Welsh Department News/Newyddion Yr Adran Gymraeg

Eisteddfod 2019

Well, the preparations for the 2019 annual whole school Eisteddfod are now in full swing.

The Welsh department has been busy in preparing the documentation used in the run up to the Eisteddfod which this year will be held on Thursday 11th April.

From the start of the Spring Term the Eisteddfod officials in the Sixth Form have been working tirelessly in promoting the Eisteddfod and the various competitions and, most importantly, arranging practice sessions and rehearsals with the various participants. As a department we greatly value the hard work of these students in making the Eisteddfod a success at an already busy time of the year. I cannot stress enough that without you Eisteddfod officials, the event would not be possible.

The Art department has long decided on a theme for the banner competition. In 2019 the houses will be required to create/paint a banner on the theme Dathlu Amgylchfyd Cymru Celebrating the Welsh Environment. With these banners we look forward to the school Sport’s Hall being transformed into a colourful, creative and thoughtprovoking venue.

The details of the various departmental competitions have already been circulated and I am aware that students have been hard at work in completing the tasks required. We cannot stress enough the importance of these competitions as they allow for students who may lack the confidence to compete on stage to make a valuable contribution to the Eisteddfod. I wish to emphasise, as always, the importance of really making a big push with the collection of ‘Tocynnau Iaith in the run-up to the Eisteddfod. The Tocynnau Iaith result has a significant impact on the overall Eisteddfod totals – so keep up the efforts!

I’m sure that this year’s Eisteddfod will be a success yet again and we look forward eagerly to the various competitions which will allow our students to display with pride their musical, dancing and performing talents.

You will be provided with the results of the Eisteddfod competitions in the next edition of The Mitre.

One piece of lovely news to end on a really high note – one of our Year 13 Welsh students, Bethany, has succeeded in getting through to the last stage of the Urdd Eisteddfod’s Medel Bobi Jones (Bobbi Jones Medal) competition. For this event Bethany had to make a video recording of herself speaking Welsh. Bethany competed against many other Welsh Language students from across Wales at the Llangrannog Urdd Centre over the weekend of March 30 – 31st and came second overall. Llongyfarchiadaumawr – many congratulations! You can read Bethany’s article on the competition elsewhere in this edition of The Mitre.

Mr Davies (Welsh department)