Commonwealth Games Baton Arrives At Bryngwyn!
The Commonwealth Games baton was brought to Bryngwyn School yesterday afternoon by St John Lloyd pupils. We celebrated by welcoming the pupils and putting on a gymnastic display. Our Young Ambassadors, Tim Thomas and Ina Martin, received the torch and opened the gymnastic display.
Cross Country Runners Compete in Tough Conditions
Our cross-country teams participated in the Llanelli Schools
Cross-Country Trials in Pembrey Country Park on Wednesday
15th January. As the photo gallery shows, all runners did well
to finish in such testing conditions, with a gusting cold wind
and rain to contend with. Congratulations to the following pupils
who finished in the top twelve in their categories and will now go forward
to compete in the Dyfed Championships to be held on Tuesday 21st
Livia Martin 4th
Adam Jones 12th
Year 8 &9
Morgan Thomas 2nd
Niamh Rees 4th
Lois Hallahan 9th
Lydia Morgan 10th
Alex Callendar 11th
Oisin Williams 8th
Ciaran Phillips 10th
Year 10 & 11
Amy Hanney 3rd
Justine Smith 7th
Stephen Hughes 3rd
Joe Holt 4th
Liam Banfield 6th
Dafydd Williams 10th
Latest Match Reports by Stephen Hughes Yr 10
Match reports week ending 06/12/13
Year 11 v Q.E. High School
An under-strength Year 11 team travelled to Carmarthen to face Q.E High midweek. The team who were missing several key players in the forwards and across the backline meant a number of Year 10 players had to step up to the mark. A tough game throughout as Q.E. tried constantly to break the Bryngwyn defence, each time finding tough opposition. Eventually Bryngwyn found a way into the game with centre Dominic Davies penetrating the Q.E. backline to go over the whitewash. A second try from Year 10 forward Callum Jenkins helped put the boys into the lead, but Q.E stuck with it scoring some fabulous tries of their own to take the lead 17-15 entering the final ten minutes. It looked as if Bryngwyn were going home empty handed but a late team attack helped draw a last minute penalty inside the opposite half. All eyes were on Lloyd Francis as he lined up the crucial shot at goal. A beautiful strike from the cool-headed outside-half went over to incredibly put Bryngwyn into the lead. With literally no time left the last phases were run down and the boys ended with a tremendous win. The school will now progress into the last 32 in Wales, details of fixtures will be announced soon and Bryngwyn’s chances of a cup run are prosperous. Massive congratulations to all the players involved.
Yr 8 v Amman Valley
A strong team of Year 8 players faced a rampant Amman Valley this week, but the boys were denied any hopes of an easy game inside the opening minutes going 2-0 down. The
2-0 deficit didn’t stop the team from getting back into the game slowly but steadily. Throughout the game Amman valley pushed for a third but every time found a stern back four holding their own. Two great goals from Bryngwyn pulled them back to a deserved 2-2 draw, a superb comeback but the boys will rue the two early goals.
Year 7 v Amman Valley
Year 7 weren’t so lucky on the same day, finding Amman valley a challenge too hard. Some excellent team passing and leadership got the boys a goal, but Amman were setting the pace start to finish earning a 3-1 win. The boys will be desperate to bounce back from what was a disappointing defeat.
Year 7 Futsal tournament/league
Year 7 assembled two futsal teams to take on the two leagues in the local tournament. A superb display in every game earned a first and second place in the two respective leagues for Bryngwyn. Bryngwyn found some great from in a quickly growing sport with good goals and team play. Well done boys!
Match reports week ending 29/11/13
Llanelli schoolboys won a crucial Dewar shield game versus Ceredigion this week. Some excellent team play and tries were scored by some of the several Bryngwyn players. A dominant display from Llanelli helped them to a 24-7 win. Their next game against Swansea Valley will decide whether they progress in the shield. Well done boys, keep up the good results!
Year 9 v Strade
There couldn’t be a better derby in Carmarthenshire than Bryngwyn v Strade. The boys made the short trip across Llanelli to face a tough Strade side. A match which proved to be tight start to finish but Bryngwyn just having the edge. Bryngwyn ran in 5 glorious tries to Strade’s valiant three, wins in this fixture aren’t easy for any Bryngwyn side so a win like this will be a huge boost to the school. With Schoolboy trials on everyone’s mind next summer, this could be an important chance to get the upper hand on rivals for positions.
