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accident. What would you say have   Evening, which started in the early
       been the key factors? It definitely   2000’s continue to be a highlight of the   Happy Staff equals a happy school and
       does not. Plascrug has continued to   year and will be a very big part of the   this is definitely the case at Plascrug.
       grow and succeed due to the hard work   50th celebrations during the Open Day.
       and dedication of the staff and the   The school has secured the International   So what have you got planned to
       clear vision they hold to provide the   Schools Award every 3 years since 2003   celebrate the big 5-0? Plans are well
       best quality education for its pupils, in   and the last inspection report stated that   underway to mark this momentous
       and out of the classroom.  We are very   “Ysgol Plascrug is a happy, caring and   occasion. Year 6 pupils have prepared
       proud of the achievements of our pupils   diverse community where all pupils are   questions for previous headteachers
       academically, on the sporting field and   valued equally;” of which we are very   to find out about their memories of
       on the stage over the years, far too many   proud.       Plascrug. Classes will learn about the
       to mention.  The school has had to adapt                 history of the school and significant
       to the many National and local priorities   Back in the early eighties I think   events in the locality, Wales and the
       as they change whilst maintaining   it’s fair to say that Welsh was not   world over the last 50 years. There
       standards and doing what Plascrug does   a huge priority for Plascrug. How   will be an Open Day and International
       best. It is and always has been a happy   has that changed? Things have   Extravaganza at the school on Saturday
       community where all stakeholders work   certainly changed from that time. Over   October 12th, where all visitors will
       together for the good of the school and   the years due to demands of the Local   have the opportunity to see the school,
       its pupils.                  Authority language strategy and Welsh   reminisce over displays from the
                                    Government priorities, Plascrug has   decades and sample foods from across
       The school building has grown   developed a natural Welsh ethos. We   the world prepared by families from
       significantly over the years. What   celebrate and promote the language,   near and far. The International evening
       have been the main changes? The   culture and traditions of Wales in the   is a highlight of the school calendar, so
       main change to the school building is   classroom, locality, both nationally   what better way to celebrate Plascrug’s
       the extension, which started in 2009   and internationally. The corridors and   special birthday.  There will also be a
       and completed in February 2011. It   classrooms of Plascrug today resound   Celebration Concert at the Great Hall,
       replaced four mobile classrooms, which   with the sound of Welsh and English   Aberystwyth Arts Centre on Wednesday
       by that time had seen better days.  It   spoken side by side. All teaching staff   November 6th at 6.30pm to showcase
       was very sad to see the demolition of   are Welsh speakers and the schools’   the talents of Plascrug pupils past and
       the swimming pool; Rhian presented   involvement with the Urdd in particular,   present.  Tickets will be for sale from
       me with a chunk of mosaic during the   ensures that pupils see Welsh as a living   school from October 1st. If any readers
       official opening ceremony in 2011,   language reflecting the culture and place   have any photographs and/or memories
       which I still have. The new modern   in which we live. Plascrug is a bilingual   they would like to share please contact
       building accommodates Years 5 and 6   school community. It has moved on a   the school.
       classrooms, a KS2 library, an art room,   very long way from its early status as the
       hall and Reception area. The Eco council   Aberystwyth ‘English school’ as it was   Finally, if you could turn the
       prepared a time capsule laid in the   initially.         clock back to the start of your
       new reception area for future years.                     teaching career, what would you do
       The nurture ‘Pod’ situated near the   Tell me a bit about your staff. You   differently? Nothing. It has been an
       main reception area is the most recent   seem to have quite a team here?!   absolute pleasure to work at the school
       addition to the school.      We have a fantastic team of dedicated,   for so many years. My time at Plascrug
                                    talented staff who are committed to   has led to so many opportunities to
       I remember from my time here   ensuring every child receives high quality  develop professionally, from my time
       there was a lot of diversity amongst   learning experiences in order to be the   as a PE teacher to my current role as
       the pupils, which I always saw as   best that they can be. Over the years,   headteacher. I can honestly say that I am
       a massive positive. Is that still the   many staff have stayed and some have   very proud of the school, its successes
       case? Yes it is. We are all very proud of   moved on to other positions and each   and the opportunities it provides for the
       our cosmopolitan school community   one has their own special memories of   pupils who attend. Plascrug always has
       and we continue to welcome families   the school. Currently we have 16 full time  and always will hold a very special place
       from all over the world. We are one big   and 4 part time teaching staff and over   in my heart.  I will treasure the memories
       happy family. Many families come to   30 support staff in various roles. We are   long into my retirement and will look
       Aberystwyth to work or study for specific  very proud to offer opportunities for our   forward to hearing about its future
       periods of time and many have never   staff to develop professionally and we   successes. Diolch am bopeth Plascrug a
       left. The very successful International   follow their careers with a keen interest.   Penblwydd Hapus yn 50 oed.

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