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Archbishop John praises pupils for welcome on school visit

Archbishop John has visited Llandrindod’s Ysgol Trefonnen – his first school visit since he was elected to the role in September.

The Archbishop was at the Church in Wales school to unveil and bless its new mosaic, which was designed by pupil Kimberley Coe.

“Emily O’Connell, a teaching assistant here, worked with the children here to turn the A4 paper design into that mosaic,” said the school’s community manager Ryan Coleman. “The idea behind it was to brighten up the front of the school, and to make it more welcoming, and during last term the school held a competition among the children. Kimberley’s design was the one people felt most reflected that brief.”

The mosaic took four months to make and has now taken pride of place outside the school.

After the unveiling, the Archbishop took part in a school assembly where he explained his new role – including the significance of the mitre, cope and crozier. Pupils performed songs and prayers before the assembly was closed with a prayer by the Archbishop.

“The words on the mural say ‘croeso i Ysgol Trefonnen’ and that’s one of the most important things you can do – to welcome people into your school,” he told pupils. “That’s one of the most important things that Jesus teaches us, to be welcoming to other people and to always think if you were a stranger somewhere then you’d want people to welcome you.”