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Autumn Term 2013

A Song for Christmas

Hundreds of pupils from six different schools in Penarth have joined together this Christmas to create a ‘super choir’, filming a music video of the hit song ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’. St Cyres School’s television station SCTV visited all of the primaries over three days and then the footage was carefully edited together to make one video for parents, family members and friends to enjoy. The Primary Schools starring in the video are Llandough, Cogan, Fairfield, Murch (including Dinas Powys Infants), Evenlode and St Andrews Major. St Cyres Music Teacher, Mr Richard Hopkin who co-ordinated the project said ‘I’d like to thank all of the primary school teachers and pupils involved in the video, It was lovely to see the efforts that they went to make this a success. I can’t believe how popular the video has become, having already received thousands of online views within a few days!’

The pupils prepared for the music video since the beginning of November by practising their singing and even creating their own dance routines. The video has definitely brought Christmas cheer to Penarth and all around the world with people watching it in USA, Canada and even Australia. The video can be viewed on St Cyres School’s webpage or by searching ‘A Song for Christmas St Cyres School’.



A Song for Christmas Filmed By SCTV

St Cyres Television production team who filmed, produced and edited the video. Sixth formers Oliver Thorne and Jack Declaire with their teacher Mr Richard Hopkin.



St. Cyres girls’ basketball on winning form

All the girls’ basketball teams played Stanwell this November. The Year 7 team made a positive start. Some of the girls have only been playing a few weeks. They lost 12-6 but showed real potential for the future. Bethan Taylor and Sophie Thomas both scored in a game that created lots of scoring opportunities. Shanaya Davies and Rebecca Gentles dribbled well. Niamh Pemberton, Jodie Price and Daniella Purser performed really well defensively against some very tall Stanwell players. Chloe Morecroft, Thea Brice and Alex Haworth also made some super passes. The smaller Year 8 team managed to beat Stanwell 8-6 in a very close match. Rebecca Cummings, Alice Balde and Jade Bishop showed real competitive determination winning lots of possession for the team. Jessica Bailey, Kayleigh Parsons and Amelia Davidson helped to create the scoring opportunities. The Year 9 team was our largest contingent of players. The A team drew 8-8 and the B team lost 20-12. The A team played some great basketball with Molly Owen-Ffoulkes and Megan Kupa creating lots attacking opportunities. They were ably supported by Sophie Burman, Lauren Mazloom, Najma Musa and Morgan Dursley. The B team had some girls who have only just started playing basketball. They acquitted themselves really well. Seren Rogers, Chloe Cotter, Laila Sama, Sagaal Abdilahi, Fatima Soomro and Ellie Holloway all played in an exciting match. The under 16 team was the final team to play their Stanwell counterparts. St. Cyres were captained by Year 10 Welsh international Carys Allen. There were four other girls from Year 10, including Evie Brown, Millie Baston, Gabby Dattero-Snell and Dion Ahmed (who played her first basketball match for the school). Molly Owen-Ffoulkes, Megan Kupa and Bethan Salter from Year 9 completed the squad. Stanwell played their Year 10 team and Year 11 team in consecutive quarters. After the first quarter Stanwell were one basket ahead but by the third quarter St. Cyres pushed ahead and were 6 points clear. Carys was sensational, scoring from all areas of the court. Millie and Evie were superb and tireless in their runs up and down the court. Dion showed a real competitive edge when she came on and Gabby showed good vision. Molly scored a crucial basket, Megan was extremely fast running with the ball and Bethan worked really hard in defence. It was an astounding team performance. The Stanwell Year 11 team made a momentous effort to try to make up the 6 point deficit in the last quarter. They managed to get it back to 4 points but St. Cyres managed to hang on and win 32-28. Our thanks go to the staff and pupils of Stanwell for a fantastic set of matches.



Inter Form Games

This term has seen the start of the newly-formed Year 7 inter-form games. Each form will have the chance over the year to enter five different tournaments. With up to 5 points up for grabs at each tournament, the pupils are eager to take part. At the end of the five tournaments, all points will be added up and the Inter-Form cup will be awarded! This term the tournament was Dodgeball. With all five forms taking part the competition was fierce! Congratulations to form PW on coming first and winning the 5 points.




This term, pupils from Year 8 have had the opportunity to receive excellent Football coaching once a month from Post 2 Post coaching. The boys have really enjoyed the sessions and can’t wait for the next one. Congratulations to Aiden Ellis and Shaquille Wynter-Coles on their selection for the Regions LD Football Squad!




Aqsa Khan, Henna Khan, Saggal Abdillahi , Fatima Soomro and Najmah Musa from Year 9 and James Head, Luke Davidson, Tomos Jones and Jon Cumming from Year 10 competed in the 5x60 Badminton Tournament at Penarth Leisure Centre. The teams faced some tough opposition but fought hard and had a thoroughly enjoyable day.



