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This year's celebration week was a 'Celebration of Wales' and took place between Monday 28th June and Friday 2nd July, culmunating in our 'Celebration of Wales' parade and school fete on Saturday 3rd July.

Monday 28th June:
We started off our Celebration Week with an opening ceremony held at Llanharan Church where we sang Calon Lan, Siarad Cymraeg, Dyddiad yr Wythnos and Mae Hen Wlad fy Nhadau. We also had recitals of stories about the first Welsh bible and St. David. Vicar Babs then told the children about the saints whom the church are dedicated to St. Julius and Aaron. The afternoon saw our Welsh facts and figures treasure hunt around the school grounds with the pupils put into teams of fours, one child from each class.


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Tuesday 29th June:
On Tuesday
The Pumpkin Patch Cookery company came in to do some cooking with our junior children. All pupils had the chance to have the hands on experience of preparing, making, and most importantly... eating the food. They cut and chopped up vegetables, got their hands messy by mixing ingredients and cooked their produce on a grill. The two classes made cawl and enough Welsh Cakes to feed an army or two!

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Wednesday 30th June:
The fantastic storyteller Leon Charles came to visit Nursery and Reception, Years 1&2 and 3&4 today. Mr. Charles, from Cardiff told stories, played language based games and held a writing workshop with the children. The Year 5&6 children made their shirts for the parade with T-Shirts financed by the successful toast days they held in previous terms.


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Thursday 1st July:
A BAFTA winning photographer visited the school today.
Paul Cabuts came in to judge our photography competition where our pupils were asked to take a photograph of something that represents Wales. Our individual class winners were chosen as Freya from Nursery & Reception, Malea from Year 1&2, Katrina from Year 3&4 and Lucy from Year 5&6. The overall winner was chosen as Nursery & Reception's Freya who won a Kodak Easy Share C182 digital camera which was kindly donated by Mrs. Antony and Talk Training. Mr. Cabuts then talked to Year 5&6 about photography, his career and showed examples of some of his work which all of the pupils found very impressive! The afternoon saw our very first ever Worm Charming Championships. All of our pupils separated into teams of twos or threes and had an area inside a hula hoop to charm worms out of the ground. We had some interesting displays of dancing, chanting, musical performances, pupils talking to the ground with whispers or shouts and one quite impressive worm Haka... It was all in vain however, as possibly because of the incredibly dry weather we have been experiencing lately not one single worm decided to make an appearance!

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Friday 2nd July:
We were all very fortunate oday, to have been visited by the world famous author Phil Carradice. He spent the morning working with Year 3&4, discussing his career, his books and how he writes his stories. He then held a writing workshop with the pupils. He took part in an assembly after lunch where he spoke to the whole school and read some of his stories. He then finished off the day holding a writing workshop an question and answer session with our Year 5&6 class. The pupils wrote a poe based on the line 'I'm afraid of', and he was very impressed with what was poduced. Some of the children were even lucky enough to have an autograph off Phil Carradice.


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Saturday 3rd July: 'Celebration of Wales' Parade and School Fete
Despite a spot of rain and some unwelcome clouds on Saturday morning, the blue sky appeared and the sun shone for our parade from the school to the Welfare Field. The parade was led by our Welsh Dragons and special guests, Bartley the Bluebird (Cardiff City's nascot) and David Roberts CBE. The individual classes then followed behind with the miners from Year 5/6 leading, marching along singing 'Calon Lan'. 'Siarad Cymraeg', 'Mae Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau' and nice twist of a popular tune 'Bob the Miner'. The famous look-a-likes from Year 3/4 followed with their Tom Joneses and Gavin Henson's, with the Red, Green and White themed Year 1/2's just behind (with a fair few sheep and shepherds mixed in). At the tail were the Welsh pirates from Nursery and Reception. With the traffic stopped, the whole school marched down through the village onto the Welfare Field where the Fete was opened by Bartley the Bluebird and David Roberts. Then the fun began. The touch rugby competition kicked off with both Llanharan Primary School and Brynnau Primary School providing two teams of 6 players. This competition raged throughout the day with Brynna Wolves picking up the overall victory and Llanharan Owls taking the runner's up spot. There was entertainment throughout the day from various acts including our own Cheerleading troop. Jugglestruck, a fantastic magician was roaming the site performing tricks for everyone and anyone before holding his own show which involved fire juggling amongst other tricks! There were bouncy castles, giant slides, Go-Karts, sumo suits, rides and various games stalls, car boot stalls, a silent auction and a chance to throw wet sponges at Mr. Roberts. For anyone who wanted something to eat, the choice was endless from burgers and hot dogs to cakes, ice creams, strawberries and cream a chocolate fountain amongst others! A great day was had by everyone and many thanks must be made to all members of staff, pupils and FOLPS for all of their hard work.

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