23 June 2023

Dear Parents, Guardians and Students/Annwyl Rieni, Gwarchodwyr a Myfyrwyr

We kick off this week with news from our budding chemists.

On Tuesday 20th June, twelve Year 10 Students attended the Salter’s Chemistry Festival, hosted by Swansea University Chemistry Department. 

They made quick headway to Swansea and the students were met with a guest lecture from Dr James Courtney regarding the future of Hydrogen as a fuel and the unleashing of a fleet of hydrogen fuelled taxis across the city of Swansea. 

The students then made their way to the very impressive chemistry teaching laboratory where they made some aspirin. After lunch they assessed their own aspirin by measuring the melting point and then using IR spectrometry to analyse their product. The day was finished off with a panel of Chemists being interviewed about their own careers and career options in Chemistry. They then heard about the Harry Styles concert in Cardiff and Mr Jayne spent the entire journey hoping to beat the traffic!

Keep your eyes peeled for the adventures of the Year 12 Chemists in future editions!

Have you bought your tickets yet?!

With just three weeks to go, don’t forget to book your tickets to the hottest production in town.  You can book your tickets on parent pay or by phoning 02920 680800. The spectacular show will start at 7pm in the West Wing Hall.

Here are the leading ladies and Mrs Brown, Mr Grimstead, and Miss Gronow pointing out ‘the place to be!’

Year 7 Junior Devil!

We would like to say a massive congratulations to Owen Rapps in Year 7.

Owen has just returned from a nearly 30-hour round trip to Belfast, in the name of ice hockey!

Having already won their league and the Coronation Cup this year, the Cardiff Junior Devils U14 team beat the Belfast Junior Giants U14’s over 2 games with an aggregate score of 15-4 to win the Celtic Cup!

They were also treated to a training session with Belfast Giants legend Shane Johnson on the Sunday, followed by a final friendly match against Belfast which they won 5-0. This was a wonderful end to the season for the team, having finished their season undefeated in all leagues, cup and friendly matches!

Here is Owen and the team in action this season.  The photos below include the team winning a game in Alexandra Palace in Haringey where they clinched the league title, the final game of the season where they celebrated their league win and were presented with the trophy, Owen himself with the league trophy, the official team picture with the League trophy and the Coronation Cup, the windy ferry trip to Dublin, the team and Owen winning the Celtic Cup, team and their travelling supporters! What a line up!! 

We look forward to hearing about their next adventures.

The return of rites of passage

As the final GCSE exam came to a close on Wednesday 21st June, it was time for Year 11 and Year 13 to move to a very different mindset.  Time to recognise their hard work and effort and engage in some celebrations. 

Friday 23rd June will include our leavers assembly for Year 11 and the leavers ball for Year 13.  We also have the Year 11 prom to look forward to on Friday 7th July.

Year 10 were swift to jump into the vacant Sixth Form canteen to have a taste of Sixth Form life.  It won’t be long before they are making important decisions about the next stage of their education.

For now, we pause to finish off our leaving speeches.  Writing a leaving speech reminds us that it is the people around us who matter.  Our lives are very much dictated by the routines of the school year and the school day, and the bells. But it is the relationships that are forged over months and years that make our lives meaningful.  Maybe those school days weren’t so bad after all…..

Let’s finish strong this week! Well done to Ruben Kelman in Year 10 who was back in the Senedd Siambr on Wednesday as part of a joint session between the Welsh Youth Parliament and the Welsh Parliament. He asked the Education Minister about the new curriculum and its implementation. It’s always great to see him shouting loud for young people!

Thank you for reading/Diolch am ddarllen,

Mrs Sarah Parry, Headteacher

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