The new Ysgol Glancegin in Maesgeirchen, Bangor, held a special event last week to celebrate the first year since pupils started attending the new £5.1 million school.

Gwynedd Council Chair, Councillor Annwen Hughes was in attendance to take part in the celebrations, and a presentation was given by pupils from the school.

There was an opportunity to hear about the significant investment to build the new Ysgol Glancegin, which offers an exceptional teaching environment for pupils in the area. The project was co-funded by Gwynedd Council and the Welsh Government.

Councillor Gareth Thomas, Gwynedd Council’s Cabinet Member for Education said: “It was great to see the pupils enjoying themselves in Ysgol Glancegin’s new home. It was obvious that they are making the most of the substantial investment and the brand new facilities available to the area’s children.

“As a Council, we are eager to ensure that pupils in communities across the county can benefit from first class facilities, and the new Ysgol Glancegin is a great example of that.

“The school now includes outdoor learning spaces that offer exciting new experiences for the children and staff. The school also includes new play areas, and offers a better environment for pastoral care for pupils and families.”

Education Secretary Kirsty Williams added: “Backed with £2.5 million from the Welsh Government, this excellent new building is making such a difference for pupils and staff. This is now a truly 21st Century learning environment, equipped with all the facilities needed to transform learning and teaching and meet the demand for Welsh medium education.

“Our 21st Century Schools and Education Programme represents the largest investment in our schools and colleges since the 1960s.

“Investing alongside local authorities and further education colleges, we have been able to create buildings that meet the needs of learners, teachers and the wider community and offer the kind of facilities that are truly befitting of the 21st Century.”

As the new site has been built near the old school building that dated back to the 1960’s, the pupils had the opportunity to contribute to the school’s design and to keep an eye on the developments.

Gareth Jones, Headteacher at Ysgol Glancegin, said: “The whole process has been an exciting experience for pupils and staff as they have been able to see the site at different stages of its design and construction.

“Certainly, the pupils and staff are delighted at the new school and the pupils have already greatly benefited from the new building and great facilities that are offered.”

The new school includes modern classrooms that contain the latest resources, new play areas as well as outdoor learning spaces.

PHOTOGRAPHS: A fun ceremony was held to note ceremony was held at Ysgol Glancegin, Bangor to mark the fact that it has been a year since pupils started attending the new primary school building