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Students from this school will be making the news for real on 6th March 2019 as they take part in BBC Young Reporters. We aim to publish the news by 1430 GMT on the News Day, so please save this page as a favourite and return to it later.  In the meantime, take a look at the reports we produced last year.

Hello, and welcome to the Llantwit School Young Reporters webpage. The committee is made up of a group of both Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11 pupils, who enjoy the subject of English and are interested in the prospect of a pupil-run journalism committee, frequently reporting news, both local and afar to the site’s visitors. As part of this BBC-run scheme, we meet weekly to discuss recent articles and issues that matter to you.  Using research and interviews, the committee aims to provide up to date and detailed insights of as many different types of stories, affecting areas and people both local and world-wide.

If you have any stories that you’d like us to report on, then tweet us at @LMS_English and we’ll do our best to share your story on our web page.


School Report Team 2019


  Hi, my name is Wesley and I'm the Camera Operator and Website Engineer for the BBC Young Reporters Team. My job is to film visual segments for different articles and when they are complete, upload them to the official Llantwit School Young Reporters website.


Hi, my name is Joe and I am the researcher for the BBC Young Reporters Team. My job is to find information for the script writers


 Hello, I’m Ellie and I am one of the reporters here at BBC Young Reporters Llantwit. My job is to compose the articles and produce written content so it can be published.


Hi, my name is Tia and I'm the Editor in Chief for the BBC Young Reporters Team. My job is to read all the articles before they are published and help maintain a high efficiency work environment.


Hey, my name is Nicole and I am the photographer. My job is to take photos which will accompany the articles.


Hello, my name is Connie and I am the Script Writer for the BBC Young Reporters Team here at Llantwit Major School. My job is to create the script material that the presenters will address.


 Hi, my name is Taran and I'm the editor for the BBC Young Reporters Team. My job is to read over all of the articles and check that they are ready for publishing.

Hiya, my name is Katie and I am the videographer for the Young Reporters Team at Llantwit Major School. My job is to record segments for various articles to assist in the creation of publications.

Hello, my name is Gethin and I'm the field reporter and newsreader for the BBC Young Reporters Team. My job is to gather information and then present it in various video articles.


Aspire Scientists Shoot For The Stars!

Aspire students visit ‘We the Curious’ to learn about space and the Bloodhound SSC.


On Monday the 14th of January, 22 students from the Aspire group (a group set up for students achieving in the three main subjects: English, Maths and Science.) went to We the Curious, a science centre in Bristol. This trip had the main purpose of learning about the Bloodhound SSC and trying to make the fastest car. The bloodhound is a car in the progress of being built. It has taken so long because the engineers want to get the top speed to 1000mph. However, our goal was only over 30mph.

We started the day at 7:45am when we left the school for bristol. After the long journey, (approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes) we arrived at the science centre. We were greeted by our supervisor who took us straight to our area to put down our bags. Promptly after, we proceeded to a room where we learned about the Bloodhound SSC and we were shown pictures of previous record breaking cars. We were also shown an example of an aerodynamic foam car in a wind tube to show us what happens to the wind when something is aerodynamic. As soon as we had finished learning about the science behind the Bloodhound SSC, we were allowed 5 minutes of free time because we finished early.

During this break, everyone was allowed to explore and play with things on the floor we were on. There was a variety of things to do, for example, you could make giant bubbles or play with the giant board. After around 5 minutes, we were taken a room in which there were the materials and tools for our cars. First we were told some safety precautions then shown how to use each tool. Having gone through all of this, we were allowed to start building. We were given an outline of where we could and couldn’t cut but other than that, we were free to do whatever designs we wanted. Once we had cut our outline with a saw, we had to sand down the edges and surface. Then it was time for (arguably) the fun part.

We had to use the hammer to put the metal rods into the wheels. Finally, we had to decorate the cars and screw in the eyelets. These were to enable the cars would stay attached to a thin metal wire.

During lunch, we were able to explore. The most popular item being the water turning hamster wheel! Soon after, we headed to the planetarium where we learned about constellations, a nebula and black holes. We were shown what would happen to the other planets (including Earth) when the Sun dies.


To end the day, we tested our rockets! Our target was to pass 30 mph but the record was 60 mph. After an exciting competition, we found our top two. In second place, with a close speed of 59.7mph came Bethany Said and Ellie Minchinton. However, in first place with a record breaking speed of 65.6mph came Sofia Hague and Joe Minchinton.

 By Ellie M

British Sign Language: Why is it important, and should it be taught in schools?


