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Haverfordwest: Parent governors ‘outraged’ at Council’s sixth form plans

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THE PARENT governors of both Secondary Schools in Haverfordwest are outraged and have united to try and ensure the retention for 6th Form choice in the county town.

Current proposals are that sixth form provision will be in future provided at Pembrokeshire College. The governors have released a statement following Pembrokeshire County Council approving the second stage of the consultation exercise into the reorganisation of secondary school education in the county.

The governors are also encouraging parents, and friends of the schools to attend a meeting at Sir Thomas Picton School Hall on Monday the 2nd of March at 7pm

In the statement the governors said: “The joint Governing Bodies of Tasker Milward and Sir Thomas Picton Schools are extremely concerned with the removal of sixth form provision from the new 21st Century School and that Post 16 Education will only be provided in a new integrated Sixth Form Centre as part of a formal collaboration between the County Council and Pembrokeshire College.”

“A public meeting has been called at Sir Thomas Picton School Hall on Monday 2nd March 2015 at 7:00pm and the focus of the evening will be about 6th Form Choice retained within the school environment.
The Parent Governors want to retain the option for CHOICE and need everyone to engage in the consultation process which is due to commence on 10th March 2015 for an eight week period.
The main concern of the Governors of both schools relates to the proposed loss of a “Sixth Form” element within the school.”

“Sixth form students – with their maturing outlook – help to round off a school. They are often looked upon as leaders by the younger pupils and they do have immense influence within the school.”

School changes: Taskers site could become a new Welsh Medium School

School changes: Taskers site could become a new Welsh Medium School

“Their attendance not only assists the financing of the school but their learning abilities also stretch the staff within the school. The mere fact that a sixth form exists within a school ensures that from year 11 onwards the continual educational development of the pupils and students is maintained. Where strengths are identified invaluable guidance can be provided for sixth form choice.”

“The joint Governing Bodies of Tasker Milward and Sir Thomas Picton Schools are concerned that the removal of sixth form provision from the new 21st Century School will have a detrimental effect, not only upon the school as an entity, but also upon students opportunities thereafter. This argument will be put to the County Council during the consultation process.”

“The public meeting has been called at the Sir Thomas Picton School Hall on Monday the 2nd of March at 7pm and we trust that you will pass on this information to the families of those youngsters who are already on the ladder to secondary education – as it is these pupils who will be amongst the first to encounter the radical proposals of change.”

“We understand that the next meeting of Pembrokeshire County Council is to be held at County Hall Haverfordwest on Thursday the 5th of March at 9am.”

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Tragedy above Milford Haven takeaway

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DYFED POWYS POLICE has confirmed that a 20-year-old male passed away in Milford Haven last Saturday, April 17.

Police were called to the USA Fried Chicken store on Charles Street at around 1:30pm but have said there are no suspicious circumstances.

A Herald reporter was at the scene and witnessed a number of police cars and an ambulance while plain-clothed officers were also seen.

HM Coroner has been informed.

A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson added: “We were called to Charles Street in Milford Haven on Saturday 17 April at approximately 1.34pm to reports of a medical emergency. We attended the scene with one emergency ambulance where we assisted colleagues from the police.”

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Tavernspite School the ‘healthiest of schools despite the pandemic’

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THE STAFF, governors, parents, and of course, the children of Tavernspite Community Primary School are delighted to gain the Welsh Network of Healthy School Schemes National Quality Award for an incredible 5th time after a recent and very rigorous assessment.

The school is already well known and highly regarded for its outstanding work in developing the health and wellbeing of all members of its school community. To achieve this prestigious recognition in the midst of a pandemic is all the more impressive. 

Health and Wellbeing at the school is led by teacher, Lauren Arthur, who has done an incredible job preparing for this re-assessment and raising the profile of the Healthy Schools scheme.

The assessor Mrs Lynne Perry, enjoyed a virtual tour and presentation by Year 3 pupils who took great pleasure in proudly showing Mrs Perry all the wonderful work the school has done to ensure its children are safe, happy with high levels of emotional and physical wellbeing.

In her report, Mrs Perry wrote, ‘Tavernspite School continues to be an outstanding health promoting school. The health promoting school ethos is evident across the whole school population and it runs seamlessly throughout everything that the school does. Tavernspite School continues to give high priority to promoting and enhancing the health and well-being of the whole school community.’

The school received fantastic support from Mrs Liz Western, Senior Public Health Officer and Lead for Healthy Schools and Pre-schools, Pembrokeshire, to whom they are very grateful.

Head teacher Kevin Phelps said, ‘We were delighted to receive this award for the fifth time, particularly considering the experiences we have all been through these past twelve months. Health and wellbeing has never been so important and we are proud to be leading the way like this.’

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Joinery learner through to Screwfix Trade Apprentice of the Year Finals

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PEMBROKESHIRE COLLEGE joinery learner, Conor Ratcliff has made it through to the final ten in this year’s Screwfix Trade Apprentice of the Year competition.

Now in its seventh year, the competition celebrates the next generation of tradespeople as they start out on their career. With over 2,500 nominations, Conor was shortlisted to the top 30 where he had to deliver a video presentation to industry-leading judges and trade body representatives. Judged on professionalism, creativity, innovation, enthusiasm and knowledge of their trade, Conor impressed the judges and is now in the final 10.  

Simon Jackson, Screwfix Customer and Digital director, commented: “Every year we are amazed by the outstanding quality of entrants and, this year, we are on the lookout for apprentices who go above and beyond to succeed within their chosen trade.

“We’ve seen how this career-boosting accolade and £10,000 prize bundle helps kickstart an apprentice’s career. I’d like to wish everyone through to this stage the best of luck!”

The prize package includes everything a future tradesperson may need to start up their own business including £5,000 of tools, a £3,000 training budget and £2,000 worth of technology. The college where they study will also receive £2,000.

Conor is thrilled to have made it through to the finals and commented: “I am extremely honoured to have made it this far in the competition and I am very excited for the final event. It would be an amazing opportunity for me, if I won this competition.

“I hope it encourages more people to consider an apprenticeship in a trade, the Carpentry and Joinery department have been incredibly supportive during my studies.”

The Final is due to take place imminently where the judges will conduct an online interview with the ten finalists before selecting and announcing their overall winner.

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