Rhys Roberts, right, with actor Rhys Ifans

A Rhondda Cynon Taf teacher who loves to share his enthusiasm with his students has been crowned ‘Teacher of the Year’ at the annual Into Film Awards. 

Rhys Roberts, of Llanharran Primary School, received his award from award-winning actor and Into Film ambassador Rhys Ifans at the annual ceremony held in Leicester Square, London. 

Hosted by Into Film and supported by the British Film Institute, among those also attending the ‘Red Carpet’ event were actors Luke Evans, Eddie Redmayne, Hugh Bonneville and Lilly James. 

Teacher Rhys Roberts, who was recognised for his ‘inspirational and passionate lessons that incorporate film,’ said he was delighted to receive the coveted award. 

Mr Roberts said: “Being nominated for this award came as a huge surprise. It is an immense honour to have won and a great sign of acknowledgement for the time, effort and enjoyment I dedicate towards immersing my pupils into the world of film." 

Councillor Joy Rosser, Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “The Council is delighted that one of its teachers has been recognised and rewarded for encouraging the creativity of his students. 

“Rhys Roberts is a shining example of the teaching staff we have within Rhondda Cynon Taf and we send him our congratulations and best wishes. 

“The Into Film Awards are a fantastic way to encourage and celebrate the creativity of our young people; something that is fundamental to our curriculum. 

“We have a wealth of talent in our classrooms across our County Borough and are proud to have some of the finest school buildings in Wales due to major investment. 

“Just weeks ago we officially opened our latest new 21st Century School in the presence of First Minister Mark Drakeford – the £7.2m Cwmaman Primary School thanks to joint funding from the Council’s RCTinvest programme and the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools Programme. 

“The Council and Welsh Government has also has also invested a further £85m investment across Rhondda and Tonyrefail in 2018/19, while new 21st Century Schools proposals for Pontypridd and the Cynon Valley are being developed for 2022. 

“Our children are being taught in first-class facilities and due to their hard work, commitment and support of our teaching staff, are reaping the rewards.” 

Bethan Price, Headteacher at Llanharan Primary School, said: “It was a marvellous achievement for Rhys to be shortlisted to one of three candidates for the UK against some very stiff competition, but to win the award is amazing. 

“Rhys is one of 12 Into Film ambassadors in Wales and has led work which has been shared nationally through Into Film. His use of film to develop standards in oracy and writing across the curriculum is excellent, and I am very pleased that this has been recognised nationally. 

“Our school’s Into Film Club was recently awarded National Film Club of the Month. We have also had seven national Into Film Reviews of the Week.” 

Non Stevens, Head of Into Film Cymru, said“Rhys Roberts is a real inspiration and has integrated film into the curriculum at Llanharan Primary School, which is about to become a new and exciting development within the new curriculum for Wales. So he’s a real trailblazer. 

The Into Film Awards not only highlight the creative talents of young people across the UK, but also aim to re-address the gender and diversity balance within the film industry by activity seeking and encouraging young people from all backgrounds to immerse themselves in film and filmmaking, opening the door for a more diverse pool of talent to seek careers within the film industry.  

Posted on Monday 25th March 2019

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