Friday 8th October 2021

We continue to run the school in the context of renovation work, and we remain thankful for the mature and responsible behaviour of virtually all of our students in these times.

Thank you for the feedback which you have provided us with over recent weeks on a number of matters including the new toilet blocks. We are appreciative of all comments and endeavour to have a measured response to all observations made. Our Student Council is now busy discussing the new bathrooms and we will keep you informed should there be further developments.

Today our Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award cohort departs for their final expedition in the Clwydian Range. We hope everybody has a great time and further develops their skills in what would appear to be a dry and relatively warm environment. Mr. Jack Evans will accompany this trip and we are keen to continue to promote the great benefits of the Duke of Edinburgh programme to all students in Years 10, 11, 12 and 13.

Thanks for the information on student successes. We have so very much to be proud of and grateful for!

Daniel, Year 7, is a black belt in Taekwondo. Incredibly he achieved this at the age of 8, making him one of the youngest in the country to do so. Daniel now seeks to follow in his brother Luke’s (Year 11) footsteps and pursue 2nd Dan status. However, as a junior, he will be required to wait three years for this. Brilliant job Daniel, well done!

In Year 8 congratulations to Bethan who has once again been successful in gaining a place on the Flintshire Schools Girls’ Football team for the third consecutive year.

Staying with football Matilda (Year 9) has been selected for the Flintshire U15 Football Squad and Millie (Year 9) has now finished third overall in the British Women’s Motocross Championship (Youth 85 class). Outstanding girls, very impressive!

It’s fantastic how so many of our young ladies are developing self-defence expertise. Congratulations to Freya (Year 10) who achieved her black belt in Ju-Jitsu this week!

Girls representing years 8, 9 and 10 attended a Welsh Rugby taster event this week. The session was hosted by Welsh Women’s International Rugby Player, Rachel Taylor, and our girls got stuck in and had a fantastic time. The girls are now eager to develop their rugby skills further and will pursue training sessions in local clubs. That’s brilliant news girls.

You have probably heard of TED talks. We are proud to announce that four Castell Alun students, (Bella and Abbie Year 8, Louisa Year 11 and Jessica Year 12) have all been selected to present at a TED event at Theatr Clwyd. TED events are highly acclaimed in the world of public speaking and the topic is climate change. The event is focused on getting young people to contribute messages that matter for tackling climate change across North Wales. The girls submitted a 1-minute video in which they spoke about an environmental issue they feel strongly about and have now been selected to speak at the live event. We wish them every success! TED is working in partnership with a number of organisations (Natural Resources Wales, RENEW Wales and Glyndwr University) to host live TEDx talks for children and young people to be part of the TEDx global countdown event linked to COP.

A-Level Drama, Production and Dance students went to Theatre Clwyd this week to watch ‘Miss Julie’ and Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Dial M for Murder’. The students enjoyed it very much and it was so wonderful to be back at the Theatre after such a long time. At Castell Alun, we try to seek out the most enriching learning experiences for our students and this applies not only to drama, but also to all other areas of school life of course.

Let’s hope the Welsh Men’s Football Team are triumphant in their World Cup qualifier this evening. Have a nice weekend everyone.