Gwenan victorious in national teaching awards
Exceptional work carried out on the Welsh Language Charter in Gwynedd has been recognised in a national awards ceremony.
Gwenan Ellis Jones, who coordinates the Welsh Language Charter for Gwynedd Council’s Education Department was victorious in the category ‘Inspirational use of the Welsh Language’ in the Professional Teaching Awards Cymru which was held recently.
Gwenan, who co-ordinates the Welsh Language Charter on behalf of Gwynedd Council’s Education Department, won the award for her significant contribution to forming and developing the Language Charter that launched in Gwynedd in 2011, with all other Welsh counties in Wales following suit.
Gwenan said: “I would like to sincerely thank everyone that has been involved in driving the work of the Language Charter forward. Due to the hard work of many people, the Charter has evolved into a development that has been adopted by the Welsh Government, and is a scheme that is now being followed by schools in every county in Wales.
“It was an incredibly exciting experience to be part of the ceremony. I was very pleased to see familiar faces there too – there were representatives from two schools in Gwynedd there; Ysgol O M Edwards and Ysgol Bro Lleu were on the shortlist for their excellent work in the ‘best use of digital learning’ category.
When I was announced as the winner, my heart was racing!”
Councillor Gareth Thomas, Gwynedd Council’s Cabinet Member for Education stated:
“I would like to congratulate Gwenan on winning this national award. Her enthusiasm and dedication has been at the heart of the work done here in Gwynedd, which also celebrates our Welsh identity and shows why we should take pride in our culture and language.
“Since the launch of the Welsh Language Charter in Gwynedd, it has set an example for other counties across Wales, and Gwenan has been instrumental in helping to develop similar schemes in other counties within the country.
“In addition, I would also like to congratulate Ysgol O M Edwards and Ysgol Bro Lleu for reaching the shortlist in the ‘best use of digital learning’ category. With developing technology playing such a vital role in the lives of young people, it’s fantastic to see two of Gwynedd’s primary schools being recognised in this category,”
The Professional Teaching Awards Cymru aim to celebrate the commitment, and hard work of teachers across Wales. Nominations were received from parents, students, colleagues and employers.
Photograph: Gwenan Ellis Jones