Gnoll Primary School

Comenius Project

8th May 2009

The Gnoll Primary School out on a fantastic show to celebrate the end of the Comenius project. From a powerful performance of ‘Hero’ by the choir and the entertaining traditional Welsh dancing to the stirring rendition of Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau.

The celebration showcased the best of Welsh culture to visitors from France, Italy, Turkey, Finland and Romania. Projects like Comenius are important in cultivating links with schools and people across Europe and provide an opportunity for youngsters to learn about the various cultures across the world.

“I LEARNT NOT TO JUDGE PEOPLE BY THE COLOUR OF THEIR SKIN”
24th October 2008

This was the lasting impression that Gnoll Primary pupils were left with when Peter visited. The response came after Peter had finished his talk with the children and they were asked what they learnt.

The Neath MP had been quizzed over his life in South Africa, adjusting to life in Britain after his family left and his activities on the Stop The Seventy Tour.

“The children were very enthusiastic,” said Peter. ”They had put a lot of effort into the visit researching my background and asking me about photos that were taken during the Anti-Apartheid campaigns.”

The picture in question was taken in 1969 when Peter was being carried away by two Policemen following protests in Westminster. When asked about the picture he spoke of the many protests that they undertook to disrupt the Springbok tour and South African cricket tour.

“Because of the disruption that we caused during the Stop The Seventy Tour campaign other tours from South Africa were cancelled. Now one of the best wings in the world, after Shane Williams, Bryan Habana is a World Cup winner with the Springboks, this would never have happened under Apartheid.”

Peter concluded, “They showed a real knowledge of events and a genuine desire to learn more. I am delighted that they learnt this valuable lesson of not judging people by the colour of their skin.”