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Creative Learning Through the Arts Conference

On Thursday 9th July I took 10 of our year 7 students to a ‘Creative Learning through the Arts’ conference. The conference was hosted at Stanwell School in Penarth and the focus was looking at how creativity can enhance learning for all students.

During the day we were all split up into groups and taught a range of innovative, creative lessons. I went to three lessons, a drama lesson, an art lesson and a music lesson. Spending most of my working week encouraging young people to perform it was interesting to be on the other side and having to act in front of a group of other teachers and arts professionals. I am pleased to say that my acting held its own, especially when compared to my later rather disastrous silk screen painting.


Stanwell School have a fantastic reputation for their school shows and we were treated to a performance of their recent hit ‘The Lion King’. We were all blown away by the costumes, the lighting, the performers and the natural advantage that having a theatre on your school site offers. It made me very excited about our new school and I am determined to make the best use of our incoming facilities. It also gave me lots of ideas for ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ as my competitive side bubbled to the surface.

The students were superbly behaved and all enjoyed the day. It really hammered home the unique importance of creativity within the curriculum. I hope that they use the skills they acquired during the day as well as taking advantage of all the free food. I for one look forward to sharing some of the ideas and strategies explored with the members of my strategy group in the next academic year.

Mr Owen Thomas – Head of Performing Arts

Y Pant School Eisteddfod 2015 results and photos

We held our annual Eisteddfod for years 7 and 8 pupils on June 30th. About 400 pupils watched or took part in a range of staged activities. In addition to the usual Welsh cultural items such as recitation and folk music we saw some superbly talented pupils singing pop and rock songs. There was also a Spanish Rap! We were entertained by talented instrumentalists playing piano, violin, guitar and even a ukelele. Several members of staff commented on the lovely atmosphere of friendly competition they witnessed and it was pleasing that every pupil took part in the final competitions with each house singing Hen Wlad fy Nhadau (Year 7) and Sosban Fach (Year 8) in turn.

In the preceding weeks there had been hundreds of homework competitions ranging from amazing art and craft works being produced to outstanding written entries in several languages. Many of the entries were on display in the hall and many pupils took the opportunity to have a closer look during morning break. The winner of the Chair this year for the most effective Welsh composition in Year Eight went to Lydia Morgan of Nerth and she was delighted to accept the prize of the Love Spoon from Mr. Powell following the chairing ceremony.

The final result saw Padrig comfortably beating the other houses. This was despite Tirion gaining far more points during the staged competitions. Padrig pupils must be praised for their outstanding effort in producing a huge amount of high quality homework entries.
We are also very grateful to Mrs. Barnes and Mrs. Horsey, who, once again represented the School`s Governing body, for adjudicating on the day.


Eisteddfod 2015
Padrig Aneurin Nerth Tirion
Staged Items 165  125 140 205
Homework 449  327 277  299
Total 614 452 417 504

The homework results for various subjects follow.

Cymraeg Years 7 and 8

Using your art and design and IT skills coupled with a good imagination write a detailed Welsh passage about yourself in any format you wish to show how interesting a person you are. The best Year 8 entry in this competition is akin to poet winning ‘The Chair’ in the National Eisteddfod. In our version the winner goes through the chairing ceremony and wins a traditionally hand-carved lovespoon.

Year 7

  • 1st Loren Payne (Nerth)
  • =2nd Alys Cleverley (Aneurin), Millie Lewis (Padrig), Manatsawan Puangmanee (Aneurin), Eloise Walters (Aneurin)
  • =3rd Bethan Jones (Padrig), Samantha Shipman (Padrig), Annabelle Bancroft (Nerth)

Year 8

  • 1st Lydia Morgan (Nerth)
  • =2nd Lucy Coleman (Aneurin), 2nd Natalie Johns (Tirion), Bethany Luckett (Padrig), Chloe Quinn (Tirion), Courtney Jones (Aneurin)
  • =3rd Mia Jenkins (Aneurin), Laurie Griffiths (Padrig), Mili Nottage (Aneurin), 3rd Caitlin Huckridge (Padrig)
  • HC Griff Davies (Tirion) Catrin Thomas(Padrig) Maia Reid (Aneurin) Libby May (Nerth)

Design Technology

Yr 7 – Make a mechanical dragon using any materials with one moving part.

  • 1st Natalie Moger
  • 2nd Ffion Davies
  • 3rd Manatsawan Puangmanee

Yr 8 – Make a model of a famous Welsh building/structure or landmark.

