SCHOOL’S OUT FOREVER
Six primary schools close their doors for the final time as move to new Ysgol Cybi looms
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