Merry Christmas!

Well done to all our pupils who took part in the Caerphilly Music Services concert in St David’s Hall on Monday. This is always a great event and we had more RCCS people taking part this year than we’ve had in a long while. It’s a wonderful opportunity for young musicians to perform in a great venue.

Still with music, and on Thursday we held our annual Christmas Concert at Moriah Church. This was a great success, with the biggest range of performances I can remember. Guitars,ukeleles, piano, brass, woodwind and strings were all represented by individuals and groups, and there was some great singing from a brilliant duo, from the school choir and the community choir- and indeed the congregation! Everyone I spoke to said how much they enjoyed it.

We always aim for 100% attendance, but realistically this is not going to happen in any school over a whole term. However, I’m really pleased that we are currently standing at 94% at RCCS which is a real improvement on this time last year. Well done to everyone and especially those of you who have achieved full attendance. The competition results in this week’s blog shows the winning form for the term. Congratulations to7ED who won by just 0.1% over 8TC!

Sports news, and well done to Y11 boys who drew at football with our friends over at Lewis School Pengam, and to our Y7 netball girls who beat a team from Gwent Is Coed earlier in the week. The Y8s were not so lucky, but learnt lots from their defeat and I know they’ll be back to winning ways soon.

Our STEM Club welcomed a special visitor this week, Dr Phil Charlesworth. He was looking at rocket design, and I know everyone had a great time learning about this fascinating subject. Yes, indeed, on this occasion it actually IS rocket science!

Today, Friday, it’s our ASD Centre Christmas Fair. There have been loads of donations and everyone has worked so hard to make it a success. I’m looking forward to visiting later today.

Year 11 exams continue next week, and we’ll end with a Christmas jumper/non-uniform day on the Friday. This is the last blog of 2018! As always at this time of year I’d like to thank everyone in our community for their support, and wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and very best wishes for 2019! Term starts for pupils on Tuesday 8th January (we have staff training on the Monday) and it will be a timetable week 2.

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