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Trinity Fields School wins heritage prize

Posted on : 15 Jul 2019

 Trinity Fields School wins heritage prize

Trinity Fields School in Ystrad Mynach has been awarded a Welsh Heritage Schools Initiative prize for pupils’ efforts in a project focussed on Penallta Colliery.

The Welsh Heritage Schools Initiative was launched in 1990 and aims to encourage young people to take a greater interest in their heritage and the contribution made to it by their families and communities.  The initiative holds an annual competition for heritage projects in schools throughout Wales.

Head girl Tammy and Deputy Head boy Gethin attended a presentation recently where they were presented with the school’s award, along with a cheque for £750; sponsored by the Hodge Foundation.

Claire Evans, Trinity Fields’ Welsh/Cwricwlwm Cymreig leader worked with pupils from across the school to develop their imaginative project which focussed on Penallta Colliery and their local area.  Pupils used a variety of methods to research their project, from visiting colliery ruins and Big Pit National Coal Museum, to finding out about how records are stored at Glamorgan Records Office.  Two senior pupils from the school took this even further by completing weekly work experience at the Records Office.

Pupils used a variety of means to record and display what they’d learnt, including pieces of art showing Penallta Colliery before it closed.

Ian Elliott MBE, Headteacher at Trinity Fields, said “I am delighted that entering this competition for the very first time pupils secured a wonderful award and generous cheque. We are going to use the money to buy further exciting resources to support our Cwricwlwm Cymreig learning experiences. I’d like to thank Claire Evans for leading this work.”

Cllr Philippa Marsden, Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Achievement, added “It’s wonderful to hear how enthusiastic pupils were about this project and how it helped bring local history to life for them.  All of the pupils and staff involved should be incredibly proud of their efforts and ultimate success in achieving this award.”



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