Eisteddfod 2016 - TUESDAY 1ST MARCH
Glan-y-Môr’s Eisteddfod is always a highlight of the school year. After a busy schedule of rehearsing the four houses: Dewi, Gwenllian, Illtyd and Mair gather to compete in various competitions.
This year’s Eisteddfod began with performances from our very talented musicians in Lower School. Llongyfarchiadau i Olivia Walters and Ceara Flynn who won the competition for Illtyd. Equally impressive were our musicians in Upper School who each played a different instrument: flute, piano, electric guitar and drums. It was a very difficult decision for our judges but for the second year running Jai Thomas (drums) was awarded first position. Da iawn Jai.
The vocal competition was different this year; pupils were asked to either sing a Welsh song or song from a musical. Sophie Mullins won the Senior Vocal with her touching rendition of “There are worse things I could do” from the musical Grease. The winners of the Junior Vocal competition brought tears to a number of eyes!! Rebecca Lewis, Lilli Jaros-Grover and Tegan Radcliffe (Blwyddyn 7) had the audience mesmerised with their beautiful, note-perfect singing of “I dream a dream” from the musical “Les Miserables”
On to the English recitation – “Taffy is a Welshman” by Alun Rees. Again a close competition between the four houses, however, Mair were the worthy winners with their dramatic, well-rehearsed recitation. A slightly different theme for the Welsh poem-“Parti” by Aled Richards! Even though they had the smallest recitation party Mair were, once again, triumphant. There are certainly some talented recitalists in Mair!
Disco dancing is always a popular competition in the Eisteddfod. This year pupils in Lower School were required to dance to instrumentals. The judges were really impressed with the variety of movements, outfits, team work and enthusiasm. Grŵp Lucy Powell (Dewi) were awarded first place - da iawn merched. All those weeks rehearsing during your lunchtime paid off! The best way to describe the Senior Dancing is MEMORABLE!! Again there were some tears but this time from laughter! We had a boy version of “Frozen” and a very entertaining rendition of “I want to break free”. Special mention must go to Scott Hayes (Gwenllian) who stepped in last minute, danced on his own and actually won the competition. What a talented dancer!
The last competition of the morning was the Chairing Competition. Pupils in Year 11 compete annually for the prestigious Chairing Competition. This year they had to write a Welsh poem entitled “Fy mro”– My area. The winner was Liam Flynn from Tŷ Gwenllian. Llongyfarchiadau! The ceremony saw Year 7 girls participating in the traditional ‘Flower Dance’ and Mr Richard Allen powerfully singing ‘Henffych Brifardd’
The focus of the afternoon was the choirs - the newly formed house choirs and staff choir. All pupils participated in the house choir competition and the chosen song this year was “Oes gafr eto?” Mr R Allen was delighted with Gwenllian’s win in this competition. All that secret coaching paid off Mr Allen!! Staff then entertained the pupils with their “tuneful” singing of “Delilah” and “Dakota”. A very successful day for Ysgol Glan-y-Môr.
The final scores were:
1st Tŷ Gwenllian
2nd Tŷ Mair
3rd Tŷ Dewi
4th Tŷ Illtyd
We would like to thank our judges: Jo Rogers (Youth Worker at Glan-y-Môr) Mrs Odette Williams (Governor), Mr Aled Richards (Musician) and Mrs Stella Evans (Professional Dancer) for spending the day with us and judging all our competitions. Diolch.
We must also say a big thank you to Charli Craig, 11PR for providing her services as the school photographer for the day. Another super talented pupil!
Thank you to everyone for making ‘Eisteddfod 2016’ a ‘profiad bythgofiadwy’ - unforgettable indeed. We are already looking forward to Eisteddfod 2017.