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Coleg Sir Gâr students celebrate

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Top class!: Ellie Dainton who achieved three A* grades

Top class!: Ellie Dainton who achieved three A* grades

STUDENTS at Coleg Sir Gâr are once again celebrating on achieving an excellent set of A-level results.

The percentage of A* – E grades was extremely high at 99%, with a record 28 out of 32 subjects posting a 100% pass rate.

Students on the A-level Academic, Cultural, Excellence (ACE) programme achieved outstanding results with 86% of grades being in the range of A* – B in subjects across the curriculum enabling them to go to their first choice of university, including those within Oxbridge and the Sutton 30 Group.

Head of A-levels and Access, Mrs Vanessa Cashmore, stated: “We are delighted at the success of our students and this reflects the hard work and effort of students and staff over the last two years of study at the college.

“On behalf of all staff at the college we wish our learners every success as they go to the very best universities across the United Kingdom and into employment.”’

Shannon Gilbert, a former Australian resident, is going to study at Churchill College Cambridge to study Asian and Middle Eastern Studies after attaining A*s in history, mathematics and religious studies and an A in English language and literature.

Ellie Dainton, a former Coedcae School student obtained three A*s in geography, mathematics and further mathematics. She now intends to study mathematics at the University of Bath.

Liam Hill, a former Queen Elizabeth Cambria Carmarthen student obtained A*s in geology, art and design, advanced Welsh baccalaureate diploma and an A in geography. Liam is intending to study geology at Cardiff University.

Lucy Havard, a former Bryngwyn School student obtained an A* in drama and theatre studies and A grades in history and mathematics. Lucy is undertaking a gap year to pursue auditions to drama schools.

Abigail Macmillan-Jones, a former Tregib School student, achieved an A* in chemistry and A grades in biology and mathematics. Abigail is intending to study medicine at Cardiff University.

Tara Edwards, a former St John Lloyd School student also had exceptional A level results attaining A* in Welsh, an A in history and B grades in chemistry and biology. Tara is going to study biomedical sciences at university.

Mr Barry Liles, college principal stated: “It is great to see our students performing consistently well and to a high standard. Performances in A level mathematics and history are particularly strong again this year and it was very pleasing to see great improvement in our A level science results with a number of learners obtaining the highest grades. It is also very pleasing to see learners continuing to progress to the very best universities.

“The Welsh Baccalaureate qualification also continues to be a great success at the college and I am delighted that many students have successfully achieved high grades for the Advanced Diploma, as these were awarded for the first time this year. In vocational study, nearly 10% of learners achieved the highest %D*D*D* grade, whilst a quarter achieved grades higher than DDD for their Extended Diploma qualifications. High grades on vocational programmes coupled with tremendous success in national skills competitions will enable vocational learners to progress to university, higher level apprenticeships and future employment. This excellent performance reflects the progression of students from the strong foundations laid in partner schools in Carmarthenshire and beyond.

“On behalf of the college, I wish them the very best for the future.”

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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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Housebuilder launches Coronavirus move in package

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A South Wales housebuilder has launched new incentives which mean homes are ‘ready to move into’ during the Covid-19 crisis – without the need for tradespeople or delivery people.

People in Wales are allowed to move into new build houses during the lockdown – and many people have successfully done so.

However, the limitations of social distancing can add extra stress when it comes to having things like dishwashers, washing machines and turf installed in the new property.

That’s why Persimmon Homes West Wales has launched a new incentive package which gives purchasers the chance to buy a house with white goods and flooring already in place.

Sharon Bouhali, sales director at Persimmon Homes West Wales, said: “Our sales advisors have done a terrific job in talking with customers and guiding them through the buying process remotely, without the need of face-to-face meetings.

“It’s been a huge challenge, but we’ve risen to it – and Persimmon has sold more than 120 properties in South Wales during the lockdown period. We have customers moving into their new homes every week.

“But, understandably, some people are cautious about having too many tradespeople and contractors enter their home, even if they are doing their utmost to abide by social distancing rules.

“That’s why we have launched these new packages which mean people can turn the key, unpack and get on with enjoying their new home.”

The package includes carpets and vinyl throughout, turf in the back garden, sliding wardrobes, integrated fridge freezer, integrated washer/dryer, integrated dishwasher and £500 discount towards removal fees.

The deal is on offer at Glas Y Felin in Bridgend, Parc Yr Onnen in Carmarthen, The Bridles in Llanelli, Peterson Park in Pontyclun, Parc Brynderi in Llanelli and Allt Y Celyn in Rhos.

Persimmon’s marketing suites in Wales remain closed for the time being. Visit www.persimmonhomes.com or call 01792 229800 for details of homes available.

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