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School forges link with Harvard

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harvard linkPUPILS at a Pembrokeshire school are to take part in a unique educational project with a top American university.

Ysgol y Preseli in Crymych has forged a link with Harvard University with the aim of improving the long term well-being of its pupils.

The project will kick off in the New Year when pupils in Year 7- the first year of secondary school – will be given detailed questionnaires to fill out, which will then be sent to researchers in the US.

The information will help both the school and Harvard researchers tailor resources to improve how pupils think about themselves and their attitudes to learning at the school.

“I believe we are the first school in Britain to link up with Harvard University in this way,” said Headteacher, Michael Davies.

“We hope that their expertise will help us improve the way we deal with pupils – particularly the most disadvantaged and vulnerable.”

The Harvard link is the brainchild of school governor and educationalist Dr Tim Thomas who has strong links with the American university.

“Harvard is one of the world’s leaders in educational research,” he said.

“They believe very strongly that the right resources put in at secondary school level can be life changing.”

The Harvard project is one of a range of measures Pembrokeshire County Council undertakes to improve the well-being of pupils across the county.

All schools already take part in the PASS survey, which assesses pupil well-being twice a year.

In addition several schools are also participating in a project with the University of Sussex.

“We take the educational well-being of our pupils very seriously,” said Michael Davies.

“Attitudes to learning are vital if pupils are to progress and reach their full potential.”

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Broad Haven: Car overturns in wet weather on B4341

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A CAR overturned in the wet weather on the B4341 Haverfordwest to Broad Haven road on Friday evening (Jul 3).

First on the scene, local Stephen Hughes told The Herald: “I was driving along and noticed a car had overturned on the Broad Haven Road past the left turning for Tiers Cross. I stopped and checked to see if everyone as okay.

“No one was injured, and I stayed until the police arrived.”

Police directed traffic and assisted with the recovery of the vehicle.

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County Hall in NHS blue lights tribute

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COUNTY HALL in Haverfordwest was lit in blue last night (Friday, 3rd July) and will be again tonight and tomorrow night as a tribute to NHS workers and social care staff throughout the country.

The illumination also marks the 72nd anniversary of the NHS on Sunday.

Said Pembrokeshire County Council Chairman, Dr Simon Hancock: “We owe these workers a great debt which will never be fully repaid and this gesture by the Council is richly deserved.”

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Cllr Beynon suspended as school governor at Pembroke’s Ysgol Harri Tudur

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL said that they are unable to comment on the suspension of a Pembroke Dock councillor as a school governor.

Cllr Beynon confirmed that he has been suspended as a school governor at Pembroke’s Ysgol Harri Tudur.

“I’m looking forward until when the ombudsman throws out the complaints,” Cllr Beynon said.

Paul Dowson, a fellow Pembroke Dock councillor, recently resigned from the board of school governors of Ysgol Harri Tudur.

Cllr Dowson said after he resigned: “I feel a recent smear campaign reflects badly on the school even though its untrue.”

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