Young readers take over the Arts Centre
On 21 and 22 June, scores of children from 32 schools across Wales took over the Arts Centre in Aberystwyth for two days of keen competition. It was the national round of Darllen Dros Gymru, the Welsh Books Council’s Welsh-language books competition for primary schools in Wales. All pupils were competing for a number of prestigious awards by discussing books and performing short dramatic presentations based on titles they had read.
The national round is the culmination of reading activities across all the regions, with the regional winners making it through to the final in Aberystwyth.
The competition for Years 3 and 4 took place on Wednesday, 21 June, and Ysgol y Garnedd, Bangor, Gwynedd, were named as national champions, taking home the Dr Dewi Davies Award. Ysgol Cerrigydrudion, Conwy, came second and Ysgol Gynradd Pen-y-Groes, Cardiff and Ysgol Panteg,Torfaen, shared third place.
Ysgol Cerrigydrudion won the Anwen Tydu Memorial Trophy for the best presentation with their interpretation of Deg Chwedl o Gymru by Meinir Wyn Edwards (Y Lolfa). Ysgol y Garnedd gave the best group discussion and their chosen book was Pedair Cainc y Mabinogi by Siân Lewis (Rily). The adjudicators this year were Alun Elidyr for the presentations and Nerys Llewelyn Davies for the discussions.
On Thursday, 22 June, it was the turn of Years 5 and 6 to compete and Ysgol Edern, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, emerged victorious, taking home the Dr Dewi Davies Award. Ysgol Llechyfedach, Upper Tumble, Carmarthenshire, were in second place and Ysgol Melin Gruffydd, Cardiff, in third position.
Ysgol Llechyfedach also won the Anwen Tydu Memorial Trophy after impressing the adjudicator, Alun Elidyr, with their interpretation of Y Chwedegau Ych-a-fi by Catrin Stevens (Gwasg Gomer). Adjudicator Nerys Llewelyn Davies gave the award for best group discussion to Ysgol Edern, who chose to discuss Pluen by Manon Steffan Ros (Y Lolfa).
Helen Jones, Head of the Children’s Books and Reading Promotion Department at the Welsh Books Council, said: ‘Darllen Dros Gymru is a great opportunity for children to reach for a book, read it and really enjoy its content. Children can use their imagination, dissect the book’s contents and discuss what’s happening in the story. Special thanks go to the dedicated organisers for their hard work in the county rounds, and to the teachers and supporters for ensuring the success of this event.’
Thanks to the support of Dref Wen, Gomer, Carreg Gwalch, Y Lolfa, Dalen, Atebol and Rily Publications, every child who took part was invited to choose a free book to take home.
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