May 1 was an historic day in Barry: it saw the official amalgamation of St Helen’s infant and junior schools.
The next day, the new St Helen’s Catholic Primary School opened its doors, starting a new chapter in the history of the schools.
The first Catholic school in Barry opened on May 10, 1892. The current infant school, built in 1934, was formally opened by the Archbishop of Cardiff on January 10, 1935.
In 1975, St Helen’s Junior School was built on Tynewydd Road.
The school will be run on the current split-site for the foreseeable future, with the old infant section renamed the ‘Foundation Site’, and the old junior renamed ‘Key Stage 2 Site’.
The newly appointed headteacher, Mrs K P Giernalczyk said: “I would like to thank all those involved in the amalgamation process which has been a very smooth process with minimal disruption on the sites.”
“We will build on the success of both schools in continuing our proud history of Catholic education in Barry. Together, we will establish an outstanding school at the heart of the community that we are all extremely proud of.”
The primary school also celebrated Holy Communion at St Helen’s Catholic Church with 30 pupils receiving Holy Communion for the first time.