CAVC Students Say 'Shwmae'

16 October 2014

CAVC Students Say Shwmae

Students at Cardiff and Vale College have shown their pride in being Welsh by taking part in the national ‘Shwmae Sumae’ day to encourage everyone to pick up and use the Welsh language.

As a College that is proud of being Welsh, CAVC – or Coleg Caerdydd a’r Fro – takes part in ‘Shwmae Sumae’ each year. The College’s bilingual champions set up stalls at busy points in the College’s main sites where students can learn new phrases, or write down their favourite Welsh words to be entered in a prize draw.

CAVC Welsh Language Officer Rhianwen Davies said: “Cardiff and Vale College is proud to be Welsh. That is why we support Shwmae Suwmae - a national event that promotes the idea of starting every conversation with ‘shwmae’, ‘su’mae’ or ‘shwdi’! It aims to show that the Welsh language belongs to all of us whether we are fluent speakers, learners or those who are shy about their Welsh.”

Students from across the College were keen to take part. Eighteen-year-old Bethanne Attley from Cardiff, who studies Travel and Tourism at CAVC’s Barry campus, said: “It’s good to be able to use some of the Welsh we learned in school and hopefully now at College we can learn some more in the future, too!”

The prize draw winner was 35-year-old AAT student Annie Hendon (see pic below), who was born in America but now lives in Barry. Her winning word was 'bendigedig' which can be translated as 'wonderful'.

CAVC is committed to providing support and provision in Welsh for learners. This includes Welsh-speaking learning assistants; accepting written work in Welsh with language support available; bilingual notes; courses for non-Welsh speakers at every level and some course modules are available through the medium of Welsh.