St Piran’s Day 2020

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The Tale of St Piran video

The Tale of St Piran tells the story of St Piran to be used by primary schools in Cornwall for their St Piran Day assemblies. Commissioned by Cornwall Heritage Trust as an education project, the film was produced by Bookshelf Productions and directed by Joe Inman. We were very fortunate that the poet, writer and actor Pol Hodge agreed to reprise his role as St Piran and also wrote the script.

The film is 10 minutes long, and is suitable for primary school and above. The film tells the story of how St Piran was washed up the shores of Perranporth, rescued by Badger, Boar and Fox and introduced the Christian faith to Cornwall, as well as giving them the gift of tin and inspiring the St Piran’s flag.

Schools are welcome to view the film and use it as a free educational resource. If they would prefer a downloadable version please get in touch by emailing info@cornwallheritagetrust.org.

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Book reading

Kowethas an Yeth Kernewek (Cornish Language Fellowship) have just published a children’s book about the life of St Piran. Our aim is to give every primary school a copy of the book. The book is bi-lingual, English and Cornish, and is beautifully illustrated. If you would like someone from the Kowethas to visit your school to read the book to the children we would love to hear from you.

You can contact the Kowethas by emailing kowethasanyeth@gmail.com.


Join the Trelawny Shout and help raise 20,000 voices on St Piran’s Day!

What better way for your school to feel part of the wider community than to take part in this mass rendition of our unofficial Cornish anthem, happening in venues the length and breadth of our amazing land this St Piran’s? Teach your pupils more about the story behind the song, the tradition of Cornish ’shouts’ and why our heritage matters. This is an opportunity to begin thinking about the new Cornish Curriculum too.

Plenty of resources for every area of the curriculum are available for KS1-3 on the Trelawny Shout website www.trelawnyshout.com as well as a call and response film that can be used to teach Hawker’s Trelawny.

So, teach the song, explore the Trelawny story and work out when during the school day on Thursday March 5th you will come together to raise your collective voice. Film or photograph the proof on a smart phone or tablet if you can.

Start the process by signing up with an email to trelawnyshout@btinternet.com, naming your school and a specific contact for future correspondence. For more info, visit our Facebook page @TrelawnyShout. Be a part of something amazing this St Piran’s!

One day, one song (Trelawny, of course), and thousands of proud singers.

*Note to secondary schools: it might be that smaller groups of students want to hold their own Trelawny Shouts - the rugby team, the drama department, the sixth form etc…that’s fine too.

T. 01726 212892 E. info@caph.org.uk