One of the greatest, most apparent issues in society today is communication, and how people are still struggling to communicate with people. Language barriers are the biggest cause of this, as often people aren’t fluent, or completely cannot speak a particular language which they may need in the future. This is why we’re taught to speak the modern foreign languages (MFLs) in school, which include French, German and Spanish. It’s a brilliant idea, if we want to be a translator or go abroad, but when are we going to need this skill when we’re in our own country?

It’s unlikely that we ever will. However, there is one language skill that most people don’t have that everyone should have; the ability to speak Sign Language.

Deaf people, particularly those people who have been deaf from birth, can’t communicate with us through talking, the way that most of us do. As a way to ‘jump this barrier’, Sign Language was created. For anyone who doesn’t know what Sign Language is, it’s using your hands and parts of your body to create specific symbols representing words/things. There are different Sign Languages, based on where you’re from, but in Britain we use BSL (British Sign Language) or Makaton, the nationally recognised Sign Language. Personally, Sign Language is an essential language that everybody should learn, especially since you’re more likely to need to use Sign Language in your life than you are to use a foreign language, like French or German.


The one thing that really annoys me, when it comes to learning languages, is that we learn foreign languages in school for free, but unless there’s a school-run club, we have to pay to learn Sign Language. We choose to speak a language like French - it may not be completely necessary, but more for enjoyment or your own personal merit. Deaf people have no choice. Sign Language is the only language they can speak, otherwise they have no way of communicating. They don’t choose to be deaf, for them Sign Language is a necessity. How is it fair that we can converse with people from other countries, yet we can’t communicate with people from our own country? It’s not.

During a recent visit to the Senedd in Cardiff, I was told all about what the Welsh National Assembly are working on. At the moment, their biggest project is creating a whole new school curriculum, and one adaptation they hope to put forward is for British Sign Language to be included in this curriculum. It is believed that by 2022, there will be a completely new curriculum for all schools in Wales, where they will hopefully be teaching British Sign Language. Children and adolescents should have the opportunity to learn Sign Language in school alongside the MFLs. According to the Linguistic Rights and the UNCRC Children’s Rights, we have the right to speak our own language. We shouldn’t be denied the right to speak with other people just because they have to speak a different language.


Being able to communicate is so important. It gives us a sense of belonging, and allows us to be who we are. That’s why it’s even more important for deaf people to speak Sign Language, so they feel special and feel like they belong, and that’s why it’s most important for us to be able to communicate with them. So we can tell them they’re special, so we can tell them they belong, and so they know they’re not alone. Sign Language is just as important as any language. It should be respected as so.

By Tia-J A

Britain’s Knife Crime Dilemma

Two teenagers, aged seventeen, were both killed in separate incidents in London and Greater Manchester during the same weekend. These incidents, combined with more knife attacks over the last couple of months, have brought attention to the rapidly growing problem of teenage knife crime in the UK. Data from the NHS shows that the number of cases of under 16’s being treated for stab wounds has risen by 167 cases from 2012 to 2018. Many people are now calling it a “crisis”. While many MPs have been discussing possible solutions to knife crime, this week Theresa May has clearly been too busy for that and has instead been clashing heads with the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick and the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid. A lot of criticism has been directed at the PM after she said that the police cuts she was in charge of were not linked to the rises in violent crime. Sajid Javid has displayed his strong disagreement with this statement, and one police chief has called May’s claims “disgraceful”.


(Office of National Statistics, ONS)

In an attempt to find some sort of solution, Sajid Javid is planning to hold a meeting with seven police chiefs from areas of high knife crime. Officers from South Wales, Yorkshire, London and Greater Manchester all will be in attendance. While Sajid Javid is organising all of this, Theresa May has enlightened the British public as she has told the cabinet that the two recent teenage murders were “absolutely appalling” (as if anyone thought different). Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party leader, criticised Theresa May stating that there was not a direct link between cuts in police numbers and violent crime. On the 5th of March he sent out a tweet that read “Young people shouldn’t pay the price for austerity with their lives.”


Many people, including the former police chief, have requested a ‘knife crime tsar’ to be in charge of the money being used to lower the number of victims of knife crime. A tsar is a “person appointed by government to advise on and coordinate policy in a particular area.” Graham Mcnulty, The Met's Assistant Commissioner, said officers working in the violent crime unit worked extended shifts over the weekend, and police have conducted “over 2,500 stop and searches in the last three days alone”. Unfortunately, officers working extended shifts every weekend is not a permanent solution and could lead to burnout of the police force. Gavin Williamson believes the solution is deploying the Military to help overcome the knife crime epidemic.


