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Eisteddfod - Friday 27th February 2015

Glan-y-Môr’s Eisteddfod is always a highlight of the school year. After two weeks of rehearsing, the whole school gathers to compete in various competitions.

This year began with a rousing rendition of Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau by Daniel Austin, followed by the first competition a Welsh Cyd-adrodd by Zak Davies entitled 'Sbwriel'. ‘Four very competent performances’ said the adjudicator, Mrs Janet Cross. No ‘Rubbish’ witnessed here then.

To music next and four different instrumental solos with a clarinet, flute, piano and drums being played masterfully. A challenging task for Mr Hugh Owen to adjudicate. The winner Jai Thomas, on the drums, brought the house down even with a broken drumstick!!

On to the English recitation written by an ex-pupil, Emily Blewitt. Her poem ‘Burry Port’ was based on her own personal experience of living in the area. Luckily for us, she returned to adjudicate her own work! What a difficult task!

Sophie Mullins won the vocal solo and she held the audience spellbound with her classical performance of ‘Time to say Goodbye’.  A treat for all!

Disco dancing is always a popular competition for Years 9, 10 and 11. This year the performances were all exceptional but Tŷ Illtyd’s medley of music and variety of movements earned them first place.

In order to ensure the boys are not left out in our Eisteddfod, we include a fun competition in the day’s programme. This year the task was to either rap, whistle, recite backwards (yes, backwards) the Welsh National Anthem. All four houses chose a different route with Tŷ Mair’s rousing chorus winning the day.

Pupils in Year 11 compete annually for the prestigious Chairing Competition. They have to write a Welsh piece of prose and the title this year was ‘Fy ardal’ – My area. We are grateful to Mrs Elin Collier, Head of the Welsh department at Bryngwyn School for adjudicating this important competition. The winner was Amber Nelson (coincidentally our Head Girl) from Tŷ Mair. Llongyfarchiadau! The ceremony has Year 7 girls participating in the traditional ‘Flower Dance’ and Mr Richard Allen powerfully singing ‘Henffych Brifardd’.

The afternoon session began with a medley of music from Burry Port Male Voice Choir conducted by Mr Ryan Lee. This was greeted with absolute joy by the whole audience as their repertoire was vast and included something for everyone. Diolch yn fawr!

The school choirs sang ‘Milgi Milgi’ and Tŷ Dewi was victorious. It was lovely to see Year 7 boys participating and delivering a consummate performance.

Leading the way to the final competition was a solo by another past pupil, Miss Tammy Davies. She sang the fantastic Queen hit ‘Somebody to Love’. Engaging the audience in her chorus, her powerful voice was amazing, nearly ripping the sports hall roof off in the process.

The pop groups concluded the day with all four houses entertaining the pupils. It was left to Mr Aled Richards (ex Catatonia band member) to deliver the adjudication which would decide the winning house.  ‘His car running outside’ as he nervously announced the results.

The final scores were:                                                         

1st      Tŷ Mair
2nd       Tŷ Dewi
3rd        Tŷ Illyd
4th        Tŷ Gwenllian

Thank you to everyone for making ‘Eisteddfod 2015’ a ‘profiad bythgofiadwy’ - unforgettable indeed.

We must say a big thank you to Charli Craig, 10PR for providing her services as the school photographer for the day. Another super talented pupil!