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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 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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  • Friday 23rd December 2022

    Published 23/12/22, by Peter Lewis

    Today marks the end of what has been a very busy term and, as the pupils left with great excitement this afternoon, we reflect on what has been achieved.  In particular, I have spoken to many Year 7 pupils in the dining room this week about their first term at St Cyres and it was lovely to hear how well they have settled in and feel very much part of the St Cyres community.

    It has also been a busy week as we have been able to bring back some of our traditional Christmas celebrations after a gap caused by Covid.  Our Christmas assembly for Year 7 and Year 8 was a great opportunity to focus on how Christmas is celebrated around the world and was led by Miss Jones (Head of Year 7) and Mr Flynn (Head of Year 8).  Both were in fine voice on the microphone as they led the singing!  There were also some amazing soloist and group musical items which were enjoyed by all. 

    Another great Christmas tradition of ours has been the German Christmas Market and Mrs Owens (Head of International Languages) put on a spectacular event to raise money for the very important charity Latch.  As well as the Christmas Market, Mrs Owens also spoke to children in our assemblies this week about the important charity work that Latch do, and how they have supported a number of our pupils and their families.  We are delighted to support this charity and delighted that we have raised over £1100 through the efforts of our pupils and staff.  With the help of our Head Girl, Head Boy and their deputies, one of our Year 10 pupils has been working on another charity event to raise money for Latch so more information will follow on that in the new year.

    My final thought as we end the term, and as we end 2022, is to say a very special thank you to our parents for your continued support.  I have had lots of messages from many of you, both in writing and when we have had an opportunity to meet at the various school events and I always enjoy catching up with you and sharing ideas.  There will be further opportunities to meet in the new year with ‘Matilda – The Musical’ and the forthcoming parents’ evenings so please do not hesitate to catch up with me and I look forward to chatting with you.

    I wish you all a very happy Christmas and new year.

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  • Friday 16th December 2022

    Published 16/12/22, by Peter Lewis

    It is not only in Qatar where the football drama is unfolding, but also here in St Cyres School on our own 3G pitch where our Year 10 boys played against Ysgol Plasmawr in the Welsh Cup.  Despite the very cold weather on Tuesday afternoon, it was nice to see so many pupils and parents supporting the efforts of our boys.  It was a closely contested match, but unfortunately after ending in a draw, our boys lost on penalties.  We wish Ysgol Plasmawr the very best in their journey in the cup.

    In a previous blog post, I referred to our school production ‘Matilda The Musical’ which is on over 2 nights on 1st and 2nd February 2023.  Tickets are now almost fully sold out, but if you would like to attend, there are literally a handful of tickets available which can be purchased via this school website by clicking on the blue banner at the top of the home page.

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  • Friday 9th December 2022

    Published 09/12/22, by Peter Lewis

    As we approach the last 2 weeks of term, one of the highlights is seeing the many UCAS offers that our Year 13 students are getting as they look forward to their journey after they leave St Cyres School.  This week in particular, we have seen lots of university offers coming through.  This is a very exciting time for them and, for us as teachers, seeing the range and variety of courses that our students are choosing to pursue leaves us with a sense of satisfaction that we have created curious and inquisitive young people who are keen to develop and learn more through exciting university programmes.

    For those students who have yet to finalise their UCAS applications, remember that there is a lot of support from Miss Jones and your Learning Coaches.  The final deadline for UCAS for the majority of courses is 25th January 2023, but please do not leave this until the last minute!  For those looking at alternatives such as apprenticeships and work-based training, there is a lot of support for you too, so please be sure discuss your options with Miss Jones.

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