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Vibrant new dining hall at Strade 
01/10/2010 

Ysgol Y Strade’s dining room has had a ‘hip’ make-over as part of an S4C children’s TV programme.
Three year eight pupils, Gwenllian Jones, Gwenno Evans and Rachel Thomas, wrote to the producers of ‘Hip Neu Sgip’ - a TV show which transforms nominated community venues – to suggest they visit their school hall.
The design team moved in and with the help of around 60 volunteers freshened up the dining room with a trendy American diner and cartoon theme.
A colourful mural has also been added which depicts the ethos of the government’s Appetite for Life programme, and an ‘eat well plate’ which suggests ways of maintaining a nutritious balanced diet.
School pupils helped the production team to transform the hall, which has been brightened up at no cost to the council.
Sandra Weigel, catering services manager, said: “We are delighted with the makeover at Ysgol Y Strade, and would like to thank the girls for nominating the dining room to feature in the show.
“The dining room has a bright and inviting feel, which all helps to create a stimulating environment for children to relax and enjoy their meals.
“We are delighted that the show’s designers were able to incorporate our healthy lifestyle messages, which we are sure will encourage pupils to eat a nutritious and balanced diet.”
Hip Neu Sgip, produced by Fflic, helps children to turn their design ideas in to a reality, and transforms community venues in just 24 hours.
The programme featuring Ysgol Y Strade is due to air on S4C early in the new year.
Cllr Gwynne Wooldridge, executive board member for education, said: “The makeover has provided pupils at Ysgol Y Strade with a bright and stimulating environment in which to enjoy their lunch breaks. We are very grateful to everyone who helped with the makeover, and especially to Gwenllian, Gwenno and Rachel, for nominating the dining hall.”

PIC: Pupils enjoy the new colourful dining hall at Ysgol Y Strade.
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