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Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bryn Tawe



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



Year 10 Business Visit

On Wednesday December 16th, Year 10 GCSE Business pupils had the opportunity to visit the University of Wales Trinity St David’s Business School, for the first ever ‘Big Business Bonanza’. The event put on by the university gave pupils the opportunity to participate in a number of business related workshops ranging from marketing to sports management. Pupils had an enjoyable time and we would like to thank the University for hosting us for the day, and are already looking forward to next year’s event.IMG_1433

Christmas Fair

Christmas Fair on Wednesday 2nd of December at 6.00pm

This year each year group will be responsible for donating items towards the following stalls:.

BL.7 – Colour coded class hampers.

BL.8 – Good quality cuddly toys.

BL.9 – Lucky Dip prizes – wrapped and labelled boy or girl.

BL.10 – Bottles – containing squash, wine, fizzy drinks.

Bl.11 – Tombola – New, low value gifts for the tombola stall.

BL.12 – Cosmetics – Unopened cosmetics, gift sets, shower gells etc.

BL.13 – Packets of sweets and biscuits.

There will be a wide range of stalls such as crafts, books, toys and cakes, face painting, café, a bouncy castle, and much more. Santa may even pay us a visit!

We are also collecting good quality DVDs, CDs, books, clothes, childrens toys, games & household items for a “nearly new stall.” Why not have a clearout in time for Christmas and help the PTA raise some money in the process?!

Entry to the fair will be £1 for adults – no charge for children.

All donations, along with sold / unsold raffle counterfoils and raffle monies, should be brought to school on Friday 27th of November, which will be a non school uniform day.

If have any questions, ideas or are a great cup cake maker, would like to volunteer or maybe have a stall at the Christmas Fair, please contact Margaret Bartlett at the school office.

Many thanks in anticipation of your continued support.

Mrs Liz Bevan                                    Mr Simon Davies

PTA Chair                                           Head Teacher


T. Llew Jones Day

It is a hundred years since the birth of T. Llew Jones, and we celebrated the day with various activities at the school.

  • An assembly was held, with the sixth form taking part, discussing the contribution T.Llew Jones made to the world of literature.
  • During the past few weeks, everybody in Yrs 7-9 had the opportunity to create a card to remember and celebrate the life of T.Llew Jones and create original poems about Swansea following the pattern of some of his poems such as “Cwm Alltcafan” and “Traeth y Pigyn”. The winners of this competition were Grace Lancey and Ben Lervy from Yr 7, Carwyn Wood and Thea Wood from Yr 8, and Llew Wood and Kirsty Lewis from Yr 9. They received one of T.Llew Jones’ books and chocolate as a prize.
  • A film evening was held for the junior pupils to watch “Tân ar y comin” (and eat popcorn!).
  • During a Welsh lesson, Yr 7 and 8 pupils had the opportunity to do a T. Llew Jones Treasure Hunt by searching for answers to various questions on information sheets and poems which had been placed on walls around the place.
  • One of the highlights was a tea party to remember T.Llew Jones in the hall during break time. The hall was decorated with cards which were created to celebrate the birthday and we had a feast of cakes! Many thanks to the sixth form for all their hard work during the day! Congratulations also to the pupils who won the various competitions the sixth form organised during the tea party. The winner of the Plas y Wernen Treasure Hunt was Alysha Laugharne. The winners of the quiz were Ashleigh Graham and Ffion Tomos. The winner of the guess the title quiz was Tari Starre Michael.
  • It was also a pleasure to watch groups from Yr 7 and 8 performing sketches based on the work of T.Llew Jones in the dance studio during the lunch hour. Many thanks to the sixth form for judging and congratulations to the successful group from Yr 7 (Emily Phillips, Ffion Tomos, Ashleigh Graham, Romilly Harris, Poppy Jones, Kiki Owen, Eleri Lloyd Morgan).

It was a pleasure to celebrate the centenary of the birth of “The Children’s Literature King”. A day indeed fit for a king!



Over the past years Bryn Tawe PTA has been very successful in raising money to enhance the education and experience of pupils at Bryn Tawe. It also provides an invaluable home school link for parents as their child makes the transition from primary to secondary school.

Through the generosity, support and hard work of pupils, parents and staff, the PTA has been able to raise thousands of pounds to purchase items such as a school mini bus, piano, drum kits, ipads, team kits, equipment for the art and food technology department and much more!!

The PTA are now recruiting new members and volunteers for the forthcoming year, the invitation is open to parents, grandparents and guardians. We ask that you support your child`s school in whatever way you can, particularly in light of recent council budget cuts the PTA are even more important in supporting the school with the “little extras” which would not be available within the school budget.

Whether you have time to volunteer at events, items to donate to our school raffle, or indeed skills the PTA could utilise in other ways please contact one of the PTA committee members through the school office, or why not come along to our AGM on Wednesday 14th October at 6.30pm in the main school hall.

Many thanks in anticipation of your continued support,

Mr Simon Davies

Mrs Liz Bevan