It is now the beginning of a new term and a new academic year. Any new beginning gives us the opportunity of looking back and looking forwards. As we look back to the end of the summer term, we remember a number of highlights. It will take us a long time to forget the unusually high temperatures we experienced during the last weeks of term, temperatures which led to changes in school uniform rules which have not been seen before and which were applied for nearly four weeks.
Year 10 pupils spent the last week of the academic year on work experience. We have received very positive reports from employers and we are pleased that our pupils have once again been excellent ambassadors for the school. We are grateful to all employers who offered our pupils this wonderful opportunity of experiencing the world of work.
Once again we had a very successful ‘Race for Life’. The whole school worked hard to ensure that all went well and that a very honourable sum was raised for charities selected by our pupils, namely Air Ambulance Wales, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research and Hope House. Our Sports’ Day was also a day where the school community came together and work collaboratively to ensure a well organised and happy day of competing.
We extend very warm congratulations to Mrs Vickie Faulkner whose ideas and plans won the school a place in the Rolls Royce Science Prize finals. Caereinion is one of six schools selected for the final round of this prestigious prize. During the coming academic year, we will be putting those plans into action and will be competing with the other five finalists to gain the Rolls Royce Science Prize. You will be able to follow our progress in a blog dedicated to the Science Prize. More details to follow!
During the holidays, last year’s Year 13 and Year 11 received their A level and GCSE results. We were happy that nearly all our Year 13 students were able to follow the course of their choice at University and college. Seven of the cohort were successful in winning scholarships to various universities. Students performed well with 83.9%, achieving two or more A levels at grade A*-C. We wish the class of 2018 all the very best as they pursue their plans for the next chapter in their lives.
Our GCSE pupils testify to the value of hard work and confirmed that regular and consistent application to studies pays dividends. There were smiles of joy and sighs of relief as the results were distributed. We wish last year’s year 11 well, some have entered the world of work, whilst others have opted to pursue their academic studies and we are pleased to welcome last year’s Year 11 as our new Sixth Form.
Not only is the beginning of new term an opportunity to look back, but it is also an opportunity to look forward. It was with a measure of sadness that we bid farewell to a number of members of staff in July. It is with a sense of anticipation that we welcome new members of staff:
Mr Edward Baldwin (Assistant Head)
Mrs Gemma Davies (English Teacher)
Mrs Amaneh Alkilani-Brown (Learning Support Assistant)
Mr Neil Jones (Learning Support Assistant)
We wish them well in their new posts.
We also extend a very warm welcome to our new Year 7 pupils. They already look at home in their new surroundings and we wish them all the very best.