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Spring 2019

Llwyddiant i ddisgyblion Ysgol Dyffryn Aman yn Eisteddfod Sir yr Urdd 2019

Llongyfarchiadau mawr i ddisgyblion yr ysgol a fu’n llwyddiannus yn Eisteddfod Sir yr Urdd yn ddiweddar. Dangoswyd amrywiaeth o dalentau ar lwyfan Neuadd Pontyberem yn ystod y prynhawn a phawb wedi rhoi o’u gorau. Bydd yr enillwyr yn mynd ymlaen yn awr i gynrychioli’r ysgol  a Rhanbarth Dwyrain Myrddin yn Eisteddfod Genedlaethol yr Urdd, sy’n cael ei chynnal eleni ym Mae Caerdydd ar ddiwedd mis Mai. Dymuniadau gorau i’r disgyblion hynny a fydd yn cynrychioli’r ysgol. Dyma’r canlyniadau: 

1af Parti Merched Bl 7  – 9
1af Parti Cerdd Dant Bl 7-9
2ail Ensemble Offerynnol Bl7 – 9
1af Grŵp Llefaru Bl10 a dan 19 oed Dysgwyr
1af Grŵp Llefaru Bl7-9 Dysgwyr
2ail Grŵp Llefaru Bl 7, 8,a 9
2ail Ymgom Bl 7-9
Celyn Lewis:  
1af Unawd Merched , Bl 7-9
1af Cyflwyno Alaw Werin, Bl7-9
1af Unawd Cerdd Dant Bl 7-9
3ydd Llefaru Unigol Bl 7-9
Osian Clarke:
2ail Unawd Bechgyn Bl10 a dan 19 oed
2ail Cyflwyno Alaw Werin, Bl10 a dan 19 oed
3ydd Unawd allan o Sioe Gerdd Bl10 a dan 19 oed
2ail Deuawd Bl10 a dan 19 oed  – Osian Clarke a Neve Summers
2ail Neve Summers, Unawd Merched bl10 a dan 19 oed
1af Cerys Medi Williams, Dawns Hip Hop/ Stryd  / Disgo Bl 7-9
1af Sinead Richards, Llefaru Unigol Bl10 a dan 19 oed Dysgwyr
2ail Jac Chapman , Llefaru Unigol bl10 a dan 19
2ail Priyaan Shamughanathan , Llefaru Unigol Bl 7-9 Dysgwyr.

Success for Ysgol Dyffryn Aman pupils in the Urdd County Eisteddfod 2019

Congratulations to the pupils of the school who were successful in the Urdd County Eisteddfod recently. A variety of talents were shown on the stage at Pontyberem Hall during the afternoon and everyone had given their best. The winners will now go on to represent the school and Merlin East Region at the Urdd National Eisteddfod, which is being held this year in Cardiff Bay at the end of May. Best wishes to those pupils who will represent the school. Here are the results:

1st Year 7 – 9 Girls Party
1st Cerdd Dant Party Years 7-9
2nd Year 7 – 9 Instrumental Ensemble
1st Year 10 and Under 19 Recitation Group Learners
1st Recital Group Yr7-9 Learners
2nd Recitation Group Yr 7, 8, & 9
2nd Conversation Years 7-9
Celyn Lewis:
1st Solo Girls, Years 7-9
1st Presentation of Folk Song, Y7-9
1st Cerdd Dant Solo Years 7-9
3rd Individual Recitation Years 7-9
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Osian Clarke:
Year 10 and Under 19 Boys Solo
2nd Submission of Folk Song, Year 10 and under 19 years
3rd Solo from Y10 and under 19 years old
2nd duet Year 10 and under 19 – Osian Clarke and Neve Summers
2nd Neve Summers, Year 10 and Under 19 Girls Solo
1st Cerys Medi Williams, Hip Hop / Street / Disco Dance Years 7-9
1st Sinead Richards, Solo Recitation Year 10 and under 19 Learners
2nd Jac Chapman, Solo Recitation Year 10 and under 19
2nd Priyaan Shamughanathan, Solo Recitation Yr 7-9 Learners

