Friday 28th June 2019

Well, I really have to start with last night’s performance of Night at the Musicals! What a lovely evening and we stand in awe of the talent on display from students of all ages. I can only say a massive thank you and well done to everyone – although there were too many participants to mention students individually, you should all know that we are incredibly proud of you. Many thanks to our staff production team and also to everyone who came to watch and the glowing praise that you gave for each performance.

We have had lots of students in from primary schools this week as part of our Science and Technology Transition Project. It was very evident just how excited these Year 6 students are about joining us. Many thanks to our Science and Technology teams who made this week possible.

Well done to students in Year 10 who completed their English presentation recorded controlled assessments this week. Research was thorough, arguments were well composed and most persuasive, and we would appreciate it if some of you helped our politicians sort out Brexit in the near future please! In further Year 10 news, the poor weather caused us to postpone the planned Welsh Baccalaureate sponsored walk on Tuesday and this will now take place on Tuesday 9th July. Students will, of course, be allowed to come in their own clothes for the walk next week again. It is a shame when the weather intervenes, and thank you for your understanding in this matter.

Today our younger female students were treated to a STEM day, run by the RAF, in the school hall. Our girls thoroughly enjoyed the challenges they were set and actually produced a number of very creative solutions to the brief.

We are indebted to TATA Steel for sending us engaging speakers to address our Year 12 students this week. Also, as we look to the close of term, TATA will be working with us again as our students pursue their ‘Park in the Past’ Welsh Baccalaureate Community Challenge. As part of this challenge our students will be engaged in all kinds of practical tasks which will serve to enhance the local area of natural beauty around the old quarry in Hope.

Our A-Level Art moderator was clearly very impressed with our students’ work, and I feel it is only right that I should include a couple of photos in my blog this week for your appreciation also. Our students possess the kind of skills that many of us can only dream of, and I am sure that people would pay good money for these masterpieces in the shops.

Congratulations to our Year 7 boys’ and girls’ athletics teams who came second and third respectively at the recent Flintshire Athletics meeting. Well done to our under 13s and under 15s cricket teams for their great performances on Tuesday and Thursday this week. Lily and Sophie (both Year 10) competed brilliantly for the North East Wales Under 17 Netball Team in Cardiff last weekend, and our cheerleaders took third place overall at the UKCA National Championships in Manchester (also taking the ‘good spirit’ award). Great job all round girls!

Really early this morning a large number of our Year 12 students embarked upon a trip to Germany and Poland. As I previously mentioned, the trip is bound to be lots of fun, but also incredibly thought provoking. We wish you all well and look forward to catching up with you upon your return.

From Saturday to Monday a group of Year 11 students will undertake a Duke of Edinburgh Silver Expedition. It’s going to be great guys, but don’t forget your sun hats, as this time the weather looks fantastic for you.

Good luck to all of our golfers who will compete in the individual championships in Llandudno on Monday.

We are excited about our New Intake Evening at 6.30pm on Wednesday 3rd July. The school will be buzzing and it will be lovely to meet so many new parents/carers as we prepare to welcome your children formally to school on our New Intake Day on Friday 5th July.

On Thursday 4th July a number of our Year 7 students will visit the Eisteddfod in Llangollen and embrace various aspects of the culture and tradition of our great country. Have a wonderful time everyone.

Also, the last day for after school activities will be the 8th July.  This will be the last day that study buses run.

Enjoy the sunshine this weekend everyone!

Spring is here, have a lovely weekend!