Welcome to the Head’s new blog. The intention of this blog is to share Caereinion news and to give you an opportunity to read about some of the school’s numerous activities. It gives me great pleasure to be able to share some of this half term’s highlights. The academic year 2017 -18 is already racing past and the first half, albeit a full eight weeks, has flown by. The climax of the academic year 2016-17 was the very pleasing GCSE and A level results – a fitting end to a year of very hard work. Many congratulations to our pupils and former pupils and we wish them well as they embark on a new chapter, either as they continue with their studies in colleges and universities or as they venture to the world of work. We are very pleased to see last year’s year 11 pupils who have returned to Caereinion and who have already started on their AS level studies – we wish them all the best as sixth form pupils and congratulate them on their very wise decision of returning to Caereinion.
Our new teachers have settled down well – Miss Mollie Corfield has returned to her old school and is teaching Geography and Welsh. Mr Mathew Jones, originally from the Llanfyllin area has joined the Mathematics department, Mrs Louise Morris has joined the English department and Mr Matthew Palmer has been welcomed into the Science department. Mrs Eirlys Wynne and Mrs Karina Dafis have both joined the Welsh department. We wish Miss Delyth Roberts well on her travels and we look forward to seeing her return mid-December. I am sure that she will have interesting tales to recount about her travelling adventures.
We also wish Mrs Heulwen Davies well as she retires from her job as Head of Music at Ysgol Caereinion, following twenty-five years in post. Unfortunately, we did not have the opportunity of wishing her well in July. As a result, she was invited to a tea party at the end of the half term and both pupils and staff were afforded the opportunity of recognizing her loyal services and her valuable contribution to the school.
Congratulations to Mrs Elain Micah-Evans on the birth of a daughter – Gwenno Fflur – at the beginning of October.
During the last half-term, a number of external speakers have visited school. We appreciate the contributions of the school nurse Mrs Jenny Spreafico, PC Gayle Jones (School Beat), a representative of Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol and members of staff from Barclays Bank. Each and every one has enriched and enhanced our pupils’ experiences.
A number of trips and visits have also taken place –a field visit to Welshpool for our Year 11 Geographers and Year 13 Geographers travelled further afield to Cardiff. Our Year 12 students visited the Senedd in Cardiff and took part in a lively discussion on whether the voting age should be lowered to sixteen. Who knows but perhaps one or more of the group will one day be an Assembly Member? Our Key Stage 4 Agriculture pupils visited the market in Welshpool, as well as spending time on Llysun farm.
We are still promoting the importance of attendance. Congratulations to Matt Roberts, Form 8B on winning an i-pad in the attendance draw, which was open to all pupils with an attendance percentage of at least 98% during 2016-17.
Our Open Evening at the beginning of October proved to be successful, with the school a hive of activity. We sincerely hope that the Years 5 and 6 pupils whom we had the pleasure of welcoming to school that evening will become pupils at the school in September 2018 and 2019.
As usual, our sporting teams had their fair share of victories this half-term. We have very talented sportsmen and women and our teams have proven to be very successful.
This is just a snapshot of the first half term in Caereinion . My intention is to give short accounts on a regular basis. I look forward to sharing the news and events of Caereinion with you throughout the year.