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Bryngwyn School commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the Aberfan disaster.

Mr Alan Harris has hosted our Year Group Assemblies every morning this week, with a commemorative talk regarding the 1966 Aberfan Disaster. Today, Friday 21st October 2016, we remember the horrific tragedy 50 years on.

Please take the time on this day to remember those who lost their lives 50 years ago. We, as a Welsh community focussed school, feel it is important to take the time to appreciate what we have, in light of such sadness. 

Mr Alan Harris and Mrs Karen Thomas lead a moment of silence at 9.15am this morning, followed by a reading of the following poem at 9.16am. 

No grave could contain him.
He will always be young
in the classroom
waving an answer
like a greeting.

Buried alive –
alive he is by a river
skimming stones down
the path of the sun.

When the tumour on the hillside
burst and the black blood
of coal drowned him,
he ran forever,
with his sheepdog leaping
for sticks, tumbling together
in windblown abandon.

I gulp back tears
because of a notion of manliness.
After the October rain
the slag-heap sagged
its greedy belly.
He drew a picture of a wren
his favourite bird for frailty
and determination.  His eyes gleamed
as gorse-flowers do now
above the village.

His scream was stopped in mid-flight.
Black and blemished
by the hills sickness
he must have been,
like a child collier, dragged
out of one of Bute’s mines.

There he is, climbing a tree,
mimicking an ape, calling out names
at classmates.  Laughs springing
down the slope: my wife hears them,
ears attuned as a ewe’s in lambing
and I try to foster the inscription, away from its stubborn stone

'He Loved Life, Light and Animals' - Written by Mike Jenkins.