As a school in Wales we are extremely proud of our Welsh heritage and the fabulous opportunities available to anyone who lives in this country. As a school we want to recognise and embrace our Welsh identity, far more than we have, and we want to ensure that each and every one of our learners takes pride in being Welsh or, if you not Welsh, be proud to live here and be part of our rich and diverse culture.
We will be using the Welsh language, in our lessons and on the corridors, and will be encouraging out learners to also do so. As well as improving the use of the Welsh language, in school, we also want to develop understanding of our Welsh heritage and culture. We are going to start this week by launching our competition to find CQHS top 10 Welsh heroes. Each day you will hear about a famous Welsh person, some still living, others hundreds of years’ old who have done something amazing for our country and sometimes for Great Britain or even the world. They will come from all walks of life and may be politicians, sportsmen and women, scientists, writers, composers and much more. Listen carefully and decide who you think should be in our top ten. You will get the chance to vote after all the candidates have been discussed and images of the top ten will grace the walls of our school for future learners to see and discuss. The top four will be the names of our new House system.
Try to get involved in as many of our activities as you can and remember that we are a Welsh school and we should remember and celebrate that every day.
Sir Thomas John Woodward (born 7 June 1940), known professionally as Tom Jones, is a Welsh singer. His career began with a string of top-ten hits in the mid-1960s. He has toured regularly, with appearances in Las Vegas (1967–2011).
Today one of our maths , Mr Wilson, tells us about a man you many never have heard of but perhaps should have done!
Today our Deputy Head, Mr Browning, tells us why the Welsh philosopher, social reformer and recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1950 should be in our 10 top Welsh heroes.
William Gladstone was a Liberal politician, born in 1809, and the only person to have been British prime minister on four separate occasions. Despite the fact that he was born in Liverpool he has strong local links and so we are including him in our heroes.
David Lloyd George
Today we are championing David Lloyd George, 1863 – 1945. He was one of the 20th century’s most famous radicals. He was the first and only Welshman to hold the office of Prime Minister. But perhaps does not receive the recognition he deserves. Mrs tells you why you should vote for him.
Roald Dahl was a spy, an ace fighter pilot, a chocolate historian and a medical inventor. He was also the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG, and a treasury of original, evergreen, and beloved children’s books. He remains for many the world’s No. 1 storyteller.
It is the turn of the English department, today, to champion the remarkable work of Dylan Thomas. Miss Elinor explains why he should be one of our Welsh heroes.
Our next hero is the truly amazing Betty Campbell, who was Wales’ first Black head teacher, and so much more. Listen to our very own headteacher, Mrs Harrison, explain why this remarkable woman deserves to be in our top ten!
Today we are championing the Labour politician Aneurin Bevan, 1897 – 1969. He was one of the most important ministers of the post-war Labour government and the chief architect of the National Health Service. If ever there was a time to celebrate the remarkable achievements of this Welsh hero surely it is now.
Llewelyn ap Gruffudd
Today Llywelyn ap Gruffudd is championed by both a year 11 learner and Miss Davies. Llywelyn raised a rebellion for national independence from the English, and gave his life for the cause.
Our final Welsh, hero this week, is Owain , (c. 1354— c. 1416), self-proclaimed prince of Wales whose unsuccessful rebellion against England was the last major Welsh attempt to throw off English rule. His name is still remembered and revered today. Mr Jarvis, an avid fan of Owain, tells you why he should be in our top 10.
Our Welsh hero today is the football legend that is Ian Rush. At club level Rush played for Liverpool from 1980–1987 and 1988–1996. He is the club‘s all-time leading goal scorer. He represented the Welsh national football team 73 times, scoring 28 international goals. He is championed today by our very own football fan Mrs Davis.
Alfred Russel Wallace
Our Welsh hero today, for your consideration, is Alfred Russel Wallace, 1823-1913, naturalist, best known for independently proposing the theory of evolution by natural selection. He is championed by our very own scientist Mrs Abbie Kavanagh.
Lady Rhondda Margaret Haig Thomas
Our first Welsh hero is the truly amazing Lady Rhondda Margaret Haig Thomas (1883-1958) Suffragette and global business women. Our Pastoral Coordinator, Mrs Sue explains why she thinks Lady Rhondda should be in our top 10.
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