What a brilliant first week back! It has been so good to meet with pupils new and old and if their approach to this first week is anything to go by, then we are going to have an amazing year.
Not only do we welcome new pupils at this time of the year, but also we are privileged to have some amazing new staff and I thought that it would be appropriate in the first blog post of the year to introduce them to you.
Lauren Mackie is joining us as our Deputy Headteacher and will have oversight of the curriculum, learning and teaching. Lauren is from Merthyr Tydfil and lives with her husband and two sons, William and Xavier. Lauren is a keen long-distance runner and has run a number of half marathons for various charities, such as ‘Llamau’, ‘Save the Children’ and most recently, the Merthyr Half Marathon for the charity ‘Reach’. She also enjoys Ballroom and Latin American dancing. She loves spending time with her family and particularly enjoys watching her sons play rugby on the weekends.
Mrs Mackie has a passion for teaching and believes that every child has the right to be successful in life, regardless of their personal circumstances. She is excited to be Deputy Headteacher at Brynteg School and is looking forward to getting to know all its wonderful staff and pupils over the coming weeks.
Natasha Tasker has joined our Languages, Literacy and Communication team as an English teacher. She is an English and Creative Writing graduate about to embark on her fourth year of teaching. She has previously taught in Pencoed Comprehensive School, and is really excited about her start in Brynteg. In her spare time, Ms Tasker is a hobby baker and makes celebration cakes, cupcakes and pastries.
Juliette Cortais is also joining our Languages, Literacy and Communication team as a French teacher. She is from Paris, and has been living in Cardiff for 3 years; having already spent time in Brynteg as a student teacher we are so pleased that she decided to stay! She is a keen runner, and recently completed the Cardiff 10k. She loves watching the French rugby team, and is convinced they are going to win the world cup! Ms Cortais is looking forward to working with pupils in Brynteg, and encouraging them to understand the benefits of learning a language and celebrate all that is good about France.
Our Humanities team have welcomed Tia Holmes-Dwyer as a teacher of geography. Having worked previously in Cardiff at Fitzalan High School, the challenge of working at Brynteg really excites her and he can’t wait to put her mark on the geography department! Outside of school she enjoys the gym and the opportunity to unwind after work. Ms Holmes-Dwyer is also a shopaholic and has an issue with shoes and all things shoe related when it comes to shopping!!!!
Mike Sadler is joining our administration team as our attendance officer. He is a local from Bridgend but originally hails from Aberdeen. He has been working in the education environment for the past 8 years as an attendance/data officer and as a SIMS development office with the Vale of Glamorgan Authority. Mike is an avid motorsports enthusiast and is a regular Race Marshall at race tracks around the UK and Europe from classic cars to F1. Ex hockey player with Bridgend and originally with Brynteg at school and county level, even capped for Wales at indoor hockey. He is looking forward to meeting and working with Brynteg staff.
It is so exciting to be able to welcome these fantastic colleagues to our team at Brynteg.
Our photo of the week shows some of our year 7 pupils who already seem to have settled in well to life in Brynteg.