Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhondda
Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Cymer girls competed in a RCT Touchy Rugby tournament recently. Year 7&8 and 9&10 battled their way to the finals of each age group and came out on top. Both teams showed great skill and determination throughout the day competing against schools across RCT. Year 7&8 comfortably beat Aberdare High in their final and year 9&10 fought until the last few minutes to gain a two goal lead over Porth County. The girls were fantastic and a credit to the school for both performance, dedication and behaviour.

Our warmest congratulations go to Year 11 pupil, Iestyn Harris on being named Welsh Under 16 Captain during an International Rugby Festival held at Wellington College, London during the Easter break. This is a well-deserved accolade for the talented teenager!

Congratulations once again to Chloe Tutton for her recent swimming achievement, winning a bronze medal at the FFN Golden Tour Marseille, France 2015 meet. There was a large complement of international stars competing in this tournament and Chloe proved her ability to compete against the best in the world.

Many congratulations go to the Year 8 7-a-side rugby squad on becoming The Urdd National Rugby 7s Champions for the first time in Ysgol Gyfun Cymer Rhondda’s history. The boys are also the first school team in history from the Rhondda Valley to achieve this accolade!

Lead by Captain Ethan Fackrell, the team brushed aside all in their path during the first day of competition with a notable 41-10 victory in the final play-off game against Ystalyfera. During the second day of competition, Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhondda again displayed precision and accuracy during the pool stages. Strong performances from Garin Lane, Christen Bethell and Corben Evans ensured Cymer qualified for the semi-final game versus a talented Preseli side. Determination and perseverance were shown by all to claw their way back from a 12 point deficit, ultimately winning the game with the final play via an outstanding individual effort from the dynamic Corben Evans.

The final saw Cymer up against a big and powerful Newbridge outfit that had already beaten the team in the pool stages. Entering the game as firm underdogs, Cymer would have to demonstrate character and desire to overcome their only defeat in 2 days of the competition. Outstanding kick-offs from Josh Phillips and game management from Ethan Lloyd set the tone early during the final with Cymer firmly in the game. An enormous defensive display from Ethan Fackrell and Corben Evans alongside tries from flyers Jake Frary and Christen Bethell secured a comprehensive 33-12 victory! The squad managed to score an impressive 373 points in only 11 games during the whole competition. A special mention goes to all members of the squad on an outstanding achievement, we are all so proud!


Ethan Fackrell (captain), Cameron Winnett, Corben Evans, Ethan Lloyd, Josh Phillips, Garin Lane, Christen Bethell, Jake Frary, Kelly Jones, Osian Lane, Kian Kerley, Fraiser Morgan, Adam Haddrell.

Day 1 Results:

  • Cymer 33 – 12 Cyfarthfa
  • Cymer 43 – 0 Dwr y Felin
  • Cymer 34 – 17 Bryncelynnog
  • Cymer 47 – 7 Cwm Rhymni
  • Gwyndy Cymer 41 – 10
  • Ystalyfera

Day 2 Results:

  • Cymer 31 – 21 Bryntawe
  • Cymer 45 – 14 Greenhill
  • Cymer 33 – 14 Cwm Rhymni
  • Cymer 19 – 32 Newbridge

Semi-Final Result:

Cymer 14 – 12 Preseli

Final Result:

Cymer 33 – 12 Newbridge

We were very pleased to welcome to members of Pendyrus Male Voice Choir to our school on Friday February 27th. Mr Creighton Lewis and Prof. Gareth Williams joined us in our special St David's Day assembly and presented the school with the Rhondda Valley Eisteddfod Chair from 1929. As a school community we are honoured to be handed custodianship of such an important part of our history and will cherish the chair for years to come. Our thanks go to all at Pendyrus Male Voice Choir.

Congratulations to Jack Harries, Jordan Dean, Imogene Cousins, Ffion Day, Sophie Gilder, who were presented with their Duke of Edinburgh's Bronze Awards at a special celebration evening and presentation ceremony at the Park & Dare Theatre. Special guest speaker on the night was the inspirational Josie Pearson MBE, Paralympic Gold Medallist. Their awards were presented by Councilor John Watts, Mayor of Rhondda Cynon Taf, and Councilor Eudine Hanagan, Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning. It was a very enjoyable evening which showcased the commitment and passion given to DofE by our pupils. Llongyfarchiadau i bob un ohonoch!

We were very pleased to be able to return to the Rhondda Fach Sports Centre once again this year as we held our annual School Eisteddfod. There was, once again, a feast of talent on display. From reciting to signing, disco dancing to folk dancing there was an opportunity for everyone to showcase their talents. Congratulations to Megan Husband and Tom Berry, winners of the Welsh and English chairs. Congratulations also to Chloe Wilson, winner of the ‘Voice of the Eisteddfod’ award and to Josh Evans and Carys Woolley, winners of the ‘Musician Lower School Musician of the Year ’ and ‘Upper School Musician of the Year’ awards respectively. This year’s winning house was ENGLYN. Our sincerest congratulations and thanks to all for yet another wonderful school Eisteddfod.

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