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Twenty one students from Year 10 travelled down to Cardiff recently on a trip arranged by the Welsh Department to develop their understanding and knowledge of Welsh heritage and culture.
We were staying at the Urdd Centre in Cardiff Bay which is part of the Millennium Centre. Our first visit was to the Welsh Assembly where we were given a tour of the building as well as an outline of the different activities undertaken there.
We then visited the National Museum of Wales where we saw displays on natural habitats as well as some contemporary Art.
We also visited the Millennium Centre where a Christmas Fair was being held as well as displays of Contemporary Photography. We saw a performance of street dance in the Centre as well as a choir singing Men of Harlech. We enjoyed a boat trip around the Bay and heard about the development of the Bay.
A visit to the Big Pit Museum and going down 300 feet to the bowels of the coal mine was an experience not to be missed. We were guided around the mine by ex-miners who had a personal knowledge of conditions down the mine as well as giving information on the history of Mining in South Wales. We had some social activities as well, going to the Cinema and Ten Pin Bowling in the Red Dragon Centre.
The highlight of the trip for many of us was going to the Millennium Stadium to watch Shane Williams’ last international match. Wales put up a valiant fight but we lost to Australia. It was an emotional game with a tribute to Gary Speed at the beginning of the match and Shane Williams’ last minute try.
The atmosphere was amazing and we were lucky enough to be sitting on the front row. It was a historical match and we are all proud to say that we were there to witness an end of an era for Welsh Rugby. An exhausted but very happy group of students arrived back in Llandudno on Sunday evening.