Friday 4th March saw phenomenal performances by 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 introduced year 7 pupils to the school’s nurturing philosophy of encouraging talents from all subject areas. The school is split into four traditional Welsh groups: Hywel, Glyndwr, Llywelyn and Madog. These ‘houses’ created a friendly rivalry between everybody in the school – including teachers! Points were scored by winning competitions, performing and completing homework tasks for different subjects, with points being awarded for first, second and third place, as well as for participation. This allowed all pupils to be actively involved in the event no matter what their talents - a key element of Llantwit Major School’s inspirational ethos.
Throughout the Eisteddfod, excitement filled the busy school hall and tensions rose as the acts prepared to perform. The show started with the piano solos, with excellent performances from all competitors. One performance stood out, with Jack Wilkinson winning the ‘Best Entertainer’ award for his excellent rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody.
During the day it was wonderful to see so many year 7 and year 8 pupils taking part in the ensemble and vocal solo competitions, taking the opportunity to impress on stage. Every house took part in the house song competition, singing Sosban Fach. Hywel and Glyndwr were the joint winners of this competition and are now eagerly awaiting the invitation to sing at the Millennium Stadium one day!
The afternoon saw excellent competitions culminating in the Battle of the Bands and the Chairing of the Bard ceremony. Congratulations to Charlotte Twomey in year 7 for winning the chair this year for her fantastic poem ‘Parti’. Ardderchog Charlotte! Other notable performances saw Anya Trudgian and Georgia Williams winning the ‘Best Performance’ award for their group dance duet, and the ‘Most Dedicated Performance’ award went to Gemma Thomas in year 12 for her singing in the 6th form vocal solo.
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, Hywel took home the winning trophy for the most points – only 1 point ahead of Madog! This will no doubt be a key motivator for the opposing houses in next year’s Eisteddfod!
Congratulations to all! Llongyfarchidau i bawb!