On a cold Friday night in November the annual year 8 sleepover was held. It was an evening full of activities with everyone enjoying the opportunity to socialise through the medium of Welsh. Pupils went swimming, made videos, played dodgeball and took part in a mannequin challenge. There was a feast of pizza and a disco to finish the evening before heading for our beds. The record was broken for the most hours slept in a sleepover this year – 4 hours! We are looking forward already to next year!
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Pupils from year 7 (7Mrs Morgan) were given the exciting opportunity to visit Cardiff’s Millennium Centre and the “Wondercrump” exhibition and workshop showcasing the weird and wonderful works of Roald Dahl. As part of the author’s centenary celebrations, pupils went on a whistle-stop tour of Roald Dahl’s life and imagination and took part in a workshop where they created poems using Dahlesque vocabulary. All pupils thoroughly enjoyed the excursion. Thanks also to Mrs Lisa Davies, Miss Catherine Thomas and Mr Duncan Rowe for accompanying our students.
Huge congratulations to the school’s public speaking team for their recent triumph in the ESU competition regional heat in Bridgend. The team will now go on to the Welsh final to be held in Cardiff Bay next March. The team consisted of three year 10 students (Manon, Rhys and Steffan) and the judges were fulsome in their praise of all students. It is also pleasing to announce that Manon won an individual prize for best speaker and Steffan was declared the best chairperson. Thanks also to Mr Shaw for coaching the team. We wish them every success in the next round!
Year 10 pupils have been working hard over the last few months towards a performance of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ as part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival 2016. Over two nights, local schools performed famous works by William Shakespeare at the Taliesin Arts Centre in Swansea. Pupils had a fantastic experience of working in a professional, local theatre and received some outstanding feedback about their performance. The cast’s dedication to this project has been exceptional and their performance on the night was sensational.
Caitlyn, who played the role of Bottom, said ‘It was a real honour to step out onto that stage alongside my friends and perform in a show that is so different – it’s a feeling I’ll never forget. With Miss Comley’s help we came up with a show that felt professional and mature – well, as mature as you can be when performing one of Shakespeare’s comedies! I wasn’t expecting to get a part at all, so being given one of the leading characters in this show has really helped my confidence and I’m pleased that the staff had confidence in me to take on this iconic role. Thank you to Miss Comley and the English department!’
Steffan, who played the role of Lysander, added ‘It was a real honour to take to the stage in one of Shakespeare’s classic plays along with my fellow pupils. The process of putting the show into production was really quite exciting, and it was incredibly easy under Miss Comley’s direction. It felt like we were taking part in a professional show! After the performance itself, I felt really excited and proud as the audience commended all of our hard work. I feel that the Shakespeare Schools Festival has given endless opportunities to people who may not have had a chance to perform before, and to allow them to feel proud to be a part of something so special. It has definitely improved the confidence of the entire cast and we have had some fantastic feedback.’
To celebrate the success of our school’s production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ for the Shakespeare Schools Festival, we have organised a special performance for Tuesday night, 6th December in the Main Hall. Tickets are £4 for adults and £2.50 for concessions to see this much-applauded production and are available from the school. Watch the trailer to discover more…
It is a great pleasure to announce that Josh’s story ‘Grandad’s Rocket’ has been chosen as the winner of the e ‘Dahlightful stories competition’ in the secondary schools category. The competition was open to all pupils across Wales between school years 3-13. Josh’s story, ‘Grandad’s Rocket!’ will be published in an Anthology of the collection in February 2017. Well done Josh, a worthy winner- everybody at Bryn Tawe is ‘dahlighted’ by your achievements.