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Pupils get on their marks!

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primaryathleticPEMBROKESHIRE primary pupils took to the track last week for their annual athletics competition. Schools from across the county entered a record number of teams for the third Pembrokeshire Primary Schools Athletics event. Year 5 and 6 students competed across a range of track and field events including sprints, 800 metres, long jump, shot putt and javelin along with relay races. Organised by Sport Pembrokeshire and Pembrokeshire Harriers, this year also saw the introduction of three new events for pupils with a visual and physical impairment ? sprint, shot putt and javelin – making the event fully inclusive for the first time. Competition was fierce with some great performances on the day, notably by Hannah Pratt (Johnston School), who won the Year 5 girls Long Jump with a distance 3m 27cm and Caitlin Morgan (Neyland School), who won the Year 6 Girls 800m in a time of two mins 50 seconds. Meanwhile Oscar Roberts (Tenby Juniors) won the Year 5 Boys Long Jump with a distance of 3m 62cm. Iori Humphreys (Orielton School) won the Year 6 Boys 800m with a time of two mins 34 seconds and Dylan Phillips (Goodwick School) won the Year 6 Boys Long Jump with a distance of 3m 94cm. The Para events were also highly competitive with outstanding performances by Dylan Doors (Mary Immaculate), who won the para shot and para javelin with distances of 5m 78cm and 9m 00cm respectively and Emma Cotia (Ysgol Y Frenni), who won the visual impairment 50m sprint in a time of 7.77seconds. Saundersfoot School won the team event narrowly beating Tavernspite and Pembroke Dock schools into second and third places respectively. A new athletic club starts on Tuesday, September 9 for youngsters aged between seven and 15 with a physical or visual impairment . For more details contact Angela Miles, Disability sport officer for Sport Pembrokeshire on 01437 776379 or 07929213651. For more details on Pembrokeshire Harriers training times and venues please contact Liz Rowland on 01646693172 or 07790678264.

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New specialist pre-school to open in county of Pembrokeshire

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL says it is pleased to announce an exciting new partnership with Portfield Special School to develop an Early Years Pre-school at Pennar for children with additional learning and complex medical needs between the ages of two and five.

The provision, which will be registered as Portfield Pre-School Pennar, will open in September, and will provide play and childcare opportunities for early years children.

The Council is currently working with parents of children who previously attended SNAP playgroup to communicate these changes. 

Portfield School will manage the playgroup ensuring specialist ALN (additional learning needs) expertise and access to additional professional support is retained. 

“We are very pleased to be able to say that several of the staff from the SNAP specialist playgroup have agreed to work with us in this partnership, so current users of SNAP will see plenty of familiar faces,” said Cllr Guy Woodham, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning.

Damian Hewitt, Headteacher of Portfield, said: “We are delighted to be part of this initiative which will provide a smooth transition into statutory education for our most vulnerable learners whilst providing early intervention and support to assist those where mainstream school may be a more suitable and inclusive option. 

“It is our intention to work with Pembrokeshire County Council to grow the service with Portfield acting as a central support hub as we work with other settings across the County.”

He went on to say: “Portfield is a county-wide resource and our vision is to work with the Council and Early Years settings to develop this model further with other satellite sites opening in the future.”  

Cllr Woodham said the partnership intends to increase the reach and accessibility of specialist support across the county. 

“Having the Early Years relationship with Portfield will give parents the reassurance that their children’s needs will be fully supported either in a specialist environment or with outreach support in their own locality,” he said.

“The opening of the pre-school in Pennar will provide the continuity of setting and staff which is so important for the learners.”

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Pictured is Headteacher of Portfield Damian Hewitt with pupils

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Become a wild world hero with summer reading challenge

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CHILDREN are being encouraged to become a Wild World Hero at their local library this summer.

From Saturday 10th July, children aged 4 to 11, can register to take part in the Reading Agency’s popular annual ‘Summer Reading Challenge’. 

Teaming up with WWF, this year’s theme is Wild World Heroes.  The aim is to inspire children to learn all about the natural environment and discover ways to help save the planet. 

The Challenge reaches over 700,000 children across the UK each year. 

The Reading Agency is aiming to increase its impact even further this year by reaching 1million children with its new English and Welsh language websites providing fun reading activities for all children.

Children can join the fun for free either online or by visiting a library in person.

The Challenge is to read six books over the summer holidays and the children will receive incentives along the way to encourage them to complete the challenge. 

Tanya Steele, CEO, WWF, said: “Young people are the future – and they are some of the most passionate and enthusiastic advocates for our natural world. I’m continuously inspired by our young supporters at WWF and their efforts to speak up for nature, often in wonderful and creative ways.

“We are delighted to be partners of the Summer Reading Challenge in this milestone year for environmental action.

We hope it will encourage more children across the UK to get reading, and to take positive action for the planet – our one shared home.”

Laura Evans, Library Development Officer for Pembrokeshire Libraries, said: “After such a difficult year I am so pleased to be able to offer an opportunity for the children of Pembrokeshire to have some fun over the summer.

“Although we can’t offer activities in our libraries due to ongoing restrictions, we will be giving out activity packs for the children taking part to take home.  Also look out for ideas for things to do during the holidays on the libraries Facebook page”.

Information about this year’s Summer Reading Challenge is available from:

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Haverfordwest High announces their Senior Prefect Team for 2021-22

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Senior Prefect Team with Head Teacher Mrs Harries and the Education Director Mr Richard Downes

HAVERFORDWEST HIGH have this week announced their Senior Prefect Team for the 2021 – 2022 school year.

In order to gain their positions, the students went through a number of interviews, video campaigns and voting processes.

A spokesperson from the school said: “At HHVCS it gives us great pleasure to announce our Senior Prefect Team of 2021-2022 consists of the following remarkable students:

“Head Prefects are Anna Long and Isla Davies

“Deputy Head Prefects are: Caitlyn Aaran, Ioan Jones-Hughes and Will Lewis

“Senior Prefects: Beti Price, Jasmin Tjoonk and Jerin Joy 

“They were joined on Wednesday by Head Teacher Mrs Harries and the Education Director Mr Richard-Downes.

“They are an outstanding team of pupils who have already been hard at work on their first day on the job.

“The pupils went through 4 interviews, a marketing campaign video and a pupil and staff vote to achieve their positions. A huge accolade indeed.”

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