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Multi-million build Pembrokeshire school continues at pace

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MORGAN SINDALL CONSTRUCTION and Pembrokeshire County Council have celebrated reaching the halfway stage of delivering Haverfordwest’s £48.7m landmark new Haverfordwest High VC School building.

The milestone was marked with a ‘topping-out’ ceremony, where the client team were invited to witness for themselves the dramatic progress that has been made on the former Sir Thomas Picton School site.

This key stage also represents a continuing commitment to transforming Pembrokeshire schools into high quality 21st Century school environments. The strong partnership working between the authority and Welsh Government is providing learners with the very best facilities.

The new school building will accommodate 1500 pupils aged 11-16 and 250 sixth form pupils. It will open in September 2022.

Demolition of the former school started in January 2020, with all involved with the project working hard to ensure construction began in November 2020.

The client team were invited to a ‘topping out ceremony’ at the school, which is held once the building structure is complete. The ceremony includes the placing of an evergreen tree on top of the building for good luck.

Morgan Sindall Construction are now at the halfway point and on track to have the school ready during summer 2022.

As part of the project, Morgan Sindall Construction are also building new sports facilities including an eight-court sports hall, a full-size floodlit 3G pitch and two multi-use games areas. The existing athletics track, all-weather pitch and grass pitches will also be retained.

It will not just be those that attend the new-build high school and sixth form that benefit from the new sports facilities – all will be available for the local community to use outside of school hours.

Robert Williams, area director of Morgan Sindall Construction, said: “We’re delighted to reach this major milestone at Haverfordwest High VC School and see this project really taking shape. Being at this stage of the project, despite all the challenges we have faced with the pandemic and supply chain, is testament to the hard work and dedication of everyone involved.

“The new school will provide first-class educational and sports facilities for both current and future generations of pupils to enjoy, as well as the surrounding community who will have access outside of school hours.

“We look forward to continuing our close working relationship with Pembrokeshire County Council and the Welsh Government as they continue their important work with the 21st Century Schools and Colleges Programme.”

Cllr Guy Woodham, Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning at Pembrokeshire County Council, praised the progress on site, and said. “I continue to be impressed with the huge efforts everyone has made to keep this project on time despite the many challenges that have had to be faced and overcome. My heartfelt thanks go to all involved and I very much look forward to this fantastic new school opening in September next year.”

The construction of Haverfordwest High VC School is now at the halfway stage.

Jane Harries, Headteacher at Haverfordwest High VC School, said: “The school are delighted with the progress achieved by the team despite the challenges posed by COVID. To be able to keep the programme on time and on budget is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the team from Pembrokeshire County Council, Morgan Sindall and all the contractors involved.

“The Headteacher, Governors and staff are particularly grateful for the opportunity to be regularly consulted on aspects of the design and build process for the new school which will undoubtedly be an outstanding educational provision for the pupils from Haverfordwest and its catchment area.”

County Councillor Alison Tudor, local member for Prendergast, said there was a great deal of anticipation for the new school, which would make a big difference to the future of education in Haverfordwest.

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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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