I am very pleased to be writing my first ‘Head Teacher’s blog’. I apologise that I have not written one until now, but as I am sure you can imagine it’s been a busy first week and a half for me as the new Head Teacher at Ysgol Owen Jones. I will however be continuing with the Headteacher’s blog, as I feel it is another effective way of communicating with all stakeholders and informing you of what has been going on in school over the last week or so and also what events and activities are coming up.
The pupils are now back into the swing of things after the summer break and they have settled into their existing or new classes very well which has been great to see. I am gradually getting to know the pupils, through spending time on the playground, leading assemblies and by spending time in each of the classes which has been very really enjoyable.
The extra-curricular clubs have begun this week and I have been very impressed with the number of pupils who have returned their slips for the different clubs on offer. As I said in the Extra Curricular bulletin, I am very keen that we offer a wide range of clubs, both sporting and non-sporting, as I feel pupils benefit enormously from such activities. Over the next few weeks we will also be holding friendly fixtures for the netball and football teams, in preparation for the league fixtures which will begin a few weeks. For the first time in a number of years, we will also be taking part in the Flintshire Indoor Athletics competition at Coleg Cambria. The pupils in years 2-6 will be taking part in throwing, running and jumping activities so we can identify the children who will be selected to represent the school in the event.
By the end of the week we will also know who our new members of the School Council and the Eco- Committee are and which year 6 pupils have been selected as the House Captains for the year. The pupils were all informed that the elections would take place this week, with some classes having already completed their elections. I look forward to announcing the successful pupils in the next newsletter.
We will also be holding a McMillan Coffee morning on Friday 30th September. The pupils will be able to dress in their own clothes on that day for a charge of £1, with all the money raised going to the charity which does such a fantastic job supporting so many people and their families. Please come in and support the event if you are free and have a coffee and a piece of cake! If you would like to help in anyway, such as serving the coffee or making cakes, then please pop into school and speak to myself or Mrs Simpson who will be organising the event.
Next week the 5 and 6 pupils will have an opportunity to train as ‘Playground buddies’. We will be looking for around 20 pupils to take part in the training next Thursday morning which will be led by Sports Flintshire. The aim of the scheme is for the older pupils to be timetabled so that they spend one lunch time per week teaching the younger children how to play different games whilst also developing their own communication and social skills. I am sure both the younger and old pupils will gain a lot from the scheme and I am looking forward to seeing how it works at lunch times.
Finally, it was great to see a good number of parents at the new ‘Meet the new Head Teacher’ meetings on Tuesday and I look forward to holding further opening evenings throughout the year with the aim of further strengthening the partnership between the staff, parents and governors.