The general public have been sharing the thoughts and opinions over social media platform, Twitter:


 By Katie T

Scientists Discover New ‘Super Earth'

Scientists have discovered a so-called ‘Super Earth’ orbiting, the second nearest star system to the Sun, the Barnard Star System. Scientists believe the planet is roughly 3.2 times as massive as Earth. It has been described as a "frozen, dimly lit world" that takes roughly 233 earth days to orbit its host star. The host star, named after astronomer E. E. Barnard, is a red dwarf that barely illuminates the exoplanet – making it particularly hard to locate. According to astronomers, the light that Barnard's star gives to the ‘Super Earth’ is equivalent to just 2% of the energy that Earth receives from the Sun. This means that although the ‘Super Earth’ is closer to Barnard's star than we are to the sun, the planet is actually close to what is known as the “snow line”. The “snow line” is a region of orbit where it is cold enough for water on the surface to turn to ice. This explains why scientists describe the new discovery as a “freezing, shadowing world”.


It is presumed that the new ‘Super Earth’ has an approximate surface temperature of 170°c below zero, making it one of the coldest known things in existence. Barnard is believed to be an ancient star that could be twice as old as our sun. It is largely inactive (hence why the new ‘Super Earth’ is so cold). Scientists believe that Super Earths are the most common type of planet to form around this type of low-mass star. This boosts the credibility of the new discovery. The incredible discovery was made by scientists combining measurements from instruments mounted on telescopes around the world. Lead Scientist Ignasi Ribas, of the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia, said: "after very careful analysis, we are 99% confident that the planet is there." He goes on to say, “However, we'll continue to observe this fast-moving star to exclude possible, but improbable, natural variations of the stellar brightness which could masquerade as a planet." They were able to uncover the location of the planet by using the “wobble” a planet created when gravitational forces pull it into orbit. Furthermore, the stars give off light which can be dismantled into colours and wavelengths. As the star moves away from Earth, its light spectrum shifts red – and the wavelengths become longer. One question still remains: will humans ever colonise another planet?

By Wesley B

Female Boxers in Wales

In the United Kingdom there are 10% of women who

do boxing within the Wales, and 30% of women who
do boxing within England and Scotland. In recent years,
women boxing has become a more popular sport.
People do boxing because they have either ended up in
a situation that involves physical violence, or do it
because they want to be known for something in the
future, or want to become mentally and physically
stronger as a person.
Boxing is good for developing your body image, health
and using your head. Thinking is one of the best ways
of developing your mind set (getting into a fight and
thinking first), it makes you think about what you can
do to get out of a bad situation.
Women do boxing because we believe that not only
men can box, as us girls are being told that boxing isn’t
for women. However, we think that every sport is for
both genders, and we have the right to try every sport,
and will earn more money than men since female
boxing is not common.

You don’t have to be fit to get into the sport, you can
just turn up to any boxing gym and ask to train, you will
be different as a person physically and mentally.
Us, as women, believe that we will earn more money
because not many women do boxing, and women will
be given more opportunities to be known as great

By Nicole T

Brexit: What is it and How Will it affect us?


Brexit is a very vast topic in today's society and it will be one of the biggest political shifts in today's government. However, not many people know the facts or what it could do to our country. Most of people’s knowledge comes from fake facts or the ‘Leave and Remain’ campaigns, and at this point we know that the leave campaign’s main persuasive facts were misleading. We are going to give you the hard facts right down to the meaning of Brexit, Britain’s Exit.


The Vote

On the 23rd of June 2016 a referendum was held to decide whether we should remain in or leave the European Union. Across all of Great Britain, 51.9% people voted to leave the EU, whereas 48.1% voted to stay. Over 30 million people voted in the referendum - 71.8% of the British Public. In England 53.4% of people voted for Brexit, whilst 46.6% did not. In Wales more people also voted for Brexit to go ahead with 53.4% meaning 47.5% voted to remain. However, in Scotland they voted to remain in the EU; 62% voting to remain and 38% voting to leave. Northern Ireland also voted to stay in the EU, with 55.8% voting against Brexit and 44.2% voting for Brexit.


Everyone over the age of 18 were allowed to vote. Different age groups voted differently in the referendum and this caused major controversy. 82% of voters aged 18-24 voted to remain in the EU. Roughly 68% of 25-34 year olds voted to remain. 55% of voters aged 35-44 similarly voted to remain in the EU. The opinions change once we start looking at voters aged 45+ with 55% of people aged 45-55 voting for Brexit. This margin gets even bigger when we start looking at 55-64 year olds where 68% of voters voted to leave the EU. This only increases when looking at voters aged 65+ where 66% of voters voted against remaining in the EU. The younger generation clearly does not have a similar view to the older generation and many did not like the fact that they swayed the vote from remaining in the EU to leaving the EU. The main argument proposed was that the elderly would not be around as long as the younger generation and it was their prolonged future that would be affected by this decision.


