Merthyr School Excels at National Urdd Eisteddfod
2017 has been a remarkable year for Pen y Dre High School, seeing the school win a plethora of national awards. These include: Welsh Teaching Awards Winner 2017 (working parents and the community); UK Pearson Teaching Awards Winner 2017 (Information Technology and digital competency); Welsh School Business Partnership Award Winner 2017(outstanding school and business partnership with Legal and General) and Estyn Best Practice School 2017(Healthy relationships education).
Now the school has further cause for celebration after discovering it was officially the most successful English medium secondary school in Wales at the 2017 Urdd Eisteddfod in Bridgend.
After winning the local and regional heats, pupils from Pen y Dre won an incredible 29 medals at the national Urdd Eisteddfod, including 19 gold medals, 7 silver medals and 3 bronze medals.
The school’s Eisteddfod team is led by Mr Mark Morgan Head of Welsh and Ms Rachel Thomas Head of Drama. Together they work to prepare the pupils for a wide range of events, with the focus on celebrating Welsh language and culture.
Pen y Dre pupils won their medals across the full range of categories, including: group recitation, individual performance, group drama, creative 3D, writing, and musical soloist.
Mr Morgan said, “Pen y Dre is a very proud school after learning how well we have performed at the National Urdd Eisteddfod. We are proud to be a school that promotes the Welsh language and culture, and our pupils absolutely love speaking Welsh and performing in front of an audience.”
Ms Thomas said, “We work really hard on making sure pupils are very expressive in their performances and work across the categories. Welsh is such a beautiful language anyway, but it takes a lot of hard work to produce the standards we expect of our pupils. They are chuffed to bits to have won so many awards. We had an assembly to celebrate their achievements and you could see the pride on their faces- proud to be Pen y Dre pupils, proud to live in Merthyr and proud to be Welsh. ”
The winner pupils are as follows:
Group recitation/ Ymgom Year 7-9 - Maisy John, Kiera Jones, Tommy Church & Jac Williams
2nd place individual recitation Year 10-13 - Lewis Leigh
Winner Year 7-9 Creative 3D Artwork - Alex Barry
Winners Group Speaking Project Year 10-13
2nd place Group Speaking Project Year 7-9
Winner Writing Task Year 8&9 - Kiera Jones
2nd place Writing Task Year 8&9 - Alex Barry
3rd place Writing Task Year 8&9 - Sophie France
Winner Writing Task Year 10-13 - Ashleigh Collins
Joint 3rd place Writing Task Year 10-13 Hannah Price & Sophie Owen
3rd place Writing Task Year 7 - Daniel Hampton
Finalist Alaw Werin Year 7-9 - Deryn Allen Dyer
Finalist Brass Solo Year 10-13 - Flynn Evans
Finalists Individual Recitation Year 7-9 - Dern Allen Dyer & Tommy Church