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Kind hearts and top awards at Cefn Glas Infants

14 August 2017

Cefn Glas Infants School have won two top awards, bringing to an end an eventful year in which teachers and pupils have also shown great heart to support one of their young classmates.

They’ve retained their Platinum Eco Flag and have also been re-accredited with a National Healthy Schools Award.

Eco award flags of varying colours have been flown at the school since 2006 as a sign of their ongoing commitment to all things ‘green’, with pupils being made aware of environmental issues and the importance of sustainability. The Platinum Eco Flag is the highest accolade awarded to schools by Keep Wales Tidy.

Overseen by Public Health Wales, the National Healthy Schools Award covers areas such as food, fitness, mental health, wellbeing and hygiene.

Among the initiatives which helped Cefn Glas Infants retain their healthy award was their annual ‘Healthy Week’, during which they also took the opportunity to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation after one of their pupils developed problems with his pacemaker.

Five-year-old Cole Samuel had originally been fitted with a pacemaker as a toddler, but he required further open heart surgery in April.

Thankfully, he was back in the classroom just three weeks later, and to show just how thrilled they were to see his return to health, the school’s staff and pupils took part in a ‘Jumpathon’ during Healthy Week to raise  £2,300 for both the British Heart Foundation and the Bristol Children’s Hospital where Cole was treated.

Cefn Glas Infants Headteacher Sue Henderson said: “It’s been a wonderful year, but we were all extremely worried about Cole when he needed surgery to fit a new pacemaker. It was obviously a massive relief for everyone to hear that he was ok, and then see him bounce back into school full of smiles and keen to play with his friends.

“I’d like to thank everyone who supported our fundraising and in fact, all of the initiatives that we have run during the last year. We want to give all of our pupils every opportunity to be happy, stimulated and able to achieve the best they can be. Receiving these awards is recognition for our efforts and we are very proud to retain both the National Healthy Schools Award and our Eco Platinum Award.”

Cole’s Mum Joann said: “The school has always been extremely supportive. It’s such a safe environment and all of the teachers are so caring. They look after him as if he was one of their own.”

Congratulating the school on another successful year, Councillor Huw David, the Leader of Bridgend County Borough Council, said: “If the awards cabinet at Cefn Glas Infants wasn’t already bulging at the seams, it certainly is now. The school’s staff have shown fantastic energy for promoting healthy values, and I would like to congratulate Sue and her team for being so dedicated to the health and wellbeing of all in the school community.

“Cefn Glas Infants School has become renowned for encouraging eco-friendly attitudes for over a decade now, and it is great to see that there is no decline in pupils’ interest and enthusiasm for all things ‘green’. It goes to show that the environment and sustainability are still very much at the heart of the school.

“We are proud that an impressive number of other local schools have also achieved eco awards from Keep Wales Tidy during the last year, demonstrating the excellent work being done across the county borough to develop well-rounded citizens of the future.”  

Last Updated: 14/08/2017
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