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Welsh Heritage Schools Initiative 2022 Awards

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OUR 2022 WINNERS

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Welsh schools win over £25,000 for their heritage projects

 

Thirty-three schools celebrate winning one of the 2022 Welsh Heritage Schools Initiative’s prestigious awards for their outstanding, creative and varied research.

The winners were announced on Friday 8 July, 2022 at the Initiative’s 30th awards ceremony in St Fagans National History Museum, with the top category winners returning to school with over £1,300 worth of prizes each and shields presented by Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales. 

This year’s Foundation Phase category winners were Cogan Primary School, Vale of Glamorgan, for their innovative and interesting project exploring the work of local herbologist, Royston Smith.  

To win the shield for the best primary whole-school project, every child in Rhws Primary School, Vale of Glamorgan, contributed to their discussion on Who are we as a nation? For their pioneering, ambitious project Everyone’s Wales: Breaking Boundaries Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Llwyncelyn, Rhondda Cynon Taf, were also primary school shield-winners. 

The 2022 Special Education and Alternative Provision winners were Ysgol Pen y Bryn, Swansea, for their well-crafted project on Swansea Copperopolis.

For the second year running, Ysgol Bro Pedr, Ceredigion, won the Secondary School category, along with one of the Digital Excellence Awards, for their innovative project Pride in Our Area, Our Cynefin.  Ffion-Jessica Thomas from Ysgol Gyfun Gŵyr was presented the 2022 WHSI EUSTORY prize for her work researching the effects of the Welsh language on cognitive development.

Deputy Minister for Arts and Sport, Dawn Bowden, attended on the day to present some prizes to the winners, she said: “It is amazing to see that 3,000 children across Wales have been involved in this year’s competition. I hope that the experience has increased their knowledge of their heritage and will inspire them to find out more.  History matters and we should encourage upcoming generations to explore, appreciate and conserve their heritage, as well as delight in the magnificent achievements from the past.”

Following another challenging year for schools, the WHSI Chair, Angharad Williams, thanked and congratulated pupils and teachers for their astounding achievements. She added, “The judges reported on some exceptional examples of how historical and heritage themes have been embedded into the requirements of the new Curriculum for Wales. The winners should be justly proud and certainly deserve the opportunity for their excellent work to be acknowledged and celebrated. To enable us to award such great prizes, WHSI is extremely grateful and indebted to each and every one of our loyal sponsors, including the Moondance and Hodge Foundations, for their generosity.”

The awards presented acknowledge the excellent work and achievements of pupils all ages, backgrounds, and abilities from across Wales.  They also highlight the importance of developing cross-curricular skills through studying the history and culture of Wales with the Digital Excellence Awards, sponsored by the People’s Collection Wales, presented annually - won by Ty’n y Wern Primary, Caerphilly and Ysgol Bro Pedr, Ceredigion in 2022. 

Other specific prizes awarded include one for the study of women in Welsh history - sponsored by Women’s Archive Wales (won by Ysgol Bro Edern, Cardiff this year). 

New for 2022 the South Wales Institute of Engineers Educational Trust (SWIEET) sponsored two new prizes: The Gwyn Griffiths Prize for the best project on green issues (awarded to Gelli Primary School, Rhondda Cynon Taf, for their project on Black Gold) and The William Menelaus Prize for best project on industrial heritage (awarded to Fochriw Primary School, Caerphilly on their historic enquiry The Lost Village of Penybanc).

See the full summary report 2022 for the list of all winners along with the adjudications. Look out for the 2023 competition details this autumn.

Award Winners 2022

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Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales shields are presented to the best entry in each category:

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Foundation Phase Schools

COGAN
PRIMARY SCHOOL

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Primary and Junior Schools 

– Whole School Projects

RHWS PRIMARY SCHOOL

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Primary and Junior Schools 

– Class and Year Group Projects

YSGOL GYNRADD GYMRAEG LLWYNCELYN

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and Alternative Provision

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PEN Y BRYN

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Secondary Schools

YSGOL BRO PEDR

EUSTORY

Ffion Thomas

YSGOL GYFUN GŴYR

WHSI is pleased to announce a new sponsor for our annual competition for schools. The South Wales Institute of Engineers Educational Trust- SWIEET. SWIETT are generously funding two prizes of up to £500 each.

  1.  The William Menelaus Prize for the best project that focuses on an aspect of the industrial heritage of Wales, or historical individuals or groups involved in Welsh industrial development.

  2. The Gwyn Griffiths Prize for the best project that has a focus on ‘green issues’ and highlights environmental and improvement issues of a locality with a former industrial background. 

William Menelaus was an engineer who helped to transform the iron industry in Merthyr Tydfil and in the Taff and its tributary valleys.

