Hello everyone, my name is Gareth Griffiths, I’m a Fern Federation parent governor for Craig Yr Hesg.
Although not a native of Glyncoch, being a Rhondda boy from Clydach Vale, Glyncoch is the place I call home. I have lived her with my daughter Carys and my wife Caroline, who is a born and bred “Glync Girl”, for the past 5 years.
For many years I worked for Chubb Fire , their fire extinguisher arm, at their factory in Maerdy, it was a great place to work with lots of characters and although now longer in existence still hold a place in my heart as I made many friends there. After deciding to try something different I worked for a short time in the office at Graig Y Wion Primary school, Pontypridd. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the school, being an assistant to the office manager, every day was different, from collecting dinner money from the children, taking messages to classes and to the teachers staff room to banking the money at the end of the week. It was a job with many firsts for me; being called “Mr Griffiths”, being fed strawberries by one of the classes as reward for bringing a message and entering the staff room without that overwhelming feeling of doom having been frog marched there by a teacher.
My current place of work is at Companies House, a government department in Cardiff, where I currently deal with anti-money laundering legislation. I’ve been there for 20 years now which has gone like a flash .
Outside of work I enjoy watching both rugby and football. I’ve been a Pontypridd RFC supporter since my early twenties and have been lucky enough to travel far and wide following the “mighty Pont”.
Most notably to France in the Heineken Cup against French Champions Brive, which has become a legendary match in the club’s history. My football team is Manchester United who I’ve follows since I was a nipper.
My musical tastes are quite varied although my main love is Classic Rock and Heavy Metal which has taken me to festivals around the country. Something that is now a family affair with Carys having joined the annual trek since she was two.
I was inspired to become a governor after a conversation with Sarah Haggett when visiting the school. Her passionate expression of the vision the Federation had for the children, the holistic approach the school was taking to help the children be the best they could be, not just in academic aspiration but in being well rounded characters who would feel that they have a place in the world, who could make a difference to their home and the wider world.
The school motto “Together we will prosper” is no empty message as the last difficult year has shown. With teachers, staff, community activists and governors all contribution to keeping that vision in focus.
My aspiration for 2021 is to be able to get back to classroom visits, something Covid put a stop to and although the visits are about evaluating the teaching and children’s progress, it’s a rewarding experience witnessing the spark in a child when they get a “light bulb” moment.