Although the School Eisteddfod was held at a different location this year - the Sobell Sports Centre in Aberdare - the competition was as fierce as ever! Three adjudicators were present, Naomi Morris (Music), Glyn Wise (Drama and Recitation) and former Rhydywaun pupil Brandon Sherwood (Dance). Laughter and cheering could be heard echoing around the hall all day as the three houses Rhigos, Maerdy and Y Bannau fought for the title of Eisteddfod champions!
As this was Mr Alan Williams' last Eisteddfod, he featured in many of the competitions, with quite a few pupils attempting to mimic him! Mr Williams was very pleased when the Rhigos Whistling Choir, who he had been coaching, won first prize! Once again the 'Sketch' competition was worth watching! Firstly, Y Bannau with their version of the 'Rhydywaun Olympics' featuring Mr Price and Mr Edwards singing harmoniously on their giant 'Walkie Talkies'! Next was the Rhigos sketch which was a tribute to Mr Alan Williams who turned into a wizard, and finally the Maerdy sketch which was an interesting hypnotist show! A hard fought battle, but Y Bannau won the sketch competition this year.
The highlight of the afternoon was the House Choir competition. We enjoyed three enthusiastic performances of the song ‘Ysbryd y Nos’, with the adjudicators deciding that Y Bannau deserved the first prize. The final Eisteddfod result was at stake by this point as the scores were so close, and by now everyone in the hall was very tense! Winning the choir competition was enough to ensure Y Bannau were the Eisteddfod champions of 2012, with 1196 points. Second were Rhigos with 1123 points, and Maerdy third with 1073 points.
Thank you to Miss Sioned Jones, Head of Welsh, who was responsible for organising the Eisteddfod, to the Heads of House and Sixth Form pupils for their hard work, and also to all the teachers and pupils who took part. An Eisteddfod to remember!