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Carmarthenshire’s best ever GCSE Results

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shutterstock_131900813THE EDUCATION SECRETARY Kirsty Williams has offered her congratulations to students across Wales celebrating their GCSE and Welsh Baccalaureate results.

The record levels of A*-C, a high point achieved in the previous two years, has been maintained and there has been an increase in those achieving the top grades.

Kirsty Williams said: “I want to congratulate the thousands of young people receiving their results. This year’s GCSEs show another strong performance with two thirds of our learners achieving at least A* -C and an increase in the top grades. This is due to the hard work of our pupils and their teachers.

“The performance of our individual science subjects remains high when compared with the UK results and entry levels have also increased.  Our Welsh Baccalaureate performance is also excellent with more than 14,000 pupils now having extra skills and experiences that give them an edge in an increasingly competitive world.

“Teachers and pupils can be proud that Wales has maintained our record pass rate.  I will continue to focus on raising standards and ambitions for excellence across all our schools.”

GCSEs in Wales are changing; six GCSE subjects with first teaching already started in September 2015 have been reformed – English Language, Welsh Language, English Literature, Welsh Literature, Mathematics Numeracy and Mathematics. The November 2016 and summer 2017 exams will reflect these new qualifications.

Pupils in Carmarthenshire remain firmly at the top of the class with their GCSE results.

Provisional figures show that 88.9% of pupils achieved grades A* to C in comparison with the Welsh average of 66.6%.

The key indicator figure for pupils achieving the Level 2 inclusive measure (which includes a GCSE grade A*-C in English or Welsh first language and mathematics) has also improved significantly.

The 2016 result of 65.9% is a resounding success and pushes Carmarthenshire through the coveted 65% barrier.

Education and Children’s Services executive board member Cllr Gareth Jones said the result clearly evidenced the continued year-on-year improvement and upward trend across Carmarthenshire schools.

“Once again, they have achieved excellent results across all their examinations,” Cllr Jones said.

“Similar to last week’s A and AS level results, these outcomes demonstrate a very positive and encouraging picture for our authority.

“We continue to build most successfully on the achievements of previous years and we pay full tribute to the pupils’ efforts and success.

“The council also acknowledges the dedication, commitment and support provided to them by their schools, teachers, teaching support staff, and of course their parents. Today is a very proud and well deserved day for them all.

“This continued high standard of achievement reflects the total commitment of our authority to the young people of Carmarthenshire by affording them every opportunity to achieve their full potential.”

Director for Education and Children’s Services Mr Rob Sully added his congratulations to the pupils: “We are delighted and encouraged by these results,” Mr Sully said.

“They represent the considerable effort and achievement of our young people and school staff, all of whom deserve our warmest congratulations.

“They also clearly demonstrate how hard we have worked with schools and the Regional Improvement Service, in helping learners within Carmarthenshire to reach their full potential.”

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Public Services Board seeks views to improve local well-being

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CARMARTHENSHIRE’S Public Services Board (PSB) is seeking residents’ views to find out what matters to them and their local communities.

The PSB has developed its Well-being Objectives and draft actions to deliver them, based on feedback received on its Well-being Assessment. The results of a survey at that time gathered views and helped shape the PSB’s understanding of the economic, social, environmental, and cultural factors that impact the well-being of individuals and communities within Carmarthenshire.

Once again, residents are being asked to contribute to help public service partners develop Carmarthenshire’s Local Well-being Plan for 2023-28.

To help shape the future of well-being please visit: Current Consultations (gov.wales)

The survey closes on 25 January 2023.

Cllr Darren Price, Chair of the Carmarthenshire PSB and Leader of Carmarthenshire County Council, said: “To deliver what is important to our communities, we need to their feedback and input. This survey is an opportunity for our residents to tell us if we, as public services, are on the right track to help create a better future for our children’s generation, and the generations to follow, as we strive to reach this goal.” 

Andrew Cornish, Vice-Chair of the PSB andChief Executive Officer / Principal of Coleg Sir Gar and Coleg Ceredigion said: “Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our work so far. Our Well-being Assessment gives us a strong foundation on which to build our Well-being Plan and I would like to encourage everyone to take part in our involvement work for the preparation of the Plan.”

Carmarthenshire’s Public Services Board is a partnership of public and third sector organisations working together to improve well-being across the county and includes Carmarthenshire County Council, Hywel Dda University Health Board, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Natural Resources Wales and other organisations.

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Llanelli prepares for Sunday’s Remembrance Day parade

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LATER TODAY (Sunday, November 13) the town will honour those who have fallen in service over the decades.

A number of roads will be closed on the day, including Murray Street, Church Street and Vauxhall Road from its junction with the mini roundabout.

These will be shut for the parade between 8.30am and noon, however, pedestrian access for those wishing to reach individual properties in those streets will be maintained where possible throughout the duration of the closure.

Traffic will be diverted to Robinson Street, Arthur Street, Columbia Row, Anne Street, Bigyn Road, Stepney Place, Water Street, Thomas Street and Gelli Onn.

At 10am, police, organisations and others not marching in the parade will take up their respective positions in front of the cenotaph in the town hall grounds, while the civic party will assemble inside Llanelli Town Hall.

At 10.15am the parade leaves Drill Hall for the town hall with the mayor Cllr Philip Warlow proceeding to the Boer War Memorial where he will lay a wreath.

When the parade arrives at the town hall, the civic party will proceed to the cenotaph where the Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed Sara Edwards, will lay a wreath.

This will be followed by the chair of Carmarthenshire Council Cllr Rob Evans, laying a wreath on the Royal Welch War Memorial and then on the town’s cenotaph.

More wreaths will be laid by dignitaries and politicians and ex-servicemen and women A two-minute silence will then be observed at 11am.

Any service groups or individuals who wish to lay a wreath on Remembrance Sunday can contact Paul Wickers via email at llanlva2009@aol.com.

While community organisations are to contact Llanelli Town Council at enquiries@llanellitowncouncil.gov.uk.

Contact should be made by Monday, October 31 at the very latest to confirm arrangements as no additional wreaths will be able to be accommodated on the day.

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Llanelli choir launches fundraising naked calendar

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MEMBERS of a Llanelli female choir have bared all to raise money for the town’s Ty Bryngwyn Hospice.  

Côr Curiad has created a cheeky fundraising calendar for 2023 – the second one they have done.

With around 50 members, photos were taken across Llanelli with strategically placed items to spare their blushes – all in the name of a good cause.

Llanelli photographer Graham Harries was behind the lens for the project.

The choir’s musical director Alex Esney, who is Miss December in the calendar said: “Local businesses sponsored the calendar and so many of the photos were taken at their premises.

“So for example we went to LTC Mobility Ltd and had scooters carefully positioned in front of us, it was a lot of fun.

“I also want to thank Ffwrnes Theatre for opening up especially for me to go and have my photo taken with the piano there.”

Alex said the aim is to raise as much as possible for the hospice, adding: “We did a calendar a few years ago but we now have more members so we thought it was time to do it all again.

“The ladies decided to ‘bare all’ to raise money for the hospice which provides such great care and support for families in their time of need, including two of our own.

“I think we pulled out all the stops this year, getting their clothes off at local businesses in and around Llanelli.”

One of the calendar photos (Images: Graham Harries Photography)
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