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News from schools across the county

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THE JUNIOR and secondary schools in Pembrokeshire have been talking to us at The Herald about what has been happening and what will be happening at urdd-eisteddfod-logoschools this term.

Wolfscastle Community Primary School have been preparing for the Urdd Eisteddfod with stage performances and craft projects. Their willow maze is still looking as wonderful as ever and the Young Farmers of Fishguard will be coming in to re-weave it during half term. The Welsh Club have been thinking of topics that they can bring home and discuss with their family and neighbours in Welsh. They then talk about this in their assemblies. They have also taken part in National Story Telling Week, where the children have been reading to parents and each other.

Neyland Community School have just finished Science Week, but are currently learning about penguins and the Antarctic. They even have igloos in their classrooms. The eco committee in their school are working on a project to help protect the bees called ‘Natural Buzz’. Victoria Bookshop have provided chessboards so that the children can learn how to play chess in their morning library sessions. ‘Crw Cymraeg’ are working to promote the Welsh language in the school and they have ‘Family Learning’ to help parents and children with Welsh on Thursday afternoons. The Sleep Service will run again on February 9 to help parents and children who are experience sleep problems. They also have a book fair coming up, and the year six pupils will be going on their annual trip to the Llangrannog Urdd Centre to new skills and improve their Welsh later this month.

Broad Haven Primary School are in the middle of a new refurbishment. A total of £2.2m will go towards the schools extension, which will allow them to change their pupil age range from 4-11 to ages 3-11. They will also be refurbishing their outside areas and I.T infrastructure. They will have this ready for September when the children return from their summer holidays.

Mary Immaculate School have been excelling in regards to sport. Their netball team have made it through to the regional finals after becoming local winners. They hope to follow in the footsteps of last year’s netball team, who became runners up in the Welsh Championships. The girls football team were runners up in the Pembrokeshire tournament. Through their ‘Ddraig Goch’ scheme, they have been giving out weekly prizes encouraging the use of Welsh in school. Year 6 will be leading a parish mass at St. David’s and St. Patrick’s church. This is a huge thing for them. Year 3 are taking part in a concert next Wednesday (Feb 11) called ‘The Goblin Next Door’ while Year 6 go on a three day trip to Cardiff Urdd.

Puncheston Community School have set their weekly theme to ‘Come with me to the Land of Legends’, where all of the classes will be studying local and Welsh legends and myths. The school were recently visited by Silent World Aquarium, where the children were able to handle a number of animals native to the Pembrokeshire coast. The older pupils will be going to the River Gwaun for their Geography trip. Everyone will be preparing for both on and off stage events at the Urdd Eisteddfod.

So as you can see it’s a busy, but clearly very fun, term for many of Pembrokeshire’s schools!

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Phoebe-Lily shines in Royal Opera House design challenge

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PEMBROKESHIRE COLLEGE says it is proud to announce that Phoebe-Lily, a Graphics & Illustration student, has been awarded a ‘Commended’ judgment for her outstanding set design entry to the Royal Opera House Design Challenge. Phoebe’s entry was based on the production of ‘Barber of Seville’ and showcased remarkable creativity and skill.

Phoebe-Lily Williams was among ten Further Education students commended by the judges for their exceptional contributions.

The Royal Opera House Design Challenge provides a platform for young talents across the UK to demonstrate their creative abilities in set design. Phoebe’s commendation reflects her commitment to excellence and innovation in her field.

Upon receiving the commendation, Phoebe expressed her gratitude for the support she received from her tutors at Pembrokeshire College. She remarked, “I was more illustrative, and my tutors were very supportive. I want to go on to study set design and production, so Lou showed me the design challenge and said it would be okay to do that instead of a packaging brief.”

Phoebe chose Pembrokeshire College for its tailored modules that aligned with her career aspirations. She found the course to be conducive to developing the skills necessary for her desired path. “I enjoyed the process as it felt very liberating and positive, knowing that my tutors were encouraging and supportive of my career and study goals,” she added.

The Royal Opera House has invited the twenty winning, highly commended, and commended students, including Phoebe, to attend an awards ceremony on June 4, 2024. This event will provide them with an opportunity to interact with professionals in the field and gain insights into the day-to-day workings of the Royal Opera House.

