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Calls to Teach About St Piran in Cornish Schools

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:01am 5th March 2013.

There are calls to teach children about Cornwall's patron saint at school.

It is St Piran's day, with celebrations across the Duchy.

But some fear Cornwall's history and language is being wiped off the curriculum.

Grand Bard Maureen Fuller tells Pirate FM a conversation she had in Rock summed up the problem for her: "She asked me what I did in my retirement, so I said: 'I do all things Cornish, especially the Cornish language.' She just looked at me and said: 'There's no such thing as the Cornish language.'

"It's just pathetic. It's just ignorance.

"These children who come in to live in Cornwall - they need to join us. When it Rome, do as the Romans do. They need to learn about our history so they will guard it in the future. It's very, very important."

Jamie Best's pupils at Pool Academy have performed a play in which they speak Cornish. He said: "I think it's important for any child, no matter where they are in the country, to be able to understand the location around them and the history that surrounds them.

"Everywhere there's history - with Cornish we've got an ancient language and it's great for the children to be able to explore that in a contemporary setting.

"Anything that is not taught has the potential to be lost. After lessons they would greet each other in Cornish because they are very proud of it."

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