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School re-opens on Monday 20th April - Week B  

The Swansea Crown Prosecution Service came into school today, Friday, 3rd April, to talk to the Year 10 pupils about their jobs at the CPS. The pupils got involved in a fierce debate about a sensitive court case. The pupils were split into two groups and one side had to be the ‘prosecuting side’ and the other was ‘defending side’. It got into a heated debate about what was right and wrong about the case, and by listening to evidence, the pupils were able to make a conclusion on what they thought was right. The pupils enjoyed the debate and listening to the evidence shown. The CPS also talked to the pupils about their jobs and qualifications. The debate was organised by Careers Wales and the Swansea CPS. Photos here

Friday, April 3rd. Year 7 finalised their termly project on fairy tales with group performances in front of their classmates. The pupils dressed up in appropriate costumes to act out the very entertaining stories they had written, and all worked very hard. Photos here
School will close on Friday, 3rd April for the Easter holidays. Pupils are to return to school on Monday 20th April when we will be commencing Week B. School will be closed for a Bank Holiday on Monday 4th May. The School Prom will take place on Thursday May 7th. The GCSE written exams begin on Monday 18th May. Click here for the exam timetables
Wednesday, 1st April. Sporting news. The Year 7 girls took part in a netball tournament at the Afan Lido and did very well to reach the quarter final stages of the knockout cup competition. The Year 10 rugby team played local rivals Dyffryn, and although having played well, the side eventually lost out to stronger opposition.

Wednesday 1st April. All of our Year 9 pupils made the short trip across town to the Princess Royal Theatre to see a production of 'The Journey', a play concerned with the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. School pupils from Neath Port Talbot and Swansea made up the audience watching a .theatre group called 'Actashop' performing an interactive play.

