More than 500 pupils from all over South Wales enjoyed a special school-leavers service at Llandaff Cathedral to mark the end of their years in primary school.
The Year Six pupils came from 18 primary schools across Llandaff Diocese, ranging from Aberdare in the north to Neath in the west. They brought their school banners and processed around the Cathedral.
The annual Leavers’ Service, which has become a popular feature of the school year, offers children the opportunity to meet together with leavers from other schools for hymns and prayers, while they look back on their time in primary school and look forward to the future. The pupils were joined by their parish priests who are regular visitors at the schools, helping out in lessons and with services and assemblies.
While in primary school the children will have got to know the Cathedral well, learning about its history and importance as part of their religious education. They will have visited the building for an interactive day of learning.
During the service, certificates were presented to some pupils to commend their efforts in an art competition held throughout the year.
Each child was given a bookmark to remind them of the day and photographs were taken of all the schools as a further memento of the occasion. The Aberdare Town Church Samba Band played while the bookmarks were given out.
The Venerable Christopher Smith, Archdeacon of Morgannwg, said, “There was a wonderful atmosphere as the children sang, read and processed enthusiastically around the cathedral. It was a pleasure to be part of such a special occasion.
“We are very proud of our Church Schools, and the work done by the staff and pupils. Their commitment is strong and they contribute so much to the life of the diocese and the wider community.”
The schools who took part were:
Archdeacon John Lewis CW Primary School
Tredegarville CW Primary School
St Paul’s CW Primary School
St Monica’s CW Primary School
St Fagan’s CW Primary School
Bryncoch CW Primary School
Alderman Davies CW Primary School
Aberdare Town CW Primary School
St Brides Major CW Primary School
St David’s CW Primary School
Gwenfo CW Primary School
Llansannor & Llanharry CW Primary School
Pendoylan CW Primary School
Peterston CW Primary School
St Andrews Major CW Primary School
St Nicholas CW Primary School
Cwmbach CW Primary School
Pen y Fai CW Primary School
Pictures of the Leavers’ Service