Pen y Bryn Primary School, Llanrumney

Report on the Goldies ‘Time after Time’ event @ Pen y Bryn Primary School, Llanrumney, Cardiff -  Friday 30 November 2014 by Deputy Headteacher Claire Hardy.

A very special intergenerational community event recently took place at Pen y Bryn Primary School in Llanrumney, Cardiff. 

Young and old gathered to share an afternoon of music making, games and ipad technology with Adamsdown ‘Goldies’ being invited to spend the afternoon with pupils from Year 4, 5 & 6. 

The event, organised by Deputy Headteacher Claire Hardy was also attended by ‘Time after Time’ project leader Emlyn Schiavone.

Programme leader Rachel Parry supported the 20 ‘Goldies’ in renditions of ‘Delilah’ and ‘Amarillo’, with the children enthusiastically joining in. In return, the pupils performed modern classics such as ‘Happy’ and ‘Burn’ by Ellie Goulding.

Pen y Bryn has recently been working closely with Cardiff Music Development Service under the supervision of Emma Coultard and her team of talented musicians. The pupils proudly showed off their newly acquired ukulele and recorder skills performing a number of pieces to the eager audience. There was even time for the ‘Goldies’ to have a go on the ukuleles themselves ….. within minutes they were plucking strings and strumming chords!

After some well deserved refreshments it was time for a couple of games of Bingo & Charades. The pupils also took time demonstrating how to use the schools new ipads with several ‘Goldies’ leaving with a renewed confidence in trying out technology.

The afternoon flew by and both children and ‘Goldies’ were reluctant to leave at the end of the day. It is hoped that Pen y Bryn will continue to maintain strong links with Goldies Cymru and that another event can be planned for the future. Many thanks go to all those involved.

Emlyn Schiavone the Goldies Cymru programme leader reports;

"The Time after Time intergenerational event at Ysgol Pen y Bryn, Llanrumney  on Friday, 28th November, 2014  was a great success and everyone, from the children through to their older guests,  thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

"Claire Hardy the Deputy Head welcomed everyone when the Goldies from the Adamsdown session arrived. The pupils commenced the afternoon with singing and playing musical instruments to the Goldies. The Goldies, together with  some invited grandparents, then had great fun “having a go” with ukuleles with guidance and encouragement from the Music Service.

"Rachel Parry, our Goldies Cymru project leader for Wales, then led a singing session involving Goldies and the pupils.  The  Goldies were given refreshments before dispersing into groups with children to participate in activities incorporating Charades, bingo, Connect and ipads.

"It was a great afternoon and I am not sure which age group enjoyed it the most – the Children or the Goldies – it was a thoroughly enjoyable and fulfilling  afternoon."