First Minister of Wales opens WRW’s newest primary school development
First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones today met with WRW, pupils and staff at a new £6million Welsh Medium Primary school in Blaenau Gwent –on Thursday, 18th November 2010.
Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Helyg opened its doors to over 300 pupils and staff this September. It was built by WRW construction for Blaenau Gwent Council with the majority of funding from the Welsh Assembly Government.
Robert Williams, WRW Group Chairman said
“We were particularly pleased to be appointed Principal Contractor on this project in Nant y Glo, Ebbw Vale. This is the latest of a number of state of the art new build schools we have delivered in Wales for various local authorities and we are pleased that the Council, Headteacher, staff, pupils and indeed the Welsh Assembly Government are so impressed with the extensive facilities”.
As part of the official opening the First Minister unveiled a plaque in the school hall, was entertained with music from the pupils and given a tour of the school by Headteacher Dilys Williams and WRW Construction staff.
The First Minister said:
“This brand new state of the art school is an excellent example of a modern, environmentally-friendly school.
“With interest in the culture and language of Wales and demand for Welsh-medium education in this area extremely high, especially following the success of the National Eisteddfod in Ebbw Vale this summer, this school will be a landmark site in Blaenau Gwent and the Heads of the Valleys area, which gives the children and young people of the area a school fit for the 21st Century.”
Blaenau Gwent’s Executive Member for Education, Councillor Steve Bard said:
“This new Welsh medium primary school is part of our 21st Century Schools programme – our vision and commitment to completely transform the way education is delivered in Blaenau Gwent.
“Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Helyg will become a landmark site for Welsh learning in Blaenau Gwent. The school has been built to the highest energy efficient and environmental standards available today and the extensive grounds support outdoor learning for all ages.”