Do something today that your future self will thank you for.

Work until your idols become your rivals

Ability is what you are capable of doing, motivation determines what you do, attitude determines how well you do it.

Thank you to all the parents and pupils who have decided to make Aberdare Community School their first choice for September. We look forward to meeting you at our Harry Potter Banquet early next term. We currently have 260 applicants for places in September.

Congratulations to a number of our sixth formers who sat the entrance examination for Aberystwyth University. Five of our pupils have been offered unconditional places for September. Lewis Howell has been awarded the Evan Morgan Scholarship which is a huge achievement and he will receive £1,000 for each of the four years of his degree course. Lucy Bishop was awarded a merit award and will receive £1,000 whilst Owain Walters, Jasmine Ashley and Gabrielle Tinelli know that their places for September are already secure. This is an amazing achievement and it is the second year running that our students have done so well in the entrance examinations securing bursaries of this kind.

Well done to our year 12 pupils studying for the Welsh Baccalaureate as over 80% are currently working at Distinction or merit levels.

Our sports academy continues to flourish. For information, as I know some of our parents are unaware of this provision, - our academy is run in partnership with Cardiff Blues and Cardiff City. Sixth formers study Physical Education at Advanced Level or the equivalent. In addition, they undertake a rigorous practical programme run by our partners. They also play academy matches, against other schools in other areas, who are part of this programme. During the course they also participate in coaching and sports leadership awards that give them additional qualifications over and above their Advanced Levels. Many of the students go on to university to study sports science. The academy practical programme is confined to rugby and football and we have boys and girls taking this course. However, as a school we also offer sixth form practical programmes to gifted golfers, weightlifters and cyclists – for more information on these programmes please contact Mr Andy Price Director of Sport and Well-being.

Last year a number of pupils joined us from out of county and all have settled well into their sixth form studies. For information regarding your child joining our school for sixth form studies please contact Mr Chris Lovell Assistant Head-teacher or Mrs K Leyshon Head of Sixth Form.

This year pupils have enjoyed trips abroad including our first ski trip and a very enjoyable first rugby tour to Texas. Pupils have just returned from Euro Disney and in the summer our Geography department return to Italy with our older pupils as part of their fieldwork.

Thank you to all those parents and friends of the school who bought tickets for our fabulous production of ‘We will rock you’. Earlier in the year many parents also supported pupils who took part in the Schools Shakespeare Festival where our pupils were involved in the ‘Tempest’.

This term will be my last as our head-teacher. As you know I have just returned from successful cancer treatment and will retire at Easter. I have enjoyed 38 years in education and still feel that it is the best job ever – However, I am certainly looking forward to spending more time with my husband and family! As I say at home – it is time for my ‘gap’ year!

I am proud to announce that our new Head-teacher will be Mr Mark Powell who is currently head-teacher at Y Pant. He is a successful and highly experienced head-teacher and I know that he will continue to build on our successes.

This term we also say goodbye to Mrs Lisa Woodrow who will take up her post as Deputy Head-teacher at Ysgol Llangynwyd, Maesteg. We wish her well for the future. Her post will be filled by not one but two new members of the senior team.

In the summer term we welcome our new Assistant Head-teachers Mr Alun Davies and Mrs Emma Harris. Both are experienced Assistant Head-teachers in Islwyn High School and Ysgol Cymer respectively.

I would like to finish by wishing our current examination year groups well for the summer term. I would also like to thank the Governing Body of our school, the staff, parents and pupils for their support throughout my time in Aberdare.