Students from Rhydywaun took part in BBC News School Report on 10 March 2016.
What Does Being Welsh Mean To Me?
Being Welsh, in my opinion, means much more than just being born Welsh. It’s also the pride of being a part of this majestic country that we call home. It’s knowing our traditions, it’s believing you’re Welsh, it’s wanting to be Welsh and it’s having a lot of pride. Being proud is being Welsh. Being Welsh is taking advantage of the picturesque views, and the fortunate (and unfortunate) weather. Being Welsh is the road signs written in two languages, the cawl, leeks and bara brith, and of course the thousands upon thousands of sheep! I’m glad that I’m Welsh as I can roar my national anthem at the beginning and end of every rugby game.
In Wales we have our own language, our own culture, our own history and our own traditions. ‘Llywelyn ein Llyw olaf’, ‘Gelert’, ‘Branwen’, ‘Dwi’n hoffi coffi!’. It’s all Wales, it’s all Welsh.
Attending a Welsh school is beneficial as it makes us bilingual and so gives us better opportunities to proceed in the future. We, learning the Welsh language since 3 years of age, have developed skills to instantly switch from speaking one language to another. Welsh schools, like the one I attend, Ysgol Gyfun Rhydywaun, offer higher education for languages like Welsh. This means that not only are we educated in the rich language, but we also delve deep into the wonder of Welsh literature and learn of the majesty and heritage that awaits us. We are also offered opportunities to study modern languages such as Spanish meaning we will be speaking three different languages fluently, showing that a Welsh education does not limit us in what we can explore and achieve.
Reading the storm on Twitter about the phrase #DESPITEBEINGTAUGHTINWELSH, I’m stunned at how many people underestimate the Welsh language. Being bilingual is an exceptional skill which will no doubt help us when applying to attend universities anywhere in the world. I, personally, am thankful that I have been given the opportunity to thrive with the traditional language of my country, it’s an amazing feeling to continue to grow our rich Welsh heritage every day.
Cymru am Byth!
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