Saturday, 24 June 2017

ROA - A Perfect Day

Yesterday was the Year 11 Record of Achievement.  It is our annual opportunity to celebrate the achievements of learners and staff.  It is the most obvious sign of the fact our school is a special place because of the relationship between the learners and the staff who support them. 

The event started with a speech from myself and then every learner in  Year 11 came onto the stage.  Each tutor group had prepared a speech thanking their tutor and each tutor in turn shared their memories of watching the learners grow into the mature adults they are today.  It was powerful stuff!!

Following this learners, staff and parents mingled together sharing happy memories from school.  There were handshakes and hugs.  It was fantastic to see.

For many of our learners this is not the end of the journey, just a pause.  Most will come back and join us in the Sixth Form.  I cant wait for them to come back and embark on the next stage.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Another great week...

We have had another interesting an productive week in school.

At the beginning of the week we hosted a visit from the OECD.  They were visiting the school to look at how some schools have created Effective Learning Organisations for the learners and the staff in a school.  They were impressed with what they saw in our school and could see our commitment to making sure that everyone was committed to constant improvement through learning.

They liked the fact that we had adopted TEEP and could see how that had improved learning and teaching in the school.

A perfect demonstration of the commitment to learning of all in the school our ALN Admin Coordinator Amie Hibbert won the Apprentice of the Year Award at Colleg Cambria.  She beat off  stiff competition to achieve this award and it is so very well deserved.  Amie was presented with her award on Thursday evening by the Principal of the college Mr David Jones and TV presenter Jason Mohammad.


During the week we welcomed a number of our learners from our non traditional feeder Primary Schools.  As always is was a pleasure to see them.  They are all really looking forward to joining us in September and we look forward to working with them.

Next week brings an end to the GCSE examinations in the school.  The learners have been fantastic and the staff have worked hard to ensure that all our learners have been well prepared for each and every examination.  I really hope that in these times of uncertainty with the qualification systems in England and Wales that our learners all achieve the grades they individually deserve based on their hard work and commitment.  As Headteacher I could ask for no more. 

It feels like it could be a long wait to August!

Friday, 2 June 2017

End of another great term

Writing this blog gives me a great opportunity to reflect on the term.  Below I am going to try and capture some of the great work that has happened in the school over the last few weeks.

The Engage @ Emrys programme continues to go from strength to strength.  We have had some learners out at the surfing centre whilst others have been practicing for the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Expeditions.  Other learners have been out preparing for their expedition to Thailand whilst others have been raising money in school.  We are nearly at the end of our first full year of activity and I am really proud of the range of activities learners have been able to participate in. 

Visits to other countries.

As one of the few schools in the UK that has achieved the international schools award three consecutive times our international schools programme is really important.  During this term we have had learners who have participated in a French Exchange and also a separate group of learners who took part in an exchange to Poland.  These were both great experiences for the learners involved.

We have also had some great individual achievements to celebrate.  There are far too many to mention all of them but I would just like to focus on two from the Sixth Form.
Year 13 learner, Zach Wilkins, has been accepted on the Young Composer Residential course with the National Orchestra of Wales this July.  This is an exceptional achievement and Zach beat off huge competition.
Emily Wyn Roberts has been awarded a highly competitive scholarship to the Stella Mann College of Performing Arts .  She successfully auditioned back in January then was invited to audition for a scholarship. Around 70 students tried for 2 full scholarships and 3 part scholarships. Emily must have really impressed them to be given a full scholarship.  What an amazing achievement.

There are so many great things that go on in our school.  We are fortunate to have so many talented young people who go on to do great things.

I am already excited about the new term sand the new opportunities this will bring.

Thank you for all your support this term.