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School prepares for Baton Relay event

Created on 25/07/2017 @ 17:28
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Pupils from a Newtown primary school have held a special Commonwealth Day as part of preparations to welcome the Queen’s Baton Relay.
The Queen’s Baton Relay will visit Powys in September during its 388-day journey through the Commonwealth ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.

Ysgol Dafydd Llwyd is one of the stops on the relay route and during the past term pupils have been learning about the commonwealth to build their excitement.
Pupils have been studying different countries and pupils have been making their own batons from recycled material to mirror the sustainable theme of the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Food and dress from their chosen countries, as well as their work, were on display at their own Commonwealth Day at the school today (July 19).
Headteacher at Ysgol Dafydd Llwyd Sian Davies, said: “We are all very excited about the baton visiting. Our pupils have enjoyed learning more about differences between the countries as well as how they link to Wales.”

The Queen’s Baton Relay will spend four days in Wales, making its way through Powys on September 7 as part of a journey through every nation and territory within the commonwealth in the build up to the opening ceremony. The Powys route includes a public street celebration in Rhayader, and school events in Brecon, Llanidloes, Newtown and Welshpool.

Cllr James Evans, Cabinet Member for Communications, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming the Queen’s Baton Relay to Powys once again and we are planning a series of celebratory events. As the baton travels through the county, it’s an opportunity to celebrate our rich heritage, culture, beautiful landscapes and the Welsh language on an international stage.”

For more details about the Queen’s Baton Relay in Powys visit

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