Gwobr Dug Caeredin / Duke of Edinburgh Award

Cwblhaodd tri-deg pump o ddisgyblion wobr Efydd Dug Caeredin yn llwyddiannus eleni. Cawsant eu tystysgrifau yn ystod noson gyflwyniad yng Nghaerfyrddin fis Chwefror. Da iawn bawb a wirfoddolodd yn y gymuned, a dangosodd sgiliau mewn ystod o feysydd, a gwellodd ffitrwydd personol a chwblhawodd y daith yn  llwyddiannus.
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Thirty-five pupils completed their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award successfully this year. They received their certificates during a presentation evening in Carmarthen this February. Well done everybody who volunteered in the community, showed skills in a range of areas., improved personal fitness and completed the expedition successfully. 

Sêr Darllen / Reading Stars

Bu disgyblion Blwyddyn 8 yn Nyffryn Aman yn cymryd rhan mewn diwrnod pleserus a chynhyrchiol iawn o ysgrifennu yn ystod Diwrnod Llythrennedd yng Ngerddi Sophia yng Nghaerdydd. Roedd y diwrnod a gynhaliwyd ar y cyd â Chlwb Criced Morgannwg yn cynnwys disgyblion yn gweithio gyda Noddwr Darllen David Brayley ar dasgau ysgrifennu disgrifiadol byr wedi’u hysbrydoli gan bethau cofiadwy criced. Daeth y diwrnod i ben gyda thaith o amgylch y safle lle bu disgyblion yn ymweld ag ystafell y wasg a’r ystafell wisgo lle roedd disgyblion yn cael gwisgo crysau chwaraewyr rhyngwladol y gorffennol a’r presennol. Dywedodd Mike O’Rourke, Cydlynydd Sêr Darllen yr Uwch Gynghrair, “Roedd disgyblion yn glod i’r ysgol. Cafwyd amser pleserus gan bawb, gyda’r holl ddisgyblion yn gweithio’n galed iawn ar eu hysgrifennu.
Pupils in Year 8 at Dyffryn Aman were involved in a highly enjoyable and productive day of writing during a Literacy Day at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. The day that was run in conjunction with Glamorgan Cricket Club involved pupils working with Patron of Reading David Brayley on short descriptive writing tasks inspired by cricket memorabilia.  The day concluded with a tour of the ground whereby pupils visited the press room and the away dressing room where pupils got to wear shirts from international players past and present. Premier League Reading Stars Co-ordinator Mike O’Rourke said that “Pupils were a credit to the school with pupils. An enjoyable time was had by all with all pupils working very hard on their writing.

Her Mathemateg Canolradd y DU, Prifysgol Leeds / Intermediate UK Mathematics Challenge, Leeds University

Cymerodd dros fwy na 250,000 o ddisgyblion o 3,000 o ysgolion a cholegau ledled y DU ran yn y Her Mathemategol Ganolraddol ar 7 Chwefror, a drefnwyd gan Brifysgol Leeds.  Roedd gan fyfyrwyr 60 munud i ateb 25 o broblemau mathemategol lluosog amrywiol. Dosbarthwyd tystysgrifau i gydnabod eu llwyddiant mewn mathemateg, a gwahoddwyd y rhai â sgôr uchelaf i gymryd rhan mewn cystadlaethau dilynol.
Y canlyniadau ar gyfer Blwyddyn 10 Ysgol Dyffryn Aman oedd:
Canlyniadau:-
Dyfarnwyd y Gorau yn y flwyddyn ar y cyd i Ioan Jones a Zac Harries, gydag Owain Llewelyn a Ben Elias yn ennill Gwobrau Efydd.
Rydym yn llongyfarch pawb sydd wedi cymryd rhan.
Over 250,000 students from more than 3,000 schools and colleges across the UK participated in the Intermediate Mathematical Challenge on 7th February, organised by Leeds University. Students had 60 minutes to answer 25 varied multiple choice mathematical problems. High scorers are awarded certificates to recognise their success in mathematics, with top scorers invited to participate in follow-on competitions.
The results for Year 10 Ysgol Dyffryn Aman were:
Results:-
Best in Year was awarded jointly to Ioan Jones and Zac Harries, with Owain Llewelyn and Ben Elias achieving Bronze Awards.
We congratulate all those who participated.

