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'We shall remember': S taff and students at the Welsh Memorial at Passchendale .

‘We shall remember’: S taff and students at the Welsh Memorial at Passchendale .

26 SECONDARY PGCE students and five tutors from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) recently visited Paris and Ypres.

The aim of the trip was to explore opportunities for developing cross-curricular teaching resources and students were expected to develop a detailed scheme of work as part of the experience.

Whilst in Paris the students sought inspiration for their work through visiting famous landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Mussée de l’Armee and the Tomb of Napoleon. On the final leg of their journey the group travelled to Ypres and visited the war grave of the famous Welsh poet Hedd Wynn at Artillery Wood Cemetery, the Welsh War Memorial and a German War Cemetery at Langemark.

The University were honoured to have been invited by the Last Post Association to take part in the 29913th Menin Gate Memorial Ceremony on the 30th March 2015. The Last Post was a bugle call played in the British Army to mark the end of the day’s labours and the onset of the night’s rest. In the context of the Last Post Ceremony, it has come to represent a final farewell to the fallen at the end of their earthly labours and at the onset of their eternal rest. The ceremony has taken place every evening at 8pm since 1928.

Ian Roberts, Secondary PGCE History Tutor said: “The journey to the trenches will remain long in the memory of all those who visited. I wish to thank the Last Post Association for inviting the University of Wales Trinity Saint David to take part in the 29,913th Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate. We hope that the resources which the students have developed will support pupils in schools to continue to learn about the sacrifice of all the soldiers who took part in the Great War.”

For Susan Smith, Secondary PGCE Design and Technology Tutor, and Jason Plummer, Secondary PGCE History Student, the visit to Menin Gate had a very personal poignancy. Susan was able to pay respect to her great uncle whose name is listed on the Memorial Wall at Menin Gate, whilst Jason, prior to enrolling on the Secondary PGCE programme had served in the RAG regiment in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Both took part in ceremony and 11-years old Carys Brooks laid a wreath of behalf of the University.

In closing the University’s remembrance of the fallen soldiers and their sacrifice, Religious Education PGCE students Chloe Cole, Stephanie Jones and Laura Shellard read poems and a prayer.

James Short, PGCE History Student said: “For me, the most memorable part of our visit was attending the Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate. After enjoying the wonderful sights of Paris, the mood of our party had completely changed to one of silent respect. Against a backdrop of wind and rain, the notes of the Last Post rang out and our wreath was laid. Everyone dispersed, quiet, humbled and grateful. We shall never forget.”

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Further childcare hub opening in Llanelli

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AN additional childcare hub has opened in Llanelli this week (w/c Monday, May 25) due to increasing demand to provide care for children of critical workers and vulnerable children.

It will be located at Ysgol Ffwrnes in Llanelli and follows the opening of an extra three hubs at Bryn Primary School in Llanelli, Model Primary School in Carmarthen and Ysgol Tycroes.

It is important that numbers are kept low at the hubs to ensure the health and safety of both the children and staff.

Parents are being reminded to keep their children at home where possible to help contain the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19). However, if you are a critical worker, and your child cannot stay at home, then your childcare will be prioritised.

Parents should only apply for childcare to cover their working hours; and are also being reminded to please cancel as soon as possible if they no longer need the provision.

Please note the timetable for applications to the childcare hubs has also changed, and that applications now close at 5pm on the Wednesday of the week before.

Unfortunately, we will no longer be able to consider any applications made after deadline. Due to the significant increase in demand for places at our hubs we must make sure they are staffed sufficiently. The health and safety of both staff and pupils is vital and has to be our main priority.

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How Wales created 19 new field hospitals in less than 8 weeks…

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Across Wales the Welsh Government is supporting the NHS to create new field hospitals and rapidly increase bed capacity.
Health boards have repurposed existing buildings, including the Principality Stadium, a holiday park and even a television studio to provide an additional 6,000 beds.Field hospitals are designed to support the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic by providing extra bed capacity but they will also help normal hospital services be restarted and support social care services.Last month, the first patients were admitted to Ysbyty Calon y Ddraig at the Principality Stadium, in Cardiff.

Four to six weeks

Here is how Wales almost doubled its bed capacity in less than eight weeks…The time it has taken to nearly double hospital bed capacity in Wales, creating field hospitals across the nation.

19 field hospitals in Wales
This includes the repurposing of Bluestone Holiday Park and Parc y Scarlets in west Wales and Venue Cymru in north Wales.

1,500 beds at the Ysbyty Calon y Ddraig
Making it one of the largest field hospitals in the UK.

Five days
The length of time it took to plan Ysbyty Calon y Ddraig, which overlapped with the build phase.

3,000
The number of planning hours, involving more than 20 different disciplines, it took to plan Ysbyty Calon y Ddraig.

£166m
Welsh Government funding for the set up, construction and equipment for field hospitals in Wales.

138,000
The number of pieces of equipment have been provided to help support field hospitals, including beds, imaging equipment, syringe drivers and medicines.

Three North Wales field hospitals have the name Enfys
Meaning rainbow – the symbol of hope and thank you to the NHS during the pandemic.
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7-year-old Mattie from Pembrey takes on home Pen y Fan-tastic challenge for Action for Children

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Plucky Mattie Denman will climb the equivalent of Pen y Fan in the drive at her family home in Pembrey on Friday 22nd May to raise funds for Action for Children.

Mattie (7), has always wanted to climb the highest mountain in South Wales and is unable to currently because of the coronavirus pandemic.  As the family exercise at home every day, she decided she wanted to do the 6-mile equivalent journey there while she waits for the chance to do it for real.  Mattie chose Action for Children as her mother, Sian, works for the charity in Carmarthenshire.

Mattie said: ‘My Mammy works for Action for Children and I want to help as well because lots of families need help.  My older brother and sister help Action for Children, so I asked Mammy if I could do something. We exercise everyday walking up and down the drive and I have always wanted to climb Pen y Fan, but we have never done it.

‘Mammy said I could pretend I am walking it and people will give money to the charity. I said brilliant, that is what I am going to do and I am super excited to do it. I will use mammy’s step counter and I hope I can help children that need support especially because it is so hard for some families because of coronavirus.’

Proud mum and family support practitioner for Action for Children, Sian, added: ‘Mattie has a lovely heart and really wanted to do something and I’m very proud she chose Pen y Fan as her home challenge.  Action for Children has been going the extra mile during the coronavirus pandemic continuing to support vulnerable families through phone and video sessions as well as food and help with the basics from our Emergency Appeal Fund. 

‘It is a tremendously challenging time for our families and every bit of money will directly help those in our communities who need it most.  I hope as many people as possible will donate to Mattie’s brilliant fundraising effort, it’ll make it even more special when we finally get to climb Pen y Fan for real.’

If you want to support Mattie’s Pen y Fan challenge please go to: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mattiesclimb

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