7 who attended our Year 7 virtual parents’ evening last night.  In the vast majority of incidences IT worked well, but where there were issues at our end we sincerely apologise.  Should you have missed the opportunity to speak to specific teachers, please be so good as to call school and we can arrange a call back.  At the close of this academic year we will again review the current parents’ evening model and discuss the merits of virtual and in-person parents’ evenings.

We would like to wish the very best of luck to all students and staff who are participating in the Duke of Edinburgh Silver Practice Expedition, which departs this afternoon.  The level of challenge will be high and the reward great, with vital skills for life being actively developed.  The weather also looks reasonable as nobody wants a storm or torrential rain if this can be avoided!

On Monday and Tuesday evenings next week our BTEC Performing Arts students will present their production of ‘Return to the Forbidden Planet’.  Some of the students involved showcased their talents to our Lower School Assembly this week and doors will open at 6pm with the show starting at 6.30pm on both evenings.  It will be great to see you there and please remember that tickets cost £5 and may be purchased via School Gateway or at reception before 3pm each day.

Please can we remind you once again that there will be a CAFA Quiz Night next week on Thursday 30th March.  Participants pay £2, and a team of six will be charged only £10.  It promises to be a fun evening and people of all ages are very welcome.  Various refreshments, including hot dogs, will be on sale during the break and it will be great to see just how many people can defeat our quiz master, Mr. Kevin Davies, whilst raising money which can be put directly back into school.  The doors will open at 6.30pm.  Please also remember that you can keep up to date with CAFA’s work through their newsletter.

Congratulations to Poppy (Sixth Form) who has been selected to represent Wales in the Under 18s Six Nations Rugby squad for the coming championships.  What an amazing feat!

Finally, we are not jealous at all (!) that our school ski trip departs on Friday next week for Amade in Austria.  As you can imagine, there is great excitement amongst students and they will now have the chance to put into practice their newly-developed skills, which have been honed in recent SkiFit lessons after school.

Diolch am ddarllen, mwynhewch y penwythnos.

Thanks for reading, we hope you have a lovely weekend.