The cookery and craft competition was hugely successful and the quality of entries made life quite difficult for our judges, Sarah Hope and Nigel Evans, who are members of the Society of Friends of Christ College. Also thanks to Mrs Liz McLean who judged the L8 entries. They were impressed by the variety of entries and the amount of effort involved. They certainly didn’t need to have lunch that day after sampling over 30 loaves of bread and Welsh cakes!
On Monday 2nd March, the junior year groups enjoyed a cultural feast in the Neuadd as St Nicholas House pupils stood in front of their peers and also Always House pupils in the actual Eisteddfod, dressed splendidly in Welsh-themed attire. Recitations in both English and Welsh were delivered with aplomb providing some memorable and entertaining performances.
The audience were mesmerised by some strong instrumental items and again the judges found it incredibly difficult to choose overall winners.
Without a doubt, the highlight of the day was listening to Alway and St Nicholas House team songs and watching the children work together as a group and try their very best to gain team points. It was a sensational day and lots of fun for pupils and adults alike.
The day concluded with the chairing of the Bard and many congratulations go to all the pupils on their efforts during the day but special congratulations must go to Hannah Gower-Fox L8 who was presented with the bardic trophy for her winning story and took her rightful place in the bardic chair. Arthur Eynon from St Nicholas House was awarded the junior bard title for his story-writing skills.
Whether pupils wrote a story, painted a picture, made Welsh cakes, recited a poem or played an instrument, the Eisteddfod has been a wonderful vehicle to allow pupils with all manner of strengths and interests to shine.
Again, extended thanks to parents who helped their children to make, practice, learn or find items to wear!
Now comes the difficult task of counting up all the scores and working out which team will come first and be crowned Eisteddfod winners 2015. We will keep you posted.
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