It’s been another busy few weeks since my last Head Teacher’s blog and I am sure the pupils, like the staff, are ready for their well-deserved half term break.
It was lovely to see the hall so full both in the morning and the afternoon for our Harvest Services on Wednesday and I am grateful for your support. The pupils and teachers worked extremely hard preparing for the service and I hope you enjoyed watching them perform. It won’t be long until we start practising for the Christmas Concerts which are always special events in the school calendar. As I said on Wednesday, I strongly believe the pupils gain so much from these experiences and hopefully you will see over the coming months and years the importance we will be giving to such events.
The football team played their second game of the season on Wednesday against Nothop Hall, where they won a very tight game 2-1. This followed the victory against Nercwys the week before where the team won 4-1. All the pupils in years 5 and 6 who have attended training have had the opportunity to play in at least one game and there will be more friendly and competitive fixtures prior to the Christmas break including two Small School Football festivals, with the first being on Thursday 3rd November.
Mr Jamil has been coaching our Chess players during one of his lunchtimes, something myself and the pupils are extremely grateful for. A team was selected to play against Sandycroft School, who have a fantastic reputation for producing excellent Chess players, with many of their players playing at County and national level. Our team however took on the challenge and came away with half a point thanks to Jac Price, which is some achievement, believe me! A big well done to the team and we look forward to hearing how they get on in their next fixtures.
Like the football, the netball after school sessions have been extremely well attended which has been great to see and they will taking part in their first fixtures after the half term break. Also, and a team will be selected to take part in the Small Schools Indoor Athletics competition taking place at Coleg Cambria on November 10th. Like the school performances, these sporting/extra-curricular opportunities enhance the pupils time at the school and help them develop a wide range of skills both from a sporting and social point of view.
A big thank you goes to our PTFA who organised a Film Night for the pupils on Friday. It was extremely well attended and I thank you for the supporting the event. Miss Blackwell (Evan’s Mum) a former Chair of the PTFA has very kindly offered to organise a School Disco, which is taking place on November 11th. These events raise much needed funds for the school whilst also providing a lot of fun and enjoyment for the pupils.
We have a very busy first week after the half term break. On Monday, the Eco-committee are having a ‘tidy up’ session around the school grounds, where they will be clearing any litter, planting some perennials, and tidying up some other areas. On Tuesday the School Council will once again be visiting the Council Chambers, which will give them an insight into the role of the local Council whilst also hopefully inspiring them to be an effective School Council back in school.
We are also looking forward to welcoming you all to our first Parents’ Evening of the year on the Tuesday and Wednesday, where you will have an opportunity to look through your child’s books and discuss their progress both from an academic and social perspective.
Finally, may I take this opportunity to thank you all for welcoming and supporting me during my first half term as Head teacher of Ysgol Owen Jones. I hope you all have a lovely break with your children and I look forward to seeing you all on Monday 31st October.