Friday 24th May 2019

A short but incredibly busy half term draws to a close, and I would firstly like to thank everybody connected with our school, who has contributed in so many different ways to our successes over the last few weeks.

At the end of last week we held a powerful Equality and Diversity Day, and events were well supported by staff and students alike.  On the Friday evening we were treated to a wonderful variety show, with contributions from many different students.  Everyone had a great time and a number of the skills showcased were mind blowing.  Thank to everyone who makes these events possible.

Emotions are always mixed at this time of year, as students in Year 11 and Year 13 have their Achievement Ceremonies, and some of them move on to pastures new after being with us for many years.  Our Achievement Ceremonies are always lovely occasions, and we are particularly thankful to Mr. Graham Kelly and Mr. James McCorkindale for their contributions to these high profile events.  Students in Year 13 had a fantastic time, both in their leaving ceremony, fantastically hosted by Mr. Kevin Davies, and also at their evening party at the Grosvenor Arms, Pulford.  Students in Year 11 have their Prom on Thursday 20th June in Chester, and it is evident just how excited they all are about this event.  Whenever it is time to move on from Castell Alun, you should all be aware that you will always be part of our school family and we wish you all the very best.  Please do keep in touch with us.

Many congratulations to students in Years 7 and 8 who have improved upon their STR Learning Ethic grades recently.  Well done especially to Year 7 students Imogen, Ethan, Leah, Scarlett, Evie, Warren, Freya, Olivia, Ffion, Caitlyn, Ellie, Charlie, Cai, Alice, Natasha, Ferne, Ellie, Jolene, Megan, Tegan, Rhys and Dakota, and also to Year 8 students Holly, Mabli, Megan, Adam, Katie, Mia, Benjamin, Sabah, Ellie Mae, George, Elise, Taylor, Emily, Sarah, Annabel, Emily, Erin, Keane, Megan, Anthony, Maddison and Katie.

Really well done also to Rhys (Year 10) who has just won the ‘Bricklayer of the Year Award’ at College.  Skilled workman are always in high demand and we are excited about the path which Rhys could follow, having exhibited such ability whilst still only 15 years old.

A large number of our Year 10 students will undertake Duke of Edinburgh Expeditions next week and some of our younger students will go on a sports trip to Venice.  We hope you all have a fantastic time and the weather is good.  We are sure that you will represent our school exceptionally well.

On Tuesday 29th May the Public Library will hold a free event from 2pm to 4pm during which Sarah Parkinson will read ‘The Shoe Foxes’.  Everybody is most welcome to attend.

All that remains to be said is have a very happy half term.