  • No Entries


‘Show racism the Red Card Competition’ was held in March.

RE – Media

Year 7

  • 1st – Lois Evans
  • 2nd – Alys Cleverley
  • 3rd – Abbie Green & Serenaur Okandeji-Roberts

Year 8

  • 1st – Sam Boyd & Jack King

RE – Poster

Year 7

  • 1st – Bronwen Mason
  • 2nd – Harriet Kehl
  • 3rd – Charlotte Morgan

Year 8

  • 1st – Iestyn Harris
  • 2nd – Kaitlyn Lewis
  • 3rd – Kasey Fleming

RE T Shirt

Year 7

  • 1st – Jack Phillips
  • 2nd – Ashton Austin
  • 3rd – Mali Rhys- Thomas & Daisy Babbage

Year 8

  • 1st – Emma Long & Lucy Coleman
  • 2nd – Abie Tsim
  • 3rd – Kasey Daley

RE – Poem

Year 7

  • 1st – Ffion Tynan & Sara Greaves

RE – Malala

Year 7

  • 1st – Jessica Doyle

Year 8

  • 1st – Megan Kelly, Natalie Johns, Catrin Grattidge, Katie Jarman, Hannah McCann, Maia Reid, Yasmin Reid & Leah Ruggles


Year 7

  • 1st Morgan Leyshon (Padrig)
  • 2nd Melissa Jenkins (Aneurin)
  • 3rd Rhiannon Bree (Padrig)

Year 8

  • 1st Abbie Tsim (Padrig)
  • =2nd Natalie Johns (Aneurin), Liv Thomas (Padrig)
  • =3rd Rhys Gooch (Aneurin), Emma Long (Tirion), Alice Thomas (Nerth)


Year 7

  • 1st Morgan Leyshon (Padrig)
  • =2nd Melissa Jenkins (Aneurin), Alys Cleverly (Padrig)

Year 8

  • 1st Natalie Johns (Aneurin)

Design Food

Year 7 – Make a teisen lap

  • 1st Matthew Davies (Padrig)
  • 2nd Ben Johns (Padrig) Ellie Smith (Padrig)
  • 3rd Maggie Smith (Padrig) Jessica Doyle (Padrig)

Year 8 – Make 6 Welsh cakes

  • 1st Amy Jones (Tirion)
  • 2nd Laurie Griffiths (Padrig)
  • 3rd Catrin Grattidge (Tirion ) Jack King (Tirion)


Year 8 – Poster about sports and hobbies.

  • =1st Lydia Morgan (Nerth), Bethan Hopkins (Tirion)
  • =2nd Caitlin Huckridge (Padrig), Lucy Coleman (Aneurin)
  • 3rd Yasmin Reid (Tirion)


Year 7 – Poster “Vivo o muerto”

  • 1st Alys Cleverly (Aneurin)
  • =2nd Bronwen Mason (Padrig), Chloe Williams (Aneurin)
  • =3rd Sean Burrows (Padrig), Emiah Ellis (Tirion), Millie Lewis (Padrig)


Year 7 – Write an information leaflet entitled ‘Red Kites in Wales’

  • 1st Grace Powell (Tirion)
  • 2nd Bronwen Mason (Padrig)
  • 3rd Roisin McGrath (Padrig)


Year 8 – Write an information leaflet entitled ‘Heart Disease in Wales’

  • 1st Abbie Tsim (Padrig)
  • 2nd Chloe Quinn (Tirion)
  • 3rd Natalie Johns (Tirion)


Year 8 – Welsh Fantasy Elements

  • 1st Kaiya Thomas (Nerth)
  • 2nd Zara Hellard (Tirion)
  • 3rd Ellie Hammacott (Padrig)


Create something in any media with a Welsh theme.

