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Black History Month 2023

Ysgol Harri Tudur Celebrates Black History Month, October 2023

Black History Month, Ysgol Harri Tudur/ Henry Tudor School Honours Dame Elizabeth Anionwu

PROFESSOR-DAME-ELIZABETH-NNEKA-ANIONWU-623x438Today, we honour Dame Elizabeth Anionwu.

In a world where heroes often wear capes, Professor Dame Elizabeth Nneka Anionwu chose a nurse’s uniform as her symbol of compassion, resilience, and change. Born on the 2nd of July, 1947, in Birmingham, England, her journey began as Elizabeth Mary Furlong, the child of an Irish mother, Mary Maureen Furlong, and a Nigerian father, Lawrence Odiatu Victor Anionwu, a law student at Cambridge University at the time.

Anionwu’s early years were marked by constant shifts between institutions and family members. For a brief period, she resided with her mother, an experience cut short by an abusive stepfather. Subsequently, she found herself under the care of nuns in a Catholic children’s home, including several years spent in the Nazareth House convent in Birmingham.

Her childhood was scarred by severe punishment and humiliation, including being made to wear a urine-soaked sheet over her head as a penalty for bedwetting. Later in life, as a health visitor, she resolved to advocate for more humane treatments for bedwetting.

Despite her turbulent upbringing, Anionwu’s determination shone through. She embarked on a nursing career, starting as a school nurse assistant in Wolverhampton at the tender age of 16. Over time, she achieved seven O-levels and eventually became a nurse, health visitor, and tutor.

In pursuit of knowledge and expertise not available in the UK at the time, Anionwu ventured to the United States to study counselling for sickle-cell and thalassemia centres. In 1979, she collaborated with Dr. Milica Brozovic to establish the UK’s inaugural sickle-cell and thalassemia counselling centre in the London Borough of Brent, a pioneering initiative that would serve as a model for over 30 such centres across the UK.


­­­­­Black History Month, Ysgol Harri Tudur/ Henry Tudor School celebrates Patricia Bath today, 10th October 2023.

Patricia Bath

Today we recognise and celebrate the achievements of Patricia Bath. Born in 1942, Patricia Bath was an American ophthalmologist and humanitarian. She became the first female member of the Jules Stein Eye Institute, the first woman to lead a post-graduate training program in ophthalmology, and the first woman elected to the honorary staff of the UCLA Medical Center.

In an interview with the National Institutes of Health, Bath explained that her greatest passion was to fight blindness. She explained that her “personal best moment” occurred on a humanitarian mission to North Africa, where she restored the sight of a woman who had been blind for 30 years.

“The ability to restore sight is the ultimate reward,” Bath said.


Ysgol Harri Tudur/ Henry Tudor School celebrates Olive Morris today, 06 October 2023.

Olive Morris

Today, Ysgol Harri Tudur/ Henry Tudor School celebrates Olive Morris who fought for Black Women’s Rights in Britain. In the 27 years, she was alive, Morris raised awareness of inequalities by travelling, writing, organizing protests and setting up support groups.… Olive Morris learned early in life the consequences of fighting injustice.

The late 1960s and 1970s were a particularly challenging time for Britain’s post-war African, African-Caribbean, and Asian communities: there was increased tension between police and the black community and attacks by fascist groups such as the National Front, as well as discrimination in housing and employment.

Olive Morris became a tireless organizer and fighter against racism, and also sexism and other forms of oppression. Morris became ill during a trip to Spain in 1978. On her return to London, she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and underwent treatment which was unsuccessful. She died on 12 July 1979 at St Thomas’s Hospital, Lambeth.


Ysgol Harri Tudur / Henry Tudor School celebrates Harriet Tubman today 5th October 2023.

Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman was born Araminta Ross in 1822 in Dorchester County, Maryland, into a family of enslaved African Americans. She grew up working on a plantation and endured brutal treatment, including being whipped and beaten. When she was around 27 years old, Tubman escaped from slavery with the help of the Underground Railroad, a network of anti-slavery activists and safe houses that helped slaves escape to freedom.

After her escape, Tubman became a “conductor” on the Underground Railroad, leading around 13 missions to rescue over 70 enslaved people. She made dangerous journeys back to Maryland to rescue family members and friends, as well as strangers who were seeking freedom. Tubman became known as “Moses” to those she helped, because of her leadership and the way she led people to safety.

During the Civil War, Tubman worked as a nurse, cook, and spy for the Union Army. She also led a raid on plantations in South Carolina, freeing over 700 slaves. She was the first woman to lead an armed expedition during the war.

After the war, Tubman settled in Auburn, New York, where she continued to advocate for women’s suffrage and civil rights. She also established the Harriet Tubman Home for the Aged, a home for elderly African Americans who were poor and/or disabled. Tubman lived there herself until her death in 1913.


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Ysgol Harri Tudur Celebrates Black History Month

Black History Month #Celebrating our Sisters 2023 CYMRU

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Roma Taylor is a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Despite this, wherever there is a need, Roma is helping, giving her life to charity, church and community work. At 79 she is still pushing boundaries and making a difference in her community. Aged 15, Roma arrived in Cardiff from Antigua in 1959 and settled with her mother in Tiger Bay, Cardiff Docks. She began to catch the attention of the press at this early age when she dressed up in a Welsh costume to meet Queen Elizabeth II at the Rainbow Club in Tiger Bay. Roma attended Nurses training and later joined the 203W General Hospital (now 203W Field Hospital) Army barracks in Llandaff North, as part of the Queen Alexandra Nursing Corp. She served the Queen and country for 25 years, leaving in 1984, to continue to serve in the community. Roma has given a lifetime of service to Wales through her commitment to the army and community groups.

She has a huge heart and is always willing to share the love with whoever is in need of a smile, a meal or a kind word. Roma has also worked tirelessly to improve the lot of her community, from nurseries to foster caring, to Labour campaigns with Julie Morgan MP, Cardiff North and beyond. She is an inspiration to many, as she always has the best intentions at the forefront of all she does. Roma still gives to the community via the Windrush Cymru Elders, which she set up with backing from Race Council Cymru.

She took on the task of the group to give those who arrived in Wales (and family & friends over 50 years old), during the Windrush era of mass immigration in answer to the call to rebuild the UK following World War 2. The group ensures the ‘Elders’ have safe, weekly meetings, which is a lifeline to many, as they have something to look forward to and not have to be home alone, “twiddling their thumbs.” The group is a success and all are appreciative of the contact it provides. Roma is a force to be reckoned with and many are grateful for her commitment and ‘get it done’ attitude; it has served her and her community well.

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The school now has its own twitter account to promote important news and events as well as sharing celebrations of our learner's achievements. Please follow us on Twitter @YsgolHarriTudur. More detailed information can always be found on our school website www.yht.wales and also via the Ysgol Harri Tudur app. Please continue to get in touch with us in the usual ways. Read More…

All drivers are requested to use the designated Drop Off/Pick Up and parking sites whilst on the school site. Read More…

The trenching work will commence on 11 Mar 24 by Welsh Water on behalf of the new Welsh primary school being built by Morgan Sindell. The responsibility to provide access, both vehicle and pedestrian, falls to Welsh Water and whilst there may be some disruption it should be minimal. There will be a period when the road from the Phoenix Centre to the junction by Glan-y-Mor will be closed. Read More…

Ysgol Harri Tudur/Henry Tudor School is once again working with FSE to produce an A4 leaflet for the school’s use; the leaflets are free and FSE makes a donation to the school. The flyer below from FSE provides further information. Read More…

Morgan Sindell will shortly be conducting traffic management works within the school campus as part of the Ysgol Bro Penfro Welsh Medium Primary School new build. These works will include, in places, changes to the road layout and traffic flow direction. The works will commence in early March 2024 and be completed by the end of the summer term. Regular updates will be provided by Morgan Sindell. Read More…

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