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Young people dive into My River project to learn about Cleddau

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DURING the Easter Holidays, young people from The Edge Youth Centre and the Army Welfare Service took part in a two-day environmental project in Haverfordwest in partnership with the Cleddau Project.

The ‘My River’ project enabled young people to connect with the River Cleddau, learn about the importance of looking after rivers and discuss what their river means to them as young people.

At the start of the project, the young people linked up with the West Wales Rivers Trust for the Big River Clean Up in Haverfordwest.

The young people helped clean up a stretch of the Western Cleddau River that runs alongside Bridge Meadow Park and Morrisons.

In the afternoon, they enjoyed an engaging session delivered by the Darwin Centre looking at the mini-beasts that live in our rivers under microscopes.

On day two the young people reflected on their findings creating a story with illustrator Fran Evans.

The young people created a piece of art telling the story of their river and the importance of looking after the river.

The story is called the ‘adventures of the trash trio’ and will be exhibited to the public at the ‘My River’ Art Exhibition at HaverHub, Quay Street, Haverfordwest at the end of June.

The young people will be coming back together in May Half-Term to explore the river in Haverfordwest by canoeing up the Western River Cleddau.

Steve Lewis, Senior Youth Worker said: “This project educated young people on the importance of our rivers and how they support wildlife, ecosystems and recreation activities. It was fantastic to see the enthusiasm from the young people and to see them connecting with their river.”

This project has been made possible by funding from the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

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RNLI Meet the Lifeguards programme returns to Pembrokeshire schools

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THE RNLI’s beach lifeguards have been visiting schools in Wales to deliver important beach safety information ahead of the summer holidays.

The Meet the Lifeguards programme returned to schools across Wales earlier this spring. The RNLI lifeguards spoke to 26,784 pupils across 172 primary schools and seven secondary schools in the area.

In Ceredigion, RNLI lifeguards spoke to 4,133 pupils across 29 primary schools and 2 secondary schools.

In Pembrokeshire, RNLI lifeguards spoke 8,408 pupils across 48 primary schools and 5 secondary schools.

The RNLI want everyone to enjoy the coast, but to do so safely. RNLI beach lifeguards delivered water and beach safety information to the children, in preparation for the summer holidays.

The presentation includes four main safety points for the children to consider when visiting the coast.

Stop and think

Stay together

Float to Live

Call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard

Anthony Jones RNLI Water Safety Education Manager said: “Our lifeguards thoroughly enjoyed heading back to schools to deliver the Meet the Lifeguard talks. The 45-minute sessions are a great way for the RNLI to deliver our key safety messages to young people ahead of the summer season.

“The children are taught how to safely prepare for a trip to the coast, by encouraging them and their families to always visit a lifeguarded beach. The children are taught where is and isn’t safe to swim and how to identify risks in and around the water. 

“Lifeguards teach the importance of always staying together and never visiting the beach alone. The lifeguards demonstrate how to float to live – what to do if you find yourself in trouble in the water, and to call 999 or 112 in the case of an emergency at the beach.

“These interactive sessions are a great way for children to learn how to stay safe at the beach, to familiarise themselves with the purpose of our flags and to encourage the children to share their knowledge with their friends and families.”

To find your nearest lifeguarded beach visit: Lifeguarded Beaches – Find Your Nearest Lifeguarded Beach (rnli.org)

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Milford Comp fire safety improvements backed

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PLANS to improve fire safety at a Pembrokeshire school have been given the go-ahead by the local authority.

Pembrokeshire County Council had applied for new fire exits, ramp and a footpath at Milford Haven School, Steynton Road, Steynton.

The proposals were supported by Milford Haven Town Council.

An officers’ report for planners stated: “The submitted application seeks planning permission for the installation of 11 new fire exits upon the west and east wing building.  The proposal would also include the provision of a new ramp, footpath and access gates to serve the new exits.

“The plans were amended during the course of the application stage, due to comments received from Building Control under the building regulations application process.  The proposed exist ramps has been made wider to comply with fire safety regulations.  The plans were further amended as the applicant requested that the proposed footpath be made slightly wider.

“The proposed development includes the installation of new fire doors, along with the creation of a path and ramp around one of the existing school buildings at the school campus.  The new fire access arrangements would be located at ground level.

“It is considered that the proposed location and scale of the proposal would not have a negative impact on the character of the site and the surrounding area.  Nor would the proposal have detrimental impact on the surrounding neighbouring properties to the south of the site, due to the existing boundary treatments between the site and the dwelling.”

The application was conditionally approved by Pembrokeshire planners; conditions including the scheme progress within five years and that two bird boxes also be installed as part of the application.

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College embraces SCAFFOLD Tool to lead in green and digital transition

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PEMBROKESHIRE COLLEGE says it is proud to announce its partnership with the International Institute for Creative Entrepreneurial Development (IICED) at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) in implementing the SCAFFOLD tool for the first time in the UK. This strategic initiative is designed to enhance the capabilities of curriculum managers, empowering them to integrate innovative educational strategies focused on the green and digital transitions and the Curriculum for Wales, Successful Futures.

“This ground-breaking training session, held at Pembrokeshire College, marks the UK debut of the SCAFFOLD tool, initially developed by the European Training Foundation (ETF) and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) with significant contributions from UWTSD’s IICED. The tool, which facilitates the development of transversal competences in learners, is specifically tailored to meet the needs of modern educators and curriculum managers” Hazel Israel, UWTSD.

During the workshop, curriculum managers from various departments at Pembrokeshire College engaged with the SCAFFOLD tool to explore innovative approaches to education that align with the green and digital priorities of today’s educational sector. The tool’s emphasis on entrepreneurial, green and digital competences helps educators design and implement learning activities that are both dynamic and future-oriented.

Jackie Mathias, Assistant Principal, Pembrokeshire College, expressed her enthusiasm about the initiative: “By adopting the SCAFFOLD tool and EntreComp framework here at Pembrokeshire College, we are not just updating our teaching methods; we are leading the way in preparing our educators and students for the significant shifts towards sustainability and digital technology. Our ambition is to be at the forefront of the green and digital transition, and EntreComp and SCAFFOLD are a pivotal part of this journey.”

The collaboration between Pembrokeshire College and UWTSD through IICED exemplifies the potential of partnership in advancing educational practices that support significant societal and technological changes. “This initiative also highlights the adaptability of the SCAFFOLD tool to diverse educational settings, reinforcing its effectiveness across all faculties regardless of subject area.” Hayley Williams, Curriculum Development Manager.

Pembrokeshire College remains committed to integrating cutting-edge tools and methodologies into its curriculum to better prepare students for the challenges of the modern world. The successful implementation of the SCAFFOLD tool sets a new benchmark for educational innovation in Wales and beyond.

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