Bro Myrddin Welsh Comprehensive School

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Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bro Myrddin
Bro Myrddin 1.png
Motto Heb Ddysg Heb Ddeall (Without learning there is no understanding)
Established 1978
Type State school
Headteacher Dr Llinos Jones
Chairman of Governors Mr Gareth Jones
Location Carmarthenshire
SA32 8DN
Wales
Local authority Carmarthenshire County Council
Students 880 [1]
Gender Male/Female
Ages 11–18
Houses Hengwrt     , Hergest     , Llwydiarth      and Peniarth     
Colours Lilac and Black          
Website www.yggbm.org
Bro Myrddin from Alltycnap Hill
Annual School Eisteddfod, 2009
The Entrance Sign

Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bro Myrddin (English: Bro Myrddin Welsh Comprehensive School) is a Welsh-medium school in Carmarthenshire, Wales. It is situated near the village of Croesyceiliog, about 2 km south of Carmarthen. Myrddin, the Welsh name of the legendary figure Merlin, is traditionally associated with the town of Carmarthen (Caerfyrddin: Myrddin's fort), and Bro Myrddin means "Myrddin's country (or vale)".

Approximately 79% of pupils come from Welsh-speaking homes, but all pupils speak Welsh to first-language standard.[2]

History[edit]

The School was founded in 1978,[3] on the premises of the former Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School for Boys, Carmarthen. In 1996 the school was moved to its current purpose built campus at Croesyceiliog. Its first Pennaeth (Headteacher) was Mr Gareth Evans, who was succeeded upon his retirement in 1997 by Mr Eric Jones, and then by Mr Dorian Williams, in 2006. The latest Headteacher is Dr Llinos Jones, who took Mr Williams' place at his retirement in 2014.

Ethos[edit]

The school's motto is 'Heb Ddysg Heb Ddeall', which translates as 'Without learning there is no understanding'. The school colours are lilac and black.

Houses[edit]

The school has four houses (which are referred to using the Welsh 'Llys'): Hengwrt (house colour: green), Hergest (red), Llwydiarth (black) and Peniarth (blue). The four houses annually compete in the school's own version of the Eisteddfod, in which there is a day of singing, playing instruments, reciting and numerous other events – held on the nearest Friday to St David’s day, and a sports day held in the summer term, also numerous events are held during the year.

Musical[edit]

Every approximately 3 years a musical is performed in the local theater. The 2016 musical was called 'Chwarae Cuddio' (hide and seek in welsh). This is a modern story which looks at how young people play hide and seek on social networking websites. [4]

Results[edit]

2007: 82.8% of 15-year-old pupils achieved 5 or more A* - C grades at GCSE or equivalent

2007: 81.9% of 17-year-old pupils achieved 2 or more A - C grades at A/AS level or equivalent

2015: 81.7% of 15-year-old pupils achieved 5 or more A* - C grades at GCSE[5]

Curriculum[edit]

  • Core: Welsh, Maths, English and Science
  • Humanities: History, Geography, and Religious Studies
  • Creative subjects: Drama, Art and Design, and Music
  • Technology: ICT, Resistant Materials, Catering, Health and Social Care, Textiles, Furniture *Manufacture and Graphic products
  • Foreign languages: French, German, or Spanish

Other: Business Studies

Notable alumni[edit]

Politics

Acting, music and literature

Sport

Television

  • Elin Llwyd Actress & Singer, notably played Katie on S4C's Pobol Y Cwm
  • Tudur Phillips Presenter on S4C's Uned 5
  • Gwenan Thomas - Presenter on S4C children's TV show 'Mosgito'
  • Catrin Lisa Davies - Actress on S4C's 'Teulu'
  • Elis James - Comedian, TV Show Panelist
  • Aled Davies - Actor, played Rhys in S4C's Pobol Y Cwm

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