Porth Infants School is celebrating its 150th anniversary
Special celebrations are taking place at a village school to mark its 150th anniversary.
Porth Infants School, situated in the Rhondda Valley, opened its doors to local children in 1863. It continued to provide continual education on the site through two world wars and is still doing so in the 21st Century.
To mark the sesqui-centennial of Porth Infants School, staff and pupils are taking part in a host of celebration events - including a visit to the Glamorgan Archives where they viewed important documents dating back to the early days of the school.
The children have also enjoyed a day out at St Fagans National History Museum, where they visited the Victorian school building to experience life in the classroom during that era.
Maestir School, Lampeter, was originally built in 1880 and has been painstakingly rebuilt at the museum, recreating school life in the 1890s complete with an assortment of original desks for pupils of different ages, from 5 to 14, all of whom were taught in the single classroom.
Keen to explore life in a bygone era even further, the staff and pupils at Porth Infants School have also been along to the Rhondda Heritage Park, one of the most popular tourist attractions in the County Borough.
There they learned all about life in the world-famous Rhondda Valley from the time their school was built to the present day.
Cllr Eudine Hanagan, Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning, said: “Congratulations to everyone connected with Porth Infants School on reaching such a milestone. The school has been the cornerstone of education in the area for one and a half centuries, a remarkable achievement.
“I am delighted to see that the staff and pupils are enjoying their celebrations, being proud of their past and their heritage while also looking to the future.”
To coincide with the 150th anniversary of Porth Infants School, pupils are also working with acclaimed Welsh artist Cefyn Burgess to create a commemorative tapestry to mark the occasion.
A special anniversary service to mark the sesqui-centennial of Porth Infants School takes place at St Paul's Church, Porth, on Wednesday, November 6 (1.15pm).
Are you a past pupil of Porth Infants School? If so, staff would love to hear your memories of school days which will form part of a commemorative Book of Memories. They would particularly love to hear from some of the school’s oldest past pupils
Share memories of your time at Porth Infants School by calling 01443 682261.