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Staff reunion for school set to shut

By Carmarthen Journal  |  Posted: June 12, 2013

By Lee MacGregor

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A GWENDRAETH Valley school which is set to close in the summer is holding a reunion for former staff members.

The party on Saturday, July 6, is open to anyone who has worked at Ysgol y Gwendraeth in Drefach since it was opened on September 1, 1983.

Deputy head Andrew Payne said the school had managed to contact some former colleagues but it was keen to hear from more.

"We want to get as many former members of staff at the school as possible," he said.

"The school is closing, so we want to get people who have worked at the school since it opened in 1983 after the reorganisation following grammar schools. We've been successful in contacting a number of staff but we want to find more and we'd like them to get in touch to say whether they are going to come or not."

Mr Payne said that if people had photographs from down the years, they could be put together for a display at what promises to be a bittersweet bash in Neuadd y Gwendraeth.

"If people have got old pictures, then fantastic, send them in and we can display them on the evening," he said.

"It will be quite a sad night, we do have a couple of members of staff who have been here the whole time — for 30 years — so it will be quite poignant for them.

"We want it to be a nice celebration of 30 years of Ysgol y Gwendraeth — to celebrate, reminisce and just have a good get together." Ysgol y Gwendraeth will officially close on August 31, as part of an overhaul of education in the Gwendraeth and upper Towy Valley. Ysgol y Gwendraeth and Cefneithin's Maes yr Yrfa will move to a new school — Maes y Gwendraeth in September.

There are also plans to close Ysgol Tre-gib in Ffairfach, Llandeilo, and Llandovery's Ysgol Pantycelyn to build a school in Ffairfach in 2016.

If you would like to attend, contact the school by Friday. Telephone: 01269 841322 or email admin@gwendraeth. carms.sch.uk

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