Table Tennis

In October, Iestyn James, Izaac Follon, Joel Bertram and Luke Balde from Year 7 and Colin Todd, Jiggy Rodriguez, Casey Thomas and Finlay Davies from Year 9 competed in the 5x60 Table Tennis Tournament at Bro Morgannwg. Despite strong competition, both the Year 7 and Year 9 teams won a fantastic eight games placing them at joint fourth overall!




This term has seen a number of new and exciting activities on the 5x60 timetable with sports such as Dodgeball, Table Tennis and Girls’ Basketball proving to be very popular. This year, an incentive scheme has been put in place for pupils in Years 7 and 8, with the top eight attenders to 5x60 from each year group rewarded with a rock climbing trip in April! If you’d like the chance to win, remember to attend as many 5x60 activities as possible.



Daniel Parfitt – POC Board (Petty Officer Cadet)

Year 11 student, Daniel Parfitt, was recently promoted to Petty Officer Cadet. Everyone at St Cyres is proud of Daniel’s success and we were pleased to hear his account of the promotion: “I went to the MOD base, ‘Caledonia’ to achieve the next rank in the Sea Cadets. It is the highest rank you can achieve in the Sea Cadets. To achieve this rank I attended a course in October for a week to be assessed for my suitability. I was constantly assessed on skills such as drill, presentation, practical leadership tasks and team work. I passed my board with Distinction and I am the only POC in my Sea Cadets District.”



Senedd Visit

Our Year 12 students recently visited the home of Welsh democracy, the Senedd. Student, Shaneera Islam, wrote this account of the visit: “During our trip to the Senedd we went to the debating chamber, in which we debated two issues. The first issue was: “Is putting everyone automatically onto the organ donor list a good idea?” The second issue was whether or not the Welsh government should keep paying part of Welsh students’ university fees. Whilst in the debating room, we learnt that the minister who oversaw all the debates was Susan Butler. Labour has the majority of seats, holding 30 of the 60 available. In the new debating room there are viewing spaces for the public to watch any debates (they take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1.30pm-6pm). In the new debating area the members are all facing each other and have computers to complete any work while debating. Also in the new debating room we saw a gift donated to the Welsh Assembly from New South Wales in Australia (it looks like a golden trumpet) and must always be in the debating chamber for a debate to take place as it represents the power of the Queen and the only time it isn’t needed is when she is present. We found out that the building is mainly made of Welsh materials (such as the slate in the front of the building) and is eco-friendly.” The visit was a great success with students enjoying themsleves and learning a good deal about devolved politics in Wales.



Operation Christmas Child

A small group of St Cyres Year 10 Work Skills pupils have successfully put their plans into action through their commitment, enthusiasm and dedication to provide a Christmas to those less fortunate than themselves. Through their awareness of world issues and extreme global poverty they have successfully raised enough money to create 58 Christmas boxes of hope to send to young people in need. The pupils have even provided the funds to pay for the boxes to be transported abroad. A huge thank you goes to all those pupils and parents who supported this fundraising event. Your generosity is very much appreciated.



World Challenge

The next St Cyres World Challenge Expedition will take place in July 2015. This time the destination will be China! This follows previous successful expeditions, the last of which was Madagascar last summer. Twelve St Cyres pupils travelled to the island of Madagascar in summer 2013 to take part in a month-long World Challenge Expedition. With its unique and diverse landscape and many species found nowhere else in the world, students spent a magical four weeks travelling around the northern part of the country. During their expedition the group spent time in several national parks to undertake some challenging treks. There were some amazing sights along the way such as the many different species of lemur, including the largest species, the Indri. There were also lots of opportunities for chameleon spotting, plus hundreds of species of birds, spiders, insect and bats to see. During the project phase, the challengers spent a week in a rural Malagasy village. They undertook a construction project building washing facilities for the villagers, played games and taught English to children and teenagers and also visited a local primary school. They were also lucky enough to be invited into the homes of some of the villagers where they presented them with gifts of clothing and children’s toys. A fantastic time was had by all! “I found the whole experience hugely enjoyable and rewarding, Madagascar is a place that not many people get to go to and it’s something I’ll remember forever” said one Challenger. Another said “The group learnt so much during the month, took turns to take on different roles such as Leader, Accountant and Logistic. We developed lots of new skills which will benefit us in the future”.



HRB Storyteller

Pupils from the St Cyres Hearing Resource Base (HRB) recently took part in a storytelling festival with a difference - all the stories were presented using a combination of sign language and dance. This was a great opportunity to think about ways of presenting ideas visually and to compare notes with other deaf youngsters.



