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Derval Exchange at Llanidloes High School

Derval Exchange Blog 2012:


This programme takes place every two years. It used to involve mostly year 9, 10 and 11. The learners get the chance to be paired with a pupil from the Collège Saint-Joseph in our twin town Derval.

The aim of the exchange is to meet people from a different country, a different culture, to apply their knowledge of a foreign language and eventually improve upon it.

This year, the Exchange has also been successfully open to year 8 as very few year 9 showed interest in the programme, and last October, a group of 36 French pupils and 4 of their teachers came to stay with us for a week.
The learners from the other side of the Channel have had a taste of British culture. They spent half a day in school attending an assembly, going on a tour of the school and accompanying their pen friend to two lessons. 
Outing activities took them to North Wales to visit Llechwedd Slate Mine, to the coast to visit and shop in Aberystwyth and last but not least, locally for a walk on the Source of the Severn path with our learners.

Next Spring (21st -28th April), 30 of our pupils are going to make the return trip to Derval where they will have the chance to discover the area. A number of visits have already been planned by our French hosts such as “Les Machines de l’île” and a day in the Theme Park “Le Puy du Fou”

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Powys Route for 2018 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay

The Queen’s Baton Relay will visit Powys this September during its 388-day journey through the Commonwealth. 

The Powys route is part of the 230,000 kilometer journey to the baton’s final destination - The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia in April 2018.

The baton will spend four days in Wales, making its way through Powys on September 7 as part of a journey through every nation and territory within the commonwealth in the build up to the opening ceremony. 

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Communications Cllr Wynne Jones, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming the Queen’s Baton Relay to Powys once again. 

“As the baton travels through the county, it’s an opportunity to celebrate our rich heritage, culture, beautiful landscapes and the Welsh language on an international stage. 

“The Powys route will begin in Brecon, travel up to Rhayader for a public street event before stopping at Llanidloes high and primary schools and a private photo stop in Llandinam.

“It will then travel to the new Welsh-medium Ysgol Dafydd Llwyd in Newtown, before a final stop in the county at Welshpool.

“I hope having the Queen’s Baton in Powys will ignite pride in our county and Welsh athletes competing in the games. Plans are at an early stage but we look forward to putting on memorable activities to mark this exciting occasion.”

Chris Jenkins, Commonwealth Games Wales Chief Executive, said: “We’re extremely proud to announce this route. The Relay will give everyone a chance to be involved in an unforgettable experience.”

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