||High Cross Oasis
It was a blessed oasis. Champagne for the spirits.
Escaping the relentless chatter about expenses, I visited High Cross School in the heart of Newport West. I was greeted by the class council officers in Welsh. Then, shock, amazement, on the stairs going up to the classroom, they sang the Irish National Anthem to me - in Irish. They do not do that at Croke Park.
The class have a young teacher from Waterford. He has given them a tasty accomplishment that will be a sesame to Irish company for the rest of their lives. One ten year girl explained that she was asked to sing it several times in an Irish Bar. 'In Newport?' I queried. 'No, in Mexico' she explained. Of course.
The children were proud of Newport's Tredegar Park and the Transporter Bridge and disdainful of litterers and graphitti artists. They were a delight, polite, curious and inventive. A great morning.
Diolch plant ac athrawon, Ysgol Gynradd High Cross.