Cymerau Project

Over the last months Ysgol Tal-y-bont has been a part of an exciting project.  The project was calle ‘Cymerau’ ac it concentrated the work on the areas surrounding Borth and Tal-y-bont because of the effect of the flodds on the areas back in 2013.  Cymerau is part of a wider project that extends over three years called Hydrocitizenship (2014-2017) with the aim of combining academic research, community parpicipations and creative arts.

Many activities have already taken place and Craig yr Wylfa School and Ysgol Tal -y -Bont have  benefited greatly from the project . By being part of this project is the school children have had the opportunity to reflect on the idea of citizenship in relation to water and raising awareness of the significance of water for us as people in society . There has also been a focus on how we can be a more sustainable society .

As part of the project , the children already had a chance to learn about the local environment and raise awareness about environmental issues with Professor Mark Macklin from Aberystwyth University . Subsequently , the children walked in the the area to create artwork focusing on the importance of water in our society with artist Judy Macklin and there was a fantastic workshop with poet Eurig Salisbury. This workshop was intended to inspire the children to express in words the Ceulan river’s journey and the poems created will be displayed on a wall in the school hall

More recently, the work has continued puppets Vagabondi puppets holding an entertaining and exciting workshops in school . As a  professional puppet theatre Vaganbond provide an entertainment and education workshops in England and Wales , and we have been very fortunate to have them here in Tal -y -bont . The children havehad valuable opportunities to create puppets and animation to create a short film for wider display . The culmination of this activity was to a film premiere at the Memorial Hall during November where many people came from the area to watch the Ysgol Tal – y-bont film. We were very proud of the children's work and it is clear that they have enjoyed the project very much.

Since then, the older children of Tal - y-bont , Craig yr Wylfa and Llangynfelyn schools have been part of a composing workshop with musician  Gwilym Morus . The children worked very hard during the morning to write , rehearse and record the sounds and words and create a memorable song from some local features like the River Cletwr  and the fable of the wisest toad in the world who lives in the middle of the Cors Fochno.  It was a very different workshops for the children and they enjoyed being pop stars for a morning . I would like to thank Gwilym  for his work and look forward to hearing the whole song very soon . Here are the words of a song the children

Afon Cletwr sydd yn llifo, (The river Cletwr flows)

Llyffant hynaf sydd yn brysio,  (The oldest toad hurries)

Ond yr afon sy’n cael llwyddiant  (But the river is successful)

Wrthi’n rhedeg lawr y pant.  (As it wonders down the valley)

Tylluan wen sydd newydd ddeffro,  (The white owl has awoken)

Wedi trio dal ei chinio,  (As she catches her lunch)

Aderyn chwim yn plymio lawr, (A bird dives down)

I ddal ei ginio’r llyffant mawr. (To catch the toad for lunch)

 

The next step will be to create a video to go with the words in the new year.