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WEDNESDAY 11th July 2018
Children from a Cardiff primary school are celebrating after being nominated as the only Wales school in the National Lottery Awards 2018 categories, just announced.
The Awards cover seven categories in total from Arts to Heritage, including Education. Across all the categories there are 49 UK nominated projects. The WW1 commemoration Armistice Cantata in the Education category was written by pupils at Thornhill Primary School Cardiff as part of the Goldies Cymru charities schools intergenerational programme.
Thornhill Primary have a long association with Goldies Cymru. Deputy head Liz Berry explains;
“We love the work they do, brightening the lives of older isolated people and have held a number of events at our school inviting older folk from our local community as well as the grandparents of our children.”
‘Goldies’, as it is more fondly known, runs daytime fun sing and smile sessions across South Wales. Its intergenerational projects have linked with many schools and last year founder Grenville Jones approached Thornhill with his ideas about commemorating the final months of WW1. He explains;
“I met with Liz Berry and Claire Holcombe, their brilliant music teacher. Over a six month period the children from the School Choir researched and wrote the words and songs to Armistice Cantata. There were visits to local museums to help children with research and the seven songs including in the Cantata are all popular melodies from 100 years ago with new words originated by the children.
“There’s also narration based on a grandma character who takes mementoes out of her treasure box of 100 years ago. Each treasure introduces a new song.”
“Everyone at Thornhill Primary is now working hard to encourage everyone to vote as the awards are based on public support to the National Lottery Awards website, by telephone or by social media,” said Liz Berry.
“We are pulling out all the stops and our children are buzzing with excitement. Everyone at Thornhill is very proud of our nomination and we are also delighted that Armistice Cantata is available across the UK and many other schools will be performing it in the months leading up to November 11, 2018.”
The development and growth of Goldies Cymru has been supported by the Big Lottery Fund in Wales and their intergenerational WW1 project is possible through the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Final word goes to Sir Cliff Richard, Patron of the Goldies Charity, he said;
“We reach out and bring together children with older people in their local communities through our schools programme. Armistice Cantata is a brilliant production researched and written by talented children from Thornhill Primary School, Cardiff.
“To be nominated as one of the Education projects in the National Lottery Awards 2018 is a tremendous accolade and we are asking everyone who supports our work to vote either online, by telephone or through Twitter for Armistice Cantata.
“Please help us to win this award.”
Media enquiries to Liz Berry at Thornhill Primary School on 029 2075 1302
or Grenville Jones Goldies founder on 07778 282934.