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All the exciting things we have to report.

Green-fingered pupils win Royal Horticultural Society award

Congratulations to our team of young garden designers.  Last term they took part in a Royal Horticultural Society project – and won!  Here’s their write-up about the competition.  We’re looking forward to seeing their garden come to life!

Last term we took part in the Royal Horticultural Society “Green Plan It” Challenge. Our project was to design a garden for our school. We chose the rooftop area on our new school. We had to take into consideration the cost of things and we also had to make sure everything promoted biodiversity and was sustainable. At the start of the year, we visited the Botanic Gardens at Bristol University. This was where the competition was introduced to us. We met our mentor and we had a guided tour of the gardens. Our mentor was Juliet and she is a head gardener at St Fagan’s. She helped us choose the best plants, herbs and vegetables for our garden and she also helped us to understand why they were the best. We found out from the council ecologist that building the new school had destroyed the habitat of some butterflies that used to eat “devil’s bit scabious” which grew on the marshlands around the school. We tried to incorporate a marsh garden into our design to provide a new habitat for the butterflies so that we could help with their conservation.

By week 8 we had to hand in a written report, this contained team introductions, garden designs, research, plant types and an evaluation. We created a drawing of our garden plan and then developed a computer version. Next, we made our own model from recycled materials. We created a script for our presentation and developed an eye-catching display. At the start of December, we returned to Bristol University for an assessment and award ceremony, we had 30 minutes to set up our display and then the assessors came and listened to our presentations. They also asked us questions about our work. At the award ceremony, we were presented with the award for “Most Innovative” garden design and we received a certificate and trophy along with vouchers to buy gardening equipment for the garden.



Fantastic Maths Results Year 11

Congratulations to our brilliant mathematicians in year 11!  The whole year group sat their Maths and Numeracy GCSE exams in November and we’re delighted that 67% of them gained at least one C grade and eleven pupils gained two A* grades.   All our pupils worked hard for these exams and we’re very proud of them.

Pupils were given their grades during a special exam results session this morning and many took the opportunity to phone home.

For those whose grades were not quite as they’d hoped, there will be another opportunity to sit both exams in the summer and we will provide targetted support to those who need it.

Dr Jones, Head of Progress for Year 11 congratulates pupils

Emilia, Melissa, Bethan, Josh, Bethan, Tim, Ela, Caitlin, Daniel, Megan and Liz who all achieved two A* grades.


Simon Weston OBE, inspirational Falklands veteran, speaks to years 11 and 13

This week, years 11 and 13 were fortunate enough to be able to listen to Falklands War veteran, Simon Weston, deliver an inspirational speech.  Drawing on his experiences since the dreadful events of 1982 (when Simon was on board the Sir Galahad which suffered heavy bombing) he encouraged the students to take responsibility for their own lives. 

His message of resilience, self-containment and learning from your mistakes was an important one.  Simon was also able to give advice to those who asked questions.  Students said afterwards they’d been inspired by Simon to make the most of their lives and the opportunities open to them.


Fabulous Christmas Concert in our new Main Hall

On Thursday 15th December, just a few days after we’d taken possession of our new building, the Performing Arts department put on our annual Christmas Carol Concert in the new Main Hall.  The pupils taking part had given up the option of a day off school and had instead come in to rehearse in the new space.  Getting to grips with not just a new stage, but lighting and sound systems too, both pupils and teachers had their work cut out.  Nonetheless, as we’ve come to expect over the years, the concert, played to a packed audience, was fantastic. A few photos are included over the page but many more are available on our website.

There was a wide variety of performances on show, many of which were developed and supported by our excellent peripatetic teachers.

Thanks also to those who bought raffle tickets on the night, and mulled wine and mince pies.  The proceeds from these have made a significant contribution to our Learning Resource Centre.  We’re grateful for the staff of The Boar in Tyla Garw for providing the refreshments.

Congratulations to the pupils and staff for such a festive end to the year.


Ieuan Davies (Trepak)

Classical Choir (Somewhere In My Memory & Hail Holy Queen)

Sarah Pugh (The Christmas Song)

Mali Rhys-Thomas (Where is Love)

The Cast of Oliver (Be Back Soon)

Millie Smith (Reading—The Night Before Christmas)

Woodwind Group (Frosty the Snowman)

String Group (Sans Day Carol Wind Through the Olive Trees)

Year 10 Band (Walking in a Winter Wonderland)

Orchestra (Various carols)

Hannah Mealey (Reading from Dylan Thomas)

Percussion Group (Roll On Christmas)

Brass Group (Silent Night)

Ukelele Club (Various songs and carols)

Pop Choir (Need a Little Christmas)

Year 12 (God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen)

Tom Prosser (Reading—Luke 2:1-20)

Year 13 (Faith)

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Emma’s performance of the Last Post for Remembrance Sunday

On Remembrance Sunday 13th November, I performed The Last Post whilst wreathes were laid in honour of those who have given their lives for our country. Even though this is the second year I have performed it was still a heartfelt experience and amazing to see how many people were there (but also very nerve-wracking to have so many people watching!)  Members of the armed forces, police service, scouting and guiding laid poppy wreaths at the memorial, followed by a short service, the last post and the two minute silence. The service then continued inside the church. 


Other commemorations in the area were held on that day and a particularly significant one was at Llantrisant War memorial which was finally unveiled this year and remembers the 93 soldiers from the area killed during the Great Wars.
Emma Willington, year 12

Y Pant U13 Girls Triumph in Welsh Football Cup!

Congratulations to the U13 girl’s football team who beat Pen Y Dre in the 2nd round of the Welsh School’s Cup 7-1. The girls produced an outstanding team performance and will go on to play Tonyrefail in the next round. Well done girls and good luck!







The Team

Shania Mudd, Jay Wilson-Wood, Nia Colcomb, Lauren Mulvihill, Morgan Dyer, Livvie Owen, Ellie Cooper, Robyn Dando, Tiffany Price, Lowri Woodward, Abbie Blandford and Paige Howell.


Welcoming Miss Purcell back to school

Miss Purcell has recently returned to school after a year’s sabbatical with the Army Reserves.  As well as taking part in training exercises in the UK, she spent 6 months on a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Last week, Commanding Officer LtCol. Mel Green (right) and Regimental Sergeant Major WO1 Jim Hankey (left) from 7MI Battalion visited school to make a presentation thanking Mr Powell and the Governors for allowing Miss Annie Purcell to serve a Tour of Duty in Kabul Afghanistan earlier this year.

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The CO spoke briefly about the need for a different kind of soldier to be more effective against modern threats in non-conventional warfare and about some of the more diverse roles in Military Intelligence such as Cyber intelligence.


REP Trip to the Durja Puga Festival

The R.E.P. AS level Hindusim trip, on 11th October, served as a fun, colourful and interesting way to introduce us to the Hindu culture, specifically exploring the religious festival of Durja Puga.
We were happily welcomed by members of the local Hindu community, that practiced their beliefs within and around different areas of Wales. Their kindness and hospitality was evident throughout.
During the two hours we witnessed the puja for last day of the festival. We observed worship towards the different Hindu gods and goddesses including the Durga, Lakshmi, Saraswati and Ganesha, using offerings. We shared and tasted prashad.
Furthermore we got the opportunity to ask questions and discuss in detail about the different historical contexts, both old and new lifestyles and the general beliefs surrounding Hinduism as a religion.
Overall the trip gave us insight to the multiple depths and layers that make up Hinduism, and I highly recommend for the trip to be experienced and attended by other schools and students of any subject in the future.

Abbie Vosper, year 12