History of Lara Lake’s Flag
This is an old post from May 1st, 2010.
Mrs Lynch was just setting up the blog two years ago and MLY were interested in the history and traditions of our school.
Did you know that there is a very sad story about our uniform, our colours and our logo?
The green, red and white colours of Lara Lake are the colours of Wales, part of the United Kingdom.
October 21st, 1966 there was a disaster in a little coal mining village called Aberfan.
It had been raining for many days and the mountain ‘gave way’. There was a mudslide that started from the mines.
Within seconds it had tumbled down the hillside bringing with it mud and slurry. The landslide demolished a farmhouse, a street of terraced houses and Pantglas School where children had just arrived for the last day of school before term holidays. In all, 116 children and 28 adults lost their lives. News of the disaster sent shock waves through Wales and beyond. Offers of help for the grieving village came from all parts of the country and abroad.
Only three years later, Lara suffered our own tragedy.
In January of 1969, horrific bush fires swept through Lara, Lara Lake and Little River killing 18 people, injuring dozens, killing of thousands of sheep and destroying many homes and a historic bluestone church. A monument dedicated to this horrible occasion is now sitting in the main street of the town. The front step of our original school building is at the Lake Rd gate because the original Lara Lake PS was burnt to the ground. The peppercorn tree outside the art room and the cyprus trees survived the fires.
Lara Lake and Aberfan swapped their tragic stories. Teachers have visited the schools and classes have enjoyed communicating as penpals.
We are proud to remember the students who died in the sad story of Aberfan
by wearing the Welsh flag as part of our uniform.
There is a discussion at the moment about changing the design of our logo.
Have you heard the story before?
Have you formed your opinion about our school uniform and the school’s colours?
What are your arguments for changing our school unifiorm?
Please leave your comments on our blog.