Pupils from Fochriw Primary School have had their hard work for a book competition recognised with a special visit from the Mayor.
The seven pupils recently represented the Caerphilly county borough in the Welsh Books Council Competition in Brecon.
Although the pupils didn’t win a place in the final, they performed extremely well and have been praised for being outstanding ambassadors for their school and the county borough.
The aim of the competition was to encourage an interest in reading in order to create a social activity out of an essentially private one, and to use literature as the basis for other art forms.
All of the children found the experience rewarding and enjoyable and developed new skills in the process.
Cllr John Evans, Mayor of Caerphilly County Borough Council, visited the school and presented the pupils with their certificates.
The Mayor also extended a fond farewell to headteacher Glyn Hicks, with a surprise presentation for his retirement. Mr Hicks has worked at the school for 14 years but has been a teacher in Caerphilly county borough for 31 years.
Cllr Evan said: “It was wonderful to arrive at the school to be greeted by the talented choir and then become a part of two special ceremonies, I hope Mr Hicks has an enjoyable retirement and I’m sure the school will continue with their great successes in the future.”