3D Entries winner:

  • 1ST-  Loren Payne (Nerth)
  • 2nd – Rhiannon Lampka (Nerth) , Abby Vickers (Aneurin!)
  • 3rd Millie Lewis (Padrig), Kyle Greening (Nerth), Maggie Smith (Padrig)

Mixed Media Entry Winner:

  • 1ST – Isabelle Smith (Padrig)
  • 2ND – Cai Thomas (Tirion), Owen Cockburn (Padrig)
  • 3rd – Morgan Leyshon (Padrig), Zach Marshall (Nerth), Eloise Walters (Aneurin)

2D Entries:

  • 1st – Grace Powell (Tirion), Caitlyn Huckridge (Padrig)
  • 2nd James Woodland (Nerth), Hannah Bousie (Padrig)
  • 3Rd- Natalie Moger Nerth, Lydia Morgan Nerth


Year 7

  • 1st Loren Payne (Nerth)
  • 2nd Sara Greaves (Padrig)
  • 3rd Aaron Griffiths (Nerth)

Year 8

  • 1st Emily Morgan (Tirion)
  • 2nd Abbie Tsim (Padrig)
  • 3rd Ellie Hammacott (Padrig)

 Stage Competitions


Year 7  Recitation  – Lliwiau

  • 1st Abby, Jessica, Isabelle (Padrig)
  • 2nd Manatsawan Puangmanee (Aneurin)
  • 3rd Alex, Isabelle, Sara, Nia (?)

Year 8  Recitation  – Bwyd

  • 1st Megan Billet, Kauren Short (Aneurin)
  • 2nd Lydia Morgan (Nerth)


Year 7          Recitation  – Ode To Barry Island

  • 1st Yasmin, Tamzin, Rhiannon Lampka (Padrig + Tirion)
  • 2nd Nia, Maya, Sophie, Isabelle, Alex (Padrig)
  • 3rd Josh Harris (Nerth)
  • 4th Rhydian Pendragon (Nerth)


Year 7          Group Rap

  • 1st Tirion
  • 2nd Nerth
  • 3rd Padrig
  • 4th Aneurin


Years 7 and 8 ‘A One Minute Advert Celebrating Wales’.

Following preliminary competitions there will three groups from year 7 and three from year 8  performing on stage.

  • =1st Heather`s Group, (Aneurin), Ethan`s Group (Nerth), Jack`s Group (Aneurin)


Solo Year 7        Vocal (singing) or Instrumental

  • 1st Andrew Suen, Piano (Padrig)
  • 2nd Nia Chillery, Voice and ukelele (Padrig)
  • 3rd Thomas Chudley, violin (Tirion)
  • 4th Mali Rhys-Thomas, voice and guitar (Nerth)

Solo Year 8        Vocal (singing) or Instrumental

  • 1st Katie Jarman (Tirion)
  • 2nd Gruff Davies, drums (Tirion)
  • 3rd Emma Long (Tirion)
  • 4th Natalie Johns, trumpet (Tirion)

Group Year 7/8 – ensemble performance (vocal or instrumental or a combination of both)

  • =1st Jessica Collins (Nerth)
  • =1st Victoria Atherton-Doyle (Tirion)
  • =1st Megan Billet (Aneurin)

House Choir year 7 – National Anthem – Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau

  • 1st Aneurin
  • 2nd Tirion
  • =3rd Nerth,Padrig

House Choir year 8 – Sosban Fach

  • 1st Nerth
  • 2nd Tirion, Aneurin
  • 3rd Padrig

Bee Rescue!

We recently had a swarm of bees at school! Apparently this happens occasionally and swarms are generally harmless.  We contacted Bridgend Bee Keepers and Graham & Paul arrived promptly to remove the swarm.  The took the bees away with the view to settling them into a new hive.


Bees are vital for the pollination of crops and are under threat due to pesticides.

The following information from Bridgend Bee Keepers will be of use if you ever see a swarm in your garden.

If you see what looks like a huge cloud of bees, making a loud buzzing noise, that is a swarm.  It is quite natural and swarming bees are usually harmless – but keep pets and children indoors just in case.

The swarm will eventually come to rest as a large ball of bees on a tree, bush or wall.  It may go into a hole in a wall or a hollow tree.

Local Beekeepers want to know about swarms, as they collect them to make new hives – so if you see a swarm ring either:

GREG on  07896 570263   or     GLYN – 07974 550438

Tell us .. where the swarm is …. how long you think it has been there …  and roughly how big it is – the size of a football, or bigger, or the size of a tennis ball.    Is it on a bush or high up in a tree or on a fence or has it gone into a hole in a tree or a wall? This helps us to plan what equipment we’ll need.

We will send someone round as quickly as possible to collect the swarm and remove it.  If the swarm is not collected, it will probably die off, so you are doing the bees a favour by reporting them.

