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The Menter works closely with several local schools in order to create interesting opportunities for pupils to use the language and to enrich their understanding/experience of Welsh language culture. The links below explain how the Menter supports use of the language within schools in our area.

Welsh Medium Schools

The Menter has developed close links with Welsh Medium Primary Schools in our area. We run two After School Clubs (Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Bryn Onnen and Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg y Fenni) to provide opportunities for children to play through the medium of Welsh at the end of the school day.

We also support activities within the schools such as art projects, Ukulele clubs and Lego and video games clubs and also arrange and contribute towards fun mornings so that families have the opportunity to socialise in a Welsh language setting.

We also work with the two Welsh medium secondary schools in the area, which are Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Gwynllyw (Pontypool) and Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Gwent Is-coed (Newport) and arrange several events in Gwynllyw including a Vlogging Club, Language Forum activities and a Battle of the Bands Club. Menter BGTM supported Gwynllyw's Musical production which led to the school staging the ‘Dal Sownd’ show (adaptation of Hairspray) in the Congress Theatre, Cwmbran. We have also supported the work of Menter Iaith Casnewydd (Newport Welsh Language Initiative) with the Gwent Is-coed Language Forum by conducting video games sessions, quizzes and other activities.

English Medium Schools

We have been developing connections with English medium schools in our area over the past year in order to support Welsh Government’s vision of increasing the number of pupils who develop their Welsh language skills. In addition, we supported Overmonnow School’s (Monmouth) Siarter Iaith and Monmouth Schools’ District Eisteddfod. We held craft activities and invited schools to events such as our Christmas celebration at the Big Pit in Blaenavon.

The Menter has developed plans to hold activities with English Medium Secondary Schools in the area and these will be implemented over the next year. We have already supported King Henry VIII’s secondary school in Abergavenny with their Welsh language event (musical workshop with Mr Phormula and Danielle Lewis) and awareness sessions in Caldicot School and Gwent College.

Information on Welsh Medium education

Menter BGTM’s area includes three Local Authorities and they all offer Welsh Medium education.

Choosing Welsh medium education for your children is a great option which ensures they gain linguistic skills that are becoming increasingly valuable in the economy of Wales. They will also have an opportunity to enjoy a wealth of Welsh language culture, both old and new. There are several organisations and websites that can answer any questions that parents may have.

 

RhAG (Rhieni dros Addysg Gymraeg or Parents for Welsh Medium Education)

Welsh Government’s ‘Cymraeg’ pages

Welsh Government’s website includes information on every aspect of learning and using Welsh, including a page on choosing Welsh medium education for your children.

Mudiad Meithrin and Cymraeg for Kids provide preschool education for children across Wales. There are a number of nurseries in the area, Ti a Fi clubs (play groups for babies and toddlers) and Cymraeg for Kids hold Story and Song, Baby Massage and Baby Yoga sessions in Welsh across the area.

 

Mudiad Meithrin

Ti a Fi groups

Cymraeg for Kids

South East Mudiad Meithrin’s Facebook page

Cymraeg for Kids Monmouthshire

Cymraeg for Kids Torfaen

Cymraeg for Kids Blaenau Gwent