Immediately after the results of the referendum were announced, David Cameron resigned as Prime Minister. Despite backing the remain campaign throughout the race, Theresa May became the next Prime Minister due to her opponents dropping out and was handed the keys to 10 Downing Street on the 13th of July 2016.

On the 29th of March 2017, about 7 months after being made Prime Minister, Theresa May and the Conservative party decided to trigger Article 50: the European Union exit clause. Triggering Article 50 meant that the United Kingdom was formally starting the process of leaving the EU, but the next event in the Brexit fiasco shocked everyone… On the 8th of June 2017, Theresa May called a general election, the result of which was almost certainly not what she was hoping for. Theresa May ended up losing her majority in parliament, but Arlene Foster of the DUP (Democratic Union party, the party that won the Northern Irish majority) ended up saving her by making a deal with the Conservatives, allowing May to continue in her role of Prime Minister. If the Democratic Union party had not helped the Conservative party they would not have a majority or continue being in power, this would have meant that everything happening in Brexit at the moment would have been different.


Later that month, on the 26th of June 2017, the UK and EU began formal negotiations on Brexit. Later that year on the 13th of December, Conservative rebel MPs (these are MPs of a party that go against what their party tells them to do) threw a spanner in the works by siding with the opposition and forcing the government to guarantee a vote on the final Brexit deal. A European court has ruled that the UK can decide to stop the process. Alternatively it can be extended if all 28 EU members agree, but at the moment all sides are focusing on that date as being the key one, and Theresa May has put it into British law.


Young people’s opinions

The majority of teenagers have no clue what Brexit is or what it even stands for (Britain’s Exit). 93% of 12-16 year olds said they were uncertain of what Brexit means for our country. Television shows like ‘Love Island’ also show teenagers that adults, the people voting, also have no idea what is actually happening, ‘Does that mean we’re not gonna have anymore trees?’ - Hayley Hughes, Love Island 2018.


TV shows like these show young people that no one really knows what will happen to Britain after leaving the EU, which gives later generations little faith of what will happen when they are possibly in similar positions in years to come. Topics regarding politics should be discussed more amongst teenagers so more can understand what is happening when they become the next voters. Schools should teach culture and politics to provide practical use after school or college. This would be beneficial as we want our children to live in an idealistic world, and they are not capable of that if no one shares information of what is currently happening with them.


Brexit deals

A brexit deal is the ties Britain has with the EU after Brexit goes ahead. One of the possible outcomes of Brexit is a no deal. This means that Britain would not be connected to the EU at all. According to Dr Simon Usherwood, a reader in politics at the University of Surrey. “On the 29th March next year, the UK would leave the EU and everything associated with that would come to an end, this doesn’t stop the UK leaving but it means there is absolutely no clarity about what happens.”

However there are several different outcomes if Theresa May’s Brexit deal is voted down and a no deal Brexit is voted down. The different outcomes of Brexit are all  depicted in the image below.


No Brexit would mean that brexit would not go ahead. Another referendum will mean that the British public will get another vote on whether they want to leave the EU or not. If the Britain wishes to remain in the EU, Brexit will not go ahead. This is a controversial decision as many people have been saying that this will mean that Britain is no longer a democracy.


According to the dictionary, a democracy is a system of government in which the citizens exercise have a power by voting. The UK is a representative democracy because the citizens vote for someone to represent them in parliament. Theresa May said herself in 2019 that a second referendum could threaten the UK’s “social cohesion”

Social cohesion is someone's willingness in a society to cooperate with one another.

A vote of no confidence would be called by the leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn. If this is called on Theresa May then a vote will happen, if the vote is passed then Theresa May will no longer be Prime Minister and the Conservative Party (Tories) will need to elect within themselves a new Prime minister. However, if Jeremy Corbyn calls a vote of no confidence on the Conservative Party, then a vote will take place. If this vote is passed another general election will take place, where the citizens of the UK will get to vote on who the next PM is.


However, all of this can be avoided if the UK government can decide on a deal before 29th of March 2019. However, all parties want different things in the Brexit deal so this is unlikely to happen.

 By Taran E, Katie T and Connie R

Standing in the Place of Power - My Visit to Parliament

What do you think of when you hear the word ‘Parliament’? Do you groan as the thoughts of politics and Brexit enter your mind, like most? Or do you think of debating and how it’s merely a posh way of people being able to argue with and insult one another? I don’t. I think about the building itself, of its history, of how it’s the place that our society has built itself around. And I was lucky enough to visit this special place, as a member of the Vale Youth Forum, and a representative of our school.  


On Monday 10th September, I represented our school at Parliament, along with the Vale Youth Forum. With a 6am start to the day, I set off from the Civic Offices in Barry, with the Forum, and began the four-hour journey to London. We arrived at about 10:30am, the journey absolutely flying by. Of course though, when you’re laughing and joking with your friends the whole time, four hours seems like four minutes. You don’t realise the time is passing.


