'The school offers an outstanding range of extra-curricular opportunities and a variety of activities both inside and outside of the school that contribute considerably to pupils’ and students’ personal and social development.’ (Estyn Report 2007)'.
Ensuring extra-curricular opportunities is a core part of the ethos of Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera and through our extensive programme we succeed in providing:
(i) cultural experiences through a variety of competitions and performances. The school supports eisteddfodau and local and national festivals. Pupils and students have vast, memorable and Welsh experiences through these activities;
(ii) a range of sport clubs, training activities and teams, with many pupils in the school representing the county and their country;
(iii) numerous local and foreign visits and trips that enrich the curriculum and pupils’ experiences; and
(iv) a wide provision of clubs and activities to promote learning, teaching and pupils’ well-being, outside normal school hours.
Urdd Gobaith Cymru
The school supports all the activities provided by Urdd Gobaith Cymru and we encourage all pupils to become members of the movement – the largest youth movement in Europe.
Music and Drama
Pupils are given the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of music and drama activities: whole school productions, Welsh and English drama production, light entertainment programmes, religious services both within the school and the community, school choirs, school orchestra and various ensembles.
The school regularly competes in various competitions for example The Rotary, CEWC, Oxford Speaking Union in order to provide opportunities for our able and talented students and for those who have an enthusiasm for expressing their views.
The PE department have an extensive programme of lunchtime and after school activities: Cricet, Rugby, Football, Netball, Hockey, Baseball, Atheltics, Badminton, Swimming, Gymnastics, Mutli-gym. Competitive games are played during and after school hours. School teams, at all age groups, compete regularly against other secondary schools and pupils have the opportunity to represent Neath Port Talbot district, West Glamorgan, Wales and UK in a wide range of activities.
Year 12 are responsible for the Keep Your Welsh club which encourages year 7 pupils to socialize during lunch hour in a variety of clus e.g cooking club,chess club, fashion club etc. Duke of Edinburgh Award From year 10 onwards pupils are encouraged to aim for Bronze, Silver and Gold awards and are given every support and encouragement by school staff and award trainers.
Internarional Amnesty Club, Reading Club, Handwriting Club, Modern Foreign Language Club, Chess Club, Art Club (lunchtime and after school) 6th Form Committee, Numeracy Club, Humanitarian Fund Club. Chrisitian Union Club.
Instrumental music lessons, offered under the tuition of peripatetic teachers, include string, woodwind and brass instruments, harp, percussion, and voice. Pupils who receive lessons sit Royal Schools of Music Examinations and are expected to join the school orchestra and the county music ensembles.
The 560 team under the supervision Carwyn Evans co-operate closely with the Physical Education department in order to broaden the opportunities available to Pupil to exercise, get fit and compete in sports. The Activities being offered are football, netball, gymnastics, climbing, basketball, rugby, judo, zumba, 'street dance' etc.
Humanitarian Work 2012 – 2013
Through various projects during 2009-2010, the school raised a fantastic £10,500 for various charities and good causes in events organised and supported by the pupils and staff of the school. Cheques were presented to the following :
- Jeans for Genes
- Romanina Appeal
- Marie Curie – Cancer Care
- Children in Need
- Christian Aid - Haiti Appeal
- Welsh Air Ambulance
- Oxfam Operation Christmas Child
- Mr. X Appeal
- Nicaragua Cymru
- Macmillan Nurses
- Alzheimers Society
- Latch Moriston Hospital
- Myrddin Special Unit