Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value

Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans John Lennon
The harder the struggle the more glorious the triumphAnonymous

It is already over a year ago since we moved into our fantastic new school. In that year we have achieved such a lot and across so many different areas of school life. Many parents/carers will know what it is like to move and how long it takes not just to settle in a new building but also how best to use it. I feel we are now at that stage!!

During the course of the year we have done much work within our community. We organised a wonderful Harvest Festival tea for our local old age pensioner friends and then topped this with our Christmas lunches that took place over four separate days. We were visible in the community when we supported fellow organisations remembering those who had lost their lives in conflicts around the world. We have also worked closely with our partner primary schools and look forward to the coming year 6 induction days and our year 5 Science and Technology days. Our older pupils have taken part in the Tyco challenge turning their £1.00 start up fund into over £500 and Deloittes were so impressed with our pupils that they have offered them a chance to work in their Cardiff office for one week. Many of our sixth formers have visited universities throughout Wales and the UK and some of our most able sixth formers work within the county SEREN HUB to improve their chances of gaining places in red brick universities including Oxford and Cambridge.

Over the course of the year many of our sporting stars have been hard at work and I am proud of the amazing successes of our rugby and football teams in particular. Our own academy is going from strength to strength and not only are we now seeking pupils who are good in those sports but we are offering technical programme support to sixth formers who are talented in golf, cycling, weightlifting and swimming. For more information about this please speak to our Director of Sport and Well-being Mr Andy Price.

Our aim continues to be to provide the best education we can for all our children and this often means putting in personalised learning opportunities. All our pupils who have another first language are encouraged to take a GCSE in that language and some of our able pupils have also taken an astronomy GCSE early – one of the boys was only 12! We have also offered opportunities to study robotics, take part in the Maths Challenge, the Engineering Scheme for Wales where pupils work on a project of their own design and are partnered with industry leaders to develop it.

The future is bright and we look forward to another year of successes and development. Please do not forget to follow us on facebook and twitter as well as keeping an eye on our website which works well on all mobile devices.

Congratulations to our new senior prefect team who will take up office at the end of this week. Finally our best wishes go to Dr Sue Mitchell awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Sue Davies OBE