Looking at Parliament from the outside, I would’ve said that, for a building, it’s not as big as people make it out to be. Still larger than most buildings, but not massively so. However, as soon as I got inside, I began to question how they could fit such large rooms and seemingly endless passageways into one building. It was like a TARDIS - bigger on the inside.


Upon entering Parliament, we had to go through security. And as usual… I got stopped and had to be searched. It’s both scary and quite funny at the same time, knowing that you have nothing to hide but still afraid that they’re going to find something. Anyway, after successfully getting through security, we were taken on a tour of Parliament. Along the way we met MPs (Members of Parliament) such as Dennis Skinner, MP for Bolsover, and Gerald Jones, MP for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney. As we walked along the twists and turns of the corridors, our tour guide filled our heads with all sorts of facts about Parliament. Did you know that some of Parliament is still made of some of the original architecture, dating back to 1096? That makes some of Parliament almost a thousand years old!


As part of the tour, we were able to go into the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Both were as amazing as each other. In the Lords are special seats made of gold for the monarchy, while (as well as in the Lords) in the Commons are seats covered in the most delicate velvet. Along the corridors, paintings leave no inch of wall uncovered, each telling a thousand words of their own story. There’s no other way to describe Parliament, other than the physical definition of luxury.


Sadly though, the tour lasted little more than an hour, yet passed in the blink of an eye. The saying that ‘time flies by when one’s having fun’ really is an understatement. Luckily though, that was not the end of our London trip. After a quick visit to the gift shop and on-site café, we were contacted than none other than Alun Cairns, the MP for Wales.


Mr Cairns invited us to his Parliament office, where we met him and were able to ask him more about his role in Parliament. Unbeknown to most of us, Alun Cairns is not only the MP for Wales, but he is also our Secretary of State, appointed by the Queen herself! He holds more power than most know. We also discovered that, aside from his office in London, he also has another couple of offices in Barry and Cardiff Bay. He has to constantly move from office to office, often travelling to each within a week! Unfortunately our meeting with Mr Cairns was cut short as he had other business to attend to, however we were still immensely grateful that he made time to meet us in his unbelievably busy schedule. We said our goodbyes, before departing his office and going out for some lunch.


When it comes to food, people often regard the food in Wales to be cheaper. But it’s fair to say, for the price of food in London, you really get your money’s worth. A normal fish and chips in Wales is often enough to feed one person, but in London, with the portion sizes we received, would’ve been able to feed three people! Thank goodness I chose a smaller option. The food was delicious, and despite the portion sizes, most members managed to somehow finish their plates and were still hungry for more!


By the time we’d finished our meals and set off on our journey back home, evening was beginning to set in. The sunset sky, coloured with delicate shades of pink, orange and blue, filled us with a sense of euphoria. The day’s events became mere memories as the excitement gently drained away and fatigue set in. A quietness hung in the air, so inept yet so convenient for the day’s passing events. Allowing the euphoria to wash over us, we dozed and dreamed as we continued our journey back home.

 By Tia-J A


Our Language and How it has Evolved

In school we are taught the language of Shakespeare and Chaucer, but our language is constantly evolving. In the past five years, words such as hangry, worstest, glam-ma, twerk and bestie have been added to the Dictionary. Is learning the language used by Shakespeare and Chaucer a waste of time? We do need to know parts of their languages to understand what they are trying to get across but, as young people, should we not be learning the language we use today?

New words are created everyday but, in the past five years, we have had words such as conkers, cassette player, blackberry, moss and bluebell removed. This does counteract the argument that Shakespeare and Chaucer are useless. People do need to accept changes in language but if those changes include losing words like monarch for sexting, are those changes positive? Some of these changes are negative. We are depriving children of the ability to be independant and find the words they need in a dictionary. Important words have already been removed;What is there to protect other words?


With World Book Day on the 7th March, I started to wonder how books have evolved and whether older books counted as outdated now. Are the books that we grew up on old and irrelevant? The most popular (age appropriate) books in the past five years have been the Twilight series, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, The Bible, the Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children trilogy and Puddin’. Whereas when I was young, popular books were things like Winnie the Pooh, the Harry Potter series, the Magic Faraway Tree, The Lord of the Rings and the Percy Jackson series. These books are still read and loved however, most of the language has been discarded.


Companies need to sell their products. Therefore, they need to be at the target audience’s level, writing about reality and fiction, struggles and hardships, love and loss. Corresponding with this, there is no reason why books and media wouldn’t use modern language. Take the previously mentioned book “puddin”. The title is abbreviated to, possibly, pander to the audience. Also, the recent film “Dumplin” uses the same trick. In most modern songs, expletives are used to make the audience feel more adult (which will help them sell their music).


