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Big Learning comes to Carmarthen

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Committed to Carmarthen: The Big Learning Company

Committed to Carmarthen: The Big Learning Company

BIG LEARNING COMPANY – a Cardiff-based company that specialises in the Education; Information Communications Technology (ICT); Digital and Creative Sectors – has this month opened a Carmarthen office on the town’s University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Campus.

This internationally renowned company has already committed to being a part of Canolfan S4C Yr Egin but as the Centre won’t be opening its doors until early 2018, Big Learning Company (BLC) is keen to establish a base in West Wales with immediate effect.

The company’s CEO, Louise Harris says: “Big Learning Company is delighted to be associated with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and Canolfan S4C Yr Egin – and is especially excited to be moving to Carmarthen at the beginning of this highly innovative ground-breaking project, working alongside the cream of Welsh education, the creative industries and the digital sectors.

“Canolfan S4C Yr Egin is incredibly important, not just for Carmarthen and rural West Wales – the heartland of the Welsh language – but for the whole of Wales, as a digital gateway to the rest of the world, where the best of Welsh talent and content, from education to industry, can find exciting new market opportunities.

“We’re very excited to be establishing an office on the University’s campus and to be developing our presence in Carmarthen as one of the company’s key hubs for product and service delivery,” adds Louise.

BLC delivers training, content and innovation projects in all areas of learning provision across Wales and across a range of ages, abilities and areas and works with internationally renowned brands.

“We pride ourselves on the impact we achieve whilst making learning exciting and enjoyable, equipping young people and professionals alike with valuable transferable skills, and developing progression routes to education and the workplace, with digital technology, creative sector engagement and ingenuity at the heart of what we do.

“At BLC we have made it our mission to offer flexible learning opportunities and sustainable pathways to education and work. We have also developed innovative digital evaluation tools, to allow us accurately to measure the impact and affect that our programmes and products have,” continues Louise Harris.

Bilingualism is also at the heart of BLC’s work and it’s already delivered a range of exciting Welsh-medium projects with National organisations including S4C and Yr Urdd, including coding and digital training workshops for young people. BLC recently worked with the University, S4C and Carmarthenshire County Council to deliver a Welsh-medium ‘World of Work Day,’ introducing Year 12 students from schools within the county to the types of jobs or disciplines that are likely to be represented within Canolfan S4C Yr Egin.

“We are very pleased to have such a dynamic and successful company as Big Learning Company committed to being part of Canolfan S4C Yr Egin. Indeed, such is the company’s commitment to the development – and to Carmarthen – that it’s already established a base on the University’s campus” says Gwilym Dyfri Jones, Associate Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

“This is great news for the University and for the town’s economy. The fact that a company such as Big Learning Company wants to move to Carmarthen, even before Canolfan S4C Yr Egin opens its doors, attests its commitment to our vision for the development. We look forward to working with Big Learning Company and we warmly welcome the team to Carmarthen,” adds Gwilym Dyfri Jones.

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Minister visits to celebrate new curriculum and partnership work at Ysgol Glan-y-Môr

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YSGOL Glan-y-Môr school was visited last week by the Minister for Education Kirsty Williams. Mrs Williams was visiting the school to celebrate the school’s work in STEM subjects, and their strong working partnerships with local primary schools.

During the visit Mrs Williams met staff and pupils from the school and its four feeder primaries, Pembrey Pwll, Ysgol y Castell and Burry Port, and saw some of the projects that the schools have worked together upon as they look to develop the new Curriculum for Wales.
During the visit Mrs Williams was also able to unveil a plaque to celebrate the schools work with the Wolfson foundation that has enabled the school to revolutionise the technology available to young people in the school to aid their learning. The Wolfson Foundation is an independent charity that supports and promotes excellence in the fields of science, health, education and the arts and humanities. Since it was established in 1955, over £900 million (£1.9 billion in real terms) has been awarded to more than 11,000 projects throughout the UK, all on the basis of expert review.

Education Minister Kirsty Williams said: “It was a pleasure to visit Ysgol Glan-y-Môr today to meet the staff and pupils and hear about their fantastic approaches to learning’”

“I am very grateful and impressed by the quality of engagement the school has had in the process of developing the new curriculum; they have gone above and beyond its duty, and have excelled especially within the fields of Science and Technology.

