Friday 6 March saw the phenomenal performances of pupils at Llantwit Major School’s annual Eisteddfod where the school showcased the exceptional level of singing, dancing and instrumental talents of their pupils. The event marked an introduction to the school’s nurturing philosophy of encouraging talents from all subject areas to the Year 7's who are currently in their first year at the school. The school is split into four traditional Welsh groups: Hywel, Glyndwr, Llewelyn and Madog. These ‘houses’ created a friendly rivalry between everybody in the school – including teachers! Points are scored by winning competitions, performing and completing homework tasks for different subjects and with points being awarded for first, second and third place, as well as for participation. This allows all pupils to be actively involved in the event no matter what their talents - a key element of Llantwit Major School’s inspirational ethos. When interviewed, Year 7 pupils commented that the ‘Battle of the Bands’ aspect was “awesome!” as the closing act was an inspirational and exciting way to round off the event for another year.
Throughout the Eisteddfod, excitement filled the busy school hall and tensions rose as the acts prepared to perform. The show started with piano junior solos, with Jack Wilkinson and Rhodri Richards winning for their spectacular performances. Other impressive acts included the junior dance competition that included a martial arts/street dance crossover from Mared Roberts in Year 9, a dramatic contemporary dance to ‘This is Gospel’ and an energetic break dance. Emotions were particularly high as Erin Hayes celebrated her final year in this school in style by singing Heather Small’s ‘Proud’ whilst a slideshow of images of a younger Erin and her friends throughout her years at Llantwit Major School played in the background. Erin, who plans to attend university next year has expressed that whilst she is excited for the future, she is “sad” to be leaving the comprehensive school.
The event celebrated the many talents of Llantwit Major School’s pupils and it was clear that the performers enjoyed the opportunity to inspire the younger pupils in the school. This year, Glyndwr took home the winning trophy for the most points - two points more than the second placed house. This will no doubt be a key motivator for the opposing houses in next year’s Eisteddfod!
By Bethan Williams, Sophie Birkin and Emily Squance