Monthly Archives: February 2014

New Ysgol y Gogarth opens to staff and pupils

North Wales Pioneer 17 January 2014

STAFF and pupils have returned to a Llandudno school after an 18-month building project – which cost more than £18million.

The new building at Ysgol y Gogarth – a special school in Craig y Don – opened its doors at the start of January and welcomed pupils to its new array of facilities.

The North Wales Pioneer had the opportunity to take a look around the new school building, guided by David Rowley, head of governors, and Glenda Powell, assistant headteacher.

As well as a variety of purpose-built classrooms for children with a range of disabilities, new amenities include sensory therapy rooms – making use of interactive projectors and touch-screen technology – a climbing wall; an outdoor gym and a heated indoor pool.

Older pupils will also have the chance to train in a variety of skills in a new, on-site cafe.

The school will also provide physiotherapy and behavioural services for pupils from other schools throughout Conwy.

Members of the public will also be able to take advantage of sports and leisure facilties at the new school.

Glenda Powell, assistant headteacher, said staff and pupils had worked with constructors Wilmott Dixon to develop plans for the new school – with pupils suggesting colour schemes and designs.

She said: “The main reason the transition has gone this well is that the teachers, staff and pupils all worked with the contractors during site visits, which prepared them for what’s going to happen.”

David Rowley added: “The new school will help us use the expertise of staff and the excellent facilities to the advantage of all children and young people with disabilities and special needs in Conwy.”

The final stage of the work, with the addition of a new residential space, will be completed by September.

10 February 2014

The Friends of the park received even more money to go towards the latest improvements in the park.  This time we have received £500 from the Co-operative and £300 from Watkin Jones.  Representatives from both organisations visited the park to visit the Friends on one of the regular working days.

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9 February 2014

The friends of the park have had a real boost in the last couple of weeks.  We recently visited Ysgol Craig y Don to receive a number of cheques.  The money will fund our current plans to improve the park for the benefit of the whole community.

Thank you to the Ysgol Craig y don and the pupils, who were fantastic.

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WREN COLOUR LOGO 1 RGBWREN (Waste Recycling Environmental Limited) have supplied the main funding for our current projects to install a roundabout that will be accessible to people in wheel chairs, replace the trim trail exercise equipment and renovate the park’s main entrance.  WREN receives the majority of its funding from the landfill tax levied by FCC Environment.  It awards grants for community, conservation and heritage projects and was very complimentary about our bid.

WREN present a cheque of £46,000 to the Friends of Queens Park Craig y Don

WREN present a cheque of £46,000 to the Friends of Queens Park Craig y Don

 

Cartrefi Conwy presented us with £3,000 towards the replacement of the trim trail exercise equipment.

Cartrefi Conwy present a cheque of £3,000 to the Friends of Queens Park Craig y Don

Cartrefi Conwy present a cheque of £3,000 to the Friends of Queens Park Craig y Don

An anonymous local resident has donated £500 in memory of his late wife.

A pupil from Ysgol Craig y Don hands over a cheque from an anonymous local resident

A pupil from Ysgol Craig y Don hands over a cheque from an anonymous local resident

The Church Acts Fund donated £200 towards metal railings to top new walls at the park’s main entrance

The Church Acts fund presented £200

The Church Acts fund presented £200

Crest Cooperative donated £500 that has already been spent on new grass matting in the play area.

Crest Cooperative presented £500 to the Friends of Queens Park Craig y Don

Crest Cooperative presented £500 to the Friends of Queens Park Craig y Don

The friends of the park would like to say thank you for all these very generous donations.  This includes Conwy County Borough Council that has made financial contributions to the project and provided assistance.  Also, to Steve Lewis for taking these photos.

Andy          Tel 01492 875 918                email andy@craigydon.co.uk