Minister visits health Gungrog School


Owain Farrington

A WELSH Government minister has presented Gungrog Church in Wales Nursery and Infant School with a National Quality Award for Healthy Schools.

This makes the school the first infant school in Powys and 100th in Wales to receive the award.

Rebecca Evans AM, Minister for Social Services and Public Health, presented the plaque at a special assembly.

Speaking to the pupils, she said: “It is very very special to be here. It has been a fantastic welcome. Every other school is going to have to try really hard to beat your singing. You are the first infant school in Powys to get this award.”

Ms Evans enjoyed visiting the school and giving the well earned award.

“I was given a fantastic welcome. The award is a real sign of excellence. It is not just about ticking boxes. It is about changes in the school, encouraging pupils at the youngest age, to keep fit and healthy,” she added.

Earlier in her political career, Ms Evans was originally an AM for Mid and West Wales.

She said: “I was an Assembly representative for Mid and West Wales, I’m Gower now. It is lovely to come back now and then. This is my first visit to Gungrog School and it is really lovely.”

Verifiers came to the school to decide whether it could be given the award.

In their report they said: “It was very clear from the time of arrival that Gungrog Church in Wales Nursery and Infant School places great emphasis on the wellbeing of pupils. There was a warm welcome into a safe, happy environment, bursting with attractive displays.”

The award was presented to head teacher, Judith Baldwin.

Mrs Baldwin said: “We are extremely proud of our achievement in Healthy Schools which shows that even though our children are very young, they completely understand , and can demonstrate, the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle in all its forms.”

As the Welsh Government faces challenges of reorganising and securing funds after the referendum, Ms Evans believes public health measures will be maintained.

She said: “We have got the Future Generations Act which is going to be critical in how public bodies deliver. Part of it is to ensure that health is at the centre so that considerations are always there.

“That was a land mark act which came into effect in the last year.”

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