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St David's Day and Eisteddfod 2017

St David's Day and Eisteddfod 2017

What a superb St David's Day at Fenton CP School! We had a morning packed full of fun activities and learning about who St David was, what he did and what it means to us today.

 

St David (known as Dewi Sant in Welsh) was a Celtic monk, abbot and bishop, who lived in the sixth century. He spread the word of Christianity across Wales.The most famous story about Saint David tells how he was preaching to a huge crowd and the ground is said to have risen up, so that he was standing on a hill and everyone had a better chance of hearing him. Here is the Flag of St David:

 

 

We also learnt about the origins of the leek and daffodil:

 

According to legend on the eve of the battle against the Saxons St David advised the Britons to wear leeks in their caps so as to easily distinguish friend from foe. This helped to secure a great victory. Today Welsh people around the world wear leeks on St David's Day. It is also a surviving tradition that soldiers in the Welsh regiments eat a raw leek on St David's Day.

 

 

The Welsh for leek (the original national emblem) is Cenhinen, while the Welsh for daffodil is Cenhinen Pedr. Over the years they became confused until the daffodil was adopted as a second emblem of Wales.

 

 

Dragon Parade 2017

In the afternoon we had a school assembly and Mr Harries hosted our school Eisteddfod. Throughout the Eisteddfod each class had to perform a poem or a song. 
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It's competition time!

Children were invited to enter a variety of competitions for Eisteddfod this year. These competitions included producing artwork, producing poetry and baking bara brith and welsh cakes. We were overwhelmed with the number of entries and it was incredibly hard to choose the winners. 

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Eisteddfod Competition Winners

Crowning of the Bard

 

Well done to Rhys for being crowned Bard this year for his fantastic poem entry.

 

The steep hills of Wales,

Is where you will hear many tales,

Some long, some short,

About many folk who fought,

What they didn't tell you about is the gales!

St David's Day Homework Tasks

St David's Day Songs and Poems

If you would like to practice our St David's Day songs or poems over the half-term break you can view the PowerPoint above for the words.
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