Our pupils marked the start of the Bryheiniog and Maesyfed Urdd Eisteddfod on Saturday 26 May 18 in the High School opening show held in the theatre Bryheiniog. Carwyn Whomsley, Willow Irwin, Catherine Morris, Glesni Powell, Hannah Marshall, Riley Mclouglin, Natasha Adams, Kelsey Shepherd and Eva Lorney all show cased their personal talents through out the evening. The show kicked off with Willow Irwin and Catherine Morris joining with other schools to perform extracts from musicals. Following on, Carwyn Whomsley accompanied by himself on the piano, sang The Beatles song ‘Imagine’ that he had translated into Welsh. Next up was a gymnastic display group from Brecon High Schools very own gymnastics club, Natasha Adams, Hannah Marshall, Riley McLoughlin, Kelsey Shepherd and Eva Lorney led by Glesni Powell. With an individual gymnastic display also from Glesni Powell. The gymnastic performances had achieved good results in the Urdd finals previously in Aberystwyth. Brecon High School pupils all enjoyed being part of the opening ceremony for this very unique opportunity and had dedicated a lot of time and effort to its success.
Urdd Eisteddfod Mon 28 May – Fri 1 Jun 18
Brecon High School was represent extremely well at the Urdd.
Brecon High School competitors started on Wednesday 30 May with Glesni Powell early morning start in the Brass Solo, Megan White and Chole Edwards followed on with their Individual Recitation (Learners) and a bus load of supporters went up to the Maes from Brecon High to watch these competitions and explore the Maes.
On Thursday 31 May 18 Willow Irwin, Catherine Morris, Nia Rudge, Brianna Morgan, Chelsea Samuel, Rhys Williams and Riley Coleman competed in the ‘gwrp llefaru’, they had to recite as a group a piece about a car race, this was performed to an excellent standard giving a taste to the Urdd of what is to come from Brecon High school. The winner of this competition was extremely similar to Brecon High Schools’, proving that they were right up there with the top performers. Later on Carwyn Whomsley show cased his singing talent in the boys solo.
The pupils would like to thank all the staff that worked with them in their rehearsals and for travelling up to the Urdd to support them in their competitions.
Well done to all who competed, for giving your time and for working extremely hard to achieve the very high standards required, and for representing Ysgol Uwchradd Aberhonddu in the Urdd Eisteddfod. Brecon High School will now be building on this achievement and is looking to set up a committee for all future participation in The Urdd Eisteddfod. Next years Urdd is going to be held in Cardiff Bay.
Brecon High School pupils also supported The Urdd through out the week in other ways, pupils volunteered to work in the ‘Criw Croeso’ where they welcomed people into the maes, distributed leaflets and were a focal point for directions and information. This was a fantastic opportunity for the pupils to represent our area to the rest of Wales and the perks to being on the ‘Criw Croeso’ was a free ticket into the maes, free food ticket and a fab free T-Shirt. (Pupils that I know who volunteered for this was Willow Irwin, Catherine Morris, Riley Coleman and Rhys Williams, but i am sure there was more from Brecon.
Four pupils from Brecon High School, Carwyn Whomsley, Rowan Irwin, Willow Irwin and Chelsea Samuel were chosen by the adran eisteddfod to present the medals on the televised stage on Saturday 2 Jun 18. This was an amazing unique opportunity for them and was shown live on S4C Saturday morning. The four pupils particularly enjoyed this amazing experience.