Cefn School wins prize in Welsh Heritage Schools Initiative

Cefn School has won a prize in an annual competition set by the Welsh Heritage Schools Initiative – a scheme which encourages learners to take an interest in their Welsh heritage, as well as share their knowledge and understanding with their communities.

Promoting the development of cross-curricular skills through the study of the history and culture of Wales, the competition this year has placed a spotlight on the quality work that has been produced in local schools.

The Moondance Foundation Prize was given to a list of schools for their work covering a variety of topics – schools include Cefn Primary School, Pencoed Comprehensive School, Brynmenyn Primary School, and Archdeacon John Lewis Church in Wales Primary School. Tynyrheol Primary School won the Richard Price Memorial Award.

Cefn Cribwr Primary School’s project was called ‘The Cefn Cribwr Community’. Pupils were particularly proud of how their locality had played a pivotal role at significant points in history. They discovered how the local industry, including mining and farming, had helped to shape the local landscape.


Headteacher, Mr Stephen Howells, said: “We were absolutely thrilled to be nominated for an award at the 2023 Welsh Heritage Schools Initiative.

“We were judged on our whole school project; the ‘Cefn Cribwr Community’. To win was wonderful, but to witness the depth of understanding that the pupils could demonstrate as the weeks built upon each other, was an even greater joy. It is so important that our pupils have a strong understanding of the history of Wales, and this begins with their community. Cefn Cribwr has such a rich history, and the pupils and staff had a fascinating term.”


Cllr Jon Paul Blundell, Cabinet Member for Education, said: “What an array of successes for our schools!  It’s clear that the children gain so much from their involvement in the Welsh Heritage Awards, from developing cross curricular skills, as well as a depth of understanding about their Welsh culture. Well done all!”


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