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Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bryn Tawe


ESU Wales Public Speaking Final

Congratulations to Manon, Rhys and Steffan (year 9) for participating in the Wales’ National Final of the ESU (English Speaking Union) Public Speaking competition, which was held in Ty Hywel, Cardiff on Monday, 14th March. The team were delighted to be named runners-up in the competition on their debut in the Welsh final. Their achievement is particularly noteworthy when considering they were the youngest team at the competition and all participants were taking part for the first time. Manon delivered an engaging and forthright speech on political leaders, whilst Steffan excelled in his role as chairperson, winning an individual prize for Best Chairperson. Rhys asked a range of pertinent and thought-provoking questions on the issue of equality in society and the whole team were a credit to the school. They look forward to competing next year and many thanks to Mr Shaw for training the pupils.



Year 12 students leading PSE!

Following a whole day workshop by the charity ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ at the beginning of the year, our Year 12 students were recently responsible for presenting PSE sessions to our Year 8 pupils on Racism. The sessions discussed stereotyping, positive use of language and racism within sport. The feedback from Year 8 pupils was fantastic and they thoroughly enjoyed discussing such important issues with older students within the school. Thank-you Year 12!

Myfyrwyr y chweched

World Book Day 2016

World Book Day was celebrated once again this year with a variety of activities. The celebrations started with a World Book Day Assembly. The sixth form led the assembly which celebrated the life of Roald Dahl as it is the centenary of his birth this year. A DVD was shown which hds been created over the past few weeks with members of the sixth form and some members of staff talking about their memories of reading Roald Dahl books.

During each lesson that day, a part of a story was read, so that everyone had heard a whole story by the end of the day.

During break-time, a coffee morning was held and Siop Tŷ Tawe came to sell various books.

A competition was held with pupils taking photographs of themselves reading in an interesting place

During the week, a Group of Year 9 pupils had the opportunity to read with pupils from Tan-y-Lan, Tirdeunaw and Felindre. 5 stories were read to the children in a circle and a vote was held on the children’s favourite book.

Many quizzes were also held during the week. One competition held in the library was guess which book is “in the box”?

A QR codes quiz was also held in Welsh lessons.

I hope that everyone was reminded of the enjoyment to be had from reading books.


Chairing Ceremony 2016

The school’s Chairing Ceremony was held again this year on 1 March as part of the school’s St David’s Day celebrations. As usual the school’s prefects, Nerys Williams and Llŷr Davies, were responsible for the event. This year, one of the school’s former pupils, Naomi Steel, was adjudicating. It was a pleasure to welcome her back and hear about her vast experiences of using Welsh in education, politics and the media.

Everyone listened carefully to the adjudication for the Chair and it became clear that ‘Gwenllian’ had pleased the adjudicator greatly. It was great to see Laura Hughes from Year 12 getting up from her seat at the back of the full hall to receive the privilege of being the school’s Head Litterateur this year. Many congratulations to her. Catrin Hedges came in second for the Chair, with Daniel Greenway in third place; both are from Year 12. The Welsh Department would like to thank everyone who competed and special thanks goes to the staff and pupils who took part in the ceremony.

Congratulations also goes to Steffan Leonard and Manon Keeble for winning the English Trophy and best wishes to them in the competition in London next week.

Here are the results of the other literary competitions:

Year 7 Poetry

1st – Ffion Tomos

2nd – Mili Ruthven

3rd – Ashton Williams


Year 7 Prose

1st – Ffion Tomos

2nd – Steffan Appleby

3rd – Ellie Allen and Amy Johnson


Year 8 Poetry

1st – Lowri Baynham

2nd – Jay Davies

3rd – Finlay Martin


Year 8 Prose

1st – Thea Wood

2nd – Angharad John

3rd – Thomas Hackett


Year 9 Poetry

1st – Tegan Madge

2nd – Steffan Leonard

3rd – Hannah Morgan


Year 9 Prose

1st – Steffan Leonard

2nd – Nansi Eccot

3rd – Jessica Lynn


Film Review

1st – Nansi Eccott

2nd – Romilly Harris

3rd – Hollie Jones and Steffan Leonard


Year 10

1st – Nel Richards

2nd – Alasdair Gunneberg

3rd – Bethan Hawkins

Eisteddfod 2


Congratulations to Ffion Tomos for winning the writing competition, ‘A poem to remember the Swansea Blitz’. The Poem was read by Ffion in a special Remembrance Service held in St Mary’s Church to remember the 75 year anniversary of the Swansea Blitz.

Off to Oxford

It was a historic moment for the school when two of our sixth form students were offered places to read English at Oxford University. This is a particularly special achievement as both Rhys and Shauna become the first students from Bryn Tawe to be offered places at Oxford. Rhys Griffiths-Underdown, currently on a gap year, has been offered a place at Balliol College whilst Shauna Brown, a year 13 student has received an offer from Regent’s Park College. Rhys thanked the English department for ‘instilling a strong love and appreciation of literature. This is something that only the English department’s passion and enjoyment of the subject could achieve, and is without a doubt one of the most valuable things I have gained from attending Bryn Tawe.’ We wish them both every future success.

Rhys + Shauna

Bard Behaviour

Once again, we are extremely pleased to announce a successful outcome from the regional round of the ESU’s Performing Shakespeare competition, held at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and congratulate Steffan and Manon on their victory! The year 9 students have won a place to perform in the final round of the competition, held this year in London’s West End at the Gielgud Theatre, and will vie to defend their National title alongside some of the best performers from across the UK. The duo took to the stage this year with their version of a scene between Katharina and Petruchio from Shakespeare’s comedy, The Taming of the Shrew – a very witty and tense scene between two warring lovers. The English department is enormously proud of their success and would like to wish the pair the very best of luck as they venture ahead to the finals in March. Enormous thanks are also due to Miss Carys Comley for her support and mentoring ahead of the competition.

Carys Comley ESU