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NCSC’s CyberFirst Girl’s Competition Final – Cardiff – 16 March 2020


Congratulations to ‘CSL Rush’, a team from The Cathedral School in Llandaff, for coming 3rd in the National Finals of the NCSC’s CyberFirst Girl’s Competition 2020.

The event was hosted at Cornerstone, one of Cardiff’s newest conference centres which is also Cardiff’s oldest neo-gothic church. It was first opened in 1855 but when its Welsh-speaking Presbyterian congregation moved to join forces with another church the Heritage Lottery Fund helped the building to be re-born as a vibrant and exciting mixed-use community hub and corporate venue. The perfect backdrop for this cutting-edge technical event.

Janvi, Agnes, Iris and Bethan from Year 8 of the independent school took part in the online qualifying round against 12,000 participants and then showed stellar skills in the semi-finals and accumulated enough points to beat off nine other Welsh schools to secure themselves a place in the final.

The NCSC are working hard to get more girls interested in a career in cyber security. The CyberFirst Girls Competition provides a fun but challenging environment to inspire the next generation of young women. The competition is a team event, with each one made up of 4 female students from Year 8 in England and Wales, Year 9 in Northern Ireland and S2 in Scotland. The Grand Final was where the top ten teams from the regions gathered to compete for the title of CyberFirst Girls Competition Winners 2020.

It was a very close competition involving multiple streams of activities ranging from Capture the Flag hacking to robotics programming and good old-fashioned problem solving.

The proud winners were from King Edward’s School in Bath and all of the girls who took part on the day had a terrific time.

Well done to all the participants and llongyfarchiadau mawr iawn to the girls from Cathedral School for demonstrating the depth of cyber talent here in Wales.

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