A very warm welcome to The Winter edition of The Mitre for 2018. May I offer my thanks to our team of staff and students who work so hard to create content for your pleasure. I hope you enjoy reading about events at the school.
Last week, we held our Annual Christmas Carol Service at Llandaff Cathedral and we celebrated Christ’s coming through music, monologue and prayer. During the Season of Advent, Christians are reminded to “prepare the way of The Lord”. Yet, within society we are all challenged to think about what Christmas actually means to us today. Unfortunately, so much emphasis is placed on how much is spent online or on the high street that Christ’s birth is lost and the true meaning of Christmas is diluted. Irrespective of religious belief, I sincerely hope this Christmas season that each member of our community is able to feel the appreciation of their friends, family and loved ones at a time when we are called to stop and listen to the “Good News”. 2018 has been a year of “Good News” for our school and this term has been no different. I hope you enjoy reading about the many examples throughout this edition.
Sadly, at the end of the term we say goodbye to a number of staff. Matilda Shepherd leaves us in the science department; Fiona Beresford, who is one of our Lead Practitioners (English) leaves to take up a post at Swansea university; Jill Osborne is retiring from her post as a teaching assistant within The Marion Centre; and Gareth Rayner-Williams, who has been with us for the past ten-years as chaplain, then acting Head of Religious Studies and for the past four years Assistant Head, leaves to explore other career opportunities. Emily Smith, one of our teaching assistants, has been appointed to a similar post in the Montessori pre-school/nursery in Cardiff. Finally, Helen Griffiths, who has been Head of Mathematics at our school for a number of years, is retiring. We thank all of our staff who are leaving for their dedicated service and wish them well in the future.
We have made a number of new appointments as a result of these changes. Mr Gardiner will take up post as Assistant Head (Head of Sixth Form) from January, while his position as Head of PE will be filled by Mr Elliott. Miss Owen has been appointed as Head of Year 10, while Mr Hunt takes up post as Head of ICT and Computing. Miss Owens joins us as our Lead Practitioner (English) in January, along with our new boys’ PE teacher, Mr Swaffield. Finally, Mrs Lee, who is one of our teachers within The Marion Centre, has been seconded to be the lead teacher for the ASD provision within Pentrebane Primary School for the spring term, in the first instance. I am sure you will join me in wishing our staff the best of luck in their new roles after Christmas.
As always, it is helpful if you keep an eye on our website and twitter feed @bishop_llandaff for information about key events at school. We have some instances where parents interact with our twitter feed. However, please remember that we use this aspect of social media to share messages only and do not monitor it in a conversational manner.
On behalf of everyone at The Bishop of Llandaff, I should like to take the opportunity to wish you all a very happy and holy Christmas. Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to a successful 2019 together.