Blackwood family support bilingual schools campaign

South Wales Argus: The Davies family pictured at home from left Efa, Hywel, Macsen, Baby Hana, Claire and Talin.  The children are all English speaking but at present attending Ysgol Cymraeg Trelyn whereby the only language spoke is Welsh. (2737493) The Davies family pictured at home from left Efa, Hywel, Macsen, Baby Hana, Claire and Talin. The children are all English speaking but at present attending Ysgol Cymraeg Trelyn whereby the only language spoke is Welsh. (2737493)

THE Welsh Government has launched a new campaign to raise awareness of Welsh-medium education – and one Gwent family is already firmly behind it

Hywel Davies, 42, and wife Claire, 39, live in Fleur de Lys, near Blackwood, and have four children. They send their three eldest children, Macsen, eight, Talin, seven, and Efa, six, to Welsh-medium school Ysgol Gymraeg Trelyn, in Blackwood, despite the fact neither parent speaks fluent Welsh.

The couple believe that bringing their children up bilingually increases their skills and future opportunities.

Mr Davies, a teacher who works as a cover supervisor at Oakdale Comprehensive, has been learning Welsh sporadically since he left university. Mrs Davies, a nurse, speaks a little Welsh, but the couple claim not being Welsh- speakers has never stood in the way of their children’s Welsh education.

Mr Davies said: “I’ve been learning the hard way. Learning Welsh at school means you don’t have to take time out later on – I wish I’d gone through Welsh-medium education. The benefits are huge – both culturally and in terms of employability.”

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2:59pm Mon 2 Dec 13

Vox Dei says...

So what? Are we now to have pointless articles about people who send their children to English-language schools full of preachy rubbish about it improving their life chances?
So what? Are we now to have pointless articles about people who send their children to English-language schools full of preachy rubbish about it improving their life chances? Vox Dei

4:24pm Mon 2 Dec 13

whatintheworld says...

Vox Dei wrote:
So what? Are we now to have pointless articles about people who send their children to English-language schools full of preachy rubbish about it improving their life chances?
while i agree this is a non-story, the benefits of learning a second language are far from "preachy rubbish".

it doesn't have to be welsh (chinese/french/germ
an would be more useful), but learning a second language does improve your life chances.
[quote][p][bold]Vox Dei[/bold] wrote: So what? Are we now to have pointless articles about people who send their children to English-language schools full of preachy rubbish about it improving their life chances?[/p][/quote]while i agree this is a non-story, the benefits of learning a second language are far from "preachy rubbish". it doesn't have to be welsh (chinese/french/germ an would be more useful), but learning a second language does improve your life chances. whatintheworld

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