Additionally, the public will have the chance to view the winning, highly commended, and commended works at an exhibition in the Linbury Foyer at the Royal Opera House from May 27 to June 10, 2024.

Amy McGann, Head of National Schools Programmes at the Royal Opera House, commended the participants for their creativity and expressed excitement about providing professional feedback to students from various educational settings. She stated, “The level of creativity from the young people across the country in this year’s Design Challenge has been high. As well as celebrating the Winners, Highly Commended, and Commended, we are looking forward to delivering professional feedback to students from an ever-widening set of participating educational settings.”

Phoebe-Lily Williams and her fellow commandeers represent the future of set design and production, and their achievements are a testament to their talent and hard work.

To find out more about the creative courses available at the College please visit www.pembrokeshire.ac.uk

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Pembrokeshire schools achieve milestone for careers award

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32 schools in Wales have successfully completed the first stage of the new Careers Wales Quality Award, including Pembrokeshire Learning Centre.

The award supports schools and settings with learners aged 3-16 with the development of purposeful and relevant careers and work-related experiences (CWRE) across the curriculum.

The schools are taking part in the pilot of the new award and are working closely with dedicated curriculum coordinators from Careers Wales to develop a CWRE model that works best for the individual school and its pupils.

This stage forms the first of three stages, each with a different focus. Titled leadership, it forms the basis for the required ongoing development of pupils’ careers learning. 

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Jeremy Miles, Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Energy & Welsh Language, said: “Well done to all the schools taking part for their commitment to their pupil’s future career and work-related opportunities.

“It’s so important for children and young people to learn about the different pathways available to them to ease the transition from education to successful employment, and each school’s work-related experiences action plan will support this continuous development.

“We want to do everything we can to help our children and young people achieve their full potential. By developing work related experiences across the curriculum our schools can support their learners to go on to play their full part in our economy and society.”

As part of the leadership stage, the schools have worked closely with Careers Wales to create an action plan, a vision and strategy for CWRE, and have planned for the regular monitoring and review of this activity.

This stage has also seen the school identify the roles needed to facilitate effective development of CWRE and commit to allocate sufficient resources.

Jo Thomas, Teacher in Charge at Pembrokeshire Learning Centre, said: “The award has helped us enormously and has enabled us to develop best practice within the Pembrokeshire Learning Centre. We now have a robust policy in place, with clear aims as to the breadth of Careers Education.

“By doing the Quality Award, we are beginning to embed CWRE into our curriculum in a way that it incorporates all pupils.”

Nikki Lawrence, chief executive at Careers Wales, said: “A huge congratulations to all the schools who have completed the leadership stage of the Careers Wales Quality Award.

“Each school’s commitment to the award illustrates their ongoing dedication to provide their pupils with high quality careers and work-related experiences.

“Quality careers support equips young people with the vital skills, knowledge and resources to succeed, as well as benefitting the local community and economy in Wales with a capable, confident and motivated future workforce.

“We look forward to progressing through the award process alongside the participating schools. Together, we will achieve our shared objective to empower pupils with the ability to make informed decisions about their futures and take steps towards success.”

Following a successful pilot, the award has been designed to be launched nationally across Wales.

For more information on the award, visit the Careers Wales Quality Award pilot webpage.

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Exciting visit to France for Pembrokeshire school pupils

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LAST week, 60 children and 16 teaching staff visited the Bassin d’Arcachon in France as part of a Taith funded project. 

The children, representing Pennar Community School, Neyland Community School, Prendergast Community School, Ysgol Penrhyn Dewi and Haverfordwest High School, engaged in a week of activities with French school children. 

They visited lessons, took part in dancing, art, maths and playground games, all with the aim of developing modern foreign language skills, exploring cultural similarities and differences as well as having an overarching theme of sustainability in schools and caring for the environment. 

The children explored the Dune de Pilat, the largest natural sand dune in Europe, and Biscarosse beach where they undertook beach and environmental studies.

The town of Neyland has had a twinning connection with the town of Sanguinet for more than ten years and this trip allowed these friendships to develop further and pave the way for a return visit by up to 20 French children next year.

The group was hosted by the twinning committee and the mayor at a reception in the town hall where the children had the opportunity to sample local dishes.

The children and staff were excellent ambassadors for their schools and for Pembrokeshire, laying the foundations for future collaborations.

Taith is Wales’ international learning exchange programme, with taith being Welsh for journey.

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