AT a virtual awards ceremony held on 2 July, Ysgol Bro Pedr won the secondary sector shield at an annual competition held by the Welsh Heritage Schools Initiative (WHSI). The award was given for a history project caried out by Year 8 pupils at the school. The project, ‘In and Out of Wales’ was ambitious and enriching, looking at migration and emigration.
WHSI provides an opportunity for young people of all ages and abilities across Wales to take a greater interest in their heritage / cynefin, and the contribution made to it by their own communities. This year’s theme was to look at the history of Immigration with Welsh connections.
Klaudia Kalinowska a year 12 pupil from Ysgol Bro Pedr, also won an individual ‘Eustory’ prize for her work on Polish migration into Wales. Eustory is an informal network of non-governmental organisations – which holds research – based history competitions for young people in 28 countries across Europe; WHSI is the only UK member of Eustory.
Jane Wyn, Headteacher of Ysgol Bro Pedr said: “As a school, we are incredibly proud of our pupils’ achievements and this competition has provided the pupils and the History Department with an excellent opportunity to celebrate our school’s cultural diversity.”
For the competition, WHSI received over 30 entries, in both Welsh and English, from across the education sector in Wales. Judges commended Ysgol Bro Pedr pupils for the facts learnt and discoveries made for both of the projects submitted.
Councillor Catrin Miles, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Schools, Lifelong Learning and Skills, Support and Intervention said, “An opportunity like this, to enrich children’s knowledge and understanding of their heritage in Wales and connections with other countries, is a valuable contribution in connecting us all together. Both awards are a fantastic achievement, congratulations to all the pupils and staff at Ysgol Bro Pedr who were involved with the winning projects”
The Welsh Heritage Schools Initiative helps young people discover and learn about their heritage, and the importance of it in enriching their lives. More information on WHSI can be found at https://www.whsi.org.uk/.