“I can’t overstate the importance of developing STEM skills and knowledge, especially for our young women. These skills can offer rewarding careers and exciting opportunities that can bring learning alive, preparing them for the world of work.”

Mrs Sharon Cole, Chair of Governors said: “The Governing Body are delighted with the fantastic achievements of Glan-y-Môr schools students, teachers and Senior leadership team. It is with great pride that we witness our school grow from strength to strength and truly reap the rewards of our motto of “success through effort”. As we move into a new era, with a new curriculum for Wales that will allow our children to thrive in the future, together with the Wolfson Foundation Investment and an already strong STEM ethos, we are excited to witness great potential unfold at Glan-y-Môr.”

Mr Paul Jones, Headmaster of the federation said: “Following an excellent inspection – STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) had been identified by ESTYN as an outstanding feature of the school, and had been developed into a best practice guide. Developing ambitious and very capable learners with these sort of transferable skills is hugely important to us a school as we prepare all our learners for further education, training or employment.”

Mr John Jones, Head of School said: “Once again it is great to be able to celebrate exciting times at Glan-y-Môr. We are always looking for the next step in our journey, and even though recently classified as a “green” school for the third successive year we are keen to move ever forward. When inspected in 2017 we were praised for the way that we were developing the skills in our students, but it was commented that we lacked the facilities to enable them to develop and show these skills. Our work with the Wolfson foundation has enabled us to redevelop the facilities around STEM in our school, and our students now have the facilities to match their potential as the school continues to grow.”

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Llanelli: Leavers’ Prom for Pen Rhos Pupils

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PUPILS in Year 6 at Llanelli’s Ysgol Pen Rhos were able to bring their time in primary education to a wonderful close with a leavers’ ‘Prom’ party (June 13). This was the second year group of pupils to leave the newly-established school in Seaside, which opened in April 2018.
The event was organised by parents of the school who wanted to give the pupils a send-off to remember as they embark on the next chapter in their journey.
School teacher Mr N Davies said: “It was a lovely opportunity for pupils to come together to celebrate the end of their time in Ysgol Pen Rhos. They have worked extremely hard throughout the year and deserve to enjoy every moment before their transition to secondary school.
“We would like to extend a big thank you to parents, teachers, the entertainers at ‘Starlight Celebrations’ and of course the parents who arranged the event and made it a success.
“The school wishes the best of luck to all pupils in their future endeavours.”

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Llanelli: Ysgol Pen Rhos thanked for charity boost

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A RECENT charity event held at Llanelli’s Ysgol Pen Rhos was a great success after it raised hundreds of pounds towards a worthy cause when staff and pupils turned up for school wearing their own clothes instead of normal schoolwear. Each participant donated £1 to a cause which has a personal connection to one member of the school’s staff.

Deborah Jayne Griffiths has been an LSA at the school for 27 years and is raising funds to provide community defibrillators.

On Saturday (Jun 15), she took part in a skydive at Swansea Airport to raise money for a cause which means a lot to her.

June 15 was the fourth anniversary of the passing of her son, Cameron Jervis, who would now be twenty-two years old. Cameron passed away in his sleep four years ago.

Deborah said: “The school, they said that they’d come up with a money-raising scheme to help towards the purchase of the defibrillators.

“My sister Lindsay Kennedy who also works as an LSA designed t-shirts #jumpforcam for the tandem skydive, which I’ll be wearing as I jump. My older sister Sharon Evans, who works in Heol Goffa also as an LSA, plus her friend Sian will also be jumping.

“I’m petrified of heights so this will be a big deal for me. Cameron had wanted to do a skydive when he was eighteen, sadly he never had the chance, so this is for my boy. He was eighteen when he passed away in his sleep. All the money raised will go into Cameron’s Memorial Account, we then distribute to local communities. We have already had one defibrillator put up in Dafen Park. That has already been used a few times to help saves lives within our community.

“Ideally I want to raise money to be able to provide as many as I can. All the staff have had the defibrillator training here at Ysgol Pen Rhos which is obviously a worthy skill to learn.

I want to thank everyone for their support, this includes family, friends, staff and of course the pupils.”

There is a JUSTGIVING page on Facebook if anyone is happy to donate to this fantastic cause.

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