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St David’s Day Celebrations

Spirits were high this morning after the magnificent Welsh rugby victory on Saturday – a perfect lead in to our St David’s Day celebrations. This morning’s assembly was a wonderful celebration of Welsh culture. Pupils had sent in Welsh-themed artwork and videos of music performances and poetry recitals while years 5 and 6 entertained us with an illustrated story of St David.

Mr. Russell and Mr. Delaney got into the spirit of things by challenging one another to a leek-eating competition. Mr. Delaney was a bit confused and ate a spring onion instead! Mr. Russell suggested a rematch…

In their performances, our pupils demonstrated the old Welsh saying:

‘To be born Welsh is to be born privileged
Not with a silver spoon in your mouth
But with music in your blood and poetry in your soul.

Rowan Parry-Lord recited Hedd Wyn’s poem ‘Rhyfel’ (‘War’) and spoke about how he is related to the famous Welsh war poet who posthumously won The Chair for his poem ‘Yr Arwr’ (‘The Hero’) after falling in the Great War. The Chair is the highest honour awarded for poetry in the Welsh language. Rowan also showed us some of his artwork that has been inspired by his link to the Welsh poet.

Our Head Girl Ellen Wright showed us some Welsh landscape art, including her own photography. For her Art A-Level, she has created a portfolio called ‘Welsh Beauty’ around the Isle of Anglesey where she lives. Her mixed media painting of Beaumaris in the style of Catrin Williams was a vibrant and cheerful contribution to our celebrations.

She also showed us Amelie Russell’s digital art landscapes of Tryfan, Snowdon, and Cader Idris mountains.

Finally, we were treated to a stunning new gouache painting by Will Rutherford – the lighthouse at Llanddwyn.

Emily Vernon delighted us with flute recitals of the Welsh lullaby ‘Suo Gan’ and ‘Llwyn Onn’(‘The Ash Grove’) and the Augusta junior girls sang ‘Calon Lân’ (‘Pure Heart’) in a video showing pictures of our local landscapes.

Zach Valentine recited a moving version of ‘The Lord’s Prayer’ in Welsh, his dulcet tones perfectly suited for such a reading.

Fuchsia Jones beautifully sang 'Dy Lygaid Di' by Gwyneth Glyn while accompanying herself on guitar and the Pearce family ended our celebrations with a wonderful arrangement of the Welsh National Anthem, ‘Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau’ (‘The Land of my Fathers’) with Thomas on piano, Nicki on Cello and Oliver singing.

After such fantastic performances of much-loved Welsh music and seeing images of our beautiful Welsh landscape (God’s country), Mr. Hall spoke about the Welsh word ‘Hiraeth’ that means ‘a longing for home. Welsh people living all over the world have a strong affinity to the ‘the land of my fathers’ and a deep longing and for their homeland.

Mr. Russell spoke of St David and how despite his aristocratic birth, he chose a more humble life, ploughing fields, drinking only water, and was even a vegetarian. He spoke of his pure heart (Calon Lân) and how we should take guidance from St David’s last sermon that encourages us to “be joyful, keep the faith and do the little things”. Mr. Russell suggested that doing something little can feel like a big achievement and indeed while at the time, little things can seem inconsequential, later in life you will learn that they were much more significant than they seemed.

Rev Tim Hall spoke about how St David’s last sermon linked very well with St Paul’s message that he sent from Greece: Rejoice always, pray continually and give thanks. He spoke about walking prayer and keeping the faith during difficult times. A big thank you to Mr. Hall and Mr. Cogger for putting the service together and to everyone who contributed.

The full video is available on the St David's College YouTube channel and can be seen here by following this link


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