Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhondda
Friday, May 29, 2020

Huge congratulations to Niamh Jones 8 R for coming first in Wales in her cycling division. Niamh is also the third best in Britain. We're all so proud of you Niamh. Ardderchog.

Seren Haf Macmillan, Casey Nash and Ellis Macmillan travelled to Llanelli during half term to review the latest Welsh novels on Welsh magazine programme 'Prynhawn Da.' Cymer leads the way once again!

A big congratulations goes to three Year 11 pupils, Thomas Sheppard, Shane Lewis-Hughes and Cameron Lewis on being selected for the Welsh under 16’s rugby training squad.

All three pupils have demonstrated a high level of performance during the past 2 seasons to ensure their call up to the squad. Cameron Lewis captained the successful Dewar Shield winning Rhondda Schools squad 2012/2013 of which all three pupils played an integral part in the final to ensure the victory. The talented trio have represented Ysgol Gyfun Cymer Rhondda’s first XV on a regular basis this season and contributed to the schools continued success on the field of play. In addition, all three pupils are key members of the current Cardiff Blues North under 16’s playing squad and have represented the region on numerous occasions.

A big congratulation also goes to former YGCR pupil Carl Lewis, currently studying at Coleg Y Cymoedd, on his selection for the Welsh under 18’s rugby training squad.

Their selection for the Welsh under 16’s and 18’s rugby training squads is a reflection of their hard work, commitment and dedication to fulfilling their undoubted potential in the sport. It also highlights the vast array of talent, which YGCR has at its disposal, across numerous sporting activities.

Da iawn a phob lwc am y dyfodol!

Last week pupils from year 12 and 13 were given the opportunity to learn how to produce a radio program by taking part in the Radio Cymru Ciwdod schools tour with Magi Dodd's C2 crew. The pupils took part in workshops and created original music in recording sessions, edited audio shows and conducted interviews all day. Some of the interviews were considered of such high caliber that they were broadcasted on Caryl and Dot's program on Friday morning!


The last game of the league was played on Tuesday, a game between Treorci and Cymer (1).

Following a weak performance by Cymer (1), it was essential for Team Cymer (1) to step up to the mark. For several weeks, Cymer (1) team members have been studying the league table, after each game, step by step, and have come to the conclusion that it would need a 16 point difference in the score between them and Treorchy to ensure the victory of the league, or the Tonypandy First Team would capture the title.

With a "team talk" during the interval, and a disaster with the bus not turning up (thanks to Nic James of Celtic Dragons and Miss Catrin Morton for the taxi service), there was time for Cymer (1) to turn all their focus on the game.

Winning the first third with a 7 point goal difference, this was good, but not good enough! Battling through the second third, extending the difference, and the third one as you have never seen Cymer (1) before!!

Victory was theirs at 27-10 - capturing the league with points to spare!

Fantastic performances by: Tyler Richards; Isabelle Davies; Carys Oliver; Mollie Ahern; Dione Rose; Cari Evans; Kelsey John a Shannon Hughes.

Huge congratulations!

Many thanks go to U-Design Embroidery for supplying our senior rugby team at Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhondda with a new 1st team kit. The squad were presented with the new rugby kit ahead of their very important quarter final Welsh Cup game against Llanishen High School. Supporters are very welcome to come along to support the boys - date to be confirmed. This season has been a memorable one to date, with the squad building on the success of last season by conquering some of Welsh Schools Rugby giants such as Glantaf and Whitchurch High School whilst winning every game so far. If the boys are successful in reaching the semi-final stage, they will be within 1 game of reaching the final staged at the Millennium Stadium.

The very best of luck to you boys!

Our second PSE day of the academic year was held on December 18th. The whole school became involved in numerous activities ranging from cyber bullying, maintaining healthy relationships, creating a C.V. to a Positively Mad workshop which focused on study skills, to name just a few. Many of our older pupils also provided training for the younger pupils. A very successful day for all involved!

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