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The Clubhouse Corner
Written by Mrs Herman   
Tuesday, 05 November 2013 12:09

DSC 0847A massive congratulations goes to Ben Williams in 7Y for his hard work and commitment to learning. Ben created a fantastic newspaper article which has really impressed his teachers!
Here is a brief extract from his newspaper:
“Breaking news! Prince Andrew arrested by police!”
Keep up the brilliant work Ben. You are now a published author!

Be safe on Bonfire Night
Written by Aimee - Roving Reporter   
Monday, 04 November 2013 13:01

thCA76BN78Fireworks are fun to watch but can be dangerous if not held correctly. If you are going to do anything, an organised display is the safest way to enjoy Bonfire Night.

Never mess around when doing fireworks or sparklers.

Fireworks are noisey and can scare pets, elderly people and young children. It is against the law to set fireworks off between 11pm and 7am.

Be safe on Bonfire Night and not hurt!

Workout for Lepra
Written by Mrs Farrow   
Thursday, 24 October 2013 13:30

DSC 0723Year 7 took part in a Zumba workout for LEPRA this week in the Sports Hall. They did a fantastic job and raised almost £700!!

Alice Sparkes and Trudy Pounder (7P) raised £300 between them!

Dodgeball competition
Written by Michelle (5 x 60 )   
Monday, 21 October 2013 14:17

dodgeOn the 18th October five pupils from Pontypridd High School took part in the 5x60 SEN Dodgeball competition.  The competition was held at Rhondda Fach Sports Centre.
Adam Taylor, Ryan Arthur, Sam Griffiths, Lucy O’neil and William Mansell all stepped up to the dodgeball challenge and came 4th out of 11 schools that attended. This was a fantastic result.  In between matches they also involved themselves in wheelchair basketball. To which all pupils found tremendously enjoyable and fun. Within the competition they all worked extremely hard and won 4 games therefore reaching the semi-finals. Unfortunately they lost out in the semis but the effort shown during the game was fantastic. Each individual showed their competitiveness and compassion for a sporting challenge and their efforts massively paid off.
A special mention for Adam Taylor who got incredibly involved and gained more confidence as the day went on.
A fantastic day was held by all and all students are keen to be involved in the next competition being held.

Little Shop of Horrors
Written by Debra Davies   
Saturday, 26 October 2013 11:37
DSC 0784Congratulations and thank you to the cast and everybody who contributed to Pontypridd High School's performance of Little Shop of Horrors last week.
Staff and students have worked really hard preparing and rehearsing  for the three nights of amazing performances which received fantastic comments from everyone who came along to the school to watch.
It has, in true tradition, showcased the enormous amount of talented students that we have at the school. 
Photographs from the show and the many other events throughout the year will be available in the school's Year Book 2013. It will be available to buy shortly after half term. Please check the website for it's release date.
Summer Reading Postcard Challenge
Written by Mrs Van-Baaren   
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 10:34

DSC 0845Our Patron of Reading, Rachel Ward, came to Pontypridd High School this week for a visit to help promote and inspire the love of reading. Rachel hosted a special assembly where the ‘Summer Reading Postcard Challenge’ winner was announced. A massive congratulations goes to Dylan Wert in Year 10, who won the challenge and received 4 of her signed novels.

Rachel Ward also completed ‘Crime’ writing workshops with Year 8 and 9 pupils, she engaged Year 7 boys’ readers with a ‘Books and Film’ writing workshop and met with the More able and Talented pupils in a ‘question and answer’ style forum.

Rachel Ward is looking forward to reading the crime stories and coming back in to Pontypridd High School during World Book Week. For more information about Rachel, please visit her website: www.rachelwardbooks.com

Brocken Spectre on Pen y Fan
Written by Mr Axe - Outdoor Pursuits   
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 10:35

broken14 pupils from year 7 climbed Pen y Fan on Tuesday 15 October. Well done to Holly Davies, Kara Gould, Huw Grainger, Megan Hipperson, Isobelle Lloyd, Hannah Meredith, Sophie Norman, Menna Pritchard, Callum Rallings, Ciaran Evans, Lauren Fuge, Ellie Price, Megan Thorne and Luc Woodman. A special mention for Isobelle, as she showed courage and determination to succeed despite finding it a considerable challenge.
56 pupils from year 7 and 65 from year 8 have attended a trip in the Brecon Beacons since the project began in May 2013.
The weather was bright, sunny and warm with a few clouds to make the views more interesting. At the top the pupils saw a rare optical sight called a Brocken Spectre. It is formed when the sun casts your shadow onto the top of a cloud that is below you in a valley. You appear as a long thin shadow that moves as the cloud moves giving it a spooky appearance. A rainbow forms around the shadow your body rather like a huge halo. Each observer has the best view of their own optical shadow and so it is a very personal experience. The pupils were very lucky to see this rare and beautiful sight and I am sure that they will remember it for a long time.

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