At the beginning of each Spring Term we see the start of preparations for the annual whole school Eisteddfod and yet again this year is no exception.
The Welsh department has been busy in the run up to this year’s Eisteddfod on Wednesday, 28th March.
From the start of term onwards the Sixth Form Eisteddfod officials 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 Sixth Form students in making the Eisteddfod a success at an already busy time of the year. Without the Eisteddfod officials the event would not be possible.
This year the Art department chose the theme ‘Digwyddiadau’r Byd fel y gwelir nhw o Gymru yn 2018’ – ‘World Events as seen from Wales in 2018’, with each of the four houses creating a banner depicting their response.
With these banners the school Sports Hall is transformed into a colourful, inspiring and creative venue for the day’s on-stage competitions.
Students have been hard at work in completing the tasks required for the various departmental competitions. We cannot stress the importance of these competitions enough, as they allow for students who lack the confidence to compete on stage to make a valuable contribution to the Eisteddfod.
I wish to stress as always the importance of really making a big push with the collection of ‘Tocynnau Iaith’. The ‘Tocynnau Iaith’ result has a significant impact on the overall Eisteddfod totals – so keep up the efforts!
This year we have introduced the ‘Clebryn Cymraeg – Welsh Chatterbox’ initiative in school, which is aimed at encouraging and enthusing students to use their incidental Welsh.
This initiative is going from strength to strength with around 40 students gaining their badge. One Year 11 student has gained his ‘Tystysgrif Efydd’/Bronze Certificate and several of the younger students are well on their way to gaining theirs too. Da iawn pawb/Well done everyone. Each badge will earn an additional 5 points for the ‘Tocyn Iaith’ competition in the Eisteddfod and each Bronze Certificate an additional 10 points!
This year’s Eisteddfod was a huge success yet again, with the competitions allowing for our students to display with pride their musical, dancing and performing talents. After a day of intense competition, the final results were
St John – 1427
St Paul – 1404
St Teilo – 1346
St David – 1326
Mr G Davies (Welsh Department)
Passionate house rivalries brought an electric Spring Term to its close, with the 2018 Eisteddfod. A close-fought affair saw St Paul, St John and St David into an early lead, thanks to inspiring performances from all age ranges and in all categories. With banner competitions, departmental contributions and another stellar shortlist for the Chairing of the Bard, the result ended up as close as it’s ever been. Caitlin’s (St Teilo) dystopian vision was a deserving best poem, while Shakespeare came to the fore in some of the senior drama performances – Rob Morgan’s Malvolio and Sophie Lewis’s Mark Anthony pushing an incredible, gender-reversed interpretation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream from John’s Abbie Parry and David Abadir close for the win. Teilo were right back in it by the end of the day, when choirs raised the roof as usual. Meanwhile the staff dance and a rousing final Mae Hen Wlad fy Nhadau sent the younger years home with an ardent determination to make next year’s event an equally stunning celebration of Bishop’s talents and commitments to the performing arts. Bring on next year! With the lead changing hands many times throughout the day, an exciting finale saw St John claiming the honours as Eisteddfod champions of 2018.
We asked for contributions from each of the four houses with some reflections on the build-up to the Eisteddfod and the day itself. Unfortunately, St David and St John weren’t able to meet our deadline! So here are some thoughts from St Teilo and St Paul
Eisteddfod is the most important event on the Teilo school calendar (bar Sports Day). It’s the day where we can all come together and celebrate the great nation of Wales through art, music and dance. In particular for the Teilo House team, it’s the last chance we have to see our house succeed!
A St. Teilo House official
Eisteddfod allowed all of the house teams to work together to create a really special day. St Paul succeeded in getting first place in Senior Song, House Band, House Choir and many more highlights, from Year 7 all the way to Year 13 – the first Eisteddfod for some and the last for the House teams. The atmosphere was incredible despite the cold weather and we are proud to be in a school where the Eisteddfod is conducted on such an impressive scale.
Laura (Year 13/St Paul House)