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Headteacher’s Update – 21st December 2023

Merry Christmas

Nadolig Llawen

As is always the case, this term has been a very busy one once again. We were pleased with the Year 11 GCSE Examination results in the summer and it was a real testament to the hard work of the pupils and staff that so many pupils achieved excellent individual results.

A variety of activities have taken place this term ranging from sporting activities, expressive arts projects, charity events, trips, educational guest speakers, pupil voice activities to name but a few. We had our Harvest Service in October. Mrs Judy Harris led the service, and the children and families were incredibly generous with their donations of non-perishable foods. The local foodbank was extremely grateful for the donations. The children loved singing the Harvest songs and they especially enjoyed having a small piece of the ‘Sharing Bread’. Afterall, Harvest is a time to be thankful and to share what we have with others.  On a similar note, Years 7 and 8 organised gifts for the ‘Mister X appeal’ again this year which provides gifts for deserving children and their families.  It is lovely to see their generosity.

Our primary phase pupils performed their Christmas concerts to a packed theatre all week. The pupils were outstanding and it is also important to recognise the support of the staff and parents who assisted the children with learning lines, songs and providing costumes. Pupils who are new to the school have settled in really well and Year 7 certainly benefit from the extensive transition programme that is provided each year. Drama pupils performed a Fire Safety Theatre in Education piece for the Local Authority Operation BANG project as part of the transition programme. This was well received and helped to send an important message to our younger pupils. We now also have 15 trained year 10 peer mentors; the pupils work on rota system working from the library and are available daily to support and guide KS3 pupils.

Return to school – I would like to remind parents and guardians that Monday 8th January is an INSET Day for staff. All pupils will therefore return to school on Tuesday 9th January 2024.

It was a real priveledge yesterday to get a special visit from Santa who took time out of his very busy schedule this time time of the year to visit the boys and girls in the primary phase. He also brought along a few of his friends!! As you can imagine, the children were really excited to see him (as were the staff it has to be said!!)

I would like to thank all parents, pupils, staff and governors for their continued support and wish everybody a lovely festive break. I look forward to seeing everybody in the New Year.

Nadolig Llawen a blwyddyn newydd dda

Richard Rees