On Thursday 27th September 2012, Tonypandy Community College’s annual presentation evening took place to celebrate the students’ success and achievements in the past year.

The Headteacher, Mrs H. O’Sullivan, welcomed the current students, past students, parents and friends of the College. Mrs O’Sullivan congratulated students, saying that the past year had seen  a rise in the number of pupils reaching their target grades at KS3 as well as an impressive 89% of students achieving 5 A*-C grades at GCSE; the best in the college’s history. Past Students have also gone on to attend universities such as Aberystwyth University and Cardiff University.

Throughout the evening, the students gained recognition for outstanding work produced and for exemplary work ethics in subjects, as well as stand out awards such as “The George Thomas Cup” and “The Chrysanthemum Cup”.
GCSE and A Level success was also recognized and commended.

Each student was presented with a certificate and small trophy for subject prizes. Winners of sponsored awards and other awards also received cash prizes for their hard work.

Throughout the evening, the audience was also entertained with musical items, including the song ‘Seasons of Love’ performed by a vocal group made up of pupils from year 9 – year 12.

Mrs Martin Thomas, assistant head teacher said, “The performances displayed at this rewarding evening demonstrated collaboration and talent. The singing, accompanied by Mr. Childs and fellow students was delightful. The evening celebrated successes in the college; an enjoyable evening was had by all.”

Afterwards, guests were invited to stay for refreshments, which concluded the night’s events.

Special congratulations must be extended to;

*Ashleigh Jones, the winner of the David James Roberts Prize for Religious Education.
*Lloyd Owen, the winner of the Community Champion Award.
*Jack Barrowcliffe, the winner of the Chrysanthemum Cup.
*Dominic Evans, the winner of the George Thomas Cup.

The past year has been one to be proud of for Tonypandy Community College, and there is no doubt that there are many more like it to come.

By Rochelle Embling

Congratulations to all the prize winners


KS3 – Katie Hewett
KS4 – Alexander Flook
Mark Stubbs Cup for Science – Huw Lloyd

 English and Languages

KS3 English – Alisha Lloyd
KS3 French – Henry Murphy
KS3 Welsh – Tyler Radcliffe
KS4 English and Languages – Samuel Lee
Rhys Davies Prize for Literature – Joshua Embling
Post 16 Languages – Rachel Morris

Mathematics and ICT

KS3 mathematics – Katie Hewett
KS3 ICT – Jonathan Phipps
KS4 mathematics and ICT – Abdulwasiu Hussein

Post 16 Mathematics and ICT – Natasha Euston

PE and Sport

KS3 – Zoe Arundell and Thomas Miles
KS4 – Lauren James and Lloyd Evans
Post 16 – Paige Martin and Ben Liddy

Performing Arts

KS3 Drama– Zoe Arundell
KS3 Music – Ebony Denton
KS4 Performing Arts – Rochelle Embling
The Latymer Cup for Performing Arts – Paige Martin


KS3 Geography – Chloe Evans
KS3 Religious Education – Kate Griffiths
KS3 History – Megan Hitt
KS4 Humanities – Christian Burnett
Post 16 Humanities – Huw Lloyd


KS3 DT– Basirat Hussein
KS3 Art – Morgan Coles
KS4 Technology – Zenyx Griffiths
Post 16 Technology – Kyle Povey

Top GCSE Certificates

Rochelle Embling, Alexander Flook, Suzanne Murphy, Lauren James, Zenyx Griffiths, Dominic Evans, Ryan Jones, Lloyd Evans, Shaun Kidner, Conor Edwards.

Year 7 Prize for Literacy
Connor Pubert

The Pathfinder Prize for Effort and Example
Sam Jones

The Tonypandy Grammar School Prize for the Best Advanced Level Certificate
Paige Martin and Alicia Williams