As part of our work with the UK Parliament to create the fantastic Parliament Square display for the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, we are showcasing each of the flags created by school children from throughout the country. This flag design comes from Maesycoed Primary School, Glamorgan.
Region: Pontypridd, Glamorgan
Position: 39 (See Parliament Square map)
Photo of flag flying © Flagmakers.
“Sixteen school council members, at Maesycoed Primary School, liaised with their respective classes and myself to design a flag that best represents our constituency. Our local history was discussed, as was the physical features of our immediate landscape.
We are very fortunate in our area and often had to begin again as our flag became more of a mural. The children very much enjoyed the role of being a heraldic artist and found the juxtaposition of colours and metals akin to the games ‘tetris’ and ‘bop it’.
Our flag design features three green mountain peaks, these represent the two glaciers that carved their way down the Rhondda and Cynon valleys to join together at Pontypridd and continue their journey toward Cardiff. From the ‘Y’ shaped valley floor three mountains dominate our landscape. As a mining town the children wanted to include a coal seam and so the three black mountains represent the coal present beneath the beautiful green mountainsides. The blue zigzag line separating the mountains of grass and coal symbolises the River Taff (Afon Taf in Welsh) which was vital to the trade and growth in the area many years ago.
Overall the children wanted the flag to look clean and cheerful and to represent the opportunities available to them on the horizon. We concluded the flag with a beautiful blue sky showing positivity and that by communicating and working together the sky really is the limit.”