Friday 25th June 2021

As June gradually draws to a close, our thoughts begin to turn again to students and staff who will move on to pastures new over the summer. Although this can be a sad time for us, it is a tremendously exciting time for many also and we wish everyone well for the future. We will bid farewell to a number of colleagues and more information will follow on this in the next couple of weeks, but rest assured that the future of our school is in exceptionally good hands, and we met successful application for roles in our new staff Induction Day today.

With regards to new intake induction, our library of welcoming resources is now available on the school website for all families of students in Year 6 to view. We are so excited about you joining us, and even though times are somewhat different at present and our new build is ongoing, we really hope you enjoy the video which we have put together to introduce the school and certain members of staff to you. Some colleagues will have already visited local primary schools and further visits are planned over the coming weeks.

At some point next week we will again simulate a fire drill rehearsal in order to ensure that all students fully understand our procedures in the event of a real fire. This is therefore simply a fire practice and you might want to let students know about this in advance to avoid any possible anxiety.

A small number of students in examination classes have requested their Decision Making Record and may I please remind you that after receipt of the Decision Making Record they then have five days to request a Centre Review and Appeals Form. The form needs to be completed and returned no later than 5th July 2021 at 12pm.

We are always really keen to celebrate the successes of our students – and here is one which is mouthwatering! Holly (Year 13) studied Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry in the Sixth Form having joined us from a neighbouring secondary school. She recently completed an in-depth investigation into the role of women in STEM workplaces and also secured 5 offers to study Chemistry at prestigious universities. However, Holly also pursued the Higher Apprenticeship route and after a rigorous interview process, she has secured the offer of two Apprenticeships at British Nuclear Fuel and AstraZeneca, both supported by high-profile degree programmes. She now has an incredibly difficult decision to make! We are, of course, immensely proud of Holly, and there are a great many other similar stories we could tell you undoubtedly also.

On the sporting scene, congratulations to India-Bo (Year 7) who has been selected for the North Wales Girls’ Football Academy. Inspired by our ladies and mens’ Wales teams, India-Bo clearly has a bright future ahead of her. Well done India-Bo!

This weekend a group of Year 11 and 12 Castell Alun students will undertake a Duke of Edinburgh Silver Expedition, taking into consideration all Covid mitigations of course. We hope everybody has a great time and lots of fun in a safe but challenging environment, and we look forward to seeing the photos and sharing these with you next week.

This weekend promises to be an exciting one for our nation in sport, and I am sure we will all be right behind the British and Irish Lions (with such a strong Welsh contingent), and of course, the Welsh Mens’ Football Team as we defeat Denmark on Saturday at 5 pm. I hope it is a great weekend for everyone!