It gives me great pleasure to be able to congratulate all the pupils who took part in the Urdd Eisteddfod last week! It was a very successful week for Rhydywaun and I would like to thank the staff who have worked hard preparing the pupils and also the parents for their continued support.
Carlie Enoch Year 13 came second for singing a Song from a Musical. Carlie played the role of Mrs Lovett in the school show 'Sweeney Todd' earlier this year, and she performed the solo 'Ger y Lli' in the competition.
Mari Kelly from Year 11 came second in the Harp Solo under 19 years. Mari is an experienced performer who has won many prizes in the Eisteddfod as a soloist and also as part of a duet with her sister Elin.
Mr Gary Ellis has formed a new school Folk Dancing Team this year, who looked very smart in their new costumes, made especially for the Eisteddfod! The set dance this year was 'Gwenynen Gwent' and in a competition which was of a very high standard the Rhydywaun team won third prize!
Emily Stonelake is a past pupil of Rhydywaun who has had much success in the Urdd Eisteddfod over the past few years. She is currently taking a gap year and working in school as a classroom assistant before starting an Acting and Musicianship course at Rose Bruford College in London in September. Emily won third prize for a Theatrical Performance between 19 and 25 years. She performed 'Swimming the Channel' by Victoria Wood a monologue from the play 'Truly, Madly, Deeply' by Anthony Minghella. Emily was highly commended by both the competition judges and the unofficial judges in the television studio! We wish her all the best in the future with her performing career!
On Friday night in the Eisteddfod Pavilion the audience were treated to an evening of performances by various bands and orchestras from 14 schools throughout Wales. The Rhydywaun orchestra performed very well in a competition which was of a high standard. Well done to all involved!
Also competing in the Eisteddfod this year were Joseph Colbeck-Jones (Piano Solo Yrs 7-9), Kameron Harrhy Year 13 (Boys Solo under 19 years and Dramatic Presentation with Carlie Enoch) and Year 7 Recitation Group. Congratulations to all!
The performances on stage can be enjoyed on the Urdd website.