Musical staff

Holywell School welcomes a new teaching team

As the new school year kicks off, a high school in Flintshire has welcomed two new staff members to its teaching team.

Catherine Rees has been appointed Head of Expressive Arts and Teacher of Music and Drama, and Tomas Foulkes is Welsh Teacher at Ysgol Treffynnon.

Originally from the Wirral, Catherine has a passion for singing that started at a very young age and she started singing lessons at only eight years old. She then studied classical singing at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff where she worked with some of Wales’ most talented singers and instrumentalists.

Catherine Rees.

Her teaching career began at Weatherhead High School, Wirral where she remained for 12 years. Over the years, she has led many choirs and instrumental groups, and has also served as musical director for many school musical productions.

In her new role at Holywell School, Catherine will be responsible for creating and establishing the new Expressive Arts faculty and developing the new curriculum for Wales within the faculty, as well as driving love of music and theater among students.

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She said: “I’m thrilled to learn about a whole new school of students, their interests and hobbies, and to see them be inspired by their music, art and drama classes. I’m also looking forward to to help our students build their confidence as they navigate this post-covid world.

“Since joining the school it has been wonderful. The staff are so friendly and cooperative, and everyone I see smiles, says hello or even stops to ask how I am. The students have been amazing, enjoying their lessons, loving the practical side of music and drama, and enjoying the challenges I set myself.”

Tomas is from the area and trained in languages ​​and theater at Aberystwyth University. He has been teaching for about three and a half years, most recently at Prestatyn High School.

Tomas Foulkes.

Tomas Foulkes.

He said: “I’m really delighted with my appointment as the Welsh language is hugely important to me and seeing its continuation into the next generation is one of my top priorities. It’s also a really exciting time in learning. languages ​​in particular, as with the implementation of the curriculum for Wales, the emphasis is on plurilingualism, and one of my roles here is to promote the goal of English, Welsh and +1 additional language for the school.

“Having grown up along the coast, I know the area very well, which I think helps getting to know the students and learning how they operate. They are a lively cohort, which is exactly what I look for in my Classes.

“The staff at Ysgol Treffynnon have been incredibly welcoming and supportive during my first few weeks here which has meant the world to me as it’s never easy being the new kid on the block! One thing I can say with certainty, my tenure at Ysgol Treffynnon is going to be exciting, and I intend to give students the best that I can give.”

Helen Franklin, Head of English and Literacy, said, “Tomas is a brilliant addition to the Faculty of Languages, Literacy and Communication. His innovation and creativity in teaching Cymraeg will enthrall our students ensuring their future success as bilingual citizens.

John Weir, Director, said: “We were fortunate to have Catherine and Tomas join Ysgol Treffynnon; their enthusiasm, talent and commitment to the future of young people perfectly complements the objectives of our school. I know they will make a fantastic contribution to the future success of all of our students.”