A really warm welcome to the Cynffig Comprehensive School website.
Cynffig Comprehensive is a friendly, caring and supportive school which places people and relationships at its core. We value the relationships we establish by working together: pupils, staff, parents and the wider community.
The website will give an insight into all we do, believe in and promote at Cynffig. As a school we uphold the values of respect, courtesy and consideration for others.
Our aim of striving for excellence underpins our determination to achieve the very best for our pupils: we do our very best to ensure that each and every pupil who comes through our doors has the opportunity to be successful, and we ensure that learning opportunities are provided to make this a reality.
Mrs Hannah Castle, Headteacher.
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK:
Be an encourager. The world has enough critics already
- Dave Willis
The school gates are locked between 3pm and 3.20pm every day to ensure the safety of our pupils.
National School Meals Week is taking place – November 11th to 15th
Year 11 Mock Exams
The year 11 mock exams are taking place in school from Monday 2nd December - Friday 13th December. (Please see attached letter)
During this time every year 11 pupil will receive a number of examinations in the subjects they are studying.
With such a busy few weeks ahead it is important that all pupils in year 11 prepare a thorough revision program.
Pupils must remember to..................
Create a Revision Timetable - building a revision timetable can add structure to your revision and help you prioritise.
Practice, Practice, Practice - do as many past papers as you can. Practising past papers will help you get familiar with the exam format,
question style and the time pressure.
Take Regular Revision Breaks - taking regular revision breaks and exercising is proven to engage your brain into productive studying.
Revising with classmates - why not prepare revision notes with a friend?
As well as helping you learn this will reduce your workload and improve your communication skills.
Your learning style - there is no best way to revise, remember to prepare revision material in a format that helps you learn best.
Adapting for different GCSE subjects - Consider different revision methods for different subjects. For example,
flashcards and mind maps may work better in certain subjects?
During exam time................................
The day of your mock GCSE exams - do not worry; stay calm! Arrive at the girls gym, identified classroom or youth
centre on time with the correct equipment.
Thorough preparation is the key to success!
Do not underestimate the power of eating a healthy breakfast the day of your exams!
(The examination timetable will be released after October half term)
Supporting your child with Welsh at home
If you weren't able to attend our recent Welsh Parent / Carer workshop please click me to find the resources to support your child in improving their Welsh at home. This includes accessing Quizlet homework, useful Welsh apps and everyday vocabulary. We also have a Quizlet course for families - CYMRAEG I'R TEULU, please join.
Once again we are delighted with the performance of our Year 11 pupils. Results this year are the product of a strong purposeful collaboration between pupils, staff and families. Our results have seen 100% of pupils achieve the level 1 threshold with many pupils gaining at least five GCSEs graded at A*-C. Whilst we are proud of all of our pupils efforts a particular mention must be made to Joseph Powell who secured A* grades in every GCSE subject he studied. Also congratulations to Mark Underhill, Alex Underhill, Chad Evans, Orla Kruk and Tegan Walker for securing eight or more A*-A grades. Congratulations Year 11.
Hannah Castle, Headteacher
New York 2021!!
Pleased to announce that the New York trip will be going ahead in 2021!
It is not too late to reserve a place!
Student Parliament training day took place on the 7th October in the Youth wing. It was a very productive day where student parliament members were training in a variety of ways to govern over the course of the year. We have several visitors, Apollo Teaching who taught us action planning and market research, Matthew Bunt from Keep Wales tidy who taught us how to keep our community clean, Mrs Thomas who taught us to have a positive and calm mind set, Jordan James from Hawliau Plant teaching members the rights that they have as a child, Lois Sutton who taught us about topical issues in today’s political climate and Helen Dale from Lleisiau Bach who helped form the departmental ideas for the student parliament to achieve over this coming year. Our student support department held Mental health day which was a huge success showing the amazing sense of community between staff and pupils here at Cynffig. At the moment we are holding year group council meetings to gather ideas on how the student parliament should adapt to further vocalise pupils and their opinions.
On October 15 Cynffig celebrated the Welsh language during the annual Diwrnod Shwmai event. Activities included 'Brecwast Bingo' (breakfast Bingo), Hoff Air Cymraeg' (Favourite Welsh Word), 'Cwis Cymraeg' (Welsh Quiz) and 'Hwyl Mr Urdd' (Mr Urdd Fun)
After a highly contested election week our Student Parliament 2019-20 is established! Congratulations to Josef Gray on being elected as Chairperson 2019-20.
He will be joined by his Student Cabinet, Tegan Walker (Environment), Megan Radmore (Student Support), Joseph Powell (Teaching & Learning), Shenay Evans (Community) and Shauna Lewis (Health & Fitness).
Congratulations to you all!
Year 6 pupils enjoyed our Language and Culture event, sampling 'Dawnsio Cymraeg' (Welsh Dancing), Cerddoriaeth Roc (Music Rocks), Swper Sbaeneg (Super Spanish)
and Dramatig Drama.
Immensely proud of our Year 7 MAT pupils who planned and facilitated our first cluster MAT event! The collaboration between the Year 6 and 7 pupils and their independence in completing the challenges was inspirational! Looking forward to future projects!
"Congratulations" to Cynffig's Year 12 Engineering Education Scheme team as they took home two prestigious awards for their entry to this year's competition. Team members Emily Davies, Leah Evans, Charlotte Roberts, Britney Griffiths, Jacob Hesketh, Ryan Legg, and Lowri Thomas impressed the judges with their confidence, technical proficiency, presentation skills and general brilliance, taking home the award for 'Best Application of Engineering and Technology' and also going through as one of only 5 teams (out of 66) invited to represent Wales in the National 'Big Bang' science fair at the Birmingham NEC in March next year. Whilst it is always nice to attend a glitzy celebration, in reality this marks the result of over six months of hard work and dedication from the students as they met every week in their own time whilst working with engineers from our partner company Zimmer Biomet to come up with a viable technical solution to the brief the company had set.
We would also like to thank Matthew Burnell from Swansea University,
Daran Griffiths, Andrew Radmore and Lloyd Dewar from Zimmer Biomet for all the
support and guidance you provided to the students during the project.
Well done everyone, you deserve a hard-earned Happy Easter!"
Cynffig Eco project.
On Monday February 11th Matthew Bunt of Keep Wales Tidy paid a visit to our school to spread the word about plastics and what we can do to conserve our environment.
Matthew delivered a hard hitting assembly to our Year 7s, followed by a workshop for our Eco-Committee. During lesson 3- two Year 7 classes joined forces to tackle the litter problem up at the line behind the school. We collected over 9 bags full of rubbish!
After lunch, Matthew spoke about the Young Reporters for the Environment competition, which we are keen to be a part of!
We are hoping that our pupils will be more ethical and put their rubbish in the bin- every person has a role to play.
Please follow us on Twitter @CynffigEco.
Art Visit to the Tate Modern Art Gallery, London
Friday 8th February 2019
Mr Williams, Mrs Morris, Mr Morrish and Mrs Kale accompanied 49 pupils to London to research artists’ work and gather primary source evidence for their coursework and examination themes.
On Monday 21 January Tegan Walker and Josef Gray of Year 11 represented Cynffig’s Student Parliament at the Student Ambassador Conference. There they had opportunity to meet the Children’s Commissioner for Wales, Sally Holland and attend workshops on promoting Rights of the Child within school, gender equality and how to tackle cyber bullying in schools. #childrencomwales #childrensrights
Exams start the w/b Monday 2nd December 2019