I think that learning about discarded language is important because we need to understand what people were talking about. I also think that new language is important because what is being said now is just as relevant. However, sometimes the use of the noun “word” is an overstatement.

By Ellie M

What Does Bullying Do To People?

Bullying affects over 3.2 million pupils in school and it is becoming a big problem to schools’ head teachers. More than half of children in England and Wales are bullied about appearance. More than half of children aged 11 to 16 have been bullied about the way they look, with 40% targeted at least once a week. Research has found that pupils in secondary schools get bullied more than primary school pupils, which is just in Vale schools compared to schools all over Wales. Over 160,000 pupils are skipping school because of bullying and are starting to have a bad outcome on them and their education. Social media has caught more teenager’s attention and innocent teenagers are getting cyber bullied as well. More kids are getting bullied by the year, more suicidal deaths are being recorded by the government and still nothing has been done to prevent students from this.


Children under the age of eighteen have the right to go to school, to feel safe, and be educated, instead of worrying about walking into the bullies on their way to their next lesson or on their way home.


We have asked some of the teachers from our school’s Wellbeing team some questions about this situation and what consequences have been put in place. We also asked them what the main causes of bullying are.


A Teacher from Llantwit Major School has said, “ A big cause of bullying in this school is social media and mobile phones. Pupils are using it irresponsibly, it also makes it easier for other pupils to get involved.”

A Wellbeing Officer from Llantwit Major School has said “ Sanctions Are Put In Place These Can Be Isolation,Detentions and Behaviour Points.

By Nicole T and Gethin P

Christmas Hampers


 Horrific Death of Stan Lee

2016 has been famed as a year in which we lost many celebrities, such as Carrie Fisher and David Bowie. However, 2018 has taken another legend; Stanley Lieber more popularly known as Stan Lee. He was the creator of classic characters like the Fantastic Four, X-Men, Spiderman and Black Panther, to name a few. The legend has also appeared in many different Marvel properties including games, movies and TV shows - he even appeared in some DC shows.


On 12th November 2018, Stan Lee tragically passed away in California, at the age of 95, following an increasingly tough year. His wife of 70 years died on July 6th 2017, and from there Stan Lee had fallen ill multiple times, yet he maintained a good public attitude. Even releasing an initially sincere video declaring he was in good health and ending with a joke. However, it went downhill from there as he was accused multiple times of sexual assault by his nurses. He stated that he was being blackmailed and changed to a nursing home who described him as “polite, kind and respectful”. These were then followed by multiple claims of elder abuse, all of which he denied. He was otherwise described as “happy”.


His death has affected the world and he has been honoured by all those associated by him. One memorable story of his life was before he wrote the Fantastic Four and was just about ready to give up on comic to the formulaic structure the characters followed. This was until his wife told him to write what he knew, and thus he created one of the most relatable superhero teams. He went on to create many more characters, including one of the most iconic superheroes (that being Spiderman).


Our world has lost an icon, and Stanley Lieber will be remembered by all as a legend, and will be sincerely missed


By Joe M


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Over the last eight years, Llantwit Major Comprehensive School has made it a yearly tradition to welcome over 50 senior citizens of Llantwit to the school to host a festive tea party.

On Wednesday 6th December 2017, the school opened its doors once again to the senior citizens of the local community.

Throughout the day, pupils and staff provided entertainment and refreshments for the special visitors.  The Year 13 catering students provided a fabulous feast for all.

The service started with a speech from Assistant Head, Mr Francis, and was soon followed by performances from the school choirs, and orchestra. Year Nine pupil, Shanti Bowen Damhus, performed Silent Night on the piano. Caitlin Doleman, a Year 13 pupil, sang ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’. This was followed by Tom Colgan, who took centre stage when he sang ‘The Christmas Song’. Then the senior choir - pupils from years 9-13 - sang ‘Mary Did You Know?’

After the musical medleys there was a drama performance by some Year Nine pupils, Bethan Scholes, Mia Griffiths-Price, Lily Starkey, Iona Wilkinson and Josh Kirkham. They performed the drama performance previously at St Illtyd’s Church on Tuesday 5th December.

The citizens loved to see such young faces perform such beautiful pieces of music; their applause filled the hall and some tears were shed!

During the performances we asked one of the organisers, Mrs Davis, how she felt this event had impacted the senior citizens. She replied with, “It gives the senior citizens the opportunity to talk to people they might not get anywhere else.”

To close the day, the senior choir sang ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’ whilst the senior citizens were presented with their handmade hampers. 

