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'Risky Pics': Teaches children to think about what they are doing .

‘Risky Pics’: Teaches children to think about what they are doing .

THE ALL WALES SCHOOL LIAISON CORE PROGRAMME and Staker Films have won major awards for films on sexting and domestic abuse, which are offered to secondary school in Wales.

At Park Lane’s Grosvenor House Hotel on March 27, at the EVCOM award ceremony, ‘Risky Pics’ and ‘Hidden Hurt’ won Gold awards for Education and Health & Safety, as well as 3 silver awards and 2 bronze awards in other categories.

‘Risky Pics’ is a film created for 11-14-year-old, which discussing the risks about sending ‘risky’ pictures to people. It uses a ‘sliding doors’ idea, where the character splits at the moment when she decides whether to send a picture or not. The film shows the consequences and future risks of sending images for the sender and receiver. Many School Community Police Officers comment that children are unaware of the consequences of sexting socially, emotionally and in terms of the Law. The film makes it clear that make a positive choice is the best course of action. Released in January 2015, the film has already been seen by more than 7,000 pupils.

‘Hidden Hurt’, narrated by the best friend of an abused girl, warns of the danger of getting drawn in into a relationship with an abusive partner. The film was released to schools in September 2014 and has been seen by over 14,000 young people. It highlights how difficult it is to escape an abusive relationship once you are caught in it. The hard-hitting drama is shown to 11-14-year-olds in lessons delivered by School Community Police Officers.

Each of the films are bilingual, which meant shooting each scene twice, in Welsh and English.

Bethan James, AWSLCP Coordinator for Dyfed-Powys Police said: “The feedback we get from pupils in Dyfed-Powys about the films is very positive. They are great quality films with high impact stories and they are bilingual. Our School Liaison Officers are addressing some really serious topics within schools and having high quality resources with lessons is of great benefit to the School Liaison Officers and most importantly, the pupils.”

The National Coordinator for the AWSLCP, Faith McCready, said: “Working with Straker Films was successful because the team understand the requirements of producing high quality films that grasp the attention of young people and provide credible advice and information. The films have been incredibly successful in delivering the messages to pupils across Wales. Subjects such as sexting, safe relationships and e-safety are a growing problem in schools, so it’s vital that out of School Community Police Officers get the message across to pupils.”

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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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