Pupils cre­ate mu­ral of faces for 50th anniversary

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Environment - ABBY BOLTER abby.bolter@waleson­line.co.uk

EVERY pupil at a school cel­e­brat­ing its golden anniversary has had their face in­cluded in a com­mem­o­ra­tive mu­ral.

Staff also fash­ioned their faces out of clay for the art­work at St Mary’s Catholic Pri­mary School in Brid­gend.

Arch­bishop of Cardiff Ge­orge Stack joined the pupils and teach­ers to bless the art­work, which fea­tures the 250-plus faces as well as in­di­vid­ual red beads to rep­re­sent every one of the school’s for­mer pupils.

“We are cel­e­brat­ing 50 years of the school on the Llangewydd Road site,” said act­ing head teacher Gil­lian Weale.

“We have had sev­eral events this term in­clud­ing a fun day for par­ents and chil­dren, with fair­ground rides and things from 1967, in­clud­ing mu­sic.

“We had a very spe­cial 50th anniversary mass at St Mary’s and we were very lucky to re­ceive a bless­ing from Pope Fran­cis for the school and the mu­ral is to cel­e­brate the fact that we are a com­mu­nity as one body.

“We have chil­dren from many dif­fer­ent parts of the world – about 40% of pupils are from abroad – but we cel­e­brate that we are all part of one com­mu­nity.”

It was the school Senedd mem­bers who came up with the idea of mark­ing the golden anniversary with a mu­ral.

They also cre­ated a prayer area in the cor­ner of the school field as a place of quiet re­flec­tion.

Senedd mem­ber Is­abelle Ruddy, nine, said: “We de­cided we would have ev­ery­body in school to make a pic­ture. Every- body in school has made a face out of clay – all of the chil­dren and grown-ups.”

Every pupil at St Mary’s Catholic Pri­mary School in Brid­gend has made their face out of clay and had it in­cluded in a mu­ral to mark the school’s golden anniversary at its Cefn Glas site. Arch­bishop of Cardiff Ge­orge Stack blessed the mu­ral

Mem­bers of the school Senedd at St Mary’s Catholic Pri­mary School in Brid­gend came up with the idea of creat­ing a prayer gar­den to mark the school’s golden anniversary at its Cefn Glas site

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