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Design team wins award

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Pupils from Cleddau Reach School: Outside the award winning building

Pupils from Cleddau Reach School: Outside the award winning building

PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL has won a prestigious design award. The council’s in-house design team has been awarded a CLAW (Consortium of Local Authorities in Wales) Commendation Award for Cleddau Reach VC School. The new primary school at Llangwm opened its doors to over 200 pupils last year. Now the building has been recognised as one of the best of its kind in Wales. “We’re delighted and really pleased that our in-house design team has won this award,” said Council Leader, Cllr Jamie Adams.

“They have shown over the years how good they are at developing high quality schemes and this new award is further confirmation of this. We’re very proud of them.” Cleddau Reach Head teacher Nick Groves said the new school building and site had had a positive impact on both the learning and well-being of the children and staff. “It is a pleasure to work and learn in such a modern, bright and well equipped school,” he said. Cleddau Reach School opened in April 2013. The brand new £4.5 million building was created following the merger of Llangwm and Burton primary schools and caters for 220 pupils aged three to 11.

It was funded by Pembrokeshire County Council and the Welsh Government and built by construction firm Dawnus Holdings Ltd, while Evan Prichard Contractors Ltd carried out the road infrastructure work to the site. Designed by Pembrokeshire’s inhouse team to a BREEAM excellent standard, the building is highly sustainable featuring solar hot water panels, sprinklers and rainwater harvesting. Its environmentally friendly features were singled out by CLAW’s independent panel of judges when Pembrokeshire’s in-house team were presented with their award in Swansea last week. The annual CLAW awards attract over 40 entries from local authorities across Wales every year with submissions ranging from schools and visitor centres to public conveniences and velodromes!

 

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The young can be recycling ambassadors for Pembrokeshire

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NESTLE WATERS UK, which has a plant in Narberth, Pembrokeshire, has launched R-Generation, a new education programme to equip primary and  secondary students with the skills to inspire positive change in their school community and beyond.


The R-Generation resources provide curriculum links to PSHE, Citizenship, Science and Geography, and  offer a whole-school approach to being more actively sustainable.


The resources for primary students include a range of interactive activities that can easily fit into day-to-day lesson planning such as an  assembly presentation, school launch guide and four workshops focused on key topics such as reusing,  recycling and being an active citizen.


The aim of the programme is to empower students to take recycling  into their own hands, by creating school surveys, interviews and analysis that help students better  understand what recycling means for their school and how they can build better habits for the future. To  make this a manageable goal for primary school students, the resources showcase simple tips on  understanding labels, checking your bins and knowing how to recycle in your local area.


The programme also offers resources for secondary students, which focus on creating a team of R Generation Ambassadors who create an Action Plan to make their school community more sustainable.


Through a series of workshops, students will learn how to lead by example, exploring other young  influential sustainability ambassadors to inspire their thinking. These R-Generation Ambassadors will then  create a 10-week sustainability plan for their school, featuring school recycling challenges and ideas about  how to include their wider school community of parents, councillors and local press to make a difference in  their local community.
Emma Barker, a teacher at Grampian Primary Academy in Derby, said: “The R-Generation programme has equipped my class  with important skills to be able to drive a lasting change within the school. It’s helped them to realise they  have a voice and are able to communicate their newfound knowledge about recycling and sustainability  with confidence. They are immensely proud of the projects they have implemented across the school, and  they have helped to inspire others to make small changes to help the environment.”


Hayley Lloyd House, Head of Sustainability at Nestlé Waters UK said: “Thinking beyond sustainability and  reducing our impact on the environment are at the heart of everything we do, and the world needs  everyone to take action and do their bit now, more than ever before. We hope to showcase the variety of simple actions children, schools and local  communities can take to create circularity in their organisations that can help reduce their impact. These  small changes can have an impact on a global scale and we can all be part of the change our planet needs  for tomorrow and the future.”


The R-Generation primary and secondary resource packs are now available to be downloaded for free at:  http://r-generation.co.uk/

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Reception and Primary School application deadline

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PARENTS of children born between 01.09.2017 – 31.08.2018 in Pembrokeshire will need to apply for a Reception/Primary school place for September 2022 by the closing date of January 31, 2022.

Applications received after this date will be considered late which may have a bearing on whether the child gets a place at his/her preferred school.

It is important to note that a school place will not be allocated unless a formal application is received.

The online application form can be found on the Pembrokeshire County Council website: https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/schools-and-learning under ‘Apply for a School Place’. 

Parents/guardians will be informed of the allocation of places on the common offer date of April 18, 2022.

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Consultation begins on plans for Learning Resource Centre at Greenhill School

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THE public is being invited to comment on plans to introduce a Learning Resource Centre (LRC) at Greenhill School, Tenby.

The proposed LRC would accommodate pupils with complex additional learning needs and Autistic Spectrum Condition.

The consultation follows a Pembrokeshire County Council decision in December when Members heard that there was a need for more LRC places in secondary education.

As a regulated alteration within the context of the School Standards and Organisation (Wales) Act 2013, the Council has a duty to consult on the proposal.

Further details and the consultation document have been placed on the Authority’s Have Your Say website at https://haveyoursay.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/regulated-alteration-to-greenhill-school

Cllr. Guy Woodham, Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “I would encourage members of the public to access the consultation, learn more about the proposal and provide their thoughts and feedback.

“This will help provide important information for the Council’s final decision on this plan for a LRC for Greenhill School later this year.”

The closing date for responses is Monday, February 14.

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