Friday 6th July 2018

Thank-you for your patience in these warm conditions. We have now decided that students will be permitted to wear their PE kits for the remainder of the academic year, due to the continuing unseasonably hot temperatures, both outside and within the school building.

Recently staff from Bangor University School of Health Care Sciences provided a workshop to all interested Sixth Form students, along with students in Year 10 who are studying Health and Social Care.

In order to inform us about the range of healthcare courses available, the Bangor staff delivered an informative talk and led a number of hands-on activities. Our students were able to use an x-ray machine to recognise parts of the body and put together a skeleton, whilst learning about the structure of the spine.

The event was very useful indeed for all students who are considering a medical career, perhaps within the NHS. The key themes covered were: child health, medical ethics, mental health and radiography.

Four Year 9 Geography students undertook a presentation on the theme of ‘the Characteristics of the Rainforest’ at a Sustainable Futures evening held at the Alun School in Tuesday night. This evening provided an opportunity for future GCSE Geography students to showcase their learning from their day trip to Chester Zoo last week. Very well done indeed to Lily, Abbey, Eloise and Celyn.

A large number of Year 7 students spent the day at the Eisteddfod in Llangollen yesterday. Everybody avoided getting sunburnt, and our children had a culturally enriching experience, celebrating the heritage of our country and admiring the talents of our young people on show.

We eagerly anticipate the return of our Year 10 trip to France later today and really look forward to hearing their stories. As one trip returns, another one goes. Our Year 12 Berlin trip left the country during the small hours of this morning, and we hope everybody has a wonderful time and thoroughly enjoys this wonderful learning experience.

Well done to our School Golf Team, who narrowly missed taking the prize at the North Wales Championships this week, and well done also to our Year 9 Girls’ Rounders’ Team, who won in their age group at a tournament at the Elfed School this week. Year 8 girls also put in an excellent effort to come second in their competition.

Indeed we have more champions in our midst. Congratulations to both our Year 8 and Year 10 Boys’ Tennis teams, who took the North Wales title, fending off stiff competition, on Thursday this week. Why stop there? Let’s go on to pick up the all Wales trophy next lads!

It was lovely to meet so many Year 6 parents at our New Intake Open Evening on Wednesday. Our new Year 7 (September 2018) students have had a lovely day with us today. They have spent time with their new group tutors, begun to make lots of new friends, and all students have had a taste of Castell Alun lessons and sporting activities. So many of these Year 6 students have told us how excited they are about joining us in September. We are excited about it too!

Good luck to our boys who have been chosen to represent North East Wales in the Welsh Athletics Championships in Cardiff this weekend. It will be great to see further records come tumbling in our school Sports Day on Thursday next week also.

Good luck to our three Year 10 boys who are representing North East Wales at the Welsh Athletics Championship in Cardiff tomorrow. Also good luck to Imogen from Year 7, who will compete for Great Britain in the BMX Championships in France next week.

Our Year 10 Geography GCSE classes embark upon their fieldwork next week and a smaller number of students will be going on a visit to Wimbledon to catch some of the superstars in action on Friday.

I hope you enjoy the weekend.