Interview Tips with a Hilarious Twist
Starting sixth form can be a daunting experience. There are new responsibilities, new subjects, and new roles to play in the college. It’s like the first day of year 7 all over again.
This year was also a little different. All the sixth forms in the Rhondda had joined together to create the consortium; so it came as no surprise to see that most students were feeling anxious.
On Friday 7th September, students from Tonyrefail Comprehensive joined us here at Tonypandy to watch a short play followed by a live performance from a local band.
All the initial nerves were immediately forgotten as ‘Prepare to be Hired’ took to the stage.
Being typical students, when the topic of the play was announced; two students preparing for their mock interviews, expectations were not initially high. However, the company’s innovative approach was both comedic and entertaining.
Choosing to set the play in south Wales and giving the characters exaggerated welsh accents instantly made it more relatable. Both actors’ use of multiple character roles without delay captured everyone’s attention. All of the characters became extremely likable as each strange persona progressed; from the loud, laid back school boy, to the bitter, wanna-be rock star careers’ advisor, They used humor similar to the TV show Stella, and as a result made it contemporary and fun to watch.
Armed with just an acoustic guitar and witty lyrics, they even managed to give job interview tips using the song Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen to end the performance. This was met with roars of laughter from both the students and the staff present.
Hannah Light, a student in year 12, commented, “It was a nice change and a good start to sixth form. I’m a shy person and I was quite scared about starting year 12 but it was fun!”
It was an interesting and enjoyable performance that was captivating from start to finish. With an imaginative script and a cast of wacky characters, it was an effective and memorable way to teach young people about job interviews and proved to be a great success.
Students Declare their Love for… Ladies Love A Superhero
After watching the play, representatives from the young promoters’ network went on stage next. The young Promoters Network is run by young people between the ages of 14 – 25. They help arrange live shows and also help promote young emerging acts.
After giving a brief introduction, they introduced us to the band…Ladies Love a Superhero.
The band is made up of Jared Chinnock (lead vocals), Mark Crost (guitarist), Andrew Sayer (drummer) and Pete Mills (Bassist). They were all students at Cardinal Newman together, and they now all attend the University of Glamorgan.
The band had been playing in schools across the county. They were also the supporting act for Mcfly in Plymouth on their UK tour, and so after hearing this, expectations were high.
Ladies Love a Superhero did not disappoint. They opened their set with an original song called Down, The combination of lively music and great vocals had everyone on their feet. Their music was catchy, and despite the fact that most of us had not heard them before, their lyrics were stuck in our heads for the rest of the day.
Their covers of songs such as ‘Stacey’s mom’ by Fountains of Wayne and ‘Teenage Dirtbag’ by Wheatus also proved to be popular and had everyone singing along.
Year 12 student Zenyx Griffiths stated, “It was a good start to the year. It was nice to see a local band making it.”