The U16 girls’ team travelled to Parc Y Scarlets this week for a big Carmarthenshire tournament. The tournament was based around a Scottish theme with the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next year taking centre stage. A clinical display throughout the day’s play got the girls into the final and they deservedly won the competition. They were all but one win away from a clean sweep of victories but will be overwhelmed with so many scalps and great performances. The hockey buzz in Bryngwyn seems to keep improving with more participation across the board. A massive win for the school - congratulations girls!
Match reports week ending 22/11/13
A dominant display from the Year 8 girls handed them a convincing win [9-3] against Glan y mor. After a few unfortunate defeats in recent weeks this was a great result for the team. In recent years Bryngwyn have had the upper hand in derbies versus Glan y mor, another win for Bryngwyn will go down brilliantly.
Bryngwyn’s Year 10 hockey team also presented a ruthless display against Glan y mor with a 7-0 win, a fine performance all round as the girls’ determination not to give possession away proved crucial. Excellent individual skill and passing from all the players was a key factor according to Captain Ina Martin. Well done girls!
KS3 v Coedcae
A superb comeback from a mixed KS3 team earned them a draw against Coedcae midweek. Having trailed 17-0, the team will be over the moon with the work ethic to fight back to level terms. Basketball is available every Monday after school so come along down and try out your skills!
Year 9 v Coedcae
Year 9 went down to a formidable Coedcae team this week in a fantastic game of football. The team who have claimed some notable wins so far this year were confident ahead of the game with a full strength squad starting the game, but a number of costly errors in key moments cost the boys crucial goals. As always the boys responded with brilliant play in attack but the opposition this time had a slight advantage on the stat that mattered.
With just three Fridays to go until the Christmas break, Bryngwyn’s cross country club is hoping for a big turnout from all ages and abilities. With less than two months until the Llanelli Schools Championships, Bryngwyn will need strong all round teams to be a contender for the overall title. If you’re interested, feel free to ask the PE department or just turn up Friday after school with appropriate footwear and clothes [willing to get muddy]!
In other news this week, 13 boys from Bryngwyn attended a free session in ‘Ramps’ skatepark Llanelli. The skatepark which has recently opened has proved popular with pupils and the free session was a great opportunity for new skills to be developed.
Match Reports week ending 16/11/13
Year 8 v St Michaels
The Year 8 girls team were unlucky to come away empty handed from their game with local rivals St. Michaels. A dominant first half display from the opposition put them into a commanding lead but several key half-time changes helped Bryngwyn come back into the game. Bryngwyn continued to play exquisitely well in patches but it was all too late as Bryngwyn fell short, final score 4-2 to St. Michaels.
Year 10 v St.Michaels
Year 10 also fell short in certain periods in their game. Although the team consisted of lots of Year 9 players, they stepped up to the mark and at half-time the score was tight. But the strength of the older St. Michael players proved crucial as they held onto win 17-8. An unfortunate result for the girls but they are sure to bounce back next time the two schools clash.
Bryngwyn v Dyffryn Amman
A mainly U14 based team were desperately unlucky to lose their big cup match against Dyffryn Amman midweek. A superb half of possession and clinical football from the opposition moved them into a 4-0 lead at the break, but the girls responded in style pulling the game back to 5-3 final score. A tremendous comeback but just too close to call this time.
U13 girls football midweek
A great result this week for the U13’s, runners up in the Carmarthenshire County tournament. Some great results and scalps over big sides has put Bryngwyn on the map for the future cup competitions. Well done girls!
Year 9 v Amman Valley
Another close defeat for Year 9 this week and it couldn’t have been closer. An even game throughout but the home team just having the edge in key areas. Final score 17-16.
Year 11 v Amman Valley
After their tough loss to Coedcae in the Llanelli final, Year 11 were determined to come away victorious from Amman Valley. A must-win cup play-off to guarantee Bryngwyn’s progression in the competition, the stakes couldn’t have been higher. An early try from winger James Woods gave the boys a 7-5 lead half-time, but a magical run from the 22 from Kieran Gower put Brynwgyn in control and they held on to win 15-10. Great result!
Match reports week ending 18/10/13
Year 7 (mixed) v Coedcae/St John Lloyd
The best of the best in Year 7 netball (A Team) were left disappointed after a tight defeat to Coedcae. The mixed team was playing one of it’s first matches together and the team were all motivated to bounce back against St John Lloyd later in the week. They won their game convincingly and now hope to continue developing for their future fixtures.
