It’s been a while since my last blog, mainly due to the ‘Estyn Inspection’ phone call we received in the middle of last term! I hope though, that through our weekly newsletters you have kept abreast of the developments and events that have been taking place in school.
It has been a few weeks now since the Estyn Inspection and although I cannot share the outcome of the visit, as we are still awaiting the final report, what I can say is that the pupils were a credit to the school and during that week, even more than most, I was extremely proud to be headteacher of Ysgol Owen Jones.
We had a very busy and successful Spring Term, which included our St David’s Day service for which we received many positive comments from the parents and grandparents who came to watch the children perform. During the service the winners of our different Eisteddfod competitions were announced and it was great to see the progression of both the art and handwriting skills through the school.
I would also like to take this opportunity to again congratulate our Brass Ensemble ‘Parti Nerys’ for winning both the Flintshire and Regional competitions and we wish them luck when they compete in the National Eisteddfod Finals in Bridgend later this term. Nerys Davies, a member of the Brass Ensemble, will also be competing in the individual competition after winning the Regional competition, with Stephanie Jonas coming a close 2nd.
Maria Turner in year 2 also took part in the recitation competition, winning the Flintshire competition before competing in the Regional finals where she once again performed well. Maria also entered the Art competition, as did Grace Owens with both girls winning the Flintshire competition, with Grace coming 2nd in the Regional finals. Both pieces of art were of a very high standard and we have placed them on school website if you would like to see them.
Well done girls, we are all very proud of you!
We had a fantastic day on March 10th, when the PTA organised a ‘School Tidy Up Day’ which was extremely well supported by a number of parents and pupils. Everyone worked extremely hard, brushing up, clearing unwanted items, clipping tree branches and general tidying up the outside of the school. This has had a big impact on the school environment, something the Estyn Inspectors commented on. Staff members have also focused on the learning environment within the school, to ensure the classrooms and corridors are engaging and orderly. This is something that I feel is extremely important as it sets the standard for the pupils and I am pleased that a number of parents have commented on the improvements.
I was very pleased to welcome Henry Platten to school this last week for our ‘Digital Citizenship and Online Safety’ day. Henry owns and runs the E-Cadets scheme which Ysgol Owen Jones have been great beneficiaries of in recent years. He delivered an assembly to the whole school and then worked with the different classes where they carried out a range of activities to help educate them and keep them safe when they are online. The day also involved a parent’s meeting where Henry shared some key information for parents to enable them to support their children in keeping them safe online when at home. Thank you to those parents who attended the meeting, I hope you found it worthwhile. The day itself was a great success and it has built on the good work that is already taking place in school in terms of e-safety.
Next week we are holding a ‘Health Week’ where the pupils will be looking at different ways we can help keep ourselves healthy including diets, exercise, wellbeing and many other areas. During the week, all lessons will be health related and we are looking forward to inviting members of the community, including parents with a ‘Health’ background into school to share their expertise with the pupils which I am sure they will enjoy and gain an awful lot from.
There will be a number of sporting opportunities this term for the pupils, particularly our older children. In our PE lesson in year 3 and 4 the pupils are taking part in cross country activities with the aim of selecting a team for the Mold and Buckley Inter School Cross Country event on the Buckley common on Friday 26th May. Unfortunately, our year 5 and 6 pupils will be in Cardiff that week, therefore we will only be sending a year 3 and 4 team. After the half term break the school will also be taking part in the Cricket Festival, Mold and Buckley Swimming Gala, Tata Steel Triathlon and the Flintshire Rounders competition. I am huge believer in providing such opportunities for the pupils as I feel they benefit greatly from such experiences from a sporting, personal and moral point of view. We look forward to hearing how they get on in these different events.
Thank you for continued cooperation and support.