National Armed Forces Day; Flag Raising Raising Ceremony, Centenary Gardens, Beddau- Thursday 25th June 2015

Representatives from Y Pant School were cordially invited by Cllr Allan Matheson, the Chair of Llantrisant Community Council, to attend a flag raising ceremony at the Centenary Gardens in Beddau on a bright, sunny morning on Thursday the 25th of June. The ceremony was part of a series of activities to recognise the hard work, dedication and sacrifice of our Armed Forces. This culminates in Armed Forces Day on Saturday 27th June where a series of high profile events around the United Kingdom will take place to raise public awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces.
Representatives from the school included Army Reservists, Mr Pearsall and Miss Purcell, members of the School Council and members of local Air and Army Cadets. Air Cadet Sergeant Alex Foster was a standard bearer and fellow Y Pant pupils from 2077 (Pontyclun) Squadron, Air Training Corps provided the guard of honour at the ceremony which was also attended by the Royal British Legion, Llantrisant Community Council, local Primary Schools, the Llantrisant Ladies’ Choir and members of the local community.
The service was led by Chaplain Creighton Lewis OBE of Tabor Baptist Church ably assisted by readings from Y Pant’s Paige Jones and Cameron Docherty and hymns from Llantrisant Ladies’ Choir. Refreshments were kindly provided for all participants afterwards in Beddau Welfare Hall by the Community Council. It was a great day for all members of the community, young and old, to meet and share a common bond of wellbeing, citizenship and camaraderie.

Mint to Mint Challenge – all riders finish and raise lots of money!

On Saturday 13th June 2015, fourteen intrepid cyclists completed the 133 mile ‘Mint to Mint’ Challenge. Headteacher Mr Powell and fellow Y Pant teachers, Mr Pearsall (Challenge Organiser), Mr Mortimer (Route Master), Mr Mitchell (King of the Mountains), Mr Jones (Elder Statesman), Mr Pelaez (Traffic Controller) and Mr Battle (Dave Brailsford- Team Manager) were joined by cycling colleagues from Newton Lifeguard Club and Ye Pirates Club (Porthcawl) for the formidable trial. Despite 5 punctures before leaving Wales and a sound drenching in Gloucestershire our intrepid crew soon picked up the pace and arrived in Birmingham in the early evening to city streets lined with jubilant well-wishers (well an old lady and a dog at the bus stop).

Ably supported by Mr Duggan, Mr Davies, Mr Abdo and Miss Purcell our cyclists were waved off from outside the Royal  Mint at 7.30 am by Kylie McKee from Velindre Cancer Care Fundraising and our benefactors Wayne and Jayne Griffiths from Rhian Griffiths Velindre Rose Tribute Fund.  Eleven hours later our remarkably fresh looking and exhilarated team were being photographed in front of the old Birmingham Mint which is now a block of elegant luxury apartments and offices.

Many thanks to all our kind supporters and sponsors. We are still collecting for Rhian Griffiths and Velindre and you can donate online at;

You may not be aware that it is National Bike Week this week. We would like our challenge to act as an inspiration for budding cyclists to take to the saddle and enjoy the health and social benefits of cycling. Knowing that we were also doing it for a very worthy and deserving cause was a real motivator during the Winter training months.

If you believe; you can achieve!!


Eisteddfod 2015

The school Eisteddfod will take place this year on Tuesday 30th June for years 7 and 8.

The following Eisteddfod competitions are running this year.  Each carries house points for the individual as well as carrying house points for the house to win.

Homework Competitions

Cymraeg Years 7 and 8

Using your art and design and IT skills coupled with a good imagination write a detailed Welsh passage about yourself in any format you wish to show how interesting a person you are. You may make this a ‘crafty’ entry, you may prepare a digital presentation, you may hand-write your entry or enter with a Word document. You may even use Publisher to prepare a colourful leaflet. Successful entries will be those whose good use of the Welsh you have learned at y Pant shines through.

The best Year 8 entry in this competition is akin to poet winning ‘The Chair’ in the National Eisteddfod. In our version the winner goes through the chairing ceremony and wins a traditionally hand carved lovespoon.

Literacy and Numeracy Competitions

These are open to any student and carry 10 house points each.  Students can choose whether to enter at Bronze, Silver or Gold level (or all three) and complete their entries by hand or on the computer.

Literacy Competitions

Can you find all the errors in this text about the Brecon Beacons Dark Skys Reserve?  Paste it all into Word and use a spellchecker by all means – but it won’t find ALL the mistakes!

Numeracy Competitions

They make coins at the Royal Mint in Llantrisant – but we don’t always just want to count them!

