Tecwyn Roberts’ early years in Llanddaniel
Many of Ysgol Parc y Bont school's former pupils distinguished themselves in varying fields of occupations in their later years and humbly attach much credit to their success to the initial instruction received at the Llanddaniel School. One pupil’s adventures since leaving the school is worthy of account; that of Tecwyn Roberts, who once resided in Llanddaniel.
Tecwyn was born in October 1925 and lived with his family at Trefnant Bach cottage in Llanddaniel. Trefnant Bach is a small (now much renovated) cottage situated approximately half a mile along a track on the northern side of the village, with the (now old) school being another half a mile the southern side of the village.
Tecwyn was just seven years old when in 1932 Ysgol Parc y Bont school first purchased a wireless radio. This enabled pupils to listen learn of unfolding events during the 1930s. No one could ever imagine that Tecwyn would later be head of Network Communication at Goddard Space Flight Center, being responsible for all radio communication with orbiting space craft.
An example of how the Tecwyn and his classmates listened to the radio was detailed within the School’s Log of 28 January 1936: -
“Morning service was taken in honour and remembrance of His Majesty King George V who is being buried today... services in London were broadcast on the wireless and all the children listened in.... holiday granted in afternoon.”
Tecwyn was one of eight pupils at the school successful in the Scholarship Examination in 1938. He continued his studies at the Beaumaris Grammar School, gaining his Central Welsh Board Certificate after four years.
The School Headmaster had a rather unusual pet, a monkey, that would often be seen clinging around the Headteacher’s neck as he cycled through the village. Some twenty years later, Tecwyn would be working with monkeys as part of the early testing for NASA’s Project Mercury (American Manned Space Project).