Headteacher’s Message/Neges y Prifathro

Welcome to the latest edition of our termly newsletter.

As we eagerly await the celebration of Easter, we reflect on the busy term and the many memorable events. The Lenten season was opened by Bishop June who led a Eucharist for students. During her homily, Bishop June explained how we can all become ‘better people’ by sacrificing our luxuries and doing ‘extra things’ in order to become closer to God. Throughout Lent students have been raising money for a number of worthwhile charities, in addition to our weekly ‘charity chips’ programme. These initiatives, driven by students are a clear indicator of their desire to give back to others. As always, I am immensely impressed by their ideas and commitment to helping others. During the last week of term, the school community celebrated our unique Welsh Christian identity with the annual Eisteddfod celebrations followed with whole-school Eucharist. These events not only remind us of our Christian mission but also reinforces how lucky we all are to be members of such a wonderful school community. Thank you to everyone who has helped make these occasions ‘special’.

At the end of the term we say goodbye to a number of staff who leave us for pastures new. Emily Knight (Cover Supervisor) will take up a PE teaching post in West Monmouth School; Nick Johnson (Head of Faculty: Business, Economics and IT) will take up a post within Cardiff Local Authority’s visual impairment team; our teaching assistant, Pauline Tintinger leaves us to pursue another career; while earlier in the term, Samantha Payne (Psychology) left to join the police force. Finally, at the end of the term we say goodbye to Linsey Lamont (Head of Art) who is relocating to Scotland to establish her own business after ten outstanding years of service to the school. We thank Linsey and all of our departing staff for their dedicated service and commitment to the school.

During the last week of term, we welcomed back Mrs Dodwell (Head of English) following her maternity leave and, after the Easter break, Mrs Jenkins who will return to her role as Head of Faculty: Business, Economics and IT. I am sure both will slot back into the family very quickly!

As always, it has been an action-packed term and I hope you enjoy reading about some of what has been happening. Thank you once again for all you have done as parents and friends of the school to support us. On behalf of everyone at the school, we wish you a happy and relaxing holiday and a joyful Easter.

Marc Belli (Headteacher)