Design Food

Year 7 – Make a teisen lap

Year 8 – Make 6 Welsh cakes

(Recipes available from Home Economics department and will be online shortly.)

Design Technology

Yr 7 – Make a mechanical dragon.  The dragon can be made from any materials but must have one moving part.

Yr 8 – Make a model of a famous Welsh building/structure or landmark.

French Year 8

Make a poster about sports and hobbies.

(Further information is displayed around MFL area. )

Spanish Year 7

Create a poster: “Vivo o muerto”.

Science Year 7

Write an information leaflet entitled ‘Red Kites in Wales’.

Biology Year 8

Write an information leaflet entitled ‘Heart Disease in Wales’.

Chemistry Year 8

Welsh Fantasy Elements.


The ‘Show racism the Red Card Competition’ was held in March.  Here are the winners.

Year 7 Year 8
Media 1st Lois Evans
2nd Alys Cleverley
3rd Abbie Green & Serenaur Okandeji-Roberts
1st Sam Boyd & Jack King
Poster 1st Bronwen Mason
2nd Harriet Kehl
3rd Charlotte Morgan
1st Iestyn Harris
2nd Kaitlyn Lewis
3rd Kasey Fleming
T-Shirt 1st Jack Phillips
2nd Ashton Austin
3rd Mali Rhys-Thomas & Daisy Babbage
1st Emma Long & Lucy Coleman
2nd Abie Tsim
3rd Kasey Daley
Poem 1st Ffion Tynan & Sara Greaves
Malala 1st Jessica Doyle 1st Megan Kelly, Natalie Johns, Catrin Grattidge, Katie Jarman, Hannah McCann, Maia Reid, Yasmin Reid &Leah Ruggles


Stage Competitions

The following competitions will take place on the day of the Eisteddfod, Tuesday 30th June

Cymraeg Year 7

Recitation   – Lliwiau

Cymraeg Year 8

Recitation   – Bwyd


Stage –  recitation competition

French Year 8

French singing – Alouette

Spanish Year 7

Singing competition. Rap


Year 7 and year 8

‘A One Minute Advert Celebrating Wales’.

Following preliminary competitions there will be three groups from year 7 and three from year 8  performing on stage.


SOLO Year 7 – Vocal (singing) or Instrumental. Karaoke type backing tracks allowed. Following preliminary competitions there will three  performing on stage.

SOLO Year 8 – as above.

Group Year 7/8 – ensemble performance (vocal or instrumental or a combination of both). Again, backing tracks allowed and all group members MUST belong to the SAME HOUSE.

House Choir year 7 – National Anthem – Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau.

House Choir year 8 – Sosban Fach.

(All 4 houses will take part)

Mint-to-Mint Charity Bike Ride – Llantrisant to Birmingham in a day!

The following seven members of the teaching staff from Y Pant School will be taking part in the Mint-To-Mint cycling challenge on 13th June. Mark Powell, Bryn Jones, Mark Pearsall, Gareth Battle, Dai Mortimer, Mani Pelaez-Heras and Ian Mitchell. None of us is a spring chicken; so much so that our average age is over 45! There follows a little information about some of those participating in the ride and we hope this will spur you on to donating to the charity in the usual way by sending cash in via the pupils to any of us or by clicking on the following link and donating via the Just Giving website.

Here are some of us at the start of our most recent training ride.


And 90 km later still looking as fresh as daisies.


Rider Profiles


MPHello there, my name is Mark Pearsall and I have had the good fortune to be a teacher at Y Pant School for nearly 15 years. I’m a comparative newcomer to the joys of cycling; only taking to the saddle on a reasonably regular basis since last November. About 2 weeks after taking to the road and having not cycled more than 15 miles I experienced a vision on a dark country lane near Porthcawl at 6 O’clock on a frosty morning. The vision informed me that I should arrange a cycle ride from the Royal Mint in Llantrisant to the old mint in the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham. The challenge should be called the ‘Mint to Mint Challenge’ and should be completed in a day by a pilgrimage of similar middle aged men in lycra who also felt the need  to affirm their status in society.   I believed that people would scoff and deride my vision but I was wrong and a number of colleagues from school and Newton Lifeguard Club in Porthcawl committed themselves to a rigorous and punishing training regime to prepare for this cycling pilgrimage to my original spawning ground.

To paraphrase the film ‘Gladiator’; “For those of you who are about to cycle- We salute you!!” Strength and honour!!

