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Triple Success for School’s Eisteddfod Participants

Pupils at a village primary school have won three categories in the recent Denbigh Area Urdd Eisteddfod, securing them a place in the county competition next month.
Ysgol Trefnant’s choirs, Choir Unsain and Cerdd Dant Choir, both won first place in their competitions under the tutelage of teacher, Mrs Bethan Antur. In the recitation poetry category, year 2 pupil, Noah Cunningham, came first for his reading of ’Dwy ran i’r corff ‘. All the events are adjudicated by Urdd judges.
Mr Tomos Williams worked with pupils in years 2, 3 and 4, teaching Welsh poetry in the lead up to the competition. He said: “The Urdd is something we offer to all our pupils in school, and this year we had pupils in years 2 through to 6 taking part in a variety of events.
‘It is wonderful to see so many pupils in school enjoying singing and poetry. Last year we made it through to the National Eisteddfod in Flint and came second in the Cerdd Dant event (where the choir sings a counter melody over a harp melody). This achievement has really enthused the children in wanting to take part in more competitions this year which is fantastic.
“Our numbers in school have steadily increased over the last few years, as has the number of pupils taking part in Urdd competitions.
“There is always a big audience at these events with parents, teachers, friends and families from lots of schools in the Denbigh area. Staff and parents have noticed how much the competitions have improved pupils’ confidence, as well as their knowledge and use of the Welsh language.”
The children have been working hard on their poems and choir pieces since October 2016.
Mr Williams added: “Each year the standards are extremely high and therefore the pupils need to be well rehearsed and prepared.
“I am delighted that the school will be represented with three performances at the upcoming county Eisteddfod and we wish the choirs and Noah every success.”
Pupil comments: Joe Ashton, year 5: “It was lots of fun dressing up as Elvis, we sang about him in one of our songs. I was a little nervous to start with but I enjoy singing in the choir and on stage. I would like to do it again!”
Tricia Fearnley, year 4: “It has been really hard work practicing and learning the songs but it has all been worth it! I love singing on stage!”
The county Eisteddfod will be held on April 1st at Ysgol Brynhyfryd and the winners will go on to represent their school and county in the National Eisteddfod, which takes place in Bridgend, South Wales at the end of May.
Photos attached show:
Cerdd Dant Choir ,Years 3 and 4 comprising: Gemma Burgoyne, Ellen Cleary, Hattie Godberford-Orton, Olivia Schrimshaw and Ellie Hatenboer,
Choir Unsain, Years 3 to 6 comprising: Joe Ashton, Leila Gizzi, Jasmin Fearnely, Tricia Fearnely, Hattie Godberfrod-Orton, Ophelia Godberford-Orton, Lilly-Rose Kowal, Poppy Roberts, Poppy Kowal, Lili Young, Gemma Burgoyne, Ellen Cleary, Alice Meacock and Eleanor Jones-Bell.
Noah Cunningham, year 2