Gwyn Griffiths was a pioneer in the removal of coal tips in South Wales. swieet2007.org

Welsh Heritage Schools Initiative 2021 Awards

PUPILS GIVE STAR PERFORMANCE IN NEW DIGITAL COMPETITION

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The Welsh Heritage Schools Initiative was delighted to receive the supportive words of Michael Sheen when he appeared as part of the virtual awards ceremony on Friday 2 July.

 

“It’s a pleasure for me to support the work of the Welsh Heritage Schools Initiative and be part of this year’s awards ceremony to celebrate the achievements of the young people of Wales.

 

The annual competition held by the WHSI for almost thirty years provides a wonderful mechanism for young people of all ages and abilities across Wales to take a greater interest in their heritage / cynefin, and the contribution made to it by their own communities. 

 

I would like to congratulate all who have taken part and those who have worked so hard to make it possible.” (Michael Sheen. July 2021)

Friday 2 July 2021 saw the first ever virtual awards ceremony in the history of the Welsh Heritage Schools Initiative. This last year has been a year like no other with schools working remotely with their learners for much of the time, battling with the inevitable difficulties this involved. It also provided a considerable challenge to the WHSI as this body wanted to ensure that, despite the dire situation in which the country found itself, the thirst for learning and the desire to reach new horizons in learning were not quenched, but were made possible by the annual competition it holds. Therefore, with much hard work and with support from loyal and generous sponsors, a new digital format for the competition was devised.

 

It was uncertain how many entries would be received in such a climate but the WHSI was delighted to have received over 30 entries, English and Welsh, from across the educational sector. Teachers and pupils made a superb effort to engage with the competition resulting yet again in a high standard of entry, with some presenting exceptional examples of how heritage can be the centre of the four purposes in the new Curriculum for Wales. Projects submitted covered a wide range of subjects – multi-culturalism, the Welsh language, individual towns/cities in Wales, World Wars, Sport, Industry, famous Welsh people, local buildings and churches, women in Wales. The enthusiasm and engagement of pupils, facilitated by the commitment and energy of teachers, were indeed evident in the quality of the work submitted. All deserve congratulations, and can indeed feel proud of their achievements.

In each educational sector there was an overall winner receiving a shield presented by the Amgueddfa Cymru(National Museum of Wales)and £1000 donated by the Hodge/Moondance Foundations. In the Foundation phase this was won by Penboyr School, Carmarthenshire for their study of Drefach Felindre, concentrating on business past and present. Ysgol Bryn Y Mȏr, Swansea and Ysgol Casmael, Pembrokeshire were joint winners of the Primary/Junior phase with their projects – ‘Things will Get Better’- comparing the difficult times of WW2 and the pandemic, and ‘Casmael Remembers’- the contribution of the village to WW1 and the impact of the war on the locality. The winner of the Special Education and Alternative Provision shield was Ysgol Heol Goffa,Carmarthenshire whose subject was ‘Traditional Foods of Wales’ – where pupils researched, made and tasted different foods with great enthusiasm – Masterchef in the making! The Secondary sector shield was won by Ysgol Bro Pedr, Ceredigion for their project – ‘In and Out of Wales’ – an ambitious and enriching project dealing with migration and emigration. 

 

In addition the Initiative celebrated the winner of the prestigious EUSTORY competition. WHSI is the only UK member of Eustory – an informal network of non-governmental organisations - which holds research – based history competitions for young people in 28 countries across Europe This year the competition has taken on a new format – students in Years 12 and 13 were invited to submit an individual project linked to Welsh Heritage and based on research, analysis and evaluation. The winners receive a monetary prize and an opportunity to apply to participate in the annual EUSTORY activities programme, which this year will be in virtual format. The WHSI  winner 2021 is Molly Cook of Bryntirion Comprehensive School, Bridgend whose research into a disused historic building with her peer group led to her publication of an extremely impressive analysis and evaluation in ‘The Historian’. Molly also won this year’s Historical Association Young Historian Local History Award for this work. 

 

The Welsh Heritage Initiative wishes to thank all who have made this year’s competition a success – sponsors, officials, judges and most especially the pupils and teachers for their participation in such difficult times. Importantly many thanks go to Michael Sheen for giving his support at the ceremony.

 

It is hoped that the Welsh Heritage Schools Initiative will go from strength to strength in the future so that our young people discover and learn about their heritage, and the importance of it in enriching their lives. The First Minister for Wales, The Rt Honourable Mark Drakeford, endorses the work of the Initiative – ‘It contributes to the knowledge and understanding that our young people have of their history and heritage and encourages them to explore and learn from the past.’

The WHSI would like to encourage more schools to be involved in 2022 and invite them to look at the website: www.whsi.org.uk 

 

For further information please contact the WHSI Press Officer Jeanne Evans: CLICK HERE

Award Winners 2021

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Foundation Phase Schools

PENBOYR
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Primary and Junior Schools

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Special Category

YSGOL HEOL GOFFA

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Secondary Schools

YSGOL BRO PEDR

EUSTORY

MOLLY COOK, BRYNTIRION COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL

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