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Houseparents Share Welsh Knowledge for St David’s Day

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Last week, pupils at King’s Hall were treated to a special Welsh-themed assembly as part of their St David’s Day celebrations. Leading this special service was our very own Houseparents, Lisa Cashmore, Emma Edwards, and Laura Jones, all of who just happen to be Welsh!

Born and raised in Mumbles, Swansea, Meynell Housemistress, Lisa, gave the children a fascinating insight into the Welsh language, teaching them words and phrases including “bore da” (“good morning”), and “diolch” (“thanks”), as well as the popular term “pop typing”, which translates to “microwave.”

Continuing with the theme, Carpenter Housemistress, Laura, who grew up in the Llanddewi Ystradenny community near Llandrindod Wells, spoke to the pupils about traditional Welsh dress. To give them an authentic experience, she enlisted the help of Year 3 and 4 pupils Connor and Hebe, who were dressed from head-to-toe in traditional costume while Laura told the story of Lady Llanover, a Welsh heiress famous for encouraging cultural traditions.

In the final section of the assembly, Taylor Housemistress and professional singer, Emma, introduced Wales as a land of song. The children enjoyed listening to the traditional Welsh hymn Calon Lan. Emma was joined by Third Form pupil Ruth Burke, who played a delightful ditty on the harp.

To conclude the celebrations, everyone joined together for a special rendition of Cwm Rhondda, and of course, the Welsh National Anthem. For those who were keen to prolong the festivities, there was also the opportunity to try some freshly baked Welsh cakes.

Commenting, Lisa, Emma, and Laura said: "We all had a fabulous time celebrating St David's Day. We were so impressed with the pupils' enthusiasm and interaction, and we are looking forward to visiting them again soon. We hope they enjoyed it as much as we did!"

Published on: Monday, March 4, 2019

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