St David’s Day at Southmead

Children in traditional Welsh costume, headteacher Gill Gillett and teaching assistant Claire Colaru

Children in traditional Welsh costume, headteacher Gill Gillett and teaching assistant Claire Colarusso join members of the Military Wives Choir at a special St David’s Day assembly on Friday. - Credit: Archant

Braunton school sets out to celebrate the British saints’ days.

SOUTHMEAD Primary School in Braunton is celebrating a year of British culture, which began on Friday with a special St David’s Day Welsh performance by some of the Military Wives Choir.

Together with the many other cultural holidays and events the school observes, this year it has been decided to mark the four British saints’ days.

The patron saint of Wales kicked things off and then on March 15 it will be the turn of the Irish with St Patrick’s Day (actually on Sunday 17), followed by the English with St George’s Day on April 23 and St Andrew’s Day for the Scots on November 30.

Friday saw the Military Wives sing in Welsh, with pupils and staff dressing in red to honour the Welsh saint, while some donned traditional Welsh costume for the day. Lunch was a very Welsh affair, with cawl – a traditional stew – or leek and potato pie.


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Welsh teaching assistant Claire Colarusso co-ordinated the event, with support from head teacher Gill Gillett.

“The school has celebrated Fiji Day, a special day for Thailand and the Chinese New Year, so we thought the only ones we didn’t have were the British ones – and we have people on the staff who are Welsh, Scottish, English and Irish,” explained Mrs Gillett.

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“We want to make sure we have tolerance, understanding and acceptance of all cultures, because we have many different nationalities at the school and everyone is a part of the Southmead team.”

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