History Students Visit WW1 Sites

St Cyres Year 10 History pupils visited Belgium during half term, visiting key areas of historical interest around Ypres. They enjoyed a guided tour of the Ypres Salient which included visits to: Sanctuary Wood, John McCrae site, Hill 62, Essex Farm Cemetery, Langemark, Tyne Cot Cemetery and Zonnebeke. Pupils experienced the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate which was particularly moving. On the final day we visited Vimy Ridge and Mametz Wood before returning to school.



Rememberance Day

St Cyres’ Head Boy Gareth Lennon and Head Girl Ellen Mahenthiralingam represented the young people of the Vale of Glamorgan by laying a wreath at the annual remembrance ceremony at the Merchant Navy memorial outside the Civic Offices in Barry on 11 November. Mr Hopkin, a St Cyres music teacher, was asked to play 'The Last Post' and 'Reveille' and the ceremony was attended by a large crowd.



Charity Work at St Cyres

This impressive start to the year is down to the hard work of pupils and teachers who give up lots of their free time to participate in raising awareness and much needed funds. Hopefully, this level of success will be maintained under the supervision of the new Year 12 Charity Team (with support from previous members!) who will be holding regular meetings to plan a calendar of events. The events for this half term, some of which have already been completed, are The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, Movember and Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day on December 13th. We would also like to encourage pupils from other years to join our team, if you are interested please see Ms Fisher in room 9.


The Christmas Shoe Box Appeal

The Christmas Shoe Box Appeal raised over £500 with Mrs O’Kelly.



Tenner Tycoon

The Tenner Tycoon project in Year 12 raised lots of money for various charities but the top three fundraising groups were LATCH (raising over £100 selling bracelets and LATCH products), Help for Heroes, (raising £48.70 selling shrunken key rings) and To Wish Upon A Star (raising £42 selling stationery).



Children in Need Raised £65

Children in Need raised £65 from a raffle at the Art Exhibition of sixth form work held on The Penarth Pier Pavilion.



MacMillan Coffee Morning raised £350

our biggest total ever! This was mainly achieved through the initiative of Miss Staples and her GCSE hospitality class who baked and sold a range of delicious cakes including a huge and very tasty victoria sponge!



Jeans for Genes Raised £186

Sixth formers wore jeans instead of their normal school trousers, donating £1 each to this charity that undertakes important research into genetic diseases that affect children and helps to support their families. Thanks to Mr Alford and his sixth form class for delivering a very inspiring assembly.



Year 12 Geography Trip to Gower

The Year 12 Geography class have recently returned from a very successful residential fieldtrip to Gower and Swansea. Pupils carried out both physical and human fieldwork. The physical fieldwork involved pupils taking a range of measurements along the River Pennard. They started measurements at Parkmill and ended at the stunning Three Cliffs Bay. The human fieldwork day was completed in Swansea City Centre and pupils carried out a transect from the SA1 redevelopment all the way to the Townhill area of Swansea. Pupils were assessing environmental quality along the way.Pupils and staff also enjoyed a meal out in Swansea and a trip to Lazer Zone.



World Challenge - Madagascar 2013

In July 2013, a group of St Cyres students travelled to Madagascar for a month long World Challenge Expedition. The group spent time travelling around the northern part of the country trekking and wildlife spotting in several National Parks. They also carried out a project in a rural Malagasey village building washing facilities for the villagers. This was a life changing experience for the students and a fantastic time was had by all.The following video clip gives you an idea of what they got up to!: Madagascar Initiative (AMI) is the charity that St Cyres students worked with during their World Challenge Expedition in 2013. Click on the following link to view their most recent newsletter which has details about the project the students were involved with:



George Thomas Hospice Care

Former professional boxer Nicky Piper recently visited the school to speak to our Year 9 and 10 pupils about his work for George Thomas Hospice Care. After enthusing pupils with footage of some of his boxing achievements, Nicky encouraged the pupils to participate in the Walk for Hope on Sunday 13th October. The relaxed four-mile sponsored walk through Bute Park will raise valuable funds for this worthwhile cause. Any pupil (and parents) can take part in the walk. Sponsor forms are available from the school reception. Read more about the George Thomas Hospice on their website:



Barry Island Fieldtrip

Year 10 geography students had a successful fieldtrip to Barry Island in June.  The aim of the trip was to enable students to collect evidence to help write up their controlled assessment on “the changes in tourism at Barry Island”. Students carried out a range of different tasks including a sketch map, visitor/business questionnaires, and an environmental quality survey. We were very lucky with the weather and both pupils and staff thoroughly enjoyed the day.



World Challenge Expedition to Madagascar

12 students and 2 members of staff have returned safely from a month long expedition to Madagascar. The following video clip gives you an idea of what they got up to: