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Today saw the official launch of the College Merthyr Tydfil’s much anticipated Shwmaeronment culture and ethos. As part of this event, we were delighted to introduce our very own Shwmaeronment Dragon “Dwynwen”. The name was chosen from a competition involving all of the Merthyr Tydfil schools and the winning pupil from Cyfarthfa Park Primary was present at the event to receive her prize of a signed Wales football top, £10 Amazon voucher, a Wales bucket hat and chocolates. 

As many of you will be aware, Dwynwen is the patron saint of Love in Wales and we are delighted that this was the winning name as it promotes the ethos and culture we are hoping to create through our Shwmaeronment theme and our overall college values.

We also saw students and staff competing in a penalty shoot out competition with bucket hat, amazon voucher and a signed Wales football as the prizes.

Brandon Jones, a lecturer in our AMBE department was the staff winner and Martin Evans studying in the ILS department was the learner winner. As a result, they both competed against each other to win the signed Wales football and Martin also won that penalty shootout. Well done to both of them!!

Working in partnership with Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council and local primary and secondary schools, Dwynwen, will become our Shwmaeronment mascot, showcasing our ongoing commitment to promoting and embedding the Welsh language across all aspect of the learner journey from nursery through to further and higher education.

The college has a dedicated Welsh room now branded the ‘Shwmaeronment room’. Throughout the year, there will be many opportunities for learners and staff to develop their Welsh language through Welsh clubs, drop-in sessions for practising oral skills, competitions, events, trips and a range of activities across the college.

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