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Pembrokeshire GCSE results 2020

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THE LOCAL AUTHORITY has congratulated all learners who have received GCSE and vocational qualification results this week (Aug 20).

All schools have provided opportunities for learners to receive their results on-site today with appropriate social distancing measures in place. All settings are providing information, advice and guidance to learners via an appointments system.

Learners’ achievements this year are to be celebrated as they are in any other year.
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought significant challenges for learners, families, and schools this year with new systems used to calculate learner outcomes due to the cancellation of the Summer 2020 Examination Series.

Guy Woodham, Pembrokeshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning said: “The Authority welcomes the Education Minister’s announcement on Monday, 17th of August, on the Summer 2020 Examination Series and the decision to use Centre Assessed Grades.

“The last few months have been difficult for all learners, their families and schools and we thank the Minister for taking the decision to support learners and the schools.”

Councillor Woodham went on: “I would like to congratulate all learners on their achievements. As a local authority, we have been committed to supporting learners in achieving the best possible outcomes.

“Learners who have received their results today will have acquired a range of skills that enable them to be lifelong learners and hopefully achieve more than they thought possible. I wish all learners every success for the future.”

The Council’s Director for Education, Steven Richards-Downes, added: “Schools have worked hard to provide learners with dignity, purpose and options. We congratulate all learners today on their achievements. Every school has enabled learners to achieve outcomes that will provide them with a range of options.

“This year, more than ever, should not be about the data. It is about celebrating learners and their achievements whatever the grade, making sure they focus on their next steps and moving forward.

“We are sharing in the success of each learner and all schools have shared examples of this success with the Council.”

The governors and staff at Ysgol Bro Gwaun congratulate all learners on their
Achievements.

Mr Paul Edwards, Headteacher at Ysgol Bro Gwaun commented, ‘The results our
students have received today are richly deserved, and are a testament to their hard
work throughout the year and in previous years. Under difficult circumstances, these
are an outstanding set of results, and are a fair reflection of the efforts made by both
pupils and staff.

GCSE students at Ysgol Bro Gwaun

He continued, ‘We thank our students for their significant contribution to all aspects
of school life throughout their time at Ysgol Bro Gwaun, and wish them every
success as they move on to the next chapter in their lives’.

Diolch i bawb a weithiodd mor gydwybodol i sicrhau llwyddiant eleni o dan
amgylchiadau anodd, a llongyfarchiadau mawr i bawb ar eu perfformiadau.

Notable successes of A* and A include –
Tomos Davies 12A*
Joss Lerwill 11A*, 2A
Zoe LaTrobe 9A*, 1A, 1B, 1C
Libby Rands 8A*, 5A
Alonwy Roberts 8A*, 2A, 2B
Madeleine Stott 7A*, 5A
Rebecca Hall 6A*, 3A, 3B
Christopher Harries 4A*, 6A, 2B
Liliana Westrip 3A*, 7A, 2B

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Monkton: One person flown to Cardiff following incident

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THERE was a large emergency services presence in Monkton last night (May 25).

At around 7.30pm, emergency services were called to a report of an incident.

Back Terrace was temporarily closed off while officers dealt with the situation.

An Air Ambulance was dispatched and flew one person to The University Hospital of Wales.

A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We were called at approximately 7.30pm yesterday, Wednesday 25 May, to an incident in the Monkton area of Pembroke.

“We sent a rapid response car, an emergency ambulance and an air ambulance to the scene, where the crew were also supported by a duty operations manager.

“One person was flown to the University Hospital of Wales.”

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Nature is blooming at Withybush Woods three years after enhancement project

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THREE years after the launch of a project to enhance Withybush Woods, there are abundant signs that biodiversity is thriving.

Swathes of early purple orchid – a scarce wild flower – have been spotted in shadier parts of the tranquil woodlands while a pair of rare breeding stock doves have made the woods their home for the second year.

Song thrushes can be heard everywhere on the 1.5km accessible footpath together with chiffchaffs, willow warblers, nuthatch, woodpeckers, blackbirds, blue tits and many other woodland birds.

Mallards and moorhens and their young can be seen on the restored lower pond, together with the resident swans, and a new wetland area nearby is providing a new habitat for other species of invertebrates and pollinators.

The EU-funded improvement project was led by Pembrokeshire County Council, which owns the woods on the outskirts of Haverfordwest.

Dr Steven Jones, Director of Community Services, said: “Withybush Woods has always been a beautiful and special place to visit and even more so now, thanks to its increasing range of species and biodiversity habitats.

The enhancement work received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014 – 2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government. 

The scheme also received funding through the Landfill Disposals Tax Communities Scheme, through the WCVA.

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Top of the stops: Llangwm lollipop lady wins national award

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LLANGWM school crossing patrol officer Lisa Brock has won a Road Safety Wales award for 25 years of dedication to helping children cross the road to the village primary school.
To celebrate her achievement, a giant walk to school event took place this week with hundreds of pupils and parents taking part – much to Mrs Brock’s surprise!
The walk was followed by the presentation of a plaque in assembly, where Cleddau Reach VC headteacher Rhys Buckley thanked her for ‘keeping children safe and making a difference to their day with a smile and a kind word’.
“Lisa is someone who does her job because she cares,” said Mr Buckley. “She cares about the children, their families and her community deeply and you only need to look at the work produced by our pupils in tribute to her to see that this level of care and affection is very much reciprocated.
“Every community needs a ‘Mrs Brock’ and we’re very grateful that she’s ours!”

Mrs Brock receiving her award from Helen Luff from the Council’s Road Safety Team, with pupils Lottie, Leo, Tilly, and Mrs Brock’s grandsons Jacob and Oliver. Jacob and Oliver said they were very proud of their grannie. Also pictured are (left to right) Headteacher Rhys Buckley, Ziggy the Zebra – Pembrokeshire’s road safety mascot – and Chair of Governors Barry Childs.


Some of the tributes by the children included:
‘Mrs Brock is always smiling and happy even in the wind, rain, hail and even heat. You are the reasons we are not flat pancakes on the road. Thank you, Mrs Brock.’

‘We all love Mrs Brock. She is the best lollipop lady in the world!’
‘I will never forget when my sister dropped all of her things in the middle of the road and you stopped the cars from coming. Thank you for always being there.’

Mrs Brock started as school crossing patrol officer as her two boys were nearing the end of their primary education. She has since become a huge fixture at the school, also taking on roles as a higher level teaching assistant in the junior classes and lunchtime supervisor.

“It is the children that give me the most pleasure,” she said. “They are all so polite and keen to have a chat with me. It’s not just the current pupils either; past pupils and many of the local families all come and say hello to me too when they see me on the crossing.”
Chairman of Governors Barry Childs said Mrs Brock’s relationship with the children was ‘outstanding’.

“Every child past and present speaks of her with tremendous affection,” he said. “She has time and a smile for everyone. She is credit to the school.”

Kirstie Donoghue, Road Safety Officer for Pembrokeshire County Council, describes her as ‘one of the many unsung heroes guiding Pembrokeshire’s children safely across our roads”.
“Lisa has been a devoted school crossing patrol for 25 years,” she said.
“She is reliable, hard-working and a true asset of our team, and we are hugely appreciative of her commitment over the years.
“We are delighted and proud that Lisa has won this award for her service and contribution to road safety in Pembrokeshire.”

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