Year 7 (B team) v Coedcae
The B team however, which was created due to such a popular demand to participate, won their game against Coedcae in the week. It was a great win for the team which aims to provide netball for novices and girls/boys aiming to reach higher levels in the sport.
Year 8 v Coedcae
The busy start to Bryngwyn’s netball season continued for Year 8. They faced a strong Coedcae side but showed plenty of belief and determination to win the game - another great chance for Year 8’s West Wales contingent to show off their skills.
Year 10 v Coedcae
The Year 10 hockey team’s unbeaten run this year finally ended against Coedcae. In a tight, tough game, Bryngwyn found Coedcae hard to close down and exploit. The team were disappointed obviously with the result but have their heads held high after such a good run of results.
Year 7/8 girls v Coedcae/St John Lloyd
The young Bryngwyn girls teams hosted Coedcae and St John Lloyds this week, winning both games and scoring some great goals. The squad being coached by Year 11 pupils Alisha Maides and Rabia Najmi have made huge progress in the last year and with the two wins to boast, the girls will hope to keep developing.
Year 11 Welsh Cup v Amman Valley
Year 11 fought out a hard earned comeback against Amman Valley mid-week. An early goal meant Bryngwyn had to work incredibly hard to pull the game back. But great teamwork produced three excellent goals giving the boys a 3-1 win. Two wins out of two means that Year 11 continue to progress in the Welsh cup. Well done boys!
Year 7 v St John Lloyd
Year 7 ended the sporting week with a stunning 7-1 win over St John Lloyd. The Year 7 team are now certainly capable of causing some more major upsets and scoring plenty of good goals.
Year 11 Llanelli Schools Final v Coedcae
In what was was the biggest fixture for the school this week, Bryngwyn’s Year 11’s faced Coedcae in an epic Llanelli Schools Final. After their comfortable win over local rivals Strade, the boys were confident against a Coedcae side full of Scarlets U16 players. The perfect conditions set the scene as the game kicked off. Bryngwyn were constantly on the defensive throughout the first half having to dig deep and tackle hard to avoid conceding, but a late try before half time put Coedcae into the lead. The second half proved Bryngwyn’s heroic first half defence had tired and worn them down as Coedcae ran in three more well worked tries. But the boys, as expected, didn’t go down without a fight as Lloyd Francis and Josh Jones who had a superb game went over for the school. Coedcae weathered the late storm and held on to deservedly win 26-10. The current Year 11 now rely on a potential play-off to progress in the Welsh Cup but the team will be proud enough of their efforts in their 5 years at Bryngwyn.
Year 7 v Gowerton
The newly established Year 7 team found a tough task awaiting them against Gowerton this week. The team played a strong game but couldn’t find the winning formula losing 5 tries to 3. Gowerton, being a strong team, were happy to get the scalp over Bryngwyn who now will be determined to bag some wins.
Year 8 v Gowerton
Year 8 also found themselves on the losing side against Gowerton. With plenty of outstanding players in the side the team will find no trouble in picking themselves up for the bigger games to come.
Another strong turnout this week in cross country as 32 pupils made the short trip up to Swiss Valley reservoir. In quite bleak conditions the group all recorded some fabulous times with new pb’s being set. Bryngwyns aim is clear this year and that is to win the overall Llanelli Schools Championship for the first time. The only way this is achievable is with strong numbers of highly placed athletes across each age category. The more numbers the Friday afternoon club can attract the better the chance of success in January.
Latest Match Reports by Stephen Hughes Yr 10
Week ending 11/10/13
Year 11 v Gwendraeth
Year 11 boys were victorious in their game against Gwendraeth. In what was an important game for the team they won 11-0. Gwendraeth, despite the score, worked hard till the final whistle and provided a great game for the boys. As it is Welsh Cup Year for them, it was a good chance to experiment with a large squad of keen players. Year 11 will now be hoping to continue from this great result.
Year 9 v St John Lloyd
Year 9 also had a big home derby against St John Lloyd. They emerged 3-0 winners over a side full of quality. Year 9 had plenty of options for their team with outstanding players like Eray Wilson and Ben Matthews who was superb in goal getting a confidence-boosting clean sheet.
Yr 10 v Glan y Mor
Bryngwyn’s netball team won their game against Glan y Mor with a 13-10 final score. With it being an early season league game, Bryngwyn will move up the table of local teams in their campaign to win the league this year. The P.E. department is offering netball to all ages throughought the school so if you’re interested please get in touch.
