School name: Ysgol Talgarreg
Headteacher: Mair Potter
Number of pupils: 53
Talgarreg school is a central part of the close-knit Welsh community of which it is a part of. It has a long tradition of poets and writers. Promoting all things Welsh and creating strong links with the community is an integral and unique part of school life.
For some years now the older pupils (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6) have produced vibrant and ambitious scripts for the Christmas show which is one of the schools’ annual highlights.
The pupils’ original ideas and their originality and creativity is a breath of fresh air. Each year the experience creates a new wave of confident writers and the challenge is to create a lively script matching their ideas and at the same time providing an opportunity for all pupils to shine on stage.
“The process of scripting is now embedded into the school timetable. Our aim is to raise standards in the use of language, whether orally, by reading or writing,” said headteacher Mair Potter.
Where do ideas come from?
The process begins with a 'Brain Storming’ session where everyone throws ideas into the mix. The ideas are always exciting and derive from the experiences and activities the pupils have had throughout the term. For example, this year it was timely to create a script 'Y Dewin Dychymyg' to celebrate the centenary of T. Llew Jones, who was a teacher at the school. His sons Iolo and Emyr were invited by a letter written by some of the pupils. The pupils said: "When creating a scene for the novel 'Tân ar y Comin’ we set out to create a parody of the poem 'Dawns y Dail' called 'Dawns y Fflamau'.
"We found a sentence talking about the village of Talgarreg when reading 'Dirgelwch yr Ogof'. We set out to modify part of the dialogue and create a scene around it.”
Last year the school developed an historical script which included a touching scene to remember the First World War through the use of film. The previous year, after studying the Harry Potter novels, the pupils created a short film to be broadcast in the middle of the show 'Dawn y Dewin ‘Dolig’ which included people from the local community, including a policeman, preacher and local business people.
“The response from the audience was great and there was real sense of belonging which is instilled in our children by providing opportunities of these kinds.
“We strongly believe that giving a prominent purpose to the writing motivates our pupils to become confident and independent writers. It stimulates their enthusiasm for writing and raises standards in the long term.
“The process from start to finish engages all of our pupils. The climax of the work is seen in two performances at the village hall where the pleasure and sense of belonging is transferred between the children and the audience,” said Mair.