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Raising awareness of Welsh language and culture

October 26th, 2020

The Head Girl at Monmouth School for Girls wants to raise the awareness of the Welsh language and culture among pupils and staff.

The annual Eisteddfod celebrations is a much-loved and long-standing tradition at the school and always one of the most anticipated days of the year as the girls battle it out for house points.

Anna, a talented musician, who is studying A levels in German, Music, Maths and Further Maths, wants to increase the appreciation of Welsh culture further.

She is also hoping to help achieve closer friendships across the school and with the other Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools.

She added: “I love the fact that the school manages to create an environment both stretching and supportive, where everyone is encouraged to achieve their potential and take advantage of the many opportunities on offer.”

Anna, who is hoping to read German and Linguistics at the University of Oxford, is being supported this year by Deputy Head Girls, Scarlett and Rhiannon.

Her main interests are playing the cello in quartets and orchestras, singing, playing lacrosse and netball and seeing friends.A member of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales, Anna is also in the Rodolfus Choir (run by Ralph Allwood) and has been part of a quartet outside school for six years.

At school, she is a member of Senior Strings, Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools Symphony Orchestra (HMSSO), netball club, lacrosse club and Chamber Choir.

Anna started this academic year in Dresden, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, immersed in German culture after winning a Dresden Scholarship for 2020 from the British-German Association.

She was among a limited number of UK students to receive the annual national language scholarship.

She said: “I took full advantage of this wonderful opportunity. I explored the Neustadt, watched Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin in the Semperoper, attended volleyball practice twice a week, toured the Frauenkirche and hiked in the Sächsische Schweiz.

“My full immersion into German culture definitely improved my language speaking. I met so many lovely people with whom I will be friends for many years to come.”

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