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Pembrokeshire buildings: a Highly Commended Certificate and prize

Pembrokeshire buildings: a Highly Commended Certificate and
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A MORNING of celebration was held on Monday (Nov 24) as pupils were recognised for their achievements in various extracurricular activities. Three pupils were awarded with the schools Disgybl Disglair award ( Pupil of the Week) which recognises when pupils go that extra mile in their school work but also in other aspects of school life.

Congratulations to Mari Williams, Michael Lewis and Callum Harries on their achievements in academic areas but also for their work with the School Council and the transition presentation to governors, councillors and Local Authority officers including Mrs Kate Evan- Hughes, Director of Education on November 19th. Pupils received their certificates and vouchers following Year 7,8 and 9 assembly.

Also celebrating were several pupils who have recently received recognition of their history project work by the Pembrokeshire Historic Buildings Trust Schools Competition2014. All pupils attended a celebration ceremony in Haverfordwest but also received whole school recognition in a presentation of certificates on November 24th. Pupils had prepared a variety of projects on Pembrokeshire buildings including Pembroke and Carew and also St David’s Cathedral.

Well done to everyone who received a Highly Commended Certificate and prize , and also a Certificate of Achievement award. Also celebrating were pupils who contributed to the recent Sports Pembrokeshire Secondary Schools Football tournament who won both the under 14s and under 16s competition. This was a great opportunity for pupils to take part in an inclusive activity to promote team building and skills such as working with others.

Congratulations to all on their achievements. The school also welcomed members of the Lions Club to distribute the Peace Poster Competition prizes in collaboration with the Ysgol Bro Gwaun’s Art Department. Lions Bob Wheatley and Delia Smith together with the President and Mayoress Mrs Rhian Lloyd congratulated the three winning pupils and distributed various prizes and certificates.

This year’s winner was Emma Harries with a beautiful poster giving her interpretation of Peace but also demonstrating her effective artistic skills and techniques. The school greatly appreciates the support and interest shown by the Lions in the school’s progress and development. Well done also to Charlotte Gethin and Kate Hawkins who came second and third respectively. Congratulations to everyone who supported this initiative again this year . Da iawn i bawb!

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Teacher’s gruelling challenge to help visually impaired child

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TEACHER Sion Jenkins is running 100 laps around a famous Pembrokeshire landmark to raise money to help a visually impaired child in his class.

He is aiming to raise £2,000 on crowd funder platform Go Fund Me by doing laps of Carew Castle and Mill in just 24 hours, about one hundred miles in total.

Sion said: “I decided that I wanted to raise money to help purchase a trike/adapted bike to help a visually impaired child in my class.

“Due to his sight, he isn’t able to ride a bike – and is desperate to gain some independence/confidence and ride a bike like every other child.

“On the back of a challenge set by school, to complete the ‘100 challenge’ as a tribute to Captain Sir Tom Moore, I decided to tie the two together and have a go at completing this gruelling challenge.

“100 laps of Carew Castle and Mill will total just under 100 miles – in less than 24 hours.”

If you would like to contribute to this epic challenge this is the link:

https://uk.gofundme.com/f/carew-mill-100-laps-in-24-hours?

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Schools partnership promotes the benefits of outdoor learning

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OUTDOOR learning across the county has received a welcome boost over the past 12 months as a result of additional funding secured by the Pembrokeshire Outdoor Schools (PODS) project, which has covered the cost of a Co-ordinator working directly with schools.

Thanks to financial backing from the People’s Postcode Local Trust and Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Trust, the PODS Co-ordinator has been able to help with the delivery of high quality, curriculum-linked learning experiences in school grounds and local outdoor spaces.

Part of the Co-ordinator’s role is also to bring together local and national organisations, including Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority’s Discovery team, teachers and head teachers. Pooling their diverse knowledge and expertise, the partnership seeks to share good practice and promote the benefits of taking lessons outdoors.

Pembrokeshire Outdoor Schools Co-ordinator Bryony Rees said: “Last summer, the Welsh Government recognised the importance of outdoor learning in the post-lockdown return to school. We have been working hard to support this by giving children and teachers increased opportunities to take their learning outdoors.

“We have already engaged with a number of schools across Pembrokeshire and produced some live webinars. Supporting resources for these can be found on HWB. This has made it possible to reach out to even more schools with practical information, inspiration and advice on delivering outdoor learning programmes.

“Several schools have taken the opportunity to develop their school grounds to support outdoor learning and more recently, Neyland Community School has introduced outdoor lessons every Friday.”

During the most recent lockdown, work has continued online and the PODS website has been developed to provide teachers with some learning resources. Outdoor learning ideas and inspiration for teachers and parents are also shared on the PODS Facebook page (Pembrokeshire Outdoor Schools) and on Twitter @PembsOutdoorSch.

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Education announcement welcomed by Pembrokeshire County Council

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THE LOCAL AUTHORITY has said that it welcomes the Welsh Government’s announcement today (Friday, 29th January) that schools will be the first to reopen when Wales’ current lockdown restrictions are lifted.

First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced that the ‘alert level four’ restrictions will remain in Wales for three more weeks but following that period, there would be a ‘phased and flexible back-to-school approach if coronavirus cases continue to fall’.

He said primary school children would be the first to return, if the public health situation continues to improve, and that students studying vocational qualifications would also be among those prioritised for the phased return to colleges.

Mr Drakeford said: “We’ve seen a really welcome fall in cases of the virus all over Wales, but they are still too high and the NHS continues to be under intense pressure.

“We need to keep the lockdown restrictions in place for a little while longer to help us bring rates of the virus down further. If we can do this, we will create the headroom we need to get children back to school after half term – starting with the youngest at primary schools.

“We will work with teachers, colleges, local authorities to plan for the safe return of children to school over the next couple of weeks and keep parents updated.”

Pembrokeshire’s Director of Education, Steven Richards-Downes, will be meeting virtually with Welsh Government ministers today together with other Education Directors.

Mr Richards-Downes said: “We welcome the Welsh Government’s statement that schools will be the first to reopen, whenever that may be.

“We will continue to work directly with unions, headteachers, governing bodies and other Council services to ensure that schools are Covid-safe when they are re-opened.

“Distance learning will continue for now and parents should contact their schools directly if they have any queries regarding this.”

He added: “Any parent experiencing difficulties with digital exclusion should contact their school directly.

Free school meals payments will continue to be paid to families who have applied for them, as planned. The next payments will be made on Thursday, 4th February.

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