Patriotic start for new Welsh primary school
THERE will be a special St David's Day cele- bration at one of Swansea's newest schools.
On March 1 the Lord Mayor of Swansea, Councillor Dennis James, will open Ysgol Gymraeg y Cwm — the city's newest Welsh-medium school.
The 25 pupils registered at the Bonymaen primary school will entertain guests with a spot of singing, along with pupils from Ysgol Gyfun Bryntawe.
Head teacher Rhian James Collins said staff and pupils had settled in well.
"We are all very excited and positive about the future," she said. "The school has enormous potential for growth and development. We look forward to establishing the school firmly within the local community and to providing a happy and caring environment for all pupils."
Ysgol Gymraeg y Cwm is the 11th Welsh school to be opened in the city, and is part of Swansea Council's QEd (Quality in Education) 2020 programme to drive up standards and respond to growth in demand for Welsh-medium places.
The school serves a catchment area which includes Winch Wen, Bonymaen, Pentrechwyth, St Thomas and Port Tennant.
It currently has nursery and reception classes but is set to grow year on year into a full size primary.
Jaci Gruffudd, chairwoman of governors, praised the authority, community, parents and staff.
"It has been a very exciting time," she said. "The preparatory work needed to open Ysgol Gymraeg y Cwm has been a real partnership between the council, governors, staff, parents and of course the children."
Councillor Will Evans, cabinet member for learning and skills, said: "I am delighted that our newest Welsh school is to be officially opened on St David's day and I am sure that it will be a happy and memorable day for all Ysgol Gymraeg y Cwm pupils.
"The demand for Welsh medium education primary places is continuing to rise and we want to make provision to meet demand for parents and prevent children having to travel out of their community to get to the nearest Welsh-medium school.
"This new school has got off to a tremendous start thanks to all the parents, pupils, staff, gov- ernors and community."