The parent council for Splott’s Welsh language primary school, Ysgol Glan Morfa, is looking to raise £16,000 to develop a playground at the site of the new school being built on Lewis Road and is asking for people to vote for them in the latest round of Aviva funding.
Construction of the new Welsh-medium primary school is well underway as part of a project that will double its size. Though the £7.8m school will provide a new home for Ysgol Glan Morfa when it moves next summer from its current location on nearby Moorland Road, the funding doesn’t quite stretch to playground equipment, according to a post on community social media site ‘The Family’, and the Ysgol Glan Morfa parent council has stepped in:
“We are the parent council for Ysgol Glan Morfa, a small welsh language primary school established in Cardiff in 2005. We are currently located on the site of a neighbouring school but due to the success and increase in demand for the school we will be moving to our very own, shiny new site in Summer 2018!
Over the past 10 years the parent council has worked really hard to provide an inspiring and engaging playground for the children. Unfortunately we cannot take the existing equipment with us so we have an exciting opportunity to develop a new playground/outdoor classroom for the children!
We are currently in the process of raising £16,000.00 to develop the new playground, and we would like the support of Aviva for line markings on our new ground e.g. hopscotch, number games, twister – please see our video for our current interactive ground markings and the fun the children have with them! We would also like your support to purchase picnic benches for the playground and each exterior classroom area, which would have multiple uses of playing and working outdoors.
Our school will be expanding from over 200 children to 500 over the course of the next few years, aged from 3-11 years. Our children come from an urban and highly populated inner city suburb where outdoor space is limited and so our playground and facilities are vital to the children’s physical and mental well-being.
We need safe play equipment to:
-Boost children’s self esteem
-Encourage physical activity
-Instigate their own games
-Develop social skills
Ysgol Glan Morfa parent council”
Funded by Cardiff Council and Welsh Government through the city’s £164m 21stCentury Schools programme, the new Ysgol Glan Morfa school will accommodate up-to 420 pupils, across two classes per year, from reception class to year 6, and provide 80 part-time nursery places.
Parent Council member and local resident, Caryl Parry, told Inksplott;
“We are thrilled that our project has been accepted into the Aviva Community Fund competition – a good playground is essential to school life and to a childs physical and mental wellbeing. To be able to let off excess energy, to learn physical skills, to work as a team and solo – the list of benefits is long! Splott is known for its fantastic community spirit and we are really hoping that that the community can support the children of the area by voting for us!”
To register your vote and help the parent council achieve its target, go to https://www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk/voting/project/view/17-5620
To see a video about the funding drive, and why it matters to the children of Glan Morfa, click here: