Crickhowell High School are now offering mountain biking taster sessions to Year 7 and 8 students. These sessions are free of charge and are run by a fully qualified mountain bike instructor. These sessions are offered through the medium of Welsh and take place on Mondays in PE lessons, either lesson 2 or 3. For a fully programme of lessons, please download the pdf file below or you can check out the tables lower down this page.
This wonderful opportunity is made available through the auspices of Mentrau Iaith Cymru, a national organisation which promotes and facilitates the use of the Welsh language in local communities. The first Menter Iaith was established in the Gwendraeth Valley in 1991, and in the years that followed, volunteers from other communities across Wales came together to form their own Mentrau. Today, there are 22 Mentrau Iaith which serve each and every part of Wales.
Our local Menter is Huw Thomas, who is working in the Brecon Beacons area to create more opportunities for young people to participate in outdoor activities, whilst developing their use of the Welsh language.
Through having these activities we will be encouraging young people to use their Welsh language skills socially in the outdoors. Teenage years in particular are seen as a crucial period in developing a positive behaviour towards a minority language and in determining whether the language is maintained and transferred. Through participating in these kinds of activities, it is hoped they will young people will use their Welsh skills outside school and learn to associate the language not only with education, but also with fun pleasure and fun.
Students have the opportunity to participate in groups of 10 and will learn basic skills within the school grounds. All bikes are provided by Mr. Thomas. The timetable of these taster sessions are shown below.
There will also be opportunities for progression as Mr Thomas will be running mountain bike courses during the school holidays.