Friday 25th January 2019

Hope House and representatives from local businesses came in to our Year 10 Assembly this week. We were thrilled that a number of the ‘Dragons’ involved in the Dragons’ Den student enterprise interviews had such glowing feedback on our students and were able to present a large number of them with awards for their efforts in raising £2210 for Hope House as part of their Welsh Baccalaureate Enterprise Challenge. The Dragons’ companies even added extra money themselves to the final total in recognition of the teams’ endeavours. It was most moving to hear how our contributions will facilitate over forty hydrotherapy and physiotherapy sessions for youngsters who do not have full use of their limbs.

A number of our Sixth Form English Language students enjoyed a trip to Colwyn Bay this week in order to attend an event which supports their examination syllabus.

Our Year 11 students are engaging well in their science practical examinations and are now about half way through the process. The signs are good so far and we are hopeful for strong grades in the summer.

Castell Alun is now working in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce in order to engage with local businesses and prepare our students for the future, through a range of professional events to include careers talks, mock interviews and the setting of enterprise targets. The ‘Youth Chamber’ will present exceptionally valuable opportunities for our students to utilise the skills and experience of local businesses and we are thankful that a secure link has been forged with this department of the West Cheshire and North Wales Chamber of Commerce.

It was lovely to see so many parents/guardians of our Year 8 students this week at the Parents’ Evening. Working together with you to support each of our young people is an honour and a privilege and we are truly grateful for your support for all that we do here at Castell Alun.

A huge well done to Seren, Daisy, Ffion, Isabella, Lily, Louise and Ella, who have represented Castell Alun admirably in the Flintshire County School Girls’ football programme. We are proud that we provide more players for this programme than any other school and wish all girls success as they represent Flintshire in the U13s and U15s age groups. Also, a huge well done to Jessica in Year 11 who has recently been selected the RGC Womens’ U18s Rugby squad – the very best of luck for the coming game in Cardiff. Finally on the sporting front, good luck to James of Year 9 who has been selected to play for North Wales in the FAW Trust North Regional Squad against South Wales in Powys in early February.

Next week students in Years 9 and 10 will undertake internal examinations, as students in Year 9 now work towards selecting option subjects for study in September 2019. We wish all the very best and will guide each student as we always do.

Just a brief reminder that our Sixth Form Open Evening takes place from 6.30pm on Thursday 7th February, and students and parents/guardians from Castell Alun and other schools are most welcome to attend in order to discuss how we can support your children in the next steps of their journey over the next couple of years.

Have a lovely weekend.