Friday 28th May 2021

Today is both a joyous and also a reflective time in the life of the school, as students in Years 11 and 13 formally leave us. Friendships have been formed which will last for life and our students have all moved on in life’s journey in an admirable way, creating precious memories en-route. All of these students are a credit to themselves, their families and our school, and we would love to have been able to celebrate with them in our usual way, were it safe and appropriate to do so. We wish every single one of them all the very best and are excited that so many Year 11 students have chosen to return to the Castell Alun Sixth Form. Similarly students in Year 13 will doubtless keep in touch with us and we will continue to inform you of their ongoing successes in life.

For students in examination classes (Years 10 through to 13), we have today published our ‘Assessment Point 2’ data. Should students not been in school to receive these, we will of course post these home as soon as we are able. Students have also been signing off subject based ‘Decision Making Records’ with regards to the process involved in awarding latest available grades. Please note that Provisional Grades will formally be released to students and parents on the 18th June in keeping with the WJEC published time frame and we will endeavour to keep you fully informed of all stages in the process after half term.

Our new building continues to take shape and we are very grateful for the strong professional working relationship which we have with Wilmot Dixon, and indeed the patience and support of our students, staff, parents and local neighbours in this regard. We have all experienced considerable disruption over recent months, and this will continue to be the case for a little while longer yet as we now move into the next stage of refurbishing toilet areas on the ground floor and replacing the roof over the Expressive Arts area.

We are incredibly proud of Millie (Year 8), who has just successfully competed in the first round of the British Westermans Women’s Motocross Championship in Hereford. Millie raced her heart out to finish 2nd on the podium and actually only missed the win in her final race by 0.1 of a second, having led the race until the last lap! She has now got a great chance of becoming a genuine British Champion later this year.

Really well done to Harrison (Year 8), whose sporting pedigree precedes him. Harrison has recently been called up to train with the Football Association of Wales North Wales Regional Squad. Although Euro 2021 may be a little early for him, watch this space, as we have high hopes for the future!

May I ask you to remind students that it is not too late to submit a pet photo for our Castell Alun Friends Association competition, but the closing date remains 4th June. Entry is via Google Classroom.

May I also inform you on behalf of the Governing Body that we have now made two formal appointments to the substantive positions of Deputy Headteacher at Castell Alun, and these position have been awarded to Mr. Paul Edwards (Castell Alun) and Mrs. Gillian Roberts (Alun School, Mold). Well done to both.

The weather clearly looks more promising for next week. Let’s hope this is the beginning of things to come. I am sure that we are all ready for an opportunity to re-charge our batteries!

Thank you for your support. Have a lovely half term.