Eisteddfod Dydd Gwyl Dewi Arbennig yn ein ysgol ni. A Special St. David's Day Eisteddfod at our school.
Today was a special day at Llangewydd as we celebrated St. David's Day with our exciting school Eisteddfod. The hall was a sea of scarlet as we all sat in our house colours, many of us dressed in our national rugby jerseys or in traditional Welsh costumes and wearing our daffodils and leeks. The excitement was building as we waited for the day's competitions to begin.
After weeks of hard work in class, we looked forward to a day of on-stage Welsh and English recitations, singing, dancing, the announcements of who had won the class-based competitions in writing, Welsh writing, handwriting, Art and IT and of course the chairing of the bard. At the start of our school Eisteddfod, the house point totals were so close with not many points separating the four house colours. The judges were ready, Miss Jury and Mrs Page were ready to count all the points throughout the day and so the competitions could begin. Very exciting! Gyffrous iawn!
The on-stage singing competitions got underway with Year 5 singing the Welsh song 'Rydw i'n hoffi'' . In each of the singing competitions, the judges were listening for tuneful singing, accurate pronunciation of words as well as more technical aspects such as pitch, timing and breathing at appropriate places. The judges commented on the high standard of the singing throughout the day and had to make some difficult decisions at times as each of the competitors were so impressive. Year 6 singers were amazing and everybody enjoyed listening to them sing 'Tomorrow' from the musical 'Annie' and the traditional Welsh air 'Myfanwy'. Well done to J11's very own Jaya, Teigan and Seren for singing so beautifully.
Everyone in the hall clapped and cheered as children from their houses took to the stage to take part in competitions. How brave they were to sing and recite poems in front of a hall full of children, teachers and staff! Finalists had put so much effort into learning both Welsh and English poems off by heart. Again the judges were amazed by the high standard of the poetry recitations. Bendigedig! Judges focused on the accuracy of the recitations as well as the children's use of pace, expression and movements to bring the poems to life for the audience. We all thoroughly enjoyed listening to each of the poetry recitations and they brought a smile to our faces. Congratulations to J11's Rhys and Charlotte for reciting their poems so well. We were all impressed by your poetry recitations.
We were all so impressed by class items from the Rainbow and Sunshine classes. The Rainbow class talked in Welsh about healthy living - 'Bywyd Iachus' and sang a fantastic Welsh song about making cawl with fresh vegetables. The Sunshine 'rugby team' entered the hall to the National Anthem and performed a poem, 'Welsh Rugby' by David Boyce. They even performed their very own Welsh 'haka' which was a little scary! All the children had worked so hard at learning their lines and spoke and sang so well. We were all particularly proud of Chris and Ethaniel who are members of our class in the afternoons.
The morning's competitions closed with the much anticipated 'House Choir' competition where each house had to sing the Welsh song 'Y Plant Dyn Ni'. There were much needed house points at stake - 25 for the winning house, 15 for the runner-up, and 10 and 5 for the third and fourth-placed houses respectively. Miss Hatch, Miss Clarke and Miss. Wolford, the judges, listened to each house choir singing, making notes about their performance. They looked to see whether each choir knew the words, as well as listening carefully to their diction, their pitch, their tempo. They also looked to see how well each house sang together as a choir - with one voice. It was a close run thing but the judges' final adjudication placed Tŷ Coch in first place just ahead of Tŷ Gwyrdd. Llongyfarchiadau i dŷ Coch!
At points throughout the day, teachers announced the winners of competitions that had taken place in classrooms in the weeks leading up to the Eisteddfod. These included IT, Art, Writing, Welsh Writing and handwriting competitions. Again the judges had been impressed by the high standards of the work produced in all year groups. The winners of the Home-School tasks were also announced and everyone could enjoy looking at the colourful models/items on display around the school hall. Year 3 had made some impressive 'A Friend for Frankenstein's Monster'. Year 4 had made fantastic models of 'Tudor Houses'. Year 5 had made some eye-catching self-portrait sculptures whilst we had been challenged to make river landscapes in any medium of our choice! All the staff at the school were amazed by how inventive and creative you had been with your home-school tasks. Bendigedig!
The Chairing of the Bard. Cadeirio'r Bardd. The exciting climax to the day soon arrived with the chairing of the bard - the highest honour of the day awarded to the pupil in Year 6 who had written the best poem in the poetry competition. As tension mounted, Mrs. Davies talked to the school about how difficult it had been to judge the poetry competition owing to the high standard of so many of the poems written. Year 6 had been asked to write a poem titled 'My Welsh Hero' .
Each pupil in Year 6 had submitted a poem to the competition using a nom de plume to keep their identity secret. Before the nom de plume of this year's bard was revealed, Mr. Evans talked to the school about the special ceremony and how it celebrated outstanding literary achievement. Finally the moment had arrived! Silence fell around the school hall as Mr. Evans called out the name of the winning poet, asking if they were in the hall one......two......three times: "Oes SS2004 yn y neuadd?" Each time, the Eisteddfod sword was almost removed from its sheath but was returned as everyone in the hall called out for peace - "Heddwch." On the third asking, Kayleigh Mackay stood up to be revealed as Llangewydd's bard of 2015!
As it approached half past three, it was time to reveal which house had earned most points and so won this year's Eisteddfod. In fourth place was Tŷ Glas with 624 points and in third place was Tŷ Aur with 625 points. After having led the competition for most of the day, Tŷ Gwyrdd scored 660 points, finally being pipped at the post by Ty Coch who won our Eisteddfod 2015 with an amazing 674 points! Tŷ Coch clapped and cheered in celebration as their House Captains, our very own Aaron and Leah, came to the front of the hall to be presented with the Eisteddfod trophy by Mr. Rayment, the Chair of our Governors. It was an exciting end to what had been a memorable day punctuated by some outstanding performances and achievements. The day ended fittingly with everyone standing to sing our national anthem 'Mae hen wlad fy nhadau' with pride.
1st - Kayleigh/Liam W 1st - Charisma 1st - Brynley
2nd - Olly / Scott 2nd - Jaya R / Jaya F 2nd - Naomi
3rd - Lewys / Ethan 3rd - Harrison 3rd - Shannon J
Handwriting Art IT
Welsh Writing: Welsh Recitation: English Recitation:
1st - Carwyn 1st - Alex Joint 1st - Will Bennett and Danielle
2nd - Louis 2nd - Will Bennett 2nd - Carwyn
3rd - Alex Joint 3rd - Josh and Naem Joint 3rd - Alex and Josh
Welsh Solo: English Solo: Home-School Task:
Joint 1st - Morgan and Carwyn 1st - Alex 1st - Carwyn
Joint 2nd - Rhys W and Siona Joint 2nd - Carwyn and Bethany Joint 2nd - Osian and Josh
3rd - Abby Joint 3rd - Josh and Danielle 3rd - Rhys W
1st - Carwyn - The Bard/Y Bardd
Joint 2nd - George and Alex
3rd - William B