“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6)
Two much loved institutions in our little community, Victoria Village School and Brynteg Nursery are set to close in twelve months’ time.
The church at Noddfa have been publicly against the decision and it has been our prayer that the schools would remain open as both are performing well and were in high demand.
I have seen it as a privilege to be able to serve the schools with regular visits, Bible missions and talks over the last two years. As a church we remain committed to this ministry until they both close.
As a father and someone passionate about this community I want to thank all those involved in both schools for their professionalism and honesty throughout the process.
Miss Dando, Mrs Ryan and their respected Governors have shown excellent leadership and my children’s education has continued to improve despite all the pressures imposed.
I want to thank; the parent committees who have worked so hard to challenge the decision, our MP, AM and the Councillors that have made our voices heard in the county chambers.
I want to thank all those that have taken time to attend various protests, media interviews and public meetings. I also want to thank everyone for their prayers, the 770 letter writers and the thousands of people who signed petitions.
I am thankful to God for; allowing my children to be a part of the school’s history, to have had the opportunity to attend a village school that is at the heart of our community, where the head teacher lovingly knows every pupil personally and takes the greatest interest in their lives, a school that they could walk to with friends and feel as safe and loved as they do at home.
Let us now celebrate these wonderful institutions whilst we still have them in our community and help our teachers, school workers and children have the best year of their lives, so that the memory of Victoria Village Primary School and Brynteg Nursery can continue for generations to come.
What to do next
I will be committing substantial time to pray for all those affected by the closure (including my family).
Below are some thoughts that I have listed if you would like to join me.
Please Pray for;
The children at Victoria and Brynteg as they come to terms with losing their school. Pray that they will not be anxious by the pending move and that friendships will not suffer as they begin to part ways.
The children at Garnteg and Cwmffrwdoer primary schools as they have to deal with significant change. Pray that their education will not be interrupted by the building work to expand the schools and that they will make new friends as
the children integrate.
Pray for the teachers and school workers at Victoria and Brynteg. Pray that their future will be made clear as soon as possible and that many opportunities will be made available for them.
Pray for the teachers and school workers at Garnteg and Cwmffrwdoer primary schools as they lead their pupils through the change, managing the expansion with all the pressures that this will inevitably bring.
Please pray for the families who will be significantly affected by the closure of the schools, pray that their employers will give them flexibility to adjust to the alternative school runs and changes to their childcare provision. May there be as little disruption as possible.
Pray for the Councillors and the education authority (1 Timothy 2:2) as they work through this process. Pray that the changes will deliver the results as promised for the good of the wider community and our children’s future.
Pray for us as a church as we seek to serve our community and witness the Love of Christ amidst such uncertainty.
To all those saddened and anxious please know that we have a God that will never leave us nor forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6), in such weakness we are strong (2 Corinthians 12:9-11) and that all things work together for good for those who
love God (Romans 8:28).
As a church we are of course here to help you.