Wythnos C’mon Cymraeg Week at Barry Comprehensive was an opportunity to raise the profile of the Welsh language and the culture of Wales in the school. Members of staff included the ‘phrases of the day’ in their teaching to use Welsh across the curriculum. There were a wide range of home learning competitions including the Art Department’s ‘Google Design’ and the ‘Welsh Car’ theme in Technology classes. Pupils also participated in a dragon hunt and Welsh food tasting where the cawl and Welsh cheese went down well but the laverbread was less popular!!
The week concluded with the Eisteddfod, where pupils from years 7, 8 and 9 came together to celebrate in their house colours, green for Tŷ Gruffydd, red for Tŷ Hywel, yellow for Tŷ Llywelyn and blue for Tŷ Owain. The school sports hall was a cauldron of excitement as the Eisteddfod got under way. There was a vibrant mixture of the traditional and the modern. Traditional competitions included the House Choir, English choral recitations and instrumental competitions. More modern takes on Eisteddfod, included Bush tucker Trials, involving leeks and cockles. Many certificates and medals (produced by the Technology Department) were presented for onstage competitions and cross curricular home learning. There were many highlights to the day but the support the boys gave each other while competing, was a delight to see.
It was great to welcome Mr Lyn Howell back to join the judging panel of Miss Llinos Evans (Head of Languages) and Miss Karen Walters (Head of Creative Arts). The chairing ceremony was traditional and the new school Eisteddfod chair was used for the first time. The chair was awarded to the best piece of poetry written by a year 8 student. It was announced that ‘Tom Jones’ was triumphant and with the call of the trumpets, and a very long pause, Tom Broadbent stood to his feet smiling, as the 2013 bard. He was escorted to the stage by Head boy Mathew Williams and Head girl Lilibeth James and the whole audience participated in the traditional chairing ceremony. Mr McNamara (Headteacher) presented Tom with his model chair, which was made by Mr Paul Bartlett from the Technology Department, and his medal was presented by Mrs Jennifer Ford (Deputy Head). The poem, which was on the theme of Wales, was read by Miss Laura Nicklin from the English Department.
For the final competition, each house gave a rousing rendition of the National Anthem with the judges deciding that Tŷ Llywelyn gave the best performance. The scores were added up and the final results were announced. Tŷ Llywelyn were awarded the Eisteddfod cup and Mr Manley, jubilant house captain of Llewellyn, said, ‘I am delighted with the way all the students in the House responded to the Eisteddfod, pushing themselves to get maximum marks. Having Tom Broadbent, the Bard, in Llewellyn was the icing on the cake!’
The C’mon Cymraeg Week was a huge success and we look forward to Wales’ next Six Nations game having practised Hen Wlad fy Nhadau! C’mon Cymru!