Throughout December, students of Llantwit Major School had been busily crafting festive displays for the senior citizens, with each form contributing a donation to help make their Christmas special. 

This was the 8th annual celebration tea party the school had held and the school says it will not be the last.

 By Wesley B and Joe M  


16 year old Millie Competes for Great Britain 


In September 2017 a Year 12 pupil of Llantwit Major School, Millie, who is only sixteen years old competed for Great Britain in the under 18’s youth life saving team. Millie competed successfully in 3 events over 3 days. In the surf ski she came 3rd in the world, sprint 4th and 3rd in the team.


Millie’s interest in lifeguarding started when she was only six years old, when she went to watch a race but was asked to fill in at the last minute - and won!  Her main inspiration is her mum who was also a lifeguard ,competing for Wales in California.

Millie said her hardest competition was in the European championships because there were a lot of heats and as she did exceptionally well the competition was a lot tougher.


In Order to keep fit and maintain her ability, Millie trains 11 times a week with no rest days.  Millie is currently training to compete in sprint kayaking and would love to take this further, possibly lifeguarding as a career. Sadly there are not currently many opportunities to be employed using lifeguarding skills in the UK but Millie would love to move to Australia and work full time on their beaches.     



Let’s hope we see Millie as world champion the near future


Millie told us “it's a sacrifice seeing my friends going out together but I really enjoy lifeguard.”


“I love lifeguarding and I really like to do it” Millie told us.


By William H-W




By Bethany S and Hope S



By William W-H and Taran E


By Joe



On Saturday February 3rd, our school’s senior choir took part in the annual Mayor’s Concert. The senior choir performed in the concert, and several pupils from the choir also had their own opportunity to perform solo/duets/groups.

Throughout January the choir prepared for the concert, including learning a completely new song and attending choir practise twice a week as opposed to only once. Originally, the choir was meant to be performing a couple of songs, however due to a mix up with the dates they were only able to learn one song in time for the concert. The mix up of dates wasn’t necessarily a bad thing, in fact it was beneficial for the students involved with the choir as it opened up the opportunity for them to perform in the concert by themselves. Arranging this was slightly difficult for the solo performers, as the deadline to get backing tracks sent had already passed. However, Miss Toms, Head of the Performing Arts department, took the time to learn and perform a piano accompaniment for these singers in the short time (I know I could never to that in time!).


On the day of the concert, the students met at St Illtyd’s Church (where the concert was being held) for a sound check. During this time Miss Toms went through the choir’s song to make sure everyone knew the lyrics and that they knew all of the notes they had to sing. After that, she went through the songs with the solo/group singers so that they again knew what they were doing.


The concert started at 7 o’clock, and was split into two parts; our school’s performance was in the first part. The song our choir had chosen to sing was ‘As Long As I Have Music’, and I think it’s fair to say our choir was excellent. Following our choir’s performance were:

Shanti Bowen-Damhus - Einaudi Piano Solo

Tia-Jade Allen - I Dreamed A Dream

Megan Johnson - Take A Bow (Rihanna)

Llewellyn Brown and Caitlin Dolman - Friendship from ‘Anything Goes’

Llewellyn Brown, Caitlin Dolman and Jess Summers - Can’t Help Falling In Love

Tom Colgan and Ellie-May Williams - De Lovely from ‘Anything Goes’

Tom Colgan - Waving Through A Window from ‘Dear Evan Hansen’

Evermore from ‘Beauty and the Beast’

He Used To Be Mine from ‘Waitress’  

Miss Toms from the Performing Arts department said, “I thought the school choir were amazing and presented a programme that was of quality and variety.”

The range of talent from our school just keeps on going!

As well as our school’s performances, there were a variety of wonderful performances throughout the duration of the concert. This included performances from other schools, Major Music and solo performances; vocal and instrumental. The range of talent was seemingly endless! The Mayor of Llantwit Major, Jane Norman (who’s concert it was) said, “ The wealth of talent in our local young people is phenomenal.” I think our school would definitely agree.

Overall, it was a fantastic evening, not only for the performers from our school but for everyone involved.

By Tia-Jade A


On Tuesday, February 13th, Aspire students from Year 9 to 11 visited the Sky Studios in London to make up their own news report. Beforehand, the students involved with the trip had to do some research about their topic; Mission to Mars. They split up into four groups, which on the actual day would be the studio each group would be working in, and assigned each other roles, for example; scriptwriter, reporter, and cameraman.

On the day of the trip, students arrived at school at 8:30 ready to take the four-hour journey to the studios in London. During the journey, they stopped at the service station so anyone who had no lunch with them had the chance to buy something, which they could then eat upon arrival at the studios at around 1 o’clock. After arrival the students had to sort out their roles, making sure everyone in each group knew what their roles were and were given the chance to switch roles before filming the report if they wanted.

