Welsh is given a high profile at school and the use of bilingualism by staff and pupils is encouraged. A policy statement on the use of bilingualism at Mountain Lane has been produced.
The pupils are encouraged to realise the importance of our Welsh heritage and culture. A special service to celebrate the Patron Saint of Wales, St David is always held on a school day nearest to 1st March. We have also held a 'Super Welsh Day' where children completed various activities to develop their language skills and understanding of the Welsh culture.
This year we have begun a new initiative in school in order to increase the use of Welsh in and around the school, and also to propel the children to further enjoy learning Welsh. When we succeed in achieving ten different targets, we will receive our Bronze award. Hopefully we will then go on to also achieve Silver and Gold in the future.
As part of this initiative a Criw Cymraeg has been established.
The Criw Cymraeg have been very busy and have already:
Many more exciting ideas are planned such as outdoor Welsh graffiti boards and class activities.
Possible Welsh phrases to use at home
amser te (am-sair tair) - tea time
amser gwely (am-sair gwel-ee) - bed time
nos da (norse dar) - good night
hwyl fawr (hoo-will vowr)- goodbye
bendigedig (ben dee ged ig) - wonderful / fantastic
dioch (dee olck) - thank you
Some of our pupils took part in a 'Clwb Cymraeg' during their lunchtime with Mrs Antrobus from the Urdd.
They thoroughly enjoyed the experience and completed many fun activities to develop their Welsh Language skills.