Friday 26th October 2018

This week we held our Harvest Assembly, and Skye and Archie (Year 7 students) led our school gathering with fine readings.  Indeed, we are very grateful that so many of our Year 7 students brought in groceries to mark the occasion  This produce will now be donated to the Food Bank in Wrexham, in order to look after those who are not as fortunate as we are.  The assembly saw the welcome return of Year 8 rock band ‘Lies’, and this time Louis, Isaac, Evan and Sam performed a fantastic version of Mr. Brightside by The Killers, featuring also Keira (Year 8) as lead vocalist.

Congratulations to our Year 8 lads’ Rugby Team, who won both qualifying matches this week in order to be crowned local champions and progress on to represent Flintshire in a Welsh National Tournament.   A big well-done to the many runners from Years 7 to 11 who took part in the Flintshire Cross Country Championships this week.  Although it is impractical to name all participants here, I am told that our students ran brilliantly and represented our school extremely well.

On Tuesday this week we were visited by the HMI Chief Inspector of Estyn, Mr. Meilyr Rowlands.  Mr. Rowlands was familiar with the detail of our most recent inspection report and was on a fact-finding mission to cascade our good practice onto other schools around the nation.

It would be remiss of me not to give a big pat on the back to a number of our Year 10 students this week.  These boys and girls performed magnificently in the North Wales Maths Challenge at Ysgol Maes Garmon.  In a highly competitive environment our Boys’ team came in third place overall out of 17 schools, and our Girls’ team finished in sixth place.  Each team member withstood the pressure and excitement of the occasion to bring a most valuable contribution to our teams’ successes.  Great job, well done to Benjamin, Celyn, Carys, Ieuan, Penny, Keiran, Harry and Grace.

We are very proud of Freya (Year 10) this week, who donated thirty centimetres of her hair to the ‘Little Princess Trust’.  This charity takes all donations and makes them into wigs for youngsters who are battling cancer.  Freya really wanted to make a difference and was inspired by another Year 10 student, Cian, who did a similar thing last year.

Upon our return to school in November, we have planned a Year 7 ‘Crucial Crew’ Day.  On Wednesday 7th November a number of friends of the school, who represent vital, and often emergency services, will lead practical sessions for our younger students on the theme of how to stay safe in a variety of challenging environments.

A large number of our Year 11 students will undertake their early entry Maths exams soon after half term.  We wish each and every one of you all the very best in both your preparations and on the exam days themselves!

On Friday 9th November, we will hold our school Remembrance Assembly in order to mark the sacrifice of all those who gave of themselves so selflessly, and those who continue to do so, to protect our nation.

All that remains for me to do now is to wish each and every one of you an enjoyable half term break.