It is very important pupils continue regular Lateral Flow Testing in term time, so we can find and isolate those who are potentially infectious to others without knowing. It is particularly important, now and in the new term, while we gather evidence and build our understanding of the Omicron variant. Moving forward, the strong expectation is that all pupils of secondary age and above should test three times a week using LFDs (on Monday, Wednesday and Friday) in the week before returning to school and to then continue testing regularly three times a week after the start of term in January.
All pupils should continue to use face coverings in communal areas, classrooms, when queueing to enter the dining halls and on school transport. We have also been asked to remind pupils that they need to use face coverings in the local shops. Your support in reinforcing these expectations is greatly appreciated.
Congratulations to Mrs Kennedy who entered a book giveaway competition and won 100 Penguin books by authors of colour for the school library.
BOOK OF THE MONTH - NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER
Ridhi in Yr 9 has had her first booked published on Amazon. The title of the book is The Lost Book & The Witches Curse and is available to loan from the school library. Ridhi is not only a creative author but she is also very passionate about singing. Congratulations Ridhi!
Day of the Dead
Here are some creations from Mrs John’s class who have been celebrating and learning about #DayOfTheDead. Ethically, informed citizens!
Congratulations to Kevin in Year 7 who, before half term, represented the Great Britain U12 boy tennis team to play at the Gran Canaria Yellow Bowl tournament in Spain. He reached the quarter finals. Well done!
Congratulations to Meg in Yr 9 who had the opportunity over half-term to play into the Welsh Mini Masters Final from 2020 (delayed due to Covid). Meg won the 12 and over category for 2020. Well done Meg!
Yr 7 - Ava swims was asked to compete in England at the National Arena Swimming League recently. Competing against teams from Wales and South West England she came second at 50 metres Free Style and will go through to the next round in December. Well done!
Poppy Salter is now representing the U14 county Netball team and Olivia Lewis and Cailyn Edwards are representing the U14 development county team.
Yr 8 - Millie represented Olchfa and West Wales in the Welsh Inter Schools and Inter Regional Cross Country championships in Brecon on Saturday 20th Nov and placed 3rd in U13 race in a field of 146 girls, running 2425m in a time of 8.54.
In November, Cedric competed and medalled at the Welsh National Judo Championship held in Wrexham, winning a bronze medal in the Pre-Cadets u38kg category. This has qualified him for the Welsh National Squad for 2022. This comes on the back of some strong competitive performances last moth from Cedric, winning multiple medals at graded competitions including a bronze at the Kidderminster open and a gold at the Cardiff invitational, culminating in a 5th place finish at the Pre-Cadet Welsh International Open (the highest level judo completion in Wales). Cedric represents Judo Swansea. Well done Cedric!
The school is as ever, overwhelmed with the generosity of parents, pupils and staff. Forms were give the task of collecting a number of gifts to make a Christmas stocking that would be donated to patients at Ty Olwen. Mr Gallagher and Miss Davies from the School Advisory Community Group and Senior Prefects coordinated with forms and the stockings and gifts were delivered to Ty Olwen last week. Thank you.
Christmas Jumper/Non-Uniform Day - 10th December 2021
Thanks to your voluntary contributions and hot chocolate sales, a total of £2000 has been raised for four local charities. The money will be donated to Maggie's, Ty Olwen, Save the Children and Mind. Thank you.
A big thank you to pupils in years 7, 8 and 9 who entered the Christmas library story competition. 82 entries were received! All entrants will receive a prize. Don’t forget to look out for the next library competition!
Thank you to everyone who helped collect points for the @Morrisons 'It's Good to Grow' scheme. With the points, the school has purchased 1 insect hotel, 1 herb garden, 4 garden pots, 1 bag of compost, 1 hand trowel & 1 secateurs which will be used in the new garden area. https://t.co/3UtYfCdc8E
Thanks to pupils in yrs 7, 8 and 9 who entered the Christmas story competition. 82 entries were received! The winners are Amelia (1st), Isla (2nd) and Caitlin (3rd). All entrants will receive a prize. Don't forget to look out for the next library competition! https://t.co/mPm7iA4yTn