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Place your library orders now from the order and collect service

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AS PEMBROKESHIRE enters Alert Level 4 (from 21st December), in line with government guidelines, libraries in the county will continue to offer an Order and Collect service only.

Customers can either phone the library of their choice to place an order, or complete an online order form available at: https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/coronavirus-advice-and-guidance/libraries-re-opening

You can either supply a list of the titles that you would like to borrow from that specific library – you can check availability of titles yourself using the Online Catalogue at: www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/libraries-and-culture (and select ‘Find Library Books’).

Or you can have a chat to staff about the sort of books and authors you like to read, so they can select items for you.

Alternatively, you can ask for a ‘lucky dip’ – a mixture of items from all categories, or ‘genre specific’ (all romances, or thrillers, etc.). This is a good way to discover new authors and try something different – that you may not have picked for yourself!

Customers can pre-book a collection of items, for picking up anytime from Monday 21st December onwards from the following libraries: Fishguard, Haverfordwest Riverside, Milford Haven, Pembroke Dock and Tenby.

Orders placed for collection from Pembroke or Saundersfoot Libraries can be picked up on Tuesday 22nd December.

Library books can also be returned to any of these libraries at the same time.

The service is not currently accepting reservations for items located at other libraries, as deliveries will be ceased during the lockdown. Neither will customers be able to access the public computers or physically enter the library itself.

If you have books that were due back over the next few weeks, please do not worry – all items currently out on loan have been renewed until 1st February, so you will not be charged any overdue fines.

Libraries will close on the following dates/times: Saundersfoot Library at 1pm on Tuesday 22nd December; Pembroke Library at 12.30pm and Fishguard, Haverfordwest Riverside, Milford Haven, Pembroke Dock and Tenby Libraries at 4pm on 24th December.

Don’t miss out on having a good choice of reading material over the upcoming lockdown. Library staff look forward to seeing you.

Library members can also continue to enjoy free access to thousands of e-books, e-audio books, e-magazines and e-comics via the 24/7 e-Library.

To access the 24/7 e-Library, log on to: www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/libraries-and-culture and select ‘24/7 e-Library’.

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Delight as foundation phase learners return to class

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PEMBROKESHIRE Headteachers have reported very positive returns to school for Foundation Phase Learners.

All Foundation Phase Learners returned to schools on Monday, March 1st and attendance has been reported at almost 90% since.

The Council’s Director for Education, Steven Richards-Downes, said: “A wide range of council services have worked together to ensure that Foundation Phase pupils have been able to return
safely to school.

“I am particularly grateful to all school staff and families for ensure that learning is now available for our youngest learners face to face.”

Headteachers remarked how schools have filled with smiles and laughter following the safe and phased return of Foundation Phase learners.

Cora O’Brien, Headteacher at Waldo Williams School in Haverfordwest emphasised how quickly learners have settled back in to a routine.

“It has been an absolute joy to hear their laughter in the playground and to observe their love of learning face to face once again. I thank everybody in the Waldo Williams School
community for working so hard to ensure that the transition went smoothly.”

Vicky Hart-Griffiths, Headteacher of Ysgol Hafan y Mor in Tenby, said: “It has been wonderful to welcome all our Foundation Phase learners back to school. They are thriving, being amongst
friends and back to a school routine.  

“All the pupils have spoken about how happy they are to have returned and it’s an absolute pleasure to welcome them back and we can’t wait until we have all our pupils back in school.

“The school feels alive again and there’s a positive buzz and laughter once again echoing throughout the school.”

Gareth Lewis, Headteacher at Broad Haven CP School said children had returned “with real enthusiasm, and have been very keen to meet up with their friends.”

Mr Lewis added: “Our parents have been very supportive and positive about the return, and those with older children are very much looking forward to a wider return to schooling.”

Mr Richards-Downes said plans were now turning to more learners returning to schools in the near future.

“We are looking to the next phases of the re-opening of schools on the 15th of March as long as the government guidelines allow.”

Further details will be released in due course.

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Teacher’s gruelling challenge to help visually impaired child

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TEACHER Sion Jenkins is running 100 laps around a famous Pembrokeshire landmark to raise money to help a visually impaired child in his class.

He is aiming to raise £2,000 on crowd funder platform Go Fund Me by doing laps of Carew Castle and Mill in just 24 hours, about one hundred miles in total.

Sion said: “I decided that I wanted to raise money to help purchase a trike/adapted bike to help a visually impaired child in my class.

“Due to his sight, he isn’t able to ride a bike – and is desperate to gain some independence/confidence and ride a bike like every other child.

“On the back of a challenge set by school, to complete the ‘100 challenge’ as a tribute to Captain Sir Tom Moore, I decided to tie the two together and have a go at completing this gruelling challenge.

“100 laps of Carew Castle and Mill will total just under 100 miles – in less than 24 hours.”

If you would like to contribute to this epic challenge this is the link:

https://uk.gofundme.com/f/carew-mill-100-laps-in-24-hours?

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Schools partnership promotes the benefits of outdoor learning

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OUTDOOR learning across the county has received a welcome boost over the past 12 months as a result of additional funding secured by the Pembrokeshire Outdoor Schools (PODS) project, which has covered the cost of a Co-ordinator working directly with schools.

Thanks to financial backing from the People’s Postcode Local Trust and Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Trust, the PODS Co-ordinator has been able to help with the delivery of high quality, curriculum-linked learning experiences in school grounds and local outdoor spaces.

Part of the Co-ordinator’s role is also to bring together local and national organisations, including Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority’s Discovery team, teachers and head teachers. Pooling their diverse knowledge and expertise, the partnership seeks to share good practice and promote the benefits of taking lessons outdoors.

Pembrokeshire Outdoor Schools Co-ordinator Bryony Rees said: “Last summer, the Welsh Government recognised the importance of outdoor learning in the post-lockdown return to school. We have been working hard to support this by giving children and teachers increased opportunities to take their learning outdoors.

“We have already engaged with a number of schools across Pembrokeshire and produced some live webinars. Supporting resources for these can be found on HWB. This has made it possible to reach out to even more schools with practical information, inspiration and advice on delivering outdoor learning programmes.

“Several schools have taken the opportunity to develop their school grounds to support outdoor learning and more recently, Neyland Community School has introduced outdoor lessons every Friday.”

During the most recent lockdown, work has continued online and the PODS website has been developed to provide teachers with some learning resources. Outdoor learning ideas and inspiration for teachers and parents are also shared on the PODS Facebook page (Pembrokeshire Outdoor Schools) and on Twitter @PembsOutdoorSch.

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