IMI`m Ian Mitchell. I`ve been the Head of Welsh here for 23 and a half years (not that I`m counting!). As an enthusiastic and, it has been suggested, even obsessive cyclist it was natural for me to be involved in this challenge. I wasn`t so much asked as told: “Yeah, Mitch will do it” is how I remember it. However, participating is a no-brainer as this charity is close to my heart, as it for so many of us here in South Wales. As someone remarked to me the other day, there are very few of us who have not been touched by the wonderful work done at Velindre. Being well past the half century in years on this planet the thought of cycling 130 miles is rather daunting and I`ve had to re-evaluate my usual cycling technique of getting to the top as quickly as possible and then blasting down the other side at breakneck speeds. I know my mountain biking buddies will scoff at that but in my mind I don`t half go fast! In fact, check me out on Strava (in the aged 50 plus category, please). A couple of the less experienced cyclists wanted to know about my cycling strengths and weaknesses. On the plus side is my body`s ability to fuel up with carbohydrates. The negative? I eat too much bread! This is why being a MAMIL is not a good thing for me. Please support our efforts in this challenge. We are going to be well out of our comfort zone and would appreciate your going over to the just giving page and donating what you can. Diolch.

MAPHello everyone.  I’m Mark Powell, the headteacher of Y Pant School.  I’ve worked here for 9 years and have been in education for nearly 25.  I can no longer deny that I am middle-aged!

On consideration of Mr Pearsall’s vision, two questions came to mind:

  1. how hard can the training be?
  2. how athletic would I look in lycra?


  1. very
  2. not at all.

How I wish I could reverse those answers….

So, anyway, I signed up, replaced my battered old bike, donned the lycra, avoided full length mirrors and set out on the roads.  And it really isn’t just about the bike: I’ve discovered a whole new vocabulary, a world of cadence, cleats and chamois cream (don’t ask….).  But I’m thoroughly enjoying it, finding things out about myself and aching in places I had never considered before!  Most of all, I’m proud to be part of a group committed to making a contribution to such a wonderful cause.

Here we go: rolling, rolling, rolling…..

MPHHola amigos, I am Manuel Pelaez-Heras “MPH” (Fastest teacher by name). I have been teaching in the UK for the last 12 years, PE first and ALN for the last 7. I am addicted to cycling since growing up as a child in sunny Spain, too much at times. I would label myself as “The best Spanish cyclist in the school”. Mentioning cycling and challenge was the catch for me, helping Cancer research bought me straight. I have lost people I still love and I know people suffering cancer.

I know 130 miles sounds crazy-loco but it is nothing compared to the tough situation people suffering cancer get through and not to forget their families and friends.

I am looking forward to cycling with the “Y Pant Lycra Gang” (YPLG) and having an amazing experience with the thought of helping in my mind and legs.

Please, please, please support us on this challenge page and donate via the Just Giving.

Thanks, diolch, gracias.

DMHead of PE and Taff Trail Challenge finisher last year, Dai Mortimer.




GBHead of Geography and seasoned triathlete, Gareth Battle.






BJAssistant Headteacher and Taff Trail Challenge finisher, Bryn Jones.


Year 8 pupil Lydia in the Shakespeare Performance competition

“Two households, both alike in dignity

In fair Verona, where we lay our scene

From ancient grudge break to new mutiny

Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.”

Those of you in Year 10 or above will be familiar with these lines from the opening of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.  You may vividly remember the lessons you spent acting, reading and analysing important scenes.  You might even be heard to say that some of Shakespeare’s magnificent dialogue can sometimes be tricky to interpret on first reading, let alone deliver it to an audience.  Would you agree then, that it would be a mighty task to memorise a speech and deliver it to a panel of judges who are looking for a realistic portrayal of a Shakespearean character?

Well, Lydia Morgan in Year 8 has done exactly that!  She made it to the South Wales Regional Final of the English Speaking Union ‘Shakespeare Performance’ competition held in the Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.  The judges were very impressed with Lydia’s performance of Julia’s speech from Two Gentlemen of Verona in the first round and gave her a place in the Regional Final last week.  The competition involved Year 8 and 9 students from school s across Wales and the judges were looking for the best performance of Shakespeare’s work.  There were 10 competitors in total and Lydia’s performance went well!  To perform in front of an audience is always challenging but Lydia rose to the challenge and impressed judges and audience members alike.  Well done Lydia!