My name is Gwenlli Haf. I am on my third year of teaching and currently teach year five at Ysgol Llanllechid in Bethesda, North Wales. I first came to the school as a student completing my final placement on the PGCE course with Bangor University and was excited to learn of a vacancy on the teaching staff. I leapt at the chance of joining the team, having received such positive experiences there during my school placement. The school is renowned for placing a strong emphasis on child- cantered education, achieving high standards and ensuring a rich, broad and global curriculum.
The school is located in the quarry town of Bethesda, which is steeped in Welsh culture with mount Snowdon on its doorstep. 60% of the pupils speak Welsh as their mother tongue and one of the school’s main aim is to ensure that each and every child is confidently bilingual by the end of KS2. The pupils therefore are immersed in the language through dynamic experiences in a wide range of different contexts; learning about their locality and themselves as global citizens.
After graduating, I became a librarian, where I thrived on introducing children to the world of books. This inspired me to train as a primary school teacher. I consider myself very lucky to work at Ysgol Llanllechid as a part of a vibrant team.