Tuesday, March 31st. Taz Miah and Maruf Ali from the Swansea Bay Racial Equality Council visited the school to speak to the School Council about cultural diversity and to explore the possibility of running an awareness activity or more specific project. The Council was very interested and enthusiastic to become involved. Mrs Protheroe will arrange a further meeting next term to discuss pupil ideas. Photo here
Sunday, March 29th. Five Year eleven pupils visited the BBC Centre at Culverhouse Cross on March 29th to take part in a televised debate entitled 'What are we doing to our kids?'. Guests on the hour long debate included the Mister for Education, Jane Hutt and the Children's Commissioner for Wales. The programme hosted by Betsan Powys and Fiona Phillips will be aired on BBC 1 on Tuesday March 31st at 9pm. Link, click here
Friday, March 27th. Glan Afan was very successful in the second round of the Urdd Eisteddfod competitions held in Port Talbot's Princess Royal Theatre. Catrin Harris (Year 11) came first in the Sioegerdd (show songs) and Llefaru (recitation), and the Year 10 dance group claimed first prize in the 'Dawnsio Disgo' competition. The next stage of the competition takes place in Cardiff in May. Well done to all who took part.
Saturday, March 28th. Three Glan Afan pupils were honoured for their services to the school community at a ceremony in the Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea. (Click here for a link to the Awards site). Sadie Jarrett, Luke Jenkins and Joseph Devries were all awarded their High Sherriff Awards. The awards have been going for 40 years and recognise the excellent work going on within our communities by the voluntry sector. Catrin Harris and Lisa Jones played in the West Glamorgan orchestra who provided musical entertainment. Click here for photographs
A group of Year 10 pupils recently visited the Liberty Stadium in Swansea as part of their COPE course. The party were accompanied by South Wales Police Officers who have pastoral links with the school. For photographs of the visit, click here
So successful was the input of the Glan Afan group at the recent 'A Quiet revolution' conference in Cardiff hosted by 'Childen in Wales' that two of the group, Catrin Harris and Lisa Jones have been asked to appear in a BBC Wales programme called 'What are we doing to our kids?' to be screened on Sunday 29th March. Both Catrin and Lisa are members of the'Bullies Out' scheme which has been successfully running in Glan Afan for 2 years.
Friday, 20th March. Ex Glan Afan pupil Michael Sheen (Western Mail interview) is the star of the newly released film 'Damned United' in which he plays the famed football manager,Brian Clough.(link here to BBC interview). Also on a football theme former pupil Andrew Legg has a new book out charting his professional career in soccer, and his personal battle against cancer. (click here for book info)
The School Council's report from the All Wales Convention project is now available. Click here to view it. Click here for the Western Mail's report
Wednesday, March 18th. Glan Afan took part in a TAG rugby tournament at Aberavon RFC's groun. The team played exceptionally well beating Cymmer and Sandfields. They then faced Ystalyfera who proved to be a strong team with match ending in a draw. The teams only reverse was against the students of Neath College, which proved to be a tough and physical match. Glan Afan finished a very creditable joint second overall with Ystalyfera. Neath Colleg won the tournament.
Wednesday, March 18th. The Year 8 netball team took part in a tournament in Swansea playing three games. The first against Olchfa was a close contest, Glan Afan just missing out by 1 point. The second game against a strong St. Joseph's team also resulted in a reverse, but in the final game Glan Afan were too strong for Pentrehafod and won by 15 goals to 0.
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Friday. March 20th. David Jones, Year 11, has received a prestigous award by Caerffili County Council for his attitude, behaviour and involvement in school and community life. David was presented with his award by the Mayor of Caerffili and the Director of Education. David has attended Glan Afan for the last five years and is a credit to himself and his carer. Well done David, the school is very proud of you.
It was with great sadness that Glan Afan learned of the death of one of our former pupils, Dean John, a corporal serving in the Queen's Dragoon Guards who was killed on duty in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan. (Tuesday, March 18th). BBC News story.
The Year 7 girls hockey team played their third game of the year against Pontardullais Comprehensive school away (Tuesday March 18th), and showed how well they have been improving, winning by five goals to nil. An excellent team performance saw Courtney Sawyers scoring 3 goals.
The Year 9 Option Choices are now available, and the pupils should be considering carefully their Key Stage 4 subjects now. After the Parents Evening on Thursday 12th March, there will be a short period of time for reflection before decisions have to be made. The Careers Wales web site has some good advice, but if in doubt consult any of the staff at Glan Afan for advice and guidance. Click here for the Option Choice leaflet
On Friday, 20th March a Conference will take place at the Parc Thistle Hotel, Cardiff called 'A Quiet Revolution'. This is being hosted by 'Children In Wales' and guest speakers will include Edward Walker - Head of UNICEF UK and Jane Hutt AM Minister for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills. Linda James from 'Bullies Out' will also present with the help of pupils from our School to discuss the adoption of the Bullies Out Peer Support Programme in Glan Afan. For photographs, click here
The Year7 and 8 netball teams played Cwrt Sart Comprehensive School on Thursday, March. The Year 7 team played well in one of their first games, but eventually lost out by 9 to 4. Emma Gordon scored three and Emily Meskell one. The Year 8 team however outplayed their Briton Ferry opponents and eventually ran out winners by 20 to 9. Hannah Rowlands and Lauren Maclean both played well.
Mr Lewis Award

Mr Adrian Lewis, Head of Maths at Glan Afan has won the Swansea Bay Radio Community Award for Teacher of the Year. Mr Lewis has been teaching for 15 years, and has been at Glan Afan for 7 years. Thanks to Mr Lewis, over 100 pupils have achieved extra GCSE's, and over 100 pupils have taken part in the Maths Challenge because Mr Lewis has given his time to help pupils prepare for it. Some of his nominators said that “He is a teacher in a million! He has many different learning techniques and always gives up his free time for us” and “He is always here for us at dinner times if we need help with anything.” Mr Lewis was nominated by pupils at Glan Afan, and past pupils who he is greatly missed by. Photos Here

