Catrin embarks on a new musical career at Flintshire High School
A high school in Flintshire will offer a new subject from September with the appointment of a music and drama teacher.
For newly graduated teacher Catrin Jones, the role at Ysgol Treffynnon is the start of an exciting new career after deciding to retrain and realize his passion for music.
Catrin first studied popular musical performance at the internationally renowned British and Irish Institute of Modern Music (BIMM) in London. After working as a professional singer while living in London, she moved to central Wales where she worked in a whole different field as a director of a dental practice.
After a few years, Catrin quickly realized that she needed to make a change.
She said: “Although I loved my job and everyone I worked with, I knew I wasn’t doing what I love! During the first lockdown, I decided to do a music PGCE for the ‘secondary education.
“This is the best decision I have made, and I am extremely happy to start my career as a music and drama teacher at Ysgol Treffynnon.
“I look forward to sharing my skills, knowledge and experience in music, theater and performing with students so that they can, over time, develop their self-confidence and be able to perform with confidence in front of a given audience.
“As soon as the restrictions allow, I want to offer extra-curricular activities to give students the opportunity to be creative, whether it’s learning a new instrument, singing in a choir, playing in a band, compose, record in the recording studio, play a drama or write a screenplay – the sky’s the limit! ”
Although Catrin did not officially start teaching at Holywell School until September, she has been in school since the last month of the term for her initiation.
This gave him the opportunity to get to know the students and talk with them about what they would like to learn in music and drama.
Taking into account some of their suggestions and ideas prompted Catrin to plan the work program for September.
She added: “The staff and students at Ysgol Treffynnon have all been very welcoming and I am delighted to join the team.”
In her spare time, Catrin enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing with her band, swimming and playing soccer.
John Weir, Principal, said: “I am delighted that we are giving our students the opportunity to acquire a multitude of creative and exciting skills that will bring a new dimension to their overall educational experience.
“Catrin’s energy, enthusiasm and love for music and theater will inspire students to explore new possibilities and see what they are capable of achieving.
“I look forward to seeing this new faculty grow and develop and wish Catrin a happy and fulfilling career with Ysgol Treffynnon.”