What's your opinion? Do we in Wales have the best flag in the world? In a recent on-line survey, the Red Dragon was voted the coolest flag of all the nations of the world. Most flags have shapes on them, some with colourful stripes or symmetrical shapes. The Welsh flag has the iconic Welsh dragon which makes our flag quite unique. Another nation that has a
dragon on its flag is Bhutan. Can you find another country with a dragon on its flag?
Did you Know?
Although The Welsh Dragon has featured on flags in Wales for centuries, it was only granted official status in 1959.
It was a disappointing week for Wales after losing two of their Euro Qualifying Games. Wales returned home, without securing points after their defeat of 2-1 to Croatia, and 1-0 to Hungary. Many chances were lost in Budapest on Tuesday June 11, not least the chance of an easy goal by Gareth Bale in front of the Hungarian goal. However all is not lost, Wales will play Azerbaijan in September. All eyes are now on Gareth Bale and his future with Real Madrid, with many experts saying that Bale has lost confidence because he is often on the bench, rather than on the pitch.
SigiTwo had heard the rumours,
they scared her, and the rumours
made her clamber into her den
and stay there for hours. SigiTwo
wondered if she could hide there
in her den when the danger
came. Perhaps everything would
be fine if she and SigiOne
sheltered there, until everything
was over. But when she
mentioned her plan to SigiOne,
all she did was sigh, a small,
'No, SigiTwo, we can't stay on planet Thrae, it won't be safe here,' she said, taking SigiTwo in
her arms. 'Everything will turn to ashes, there won't be any clean water and anyway, all our friends will have to leave too.' They clung to each other. SigiOne held her in her strong arms, as she always did whenever SigiTwo was hurt or sad. But this time, they both knew that SigiOne's arms could not keep her safe, nor could she keep the danger away. 'Come on, we'll pack', SigiOne said, 'what will you take with you? We can only take a few belongings; there won't be room or everything on the Shiny
SigiTwo went into her den; she looked at all her favourite things - the mobile communicator, the reading tablet, and the story screen - all her useful gadgets. She had to choose. SigiTwo curled up on her bed, clutching Smiley, her pet robot.
'You must be very brave Smiley,' she said, 'we're going on an exciting journey.' She didn't want to alarm Smiley but she didn't know if her pet robot would be welcome on the Shiny Planet. SigiTwo wasn't at all sure if she and SigiOne would be welcome there either. Sometimes, when she watched the news on her story screen, she would see the inhabitants of the Shiny Planet waving large placards with angry words on them. 'NO WELCOME HERE' screamed the placards. SigiTwo shut her eyes hoping the words would disappear,
tears stinging. O! How she wished they didn't have to leave Thrae, but with the Hot Star rushing towards their planet there was no alternative, they had to pack up and leave. Tomorrow would bring a new life, a new adventure...
Winner of the Tir na n-Og Prize in the Welsh Primary category
was ‘Cymru ar y Map’ (also available in English as ‘Wales on the Map’) written by Elin Meek and illustrated by Valériane Leblond.
Here is what Joseph, a Clic-it Cymru reader, had to say about it:
Name: Meilir Rhys Williams
Currently I play a character in the S4C soap, Rownd a Rownd, which is filmed in Porthaethwy (Menai Bridge), Anglesey.
Arrive at location for 8.00 a.m. before putting on my character costume. The make-up artist will then get to work on my face so that I don't seem too pale or too shiny on screen! At 9.00 a.m. we start filming the scenes. We usually manage 8 scenes; it takes roughly 3 days to record one 19 minute episode of Rownd a Rownd!
Acting out scenes which would not happen to me as Meilir. Having to have an argument as Rhys, my character, and doing stunts are also exciting and a lot of fun.
I love being part of the cast of Rownd a Rownd. However
sometimes an actor's job can be tough as the performing industry is very competitive, and work can be difficult to find.
I enjoyed performing when at school and went to performing clubs in my spare time. I couldn't imagine myself doing any other profession - it had to be performing!
Take advantage of all opportunities to perform. Competitions such as the Urdd Eisteddfod are great at giving young performers the opportunity to learn so many performing skills. They also give a taste of what it's like to be on stage and perform to live audiences.
I would also advice young performers to go on to train at performing college so that all the skills and techniques that actors and performers need are established.
Sometimes events such as war, famine or natural tragedies occur in countries or areas of the world which make it impossible for people to stay there. The inhabitants are forced to flee and often look for new homes or countries. Discuss:
Migration is the regular movement of birds and wildlife from one part of the world to another and back again. The distances of travel and dangers faced by many birds and animals make this a truly miraculous wonder of nature.
Let’s look at some marvellous migrations happening in Wales....
Numbers of Ospreys in Wales are increasing thanks to conservation projects such as the Glaslyn site, near Porthmadog and the Dyfi site in mid-Wales. Ospreys spend winters in Africa and summers here, nesting in sites near lakes or rivers to ensure a good supply of fish. All ospreys travel alone, covering distances of around 6,700 km (4,200 miles) over the English Channel, through France and Spain into North Africa.
Some then cross the Sahara Desert, while others follow the West African coastline. They complete their journeys in around 45 days, sometimes stopping off for a few days rest during their travel. Although travelling alone and over different routes, the male and female can arrive at their destination within days of each other. To learn more about Ospreys you can follow this link: www.glaslynwildlife.co.uk/cy/
Visit the River Marteg, near Gilfach, in Powys at the end of Autumn and you may be lucky enough to see another miraculous migrator. This is when the great Atlantic salmon run takes place, when salmon return to rivers that they were born in after spending a few years maturing in the north Atlantic. Salmon live in fresh water when young, but then migrate to the Atlantic Ocean as adults. They then return to the same river that they were born
in when they’re ready to spawn, sometimes travelling distances of 6,000 miles over sea and a further 200 miles along a river to find their own spawning area. Experts believe that they use olfactory senses to find their way to the place where they were born. After arriving in fresh water they stop eating for a year or more, living off their body fat, before returning to the ocean and beginning to feed again.
growing-up, getting older
lay eggs and have babies
Other marvellous migrators are swifts, swallows, cuckoos, butterflies, sharks and whales. Why not do some of your own research into these species?
In August 1944, the secret hiding place was discovered. No one knows how it happened, but Anne and her family were sent on a cruel journey to Auschwitz concentration camp. Soon, Anne and Margot were sent on to the Bergen- Belsen, labour camp - it was a terrible place, without enough food or clean water. Because of the conditions there, disease and illness were very common.
Margot died, followed shortly by Anne during February 1945. Both believed to have died due to the typhus disease. After the war, Otto was released and discovered that he was the only survivor. Both his daughters and his wife had died because of the terrible cruelty inflicted by the Nazis.
Otto was determined that all countries of the world should read Anne's Diary. Today it has been translated to around 70 languages, including English and Welsh. It's an important diary, as it reminds us of the terrible result of prejudice, racism and cruelty.
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WHERE TO GO IN WALES?
School summer holiday is almost here, so we'll have plenty of time to go on an adventure. Clic-it Cymru is keen on getting out and about, Wales has so many exciting walks to offer. However an adult must accompany you on these walks and you must also prepare carefully. Before going on long walks you must:
Click here to find about the countryside code: https://naturalresources.wales/days-out/the-countryside-codes/?lang=en
Gelert, Wales's Best Known dog: Beddgelert, Eryri
You can visit the grave of Gelert, Llywelyn the
Welsh Prince's dog and take a stroll along
the beautiful Glaslyn river.
For a map, visit -
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cy_gb/crafl wyn-and-beddgelert/trails/llwybr-at-fedd-gel ert-y-ci-beddgelert
Wildlife Adventure, Dinefwr Wildlife Park, Carmarthenshire.
Dinefwr Park is a beautiful setting for wildlife spotting, but you may also come across some deer or the famous white cattle of Dinefwr, and the deer. Don't forget to visit the castle for more historical adventures. For a map, visit - https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cy_gb/dinefwr/trails/taith-gerdded-fywyd-gwyllt-parc-dinefwr-sir-gaerfyrddin
If you would like to learn more about Wales - the land of Legends, or perhaps find which legends are connected with your area, then have a look at this interactive map http://www.gwladychwedlau.cymru/
Huge congratulations to the Flintshire
athlete, 26 year old Jade Jones, on winning
a World Taekwondo Championship. Jade
Jones has two Olympic Gold Medals, the
first one from the 2012 London Olympic
Games, she also won a gold in the Rio de
Janeiro games in 2016. Jones was
determined to add a World Championship
to her list of honours.
'It's amazing!' she said, following her achievement. Jones beat the Korean athlete Lee Ah-reum at Manchester in May. Jones has other goals set; she is determined to win another Olympic Gold Medal, as no other Taekwondo athlete has won three gold medals in a row. Good luck Jade Jones!
Its roots go back as far as 2,000 years and it originates in Korea.
A martial arts sport, the athlete spins and uses head height kicks to attack its opponent. A Taekwondo athlete has to be nimble and fast.
Meaning of the word?
Tae = attack with foot
kwon = attack with fist
do = the way/art