The Rotary Club met at the Bay Hotel on theevening of September 17. President Maggie Stringer gave a special welcome to 3students sponsored by the club who participated in the Rotary Youth Leadership Awardlast month - Ellie Bennett from Ysgol Dewi Sant, Harnam Mann from Ysgol BroGwaun and Oliver James from Ysgol Uwchradd Aberteifi. The students wereaccompanied by Nerys Nicholas, Headteacher Ysgol Bro Gwaun, Nicola James, HeadteacherYsgol Uwchradd Aberteifi and Anna Swinfield.

After Chris Williams reported on hisperambulations around south Wales in his capacity as District Governor,President Maggie said she had received feedback from Nia Rees who is currentlyengaged in her university project in Peru. Armed with letters of introductionfrom our club, Nia has made contact with the President of the  Rotary Club and Rotaract Youth Club in Cuzco. We look forward to hearing from Nia on her return.

Ellie, Harnam and Oliver were then invited togive their illustrated presentation and describe the practical challenges theyencountered. These included gorge walking, canoeing and caving. On the finalday they were faced with tests of navigation, getting out of a ‘spider’s web’,ascending a climbing wall and constructing and racing a raft. ‘Getting wet’seemed to be the common theme but they emphasised their enjoyment and personalgrowth during the week. They particularly valued the skills learned –leadership, teamwork, communication, thinking on the spot, perseverance and theboost to their confidence.

The opportunity to make long-lastingfriendships was a special bonus. In giving the vote of thanks, Richard Goswellcongratulated them on a fine presentation and urged them to spread the RYLAmessage in their own schools for the benefit of their successors.

Finally, President Maggie presented Ellie,Harnam and Oliver with certificates celebrating their achievement. 

Nancy & Isabelle "Chips off the Old Block"

Ysgol Bro Gwaun sixth formers Nancy John & IsabelleDavies were recently part of the crew of the Stavros S Niarchos "TallShips Youth Trust".

The 6 day voyage from Cobh, County Cork to the Port ofSouthampton qualified the girls for their residential section of their GoldDuke of Edinburgh award.

Both girls thoroughly enjoyed the adventure, returningwith lots of "sea going" stories to tell their Master MarinerDads...Talk about "chips of the old block"


Mock EU Council

Year 13 students at Ysgol Bro Gwaun have expandedtheir horizons in a recent series of activities targeted at the More Able andTalented (MAT).  On Thursday 10thSeptember Thomas Hughes and Aled Harding-James participated in the Mock Councilof the European Union in Siambr Hywel, Cardiff Bay.  Thomas and Aled were chosen to representDenmark, giving statements on two complex motions including debate overgreenhouse gas emission targets, as well as considering central EU control offiscal policy for Eurozone members.  Bothstudents were a credit to Ysgol Bro Gwaun, who are very proud of their veryadept debating and communication skills.

Afurther 15 students attended the Pembrokeshire More able and talented HEconference, the first of its kind in the county, at the Pembrokeshire Archiveson the 11th September.  Whilstat the event students were able to gather information from a large range ofspeakers, including Dr Hywel Davies, as well as benefit from the experiences ofalumni students.  In the afternoon therewere workshops from top UK university providers, including Oxbridge, Imperial,Bangor, Exeter, Swansea and UWTSD.  Itwas a very informative day and one which students felt was very insightful,instilling in them a passion to achieve their true and highest potential.

Taith yr Urdd Ysgol Bro Gwaun

i wylio gêm rygbi Cymru yn erbyn yr Eidal.

 ArDdydd Sadwrn y 5ed o Fedi, teithiodd 31 o ddisgyblion Ysgol Bro Gwaun iGanolfan y Mileniwm yn y Brifddinas i wylio gêm rygbi cyfeillgar rhwng Cymrua’r Eidal. Siomedig oedd dechrau’r hanner cyntaf gyda’r Eidal yn dechrau sgorioo fewn y munudau cyntaf. Llwyddodd Cymru i ddal eu tir a chrafu'r pwyntiau ynôl, ond gydag anaf Rhys Webb, yr Eidal oedd ar y brig ar ddiwedd yr hannercyntaf.

 Cryfhaugwnaeth garfan Cymru a brwdfrydedd y cefnogwyr yn ystod yr ail hanner wrthiddynt lwyddo i oroesi sgôr yr Eidalwyr, ond siom eto ddaeth wrth i LeighHalfpenny anafu ei hun yn ystod yr ail hanner. Bu bron i'r Eidal ennill y dyddar ddiwedd y gêm ond aflwyddiannus fu eu hymgais, a oedd yn rhyddhad mawr iddisgyblion Ysgol Bro Gwaun. Y sgôr derfynol oedd 23 i Gymru 19 i'r Eidalwyr.

 Cafwyddiwrnod pleserus gan y disgyblion a'r staff a fu ar y daith sydd nawr yn edrychymlaen at Gwpan y Byd yn yr Hydref. Diolch i'r Urdd am drefnu'r daith ynghyd â'rstaff a fynychodd y daith gyda'r disgyblion.