2012: Beddgelert school gets ready to celebrate 100th birthday

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PUPILS in Beddgelert will celebrate the school’s 100th birthday next week.

Children, teachers and pupils past and present will celebrate the impact Ysgol Beddgelert has had on the community over the past century.

There will be two days of celebrations at the school on Lon Caernarfon on Friday, May 25-26 to mark the event.

Pupils will dress up in past uniforms and learn about how school life was different a century ago. They will take part in role plays and will also perform a Welsh song accompanied by the harp for visitors. There will be commemorative slates and coasters handed out to pupils and a special poem written for the centenary will be read out.

On Saturday, people with links to the school will be invited to share memories and to view old photos. It’s also hoped current pupils will go up against adults in a commemorative football match.

Catrin Gwilym, headteacher, said the school’s 100th birthday was an important event to mark.

“It’s something that gets the community back together and in to the school. We’ve had people from the village who used to attend the school come in and the children have asked them questions. Some can remember funny stories when they were in school and how it’s different now.”

Megan Corcoran, a parent governor who is helping to organise the festivities, urged people to go along and celebrate the day. She said: “From a heritage point of view local history is important in the community to realise how education has come along in the last 100 years.”


Source: North Wales Daily Post, published 17 May 2012