On Monday, September 16, Ysgol Garth Olwg celebrated its opening, which took place earlier this month, for the start of the 2019/20 academic year.
It followed the Council’s reorganisation of education in the area – with Ysgol Gyfun Garth Olwg and Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Garth Olwg officially closing, and pupils transferring to the new 3-19 school, utilising the same school site.
Staff and pupils in Church Village welcomed special guests to an official opening event for their new 3-19 school – which has benefitted from investment to improve upon existing facilities this summer, through #RCTinvest.
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The investment includes remodelling of a ground floor block in the former secondary school building to create a middle school for Years 5 and 6, along with a new main entrance and reception, a new learning resource area and segregated play areas and toilet facilities for Year 5 and 6 pupils.
On Monday, guests were greeted by staff and pupils for a tour of the new middle school. The group then walked to the top area of the school site, where pupils provided musical entertainment in the form of choir and a harpist. This was followed by several speeches, and the unveiling of a commemorative plaque to officially mark the opening of the new school.
Councillor Joy Rosser, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Inclusion Services, said: “I was delighted to attend the official opening of Ysgol Garth Olwg on Monday, to meet the fantastic staff and pupils who gave us such a warm welcome. The new school has opened with excellent new facilities, with a new middle school now giving Year 5 and 6 pupils an excellent transition from primary to secondary phases.
“The Council continues to provide funding to improve and renovate its school buildings through #RCTinvest, with this summer’s School Improvement Programme delivering over 60 projects totalling more than £6.8m – with much of the work completed during the summer holiday. The Council has now delivered more than £33m of capital work in its schools since 2015/16.
“This funding is on top of our joint 21st Century Schools Programme with Welsh Government, which continues to bring the very best educational facilities and stimulating learning environments to our pupils. An £85m investment across Rhondda and Tonyrefail in 2018/19 saw three brand new ‘all through’ schools created in Tonypandy, Porth and Tonyrefail – while a brand new £7.2m primary school for Cwmaman was also delivered.
“It was great to see so many smiling faces on Monday in Church Village, which has become the latest community to benefit from our education funding. I wish pupils all the best in their studies for the new academic year, and would again like to thank everyone at Ysgol Garth Olwg for their fantastic event.”
Posted on Tuesday 17th September 2019