St Michael’s School in Llanelli is a school which grasps opportunities and thrives on rich cultural experiences; for where else would you get young visiting Spanish pupils singing in full voice alongside their Welsh friends but at St Michael’s, where St. David’s celebrations last week provided the perfect platform.
Young children can often be the quickest to rise to new and different experiences and St. Michael’s is keen to nurture its Nursery (or ELC) and Prep school to ensure attention is given to these young enquiring minds. Being host to Year 5 and Year 6 age Spanish pupils from El Centro during St. David’s celebrations enabled St Michael’s Prep school children to reap the pleasure of sharing their own rich culture and heritage with their Spanish counterparts.
The morning’s activities were aptly started by The National Anthem played as a solo on the trumpet by Dylan Fowles in Year 7, with Year 6 and 7 joining in to complement the rousing start to proceedings. Creativity and expression were the main features of the day, with singing, dance, drama, art and craft with pupils presenting poems in English and Welsh, drama scenes, folk dancing and a scene from ‘Under Milk Wood’ by Dylan Thomas. The event was finished off with a rousing rendition of Calon Lân, which swept up our Spanish visitors who sang along too in fine voice.
Headteacher Mr Millington said of the Spanish initiative: “At St. Michael’s we pride ourselves on the international flavour of our school. When we were approached by El Centro Ingles to act as a host school for groups of pupils, we were excited about the possibilities this could bring to St. Michael’s and our Prep School in particular”