Digwyddiadau Amrywiol / Various Events

Cwmni theatr yn ymweld â YDA i ysbrydoli meddygon y dyfodol.
Theatre company visits YDA but it’s no drama for future medics.
Newyddion Ymddiriedolaeth y Tywysog / Princes Trust News
Taith Daearyddiaeth i Lundain / Geography trip to London
Caredigrwydd
- YDA -
Kindness

Welsh National Skiing Finals 2019

Seven skiers from Ysgol Dyffryn Aman braved the tough conditions, high wind and driving rain at Llangrannog Ski Centre to take part in the Welsh National Skiing Finals. After a very strong performance in the West Wales regional round the teams were confident heading into the finals.

 As always, competition was tough at the nationals with a large number of schools taking part, represented by over 150 racers. The YDA Girls’ Skiing Team did extremely well, finishing 5th overall and earning themselves a place, for the second year running, at the British Schools Ski Finals in November. Spearheaded by very fast runs from Shari Hagget, Year 8, who finished 12th over all categories and Ffion Jones, Year 12, (18th overall) and excellent support runs from Ellie Thomas and Keira Evans (both in year 9), the team were only a few seconds from a medal position across the 8 individual runs. Ffion also won the individual gold medal for the U18 unregistered category.

The boys team, led by ski captain Thom Wood, unfortunately didn’t make the cut off for qualification for the British finals amidst very tough competition. However, they produced some excellent individual performances with Thom Wood winning the gold medal in the U21 unregistered category and Steffan Rees-Millns the bronze medal in the same category. Jake Lewis also achieved a bronze medal in the unregistered U14 category.

Overall, an excellent effort in a tough competition and a particular well done to Thom Wood and Steffan Rees-Millns in year 13 who have now raced for the school for the final time. They have both been an integral part of the school ski team and have shown great skill, determination and energy in making the boys team one of the most successful in Wales over the past few years. Congratulations and thank-you to them both.

Techiquest Science Showcase

Throughout the day, 4 science sessions were given to years 7 and 8 by techniquest. The sessions were designed to engage pupils and to showcase different aspects and practicals that necessarily aren’t shown within their normal science lessons. Individual pupils were invited onto the stage to test scientific phenomena, such as static electricity, magnetism and pressure. Pupils demonstrated the effects of static electricity on their hair due to a balloon and a van der graaff generator, the strength of an electromagnet by playing tug of war against each other as well as sitting on a bed of nails to show that their weight was distributed over the combined surface area, resulting in a pain free seat. Pupils were amazed to see an everyday hoover lift a bowling ball and a miniature hot air balloon reach the ceiling of the hall using just the hot air from a hair dryer. To conclude the show, a ‘microscopic tour of the human body’ was given. A microscopic camera was used to magnify the hair of the visitor, including their arms, head and even up their nose, causing a mixture of extreme laughter, amazement and revolt from the pupils. Pupils spent the rest of the day discussing and sharing what they had seen during the showcase with their friends and teacher, confirming the success of the sessions.

