Today (Thursday 9 November 2017) has seen the opening of Ysgol Cybi, the new Church in Wales primary school, serving Holyhead. The school opened it’s doors to pupils for the first time in September, but today has seen the official opening by Kirsty Williams – the Welsh Assembly Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Education. As part of the opening ceremonies, the new school building was blessed by the Bishop of Bangor, the Right Reverend Andy John.
Ysgol Cybi has been developed on the site of Holyhead’s former Cybi School. It serves the catchment area which was previously served by 3 schools – Ysgol y Parchedig Thomas Ellis, Ysgol y Parc and Ysgol Llaingoch. With places for 540 pupils, as well as 76 nursery places, Ysgol Cybi has become the largest Church in Wales primary school in North Wales. The Headteacher is Mr. Trystan Roberts, previously the Headteacher at Ysgol Kingsland, another of Holyhead’s primary schools.
Commenting on the opening of Ysgol Cybi, Mrs Anest Gray Frazer – the Diocese of Bangor’s Director of Education and Engagement – said, ‘It has taken almost 8 years to arrive at this moment – the first new church school in the Diocese of Bangor since 1994. The Diocese is thrilled to have been able to work with the Isle of Anglesey County Council to ensure that school reorganisation has retained church school primary provision in Holyhead. The Council and Welsh Assembly Government have then delivered an education facility which is genuinely ready for the 21st Century education requirements of the pupils of Ysgol Cybi. It will be very exciting to see the school develop as a community, as well as a Church school.’
The Right Rev’d Andrew John, Bishop of Bangor, commented, ‘It has been a privilege to take part in the ceremony today and to bless this new school community in its new school building. Building a community is all about developing people and relationships, and I hope and pray that Ysgol Cybi will be able to build on the achievements and strengths of the schools which have gone before it, and become a genuine Christian community which reaches out and enables all of its pupils to fulfil their God-given potential.’