On Friday November 29th the Welsh Department hosted an Urdd workshop day where we invited Mr Phormula, (Ed Holden) to join us for the day. The day included three sessions with year 9 learners, a session with our year 10 GCSE classes and a session with our year 11 GCSE classes. During the sessions Ed Holden introduced himself as Mr Phormula and explained to the learners how he got to where he is today. Mr Phormula is a Welsh beat boxing champion and he applies his Welsh language skills into his work, showing the learners that the Welsh language can be relevant and modern. Lahn Ihme, a year 11 learner said, “He is a very good beat boxer, we learnt different beat boxing techniques, learnt cool Welsh words and how to utilize the Welsh language in my everyday life”. Another student in year 11 Eeava Salo said “Completely Mad, but amazing! So exciting, cool sounds and very interesting to hear the Welsh rap, incredible!”
Ed Holden continued to inspire the students to make the right choices in life, to work hard and to do the things that they enjoy doing. Some Welsh words used to describe the session were, ‘hwyl’ (fun), ‘Benedigedig’ (fantastic), ‘diddorol’ (interesting) and ‘doniol’ (funny).