Thursday, March 12th. Maria Hayes,and Briony Riddell-Croft both professional artists, came into school today to work with the Year 10 GCSE Art group. (see photos here).The pupils spent the day developing art work around the theme of 'Identity'. (For a gallery of the paintings, click here). The event was sponsored by Sheeran Locke on behalf of the 'Young Brits at Art', a national art competition run jointly with the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
The squad for the Ospreys Regional 15 a - side rugby tournament to take place on Tuesday, 10th March is as follows: Forwards - Jack Williams, Andrew Moule, Joseph Kerr, Nathan Burbridge, Liam Lewis, Nicholas Hughes, Niall Meyrick, Connor David, Scott Trainor, Elliot Cherring. Backs - Tomos Wheadon, Cory Taylor, Leigh Morgan, Llwyd Lewis, Jarred Price, Joshua Thomas, Aaron Davies, David Lewis, Jacob Williams. Glan Afan played really well in some exciting games beating Sandfields, drawing with Llangattwg and coming close with Ystalafera and Cwmtawe.
Tuesday, March 10th. A careers convention took place this morning in the school hall. Representatives from different work sources came into school to talk to the pupils about their future careers, giving useful advice and information. Careers Wales have a useful web site with direct links to planning for the future and the implications of the forthcoming option choices.. Click here for information
As part of the Welsh Assembly Health Challenge Wales initiative, all of Year 7 are 'smoke free' classess. Pupils have signed up to stay smoke free and there have been a number of activities introduced to try to get the message across about the dangers of smoking. The Year 7 pupils will be visiting the Princess Royal Theatre on Wednesday, 11th March to listen to anti smoking advice from the Health Challenge Neath Port Talbot Partnership . Click here for information on the Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council's national 'no smoking day' initiatives.
Friday March 6th. The Glan Afan school Eisteddfod took place today in the school hall.Pupils from Years 7,8 and 9 took part in the traditional Welsh competition fought around the school Houses of Rhys, Llewellyn, Glyndwr and Tudor. A cultural mix of the arts was played out on the school stage, enjoyed by an appreciative audience. The 'Crowning of the Bard' ceremony took place towards the end of the day when Rhys Chaves (Year 7) poem about Wales was judged to be the best overall. The winning House was Rhys. For some photographs of the day, click here.
Thursday, March 5th. The Glan Afan Year 10 soccer team played Cwmtawe Comprehensive school in Pontardawe. It was a hard fought game with honours even at half time, Michael Coslett scoring from a cross by Dominic Carroll. In the second half, a strong Cwmtawe team came more into the game and scored with 15 minutes to go. Glan Afan were unlucky not to get a point out of an exciting encounter. Player of the match was Ryan Thomas (Year 9). Glan Afan's Year 8 team were also playing against Cwtawe, a game which was decided on penalties after the score was tied 3 apiece at the end of the game.
The Year 7 Parents Evening that was postponed last month because of bad weather has been rescheduled for Thursday 26th March. The evening will start at 4 o'clock and finish at 6 0'clock . (Click here for the Year 7 parents evening form). The school Eisteddfod will take place on Friday, March 5th for Years 7 and 8, school uniform must be worn. College Interviews will also take place on Friday March 5th for all the Year 11 pupils. Friday 12th March has been designated as a sponsored 'non school uniform' day, and all money raised as a result will go towards the 'Red Nose Day' charity.
Tuesday, March 3rd. The school council visited St Mary's centre to give a talk to the Mother's Union about the All Wales Convention, and their involvement in it.. Members of the school council explained what the All Wales Convention was about, and answered questions that were asked by the ladies. Questionnaires were given out and filled in, to help us get responses from more people in the community about Wales' powers. (Photos here) The school council will be visiting St Agnes church on Thursday alsoto talk about the All Wales Convention. You can find out more about our All Wales Convention project by clicking here. You can also take our online questionnaire here.
Hayley Williams, the 5x60 officer, has some new information for Glan Afan pupils regarding the many and varied physical activities on offer. Click here for the latest information.
Glan Afan pupils were once again involved in Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council's Holocaust Memorial Service held in the Princess Royal Theatre on Wednesday evening, February 25th. For a link please click here. Click here for the Holcaust Centre
Wednesday, February 25th. A fantastic performance by the Under 14 hockey team saw them beat Penyrheol Comprehensive School from Swansea by 1 goal to nil in a fiercely contested cup match. The game was poised 0 - 0 at half time with Glan Afan having the better opportunities to score. The second half proved more successful with Samantha Thomas from Year 8 scoring the winning goal. This was an excellent all round performance, but goalkeeper Leah Williams (Year 8) deserves praise for some important saves .
A copy of Glan Afan's Prospectus is now available to view online. To see it, click here
