pupils meet Welsh star

Thursday 23rd October 2008 10:00 pm
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PUPILS at Ysgol Gymraeg Y Fenni were lucky enough to meet S4C character Sali Mali when she arrived at their school on the 'Cyw' Bus this week.

On Tuesday morning the visit was filmed to be broadcast on S4C's lunchtime 'Cyw' programme closer to Christmas. In preparation, the infants have been making Christmas tree decorations to enter in the 'Cyw' Christmas Tree Decoration competition. A few children were also interviewed for the programme and they all sang for Sali Mali.

The school opened in 1994 with just 24 pupils, Ysgol Gymraeg Y Fenni now has 135 pupils (aged four to 11) on its role, coming from as far afield as Trellech in the Wye Valley and Grosmont in the north of the county.

The school was initially housed in an old village school at The Bryn, near Abergavenny. Then, as pupil numbers increased, the school relocated to a former youth centre in Abergavenny in 2001 before moving to a brand new building in September 2007.

Around 85 per cent of the pupils come from English-speaking families, but dozens of parents are learning Welsh, helped by the fact that Coleg Gwent's campus in Abergavenny is one of the six regional centres for Welsh language education.

For further information about 'Cyw' visit http://www.s4c.co.uk">www.s4c.co.uk.

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