So here we are, entering the last week of the year, but we are not slowing down as we have lots going on this week.
Before I start looking ahead to this week though, I just want to mention a few things that have taken place over the last couple of weeks.
Firstly, can I say another big thank you to the PTA who organised a fantastic Summer Fete and particularly to Kelly Francis (Imogen’s mum) who coordinated to day and even managed to organise the super weather! There was a lovely atmosphere on the day and it was great to see so many parents, grandparents, friends and pupils supporting the event. We raised over £1,000 which is some achievement for a school of our size, so thank you all again for making the effort to come along.
We had our annual ‘Self Evaluation’ morning in school last week and can I thank the parents who came along and provided lots of excellent points and feedback which will be fed into the School Self Evaluation and influence our day-to-day practice going forwards. We also had some number pupils from years 5 and 6 who also shared their thoughts and opinions, which again was of great use. We feel at Ysgol Owen Jones that it is so important and worthwhile to get the views of our pupils as they know the school as well as anyone.
Last Friday our Cricket team were invited the annual Flintshire Primary School Games Sports Awards in Flint Gwynnedd School. The team were re-presented with their trophy for becoming Flintshire champions which was a fantastic achievement for the boys. I am also very pleased to inform you that Evan Withe, was also chosen as joint winner of the Outstanding Male Sportsman of the Year due to his all-round sporting ability and in recognition for being selected to play for the Wales U11 Cricket Team. Well done Evan.
Hopefully, you all received your end of year reports this week. The staff put a lot of effort and time into writing the reports and I hope you found them informative and they provided you with a clear picture of the progress your child has made this year. We have received a bit of feedback regarding the level of detail in the reports, with some parents feeling they are a little too long. Therefore, early next year I will draft three different reports and ask for some feedback so we can ensure that the reports you receive provide the relevant information and the correct level of detail.
Looking ahead to this week, we have our ‘Olivia’ performance on Tuesday night. The children and staff members, Mrs Jones and Mrs Norbury, have worked extremely hard preparing for the performance and I am sure those of you who are coming to watch will enjoy the show and be impressed with the standard of the performances.
Moving onto Wednesday, we have our annual ‘Music Ensemble’ in the afternoon. All the pupils who play musical instruments in school will have the opportunity to play either in groups, duets or individually and each class will also perform a song. Our language club will also be performing a few songs through French and German. I am sure it will be a lovely afternoon and I hope as many of you as possible can join us.
On Thursday morning, our Year 6 pupils will be leading our ‘Leavers’ Service’ which is always very emotional event for all involved. Our Year 6’s have been fantastic role models this year and have set the standard for all the other children to follow and I couldn’t have asked for a better Year 6 in my first year as Headteacher. I am looking forward to the service as I have heard lots of good reviews of Mr Jamil’s previous Leaders’ Services!!
Finally, can I take this opportunity, on behalf of myself and all the teachers, to thank you for all of your support this year. I have thoroughly enjoyed my first year as Headteacher of this wonderful school and I am looking forward to working with you all and our very special pupils again next year. I hope you all have a lovely break and enjoy spending time with your children. See you in September!