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Here, you can find a weekly update on what is going at the school from the Headteacher, Mr P Lewis.

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  • Friday 17th February 2023

    Published 17/02/23, by Peter Lewis

    Another half-term has flown by and, with the weather and sunshine that we saw earlier in the week, there is a definite sense of optimism of spring being just around the corner!

    This week, we had the opportunity to showcase St Cyres 6th Form in our options evening held on Thursday night.  This was the first time that we have been able to do this as a face-to-face event in a number of years so it was great to see so many of our Year 11 pupils and their parents come along to discuss possible A Level options.  It was also lovely to see a number of Year 11 pupils from other local schools in attendance.  I hope all who attended were able to get the information that they needed in order to make an informed choice about next September.

    What does speak volumes about our school is the willingness of our current 6th Formers to stay late into the evening for these events so that they can talk passionately about their experience in our 6th Form and speak knowledgeably about each of the subjects.  I know from feedback last night that prospective students and parents benefit from this so many thanks to our current pupils who supported this event.

    Finally, for this half-term, I wish all of our pupils and their families a very happy and enjoyable holiday.

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  • Friday 10th February 2023

    Published 10/02/23, by Peter Lewis

    This week we have been celebrating Dydd Miwsig Cymru / Welsh Music Day in a number of different ways, the highlight of which was a performance by the rock band ‘Ble?’ who performed for all of our Year 7 and Year 8 pupils.  Many thanks to the Urdd for organising this event a diolch i’r band roc Ble? am eich perfformiad gwych.

    One of the highlights of this week was when myself and Mr Hopkin who is our lead practitioner for Teaching & Learning spoke in an online national conference organised by Apple Education where we shared our journey about using Apple technologies, with a particular focus on accessibility.  It was great to share our story, as well as the story of many of our pupils.  It has been an interesting 10 years in the making, but we are delighted to see the way in which our pupils engage in technology as part of their everyday learning.

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  • Friday 3rd February 2023

    Published 03/02/23, by Peter Lewis

    Well what a week we have had!  As well as the usual day-to-day school activities, there are 2 events of note that stand out.

    Firstly, we have had 2 magnificent performances of Matilda on Wednesday and Thursday nights this week, and I pay tribute to all pupils involved.  As I wrote in my programme notes, these are lifelong memories being created and it was great to see a cast and crew of almost 100 pupils working together to put on this marvellous show.  We witnessed pupils from Year 7 to Year 13 singing, dancing and acting to the very highest of standard, and this was a culmination of many months work.  I would also pay tribute to the staff who made this possible, and for giving our pupils this amazing opportunity.

    Today, we have been supporting ‘Wear Red for Velindre’ with a non-uniform day and tuckshop to raise money for this very important cause.  This event has been organised by one of our Year 9 pupils Niall who, in his spare time, is a young ambassador for Velindre Cancer Centre and has been part of a team that has raised many tens of thousands of pounds.  As well as organising this fund-raising event for our school, Niall had also prepared a presentation for all of our Form Teachers to show to their classes this morning outlining the very important work of Velindre hospital, as well as how important this fundraising is to their work.  Niall has done a fantastic job today and we are very proud of his commitment, dedication and organisational skills – well done young man!

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  • Friday 27th January 2023

    Published 27/01/23, by Peter Lewis

    This week’s blog is a shout out to some of our amazing former students who continue to support the work of St Cyres School. 

    What a week it has been in the arts as four 6th Formers have audition for the National Youth Theatre of Wales. The audition involved pupils taking part in a workshop with professionals and then performing a prepared monologue to a panel. They were then expected to be able to improvise their monologue further based on observation and direction from the panel. The 6th Formers involved were Skylar Smalley, Olivia Winter, Nathan Jones and Tom Murray.  What was really lovely about this particular audition is that one of our former pupils Mason Edwards was one of the professionals who worked with the NYTW and met our students there. 

    On the subject of former pupils, Year 8 pupils were treated to a fantastic presentation by former students Sophie and Hannah who run the very successful company Spectrum Brushes.  Sophie and Hannah were able to give Year 8 pupils guidance and advice around choosing options, as well as general advice about running a business and the importance of entrepreneurial skills.  Thank you to Sophie and Hannah for taking time to do this and I know this was very well received by the pupils.  It was great to welcome you back to St Cyres School!

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  • Friday 20th January 2023

    Published 20/01/23, by Peter Lewis

    Excitement continues to build at school in anticipation of our show ‘Matilda the Musical’ which takes place in approximately 2 weeks’ time.  If you are one of the lucky ones who have purchased tickets, there are lots of video clips on the school’s Twitter page to get you in the mood, and to give you a flavour of what is to come.  If you have not purchased tickets, I am sorry to say that both nights have been sold out.  Be assured, however, that there will be plenty of Twitter activity on the 2 nights, as usual!

    The cast continue to work very hard in their final preparations for the show, and are exhibiting great energy (and noise!) in their rehearsals.  School productions are a very important part of our extra-curricular offer and are great opportunities for pupils across all Year groups to come together and work towards a common goal.  It is no exaggeration to say that lifelong memories are made on the stage and I know that all involved in this production are very much looking forward to it.

    Our Year 7 sporting teams have enjoyed success this week also, and congratulations go to our football and basketball teams who have won their fixtures this week.  It is great to see so many pupils getting involved and representing St Cyres School with pride.

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  • Friday 13th January 2023

    Published 13/01/23, by Peter Lewis

    May I first wish you happy new year for 2023.  It has been lovely to talk to the pupils this week about what they have got up to in their holidays, and it has been great to see everyone settle back into their studies this week.

    This has been particularly important for all of our Year 10 pupils who have been sitting their English Literature GCSE examination this week, as well as a number of Year 11 pupils who have been sitting their Enterprise & Marketing GCSE examination.  We wish all pupils who have been sitting external examinations this week the very best of luck and hope for some very positive result for them in March.

    On the subject of examination results, we were delighted to receive an excellent set of Mathematics GCSE results on Thursday for approximately 80 Year 11 pupils who sat the examination early in November.  Congratulations to all pupils who received results yesterday, and it was fantastic to see so many A* and A grades awarded to our pupils.  

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