It seems only a short time ago that I took up my post as Head-teacher of our school. Yet 18 months has passed in the blink of an eye. During that time we have appointed all staff, welcomed pupils on transition days, set up a new curriculum and held training days for our staff to ensure we share a coherent vision of the future.
During the summer break staff have worked tirelessly to ensure that our three interim sites are ready for the new intake. Where necessary books and resources have been moved between sites and we are all excited our new school will finally become a reality with classes starting on the 3rd September for all pupils.
Please remember that Monday and Tuesday the 1st and 2nd of September are inset days and like many other schools throughout Wales, on those days we will work in departments and year group teams to finalise our plans for the next academic year.
Congratulations to all the pupils in Aberdare Girls’, Aberdare High School and in Blaengwawr who have done so well in the summer series of examinations. On Monday we will be interviewing pupils who wish to come back to our sixth form to study in year 12. Arrangements have been made to see those transferring from year 12 to 13 later in the week.
Congratulations as well to Ellis Nash from Blaengwawr who will take up an apprenticeship with Laing O’ Rourke in September leading to a degree. He follows in the footsteps of Oliver Renney from Aberdare High who took up his apprenticeship this time last year.
If you are interested in becoming a parent member of our new governing body then please look out for the nomination forms that will be sent home with all pupils this week.
Uniform can still be purchased at the Cwmdare Campus ( Aberdare High School ) on Monday and Tuesday of this week for those parents who have been unable to do so.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the head-teachers of our three schools, Miss Jane Rosser, Mr Ian Machin and Mr Steve Hanly for their support over the last 18 months and wish them good luck for the future. I would also like to send my good wishes to the staff who retired this summer or have been appointed to new posts in other schools.
Finally, I would like to pay tribute to our interim Governing Body for their support especially the Chair Mr Alun Maddox for their work over the last 18 months. In addition, I am grateful to the senior leadership team, the senior administration team, the site teams and all other staff for their hard work during the summer vacation.
To all our new pupils especially year 7 we are looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday 3rd September and can’t wait to see you in our new uniform.