When everyone had finished their lunch, they were taken on a small tour of the studios, including a view of one of their recording studios for certain sports (in this case golf). The students were shown different types of equipment used in the recording, with detailed explanations of how they work and why they are needed for the recording. One example was the camera used for the recording. Afterwards, the students were shown to the Sky Academy Studios. Here they watched an introduction video for the Academy, finding out what they had to do and what skills they needed to complete their news report. In total there were five important skills that were needed.

For the recording of the news report, the students had to review their scripts and had the chance to change anything they wanted to, before actually filming the report. After that, the students could go to a dressing room and put on different items of clothing, for example blazers, hats, headbands and so on. As soon as they had finished choosing their clothes (and having a bit of fun with it) the students returned to their studios ready for filming. The filming of the report was split between the four studios; Studio 1 did the introduction, Studio 2 filmed ‘on location, Studio 3 did the eyewitness interviews and Studio 4 filmed the expert interviews. To actually record the new report, the cameramen used iPads connected to a larger camera, as opposed to using the full camera. The footage was then edited by the editors to ensure any takes that went wrong were cut out and the footage was of a high standard. Next came the overview. This was only recorded in certain studios, and a few students (no matter what their roles were) could choose facts relating to their part of the topic and voice record them. These recordings were then played on top of pictures relating to each fact. Although it didn’t quite seem like that long, the time it took to do all of the recording was actually around two / two and a half hours. All of the recordings from each studio were then sent off to be put together.

Mrs Birt, one of the teachers on the trip, said, “It was an interesting, challenging experience. It gave the students an opportunity to use their communication, presentation and teamwork skills, and I think it should be run again but with different students involved.”

After the recording, the students were taken to the Sky Sport studio, where they were able to see the actual set where they do interviews. For confidentiality purposes the students weren’t able to take pictures and weren’t able to watch for long, but it’s fair to say it was an unforgettable experience for most. The students returned to the Academy Studios shortly afterwards and were able to see their completed news report. They were also given USB wristbands with a copy of the final report saved on it.


After receiving these gifts, the students collected their belongings and got themselves ready to take another four hour journey back to the school. Full of excitement from the day’s events, the students returned to school at about 8 o’clock that evening.

For everyone, it’s safe to say it was a fantastic experience and the trip should most certainly be run again for future students.

By Tia-Jade A

Llantwit Leads Their Own Entrepreneurial Dragon’s Den

On the 28th of November, the pupils in Year 10 at Llantwit Major School took part in an all-day activity for the 'Enterprise and Employability' part of their Welsh Baccalaureate course. The pupils had to work together in groups to create a product of a specific theme, this year being 'wearable technology'.

Throughout the day pupils had to write and prepare for their company’s pitch as well as create a display board to use as part of their persuasive pitch.  Pupils were given two hours in the morning to make a display board promoting their product, containing different pieces of information about their product (including cost, the logo and/or a picture of their product, their target audience etc.)  

The deliverance of the pitches started at 11:10 in the morning, so some pupils decided to dedicate their form and break time to work on their display boards to make sure they were finished in time. With such little time to prepare, time management and organizational skills were paramount. However, despite the time limit, the pupils managed to pull it off excellently - designing some fabulous boards and delivering strong pitches. Betsy Downes (who had to make the display board and deliver her pitch by herself) said, "It was pretty hard doing everything by myself because I had to basically take on everyone else's jobs, make the display board and talk about all the different parts of it even if I didn't understand it. It was really stressful. I think it went okay though, but it would've been a lot easier if I did it with my group."

I think most would agree that the morning was quite a challenge, but it certainly didn't stop anyone or slow them down. Everyone's hard work and effort was definitely evident in the final result, which was highly commended in the assembly at the end of the day. Rhodri Richards, part of the group Hot Headed, commented, "The display boards looked really good. Everyone worked really hard and put in loads of effort. It was great. Some groups were given awards and named the winners, but I think everyone was a winner on that day."

As said by Rhodri, certain groups were chosen to receive awards based on their display boards, pitches, innovative ideas, and as overall winners based on all three components. The awards given were as follows:

Best Pitch - Massaging Slippers

Best Display Board - Technology Ring

Most Innovative Idea - Customcase

Overall Winners:

1st - Customcase

2nd - Hot Headed

3rd - Betsy Downes

Ellie Morgan, a member of the group Customcase, said, "I enjoyed the day, it was the best Welsh Bac day we've had so far. Everyone was working well together in their groups and there wasn't a lot of arguing. I'd like to do it again in future, but with a different theme."

With an excited buzz from the pupils, it could be that the next step: Dragon’s Den!

By Tia-Jade A