Posted on: 0:03/02/2020

Year 9 Christmas Bulletin

Bwletin Blwyddyn 9

A warm welcome to the very first ‘Bwletin Blwyddyn 9’. The purpose of the bulletin is to raise awareness of the hard work undertaken by pupils and to celebrate their achievements. 

I would firstly like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support this half term in ensuring that pupils are dressed in the correct uniform. The standard of uniform has been excellent, diolch yn fawr iawn. I would like to remind you that pupils are only permitted to wear one stud in each ear; no other jewellery is allowed with the exception of a watch. Pupils should wear plain black socks without a logo and socks are not permitted over tights. Skirts should be knee length. As some of you may be thinking about purchasing warm winter coats, these should be black, grey or red in line with our school colours.

I would also like to take this opportunity to praise pupils’ attendance this half term. Year 9’s attendance is currently 96%. Congratulations to Ilan 5 who are leading the way in Gellihaf at 97.86% and Mabon 6 in the Gwyndy at 96.35%. Da iawn chi!


Wellbeing lessons

Pupils spent their first few Wellbeing lessons reflecting on last year’s successes and considering how they can continue to make further progress this academic year. As you are aware, this is an extremely important year for pupils and we were extremely fortunate to welcome Owen Thomas from Cardiff University who discussed GCSE options, future choices, different career paths and higher education. We look forward to future sessions with Careers Wales and the Police.


Educational visits and school celebrations

  • Some Year 9 and 10 pupils visited Monmouthshire Comprehensive School to take part in sessions with Professor Matt Williams from Oxford University. The purpose of the visit was to encourage pupils to aim high and Professor Williams delivered sessions about the university and the benefits of higher education.
  • 10 pupils attended sessions at Islwyn High School for Polio Day.
  • The school celebrated Diwrnod Shwmae, Su’mae on the 15th October and pupils were encouraged to start every conversation in Welsh.
  • A minutes silence was held on 21st October in memory of those killed in the Aberfan Disaster in 1966. 144 people were killed including 28 adults and 116 children.
  • Iceland 2019

Pupils from Year 9 and 10 attended a very successful trip to Iceland, "The Land of Fire and Ice”. Pupils had the opportunity to see Gullfoss Waterfall, Skógarfoss a Seljalandsfoss, Sólheimajökull Glacier, Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Pingvellir National Park, Reykjavik, the Blue Lagoon geothermal pool and much more. A very big thank you to Miss Daniels for arranging the visit.



 Sub-comittees and School Council

  • Congratulations to Siôn ap Llwyd Dafydd, Shania Johnson and Alisha Havard for being chosen to represent Year 9 on the School Council.
  • Members of the Year 9 School Council sub-committees visited Tŷ Penallta to welcome the county’s new Youth Champion, Councillor Philippa Marsden. Pupils were keen to question Councillor Marsden on the sub-committees’ priorities. Thank you to Councillor Marsden and to the sub-committee members for representing the school so well.



  • Congratulations to all year 9 pupils for developing their digital, enterprise and employability skills in their ICT lessons.
  • Congratulations to Aaliyah King and Ellie Davies for being chosen to represent Glamorgan in netball. Da iawn ferched!
  • Congratulation to Ffion Hinder for being chosen to represent Wales in karate. Gwych Ffion!
  • Congratulation to all who took part in Eisteddfod y Cymoedd last Friday at the Gwyndy. Da iawn chi!