SCHOOL’S OUT FOR­EVER

Six pri­mary schools close their doors for the fi­nal time as move to new Ys­gol Cybi looms

Bangor Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Gareth Wyn Wil­liams

IT WAS the end of an era in sev­eral An­gle­sey vil­lages on Fri­day, with six of the is­land’s pri­mary schools shut­ting for the last time.

The sound of chil­dren run­ning g on play­grounds will be just a dis­tant mem­ory when the pupils move to spe­cial­ist new facil­ties in Septem­ber.

The open­ing of Ys­gol Cybi in Holy­head means that Fri­day was the last day of ed­u­ca­tion at the town’s Ys­gol Llain­goch, Ys­gol y Parc and Ys­gol y Parchedig Thomas El­lis schools.

Its a sim­i­lar story in some of the is­land’s more ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties, with the im­mi­nent open­ing of Ys­gol Rhyd y Llan in Llan­faethlu sig­nalling the clo­sure of the vil­lage’s Ys­gol Ffrwd Win, Ys­gol Cylch y Garn in Llan­rhud­d­lad and Ys­gol Llan­fachraeth.

Ac­cord­ing to the head­teacher of the 208-pupil Ys­gol Llain­goch, the school’s clo­sure is ‘bit­ter­sweet’ for the com­mu­nity, which is widely con­sid­ered as a vil­lage sep­a­rate from Holy­head it­self.

Car­wyn Jones said: “It’s fair to say it is a sad oc­ca­sion in Llain­goch as it is a com­mu­nity of its own in many ways, de­spite its prox­im­ity to the town.

“Hav­ing been built ex­actly 50 years ago, in 1967, its not as old as some school build­ings but time moves on and the fa­cil­i­ties at Ys­gol Cybi are sec­ond to none.

“Most, if not all, of the par­ents have seen the new school for them­selves and you must look at it as a pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ment, de­spite it be­ing tinged with sad­ness.”

One of the school’s most fa­mous for­mer pupils is the is­land’s cur­rent Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment.

Mr Albert Owen said: “It is with sad­ness to me that the cur­rent Lla- in­goch school is clos­ing.clos­ing

“It is es­pe­cially so as an ex-pupil who ac­tu­ally moved to the cur­rent Llain­goch school from the orig­i­nal vil­lage school in 1967. That was a big move and I un­der­stand the mixed emo­tions that pupils and par­ents will be feel­ing.

“I loved my time in pri­mary school. Both my daugh­ters at­tended Ys­gol Llain­goch and, for a brief pe­riod, I was a gover­nor.

“It is a real com­mu­nity school and I wish ev­ery­one well in the move to Ys­gol Cybi, I hope the Llain­goch ethos con­tin­ues in the new school.

“Fi­nally, I also hope that the lo­ca­tion is used for the com­mu­nity and a re­minder of 50 years of lo­cal ed­u­ca­tion is re­mem­bered.”

Ys­gol Cylch y Garn in Llan­rhud­d­lad, mean­while, moved to its present site in 1901.

With 36 pupils re­main­ing at the school, head­teacher Mrs Ol­wen Green said: “It is a sad day but we’ve been de­ter­mined to re­mem­ber the good times and show ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the decades of ed­u­ca­tion in the vil­lage.

“We held a school con­cert and an open day, al­low­ing for­mer pupils to rem­i­nisce.

“But also, I think lo­cally, there is a re­al­i­sa­tion that the new Ys­gol Rhyd y Llan is the fu­ture, and the fa­cil­i­ties are fan­tas­tic.”

Clock­wiseCl k i f from above:b Y Ys­goll Ll Llain­goch,i h staff ff at Y Ys­gol l y Parchedig Thomas El­lis, the last lunch at Ys­gol y Parc and Ys­gol Cylch y Garn Pupils and teach­ers at Ys­gol Llain­goch, Holy­head

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