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From mega muddy to pitch perfect for pupils at Brynmawr’s St Mary’s

Archbishop John has officially opened St Mary’s Church in Wales Primary School’s new multi-use games area.

The Archbishop was joined by pupils, staff, governors and others at the Brynmawr school, and also planted a tree to mark the occasion.

“Some of you will know Brynmawr, some of you won’t, but the one thing that’s not common in Brynmawr is flat ground,” Archbishop John said.

Opening of the multi use games area at St Mary's Church in Wales primary school, Brynmawr

Archbishop John has opened St Mary's Church in Wales primary school in Brynmawr's new multi use games area. The Archbishop was joined by pupils, staff and governers and planted a tree to mark the occasion.

Posted by Swansea & Brecon Diocese on Tuesday, November 5, 2019


“For years and years, pupils wanting to play ball games here in the school have had real challenges. So, with the cooperation of the local authority, the Diocese, PTA, governors and others, this facility is here, on the flat, where they can play games safely and enjoy that other part of the curriculum which is so important, physical education.”

Headteacher Darren Jones said: “Our previous playground – our Key Stage Two playground – was a playground that an estate agent would describe as having great characteristics. It was sloping and designed by someone with a sense of humour.

“This playground is a great facility. It’s not just for this generation of pupils in St Mary’s school today but for the many future generations and it’s been a great partnership between the school, PTA, the governing body, the diocese and the local authority. It’s something we can all be proud of.”

The new games area is proving a hit with pupils too.

One said: “It’s really good that we have it because it’s better than just having the muddy, boggy grass. In the mornings when we used to come up here it used to be mega muddy and now we can play football, netball, anything up here.”