Thursday, February 12th. Neath Port Talbot community police crime prevention team launched their anti knife campaign today in Glan Afan. PC norris attended school with Swansea City footballer Kristian O'Leary to talk to our pupils about the dangers of knife crime and what to do if you know someone with a knife. Leaflets and cards were given out to the pupils with al the necessary information. To see these and photos, please click here.
All of Year 9 have been given the oppoprtunity to visit the Neath College campus over the last two days. (February 11th and 12th). These 'taster' sessions give the pupils a chance to work in environments such as the new media and drama buildings, as well as the extensive sports facilities at Llandarcy. All year 9 pupils will shortly be making their option choices and thinking about their futures and what College courses will ultimately be benficial for their ambitions. For a link, click here
Glan Afan is already organising the skiing trip for next year after a very successful week spent in Austria just after Christmas this year. For information about the trip for 2010, please contact Mr. Martin Thomas at Glan Afan. For some photographs of the trip, please click here
The School council met with Sally Hyman from the All Wales Convention(Tuesday, February 10th.). She came in and spoke to the pupils about her role, and about how we as a school can get involved in the All Wales Convention. The School Council will get involved in the project over the next few weeks. On Thursday, February 12th, council members took a powerpoint assembly to get the massage across to their peers. (photos here). The main focus of the Glan Afan group will be to find out the local communities views on the Welsh Assembly, its role and powers. To see the full report click here.
CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY about the Welsh Assembly powers ONLINE! (Please note: you can only vote once)
hockey560 Tuesday night was sports night as Glan Afan's Year 7 soccer team and Year 7 hockey team were in action. The hockey team played on the Afan Lido all weather surface against Bishop Vaughn school from Swansea, the game split into three halves. The first two games ended in draws with the third ending in a win fro Glan Afan after Courtney Sawyers scored two goals, and an excellent performance from all the girls. For a soccer report, click here. Amy Nicholls, Year 9, has been selected for the Welsh Under 17 Karate team. She is going to Scotland with the team in April to represent Wales.
The main GCSE examinations are about to begin and all the rules, regulations and timetables can be accessed here. To see the rules and regulation poster, click here. To see the GCSE timetables, click here. To see the candidate numbers, click here.
It was a spectacular weekend for three of Glan Afan's past pupils. James Hook came off the bench to play most of the second half for Wales in their victory over Scotland in the first game of the Six Nations rugby tournament. Rhys Taylor sat on the bench as Chelsea's reserve goalkeeper in their 0 - 0 draw with Hull City in the Premiership League. Michael Sheen attended the 'BAFTA' Ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London with nominations for his role in the film 'Nixon'.
The Holocaust Remembrance evening was unfortunately cancelled due to the severe weather on Tuesday evening. Catrin Harris, Year 11 made a sculpture as a centre piece for the stage depicting the theme 'Stand up to Hatred'. See a photograph here.
On Friday 6th February there will be a 'Tan Dance' taster session taking place in the gym straight after school. This will be open to boys and girls from all years. The session will finish at 4.30, and you can see Hayley the 5x60 officer for details. Click here for more information about Tan Dancing in the local area during half term.
crimeprevention The Glan Afan Crime Prevention quiz team took part in the Welsh final on Tuesday, February 3rd, representing South Wales in competition with teams from North Wales, West Wales and East Wales. The final took place last night in the Copthorne Hotel and although the team performed really well, they finished third overall. Part of the prize was then to stay overnight in the hotel. Well done to the pupils who took part and to PCNorris and Mrs Sian Thomas for their hard work in preparing the team. Photo here
Important notice: Boys Football (Years 9, 10 + 11) is cancelled today (Wednesday) due to the icy conditions. Dance Lessons provided by Neath Port Talbot College have been cancelled for today. The Year 7 Parents evening on Thursday 5th January has been postponed until further notice due to predicted adverse weather. Lessons provided by Neath Port Talbot College (Retail, Drama and Construction) may also possibly be cancelled on Thursday if the College is closed. The Silver Surfer's group has been called off for Thursday evening.
Tuesday, February 3rd. Glan Afan was closed due to the inclement weather conditions. All schools in Neath Port Talbot were closed as a result of the worst snow for 15 years. Check the appropriate media outlets for the rest of this week regarding any further disruption. To see some photographs of the severe weather and how it affected the town click here.
youthspeaks Thursday, January 29th. Glan Afan took part in the 'Youth Speaks' competition organised by the Port Talbot Rotary Club. Teams of three pupils from all the schools and Colleges in Neath Port Talbot took part, Glan Afan's team comprising of Sadie Jarrett, Ben Sawyers and Catrin Harris, all Year 11. The team performed superbly , speaking about 'Does childhood still exist?', but the winning trio was judged to be Afan College who hosted the event.
