Stars from the Welsh Rugby Union squad made a special visit to the Archbishop McGrath Catholic High School last week. Fresh from their spectacular victory over England in the Six Nations the previous weekend, players Rhys Priestland and Jonathan Davies along with assistant coach Rob Howley brought with them the hard won Triple Crown Shield.
The players were visiting the school to mark the official opening of the community facilities at the school. The high school boasts some impressive sports facilities, which are available for community use in the evenings and at the weekend. These include: an all-weather 3G sports pitch, grass pitches, a multi-use sports ground, dance activity studio, first class changing facilities and a multi-court gymnasium.
The award-winning design by leading architects HLM for the £20 million school’s has ensured the leisure facilities have their own front door and car parking provision to enable the facilities to be used outside school hours.
The new school, which has been designed for community use, replaces the existing one in Tondu, which could no longer meet the needs of a pupil population that has doubled. Located off Whitethorne Drive, the school combines traditional educational values with contemporary teaching methods and sustainability.