TWINNING ASSOCIATION OF MUMBLES (TAM)
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Perhaps the most striking of the partnerships formed between primary schools in the twinned towns is the one between Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Llwynderw and Ecole Elémentaire Paul Eluard. Pupils at the two schools have exchanged gifts and typical local artefacts from Wales or Brittany, and staff are now discussing a major exchange visit in 2019. Impressive developments have also been reported between St David’s RC Primary School and Ecole Bilingue Saint Gilles, who are jointly considering exchanges under the Erasmus international educational programme.
Other partnerships are being formed between Hendrefoilan Primary School and Ecole Elémentaire Pierre et Marie Curie and between Whitestone Primary and Ecole Saint Félix Kerlois. At secondary level too working links are being established between Bishop Vaughan Comprehensive and Collège Saint Félix Kerlois and between Bishop Gore Comprehensive and Lycée Victor Hugo. Also, we have learned that several pupils at Gower College Swansea’s Gorseinon Campus have become penfriends with pupils at various schools and colleges in Hennebont.
Soirée dégustation de vin / Wine-tasting evening
Make a note in your diaries. As a twist on our popular fund-raising programme of top-notch speakers, we are organising a wine-tasting
School partnerships link Mumbles with Hennebont
As our recently published Best Practice Guidelines for Twinning says, “Twinning should enrich the life of both communities and promote racial and religious tolerance, international understanding and respect for others.” Where better to start than with the youngest citizens of our two communities: our children?
In recent years considerable efforts have been made by both twinning associations in Mumbles and Hennebont to promote active partnerships between schools in our two towns. Representatives of both associations have worked hard to contact and visit schools and colleges to explain the benefits and purposes of town twinning. Now all their labours are starting to bear fruit.
Stuart Winks, RIP
9 November 2018
We were very sad to hear that Stuart Winks had died after a long battle against ill health. Stuart was a very active member of the twinning association since its very early days and our Chair from 2007 until 2013, when he was succeeded by Jean Bunce. Stuart was elected an Honorary Life Member of TAM in January 2017, as was Jean. With the demise of our link with Kinsale, in which he was heavily involved, he would certainly have wished to see the proposed Havre de Grace link officially launched.
Our whole membership sent its heartfelt condolences to Anne and their two sons.
Stuart’s funeral service took place on Tuesday 27th November at Llanelli Crematorium and was followed by a ‘bun fight’, as Stuart used to call them, at the West Cross Inn, to which everyone was invited.
The Hennebont Jumelage (twinning association) donated a generous sum to the family’s nominated charity.
evening. The date: February 15th. The venue: West Cross Community Centre. The cost, including buffet: £12, or £80 if you book an entire table of 8 (tickets will be on sale soon). The theme: all things to do with French wine. The good cause: TAM's contribution to a presentation of a very fine slate plaque by the community of Mumbles to Hennebont, on the occasion of our next official visit there in 2019, which will commemorate the fifteenth anniversary of the signing of the twinning charter.