As we end the Autumn term, there are so many special moments that we can, in the spirit of the Examen as mentioned in the last blog post, reflect upon with gratitude! The incredible achievements of our pupils are simply too numerous to mention here, but we hope that you will read all about them in our Christmas newsletter, as distributed throughout the parishes and feeder schools and as linked here.
We were delighted to learn, in the last fortnight, of Ruth Sibayan’s success in being elected to represent the Swansea East constituency for two years in the Welsh Youth Parliament! Ruth was selected for one of a limited number of posts from a field of more than five hundred candidates and we are immensely proud of her achievement! Ruth is hoping to use her position to highlight issues related to homelessness, free healthcare and the voting age limit.
Also on a political note, we commend Sofia Ghattas for the work experience undertaken with Mr. Mike Hedges, Assembly Member for Swansea East. Mr. Hedges kindly commended Sofia for her work in the busy environment of an AM’s office, and we are sure that this experience will stand her in good stead in her University applications for study in this field. Ben McCarthy will be undertaking similar work experience in Mr.Hedges’ office in the new year.
It was a pleasure, as ever, to meet with parents and pupils in the recent Headteacher’s Surgery, or drop-in session. If you haven’t attended these previously, please be assured of a warm welcome should you choose to make use of this opportunity to drop in for an informal chat with a member of the senior leadership team or myself. While parents are welcome to come into the school or to telephone on any and every day, this is a good option for those that do not have a pressing concern but a query, idea or feedback that they would like to discuss. The dates for these sessions are published in the calendar linked here: https://bishopvaughan.co.uk/calendar
It has been a pleasure to work with our primary schools in supporting their Christmas Fayres, Carol Services and Parish Masses. As ever, our choir members and teams of ambassadors found it a privilege to work with their younger counterparts in the primary schools. The talent of our prospective pupils has been clearly apparent to all lucky enough to have attended these events!
As mentioned in the last blog post, all are most warmly welcomed to our annual Cathedral Carol Service. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at St. Joseph’s Cathedral on Monday 17th December at 7pm. All that remains is to wish all of the families in the Bishop Vaughan community a most happy Christmas and every blessing for the New Year; Nadolig hapus a phob bendith yn y flwyddyn newydd.