Yr 8 v Strade
The Year 8 netball team consisting of many West Wales players were unfortunate in their game against Strade. A score of 10-1 didn’t reflect the effort put in by the girls but they were up against a strong Strade team who would be a match for anyone. The girls will hope to win their next game in the coming weeks and be successful against Strade next time around.
Yr 8 v Glan y Mor
There was another Bryngwyn v Glan y Mor derby in Year 8 hockey. This was also a must-win league game and the team proved just how good they were winning 4-1 in a thrilling game. The success of the hockey team is in no small part down to Graham Callen, one of Bryngwyn’s midday supervisors, who gives up lots of his free time to train all our hockey teams. Because of his dedication, Bryngwyn are now one the area’s best hockey teams and the girls are without a doubt all aspiring to win their various hockey leagues this year.
Yr 10 v Strade
A mixed Year 10 team made the journey to Strade on Wednesday in brilliant form from the early results this year and those from Year 9. It certainly was an entertaining game as Bryngwyn won 8-1. Success in Llanelli schools hockey is all Bryngwyn’s right now with the team still yet to be beaten. The sport in Bryngwyn is only going up!
The most popular after-school club in Bryngwyn right now is definitely cross-country on Fridays. This week the record for attendance was smashed as 53 pupils turned up ready to run. The turnout even took the staff by surprise, so much so that there weren’t enough staff available to supervise taking the group up to Swiss valley reservoir where it is held every week, so the club was held in the school grounds. Next week however, with more staff available, we will see the club return to the reservoir and we hope that the same number turn out again. If you’re interested in coming along all you need is a pair of old trainers and be willing to get muddy!
Cross Country After School Club Attracts New Members!
Bryngwyn's after-school cross country club on Fridays is growing more and more popular with pupils enjoying the beautiful scenery around Swiss Valley reservoir. After just three weeks, the club has attracted members from all year groups, which is looking promising for the Llanelli Schools Championships to be held in January. We still however need more girls from the older age groups (Year 10 and 11) to participate, so why not come along and join in the fun.
Latest Match Reports by Stephen Hughes Yr 10
Week ending 27/9/13
Rugby - Year 8 v Coedcae
Year 8 began their season with a brave but unlucky defeat at the hands of a strong Coedcae side. The score didn’t reflect the hard work put in by the boys as they lost 39-17. With plenty of exciting players in the squad and plenty of matches to continue progress, Year 8 will be hoping to turn bravery into results
Rugby - Year 10 v Coedcae
Bryngwyn’s Year 10 team consisting of several Llanelli schoolboys played out a hard earned win against a forward dominated Coedcae side. Early tries from Tim Thomas [Captain] and Dafydd Williams put Bryngwyn in control. But the home side came back, pushing the team to the limits. The team was put through it’s paces when they lost Tim Thomas to a dead leg making the task even harder. But a late try from Callum Jenkins secured a great win for Bryngwyn, 31-17 final score. With a crucial Schoolboys match on Friday night , Bryngwyn's contingent will be full of confidence.
Sports Reps Appointed for 2013/14
These are our nominated Sports Reps for this year, they will undertake a variety of roles including helping with displays, noticeboards and equipment, finding out about clubs outside school, coaching school clubs, visiting assemblies to promote sports and clubs, school council links, writing match reports and analysing games and many other duties relating to P.E.:-
Anna Helena Cnudde
Tom O Brien
In addition, we have a further 6-8 volunteers who will assist the above pupils as and when required.
Latest Results From The P.E. Dept
Llanelli Schoolboys Under 15 Rugby Team had an excellent game in Trimsaran last Friday evening (20th September) where they won against Newport by 11 points to 5.
Bryngwyn players made up a large part of the team with one of the tries being scored by Dafydd Williams, other players were Tim Thomas (Captain), Drew Jones, Aaron Joce, Callum Jenkins, Glen Williams and Kieran Gower. Well Done boys!
The next game will be against South Powys in Hay-On-Wye on Friday 4th October.
Yr 10 Pupil Stephen Hughes is Fastest Under 16 in Swansea Bay 10k
Congratulations to Stephen Hughes, Yr 10, who ran an excellent time of 42 minutes 19 seconds for his first 10k yesterday (22nd September) in Swansea, achieving 1st in the Under 16 category and 3rd in the Under 18's.
Two of our teachers, Mr David Wisby and Mrs Helen Woozley also completed the event. Well Done to all three - aching legs all round today!