Wednesday, January 28th. The Year 7 rugby team played against the old rivals, Dyffryn at the Plough. The team played well in the first half but Dyffryn were in control and scored two converted tries to lead 14 - 0 at half time.. The second half saw Glan Afan take control, but the team couldn't turn their superiority into points, just failing to score on a number of occasions. (Leigh Morgan, 7J)
The February and March 2009 GCSE Examination timetable is now available. Examinations involve Year 10 and Year 11 Pupils, and Exams will take place in Art, (click here) Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry Physics and D&T. Click here for details.
tagrugby Friday 23rd January. A TAG rugby festival took place at the Afan Lido in preparation for the County Tournament which is due to take place in the next few weeks. Glan Afan's Under 14 team beat Dwr Y Felin 7 tries to 0, Ystalyfera by 4 tries to 0 and Cefn Saeson by 5 tries to 0. They drew 1 each with Sandfields and lost 1 - 2 to Cwrt Sart. The Under 18 team faced tough opposition in Neath College in their pool, who they held to a respectable 1 try to nil, and Georgia Cockings and Lauren Morgan each had a try disallowed. Glan Afan's Under 18's went on to beat Ystalyfera, Sandfields, St. Josephs and Dyffryn. Well played!!
The online art gallery for the 2008 WJEC GCSE final design art work is now available for viewing, as well as Year 10 paintings under the theme of 'Identity' painted in the style and influenced by Marc Chagall. This can be accessed via the departments/ art/ WJEC GCSE Final Examination Art Gallerys 2006 2007 2008 buttons, or by clicking here
music A talented group of Year 9 and 10 pupils have been working in partnership with the local authority in writing, composing and performing their own 'anti drink drive' song. The NPTCBC Road Safety team together with South Wales Police have sponsored this two day event so that Glan Afan's young musicians can work with professional lyricists and composers. The finished song will be performed, together with songs from other local Comprehensive Schools at the Princess Royal Theatre in April. For photographs, click here.
merityr7 Wednesday, January 21st. A merit assembly took place in the hall to congratulate the Year 7 pupils who had performed so well. Certificates were awarded to pupils who had tried hard and made improvements, and to the pupils who achieved the best effort grades in their recent Interim reports. Mr. Thomas mentioned how pleased the staff were with the performance of the whole of Year 7. Well done. For photographs of the recipients, click here.
keepie uppie Mr. Miller has organised a charity 'football skills' competition for Glan Afan pupils. The 'keepie Uppie' competition takes place on a dinnertime at 12.45 every day in the Geography room and the top 20 scores qualify for the knock out stages in April. The first prize are tickets for the Swans or Cardiff City and all proceeds go to the Joshua Foundation. Photo here
crimeprevention The Year 8 Glan Afan Crime Prevention team took part in the second round of the All Wales Core Programme, Crime Prevention Quiz, organised by the South Wales Police Force. They emerged as champions, beating St. Clare's school, Porthcawl, Morriston Comprehensive, Gowerton and Y Pant, becoming South Wales Champions.The Glan Afan team now go on to represent South Wales in the All Wales final in Cardiff on February 4th. Click here for photograph
Hayley WIlliams is the new 5x60 officer in Glan Afan, taking over from Alison. For a full list of activities currently taking place in Glan Afan, click here
The Year 7 girls hockey team played their second match of the season in a triangular tournament in Swansea on Thursday, January 15th. The team played very well considering their inexperience, drawing the first game against Cwmtawe, 0 - 0 and playing well but ultimately losing 3 - 1 against a very good and powerful Swansea side. Sophie Atkinson scored the goal.
The school Eco committee met today (Tuesday, January 13th), the first of the new term. Led by Mrs. Tilleke, the committee members sorted out all the old Christmas cards that had been received by pupils and staff so that they could be recycled. They were bagged up and taken to the Tesco store in Port Talbot. This term the committee will be developing the ECO code for the school. More news to follow.
The Easter Term timetable for the PE Department Extra Curricular Clubs and 5 x 60 Clubs is available by clicking here.
The January 2009 GCSE Examination timetable is now available. Examinations involve Year 10 and Year 11 Pupils, and Exams will take place in Leisure and Tourism, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Please click here to view the timetables.


Important information for parents

This Year, Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 will remain on site during lunchtime. The canteen facility will be available with a selection of healthy eating options or a packed lunch can be brought into school. (Healthy Schools link)

School uniform is currently on sale from the School Office However, it is advisable to order/ purchase early as limited stock is kept in school. Click here for information about uniform and PE kit

If you would like to buy a school jumper or tie, click on the link below for an order form.


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