A fun-filled final for young readers
On 13 and 14 June, scores of children from 35 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, 13 June, and Ysgol Llannon, Carmarthenshire, were named as national champions, taking home the Dr Dewi Davies Award. Ysgol y Gelli, Gwynedd, came second and Ysgol Cerrigydrudion, Conwy took third place.
Ysgol Llannon won the Anwen Tydu Memorial Trophy for the best presentation with their interpretation of Deri Dan y Daliwr Dreigiau by Haf Llewelyn (Gwasg Gomer). Ysgol y Gelli gave the best group discussion and their chosen book was Annalisa Swyn mewn trwbl translated by Eleri Huws (Rily). The adjudicators this year were Mari Rhian Owen for the presentations and Mari Llwyd for the discussions.
On Thursday, 14 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 Sant Baruc, Glamorgan, were in second place and Ysgol Melin Gruffydd, Cardiff and Ysgol Rhydaman, Carmarthenshire in joint third position.
Ysgol Bro Gwydir, Conwy won the Anwen Tydu Memorial Trophy after impressing the adjudicator, Jacob Ifan, with their interpretation of Trysor y Môr-Ladron by T. Llew Jones (Gwasg Gomer). Adjudicator Mari Llwyd gave the award for best group discussion to Ysgol Edern, who chose to discuss Stori’r Brenin Arthur by Siân Lewis (Rily).
As part of the national rounds, the children and teachers had the opportunity to enjoy sessions in the company of Bardd Plant Cymru, Casia Wiliam.
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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