Cross-Country After-School Club Starts Back
This Friday (20th September) sees the return of our popular cross-country running club. Pupils from all Year Groups are welcome to join. Last winter, the group grew from 8-10 during the first few weeks to approximately 30 pupils participating in the weekly sessions by the time the Llanelli Schools Championships were held at the end of January. The group of runners have a gentle warm-up from school up to Swiss Valley Reservoir, where they then complete a circuit of the trails surrounding the reservoir (1.75 miles), with the fitter runners completing two circuits. They can be timed if they choose and are then encouraged to better their time the following week, even if by only a few seconds. Obviously, pupils will get muddy/wet so appropriate clothing and footwear must be worn. The group arrive back at school at approximately 4.15-4.30pm, where pupils have the option to shower and change if they wish before being collected or making their way home.
Latest Results From The P.E. Dept
Superb result by our Yr 11 Rugby team who beat Stradey School 33-5 in the U16's Welsh Cup on
12th September- Well Done boys!
Tim Thomas Selected As Llanelli Schoolboys Rugby Captain
The PE Department is very proud of the news that TIm Thomas, Year 10, has been selected as Llanelli Schoolboys Captain for the 2013-14 Season. We wish him and the other pupils that have been selected all the best for the rest of the season. Da iawn.
Pupils Attend Presentation of Healthy Schools Award
Miss Lucy Williams was accompanied by Year 8 pupils Kristen Harvey and Keelan Chapman to the Healthy Schools Award Ceremony held at Trimsaran Leisure Centre. The School was awarded a 'leaf' plaque which represents Phase 1 of our Healthy Schools Award. Bryngwyn now moves onto Phase 2. Kristen and Keelan, along with pupils from other schools involved, enjoyed a circus skills session and were very pleased to collect the plaque on behalf of Bryngwyn,
'Gemau Cymru' Rugby 7s
On Sunday 7th July our Under 14 Rugby Squad were invited to participate in 'Gemau Cymru' which is a multi sport event for the young athletes of Wales. The squad consisted of:-
The event was held at the Cardiff International Sports Stadium in Leckwith. On the hottest day of the year the squad performed really well to reach the semi-final, losing narrowly 22-26 to Ysgol Preseli. Well Done to all the boys for a fantastic effort!
Junior Girls are Llanelli Schools Tennis Champions!
Congratulations to our Junior Girls Tennis Team who have won the Llanelli Schools Tournament and will now go on to compete in the West Wales Final in QE High School in Carmarthen. Well Done girls!
Bryngwyn Completes First Year of Healthy Schools Award
Bryngwyn have successfully completed their first year of the Healthy Schools award and will be collecting their first 'leaf' this term. Being a Healthy School demonstrates that children's health and well being is supported across the school, healthy eating is promoted and regular exercise offered to all children through PE lessons and numerous extra curricular sports clubs.
The aim of the PE department is to include all pupils of all abilities in sport and PE and to get them hooked on sport. It is hoped that children will continue to participate in regular exercise into adulthood. Healthy Schools ensures that these beliefs are promoted.
Year 8 Girls Try Boxercise!
Year 8 girls have been carrying out sample boxercise sessions as part of their Health and Well Being lessons.
Yr 10 Sports Leaders Help Out At Ysgol Y Felin Sports Day
Bryngwyn's Sports Leaders have attended Ysgol Y Felin's Sports Day and what a successful day it was! From sack racing to pram pushing, spirits were high! The Event was supported by Asda who kindly supplied drinks for all pupils throughout the day. The Asda Community Officer was also in attendance to enjoy the day. Our Sports Leaders displayed their skills by acting as place judges on the finish line, organising events, delivering drinks and generally supervising the younger children and being fantastic role models. Twenty Year 10 GCSE PE pupils have gained the Level 2 Sports Leaders Award this year and have shown commitment and dedication to leading their peers in school and community clubs.
The PE department are really pleased to be introducing a new course this year called Sports Leaders Award.This gives Year 10 pupils the opportunity to gain experience in delivering coaching sessions and to learn all of the appropriate skills which help with future leadership roles.
The course will run every Thursday 3-4pm and will involve a mixture of theory and practical sessions lead by all members of the PE department. At the end of Year 10, pupils will achieve the Sports Leaders Award which will hold them in good stead when applying for further education and employment.
Also starting in November every Thursday 3pm-4pm is GCSE PE Short Course. This course is especially for pupils who did not chose full course PE but are interested in gaining a qualification in PE. The course will run for 12 weeks and pupils will obtain Short Course GCSE PE at the end of Year 11.
Lucy Willams - 1st November 2011