Success for Gwynedd schools in national reading competition
Pupils from two Gwynedd primary schools have been successful in the final round of the Welsh Books Council’s national reading competition held recently in Aberystwyth.
Both teams performed a dramatic presentation of a book, along with discussing a short story that they had read.
Following the success in the county competition, Ysgol y Gelli’s year 3 and 4 team came second in the national competition. They also won the award for the best group discussion for discussing the novel, ‘Annalisa Swyn mewn trwbl.’
Gwynedd was represented in the year 5 and 6 competition by Ysgol Edern. There was keen competition for the main prize, the Dr Dewi Davies Shield. But it was the pupils from Ysgol Edern who scooped the top prize again this year. They also won the prize for best group discussion for talking about ‘Stori’r Brenin Arthur’ by Siân Lewis.
As part of the national rounds activities the children and teachers had the opportunity to enjoy sessions in the company of Casia William, Children’s Laureate.
Councillor Gareth Thomas, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for Education said: “It’s a privilege to congratulate two Gwynedd schools for doing so well in this competition again this year. Reaching the final stages of any national competition is a fantastic achievement, and to come out on top is a feather in the cap for both pupils and teachers.
“It’s also great to see pupils benefitting so much from reading and discussing books, and to foster their communication skills by taking part in the competition. I’d like to thank the Council’s Library Services for their constant support with the competition.
“Thank you to everyone who took part, and congratulations to Ysgol y Gelli and Ysgol Edern on their success.”
1 – The year 3 and 4 team from Ysgol y Gelli who came out on top in the national competition
2 – The Ysgol Edern team who won the Wales-wide competition for year 5 and 6 pupils