Gyrfaoedd / Careers

Mae disgyblion Blwyddyn 12 wedi cychwyn eu Heriau Menter a Chyflogadwyedd. Yn yr adran hanfodol hon o Fagloriaeth Cymru (CBC) y bwriad yw creu cynnig a fydd yn adfywio Rhanbarth Dinas Bae Abertawe. Bydd y disgyblion yn cyflwyno eu syniadau i banel o feirniaid o’r gymuned fusnes leol.
Mae disgyblion ar draws yr ysgol yn cymryd rhan mewn amrywiaeth o weithgareddau gyrfaoedd. Mae YDA wedi cychwyn ar y rhaglen beilot gyda Gyrfa Cymru a’r ‘Gyfnewidfa Fusnes’. Mae’r adnodd ar-lein hwn yn caniatáu i’r ysgol nodi ystod enfawr o gyflogwyr a darparwyr hyfforddiant ar raddfa genedlaethol sy’n gallu gweithio gyda’r ysgol. Bydd hyn yn caniatáu i’r YDA gyfoethogi’r cwricwlwm a galluogi dysgwyr i ymgysylltu ymhellach â chyflogwyr.
Mynychodd Blwyddyn 10 ddigwyddiad ‘Skills Cymru’ Gyrfa Cymru sy’n cael ei gynnal bob blwyddyn ym Mharc y Scarlets, Llanelli. Cafodd y disgyblion y cyfle i gwrdd ag ystod enfawr o gyflogwyr a darparwyr addysg bellach. Roedd yn ddiwrnod ‘ymarferol’ gyda disgyblion yn cael y cyfle i roi cynnig ar wahanol yrfaoedd a chael cynnig! Fel bob amser, creodd ein disgyblion argraff wych gyda chyflogwyr yn rhannu adborth bositif gyda ni. Diolch yn fawr i Gyrfa Cymru a chyflogwyr am ddarparu profiad mor anhygoel i’n dysgwyr Blwyddyn 10.
Derbyniodd disgyblion Blwyddyn 11 gyflwyniad yn ystod gwasanaethau ar gyfleoedd gyrfaoedd, gan gynnwys siaradwyr gwadd gan Tata Steel, Cyfle a’r GIG. Mae’r rhaglen siaradwyr hon wedi’i chynllunio i ganiatáu i’n dysgwyr wneud dewisiadau gwybodus am lwybrau gyrfa ar adeg mor bwysig. Diolch yn fawr i gyflogwyr sydd wedi cymryd rhan a gweithio gyda’n disgyblion, yn ystod cyfnod arholiad prysur.
Fel rhan o ddiwrnod ABCh yr ysgol, derbyniodd Blwyddyn 11 amrywiaeth o weithdai ar yrfaoedd a byd gwaith. Bu Syniadau Mawr Cymru yn cymryd rhan ac yn siarad â dysgwyr Blwyddyn 11 ynglŷn â chyfryngau cymdeithasol a chyfleoedd cyflogaeth. Bu Ffitrwydd y Lluoedd yn gweithio gyda Blwyddyn 10 ar gyfleoedd menter a sut mae lles a ffitrwydd corfforol yn hanfodol ym myd gwaith.
Year 12 pupils have started their Enterprise and Employability Challenges. This essential component of the Welsh Baccalaureate (WBQ) and pupils are tasked with creating a proposal that will regenerate the Swansea Bay City Region. Pupils will present their ideas to a panel of judges from the local business community. 
Pupils across the school are involved in a variety of careers activities.  YDA has embarked on pilot programme with Careers Wales and the ‘Business Exchange’. This online resource allows the school to identify a huge range of employers and training providers on a national scale that can work with the school.  This will allow YDA to enrich the curriculum and allow learners to further engage with employers. 
Year 10 have attended Careers Wales ‘Skills Cymru’ event which takes place every year in Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli.  Pupils had the opportunity to meet a huge range of employers and further education providers. It was a ‘hands on’ day with pupils getting the opportunity to try different careers and have a go! As always our pupils created a fantastic impression with employers and we received some fantastic feedback. Many thanks to Careers Wales and employers for providing such an amazing experience for our Year 10 learners. 
Year 11 pupils have been receiving presentation during assemblies regarding careers opportunities including guest speakers from Tata Steel, Cyfle and the NHS. This speaker programme is designed to allow our learners to make informed choices about career paths at such an important time. Many thanks to employers who have taken part and worked with our pupils, during a busy exam period. 
As part of the school’s PSE day, Year 11 are experiencing a variety of workshops on careers and the world of work. Big Ideas Wales are involved and have been speaking to Year 11 learners regarding social media and employment opportunities. Forces Fitness are working with Year 10 on enterprise opportunities and how well being and physical fitness is essential in the world of work.

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